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Hexangular-shaped cab provides greater visibility for Komatsu grader

Komatsu’s GD655-5 motor grader is powered by their 218-hp SAA6D107E-1 engine and has a standard configuration weight of 35,351 pounds. The power train design positions the engine at the rear of the machine, which – along with the increased weight on the front axle – provides better control.

Komatsu engine technology provides a three-stage, 2-mode system that produces higher power with reduced fuel consumption. The three-stage system offers three levels of power from gear one through gear eight, producing more productivity with a 20 percent fuel consumption savings when compared to the previous model, and there is a choice of economy mode or power mode, depending on the work application. 

The Komatsu new dual-mode power shift transmission is designed and built specifically for Komatsu graders. The dual-mode provides a lockup torque converter mode as well as a direct drive mode. There is a new anti-stall mode for direct drive. Before the grader stalls in a low speed application, the transmission shifts to the torque converter mode ensuring operator control.

In addition to a nine percent power increase, the weight of the base machine has been increased eight percent. The additional weight and increased wheelbase add up to more stability, easier blade positioning and greater productivity.

The Komatsu-designed cab has a hexangular shape that eliminates the front corner pillars, which allows for greater visibility. With a 21 percent larger cab, the operator has extra leg room and a low noise level of only 74dB(A). The console mounted hydraulic controls are arranged in the industry standard pattern on each side of the steering wheel, with Komatsu-designed control valves built specifically for graders.

The new GD655-5 has been designed for quick and easy maintenance. The tandem now does not require greasing.

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  • Komatsu America Corp.

    1701 W. Golf Road
    Rolling Meadows , IL
    US , 60048

    Although Komatsu started marketing its products in the 1960’s in the United States, our North American operations were established in 1970 with a fresh vision for the industry. Our goal was to become more than just a supplier of superior construction equipment. We made a commitment to become a trusted partner that could provide ongoing support to every customer. Today, Komatsu America is the second-largest, fully-integrated manufacturer and supplier of construction equipment in North America with a reputation for reliability that’s second to none. We have built a network of manufacturing plants and parts depots with approximately 2000 employees who manufacture many units in the United States to serve this market.  

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Volvo G946C scores top grades in demanding conditions

The heavy-duty G946C motor grader from Volvo Construction Equipment features a powerful Tier 4 Final/Stage IV-compliant engine and delivers the ultimate in performance and precision – whatever the ground conditions.

Whether operating in gravel or heavy clay, the robust Volvo G946C motor grader – available with an optional dozer blade or scarifier – performs with the superior accuracy and productivity that customers expect from Volvo Construction Equipment. The 38,510 lb (17,470 kg)  machine’s heavy-duty circle, moldboard and drawbar (with a blade pull at base of 24,957 lb  (15,177 kg)) provide a stable and reliable platform, for even and precise grading, while the ergonomic human-machine interface (HMI) helps the operator stay in control at all times.

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New Cat® M Series 3 Motor Graders Deliver Greater Fuel Efficiency

The new Cat® M Series 3 motor graders—12M3, 140M3, 160M3 and their all-wheel-drive (AWD) counterparts—bring the latest emissions reduction technology to the most durable, productive and comfortable graders on the market. The new models offer greater fuel efficiency, more operator comfort and safety features, as well as enhanced serviceability. M Series 3 motor graders meet U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final/EU Stage IV emission standards.

Fuel Efficiency and Emissions Reduction
M Series 3 motor graders meet U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final/EU Stage IV emission standards using emissions reduction technology that is designed to be transparent, with no action required by the operator. There is no need to stop for regeneration. The system uses Caterpillar’s proven aftertreatment solution with the addition of Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR). SCR utilizes Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF), which can be conveniently filled from ground level when the machine is fueled. Because of improved fuel economy over Tier 4 Interim and efficient use of DEF, M Series 3 motor graders deliver excellent overall fluid efficiency.

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Cat 120M2 and 12M2 Motor Graders

The Cat 120M2 and 12M2 motor graders – with their all-wheel-drive (AWD) counterparts, the 120M2 AWD and 12M2 AWD – are equipped with low-emitting, fuel-efficient engines meeting Tier 4 Interim emission standards and are designed for a broad range of tasks, including heavy blade work, road maintenance, snow removal and precision-finishing.  

Clean, powerful engines
The new M Series 2 models are powered by Cat VHP (variable horsepower) engines with ACERT Technology and all have wider net-horsepower ranges than their M Series predecessors. The 120M2 and 120M2 AWD use the C7.1 ACERT engine, and the 12M2 and 12M2 AWD the C9.3 ACERT engine. Maximum net power ratings for the new models, respectively, are 189 horsepower (141 kW), 209 horsepower (156 kW), 223 horsepower (166 kW) and 243 horsepower (181 kW).

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Volvo G900B-Series graders are the kings of traction

Volvo Construction Equipment’s new G900B-Series generation motor graders have new engines and a comprehensive package of features designed to aid traction, moldboard control, productivity and ease of use.

When it comes to grader productivity, what really matters is blade down pressure and blade pull force. The new G900B-Series generation of motor graders from Volvo Construction Equipment has the highest blade down pressure in each weight class, thanks to optimal overall machine balance and the distribution of the main grader components. That’s not all: the new four-model range features new engines, rugged frames, sophisticated transmissions and a package of innovations that sets the G900 B-Series at the forefront of the global motor grader market.

