Equipment roundup: Bell intros B30E artic; Diesel F-150 test drive; 9035E is LiuGong’s first zero tailswing excavator; Wacker Neuson unveils DW60 dumper with rotating cab; Hamm intros GRW 280i roller

Updated May 8, 2018

Hamm intros GRW 280i, its first pneumatic tire roller with Easy Drive

At the Intermat show in Paris last week, Hamm unveiled its first pneumatic tire roller to feature the Easy Drive operation system, the GRW 280i.

Hamm calls Easy Drive, which is also used in the tandem rollers of Hamm’s DV+ and HD+ series as well as in the single drum compactors of the H series, “intuitive” and “easy to master.”

“It simplifies the operation of complex rollers and enables us to avoid the need for complicated, menu-guided controls”, says Gottfried Beer, head of marketing for Hamm.


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Wacker Neuson unveils DW60: Truck-like, dual-view dumper with rotating console could see U.S. release

Two years after the company first unveiled the concept of a mini dumper with a rotating console, Wacker Neuson says an updated version of this unique compact machine could be on its way to the U.S.

At the 2016 Bauma show, Wacker Neuson offered media and attendees the first look at the DW50 rotating console concept. The mini dumper allowed the operator to face either the load or what is typically the rear of the machine by rotating the entire console 180 degrees.

On the 5-ton capacity prototype DW50 shown at Bauma, a rotating assembly was loaded beneath the seat and allowed for rotation in just a few seconds. Once rotated, the dumper operates like a small dump truck and eliminates the need for the operator to turn the whole machine around in tight spaces.


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9035E marks LiuGong’s first zero tailswing, TF4 compact excavator

With field testing completed earlier this year, LiuGong North America’s first Tier 4 Final, zero tailswing compact excavator is now available.

A Yanmar inline, 3-cylinder, naturally aspirated engine provides 24.4 gross horsepower. With the standard arm, the 9035EZTS has a maximum dig depth of 10 feet, 1 inch and reach at ground level of 17 feet, 2 inches. Bucket capacity is 0.144 cubic yards. A quick-couple connection is standard equipment; operators can swap buckets and attachments in less than a minute without leaving the cab, the company says.

The ROPS cab has a 79-decibel sound level and is available with climate-control options. A color LCD monitor displays alarms, filter and fluid change intervals, fuel-consumption rate, water temperature, work mode, fault codes, hour meter, among other indicators. Placement of the engine and hydraulic systems provide optimal space for the full-size cab while maintaining serviceability, the company says. FOPS structures are optional.


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Test Drive: Ford’s new diesel F-150 delivers great power, quick response

Five months into the calendar year, Ford’s venerable F-150 will undergo a mid-model year shakeup when the first diesel-powered versions – cranking out an EPA-estimated 30 MPGs on the highway – hit dealer lots next month.

Ford offers seven different trim levels for F-150 but the 3-liter Power Stroke V6 – Ford’s sixth available engine across its pickup line – will only be available on the upper retail tier as a $4,000 option on F-150 Lariat and a $3,000 option on King Ranch and Platinum.

Fleets will be the only ones able to buy the turbo diesel in base XL and XLT trims. Thanks to the lack of ultra-premium options and its smaller tires, fleet trucks see a lower drop in MPGs when opting for the diesel and going from two-wheel to four-wheel drive models – from 25 combined in a 4×2 to 24 combined in a 4×4 configuration. Retail models take an extra hit on the combined diesel fuel rating – down to about 22 MPGs – thanks to 20-inch wheels, all-terrain tires and a host of cool (but heavy) options

Rated at 250 hp and 440 lb.-ft. of torque, the baby Power Stroke is a little short of the 375 horsepower and 470 lb.-ft. of torque coming from the also-optional 3.5-liter EcoBoost. But the diesel does have a 4-mpg advantage in EPA estimated combined fuel rating.


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Bell expands 4×4 lineup with new B30E artic; B45E coming

Bell Equipment unveiled the latest in its 4×4 articulated truck line up, the Bell B30E 4×4, at Intermat last week. The truck is now in prototype stage and expected to be in production in 2019.

Aimed at small to medium-sized quarries, the B30E 4×4 gives these operations an alternative to rigid haul trucks and 6×6 articulated trucks. While giving up some of the severe-duty rough-terrain capabilities of the 6×6, the B30E in turn offers increased maneuverability, reduced tire wear and less disruption of haul roads.

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