Develon launches new DX17Z-7 and DX19-7 mini excavators

Published 4/3 at 11:19

Develon has launched the new DX17Z-7 zero tail swing and DX19-7 conventional Stage V compliant mini excavators. Both new models are said to provide significantly increased performance, versatility, operator comfort and easier maintenance than the previous generation machines they replace.

Both models are powered by the Kubota D902 Stage V compliant diesel engine and features the new shared global styling for the next generation Develon mini excavator range. This has been designed to provide increased durability and robustness, whilst the compact dimensions of both machines are designed to make them ideal for working in confined spaces on construction, landscaping and utility projects.

Both the DX17Z-7 and DX19-7 have a 1.75m boom and 1.03m arm as standard, with an optional longer 1.23m arm available for both models. The DX17Z-7 has a cast 180kg counterweight as standard with an additional 85kg counterweight for use with the optional longer arm. The tail swing radius in the DX17Z-7 has been reduced to 645mm whilst the tail swing radius increases to 720mm when the additional 85kg counterweight is used. An integral 65kg cast counterweight is used in both the standard and longer arm versions of the DX19-7.  The front assembly in both the DX17Z-7 and DX19-7 is protected by cylinder guards to avoid collisions or any kind of potential damage, with an optimal hydraulic hose layout which runs through and is protected by the boom structure. This reduces the risk of hose damage and failure, minimising the need for repairs and downtime and increasing equipment productivity and efficiency.

One and two way proportional hydraulic flow is provided as standard with easy access to the selection valve. Flow is easily controlled via a thumbwheel on the right hand joystick, providing better flow control and increased operator convenience. With quick coupler piping already available on both models, the operator can switch to using a quick coupler by pressing a safety button on the left console thereby bringing up a warning message on the digital display in the cab to notify the operator, who can then simply push a button on the right hand joystick to begin quick coupler work.   

The DX17Z-7 and DX19-7 are both equipped with retractable 230mm tracks, where the width between the tracks can be automatically reduced from 1,290mm to 994mm. Both machines have a foldable blade which enables operators to adapt the width and dimensions of the mini excavators to navigate through narrow spaces. The adjustable width allows operators to distribute the weight more evenly, reducing ground pressure and providing increased stability while digging or lifting. 

The DX17Z-7 is available as a canopy machine, whilst the DX19-7 can be supplied with either a canopy or a cab. Both machines share a common set up for the joystick and switch controls. A new digital display replaces the simple gauge panel on the previous models and shows important operator information on the screen. The cab version of the DX19-7 has a radio and is supplied with a heater as standard. A mechanical suspension seat is standard for both models, which can be multiply adjusted to take in differences in body shapes and sizes of operators.

LED lights and a rotating beacon are also standard on both models, promoting safety by enhancing visibility for the operator and by alerting other personnel on site, providing a secure and comfortable working environment in all lighting conditions. The DX17Z-7 has an LED lamp as standard on the boom, whilst the DX19-7 has a light on the boom (in both the canopy and cab versions), with another light on the top of the rear section of the cab in the cabbed version.

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