May 2023 Vol. 78 No. 5

New Products

New Products


Volvo Construction Equipment has upgraded its zero-emissions, low-noise L20 and L25 Electric compact wheel loaders to another level of productivity, versatility and operator comfort.

Updates include increasing the maximum speed to 12.4 mph (20km/h), the option to fit a parallel linkage that delivers high breakout torque in various applications, additional operator-friendly features, and improved charging. 

For operator comfort, noise levels were lowered inside and outside the cab, thanks to a new hydraulic pump and the relocation of the main control valve from the cab to the front frame. 

A new electric parking brake improves uptime with hill-hold functionality, a convenient automatic feature for operators working on inclines or rough terrain. Because the disc brake in the former model is replaced by a spring-applied and hydraulic-released wet-disc brake, related maintenance requirements are removed, helping to cut costs and machine downtime. 

The time it takes to achieve a full charge from zero is only six hours with the 6-kW onboard charger, if used with a 240V socket or level 2 public charging station. Speedier charging is available with optional off-board DC fast chargers at 11.5 kW or 17.3 kW. 


Saint-Gobain Abrasives, one of the world’s largest abrasives manufacturers, introduced Norton Vortex Rapid Prep Non-Woven Flap Discs.

An upgrade from traditional Rapid Prep single-layer hook and loop discs, the new ones feature special three-dimensional, non-woven abrasive layers. This design generates impressive performance results, including more than 50-percent higher material removal rates (MRR). 

It also ensures uniform finishing, with a consistently low surface finish value, and provides forgiveness and reduced vibration on uneven surfaces for maximum ergonomic use. 

In addition, multiple layers of surface conditioning material provide added life, fewer disc changes for better efficiency, and reduced vibration. So, the discs last longer and produce significantly increased cutting rates and smear-free finishes, simultaneously. 

Norton’s patented Vortex agglomerated aluminum oxide grain technology delivers the cutting power of a coarser grit, while producing a finer finish in one abrasives disc solution. Norton proprietary Clean Bond resin technology guarantees smear-free finishes, even on high nickel content alloys, and reduced loading when cutting aluminum and other softer metals. 

Discs are available in 41/2- by 7/8-inch and 41/2- x 5/8-inch, 11 sizes, in fine, very fine, medium, and coarse grits. They are ideal for light blending, stripping, edge breaking and surface prep applications in key industries such as metal fabrication and welding, aerospace, transportation, energy and construction. 

Felling Trailers 

Wide-set heavy construction equipment, like mid-size crawler excavators and dozers, can be challenging for any seasoned equipment hauler. It’s typically oversized, particularly heavy, and unique in shape (length, height, and width).

Felling Trailers Inc. introduced Low Pro Heavy Duty (LP HD) models, to its deck-over tag line, for transporting such loads. 

“As equipment continues to get bigger and wider, how weight is distributed can make or break a trailer,” said Nathan Uphus, sales manager at Felling Trailers. 

“Our LP HD series tag has been designed and engineered to accommodate equipment that has an 8- to 8.5-foot-wide track gauge (center to center of tracks), which will concentrate the machine’s weight directly over the side rails, typically 10 feet-plus overall width machines.” 

Two models are currently available: 

  • FT-50-3 LP HD triple-axle, 25-ton, with 24-, 26-, 28- and 30-foot deck lengths 
  • FT-60-4 LP HD quad-axle, 30-ton (4-axle legality varies by state/providence); 28-, 30-, and 32-foot deck lengths. 

The company also released design modifications to the X-Force hydraulic detachable gooseneck that enhance operator usability, while reducing production time and materials. 

More often than not, an operator must offload/load equipment on less-than-ideal terrain that is soft or uneven. Considering this scenario, the gooseneck stirrups were designed to provide an additional 1-3/4-inch ground clearance, making the hookup/disconnect process easier.

Another feature simplifies the operation process. As the deck is raised into position, setting the trailer’s ride height, the load blocks auto-ratchet into position. An interlocking connection between the load block and the secondary lock mechanism synchronizes  
the action of the two, eliminating the independent lock handle. 

Lastly, the trough of the gooseneck was reconfigured for optimal performance of the lock pin, allowing dirt and debris to fall away more efficiently and substantially reducing buildup over time. 

Solid and reliable, Felling’s X-Force HDG series, with 35- to 60-ton load capacities, continues to offer a broad selection of options and features to ensure the trailer is built to the spec that owners/operators need for their applications. 

Family-owned and -operated Felling Trailers has been known as an innovative solutions provider in the transport industry for more than 45 years. 


DEVELON (formerly Doosan Infracore) evolved its compact equipment offering with a stronger machine. The new DX89R-7 mini excavator replaces the DX85R-3, enhancing many of its predecessor’s features. 

Powered by a Tier 4-compliant D24 diesel engine, the DX89R-7 provides increased productivity, and its auxiliary hydraulic flow remains readily available for using hydraulic-powered attachments.

