Equipment Roundup: Cat unveils new D7 dozer; Case unveils first electric backhoe; Kubota intros first mini skid steer; Electric Volvo VNL test drive; Cat Kinetic Ice+ Boot Review


VIDEO: Reviewing Cat’s Kinetic Ice+ Boots’ Vibram Ice Traction, Insulation from the Arctic Circle

Recently, Tom Jackson had a chance to test out some cold weather boots and gloves in Alaska—north of the Arctic Circle in fact—in temps as low as -30 degrees.

The boots are a new product offering from Cat Footwear called the Cat Kinetic Ice +. They are insulated with 200 grams of Thinsulate and feature a unique Vibram Artic Grip Pro tread for slip resistance on ice. They also have electric shock hazard protection, a composite toe, nylon shank for arch support and a scuff resistant heal cap.

Check out Tom’s video review here:

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Test Drive: The electric Volvo VNR

The electric truck is carving out a niche in stop-and-start and low-mileage applications, so sending a small fleet of them into California’s ports sounds like no-brainer.

Announced just more than a year ago, the Low Impact Green Heavy Transport Solution (LIGHTS) partnership teamed together Volvo Trucks North America (VTNA) fleet customers NFI and Dependable Highway Express (DHE) in the deployment of electric VNR trucks for use at their California port operations – part of a joint effort to demonstrate the ability of battery electric vehicles (EVs) to improve freight and warehouse efficiencies, reduce emissions and improve air quality.

The first crop of LIGHTS trucks have been ordered and delivered, but delivery of one straight truck in particular may have been a little behind schedule because, last week, I was driving it around the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California.


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Kubota unveils its first mini skid steer, the SCL1000

While admitting it has taken its time to enter the market, compact equipment giant Kubota unveiled its first model in the mini skid steer/compact utility loader segment, the 1,000-pound rated operating capacity SCL1000, Wednesday at ConExpo 2020. The machine will be available in the second half of the year.

Kubota says it aimed the 1,000-pound rated operating capacity machine at one of the faster growing size segments in the exploding CUL market. “Our customers and dealers were telling us they needed a bit bigger machine than the smaller units that are out there. We thought this would be a good entry point,” says Tim Boulds, Kubota construction equipment product operations manager.

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So how is Kubota distinguishing its product — which it calls a stand-on track loader — in a field with both long-established players (Bobcat, Toro, Ditch Witch, Vermeer, Boxer) and newer entries (Kanga, Sherpa)?


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Case CE Unveils First Electric Backhoe, the 580 EV, at ConExpo 2020 (VIDEO)

At ConExpo 2020, Case Construction Equipment unveiled the very first battery-powered electric backhoe loader.

Developed under the name “Project Zeus,” the loader’s model name is the 580 EV. Case says it delivers the same power and performance that you’d expect from a diesel-powered backhoe in a machine that produces zero emissions.

You can check out all the details and hear what the 580 EV sounds like when it’s running in this video.

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Cat Unveils New D7 Dozer: Bigger, Stronger, Smarter (VIDEO)

A day before the crowds descended upon ConExpo-Con/Agg 2020 in Las Vegas, Caterpillar unveiled it’s all new D7 dozer model. The new D7 packs more power, more weight, and potentially huge productivity gains over its predecessors.

You can check out all the details in this video or read on at the link below.

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