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New version of Trimble Earthworks Grade Control Platform includes support for motor graders and automatic guidance for tiltrotators

Earthworks Version 1.7 is ideal for motor graders and other types of equipment.

Trimble has released Earthworks Grade Control Platform version 1.7 with support for motor graders and automatic guidance for tiltrotator attachments. Trimble Earthworks for Motor Graders is a GNSS-based, 3D grade control solution designed to make fine grading more accurate, faster and easier than ever before. In addition, Trimble Earthworks now gives excavator operators using tiltrotators the advantage of automatic machine control, which can result in increased productivity.

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Case's new C Series motor graders provide feature-driven solutions for municipalities and small-to-mid-size site prep contractors

The 836C and 856C motor graders feature one of the most intelligent high-precision load-sensing hydraulic circuits available on the market.

Case Construction Equipment has introduced two new C Series motor graders which deliver a wide offering of new weights, horsepower ratings and feature-driven grading solutions for municipalities, as well as small-to-mid-size site prep, road-maintenance and general construction businesses. These new motor grader models feature a variety of standard features designed to maximize productivity and performance. Available in both standard and All Wheel Drive (AWD) configurations, the 836C and 856C achieve Tier 4 Final compliance with Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) engine technology that increases fuel efficiency, keeps exhaust temperatures down and eliminates the need for regeneration.

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New Cat D11 dozer drives down cost per ton

Available with a choice of emissions solutions to meet regional requirements, the Cat C32 engine delivers power ratings of 634 kW (850 hp) forward and 712 kW (955 hp) reverse for increased performance.

The new Cat D11 Dozer features new load-sensing hydraulics and high-horsepower reverse combined with the latest technology to move more material at a lower cost per ton. Engineered to be rebuilt multiple times, the new D11 has a redesigned main frame that delivers lower total cost of ownership over the life of the machine. Time-saving service updates reduce daily maintenance and boost machine uptime.

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New Cat backhoe loaders feature seat-mounted controls

Lift and tilt breakout forces have also significantly increased on both the 440 and 450 to improve machine productivity.

The all-new Cat 440 and 450 centre pivot models provide industry-leading lifting performance, high breakout forces and improved operating comfort and ergonomics. The new addition to the Cat Backhoe Loader model lineup, the 440 boasts a 25 percent backhoe lifting improvement over the 430F2 and redesigned single tilt loader arms providing parallel lift and versatility in a multitude of applications. The new 450 offers 15 percent higher backhoe lifting capacity than the 450F and introduces an all-new cab for increased operator comfort.

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John Deere dealer provides backhoes to aid hurricane recovery

Following the devastation of Hurricane Michael, Beard Equipment and John Deere donated the use of a John Deere backhoe to four local counties and municipalities in the Florida Panhandle. The cities of Lynn Haven, Callaway, and Mexico Beach and Jackson County experienced serious damage as a result of the hurricane, which made landfall in the area as a Category 4 storm and caused the destruction of buildings and limited access to power, water and roadways.

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Carbon emissions reduced by 98 percent at Volvo Construction Equipment and Skanska’s Electric Site

Volvo Construction Equipment and its customer Skanska have recorded groundbreaking results from their Electric Site research project – including a 98% reduction in carbon emissions, a 70% reduction in energy cost and a 40% reduction in operator cost.

Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) and its customer Skanska have been testing the viability of the Electric Site research project over the last 10 weeks at Skanska's Vikan Kross quarry, near Gothenburg, Sweden. The results are now in and they are even better than expected. The tests showed a 98% reduction in carbon emissions, a 70% reduction in energy cost and a 40% reduction in operator cost. The results also indicate that the Electric Site project takes a big step towards helping Volvo CE achieve its future vision where work sites are ten times more efficient, with zero accidents, zero unplanned stops and zero emissions. Together, these results support the potential for a 25% reduction in total cost of operations. However, at this stage, the reduction in total cost of operations is just a prediction. As the prototype machines are part of a research project and are not commercially available, it is impossible to give a guaranteed figure.

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Zoomlion 4.0 Intelligent Machinery to be on display at bauma China

The centerpieces of Zoomlion's display at bauma China 2018 are the concrete pumping solutions, including the ZLJ5318GJBHE concrete truck mixer.

Zoomlion Heavy Industry Science & Technology Co., Ltd. (Zoomlion), China's top construction machinery manufacturer, will exhibit a comprehensive lineup of the brand's Generation 4.0 smart products at bauma China 2018, which will open on November 27 at the Shanghai New International Expo Center.

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K-Tec’s new Tricerabox 3-point hitch box blade

The K-Tec Tricerabox enables the tractor to become a more versatile and nimble piece of ground maintenance equipment than a crawler dozer.

K-Tec Earthmovers have released a new accessory for 500+HP tractors to enhance earthmoving operations. The K-Tec Tricerabox is a 14' wide box blade that is mounted to the 3-point hitch on the rear of a tractor. The three functions of the Tricerabox include the leveling blade pulling material forward, ripper teeth sinking down into the soil, and blade backwards for pushing dozing material. The blade is ideal for leveling out uneven cut zones, to prepare a productive loading area for enhanced scraper productivity. It has seven ground ripper shanks that are hydraulically operated to lower and engage the ground for ripping up hard soil or aerating wet jobsites. 

