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Tuesday, July 26th, 2022

XCMG Compact Excavators Meet and Beat Popular North American Brands

XCMG XE18U

Compact excavators are versatile, small machines capable of a multitude of tasks in confined spaces.

Compact excavator sales are expected to grow exponentially in the near future. “The global Compact Construction Equipment market size is estimated to be worth USD 17.9 billion in 2022 and is forecast to a readjusted size of USD 31.3 billion by 2028,” states MarketWatch.

Each year, International Construction publishes Yellow Table – an annual ranking of the world’s top 50 construction equipment manufacturers by sales. According to the latest Yellow Table (which shows sales figures for 2021), Xuzhou Construction Machinery Group (XCMG) is the third largest manufacturer (by sales) in the world with sales for the year 2021 of US$18.1 billion.

Although sales of XCMG is strong in much of the world, in North America, bias against non-North American manufacturers has hindered adoption of some brands even when their product is equal to or better than North American brands.

Side view of the XCMG XE27U mini excavator

Side view of the XCMG XE27U mini excavator

For example, on the XCMG compact excavators, the crucial components, such as the engine, key cab components, and tracks, are supplied by highly reputable international manufacturers. They are also able to meet the same specifications as their North American counterparts and offer the same features as them.

Let’s compare XCMG to some common North American models (Caterpillar, John Deere, Kubota, and Yanmar).

XE18U Competitive Specs Comparison

FEATURE XCMG XE18U KUBOTA U17 Deere 17G Cat 301.7D CR Yanmar ViO17-A
Engine Model Kubota D902 Kubota D902 Yanmar 3TNV74F Yanmar 3TNV76 Yanmar 3TNV74F0
Engine Horsepower (*SAE J 1995 Gross) HP / rpm 15.82 / 2300 15.2 / 2300* 14.5 / 2400 17.7 / 2600 14.5 / 2400
Displacement cu. in. 54.8 54.8 61 40 61
Emissions Tier Level (EPA) Tier 4 Final Tier 4 Final Tier 4 Final Tier 4 Final Tier 4 Final
Dimension Overall length in. 140.1 139.6 141.3 140 136
Overall height in. 92.5 92.1 94 92 91
Overall width in. 39 / 49 39 / 49 39 / 50 39 / 51 37 / 49
Tail swing type Zero Zero Minimal Minimal Zero
Tail swing overhang in. 0 0 4.5 0
Min. ground clearance in. 5.7 5.9 6 7
Working range  Max. digging height in. 137 139.4 139 136 145
Max. dumping height in. 95 96.1 99 96 104
Max. digging radius @ ground in. 153.5 151.2 146 146
Max. digging depth in. 90.2 90.9 86 90 91
Max. vertical digging depth in. 69 75.2 62 72.8
Hydraulic System Pump capacity GPM 17 11.9 13.1 10.5 15.3
Auxiliary hydraulic flow rate GPM psi 5.3 2,176 7.3 3,129  7.9 — 9.0 3,481  8.1 2,625 
Auxiliary relief
Maximum arm crowd force lbf 2,248 1,918 2,046 1,890 1,918
Max. bucket digging force lbf 3,597 3,417 3,597 3,190 3,417
Drive system Traveling speed mph 1.5 / 2.1 1.4 / 2.6 1.5 / 2.6 1.7 / 3.5 1.3 / 2.7
Max. traction force Track shoe width  lbf in. 3,507 4865 4183
9 9.1 9 9.1 9.1
Ground contact pressure psi 4.1 3.8 4.1 4.1
Swing system Unit swing speed rpm 9.1 9.4 9.5
Boom swing angle ( L / R ) degree 60 / 50 65 / 58 70 / 50 65 / 57 42 / 65
Blade Blade    width x height  in. 39 / 49 x 10.2 39 / 49 x 10.3 39 / 50 x 10.2 39 / 51 x 9 39 / 51 x 9
Max. lift above ground in. 10 11 11.2 11 10
Max. drop below ground in. 7 7.5 9.1 12
Capacities Fuel reservoir gal. 4.5 5 5.3 5.0 5.3
Hydraulic reservoir / system gal. 4.8 / 2.64 3.4 / 6.1 3.7 / — 5.3 / — 4.4 / —
Operating weight Rubber tracks, canopy lbs. 3,957 3,814 3,790 3,726 3,836

Power

At the heart of every machine is an engine. The 2.0-ton XCMG XE18U comes equipped with a Tier 4 Final Kubota D902 engine—the same engine that’s in the Kubota U17. All engines meet Tier 4 Final standards.

The Kubota D902 is a 15.8 net hp engine, which is a 20 per cent increase over the last generation, is larger than the 14.5 net hp Yanmar 3TNV74F0 engine that’s in the Yanmar ViO17-A and John Deere 17G compact excavators.

The 2.95-ton XCMG XE27U comes equipped with a 20.7-hp Kubota D1105 engine. This engine provides more power than competitive models from John Deere (26G), Yanmar (ViO26-6A), and Kubota (U25).

