On-Site Magazine

Compact wheeled excavators

By Adam Freill   

Construction Equipment

(Photo courtesy of Mecalac)

Consisting of three models, the 7MWR, 9MWR and 11MWR, Mecalac’s MWR Series of wheeled excavators are designed for use in construction, landscaping and forestry. Purpose-built to allow for maximum maneuverability in tight working areas, the machines offer the flexibility and versatility of a skid steer or compact track loader in one machine while delivering higher speed and mobility than tracked excavators.

“Traditionally, wheeled excavators have enjoyed less popularity in North America because the open spaces and greater distances to travel favoured larger equipment. That is no longer the case,” said Peter Bigwood, general manager of Mecalac North America.

Each of the models in the series offers speed in a compact footprint. The smallest of the three, the 7MWR, offers variable speed between 0 and 19 mph. Two of the larger models, the 9MWR and 11MWR, provide contractors standard travel speeds between 0 and 12 mph with an option for enhanced speed up to 22 mph on the 9MWR and up to 19 mph on the 11MWR.

The machines’ combination of a low centre of gravity and high ground clearance are engineered to provide exceptional stability even while operating off-road and on slopes, while simultaneously reducing the risk of undercarriage damage from obstacles on the ground. With four-wheel steering, the MWR series machines are incredibly maneuverable with an extremely compact turn radius.

A 75-horsepower (55.4-kilowatt) engine is standard on each model. The smallest model is able to lift 3 metric tons at 10 feet (3 metres) through 360 degrees.

Using Mecalac’s patented hydraulic quick coupler, transitions between attachments such as buckets or forks can be made in under a minute from inside the cab. Equipped with a set of forks, the MWR machines can replace a telescopic handler or rough terrain forklift and another operator. The Mecalac patented boom system even allows for unloading pallets below grade.

All MWR models in North America come standard with MyMecalac, the company’s fleet management technology. The onboard telematics system delivers everything from high-level summaries to specific machine details, including maintenance, inspection and damage notifications, to empower fleet managers to boost efficiency and machine uptime.





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