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Bigger Diggers Gehl recently rolled out a new line of Compact Excavators that feature the company’s variable-capacity hydraulic system, making them more fuel efficient and responsive, according to the company. The excavators range in size from a mini 3,600-pound, 14-horsepower unit that can dig to a maximum depth of 6 feet 10 inches (ideal for a 4-foot trench), to the monster 25,400-pound, 98- horsepower model that has a digging depth of 14 feet 9 inches. Standard features include auxiliary hydraulics, two-speed drive train, dozer blade, and a wide variety of attachments. The cab and boom swing independently to weasel into tight places. Pricing starts at around $30,000 for the mini model. Contact: Gehl Company, 143 Water St., West Bend, WI 53095; 262/334-9461; www.gehl.com. Hole