New mini-excavator helps groundworks contractor to extend its reach

WOOLLISCROFT Groundworks has added one of the first CASE CX18D mini-excavators in the UK to its fleet.

The Worcestershire-based contractor offers a range of building services, including earthworks, equine building services, drainage and water treatment plants.

Run by chartered surveyor Mark Woolliscroft, the company carries out a variety of groundworks projects including footings, foundations, beam and block flooring, drainage and landscaping.

The business operates four machines, including a CASE 695 backhoe loader, a CX35B ZTS mini-excavator, a site dumper and now, the CX18D. This machine was supplied by Warwick Ward.

“The main reason that we decided to go with Warwick Ward for the purchase of our new CASE machine is that we felt the business’s aims and objectives are very similar to those of ourselves,” said Mr Woolliscroft. “We’re a small family business that cares about the customer.”

The CX18D is one of a range of 20 mini and midi-excavators, with operating weights of 1-6 tonnes. The machine tips the scales at 1,830kg with a canopy or 1,940kg with a fully glazed cab and is powered by a Stage V diesel engine delivering 12kW (16.3hp). CASE explained that the model benefits from a variable flow hydraulic system and a zero tailswing counterweight design.

“This is a brand-new model and I really wanted one, but there weren’t any available in the country,” Mr Woolliscroft added. “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.”

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.

“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.”