Equipment Roundup: Ford unveils F-600 Super Duty; ASV intros new Posh-Track loaders; Volvo CE acquires machine modifier; GMC intros Sierra HD AT4 off-road trim; International making work truck upfits faster

2020 Ford F-600
F-600 delivers the capability of a Class 6 truck – including a maximum GVWR of 22,000 pounds – in a familiar Class 5 Super Duty package. With F-600, customers no longer have to choose between a truck that doesn’t have enough payload to carry all the tools they need to a job site and a truck that’s too big. The Built Ford Tough F-600 stands poised to go where bigger trucks can’t.

International wants to make work truck body upfits much faster

Navistar on Wednesday at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis debuted a new body builder program designed to streamline the spec and upfit process between its dealer network and truck equipment manufacturers (TEMs).

The Diamond Partner Program, launched barely 10 days ago, already has more than 50 TEM participants, with each receiving a number of process, commercial and technical benefits


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GMC brings its off-road AT4 trim to the Sierra HD for 2020

A new 10-speed transmission and best-in-class towing numbers aren’t all that’s coming to GMC’s Sierra HD lineup for 2020. Thanks to the truck brand’s AT4 trim, its HD trucks will get some additional equipment that will make off-road slogs, like those into untamed jobsites, more comfortable.


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Volvo CE acquires special application machine modifier CeDe Group

Volvo Construction Equipment says it will buy application partner CeDe Group, which is headquartered in Malmo, Sweden.

The purchase price was not disclosed for deal, which is expected to come into force by mid-March and include intellectual property, operations, other assets and staff of circa 45 full-time employees, a press release says.

“This acquisition makes sense on a number of strategic levels,” Volvo CE president Melker Jernberg says. “CeDe has already proven that it has a depth of engineering talent in adapting our machines for specialized applications. This closer relationship will allow Volvo CE to grow our product offerings while at the same time boosting CeDe’s ability to expand into new markets and segments, both with Volvo CE and its other OEM customers.”


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ASV debuts RT-40 and RT-65 Posi-Track loaders

ASV Holdings used the recent American Rental Association Show to introduce its RT-40 and RT-65 Posi-Track compact track loaders.

“The RT-40 offers a powerful alternative to those who are currently using walk-behind and stand-on compact loaders,” says Regan Meyer, ASV’s dealer development and marketing manager.

Powered by a 37.5-horsepower Kubota diesel engine, the 4,175-pound RT-40 has a rated operating capacity of 931 pounds and a tipping load of 2,660 pounds. The 48.3-inch wide loader has an 8.4-foot lift height and can travel up to 7.1 mph.


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Ford unveils the F-600, a new Super Duty packing Class 6 capability

Ford is introducing a new “tweener” model aimed at commercial customers who find themselves needing more payload than what an F-550 can provide, but don’t need the full capability of the F-650 model.

The all-new F-600 chassis cab, which made its debut at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis Tuesday night, features a Class 6 maximum GVWR of 22,000 pounds in a Class 5 Super Duty package, hitting what Super Duty Chief Engineer Michael Pruitt calls the “sweet spot in capability.”

“2019 is a really, really big year for us because we’re beginning to introduce lots of new product,” says Ford North America president Kumar Galhotra, noting that Ford will have replaced 75 percent of its product portfolio by the end of 2020.


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