Equipment Roundup: Doosan steps out from Bobcat’s shadow; Electric Ford F-650 now available; Pettibone’s new Extendo telehandler; AUSA unveils all-terrain dumper, electric prototype

Updated May 23, 2018

AUSA unveils D601AHG all-terrain site dumper, electric dumper prototype

With a 13,200-plus pound load capacity, the new 74-horsepower D601AHG site dumper from AUSA features telematics and what the company calls a Full Visibility System. AUSA says the machine is “the first hydrostatic dumper with a limited-slip differential on both axles,” a feature that gives it all-terrain traction.

The company’s Full Visibility System on the D601AHG uses 32-foot-range front and rear cameras with infrared night vision, along with eight 6.5-foot-range proximity sensors (four in the front and four in the back). An in-cab 7-inch digital display shows obstacle distance indications; the system also issues audible warnings.


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Pettibone’s new Extendo 944X telehandler features stronger, smoother boom action

Pettibone has designed the boom for its new Extendo 944X telehandler to add strength but reduce weight.

The design, which includes formed boom plates, also minimizes boom deflection for better control and accuracy when placing loads, the company says.

The boom has a maximum lift capacity of 9,000 pounds, max forward reach of 30 feet and max lift height of 44 feet, 6 inches.

Pettibone has nearly doubled boom overlap from previous models, which makes for smoother operation and less force on wear pads. A bottom-mounted external extend cylinder also reduces the load on the wear pad in half. All of this serves to extend the machine’s service life, and the location of the cylinder makes service access easier to internal boom components, the company says.


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Ford F-650 Super Duty now available in a battery-powered electric

Roush CleanTech has joined the growing commercial battery electric vehicle segment by unveiling an all-electric Ford F-650 at the recent ACT Expo in Long Beach, California.

The company, which includes propane autogas and compressed natural gas in its technology portfolio, is expanding further into the alternative fuel market with zero-emission electric vehicles.

“An electric battery option for medium-duty trucks and buses is a great fit as there is increasing demand in this gross vehicle weight range (GVWR) with very few OEM solutions,” said Todd Mouw, president of Roush CleanTech. “This builds from our robust foundation already in place at Roush CleanTech that supports more than 1,200 customers and 19,000 propane and natural gas units on the road.”


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Stepping out from Bobcat’s shadow, Doosan isolates its heavy equipment brand with plans to break top 5 in North America

Doosan bought Bobcat in 2007, an interesting merger of Korea’s top heavy equipment manufacturer, and America’s well-known compact machine experts.  And while the two are still part of the same umbrella company, Doosan, which operates under the name Doosan Infracore North America, is forging a new and separate business for itself with a new headquarters in Suwanee, Georgia, new management and marketing, and a revitalized strategy for the heavy side of things.

“We decided to isolate or separate the heavy business from Bobcat starting January 1, 2018,” says Heejoon (Edward) Song, CEO of the new company. “After seven years of growing our business under Bobcat, we now believe we can do some things differently. Under the brand and platform we’ve built, we believe we can do more.” Doosan will now report directly to Korea, says Song, and has dedicated almost 100 people to focusing solely on expanding the heavy business.


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