View to the front and to the back
The machines of the test group are often used in confined spaces. In addition to the compact external dimensions, the view from the operator's cab also plays a role in operational safety. The field of view measurements were performed by Eurofins Expert Services Oy (formerly VTT Expert Services Oy). A light was set up at the eye level of the operator, and using the shadows cast, the line-of-sight was painted on the ground. The line-of-sight is expressed as a percentage, so the larger the number, the better the view. All machines worked with the same bucket. The laterally displaceable boom of the Takeuchi was in the same position as that of the other machines. The best results were achieved by Takeuchi and Wacker Neuson, with visibility above 60 %. For the former, however, the position of the boom has a major impact on visibility. The ECM and the CAT were uncoupled. The boom solution and the wide pillars of the operator's cab clearly influenced the results. Some machines were also equipped with reversing cameras, but their function was not taken into account in this measurement.