Oz trial for Takeuchi TB216H diesel electric excavator

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Takeuchi TB216H hybrid mini excavator The Takeuchi TB216H hybrid mini excavator is suited to indoor spaces with poor ventilation Takeuchi TB216H hybrid mini excavator

Semco Equipment Sales has introduced the Takeuchi TB216H, a diesel-electric hybrid version of the popular Takeuchi TB216 mini excavator, to gauge the demand for hybrid models in the Australian market.

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The TB216H system allows the diesel engine to be used to propel the excavator off the trailer and around the job site, then once in working position the excavator connects via a capillary line to an on-site 415V three-phase power outlet or generator set.

The result is a much quieter machine that produces no carbon dioxide emissions when in electric mode.

Apart from being good for the environment, this also increases the variety of environments the excavator can operate in, as ventilation requirements are much lower.  This is increasingly important on today’s cramped urban sites.

"The key benefit of the electric drive system is there is no noise and, even more importantly, no carbon dioxide emissions," Semco’s Graham Murphy says.

"This means there are no toxic fumes and no pollution. And the machine can work relatively silently and indefinitely in a building basement area which otherwise would need complicated and expensive ventilation systems.

"This will be an attraction for contractors who work on inner city demolitions and basement excavations which are set to become more important as the value of residential properties increases in high density areas of the major cities of Sydney and Melbourne," Murphy continues.

"Other benefits of electric operation are the removal of the need to have fuel and other volatile materials on the worksite which may be an issue in some areas."

The electric drive motor is also available as a retrofit option for the regular diesel Takeuchi TB216 excavator. The drive is installed in the position normally occupied by the counterweight.

Semco says the introduction of hybrid excavators also represents an opportunity for equipment rental companies to get ahead of the pack and get an edge over their competitors.

"We have learned of the potential for hybrid excavators for rental companies from overseas and from some interest expressed by prominent local rental companies," Murphy says.

"Some rental companies see electric hybrid power as an opportunity to differentiate their equipment offering and may wish to use this technology as a strategic benefit for their organisation."


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