According to a recent survey of Independent Equipment Dealers Association (IEDA) members, the EPA’s Tier 4 mandates are driving up the demand of non-Tier 4, used construction equipment and predicts this trend will continue for the next several years. For many equipment categories, used equipment availability is outpacing demand, but for other categories, including excavators, backhoe loaders, wheel loaders, dump trucks dozers and compact equipment, IEDA members are seeing resale pricing increase by as much as 20 percent. Also, more than 50 percent of survey respondents noted that quality used equipment is getting harder to find.
Maintenance & Management News
VMAC announced it has completed development of all UNDERHOOD 30, 70, 150 CFM and Direct Transmission Mount (DTM) 70 CFM air compressor mounting kits for 2017 model year trucks and vans.
EquipmentWatch has announced the finalists for the 2nd annual Highest Retained Value Awards. The awards recognize manufacturers in 28 heavy equipment categories – spanning the construction, agriculture and lift/access manufacturing sectors – for products that show the highest retained value over the last five years.
Herman Ciardullo, president of Hamilton, Ontario based Oakridge Landscaping, was absolutely clear about his reasons for switching to a new tire supplier for his skid-steer fleet.
Tires are critical components of off-the-road (OTR) vehicles and serve several functions that affect the productivity of your equipment and subsequently affect your bottom line. They support the load of the vehicle by retaining the inflation pressure, provide traction and braking, control the direction of travel, absorb road shocks to smooth the ride (on most OTR equipment, the tires are the only suspension for the equipment), and overcome road hazards.
Michelin Tweel Technologies, manufacturer of Michelin X Tweel airless radial tire, has announced it will expand the reach of its airless skid-steer tires with the launch of a new size – 10N16.5 X Tweel SSL All Terrain. The revolutionary tire-wheel assembly, originally introduced four years ago, offers a solution to the seemingly unavoidable challenge of chronic flat tires that plague the millions of skid-steer loaders and zero-turn radius mowers utilized by many commercial operations.
The redesigned Cool Flow auxiliary hydraulic cooler from Loftness meets the needs of tool carriers and other machines operating in the most demanding conditions. Along with a decreased profile, the Cool Flow’s increased cooling capacity keeps machines and attachments running safely until the job is done.
When a person is fatigued, the operation of heavy machinery or hand tools can become very dangerous. “A fatigue-related incident is more severe than a non-fatigue related incident,” said Todd Dawson, Project Manager for Cat Safety Services, at a recent Caterpillar trade press event. “People that fall asleep when they’re operating equipment or vehicles, they don’t do anything. They just run into whatever’s in front of them or run off the edge at whatever speed they’re going. A drunk driver, they’ll swerve. They just swerve too late or they put on the brakes. They just don’t put them on quick enough.”
Cummins Inc. revealed its newest offering – Data Enabled Mining Solution – at MINExpo. This prognostic capability allows Cummins to monitor engines and deliver accurate, real-time operating information, enabling a quicker and more focused response to potential issues. The solution ultimately allows miners to optimize profitability by lowering total cost of ownership. Cummins Data Enabled Mining Solution enables customers to reduce costs by extending engine life, preventing catastrophic failures and decreasing unplanned maintenance expense.
Power management company Eaton has announced the launch of the GH100 and GH101 hoses for high-percentage biodiesel blend and high-temperature oil applications. Unlike standard fuel hoses that only last 1-2 years, Eaton’s GH100 and GH101 solutions are engineered for maximum performance in systems with a variety of fuel types, featuring a unique polymer that more effectively resists degradation.
In development testing for the last six years, the MICHELIN XDR3 MB4 surface mine-haul tire – developed for 400-plus-ton trucks – is designed with new compounds and a revolutionary new tread pattern that provides exceptional tire life, increased by a minimum of 10 percent without any compromise on TKPH.
Petro-Canada Lubricants Inc., a Suncor business, has received an Environmental Leader Product of the Year Award for its newest reformulation of HYDREX XV. The Environmental Leader program recognizes excellence in the fields of environmental, sustainability and energy management. HYDREX XV, an all-season, semi-synthetic hydraulic fluid, was selected based on its leading performance in providing fuel savings, lower diesel fuel consumption and reduced carbon dioxide emissions.
Chevron Products Company and Noria, a provider of lubrication consulting services and training, have announced the launch of the ISOCLEAN Calculator, a first-of-its-kind tool that helps companies evaluate possible equipment life based on lubricant cleanliness levels. The easy-to-use tool was developed by Chevron Products Company and is powered by Noria’s Life Extension tables to help calculate the levels of particle contamination that are typical for each user’s specific situation.
At a press conference just prior to the opening of the Great American Trucking Show (GATS), Chevron Products Company introduced ISOSYN Advanced Technology and its new line of Delo 400 API CK-4 and FA-4 heavy-duty motor oils (HDMO) coming December 1, 2016. As part of its product rollout, Chevron will be launching a new advisor service created to help customers select the best products for them by assessing their business needs, analyzing their current lubricant choices and developing a customized action plan specific to their needs.