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Earthmovers & Excavators Issue 324

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.
komplete komatsus

Komatsu Australia says its soon-to-be released WA500-7 wheel loader will increase productivity while significantly reducing fuel use, emissions and running costs. The new model is powered by a Komatsu diesel engine designed to meet US Tier 4 Interim/EU Stage 3B emissions targets. The engine contains a number of improved tech features such as a variable geometry turbocharger, cooled exhaust gas recirculation system, high-pressure common rail fuel injection and a diesel particulate filter. The machine also has a range of automated features aimed at keeping efficiency high and downtime low, Komatsu says. The SmartLoader Logic system automatically monitors information received from sensors placed throughout the driveline on load and working conditions. It continuously modifies engine torque to ensure that no excessive power is used, keeping fuel use down. Fuel efficiency is enhanced by an automatic idle…

1 min.
trash monster

Caterpillar has announced the release of the Cat 816K landfill compactor, a modern update of the popular Cat 816, which was first launched in 1972. It’s powered by Cat’s own C7.1 ACERT 185kW diesel engine configured to meet US Tier 4 Final/EU Stage IV emissions requirements. (A Tier 3/Stage IIIA equivalent engine will be available in some areas.) The engine is driven by a planetary power-shift transmission that has heat-treated gears designed to ensure long-term durability. The powerful engine is set within a robust, robotically-welded main structure. This design absorbs the heavy shocks and torsional twisting forces often encountered in landfill compaction. The machine’s operating weight comes in at just under 26 tonnes (25,809kg, to be precise). Three new wheel and tip configurations allow the 816K to be tailored to specific applications. The ‘paddle tip’ reduces…

1 min.
mid strength

Two new 5-tonne excavators —the 55Z-1 and 48Z-1 — are set to join the JCB Construction Equipment Australia (JCB CEA) line-up. The new mid-sized models share the same design as the larger JCB models, the company says, with 100 percent steel bodywork and a four-plate dipper arm construction. The two new models are available in zero tail-swing configurations for use in confined spaces. “These machines were designed with performance in mind, providing our customers with best-in-class return on investment,” JCB CEA compact equipment national product manager Phil Withell says. The digging ends of the machines are fully bushed, and JCB says this adds an extra 500 hours to greasing intervals. They have a longer main boom and a shorter dipping arm, increasing dump height by 5 percent. They hydraulics have received an overhaul as…

3 min.
tough little loader

They’ve been popular with everyone from firewood contractors, to farmers and smaller civil contractors, recycling plants and contractors. The Agrison TX926 multi-purpose wheel loader is being embraced by everyone from civil contractors to farmers due to its rugged design, heavy lifting capacity and ease of operation. Agrison believes in incorporating reliable mechanics, and says that this, coupled with the machine’s back-to-basics design and focus on the vital functions of a loader, is what operators appreciate the most. Agrison generators and loaders manager Nick Yokus says feedback from customers indicates that they appreciate the TX926’s raw, no-nonsense lift capability, its “compact, but not too small” size and the fact that you don’t need to be an auto electrician to do maintenance on it. The 5.5-tonne wheel loader has a 2-tonne lift load, a 0.75-cubic-metre bucket…

2 min.
auto pilot

Volvo Construction Equipment’s on-board ‘Co-Pilot’ system has been nominated as one of three finalists for the prestigious Car HMI awards in the category of ‘most innovative HMI feature’ Held annually, the Car HMI awards recognise innovation and excellence in the design of human-machine interfaces (HMIs) used in a wide variety of vehicles. “We are pleased that Volvo CE has been recognized for its innovative capabilities,” Volvo CE design director Sidney Levy says. “Volvo Co-Pilot is the first step towards an integrated, holistic solution for worksite optimization. Not only does it set a new industry standard but it also puts operators at the heart of the system,” Levy says. Designed for use on a range of Volvo construction equipment, the automated Co-Pilot system uses a ruggedised tablet computer to provide real-time machine information and to…

1 min.
two in one

A reversible attachment that gives your skid steer, mini loader or track loader a dozer blade and a stick rake in one has been designed by Norm Engineering. “The new stick rake is versatile and simple to use,” the Brisbane- and Melbourne-based company says. “By simply removing four locking pins and manoeuvring your vehicle you are able to replace the locking pins — therefore changing this attachment from a dozer blade to a stick rake.” The dozer blade comes with a reversible, bolt-on cutting edge for improved longevity, and is built using strong materials to allow it to be used in the harsh Australian environment. Similarly, the tines of the stick rake are manufactured from 500-grade Bisalloy for extra strength and durability. The amounts of tines are determined by the width of the attachment. The…