Equipment Roundup: Bobcat is back in the tractor business; Komatsu intros PC2000-11 excavator; Ditch Witch intros JT24 HDD; Toro underlines multiple brand approach; Latest HDDs reflect improving market

Updated Oct 17, 2019

Latest directional drills reflect improving and expanding market

Directional drilling garners less attention than it did a decade or two ago. But it hasn’t gone away. If anything, it’s expanding.

There were 42 models listed in the 2009 Equipment World Spec Guide; there are 56 models this year. Here’s an overview.


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Toro underlines multiple brand approach at ICUEE (VIDEO)

As Toro continues its integration of Charles Machine Works after its acquisition earlier this year, Rick Rodier, Toro group vice president, construction businesses, is enthusiastic about the future.

“The cultures of the two companies are so close that the transition has been phenomenal,” Rodier said, speaking during the first day of ICUEE. You can see a video with more of Rodier’s comments on the work and challenges behind the merger below.


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Ditch Witch JT24 drill aimed at fiber optic installation market (VIDEO)

Ditch Witch’s new 24,000-pound thrust/pullback JT24 horizontal directional drill fills the gap between the company’s JT20 and JT25 drills, and is aimed at the on-fire fiber optic installation market, along with gas and water. The machine debuted at ICUEE this week.

One machine feature — a larger footprint — is designed to provide more stability. “We have 20 percent more stability on this machine,” says Cory Maker, Ditch Witch HDD product manager. “The track assembly is similar to what’s on our JT25, mainly for stability. Guys get into situations where getting that lower center of gravity is a big deal,” he says.


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New Komatsu PC2000-11 excavator gets power boost for loading 200-ton trucks

Komatsu’s new PC2000-11 excavator is designed to load 70- to 200-ton rigid-frame dump trucks faster than its predecessor, boosting productivity up to 12 percent.

To achieve the performance increase, Komatsu gave the new hydraulic excavator a 9 percent increase in power over the PC2000-8, for a total of 1,046 net horsepower, and added a new engine-pump control. The hydraulic system automatically adjusts flow to operating conditions. In heavy-lift mode, the boom attains 10 percent more lifting force. New electronic proportional control valves in the hydraulic system also help increase work speed, according to Komatsu.


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Bobcat is back in the tractor business with new lineup of compact models

In a move the company says represents a return to its “roots” Bobcat has re-entered the tractor market.

Bobcat’s new tractor lineup includes 15 models, ranging from 21 to 58 horsepower. There are four transmission types available:

  • Manual shift transmission
  • Manual synchro shift transmission for easier shifting
  • Automatic hydrostatic transmission (HST)
  • Electric hydrostatic transmission (E-HST), with all the ease of use of the HST plus the ability to maintain uphill speed without travel pedal adjustments. You can also set a cruse control with the E-HST which Bobcat says can be useful in applications such as planting.

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