World of Concrete ’08

Bobcat enters compact tractor market
Bobcat’s three-model lineup of compact tractors, the CT120, CT225 and CT230, are the first of what will eventually be a nine-model offering. The CT230 (pictured) has a 30-horsepower engine with three travel speed options. Difficult terrain is handled through four-wheel drive and a hydrostatic transmission. Weighing 3,055 pounds, the CT230 is 56 inches wide with agricultural tires, 118 inches long and 96 inches high with the ROPS deployed. The ROPS can be folded down for transport or storage. Available attachments include an angle blade, box blade, finish mower, post-hole digger, seeder and tine rake, as well as a front-end loader and attachments.


Electronic loader control, one-touch idle offered on Case M Series 3 backhoes
Case Construction Equipment’s M Series 3 backhoe lineup includes the 580M, 580 Super M, 580 Super M+, 590 Super M and 590 Super M+. The five models range in net horsepower from 79 to 109 with dig depths from 14 feet 3 inches on the standard backhoe to 20 feet 4 inches with the Case Extendahoe. The loader end on the series has an electronic auxiliary control, which allows precise, easy control of attachments such as the 4-in-1 bucket. The backhoes are now available with a one-touch idle built into the machine’s pilot controls, which allow you to return the engine to idle at the touch of the button instead of using the rotary hand throttle. Pressing the button a second time returns the engine up to the previous rpm setting.


Structural rigidity extends paving widths
Built for highway, industrial and airport paving, the Terex SF3500B Series concrete slipform pavers have a 26-inch main frame tubing to offer improved structural rigidity at extended paving widths. With the capability of telescoping up to 8 feet from one side of the paver, the machine can deliver nearly zero deflection paving, according to the company. The vibration manifold is mounted directly to the paving kit, reducing the total vibrator hose length by nearly 500 feet at a standard 24-foot paving width. This also helps improve visibility, reduces heat and lessens tear-down time. The manifold’s 3,000-psi, high-pressure spinner fittings offer leak-free disconnects.


Sany truck-mounted pump vertical height reaches 215-plus feet
Sany Heavy Industry’s 66m truck-mounted concrete pump boasts a vertical height of 215-plus feet, which the company says gives it the longest arm support in the world. A heavy-duty delivery cylinder prolongs the service life of wear parts. The concrete pump has an output of 261 cubic feet per hour and arm support damping technology that reduces 50 percent of jitter at the end of the hose, says Sany. The forward-swing, multi-stage extendible support leg enables unilateral support and quick expansion, and allows the machine to adapt to narrow spaces.


Kubota’s M59 backhoe largest in lineup
At 59 horsepower, Kubota Tractor’s M59 utility backhoe has a 12-foot digging depth and 7,597 pounds of bucket digging power. The loader end has 3,960 pounds of lifting capacity and lift height high enough to load a standard dump truck. A flat deck and walk-through step makes switching to the backhoe end a snap. The machine’s HST Plus transmission provides automated control of both the pump and motor. Another advantage of the HST: a smoother, more responsive pedal.


Zero tail swing works easily on tight work sites
The 2.8-ton Gehl 283Z works on cramped work sites easily, allowing operators to take advantage of its zero-tail-swing maneuverability. Transportable on a 3.5-ton trailer, the excavator has an optional 250-pound counterweight that increases machine stability by 15 percent. Auxiliary two-way hydraulics with a direct-to-tank return line powers a variety of attachments. The large engine cover opens wide for access to all service points.


Rapid repair concrete made from 90 percent recycled materials
As part of CeraTech’s rapid concrete repair series, non-Portland, non-epoxy DOTLine comes in turn-key, pre-extended 58-pound bags to be mixed and placed like traditional concrete. DOTLine combines non-hazardous, green sustainable waste stream materials into a cement mineral structure. Specifically created for horizontal to near horizontal applications, DOTLine can repair roads, bridges or any other application where quick return to service is vital.


Compact equipment line up includes wheel loaders, excavators and dumpers
Wacker Neuson – formed with the merger of Wacker Construction Equipment and Neuson Kramer Baumaschinen – introduced its new compact equipment line at World of Concrete, including wheel loaders, excavators and dumpers. Four articulated and two all-wheel-steer wheel loader models come with standard bucket capabilities of 0.26 to 1.1 cubic yard. The five-model line of compact excavators range in size from 1.4 to 8 metric tons. Independent boom swing, increased flow hydraulic systems, rubber tracks, dozer blades and a control pattern selection are standard on all models. The three dumpers have payload capacities of 2,205 to 13,228 pounds.


