Equipment Roundup: Chevy unveils new medium duty Silverados; Toyota enters construction truck market; How Komatsu KomVision cameras eliminate blind spots; Case intros 2 rollers; 3 new Cat rollers feature oscillation

Updated Mar 14, 2018

Case intros SV216D, SV212D rollers with more torque, ‘most climbing power in the industry’

At the World of Asphalt show Tuesday, Case Construction Equipment launched two new rollers in the SV212D and SV216D. Only the SV212D was on display.

These single drum vibratory rollers are powered by a new 154-horsepower Tier 4 Final engine that delivers more torque than previous models.and are able to climb grades of up to 65 percent. The machines have an axle-free design with a low center of gravity, and a high-traction hydrostatic drive system which provides cosntant power to the wheels and drum with an electronic self-adjusting torque control system.

For even more traction, automatic traction control is an available option as is a more powerful HX drive designed for extreme conditions with increased torque and speed over the hydrostatic system that comes standard on these machines.

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Oscillation, four other vibe systems make Cat’s new CB13, CB15 and CB16 very adaptable tandem rollers

At the World of Asphalt show in Houston on Wednesday, Caterpillar unveiled the 13-ton CB13, the first of three new tandem vibratory roller models.

Expected to be available by the middle of this year, a 15-ton model, the CB15, and a 16-ton model, the CB16, will join the CB13 introduced at the show.

The major feature to these new models is the option of an oscillatory vibration system on the rear drum. While the front drum compacts with vertical vibration, the rear drum’s vibratory motion is created by a rotational movement of the drum, Cat’s Bryan Downing explained during a press walkaround of the CB13.

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How Komatsu’s KomVision birds-eye camera system eliminates excavator blind spots

With the boom to the right and the engine/pump compartment behind the cab, excavators have limited lines of sight behind and to the right rear of the machine. Komatsu’s solution is a multi-camera system that gives operators a birds-eye view of the area around their excavators.

The company has made rear-vision cameras standard on its excavators for the last 10 years and also offered a second optional camera that provided a camera view of the right rear area. But recently they decided to add a three-camera option on small excavators and a four-camera option on the bigger models.

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Toyota enters construction truck segment with debut of Hino XL7, XL8

Toyota jumped feet-first into the heavy truck market at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis Wednesday with the debut of the Hino XL Series.

“Entering Class 8 [is] arguably something no OEM has done successfully in the last 50 years,” says Hino Director of Marketing Dominik Beckman.

Assembled in Mineral Wells, W.Va., the Class 7 XL7 and Class 8 XL8 will be available in wheelbases of up to 304 inches and both will be powered by Hino’s 8.9-liter A09 engine – an engine that has been in global production for more than a decade and, according to Hino Vice President of Customer Experience Glenn Ellis, has logged more than 15 billion miles the world-over.

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Chevy unveils Silverado 4500HD, 5500HD, surprise 6500HD in return to medium duty

Chevrolet is going after a larger slice of the commercial truck segment by jumping into the Class 6 market with a Silverado 6500HD.

The Detroit truck maker on Wednesday at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis revealed its largest flagship pickup lineup to-date with the first-ever Silverado Class 4, 5 and 6 chassis cab trucks, which were developed in partnership with Navistar.Available in 4500HD, 5500HD and 6500HD, in regular and crew cab models and in two or four-wheel-drive, the trucks will be powered by a 6.6-liter Duramax diesel engine with 350 horsepower and 700 lb.-ft. of torque and matched to an Allison transmission with a Power Take Off (PTO) option.

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