Five more awesome mini excavators

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The number of jobs a mini excavator can do is endless. So which is the best? Here are five more of the best mini excavators, compared and reviewed once more by our professional machinery testers.

Mini excavators are extremely popular machines in Australia, and with good reason — they’re perfect for a really wide variety of jobs. But there are so many on the market, how to choose? Here are five the best mini excavators going today taht we've tested.


5 of the best mini excavators

Cat 305.5E2 mini excavator

Cat 305.5E2 mini excavator

The 5.4-tonne Cat 305.5E2 is definitely one of the best mini-excavators and is designed for those tight, urban job sites with a rear end that stays within 140mm of the undercarriage when turning. Not a quite zero tail swing machine but very close.

Powered by a 39.kW Cat C2 diesel, the Cat 305.5E2 features a redesigned hydraulic system that reduces fuel burn by cooling the hydraulic oil. The mini-excavators cabin door folds back completely, providing a wide entry area.

Easy-to-use joystick controls complete the Cat 305.5E2, and reviewer Randolph Covich says the machine provides solid operating conditions. 

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Takeuchi TB260 mini excavator

Takeuchi TB260 mini excavator

The Takeuchi TB260 mini excavator was designed to fill a gap in the Takeuchi lineup between the 4.7-tonne TB250 and the 8.3-tonne TB285. The 5.7-tonne Takeuchi TB260 has turned out to be one of the most popular Takeuchi excavators.

The Takeuchi TB260 is one of the best mini-excavators going, with its one-piece boom giving it a maximum dig depth of 3.89m and a horizontal ground reach of just over 6 metres.

The cab features easy-to-use controls and a full-colour LCD screen displaying crucial machine information. The Takeuchi TB260 mini excavator also has three different work modes – power, standard and altitude – that automate engine performance according to conditions.

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Volvo ECR50D mini excavator

Volvo ECR50D mini excavator

Volvo says the ECR50D mini excavator is the result of years of research and development and forms part of the company’s D series excavators.

The Volvo ECR50D mini excavator has advanced load-sensing hydraulics, which adjust power levels based on machine workload. The mini-excavator also features a full ROPS/TOPS/FOPS compliant operators cab with a fully adjustable air-suspension seat.

The ECR50D excavator also features a number of tech advances such as a keypad in the cabin that can be used to control hydraulic flow rates and engine revs and an ECO mode that Volvo says provides up to 10 percent better fuel efficiency. 

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Kubota KX41-3 mini excavator

Kubota KX41-3 mini-excavator

The Kubota KX41-3 mini excavator is pretty much the definition of a mini-excavator, weighing in at just 1.8-tonnes with a full tank. But we’ve found it to be one of the best mini-excavators for its size, punching well above its (small) weight.

The little digger has a horizontal reach at ground level of just under four metres, with a maximum digging depth of 2.3 metres. A 12.7kW Kubota diesel and unique Kubota hydraulics combine to deliver up to 15.5 kN of breakout force at the bucket.

To quote our reviewer, Lydnsay Whittle, while testing the Kubota KX41-3 mini excavator: "I was extremely impressed by what the machine could do and the smoothness of its operation".

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Bobcat E45 mini excavator

Bobcat E45 mini excavator

Bobcat excavators are always popular, and with good reason. They’re extremely well made and designed. Although known primarily for its skid steer loaders, Bobcat’s mini-excavator line has the same quality and attention to detail.

The Bobcat E45 mini excavator is a shining example of what Bobcat can do in this area. Powered by a 31.8kW diesel and weighing in at just over 4.5-tonnes, the E45 delivers a breakout force of 10kN thanks to the machine’s load-sensing hydraulics delivering up to 256 bar of pressure.

 The E45 mini excavator features the smooth controls and easy layout expected of Bobcat digging machines. Thumb-switches on the joystick allows for seamless control of the swing boom and auxiliary hydraulic lines.

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