Takeuchi has released its TB225 2.3 tonne mini excavator, the latest model in its range of small machines designed to add productivity for earthmoving contractors, plumbers, electrical, data and telco services contractors.
Kanga Excavation Services Pty Ltd has discovered this all-new compact excavator punches way above its weight.
The first Takeuchi TB225 compact excavator imported into Australia has been quickly snapped up by Stefan Millar of Kanga Excavation Services.
The company specializes in very tight excavation work associated with basement extensions and complex residential and commercial renovations. These jobs are often located in densely populated areas that have narrow streets, steep slopes and present a real challenge to access.
“When working to a client’s budget, it’s important to ensure no time is wasted. – We need to work quickly, to minimise the cost of trucks and skips, as well as avoiding disruption to traffic flow on busy roads”, said Stefan.
Productivity, reliability and high performance.
The purchase of theTB225 was not the first Takeuchi excavator for KangEx. The company has been operating several models, including an 1,180 Kg TB210R that was added to the fleet last year. The decision by KangEx to purchase another Takeuchi was based on the productivity, durability and reliability it experienced with its current machines.
“We needed another excavator, and when looking at the specifications of the TB225 it didn’t take much to convince us this new model would be the ideal solution. Rather than add a 1.7 tonne machine to the fleet, the TB225 promised to give productivity that represented a great return on investment.
“The Takeuchi TB225 is the world’s first 2.5 tonne-class excavator with tracks that retract to a narrow 1100 mm, meaning we can get this powerful machine into places which previously only a 1.7 tonne-class machine could access. A huge bonus is its astonishing lift capacity of 327 kilograms with the tracks extended out to 1500mm. Even with the tracks at 1100 mm, its lift capacity of 219 kilograms is still amazing!
Fully featured – advanced specifications
“This is a full specification machine, not just a basic excavator. It has adjustable hydraulic flow, auto deceleration, auto idle and pilot proportional controls. The TB225 is also extremely powerful. – It’s a magnificently built piece of equipment and it is obvious that Takeuchi has listened to customer feedback, as everything you could want in a compact excavator appears on this model.
“An example of this is seen on the TB225 where the manufacturer has incorporated robust tie-down lugs cast into the chassis and a super-handy lockable tool box that sits conveniently behind the operator’s seat.
“When you’re at the controls, it’s like operating a full-size excavator – a totally upscale experience from most other mini excavators. Takeuchi has clearly designed this machine to take the mini excavator to a whole new level and it’s helped our business productivity even more than we anticipated”, Stefan said.
Small but so powerful, with expandable tracks
Takeuchi has released its all-new TB225 2.3 tonne mini excavator, the latest model in its range of small machines designed to add productivity for earthmoving contractors, plumbers, electrical, data and telco services contractors.
Anyone who needs to excavate is always looking for more power to make their work more efficient, and this new model provides the answer. Its 1,330 cc 16.5 kW Yanmar diesel produces 16.5 kW of power; a significant increase in performance compared with earlier comparable Takeuchi models.
Largest with expandable tracks
The TB225 excavator has the advantage of being the largest machine in the market with retractable tracks that lets operators access very tight spaces, while being able to extend the machine’s footprint to provide maximum stability.
Track width can be reduced to a handy 1,100mm to access internal door openings and very narrow side access of structures. When the excavator’s tracks are fully expanded to 1,500mm, this provides the stability needed to get the optimum performance and productivity from the extra hydraulic power and boosted bucket digging force of 19.3 kN that enables the TB225 to tackle tough jobs.
Not only does the track expandability provide access and performance advantages; the long undercarriage has ground clearance of 190 mm and its 1,790 mm of track-to-ground contact makes for better flotation and adds further to the machine’s superior stability. Also, high gradient slopes are no longer a barrier to performance, thanks to the redesigned undercarriage that features triple-flanged rollers that keep the robust 250 mm wide rubber tracks in place to deliver positive traction.
Dual auxiliary hydraulic lines rated at SP1 and SP2 are standard, producing hydraulic flow at up to 38.5 litres per minute at 210 bar, operating three working pumps, including a dedicated slew/blade pump that improves operational speed and functional control.
Loads of features for added efficiency
In terms of reach and dig depth, the TB225 really delivers with its standard long arm for a digging depth of 2,580 mm. At ground level, the long arm enables the bucket to reach out to 4,240 mm and dump loads at a height of 2,875 mm.
The TB225 incorporates loads of other features that will make it to the top of the shopping list for many equipment operators. For example, auto engine idle helps to reduce fuel consumption and sound levels on the job, while the hydraulic detent function means you can pre-set flow to suit your attachment applications.
Other favourite features that will be appreciated by operators include proportional controls, smooth hydraulic pilot joystick controls that deliver precise action, two-speed travel with automatic shift, a blade that’s adjustable without tools, auto deceleration and a hydraulic piloted travel lever.
If you are planning to spend long days on a job, the new, spacious operator’s’ station design is a winner. A super-comfortable suspension seat with an adjustable head-rest will make long shifts a pleasure, even for operators of a chunky build.
When it comes to the daily service checks and other maintenance tasks, large lockable service covers let you access components at ground level and all daily service points are conveniently located so you can reach them easily. A handy, lockable toolbox sits neatly behind the operator’s seat.
If that’s not enough to tempt you to check out this high performance, not-so-mini excavator, this all new TB225 is still within the weight limit that lets you tow your machine behind a 3.5 tonne capacity ute.