Link-Belt introduces new minimum swing excavator

link-belt minimum swing excavator

Link-Belt is introducing its new 145 X4 minimum swing excavator to the North American market.

The new machine features an electronically-controlled 102 hp Isuzu engine that meets EPA Final Tier 4 requirements, without the need for a diesel particulate filter (DPF).

“The 145 X4 delivers up to three per cent faster cycle times than its predecessor,” said Adam Woods, Link-Belt product manager.

Hydraulic flow

To ensure that hydraulic flow gets delivered precisely when and where it’s needed, the excavator is equipped with two electrically-controlled Kawasaki variable-displacement axial-piston pumps and one Kawasaki gear pump.

“The end result is more smoothness, maneuverability and precision when digging, dumping or swinging,” Woods said.

The 145 X4 is easy to transport and versatile enough to take on a variety of tasks, such as water and sewer pipeline construction, residential construction, highway and street construction, excavation work and loading trucks. In addition, a dozer blade can be added to tackle more work.

Fuel efficiency is also improved. The 145 X4 delivers up to six per cent better fuel economy than previous models. It also features a 45 litre DEF tank. As well, the 145 X4 boasts a one per cent increase in lifting capacity.

The ROPS and FOPS-certified cab provides improved operator ergonomics and comfort. A large, automotive-grade high-back suspended seat offers lumbar support, with tilting and heat options. Arm rests move proportionally with the console, which means the distance and angle between joysticks and operator remains the same, no matter how the seat is adjusted.

A large, 7-in. LCD colour monitor allows the operator to easily navigate a full menu of controls to take full command of the excavator and attachments. New features include fuel consumption display, machine info and time setting.

Furthermore, the standard rear-view camera is accessible through the monitor, displaying a panoramic view of the worksite from the rear of the machine, with sight guidelines that can be turned on or off by the operator.

Add WAVES with Link-Belt

For maximum visibility, the Wide Angle Visual Enhancement System (WAVES) can be added, which provides a seamless 230-degree view with no blindspots.

“WAVES is an exclusive, award-winning feature for Link-Belt X4 excavators,” Woods said. “The system is easy to use and includes three closed-circuit, high resolution cameras.”

Also, other notable new cab features include dual-halogen cab lights with optional LED lighting; a cup holder and storage areas for cell phones and other small items; newly designed joysticks with easy-to-hold grip and radio mute buttons; and MP3 audio input.

RemoteCARE GPS-enabled telematics system allows 24-7 remote monitoring and security. The system tracks and records routine and major service intervals, as well as machine health. It also lets you be more proactive if potential failure conditions arise; flashing diagnostic codes on the monitor alert the operator to potential trouble and an email alert is automatically sent. The system also provides machine location in real time for better job supervision and remote security monitoring. A six-year subscription is included at no extra charge.


  • Operating weight                                      32 100 lbs.
  • Max dig depth                                          19 ft., 9 in.
  • Max reach at ground level                          28 ft., 3 in.
  • Arm force with auto power boost                14,800 lbf
  • Bucket digging force                                  21,400 lbf
  • Bucket capacity                                         0.38 to 0.98 cubic metres
  • Net horsepower                                        102 hp at 2,000 rpm
  • Max travel speed                                       5.6 km/h
  • Tail swing                                                5 ft., 3 in.