Each year, the construction editors at AC Business Media generate and post hundreds of videos to the Video Network on the ForConstructionPros.com (FCP) web portal. The Video Network now hosts more than 3,600 videos on a range of topics relevant to construction audiences of all types.
Because a sizable percentage of these videos feature the equipment that Equipment Today readers are either using now or considering for their jobsites in future, we’ve chosen to recognize the Top 25 Equipment Videos featured on the site over the past 12 months. Following are brief descriptions of each; simply click on the headlines to watch and see for yourself why they’ve generated so much interest.
Last November, Caterpillar introduced its first entries in the utility vehicle market, the gasoline-powered CUV82 and diesel-powered CUV102D. ForConstructionPros.com’s Roger Mann chats with Norma Aldinger, Caterpillar marketing supervisor, about the features of the new machines, including their “Cat Tough” design with standard four-wheel drive, power steering, an all-steel bed, operator-focused cab and more.
At The Work Truck Show 2018, Hino announced its entry into the Class 8 truck market. Dominik Beckman, director of marketing and dealer operations, shared some of the highlights of the 2020 model year XL Series with Curt Bennink, Equipment Today senior field editor, including insights on their “legendary” Hino A09 engine, capacity ratings, specifications, safety features and more. The XL Series will be offered in truck and tractor configurations ranging from a GVWR of 33,000 to 60,000 lbs.
During World of Concrete 2018, FCP editor Larry Stewart talked to Fred Paul, sales application/engineering manager at Wacker Neuson, about the new AS50e cordless electric rammer, which performs like a gas-powered machine but without the emissions, making it ideal for indoor applications. Powered by a Lithium-ion battery, the unit is also easier on the operator thanks to lower noise levels and reduced hand-arm vibration .
Gregg Zupancic, product marketing manager, John Deere, highlights features of the new mid-frame 320G and 324G skid steers and 325G compact track loader. The machines have a low-maintenance, economical design that includes 69- to 74-hp diesel engines that do not require additional aftertreatment, plus extended fluid change intervals. These vertical lift models can all lift over 10 ft. Optional features include an enhanced LED lighting package and reversing camera with monitor.
FCP editor Larry Stewart talks with Tony Bloom, project superintendent with Iconica, a Madison, WI, contractor, about how Manitou’s new MRT Series makes pick and place applications faster and safer with its crane-like slewing capability. Blum discusses the various benefits of the machine and how its unique rotating capabilities have worked well for the company, particularly on this five-story building project.
Connor Deering, president and CEO, Cemen Tech, highlights the updates to the second-generation C60 volumetric concrete mixer. It now includes the ACCU-POUR system, which adds automated features as part of the control package. For example, automated gates set themselves to the flow of material required for a particular mix design. The mobile batch plant is simpler to use and can deliver custom volumes and types of mixes when and where you need them .
Dynapac has expanded its roller product line with the addition of the CO4200 Generation VI double-drum roller with oscillation. Tim Hoffman, product manager - rollers, shares how oscillation technology works, and the benefits it can offer in a double-drum machine. He also discusses where and when it works best, including its efficiency on bridge decks and on thin lifts. Features designed to ensure ease of operation and maintenance are also addressed
Jeff Jacobsmeier, Kubota product manager, walks through the upgraded features of the new U27-4 excavator, which replaces the U25. The new model delivers more digging and lifting capabilities; an auxiliary diverter valve and adjustable flow control for easier attachment operation; plus a new cab option sized to be comparable to those found on a larger machine. It also comes with a maintenance-free Tier 4 Final engine
This video demonstrates the primary features of the Offset Vibratory Roller skid-steer attachment. The unit is available in 2-, 3- and 4-ft. roller drum widths and can roll stone, asphalt, RAP or dirt. Its offset features enables it to roll on the outside slope of the shoulder, or be dropped down into trenches, while the operator and machine stay safely on the road. Remote control puts functions in the operator’s hands.
Martijn Donkersloot, Volvo product manager, highlights the features of the EWR150E, the company’s first-ever short swing radius wheeled excavator. They include enhanced all-around visibility, low sound level and an ergonomic operator station with integrated control functions in the display, easily adjustable climate control and optional deluxe seat. Options include the SmartView system for a 360° view around the machine, and boom suspension system for travel over uneven surfaces.
Ed Brenton, CASE’s brand marketing manager, covers new features and options the company made available on the N Series backhoe-loaders. He discusses options that are now standard and improvements to the machine to make it even faster, more powerful and more productive. These include a drivetrain that provides more pushing power while backfilling a trench or going into the pile, and an improved backhoe hydraulic system that provides optimal gradeability, smoothness and controllability.
At World of Concrete 2018, Pettibone relaunched its Extendo line with the 944x fixed boom and Traverse T944x. Features different from the legacy machine include a completely redesigned cab, trunnion-style front and rear stabilizers and enhanced service features. The boom on the 944x is lighter weight and utilizes thinner yet high-strength steel. The T944x has a traversing boom that allows the carriage to move forward and back 70 in. and place a load at the rated lift height.
