Bobcat® E17Z Zero Tail Swing Excavator

Narrow access on site will soon be less of a challenge with Bobcat Company set to launch the 1.7 tonne E17Z Zero Tail Swing (ZTS) compact excavator in the coming months.

The E17Z provides an unmatched combination of features for a machine of this size, from ZTS and the roomy and comfortable operator area to the ease of transport thanks to a shipping weight close to 1.6 tonne; its impressive digging forces and working range; the smoothness of the workgroup functions; the fast hydraulic performance in terms of low cycle times and its reliability, durability and easy service access.

In the new E17Z, the ZTS functionality is taken a level further using Bobcat’s Zero House Swing (ZHS) design, in which the front upper structure is also fully protected by ensuring the front corners are kept within the swing circle when the tracks are in the fully expanded position. As a result, the ZHS functionality on the E17Z provides the peace-of-mind of 320° of free rotation when working close to walls and other obstructions, without sacrificing on operator comfort or performance.

The operator environment on the E17Z, in combination with excellent visibility, provides unmatched comfort and safety. The E17Z is built around the operator, providing optimal ergonomics for operators of all sizes with easy access to the pedals and controls. The large canopy and entry/exit space provide the driver with plenty of room to get in and out of the machine. The E17Z has a standard operating weight of 1749kg and a maximum digging depth of 2249mm.


The compact size combined with great stability and a transport weight close to 1.6 tonne makes this machine the perfect choice for applications in confined areas.

The E17Z is towable on trailers for 2200kg of total weight, thanks to a transport weight of less than 1.65 tonne. Movement to and from work sites is made even easier with the integrated upper-structure tie-down points, while an automatic slew brake facilitates safe parking.

The premium control panel ensures all the vital information for the machine is easily accessed by the operator, including auto engine shut-down, auto glow plugs countdown, auto cab lights switch-off, audible alarm (in case of malfunction) and the RPM meter. The E17Z also offers keyless ignition for optimal safety and a battery kill switch to help prevent battery drain when storing the machine, as well providing an effective way to prevent theft.


The impressive dump height on the E17Z allows it to load trucks easily, while the reach at ground level means the machine does not need to be repositioned as often when digging. When fully retracted, the undercarriage allows the excavator to go through narrow spaces; and when fully expanded, provides optimum stability for the excavator, especially when working over the side. Expansion/retraction is a simple process via an electric switch on the control panel.

For more updates on the Bobcat excavator range contact Clark Equipment on 1300 736 848

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