Takeuchi FR models - “Front and Rear” zero-swing for tighter quarters
As the working quarters get tighter, so does the need for a smaller turning radius. Takeuchi makes two “Front and Rear” zero-swing models – the 5,750-kilogram (12,675 lb) TB257FR* and the 8,730-kilogram (19,240 lb) TB280FR*. The FR stands for Full Rotation or “Front and Rear,” meaning the upper structure can be rotated nearly completely within the width of the tracks when the boom is fully stowed next to the cab. In every position, the tail has zero overhang, giving operators great confidence in not hitting something with the counterweight during swing.
“These models have Takeuchi’s unique side-to-side boom feature that allows the boom to fully offset to the left or right, while keeping the counterweight over the center line of the machine; that gives them exceptional stability,” said David Caldwell, Excavator Product Manager for Takeuchi. “They are not only excellent choices for digging, but other applications such as demolition. Depending on the size of the attachment, the boom can be stowed alongside the cab. In this position, the machine can stay nearly within the width of the tracks while the upper structure is rotated. This design often lets you work with a larger excavator in the footprint of smaller one.”
Caldwell added that FR excavators are ideal for road and bridge work, working alongside buildings and other structures, general construction, landscaping and “a whole range of applications with limited access and space.”
“They provide unmatched visibility to the work equipment and the task at hand,” said Caldwell. “Their low center of gravity makes them very stable and contributes to lifting capabilities similar to that of a conventional excavator.”