Equipment roundup: Toro unveils first in-house designed HDD; Ford’s $100K Super Duty is here; Vermeer’s new D40X55DR S3 rock drill; Galleries of trucks, equipment at ICUEE 2017; Vactor HXX concept vacuum excavator

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Updated Oct 11, 2017

PHOTOS: The pickups and work trucks of ICUEE 2017

ICUEE is always a great show for truck gawking and the 2017 edition was no exception. Our gallery shows a selection of the many crane, service and bucket trucks, UTVs and pickups that were on display in Louisville.

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Vermeer’s new D40x55DR S3 rock drill uses dual rod technology

Vermeer’s new D40x55DR S3 40,000-pound thrust/pullback horizontal directional drill is designed to tackle challenging rock jobs and give contractors additional crew assignment flexibility.

The drill uses Vermeer’s new dual rod technology, with a 1.666-inch inner rod that provides torque to the drill bit, and a 2 5/8-inch outer rod for steering and rotation torque. The hollow inner rod design results in more drilling fluid flow to the drill head on pilot bores and the hole opener during pullback, says the company.

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PHOTOS: The heavy equipment, dirt and demos of ICUEE 2017

The Equipment World team has spent the last few days walking the lots and exhibit halls of ICUEE 2017 in Louisville, Kentucky. Known as “the demo show,” ICUEE offers a lot of chances to get behind the controls of some of the latest machines on the market.

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The $100K Super Duty Limited is here. Ford says it has redefined the luxury pickup

Ford’s $100K pickup has arrived.

That’s right. Check off all the option boxes for Ford’s new 2018 F-450 Super Duty Limited dually and you’ll hit a MSRP of $94,455. Add the taxes and the fees and you’ve arrived into the exclusive, six-figure Ford pickup club.

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Toro unveils the DD2226, its first in-house designed HDD

Toro kicked off ICUEE 2017 in Louisville, Kentucky, on Tuesday with the debut of a brand new horizontal directional drill – the company’s first designed by Toro engineers.

After five years of re-branding and making “tweaks,” as marketing director Neil Borenstein called them, to the Astec Underground HDDs Toro acquired back in 2012, the DD2226 represents the first fully-Toro HDD.

Toro spokesman Andrew Gillman says the DD2226 holds only 10 percent of design holdover from the drill it replaces, the DD24.

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Vactor unveils concept HXX vacuum excavator designed for maximum payload

Vactor Manufacturing has been designing its concept vacuum excavator for three years and plans to begin production in mid-2018, says Ben Schmidt, company product manager.

The company debuted the concept truck, which is designed to evenly distribute payload throughout the vacuum excavation process, at the ICUEE show in Louisville, Kentucky.

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