Grade, screed and vibrate small projects in one pass
Residential and small commercial concrete projects can now have the same laser screed finish as commercial projects. Somero Enterprises’ Mini Screed can screed to higher tolerances than conventional methods and works well with various slump and mix designs. The 355-pound weight combines with a 30-inch width and 56-inch height to make the machine highly maneuverable. With a 6-foot head, the Mini Screed is the smallest walk-behind laser screed made by Somero.


Landscape loader gets complete redesign
John Deere’s 210LJ landscape loader has been completely redesigned, and now includes a Tier 3-certified PowerTech E 4045HT engine and an all-weather cab option. Its low height allows it to grade under the eaves of existing structures. The wide operator’s platform offers ample room to move with the new seat, which turns 10 degrees to the left for easy entry and exit and swivels 45 degrees to the right for an enhanced view of rear working tools. The ROPS posts have also been moved forward and inclined to improve rear visibility. Cruise control – now found on the hand throttle – shuts off when you hit the brake during roading.


Low profile telehandler delivers power in tight spaces
Caterpillar has introduced the TH255 compact telehandler, the smallest in the Cat telehandler lineup. The TH255 has a rated load capacity of 5,500 pounds, a lift height of 18 feet 4 inches and comes equipped with a universal skid steer coupler to accept a variety of work tools including buckets, forks, augers and brooms. The versatile TH255’s low profile and short 126-inch turning radius allows it to work in tight areas found in construction, landscaping and material supply applications.


Stability and comfort boost productivity in compact excavator
Mustang Manufacturing introduces the 2803ZT, its fourth zero-tail-swing compact excavator that provides increased stability with 6-foot 7-inch long tracks and optional counterweight. The glass-enclosed cab gives the operator an unobstructed view of the job and features an automotive-style seat. The side-mounted 24-horsepower Yanmar engine means the cab stays within the dimensions of the tracks and provides easy access to service points. The 5,886-pound 2803ZT is light enough to transport by trailer and has 5,778 pounds of bucket digging force.


Prepare variety of surfaces with Multi-Task Rider
Complete a wide range of surface preparation applications including bridges, parking decks, runways and roads with Blastrac’s four-wheel-drive BMR 85D Multi-Task Rider, which features a 20-inch-wide shot blasting pattern and a 12-inch scarifying head. The BMR 85D is totally self contained and features a climate-controlled cab with closed circuit, dust-free surface preparation system. Integrated dust collection has a continuous waste disposal system that keeps dust contained in impermeable bags for easy removal.


Show team spirit with head protection
Display your favorite team’s logo with MSA’s College Series helmets. The College Series line features MSA’s V-Gard Cap with 1-Touch Suspension emblazoned with one of 11 officially-licensed team logos. The helmets meet all ANSI Z89.1-2003 requirements for Type I helmets. Available teams include the Florida Gators, Georgia Bulldogs, Louisiana State Tigers, Michigan Wolverines, Alabama Crimson Tide, North Carolina Tarheels, Miami Hurricanes, Oklahoma Sooners, Tennessee Volunteers, West Virginia Mountaineers and USC Trojans.


Keep equipment safe with work truck bed cover
Protect expensive equipment with Thacker Manufacturing’s HercuLoc secure bed cover. The HercuLoc fits most Ford F-Series, GM Silverado/Sierra, Dodge Ram and 2007-and-up model Toyota Tundra pickups. The galvanized steel covers come in manual or electric versions and have hinges that fold up into the cover, preserving bed space. The electric version features a keyless entry system with code-hopping remote control. An optional ladder rack is also available.


Install tracks in under 30 minutes
Experience rugged traction in soft terrain with Solideal’s LifeMaster over-the-tire track, scheduled to be released in 2008. The LifeMaster features a new tread profile, durable rubber compounds and redesigned joints to deliver three times the life of previous models. The track is larger than previous models and features a more aggressive tread design. At approximately 300 pounds, two people can move the track, which installs in less than 30 minutes.


Coatings protect machines from abrasion, chemicals and wear
Line-X Industrial Coatings can protect trucks and heavy equipment from materials abrasion, chemical oxidization and environmental decay. The ultra-durable sprayed on polyelastic coating shields concrete chutes from aggregate and water, hauler beds from sharp debris, undercarriages from mud and gravel and heavy highway trucks from rust. Line-X coatings can match any manufacturer’s equipment color for a seamless appearance and can be finished in a gloss, matte smooth or textured surface when used for anti-slip applications.


