Equipment Roundup: John Deere unveils 620G, 622G graders; New Komatsu forwarders; New Manitou telehandlers; Cat excavator in Transformers movie; Impact of electric trucks on suppliers;

Updated Jul 5, 2017

Manitou intros MTA 5019, MTA 9050 telehandlers

Manitou has introduced two new telehandlers to its MTA machine lineup, the Series III MTA 5019 and the Series II MTA 9050.

With an operating capacity of 5,500 pounds, the MTA 5519 is powered by a 69-horsepower, Tier 4 Yanmar Engine paired with a two-speed Rexroth transmission. Lift height is 19 feet, 1 inch, with a load capacity at max height of 3,000 pounds. Max forward reach is 11 feet with capacity at max forward reach of 1,850 pounds.

The machine boasts 173 lbs.-ft. of torque and a maximum travel speed of 15 miles per hour.

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New 845 forwarder anchors Komatsu’s more powerful lineup

Komatsu has introduced a new lineup of forwarders that offers improved performance and operator comfort and includes a new 12-metric-ton model.

The four-model lineup includes the new 845 along with the updated 855, 875 and 895 models. Each of the new models is powered by Tier 4 Final engines and the three returning models feature horsepower and torque increases nearly across the board.

Komatsu says the engines powering these new forwarders also feature high torque backup, high capacity cooling systems and lower noise levels.

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Cat excavator makes cameo in “Transformers: The Last Knight” (VIDEO)

The latest of what feels like 100 Transformers movie sequels has hit theaters and we know you’re probably itching for the weekend for a chance to see what explosion fanatic and director of movies Michael Bay has in store for us in “The Last Knight.” (And if you’re anything like me it will be a complete surprise because I can’t make sense of any of the trailers for this movie. Something about King Arthur, Optimus Prime being a bad guy and also now there are dinosaur Transformers? Oh, and Anthony Hopkins has decided he would like some Transformers money too.)

Along with the movie’s release, Caterpillar has announced that one of its machines has a small part in the film. The company says a Cat 320 excavator can be seen “hiding in an auto salvage yard” alongside Mark Wahlberg‘s character Cade Yeager and a group of Autobots.

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Electric trucks will drive supplier innovations says Michelin COO

The pending tidal wave of electric trucks that may or may not ever see the highway presents a unique set of challenges for tire makers: Torque management.

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In an interview with sister site CCJ during the company’s global summit for sustainable mobility in Montreal Tuesday afternoon, Michelin Americas Truck Tires Chief Operating Officer Ralph Dimenna said innovations in trucking have will have an impact on suppliers from the bumper to the underride guard.

“I’m positive the [electric truck] movement will have an impact on tires of the future,” he says of electric motors that can more than double the amount of torque of their diesel counterparts. “Do you change [tire] sizes? Do you change the rubber compounds? Do you tune the [electric motor] down? You try and work through all that.”

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John Deere unveils 620G, 622G motor graders with new dual joystick on GP models

John Deere is expanding its G-Series lineup of motor graders with two new models aimed at customers who prefer lighter, more fuel-efficient machines.

The new 620G and 622G are powered by a Tier 4 Final 6.8-liter Deere engine. This engine delivers 215 horsepower on the 620G and 225 hp on the 622G. Both machines will also be available in Grade Pro (GP) configurations. The 620GP and 622GP will benefit from a new dual joystick option, says Luke Kurth, Deere’s product marketing manager for graders.

“Now operators and owners can select from the traditional antler rack mechanical controls, interchangeable GP fingertip controls or dual joysticks, whichever they prefer and are most productive with—all while retaining the steering wheel,” Kurth says.

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