Equipment Roundup: Deere intros first mast-free GPS motor grader system; CTL market in fierce competition; Cat unveils 5-seater UTVs; JCB intros first 12,000-lb. capacity tele with no DEF, DPF; Gehl intros new DL telehandlers

Updated Aug 28, 2018

Gehl intros new generation of DL telehandlers with standard joystick control

Gehl has upgraded its telehandler lineup with its third-generation DL series, with all four models featuring all-in-one joystick control.

The joystick control emerged last year on Gehl’s RS5-19 model and now comes standard on all four models in the new DL lineup: DL11-44 GEN:3, DL11-55 GEN:3, DL12-40 GEN:3 and DL12-55 GEN:3.

The joystick controls forward, neutral and reverse; boom extension and retraction; attachment tilt; and auxiliary hydraulics. The operator can keep the other hand on the steering wheel.


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With new engine, JCB’s 12,000-lb. capacity 512-56 telehandler needs no DEF, DPF

JCB’s 512-56 marks the first 12,000-pound-capacity telehandler that requires no engine aftertreatment or regeneration to meet Tier 4 Final emissions standards.

The 512-56 Loadall is now available with a 74-horsepower JCB Ecomax diesel engine that requires no diesel exhaust fluid, diesel particulate filter or other aftertreatment, the company says. (To learn more about how engines below 75 horsepower can meet Tier 4 Final emissions requirements without aftertreatment, click here.)

The telehandler is also available with a 109-horsepower Ecomax engine.


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Cat adds 5-seaters to UTV lineup with gas-powered CUV85, diesel CUV105 D

Following the launch of the company’s first utility vehicles earlier this summer, Caterpillar is expanding the lineup with a pair of five-seat models.

Built in Thief River Calls, Minnesota, by Textron, the new CUV85 and CUV105 D join the CUV82 and CUV102 D to expand the Cat UTV lineup to four.


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As CTL market matures, OEMs boost power, warranties, features in fierce competition

For years, CTLs grabbed market share by being the new kids on the block and offering lots of wow factor. But as their newcomer status fades, OEMs are shifting strategies to maintain growth in a maturing market.

For starters, they’re offering better warranties to stay competitive, which can sometimes lead to warranty wars. “A big part of the move to longer warranties is to match or exceed what other OEMs are offering,” says Lee Padgett, product manager, Takeuchi-US. “In order to compete in this competitive market, manufacturers have to provide incentives, including longer warranties.”

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What compelled expanded coverage initially? Primarily two factors. One was the improved quality of components. “Our track warranty on compact track loaders was two years, 1,000 hours,” says Buck Storlie, ASV testing and reliability leader. “It is now two years, 1,500 hours. We were getting no claims at 1,000 hours.”


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Deere debuts industry’s first mast-free motor grader GPS system, adds new automation suite to reduce complexity

There’s no doubt that mastless is the way to go when it comes to GPS machine control. But until now, dozers have been the only machines to go mastless.

But on Monday, John Deere unveiled the industry’s first mast-free SmartGrade GPS control for motor graders on its G-Series motor grader line.

The first generation GPS machine control systems used two masts, typically about three feet tall, bolted upright to the top edge of the dozer’s blade or graders’ moldboard. The receivers on top of these masts then sent the GPS signals they received back to the cab via a string of coiled cable.


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