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Mining CD21 – Commercial Mining & Prospecting – 13.0 HP


  • Mining CD21 is more stable and much safer to use on steep slopes using multi-positional arms and axles
  • Can tear out huge stumps from slopes of 35 degrees
  • Large rubber tires and lightweight design cause little damage to the environment as it moves itself from trench site to trench site without a trace along steep, forested areas
  • Larger 13 hp Honda engine meets pollution control standards and uses only one gallon of gas per four hours
  • Includes 2 spare hoses, pins, grease nipples, filter, wrenches, tool box, gas contain and duct tape to keep you working reliably; and an optional, very comprehensive spare parts kit is also available (which also contains a complete re-build kit). 
  • Can be transported by helicopter to remote mining sites in one load, or quickly and easily in two loads of 700 + 550 pounds


  1. Bucket – The CD21 comes with one bucket and another two optional buckets. The first is 13 inches wide (but deeper than the CD11 bucket) and has a capacity of 2 cubic feet. The second is a trenching bucket which is 8 inches wide and is great for digging down 7 feet to install water lines. The grading bucket can be used to clean up.

  1. Access Wheels – The CD21 has a similar set of access wheels that can pin on quickly to allow the CANDIG Mini Excavator to become only 28 inches wide.

  1. Ripper – The ripper is attached to the bottom of the trenching bucket and allows your CANDIG Mini Excavator to dig through frozen or tough ground with ease. Since 2006, the ripper has been modified so that it also acts as a root cutter.

  1. Thumb – The thumb is available with the CD21. It is a mechanical thumb that can be pinned in a retracted position for storage and will always be available for use by quickly and easily re-pinning it into its work position.

  1. Also available with CD21 are the wood splitter, auger and automatic hydraulic stabilizers, all of which use quick-connects to tap into the existing hydraulics.

CD21 Ripper


CD21 Thumb


With having no person on the crew with prior excavator experience, we chose an absolutely ‘green’ excavator operator in his youthful 20’s to operate the CANDIG CD21M. To our surprise, after a path was cleared by our line cutters, he was soon able to handle the machine like a pro. Our newly graduated geologist and her assistant, both as ‘green’ in such situations, were soon able to appreciate the value of the CANDIG and were able to perform their task of sampling and mapping ‘sub-crop’ where there had been almost none to access before. What we were able to accomplish in such a short time with this machine was like a student today being able to use a calculator versus working out a difficult calculation by hand. In summary, the CANDIG CD21M truly has advanced the exploration industry into the 21st Century through its innovative, uncomplicated design. It will remain the humble hero, in my mind, for all the investment and jobs it will have helped create in the Canadian industry.

Michael RenningPacific Ridge Exploration Ltd.