Doosan’s DX700LC crawler excavator

Kerry Clines

October 4, 2010

Doosan says its new 72.1-metric-ton crawler excavator is the largest one the company manufactures. Designed for heavy-duty mining and quarrying applications, the DX700LC is powered by a six-cylinder, turbocharged Isuzu diesel engine and has an operating weight of 158,953 pounds with standard boom and arm, 35.4-inch double grouser shoes, and a 4.32-cubic-yard bucket. Bucket breakout force is 78,485 pounds with the standard bucket; arm breakout force is 64,595 pounds.

The machine’s long carriage design, combined with the 13-foot, 11-inch width of the fully expanded undercarriage, is said to offer stability and safety in all applications. The excavator works efficiently on slopes with a high swing torque of 48,369 pounds and a swing speed of 7.1 revolutions per minute.

The company says its six-cylinder, Tier III-compliant, common rail Isuzu AH-6WG1X engine features a high-pressure, fuel-injection system that improves combustion efficiency while reducing particulate matter, and exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) lowers the combustion temperature, reducing nitrogen oxide emissions. An electronic power optimizing system (e-POS), connected to the engine’s electronic control via a data transfer link, harmonizes the operation of the engine and the hydraulic system, further minimizing fuel consumption.

A new control system includes four operating modes:

  • Power mode for heavy-duty digging and loading;
  • Standard mode for heavy-duty dumping, and for general and breaker operations;
  • Economy mode for medium-duty digging, loading, and dumping; and
  • Lifting mode for lifting pipes or beams.

The unit boasts a positive control piston pump and open center valve, which enable fine metering of hydraulic flow for smooth, precise control of machine functions. Flow regeneration conserves energy and enables increased boom and arm cycles. Boom and arm cylinders are cushioned to provide smooth end-of-stroke operation, while the holding system prevents attachments from falling when the controls are in neutral.

An automatic two-speed travel system controls travel speed and tractive force. In high range, maximum travel speed is 2.9 miles per hour.

The cab offers ergonomic controls and instrumentation. Joystick control stands raise and lower with the suspension seat while the seat itself slides forward and back to accommodate the operator. The unit is designed to keep machine noise levels as low as possible — noise level at the operator’s ear is 76 dBA, while noise level for bystanders is 108 dBA.

The machine features extended, 500-hour engine service intervals. Other maintenance features include:

  • Wide side access doors;
  • A large-capacity engine air pre-cleaner that removes airborne particles and extends filter cartridge service life;
  • Dual fuel pre-cleaners, including a pre-filter that removes moisture from the fuel;
  • A PC monitoring function that enables connection to the e-POS system.

The DX700LC is covered by a 48-hour parts guarantee — if a “machine-debilitating” part is needed, Doosan will deliver the part within two business days or pay for a replacement machine rental.


Engine                                      463-horsepower

Operating weight                      158,953 pounds

Standard bucket size                 4.32 cubic yards

Optional bucket sizes                3.27 to 5.89 cubic yards

Bucket breakout force              78,485 pounds

Arm breakout force                  64,595 pounds

Swing torque                            48,369 pounds

Swing speed                             7.1 rpm

Drawbar pull                            107,806 pounds

Max. digging reach                   42 feet, 7 inches

Max. digging depth                   27 feet, 7 inches

Dump height                             27 feet, 4 inches

Max. travel speed                     2.9 mph

Track length                             15 feet, 7 inches

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