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Earthmovers & Excavators Issue 336

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.
smaller footprint

Takeuchi has released the TB2150R heavy-duty short-radius excavator through local distributor Semco Equipment Sales. The TB2150R is aimed at plant hire businesses, demolition contractors, drainage and landscaping contractors or construction companies undertaking basement excavations. Reduced tail-swing excavators are becoming much more common on today’s construction sites due to their ability to get the operator closer to the work area. Although traditionally seen on mini excavators, Takeuchi says applying the reduced tail-swing configuration to larger machines like the TB2150R gives them improved manoeuvrability without sacrificing power. The 17-tonne TB2150R incorporates all the features seen on the conventional swing TB2150 with swing boom, but with reduced tail-swing, fixed boom and extended track length. The excavator is powered by an 85kW US Tier 4 Final/EU Stage IV Deutz TCD 3.6 L4 engine. The digger can achieve a maximum…

1 min.

Volvo Construction Equipment’s prototype LX1 diesel-electric hybrid wheel loader is capable of reducing fuel consumption by around 50 per cent, according to US field test results presented by the company. The results were presented at an event in California with field-testing company Waste Management, environmental engineers Calstart (who tested the loader’s emissions), and the California Energy Commission (who provided funding for the project). The LX1 prototype uses electric drive motors mounted at the wheels, electrically driven hydraulics, a battery energy storage system and a significantly reduced diesel engine. As well as improved fuel efficiency and reduced emissions, the LX1 produces significantly less noise than conventional machines, Volvo says. Initial testing began at one of Waste Management’s green waste composting sites, where fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas emission tests were carried out. Volvo says that although…

3 min.
outside the box

Its front and rear moldboards allow work to be done in both directions Carsburg Earthmoving has bought the first Cat 299D compact track loader and Cat Box Blade grading and levelling attachment sold by Queensland dealer Hastings Deering. “There has been a lot of interest in the Cat Box Blade since the announcement of its release,” says Hastings Deering sales representative Ian Gunton, who sold the equipment to Carsburg. “High productivity can be achieved, with its front and rear moldboards allowing work to be done in both directions. “Dual parabolic mirrors provide full visibility of the front edge, and reversible blades with wear indicators complete the package,” Ian adds. “When combined with the Cat loader and Trimble system, they are a very productive and accurate team for producing 2D and 3D designs in…

1 min.
dust & dirt

JCB Construction Equipment Australia (CEA) has launched the 422ZX wheel loader, which the company says has been specifically developed for the Australian market. JCB says the new loader delivers high levels of productivity along with much lower fuel consumption and running costs. The loader also has a number of features geared toward the dry and dusty conditions experienced in Australia, such as a reversible cooling fan to prevent dust build-up and additional belly guards. “We’ve worked hard to create a wheel loader that helps keep fuel costs down without compromising on productivity,” JCB CEA wheel loader national product manager Deon Cope says. “During a typical duty cycle, the 422ZX is up to 26 per cent more fuel efficient than other loaders. “With proven, durable components and excellent service and maintenance access, the JCB 422ZX offers…

1 min.
robotic cats

Caterpillar has entered into a memorandum of understanding with Aussie robotic tech firm Fastbrick Robotics for a potential collaboration using Fastbrick’s innovative bricklaying tech. Fastbrick Robotics’ Hadrian X machine uses a process similar to that of 3D printing to build a standard-sized home every two days, laying one 15 SBE block every 20-30 seconds. “This marks the transition from robots working indoors to working outdoors in uncontrolled environments,” the company says. “We generate a 3D model of the home, feed the data into Hadrian X and the machine prints the structure course by course just like a 3D printer, including all cutting and routing of the bricks for electrical and plumbing services. No human hands need to touch a brick during the loading, cutting and laying process.” The MOU with Caterpillar is to discuss…

1 min.
boom time

Grove TMS9000-2 truck crane Manitowoc has unveiled its ‘lighter, longer, stronger’ Grove TMS9000-2 next-generation truck crane in the United States. The new 100-tonne-capacity truck crane features a number of improvements over previous models, the company says. For a start, the TMS9000E is 363kg lighter than its predecessor, which adds flexibility in carrying counterweight, cribbing and other items. Though the TMS9000-2 is lighter, its boom length and capacity have both increased. The crane features a new, 51.6m six-section Megaform boom that utilises Grove’s Twin-Lock pinning system. It’s a greaseless boom, which reduces maintenance for owners. “The improved reach will enable customers to complete a wider variety of applications with the crane, but from a compact chassis [2.6m wide x 13.4m long],” the company says. “The crane will offer manual or hydraulic swingaways, along with an additional insert,…