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DEVELON’s smallest mini excavator yet

Retractable undercarriage, collapsible dozer blade enable versatile operation when in confined job sites

A mini excavator lifts up a rock on a job site
A DEVELON DX17Z-7 mini excavator DEVELON

Weighing at approximately 4,200 pounds, DEVELON's new DX17Z-7 is its smallest mini excavator yet. DEVELON says that this new model is ready to make a big impact on job sites despite its smaller stature.

DEVELON built the DX17Z-7 as an answer to requests for a mini excavator that can swiftly move around in tight job sites. The DX17Z-7 stands out in DEVELON lineup because of its compact size and its retractable undercarriage with a collapsible dozer blade. This enables the mini excavator to squeeze into small spaces when needed and provides steady operation when working on slopes.

"Contractors can say goodbye to the days of difficult navigation and limited maneuverability with the addition of the DX17Z-7 to our mini excavator lineup," says Andy Jeong, mini excavator product manager, DEVELON. "This nimble piece of machinery helps jobs stay on track by tackling the toughest tasks in the tightest spaces. The DX17Z-7 features many of the same premium features as the rest of our mini excavator line, with the added benefits of a compact footprint, retractable undercarriage, and collapsible dozer blade."

DEVELON designed the 16-horsepower DX17Z-7 with productivity and maneuverability in mind. Offering a 48-inch track width, the DX17Z-7 can travel between homes on tight lot lines or flush against existing structures in developed areas where larger equipment doesn't fit. If the machine can access the work area, it has the potential to replace work that was previously done by manual labour with shovels and wheelbarrows. The machine's zero tail swing design also makes navigating in urban areas and around confined worksites or obstacles easier. Operators can maneuver with confidence next to structures without sacrificing turning, digging, or lifting performance.

The new mini excavator features an open canopy cab for ideal operator visibility. A selectable control pattern switch gives operators the ability to change between ISO and "backhoe" patterns depending on their preference. The change valve is located beneath the floor cover and is easily accessible without the need for any tools. The machine comes standard with the new MY DEVELON telematics system that monitors the health, location and productivity of DEVELON equipment from a mobile app and website.

Unique to the DX17Z-7, the retractable undercarriage and collapsible dozer blade offer versatility when accessing and working in confined spaces. The retractable track is easily controlled via an electric switch on the control panel. The fully retracted undercarriage allows the excavator to enter narrow spaces. When fully expanded, the undercarriage provides stability, especially when working over the side. 

The collapsible dozer blade can be retracted or expanded to meet various job site needs. To make grading, levelling and backfilling as easy as possible, the blade float feature allows the blade to follow the contours of the ground without operator input.

Auxiliary hydraulics are configured with flush-face couplers to make quick hose connections when using augers, breakers, and other hydraulic attachments. Like all DEVELON -7 Series mini excavators, the DX17Z-7 features a hydraulic quick-coupler-ready design with quick-coupler hydraulic piping installed to the end of the arm. Additionally, the DX17Z-7 has a thumb-ready design to grab and lift objects.

The excavator's undercarriage design helps protect against wear and tear of all retractable parts. The rubber track undercarriage provides ideal flotation and traction on sensitive or soft surfaces and minimizes damage as it travels across them. Standard cylinder guards protect the machine's cylinders in the event of collisions with other objects.

New DEVELON machines include full coverage for 36 months or 5,000 hours, whichever comes first, with parts and service support from a local authorized DEVELON dealer. Local dealers provide service, parts, and advice, while technicians keep machines running.

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2905 Shawnee Industrial Way
Suite 100
Suwanee, GA
US, 30024


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