Equipment Roundup: Autonomous dozers, excavators are here; Latest CTLs treading different paths; Hitachi debuts EX1200-7 excavator; Komatsu unveils PC1250-11 excavators; Mack debuts first electric truck

With debut of its first electric truck, Mack not concerned about range, payload

While concerns have been repeatedly raised about the payload and range of all-electric trucks in general, Mack believes the refuse industry will prove to be a good fit for its first battery-powered truck.

Powered by an electric Mack drivetrain, the Mack LR Battery Electric Vehicle (BEV) demonstrator will begin real-world fleet testing in 2020 at New York City Department of Sanitation. The truck was unveiled last week at Waste Expo 2019 in Las Vegas.


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Komatsu unveils PC1250-11 excavators with more power, productivity

Komatsu has introduced its latest pair of Dash-11 excavators, equipped with new engines that provide more power while not requiring diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) or a selective catalyst reduction system (SCR).

The new PC1250SP-11 and PC1250LC-11 excavators are powered by 23.15-liter, 758-horsepower Komatsu SAA6D170E-7 engines with two diesel particulate filters to meet Tier 4 Final emissions regulations.


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Hitachi’s latest mining excavator, the EX1200-7, also designed for construction projects

Continuing its launch of new mining excavators, Hitachi has unveiled the smallest of its new EX-7 series, which it says can also serve as a crossover machine for the construction industry.

The EX1200-7 achieves a 6-percent improvement in fuel economy over the Dash-6 model and has a 4.5-percent increase in bucket capacity, to 9.2 cubic yards.


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Compact Track Loaders Treading Different Paths: Latest models redesigned for comfort, performance

Some OEMs have recently rolled out new models of compact track loaders. Others continue to refine their offerings by focusing on key concepts. It’s all good for customers.


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Built Robotics brings full autonomy to dozers, excavators with aftermarket kit

After unveiling a fully autonomous compact track loader in 2017 and proving that the machine could work on jobsites, earthmoving contractors started to reach out to Built Robotics with interest of how the company’s technology could make their lives easier.

Built founder and CEO Noah Ready-Campbell says the interest came as a natural point of progression for the company. After raising more money from investors, the San Francisco-based startup started working on developing its technology for larger earthmoving machines.


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