Mixing trailer reduces trips needed to complete projects
At a 1.75-yard capacity, Cart-Away Supply’s MixKing reduces the number of trips a customer needs to make to complete a project by being 50 percent larger than standard mixing trailers. The MixKing weighs only 444 pounds more than the standard mixer to allow towing by most of today’s full-size trucks.


Batching plant produces low and high slump mix designs
Designed for minimum transport and assembly, Liebherr’s Easymix 1.0 Batching Plant offers sets up easily for concrete production. The 40-foot ISO shipping container has a 1.3-cubic yard ring pan mixer, four individual end loader charged aggregate bins, water pump, reservoir and batcher, control room and a microprocessor control all fully integrated and installed in the container. The only parts requiring separate transport are the weigher module for water and cement, the optional loading conveyor for the truck mixer and cement feeding components. The sidewalls of the silo elements fold upwards or slid inside, and aggregates can be fed in immediately.


Automated system guides excavator straight to target
The PowerDigger automated excavation system from Leica Geosystems has a large color display to give operators precise information on the depth and position of the excavator bucket. Multiple job settings let the operator switch between different digging profiles at the touch of a button. Custom profiles can be created as well.


Machine control system communicates in English and a second language
Gomaco G22 digital machine control system offers a dual language option available in both English and the customer’s choice of several major languages. The operator interface display uses easy to see and understand icons to identify various machine functions. The G22 simplifies the machine steering controls with a push-button steering setup and trainable track steering system that lets the operator teach “smart” cylinders to operate at a desired degree of leg rotation so the tracks don’t strike any objects.


Concrete saw accelerates quicker, runs longer with less fatigue
The new Hilti DS-HS 80 V2 hand held gas saw offers a new carburetor setting for increased acceleration while the narrow body and tall motor provide the operator better balance and less vibration. A redesigned starter assembly and cooler running motor increase reliability while a new tank geometry improves fuel uptake. Reversible steel flanges allow you to stock multiple types of blades without needing multiple arbors.


Paving GPS measures to millimeter accuracy
Topcon Positioning Systems has expanded its Millimeter GPS technology into paving applications, creating a 3D GPS system for pavers, profilers and trimmers. The Millimeter GPS system combines real-time kinematic GPS with lasers to create vertical accuracies to within a few millimeters. The laser in this setup sweeps a 2,000-foot diameter area with a 33-foot-high wall of laser light. The sensor, mounted on a mast attached to the toe arm of the paver, provides vertical data up to 300 percent more accurate than standard GPS.


Lithium ion batteries maximize performance, minimize weight
The lithium ion batteries in Makita’s new BVR450 4-foot cordless concrete vibrator deliver more power with less weight. The company also introduced a flexible shaft version of the vibrator, the BVR450Z as well as two 8-foot versions, the BVR850 and BVR850Z. The 4-foot models weigh just 8.2 pounds and the 8-foot models weigh 11.7 pounds. The short, flexible shaft models deliver 13,000 vibrations per minute while the longer ones crank out 12,500 vpm. An ergonomic two-directional switch adds more comfort when holding the vibrators in vertical or horizontal positions. The three amp-hour batteries have a run time of 25 minutes on a single charge.


Cut-off machines offer extended filter life
Stihl’s 12-inch TS 410 and 14-inch TS 420 Cutquik cut-off machines feature X2 Air Filtration Systems to deliver 99.96 percent clean air to the machines and eliminate the need to clean the filters. The filtration system reduces down time due to on-the-job filter maintenance and costly repairs from particulate damage, while extending filter life. Depending on cutting conditions, filters can last up to one year. Upright, high capacity fuel tanks provide 20 percent more run time than previous models and on the TS400, a heavy-duty anti-vibration system reduces vibration by 43 percent.


New laser family upgrades to machine control
Trimble has unveiled a new suite of laser-based machine display and control systems for grading and excavating. The Spectra Precision Laser machine systems can be used on dozers, backhoes, scrapers, skid steers and excavators. The dozer version upgrades to machine control. The lineup includes three laser receivers, the LR30, LR50 and LR60 laser receivers, and a control box. The LR 30 features five channels of information, directional out-of-beam indicators and selectable accuracies. In addition to six channels of grade information and an out-of-beam indicator, the LR50 features built-in blade tilt indication and can be programmed to match an existing grade. The LR60 has eight channels of information, out-of-beam indicators and angle compensation for excavators allowing the operator to check grade as he is working.