The CONEXPO Chronicles: Scoping Out Montabert’s Micro CPA Drilling Attachment

We’ve read and reported about Montabert’s Micro CPA line of drilling attachments, but at CONEXPO we finally got to check them out in person. Designed for use on a variety of carriers — including compact excavators, backhoe loaders and skid steer loaders — the Montabert Micro CPA drilling attachment provides versatility and performance. These drilling attachments are the first of their kind in North America, but have been used all over the world in pipeline trenching, utility work, tiebacks, reinforcement and long-reach applications.

The Micro CPA H22/H25 drilling attachments, along with the Micro CPA R25/R32, are single-pass drills with a feed rotation of 45 degrees from vertical. They create holes with diameters measuring 1 to 1-3/4 in. and 1-1/4 to 3 in., respectively, with maximum hole lengths of 20 ft and 30 ft. Both models can be mounted to carriers in the 5- to 10-ton range.

The Micro CPA 360 R25/R32 drilling attachments are equipped with 360-degree rotation, allowing the operator to adjust from vertical, to overhead, to horizontal drilling with ease. The R25/R32 provides a 1-3/4- to 3-in. hole diameter, with maximum hole lengths of 30 ft and can be mounted to carriers in the 8- to 15-ton range. 

All Micro CPA drilling attachments use a high-performance Montabert Drifter and feature radio remote control capabilities, allowing the drilling attachment to be operated from outside the cab of the carrier and eliminating potential carrier connection issues. An optional dust collector, with high suction capacity or a water injection system, is available to reduce the dust escape.

In addition to requiring less initial investment than their conventional drilling counterparts, the Micro CPA drilling attachments offer the versatility of being quickly exchanged for other attachments within minutes and are more easily transportable between jobsites. Backed by a vast parts, service and support system, this new line of drilling attachments will provide operators a reliable and productive drilling alternative.

The CONEXPO Chronicles: The Toro Co. Celebrates 100 Years, Talks Underground Construction Business

At CONEXPO, The Toro Co. celebrated its 100th birthday. Yesterday at CONEXPO, The Toro Co. celebrated its 100th birthday (complete with cake!) with members of the press and company officials.  Although the big day isn’t until July 10, there are plenty of reasons to start the celebrations early. According to Michael J. Hoffman,

Toro’s chairman and chief executive officer, Toro attributes its remarkable longevity to, “the character of our people and channel partners, and their relentless commitment to serving our customers and building market leadership through innovation.” 

Toro’s yearlong celebration of its 100th anniversary provides an opportunity not only to look back on the company’s notable achievements, but also to recognize the ingenuity and dedication of its employees — and to thank its channel partners and end-user customers around the world for their loyalty and trust in The Toro Co.

As Hoffman put it, “These same values that have been core throughout our first 100 years form the foundation for continued success into our next century.”

But our stop at The Toro Co.’s booth wasn’t just about the cake. There, we were able to check out the company’s new Toro DD2024 horizontal directional drill. The new machine combines a compact design with 20,000 lbs of pullback force and 2,400 ft-lbs of rotary torque. Powered by a 74-hp Cummins B3.3 turbocharged diesel engine, the DD2024 delivers consistent and reliable performance in all operating conditions. Its quad rack and pinion carrier design spreads the load evenly for smooth and stable movement. The onboard mud pump flows up to 30 gpm and the floating carriage has two speeds, including a 120 ft/min fast mode.

The company also discussed the addition of seven underground equipment dealers — with a total of 10 new locations — to its comprehensive distribution network in North America. In total, Toro has added 24 underground equipment dealers to its growing distribution network.

The following equipment dealerships will now carry the full line of Toro underground equipment, including directional drills, compact utility loaders, trenchers, vibratory plows and stump grinders:

  • Franklin Equipment LLC in Groveport, Ohio
  • Alta Construction Equipment Inc. in New Hudson, Mich.
  • Global Machinery in Denver, Colorado and Sacramento, Calif.
  • Valley DW Inc. in Corpus Christi, Texas
  • Joe Johnson Equipment in West Saint Paul, Manitoba; Dartmouth, Nova Scotia and Rochester, NY
  •  Equipment Inc. in Jackson, Miss.
  •  C&O Equipment Co. in Keller, Texas

“We are excited to have these seven reputable dealers carrying the Toro underground product line,” explained Butch Greeninger, director of sales for The Toro Co. “These new dealers will not only provide our top quality underground products to key markets in North America, but also offer the high level of service and support that end users have come to expect from Toro.”

“Canada continues to be a high-growth market,” he added. “With their ongoing need for both residential and commercial construction, there is a demand for trusted ground-engaging equipment, and we are excited to be represented in Manitoba and Nova Scotia by Joe Johnson Equipment, in addition to the other markets they cover.”


The CONEXPO Chronicles: Somethin’ ‘Bout a Case Press Conference

Nestled in the North Hall at CONEXPO, sits Case Construction Equipment’s bustling, rustic booth inspired by the company’s famed Tomahawk, Wis., Customer Center. From that very booth, the company held a press conference this afternoon highlighting its commitment to infrastructure improvement and its machines that serve the construction industry.

During the press conference, Case introduced the new CX350D hydraulic excavator, the first of the D Series excavators to be introduced in North America. (Note: The Case CX350D will not be available until the early part of 2015 in North America.) The CX350D offers significant advances in power, fuel savings, operation and control — all while meeting the new Tier 4 Final regulations for emissions control. The Case CX350D features an innovative combination of cooled exhaust gas recirculation (CEGR), selective catalytic reduction (SCR) and diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC) technologies, which helps maximize uptime and performance.

