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Since its inception in 1912, Yanmar’s core business has been the production of engines. In the 1930s Yanmar switched to the production of diesel engines, and has been dominant in the small diesel engine market ever since. Yanmar also began building diesel-powered tractors in the late 1930s and today remains one of the world’s largest makers of compact diesel tractors.
In 1967, Yanmar entered the construction machinery business with the introduction of a Walk-Behind Dozer. There was a growing need in Japan for reliable construction machines that could access restricted, urban construction sites.
Following the hugely successful introduction of the Walk-Behind Dozer, Yanmar understood the need for even more versatile compact construction machinery, and introduced the first mini-excavator in 1968.
These mini-excavators also proved extremely popular and, since then, Yanmar has introduced a number of other “firsts” to the mini-excavator market, including:
• The first Swing-Boom Excavator
• The first Rubber-Tracked Excavator
• The first Zero Tail Swing Excavator
In 2012 we will expand our line of construction equipment to include Skid Steer Loaders and Compact Track Loaders. Our four new Skid Steers and two Compact Track Loaders continue the Yanmar tradition of providing powerful, yet fuel-efficient, machinery that helps customers work faster and more productively, regardless of the job.