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Earthmovers & Excavators Issue 347

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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2 min.
a tier above

Komatsu has launched two new short-tail excavators, the 14-tonne PC138US-11 and the 23.7 tonne PC228US-11, powered by low-emission Tier 4 engines, and featuring advanced electronic engine and hydraulic control systems. The PC138US-11 has a Komatsu SAA4D95LE-7 engine is rated at 73kW, while the PC228US-11 is powered by a Komatsu SAA6D107E-3 engine rated at 123kW. The PC228 is also available in a LC version with extended undercarriage. Both excavators comply with US Tier 4 Final emissions regulations, reducing NOx and PM emissions by 90 per cent compared with their Dash 8 predecessors. They also incorporate new Komatsu fuel-saving technology, including auto deceleration to low idle if the machine idles for more than a few seconds, auto idle shutdown, and enhancements to the main hydraulic control valve to reduce hydraulic losses. “The Dash 11 excavators…

3 min.
heavy hitter

These machines have the versatility and ability to cope with a wide range of tasks. Operate with increased power and digging force with Volvo’s EC250D and EC300D tracked excavators. With quicker cycle times and greater productivity, these machines will help you to get the job done faster. Combine that with improvements in fuel consumption, ease of use and servicing, and of course the renowned operator comfort you’ve come to expect from Volvo – and these machines truly do stand out as best in class for their respective weights. The EC250D and EC300D excavators from Volvo Construction Equipment are heavy-duty machines that don’t disappoint when it comes to heavy digging and lifting duties. Let’s take a closer look at why these excavators are leading the industry in excavating equipment. At the heart of them…

2 min.
solutions galore

ShawX tilt buckets gives the operator full radial control of the cutting angle by allowing for a continuous variation of the cutting edge, relative to the inclination of the machine. “We build these tilt buckets with the operator in mind,” ShawX representative Brett Shaw says. “The shape of the bucket is unique, the fact you can get 47-degree tilt on these buckets is huge.” Tilt buckets are generally preferred among contractors performing precision work such as batters, drains and final trim work. The main focus of the design was reducing the distance between the tilt centre and the cutting edge, this in turn also lowers the main pick up point, which increases the breakout performance and allows for a lot smoother tilting action. The curve of the bucket is also unique and is…

1 min.
hammer time

There are four models in the new B-Prefix hammer range – the silenced B4(s) and B6(s) along with the unsilenced B4 and B6. All four are designed for ‘plug-and-play’ operation and are compatible with a wide range of compact machinery including skid steer loaders, multi-terrain loaders, compact track loaders, mini-excavators (with operating weights between three to eight tonnes) and backhoe loaders. Cat says the B-Prefix hammers use a simple modular design with just two moving parts in the piston and valve. The hammers use flat-top mounting to ensure a compact working area and maximum compatibility with various brackets and couplers. Major components in the hammers (cylinder, back-head, front-head, piston and engaging tool) have been manufactured from heavy-duty materials to ensure a long productive life for the implements protected against breakage and wear. The piston…

2 min.
class warfare

The dual-cab 4x4 market has just become more competitive with the introduction of Mercedes-Benz’s new X-Class, but how does it shape up in our nine-way fight? All will be revealed exclusively in next month’s Earthmovers & Excavators featuring the results of our annual 2018 4x4 Ute Megatest. Over a gruelling five days at the Melbourne 4×4 Training and Proving Ground at Werribee near Melbourne, our expert judging panel put all of the popular 4x4 dual-cabs through their paces on-road – with and without a 900kg total payload – and off-road. The last time we gathered all the utes together was in late 2016 for our Max Load and Tow Test. Since then, the four of the nine utes have undergone significant mechanical revision, or are new. Only the Hilux, Ranger, Colorado, BT-50…

2 min.
weigh it up

Compuload weighing systems are ideally suited to all on-board weighing applications, from a basic forklift lift to front-end loaders, skid steers, tele-handlers, excavators and trucks. Loading correctly the first time can spare the operator unnecessary movement and the need to either refill or remove material if it’s overloaded. The Compuload CL1000 is useful for basic static weighing applications for forklifts and skid steers. Compuload’s CL320 is a static weighing system and IP69K rated, meaning it is built to work in the harshest of environments in small open cab loaders and forklifts where the display is exposed to weather all the time. The CL320 also has the option to connect to the CL4070 printer to allow you to print off the weighing data, with an option for totalising weight readings. The Compuload CL5000 and…