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The Merlo Turbofarmer 42.7 offers versatility and productivity

The Merlo telehandler offers much more productivity thanks to the frontal reach, short turning radius, speed of movement and its great versatility.

Last month, Manulift visited Daniel Lampron, one of the owners of Ferme Y. Lampron & Fils in St. Boniface, Quebec. Brothers Pierre, Daniel and Alexandre Lampron are the sixth generation on the family dairy farm, certified as organic since 2001. They cultivate 375 hectares of agricultural land, mainly in culture to feed their herd of 150 dairy cows (hay, corn, soy and barley).

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New Cat D6 debuts world’s first high drive electric drive dozer

This next-generation dozer offers a choice of advanced power train: the D6 XE with Electric Drive or the D6 with a fully automatic 4-speed power shift transmission.

The all-new Cat D6 dozer delivers new levels of efficiency and performance with a choice of Electric Drive or Fully Automatic power train. A redesigned purpose-built VPAT dozer offers best-in-class grading, while updated technology features help operators to be more productive from first pass to finish grade. Customer profitability is enhanced with up to 35% better fuel efficiency and reduced service and maintenance costs. An all-new cab resets the standard in comfort, while a range of configuration choices helps customers optimize machine performance for business needs.  At 215 hp (161 kW) and an operating weight range of 47,949 - 53,126 lbs (21 749 - 24 097 kg), the new D6 replaces the versatile D6T bulldozer. 

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Wacker Neuson launches construction equipment technician apprenticeship program

“The program is intended to act as a funnel for qualified technicians into our dealer network,” explains Jake Gaylord, technical training manager for Wacker Neuson and author of the program.

Wacker Neuson has announced a unique apprenticeship program to help fill the growing need for qualified machine technicians in the construction industry. Wacker Neuson has teamed up with the State of Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development (DWD) to create an apprenticeship program that allows students to "earn as they learn."  The program combines work-based learning with related classroom instruction using the highest industry standards, knowledge base and technology.

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PRINOTH launches light, efficient and flexible mulching head for skid steers

PRINOTH is well known for its crawler carriers but also manufactures a wide range of mulching equipment. Through its Vegetation Management Division, and as a cutting-edge company, where the latest developments and innovations in agriculture and forest management are the top priority, PRINOTH continuously invests in developing high quality products including the introduction of its newest mulching head model, the M450s.

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Earthworks GO! brings Trimble grade control to small machines

Small machines like skid steers and compact track loaders can now be 2D grade control capable thanks to Trimble's Earthworks GO!

Trimble's Earthworks GO! Grade Control Platform is a 2D grade control solution for compact machine grading attachments. Trimble Earthworks GO! enables high-accuracy grading in an easy-to-use, portable platform. It is the only Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) compact machine control solution available today that runs on Android or iOS smartphones. The announcement was made at Trimble Dimensions.

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John Deere Grapples pack power and reliability into job site cleanup

“During critical times, like disaster cleanup, operators need powerful and reliable attachments that won’t let them down,” said Jessica Hill, program manager, global attachments, John Deere Construction & Forestry.

Continuing to expand its offering of job site cleanup solutions, John Deere is introducing the new GS66B, GS72B, GS78B, GS84B scrap grapple buckets and GR72B and GR84B rock grapple buckets into its ever-expanding line of Worksite Pro attachments. The scrap grapple buckets are ideal for scrap handling, recycling center use, disaster cleanup and job site cleanup applications where grappling power is needed to handle material. The rock grapple buckets are perfect for land clearing, job site cleanup and brush removal applications. Additionally, the new rock grapples allow for grading the site after debris removal.

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Move big snow with Torwel's heavy-duty snow pushers

Torwel snow pushers are rugged and capable.

Torwel Limited has announced its new and improved Heavy-Duty Snow Pushers in widths from 8' through 18'. All models boast robust design and upgrades that include adjustable skid/wear shoes and easy to use attachment systems that include the universal skid steer mounting system and the new versatile utility tractor/loader global mounting system.

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Cat 330 and 330 GC Next Generation excavators deliver high-production performance and lower operating costs

The new Cat 330 has the industry's highest level of standard factory-equipped technology to boost productivity.

The Next Generation 30-ton size class excavators from Caterpillar – the 330 and 330 GC – increase operating efficiency, lower fuel and maintenance costs, and improve operator comfort compared to previous models. The new excavators offer unique combinations of features designed to match contractors' productivity and cost targets.

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Caterpillar to show wide range of new equipment at bauma CHINA

An outdoor demonstration will feature the Next Generation 320 and 323 excavators, which use an estimated 25 percent less fuel than predecessor models in certain applications.

Caterpillar will display 30 machines as well as work tools, engines and product support capabilities at bauma CHINA 2018. The extensive exhibit will feature Cat general construction, building construction, paving and SEM-branded equipment. More than a dozen Cat Next Generation hydraulic excavators will be introduced at the show.

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