Equipment Roundup: Blade Buddy skid bucket for excavators; Manitou intros powerful MRT2470 rotating telehandler; Neal Generation IV sealcoating pumps; Kenworth details development of T880S

Neal Manufacturing launches retrofitting Generation IV sealcoating pumps

Neal Manufacturing’s new Generation IV sealcoating pumps require less frequent routine maintenance than previous versions and can be retrofitted to existing asphalt trucks.

“Customers are continually seeking ways to increase productivity, and once again we listened,” says Jim Farrell, CEO of Neal Manufacturing’s parent company Blastcrete. “Our Generation IV pumps not only check all the boxes on our customers’ wish lists, but they also set the bar on aggregate load. No other pump handles more aggregates and larger aggregates than the Neal Generation IV pump.”

The company says the Generation IV pumps offer heavy-duty features, including robotically welded pump housings and industrial-grade hydraulic cylinders. Neal says these components will last 50 percent longer than parts on the previous model.

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Manitou unveils MRT2470, world’s highest capacity rotating telehandler, alongside new MRT3050

Manitou has introduced two new rotating telehandlers, touting the machines as three-in-one solutions with high reach and heavy lift capacities.

Manitou says its MRT (Manitou Rotating Telehandler) machines, which are compatible with a wide range of attachments like jibs, skips, wenches, access platforms and more, can be used as a crane, aerial work platform or as a telehandler.

With a lift height of 30 meters (105 feet), the new MRT3050 has a load capacity of 5 metric tons (11,000 pounds.) “This machine will suit any construction market requirement when it comes to quality, safety, price … and increased productivity,” says Laurent Bonnaure, Manitou VP sales and marketing.

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VIDEO: Blade Buddy bucket gives excavators skid steer abilities

Calling it a “skid steer bucket on steroids,” Canadian company Blade Buddy has unveiled a new attachment for excavators that gives operators much of the capabilities of both of the aforementioned machines in one.

The Blade Buddy is a 40-inch deep bucket that mounts to most 5- to 6.5-foot excavator blades without the use of auxiliary hydraulics. Thanks to what the company calls “a center-mounted cradle system” attaching Blade Buddy is done by lifting the excavator blade into the rear mounts, and then detached by lowering the blade to release.

Twin position pins also allow the bucket to quickly go from carrying material to dumping it.

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Kenworth details driver-centric development of T880S (VIDEO)

Kenworth’s latest addition to its popular T880 lineup, the T880S, offers another glimpse into why the company bills itself as ‘The Driver’s Truck.’

As you’ll see in the interview below, it doesn’t take long for Kenworth Marketing Director Kurt Swihart to point out the truck’s features and creature comforts that are tailored to the preferences of their drivers—a lot of drivers.

Kevin Baney, Kenworth assistant general manager for sales and marketing, recalled how hundreds of drivers had helped the company shift its focus on cab design for the T880 line-up.

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Bandit’s compact ZT1844 grinder tackles big stumps

Bandit Industries’ new ZT1844 track stump grinder is a compact machine designed to handle large stumps.

The grinder has a wider swing arc that covers more area. It has a taller grinding height, and a deeper grinding depth for getting to the roots of large stumps, the company says.

The grinder’s 18-inch diameter cutter wheel features Greenteeth, a tooth and pocket system that allows operators to rotate the tooth with a standard wrench to provide a fresh cutting edge. It also has a rubber tracking undercarriage that can traverse rough terrain yet not damage lawns.

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