Equipment Roundup: Cat dropping letters from dozer model names; VIDEO: Deere’s new L-Series Production Loaders; The Top Attachments for 2020; Manitou intros MTA 12055 telehandler; Ditch Witch intros lower-cost HX30G vacuum excavator

Ditch Witch’s new HX30G is a lower-cost vacuum excavator built for daily use

Ditch Witch designed its new HX30G vacuum excavator as a lower-cost alternative for contractors on small to mid-sized excavation jobs and for daily use.

It has an 8-foot-wide frame for operating in urban or congested areas. It can also be used in height-restricted areas, with a height of up to 85 inches, yet still maintain enough ground clearance to avoid obstacles, the company says. Along with excavation, it can be used for cleanup of nonhazardous materials.


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Manitou MTA 12055 telehandler delivers 12,000 lb. lift capacity, tight turn radius

Manitou’s new MTA 12055 Series III telehandler boasts a lift capacity of 12,000 pounds, yet with its 12-foot turning radius, it can fit on tight jobsites, the company says.

The telehandler is designed for such projects as infrastructure, bridges and power generation. It has a lift height of 55 feet 5 inches and forward reach of 40 feet 9 inches. It can handle 5,500 pounds at full extension.


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2020 Attachments Yearbook: 69 add-ons to make the most of your construction equipment

Find all your construction-equipment attachments needs in one spot with Equipment World’s 2020 Attachments Yearbook.

The free guide features 69 attachments for compact track loaders, skid steers, excavators and more. The attachments range from those used for dumping, clearing and digging, to more complex tasks such as pouring concrete and grading with laser control.

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The guide features attachments for the following categories:

  • Earthmoving
  • Landscaping
  • Lifting
  • Landclearing
  • Snow Removal
  • Asphalt/Concrete
  • Excavators
  • Skid steers

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VIDEO: Deere’s 744L, 824L and 844L Loaders Pack a New Cab, EH Controls, More Power

With its latest production-class wheel loaders John Deere says it focused primarily on improving operator comfort through several updates and improvements to the cab and a change to joystick controls as standard. In the video below we break down everything that’s new on the Deere 744L, 824L and 844L.



New Cat dozers will no longer have letters in their model names. Here’s why.

If you happen to notice that some of the model number/letter designations on Caterpillar dozers are getting shorter, it’s not your eyes that need checking.

The company started reformulating its machine nomenclature back in 2017 with the end goal of getting rid of the letter suffixes that follow the numbers. Here’s an example from our original article written by Marcia Gruver Doyle:

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Under Cat’s former nomenclature system, for example, the former 745C would have become the 745D. Instead, the new artic reads “745” on the machine’s side with no letter designation, and the model is known through internal and external communications as the 745 (Build 04), with the “04” representing the fourth generation of the machine.

However, at the time the changes to model names started, Cat said dozers would be the exception to the new rule. Now their thinking has changed, and in order to make dozer identification easier and simpler to understand, the model name changes started three years ago will now apply to dozers as well (plus, with the T-Series Caterpillar was running out of letters).


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