Equipment Roundup: Kubota Shrank a CTL for First Mini Skid Steer; Cat intros new 963 Track Loader; Vermeer intros high-cap vac excavators; Should You Buy Used Equipment in 2020? Soil Compactors Even Easier to Operate

How Soil Compactors Are Getting Even Easier To Operate

When it comes to soil compactors for roadwork, the predominant word is simple.

Simple for the operator, that is.

“A good soil compactor is one that’s simple to operate and reasonably comfortable for the operator, and it just doesn’t break,” says Mark Eckert, Volvo Construction Equipment global product manager.


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Should You Buy Used Construction Equipment in 2020? How to Navigate the Market Amid a Pandemic

“We were set up to have a good year, and then it became a who-knows year,” says Dennis Howard, vice president of fleet and remarketing, RDO Equipment, a Deere and Vermeer dealer with 75-plus locations in nine states. But from an April 1st low point, RDO has seen used equipment demand and values “come back and fairly rapidly,” Howard says.

Used equipment sellers had to forgo the typical March madness this year, says Jay Germann, general manager for used equipment, Roland Machinery, a Komatsu dealer based in Springfield, Illinois. “But we had a great April, well over our anticipated number. May was good, and we feel June will be strong because we have a lot of machines that are booked and ready to be delivered.”


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Vermeer Unveils High-Capacity VXT500, VXT600 Vacuum Excavators With More Versatile Design

Vermeer continues to broaden its offering of vacuum excavators by expanding into high-capacity truck-mounted products, such as the new VXT500 and VXT600.

The new models are the result of an agreement the company reached with Vacuum X-Traction to supply Vermeer-branded truck-mounted vacuum excavators that will be sold exclusively through Vermeer industrial dealers.


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New Cat 963 Track Loader Has New Cab, More Power

Cat gave its new 963 track loader a boost in power and increased fuel efficiency.

The Cat Tier 4 Final engine increases horsepower from 193 to 202 over the 963K, which the new loader replaces.


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Video: Kubota Shrank a CTL For Its First Mini Skid Steer: The SCL1000

How popular are CTLs? CTLs are so popular that demand is now exploding for tiny CTLs that you stand on—aka, mini skid steers. Kubota took notice and will soon release its first mini skid steer, the SCL1000. In this video we take a deep dive into the design of Kubota’s mini skid steer, how it stacks up to the rest of the market and how Kubota has delivered a smart and highly differentiated machine on its very first try.