Nathan Ryan, global product manager, skid steers and compact track loaders for Manitou’s Gehl and Mustang brands, shares features of the new RT215 “value” machine. The unit has a rated operating capacity of 2,150 lbs. (35% of tipping load) and features a pilot hydraulic system — recognized for simplicity and reliability — and redesigned electrical and hydraulic systems. While positioned as a value machine, it still maintains some of the premium features the company’s customers are accustomed to.
At 32,262 lbs., Doosan’s DL280-5 is a new size class for the company, filling a gap in its wheel loader product line. It has 172 hp and comes with a standard 3.7-cu.-yd. bucket. Aaron Kleingartner, marketing manager, describes some of the unique features of the model displayed at World of Concrete 2018, including an optional heavy-duty axle and a guarding package that protects various areas around the machine. The model also included an optional quick coupler paired with a 4-in-1 bucket.
The new X-53x 3D machine control system is designed to offer a faster, modular and easily upgradeable aftermarket solution for excavation. According to Topcon’s Murray Lodge, the system allows the operator to know where the bucket is at all times in relation to where he or she wants it to be. The system is fully scaleable. This means users operating the 2D X-52i system can easily upgrade to the X-53x by adding GR-i3 receivers for a 3D solution.
At World of Concrete 2018, MQ Whiteman promoted the ability of its ride-on trowel line to bring “more power to the floor.” Multiquip’s Juan Quiros highlights the 10 ft.-wide STFDX, which features a new digital display that includes features such as an active pitch indicator and active speed control. The HTXG6DF dual-fuel model is capable of running on LPG or gasoline, enabling extended runtimes outdoors and facilitating indoor operations.
New for 2018 updates to the Ram Laramie Longhorn Southfork and Heavy Duty Lone Star Silver pickups add luxury to already-plush models from 1/2 to 1 ton. The Southfork adds full-grain leather seats, a walnut-trimmed steering wheel and more. The Heavy Duty Lone Star Silver edition receives such premium upgrades as a new luxury grille with chrome surround and chrome Wave Mesh inserts.
Atlas Copco and Chicago Pneumatic have introduced a new lineup of 30+ models of compact, lightweight submersible and dry prime pumps. Visiting with FCP’s Roger Mann at World of Concrete 2018, Joe Moser, Atlas Copco product manager - pumps, highlighted a new trash-style submersible, which is available in 1/2- and 1-hp versions, features a steel impeller and is capable of passing solids up to 1 in.
The updated 25-ton, three-axle FT-50-3 LP trailer is built specifically for easy loading and unloading of asphalt equipment. Its gradual 7° loading incline is suited for paver transportation. The unit is available with a bi-fold ramp setup in a full-width version or 45-in. dual ramp version. It also features an electric-over-hydraulic powered design; 6-ft. main section and 5-ft. end tail section; and 6-ft. double incline beavertail.
At World of Concrete 2018, Eric Dahl, loader product support, shared features of the 5-Link torsion suspension undercarriage featured on the Bobcat T870 compact track loader. The system incorporates a fifth torsion link on the rear axle that creates an independent suspension between the front and rear links. This results in a smoother ride and greater stability for easier truck loading and improved grading ability.
The 10-ton-class HD+ 90i PH oscillatory roller is dubbed the “world’s first hybrid roller.” Its PH hybrid power train system combines a 74-hp Tier 4 Final diesel engine and a hydraulic accumulator that is activated only during times of peak power draw, such as when starting vibration or oscillation. The reduced fuel consumption and elimination of additional aftertreatment result in a significantly lower operating cost.
John Boehme, senior product manager, discusses JLG’s family of heavy capacity telehandlers, including the 1644 with a 16,000-lb. capacity and 44-ft. lift height and 1732 with a 17,000-lb. capacity and 32-ft. lift height. The optional Smart Load technology combines attachment recognition, the load management information system and load stability indicator as a package to ensure there is less chance of overloading the machine.
At World of Concrete 2018, Perkins highlighted the new 9-liter 1706 engine designed for a range of construction applications. Dustin Childers, regional marketing manager, also discussed the SmartCap, a unique oil cap with built-in telematics capability. When combined with the Perkins My Engine App, it provides information such as engine hours, location, service reminders, start/stop data and more on new and existing Perkins mechanical or electronic engines.
In 2015, Hyundai launched the HX excavators with available AAVM (All-Around View Monitoring) system with intelligent moving object detection (IMOD). This camera system stitches together images from four cameras mounted on the front, rear and sides of the machine to deliver a 360° view of the jobsite, says Hyundai’s Juston Thompson. That same technology has been adapted to the HL900 series wheel loaders, and was shown publicly for the first time at World of Concrete 2018.
Navistar’s Dave Hillman discusses the new International MV Series, which replaces the longstanding DuraStar line. The “driver-centric” lineup was designed from the inside out with the goal of delivering a truck that is easily configurable to produce maximum output day in and day out. Trim levels range from Basic to Diamond level in Regular Cab, Extended Cab and Crew Cab. The vehicles are available with a Cummins B6.7 or L9 engine in power ratings from approximately 200 to 350 hp and matching transmission options.
Top 15 Application and Education Videos
Because how you apply and maintain equipment is just as important as the equipment itself, here are the Top 15 videos focusing on-site application, maintenance and training: