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by Nick Drew  |  Wed 21 Feb 2024

Hyundai reveals new compact mini-excavator line-up

Trade press events tend to be like buses, you wait a long time for them, then two or three appear at once, that was definitely the scenario last week. I was invited to the Hyundai event but was already booked to attend a product launch at JCB held over the same days.

Hyundai reveals new compact mini-excavator line-up

However, we also get to bring the Korean manufacturer's latest news to the Digger Man Blog thanks to our friends who made the trip to Belgium.

HD Hyundai Construction Equipment took the wraps off no less than five brand new A-Series mini excavators ranging in operating weight from 1.7 to 5.5-tonnes which join the existing machines to form a 12-model range.

The machines feature the latest ultra clean EU emission compliant Stage 5 diesel engines, load lensing hydraulics on the larger machines, proportional joystick controls, factory fitted option for quick coupler pipework, whilst safety check valves are fitted on the boom, dipper arm and the dozer blade cylinders.

Five of the mini excavators: the HX17A Z, HX19A, HX35A Z, HX40A and the HX48AZ, have been launched this month, with 2.5-tonne, 3.0-tonne and 5.0-tonne models completing the line-up in the second quarter of 2024.

The increasingly popular float function is now also included in the dozer blade hydraulics, while an optional angle blade is available on HX35A Z and above.

Operators will appreciate the new larger and comfortable cab. An improved air conditioning system is also available on larger machines. As one has come to expect on a modern mini excavator, the cab features Bluetooth connectivity, such a useful feature enabling the operator to pair with a mobile device as and when required.

These machines are supplied with an all-new 5” digital monitor which is waterproof, and provides the operator with a whole host of operating data, including hydraulic oil flow settings for attachments.

If you have spent any time in the larger A-Series hydraulic excavators, then you will be accustomed to the hydraulic joysticks that are fitted in this mini excavator range. Friends who tried out the machines at the event including my German colleague Dirk Bömer suggested that the excavators delivered a smooth and powerful performance, with superb precise control when grading, and combining multiple machine movements during operation.

I look forward to getting “hands on” with some of these machines in due course, in the meantime, checkout the video below of Dirk trying out the HX40 A in Belgium, the video is courtesy of the Heavy Construction Equipment Channel.


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