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Case launches B Series motor graders

Case Construction Equipment has introduced the Case 865B VHP motor grader, powered by a Case 6.7-liter engine operating at 178 to 205 net hp (133 to 153 kW) to match various application requirements and deliver optimum fuel efficiency. Its rear-mounted cab gives operators a commanding view of the complete moldboard and ground-engaging equipment.

An exclusive multi-radius, involute moldboard lets the Case 865B VHP motor grader move more material with less horsepower and less fuel than competitive models. 

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The newest Cat motor graders

The newest motor grader models from Caterpillar, the 140M2 and 160M2, along with their all-wheel-drive (AWD) counterparts, the 140M2 AWD and 160M2 AWD, are equipped with clean-burning, fuel-efficient engines meeting Tier 4 Interim/Stage IIIB emissions standards. The new models also deliver added value for the customer by lowering operating costs and enhancing productivity, operator convenience and serviceability. M Series 2 models continue to improve on the legacy of quality set by the original M Series and are designed for a broad range of tasks, including heavy blade work, road maintenance, ripping and precision-finishing applications.

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The new M Series 2 models all use the Cat C9.3 ACERT™ engine with Variable Horse Power (VHP), and all have a wider net-variable-horsepower range than their M Series predecessors. The 140M2 and 160M2 have ranges of 193 to 243 (144 kW to 181 kW) and 213 to 263 (159 kW to 196 kW), respectively. Net horsepower ratings for the 140M2 AWD and 160M2 AWD are 202 to 243 (151 kW to 181 kW) and 223 to 263 (166 kW to 196 kW), respectively.

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"The Best on Earth" wins award for Ontario company

A piece of Canadian history has been beautifully documented by a Canadian company. The commemorative was developed for Volvo Construction Equipment and the Town of Goderich following the closure of the motor grader manufacturing plant in the town. 

Copies of “The Best On Earth” history can be viewed at www.marketingstrategiesandsolutions.com/thebestonearth.pdf

Consisting of a keepsake booklet and DVD package along with posters and a full page advertisement in the Goderich newspaper, “The Best On Earth” program celebrated the many industry achievements and contributions of the facility and its people through 100 years of continuous operation. The booklet package was distributed to all current employees at the plant as well as retirees in the area.

The company that developed the program received an award for it from the Construction Writers Association (CWA), the association that represents journalists, public relations professionals and advertising agencies who service the North American construction industry.

Marketing Strategies & Solutions was commended by attendees at the annual awards ceremony for creating a package that was sensitive to the community’s pride and sense of loss at the time. In presenting the award, the CWA noted, “this was a nice way to say goodbye.” The booklet and DVDs are designed to preserve a valued part of community history, acknowledging the esteem its people earned through more than three generations and several changes in ownership. For many years, Goderich was known as “the grader capital of the world”.

Robert Adeland, President of Marketing Strategies & Solutions, acknowledges that the farewell booklet presented a unique and bittersweet challenge. “We were closing the door on an era for the Town of Goderich and for ourselves, as well,” he said. “We had worked alongside the Goderich grader people from our first day of business, and even before. It was a very emotional time for everyone.”

Adeland’s firm was the only Canadian company to receive a Marketing Communications award at the ceremony in Chicago. Marketing Strategies & Solutions specializes in business-to-business communications, with a strong client base in heavy industry, construction and transportation. Major clients in Canada and the United States include SENNEBOGEN America, Titan Trailers, Winkle Industries, SMS Rents, Sommers Motor Generator Sales, Ammann Compaction (Canada) and Champion Motor Graders. The agency also serves numerous manufacturers and business services local to Southern and Southwestern Ontario. 

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Volvo CE completes major expansion of heavy equipment production facilities in Pennsylvania, begins increased production

Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) has completed a $30 million, 200,000 square-foot expansion of its manufacturing facility in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania, and is now in full production of its comprehensive heavy equipment line. The broad-scale expansion of the facility began in June of 2009 to improve manufacturing flow and increase production capacity to meet an anticipated growth in the demand for construction equipment in North America and to incorporate the full-line production of Volvo motor graders.

The new facility now covers 580,000 square feet of highly-efficient manufacturing capability, and is a major member of the worldwide Volvo Construction Equipment industrial operations spread across four continents. Employment has risen to approximately six hundred (600) at the expanded Pennsylvania industrial complex.

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Champion Motor Graders expanding in Canada with help of dealer

Champion Motor Graders’ compact graders are expanding their niche in Canadian equipment fleets thanks to expert customer support by its top dealer, Strongco Equipment.

Champion Motor Graders has proved for nearly 30 years that “bigger is not always better”. With the recent announcement of Mississauga based Strongco Equipment as Champion’s top dealer in North America, that message has clearly been getting through to Canadian buyers.

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John Deere’s first motor grader

by Keith Haddock

With the recent announcement of John Deere’s new G-series motor graders which offer users a choice of console-mounted industry standard controls or armrest-mounted fingertip controls, it’s time to look back at John Deere’s first motor grader launched over 40 years ago. Making big news in 1967, the revolutionary JD570 featured not only front wheel steering but also frame articulation, a first in the industry. Contractors soon found frame articulation to be a great advantage when working in confined areas, landscaping or ditch forming.

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