Increased operating weight and a new counterweight design make the machine more stable, for greater lifting capacity – especially when used to lift and place objects such as pipes, boulders or hardscape materials. The greater weight also makes DX89R-7’s traction force higher, meaning customers can push material more efficiently with a dozer blade. 

Providing more flexibility, a thumb switch on the left joystick controls the excavator’s boom swing. This can be helpful in a confined space when the operator needs to dig next to an existing structure or obstacle. 

DEVELON’s newest mini excavator introduces all-new features for operator comfort and easy access to everyday maintenance items like filters, fluids, air cleaner and battery. 

“The new 9-metric-ton DX89R-7 excavator is a bridge between our smaller mini excavators and our crawler excavators,” said Thomas Lee, director of product management at DEVELON. “It gives our customers the flexibility of a mini excavator with more power and dig depth they may need, without moving up to a larger machine.” 


Draeger’s X-am 2800 multi-gas detector for personal monitoring simultaneously measures up to four gases. Users can choose sensors for flammable gases and vapors, as well as oxygen, carbon monoxide, hydrogen sulfide, nitrogen dioxide, and sulfur dioxide.

The X-am 2800 is optimized for use with the cloud-based software solution, Dräger Gas Detection Connect. For efficient fleet management, the data recorded can also be transferred directly to Gas Detection Connect using the Dräger X-dock test station, giving secure access at any time through an internet browser. 

The newly engineered CatEx sensor is shock resistant and can be configured for flammable vapors such as gasoline, diesel and nonane, or for gases like methane, propane and hydrogen. Moreover, the sensor is especially resistant to poisonous substances. 

Because gas detectors are worn on the body, carrying comfort and robustness are just as important as reliability. Thanks to its small size and low weight, the X-am 2800 can be worn conveniently on a clip. 

Its large buttons make it easy to use while wearing gloves and the prominent display of the X-am 2800 features a language-free user interface and clearly shows important information, such as gas readings, alarms and the time. 

Approved for use in Ex zone 0, the X-am 2800 has also been tested according to protection class IP68. Confirmed by a drop test, it withstood a fall of more than 2 meters (6 feet). It’s also compatible with accessories from the popular Dräger X-am series, including the charger, X-dock station, and calibration adapter. The durable Dräger sensors and the rechargeable, easy-to-replace power supply ensure the device remains operational for many years. 

Moreover, the X-am 2800 was engineered with sustainability in mind. The technical documentation and packaging have been designed to save paper, and Dräger ensures the proper recycling of disused devices. 

Dräger is Founded in 1889, Dräger Group is an international leader in the fields of medical and safety technology. Our products protect, support, and save lives. 


Delivering premium performance, the new Cat 950 and 962 Next Generation Wheel Loaders feature standard, simple-to-use technologies that boost operator efficiencies, provide consistent bucket fill factors and increase productivity. 

The field-proven, reliable Cat C7.1 engine offers high power density with a combination of proven electronics, fuel and air systems.

Equipped with the automatic Cat regeneration system, the engine meets U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final, EU Stage V, Korea Tier 5 and Japan 2014 emission standards, without interrupting operation. 

Electric fuel priming pump, fuel-water separator and secondary fuel filter combine with component design and machine validation to offer unmatched reliability and uptime. 

These flexible loaders enable operators of all experience levels to be more productive in the toughest situations. Application-specific profiles and selectable job aids can be set at the touch of a button. Wirelessly connecting the machine to the office, Product Link gives access to production and essential machine health information for making fact-based decisions. 

Consistently high bucket fill factors, provided by new Autodig with Auto Set Tires, deliver up to 10-percent more productivity, compared to the previous models. Single clutch and lock-to-lock shifting of the 5-speed transmission offers faster acceleration and speed on grades. 

Cat Performance Series Buckets balance bucket shape against the loader’s linkage, resulting in higher fill factors and better material retention. 

Allowing the machine to move quickly from task to task, the Cat Fusion Quick Coupler offers easy tool changes without the operator leaving the cab. Ongoing filter and fluid costs are up to 30-percent lower on the new models, thanks to new change intervals. 


GSSI’s ground penetrating radar (GPR) systems are designed to help your business, while saving time and money. The UtilityScan DF is for complex jobs with multiple targets that are buried shallow and deep.

Two antennas, 300 MHz and 800 MHz, are built into one system, allowing view of shallow and deep targets simultaneously in a single scan on the screen. Applications include utility detection, environmental assessment, archaeology, and forensics. 

Both metallic and non-metallic targets can be identified quickly and easily, and GSSI’s patented LineTrac technology gives users the ability to detect AC power and induced RF energy present in buried utilities. 

Using the UtilityScan DF ahead of digging lets users avoid service utilities such as gas, communications, and sewer lines, as well as underground storage tanks and PVC pipes in various soils. 

GSSI. is the world leader in the development, manufacture, and sale of GPR equipment, primarily for the concrete inspection, utility mapping and locating, road and bridge deck evaluation, geophysics, and archaeology markets. Our equipment is used all over the world to explore the subsurface of the earth and to inspect infrastructure systems non-destructively.

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