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FEATURES 16 In-depth report: wheeled excavators

38 VHD evolves into tougher, smarter truck

Volvo Trucks launches most significant update to vocational truck line in decades

24 Post-show report: CONEXPO- CON/AGG 2020

43 Picking the right tools for site prep

34 Truss-mounted screed paves bridge decks and more

46 Betting on battery power

Advance up to four feet in a single pass

36 Wireless concrete monitoring sensors launched

50 Going digital for more effective lubrication management

Mobil Serv platform gives operators more ability to track and plan maintenance

52 Outsourcing maintenance to maximize value and productivity

Green Machine retrofits OEM equipment to meet demand for battery-power

Cover photo: The JCB Hydradig 110W wheeled excavator.

48 Case revamps its skid-steer and compact track loader lineup

SECTIONS 12 Spotlight 16 In-Depth Report 24 CONEXPO-CON/AGG Post-Show Report

DEPARTMENTS 28 Aggregates & Quarries 34 Concrete Construction 38 Trucks & Transportation 41 Site Prep

46 Compact Equipment 50 Equipment Maintenance & Management 53 Annual Attachments Guide

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Working through strange days


oy, it’s been a long year, this last month, hasn’t it? Sure feels like it should be October or November of 2020, not April, with the way the world has gone in these past few weeks. As I write, myself and the rest of the Heavy Equipment Guide team are wrapping up two weeks of self-isolation that kicked in after we returned from CONEXPO-CON/AGG in Las Vegas. We aren’t alone; a lot of our industry friends are also staying home, working remotely, and trying to plod through as normally as possible while our governments respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. The construction industry, however, has in many places carried on. CONEXPO was a good statement of how the construction business moves forward in the face of challenge; the show had 130,000 attendee registrations, and there was plenty of activity on the show floor. Most major manufacturers had new releases unveiled at the event, and only a few cancelled their exhibits in the face of what was then still the early days of response to COVID-19. Organizers provided more sanitizer stations and encouraged a no-handshake policy to promote enhanced safety. Since then, however, things have accelerated significantly, and most of Canada has been encouraged to stay home except for certain essential reasons. As the government has moved to expand the safety of citizens, the construction industry – often tagged as an essential service – has remained on the job and begun its own responses to the virus. Debate is continuing as to whether construction should be considered essential and thus allowed to continue. In some provinces, unions and industry associations are asking for at least a short pause to allow time for development of best practices on construction sites. Some provinces have provided their own guidelines; British Columbia, for example, released advice centred around keeping employees separated as much as possible on jobsites, enhanced hygiene plans, expanded cleaning, and so forth. Associations are also concerned about the potential economic impact of the pandemic on their businesses, and are working with governments to try and iron out how to keep construction operations going through these challenging times and beyond. In the meantime, individuals can take their own initiative to keep themselves, their families and employees safe and healthy during this strange period. It may be difficult to practice social distancing on a jobsite, but do your best to stay six feet from other people where possible. Practice good hand washing and cleaning habits. Use common sense, and remember one important thing: this will all end; it may not be tomorrow, or next week, but in the end things will return to something approximating normal. Some caution now pays off in the end. In the meantime, we here at Heavy Equipment Guide will continue as we always do: providing the best coverage of new construction equipment, services and news as we can. Watch for plenty of post-CONEXPO coverage in this and future issues – there were some very big introductions that we’ll be focusing in on very soon. Also, don’t forget to visit our website at www.heavyequipmentguide.ca to see regular news and product updates. Lee Toop Editor

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WHEEL LOADER OFFERS TWO-PASS FILL FOR 24-TON-CAPACITY TRUCKS The new DL580-5 wheel loader achieves two-pass fill for over-the-road, 24-ton-capacity trucks. It is equipped with an enhanced front work group: a reinforced Z-bar, a larger profile arm and lift cylinder geometry that work together to improve lifting capacity and performance. Larger-volume steering pump and cylinders help to maintain steering efficiency with larger loaded weights. In addition, Doosan provides a heavier counterweight to offset larger load capacities. To improve braking efficiency with larger loaded weights, the DL580-5 is designed with heavier front and rear axles with six-disc outboard brakes on each hub. The standard double-circuit axle coolers improve durability and proper braking efficiency and protects against overheating of the axle assemblies via active cooling and dual radiators, including sensor-based automatic temperature regulations. Electric steering comes standard and the machine is outfitted with lower profile

tires on a larger diameter and wider rim for enhanced traction. Three new aggregate buckets can be utilized with this machine to maximize material moving rates. Their SAE heaped capacities are 8, 9 and 10 cubic yards.




ROTATING CRAWLER CARRIER Built with a rugged upper frame that rotates a full 360 degrees, the Terramac RT7R can carry and dump up to 14,000 pounds of material at any position, even while driving. The Terramac RT7R is built to be nimble while providing the power needed to accomplish the task at hand. This new unit features a compact footprint of 17 feet 3 inches x 8 feet 1 inch and boasts travel speeds up to 6.7 mph. The 24,080-pound RT7R is powered by a 165 hp Cummins B4.5 Performance Series Tier 4 Final / EU Stage V engine.

Dressta says its new Red Dot award-winning TD-16N dozer sets a new benchmark for visibility which encompasses 309 degrees. The dozer features a mid-cab design over a mid-mounted automatic, dual path hydrostatic drivetrain. It comes with a standard 6-way angle blade and it is compatible with 2D and 3D grade control systems. Controls are accessible, intuitive, and easy to use thanks to the electro-hydraulic joysticks. It has an operating weight of 19,090 kg (42,090 pounds) and offers net horsepower of 170 hp (127 kW). The unique undercarriage design utilizes a single-track gauge for all track shoe widths. This allows the dozer to be reconfigured at any point from standard to LGP undercarriage, by simply changing the track shoes and blade.


TRAILER ADAPTS TO TALL AND HEAVY LOADS The XL 120 hydraulic detachable gooseneck (HDG) 2+3 trailer boasts a 120,000 pounds in 10 feet concentrated capacity rating and a low 18-inch deck height. Configuration options include setting up with a 3+2 or 4+1. The power booster can also be removed to run three, four or five axles in a row. A modular deck connection adds deck sections or swaps out deck designs and allows for shimming when needed. It is 53 feet long overall and the 13-foot low-profile hydraulic gooseneck has a swing clearance of 107 inches and 36-inch flip neck extension. The neck also offers a five-position ride height. The 26-foot-long main deck offers a loaded deck height of 18 inches with a ground clearance of six inches. The rear deck is 14 feet long with a 41-inch loaded deck height. The power booster uses hydraulic pressure, accompanied by a nitrogen accumulator, to transfer weight from the trailer, while allowing the booster to be flexible for uneven terrain.


FIVE NEW BACKHOE LOADERS The new models fall within the 14- and 15-foot size classes. The new line consists of the Cat 415, 416, 420, 420 XE and 430 models replacing the F2 series lineup. A redesigned operator display incorporates analogue machine gauges with a soft key controlled colour LCD information display. Informational icon pop-ups offer quick navigation between operating modes, while full text diagnostic descriptions simplify machine troubleshooting and maintenance. The new lineup is powered by a Cat C3.6 engine which the company says delivers up to 10 percent improved fuel economy compared to the F2 Series engine. All models feature standard 4-wheel drive with rear differential lock. All new models offer adjustable auxiliary hydraulic flow to the backhoe, so machine hydraulics can be fine-tuned to meet the operating specifications of hammer, thumb and auger attachments. The new Cat line can be equipped from the factory or as a field installed kit with an optional Integrated Tool Carrier loader coupler for fast tool changes. 12


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80-TON TELESCOPIC CRAWLER CRANE The TCC-800 comes with a new four-section 38- to 120-foot (11.8- to 36.5-m) full-power boom that reaches a maximum tip height of 184.5 feet (56.2 m) with full boom and Link-Belt’s SmartFly pinning system. Link-Belt SmartFly helps ensure proper fly erection and stowage sequence while minimizing work at height. The TCC-800 offers optional one- or two-piece 35- to 58-foot (10.6to 17.6-m) fly. New to Link-Belt’s telecrawler lineup will be variable side frame track positions on the TCC-800. TCC-800 will utilize a Stage 5 dual-compliant Cummins QSB 6.7 engine with 232 hp at 2,000 rpm for greater fuel economy, improved quiet operation and cold-start capability. New high performance variable displacement pumps provide power control and load sensing. Matching 3/4 inches (19 mm) grooved drums have 834 feet (254.2-m) of rope capacity with 18,603 pounds (7,656.6 kg) maximum line pull and 485 fpm (147 mpm) maximum line speed. The list chart on the TCC-800 also includes a maximum four-degree list chart for increased performance in varying jobsite conditions. The TCC-800 self-assembles with 38,500 pounds (17,463 kg) of upper counterweight and two 3,000-pound (1,360-kg) sections of carbody counterweight. For transport, the TCC-800 moves in two loads: main unit transports under 100,000 pounds (45,359 kg) with fly, side frames attached, hook block and ball, lifting sheave and full tank of fuel; overflow includes counterweight sections and stays below 44,500 pounds (20,184 kg). Clearance height on a lowboy transport trailer stays below 13 feet (3.9 m). TCC-800 has an optional wireless remote control system.



The 10,000-pound-class 1075 telehandler features a 75-foot boom that can lift up to eight stories and offers a 60-foot reach. With its longer boom length, the 1075 can achieve precision placement further onto a building, effectively doubling the reach of a telehandler with a 55-foot boom. The new telehandler comes standard with JLG’s Longitudinal Stability Indication as well as a two-way right-side-view camera. Optional technologies include SmartLoad and a remote-controlled boom, which can be used by an operator to place material at height from outside the cab. The remote control can eliminate the need for two people – one in the cab and one at the location where the material is being placed – for improved efficiency on the job. The unit accepts a wide range of standard telehandler attachments, as well as a number of JLG specialty attachments, including its new sheet material handler.



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ASK MASTERS By Kaitlyn Till, Managing Editor


ore commonly seen in Europe, wheeled excavators are a slowly growing category of construction equipment in North America. Not just for digging, wheeled excavators are productive tool carriers that can open up a contractor’s business to new opportunities and fill a range of jobsite roles, including in roadbuilding and maintenance, on utility projects, for general construction and in municipal work. They provide access to more jobsites and can get jobs done faster without trailering between work sites. We spoke with a panel of experts on the advantages and opportunities that come with adding a wheeled excavator to your fleet.

A slowly growing market

Matt Santee, product application specialist at Caterpillar, noted that in North America demand has traditionally been highest on the east coast of the U.S., but Cat is seeing new opportunities in the rest of the U.S. and Canada. Doosan has seen similar trends. Aaron Kleingartner, product and dealer marketing manager, has observed that while the market in North America has remained relatively flat as wheeled excavators have not caught on here for construction applications, there are exceptions in the northeast United States. “The use there is driven, primarily, by the older metropolitan areas where space is oftentimes limited and a wheeled excavator may be needed to drive on older, established surfaces to complete infrastructure projects.” “Wheeled excavators have been common in Europe since the 1970s but are relatively new to North America,” said Matthew McLean, product manager, excavators at Volvo Construction Equipment. “Wheeled excavators have been gaining in popularity here though, as contractors and government fleets increasingly recognize their versatility and speed. Another contributing factor has been the growing number and availability of wheeled models in North America.” Veronique Kennerson, product specialist for excavators at Mecalac, has observed differences in demand for wheeled excavators depending on size. While the market for medium wheeled excavators is significant in Europe and growing in the U.S., the small wheeled excavators, ten tons or under, are relatively new and there isn’t a broad range of offerings in this size. “The wheeled excavator market continues to see small but consistent growth in North America,” said Patrick Baker, product manager for large excavators and Hydradig at JCB. “I believe the wheeled excavator market will continue to trend upward as we move into 2020 and beyond. JCB has experienced growth in the wheeled excavator sector due to two main catalysts – increased construction and growth in large urban cities, and municipality and township use. “Larger, urban cities continue to expand resulting in smaller jobsites and smaller working areas, which benefits a more mobile, maneuverable wheeled excavator.”

Applications and jobsites

Wheeled excavators can do it all, according to Kennerson. “Apart from working on big or muddy slopes, where a crawler remains the best option, they are the most versatile excavator available. Whether in construction, roadbuilding and maintenance, utility, sewer and water, waste, or even forestry applications, these machines can quickly turn out to be a competitive advantage.” Wheeled excavators are beneficial for contractors or municipalities who need to drive the machine from point A to point B, particularly in road maintenance applications, Kleingartner noted. A trailer may not be needed at all, which will decrease the travel time and reduce costs. Once at the jobsite, a wheeled excavator can work on a finished surface without causing damage.

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DOOSAN DX190W-5 McLean noted that in addition to this mobility, a wheeled excavator can tow a trailer containing attachments and work materials. While there has been an uptake in usage by government agencies, road and bridge contractors continue to be the primary users of Cat wheeled excavators, according to Santee. “On the jobsites they are appreciated for their versatility for a multitude of tasks – carrying materials (pipes, jersey barriers, manholes), loading trucks, operating attachments. The mobility on a site without damaging the ground makes it an essential piece of equipment to boost efficiency and save costs for the jobsite,” he said. “A common misconception is that wheeled excavators are only for paved surfaces when, in reality, they work on dirt very well.” Other key applications for wheeled excavators include utility pipe replacement, sidewalks, parking lots, airport rework or extensions where lift capacity and mobility are needed. “A growing type of application is one where the full use of the hydraulic power is required. This can be anything from attaching a mower head or brush cutter to clean up vegetation alongside a road to using a snowblower to clean railways (with a modified chassis),” added Santee. McLean noted that wheeled excavators are not niche machines. “Wheeled excavators are now viewed

as general purpose machines that can be used in a lot of applications based on the configuration and attachments being used. For example, swap an outrigger for a dozer blade, add a tiltrotator, and you have a versatile and mobile machine for utility installation.” There are some key misconceptions about wheeled excavators, he added. “I’ve found that some contractors and public works directors need education that, despite what they may have heard, there’s no loss in performance with a wheeled excavator. With outriggers you won’t be sacrificing on power, breakout/ tearout forces, reach or digging depth, either.” He added that wheeled excavators don’t just offer advantages over tracked excavators, but can also provide certain advantages over skid-steer loaders and backhoes. Compared with a skid steer, a wheeled excavator provides higher reach, greater visibility and 360-degree swing radius. Compared with a backhoe, a compact wheeled excavator can maneuver more easily and offer the 360-degree working radius. “We tested the EW60E against a competitively sized backhoe. When digging a trench 60 feet long and 3 feet deep, the EW60E did the work 38 percent faster and used four times less fuel than the backhoe. In the second test, the EW60E dug a pool 9 by 9 feet, 3 feet deep in half the time and burned a quarter of the fuel compared with a backhoe.”



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Key mechanical differences

The most obvious mechanical difference between a wheeled excavator and a tracked excavator is the undercarriage, but wheeled excavators can also provide differences in the hydraulic system, different controls, and have more boom and stick options than their tracked counterparts. The variable angle boom is a key feature found on many wheeled excavators; the extra point of articulation on the boom allows these wheeled excavators to work both further from and closer to the machine with less repositioning and allows the boom to pull back further to provide a smaller travel profile and increased visibility for roading. Santee said that a Cat wheeled excavator is designed to be a tool carrier. “When the machine’s hydraulic system is pushed, it will prioritize providing flow to the stick and boom.” Cat wheeled excavators also feature a dedicated swing pump to provide multifunction capability and offer the operator controllability when running high-flow attachments. The most obvious difference is the undercarriage. “A wheeled excavator undercarriage is completely different – with four wheels, a straight rear axle that may oscillate and a front steerable axle that oscillates, allowing the wheeled excavator to travel across difficult terrain,” said Kleingartner. “Also, Doosan wheeled excavators can be configured with four outriggers or two outriggers on the rear of the machine and a blade on the front of the machine. The blade can be used for machine stabilization or grading and levelling dirt in non-road applications.” Kennerson said that there are a number of differences that come along with a wheeled machine. Wheels are higher than tracks, which means the position of the upper frame needs to be raised, which also raises the machine’s centre of gravity. “Mecalac designed its MWR Series from scratch, looking at solutions developed for machines meant for handling applications and thus requiring great stability, like telehandlers. On telehandlers the cab is placed between the wheels, close to the ground to keep it low for stability. This is exactly what we did with our wheeled excavators.”


