Equipment Roundup: Stanley remote control retrofit for excavators; Cat updates M-Series medium loaders; Choosing the right excavator machine control; Hennessey intros VelociRaptor Ranger; Wacker debuts new track dumpers

Updated Mar 27, 2019

New Stanley retrofit kit turns compact excavators into remote control diggers with Xbox-like controller

Hoping to give compact excavator operators more flexibility when facing challenging work conditions or environments, tool-maker Stanley has announced a retrofit kit for compact excavators that enables easy remote control operation.

Developed by Stanley’s Infrastructure Team, the ROC, or Remote Operated Control, System can be installed on excavators under 10 tons in roughly five hours, the company says. Plus, installation requires little to no mechanical experience.


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Cat intros host of updates to M-Series medium wheel loaders

Caterpillar’s Medium Wheel Loader lineup, which includes the range of machines from the 950M to the 982M, has received several new updates that lower operating costs, improve operator comfort and expand the available number of model configurations.

Let’s talk about those new configurations first.


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With intelligent excavators ruling the marketplace, here’s how to find machine controls that match your needs

In the early days of machine control the customer had two options: take it or leave it. When manufacturers started bundling basic packages as standard equipment, the “leave it” option started to fade away.

The early-adopter contractors heralded the arrival of machine control as the best thing since hydraulics, but many felt it was costly and unnecessary. Some operators resented the suggestion that they needed software to be proficient.


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Hennessey gives the new Ranger the VelociRaptor treatment

For those tired of waiting for the Ranger Raptor’s debut in the U.S., you can now opt for Hennessy’s VelociRaptor Ranger and you may end up getting more power and performance.

The team at Hennessey took the Ranger’s stock 2.3-liter engine (the only engine available for the midsize truck) and increased the horsepower from 270 to 350. Torque shot up from 310 to 385 foot pounds.


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Wacker Neuson debuts DT08, DT10 and DT15 mini track dumpers

Three Wacker Neuson mini track dumper models will debut this spring, offering users a material handling solution for smaller jobs.

The models – the .8-ton DT08, 1-ton DT10 and the 1.5-ton DT15 – come in six skip options detailed in the chart below.


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