Equipment Roundup: Chevy, GMC grab best-in-class towing with new HD trucks; Ford unveils 2020 Super Duty; Kubota intros smallest CTL yet; Western Star 4700 gets new engine, transmission options

Updated Feb 14, 2019
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Western Star intros new engine, transmission options for 4700 along with refreshed interior

Western Star, at the recent World of Concrete show in Las Vegas, introduced several new updates for its 4700 model, including an optional 12-liter Cummins.

This ultra-lightweight Cummins X12 engine – weighing 2,050 pounds, which is up to 600 lbs. lighter than other medium-bore engines in the 10 to 13-liter category – features front- and rear-engine PTO offerings enabling more upfit options.

The Cummins X12 engine, delivering up to 1700 lb.-ft. of torque and 500 horsepower, has a low-friction design suited for higher MPG and is compatible with a broad range of fully automatic, automated manual and manual transmissions.


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Kubota introduces its smallest CTL, the SVL65-2, with larger machine features

Scheduled to hit dealerships in April, Kubota’s new SVL65-2 compact track loader represents the company’s smallest CTL while providing many of the same features as its larger predecessors.

Kubota designed the cab to be similar in size to its SVL75 and SVL95 compact track loaders and also gave it the same easy-open, slide-up front door that can be opened no matter the position of the bucket or loader arm. The door can also be pinned to remain open during machine operation.

The hydraulic Advanced Multifunction Valve is designed for smooth operation when using functions such as auxiliary, boom and bucket circuits simultaneously, and it makes it easier to run attachments on auxiliary hydraulics, including grapple buckets, 4-in-1 buckets and augers.


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GMC unveils 2020 Sierra HD pickups with new 10-speed transmission

Following the December reveal of the redesigned Chevrolet 2500HD and 3500HD,General Motors is taking the wraps off of the rest of its 2020 heavy duty lineup with the introduction of its new GMC Sierra HD models.

Though most of the new features GMC is touting on these new pickups have to do with towing, there are a couple other notable differences between these and the 2019 Sierra HD models.

First, the 2020 Sierra HD trucks mark the introduction of an all-new 10-speed automatic transmission from Allison. GM says this is the first 10-speed to be offered in the HD segment, noting that the closer gear spacing allows the engine to operate in an optimal range at all times, through varying load and terrain conditions.


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Ford unveils 2020 Super Duty trucks with more powerful 6.7L Power Stroke, new gas V8 option

Barely 36 months removed from its most recent refresh, Super Duty – Ford‘s heavy truck lineup – will see several upgrades for the 2020 model year.

Changes under the hood include an all-new Ford-designed and built 7.3-liter V8 gasoline engine which will serve as a second option to the standard 6.2-liter gasser in 2020 Super Duty pickups. A third-generation 6.7-liter Power Stroke diesel V8 with more power and torque will also debut.


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Chevy debuts 2020 Silverado HD lineup with best-in-class towing, new 10-speed transmission, more powerful gas V8

At an event held inside the newly renovated body shop at General Motors’ Flint Assembly Plant in Michigan Tuesday, Chevrolet introduced the media to its redesigned, all-new heavy duty pickup truck lineup for 2020.

In addition to getting to see the new trucks up close, Chevy also revealed upgrades to the truck that have pushed it to the top of the HD segment’s ongoing struggle for best-in-class towing with an eye-popping 52 percent increase in max towing capacity.

Chevy’s 2020 2500HD and 3500HD will be offered with the 6.6-liter Duramax diesel first introduced in 2016, with that engine still delivering 445 horsepower and 910 lb.ft. of torque. And while that massive torque number has fallen behind the latest Power Stroke engine from Ford and the 1,000 lb.ft. output by the new 6.7L Cummins turbo diesel on Ram’s HD lineup, Chevy has still figured out a way to top Ram’s towing numbers: a new 10-speed Allison transmission.


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