Equipment Roundup: Kioti Unveils First Skid Steer, CTL; Multi-Use Equipment Gained Traction in 2020; Compact Equipment Sales Dominate 2020; Wirtgen’s latest cold planers

Wirtgen’s new W 220 Fi, W 250 Fi cold planers cut operator workload

Wirtgen’s new flagship cold planer models, the W 220 Fi and W 250 Fi, come standard with the company’s Mill Assist machine control technology.

The large milling machines can cut to depths of 14 inches and widths of 86 inches.

 

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2020 Was a Great Year For Compact Equipment Sales…Not So Much For Heavy Machines

Preliminary Q1-3 financed machine data shows some dramatic shifts between machine types and manufacturer market shares from 2019 and 2020.

This is great news if you’re a compact equipment manufacturer; for OEMs concentrating on heavier equipment, not so much.

 

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These Multi-Use Crossover Construction Machines Gained Real Traction in 2020

Equipment World reader interest on what we term crossover machines—Is it a skid steer or a dozer? An excavator or a CTL?—gained momentum in 2020. Several companies introduced offerings in this category, including Case, Avant, Mecalac and JCB.

The momentum for crossover machines comes primarily from Europe, where they have long been a fixture at trade shows in some form or another. Their do-more-than-one-thing design is partly prompted by the need for contractors there to maneuver around Europe’s confined spaces and narrow alleyways.

 

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Tractor maker Kioti unveils its first CTL and skid steer

Kioti, the Daedong-owned brand that’s long been a fixture in the hobby farmer market with its compact utility tractors, says it will introduce a Kioti-made compact track loader and skid steer to its dealers in 2021. Production will likely start in 2022.

Although details are few and all specs are preliminary, the 74-horsepower compact track loader and skid steer will be positioned mid-range in both markets.

 

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