XE18U Product Highlights
The XE18U’s ergonomic configuration and interiors provide a comfortable operating environment

Performance

XCMG easily competes with these four manufacturers on numerous key metrics.

When it comes to dig depth, the XCMG XE18U is at the higher end of the range—90.2 inches—versus the lowest (John Deere) at 86 inches and the highest (Yanmar) at 91 inches.

The XCMG XE18U has the highest digging radius at ground level (153.5 inches).

The XE18U also has the highest rated pump capacity at 17 gallons per minute (gpm) and the highest maximum bucket digging force (tied with John Deere) at 3,597 pounds.

And its travel speed (2.4 km/h) is second only to the Caterpillar 301.7D CR (2.7 km/h).

The XCMG XE27U also boasts a class-leading maximum dig depth of 110.2 inches and a class-leading 187 inches maximum digging radius at ground level.

This machine is on the upper end when it comes to dump height (122.8 inches) on a range that goes from 109 inches (Yanmar) to 126.4 inches (Kubota).

XE27U Product Highlights
Some product features of the XE27U, highlighting its comfortable operating environment

XE27U Competitive Specs Comparison

FEATURE XCMG XE27U KUBOTA U25 Deere 26G Cat 302.7D CR Yanmar ViO25-6A
Engine Model Kubota D1105 Kubota D1105 Yanmar 3TNV80F Yanmar 3TNV76 Yanmar 3TNV80F
Engine Horsepower (*SAE J 1995 Gross) HP / rpm 20.7 / 2400 19.8 / 2400 20 / 2500 20.7 / 2500 20.4 / 2500
Displacement cu. in. 68.5 68.5 77 68 77
Emissions Tier Level (EPA) Tier 4 Final Tier 4 Final Tier 4 Final Tier 4 Final Tier 4 Final
Dimension Overall length in. 164.9 163.3 165.0 168.0 161.0
Overall height in. 101.6 95.3 96.0 95.0 98.0
Overall width in. 59 59.1 55.0 62 59.0
Tail swing type Minimal Zero Zero Zero Zero
Tail swing overhang in. 1.6 0.5 0.5 -1 0
Min. ground clearance in. 11.4 11.2 12.6
Working range  Max. digging height in. 172.8 178.3 175 169.0 176.0
Max. dumping height in. 122.8 126.4 126 116.0 109.0
Max. digging radius @ ground in. 187 183.9 185.0
Max. digging depth in. 110.2 106.7 102 108.0 108.0
Max. vertical digging depth in. 90.9 101.6 85.0
Hydraulic System Pump capacity GPM 21.9 20.3 20 23.6 24.4
Auxiliary hydraulic flow rate GPM psi 7.6 2,610  12.7 3,484 12.2 — 13.8 3,263 13.6 2,987
Auxiliary relief
Maximum arm crowd force lbf 3,147 2,745 3,410 3,057
Max. bucket digging force lbf 5,170 5,765 4,994 5,058 4,079
Drive system Traveling speed mph 1.2 /1.9 1.6 / 2.9 1.8 / 2.8 1.3 / 2.3 1.7 / 2.8
Max. traction force Track shoe width  lbf in. 6,677 6745
11.8 11.8 12 11.8 10
Ground contact pressure psi 3.7 3.32 3.6 4.7
Swing system Unit swing speed rpm 10 9.8 9.1 10
Boom swing angle ( L / R ) degree 75 / 55 75 / 55 70 / 60 75 / 50 47 / 74
Blade Blade    width x height  in. 39 / 49 x 10.2 59 x 11.8 61 x 14.2 61.9 x 11.4 59 x 13
Max. lift above ground in. 12 14 14 15 14
Max. drop below ground in. 13 13 12 16.5 13
Capacities Fuel reservoir gal. 8.7 7.4 9 9.3 8.1
Hydraulic reservoir / system gal. 5.8 /10.6 5.8 / 9.8 6.3 / — 7 / — 14.3 / —
Operating weight Rubber tracks, canopy lbs. 5,908 5,625 5,780 5,681 5,919

Features

The final element that proves XCMG compact excavators can compete with “North American” models are the features on XCMG compact excavators.

Both the XE18U zero-tail swing model features a retractable undercarriage for greater mobility, productivity, and safety in confined spaces. Both the 18U and 27U have two, large rearview mirrors which provide optimal visibility. The spacious and ergonomic cab features a new short stroke joystick with a roller switch to operate the attachment which has been demonstrated to reduce operator fatigue. A large LCD display shows machine information for better operation and reduced downtime. Key hydraulic parts are equipped with the latest technologies for faster response, more precise control, greater efficiency and less energy consumption. All serviceable components are easy to access, which will reduce the amount of time spent performing “in-the-field” service.

As you can see, once you compare the specifications and features of XCMG compact excavators to compact excavators in North America sold by other manufacturers, you see the XCMG line can easily compete with these manufacturers.

Contact CanLift Equipment today if you’d like to buy or learn more about XCMG mini excavators.