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IN-DEPTH REPORT: WHEELED EXCAVATORS Baker said JCB has engineered the Hydradig to have all major components underneath the cab in the chassis to lower the machine’s centre of gravity. Kennerson also added that wheeled excavators usually use more engine power, as the transmission requires more power for roading. “They are usually equipped with a hydrostatic transmission and a gear box depending on what speed they can reach. Mecalac wheeled excavators feature an automatic gear change for an easier operation. They also offer an independent pump for its transmission. This allows for speed and smoothness of the ride; it is independent from the other functions of the machine.” “On Volvo excavators, the engines are shared between the crawler and wheeled models, but they do differ in their hydraulics. Our wheeled excavators use a load sensing hydraulic system that allows maximum utilization of available engine power, increasing controllability and responsiveness,” said McLean.

Maintaining a wheeled excavator

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Given the obvious mechanical difference between a wheeled machine and a tracked one, it comes as no surprise that there are different maintenance procedures that will need to be carried out on the wheeled machine. “The biggest difference can be found when greasing service points on the boom and undercarriage. Operating a variable adjustment boom introduces additional grease points compared to a one-piece boom. To assist customers with greasing these additional points, Cat wheeled excavators come standard with autolube,” said Santee. “The autolube system not only greases the variable adjustment cylinder bushing, it also greases all daily service points on the upper portion of the machine. When you compare a wheeled undercarriage to a track undercarriage you will notice a few additional grease points. To make greasing these points as simple as possible, Cat wheeled excavators utilize central grease banks that hit multiple points with one grease zerk and extended service interval bushings that don’t require grease daily.” Kennerson said that the undercarriage difference actually results in reduced maintenance downtime and lower service costs. Servicing tracks is expensive – wear damages a range of undercarriage components on a tracked machine. With wheels, the tires just need to be changed. McLean added that on a wheeled machine drive axles, hubs and tire pressure need to be inspected and transmission oil levels need to be checked. Baker said that the JCB Hydradig is very easy to service and maintain. “By packaging the engine and tanks in the chassis, all service points are easily accessible from the ground level. Climbing onto tracks or wheels to carry out daily checks and maintenance is a thing of the past. The Hydradig has 500-hour greasing intervals on all dig end and dozer pivot points saving the operator time and money by greasing all points at the same service interval.” Kleingartner noted that wheeled excavator owners need to maintain proper tire inflation. “Wheeled excavator owners also need to inspect the outriggers and blade (if equipped) for wear and maintain them as needed.”

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“The articulated two-piece boom is definitively a must,” said Kennerson. “There is no comparison in terms of efficiency.” This boom design eliminates the need to reposition the machine when trenching and offers better visibility to the right of the machine and better balance when roading. She added that the Mecalac boom can be folded more into the rear of the machine, which then acts as a natural counterweight. It also allows the operator to work closer to the machine but offers far reach as well. All of the manufacturers noted that wheeled excavators are ideal for a diversity of attachment use. Adding a tiltrotator greatly diversifies the number of tasks that a wheeled excavator can perform. “Tiltrotators can take a wheeled excavator to the next level, increasing its versatility and efficiency on the jobsite,” said Santee. Baker said that JCB has working with Steelwrist for a few years. “Tiltrotators allow the operator to do more jobs with less, due to the versatility of the attachment paired with the [Hydradig].” “[Tiltrotators] are a great solution to increase the versatility of your machine as they allow you to turn your work tool 360 degrees and tilt it,” said Kennerson. “But they are also heavy and add length, thus reducing your performance when working. Any time you add weight and distance between the stick and work tool, you lose force and performance.”

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JCB HYDRADIG 110W She added that a tiltrotator is usually installed directly on the stick to reduce weight and distance. That assembly is time-consuming so once installed the tiltrotator usually stays on the machine. She noted that Mecalac is about to introduce its own tiltrotator, which will mount on the company’s CONNECT hydraulic quick coupler, directly integrated into the stick. This will allow the tiltrotator to detach within seconds. McLean said that Volvo wheeled excavators feature the company’s Attachment Management System, which stores flow and pressure settings for up to 20 attachments to make swapping work tools easier and faster. While technologies such as Trimble and Topcon systems for excavation are beneficial for wheeled excavators, they are less of a focus than hydrostatic transmission and multiple hydraulic circuits, according to Baker.

to use the machine on concrete or asphalt, such as contractors who perform road and bridge construction or maintenance. That’s not to say that a wheeled excavator can’t be used on dirt, noted Santee – they definitely can. “The variety of tire options available allow a wheeled excavator to travel nearly anywhere a tracked machine can. If a contractor finds themselves checking which machines in their fleet are outfitted with rubber pads or looking for steel plates to put down on paved surfaces to work, a wheeled excavator would be a great addition to their fleet.” “Another thing contractors should consider is that this isn’t an either–or decision,” added McLean. “It doesn’t have to replace a crawler. Wheeled and tracked excavators can be a great compliment to each other and give you a more well-rounded, versatile fleet.”

Adding a wheeled excavator to your fleet

“A contractor once told me he measured the productivity of a wheeled excavator not by the amount of material moved, like a traditional excavator, but by the number of jobsites/tasks he can finish on time per week. It’s about doing more with less equipment,” said Santee. Kleingartner provided another example. “A contractor may be hired by a municipality to remove a portion of an existing concrete street. The contractor can drive the wheeled excavator on the existing concrete without damaging it. Once at the site where the concrete needs to be removed, the wheeled excavator operator can use a hydraulic breaker to demolish the concrete. Then using a quick coupler, the operator can easily switch the attachment to a bucket to lift and load the concrete into a truck. Once the concrete has been removed, the wheeled excavator can quickly leave the site to make way for the next stage of construction.” “The operator can work independently and do it all on the jobsite,” said Kennerson. These machines

According to McLean, there are several reasons a contractor should add a wheeled excavator to their fleet. “The first is mobility. If your work requires moving from site to site, a wheeled excavator is a great way to meet those needs. If you’re not doing that type of work now, adding a wheeled excavator to your fleet could open you up to new markets. There’s also the labour and time savings of not needing to tow units from site to site and from the lesser ground and pavement disturbance,” he said. “The JCB Hydradig is ideal for a contractor who has multiple jobs going on around a city but may not need an excavator on the job for extended periods of time. The Hydradig can go job to job at 25 mph in a single lane of traffic saving the contractor time and money, unlike a tracked excavator that requires loading, unloading and transporting from job to job,” said Baker. Kleingartner said that the most common reason for contractors who traditionally operate tracked machines to consider a wheeled model is if they need 22


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can drive to the jobsite; tow a trailer; and dig, load, carry and lift. On top of that, she added, Mecalac wheeled excavators can handle pallet forks thanks to the boom kinematics. “Their versatility has no peer and offers contractors more flexibility to manage their fleet.”

Buying tips

Santee said that buyers need to consider the number of hydro mechanical tools that will be used with the machine. “With standard high and medium pressure lines and a quick coupler circuit, Cat wheeled excavators are the Swiss Army Knives of the jobsite.” McLean suggested that contractors should look at how much machine they need, whether the excavator will be going up a lot of hills, or if short tail swing is vital. Towing packages are also available for operators who need to bring their attachments, supplies and safety gear along with them. Kennerson said to look at the design of the machine for stability and for ease of access for the operator including height of the cab and location of the steps. “If contractors are considering a wheeled excavator, they should visit a local equipment dealership and consider renting a wheeled excavator,” suggested Kleingartner. “Once they see how the wheeled excavator performs, they may be surprised at how comparable it is to a similar-sized tracked excavator. This may provide new business opportunities for contractors who traditionally perform only non-road work and can now work on established surfaces without damaging them when operating heavy construction equipment.” Santee added, “The number one pain point for customers continues to be finding and retaining skilled operators. One way to overcome this challenge is by purchasing equipment that is more versatile and requires less support equipment. The wheeled excavator offers a value proposition that can’t be touched.” HEG



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ONEXPO is North America’s biggest show for the heavy equipment industry, and when it rolls around every three years it draws huge crowds. This year was no different, despite coronavirus concerns; the show reported more than 130,000 registrations from around the world. As always, the event was a showpiece for all of the largest manufacturers, and there were plenty of innovative and exciting introductions to be viewed. Heavy Equipment Guide was there for those big launches; here’s a summary of some that caught our eye. Watch for more articles on these announcements and more in the coming months.

Electric equipment

It should come as no shock that electrification continued to be a major topic at CONEXPO for 2020. A large number of exhibitors came to the show with new equipment options powered by electricity. Case Construction Equipment unveiled its hotly anticipated Project Zeus – known more familiarly as the 580 EV, what the company says is the industry’s first-ever battery powered backhoe loader. With zero emissions and a lower daily operating cost than

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comparable machines in the market, Case has suggested the 580 EV will be popular with municipalities and utilities working in urban settings. The second alternative-energy-powered machine introduced by Case, following along from the concept methane-powered Project Tetra wheel loader revealed at bauma 2019, the 580 EV is powered by a 480-volt, 90-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack that can be charged by any 220-volt/three-phase connection. While applications will vary, each charge will support most common eight-hour workdays. The battery separately powers the drivetrain and hydraulic motors, resulting in hydraulic breakout forces equal to diesel-powered machines and improved performance during simultaneous loader and drivetrain operation. While it may be electric-powered, the backhoe retains Case’s usual features and benefits that can be found in its diesel brethren; a large, spacious cab with large windows and good sightlines, enhanced joystick controls and other features aim to make the 580 EV a good machine to operate. At the same time, it is expected to reduce service and maintenance costs by as much as 90 percent depending on how the machine is used, while entirely removing emissions. Several units have been sold already to utilities in the U.S., and production is expected to ramp up through 2020. The full-sized backhoe was joined by a number of compact machines that are plugged in to the electric trend. Hyundai brought two compact excavators, the in-house-developed R18E as well as the R35E, developed in conjunction with Cummins. Both are very quiet machines, and both generate no carbon emissions, making them ideal for work inside and out while providing the same productivity levels as diesel-powered machines. A two-ton-class machine, the R18E has an operating weight of 3,800 pounds (1,725 kg), digging depth of 7 feet 11 inches (2,405 mm), and dump height of 8 feet 10 inches (2,680 mm). It is powered by an induction-type motor, with a one-hour current rating of 225 amps, and features a lithium-ion battery (LFP type); with that, it can operate for up to eight hours on a full charge and be fully ready to roll again in five hours. The R35E is a 3.5-ton machine that uses Cummins’ BM4.4E flexible battery modules; these use lithium-ion as well to produce higher energy density. According to Hyundai, the excavator can work a full shift and then be charged within three hours. Bobcat showed a number of prototype machines as well as an all-electric concept for a compact loader. According to the company, the T76e is innovative in several ways, including a step away from traditional hydraulics – instead, controllability of horsepower and performance is handled by electronic mechanics. Bobcat says the T76e “will be foundational for innovations that will change compact equipment in a number of ways, from improved productivity and enhanced precision to more intelligent machines that bring new capabilities to the jobsite.”

2020 Also on display from Bobcat were prototypes for the S70e electric/hydraulic loader as well as the E10e and E17e electric/hydraulic excavators. These machines offer compatible – and sometimes better – performance compared to diesel machines, while generating zero emissions and lower noise levels. Rugged lithium-ion batteries give long runtimes between daily charge cycles. Avant Tecno USA introduced its first fully electric loader, the Avant e5, to North America during CONEXPO. Powered by an AGM (absorbent glass mat) battery, the e5 is also suited to indoor job and demolition sites, as well as noise-restricted areas. It features a lift capacity of 2,000 pounds and lift height of 110 inches, while offering an auxiliary hydraulic flow of 7.9 gallons per minute. Manitou’s Gehl brand debuted an electric skid-steer loader concept, based on the company’s R 165 diesel machine and offering the same 1,650-pound rated capacity. A key advantage of the lithium-ion-powered loader is simplified servicing, Manitou points out, thanks to the reduction in the quantity of hydraulic oil needed. As with other electric machines, the noise levels are drastically reduced. Takeuchi was also active in the electric arena this year, with the introduction of its new electric excavator. The new machine has an operating weight of 4,277 pounds and will be available for order in September.

back into the system to cut fuel consumption. That motion charges 5.2-gallon hydraulic accumulators, which turn around and drive hydraulic assist motors that power the hydraulic pump. Volvo says the machine has the same levels of performance as the standard EC300E, but the hybrid system takes load off the engine and can deliver up to 15 percent lower fuel consumption while also cutting CO2 emissions some 12 percent. Fuel savings payback is, according to Volvo, approximately two years. Doosan has also introduced a new top-end machine in its excavator line with the display of the DX800LC-7, which will be available in North America later this year. The biggest Doosan excavator ever available in the U.S. and Canada, it’s targeted toward mining and large infrastructure jobsites where massive amounts of material need to be excavated and stockpiled or loaded into trucks. Doosan has included the option of a removable counterweight to make the machine easier to move. At CONEXPO the display excavator was paired with a 6.1-cubic-yard bucket.

Major launches

As always, many exhibitors used CONEXPO to launch the newest and biggest of their product lines. For Caterpillar, one of the big highlights was at the top of the company’s excavator line – the introduction of the next generation Cat 395. The hefty production machine borrows from its bigger brothers, Cat’s mining shovels, for a new dedicated hydrostatic swing circuit that allows the excavator to regenerate swing brake energy and independently manage cylinder oil flow. That helps improve the machine’s fuel efficiency and gives more predictable performance. Overall, the 395 offers up to 10 percent more production, twice the structural durability and up to 20 percent lower maintenance costs than the 390F that it replaces. Powered by a Cat C18 engine generating 543 hp, the 395 weighs in at 295,471 pounds. All of that can also pair with 2D or 3D versions of Cat Grade, along with other machine control and telematics options. Cat also announced a full update to its backhoe loader line, among other launches. There have been hybrid excavators on the market for a while, but Volvo Construction Equipment has taken a different tack than most with its EC300E Hybrid, debuting in North America at CONEXPO. Instead of collecting energy generated by the swing of the superstructure, Volvo’s hydraulic hybrid uses the “free” energy of the boom-down motion, collects it and puts it

Clockwise (top to bottom): Komatsu D71; Cat 395 HEX with 777G; Volvo crawler excavator with Active Control.

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For Case, three years has passed since the debut of Project Minotaur, and this year the results were displayed – the DL550B compact dozer loader, a powerful two-in-one machine that can handle grading and loading duties equally well. A true dozer-style undercarriage offers optimal dozing performance, with either steel or rubber tracks depending on the job to be tackled. The DL550B has a six-way blade and a c-frame attached directly into the chassis and primary coupler to channel stress through the chassis and ensure good dozing performance. The machine transitions to a CTL quickly and easily: the operator hydraulically detaches the c-frame and blade, then matches up with a bucket, forks or other attachments. A 1.25-cubic-yard bucket is standard. Rated operating capacity is 5,500 pounds at 50 percent of tipping load. Liugong Dressta brought what it called a benchmark machine to CONEXPO, the TD-16N dozer. An award-winning team of designers started at the operator, the blade and the tracks and built everything else around them. The result is a machine that offers 309 degrees of visibility from within the cab. The TD-16N has a mid-cab design over a mid-mounted automatic, dual-path hydrostatic drivetrain. A six-way angle blade is standard. At a weight of 42,090 pounds and 170 hp, the TD-16N is a versatile

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machine; that versatility extends to the undercarriage, which utilizes a single-track gauge for all track shoe widths. Another first came from John Deere, with the introduction of the industry’s first compact machine with integrated grade control. The SmartGrade 333G compact track loader increases productivity by helping automatically complete grading tasks faster with fewer passes and less rework, compared to working without grade control technology. It also allows for use of a versatile, more transportable piece of equipment where the grade control system is fully integrated into the machine’s structures and software, delivering precise grading performance while eliminating vulnerable masts and cables. In addition, the machine benefits from the launch of DozerMode, which can change the EH joystick control system and allow functions like a crawler dozer at the push of a button. On the lift equipment side, Snorkel went big at CONEXPO with a brand-new 2100SJ “mega boom” that breaks records with a maximum working height of up to 216 feet and horizontal outreach up to 100 feet. The machine, shown as a preview with availability expected to start in 2021, features two control panels on the platform for safe operation at height, robust four-wheel drive and multiple steering modes.

