Manufacturers Rolled Out CTL Improvements at 35th World of Concrete - New & Improved: World of Concrete Special Edition
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Manufacturers Rolled Out CTL Improvements at 35th World of Concrete

CED Magazine, March 2009

Article Date: 03-01-2009
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Even in a downturn, thousands pour to concrete show; all halls of Vegas convention center filled, plus outdoor demos draw contractor crowds.

World of Concrete 2009, held Feb. 3-6, 2009, brought 65,287 registered professionals to the Las Vegas Convention Center to visit and view products and services spread across 880,000 net square feet of exhibit space.

The World of Concrete also had the appearance of the wide wide world of compact track loaders – numerous exhibitors were introducing new models as well as new tweaks and features to existing lines. Terex, Bobcat, John Deere, Wacker Neuson, and Caterpillar were among those CED took particular note of. Emphasis on offering complete lines of compact equipment for the concrete contractors is a clear focus for OEMs, and Terex and Wacker Neuson are plain examples of branding campaigns that are showing customers a full spectrum of mighty mini machines that work hard in tight confines.

Please watch for additional World of Concrete product highlights in our April issue as well.


48-Inch-Wide Loader Great for Tight Spaces

At only 48-inches wide, the Terex ASV PT-30 compact track loader is the ideal size for working in confined spaces. The loader has a 32.7-hp engine and features patented Posi-Track undercarriage technology with suspension that maximizes traction and flotation. Distributing the weight of the machine over 24 wheels in its undercarriage, enables the machine’s 3,305 pound operating weight to be distributed down to only 2.8 pounds per square inch of ground pressure. Equipped with general purpose 11-inch wide tracks or optional smooth Turf tracks. Hydraulic attachments readily connect to the PT-30’s standard 10 gpm 3,000 psi auxiliary hydraulic system. Terex offers the PT series of CTLs in seven models ranging from PT-30’s 32.7-hp to the PT-100’s 99.9-hp, each featuring the Posi-Track undercarriage technology and suspension. For more information, call 800-346-5954 or visit


New Compact Track Excavators from Wacker

Wacker Neuson has expanded its line of compact track excavators with the introduction of two new models – the 6003 and the 28Z3. Weighing in at 6-tons, the 6003 bridges the gap between the popular 5-ton 50Z3 and the 8-ton 8003. The new minimum swing radius 6003 track excavator is powered by a 58.7-hp Yanmar four cylinder diesel engine, and provides a maximum digging depth of 12-feet, 7-inches. The second model is a 2.8-metric ton zero tail swing compact track excavator. This compact excavator provides excellent visibility and performance in confined working areas. The unit is lightweight and compact enough to be hauled with a standard size pick-up trailer. Powered by a Yanmar 3-cylinder, 20.4-hp engine and offering a maximum digging depth of 9 feet, the 28Z3 is the perfect zero tail swing machine for top performance and economical operation. For more information, visit

Adjust Grade Elevation from the Cab

Bobcat Company and Trimble have teamed up to improve receivers for laser-guided grading with Bobcat box blade or grader attachments. The new Bobcat receivers offer new features that improve grading accuracy and speed while making it easier to adjust the grade. In-cab grade control allows operators to change the blade position up to 2 inches in either direction from inside the cab. The laser grader features a proportional system that provides three speed ranges that allow the operator to raise and lower the blade quickly or slowly. The photo cell on the receiver has been lengthened, allowing the attachment to travel farther up or down without losing the signal from the transmitter. This feature enables the operator to stay in the machine to adjust the transmitter and decreases the number of passes it takes for the attachment to complete the grade. Bobcat offers three laser transmitters that can be used to control the new receivers and quickly perform flat-plane, single-slope or dual-slope grading.
For more information, visit

