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It can dig very well actually, and that is the main thing that you need to have in today’s very congested mini excavator market.
tippy toes on more than a few occasions, but I think the added stability from the blade definitely aided with the extraction of the concrete as I was able to place it on top of the slab and pull it up in order to crack it. With the larger pieces, I would lift and drop a few times in order to break some of the thinner pieces off.
As I slowly dug my way back toward the wall, the concrete got harder as I hit the footings area so I replaced the GP bucket with the ripper and continued my attack on this atrocity. It took a little while and a few expletives but we were able to finally break everything up into small enough pieces for the skid steer loader to take away and load onto the truck. Once this was completed, I placed the cleaning bucket back on the machine to give the area a quick brush over and tidy up.
According to their website, “CASE Construction Equipment is built on the principle that simple is better.” Nothing could probably be closer to the truth with my experience on this particular machine. There are no real bells and whistles, these guys seem to rely on good old fashion guts and reliability through tried and tested parts and components.
I was impressed with the strength and breakout force when it came to excavating the concrete pad. Even though it was a bit of a struggle at times, the only thing lacking was the weight of the machine itself as it could easily break out and lift the concrete in front of the blade but would find it too heavy to swing around and sidecast without putting the machine up on one track, hence having to keep the bucket in close to the machine and almost on the ground. Note that this was only because the concrete was oversize for the machine; I have operated larger machines in the past that would have struggled with breaking up and moving this particular concrete pad.
The operating levers were still a little stiff as you would expect from a machine with only 12 hours on the clock but overall it was very responsive, fast and, when it came to final trimming, it was easy to achieve a nice clean cut without much effort.
The tramming levers with their small foot pedals attached were handy for using with your feet going forward but left me feeling somewhat cramped in reverse, which is usually expected on a machine this size. Travel speed is very good and the high/low speed switch is conveniently positioned on the tramming lever.
The operator seat and work station are set out pretty well and comfortable but the only real fault I could find with this machine was the amount of hot air protruding up on the right-hand side of the operator between the body of the machine and the seat while the machine is working. I presume that this would only be an issue for the open-air canopy type of machine but it maybe something that Case could have a look at in the future, especially when it comes to the Queensland market.
I have always been a fan of simple machines. There is nothing that I enjoy more than watching a good operator creating a work of earthmoving art simply through an extension of their eyes, hands and feet. At the end of the day, you can have all the tricks available on your machine but only one real question remains: can it dig? The answer in this case is … yes! It can dig very well actually, and that is the main thing that you need to have in today’s very congested mini excavator market.
I was impressed with my very first outing at the controls of a Case machine and would be happy to try another anytime, but everyone has differing opinions, so don’t go taking my word for it … try one out for yourself and make up your own mind!
5. The boom pivot mount looks sturdy 6. The blade sits quite a long way forward of the tracks 7. Solid roll protection and excellent visibility