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Zero tailswing only at Yanmar

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MINI excavator specialist Yanmar is introducing zero tailswing machines to its Vio range, with four new minis from 1.1 tonnes to 3.5 tonnes.

The company now believes it has a full range of minis offering real zero tailswing, in that the machine turns within its own tracks.

But Yanmar is also promoting an eight-tonne midi with a patented three-piece boom that allows the whole boom to fold up and turn within its tracks. The B7 Sigma design allows deeper digging and greater reach at height than other models.

The increasing popularity of zeros is likely to see the phasing out of traditional square machines by the manufacturer in the next three to four years, the company said. Yanmar is launching a new crawler carrier, the C12R, with a 1.5-tonne payload and width of 960 mm.

The firm is also planning further diversification, launching metal halide lighting towers in May and plans for developing its own generator range are under consideration.