Takeuchi expands availability of battery-powered compact excavator
Takeuchi's first battery-powered compact excavator, which has been available through a pilot program with United Rentals since early 2022, will soon be available for sale through qualified dealers across North America.
The TB20e, powered by a lithium-ion battery with a continuous working range from four to eight hours depending on the application and environment, has similar performance to Takeuchi's TB216 compact excavator. An onboard charger provides 95- to 265-volt single-phase power, and when added runtime is needed operators can tether to the onboard charger and keep working. An optional off-board charger can charge the machine in two to four hours.
"The TB20e is an example of Takeuchi's enduring legacy of innovation in the compact equipment market," said David Caldwell, national product manager for Takeuchi-US. "We're committed to environmental stewardship, and this new battery-powered excavator is designed to help our customers meet their own sustainability goals without sacrificing the performance and reliability they deserve and expect from Takeuchi."
The TB20e has an operating weight of 4,255 pounds and features a standard long arm with integrated thumb mount. It has a maximum dig depth of 7 feet, 10 inches and a maximum reach of 13 feet 4 inches. A primary hydraulic circuit plumbed to midarm delivers 9.0 GPM for running a hydraulic hammer or other hydraulically driven attachments. Because the TB20e has no engine, maintaining the excavator is simple, with fewer moving parts and no need for fuel filters, engine oil, engine oil filters, or coolant.
Inside the cab, operators will find a colour, 4.3-inch high-definition, multifunction monitor, electrohydraulic joystick controls, key start, comfortable suspension seat, traditional travel and blade control levers, and an electronic dial throttle. This dial throttle increases the motor speed incrementally; however, unlike a diesel engine that gets increasingly louder as its RPMs ramp up, the TB20e's only sounds come from its motor and pumps.
The Takeuchi Fleet Management (TFM) telematics system comes standard on the TB20e with free access throughout the machine's two-year standard warranty period. TFM reduces downtime and controls costs by providing remote diagnostics and scheduled maintenance reminders along with customizable alert settings. It also supplies owners and operators with valuable information about machine health, run time (hours), and location. Owners can geofence their machines, protecting and securing their investments.
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