Equipment Roundup: Komatsu unveils PC238USLC-11 with birds-eye camera; Volvo ‘H-Series 2.0’ loader updates; Skyjack debuts Elevate rental fleet telematics; Manitou enters NA MEWP market; VMAC intros G30 air compressor to rental

Updated Feb 27, 2018
Komatsu PC238LC-11 dumping dirt
Komatsu’s new PC238LC-11 is the company’s second excavator to be equipped with the KomVision camera system.

Volvo ‘H-Series 2.0’ updates bring new transmission, faster cycles to 4 loaders

Volvo construction equipment has unveiled some major changes to its H-Series wheel loaders, including a new transmission and load-sensing hydraulics.

Dubbed the ‘H-Series 2.0’ updates, Volvo says the improvements bring faster cycle times, better fuel efficiency and improved productivity to the L150H, L180H, L220H and the L260H loaders. These loaders are designed to handle a wide variety of applications including material handling, waste and recycling, slag handling and block handling.

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Skyjack debuts Elevate rental fleet telematics designed for off-highway fleets

Skyjack says it is “disrupting the telematics industry” with its Elevate telematics package designed specifically for off-highway rental fleets. The fully customizable service was announced at The Rental Show this week.

The idea behind Elevate was to go beyond long established on-highway trucking industry telematics programs to design something specific to off-highway fleets, says David Swan, Skyjack product manager, innovation and technology.

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Manitou enters N. American mobile elevated work platform market with 5 models

Manitou, which has been manufacturing mobile elevated work platforms (MEWPs) since 1992 in Europe, is entering the North American market with five articulating boom models. Telescopic booms are expected to arrive later this year.

Laurent Bonnaure, Manitou executive vice president, global sales and marketing, calls the move a natural progression of the company’s North American footprint, which includes its telehandler line — marketed to both the construction and agriculture markets here—along with its 2008 acquisition of Gehl.

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VMAC intros G30 air compressor to rental market

As the equipment rental market grows and shows no signs of letting up, VMAC has decided to enter the fray.

The company is launching its foray into rentals with its G30 gas-driven, rotary-screw air compressor, which is now eligible for the first time to rental customers.

“There’s been tremendous growth in the equipment rental market in recent years, and the market is expected to continue to grow over the next ten years,” says Mike Pettigrew, VMAC’s marketing manager.

“VMAC has responded to rental customers’ requests for a lightweight, compact and powerful air compressor for short-term jobs, and the G30 is the perfect solution.”

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Komatsu intros PC238USLC-11 excavator with better performance, new ‘birds-eye’ camera system

Komatsu has introduced the latest model of its PC238 tight tail swing excavator, saying the machine offers higher productivity yield and a new camera system to enhance an operator’s jobsite awareness.

The new PC238USLC-11 is powered by a 6.69-liter Komatsu SAA6D107E-3 engine producing 167 net horsepower. The engine employs Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR), a diesel particulate filter (DPF) and Selective Catalyst Reduction (SCR) with diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) to meet Tier 4 Final requirements. Komatsu says the SCR catalyst does not require maintenance and is designed to match the life of the machine.

Engine performance is improved through a new viscous fan clutch which reduces parasitic load, while an auto idle shut down feature reduces nonproductive engine idle time and reduces operating costs, the company says.

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