September 2020 Vol. 75 No. 9

New Products

New Products

New Compact Wheel Loaders Deliver Improved Performance, Advanced Features and Options

Building on the success of its range, Caterpillar has added three new models to its M Series Compact Wheel Loader lineup: 910, 914 and 920.

All three models feature a new engine, C3.6, specifically designed for Cat products. Caterpillar estimates up to 5 percent gains in fuel-efficiency with the new engine, and the C3.6 meets EU Stage V and U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final emission standards.

With the same torque performance as the previous Cat 4.4, the new engine provides a modest increase in rated gross power: 101 to 111 horsepower for the 910 and 914, and from 117 to 122 horsepower for the 920. Fuel-tank capacity also is increased, by 2.9 gallons (11 liters), for the new loaders, allowing extended work cycles.

A new reversing-fan option can assist in keeping cooling cores clean for more efficient temperature control, a benefit in operating environments where airborne debris can be pulled into cooling cores and restrict airflow, possibly resulting in overheating. The reversing fan has a three-position rocker switch in the cab, allowing the system to be turned off, to operate in an automatic mode, or be momentarily activated by the operator.

Also new for the 910 and 914 is an available rotary-sensor-kickout system with both fork and bucket settings. These settings, along with cylinder snubbing, are features now included in the kickout system for the 920.

Controlled by four buttons in the cab, the new system can be adjusted to accommodate the kickouts required by two different work tools. Once the position of the attachment is moved to the desired location, a two-second press of the appropriate button programs that function, which is recalled by using detents in the joystick.

All functions can easily be used together after setting the tool to the desired recall locations. Correct use of the kickouts has been shown to save up to 20% of the cutting-edge life of a bucket.

The 914 can now be equipped with the Caterpillar Fusion Coupler System to provide enhanced durability and attachment compatibility. It features an advanced wedging mechanism to create a tight, rattle-free fit, eliminating coupler-to-attachment movement and subsequent wear.

New auxiliary lines are available (from mid-lift arm down to the coupler) for all the new loader models when the three- or four-valve option is selected. This feature allows ease of use for more work tools within the Caterpillar portfolio.


Caterpillar, (888) 614-4328,


TT Technologies Introduces Upgraded Grundopit, New Pipeliner Package

TT Technologies’ redesigned Grundopit pit-launched mini directional drill is well-suited for difficult fiber-to-the-home and utility service line installations in tight working conditions. It’s an ideal entry-level system for utilities, cable industries or as a supplement to larger units.

The compact unit – 54 inches long, 43 inches wide and 57 inches tall – delivers 13,489 pounds of thrust and pull back, and 553 foot/pounds of torque, with bore length up to 150 feet.

The new unit features a patented instant plug-in lock that holds the drill stem in place and allows new drill stems to be added easily by engaging the new drill stem at the rotational motor. This means that drill stems are only screwed into the lead stem and not the rotational motor, cutting the time it takes to add a stem in half.

Components include a two-part bore rig, patented drill stem plug in, 30 drill stems, bore head with angled steering surface, back reamer and swivel coupling, hose package, and power pack.

TT Technologies also now offers a pipe rammer and bentonite system package for oil and gas pipeline installation projects. It features an 18-inch-diameter Grundoram Goliath pneumatic pipe ramming system and a Grundomudd 500 bentonite mixing/delivery system.

During the ramming process, the rammer is attached to the rear of the casing. The tool then drives the pipe through the ground with repeated percussive blows. It can install steel pipes and casings from 24 to 56 inches in diameter. It is also used for the slick-bore process of installing a bore pipe, which, when removed, pulls the product pipe into place.

Ramming provides accurate installation of casing in wide-ranging soil, without surface slump, making it ideal for installations under railways and roads. Other applications include HDD assist and rescue, such as salvaging product pipe after a failed bore, installing conductor barrel casings, removing stuck drill stems, and assisting drills during product pullback to prevent hydrolock.


TT Technologies, (630) 851-8200,


Numa Launches HDD 80 to Product Line

Numa, one of the world’s leading drilling technology providers, added the HDD 80 to its product line.

Consisting of a variety of HDD components, including hammer, bits, side load sonde housing, bent subs, and adaptors, HDD 80 is capable of drilling holes 9¾ to 10 inches (248 to 254 mm) in diameter. Among its benefits are improved steerability, fast penetration rate, simplified field maintenance, reduced air requirements, and lower overall cost per foot.

