The World’s First 360-degree Compact Excavator, the TB1000 Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Learn all about Takeuchi’s TB1000, the World’s First 360-degree compact excavator!

It is hard to say what makes a company successful – its products, its employees, or its leadership. In the case of Takeuchi, it is all of this and more. When Mr. Akio Takeuchi founded the company in 1963, like a lot of young people, he probably did not have a complete picture of what would eventually become Takeuchi Manufacturing. When Mr. Takeuchi started out, he was producing parts for the auto industry, but he really did not want to be known only as a producer of automobile parts. Little did he know the opportunity to grow Takeuchi would come in the form of a request that would change the entire direction of his company.

It was 1968 when Mr. Takeuchi was approached by a business partner and builder to produce a machine that would take the place of pickaxes and shovels. After receiving this challenging request, he rolled up his sleeves and went to work alongside some talented engineers to design and build what would become the world’s first compact excavator, the TB300. This machine’s invention reduced builder workloads by eliminating the manual work they had to previously do with pickaxes and shovels. In a matter of hours, builders could get work done that used to take days to complete manually. Takeuchi was off and running, innovating new ideas for excavators and improving the lives of builders everywhere.

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In 1970, Takeuchi continued innovating by producing the world’s first 360-degree slew compact excavator, the TB1000. This state-of-the-art, modern machine went into production and was officially released in 1971, again changing the compact construction equipment industry forever. By introducing this new machine, Takeuchi created an industry that now produces and sells over 49,000 compact excavators per year in the 1-to-6-ton weight class.

Mr. Takeuchi understands that without a good foundation, none of this would have been possible. His steadfast beliefs – in taking care of employees, the environment, and the customer – will stay, and they remain in harmony. He promotes this philosophy throughout all Takeuchi facilities, and his employees pursue the Takeuchi way by working together and sharing the spirit of creation, challenge, and cooperation.

Takeuchi has forever carved its place in history by being a world leader and innovator in the compact construction equipment industry. Today, Takeuchi has new leadership, Mr. Toshiya Takeuchi, the son of its founder.  Together with new leadership and the next generation of talented employees, Takeuchi will continue to find ways to improve the build process to help protect the environment and design machines that will make the builders of infrastructure excel into the future.


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Takeuchi’s philosophy is simple, build quality machines that customers need to make their lives easier and get their toughest jobs completed.