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Yanmar mini excavators

By Adam Freill   

Construction Demolition Equipment

(Photo courtesy of Yanmar Compact Equipment)

The ViO80-7 and SV100-7 mini excavators from Yanmar Compact Equipment feature significant improvements to hydraulic efficiency, cab comfort and ease of maintenance over the company’s previous models. The models are the largest in Yanmar’s mini excavator line and are positioned for use in construction, demolition, utility and landscaping applications.

“These machines are entirely redesigned with the operator and service departments in mind,” said Buck Storlie, Yanmar Compact Equipment North America product manager. “From more comfort and enhanced ergonomics to an open hood system that is incredibly efficient to work on, we’re confident operators will be thrilled with the new ViO80-7 and SV100-7’s performance and overall experience.”

The newly designed cabins in the machines are built for comfort and operator experience. The upgraded space in each includes a new suspension seat, more foot space, ergonomic foot pedals and a wider cabin for easier entry and exit. Operators can survey the worksite more easily with increased cab glass area, and hot days are more tolerable with the included automatic air-conditioning.

The 18,122-pound ViO80-7 features 18 per cent more power over its predecessor with its new 67-horsepower Yanmar Tier 4 Final diesel engine. The 21,385-pound SV100-7 includes a 72-horsepower Yanmar Tier 4 Final diesel engine. Both machines provide operators with increased attachment performance with 20 per cent more PTO flow rate. The ViO80-7 achieves a maximum dig depth of 14 feet, 3 inches while the SV100-7 can reach 14 feet, 11 inches.

The ViO80-7 features zero tail-swing; and the SV100-7 includes an ultra-tight tail-swing. Both designs allow efficient work in tight jobsites that may be difficult for larger equipment.

A new Two-Pump Load Sensing (2PLS) hydraulic system is designed to improve efficiency in both new models. The system increases pump flow rate under high loads to direct power where it’s needed and improve performance. The manufacturer says the system saves about 13 per cent on fuel consumption as only the necessary amount of flow rate is used.

The models include several new technologies aimed at improving operator productivity and ease of use. Operators can see relevant machine information and options at a glance on a seven-inch colour LCD display. Options include PTO flow rate adjustment, Auto-Decel mode, a new passcode lockout feature, and more.

Additionally, operators can easily see blind spots with the standard rearview and right-side cameras shown split screen on the display. An optional surround view feature reduces blind spots further by showing a 360-degree view on the operator’s display. This can reduce the risk of accidents and help avoid damage when working in close contact with obstacles or walls.

The mini excavators both include Yanmar’s SmartAssist Remote telematics system that can track maintenance intervals and inspection items, detect errors with electronic components, send notifications to service personnel, and provide operational status of the equipment in real time.




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