New Link-Belt 235 X3 Spin Ace Excavator now available

17.5% better fuel efficiency and 15% better lift capacity

The new Link-Belt 235 X3 Spin Ace Minimum Swing Radius Excavator is now available in North America in LC and Dozer models. This new model replaces the popular 225 Spin Ace minimum swing radius excavator. New features include an Interim Tier 4a Isuzu engine with 17.5% better fuel efficiency, a ROPS-certified cab with new interior and 7-inch color monitor, up to 15% more lift capacity, 7% faster cycle times and improved serviceability. The 235 X3 Spin Ace can be equipped with an optional auxiliary hydraulic system which allows the operator to change both pressure and flow settings from inside the cab, a real timesaver when working with a multitude of hydraulic tools.

The 235 X3 is equipped with an advanced, electronically-controlled Isuzu diesel engine to deliver unparalleled performance and power to respond to peak demands of heavy digging and lifting applications. This advanced engine is EPA certified to Interim Tier 4a standards utilizing cooled exhaust gas recirculation (CEGR) and diesel particulate filter technology (DPF). The 235 X3 features an all new Fuel Management System to squeeze every ounce of power from every drop of fuel. Technological advancements in engine electronics and enhancements to the hydraulic system have helped reduce fuel consumption by up to 17.5%. This intelligent new fuel efficiency system controls consumption by lowering engine rpm during non-critical functions. In combination with additional engine controls such as Auto-Idle, the advanced Fuel Management System lowers overall owning & operating costs like never before. With a high-pressure common-rail fuel injection system, there’s no wasted fuel with precision, electronically-controlled metering. A new variable geometry turbocharger provides high velocity air flow at lower rpm’s for clean, efficient combustion and power even when performing precision tasks at slower speeds.


Refinements to the X3 Series hydraulic system have resulted in gains in lift capacity up to 15% and up to 7% faster cycle times. Many of the innovative hydraulic features of generation’s past have been carried through to the new X3, including the smooth functionality of the open-centre design. At the end of the day, it’s better performance and more productivity.
 

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CASE Releases New Fan-Influenced Cut of “On the Case” Music Video

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Schneider Electric Introduces QuoteFAST in Canada

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