Takeuchi’s new TB108 1-ton compact excavator offers a number of safety features, including a TOPS/FOPS canopy, a spring-applied/hydraulically released parking brake, a retractable seat belt and control lockout system. A 9.2-horsepower diesel engine drives the unit’s variable displacement piston pumps, which adjust digging power and speed to operating conditions. Maximum dig depth is 5 feet, 6 inches. To get through gates and narrow openings the width of the undercarriage can be hydraulically adjusted to 29 inches and then expanded to 36 inches for digging stability. Control patterns can be switched from backhoe to excavator style quickly and the cast-iron, wrap-around counterweight protects the engine compartment from damage in confined areas.
Small excavator big on safety and convenience
April 15, 2003