Italian Manufacturers Seeking U.S. Distribution

Outside of Europe, the U.S. is the most important market for Italian manufacturing companies. Italy is the fifth largest foreign supplier, and in the first seven months of 2008 exported $355 million in construction equipment and components to the U.S. That’s why The Italian Trade Commission, in conjunction with COMAMOTER and UCoMESA, organized the participation of several Italian companies in the 2009 World of Concrete trade show. Visitors had the opportunity to learn about machines designed for the construction, earthmoving, road building, waste handling and demolition industries from the following manufacturers: Ascom, Fiori, Italpunte, Indeco, Messersi and Sacme Service. Italian equipment is known for innovation, precision engineering, and endurance under rigorous work conditions. Several Italian manufacturers are currently seeking U.S. distribution. For more information, call 404-525-0660
or visit

New Customizable Demo Attachment

Genesis Attachments introduces the new Genesis Demolition Recycler, the GDR-200. Designed for use on machines 45,000-pounds and larger, the GDR-200 delivers an impressive 115-tons of crushing force at the tip, a 32-inch jaw depth, a jaw opening of 35 inches, and a quick 7-second cycle time at 65 gpm. The GDR-200 can be custom-configured from as few as five pulverizing teeth and 16-inch blades to as many as 19 pulverizing teeth and a 4-inch cutting blade to match any specific end use. With this versatility, the new attachment is ideal for high-reach demolition projects, crushing concrete and brick, cutting pipe, rebar or medium-gauge steel, according to the company.
For more information, call 715-395-5252 or visit

Get the Job Done in Half the Time

Topcon Positioning Systems will allow operators to do more work in less time. Topcon’s new 3D-MC2 is a one-of-a-kind machine control system. With the 3D-MC2, operators are reporting increases in productivity of up to four times greater than that of dozers not using the 3D machine control technology, according to the company. Topcon says that equates to one dozer doing the same amount of work of two machines. The technology driving the 3D-MC2 combines cutting-edge hydraulic control software, the latest in inertial sensor technology and the industry’s leading GNSS receivers to provide more than 100 blade position checks per second (about five times higher than the industry machine control average). Topcon’s GPS plus GLONASS technology improves operator productivity due to precise positioning and accuracy. Now, with 3D-MC2, increasing the dozer speed and improving the accuracy and grade smoothness adds additional savings in time and money on every job, according to the company. For more information, visit  

Three New Compact Track Loaders

Caterpillar’s new rubber-track compact track loaders, Models 279C, 289C and 299C, feature durable, steel embedded track and steel undercarriage components for maximum life in aggressive applications. The new loaders combine a freshly engineered suspension-type undercarriage, designed and built by Caterpillar, with the chassis of their multiterrain loader counterparts, the 277C, 287C and 297C. The fully suspended undercarriage employs four independent torsion axles for a superior ride and excellent bucket load retention. Class leading track-on-ground of almost 70 inches provides good flotation and traction, low ground pressure and long track life. The new models have rated operating capacities of 3,200, 3,850 and 4,150 pounds, at 50 percent of tipping load. Net-horsepower ratings are 82 for the 279C and 289C, and 90 for the 299C. Lift-arm-path design is radial for the 279C and vertical for the 289C and 299C. For more information, visit

New Track Loader Meets Interim Tier 4 Standards

John Deere has added the small frame CT315 to its compact track loader line, a 45-hp unit that already meets interim Tier 4 emissions standards. The CT315 becomes Deere’s first radial lift compact track loader, as well as its smallest, with a 12.6-inch-wide track and a narrow overall machine width of just over 60 inches. Its cushioned bucket and lift cylinders provide smooth deceleration at the end of the boom-lower position and also cushion the bucket when curling and dumping a load. The CT315 offers a 360-degree view, which means the operator can also see the tracks and the ground around the machine with the boom in the resting position. The new loader features a Deere PowerTech 4024T 4-cylinder 2.4-L engine that provides superior engine lugging capability while working heavy loads. Track loader-specific boom and bucket breakout forces make the CT315 a superior digging machine, while less than five pounds of ground pressure per square inch make it ideal for work on turf.
For more information, visit

