Bobcat has launched the new 1,7 t E17Z Zero Tail Swing (ZTS) canopy model, completing the company’s 1-2 t range of compact excavators.
In the new E17Z, the ZTS functionality is taken a level further using Bobcat’s Zero House Swing (ZHS) design, in which the front upper structure is also fully protected by ensuring the front corners are kept within the swing circle when the tracks are in the fully expanded position.
As a result, the ZHS functionality on the E17Z provides 320° of free rotation when working close to walls and other obstructions, without sacrificing operator comfort or performance.
The E17Z is built around the operator, providing optimal ergonomics for operators of all sizes with easy access to the pedals and controls. The large canopy and entry/exit space provide the driver with plenty of room to get into and out of the operator’s seat and this is further helped by the left hand control console lifting completely out of the way. In addition, when not in use, the pedals can be folded away to increase room for the operator’s feet, leaving a large flat floor area that is easy to clean.
The E17Z has a standard operating weight of 1 749 kg and a maximum digging depth of 2 249 mm. Many of the well accepted features in the current 1-2 t range such as the retractable undercarriage, upper-structure tie-down points and advanced diagnostics are available as standard on the E17Z. The compact size combined with great stability and a transport weight close to 1,6 t makes the machine the ideal choice for applications in confined areas.
The dump height on the E17Z allows it to load trucks easily, while the reach at ground level means the machine does not need to be repositioned as often when digging. When fully retracted, the undercarriage allows the excavator to go through narrow spaces; and when fully expanded, provides optimum stability for the excavator, especially when working over the side. Expansion/retraction is a simple process via an electric switch on the control panel.
Stability is essential for making maximum use of the digging forces and lifting capacities. Optimum stability is achieved by fully expanding the retractable undercarriage and using the optional long dozer blade. As well as helping in dustpanning work, the long dozer blade significantly improves the front stability, enabling the operator to use the full breakout forces the machine can deliver. As standard, the E17Z has easy-to-operate durable blade extensions.
With stability on a par with other ZTS machines in this class, the E17Z is ideally suited to picking up and placing heavy items with safety. In addition, the E17Z can be supplied with an optional certified ‘object handling device’, which comprises a boom load holding valve, arm load holding valve, hooking device and overload warning device.