www.columbusequipment.com 2 Takeuchi-US has introduced a new diesel-electric hybrid excavator for contractors who need to switch between indoor and outdoor work, or who otherwise want the advantages of an electric motor. The TB216H compact excavator—the company’s first hybrid machine—easily switches from the 14.2-hp electric motor to the Tier 4 Final 14.9-hp diesel engine. The machine offers identical performance in either mode. “This brings a versatile and durable option to our customers’ lineup, eliminating the need for a separate machine to work indoors,” noted David Caldwell, national product manager for Takeuchi. “The addition of the TB216H excavator provides our customers with a product that features dual-power options to work in a broader range of applications.” In addition to enclosed sites, the electric engine is useful in areas where noise or emissions must be limited, such as near schools or hospitals, or when a contractor wants the lower operating costs of an electric motor. For electric mode, the operator just plugs the exca- vator into a 400- to 480-volt, three-phase power source. If it’s plugged in while in diesel mode, the diesel engine will shut off. The electric motor is maintenance free and is designed to swing out and away from the diesel engine for serviceability. Operators can even adjust the speed of the electric motor via the throttle. This compact excavator has a retractable under- carriage that goes from 51.2 inches to 38.6 inches. With an operating weight of 4,277 lbs., the TB216H provides maximum bucket breakout force of 4,250 lbs. It can dig to 7 feet 10 inches, and the reach extends to 13 feet 5 inches. New Takeuchi TB216H Compact Excavator: Checking All the Noise, Emission and Environment Boxes The TB216H provides maximum bucket breakout force of 4,250 lbs. It can dig to 7 feet 10 inches, and the reach extends to 13 feet 5 inches. If you want versatility and lower operating costs in a compact excavator, contact Columbus Equipment Company for a demo of the Takeuchi TB216H today!