New Link-Belt Excavator Provides Improvements in Fuel Efficiency and Lift Capacity

Link-Belt's new 235 X3 Spin Ace Excavator is designed to provide a 17.5% improvement in fuel efficiency and 15% better lift capacity.

Link Belt 235 X3 Sa Excavator

The new Link-Belt 235 X3 Spin Ace Minimum Swing Radius Excavator is now available in North America in LC and Dozer models. This new model replaces the popular 225 Spin Ace minimum swing radius excavator. New features include an Tier 4 Interim Isuzu engine with 17.5% better fuel efficiency, a ROPS-certified cab with new interior and 7-inch color monitor, up to 15% more lift capacity, 7% faster cycle times and improved serviceability. The 235 X3 Spin Ace can be equipped with an optional auxiliary hydraulic system which allows the operator to change both pressure and flow settings from inside the cab, a real timesaver when working with a multitude of hydraulic tools.

The 235 X3 is equipped with an advanced, electronically-controlled Isuzu diesel engine to deliver unparalleled performance and power to respond to peak demands of heavy digging and lifting applications. This advanced engine is EPA certified to Tier 4 Interim standards utilizing cooled exhaust gas recirculation (CEGR) and diesel particulate filter technology (DPF). The 235 X3 features an all new Fuel Management System to squeeze every ounce of power from every drop of fuel. Technological advancements in engine electronics and enhancements to the hydraulic system have helped reduce fuel consumption by up to 17.5%. This intelligent new fuel efficiency system controls consumption by lowering engine rpm during non-critical functions. In combination with additional engine controls such as Auto-Idle, the advanced Fuel Management System lowers overall owning and operating costs like never before. With a high-pressure common-rail fuel injection system, there’s no wasted fuel with precision, electronically-controlled metering. A new variable-geometry turbocharger provides high velocity air flow at lower rpms for clean, efficient combustion and power even when performing precision tasks at slower speeds.

The X3 Spin Ace Series cab is 8% larger and more expansive with enhanced visibility to the right side without blocking the view to the travel motors. With a large, 7-inch LED color monitor to interface with the machine, an operator can easily navigate a full menu of user-friendly controls to take full command of the 235. An operator will also feel safer in the ROPS-certified cab, especially with the standard rear-view camera which displays a panoramic view of the worksite from the rear of the machine. Optional side-view cameras are also available.

Other notable new cab features include: a Fuel Consumption Gauge on the monitor to assist in determining operating characteristics; newly designed joysticks with single-swipe wiper function and radio mute buttons; new MP3 audio input, improved airflow of Climate Control A/C and heat; and a repositioned fuse box for easy access. With 20 programmable languages, display messages can be read by virtually anyone. And, all Link-Belt excavators are equipped with a standard control pattern changer so every operator can feel right at home in an X3.

Refinements to the X3 Series hydraulic system have resulted in gains in lift capacity up to 15% and up to 7% faster cycle times. Many of the innovative hydraulic features of generation’s past have been carried through to the new X3, including the smooth functionality of the open-center design. 

To maximize uptime, the 235 X3 features an on-board diagnostic system with flashing diagnostic codes on the monitor to quickly alert the operator to potential trouble. New, programmable, service interval reminders for 13 different service items can be tracked through the monitor to make planning maintenance easier. A new easy access cab filter on the left hand side of the cab provides ground level access while helping maintain cab pressure to keep the interior clean.

Combined with the remote mounted filters and ground-level access carried over from the previous model, this new generation Link-Belt excavator will easy to service.