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Earthmovers & Excavators Issue 325

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1 min.
clever cats

Caterpillar has launched its new F series excavators, saying they give the operator unprecedented accuracy for far less effort. We had the opportunity to take a look at the new range at Cat distributor William Adams’ lot in Clayton, Victoria, recently. Cat also took the opportunity to launch its M series wheel loaders. The F series consists of 15 models, ranging from the 11-tonne 311FL RR to the 92-tonne 390FL. All models are powered by proprietary Cat diesel engines configured to meet US Tier 4 Final/EU Stage 4 emissions standards. The engines have an automated speed control system that adjusts engine speed based on load, an automatic shutdown after a pre-set idle time plus multiple work modes that adjust the machine to specific tasks. Caterpillar says that when these systems are combined they reduce…

1 min.
thinking machines

Komatsu Australia has released three new ‘intelligent’ dozers, all fully integrated with the company’s automated control system. The new models are the 21-23-tonne D65EXi/ PXi-18 (the PXi models are low-ground-pressure versions), the 29.5-30.5-tonne D85EXi/PXi-18 and the 41-tonne D155AXi. The new models join the D61EXi/PXi-23 released in 2014. All three models are powered by Komatsu diesel engines configured to meet US Tier 4 Final/EU Stage IV emissions requirements. All engines use Komatsu’s latest automated systems such as exhaust gas recirculation (EGR) system, diesel particulate filter and a selective catalytic reduction (SCR) system. Komatsu says the key feature of the ‘intelligent’ dozers is the ability to carry out both bulk and final trim dozing in fully automatic mode from start to finish, increasing final grade performance and accuracy. “This allows them to significantly increase productivity and efficiency…

1 min.
learning on the job

With the NorthConnex project in full swing and WestConnex’s M4 East and new M5 set to begin soon, Sydney’s roadheader operators will be in high demand to dig the extensive tunnels needed. To ensure this demand can be met, the M4 East joint venture — which is made up of the companies CPB Contractors, Samsung and John Holland (CPBSJH) — has developed an Australian first for operator training. Of the 18 roadheaders set to work on the M4 East tunnel, 13 are being fitted with new dual-operator cabs. The Australian-made cabins are 50 percent larger than standard and ensure that operators can be trained without work stopping. Around 40 roadheader operators will be needed to keep tunnelling moving 24/7 throughout the project. The M4 East joint venture says half of these will need…

3 min.
tough & nimble

Breakout force is also excellent on the R265T, making it an ideal machine for tough applications such as site cuts Terex has launched its new R265T Posi-Track loader through local distributor ASV Sales & Service, which says it’s a machine that delivers exceptional breakout force and productivity in a small package. The new R265T is built with comfort and versatility in mind, at home in anything from civil contracting to landscaping applications, and replaces Terex’s popular PT80 compact track loader. “It definitely offers substantial improvements over its predecessor,” says ASV Sales & Service national sales and marketing manager Chris Wolf. The loader is powered by a 55kW 4-cylinder Cummins diesel engine with Tier 4 final emissions configuration. The move to the Tier 4 standard resulted in an 11 percent drop in engine power from…

1 min.
get a lift

Takeuchi has announced the Australian release of the TL12V-2, its first vertical lift compact track loader. The machine weighs in at just under 6 tonnes, and Takeuchi claims it’s the largest and most powerful machine in its class. The TL12V-2 represents a 45 percent increase in operating capacity over the TL12 radial lift model. The vertical lift loader is powered by a Kubota 81.8kW 3.8-litre diesel engine configured to meet US Tier 4/EU Stage IV emissions requirements. The tracks have been designed to be as quiet as possible, using a tread pattern that reduces noise and vibration while also increasing stability. Stability is further enhanced by a larger 1.71m track length. As a vertical lift loader, the machine needs to be stronger than your average compact loader and Takeuchi says this strength comes from…

1 min.
pump up the volume

The need to process more material more quickly and to shred topsoil components recently led Blue Dog Earthmoving and Landscape Supplies to buy a Remu 4150HD screening bucket from east coast Remu dealer Premier Rock Machinery (PRM). It’s a move that has paid off, with the Nambucca Shire earthmoving services and landscaping materials provider saying the versatile Finnish product is giving them more than six times the volume of their previous screening bucket. Blue Dog has access to a range of materials ranging from mulch to soil and organic materials that need to be screened and blended in order to produce a saleable product. The company says it had previously used a standard bucket and a small screening bucket to mix materials for use in the supply of landscape materials, but this combination…