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Mecalac 11MRW excavator put to the test

Mecalac 11MRW excavator

Customers try out new compact wheeled excavator at Warwickshire demonstration day

EARLIER this month, construction professionals from across the UK visited Adventure Sports in Warwickshire to try out the Mecalac 11MWR wheeled excavator. As well as putting the machine through its paces, attendees were briefed on the product concept and its advantages against the competition.

Officially launched to the UK market earlier this year, the 11MWR is said to blend the benefits of a crawler excavator and wheeled loader into one unique solution. Designed from the ground up, the machine is twice as compact as a classic excavator design, making it particularly suitable for urban and peri-urban use.

Unlike most wheeled excavators, the 11-tonne unit has a low centre of gravity, ensuring 360° telescopic stability regardless of terrain. With the upper cabin set low between the four-wheel steering system, class-leading technology ensures agility, mobility and versatility, without compromising on ground clearance.

Powered by a turbocharged Deutz TCD 3.6 L4 water-cooled diesel engine, the 11MRW delivers 75hp at 2,200 rev/min. A closed hydrostatic centre transmission with Senso Drive automatic regulation achieves a continuously variable rate over the whole speed range, whilst an optional automatic gearbox ensures smooth operation. 

With a maximum reach of 6.5m, digging depth of –2.9m, breakout force of 6,000daN and tear-out (penetration) force of 3,400daN, the 11MWR is said to deliver class-leading performance. The addition of Mecalac’s ‘CONNECT’ quick-coupler ensures simple and safe equipment changes, whilst a variable-adjustment, three-part boom with offset allows operators to work outside their machine pattern.

Additional benefits include direct access to the cab via steps that are in line with the cab door, easy ground-level access to all servicing points, including the refuelling point, plus a wide selection of customizable accessories to ensure job site suitability.

Commenting on the demonstration day, Adam Phillips, product marketing specialist at Mecalac Construction Equipment UK (CEUK), said: ‘A revolutionary, state-of-the-art addition to our compact portfolio, the MWR range sets the standards in lifting and carrying capability and offers a versatile wheeled excavator solution for almost every application.

‘Hosting a special event at the Adventure Sports site in Warwickshire provided the perfect opportunity to showcase the 11MWR to excavator users and our dealer network. Alongside the digging areas, the site’s off-road course allowed us to put the model’s speed, agility, compaction and ground clearance to the test.’

According to Mecalac, initial feedback from the event has been very positive, with one attendee commenting: ‘There is absolutely no competition when it comes to this machine; I’ve tried the nearest competitor and sent it back.’

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