Link-Belt Excavators has released a new Long Front excavator for the U.S and Canada which is said to provide up to 8% improved fuel economy in the base of the machine, with no diesel particulate filters to maintain or replace. The engine comes with a Speed Priority mode to get jobs done quickly, Heavy mode for combined power and fuel savings or Applied Power mode for control of heavy lifting, fine grading or levelling work.
Called Link-Belt 350 X4 Long Front excavator (350 X4 LF), it features EPA Final Tier 4 engines from Isuzu and can be applied to a variety of dredging, cleaning and sloping applications.
350 X4 LF also has a factory-designed long front attachment to improve performance, durability and dynamic stability as well as provide structural improvements on the lowers such as a 28% thicker travel motor case and 14% more stroke of recoil spring. It also comes with a shape change on the frames for easier cleaning.
The cab, certified by ROPS and FOPS, aims to offer improved operator ergonomics as well as a automotive-grade high-back seat offers unprecedented lumbar support and tilts to a 155° reclining angle.
Additionally, a 7-inch LCD colour monitor allows the operator to navigate a menu of controls to take full command of the excavator and attachments. The standard rear-view camera displays a panoramic view of the worksite from the rear of the machine and is accessible through the monitor. It also provides sight guidelines that can be turned on or off.
The Wide Angle Visual Enhancement System has been integrated with the intention of offering improved visibility. Other features include dual halogen cab lights; a cup holder and storage areas for mobile phones; newly designed joysticks and radio mute buttons; new MP3 audio input, Bluetooth-enabled for hands-free communication, and a standard control pattern changer.
Adam Woods, LBX Product Manager, said: “The 350 X4 LF base machine delivers up to 8% faster cycle times than its predecessor. This performance increase is largely due to a new proprietary control valve with a 30% larger hydraulic passage area. But we didn’t stop there. We increased the size of arm, boom and auxiliary spools to reduce pressure loss and distribute oil more smoothly. Two electronically controlled Kawasaki variable-displacement axial-piston pumps and one Kawasaki gear pump assure that hydraulic flow is delivered precisely when and where it is needed. The end result is more smoothness, maneuverability and precision across all operating modes.”
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