Telematics and machine control

Growth in machine control has been significant in recent years, driven by a desire for greater efficiency and precision. Many launches focused on new and expanded services to improve the offerings for contractors of all sizes. Komatsu has long been a leader in the machine control arena, and this CONEXPO marked the introduction of the company’s intelligent Machine Control 2.0, a suite of features designed to increase dozer productivity. Numerous patent-pending items are part of the feature package, including proactive dozing control that uses artificial intelligence to help ensure machines can automatically cut and strip like an experienced operator; lift layer control spreads fill from existing terrain with the push of a button, then the machine measures the terrain it tracks over and uses that data to plan the next pass. Tilt steering control tilts the blade to ensure straight travel during rough dozing, reducing operator steering input by up to 80 percent. Machine control for big iron is well established, but systems for smaller equipment are still making their way to market. CONEXPO brought a new offering from Topcon that aims at those smaller machines and leverages mobile computing to do so. Small excavators and compact track loaders can take advantage of bring-your-own-device options that work as substitutes for control boxes in some applications. Incorporating the same hardware as Topcon 3D machine control, an indicate-only option runs on Android devices using a free app, part of the new MC Mobile system family. This entry-level machine control gives contractors an inexpensive way to speed up productivity in their fleet. Pocket MC also allows for local positioning system options for excavation. Volvo has brought a new automated system to certain crawler excavators with the launch of Active Control. The

2020 system allows operators to hit their depth and angle with ease, and according to the company cuts grading times by up to 45 percent. Powered by the Dig Assist application, operated by a 10-inch in-cab Volvo Co-Pilot tablet, the system guides the operator through the necessary functions for automating digging. Once the parameters are entered and the system is launched with a button press, the excavator proceeds to automatically adjust boom and bucket movements to make precise cuts, following the desired shape and delivering the right angle of grade. This added speed and precision cuts grading time by almost half compared to conventional grading and reduces rework because the system gets it right the first time – within one inch of target grade, Volvo says. The system also removes a second person doing depth or grade checks from the equation for greater safety. Outside of the equipment sector, other companies have added telematics to their offerings. Stellar Industries, for example, has a new telematics package that can be used to manage its service truck bodies. Fleet managers can use the Fleet View online dashboard to review real-time and historical data on work truck equipment; the system monitors data on crane use, load trends and compressor usage to help inform fleet decisions and better understand operator behaviour, as well as anticipating preventive maintenance. At the same time, operators can use E-Link Mobile to control equipment, view real-time diagnostics and review other information on their mobile device.

Watch for more in-depth coverage of CONEXPO releases in coming issues of Heavy Equipment Guide


Keeping everyone safe on the jobsite can be handled in many different ways. Leica Geosystems, for example, displayed its iCON PA10 and PA80 personal alert systems, which are designed to warn employees when vehicles and pedestrians come into close contact on construction or mining jobsites. The PA10 creates multiple zones with up to 50 metre ranges; users can configure warnings around vehicles, and the technology predicts potential interactions to generate visual, audible and vibratory alarms for both operators and those on foot. The PA80 is an integration into Leica’s MC1 one-for-all software solution that guides and automates heavy construction machinery – no matter the machine the operator is in, an alert will automatically appear on the screen to warn of potential collision risks. Simulators have become an important part of training and safety on jobsites, and Serious Labs has brought a new approach to simulation with its Universal Motion Base for seated VR simulators. Designed to be a common foundation for standalone VR simulators of dozers, excavators, backhoes, skid steers and more, the UMB has an operator’s seat, a custom-tuned D-Box actuator system for motion feedback, and a slide-lock attachment system to provide operator comfort. The design offers options for equipment control such as a steering column or control handles, multiple pedal options and attachment points for future equipment types. The operator can tune the actuator system to match the personality of specific equipment types.

Clockwise (top to bottom): John Deere SmartGrade 333G compact track loader; CASE 580 EV backhoe loader; Hyundai R35E electric compact excavator; Case DL550B compact dozer loader.

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ggregates companies brought their newest and best to Las Vegas in March to mark CON/ AGG 2020. The show’s crushing and screening participants launched a number of new machines and services targeting production, efficiency and reduced maintenance, among other concepts. Others turned to new service offerings and environmental considerations with their displays. Here is an overview of some key points that were addressed at CON/AGG:

Collection of new crushers

Numerous companies brought new offerings for buyers seeking out a crusher for

Clockwise (top to bottom): KPI FT4250CC; Sandvik UJ440i; Cedarapids CRH1113R; Kleemann Mobicat MC 120 Zi PRO.



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their operation, including some that are adding hybrid power to the mix. Kolberg-Pioneer, for example, showed its new FT4250CC with an added pre-screen, which makes the machine capable of scalping, crushing and post-screening all in one unit. Users can maximize their scalping ability, cut down on the undersized material passing through the chamber to cut on wear costs, and improve their final product results by up to 30 percent, the company says. “Several of our customers are trying to produce products that have a significant amount of fines in the feed material. The pre-screen allows producers to remove those fines while also minimizing the amount of rejected in-spec product,” said Tim Harms, crushing and screening product manager at Kolberg-Pioneer. In addition, the plant features KPI-JCI and Astec Mobile screens’ patented hybrid power, allowing operators to run either line power or a genset when using electricity, and traditional diesel when electric is unavailable. Hybrid units reduce noise levels and remove emissions, can run indoors and cut down on maintenance costs for the operator. Cedarapids also arrived at CON/ AGG with a new closed-circuit solution, the portable CRH1113R impactor crusher/screen plant. Designed to be a one-piece tow, the plant can be easily transported and quickly set up with hydraulics on the screen and return conveyor. Self-contained, the unit is driven by a 450-hp Scania diesel that drives both the crusher and 150-kW generator with an efficient hydraulic clutch; the rest of the unit is electrically powered for high efficiency and reduced maintenance. The new TI4250 crusher has modern hydraulic-controlled curtains to make adjustments and maintenance safe and quick. The variable speed diesel allows optimum rotor speed to best match the application and desired product. The new 6- by 16-foot two-deck screen is the largest in

this plant class. It has a unique dual slope design with a steeper top deck to handle heavy loads and quickly stratify material. The lower deck has less slope to increase retention time for maximum screening efficiency. The entire screen can be positioned with more or less slope to optimize production. The new vibrating grizzly feeder is 48 inches wide and 18 feet long to handle feed from large loaders. This feeder has a unique convertible 6-foot, two-section grizzly that easily converts from stepped grizzly bar sections to sloped punch plate sections, or combination punch plate and grizzly bars. Over at the Wirtgen stand, the Kleemann brand had its own new machine on display ready to go in challenging quarry applications. The Mobicat MC 120 Zi PRO jaw crusher impresses in natural rock applications, with a feed opening of 48 by 32 inches and an extra-long articulated crusher jaw. The machine’s continuous feed system adapts conveying speed to the fill level of the crusher, optimizing material flow. This machine features an optional crusher unblocking system; while in many jaw crushers the operator is required to engage in the time-consuming task of clearing the crushing chamber if there’s a material blockage, this option allows the crusher to be reversed using the electric crusher drive, allowing the blockage to be quickly removed. In addition, the PRO line machines can be operated with the SPECTIVE control system using a 12-inch touch panel. All components and functions can be controlled conveniently from the ground. Also introducing a new mobile jaw crusher this show was Sandvik, which now offers the UJ440i – a heavy-duty mobile unit intended to provide high performance and safety with minimal operator intervention. The unit features the CJ412 jaw and its 47- by 33-inch size, which offers strong size reduction and consistent performance. A generous feed opening pairs with a hydraulic close side setting that allows rapid changes through pushbutton operation, helping to maximize performance. In addition, the jaw comes with a

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CON/AGG 2020 level sensor as standard, maintaining optimum material flow in the chamber. Operation is easy, thanks to an onboard integrated “intelligence” system that monitors the control system operating the unit to enable full optimization. Fully operated by radio remote control, the unit can be operating in minutes on site, with safe setup from ground level. Hopper walls are hydraulically foldable and can be locked in position. Sandvik offers three different variants on the model: Comfort, with a grizzly feeder for crushing clean rock and gravel; Classic, which features the grizzly and live under screen for rock and gravel; and Trend, with a pan feeder and live prescreen for clean rock and gravel with lots of fines to be handled. Astec Mobile Screens announced a new line of compact track-mounted equipment to be marketed as the Ranger line; this equipment will feature a variety of machines including jaw, impact and cone crushers, as well as incline screens and trommels. Targeted at new markets like building and construction, landscaping, quarry and others, these track-mounted units are ideal for smaller operations. “The new Ranger line will help us reach a wider range of industries and customers. The compact units are going to be a great tool for contractors, quarry operators and many

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more. We are remaining very focused on providing excellent support for these units, just like our other products,” said Patrick Reaver, inside sales director at Astec Mobile Screens.

Screen time

A number of new mobile screens were also on the agenda for manufacturers at this year’s CON/AGG. For Metso, the newest machine is the Lokotrack ST4.10, the largest in its mobile range, which features a 100-square-foot screen area: three 5- by 20-foot decks that can help users produce four end products. Quick and easy to set up, the new unit can be transported between sites as a single unit on a lowbed. This Lokotrack machine features an extended feed hopper and adjustable side conveyors that make it compatible with large crushers; it can work in closed-circuit operations with some other Metso machines easily. Robust side conveyors offer strong stockpile capacity, and the ST4.10 is also equipped with a diverter chute to provide a mix of products from different decks. An optional Metso IC process control system is available, providing safe single-button startup and interlocking with other machines. Power is provided by a CAT C4.4 142-hp engine; alternately, the optional Bi-Power feature enables the unit to be plugged to an external electric network or to a hybrid Lokotrack crusher equipped with an onboard diesel generator. Powerscreen debuted the new Chieftain 1700X Hybrid screen, which features a highly aggressive screenbox with a patented 2/4 hearing drive system and an improved screening angle. A 16- by 5-foot screenbox is the same size and mesh as the current Chieftain 1700 but brings increased screening force and an increased angle that combine to provide superior screening performance. Customer requests have been considered in the design of the new machine, including how the fines conveyor is suspended for transport, as well as self-tensioning side conveyor sealing rubber and feed boot improvements for faster setup. A lower running speed allows the machine to reduce fuel usage while never compromising power. The three-deck machine is available with a hydraulically folding extended auxiliary conveyor, complete with a transfer conveyor that allows easy recirculation with the entire Powerscreen crushing range. The Hybrid option gives customer a choice of power, especially interesting to customers who work in areas where electricity is less costly than diesel fuel.

Washing systems step forward

Several companies came to CON/ AGG with new or updated washing systems and approaches to cleaning water on the jobsite. McLanahan’s UltraWASH modular wash plant made its first appearance at a trade show with a new size, the company noted. Numerous patent-pending features offer a unique approach to washing in the UltraWASH; the Eze-Riser, for example, works with the pump service trolley to allow safe and efficient pump maintenance. A foot pedal lifts the discharge from the pump and uses a locking mechanism to hold the pipe aloft, allowing easier access and faster maintenance. The Fines Forward Slide diverts a portion of raw fines into the coarse sand stream, which balances the downstream process to optimize plant capacity; substitutions in this area can allow the change of proportions as well. Washed aggregate from the UltraWASH can be recombined as needed using manual operation of the aggregate discharge/remixing hood’s diversion traps. The new Combo X900 from CDE can produce 500 tons per hour, according to the company, and is the largest in the Combo series thus far. It’s been engineered specifically for material processors in North America, according to CDE director of engineering Kevin Vallelly. “The Combo X900 can process 500 tons per hour of feed material, including natural sand and crushed rock, containing unwanted clay, silt and other organic contaminants to extract quality in-spec washed and graded sand products that are market-ready straight from the belts.” Along with increased capacity, CDE has moved the Combo X900’s control cabin to the top of the water tank, where it can be better protected in extremes of weather. As well, the unit has taken water savings into the design; rather than a standalone water tank, the X900 has a peripheral tank around the thickener tank for water storage, reducing the unit’s footprint. This makes for almost total independence of water supply and cuts down on site engineering. Kolberg-Pioneer has partnered with Tecnoidea Impiant to bring water clarification systems to the North American market; these accelerate the process of filtering fines from dirty water for reuse in the plant. Designed to eliminate the need for large, expensive settling ponds, these units are intended to divert up to 95 percent of the water flowing to the clarification system. The water clarification systems will include flocculation preparation units, static vertical settling tanks, thickened sludge tanks, side and overhead beam plate presses and other accessory components.



itachi Construction Machinery Loaders America Inc. (HCMA) continues to expand its most technologically advanced line of Dash-6 wheel loaders with the large and powerful ZW370-6 developed for high-volume production operations and quarries. The large Hitachi ZW370-6 wheel loader features an impressive 48,780 pounds of breakout force, a bucket capacity range of 7.3 – 8.1 cubic yards, and is powered by a 389-hp Isuzu Tier 4 Final engine (DPF-free). A spacious cab with 360-degree visibility, ride control and onboard technology provides quick and efficient cycle time even when working with tough materials. “The ZW370-6 wheel loader is the newest model in our Dash-6 wheel loader line, and it is specifically designed around the needs of North American contractors,” explains Nathan Little, North American Product Specialist for HCMA. “Over the past several months, we’ve been rolling out the Dash-6 line, which will include 13 new models in total. Each come equipped with a diesel aftertreatment system that eliminates the hassle and costs associated with DPF systems and onboard technology to help contractors better manage their fleet and operating expenses. An

incredible amount of effort has gone into engineering and developing the Hitachi Dash-6 loader line, and customers in every size category have told us how impressed they are with the results. We’re confident large machinery fleet managers will feel the same way about the ZW370-6.”

Durable performance

Designed with a full box rear frame for heavy applications and dual Z-Bar linkage that puts less torque on boom arms and gives the machine better balance, the rugged ZW370-6 can handle heavy loads day-after-day, year-after-year. Its reliable performance is complemented by a fuel-efficient Tier 4 engine with a high-volume cooled exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) system, a common-rail-type fuel injection system and diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC) instead of a diesel particulate filter. Since the ZW370-6 does not have a DPF filter, there are no DPF regeneration cycles, no expensive DPF filters, no DPF maintenance or regen related downtime, and there is more space for better access within the engine compartment. Also, the loader has a lock-up transmission that provides 30 percent more tractive force than its predecessor, the Kawasaki Z7, and reduces fuel

consumption. The Hitachi ZW370-6 wheel loader’s cabin provides optimum comfort and control with a multifunctional monitor, roomy cab with plenty of storage and superior visibility. A smooth ride control minimizes machine pitching on the roughest of terrain, and extra engine output for going uphill can be achieved with a flick of the quick power switch. The low-noise engine and sound-insulated cab provide a quiet operating environment. There is also an optional Joystick Steering System available for the ZW370-6 to give operators the option of choosing their preference – steering wheel or fingertip operation.

Onboard technology

In addition to featuring the latest in diesel engine and aftertreatment technology, the ZW370-6 also incorporates telematics to give fleet managers real-time accurate information at their fingertips. Hitachi Owner’s Site and ConSite provide ongoing maintenance and operation data and help alert service technicians when service is required. Using this information, fleet managers can improve the efficiencies of their overall operation and help maximize the performance of their equipment.


VIBRATION SENSOR ALLOWS USERS TO REVIEW DATA AND ADJUST SCREENS WITHOUT SHUTDOWN MAJOR has introduced the FLEX-MAT Sensor, a vibration data measurement tool users can utilize to review results and fine-tune their screen machine without shutting down the equipment. The app-controlled vibration analysis sensor enables readings of screen box vibrations within seconds and generates a report that can be sent or reviewed. The sensor enables users to measure and, almost immediately, view vibration data. The operator connects the single sensor to the FLEX-MAT Sensor app on their phone before placing the sensor on one corner of the machine. The user will continue to move the sensor to each corner of the machine until finished. Once the measurement process is completed, the information will be delivered to the phone in

the time it takes to climb down from the machine. Machine information is stored locally for ease of use and viewing in areas with cellular limitations. Once signal is available, the information uploads to MAJOR’s cloud service where it is viewable from a web browser. Historical equipment performance data is also viewable. The sensor measures g-force, stroke, rpm and orbit, including lateral movement. Producers can use the data to monitor and fine-tune screen box performance as well as make parameter decisions with minimal guesswork. The sensor kit arrives in professional casing and includes one sensor, instructions, a USB charging cable and instructions on how to download the Vibration app. APRIL 2020

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TRUSS-MOUNTED SCREED PAVES BRIDGE DECKS AND MORE 5.7-foot leading auger features high-production strike-off action that cuts puddlers needed as well as other efficiency features


OMACO was founded to manufacture bridge deck finishing equipment and continues to advance bridge deck and flat slab finishing technology. This year GOMACO is introducing the revolutionary, high-production truss-mounted screed for paving bridge decks, flat slabs and floors. The new high-production screed can advance up to four feet (1.2 m) in a single pass drastically reducing finishing time and providing savings on concrete delivery costs and total project labour. It features a 5.7-foot-long (1.7 m) leading auger with a high-production strike-off action that reduces the number of puddlers needed out front.

A 5-foot-long (1.5 m) finishing cylinder, directly behind the auger, compacts and finishes the concrete in a single pass. A 6-foot (1.8-m) trailing screed provides the final finish to the surface of the concrete with a unique GOMACO-designed vibratory system. The high-production screed with a patent-pending design for tilt and skew is mounted to the GOMACO C-450 truss system. The new mount is instrumental for the optional 3D package to finish to a 3D design model. The new GOMACO screed system now allows contractors to economically finish city streets, concrete floors, bridge decks, tunnels and canals at widths up to 104 feet (31.7 m).

