September 28, 2010

The new Bobcat 418 compact excavator, replacing the model 316, features zero tail swing (with tracks extended) and has an operating weight of 2,593 pounds and a maximum digging depth of 6 feet. The new excavator has pilot-operated joysticks and allows choosing between the ISO and standard patterns via a control-pattern-selector valve. The two-position joystick consoles can be positioned in an outward position for greater comfort, and then locked in an inboard position to facilitate moving through gates and doorways. The 418’s undercarriage retracts to less than 28 inches, and the tip-over-protective structure folds down, permitting the machine to fit through a standard doorway. (The structure should be redeployed after transport.) The new unit also features two-speed travel and top-mounted boom cylinder.

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