Heavy Equipment Guide's 2020 Top Introductions, part three
Game-changing construction equipment and technology innovations
We look forward each year to reviewing the products and technology that made a mark on the industry. This year in particular, we were struck by the strength of innovation in developments that include revolutionary machine design, zero- and low-emissions solutions, and even a robot dog. You may not see this equipment on your jobsite yet, but read on for 2020's Top Introductions – groundbreaking today, and perhaps common on your jobsite tomorrow.
Doosan Infracore North America
Doosan focused on machines for mass excavation and aggregates production this year and delivered in several categories. The new DL580-5 wheel loader delivers two-pass loading of 24-ton trucks and the DX800LC-7 is Doosan's largest excavator designed for aggregates, mining and excavation for large-scale infrastructure projects. The company also ushered in its next generation of ADTs with the DA30-5 and DA45-5, capitalizing on the trend of ADTs moving toward larger payload capacities in the 40 ton and larger range.
Another update on the vocational truck landscape came from Volvo Trucks, which took advantage of new technology when updating its VHD line. Safety and productivity features like dynamic steering and driver assist benefits are at the heart of the update, along with the Volvo I-Shift transmission, updated suspension and connectivity features.
Learn more about the new Volvo VHD.
One of CONEXPO's unexpected debuts was the TD-16N dozer, a brand-new design created from the cab outward to give operators nearly complete visibility all the way around. The Dressta team won a Red Dot Award for the machine, which has a mid-cab design over a hydrostatic drivetrain, non-slip steps to remove climbing up the tracks to get in, and all the power that Dressta is known for.
Bobcat has been turning heads for pushing up the size at the top end of its excavator range, and in 2020 the company introduced its largest machine ever. The E165 is intended to address the needs of customers looking for a larger machine within the Bobcat ecosystem. The industry-first Features on Demand for CTLs and SSLs also caught our attention. Launched in the fall, Features on Demand allows owners to turn features on and off on SSLs and CTLs as needed for a subscription fee.
It has been a few years since Mack was in the medium-duty truck market, but that has changed with the launch of the MD series of Class 6 and 7 trucks. With styling similar to the Anthem on-highway series, the new trucks are designed for use in urban settings and are packed with features to make body building easier, along with telematics and other technology updates.
Learn more about the new MD series trucks.
Two cold milling machines from Wirtgen launched at CONEXPO are designed to handle projects from surface course rehab or fine milling work up to complete removal. The W 220 Fi and W 250 Fi feature Mill Assist, which ensures a balance between performance and operating costs. Operators can pick out the optimal operating parameter for any working condition with the touch of a button.
Learn more about the W220 Fi and W 250 Fi cold milling machines.
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