CURB MACHINE REDESIGNED WITH TIER 4 FINAL ENGINE, NEW CONTROLS GOMACO has redesigned their smallest curb machine, the Curb Cadet. It now features a new fibreglass engine shroud, Tier 4 Final engine, and the relocation of all controls to the handle for easy reach and operation. The Curb Cadet’s redesign centers around its new Tier 4 Final KDW 1404 Kohler water-cooled diesel engine. Its new look incorporates molded fibreglass shrouding to encase the Tier 4 engine and the next generation red striping used on GOMACO equipment. All of the control elements for the Curb Cadet have been moved to the control panel on the handle for easy operation and hands-on control. Travel, grade, vibrators, auger controls and an emergency stop button are all located on the control panel. The Curb Cadet slipforms concrete curb and accommodates concrete mould configurations within 12 inches (305 mm) wide by 14 inches (356 mm) high, and can place concrete over dowels or continuous steel reinforcing. It can also slipform a 24-inch (610-mm) radius, depending on the curb profile. The Curb Cadet is right-hand or left-hand side pour capable with an adjustable sliding hopper and mould. Inside the hopper, a 12-inch (305-mm) diameter by 4.7-foot-long (1.43 m) auger moves the concrete. A coordinated stop switch on the Curb Cadet provides automatic on/off vibrator control that is synchronized with the machine’s forward travel. The Curb Cadet was built to be easily moved. It’s highly mobile with frontwheel steering and a hydraulically driven rear-mounted track. It reaches a paving speed of up to 40 feet per minute (12.2 mpm) and an auxiliary travel speed up to 93 feet per minute for jobsite mobility.



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uropean concrete machinery manufacturer CIFA has launched efforts to bring its equipment into the North American market, opening a branch office in the U.S. and displaying its wares at CONEXPO 2020. The company’s team will base itself in Wisconsin at its new customer service centre, which will also act as an industrial machinery assembly plant. Sales, parts supply, technical support, service and training will all be sourced out of the facility for customers both in the U.S. and Canada. Marco Polastri, sales, aftersales & marketing director of CIFA, commented: "North America is of great strategic interest for CIFA, and we aim to increase our market presence in the United States and Canada. Being in the area with a stronger local presence is utmost important in order to provide quality products and service to satisfy the needs of our customers." CONEXPO provided a prime opportunity to launch the new branch office as well as to introduce the North American product line of concrete pumps. Made in Italy, the machines combine ease of use with reliability and high performance, drawing on CIFA’s more than 90 years in the industry. CIFA machines are designed to assure safety, simplify the operations and increase efficiency on jobsites, thanks to the company’s electronic management system, which collects and processes data to collaborate all vehicle functions in the safest and easiest way, which also pairs with the functionality of self-diagnostics.

Carbon fibre boom lightens the load

At CONEXPO, CIFA displayed the Carbotech K47H, which the company states is the lightest boom pump in the world, measuring 47 metres in length and under 70,500 pounds in weight. The machine uses carbon fibre for the last two sections of the boom; this composite material guarantees not only less weight, but it is also stronger and more practical during maintenance because it is easier to repair. This model is in the Carbotech

range, products that use carbon technology and the advanced electronic machine management system Smartronic as standard functions, including the latest technological innovations, such as the automatic opening/closing of the boom and the preventive calculation of the maximum boom extension based on stabilization. The K38L was presented as the best-selling CIFA concrete boom pump model among the others being

released to the North American market. It is a boom pump with a 38-metre boom designed to withstand intensive and long-term use, thanks to the structural reliability of the steel components together with strict control during the entire production process. Solutions such as double thickness pipes with chrome carbide inserts and newly designed mud-cups will reduce maintenance cost and prolong wear parts lifespan, which are all standard in every CIFA boom pump.


LIGHTER, STRONGER VOLUMETRIC MIXER USES HARDOX STEEL FOR MAXIMIZED PAYLOADS Bay-Lynx brought its brand-new Titan volumetric mixer to World of Concrete, showing a lighter, stronger machine than previously offered. The Titan has a new design that takes advantage of Hardox 450, a Swedish steel known for its flexible build that removes unnecessary weight and maximizes payloads. According to the company, that choice helps the unit handle anything that operators can throw at it, helping to increase the service life significantly. The steel also helps provide better dent and scratch resistance, avoiding rust problems and keeping trucks in the fleet in like-new condition much longer. In addition, Hardox 450’s reduced weight means fewer trips to the gas station, more money in the owner’s pocket and reduced environmental impact. Bay-Lynx BatchPro 3.0 operator’s panel brings an automated mixer setup process, and helps the user communicate directly with dispatch via BatchPro Connect software. The

all-in-one operator and fleet management software comes standard with Bay-Lynx volumetric mixers and makes hundreds of time-consuming processes faster and easier through three interactive interfaces. The mobile app takes on operational tasks such as receiving detailed jobs from dispatch, direct communication with the mixer, taking jobsite photos, collecting signatures, printing tickets and sending updates directly to dispatch, creating faster and more accurate mixer calibrations, and sending maintenance reminders. Fleet management and communication is handled by the dispatch platform, which can create and assign jobs, create mix designs and upload them to machines quickly, track jobs with digital tickets, get live pour information from mixers and receive status notifications from operators. Customers can submit orders on their schedule through an order portal, and those are sent directly to dispatch immediately. APRIL 2020

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ryton International has brought what the company calls the first truly wireless concrete monitoring sensors to North America with the launch of Maturix Smart Concrete Sensors. Real-time monitoring of structures is an emerging field in the construction industry made possible through the rapidly expanding Internet of Things (IoT) – the interconnected digital network – allowing everyday objects to be embedded with electronics collecting and sharing data. Maturix Smart Concrete technology runs on the Sigfox 0G network, the world’s largest IoT network covering over 1 billion people in more than 65 countries.

Batteries last four years

Sigfox’s long-range and low-power-demand network allows Maturix Sensor batteries to last for years – a vast improvement over current sensor products that last for just a few weeks. No other concrete sensor can claim such a long life and be completely wireless. The Sigfox network also means that Maturix users are not required to physically visit the worksite to take data readings. Fully wireless, Maturix Sensors transmit data to a user’s Internet-connected device anywhere in the world. Concrete temperatures, at chosen depths, are displayed to the user in real time. Additionally, by using Maturix’s patented process, this data is converted to actual in-place concrete strength. Temperature and strength readings are recorded and reported as required by the user. The ability to monitor concrete strength and temperature in real time from remote locations helps

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expedite faster construction schedules, optimize efficiencies, reduce costs and improve safety. “What is really exciting about this technology is that the sensors are reusable,” says Kevin Yuers, VP of product development. “Unlike single-use sensors that are cast into concrete, Maturix Smart Concrete Sensors can be used over and over for multiple castings and projects. Not only does this significantly reduce cost, but it’s also a much greener and more sustainable use of materials.”

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platform have proven themselves on countless projects. Bringing this industry-proven technology to North America felt like a natural fit for Kryton, whose main mission has been to provide contractors with reliable, advanced technologies so that they can build faster, achieve better performance and save money at the same time. “We are super excited to bring Maturix to North America,” proudly announces the sensors’ co-inventor Tobias Ejersbo. “We believe this solution is perfect for the market here. The combination of cloud computing and rugged sensor technology provides a reliable and easy, yet powerful tool for today’s contractor.”

CALGARY AIRPORT PROJECT USES CARBON-REDUCING CONCRETE PRODUCT Calgary International Airport’s new de-icing pad, the East Deicing Apron, was built with CarbonCure Technologies’ reduced-carbon concrete in August and September of 2019. The amount of concrete poured to build the East De-icing Apron was the second largest pour of CarbonCure concrete in a single project, and the largest quantity to be used at an airport in Canada. “2019 was a record year for CarbonCure, as our producer partners’ total production volume and the associated carbon savings nearly doubled from that of 2018,” said Robert Niven, the company’s founder and CEO. “We are proud that a project based in Canada was such a large contributor to these milestones. This is yet another instance of CarbonCure concrete easily meeting rigourous performance standards, including the top-tier design and engineering standards required for airport paving.” CarbonCure injects waste carbon dioxide (CO2) captured by industrial gas suppliers into concrete during mixing, enabling the production of stronger, more sustainable concrete. Every cubic metre of concrete made with this technology reduces an average of 16 kilograms of carbon emissions, meaning an average high-rise built with CarbonCure concrete would save approximately 120 tonnes of CO2 emissions. More than 25,000 cubic metres of CarbonCure concrete was poured for the construction of the East De-icing Apron project, realizing 160 tonnes of carbon savings. That’s equivalent to 209 acres of forest absorbing CO2 over the course of a year. In 2019 alone, CarbonCure partners’ total concrete production volume surpassed 3.3 million cubic metres, with an average monthly output of 145,000 cubic metres. Total CO2 emissions reductions for the year surpassed 55,000 tonnes, which is equivalent to the carbon absorbed by more than 70,000 acres of forest or taking 12,000 cars off the road for a year.







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Volvo Trucks launches most significant update to vocational truck line in decades


he new Volvo VHD Vocational Series offers not only a fresh, modern look, but also the latest in safety and uptime solutions for vocational applications. The most significant evolution of Volvo Trucks North America’s vocational offering in decades, the combination of structural upgrades, technological and innovative advances builds on the new Volvo VHD’s durability, versatility and productivity. “The new Volvo VHD looks every bit as capable as it is, designed to bring new energy into the vocational market,” said John Felder, product marketing manager, Volvo Trucks North America. “Everything we’ve done to improve the model to make it more versatile and reliable also extends the life of the vehicle and increases driver productivity, safety and comfort. Drivers will love this truck because it makes hard work easy. It’s the perfect example of tougher made smarter.” The new Volvo VHD provides a number of notable upgrades. An updated exterior gives a modern look that reflects the other models in the Volvo Trucks family. The VHD has a new grille design, as well as new LED high/low beam headlights. The fully sealed headlamp component offers a brighter, more focused beam for increased visibility. An available de-icing feature burns through ice and snow that accumulates on headlamps in colder weather. Groundbreaking safety and productivity features for the vocational industry include Volvo Dynamic Steering (VDS) and the next generation of Volvo Active Driver Assist (VADA). The VDS system delivers a safer, more comfortable driver experience by adding torque to reduce steering strain at low speeds and remove vibrations caused by rough terrain. 38


Also, now available in the VHD, the next-generation VADA provides integrated radar/camera capabilities, automatic emergency braking, highway departure warnings, adaptive cruise control and more. A new, robust VHD bumper features a heavy-duty 45-mm tow pin rated for a full 80,000 pounds. Responding to customer requests, the rugged tow pin allows for a quick pull out of sticky situations thereby increasing uptime and drivers’ peace of mind. A state-of-the-art interior offers improved driver comfort and productivity. For example, the truck’s ignition has been moved to the lower left-hand side of the dash, while the steering

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wheel buttons are more touch-friendly and clustered intuitively to help drivers feel more confident. Volvo I-Shift transmission with crawler gears adds one or two gears to the 12-speed Volvo I-Shift transmission, enabling the VHD to start on steep grades, provide low-speed control, and reach maximum highway speeds with faster rear axle ratios. Volvo T-Ride suspension delivers the best ride under the most demanding conditions by applying constant pressure on the wheels to create sure-footed traction. The Volvo T-ride suspension also offers a new ride stiffness option for mixers and trucks with wing plows.

The latest in connectivity solutions such as Remote Programming and Remote Diagnostics allow customers to use real data insights to make the right decisions for increased safety and truck productivity. “For years, the Volvo VHD has been one of the most capable and versatile trucks on the jobsite. We listened to our customers, and are proud to showcase the newly updated VHD with the same class-leading features and technological innovations our customers expect from a Volvo truck with relevant and important updates that benefit the functional needs of vocational applications,” said Felder.


ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AIDS IN RISK DETECTION TO HELP CUT DISTRACTED DRIVING Each day in the U.S., over 1,000 people are injured and nine are killed because of distracted driving. To help combat this epidemic and alleviate other highrisk behaviours for its clients, Lytx has enhanced its Machine Vision and Artificial Intelligence–powered (MV+AI) technology to provide near real-time insight into risky behaviours like texting and driving. This cutting-edge technology acts like a co-pilot, constantly monitoring the road and the driver, detecting risky driving and triggering short video clips to provide insight into what’s really going on inside the vehicle. Lytx’s risk detection technology is included as part of its Driver Safety Suite and now includes the following four new MV+AI triggers: handheld device, no seatbelt, food or drink, and driver smoking. It can be coupled with Lytx’s Fleet Tracking Service to provide a complete and integrated solution for fleets looking to optimize their vehicle technology with a single vendor. “Because of the vast scope and scale of our driving data, we have advanced the use of MV+AI to unprecedented levels within the industry,” said Brandon Nixon, Lytx chairman and CEO. “We now have the ability to more fully and accurately capture and identify risk for the fleets we serve even better than before.” Lytx presents a superior and accurate view of risk, with greater than 95 percent accuracy across more than 60 risky driving behaviours. In 2019 alone, Lytx labelled over 1.75 million minutes of video with cellphone use, driver unbelted, smoking and food/ drink behaviours. Powered by this wealth of data, Lytx is capable of combining the precision of artificial intelligence (AI) with the discernment of professional human review.

With 120 billion miles of driving data analyzed and 100,000 risky driving events captured daily, Lytx is uniquely positioned to develop accurate MV+AI-powered technologies for detecting risk. This deep pool of high-quality driving data, validated by professionally trained analysts, ensures a high level of precision in training Lytx’s AI algorithms to understand which data points are most important in building an accurate picture of risk. The program delivers prescriptive and customized coaching insights to fleet managers. The new triggers are an extension of Lytx’s existing MV+AI road-view triggers launched in 2015: rolling stop, lane departure, following distance and

critical distance. Both sets of triggers monitor for driving behaviour patterns and select short video highlights to be analyzed and screened by Lytx’s artificial intelligence for accuracy. The validated video clips are then automatically sent via a 4G LTE cellular connection from the vehicle to the cloud, where they may be viewed by a client via their Lytx account from any internet-connected computer, smartphone or tablet. Fleet managers and drivers then have the opportunity to view these video clips using Lytx’s proprietary coaching workflow. This program has been proven to help change driving behaviour and is associated with up to 50 percent reduc-

tion in collisions and 80 percent reduction in associated claims costs. “Texting while driving and driving without a seatbelt, as well as industry-specific use cases, like smoking, eating or drinking while driving, are critical risky behaviours for clients,” said Jim Brady, Lytx vice president of product management. “Other video telematics providers that attempt to detect these types of behaviours either bring back a large percentage of false positives or burden clients with mountains of data. By comparison, Lytx’s MV+AI algorithms are the most advanced in the industry, so our clients only receive the most important clips that represent key coachable moments in a format that doesn’t overwhelm them.”


TELEMATICS PROVIDES MORE INFORMATION FOR SERVICE TRUCK OWNERS AND OPERATORS Stellar Telematics is intended to help customers optimize their fleet and increase uptime. Stellar Telematics for service trucks consists of Fleet View for fleet managers and Stellar E-Link Mobile for operators. The Fleet View online dashboard helps fleet managers maintain a productive and efficient fleet by giving them access to real-time and historical data on worktruck equipment. The ability to monitor data on crane usage, load trends and compressor usage enables fleet managers to make more-informed decisions – including selecting the proper crane, body and chassis size. Data from Fleet View also allows fleet managers to right-size their fleet for application and location, better understand operator behaviour, anticipate upcoming preventive maintenance needs and track equipment life cycles. E-Link Mobile boosts uptime by empowering operators with the ability to control equipment, access real-time diagnostics and view upcoming preventive maintenance needs – all from their mobile device. The E-Link Mobile feature also lets operators reference technical manuals and reach Stellar Industries Customer Service with the touch of a button. “As the industry need for more and better data continues to grow, telematics on not only the chassis, but also the equipment, is becoming critical,” said Adam

Opperman, Product Manager at Stellar Industries. “Stellar Telematics provides fleet managers with the missing data they need to help operators maximize productivity. Telematics beyond the chassis is something that takes a work truck to the next level.” A Stellar Heavy-Duty Service Crane with the Stellar CDTplus radio control remote system is required to utilize Stellar Telematics, while an American Eagle Air Compressor and Stellar E-Link are recommended to realize the full benefits of the technology platform. APRIL 2020

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TWIN-STEER DAY CAB CONFIGURATION INTRODUCED FOR POPULAR VOCATIONAL TRUCK Available as a day cab, the new factory-installed Kenworth T880 Twin Steer with set-back front axles is ideal for crane, mixer and other vocational applications that require 86-inch axle spacing to meet local bridge laws and enhance overall load carrying capacity. The Kenworth T880 Twin Steer provides 40,000-pound rated front axles, springs and steering gears. The front suspension is equalized between the front and rear steer axles for greater driver comfort and payload distribution. The new T880 configuration offers both the PACCAR MX-13 engine rated up to 510 hp and 1,850 lb-ft of torque, and the PACCAR MX-11 engine with

up to 430 hp and 1,650 lb-ft of torque. The T880 Twin Steer is standard with a 116.7-inch BBC short hood optimized for the PACCAR MX engine family. The 122.6-inch standard BBC hood is an option for the PACCAR MX-13 and the optional Cummins X15 engine. The T880 Twin Steer package also includes aluminum fenders over the second axle and step-between axles for cab access. Battery box choices include parallel between right-hand steer axles with up to three batteries, in-cab, or any back-of-cab option. A back-of-cab vertical DPF/SCR exhaust system is required with the PACCAR MX-13 and PACCAR MX-11.


