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Firms open up to micro power

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MANUFACTURERS have targeted the house building and DIY sectors with micro excavators, all under 1 tonne, as Ingersoll-Rand and Komatsu joined JCB in launching machines for the most restricted of sites.

Ingersoll-Rand's new 316 is the only machine to feature a cab as standard, but it is also the lightest at 750 kg. Komatsu has launched the PC09-1, weighing in at 880 kg, while JCB's Micro and Micro Plus tip the scales at 1 tonne and 1.2 tonne respectively. The Komatsu is only 700 mm wide and features the manufacturer's distinctive tubular arm.

JCB said micros had increased in demand as customers looed for a machine that could go through a narrow doorway. Its machines, which can pass through a standard 760 mm doorway, have an extendible undercarriage. The manufacturer claimed they would be the first micros able to power a breaker. To woo the DIY sector, all functions are activated by separate levers.