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Paver delivers power necessary to push larger tandem axle trucks
With an operating weight of 33,000 pounds, VT LeeBoy’s 9000 asphalt paver has a maneuverable rubber tire design and an 8-foot electrically heated screed system. A transversely mounted, 173-horsepower Cat Tier 3 diesel engine allows for better ground level access and cooling efficiency. A fume ventilation system directs asphalt vapors away from the operator and screed area. Two Series 90 variable displacement pumps drive paver functions. Perform maintenance by either raising the hood or opening the side grating.


Portable drill rig reaches depths of 66 feet or more
Kanga Loaders’ Drill Mast attachment for skid steers eliminates reliance on large, truck-mounted drill units that can cost significantly more. The rig suits preliminary mining and quarry exploration, earthmoving and excavating, electrical installations and more. The Drill Mast can drill through soils, clays and solid rock. Fit the unit with conventional augers for normal drilling in soil or change it out to run a pneumatic hammer in tougher conditions. When fitted with continuous flighted augers it can be used for undisturbed soil sampling and general testing. The Drill Mast handles straight out sand/soil work reaching depths of 66 feet or more. The mast has a 6-foot telescopic travel length and adjusts hydraulically to drill vertically or at an angle.


Lightweight locating system stands up to long-term use
Subsite Electronics’ 250R/T locating system locates and helps users avoid buried telephone, cable, gas, power and water lines. The system consists of a 250T transmitter and 250R receiver, and features intuitive controls, an easy-to-read display and depth estimation up to 15 feet. A scratch-resistant coating reinforces the backlit display for optimal visibility day and night. The 250R/T’s extensive range allows location of all signals, whether extremely weak or strong. Tones are derived from actual signals radiating from pipes or cables, making it easy for even novice users to distinguish the signal from background noise.


Welder/generator brings added versatility to the jobsite
Powered by a 20-horsepower OHV, twin-cylinder Kohler engine or a 22-horsepower OHV Subaru engine, Hobart Welding Products’ Champion 10,000 welder/generator produces 10,000 watts of peak auxiliary power and a 210-amp constant current, DC weld output at 60 percent duty cycle. The Champion 10,000 delivers 9,500 watts of continuous power (while not welding) from four 120-volt receptacles and one 120/240-volt receptacle. The unit can run up to nine hours on one 10-gallon tank of gas under a steady load of 4,000 watts. While welding, Field Current Control technology monitors feedback from the welding arc and continuously adjusts the current from the generator to maintain optimum arc characteristics.


Compactor attachments available with lube system and rotation device
Atlas Copco’s hydraulic compactor attachment units – designed to attach to carriers with a service weight of 1 to 40 tons – are now available with standard PermanentLube lubrication systems and optional rotation devices. Work no longer has to be interrupted for manual lubrication, turning the compactor into a virtually maintenance-free attachment. The optional 360-degree endless rotation device allows the compactor to be positioned with greater ease in all applications. The rotation device fits all compactors from HC 308 onward as an optional feature and also as a retrofitting kit.


Quickly separate rocks, roots or debris from excavation material
Leading Edge Attachments’ SpeedScreen bucket separates rocks during a normal excavator digging operation by screening the material with a non-hydraulic moving screen. When the excavator scoops the material, screened material goes into the bucket and rocks get forced up the ramped screen so that afterwards, the rocks lie on top of the screen and screened material lies in the bucket. Partially dumping the bucket causes the rocks to roll off the screen first, into a pile, truck or the side of a trench, and when the bucket gets dumped further the screened material comes out, completely separate. The bucket attachment requires no hydraulic components, seals or hoses.


Service body joins form and function
Stahl’s Grand Challenger original service body combines the function of a service body with the style of a truck chassis. Curved body sides – constructed of rust-resistant galvanneal steel – complement the chassis styling and stand up to the rigors of the jobsite. Contoured polymer end panels feature automotive-type taillights that also complement the chassis.