MEC Introduces Two New Aerial Lifts

MEC Aerial Work Platforms unveiled its highest working-height scissor lift and its first-ever Speed Level sigma lift at World of Concrete. Models include an Ultra-Deck 5492RT scissor lift and a 3084RT Speed Level sigma lift. The 5492RT is a four-wheel drive, rough terrain ultra-deck scissor lift with a platform height of 54 feet and a lift capacity of 1,500 pounds. With 50 percent gradeabilty, an oscillating axle, four wheel drive and automatic leveling outriggers this machine can handle the most demanding jobsites. The Super Deck option adds an additional 40 inches of platform length to suit the longest working applications. The 3084RT Speed Level sigma lift is the first in the MEC sigma lift series of rough terrain platforms and provides quick platform leveling without the use of outriggers. The platform and support structure level up to 14 degrees per side (side to side) and 10 degrees each forward and behind with the operator’s choice of automatic or manual leveling within seconds. The 3084RT offers a platform height of 30 feet, a lift capacity of 1,500 pounds, optional four-wheel drive, and a standard oscillating axle for a solid 45 percent gradeability. For more information, call 877-MEC-LIFT or visit

New Double Boom Utility Class Excavator

Kubota introduces the new KX080-3 Super Double Boom 8-ton utility class excavator. The expandable boom adds reach and functionally to the excavator, which allows operators to work closer to the machine, level wider ranges, reach further and dig deeper than an excavator with a standard boom. The Super Double Boom is designed to bring the bucket more than 3 feet closer to the machine, making it easy to hold soil in front of the blade when leveling, while eliminating the small piles of rocks and rubble often left by a standard boom. Features include an impressive dumping height of just over 20 feet and a digging depth of slightly more than 15 feet. The wide leveling range and wide tilt bucket allow operators to easily level and finish on uneven surfaces. Kubota’s KX080-3 Super Double Boom is ideal for contractors and landscapers looking for a versatile machine that delivers industrial performance, according to the company. For more information, call 888-458-2682 or visit

Stone Adds 3-Bag Mixer to Its Leading Mortar Mixer Line

Stone Construction Equipment’s popular Stone Champion Mortar Mixer is now available in a full 3-bag model, the 955PM. The 9 cubic foot capacity mixer adds productivity for commercial masons. Other features include:

  • A patented quadruple seal and drum bearing system mounted in an innovative, removable, patented housing that delivers superior performance and longer life
  • The system carries an unconditional lifetime warranty, which insures continued performance batch after batch
  • An exclusive Stone extendible axle allows the mixer to fit through doorways
  • An innovative cowl that delivers five times more ventilation for increased engine airflow and maximum performance
  • A patented lift-away safety guard, safety chain attachment, conveniently located front post hand clutch, and heavy-duty tow pole are just a few of the numerous standard features.
For more information, visit


New and Improved


Enhance Productivity with the X-Ripper

The new X-Ripper attachment from Vail Products, a division of Hammersmith Manufacturing & Sales, provides end users in the construction, excavation and site prep industries with added versatility and enhanced productivity. The X-Ripper, which is manufactured using high-strength steel, features a contoured tooth/adapter design, a lifting eye positioned for handling ease and a center of gravity that enables optimal storage and presentation. It also features increased strength and service life, as well as streamlined gusseting for minimal material build-up. The X-Ripper works with or without pin-style quick couplers. For more information, call 800-375-8245 or visit 

A Powerful New Grapple from Sidney Manufacturing

Sidney Manufacturing introduces the new Gorilla Grapple, a versatile, powerful grapple designed to fit most skid-steers. Manufactured from high tensile 1-inch thick steel with tough 400 BHN tips, the Gorilla Grapple can handle hurricane debris, large trees, brush, hay bales, salvage yard scrap, and crush concrete slabs, according to the company. This heavy-duty grapple is designed for durability and performance. The patented grapple is available in 6- and 10-tine configurations. For more information, call 866-597-9618 or visit

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