85,000-POUND TANDEM DRIVE AXLE FOR SPECIALIZED SEVERE-DUTY OR HEAVY-HAUL WORK The newly released S852 is an 85,000-pound GAW (gross axle weight) rating of Mack Trucks’ proprietary tandem drive axles. The new

rating comes as Mack celebrates 120 years of drive axle design, engineering and manufacturing this year and highlights its iconic Mack S-series axles

and C-series axle carriers. The Mack S852 is available for order now. “Mack has a long and rich history of engineering and manufacturing its own powertrain components, including drive axles, as it fits with our philosophy that components designed to work together, simply work better,” said Roy Horton, Mack Trucks director of product strategy. “We welcome the new

S852, which will broaden the applications our trucks are built to handle.” Customers in North America will also be able to spec the 85,000-pound rated axle for specialized severe-duty or heavy-haul applications on Mack Granite models. For extreme loads at slow speeds, the S852 tandem drive axles have a creep rating of 105,000 pounds.


HEAVY-DUTY SUSPENSION DESIGNED FOR OFF-HIGHWAY TRAILER OPERATIONS Stellar® Telematics consists of Fleet View for fleet managers and E-Link™ Mobile for operators. With Fleet View, fleet managers can optimize their fleets with real-time and historical data beyond the chassis. Having access to crane usage, load trends, compressor usage, and more helps fleet managers make informed decisions like never before. www.StellarIndustries.com

With the introduction of the new Link TR50-HDT heavy-duty off-highway air-ride suspension, trailer manufacturers have a more effective and efficient way to equip their heavy-haul trailers for severe-duty environments. The TR50-HDT, in its tri-axle configuration, gives trailer OEMs the ability to achieve the higher load capacities they seek, while maintaining the superior ride characteristics of an air-ride suspension, without the added weight and scrubbing issues associated with a quad. The TR50-HDT offers trailer OEMs the highest capacity and range of articulation available in any air suspension, according to the manu40


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facturer. Designed for a 17-inch ride height with +/- 4 inches of travel, the suspension is also available in other ride heights upon request. The TR50HDT’s maximum axle spread is 60 inches at its 50K capacity, and it can operate at up to 40 mph (65 kmph) even over rugged terrain Each TR50-HDT features three high-capacity air springs, and the suspension’s performance characteristics are further enhanced by its heavy-duty ride shocks. The shocks help mitigate the dynamic forces that can damage trailers, axles and wheel ends, and the system is flexibly designed to allow additional shocks to be added if desired.



Two-headed tractor and attachments drive dozer replacement for scraper success Instead of purchasing an expensive dedicated machine, why not purchase attachments that can effectively hook up to a power-unit that the contractor already may have in their fleet? The contractor could then easily remove the attachments from the tractor and use the power unit for other purposes.

he crawler dozer has been an essential element of equipment in the earthmoving industry for nearly a century. The dozer is a utilitarian tank of a machine, able to shove around dirt or push-load a scraper. While the classic dozer has effectiveness in power, there are several key noticeable inefficiencies of crawler dozers on the jobsite, including operating speed and being a large capital expenditure with high maintenance costs. Construction and mining jobsites are fast-paced environments, which are focused on cycle time productivity. The top end speed of a crawler dozer maxes out at 8 mph. Due to this slow operating speed, the dozer can tend to be a bottleneck in jobsite productivity.

The purchase of a crawler dozer is a large upfront capital expenditure. With many intricate parts and the need to buy additional options such as ripper shanks, that price can add up – and the costs do not stop there. Repair expenses on undercarriage components can quickly add up to be an expensive ongoing cash outflow for the contractor. Those shortcomings leave the door open for innovation where it comes to handling scrapers in the earthmoving and site prep sector. Could a machine with triple the top end speed of a standard crawler dozer be better able to keep up with push loading scrapers, as well as maintaining groundwork as a piece of support equipment? Instead of purchasing an expensive dedicated machine, why not purchase

attachments that can effectively hook up to a power-unit that the contractor already may have in their fleet? The contractor could then easily remove the attachments from the tractor and use the power unit for other purposes. How about a machine that runs on wheels instead of steel tracks to minimize maintenance expenses? K-Tec Earthmovers is taking a shot at filling that space with the introduction of the Earthmoving Support Tractor (EST). By using a 500+ horsepower tractor as the basic power unit, K-Tec is creating an efficient support equipment solution for contractors who already have this machine in their fleet. It is doing so by introducing two effective attachments: the K-Tec Ox Block, and

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the K-Tec Tricerabox. On the front of the EST, the Ox Block is a pusher block purposefully designed for push-loading scrapers, providing increased capacity in an expedited cut zone time to improve productivity. The Ox Block is mounted by replacing the tractor’s front suitcase weights, offering balanced weight to the front of the unit. The Ox Block has automatic cushion-push technology, featuring hydraulic cylinders to reduce strain on operators and equipment.

The Ox Block also comes standard with high-mounted LED lights, so that the machine can work on night shifts for critical around-the-clock operations. The Ox Block is narrower and positioned higher than a traditional dozer blade, which helps to minimize the chance of contact and damage with the rear scraper tires. Furthermore, the tractor has higher speed to return to the cut in time to push the next scraper, compared to a crawler dozer. The Tricerabox is a 14-foot-wide

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box blade that is mounted to the 3-point hitch on the rear of the EST, engineered to engage the ground and manipulate soil. The three functions of the Tricerabox include the levelling blade pulling material forward, ripper teeth sinking down into the soil, and blade backward for pushing material similar to a dozer. The Tricerabox has seven ground ripper shanks that are hydraulically operated to lower for engaging the ground for ripping up hard soil or aerating wet jobsites. The Tricerabox back blade allows the operator to complete backfilling of soil work, fully smoothing out the cut and fill zones. The three-point hitch may also be modified to have a scraper hitch hookup, making it the ultimate piece of support equipment, where the tractor can fill in as a bulk dirt hauler for another power unit that may be down for maintenance.

The Earthmoving Support Tractor is an excellent way to give tractors a second life as an integral piece of earthmoving support equipment. The operator will enjoy using the tractor as it has a comfortable environment inside a full-suspension cab that is sound suppressed and isolated from the chassis. The large window visibility and swivel tractor seat make it ergonomically enhanced for all functions of the K-Tec EST. Tractors also have a buddy seat in the back, which is ideal for training new operators on efficient use of the EST. Another advantage of the tractor is that the operator has storage area space and a tool box for being able to take care of minor mechanical repairs on site. The fully hydrostatic tractor also offers a tight turning radius for machine maneuverability, making it an ideal disruptive force compared to the traditional crawler dozer.



American Eagle is proud to release our new Hybrid Power Source (HPS). The new HPS is a self-contained hybrid hydraulic power source that utilizes automotive grade lithium-ion technology to provide a system that is low voltage, anti-idle compliant and quiet during operation. The HPS allows you to reduce your carbon footprint by being 100% emission-free while operating equipment and reduces your overall fuel consumption and maintenance costs.

The new 2400X and 3000X Wood Hog horizontal grinders can be equipped with tracks (XT models), and the 3000X can be built as a fifth-wheel/dual-axle unit (3000X) or pintle hitch/tri-axle (3000XP). Both grinders are perfect for processing yard waste, brush and other mixed woody feedstock. One of the most important features of the 2400X and 3000X is their compact size. Their standard width (2400X: 7 feet 6 inches/2.29 m; 3000X: 8 feet 2 inches/2.49 m) make them within the legal transport width in any country. The models also share design features like the sloped infeed sides, which improve operator sightlines for more efficient loading of material, and easy-to-load grate systems. The 2400X ranges in horsepower from 188 to 203 (140.2 to 151.4 kW), while the 3000X has engine options from 350 to 577 hp (260 to 430 kW). Like all of Morbark Wood Hog models, both the 2400X and 3000X also will be available with electric power.







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Rotochopper has updated its FP-66 mid-sized horizontal grinder. The updates are meant to increase the capacity of materials that can be processed. The updated FP-66 includes a larger 30-inch feed opening, and increased powerfeed lift height allows larger materials into the grinding chamber – increasing productivity and efficiency. This heavy-duty grinder is now available with a more aggressive powerfeed and either a 630 or 755 hp diesel engine to grind a variety of raw materials.


By Lee Toop, Editor

“In the current market there are a lot of manufacturers offering a myriad of vegetation management tools including mulchers for skid steers, mulchers for excavators, flail mowers, deck mowers, purpose-duty machines and other options.” Mark Ferguson

here are many different routes that a contractor whose site preparation work involves vegetation management can consider when it’s time to buy equipment. Different types of attachments and carriers can be challenging to work through. Heavy Equipment Guide asked Fecon’s Mark Ferguson, product manager, and Tom Hover, new product tractor manager, to provide their insight on the best approach to buying vegetation management tools.

HEG: What are the challenges that contractors can face when it comes to selecting a vegetation management tool for site preparation work? MF: In the current market there are a lot of manufacturers offering a myriad of vegetation management tools including mulchers for skid steers, mulchers for excavators, flail mowers, deck mowers, purpose-duty machines and other options. The decision for the contractor is based on many factors like: acquisition and operating costs; financing options; size and density of vegetation; productivity of equipment; desired end result; what tool may fit their current carrier; what machine they can rent; and so on. HEG: What kinds of equipment are available for site prep, and how do they differ? MF: These attachments and equipment can range in price from less than $10,000 into the hundreds of thousands of dollars and offer different productivity levels and end results. If a contractor has a very large job or anticipates many successive jobs they may want to consider a purpose-duty machine or a high-flow mulcher for their machine. If a smaller job is on the table, they may want to consider renting this equipment. If the job does not require

a nice, finished end product a deck mulcher might make sense. If the material is 2 inches and smaller in diameter a flail mower may suit their needs. Although there is no mathematical formula to relate when it comes to recommending the best equipment or attachment for a job, there are thresholds to consider. For example, if the vegetation needing to be addressed has a significant amount of material larger than 3 inches in diameter, I would advise against a flail mower and recommend a fixed tool mulcher or deck mower. Fixed tool and deck mulchers can handle larger material than flail mowers. Then I would consider the factor of “desired end result” to determine the best tool for the application. Likewise, if the material you are targeting is even larger, or a significantly higher density, then your productivity will be directly relative to the machine’s production capabilities, usually tied to its ability to transfer horsepower, either hydraulic or mechanical, to the cutting/mulching tool. HEG: In what uses should a contractor consider a skid-steer attachment as opposed to an excavator, or vice versa? MF: Skid-steer mulchers can be very productive in areas that are accessible to them. However, when slopes or creeks or terrain or growing conditions are prohibitive for a skid steer, an excavator is often an excellent answer. An excavator mulcher is perfect for attending to material on slopes or fence rows, creeksides, or even to keep the perimeter of a farm field cut back to allow more sunlight to the crops and keep expensive farm planting and harvesting equipment from damage. HEG: When are utility vehicles and tractors the best option, and how should a buyer approach purchasing the one that fits their needs?

TH: There are many choices of machine and many variables in the scope of the work to be performed. Size of material to cut, desired finished product, the frequency of the work, if the equipment is for private property maintenance or commercial land clearing applications: all play a part in making the right buying or renting decision. The best advice would be to consult the experienced manufacturers or dealer representatives to help analyze the job requirements for the short or long term to get the best results. Sizing the machine to fit the needs of the project is the best way to make a safe and solid decision for the best value. HEG: What are your top pieces of advice for anyone seeking to purchase tools for vegetation management? MF: Always consult the manufacturer or distributor. They are trained in this equipment and can direct you to the best equipment solutions for your application and budget. They get asked about this equipment daily so they may even be able to offer a perspective you have not considered. If you are considering entering a new market, allow for growth of your business and, if you can, buy an attachment that will do what you need and maybe a bit more. Maintenance, maintenance, maintenance: act like your equipment is the life blood for your family. Develop an aggressive preventive maintenance program and address wear issues before they occur. The result will be less downtime and more satisfaction with your equipment. Train yourself and your employees on the operation of the machine or attachment before operating. Read the manual. Watch videos. Read and heed the warnings and instructions. Whether you are the owner or the operator or both, treat it like you own it. HEG

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hen Caterpillar launched its new D3 series family of compact track loaders, one of the flagship models was the purpose-built Cat 299D3 XE Land Management CTL. The 299D3 XE Land Management delivers superior performance in demanding vegetation-management applications, such as mulching, brush cutting, vegetation control and mowing. Ensuring optimum performance when powering high-production hydromechanical attachments like mulching heads, this machine boasts a turbocharged 110 gross horsepower (82

kW) Cat C3.8 engine that combines with a 40 gpm (150 L/min) high-flow/ high-pressure auxiliary hydraulic system, producing a hydraulic horsepower rating of 94 hp (70 kW). To provide longer intervals of uninterrupted work, the 299D3 XE Land Management has a 58.1-gallon (220 L) fuel capacity, which is 80 percent larger than the tank on standard 299D3 XE model and is sized to provide an estimated run time of 11 to 12 hours. Its one-piece sealed and pressurized cab keeps the operator’s environment clean and quiet, which is especially important for customers working the long

shifts in the challenging conditions of these applications. Additional seals, covers and other special parts are standard for the 299D3 XE Land Management machine to restrict debris and other materials from entering the engine compartment and lower frame while large removable panels provide easy access to aid in routine cleaning. A turbine-type pre-cleaner ejects dust, dirt and debris from engine-intake airflow before it reaches the filter, thus extending air-filter service life. The 299D3 XE Land Management model also comes factory-equipped


BUILT TO A HIGHER STANDARD When you need to reach high places, the Snorkel S3220E delivers peak performance. Featuring a high lift capacity, this electric scissor lift offers a working height of up to 26 ft. (8.1m) and a platform capacity of 900 lbs. (407kg). Engineered to elevate jobsite efficiency, upsized pins provide additional rigidity for safe and secure performance. Its super-heav y-duty steel construction and over-engineered components maximize uptime and minimize ownership costs. That’s performance that stands above the rest. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT AHERN CANADA ON 780-467-0600.

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with components that provide guarding to protect front and rear LED work lights, work-tool coupler area, work-tool electrical harness connections, and auxiliary-hydraulic quick-disconnect fittings from impact and debris that are often hazards in land-clearing applications. The cooling system’s hydraulically driven fan operates only when required to save fuel, while the reversing fan feature clears intake screens of debris, so the system runs cooler when operating in high ambient temperature applications. Like the other models in the new D3 series, the 299D3 XE Land Management CTL benefitted from design updates and improvements in several areas. Entering and exiting the new D3 Series loaders is easier thanks to a wider opening cab door. Additionally, the distance between joystick pods has increased by 3 inches (76 mm), offering extra space for the operator inside the cab to deliver a more comfortable experience. New Cat D3 Series CTLs deliver improved operating stability while handling heavy loads, grading or truck loading. Changes to the undercarriage frame and torsion axles reduce machine pitching and rocking, while still offering superior ride comfort. All Cat D3 Series CTLs feature standard two-speed travel to improve performance at the jobsite. Cat SSLs and CTLs offer advanced control features that include Returnto-Dig and Work Tool Positioner. These items are now bundled together with the dual direction self-level feature so that even more operators will be able to take advantage of features that automate machine functions to allow these tasks to be completed with less user interaction and expertise.