Layout manager creates a digital replica of building blueprint
Trimble’s LM80 Layout Manager incorporates a controller and office software for real-time, two-way data transfer between the in-office project design team and the general contractor at the jobsite. The LM80 connects to both mechanical and robotic total stations for accurate, fast and simple building layout. Designed for use on the building construction jobsite, the rugged data controller includes wireless communications, Bluetooth connection capabilities, a highly visible screen and a fast processor. Design engineers can make changes immediately available to the contractor and the contractor can transfer as-builts in real-time to communicate progress reports and problems.


Bumper provides mirror finish in dent- and corrosion-resistant material
Easily installed to factory mounts, Hendrickson Bumper and Trim’s three-piece Aero Bright bumper fits Mack CH, CHN and CHU trucks. The configuration combines steel chromed center sections with Hendrickson Aero Bright end caps for style, durability and reduced weight. Matching the luster of the chrome center section, the lightweight end caps use thermoplastic poly olefin plastic and weather resistant paint films with thick-sheet thermoforming technology.


Multi-purpose jaw bucket now available for 5-metric-ton machines
Helac has expanded its line of PowerGrip multi-purpose buckets to accompany 5-metric-ton machines. The newest PowerGrip bucket has a width of 24 inches, weighs approximately 525 pounds and fits excavators weighing up to 11,200 pounds. Designed as a general purpose excavating bucket, the PowerGrip also performs as a trenching, grading or clamshell bucket, and as a grapple or hydraulic thumb. The bucket operates by using the excavator’s existing auxiliary hydraulic circuit. Common PowerGrip applications include digging foundations in close quarters, grabbing an I-beam, clamshelling bedding material and drainage stone, and picking and placing retaining wall blocks.


Hydraulic above-deck air compressor operates at 100 percent duty cycle
VMAC’s compact above-deck hydraulic Predatair40 air compressor delivers up to 40 cubic feet per minute of air and 150 psi at a dry weight of 150 pounds. The Predatair40′s combination of power and compact installation saves operators deck and payload space without compromising air power required for the jobsite. The 17-by – 18-by-24-inch rotary screw unit has cold and soft start features, an unload circuit, standby mode, a remote LCD digital control box complete with system diagnostics, service reminders, hydraulic temperature readings and total system hours.


Chipper knives handle excavation or above ground mulching
Fecon’s line of Chipper Knife Tools cut 25 to 50 percent faster and use less horsepower than standard double carbide tipped tools. The chipper knife holder bolts directly onto Fecon’s Bull Hog rotor drum. With the addition of the Chipper Knife Tools, the durable rotor system can accommodate three different tooling systems, including standard, stone and chipper, to offer more versatility for various applications. The tools can be easily replaced with an impact wrench.


Boring machine provides improved visibility to master pusher
American Augers’ 36-600 NG horizontal earth boring machine features a Deutz F6L914 114-horsepower turbo diesel engine, Spicer five-speed constant mesh transmission, 129,158 foot-pounds of maximum rotary torque and a working range of 12- to 36-inches casing diameter. The Quik Tran fast return system presents up to 10,000 pounds of push/pull at high speed and the Quik Split design allows the machine to be separated into sections for faster and easier lifts into and out of the working pit.


Demo hammers tackle concrete removal jobs
DeWalt’s D25899K, D25901K and D25941K heavy-duty demolition hammers perform numerous concrete removal jobs in demanding construction environments. Spring loaded dust seals keep ingress and contaminants from entering the hammer, helping extend tool life. A non-air pumping beat piece keeps debris from being vacuumed into the hammer mechanism, preventing contamination of its internal components. Comprehensive electronics packages on the D25901K and D25941K allow the tools to start softly on contact and maintain performance under load throughout rigorous demolition applications.


Lift and place loads in hard-to-reach spaces
Pettibone’s Traverse Series T10056 telehandler features 70 inches of horizontal boom travel at every lift height, enabling precise load placement. Operators can easily lift and land loads in hard-to-reach locations, such as windows and other openings. Equipped with frame-mounted outriggers and trunnion-mounted sway cylinders, the T10056 has a maximum capacity of 11,000 pounds and a maximum lift height of 57 feet.

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