Equipment Roundup: International’s new work trucks designed with Chevy; “Transformer” Super Duty has in-fender storage; Case updates N Series backhoes; First look at new Hitachi loader; Kioti intros new tractors

Updated Nov 29, 2018

International unveils the CV Series, its version of the medium-duty trucks developed with Chevy

International has debuted its CV Series truck – the Lisle, Illinois, truck maker’s refreshed re-entry to the medium-duty vocational segment.

The CV Series were developed in partnership with General Motors. Chevrolet unveiled its Classes 4, 5 and 6 versions in March at the Work Truck Show under the Silverado name. The CVs are International’s version of the truck. GM handled the trucks’ powertrain development while Navistar was in charge of the design is handling manufacturing at its Springfield, Ohio, plant. An Isuzu/General Motor’s engineered engine and Allison transmission lie at the core of these trucks.

Available in wheelbases from 141 to 243 inches, in regular and crew cab – and in 4Ă—2, 4Ă—4 configurations – the Class 4/5 CV Series gets a 6.6-liter diesel engine under its forward-tilting hood that puts out 350 horsepower and 700 lb.-ft. of torque matched to the Allison 6-speed transmission. A right-side PTO mount is available.


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900-hp “Transformer” Ford Super Duty’s liftable fenders, pull-out bumper hide tons of tool storage

Designed as a blue collar dream truck, this 2019 F-250 “Transformer Work Truck” stole the show this year at Ford’s SEMA booth.

Built for Ford by DeBerti Design, this custom Super Duty “redefines what it means to be the boss,” Ford says. But “bosses” are far from the only folks that would get a kick out of this truck. It’s likely to put a smile on the face of every heavy equipment and diesel technician out there.

In Las Vegas earlier this month, SEMA 2018 show attendees hurried over to the truck with dropped jaws upon seeing its driver-side rear fender lifted high into the air by a pair of custom built supports.


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Case updates N Series backhoes with new PowerBoost function, host of other upgrades

Case Construction Equipment has launched a major update for its N Series backhoe loader lineup that brings several meaningful upgrades to these machines.

Leading off this 2019 model year update is a feature Case says is an industry exclusive. It’s called PowerBoost and allows the operator to get a “momentary boost of increased hydraulic power” at the push of a button on the backhoe’s left-hand joystick.

Case says PowerBoost is useful when digging in tough conditions like hard clay, rocky soil or through frost. Augmenting PowerBoost is PowerLift, which provides an increase in lifting power comparable to that of a mid-size excavator. This power increase comes at a lower engine rpm for smoother lifting and craning operations, Case says.


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VIDEO: First look at Hitachi’s high-production ZW310-6 loader in this detailed walk-around

Hitachi Construction Machinery Loaders America (HCMA) took the opportunity during the Trimble Dimensions conference in Las Vegas to showcase its new wheel loader, the ZW310-6.

The loader comes with all elements you need on a machine built for high production, material moving applications. These including a lock-up transmission for fuel savings in the travel mode, a 360 degree panoramic view from the cab, ride control, optional joystick steering, a quick power switch for climbing hills, load sharing hydraulics, and a Z-link boom arm design for improved reach and clearance.

As far as specs, the bucket size options on the ZW310-6 range from 5.5 to 6.1 cubic yards, and the machine tips the scales at 53,310 to 54,390 pounds operating weight.


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Kioti launches new DK10SE, CK10SE tractors with loader options alongside K9 UTV

Kioti Tractor had several big announcements at the recent GIE+EXPO trade show, including new tractors, a new UTV and a $13 million expansion of its North American headquarters in Wendell, North Carolina.

The company estimates the project will be completed late in 2019, and the expansion will double the size of existing facilities.

Kioti says the additional 162,750 square feet of warehouse space will facilitate the company’s planned employee growth of 15 percent in two years’ time, and they add that it will provide warehouse and assembly space for its current and future product lines.



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