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New 2404 compact excavator from Wacker Neuson

Stronger, more efficient and with greater durability.

(Leonding, July 29, 2009) The new 2404 tracked excavator is the fruit of evolutionary design: tried-and-tested components have been optimized and the interplay between engine and hydraulics performance considerably accentuated. With the 2404, Wacker Neuson has extended its range in the 2.5 tonne class. Along with high levels of efficiency, low purchase and operating costs and high machine flexibility for the operator were key considerations during its development.

Efficiency and high performance.

Low fuel consumption, low service expenditure and low transport costs thanks to its compact dimensions and low tare weight make the new 2404 a pacesetter in its weight class. The performance characteristics speak for themselves: 2.6 m digging depth, 2.8 m dumping height and 1.2 tonne lifting power. “The objective we had for this excavator was to develop a powerful, efficient and robust machine which also satisfied price-conscious customers and which could easily hold its own with machines in the 2.5 tonne class,” explains Gerhard Neudorfer, sales manager at Wacker Neuson Linz GmbH. “Our designers have more than achieved this objective and so we see massive potential for this new model.”

High stability thanks to the oversized running gear

A key characteristic of the 2404 is its stability, enhanced by its extremely broad and long running gear. The engine is in the tail section and the fuel and hydraulic tanks and hydraulic control block are beneath the cab, meaning that the weight distribution is extremely well balanced. The low centre of gravity provides the 2404 with excellent stability, even in difficult terrain, that is unique in this class and which facilitates smooth and controlled working.

High flexibility

A great deal of focus during development was centred on operating versatility. The result is that the new 2.4 tonne machine, thanks to its low transport weight of under 2.3 tons, can be transported easily even using a car and trailer.

25% time and material savings

The 2404 is the newest member of the Vertical Digging System (VDS) family. This innovation from Wacker Neuson enables the continuously variable tilting of the superstructure through up to 15°. This makes it possible to compensate for inclines of up to 27% at the simple touch of a button, allowing the driver to work in his usual upright position. Comfort, utility and efficiency are considerably enhanced for the operator, whatever the task in hand. The use of VDS, available as an option, increases the machine's stability on steeply sloping terrain by up to 20%. Using VDS, material and time savings of up to 25% can be achieved when excavating and back filling. This keeps expensive preparatory work to a minimum and significantly reduces both overall costs and man-hours.

Outstanding comfort

The cab design of the 2404 offers the user plenty of head and leg room. The wide doorway makes for safe mounting and alighting. As an option, the new model can also be equipped with a two-door cab, thereby considerably increasing its flexibility. The large two-part front windscreen has been fitted with a new innovative mechanism which allows the driver to slide both lower and upper panes beneath the cab roof, so protecting them from damage when the front screen is wide open. This does away with the need to remove and stow separately the bottom section of windscreen and also offers various opening configurations.

Easy maintenance and servicing

All servicing components for daily checks are located in the tail section of the 2404 and are easy to access via the large engine cover. Both side plates, as well as the floor plate in the cab, are easy to remove and provide unhindered access to all internal hydraulic components. This concept offers unparalleled serviceability and saves time and money.