Mecalac Mini Excavators Summarized — 2022 Spec Guide
Four Compact Machines with Wheeled Options
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Mecalac offers compact excavators through two model families: the MCR Series and MWR Series. The MCR was introduced to the North American market in 2016 and the MWR in 2018. The company is currently on the second generation MCR and first generation MWR. Both models are a result of Mecalac’s focus on pushing the limits of technology with cutting edge designs that make machine operation faster, easier and safer. Rather than fixating on the same machine types as everyone else, Mecalac takes a holistic approach to machine design with an end-user-first mentality to maximize functionality.
The MCR Series is made up of the 6MCR, 8MCR and 10MCR, with the 6MCR and 8MCR fitting into the less-than-8-ton compact category. The MCR models are a groundbreaking concept. The compact track loader-excavator combination has become a particular favorite for jobsites with limited space. The MCR track loader-excavators offer improved speed, productivity and compact operation over traditional mini excavators. The machines provide the tracking speed of a compact track loader with the 360-degree rotation, the complete functionality of an excavator for versatility and travel speeds two times faster than any other small excavator — up to 6.2 mph.
MCR units use Mecalac’s innovative three-part boom system to deliver superior performance in tight spaces as part of the company’s signature 360-degree compactness. The extended range of movement increases flexibility and reach while minimizing unnecessary movement, allowing operators to do more from a single position or within confined spaces. The three-part boom can also be tucked in, even with a full bucket, which allows for extra compactness and mobility without overbalancing the unit in the front — resulting in a true 360-degree compact-swing radius.
The MWR Series consists of the 7, 9, 11 and 15MWR models, with the 7MWR and 9MWR falling into the compact category. The MWRs are indispensable wheeled excavators, combined with the ability of a wheel loader. They offer a revolutionary design — recognized by innovation awards — that addresses pain points often encountered with small wheeled excavators. The MWR has outstanding stability in part because it is 20 percent lower to the ground than similar products, which also makes it easier and safer for the operator to get in and out of the cab. The MWR design also improves accessibility for the operator, with direct access to service points and to the fuel tank from ground level — a feature unique to Mecalac. At the same time, the MWR Series has a high ground clearance to reduce the risk of transmission/gear box damage from obstacles on the ground. While featuring an unbeatable swing diameter, the compactness enhances turning mobility in narrow spaces with four-wheel steering and includes crab steering mode to further enhance performance. Despite its compact size, the 75-hp machine can lift as much as 3 tons up to 9.8 ft.
Advice to Buyers
“It’s possible to get more machine than you need or the opposite, not enough machine,” says Peter Bigwood, general manager for Mecalac North America. “A contractor who wants to streamline their operation could find themselves in the latter category if they go by price and end up with limited functions. A multifunctional machine that offers higher speeds, more control, greater stability and unparalleled range of motion will be game-changing for them.”