Equipment Roundup: Deere unveils redesigned 344L; Pettibone re-enters traversing telehandler market; Volvo’s new DD110C compactor; Deere unveils mid-frame SSLs/CTLs; Kubota intros 2 new excavators
Wayne Grayson | January 31, 2018

Kubota intros 2 new compact excavators: the U27-4 and the KX033-4 with extendable dipper arm

During the World of Concrete 2018 show in Las Vegas last week, Kubota unveiled two new mini excavators in a three-ton model, the KX033-4 with extendable dipper arm, and a tight tail swing model, the U27-4.

Both machines are powered by Kubota engines with an auto downshift feature. As the name suggests, auto downshift automatically downshifts the machine from high to low, depending on traction and terrain.

Here’s the breakdown on both new machines.

 

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Deere unveils mid-frame 320G, 324G skid steers, 325G CTL

First unveiled at World of Concrete 2016, John Deere says it has filled out its G-Series lineup of skid steers and compact track loaders with the unveiling of two new SSLs and one new CTL at World of Concrete 2018.

The new 320G and 324G SSLs, and the 325G CTL are mid-frame machines designed for a wide range of applications. Deere spokesman Gregg Zupanic says the new machines are aimed at customers who need the productivity and technology found in the large-frame models “but in a more compact package and at a lower price point.”

In fact, these machines feature the same pressurized cab as their large-frame G-Series brethren, the 330G and 332G SSLs, and the 331G and 333G CTLs. However, Deere has altered the cabs on the mid-frame machines by reducing their width and weight for fitting on more confined jobsites and project areas.

 

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Slew of technology on Volvo’s new DD110C compactor boosts productivity

Volvo has added a variety of technological advancements to its new DD110C double drum asphalt compactor.

The 10-ton-class compactor, which will be formally introduced at the World of Asphalt show in March, features an optional Compact Assist with Density Direct, which provides real-time density data displayed on a 10-inch touchscreen. The system prevents operators from over- or under-compaction and allows them to react quickly to the density results, rather than waiting for a nuclear gauge or core sample.

With the onboard display’s Impact Spacing Meter, the operator can control the compactor’s speed and maintain the correct impact spacing, even when following a paver traveling at 60 feet per minute. The DD110C runs on a 148-horsepower Volvo D4 Tier 4 Final engine and delivers 3,800 vibrations per minute.

 

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Pettibone re-enters traversing-boom telehandler market with new Traverse T944K

After leaving the traversing-boom telehandler market for three years, Pettibone has returned with the Traverse T944X, which offers up to 70 inches of horizontal boom transfer. The company says the model, introduced at World of Concrete this week, is now the only new traversing telehandler on the market.

At a lift height of 44 feet, 6 inches, the Traverse has a nearly identical landing height. Pettibone says this is in contrast to a traditional fixed boom pivot machine, where the true landing height is generally several feet less than the advertised lift height, since operators must account for withdrawing the forks out of the load with enough rearward travel for the fork tips to clear the landing zone. The Traverse allows for a maximum forward reach of 35 feet, 10 inches and can safely land a load on a fourth floor.

Powered by a 74-horsepower Cummins 3.8-liter Tier 4 Final engine, the Traverse has a DOC muffler and requires no diesel exhaust fluid. Users desiring more horsepower can opt for a 117-horsepower engine.

 

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Deere unveils redesigned 344L loader with Articulation Plus steering at World of Concrete

Emphasizing what it is now calling its “Articulation Plus” steering system, John Deere Construction & Forestry introduced its 344L compact wheel loader at World of Concrete in Las Vegas this week.

Articulation Plus, first introduced in the company’s K Series, combines an articulated frame with rear-wheel steer, a feature Deere says gives the 344L a host of benefits, including 6 percent more full-turn tip, 15 percent tighter turning radius, improved stability and additional lift capacity. “With this feature, we articulate only 30 degrees, but we also have 10-degree rear-wheel steer,” says Drew Miller, product marketing manager, compact wheel loaders. “It’s mechanically linked between the articulation point.”

Miller further explains Articulation Plus: “We decreased the difference between the straight tip load and the full-turn tip load, so as you’re working, it reduces the chance of getting in an unstable position.” This comes into play when the operator has a full load coming out of the pile and begins to articulate, a point at which some operators might get in trouble. “By reducing the difference between those numbers, we reduce the chance for the operator to get into that unstable position,” he says.

 

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