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Green Machine retrofits OEM equipment to meet demand for battery-powered solutions By Kaitlyn Till, Managing Editor


nnovation in battery-powered construction equipment has exploded in recent years, with most major earthmoving OEMs working on prototype or production-ready fully electric solutions for the compact earthmoving market. This can be an expensive, lengthy process involving extensive R&D investment, and these machines then come with a premium price tag, which can be up to double the diesel-powered counterpart. Buffalo, New York–based Green Machine Equipment, Inc. came up with another approach – on a bet. Eight years ago, Jon M. Williams, the soon-to-be founder of Green Machine and then-owner of OSC, Inc. and OSC Manufacturing & Equipment Services, Inc., was at a medical campus with the president of the campus and the president of a utility company. There was a diesel machine operating outside; it was noisy and they could see the emissions. On the spot they made a bet. If Williams could build a battery-powered machine to replace that diesel machine, the president of the utility would buy it. A few months later, Williams returned with the machine, showing that it could run on its lead–acid battery. This proof-of-concept machine, affectionately dubbed “Frankenstein,” was the launch pad for Green Machine. Battery technology has since improved dramatically. Green Machine has switched to lithium-ion solutions and has continued to partner with utility companies to beta test new pieces of equipment. Kirk Durham, vice president of Business Development, said, “We would build to satisfy any problems they [the utility companies] found. We made [the battery] waterproof, we made it crush-proof, and we built this incredible box around it. . . we claim the whole space in [the engine compartment] to get the most energy density to create the longest run time.”



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The Green Machine process

Green Machine, along with its technology partner Moog, Inc., designs drivetrain solutions for OEMs. Whether that involves batteries plugged into existing hydraulics, smart hydraulics, system connectivity, or fully electric systems, Green Machine delivers OEMs electric solutions. In addition, Green Machine, in partnership with its OEM customers, provides endusers with Green Machine–branded equipment.

The partnership with Moog led to the development of a co-branded all-in-one engine and drive, WhisperDrive. This combined effort acts as a single customer-facing entity for both Green Machine and Moog, delivering innovation and cost-savings to OEM clients. The machine design process, leveraging the capabilities of both Moog and Green Machine, results in a product that looks identical to its diesel

counterpart. However, the Green Machine dramatically outperforms the original machine. Once the design is ready, Moog and Green Machine, through WhisperDrive, provide lowrun production and design iteration at its 200,000-square-foot Buffalo facility. “We design, engineer, build and validate [the equipment] in Buffalo. We do what I call kill testing where we test the drive system to the most extreme conditions and take the data to predict failures before they happen. “We test all the batteries as far as charge, discharge, and the quality of the cell. . . we have some really good engineers on the electrical side, the chemistry side, and just the experience side that are constantly looking for new chemistries and new thought processes on battery systems and new ways to protect the technology from the rigours of the construction environment.” Green Machine’s battery testing, development and technology partnerships have led to some of the largest OEMs in the world working with Green Machine and Moog. Green Machine’s footprint could be found on several introductions and prototypes at CONEXPO-CON/ AGG 2020. Green Machine and Moog together partnered with Bobcat to unveil the first 100 percent electric compact track loader. Bobcat also featured a skid-steer loader and compact excavator powered by Green Machine. In addition, Case Construction Equipment partnered with Green Machine and Moog to debut the world’s first electric backhoe loader, codenamed “Project Zeus.” In addition to its work on OEM equipment lines, Green Machine partners with the OEMs to sell some machines as Green Machine–branded equipment, allowing Green Machine to private label some of the most visible and popular models in North America. Green Machine’s fleet includes a full line of mini-excavators in 1.7-, 2.6-, 3.5-, and 4.5-metric-ton sizes, a mini skid-steer, a light tower, and a towable backhoe. Green Machine directly sells, rents or leases this equipment and provides support for end users and dealerships to grow their battery-powered fleets.

“There’s no smell of emissions, it’s very safe, [workers] can talk on the jobsite and they don’t have to yell.” Kirk Durham

operators and the general public. “When you look at the worker, the labourer, the machine operator – it’s very important to them – and nobody ever asked them that.” As for concerns about battery life, Green Machine batteries are engineered to last up to 10 years, or 2,200 full charge–discharge cycles (fast charging can shorten that life span). The 10-year life span is calculated based on the machine working a full day for 220 days out of the year. In reality, many machines don’t put in that many hours. Some machines may even have a shorter life than the battery, in which case the battery can be removed and placed in a new machine from the same manufacturer. Green Machine has built up a strong team that, according to Durham, gives the company flexibility that combines with innovation to bring numerous benefits to contractors and industry. HEG

Green Machine retrofits and brands OEM equipment including compact excavators, light towers, mini skid-steers and towable backhoes.



The advantage of a Green Machine

Durham said that initially contractors liked to buy Green Machine products for interior demolition work, but began using the equipment outside. Contractors found that their operators like Green Machine equipment for reasons beyond eliminating emissions indoors. “It’s very low noise,” Durham said. “There’s no smell or emissions, its very safe, they can talk on the jobsite and they don’t have to yell.” He added that these workers tell him that these advantages are important because they significantly reduce the stress levels and dramatically improve safety of construction workers,

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CASE REVAMPS ITS SKID-STEER AND COMPACT TRACK LOADER LINEUP The all-new B Series loaders get a big boost in visibility, operator experience


ase Construction Equipment has launched its next generation of compact track loaders (CTLs) and skid steers with the introduction of the B Series – five CTLs and eight skid steers spanning radial and vertical lift patterns, as well as numerous horsepower and size classes. “Case CTLs and skid steers are enhanced to deliver a completely new and intuitive operating experience while also standing up to the rigours of heavy earthmoving and attachment use,” said George MacIntyre, product manager for compact equipment. “The B Series retains the styling of previous Case loaders, yet critical operational systems have been re-engineered for greater performance, and fully integrated with new control and operator interfaces to give contractors a powerful match of productivity, efficiency and convenience.”

Case revamps the operator experience

The operator interface on Case B Series loaders has been completely redesigned, including new leftand right-hand posts with simple ignition, push-button operation, easy throttle control and intuitive switches for all core machine functions. Contractors may choose between standard mechanical, mechanical hand-and-foot, and electro-hydraulic controls. Electro-hydraulic models provide the additional simplicity of switching between ISO and H operating patterns with the simple push of a button. All electro-hydraulic models come standard with the all-new eight-inch LCD multi-function display with backup camera. This display can be added to mechanical configurations for use with the backup camera and operational displays. The new display serves as the command centre for the machine. It includes what Case says is the industry’s only backup camera visible in a split-screen display with machine data. The camera is operational in both forward and reverse. Case says it also provides operators with the most fully functioned operator experience ever found on its CTLs and skid steers, including:

New Electro-Hydraulic Control Performance:

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control to best meet the demands of the job. New “Creep Speed” Capability: Creep Speed allows the operator to set machine speed at a consistent/slow “creep” while independently setting attachment speed via the throttle for optimal use of high-capacity hydraulic attachments such as cold planers and brooms. New Operator Profiles: Operators can store and recall specific setting profiles to match either individual operator preference or job types.

New Economy Mode and Engine Protection Settings: The skid steers and CTLs feature engine

shutdown, ignition timeout and engine protection features that extend the life and performance of the engine, battery and other critical systems.

New Automotive-Style Information Display:

From basic operational information such as engine hours and fluid levels to “trip meters” and utilization data that provide fleet managers and operators greater insight into machine performance, all new B Series models improve total operational intelligence.

New and Improved Fault Codes and Troubleshooting: New fault codes with descriptive text help

better identify specific issues the machine may be going through and make it easier to communicate with the dealer to determine next steps, if necessary.

See more of the jobsite

Case CTLs and skid steers feature 360-degree visibility enhanced by the new backup camera as well as a cab-wide rearview mirror that comes standard on all machines. The low entry threshold and large front window provide excellent visibility to the front of the machine and down to the attachment. Large side windows and a large curved rear window allow for great sightlines to the sides and the rear of the machine. Rear visibility is further aided by low-profile rear hoods, and an extremely low-profile H-Link on vertical-lift models that doesn’t impede visibility to the rear.

Operator comfort

The extremely low entry threshold built into each machine allows for easy entry and exit from the cab. CASE features one of the widest skid steer and CTL cabs in the industry, providing excellent space for

more comfort and operator positioning. Joysticks on electro-hydraulic models have been designed with a narrower, more comfortable grip, closer switch layout and a smaller head size for easier operation. The electro-hydraulic pods on each joystick have also been made smaller to give the operator more legroom inside the machine. Mechanically controlled models of the SR210B and larger models feature servo-assisted joysticks for easier operation and less operator fatigue. The cupholder and storage areas in select models have also been repositioned to provide even more legroom, and options such as a Bluetooth radio and heated seats further improve total operator comfort.

A machine for every job

The full range of vertical- and radial-lift machines provide excellent options for every application from concentrated groundwork and grading to truck loading and material handling. Case B Series provides either standard, high-flow or enhanced high-flow auxiliary hydraulics with pressures up to 4,000 psi for running high-capacity hydraulic attachments such as cold planers and mulchers. All models feature a connect-under-pressure manifold design that allows for quick and toolless removal of hydraulic lines. Additional optional features such as Ride Control and self-levelling further improve overall operator performance and efficiency.

Easy to service

All B Series models (except the SR160B) feature either a cooled exhaust gas recirculation (CEGR) design with a diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC) that requires no fluids or lifetime filter maintenance, or a CEGR design with selective catalytic reduction (SCR) aftertreatment (on 90 hp units) that also requires no lifetime filter maintenance – although it does require filling with diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) as needed. Daily checks on all models are simple, with all regular service points and checks easily grouped at the rear of the machine. Fleet managers can further expand the simplicity of maintaining B Series models with the addition of an optional Case SiteWatch telematics subscription.


STAND-ON TRACK LOADER The SCL1000 is Kubota’s first entry into the stand-on track loader market. Kubota says that it is well-positioned with wide tracks, narrow body and an ROC of 1,000 pounds. The new SCL1000 features a wide 9.8-inch track that comes standard on the overall narrow, 36-inch machine. The integrated track design is engineered for durability with the undercarriage welded to the mainframe of the body. The grease track tension design includes sealed oil bath rollers for less maintenance and greater durability. The wide track design, with a rating of 4.0 psi, is low impact and minimizes damage to grass and landscaping. The loader runs on a 24.8-hp turbo-charged Kubota diesel engine with quiet operation, high altitude performance and no DPF requirement. A hydraulic pump directly connected to the engine reduces maintenance. The loader arms reach high and far with a hinge pin height of 84.7 inches and a reach of 25.9 inches at a 45-degree dump angle. Top travel speed is 5.1 miles per hour. Kubota’s SCL1000 is engineered with cushioned loader boom cylinders and an adjustable platform suspension system that increase operator comfort for maximum productivity. The loader comes standard with a keyless start with passcode protection, 12-volt charging port and a 4.3inch LCD colour dash monitor that provides easy-to-read consolidated machine monitoring.





Avant Tecno USA has unveiled its first fully electric loader, the Avant e5, for North America. This battery-powered machine is in the same size class as the Avant 500 series. It offers zero emissions, produces minimal noise and provides low operating costs. This battery-powered loader is ideal for indoor jobs and demolition sites with little to no ventilation. Its low noise level enables work in noise-restricted areas or where minimum interference caused by worksite noise is a benefit. The e5 is equipped with an AGM battery (Absorbent Glass Mat) which is maintenance-free and has a capacity of 13.6 kW. The Avant e5 has a 7.9 gal/min auxiliary hydraulic flow, which allows working with various Avant attachments.



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Mobil Serv platform gives operators more ability to track and plan equipment maintenance By Lee Toop, Editor


onstruction fleets of all sizes provide plenty of challenges when it comes to tracking and planning maintenance, especially where lubrication tasks are involved. With everything from daily grease points to major overhaul work to be managed, it’s important to know what state each piece of equipment is in on a daily basis. Collecting that data can be tough, however, since every operator may have a different way of recording their maintenance or reporting problems. A digital management approach provides a neater, easier way to track maintenance issues and address them more quickly – and one lubricant manufacturer is teaming with experienced data professionals to provide just such a targeted system. Mobil Serv Lube Management, launched at CONEXPO-CON/AGG, is aimed at replacing the many different paper and spreadsheet solutions that companies currently use to share and track their maintenance goals. Bowman Mitchell, ExxonMobil brand advisor for commercial vehicle lubricants, explained that the company has paired with REDLIST, a software company known for cloud-based safety and maintenance apps, to develop its new solution.

Turnover causes lost knowledge

Traditionally, lubrication engineers would work with customers directly and provide a lubrication manual for all of their equipment. That becomes problematic very quickly, however, Mitchell noted. “We would go into their plant or their construction fleet, go through each and every piece of equipment, document and build a nice booklet they can reference. Then, when they’re doing their regular preventive maintenance program, they can reference the right information,” he said. “The problem that we find is there’s a lot of turnover, a lot of new people, and that booklet becomes outdated. They’re constantly buying new equipment and hiring new people. There’s a big gap there.” The continuing change in the labour force, with older employees retiring and new staff coming onboard, is expanding that gap in many ways, Mitchell noted, because as those employees leave they take a lot of personal experience with them. 50


Mobil lubrication experts are able to use information from the company’s new lube management tool to provide advice to customers and reduce their maintenance costs. “You’re losing a lot of tribal knowledge and experience. People have a lot of information in their heads,” he pointed out. Losing that data is a problem, because often it’s one or two people in a company that carry that experience with them. Being able to capture that information in an easy to reference tool like Mobil Serv keeps it accessible, potentially saving time and money. That’s where REDLIST came in – its existing mobile-ready cloud-based app was ideal for combining with ExxonMobil’s institutional knowledge to produce the software. “There are a number of different reasons why a company may try to capture information; some of that is operational and a lot is regulatory. Right now, people spend their time and energy just capturing that information and they don’t actually get to use it; part of the reason for that is it’s not really easily accessible,” explained REDLIST president John Keller. Instead, that information is captured as it happens, whether that’s a safety checklist, an inspection form, or something else that occurs frequently in a fleet operation, and the information input on mobile or other devices goes into a cloud-based system where it can be made use of far easier than paper. In addition, it breaks out of the silos that data can sometimes wind up

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filed into, allowing for greater collaboration across the operation. An example of how the system can work, Mitchell noted, comes from a crane company that suffered some serious truck crane boom failures that proved costly. ExxonMobil’s team integrated a daily safety inspection into the system and added questions that helped get to the root of the issue: the boom needed grease, but that wasn’t the operator’s department, and the message wasn’t getting to the maintenance department. “So, how do we connect the operator to the maintenance department? We integrated a couple of questions, like: is the boom chattering, yes or no? If he selects yes, the maintenance department needs to get someone out there ASAP, because if it doesn’t get done for another week, you’re going to have a boom failure. It costs hardly anything – maybe 10 dollars worth of grease and 30 minutes of that maintenance guy’s time to save a million bucks,” Mitchell said. “There was no way to connect those stories without a two-week delay in taking that paper inspection in – and really, they weren't even asking the right question.”

Engineers stay in the loop

As companies integrate Mobil Serv Lube Management, ExxonMobil lu-

bricant engineers are also looped in to the information being gathered, so if there’s a concern they can provide their own knowledge, Mitchell added. The platform can be used to visualize workflows, which helps employees using the tool better understand the processes and stay on the right track for their day. Customizing the system can be done easily either by ExxonMobil or the customer themselves; one of the additional benefits of Mobil Serv is that the customer can build a variety of other maintenance aspects into the system to track the data that’s important to them. “Let’s say you inspect the hydraulic hose on a 992K loader, and the hose could have five different failure modes – you want to know if it’s cracked, leaking, crimped, ripped off, or whatever. So, the answers to your question in the form may be ‘normal’ or ‘fail’ – you click ‘fail’ and then you can break it down and have all of those different options to select,” Mitchell described. “Then you want it to build out a work order and send an email to a shift supervisor – you can create any kind of logic based on the responses to direct the flow of work. And I could literally spend five minutes with you and teach you to build your own form.” HEG





Geotab and Donaldson have collaborated on a new integration that will enable Geotab customers to utilize Donaldson’s wireless Filter Minder monitoring system. A first-of-its-kind remote, wireless filter-monitoring system for trucks and heavy-duty equipment, Filter Minder provides real-time engine filter performance data to help fleet operators optimize vehicle maintenance and improve productivity. Wirelessly monitoring the condition of truck engine air filters, Filter Minder provides customers with visibility into the remaining life of engine air filters, plus additional performance data. Seamlessly integrating with the Geotab platform, the Donaldson Filter Minder system works in tandem with a fleet’s telematics solution to optimize filtration maintenance.

he Gear Centre Off-Highway Division is a leading parts and service provider of drivetrain components found in a wide range of heavy equipment. From articulated dump trucks and mobile cranes to wheeled excavators and loaders, our parts specialists and factory trained technicians can handle virtually any off-highway construction application. As an authorized distributor for ZF, Dana, Carraro, AxleTech and Kessler products, we carry an extensive inventory of new and remanufactured transmissions, torque converters, planetary axles, transfer cases, pump drives and cement mixer drives. As a factory authorized service centre for ZF Off-Highway and the only authorized Dana service facility in Canada, customers can be assured their unit will be remanufactured to meet or exceed the strict quality requirements of the OEM. Any engineering modifications or updates that are made by the component manufacturers to improve the performance and longevity of their products are incorporated in every Gear Centre remanufactured unit. We have direct access to factory technical support at all times. All remanufactured transmissions, torque converters, axles and industrial transfer cases are dyno tested on state-of-the-art dynamometers in our Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver and Mississauga service facilities. Our 24 hour service trucks with trained technicians offer the convenience of on-site repairs and exchange units so you can save money on shipping costs, minimize downtime and maximize efficiency.


