First Bobcat E20 excavators dig onto sites

The Bobcat E20 2-tonne model is a Zero Housing Swing excavator.

Oman National Engineering & Investment Co., based in Muscat in the Sultanate of Oman, has taken delivery of the first mini-excavators to be sold in the country, comprising 20 new Bobcat E20 compact excavators supplied by International Heavy Equipment LLC (IHE).

“We are delighted with this order, which is the result of pioneering work by Bobcat and IHE to introduce the mini-excavator concept in Oman,” says Gaby Rhayem, regional director Middle East and Africa for Bobcat.

Oman National Engineering & Investment Co. was formed in 1978 to manage the Rural Electricity System for the Ministry of Electricity & Water Established.  For more than 35 years, the company has developed become a leading supplier of services to the Utility and Engineering sectors in Oman.

Operating from the Gala area of Muscat, IHE is the Trucks, Buses and Equipment company of The Zubair Corporation.  The company has been the authorised distributor for the Bobcat range of equipment in Oman for well over 25 years. The Bobcat range is one of many world renowned manufacturers and products that IHE represents in Oman.

The Bobcat E20 2 tonne model is a Zero Housing Swing (ZHS) excavator, which means that it offers enhanced Zero Tail Swing (ZTS) functionality by further protecting the front upper structure corners turning within the swing circle.  The ZHS configuration in the E20 excavator therefore provides 320° of free rotation when working close to structures, without sacrificing on operator comfort or performance.

Oman National Engineering & Investment Co. chose the Bobcat E20 excavator because its ability to unite all the benefits of the ZHS design with the high performance and stability of a 2-tonne conventional tail swing excavator.

When fully retracted, the undercarriage allows the excavator to go through narrow spaces; and, when fully expanded, it provides optimum stability for the excavator, especially when working over the side. Expansion and retraction are simple and easy via a switch on the control panel.

Equipment Africa says: Bobcat continues to reinforce its standing as one of the leading innovators in the compact equipment space globally, and this order of the first compact excavators in Oman, is a true indicator of the trust in this offering. One of the key focus areas of the E20 mini-excavator is productivity. For example, the tailgate and side cover can be quickly opened to provide immediate access to conveniently located components such as easily cleaned side-by-side coolers and other daily maintenance and service points, reducing downtime to a minimum.

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