Innovative Iron Awards 2020: Yanmar’s SV40 Compact Excavator

We Honor the Top Equipment of 2020

Innovative Iron Awards 2020
Even when the world shut down this year, construction equipment continued to roll. Since the beginning of the pandemic, crews and projects have been considered essential. Key machinery markets like housing are actually bucking the trend and growing in our new Covid economy. Somehow, I was able to attend two important machine tradeshows in February and March (The Rental Show and CONEXPO-CON/AGG) before all the chaos, and equipment manufacturers continued to release awesome, industry-changing products throughout 2020 despite the incredible challenges. The persistence, dedication and innovation of both equipment makers and the equipment trades (construction, rental, ag, landscape and beyond) blew me away this year. They helped build a clearer path in our radically changed world, and I’d like to honor all of them by highlighting what I consider the best compact, off-highway machines, technologies and OEM systems released for sale or concept in 2020. Congrats to all the companies included, and thanks to all the men and women behind these brands. They are essential in today’s rapidly changing world.

4-Ton Dynamo

The 4-metric-ton mini excavator category is super popular these days, and Yanmar’s new SV40 compact excavator is looking to redefine the definition of compact power with best-in-class power, digging force and lifting capacity. Available in cab and canopy, the SV40 boasts a 39-hp electronically controlled Yanmar Tier 4 Final diesel and an 11-ft, 10-in. dig depth. Options include a second PTO function, four- and six-way blades and an additional counterweight. The SV40 comes standard with Eco Mode, Auto-Decel Mode, a lever-controlled backfill blade with float position and two-speed travel. There’s an LCD monitor, speakers and Yanmar’s patented hydraulic quick-coupler. For more info, visit or check out the video below.