One of Takeuchi's best-selling machines of 2003, the zero-tail-swing TB53FR excavator features a patented, side-to-side (STS) offset-boom system, which allows operators to slew 360 degrees within inches of the machine width. With STS, the machine works well next to walls, close to traffic and other confined areas. The TB53FR's low center of gravity, combined with STS, provides digging speed, stability, power and visibility. An Interference Prevention System controls the boom's range of motion to prevent the bucket from contacting the operator station. The excavator weighs in at 11,440 pounds and has a maximum digging depth of 12 feet 10 inches. Bucket breakout force is 11,076 pounds. Estimated list price: $56,500 to $60,500.