Equipment Roundup: Bobcat unveils iPhone/iPad remote control for skid steers, CTLs; GMC Sierra 3L Duramax test drive; Cat intros new cold planers, RM400 rotary mixer; BOMAG intros gas-powered BPR 60/65

BOMAG intros gas-powered BPR 60/65 reversible plate compactor

Offered as a more economical alternative diesel-powered models, BOMAG has introduced the BPR 60/65 reversible plate compactor.

BOMAG says the BPR 60/65 consumes less than 1 gallon of gas per hour, is comfortable to operate and compacts large areas of at speeds reaching 91.9 feet per minute.


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Cat unveils new RM400 Rotary Mixer with more power, visibility

Caterpillar plans to launch its new RM400 Rotary Mixer in the second quarter of 2020 to replace the RM300.

Cat gave the new RM400 a 19 percent boost in power over the RM300, with a 417-horsepower Tier 4 final Cat C9.3 engine. The new rotary mixer was unveiled September 12 at a press event at Cat Paving’s headquarters in Minneapolis.


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Cat updates cold planers with power boost, new features to improve operation

Caterpillar has given its cold planer models a boost in power, as well as added new features to make life easier for the operator.

The upgraded planers were unveiled September 12 during a press event at Cat Paving’s headquarters in Minneapolis.


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Test Drive: 3L Duramax diesel impresses in towing, off-roading in GMC’s 2020 1500 Sierra

When GM set out to design the 3.0-liter Duramax diesel, the automaker wanted to create a no-compromise engine, says John Barta, assistant chief engineer and the team lead on the new engine.

What Barta and team have delivered is pretty close. After a few hours driving both a GMC Sierra 1500 Denali and a Sierra 1500 AT4 equipped with the engine through the Rocky Mountains near Jackson, Wyoming, this engine would be at the top of my list when it comes to available options for GMC’s light duty pickup.

With the 3L Duramax, GM has delivered a low-noise, high-mpg engine that, while not the most powerful (depending on what you consider a true measurement of power, more on that in a bit), can pull quite a lot with a lot of confidence.


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Bobcat unveils iPhone/iPad remote control, bringing drone-like operation to skid steers, CTLs (VIDEO)

Maybe the single biggest factor in the growth of drones from a controversial and expensive hobby into a mundane example of consumer electronics is the incredible rate at which these flying cameras became easier to operate.

Within just a couple years, we went from seeing countless examples on YouTube of $1,000 Christmas drones being crashed or lost to bodies of water, to new models that fold up in the palm of your hand with smartphone apps that made piloting them as easy as playing a video game or pressing a single on-screen button.

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Similarly, remote control heavy equipment operation is not a new concept. Machines of all sizes have been remote operable, but they’ve mostly required complicated, expensive controllers so enormous and heavy that they require a neck strap. Until the introduction of Bobcat’s MaxControl, that is.


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