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    Top 10 Most Popular Mini Excavators on LECTURA Specs

    By Patrik Eder · July 26, 2022


    We have counted and analyzed over 1,100,000 checked machines from 77 manufacturers and we proudly present to you the Global TOP 10.

    Check out the TOP 10 most popular mini excavators in 2022 on LECTURA Specs.
    # Globally

    (1,100,725 machines*)
    1 8018 CTS
    JCB
    2 KX41-2 V
    Kubota
    3 X 320
    Bobcat
    4 TB 125
    Takeuchi
    5 301.8C
    Caterpillar
    6 U55-4
    Kubota
    7 302.5C
    Caterpillar
    8 8014 CTS
    JCB
    9 KX61-3 GL
    Kubota
    10 TB 016 S
    Takeuchi
    * As of 26.7.2022

    The global ranking is dominated by JCB 8018 CTS. Furthermore, the British manufacturer has another mini excavator in the Top 10 ranking - the 8014 CTS that ranked 8th. The second place was seized by Kubota and its model KX41-2 V. The Japanese manufacturer has two more machines in the Top 10 ranking; the U55-4 (6th) and KX61-3 GL (9th). The third place belongs to American manufacturer Bobcat and its mini excavator X 320. Another Japanese company, Takeuchi, gained two positions with TB 125 (4th) and TB 016 S (10th), whereas the two remaining spots were claimed by Caterpillar 301.8C (5th) and Caterpillar 302.5C (7th).
    JCB 8018 CTS - Top 10 Most Popular Mini Excavators on LECTURA Specs in 2019
    JCB 8018 CTS is our global winner

    And now let's have a look at the local champions:
    You will find all countries with at least „20,000" checked machines.

    # Germany

    (172,869)
    France

    (139,850)
    Italy

    (117,617)
    United States

    (109,806)
    Poland

    (75,368)
    United Kingdom

    (61,425)
    KX 019-4 GL
    Kubota
    EC25
    Volvo
    U27-4 HI
    Kubota
    KX61-2 G
    Kubota
    8018 CTS
    JCB
    8014 CTS
    JCB
    KX41-2 V
    Kubota
    KX41-2 V
    Kubota
    320 D
    Bobcat
    VIO 35
    Yanmar
    8025 ZTS
    JCB
    KX36-3 GL
    Kubota
    KX61-3 GL
    Kubota
    U25-3α GL
    Kubota
    8018 CTS
    JCB
    VIO 55
    Yanmar
    E19
    Bobcat
    KX61-3 GL
    Kubota
    KX41-3 VHGL
    Kubota
    U27-4 NHGL
    Kubota
    322 D
    Bobcat
    KX91-2
    Kubota
    1404
    Wacker Neuson
    KX 027-4 HGL
    Kubota
    HR 16
    Terex-Schaeff
    302.5C
    Caterpillar
    U17-3
    Kubota
    B 27
    Yanmar
    301.8C
    Caterpillar
    U10-3 G
    Kubota
    1404
    Wacker Neuson
    302.7D CR
    Caterpillar
    PC50MR-2
    Komatsu
    KX121-2
    Kubota
    1503
    Neuson
    8018 CTS
    JCB
    HR 12
    Terex-Schaeff
    X 320
    Bobcat
    X 320
    Bobcat
    U55-4
    Kubota
    8014 CTS
    JCB
    U27-4 HI
    Kubota
    KX 057-4
    Kubota
    8018 CTS
    JCB
    PC16R-3HS
    Komatsu
    HR 14
    Terex-Schaeff
    KX 019-4 GL
    Kubota
    U55-4
    Kubota
    8018 CTS
    JCB
    8025 ZTS
    JCB
    303 C R
    Caterpillar
    E32
    Bobcat
    E 16
    Bobcat
    TB 125
    Takeuchi
    10  U10-3 G
    Kubota
    U17-3
    Kubota
    PC12R-8
    Komatsu
    305.5E CR
    Caterpillar
    8015
    JCB
    8015
    JCB
    Overall, the most visitors (over 172,000) have come from Germany. As you can see, the most popular model in Germany is currently Kubota KX 019-4 GL, moreover, the Japanese manufacturer dominates German ranking with 6 models out of 10; Kubota KX41-2 V and KX61-3 GL achieved the 2nd and 3rd spot, respectively. In France, Kubota has become the most popular brand as well, seizing the domestic chart with 4 models. However, Volvo EC25 seems to be the most popular mini excavator there. The situation is quite even in Italy: both Bobcat and Komatsu seized 3 positions, but Kubota U27-4 HI holds the top spot. The Japanese manufacturer is also the most popular brand in the USA, holding 4 spots, including rank 1 (Kubota KX61-2 G). The second most popular brand in the USA is Yanmar that managed to get ranks 2 and 3 with models VIO 35 and VIO 55, respectively. If we look at the ranking in Poland, the first thing we see is the dominance of JCB. The first two spots are claimed by the British brand and its models; JCB 8018 CTS and JCB 8025 ZTS mini excavators. Furthemore, the rest of the chart includes two more models of JCB that are followed by Bobcat which owns the third most popular mini excavator in Poland - the E19. JCB also holds the top spot within the most popular mini excavators in the UK: the 8014 CTS model. Two more machines manufactured by the domestic brand made it into the ranking: the 8018 CTS (rank 6) and the 8015 (rank 10). Nevertheless, Kubota seems to be the most popular manufacturer number-wise, holding 6 spots out of 10 within the ranking, including the second and third places (the KX36-3 GL and the KX61-3 GL mini excavators).
    # Spain

