Equipment Roundup: KCM 80Z7 wheel loader, Kubota KX033-4 compact excavator, John Deere 450K crawler dozer, Case SV340 skid steer, Fayat purchase of Dynapac

KCM intros Tier 4 Final version of 80Z7 wheel loader

The Tier 4 Final version of the 80Z7 wheel loader has been released by KCM Corporation. Equipped with a 4.2 -cubic-yard general purpose bucket, the loader is powered by a 200-gross-horsepower Cummins QS86.7 engine.

The machine has no diesel particulate filter (DPF), which eliminates the possibility of plugging or DPF-related servicing. Instead, the loader uses a diesel oxidation catalyst and selective catalytic reduction technology and diesel exhaust fluid to meet emissions standards.

The loader features the KCM IntelliTech Operating System, which controls all loader systems. The system includes a variable-speed reversible fan that minimizes parasitic power drain while providing maximum cooling as needed. A lock-up transmission clutch gives better hill climbing, faster acceleration and greater fuel efficiency.

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Kubota unveils KX033-4 compact excavator at World of Concrete

Kubota Tractor’s newest member of the company’s KX compact excavator series, the KX033-4, debuted at the 2017 World of Concrete. The 3-ton-class excavator now shares many of the standard features of Kubota’s larger class machines, including a larger cab, dash-controlled presets for auxiliary circuits and a standard hydraulic diverter valve. It is available at dealerships this month.

Powered by a 24.8-gross-horsepower direct injection Kubota Tier 4 Final engine, the machine has adjustable hydraulics that allow the operator to program up to five different oil flow rates, controlled from a digital control panel. The engine rpms may be set to automatically idle when the control levels are in neutral for more than four seconds, giving the unit increased fuel efficiency and lower noise. The  conventional-tail-swing KX033-4 has a dig depth of 10 feet 6 inches, and replaces the KX91-3.

The machine’s auxiliary hydraulic circuit is capable of a maximum oil flow of 15.8 gpm. The high-capacity hydraulic system powers a performance-matched boom, arm and bucket with a maximum bucket breakout force of 8,138 pounds and 3,867 pounds on the arm. The standard third-line hydraulic return system allows oil to return directly back to the tank without flowing through control valves, resulting in less back pressure and heat, and greater efficiency. “A standard diverter valve is located on the dipper stick, allowing two attachments, such as a thumb and a hammer to be hooked up at the same time,” says Jeff Jacobsmeyer, Kubota product manager. “After an operator is done with a breaker, for example, he can take a wrench and turn the valve so he can use the thumb.”

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John Deere adds to crawler dozer lineup with addition of 450K

John Deere has beefed up its crawler dozer lineup with the addition of the 450K and multiple updates to the 550K and 650K. The company plans to feature the 450K at ConExpo in March.

“The 450K, 550K and 650K are key models in the John Deere dozer lineup,” says Nathan Horstman, crawler dozer product marketing manager, John Deere Construction & Forestry. “With the 450K, we focused on proven K-Series durability and fuel-saving technologies, and we updated the 550K and 650K models to offer enhanced reliability and serviceability upgrades to improve customers’ operating costs.”

Deere added an 80-horsepower engine to the 450K, which the company says provides 16 percent more horsepower and improved power-to-weight ratio, torque and drawbar pull compared to the 450J. The new machine also offers Eco Mode and Total Machine Control.

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Fayat to buy Atlas Copco road construction equipment division Dynapac

Fayat has agreed to purchase the road construction equipment division, known under the Dynapac brand, of Atlas Copco, just one week after the latter announced it was divesting the group that makes rollers, pavers and planers.

The sale is expected to be completed by the second quarter of this year.

“We are very happy and proud to integrate Dynapac, a highly recognized brand, into our Group” says Jean-Claude Fayat, President of the Fayat Group. “We will continue to leverage the strengths of our existing organizations and Dynapac, in parallel: all customers will continue to be supported with their products. Dynapac has an excellent strategic place in our Group and we plan on growing and expanding its presence and product offering. We will leverage its expertise and technologies together with our existing portfolio to continuously develop equipment that closely addresses our customers’ needs.”

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Case SV340 skid steer makes construction show debut at World of Concrete

World of Concrete gave us a chance to kick the tires on Case Construction Equipment’s newest and largest-ever skid steer, the 3,400-rated operating capacity SV340. The model, which debuted at the GIE landscaping show this past October in Louisville, is making its first appearance at a construction show here.

The vertical-lift SV340 is a beefed up counterpart to the SV300, offering the same footprint as the latter, but with greater capabilities for running attachments that require high-flow attachments, such as cold planers, tree spades and stump grinders. By using the same footprint as the SV300, the newer unit can get into and maneuver around the same confined spaces as the other machine. The SV340 is compatible with more than 250 attachments, including Case sectional snow pushes, buckets, forks, brooms and more.

The machine has a stronger lift arm, H-link and upper chassis in addition to offering optional high-flow (38.7 gpm at 3,450 psi) and enhanced high flow (35 gpm at 4,000 psi auxiliary hydraulics. The SV340’s manifold valves, gear pump and auxiliary loader circuit provide additional power and performance. Also adding to the machine’s stoutness is its heavy duty 14 x 17.5 tires and additional counterweights, which add stability and lifting capability.

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