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Tracked debut for Mecalac

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EXCAVATOR manufacturer Mecalac is to launch its first tracked machine at Intermat, a 14-tonner featuring the manufacturer's distinctive three-piece boom.

The 714, which is also available as a wheeled machine, will be followed by seven and ninetonne versions.

The excavators feature a new asymmetric boom cylinder arrangement, which allows the boom to be extended up to 140 deg - 30 deg more than conventional excavators.

This, says Mecalac, allows greater visibility for the operator and protects the cylinders from damage.

The range is more powerful and faster than its predecessors, reaching speeds of up to 35 kph and also features Can-Bus computer connections, more commonly found on larger equipment. These make it possible to connect Mecalac's Easy Drive system, which memorises all working conditions, such as angle of slope.

Other innovations include a patented door system and an operator's step that folds away, reducing the risk of damage on tighter sites, but extends automatically when the arm rest is raised by the driver.