The World of Concrete product review

Hilti device makes tool theft pointless
The electronic Hilti TPS Theft Protection System consists of a company card, activation key and electronic module inside the tool. Hilti gives each participating company a unique theft protection code, which is set initially in each tool by using the company card. Simply connect the tool to the power supply, hold the activation key to the tool and go to work. If the tool is stolen, it will lock after 20 minutes and cannot be restarted without the activation key. The TPS system also works with the Hilti serial number tracking system allowing you to report stolen tools to Hilti, which will then pass the serial number on to Hilti Repair Centers.

Mustang adds two models to skid steer line
Mustang 2026 and 2041 skid steers maintain the compact size of their predecessors, the 2022 and 2032, yet offer higher capacities and more features. With rated operating loads of 1,050 and 1,350 pounds, respectively, the 2026 and 2041 continue to offer such features as a choice of controls and a universal attachment mounting system.

The 36-horsepower 2026 can go through most fence gates and can accommodate up to a 61-inch bucket. The 46-horsepower 2041 is just under 72 inches tall, 55 inches wide with a bucket and 116 inches long.

Mack pioneers electronic stability control system
The Mack Road Stability Advantage system – a first-of-its-kind stability control system designed to reduce the potential for Class 8 truck rollover accidents – was developed by Bendix and is now available on Mack Granite heavy-duty truck models. The mixer truck market is among the first targeted by Mack because these trucks are widely recognized as having high centers of gravity and dynamic loads, which can contribute to vehicle rollover in adverse driving conditions. The Road Stability Control System uses existing ABS speed sensors, along with steering, yaw and lateral acceleration inputs, to deactivate the throttle and selectively apply brakes in sharp curves, sudden lane changes or during obstacle avoidance maneuvers.

Small, two-track curb-and-gutter machine fills void
The Commander II by Gomaco uses a simultaneous trim/pour concept for versatility and production, providing an accurate concrete yield and high single-pass production for a variety of applications. Simple to operate, the unit features a network controller for steering and grade and has hydraulic controls for the auger, conveyor and travel. The control system offers push-button ease in set up, troubleshooting and monitoring during the paving process. The machine’s two-track system and 12.5-foot length combine to get in, around and out of smaller projects with ease. It has two different mold-mounting options: side mounted for minimum side clearance or under mounted for paving shoulders, trails and sidewalks.

John Deere claims best-in-class fuel economy for PowerTech Plus engines
Exclusively using variable-geometry turbochargers in off-road applications has helped John Deere’s Tier 3 PowerTech Plus diesel engines deliver government-approved emissions performance while boosting horsepower and torque and reducing fuel consumption. The new engines also use cooled gas recirculation (EGR), a state-of-the-art electronic control unit, a high-pressure, common-rail fuel injection system that allows optimized injection pressures and patterns, and a four-valve design for efficient air intake. The turbocharger works hand-in-hand with EGR by tailoring the amount of recirculated exhaust gas is mixed with fresh air.

Set tire pressure to match terrain on demand
Dana’s commercial vehicle systems group has enhanced its Dana Spicer Tire Pressure Control System with an integrated driver display module and dash-mounted rocker switches. The new module and switches help simplify driver selection of tire pressures to maximize vehicle mobility when load and terrain conditions vary. The system can communicate and display operating conditions such as the selected load and terrain, as well as tire pressure readings by axle group and over-speed and low-tire operation. The Tire Pressure Control System is available on most makes and models of vocational heavy-duty trucks manufactured in North America.

Stronger chain drives, cooling system highlight loader enhancements
Bobcat’s new generation of K Series skid-steer loaders (S130 through S300 models) and rubber-track loaders (T140 through T300 models) have been fitted with a variety of upgrades to help them deliver greater productivity on jobsites while performing quieter and more efficiently. Chief among these improvements is Bobcat’s new SmartFan hydraulically driven cooling fan. This system senses machine operating temperatures and then self regulates to rotate only as fast as cooling demands dictate. Because the fan cools in an optimized manner, it is up to 30 percent quieter than conventional, belt-driven cooling fans in some operating conditions.

