Equipment Roundup: JCB enters lift market; Cat invests in drone rollout; Bobcat 70-inch forestry cutter; Gehl/Mustang vertical-lift skid steers; Sany single-drum rollers

Updated Feb 22, 2017
JCB S1530E
JCB’s new S1530E

Bobcat intros 70-inch forestry cutter attachment

Designed to quickly mulch trees and underbrush, Bobcat’s new 70-inch forestry cutter attachment boosts mulching production by 17 percent over the company’s previous models.

Equipped with double-tipped carbide teeth, when the attachment is tilted forward material is thrown against counter combs, reducing wood to fine mulch and providing wear protection for the rear of the housing. If a finer mulch is required, an optional front gate can be lowered.

A tube-style drum and spiral tooth pattern allow one tooth to engage at a time for smoother operation while using less horsepower, Bobcat says. The attachment comes standard with two-speed travel for increased drum torque. A gathering feature pulls brush and trees toward the center of the drum for more efficient operation.

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Manitou launches largest Gehl/Mustang vertical-lift skid steers yet alongside new compact models

Manitou has launched four new skid steer loader (SSL) models including a new compact machine and the largest vertical-lift SSL the company currently offers.

First up are the large models. The Gehl V420 and Mustang 4200V boast a 120-horsepower Deutz engine and a rated operating capacity (ROC) of 4,200 pounds.

These models can operate a variety of landscaping-related attachments and has high-flow auxiliary hydraulics available up to 40.8 gpm to power high-performance attachments.

“It is an absolute beast,” said Dan Miller, CEO of Manitou Americas and president of the compact equipment division. “It has the highest hydraulic capacity in the industry.”

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Sany launches 2 new single-drum rollers with faster oscillation start times

Sany has introduced two new single drum rollers featuring a new vibration pump for faster oscillation start times.

The 20-ton SSR200AC-8 and 22-ton SSR220AC-8 both have a width of 83.6 inches and are now equipped with a Bosch Rexroth vibration pump. Sany says this pump provides large volume delivery and stable power transmission which shortens the start time of oscillation on these models to only 3 seconds.

Sany has also added a new dual frequency and double amplitude vibratory mode the company says generates more excitation force and better compaction performance.

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JCB enters aerial lift market, will introduce 27 ‘Access’ machines in 2017

For the past two years, U.K.-based construction equipment manufacturer JCB has been quietly developing a lineup of powered access models and will enter the $8 billion market under the name JCB Access.

The division will introduce 27 new machines by the end of this year in the U.K., France, Germany and in North America. According to a JCB press release, those machines will include:

  • Nine electric and three diesel scissor lifts from 15 feet (4.6m) to 45 feet (13.8m)
  • Five articulating booms—four diesel and one electric—from 49 feet (14.9m) to 81 feet (24.6m)
  • 10 diesel telescopic booms from 67 feet (20.6m) to 136 feet (41.6m)

All of the machines comply with standards from both the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the Canadian Standards Association (CSA).

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Cat investment in Airware to accelerate rollout of drone program at dealerships

In a move signaling the heavy equipment manufacturer’s intent to more fully integrate drones and the aerial data they capture into the workflows of construction jobsites and mining operations around the world, Caterpillar has made an investment in Airware, a company that offers end-to-end commercial drone solutions.

A joint announcement released by Caterpillar Ventures (the company’s investment arm) and Airware did not provide a specific figure for the investment, which builds upon a relationship forged between the two companies when Airware acquired Cat partner and French drone data startup Redbird in September. Cat and Redbird began collaborating in January 2016 on enhancing Cat’s VisionLink telematics data with drone-captured maps that update progress on a day-to-day basis.

Based in San Francisco, Airware was founded in 2011 in order to develop an operating system for drones that allows businesses to plan, fly and analyze aerial data. The company has raised $90 million in investments.

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