New 3 and 5 t excavators from Takeuchi

By Patrick Hill14 January 2009

Takeuchi's 3 t TB228 replaces the TB125 model.

Takeuchi's 3 t TB228 replaces the TB125 model.

Takeuchi has launched worldwide its 3 t TB228 and 5 t TB250 mini excavators. The two new models, which Takeuchi said were designed for the rental market, join the 3.5 t TB235 launched in the first half of 2008.

The 2990 kg TB228 replaces the TB125 in the Japanese company's line up, although stocks of the older design - Takeuchi's best-selling model worldwide - remain available. The 4980 kg TB250 replaces the TB145.

Takeuchi will debut the models in the UK at the Executive Hire Show in February and in the rest of Europe at Intermat in April.

Performance enhancements of the TB228 include: a greater reach at 4720 mm, a greater dig depth of 2875 mm, a 17.5 kW Yanmar engine, a larger, 53 l fuel tank, and a greater travel speed of 4.9 kph.

Takeuchi said the bigger TB250 is "one of the most compact 5 t minis available." It features a 28.4 kW Yanmar engine, which gives the machine a breakout capacity of 37.2 kN. The unit offers 5995 mm of ground reach and a 3785 mm digging depth.

Other improvements include bigger, more ‘stylish' cabs, including an MP3 player socket; more mirrors; adjustable seat and armrests; more foot room; and improved control positions.

Newly-styled cabs offer 360° visibility, a full-glass door, and a roof window. They provide ROPS, TOPS, and FOPS protection, and the cabs in both models tilt up, allowing interior access in less than a minute.

Rental companies looking for easier maintenance will welcome the ground level access for routine services. Takeuchi said the machines' robust design and their 100% steel, sectioned panels around the turntable and engine hood make for easy and cheaper replacement.

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