Pave both concrete and asphalt
The Titan 8820 by Ingersoll Rand competes in both the asphalt and concrete base paving markets and is equipped with an electronic paver management control unit. The EPM gives you an intuitive interface with the paver’s functions, as well as operating condition information and diagnostic checks. The 19.3-ton paver can place any kind of wearing, binder and base course material in large paving widths and thicknesses. It can also install roller-compacted concrete, cement-treated base, non-treated base, stone, soil, cement and asphalt.

Maneuverability, travel speed and breakout force in one compact package
The 344J compact wheel loader from John Deere has oscillated steering, delivering fast cycle times by allowing tight turns with large loads. The hydrostatic drivetrain has an infinitely variable range that allows you to match travel speed to the task – at a maximum speed of 19 mph. The standard return-to-dig feature automatically returns the bucket to a preset level.

Total station allows complete control of jobsite layout
Trimble’s new SPS700 Robotic Construction Total Station is designed to be used with the company’s LM80 Layout Manager. It provides construction-layout-specific application programs that perform all jobsite layout and measurement tasks. The SPS700 can lay out control points on or offset to construction lines, check or tie into property boundaries, lay out excavation lines, concrete forms and anchor bolts, conduct as-built checks, lay out control lines on concrete pads and compute light topographical measurements for cut-and-fill balance.

New Holland celebrates 40 years of backhoe production
Five new backhoe loaders, rated from 95 to 110 gross horsepower, mark New Holland’s 40th year producing these machines for the North American market. Included in the new model lineup is the B95TC tool carrier backhoe, which features an up-and-down, self-leveling system for optimized fork work. This model comes standard with a hydraulic quick coupler for easy attachment interchangeability. A B95LR long-reach model is also available. Essentially a base B95 machine with a B110 stick, the B95LR is a true 15-foot machine, designed for customers who want added reach with better fuel consumption at a lower price than larger, higher-horsepower machines.

Adjustable legs allow mixers to fit under any size silo
The new Champion silo mixer line from Stone Construction Equipment is comprised of two models, the 12-cubic-foot capacity SM1200 and the 20-cubic-foot SM2000. Both mixers are powered by 13-horsepower Honda engines fitted with cyclone air cleaners to reduce dust contamination and extend engine life. Access to the engine, all mixer components and service points is provided via a one-piece, swing-away cowl. One person can easily adjust the A-figure-designed legs, allowing the mixer to fit under any size silo. No outriggers are required. Stone’s Power Blend mixing system moves its paddles in a triple-eight mixing pattern. Bi-directional fork pockets allow the mixers to be easily transported and placed.

Mix/match handle options with variable-speed trowels
Wacker unveiled a host of new products at World of Concrete, among them the new CT 36-8A-V, CT 36-9-V and CT 48-13A-V variable-speed, walk-behind trowels. Using a transmission system that provides a wide speed range from 20 to 200 rpm, these trowels are designed to deliver low-speed, high-torque floating. A patented, dynamically balanced design centers the weight of the trowel while in operation. As a result, the units are easy to control at all speeds and with all types of blades, including float pans. A patented gyroscopic safety sensor, gearbox brake and engine limiter combine to protect operators from a runaway handle situation.

Front-discharge drum cuts 2,000 pounds off mixer truck
S-Series front discharge concrete mixer trucks by Oshkosh are now available with Revolution composite mixer drums. Revolution drums feature a smooth exterior finish that provides for easy cleanup and presents an good surface for graphics and decals. When carrying a full load of concrete (1/2 cubic yard or more), Revolution drums weigh 2,000 pounds less than comparable steel drums, allowing trucks to maximize available payloads. Oshkosh also announced a number of chassis enhancements for S-Series mixers, including stainless steel tubing to replace rubber hydraulic and fuel lines and an all-new hood styling to improve cooling efficiency for 2007 engines.