    (27,586)
    Austria

    (26,228)
    Canada

    (24,370)
    Australia

    (23,991)
    Czechia

    (23,212)
    Netherlands

    (22,972)
    1 TB 260
    Takeuchi
    TB 016 S
    Takeuchi
    KX121-3α GL
    Kubota
    ZX55U-5A
    Hitachi
    KX36-3 GL
    Kubota
    KX 019-4 GL
    Kubota
    2 TB 210 R
    Takeuchi
    TB 145
    Takeuchi
    KX41-2 V
    Kubota
    U55-4
    Kubota
    KX 057-4
    Kubota
    U10-3 G
    Kubota
    3 TB 216 A
    Takeuchi
    TB 250
    Takeuchi
    KX 057-4
    Kubota
    8018 CTS
    JCB
    303 C R
    Caterpillar
    E 16
    Bobcat
    4 TB 016 S
    Takeuchi
    TB 135
    Takeuchi
    304 C R
    Caterpillar
    301.7D
    Caterpillar
    301.8C
    Caterpillar
    EX 8
    Hitachi
    5 KX161-3α GL
    Kubota
    TB 125
    Takeuchi
    KH191
    Kubota
    SK 55 SRX 6
    Kobelco
    8026 CTS
    JCB
    TB 016 S
    Takeuchi
    6 E60C
    New Holland
    TB 016 A
    Takeuchi
    KX91-2
    Kubota
    VIO 17
    Yanmar
    KX61-3 GL
    Kubota
    TB 125
    Takeuchi
    7 TB 145
    Takeuchi
    TB 216 S
    Takeuchi
    VIO 35
    Yanmar
    R17Z-9A
    Hyundai
    TB 125
    Takeuchi
    KX41-2 V
    Kubota
    8 TB 250
    Takeuchi
    TB 228
    Takeuchi
    KH28
    Kubota
    U17-3
    Kubota
    8035 ZTS
    JCB
    SWE20F
    Sunward
    9 EB 12
    Pel-Job
    TB 210 R
    Takeuchi
    KH41
    Kubota
    PC15R8
    Komatsu
    8018 CTS
    JCB
    6502
    Neuson
    10 EZ28
    Wacker Neuson
    TB 230
    Takeuchi
    KX41-3 GLV
    Kubota
    R 60 CR-9
    Hyundai
    PC02
    Komatsu
    B 12
    Yanmar

    The Spanish ranking shows that the most popular model is Takeuchi TB 260, followed by the TB 210 R and TB 216 A from the same manufacturer. Moreover, the Japanese OEM holds 6 positions out of 10 within the Spanish ranking. Takeuchi excels in the Austrian ranking, seizing all 10 (!) ranks. The three most popular models are the TB 016 S, the TB 145 and the TB 250, in that particular order. Kubota KX121-3α GL is the most popular model in Canada, accompanied by Kubota KX41-2 V (2nd) and Kubota KX 057-4 (3rd), stressing the domination of the Japanese manufacturer in Canada, having 8 models out of 10 in the ranking. The situation in Australia is pretty different; Hitachi ZX55U-5A leads the ranking over Kubota U55-4 and JCB 8018 CTS. The rest of the Australian mini excavator ranking is varied and includes models from 8 different manufacturers. The visitors from Czech Republic favour Kubota KX36-3 GL over Kubota KX 057-4 and Caterpillar 303 C R. Caterpillar and JCB seem to be the closest competitors to Kubota within the Czech mini excavator ranking. Kubota KX 019-4 GL is the most popular mini excavator model according to Dutch visitors. It defeated Kubota U10-3 G and Bobcat E 16, which claimed the following spots. Japanese manufacturer Takeuchi also has two mini excavators in the domestic ranking; the TB 016 S and TB 125.

    Most popular mini excavators FAQ

    How do I choose a mini excavator?

    Choosing the right excavator for your job depends on several factors such as the environment, area of the jobsite, preferred type of engine (diesel vs electric) or for example the age and costs of the machine. You can have a look at the 10 most popular mini excavators on LECTURA Specs.

    How much does a mini excavator weigh?

    The specific range often depends on the manufacturer or the exact classification. LECTURA classifies all excavators that weigh up to 6 metric tonnes as mini excavators. The smallest mini excavator in our database is Komatsu PC01-1, weighing only 300 kg (661 pounds). The heaviest models are for example JCB 8060, XCMG XE60DA or Kubota KH191, all weighing 6,000 kg.

    What is a mini excavator?

    Mini excavators, also called compact excavators, are small earthmoving machines. LECTURA classifies them as excavators that weigh up to 6 metric tonnes. They are designed to work in narrow spaces and restricted areas, which is a huge benefit, often combined with the usage of electric machines and therefore being quiet and environmentally-friendly.

    What is the best mini excavator?

    8018 CTS is the most popular mini excavator globally, according to LECTURA Top 10 most popular mini excavator ranking. The 8018 CTS is followed by Kubota KX41-2 V and Bobcat X 320.

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