Woolliscroft Groundworks, a Worcestershire-based drainage and water treatment specialist, has recently bought a CASE CX18D mini excavator, one of the first in the UK.
Run by Mark Woolliscroft, a chartered surveyor and RICS member, the company is known for its high-standard groundworks operations, encompassing footings, foundations, beam and block flooring, drainage, and landscaping.
The CASE CX18D, part of a range of 20 mini and midi excavators, is notable for its compact size and high performance. Weighing between 1,830kg with a canopy and 1,940kg with a fully glazed cab, it is powered by a Stage V diesel engine and features a variable flow hydraulic system and a zero tailswing counterweight design. These attributes make it ideal for working in confined spaces, reducing the risk of damage on job sites.
“This is a brand-new model and I really wanted one, but there weren’t any available in the country. We needed a smaller model that could work alongside buildings. We also wanted something with plenty of reach and plenty of bucket breakout. The CX18D delivers all of those features,” said Woolliscroft.
Available with a choice of 1,150mm and 1,350mm dipper sticks, the CX18D has a maximum digging depth of 2,480mm and a reach of up to 4,120mm. Arm breakout force is 950daN, while bucket breakout force is up to 1,500daN.
“The CX18D has an excellent bucket breakout force,” said Woolliscroft. “We really appreciate the long-reach arm and the zero tailswing nature of the model means that we can work very close to existing buildings and walls. Add to that the retractable undercarriage and the machine is a very versatile tool, one that we can use on the majority of our building sites.”
The business, which already operated four machines including a CASE 695 backhoe loader, a CX35B ZTS mini excavator, and a site dumper, bought this latest CASE machine through local Case Construction Equipment dealer Warwick Ward.