Equipment Roundup: 2019 Used Equipment Report; Terex Trucks intros updated TA300 artic; GM engineers went undercover at Ford plant; Cat UK strikes battery alliance for heavy equipment; Volumetric concrete mixers gain popularity

Updated Aug 21, 2018

Volumetric concrete mixers gain popularity as they help companies cut downtime, boost profits

Over the past decade, manufacturers of mobile volumetric concrete mixers have seen a small but steadily growing number of customers either switching from drum mixers or adding volumetric mixers to their fleets.

Both types of mixers have pros and cons. By using a mobile volumetric mixer, however, you can not only keep your concrete fresh, you can save about 40 percent off your concrete costs, according to manufacturer Cemen Tech of Indianola, Iowa.

That’s in large part because these mixers can help prevent over-ordering concrete that would otherwise be wasted. Their separate storage bins allow extra materials to be saved and mixed later for use. Trips to the batch plant, time at the jobsite, hot loads and other expenses can be saved, say proponents.

 

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Cat strikes UK alliance with AVID Technology to develop batteries for heavy equipment

A British technology company that specializes in the electrification and hybridization of construction equipment says it has partnered with Caterpillar UK to develop a battery system for heavy machinery.

Cat UK and AVID Technology have formed a strategic alliance with the overall aim of creating “an advanced battery system capable of meeting the life cycle and load demands of a heavy duty electric or hybrid vehicle,” according to a report from New Power Progress.

 

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GM’s development of lighter 2019 Chevy Silverado involved undercover Ford factory tours

Though General Motors has spent considerable ad dollars questioning the structural integrity of Ford’s aluminum-bodied F-Series trucks, that doesn’t mean the automaker doesn’t see its arch rival’s lightweight trucks as a real threat.

Case in point: When discussing the development of its next generation of flagship pickups, GM’s chief truck engineer told Reuters that his team had taken advantage of Ford’s public factory tours to learn more about how that company builds its aluminum pickups.

 

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Terex Trucks intros upgraded TA300 artic with new transmission, faster speed, better fuel efficiency

Terex Trucks has boosted fuel efficiency and speed on its TA300 articulated dump truck and added a new transmission through a partnership with ZF.

The 10th generation 30-ton hauler now comes standard with ZF’s latest EP320 transmission, which brings a 5 percent improvement in fuel efficiency over the previous model. The company also boosted the truck’s overall speed from 31 mph to 34 mph to help increase productivity. The truck is powered by a 370-horsepower Tier 4 Final Scania DC9 engine, which does not require a diesel particulate filter. The truck bed has a heaped capacity of 22.9 cubic yards.

 

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Great time to buy, even better to sell: The 2018 Used Equipment Report

Over the last few months, the Equipment World staff has been analyzing the market for used equipment. In our reporting we dug deep into the market’s buying and selling trends and we spoke to knowledgeable industry experts on what equipment buyers can expect when they price their next used machine. We cover the impact of the new tax law, how swift demand for new machines is having a toll on the used market, how to be sure a used machine is worth the investment, and finally, we look at the state of auction pricing.

 

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