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Case CX240B Long Reach Hydraulic Excavator

Maker:  Conrad
Model No:  2201
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  October 2010

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Packaging   (max 10)7
Detail   (max 30)18
Features   (max 20)14
Quality   (max 25)19
Price   (max 15)11
Overall   (max 100)69%


The Case CX240B Long Reach Excavator.
CASE branded box.
Boom and stick have impressive dimensions.
Stretching out.
Rivet on the drive sprocket is a bit obtrusive.
Simple detailing on the boom. 
The Case CX240B excavator with a long reach boom has a total operating weight of around 28 tonnes and the boom is 10.3m long. 


The packaging is a Case branded box with the model protected by foam rubber wrapping but unfortunately there is no information about the real machine or the model included.  The review model had no defects or missing parts.

The only assembly required is the addition of two mirrors.


The tracks are metal and they sit on track frames which are reasonably detailed although there are no moving parts other than the sprockets.  The rivet on the main drive sprocket is large and affects the look of the model a little.  There is no detailing underneath.

As is typical for a Conrad model the body is metal and the casting has a reasonable level of detail within it, and the access handrail is also metal.  The cab has a detailed interior and a plastic protection grille on the windscreen.  Two mirrors are fitted although surprisingly they do not have silvered surfaces so they could have looked better.

The boom and stick are metal castings and are impressive because of their length.  There is enough detail such as hydraulic piping within the casting and there are some plastic hydraulic lines spanning the boom to the stick but there are no lines running to individual cylinders.  There is a connector for clipping the boom and stick together when the machine is being transported.

The small bucket is nicely formed.


The tracks roll quite smoothly and one sprocket on each frame is spring loaded so removing the tracks is easy.

The model is just about stable at maximum reach over the front of the tracks but over the side it tips at maximum reach.  The cylinders are stiff enough to hold the boom and stick at any angle.

A good feature is that it can fold up and lay down horizontal so it makes a very good transport load on a suitable heavy haulage vehicle.


This is a robust model with relatively little plastic.  The paintwork and graphics are good.


The model represents reasonable value overall.


This is a Conrad model in line with their usual standards.  It is strong  and relatively heavy although the detail level is not the highest.  It is a good addition to a collection and is recommended.


The model was announced at the BAUMA exhibition in 2010.
Mirrors clip on to the cab and the handrail.
Detailed tracks and frames.
Small bucket.
Reaching at a distance.
At this degree of reach it is reaching the limit of the stability over the side.
The boom and stick fold flat and clip together to make a good transport load.  Here Dufour are hauling the excavator.