“With the cost of fleet ownership continually rising, we intentionally set out to offer a simple solution for fleet managers with visionary companies like Geotab to help optimize fleets,” said Nate Zambon, Director of the Donaldson Filter Minder product line. “By integrating our Filter Minder solution into the Geotab platform, fleets can now receive Donaldson’s comprehensive filter analytics along with the most advanced telematics data – from their laptop or mobile device – to help lower overall cost of ownership and improve individual vehicle or fleetwide maintenance processes and performance.” Recently introduced, the Donaldson Filter Minder system utilizes a vehicle’s telematics system to send filter performance data to the cloud through wireless sensors and receivers and provides predictive analytics that inform fleet managers when filters are approaching the end of their optimal life.



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Addressing the skilled technician shortage By Bret Kasubke


s worksites grow more complex and equipment continues to evolve, budgets and timelines get tighter, downtime is more problematic and controlling the total cost of ownership becomes more important. When a single piece of equipment fails, the costs in terms of lost productivity and wasted wages can be monumental – not to mention the impact to the project schedule. Regular preventive maintenance, along with prompt repair, is so critical to construction contractors and bottom lines. Yet maintaining a large fleet isn’t easy. And finding – let alone keeping – qualified technicians can increase the burden. Add to that the challenge of keeping up with equipment inspections, especially when equipment is moving from worksite to worksite, and a company has a complex undertaking to address. One possible solution: outsourcing. However, outsourcing often means balancing multiple companies that specialize in different types of vehicles or equipment. Plus, when a contractor’s equipment moves or needs change, those service providers may be out of reach. Fleet managers end up having to shop around for service and contend with unpredictable labour rates, which could ultimately result in preventive maintenance tasks and inspections falling through the cracks. The speed at which a third-party provider can complete service could also be an issue. Waiting days or weeks for a necessary piece of equipment to be fixed can really set a project back, as can discovering, when it breaks again, that shortcuts were taken. The challenge for contractors is finding an equipment maintenance service provider that delivers fast, dependable equipment service – both locally and nationwide. That provider should be a one-stop shot that offers standardized processes and rates – helping to take the maintenance and 52


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repair burden off fleet owners. This approach can deliver to contractors the peace of mind that comes with knowing that equipment will be ready to perform when it is needed. Let’s look at three important ways equipment maintenance services can help a contractor.


Preventive maintenance, fast repair

With equipment maintenance services, preventive maintenance can be carried out proactively by the provider, on a regular schedule. Wear on parts can be identified before it leads to costly failures. And if a piece of equipment fails, it can be fixed quickly. Ideally, the provider should be able to rent a contractor a replacement unit if a critical piece of equipment will be out of commission for an extended period. An emerging capability is providers leveraging field automated dispatching systems to track contractor locations on a map, dispatch technicians and communicate quickly and efficiently. Increasingly, providers will offer cloud-based worksite management systems that enable a contractor to see at a glance which equipment is under a maintenance plan, when it was last serviced and when it’s coming due for service – as well as gain visibility into equipment location and utilization. Keeping equipment in good repair contributes to the safety of workers and the reduction of worksite safety incidents.


Onsite fleet maintenance

Equipment maintenance services should include onsite maintenance via dedicated technicians. Fleet is a major investment and fleet maintenance is a significant part of that investment. Having a customized, well-defined preventive maintenance program is key to maximizing the return. But most companies don’t have the time, the operating systems or expertise to do it. Data collection is critical to these programs.

Providers should offer fleet maintenance systems to develop a store of historical data on each unit. These systems should mine that data to design the optimal preventive maintenance program, delivered through the provider’s onsite mechanics. Contractors can realize significant cost savings not only through right-sizing maintenance tasks and man hours but also through tapping a provider’s relationships with OEM vendors in purchasing parts and materials at scale.


Fleet management strategy

With significant capital invested in equipment and vehicles, fleet management is critical to contractors. Yet for most companies, it’s not a core competency. Simply put, these companies have other jobs to do. Without effective fleet management, they are missing opportunities to significantly lower the total cost of fleet ownership. Detailed fleet data, including utilization and performance metrics, can enable service providers to identify optimization opportunities within a contractor’s unique fleet scenario and create a comprehensive fleet strategy. With a clear fleet strategy in place, life cycle planning of equipment and vehicles becomes easier, annual fleet budgeting and buy vs. rent decisions become simpler. This means less money is wasted on underutilized assets.

Transforming productivity

By tapping into the systems, processes, expertise and efficiencies of scale of an equipment maintenance service provider, contractors can extract maximum value from their fleet. These steps can transform productivity for the ultimate payout of increased profitability. Bret Kasubke is director, Customer Equipment Solutions at United Rentals.





Manitou CONSTRUCTION BUCKETS EDGE dirt/construction buckets are offered as standard/extended or heavy-duty and as standard, high or low heel. • Feature 0.75-inch (19-mm) cutting edge thickness and 34.6-inch (879-mm) bucket depth. • High breakout force. • Excellent cutting edge visibility. • Versatile bucket for tough digging and material handling. • Available with or without flush-mounted teeth.

The Slab Crab is designed for removing concrete slabs and bridge decks. • Models can accommodate slabs ranging from 4 to 19 inches thick. • Available for excavators from 5,000 to 150,000 pounds. • Serrated teeth line the upper jaws to prevent slabs from sliding. • Models are available in sizes to fit backhoe loaders. • Available as a direct pin-on or to attach with our WedgeBolt Coupler System. • Custom models can also be fabricated to accept larger slab thicknesses.

The MB- L Series Crusher Bucket is suitable for skid-steer loaders, compact track loaders and backhoes. • Four models for carriers ranging from 5 to 10 tons. • Use the hydraulics of the carrier. • Easy to transport, compact, easy to use and low maintenance. • Can also be equipped with a Dust Suppressor.

Craig GRAB BUCKET The Grab Bucket 2 is the newest version of the Craig Grab Bucket. • The thumb is directly mounted on the bucket so the operator can drop the entire attachment in one piece. • Built with a helical actuator to provide a steady grip with no exposed cylinder shafts. • The helical actuator can produce up to 54,000 foot-pounds of torque at 3,000 psi. • Install is easy with no welding required.

Allu BUCKET CRUSHER The AC-Series is a bucket crusher designed for a heavy range of crushing applications including concrete, demolition, recycling and quarrying. • For excavators from 10 to 33 tons. • Easily adjusted to the desired output size with a single pin change. • Able to start the crusher even when the crusher is fully loaded. • Able to run in reverse, avoiding jams and the bridging of material. • Easy to maintain and to replace the wear parts.

Doosan ROCK BUCKET Doosan rock buckets are designed for use with wheel loaders in challenging applications. • Deliver improved digging and bucket filling. • Reinforced mounting plates offer added durability. • Spade nose-style design. • Features pin-on mounting and standard weld-on teeth.

Weldco-Beales Manufacturing CLEAN-UP BUCKET This clean-up bucket works in loose and bulk loading applications, as well as finish grading. These buckets are available in larger widths and capacities than the regular HDD buckets. • Dual-tapered for easy clean-out. • Cycle times are reduced by optimizing the machine’s breakout and crowd forces. • WBM Bucket Clamps (Thumbs) can be added.

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Toro’s dedicated grapple bucket attachment for Toro Dingo compact utility loaders was designed for simplified handling of a variety of materials including boulders, timber, concrete, scrap, waste and other debris. • Constructed of high-strength steel, bringing a level of simplicity to material handling, hauling and grading tasks. • Available in a standard 34-inch width, contractors are able to optimize the right size grapple bucket for most tasks. • Weighs approximately 238 pounds.

These concrete crushers are designed to effectively handle any primary and/ or secondary demolition and recycling operation. • Models for use with excavators in the 21 – 50 ton range. • Abrasion-resistant, high-strength, alloy steel teeth decreases wear and increases durability. • Optional 360 degree power rotation for maximum versatility. • Exclusive hydraulic intensifier system provides faster cycle times compared with units using larger cylinders. • Bolt-on replaceable tooth plate on the movable jaw. • “A” models also utilize bolt-on tooth plate on the fixed jaw.

AMI HYDRAULIC TILT DITCH CLEANING BUCKET The Hydraulic Tilt Ditch Cleaning Bucket features a flatter profile, open heel and bigger radius for level grading on uneven terrain. • Designed to reach awkward spots with less repositioning of the excavator, the bucket allows for level grading on uneven ground, provides smooth tilting action and fits tightly when curled up. • Bottom reversible cutting edge adds longevity and provides easy in-field maintenance. • 45-degree tilt range on each side helps gain an easy, clean finish.

ESCO HEAVY-DUTY PLATE LIP BUCKET The Heavy Duty Plate Lip Bucket (HDP) is designed for general excavating such as dense clay, compacted soil, or gravel conditions. • Premium Ultralok tooth equipment delivers optimum digging performance. • Point options available to match any machine and application. • Triple taper design ensures faster loading and cleaner dumping. • AR 400 full-width bottom wear runner and side wear strips. • One-piece, side-reinforcing plate that provides structural integrity. • T-1 steel plate lip provides long life and durability. • Strong formed double beam providing increased torsion resistance. • Replaceable cast steel alloy, bolt-on wing shrouds.

BTI’s MCP-IT fixed head hydraulic pulverizer is designed for secondary demolition. • Quick cycle times and strategically placed teeth for fast fragmentation and separation of rebar from the concrete. • Unique speed alternates between power and speed, depending on the load. • Openings of the fixed body make the unloading of demolished material easier. • Jaw design increases the life span with a simple tooth replacement to bring the tool back to original specification.



ASTEC Breaker Technology Inc.’s unique hydraulic plate compactor design delivers high-impulse energy to help reach ideal compaction proctor densities while minimizing maintenance intervals. • Five models to satisfy a wide range of compaction applications including soil, embankments, trenches, sheet piling and posts. • Quick and easy installation for carriers. • Large v-shaped rubber isolators prevent vibration in the upper structure, maximizing energy delivered through the base plate. • Standard oil bath lubrication ensures continuous bearing lubrication.

With models for use with backhoes or excavators from 2.5 to 70 tons, NPK’s Plate Compactors work productively anywhere the carrier’s boom can reach. • Durable rubber shock mounts, solid welds and self-aligning, spherical roller bearings for superior performance. • Optional swivel top minimizes carrier repositioning (can be locked in place if unneeded, either parallel or perpendicular to the boom). • Optional bolt-on single or dual backfill blades to push or pull soil, gravel and debris without having to reposition.


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LaBounty’s Multi-Jaw Demolition Tool (MRX) is designed for efficient downsizing and is equipped with 360-degree rotation for both primary and secondary demolition and offsite concrete processing. • Short centre of gravity for optimal control and maneuverability. • Interchangeable jaw with options for a concrete pulverizer, concrete cracker, or shear. • Open lower jaw, which improves penetration and rapidly downsizes material; wide jaw for efficiency. • Dual rotation motors with superior holding power and durability.





Genesis MULTI JAW DEMOLITION TOOL The Razer X Multi-Jaw Demolition Tool (GRX) enables excavator operators to change jaw sets in less than two minutes, without leaving the cab. • Hydraulic pin engagement and removal for faster and safer jaw change-outs. • Available in cracker, shear and pulverizer jaw configurations. • Heavy-duty pivot design is integral to the jaw set, providing a power curve to match the jaw’s primary application. • Reverse-mounted cylinder protects the rod from debris. • Short, flat-top head with bolt-on bracket shortens the centre of gravity, making it easy to change mounting for different carriers.


Gensco SCRAP AND DEMOLITION GRAPPLES The RS and RSM Series has been designed to handle C&D, rocks, structural scrap, demo debris, loose bundles or oddly shaped material. • Full 360-degree rotation, dangling adaptor or flex mount 2-Pin quick attach interchangeable hydraulic coupler. • Powerful, optimized and custom shapes enable any application or material. • Optimized and protected cylinders with breaking system or thousands of cycles. • Easily changeable shovel or digging tips for increased productivity and less downtime. • Optional 24 or 230V DC Electro-magnet installed.

Epiroc CB CONCRETE BUSTER The CB 5500 and CB 7500 are designed for carriers in the 50 to 85 tons weight class, offering cracking forces of 150 tonnes and 190 tonnes, respectively. • Jaw openings are 1,600 mm and 1,800 mm. • Ideal for demolishing thick foundation walls, as well as cracking girders and heavy concrete at extreme heights. • Two powerful hydraulic cylinders deliver virtually continuous closing force. • Integrated speed valve gives faster working cycles. • Two independently moving jaws eliminate displacement force. • Can be used in residential areas where hydraulic breakers are not permitted.

Kinshofer MOBILE SHEAR The DXS50 mobile shear has been engineered to deliver maximum force, excellent speed and the lowest weight ratio. • Can be used for a wide variety of tasks including demolition, scrap processing and tire recycling. • Equipped with DemaPower 2.0 hydraulic cylinder technology, delivering 25 percent more power than conventional cylinders of the same size, yet with faster cycle times.



Rammer Excellence Series boom-mounted hydraulic hammers offer high performance and high efficiency. • Mid- and large-range models are designed for carriers from 26,500 to 176,400 pounds. • High productivity when breaking boulders, removing slag, tunnelling, open pit mining, secondary breaking and trenching. • Advanced hydraulics and ultra-strong housing deliver extended life. • Slip-fit tool bushings for easy replacement. • Top-down lubrication, underwater adaptation and a VIDAT System.

The V7000 is Montabert’s largest hydraulic breaker at a 20,000 ft./lb. energy class and fits excavators up to 120t. • Automatic variable energy technology senses material hardness. • Automatic pressure regulator guarantees optimum performances. • Energy recovery valve captures the piston recoil. • Piston design optimizes shock wave transmission and can deliver 360 – 420 bpm. • Blank firing protection is standard. • Automatic dual lubrication. • Optional air pressurization kit for underwater applications.



These nitrogen breakers deliver powerful impact energy and are built to high-quality standards with a simplified design that makes maintenance easy. • Minimal internal parts, a single lower bushing and easily accessible grease ports. • Design features reduce the breaker’s maintenance requirements and make rebuilds easier. • Unique valve design lessens hydraulic pressure fluctuation, which reduces stress on the carrying equipment’s hydraulic pumps.

Large-size BXR Series Hydraulic Breaker Attachments are designed for both speed and strength without compromising longevity. • Recoil-sensing technology maximizes blow energy in a variety of rock conditions. • The extra-long stroke pressure balanced piston, oil regeneration system and button-nose piston design maximize blow energy. • High-strength alloy plate steel with abrasion-resistant plate housing and heat-treated alloy pistons for tough conditions. • Oil regeneration system increases bpms without decreasing energy in harder material applications.

GET FASTER, EFFICIENT PRODUCTION “I’ve had competitors working next to me with other breakers, and they hit at about half the rate of my BXR120. We get much better production. I can produce from 150 to 200 tons per hour, sizing material from 18 to 24 inches.” Marc Keller Maverick Rockbreaking Wildomar, Calif.


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Geith QUICK COUPLER The G4 quick coupler includes a variable pin centre design which allows operators to easily pick up and swap the widest range of OEM attachments. • Can reverse buckets. • Multi-Pin pickup system. • Front and rear safety locks backed up by two powerful springs retain the

attachment rear pin in case of cylinder failure. • Powerful spring-activated safety locks work in all dirty environments. • Curl-to-release control system. • No greasing requirement, less maintenance and fewer replacement parts.

The QuickChange is a fully automatic quick coupler system designed for tiltrotators, machine couplers and tools. • Allows users to change hydraulic tools from the cab. • Mount on both the tiltrotator’s attachment frame and the quick coupler beneath to automatically connect or disconnect the tiltrotator or tools. • Quickly disconnect the tiltrotator. • Enables automatic hydraulic tool changes which saves money and increases safety. • SecureLock locks the tool, even in the event of lost hydraulic pressure.


TOUGHEST MEMBER ON THE JOB SITE. MOST COMFORTABLE TOO. The SVL Series sets a new standard in comfort for any comparable sized track loader. With Kubota’s own diesel engine, standard air and heating, and outstanding bucket breakout force (7961 lbs*), the SVL Series will be the toughest and most dependable member on the job site.

