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Hybrid pushes hard and easy

New Holland has introduced a machine that combines the qualities of a crawler excavator and a crawler dozer.

The Blade Runner Series B is one of a number of new excavators and features added to its range.

New Holland said the machine will suit jobs such as digging ditches and channels, laying pipes, refilling, earth moving, lifting, levelling and the finishing of embankments.

The hybrid machine is derived from a E135B SR 14 tonne excavator. An impressive thrust force is achieved by borrowing components in its undercarriage from a 20 tonne machine.

The Blade Runner has a onepiece arm and a six-way blade which as well as lifting and lowering can turn to right and left and swing on the vertical plane, rotating in both directions.

The machine’s two newgeneration low-noise, highcapacity pumps are driven by the Mitsubishi Tier 3A engine
(74 kW at 2,000 rpm), with 6 per cent more power than the previous version.

The company says it has taken the comfort of the operator into consideration with the design of the cab. It has introduced a more spacious cab with an ergonomic seat and built the armrests into the side console to provide more comfort and created a greater distance between the pedals and the seat to make the operation of the machine easier and smoother.

New Holland has also positioned all the controls within arm’s reach for the operator and arranged them ergonomically on the right.

New Holland has also launched two midi excavators and a larger machine to the UK market. It unveiled its E70 and E80 at the IOG Saltex exhibition last month and has introduced the E135B SR.

The latter features reconfigured engine components to reduce noise. Soundproofing has been simplified by pulling engine components together, which has lowered noise levels by 5dB.

Cab sizes have been standardised across the range of excavators, so an E70 midi has the same cab as a 20 tonner.