Numa purposely designed their HDD hammers to drill longer in difficult rock conditions. Furthermore, a single bore design allows for a maximum bore diameter in conjunction with providing optimum life against abrasion.

The full line of Numa’s HDD Drilling Systems:

  • HDD 35 for drilling holes 37/8 to 4 inches (98 mm to 102 mm) in diameter
  • HDD 40 for drilling holes 4¾ to 5 inches (121 mm to 127 mm) in diameter
  • HDD 50 for drilling holes 5¾ to 61/8 inches (146 mm to 156 mm) in diameter
  • HDD 60 for drilling holes 7 to 7½ inches (178 mm to 191 mm) in diameter
  • HDD 80 for drilling holes 9¾ to 10 inches (248 mm to 254 mm) in diameter

“Numa continues to design new products to tackle the challenges drillers face,” said Ralph Leonard, president of Numa. “Our high-quality, made-in-the-USA HDD products provide the right balance of performance and dependability without sacrificing tool life.”


Numa Hammers, (800) 356-6862,


John Deere Announces New 200G Excavator

John Deere has introduced the new 200G model to its excavator lineup.

Designed to decrease the amount of fuel burn, without sacrificing power or productivity, the 200G enables operators to quickly complete tough jobs, while also lowering overall operation costs.

Combined with John Deere’s broad bucket portfolio, coupler options and attachments, and accelerated swing speed, the 200G machine is ideal for many applications, including site development, roadbuilding, earthmoving and irrigation work.

With a 145-horsepower (108 kW) Final Tier 4 John Deere PowerTech PSS 4.5-liter engine, one of 200G’s most notable features is the low fuel burn: 11-percent less than the 210G. And it does this without sacrificing power or productivity.

Adjustable power modes can be set by the operator based on the job, engaging the machine to automatically change engine rpm and hydraulic pump calibration. With fuel savings in mind, the ECO setting allows the machine to automatically adjust to arrive at the best balance of fuel consumption and productivity.

“Many of our customers are balancing tight budgets with the need for maximum power and productivity on the job,” said Jonny Spendlove, excavator product marketing manager, John Deere Construction & Forestry. “With the new 200G excavator, we are giving our customers the best of both worlds. This machine is built with fuel saving at the forefront of its design, while also incorporating several productivity-boosting features to help operators efficiently complete jobs.”

The 200G boasts a faster swing speed due to efficiencies with the hydraulic system. As a result, productivity is increased in applications that require swing movements, such as truck loading and trenching operations. Additionally, this machine is compatible with a broad portfolio of bucket options – from 0.55 to 1.43 cubic yards – enabling it to meet the demands of several different applications. A hydraulic coupler option, for changing quickly between attachments, means even more versatility.

Focusing on increased uptime, the John Deere-exclusive double-sealed swing bearing system has enhanced internal grease retention, improving the machine’s overall reliability. This helps to reduce the risk of contamination by materials like dust and water. Additionally, reinforced arm-to-bucket joints maximize front-joint durability and reduce maintenance intervals for axial clearance adjustment. The tungsten carbide-coated ear flanges provide high-wear resistance and long service life, while steel bushings with grease groove channels increase resistance to abrasion and reduce pin wear.


John Deere, (844) 809-1508,


Gardner Denver Enters HDD Market with New Pump

Gardner Denver (GD) High Pressure Solutions (HPS), the global provider of high-pressure pumps, parts and services, launched its new 250HDD to serve as a durable, reliable, American-made pump for a range of horizontal directional drilling (HDD) applications.

HDD pumps – also known as drill pumps, mud pumps, and high-flow pumps – serve as an integral component to operations and provide an essential service to the HDD industry. The 250HDD pump expands Gardner Denver’s offerings into the wider HDD space for the first time.

Built with quality and efficiency in mind, the pump can be used to tunnel under rivers and roads and to help lay sewerage systems, water pipes, fiber optic lines and pipelines. It features a very high rod load rating of 50,000 pounds, making it extremely tough and long lasting.

Designed to run at much slower speeds, it also matches or exceeds the performance of existing pumps. For example, GD 250HDD can produce 300 gallons per minute at 1,400 pounds per square inch, while operating under 200 revolutions per minute. At this slow run speed, the pump can deliver the same output, flow, and pressure with less violent actions, wear and friction. By delivering fewer strokes, consumable life is extended.