Hydraulic quick couplers, designed for use with excavators, improve versatility. Excavator operators can easily choose from a wide range of excavator attachments without leaving the cab. • Built with extra-high-strength and abrasion-resistant steels for maximum durability. • Pressure signal allows release of an attachment only in a safe position. • Electrical circuit design features a twostage release for increased safety. • Can be used to pick up attachments in a reverse configuration.


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*SVL95-2S model only. Dealer may sell for less. Dealer order/trade may be necessary. Prices, payments and models featured throughout may vary by dealer. Some restrictions apply. See your dealer for complete details. Offers valid only at participating dealers in Canada and are subject to change, cancellation or extension at any time without notice or obligation. For all offers: taxes, applicable fees (including, but not limited to, governmental environmental fees, administration fees, set-up fees, dealer fees, and delivery fees), insurance and registration are extra. Freight is included. Dealer order/trade may be necessary. The minimum down payment of 10% required for financing offers on compact track loaders. Specifications and features shown in this ad are based on the latest available information at the time of publication. Although descriptions are believed to be correct, accuracy cannot be guaranteed. We reserve the right to make changes at any time, without notice or obligation, specifications, accessories, materials, models, prices, payments and other information. Financing offer or cash discount available. SVL65-2 with an MSRP of $64,542.02 financed at 0% APR equals $995 per month for 48 Months $16,782.02 down payment required. Cost of borrowing is $5,310 for a total obligation of $64,542.02. The cash discount will be deducted from the price before taxes; and (ii) may not be combined with special lease and finance rates offered by Kubota as part of a low rate interest program. All advertised finance rates are special rates. Cash Discount offers to take place at the time of purchase and are subject to change or cancellation without notice. Offer valid until May 31, 2020. See your participating Kubota dealer or visit www.kubota.ca for details.



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The new TRS6 and TRS8 models allow attached work tools (including buckets, forks, grapples, brooms and compactors) to rotate 360 degrees and tilt 40 degrees side-to-side. • TRS models have two interfaces: the top interface connects to the carrier and the bottom connects to the work tools. • All TRS6 models use an S-Type hydraulic coupler for the bottom interface. • Four configurations for the model TRS8 allow selecting an S-Type coupler for both the top and bottom interfaces, or a pin on top interface and pin grabber coupler bottom interface, and whether the TRS has a grapple. • Allow mini excavators to maintain high digging forces. • No-maintenance lubrication system for the rotation system effectively distributes heat.


Vacuworx VACUUM LIFTING SYSTEM The RC Series Vacuum Lifting Systems handle materials from 22,000 to 55,000 pounds (10 to 25 tonnes). • Self-contained units are powered by diesel engines and can be hooked up and ready to go in a matter of minutes. • “H” models operate using the hydraulic system of the host machine. • 360-degree rotation. • Will not damage delicate materials and bonded coatings. • Wireless remote transmitter with remote start. • Double set of lugs to accommodate any single or double vacuum pad arrangement.

Danuser MATERIAL HANDLING BUCKET The Mega Mixer material handling bucket is designed to mix, scoop and dispense construction materials including concrete. • Mounts on either side of the carrier to dispense left or right. • Easy-to-operate discharge end with a handle control gate. • Dispenses ¾ yard of material in 26 seconds (up to 1-inch diameter rock). • Built-in cutting edges make scooping from piles easier. • Additional accessories include 24-inch and 36-inch chutes, a toolless hopper extension and a funnel with 6-inch hose adapter.


The MG SuperGrip fixed mount grapples are for excavators with 5.5- to 25-tonne capacity. • Bypass arm design for a variety of grapple work. • Ideal for land clearing, feeding chippers or grinders, storm cleanup, tree service and landscaping materials. • Equipped with the XR Rotator, a compact, low-profile design with very high torque and load capacity. • Excavator mounts available for direct boom mount or to match the machine coupler.






wood waste | construction and demolition debris | pallets | railway ties cable reels | paper rolls | green waste | mattresses | tires | aluminum e-waste | white goods | food waste | domestic, industrial & bulky waste


EXCLUSIVE NORTH AMERICAN PARTNER OF HAAS RECYCLING SYSTEMS LSG Series Scrap Grapples and LCG Series Contractor Handling Grapples are designed for scrap handling, construction and demolition sorting, and bulk material handling. • Available in four models. • Reverse-mounted cylinders protect rods from damage. • Multiple tine and spade styles; all tine styles feature fully boxed construction. • Heavy-duty guarding system. • Identical hardened steel bearings with dust seals at all pivot points. • Large-bore hydraulic cylinders. • High-torque continuous 360-degree rotation. • Abrasion-resistant steel tips are easily replaced.

HAAS TYRON 2000 XL is the perfect tool for high volume waste reduction. With adjustable shaft speeds and independent shaft control in both forward and reverse, you can make quick work out of even the toughest materials.

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SITE PREP Paladin BRUSH CUTTERS MX Series brush cutters are compatible with 3- to 8-ton-class mini excavators. • Solid-formed T1 steel deck and reversible AR400 cutting blades. • Efficiently processes brush and trees up to 6 inches in diameter. • Heavy-duty hinged debris shield retracts when the head is engaged with trees and brush, exposing the blades and allowing for aggressive cuts at maximum blade engagement. • Automatic hydraulic braking stops blade rotation 10 to 15 seconds after the machine is turned off. • Direct-drive hydraulic motor with heavy-duty bearing housing.

Prinoth MULCHER The M450s-1900 is a compact and powerful head for a diversity of mulching applications for the compact loader segment or other hydraulic-driven carrier vehicles from 80 to 150 hp and a volume flow between 26.4 and 52.8 gpm. • The lightweight head (2,668 pounds) provides added safety and no roll off. • Achieves the lowest operation costs due to less wear part costs and longer lifetime.

ForSite International SHARPGRADEX GRADER The SharpGradeX is a clip-on attachment that turns an excavator into a fully automated grading machine. • Automatically controls elevation and cross fall; operator only controls the stick position. • Does not require complex excavator machine control. • Automatically grades within +/- 6 mm (1/4 inch) in 2D and 3D. • Can be controlled by Laser, Total Station or Sonic tracker. • For 3- to 12-ton machines. • Ideal for paving, landscaping and concrete preparation.

Indeco MULCHING HEADS The new IMH Series of hydraulically driven, boom-mounted mulching heads are specifically designed for a broad range of land clearing, site preparation, invasive vegetation species management, storm damage removal and clean-up applications. • Fits carriers from 5 to 45 tons. • Direct drive and belt-driven models available. • Single-piece shaft and severe-duty bearings for maximum reliability. • Interchangeable mounting brackets for any excavator application. • Single person/machine operation for reduced processing costs. • Can be used on multiple machines.

The Midisoil dt differs from typical wood mulchers or stone crushers in that it has a new gearbox with 2SPEED transmission. This makes it possible to use a higher rotor speed for wood and a slower speed for rocks and soil. • Lightweight construction – housing with replaceable Hardox wearplates. • High performance with minimal power consumption. • Hydraulically adjustable hood. • Adjustable blow bar and crushing grid. • Hydraulic compacting roller.

New grade-control-ready Level Best Dual Mast PD Series box blades will improve productivity on John Deere skid steers and compact track loaders. They are designed to take advantage of the push-pull directional work style of skidsteer loaders for maximum production. • Push-pull design moves the material for fine grading. • Two cylinders provide cross-slope operation. • All cutting edges are reversible. • Convex mirror allows material visibility. • Foam-filled tires on oscillating axle. • Universal skid-steer compatible mount improves versatility. • Two, 1-1/2-inch diameter mast poles.






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Fecon MULCHING HEAD The Blackhawk knife-tool mulching head quickly and efficiently shreds standing vegetation and processes material on the ground. • For skid-steer and compact track loaders with hydraulic flows of 27 to 45 gpm. • Features 30 knife tools and has a 76inch cutting width. • Most of the finely chipped material is broadcast forward of the rotor to minimize re-processing. • Elimination of 90-degree bends reduces heat buildup in hydraulic fluid. • Adjusting hydraulic displacement of the motor to match hydraulic flow supplied boosts the rotor performance and efficiency.

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• Provides clear visibility for the operator. • Hydraulic hoses with standard fittings are included.


Loftness DRUM MULCHER The L Series Battle Ax horizontal drum mulchers are designed for standard-flow skid steers with 16- to 30gpm hydraulic flow ratings. • Available with 51- and 61-inch cutting widths. • New rotor design features built-in depth gauges, which function similarly to raker teeth on chain saws to prevent the attachment from engaging too much material at one time. • Two-stage cutting chamber allows material to be cut twice by the rotor for small particle size. • Primary shear bar is adjustable for customizing particle size.


Case LASER GRADING BOX Ideal for concrete subgrade, athletic fields, parking lots, driveways and other fine-grading applications, the Case laser grading box for skid steers and compact track loaders creates highly precise finish grades to within 1/10 inch. • Push-pull design with reversible cutting edge on all sides. • Hydraulic valve system adjusts grading box, providing operators with smooth and accurate performance. • Universal skid-steer mount compatible. • Available in 72-, 84- and 96-inch configurations. • Single- or dual-mast options.


The optimized 568 harvester head hydraulics maximize performance and efficiency, while robust, high-quality components provide long-term reliability. • Timed knife arms and triangulated wheel arms allow the operator to pick quickly from the pile and to maintain positive tree contact when feeding. • Floating front knife and fixed back knife ensure good delimbing. • Single- or dual-track measuring wheels with a horizontally pivoting trailing-arm design, along with priority-flow length measuring, provide length accuracy. • 4WD – 2WD auto-shift drive system provides extra power and positive grip when feeding large trees, fast speed in smaller trees, and full manual control when needed.

Prinoth SUBSOILER The RF800 is available for PTO tractors from 200 to 360 hp. • Applications include fire breaks, roadbuilding, turning forest into fields and crushing stones. • Patented UPT rotor provides low operation costs. • Gearbox and belt cooling system provide higher horsepower and longer lifetime on wear parts. • Includes a W-Kinematic patented gearbox synchronizer system.

The new Cat BH130 SMART Backhoe Attachment is designed for Cat D3 Series skid-steer loaders, compact track loaders and multi-terrain loaders. • Compatible with Cat 3-ton excavator attachments. • Auxiliary-hydraulic system allows pairing with hydro-mechanical work tools. • Hydraulically shifts side-to-side. • Integrated electro-hydraulic controls. • Maximum digging depth is 9.75 feet (2,970 mm) and reach at ground level from the swing pivot pin is 13.25 feet (4,040 mm).

Antraquip DRUM CUTTERS Antraquip transverse and axial rock drum cutters are for a range of applications in the construction, mining, tunnelling and energy industries. • Suitable for material with uniaxial compressive strength ranging from 500 to 25,000 psi. • Powerful high-torque hydraulic motors. • Robust cutting drums to ensure maximum production and prolonged life. • Customizable drums. • Durable spur gears and housing.

Simex PLANER The new PL 60 planer can mill an entire lane up to 3 metres (120 inches) in width in just two passes, translating into time savings. • Self-levelling system. • Includes the Performer device that allows the operator to optimize performance.

ForSite International TURFGRADER LEVELER

The TurfGrader is a clip-on attachment for SharpGrade Levelers allowing simultaneous power raking and levelling on grade. The power rake connects to the front of the grading box, and can be set to 60 mm (2 inches) below grade to 200 mm (8 inches) above grade. • Follows the contour set by either 2D or 3D control • Can operate forward and reverse. • Built tough to handle aggregate, compacted and contaminated soil, with tungsten teeth. • Drum is directly driven, with no chains or sprockets. • All bearings are triple sealed and lifetime lubricated.

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ADVERTISER INDEX Ahern Canada......................................................44 Antraquip.............................................................59 Bobcat Company................................................45 Brandt....................................................................6 Breaker Technology (BTI)...................................55 Buffalo Turbine....................................................58 Case.......................................................................5 Doosan.................................................................21 Easi-Pour.............................................................36 Ford......................................................................37 Frontline Machinery..............................................4 Genie – Terex Aerial............................................ 47 GOMACO Corporation........................................64 JCB...................................................................... 19 Kubota Canada...................................................56

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Liebherr Canada....................................................7 LBX Company, LLC.............................................60 Mack Trucks..........................................................8 Manulift................................................................49 Metso Minerals....................................................63 SBM Mineral Processing....................................29 Shred-Tech..........................................................57 SMS Equipment Inc........................................... 2–3 Stellar Industries...........................................40, 42 Takeuchi............................................................... 13 The Gear Centre.................................................. 51 Volvo CE............................................................... 11 Wajax...................................................................23 Western Star Trucks Sales, Inc.................... 14–15 Wirtgen Group...............................................32–33

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s I write this piece, a third of the world in under lockdown, nearly half a million people have been infected by COVID-19, 20,000 have died and we are looking down a long, very long tunnel heading into an economic recession. Those are the hard facts we must come to grip with before we can recover and go on living a new normal. Deemed essential services, many crane rental companies are trying to operate while worrying and caring for their families. Several companies have completely closed their doors while others are encountering challenges getting to jobsites, accessible adequate equipment or simply getting staff facing parenting challenges at home. The question everyone is asking is “what are we to do, we have no point of reference for this” and I tend to disagree. We may have never faced anything so gigantic in terms of devastation, but we have all faced crisis and difficult times and we have learned valuable lessons. The crane industry has some of the most rigorous emergency preparedness plans and safety is always a priority. In this situation, the human element is exemplified to a degree we have never experienced, and we must have difficult conversations to adjust to our new normal.

As an association, we took a bold approach to tackle the human side of business prior to jumping into the economic issues. The priority was to connect with our members to ensure that we are there to support each other and we set up a communication centre using Basecamp so we can share critical information and reliable links to information. As an association, we assessed our financial risks with events scheduled this year and next year and cancelled any commitments we could possibly get out of in order to protect the association and its membership. We also went a step further by sharing the following key messages:

1. Look at the facts: Don’t pretend this will go away overnight, we are in for an ultra-marathon. Find reliable sources of information and watch multiple media outlets that present a variety of viewpoints across the country, North America and the rest of the world. 2. Brace for impact: Business owners and individual workers should begin by gathering all important documents. Documents needed in case of illness or loss of a loved one and that includes mortgage, lease, car-house-personal insurance, investments, banking documents and bonds to name a few. 3. Usernames and passwords: Every single person on your team should have an

updated list of all usernames and passwords and they should also have their personal username and passwords saved for their family. This includes any devices such as computer, tablets, phones and access to Apps, programs and more.

4. Will & Testament: We all know we should have one and if you don’t, it is the time to get it done. You will not die because you write a will, but it will give you peace of mind to know that the people you love the most will be looked after. 5. Go on living: Start by reaching out to family members, colleagues, suppliers and clients. You should be caring at this time, not selling. 6. Use technology to your advantage:

Zoom technology will allow you to host daily meetings and look people in the eyes to ensure that they are coping as well as they can. Over the next weeks and months, the Crane Rental Association of Canada will continue to support members across Canada, the U.S. and Europe, gathering critical information and sharing it for easy access. We strongly believe that we need to work together to rebuild a strong economy in a new normal. #strongertogether

The Crane Rental Association of Canada welcomes all crane companies, manufacturers and suppliers to the industry. Members are from across Canada and the United States and include crane rental operations, manufacturers and suppliers of cranes and equipment, and suppliers of services used in the specialty crane rental business in Canada.



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Meet the new Metso MX3™ cone crusher A giant leap in profitability The Metso MX4 cone crusher introduced a revolutionary way of automatically optimizing your crushing performance. Now, meet its little brother—the MX3, with all the qualities of the MX4 in a more compact size, providing you with a safer and simpler way of achieving and exceeding your productivity goals. Find out which is right for you at metso.com/mx.


www.gomaco.com x info@gomaco.com “Dedicated to Concrete – Dedicated to You”. GOMACO offers the full range of concrete slipform pavers, curb and gutter machines, placer/ spreaders, texture/cure machines and bridge/canal finishing equipment. GOMACO equipment features our exclusive and proprietary G+® control system, created in-house by our software engineers from the wants and needs of contractors paving in the field. We’ll show you the new Navigator controller with a 10-inch touchscreen that allows ground personnel to simply control and view all attachments from one location. We are also introducing our new high-production system for the C-450 cylinder finisher for bridge decks and flat slabs. At the heart of GOMACO equipment is our passion for concrete and our commitment to our customers. We look forward to visiting with you about your upcoming paving projects and your concrete paving equipment needs. CONCRETE STREETS AND HIGHWAYS x AIRPORT RUNWAYS x CURB AND GUTTER x SIDEWALKS RECREATIONAL TRAILS x SAFETY BARRIER x BRIDGE PARAPET x BRIDGE DECKS x IRRIGATION CANALS GOMACO CORPORATION IN IDA GROVE, IOWA, USA x 712-364-3347