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Mustang 450Z Zero-Tail-Swing Excavator
Mustang 450Z Zero-Tail-Swing Excavator
October 20, 2012 2:50 PM CDT

Mustang introduces all-new Zero Tail Compact Excavators

Compact performance in 1.7 to 8.0 metric tons


The all-new Mustang Zero-Tail-Swing Excavators consist of five models; the 170Z, 270Z, 350Z, 450Z and 800Z. The machines are designed around a powerful and reliable Yanmar Interim Tier IV engine to enhance engine performance and increase efficiency. The all-new Mustang excavators are true zero-tail-swing machines, with no cab overhang beyond the tracks in any direction. This allows the machine to operate directly against a wall or other obstruction without causing damage to the structure or machine.

The Mustang 270Z, 350Z, 450Z and 800Z excavators are equipped with a hydraulic quick coupler. This feature makes attachment changes as simple as flipping a switch. Plus, the pin grabber style hydraulic coupler works with the majority of excavator attachments, putting tools you already own to use.

The Hydraulic system on the all-new Mustang Zero-Tail-Swing excavators incorporates two variable pumps and two gear pumps. The pump oil flows are combined and redirected where needed allowing for simultaneous operation without loss of hydraulic power. An operator can save fuel when full performance is not necessary by reducing engine RPM by 10% using the Eco mode on the 800Z. The mode is easily activated and deactivated with a simple toggle switch.

Mustang Zero-Tail-Swing excavators are equipped with rugged, high strength booms constructed with a single boom-pin design and thick side-plates with internally routed lines. Heavy-duty cylinder guards protect exposed cylinders from damage. Longer, offset crawler tracks enhance stability and provide smoother travel. Tracks are short-pitched to reduce wear, fatigue and damage. The angled crawler frame reduces soil buildup on the undercarriage.

The large, walk-through operator’s stations on canopy equipped models increase operator safety and comfort, and enhances productivity. An integrated boom light on all models illuminates the area being excavated, extending the work day when necessary. Easy to remove side covers and a large rear access door allow access to all daily inspection and major maintenance points.

In addition to the above features, the 170Z is equipped with a unique variable undercarriage which extends from 3’1” (950mm) wide to 4’2” (1250 mm) wide. This allows the machine to access narrow, hard-to-reach areas and also gives it the ability to increase stability on uneven terrain. The extension blade easily expands to the same width for further stability.

As a compliment to the Mustang line of excavators, a full line of EDGE attachments are available, including buckets, hammers, breakers, thumbs and more!


Mustang Zero Tail Excavators are positioned in the North American market to meet the needs of contractors and agricultural customers. Gehl Compact Excavators excel in applications such as grading and excavating, trenching, digging, demolition and recycling and light utility construction. Their compact nature and zero-tail-swing design make them ideal in situations where space is limited.


“Mustang zero-tail-swing compact excavators meet the reach, dig depth, and lift capacity requirements of builders, landscapers, general contractors, plumbers and excavation crews nationwide,” says Nathan Ryan, Product Manager for Mustang compact excavators. “Consumers are looking for more zero-tail-swing models in the 1.7 to 8.0 metric ton capacity range than ever before. This new compact excavator product offering from Mustang addresses the demand we have recognized in the mini-excavator market.”

About the Author

Lori A. Heidecker is the Marketing Services Manager for Gehl Company.


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