Mecalac added its MWR Series of wheeled excavators to the North American market. It consists of three models (7MWR, 9MWR and 11MWR) to help meet the needs of operations in the construction, landscaping and forestry industries, as well as municipalities and utility construction.
The MWR Series of wheeled excavators enables maneuverability in tight working areas, offering the flexibility and versatility of a skid-steer or compact track loader in one machine.
“Traditionally, wheeled excavators have enjoyed less popularity in North America because the open spaces and greater distances to travel favored larger equipment. That is no longer the case. As supply chain challenges continue and trucking costs increase, hauling equipment is becoming more expensive. Compounding that is the fact that jobsites are getting smaller and labor shortages plague nearly every industry and business. These trends make it easy to recognize that the North American market needs compact equipment Offand the specific advantages that the wheeled excavator offers,” said Peter Bigwood, general manager of Mecalac North America. “Mecalac has more than 40 years of experience building and fine tuning our wheeled excavators; and we believe the North American market is ready for this new approach to work.”
Each of the three models in the MWR series offers speed in a compact footprint. The smallest of the three, the 7MWR, offers variable speed between zero and 19 mph. Two of the larger models, the 9MWR and 11MWR, provide contractors standard travel speeds between zero and 12 mph with an option for higher speed up to 22 mph on the 9MWR and up to 19mph on the 11MWR.
The MWR series machines have a center of gravity that is 20 percent lower than competitive models while still maintaining a high ground clearance. The combination offers stability even while operating off-road and on slopes and simultaneously reduces the risk of undercarriage damage from obstacles on the ground. With four-wheel steering, the MWR series machines are maneuverable.
A 75-hp (55.4-kilowatt) engine is standard on each model. The smallest model is capable of lifting three metric tons at 10 feet (3 meters) through 360 degrees.
Using Mecalac’s patented hydraulic quick coupler, transitions between attachments such as buckets or forks can be made in under a minute from inside the cab. Equipped with a set of forks, the MWR machines can replace a telescopic handler or rough terrain forklift and another operator. The Mecalac patented boom system even allows for unloading pallets below grade.
All MWR models in North America come standard with MyMecalac, the company’s fleet management technology. The onboard telematics system delivers several solutions from high-level summaries to specific machine details, including maintenance, inspection and damage notifications, for fleet managers.