Equipment Roundup: Cat unveils the new D8T; Inside the Manitowoc factory; Chevy details pricing of new medium duty trucks; Cat intros new mobile shears; Chevy Silverado claims pickup bed crown

Updated Aug 1, 2018

Chevy lays claim to pickup bed crown as 2019 Silverado tops Ford, Ram in cargo space

Beyond the new body design, diesel option, and larger wheelbase, Chevy has added one more reason for you to buy the 2019 Silverado 1500 when it’s released this fall.

Chevy says its new “Durabed” design is its most functional yet, adding that it’s also the largest pickup bed available on a half-ton pickup.

If you’re thinking to yourself, “What the hell is a Durabed?” that’s because it’s the first time Chevy has actually branded the bed of one of its trucks with its own name.


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Cat intros S2000/S3000 series mobile shears for faster demo, scrap work

Caterpillar has introduced new S2000/S3000 Series mobile shears for demolition and scrap work that the company says work faster than previous models.

The mobile shears are designed for Cat and other companies’ hydraulic excavators of 11 to more than 85 tons. Cat says the shears are “engineered for long, productive service,” thanks to increased yield and tensile strength properties and hardness ratings greater than T1-type steel.

By increasing force to weight ratios, which enables more cuts per hour, Cat has reduced cycle times on the new shears, making them faster than previous models. Their jaws are designed to allow material to fall away freely, and the speed valve increases cutting power and the jaws’ opening speed. Tapered space plates also speed cutting and reduce the amount of energy required from the shears.


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Chevy’s 2019 Silverado medium duty trucks will start at $48K. Here’s the full 4500HD, 5500HD, 6500HD pricing breakdown

Chevrolet has announced the pricing details of its new Silverado chassis cab work trucks, revealing that the upcoming Class 4 4500HD will start at under $50,000.

Developed in partnership with Navistar and unveiled in March, the Silverado 4500HD, 5500HD and 6500HD represent a return to the medium duty market and Chevy’s largest flagship pickup lineup to date. The trucks will be available in regular and crew cab models in both two- and four-wheel drive.

The 2WD regular cab 4500HD will start at $48,465 while a 4WD Crew Cab model of the truck will start at $55,580. The Class 5 5500HD starts at $51,100 for the 2WD, regular cab model, while the 4WD Crew starts at $58,215. Finally, the Class 6 6500HD—rated at up to 22,500 pounds—will start at $54,575 for a 2WD regular cab. The 4WD Crew starts at $61,245.


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PHOTOS: A look inside the Manitowoc, Grove and National crane factory

On a recent visit to Manitowoc crane headquarters in Shady Grove, Pennsylvania, the company gave us an in-depth tour of its manufacturing facilities. We snapped some photos along the way and have gathered them all up in the gallery below to give you an idea of what the birthplace of Manitowoc, Grove and National cranes is like.


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Cat unveils the new D8T: “As easy as driving a pickup.” (A better blade, too)

Caterpillar announced a significant refresh of its D8T track type tractor on Thursday. The iconic heavy dozer now has an upgraded transmission, a new blade cutting edge design, new ripper technology, a more durable undercarriage.

The new engineering brings double digit performance and efficiency improvements in almost every category, including 18 percent more material moved per hour using the same amount of fuel. And if you’re an operator, the control system along with improved differential steering and dedicated steering pumps makes it “As easy as driving a pickup truck” according to the company’s YouTube demonstrator.

One of the key drivers to the D8Ts efficiency is an improved four-speed torque converter transmission with a lock up clutch and planetary gears. The torque converter relies on fluid coupling to push the driveline in most conditions but automatically locks the clutch mechanically when maximum power is needed. Cat added an intermediate gear between first and second for smooth shifting when you’re trying to bring a load up to speed.


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