“The weight to horsepower ratio of the GD 250HDD surpasses all other industry competitors,” said Ryan Huseman, lead engineer. “The GD 250 HDD packs a huge amount of power in a very small dimensional envelope, which makes it ideal for the HDD market.

“The pump runs incredibly smoothly due to the rigidity of the high-strength ductile iron frame. Additionally, all bearings on the GD 250HDD feature a pressurized lubrication system, so the pump can tackle the biggest projects in the industry,” Huseman added.

The GD 250HDD brings a 160-year legacy of expertise and innovation in improving pumping technology for the industrial and petroleum industries, to the HDD market.

“We have now taken this very robust, field-proven technology and applied it to HDD pumps,” said Brandon Janda, product manager, “introducing a 100-percent, American-made, rugged, longer-lasting industrial pump – helping customers reduce downtime, extend consumable life and ultimately tackle bigger, tougher projects in less time.”

Weighing less than 4,000 pounds the GD 250HDD has a maximum flowrate of 460 gallons per minute and the ability to reach pressures up to 3,000 pounds per square inch. This triplex pump offers a 5-inch stroke, 50,000-pound rod load rating and 250 breaking horsepower (BHP).


Gardner Denver Energy Group, (281) 873-1200,


Volvo Introduces Prebooking of Electric Machines, High-Speed Option for Wheel Loaders

Continuing to expand its drive to electromobility, Volvo Construction Equipment is offering North American customers the opportunity to prebook electric construction equipment.

Successfully launched earlier this year to key European markets, the online prebooking tool – at – is available for customers in the U.S. and Canada. By signing up, they can reserve a place in the production queue for the ECR25 electric excavator and L25 electric wheel loader. Late 2020 or early 2021, they will be alerted if they have been selected to place an actual order. The first round of machine deliveries is anticipated in June 2021.

The electric ECR25 excavator and L25 wheel loader have significantly lower noise levels, reduced energy costs, improved efficiency, and fewer maintenance requirements, compared with their conventional counterparts. Both models will get tough work done, since performance levels are similar to their diesel equivalents.

They will also meet increasing environmental concerns and regulations.

“These machines are designed for any state or local government fleet that has set or is anticipated to set electric vehicle targets or clean air regulations,” said Ray Gallant, vice president, sales support, Volvo CE. “They are also ideal for companies with aggressive sustainability targets and those that need equipment to operate in low-noise or zero-emissions environments.”

Customer pilot programs, like the grant administered by the South Coast Air Quality Management District in California, will be underway throughout the fourth quarter of 2020 and into the 2021 first quarter.

ECR25 is fitted with lithium-ion batteries and one electric motor, replacing the diesel engine, to power the hydraulics that move the machine and attachment. The batteries store enough electric energy to power the mini excavator for up to eight hours in its most common applications, such as utility work.

The L25 compact wheel loader also uses lithium-ion batteries, which allow up to eight hours of operation in regular applications, including light infrastructure work, gardening, landscaping and agriculture. It incorporates two dedicated electric motors, one for the drivetrain and one for the hydraulics, which leads to higher efficiency in
both the systems and the entire machine.

Both ECR25 and L25 have onboard chargers that enable overnight charging adaptable to conventional household electrical systems. In addition, an off-board, fast charger could be used to charge both machines – ECR25 at 80-percent power within one hour of charge time, and L25 within two hours of charge time – and would require a three-phase outlet.

High-Speed Option on Compact Wheel Loader Models

A high-speed driveline option is now available on Volvo CE L45H and L50H compact wheel loaders. More than doubling top speeds, from 12 miles per hour to 31 miles per hour, this allows faster travel time and can reduce cycle times.

“These loaders are often used in applications that require travel between job sites, where the standard-speed transmission may be time-consuming and the alternative of transporting them by truck can be expensive,” said John Comrie, product manager, wheel loaders, Volvo CE. “The higher travel speed is not only efficient; it also improves productivity in applications like load and carry and clearing snow.”

With three driveline speeds available on these wheel loaders – 12, 19 or 31.2 miles per hour – customers can choose a max speed that best suits their needs and applications. To dial into the correct transmission setting, there is a drive mode selector.

As with all Volvo wheel loaders, the L45H and L50H come with a lifetime warranty on the frame, articulation joint and loader arm.


Volvo Construction Equipment, (717) 532-9181,


CASE Releases Next-Gen SiteWatch Telematics

CASE Construction Equipment has released the next generation of its SiteWatch telematics platform, which comes standard for three years on all CASE heavy equipment with ProCare, standard on all CASE backhoes, and is available as an option throughout the entire CASE equipment line.

