Equipment Roundup: Wacker Neuson unveils first fully-electric excavator; GMC Sierra AT4 is off-road luxury; Ditch Witch partners with Vacuworx; The top financed excavator brands of 2017; Vögele debuts at Intermat

Updated May 2, 2018

Vögele debuts revamped Big MultiPlex Ski, new technology at Intermat

At Intermat, Road paver manufacturer Vögele is showcasing its latest generation of sensors for grade and slope control. Whether on their own or in combination with the new Big MultiPlex Ski, they deliver optimal results in asphalt paving, the company says.

From narrow radii when constructing roundabouts to long straights on trunk roads, the requirements on sensors for grade and slope control can range widely, depending on the particular job.

Vögele is offering a comprehensive range of sensors encompassing various mechanical and sonic sensors and the Big MultiPlex Ski sensor system.


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Cat, Komatsu, Deere were the top financed excavator brands in 2017

By number of units sold, Cat, Komatsu and Deere were the top financed brands of new mid- and large-size excavators during 2017, according to an analysis of EDA data.

EDA is a division of Randall-Reilly, parent company of Equipment World, which tracks UCC-1 filings, used by lenders when a machine is financed.

During 2017, more than 23,300 excavators were financed by 16,200-plus buyers, with 45 percent of that total involving transactions for new machines.

For this analysis, we included both crawler and wheeled excavators, and excluded compact excavators below 8 metric tons. (While many manufacturers designate 8- to 10-metric ton machines as compact excavators, EDA starts its mid-size segment at more than 8 metric tons.)

Nearly 18 percent of all new and used excavator sales in 2017 took place in five states: Texas, Georgia, North Carolina, New York and Florida. Texas easily took the first-place position with 1,354 machines sold, 628 more units than second-place Georgia.


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Ditch Witch partners with Vacuworx to offer vacuum lifts for mini skid steers

Ditch Witch and Vacuworx have joined forces to offer vacuum lifting attachments for Ditch Witch’s mini skid steers.

Vacuworx says its PS 1 Portable and SL 2 Subcompact Vacuum Lifting Systems are compatible with the full line of Ditch Witch’s construction-grade mini skid steers – the SK600, SK800, SK1050 and SK1550.

The new partnership will allow Vacuworx to expand its product distribution and reach new markets, says Vacuworx President Bill Solomon. All Vacuworx products are being offered at participating Ditch Witch dealerships, the company says.

Ditch Witch says the partnership will allow it to provide its customers with greater versatility and become more competitive, especially for the underground construction market.


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GMC’s new Sierra AT4 combines off-road performance with high-end comfort

On the heels of introducing the redesigned and feature-packed 2019 Sierra, GMC has unveiled the first truck in a new sub-brand aimed at customers who want ample off-road capability without sacrificing the features and comfort one would expect from a GMC truck.

So, while the 2019 Sierra AT4 isn’t quite the Baja-ready behemoth that the Ford Raptor is, it’s far from just an appearance package.

With the AT4, GMC is packing in a 2-inch suspension lift, four-wheel drive, a locking rear differential and a two-speed transfer case that includes low-range 4WD gearing. The AT4 also gets off-road tuned Rancho monotube shocks, hill descent control and a traction select system.


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Wacker Neuson unveils the EZ17e, its first battery-powered excavator

In Paris this week, Wacker Neuson has debuted its first fully electric, battery-powered EZ17e compact excavator.

It’s aimed for urban work, tunnels, inside buildings, golf courses, schools, hospitals and other construction jobs where you want to keep emissions and noise to a minimum.

The EZ17e is slated for release next year – first in Europe and then in the United States, possibly in the last quarter of 2019.

The zero emissions ‘E’ lineup from Wacker Neuson, which the company showcased at the Bauma show in 2016, currently comprises two battery-powered rammers, a dual power excavator, two electric wheel loaders in development, an electric track dumper and a battery-powered vibratory plate that’s already available.


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