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Earthmovers & Excavators Issue 337

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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13 Issues

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1 min.
right on up

Takeuchi has introduced the TL10V2 compact track loader, a vertical lift version of its popular TL10 loader. The release of the TL10V2 follows the release of the first vertical lift model in Australia, the TL12V2. The TL10V2 weighs in at 4585kg and features greater lift arm and bucket breakout force than the radial lift TL10. The compact track loader is driven by a 55.4kW Kubota diesel configured to US Tier 4 Final emissions requirements. Rated operating capacity is just over 1.5 tonnes and Takeuchi says the machine is one of the most powerful in its weight class. The TL10V2 has been given a similar ruggedised treatment to the TL12V2, with a fully welded box frame with double gussets improving strength. The loader’s cross member and step positions have been lowered to improve operator visibility…

1 min.
long game

JCB Australia has introduced the JS200LC excavator, a long-carriage version of its popular JS200SC model. JCB CEA says the new JS200LC is durable enough to handle a range of jobs, thanks to its in-house manufacturing and assembly processes. “This machine has been put through extensive rig and endurance testing to make its key components last longer,” JCB CEA national product manager Deon Cope says. “The JS200LC comes with a new reinforced boom and dipper made from high tensile strength steel, three-piece wrapper plates and cast ends. The result is a very resilient machine. “The high-strength undercarriage of the JS200LC uses a fully-welded X-frame construction for lasting durability and resilience in even the most demanding applications,” Cope adds. The JCB JS200LC excavator is fitted with a 129kW Tier 4 JCB Dieselmax engine, which the company says…

3 min.
next-gen control

Unlike many systems on the market, Topcon components can be upgraded or swapped for other technology to suit the application A whopping 95 percent or more of new motor graders sold in Australia now come complete with some form of factory-fitted machine control. This demonstrates how widely accepted and in-demand the technology has become, with most of the major projects in this country requiring machine control across a broad spectrum of earthwork tasks. We are now seeing a huge increase in the amount of dozers and excavators that are starting to be fitted with basic machine control from the factory, again demonstrating a wider acceptance of the benefits of machine control throughout the earthmoving process. If you’re not in the market for a new machine and want to add the technology to what you…

1 min.
master blaster

Caterpillar has unveiled the new Cat MD6310 blasthole drill, which it says offers substantial efficiency and productivity improvements over previous models. Suited to 12m and 15m bench heights, the new blasthole drill has been designed for single-pass drilling down to 13.7m or 17.5m depending on mast configuration. The MD6310 can work with holes up to 30 degrees from the vertical and comes with drill depth indicator, auto level/retract and auto mast as standard. The big drill is available with a 760kW US Tier 4 Final/EU Stage IV Cat C32 ACERT engine or with a Tier 2 engine producing 770kW. The MD6310 sits atop a Cat 349E excavator-type undercarriage, with either 600mm triple grousers for drilling hard rock or 750mm triple grousers for working soft rock. In addition, three-point oscillating suspension reduces the transfer of…

1 min.
electric hybrid

An innovative new hybrid-electric horizontal drilling machine said to halve fuel use has been developed by Finnish electric drivetrain group Visedo and Dutch drill maker Normag. Rather than the traditional hydraulic motors and pumps, the Visedo-Normag hybrid-electric drill uses 12 inverters to supply AC power to three main motors and six ancillary motors that drive and control rig operations. The motors provide a combined capacity of 750kW. “In the world of horizontal drilling, this system is a real game-changer,” Visedo Netherlands managing director Pieter Dijkstra says. “Unlike conventional systems with hydraulic drivelines, it removes the need for dedicated generators as part of the mobile drilling apparatus. For operators, fuel savings can be considerable: the first Visedo-Normag rig was delivered to a client in Poland, who reported fuel consumption as low as 18 litres…

3 min.
benz brawny

The X-Class, a double-cab 4x4 ute, shares its platform with the Nissan D23 Navara Mercedes-Benz has pulled the covers off its X-Class one-tonne ute, which will go on sale in Australia early in 2018. This will be Benz’s push into one of the best-performing new-vehicle segments at present, and it will fill a niche it’s not currently in. The X-Class, a double-cab 4x4 ute, shares its platform with the Nissan D23 Navara, and will initially be available with a choice of two 2.3-litre diesel engines taken from the Navara range. These will be backed by six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic transmissions, and part-time 4x4. Around the middle of the year, Benz will unload its key weapon with its own V6 diesel engine producing 550Nm and backed by a seven-speed auto and full-time 4MATIC 4x4…