The all-new dashboard features an easy-to-read horizontal menu at the top of the screen above five widgets designating core operating information, such as an equipment summary, equipment search, fuel level reports and alarm status. An easy dropdown menu makes critical reports on equipment utilization, fuel consumption, maintenance and other factors just a click away.

“Telematics data from construction equipment only helps if it’s easy to engage with and easy tounderstand when it’s presented to you,” said Richie Snyder, CASE product marketing manager for construction equipment digital and precision solutions and telematics.

“The new CASE SiteWatch telematics platform presents users with a high level of critical data on a very clear and intuitive dashboard, and then puts all critical machine and performance data within just a click or two, whether you’re at your desk or on your tablet in the field.”

Following are some of the ways CASE’s new SiteWAtch telematics helps fleets of all sizes, as well as mixed fleets, work more efficiently:

  • Simplified fleet management: Always know where each machine is, what its working status is and if maintenance or service is required.
  • Understand equipment utilization: Knowing when and how equipment is being used can improve profitability/total cost of ownership for the equipment you already own, and help you make smarter equipment buying/renting decisions.
  • Analyze workload and productivity: Fleet managers and business owners get excellent perspective into how equipment is operating, and whether they are getting the most out of their equipment and crew on each project.
  • Real-time alerts/alarms: Fleet managers and business owners receive alerts in real time to make them aware of machine conditions that require attention.
  • Partner on preventive maintenance: While the equipment owner owns the data, you can partner on preventive maintenance and other service items, by granting the local CASE dealer access to your telematics data.
  • Improved billing and estimating: With an accurate, historical view into the amounts of time/hours each machine is used on each job, users can proactively bid and estimate jobs more accurately, and retroactively assist in billing.
  • Improved recordkeeping and analysis: SiteWatch’s reporting menu presents data in a way that is intuitive and brings actionable data to the forefront, for more intelligent business decision making and management.
  • Locate equipment: If you’re not sure which crew has a skid steer, or which job site has the wheel loader, SiteWatch will tell you.
  • Prevent unauthorized use: Whether geofenced with alerts, or simply identified through retrospective reporting, SiteWatch identifies and alerts equipment owners to the unauthorized use of valuable assets.
  • Equipment security: Telematics helps locate stolen equipment, which, if recovered and returned by the authorities, is much less expensive than the resulting downtime and replacement costs.

For a limited time, CASE is easing the transition for long-time users by making a dedicated icon in the upper right corner of the program available for switching from the new SiteWatch interface to the previous version.


Case Construction Equipment, (262) 636-6011,


Doosan’s Updated Mini Excavators Deliver Enhanced Performance, Productivity

Doosan Infracore North America LLC, updated mini excavator models, DX42-5K and DX50-5K, with new innovations to increase machine performance, versatility, operator comfort and reliability. In addition, these 4- to 5-metric-ton excavators’ compact size and mobility make them perfect for utility companies that perform underground construction tasks.

DX42-5K and DX50-5K have a high-performing, more fuel-efficient, 3-cylinder Doosan diesel engine. Four new tie-downs – for a total of six – provide extra security during transport. For additional dig depth and reach, a long-arm option is available.

A new dual-flange track roller system works in tandem with an enhanced counterweight for better over-the-side digging and lifting capabilities. Operators now have the option to remove the bucket when lifting to maximize capacity with the new secure lifting point.

For added strength, the dozer blade’s top edge features a more durable design. The blade and frame also have an angled top and rounded edges to keep material from building up on the blade and improve debris shedding. An angle blade remains an option for both models.

Another example of design modification to improve durability is the machine panels come together for a tighter and better fit.

Easy-to-reach auxiliary hydraulic couplers, now located on the machines’ arm, help reduce the time it takes to connect the hydraulic hoses. A new clamp diverter valve option also enables quick connection to another attachment without disconnecting the hydraulic clamp hoses.

Coming standard from the factory with an enclosed, air-conditioned cab, taller and wider windows offer better visibility, and foldable pedals increase foot room. The ergonomic design also includes wider seats, responsive joystick controls, and new joystick buttons to provide additional hands-on control functions.

Cab options include integrated rearview camera for enhanced all-around visibility and a canopy for customers preferring an open operating station.


Doosan Infracore North America LLC, (678) 714-6000,

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