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XCMG XE490DK Hydraulic Excavator (Radio Control)

Maker:  Yagao Gift
Model No:  XE490DK
Scale:  1:18
Review Date:  August 2020

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XCMG XE490DK Hydraulic Excavator Video.  [Youku Video]
XCMG branded box.
The parts.
Good looking excavator.
Track frame detail.
Handrails are plastic.
Grille details.
Battery pack storage.

The XCMG XE490DK has an operating weight of around 49 tonnes.

This remote control model is in the large scale of 1:18.


The model comes in a large XCMG branded box with carry handle.  Inside the box, the model is contained within an expanded polystyrene tray. 

The review model had no missing parts.  An initial electrical fault was fixed.

An instruction sheet is included but on the review model it was only in Chinese.


The majority of the model is tough plastic with only the bucket being metal.  There are metal counterweights inside the body.

Looking underneath, there is little detail on the undercarriage, but the underside of the body has some panels detailed, and there is an on/off switch.  The track frames have small graphics and working top rollers.   The tracks are plastic bands.

Outside the operator's cab the mirror and grab rail is soft plastic, but the mirror is not silvered.  The interior detail is good, and includes a rather small figure at the controls.

The body has some subtle detailing with small warning graphics adding detail.  There are lifting eye lugs above the counterweight but they are solid with no holes.

On the side there are plastic hand rails, and the roof has textured surfaces with small graphics on the engine cover.  

The boom has hydraulic hoses running to it from  inside the body, and the boom top has pipes modelled.  A large internal gear wheel can just be seen at the end of the boom.   There are nice large graphics on the boom. 

The bucket is a heavy all metal casting.


The model is remote controlled using a control pad. When it is switched on there are light on the boom and loud sound effects.  The volume cannot be adjusted, but the sound can be switched off. 

It uses a rechargeable battery pack inside the model, and standard AA cells in the control pad.  The battery life is good, and the motors are powerful.

All controls are stop / start, so there is no proportionality meaning that slow speeds are not possible.  At the limits of movement the gears slip with a loud clicking, but this seems to work well enough.

Each track is independently controlled and they work well.  They can traverse rough terrain and a steep incline.

Rotation of the body is limited to approximately one turn in each direction, presumably to protect the wires running from the body to the track motors.

The boom, stick and bucket have a moderate range of movement. 

The model has demonstration and programming modes.  The programming appears to be able to record and replay movements but the mode was not intuitive on the review model.


This is a robust large model with the plastic able to withstand some rough handling.

The decoration is very good.


It is reasonably priced for a remote control model.


This a large model which is fun to operate although the ability to have slower speeds would have made it more realistic.  It is also a good-looking mainly plastic model.


It first appeared in August 2020.
Inside the box.
Profile view.
Small graphics add detail.
Plastic tracks
Operator looks small.
Decent hydraulics detail.