RMT Har­vest­ing has in­vested in a Hyundai R210LC-9

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.

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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

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