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Atlas 225LC Crawler Excavator

Maker:  NZG
Model No:  838
Scale:  1:50
Review Date:  June 2011

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Atlas 225LC Crawler Excavator Video
Atlas branded box.
Nice track links.
Plain detail underneath.
Rounded rear end.
Scraping out a DAF CF 85 Tipper.
Loaded on a Nooteboom Pendel X.
This is an Atlas branded version of the previous Terex 225LC excavator which was produced when Atlas was part of Terex.

The 225LC is a hydraulic excavator in the 24 tonne class, with a bucket capacity in the range 0.4-1.37m.  It comes with either a monoblock or adjustable boom, and the scale model is based on a 6.5m monoblock boom.


The model comes in an Atlas branded box.  The review model had no defects or missing parts although the previous version of the model had a few spare track links included in the box and they were not present this time. 

There is no information provided about the real machine and the model is complete with no assembly required. 


The tracks are metal and are well detailed with fixing bolts modelled.  They are mounted on frames which include rollers but these are not moving parts.

The cab is very good.  It has nicely tinted windows with mirrors, lights and windscreen wipers present.  Inside, the controls are reproduced well. 

The rest of the body is a very good metal casting which includes grilles and the stylised fluting around the lights at the rear.  Nicely formed steps and a metal handrail also add to the look. 

At the boom connection point there is very good detailing in terms of plastic hydraulic hosing which has a fine gauge. 

The monoblock boom is also cast well with hydraulic piping detailed, and plastic hosing across the pivot point.  The bucket is a good casting with sharp teeth and anti wear plates.


The tracks roll although they were stiff on the review model, and they are mounted on spring loaded sprockets so it is straightforward to remove them if desired.  However the individual links are only hooked together so if the tracks are removed they quickly come apart into many pieces.

The body rotates well and the boom movement works fine with the cylinders stiff enough to be able to hold any pose.


The manufacture of the model and the paint finish is to NZG's usual high standards.  Very little plastic is used.


The model is reasonable value.


This is a good looking model in the Atlas livery and is a good solid offering from NZG.


The model first appeared at the Nuremberg Toy Fair in 2011.  The original version of this model was the Terex 225LC which was NZG 698.

Profile view.
Detailed cab.
Hoses at the boom foot.
Hydraulic lines to the cylinders and painted rivets.
Boom and bucket look realistic.
Off to the site.