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

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.

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

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. 

The Merlo Turbofarmer 42.7 offers versatility and productivity

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).

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

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. 

Wacker Neuson launches construction equipment technician apprenticeship 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.

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.

Earthworks GO! brings Trimble grade control to small machines

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.

John Deere Grapples pack power and reliability into job site cleanup

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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Toro Dingo TXL 2000 boasts telescoping arms and 2,000-pound capacity rivalling small CTLs and SSLs

Representing a continuation of 20 years of innovation in the compact utility loader (CUL) equipment category, Toro introduces the all-new Toro Dingo TXL 2000. The latest model features telescoping arms to allow the TXL 2000 to reach over obstacles, dig below grade, and generally extend the operator's working range. This equipment solution consolidates the benefits of several machines into one to perform a variety of tasks on the jobsite.

Hyundai demos excavator with Trimble Ready option at Dimensions user conference

Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas will showcase a Trimble Ready Hyundai HX220L hydraulic excavator running the Trimble Earthworks Grade Control Platform during the 2018 Trimble Dimensions User Conference, Nov. 5-7 in Las Vegas. A Silver Sponsor at this year's event, Hyundai will host an exhibit at Booth 222 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center at The Venetian. The Trimble Ready Hyundai HX220L excavator with the Trimble Earthworks system will perform live outdoor demonstrations at the Trimble Dimensions Offsite Expo.

Case N Series backhoe loaders updated with PowerBoost, direct drive and factory-installed thumb

Case Construction Equipment is making numerous updates to its N Series backhoe loaders, including new industry-exclusive PowerBoost functionality, a new PowerDrive transmission upgrade with Direct Drive, and a factory-installed thumb that makes backhoe operation even more versatile. New Case N Series backhoes also feature updates to loader controls, including a new declutch trigger, new roller/rocker switch for better attachment control, and an all-new F-N-R thumb switch for simplified operation.

ASV introduces "world’s most compact" track loader

ASV Holdings Inc.'s new RT-25 Posi-Track compact track loader features similar dimensions to its more powerful cousin, the RT-40. The RT-25 serves as an economical alternative for contractors, rental centres and homeowners working in tight spaces. ASV says that it is the industry's smallest sit-in CTL. The RT-25 is also a safer, more productive alternative to walk-behind and stand-on mini loaders in applications such as landscaping, construction and snow removal. 

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In-depth report: compact excavators

The reputation of the compact excavator has been significantly bolstered in recent years due to their growing versatility and the range of options available for these machines. As hydraulic capabilities improve, the scope of these machines' capabilities has moved beyond earthmoving in cramped quarters and on small jobs. The compact excavator has become a multifunctional machine that can meet a variety of needs, from flail mowing to precision excavating. 

Engcon tiltrotator helps contractor get the most out of an excavator

When Sean Coghlan, owner of Shamrock Earthworks Ltd., first attended CONEXPO trade show in 2008, he was looking to find equipment and ideas that would make his business more efficient. He was intrigued by a device called a tiltrotator, demonstrated by dealers representing engcon, a Swedish firm. But he'd just started his Calgary, Alberta-based company, and knew he had to wait a while to make a significant investment.

Cat large dozers reach milestone with 40,000th machine

The legacy of the Cat large dozer began a little more than 40 years ago with a revolutionary elevated drive sprocket and new undercarriage design that looked unlike any dozer of its day. The groundbreaking suspended undercarriage with high drive design conformed to the ground better than standard oval tracks, helping to improve machine traction, extend undercarriage life and enhance operator comfort. 

Watch this: Dolph Lundgren puts Volvo excavators through boot camp

Revealing the toughness, versatility and intelligent engineering behind Volvo CE's full range of excavators, the film tests the limits of heavy equipment during an exhilarating and entertaining army bootcamp, led by drill instructor Dolph Lundgren. The 80s powerhouse behind films including Rocky IV, Universal Soldier and The Expendables drives the action in a cinematic display of man against machine.

Liebherr to introduce six Generation 8 crawler excavators in 2019

Starting in January 2019, Liebherr will launch the completely new Generation 8 crawler excavators for earthmoving. For the initial launch period the Generation 8 excavators will include six models: R 922, R 924, R 926, R 930, R 934 and the R 938. The R 922 and R 924 will be available for highly regulated countries whereas the four next models will be available with engine options for highly regulated and lower-regulated countries.

Caterpillar offers six new Next Generation compact excavators in the 7- to 10-ton range

Caterpillar's range of Next Generation mini hydraulic excavators has been expanded with the addition of six new models in the 7-to-10-ton category. The new models provide a selection of basic configurations, allowing customers to choose the machine that works most efficiently in applications routinely encountered. As with all Cat Next Generation mini excavators, the new models feature heavy-duty main structures, fuel-efficient engines, load sensing hydraulics, spacious cabs, and the exclusive Cat Stick-Steer system. The overall design goal for Next Generation models is to ensure optimum value for the customer in terms of performance, operator experience, serviceability and affordability.

Cat launches four Next Generation mini excavators in one- to two-ton class

Four new models in the Cat mini hydraulic excavator lineup, engineered and manufactured by Caterpillar, are designed to provide users the best performance, versatility, safety, operator convenience – and affordability – in the smallest possible packages for 1-to-2-ton class machines. This customer-centred approach to engineering results in the new models incorporating industry-first standard features, such as joystick steering (Stick Steer) and a tilt-up canopy or cab, as well as new options, including air conditioning and expandable undercarriages across the range.

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High-quality machinery an important part of Roxboro Excavation’s growth strategy

Roxboro Excavation is a key player in construction and civil engineering work in Quebec and Ontario. The company, established over 45 years ago, distinguishes itself in sectors as varied as excavation, earthmoving, infrastructure, deep foundations, formwork, paving, snow removal, sewer and water works, and environmental projects. Roxboro has more than 600 employees during the high season and a fleet of more than 1,000 construction equipment machines.

Bold black-and-red "Modern Hex" design to adorn Cat equipment by 2020

Cat machines, engines, generator sets and work tools will soon have a new look. Caterpillar is replacing the current "Power Edge" trade dress (Cat trademark on a black background accented with a diagonal red bar) with a fresh new graphic design called "Cat Modern Hex." The Cat Modern Hex design combines the traditional Cat trademark and product model names with a bold, three-dimensional red hexagon and grille pattern. The red color is a throwback to the graphics used on the company's very first crawler tractors in 1925.

Hyundai upgrades R35Z-9A compact excavator for performance, convenience, serviceability and safety

Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas has introduced a variety of updates to the 3.5-ton-class R35Z-9A compact excavator, which the company says is designed to provide users a competitive edge in performance, convenience, serviceability and safety. One of seven 9A series models, the Hyundai R35Z-9A compact excavator was introduced to the market in 2015. It features a zero-tail-swing design for optimum maneuverability in confined work spaces. 

New vs. auctioned equipment: counting the cost

It's an age-old question when considering equipment purchases: a new machine or an auctioned piece of equipment? Considering the auction market for construction equipment in North America is roughly the same size as the market for new machines, it is a dilemma that nearly all equipment owners are facing. 

Caterpillar 740 GC articulated hauler boasts the latest automatic retarder-control system for operator efficiency

The Cat 740 GC articulated dump truck (ADT) re-introduces the 40-ton (36.3 mt) size class to the Cat ADT range. The new model is designed to incorporate the proven features and performance of models currently in the ADT lineup, including new controls, transmission-protection features, hoist-assist system, advanced traction-control system, stability-assist system and a fuel-saving ECO mode.

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