By Mike Anderson, Senior Editor | September 28, 2010

TakeuchiA patented side-to-side offset boom, combined with the zero-tail-swing design of Takeuchi's FR compact excavators, allows the new TB138FR to slew 360 degrees only inches beyond its track width. A low center of gravity adds the stability and craning capabilities of a conventional excavator to the ability of a zero-tail-swing unit to work in confined areas. The smallest of three FR machines, the 8,316-pound TB138FR offers bucket breakout force of 8,995 pounds, digging depth of 11 feet 3 inches, and reach at ground level of 17 feet 9 inches.