Equipment Roundup: How Komatsu autonomous mine trucks work; Cat upgrades 918M loader; Ram intros more luxurious Rebel; Cat intros side-discharge buckets; 6 new backhoe attachments

Updated Oct 9, 2018

Make your backhoe do more with these 6 attachments

Hydraulic breakers, thumb kits, compaction wheels and quick couplers are among the attachments designed to extend the uses of your backhoe.

Here are some recent product releases geared toward backhoes for breaking, grabbing, backfilling and quickly changing attachments.


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New Cat Side Discharge Buckets sling sand, sawdust and more

Cat has introduced a new lineup of side discharge buckets for its skid-steer, compact track, multi-terrain and compact wheel loaders.

The four new buckets, which are designed to gather, transport and discharge sawdust, sand, mulch and topsoil, are available in widths of either 74 or 86 inches, holding between 1 and 2.33 cubic yards of material.


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2019 Rebel 12 brings luxury sights and sound to Ram’s off-road model

For the 2019 model year, Ram is introducing a special edition of the 1500 Rebel that the company says is a response to customer requests for high-end features on its off-road model.

Like much of the truck maker’s 2019 lineup, the Ram 1500 Rebel 12 will feature a highly upgraded interior over previous model years. The new Rebel interior is highlighted by the inclusion of Ram’s gigantic, 12-inch Uconnect 4C touchscreen display front and center in the dash.


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Cat ups capability, protection on 918M loader with four new options

Though the machine isn’t seeing any spec bumps or design changes, Caterpillar’s 918M is getting some capability boosts through the introduction of four new options that are now available on this compact wheel loader.

  • Fusion coupler
  • 20.5R25 tires
  • High-lift linkage
  • Guarding


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How Komatsu’s autonomous haul trucks work and what it takes to implement the technology at a working mine

Though autonomy is a hot topic across several industries as self-driving cars and heavy trucks hold the promise of changing the way we transport ourselves and our goods, it’s old news in a way for mining.

Construction and mining equipment manufacturer Komatsu traces the roots of its autonomous technology back 30 years ago, long before the debates over whether Teslas should drive themselves on the open highway or whether it was safe for Uber operators to take their hands off the steering wheel. Today, Komatsu’s Autonomous Haulage System (AHS), which both operates and manages fleets of self-driving mining trucks with capacities between 200 and 400 tons, does so in mines at three locations around the globe. This month, Komatsu says it will hit a major milestone: 2 billion metric tons of material moved with these AHS trucks.

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It seems autonomy has become Komatsu’s top priority, and not just on the mining side. The company also offers intelligent Machine Control, an integrated machine control platform on its construction machines that is capable of semi- or fully autonomous operation.


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