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Link-Belt 250 X3 Tracked Excavator

Maker:  Conrad
Model No:  2202
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  April 2013

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Packaging   (max 10)6
Detail   (max 30)20
Features   (max 20)13
Quality   (max 25)20
Price   (max 15)10
Overall   (max 100)69%


Link-Belt 250 X3 Tracked Excavator Video.
Very plain box.
Brass rivet on the track sprocket stands out a bit.
Grilles are graphics.
Metal handrail.
Hydraulic hoses look good.
Decent bucket.
No mirrors on the cab.
Digging away.
Comment on this model.

The Link-Belt 250 X3 is an excavator in the 25 tonne weight class and is mainly sold in the Americas.  The Link-Belt Excavator Company is known as LBX and since 2010 has been owned by Sumitomo. It was previously jointly owned with CASE.

This model is a little unusual in that it does not have a model number underneath. 

The body and track castings look to be derived from an earlier Case CX240B excavator model, and the boom was seen on the unbranded 'Heffner' excavator.


The model comes in a completely plain unbranded box which is odd for an OEM model, although there is a Conrad label at one end.  Inside the model is contained within the usual foam wrapping. 

The review model had no defects or missing parts.

There is no information about the real machine or model.


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 affects the look of the model a little.  There is no detailing underneath.

The body is metal and the casting has a reasonable level of detail within it, and the access handrail is also metal.  Graphics are used to portray the grilles on the sides.  The cab has a reasonably detailed interior with a plastic grab rail.  

The boom and stick are metal castings and there is hydraulic piping within the boom casting but it has been overlaid with rubber hoses which look better, and it also runs down to the end of the stick to provide power for tools.  The plastic cylinder jackets are very slightly off colour compared to the metal parts, but they have an additional pipe detailed.

The bucket is cast well with good teeth.


The tracks roll well and are mounted on spring-loaded idlers that provide tension and allow them to be removed.

It rotates and the boom and stick have a very good range of movement but the bucket has a slightly restricted outward movement compared to the real machine. 

The hydraulic cylinders are stiff so the model can be posed in any position.


This is a typically solid model from Conrad with a high metal content. 

The paint finish is very good and the Link-Belt graphics are sharp.


The model is somewhat expensive for the detail and features although it is very good value from the Link-Belt store.


This is a good looking model of a smaller American brand of excavator.  It is not the most detailed model, but it is certainly robust.


This model first appeared at the Nuremberg Toy Fair 2013.

In the box.
Profile view.
Loading a Caterpillar CT 660 Truck.
Metal tracks.
Simple underneath.
Track frame detail is simple.
Rubber hydraulic hoses run up the boom.
Hoses run right to the end of the stick.
Filling a dump truck.