New Mustang Zero-Tail Swing Compact Excavator Performs as Well as Conventional Machines

Staff | September 28, 2010

Mustang Manufacturing Company is introducing a new zero-tail-swing compact excavator model to its selection of ten compact excavators— the model 3803ZT. Even though the model has a zero-tail swing design, it performs equal to conventional tail-swing models. The zero-tail-swing design of the Mustang 3803ZT eliminates rear overhang and provides increased maneuverability and visibility for the operator. Unlike other zero-tail-swing models on the market, the Mustang 3803ZT takes advantage of a longer undercarriage to enhance stability. This added stability not only inspires operator confidence, it provides an operating range unmatched by other zero-tail-swing models in the 8000-lbs. weight class. The new model, 3803ZT also features a side-mounted engine and rear-mounted hydraulic and fuel tanks, which allow for the largest operator's station in its class. This design also gives mechanics easy access to all maintenance points.

With the highest tractive effort in its weight class, the 3803ZT allows operators to push material with maximum efficiency. In fact, it provides a maximum drawbar pull of 6614 lbf. A load-sensing system automatically shifts between low and high range to lower cycle times. "Confined areas and crowded construction sites demand machines such as the Mustang 3803ZT," said Doug Snorek, Mustang marketing manager. "It was important for us to bring the benefits of such a design to the market without sacrificing performance." Other features of the new Mustang compact excavator include: Standard SAE/ISO pattern control valve, which allows operators to easily change the pilot controls between a backhoe or excavator pattern without tools; Automatic swing brake, which locks the upper structure in position when the engine is turned off, to avoid movement of the upper structure during transport; Sealed track rollers (standard), which reduce friction and noise between the tracks and rollers; Standard deluxe suspension seat, which feature fore/aft and recline adjustment, as well as adjustments for operator weight, height- and angle-adjustable armrests, and an adjustable headrest; Long arm standard equipment; Optional 330-lbs. factory-installed counterweight.