The Harnischfeger hydraulic hoe circuits are designed for fast digging cycles. The circuits have separate pump sections, control valves, cylinders, and motors. There is complete independence of action of all circuits in volume and pressure.
The maximum horsepower that can be applied to any circuit is determined by the maximum volume of the pump section and relief setting. Forces that are applied to the structure are controlled by the area of the cylinders, the fixed volume of the motors, and the relief settings.
The machine can fill the dipper at full digging depth, hoist to spoil pile height, swing 90deg, dump the load, and return to full depth in 17–22sec. The H312 5/8 yard machine can dig 2cu yd per minute.