July 2023 Vol. 78 No. 7

New Products

New Products

John Deere Expands P-Tier Compact Wheel Loaders Lineup 

Addressing the needs of customers looking for compact solutions that provide enhanced maneuverability, stability and power, John Deere expands its Performance Tiering offerings, shifting the 244, 324 and 344 compact wheel loaders from L-Series to P-Tier.

“As we continue to make the shift from past generation machines to our current generation of Performance Tiering models, we aim to keep the same features our customers know and trust on the L-Series models, with the added benefits of new productivity enhancements only available on the P-Tier machines,” said Luke Gribble, solutions marketing manager, John Deere. 

Previously offered as an optional upgrade on L-Series models, ride control is now standard on all P-Tier compact wheel loaders. Ideal for customers moving materials over long distances, or on hard surfaces, ride control cushions boom movements during transport, acting like a shock absorber to help minimize material spillage. 

Increasing operator comfort and productivity, this feature is applied with a flip of a switch in the cab and can be set to automatically engage and disengage at a predetermined speed. 

In addition, P-Tier compact wheel loaders continue to feature industry-exclusive Articulation Plus, which enables rear-wheel steering to increase full-turn tipping load and improve maneuverability. 

This steering system combines 30 degrees of standard articulation with an additional 10 degrees of rear-wheel steering. Articulation Plus also provides a significantly higher full-turn tipping load and a tighter turning radius than machines without this feature. 

Designed to provide increased ease of use for operators when utilizing attachments, the upgraded combined creep control and throttle lock found within the attachment assist controls package allows customers to run their machines with higher RPMs and lower ground speeds, with overall fewer manual inputs. 

An enhanced pause and resume function means that reactivating the feature after a change in direction or switch to neutral is seamless, as well. 

An additional feature is an optional auto-reversing fan, which is an easy-to-use solution for customers operating on sites with an abundance of debris or dust. It’s also ideal for applications in agriculture, aggregates and site development. 

To increase operator convenience, the fan can be turned on and off from the console in the cab. The operator can also control the fan’s time intervals by holding down the switch, making for an automated convenience during operation, keeping the operator focused on the job at hand.


John Deere, (844) 809-1508, johndeere.com 



HCSS, a leading provider of innovative software that helps streamline operations of heavy civil businesses, introduced its Fleet Dashcams. Heavy construction companies can use the Dashcams on their fleet vehicles to not only protect drivers but avoid unnecessary accidents and insurance costs. HCSS Dashcams integrate with the HCSS Telematics system.

“In 2022, 4 million harsh driving events were captured in our Telematics,” said Phillip Robinson, telematic product manager at HCSS. “The new dashcam can protect drivers from potential litigation and help clear their names from any wrongdoing. The dashcams also help companies comply with insurance policies, potentially providing discounts on premiums.” 

HCSS ADPlus Dashcams will alert the driver in real-time of potentially unsafe behaviors, and upload events to HCSS Telematics to be reviewed by a fleet manager. Dashcams can also be used to verify complaints from the public regarding a driver’s behavior, providing the proof companies need to reduce false claims with recorded footage. 

HCSS ADPlus Dashcam Features include: 

  • Road and cab-facing cameras 
  • Plug-n-play installation 
  • Built-in AI event detection 
  • Harsh driving detection with 6-axis g-sensor 
  • Real-time in-cab coaching 
  • Dual SD card storage with dual-stream recording (HD and SD recording) 
  • Live-view support 
  • Ultra-low power sleep mode (<0.1W) 

Telematics devices like the HCSS Dashcam capture behavioral events to take precautions against driver errors, such as hard acceleration, braking, and turning. The HCSS Telematics Fleet Safety Report compiles driver behavior information into an easy-to-understand report to facilitate driver coaching. 

“Interested parties can fill out a form [on our website]. Afterward, HCSS will create a custom demo tailored to the company’s needs to show how HCSS Telematics can help to protect fleet drivers immediately,” adds Robinson. 

Felling Trailers 


Felling Trailers, Inc. was awarded a U.S. patent grant for its Air Bi-fold Ramps System – U.S. Patent 11,613,197. 

Once a U.S. Patent is granted, it remains in effect for 20 years from the original filing date. The patent protects the intellectual property of the air bi-fold ramps system design, preventing others from creating, making, or selling a similar product.

“The patent helps to protect our invention and maintain Felling Trailers’ presence in the marketplace as innovative solutions provider both today and in the future,” said Patrick Jennissen, Felling Trailers’ VP of Sales & Marketing. 

Few manufacturers in the marketplace offer an Air Bi-Fold Ramp system, let alone with the functionality that Felling offers. A key feature is the operation of the flip ramp, which locks out fully when extending, preventing scraping or marring of the ground. 

Another key feature is Felling’s controlled flow air ramp technology, which provides for soft ground contact of the ramp, keeping new surfaces free from being damaged. The Air Bi-Fold Ramps are 45 inches wide by 11 feet (7.5’ +3.5’) wood inlaid. For over a decade, Felling Trailers has offered air ramps with available lengths of 6 to 8 feet. 

The 11-foot Air Bi-Fold ramps were designed to accommodate the load angle necessary for loading cumbersome low-clearance equipment, such as paving equipment and directional drills. 

This length provides the operator with a gentler, more gradual incline to provide ease in loading/unloading with its 9.5-degree load angle with the option of air ride suspension when the air is dropped. 

Air-Ramp technology allows operators to use the tow vehicles’ onboard air system to power the ramps, eliminating the maintenance of an onboard electric/hydraulic system. Furthermore, the patented technology allows for minimal ground contact when deploying/retracting the ramps to reduce damage to new pavement when loading/unloading. 

“Air-operated ramps are far more reliable than those powered by an electric/hydraulic pump, making it a clear choice for many paving crews,” said Nathan Uphus, sales manager at Felling Trailers. The patented air bi-fold ramps system is currently available on 20-, 22.5-, 25-, and 30-ton tag series with plans to expand into the semi-trailer lines. 

Felling Trailers Inc. is a family-owned and operated full-line trailer manufacturer located in Central Minnesota. Started in 1974, Felling Trailers has grown from a small shop to a factory and office complex that today covers over 441,000 square feet. 

Felling’s pride and differentiation is its customized trailer division. Its engineers utilize the latest, industry-leading design techniques, and its experienced metal craftspeople use cutting-edge technology to turn its customers’ conceptual trailer needs into tangible products.

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