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Earthmovers & Excavators Issue 319

Earthmovers & Excavators is the earthmoving and civil construction industry’s most important business tool, with the multi-platform media brand relied upon as the No.1 place to search, compare, buy and sell construction machinery, new and used.

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1 min.
load masters

Cat is promising more power and increased payloads from its three new C2 series articulated dump trucks, the 24-tonne-rated 725C2 and the 28-tonne 730C2 and 730C2 EJ. The 725C2 and 730C2 are standard articulated haulers but the 730C2 EJ features a hydraulic ejector which helps to push material out and boost productivity. The smaller 725C2 model is powered by a Cat C9.3 ACERT engine capable of 234kW (314hp) and the two larger models have a Cat C13 ACERT pushing out 274kW (367hp). The engines in all models are available in US Tier 2/EU Stage II, Tier 3/Stage IIA or Tier 4 Final/Stage IV emissions configurations. All of the new models have Cat 6F/1R power-shift transmission, a system that incorporates Cat’s proprietary Advanced Productivity Electronic Control Strategy (APECS) which automatically monitors and adjusts acceleration, ground…

1 min.
down to work

The Canadian-built Breaker Technology Minerunner all-purpose underground light vehicle has been launched in Australia by Astec. The decision to bring the all-purpose vehicle (APV) down under was made after extensive market analysis that showed there was a market for it here based on features such as a 1.8-tonne payload capacity (expandable up to 2.9 tonnes), low maintenance costs and fuel usage, a life cycle of over 10 years and operational flexibility, Astec Australia says. The BTI Minerunner truck uses a four-wheel, all-hydraulic drive system which eliminates more traditional brakes, differential and transmission systems. “Initial feedback has so far highlighted some additional features that would be nice to have,” national product manager John Williams says. “We’ve listened to that feedback and been able to adjust the specification or add as an option to the…

1 min.
control centre

Super-accurate excavation and grading is now available through the integration of the Rototilt Positioning Solution and the Trimble GCS900 Grade Control System. Using the two systems together allows the operator to plot both the height and rotation line, so they know the bucket’s precise position relative to the excavation in progress. This makes the attachment more effective in construction jobs such as precision grading, excavation in confined areas or moving large volumes of earth. “We have completed successful tests together with Trimble and are now able to connect the Rototilt Positioning Solution with the Trimble GCS900 Grade Control System,” Sweden-based Rototilt Group marketing and sales vice president Per Väppling says. “This allows the operator to integrate the Rototilt tiltrotator with a Trimble grade control system to achieve significantly better precision and productivity.” Trimble civil…

1 min.
long-term gain

The Volvo H Series wheel loaders — consisting of the L150H, L180H and L250H models — have been introduced to Australia by local distributor CJD Equipment. Volvo Construction Equipment says that the new loaders have been designed to improve fuel efficiency, operator comfort and machine lifetime. This, it says, is made possible through the use of Volvo’s OptiShift and Reverse By Braking (RBB) technologies. The former is said to eliminate power losses in the torque converter and reduce fuel consumption by up to 18 percent, while the latter senses the loader’s direction and slows the machine by applying the service brakes automatically — ideal for short cycle or truck loading applications. Further improving performance are load-sensing hydraulics. A Tier 3/ Stage IIIA Volvo engine supplies power to the hydraulic functions according to demand,…

1 min.
hybrid harvester

Logset has released the 12H GTE Hybrid forest harvester, which it claims is the world’s most powerful due to an electric-diesel power system delivering 380kW (510hp) of power and a massive 2,000Nm of torque. The hybrid system is made by Finland’s Visedo Oy, which specialises in electric power transmission for mobile machinery. Visedo says that the 24.5-tonne Logset 12H GTE Hybrid is based on its PowerPLUS parallel hybrid system, which is designed for power-increase projects like this one and also for applications that intend to reduce the size of diesel engines. In addition to increasing power, the company says, the system makes the vehicle more environmentally sound and economical as fuel consumption decreases. The core components of PowerPLUS are Visedo’s PowerDRUM permanent magnet electric motors and the PowerCAP supercapacitor energy storage. The system can…

1 min.
for the love of lily

Continuing a 40-year tradition of using JCB backhoe loaders called Lily, Victoria’s BJB Excavations recently bought their sixth machine, a 3CX aptly named Lily 6. BJB, which focuses on water main renewal and trenching across Melbourne, was formed in the 1970s by three mates — Jozef Boucher, Anton Jaspers and Colin Berry. The first machine they bought was a JCB 3C backhoe loader, which they named Lily 1 after Jozef’s wife. Anton and Colin later moved on, and Jozef headed the company until he passed away. His son-in-law Eric Bast (pictured) is now at the helm. Bast says he’s continued the founders’ legacy of buying JCB machines because they were well-designed, durable and efficient back in the day, and still are now. “The backhoes in particular give me peace of mind with exceptional hydraulic hose…