The company also discussed its new M Series line of dozers, which was released in late 2013. The new product line includes five models ranging from 92 to 214 net hp. The M Series dozers were designed from the ground up and take into account extensive customer research, testing and feedback related to durability, productivity, controls, comfort and serviceability. Key features found on the M Series dozers include best-in-class drawbar pull, increased horsepower ratings, the first selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology built into a dozer, fuel savings up to 14 percent, industry leading visibility, new versatile controls and a pressurized cab for optimal comfort.

UC Associate Editor Pam Kleineke was super excited to meet Kip Moore at Case's press conference this afternoon. Then much to our surprise (and sheer delight of Associate Editor Pam Kleineke), the company announced its partnership with country music star Kip Moore  (who has such hits as "Somethin' 'Bout a Truck" and "Hey Pretty Girl") to participate in a number of customer engagement and community events throughout 2014. This includes exclusive appearances at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2014, customer meet-and-greets at Moore tour stops throughout North America, and future events and initiatives aligned with both Case’s Dire States infrastructure development program, as well as Moore’s passion for building up communities, including parks and educational infrastructure. 

“Kip is an individual of strong character who shares Case’s interest in giving back and investing in our communities,” says Jim Hasler, vice president of Case Construction Equipment. “He’s much like the Case brand — not flashy, but powerful. And you’ll be seeing a lot more from both of us. His music connects with our customers in a very honest way that reflects the reality of their daily lives and experiences. We look forward to working with Kip on our common interests.”

The CONEXPO Chronicles: Bradco Ground Shark Extreme-Duty Takes a Bite Out of Brush

We won’t lie… anything with sharks pretty much intrigues the CE and UC staff — Jaws, the Shark Reef at Mandalay Bay, Sharknado. So when we caught a glimpse of the Bradco Ground Shark Extreme-Duty Brush Cutter by Paladin Attachments at CONEXPO today, we were pumped.

The Ground Shark Extreme-Duty Brush Cutter attaches to high-flow skid steers for increased production, maximum reliability and ease of maintenance when clearing tough ground vegetation, brush and sapling trees up to 7 in. in diameter. Four blades with alternating bevels provide deep penetrating, self-clearing, axe-like cuts and spin on a heavy-duty retention disc for increased stability and smooth operation. To increase blade wear life, the 3/4-in. thick high-grade steel blades are designed to rotate inwards when there is contact with an obstacle. The exclusive, patent-pending, fully enclosed auto-retractable front shield allows for maximum blade utilization and optimized debris deflection, and the heavy-construction push bar minimizes the possibility of trees falling back toward the machine for increased safety. Constructed of 1/4-in. steel and finished with a high-quality powder coat, the unique “Clean-Deck” design reduces snagging and funnels material to the corners for optimal debris control and greater blade performance. The highly visible pressure gauge allows the operator to maintain peak performance and prevent stalling.

The Bradco Ground Shark Extreme-Duty Brush Cutter comes in a 72-in. cutting width and is designed with a direct drive system for smoother and quieter operation. The vertical motor features a heavy-duty spline shaft that increases performance. Optional bolt-on stump grinding carbide teeth increase mulching performance and allow for leveling of stumps and the replaceable wear shoes extend deck life. Motor and valve assemblies that are fully shielded and dual steps improve safety when entering or exiting the cab.

The Ground Shark Extreme-Duty is part of the Ground Shark family, geared toward vegetation management professionals performing roadside maintenance, right-of-way clearing, site preparation, fire control, fence line maintenance and trail maintenance. The product family also includes the 60-, 72- and 78-in. Ground Shark Standard-Duty Brush Cutters that clear light- to medium-density brush and hardwoods up to 4 in. in diameter.

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The CONEXPO Chronicles: Komatsu America Launches Its Third Generation Hybrid HB215LC-2 Hydraulic Excavator

Today at CONEXPO, Komatsu America Corp. introduced its new HB215LC-2 hybrid hydraulic excavator. This third generation model is based on iterations of Komatsu hybrid experience. The HB215LC-2 is the result of years of Komatsu research and development exemplifying the company’s firm commitment to quality, reliability and environmental stewardship.

Komatsu was the first in the industry to introduce a hybrid excavator. Since that introduction in 2008, the company has sold more than 2,500 hybrid excavators worldwide.

Komatsu continues to strengthen its innovation leadership in the construction equipment market by delivering an excavator that features enhanced hybrid components, a new efficient Komatsu EPA Tier 4 Interim engine and powerful lift capacity and stability. Further refinement of Komatsu hybrid technology has further improved the fuel efficiency of the HB215LC-2, while still delivering fast and powerful swing performance for the operator. The HB215LC-2 has an increased operating weight of 49,383 lbs and a bucket capacity of 1.57 cubic yards.

The hybrid excavator is equipped with the full featured KOMTRAX remote monitoring technology. Data such as fuel levels, operating hours, location, cautions and maintenance alerts are relayed to the web application for analysis. A new Auto Idle Shutdown function helps reduce idle time as well as operating costs.

Seamless Operation Equals Greater Productivity

The HB215LC-2 does not have a scheduled replacement interval for its Komatsu Diesel Oxidation Catalyst (KDOC). The KDOC integrated design allows this simple system to remove soot using 100 percent “true passive regeneration” without the need for a diesel particulate filter (DPF). The KDOC is designed for long life without a scheduled replacement interval. Less complexity and truly seamless operation for the operator means lower owning and operating costs. Also incorporated is a variable-flow turbocharger that provides optimal airflow under all speeds and load conditions.

Cutting-Edge Technology

The HB215LC-2 is powered by the Komatsu Hybrid System, which includes Komatsu’s electric swing motor, power generator motor, ultra-capacitor and a powerful139-hp SAA4D107E-2-A diesel engine. Komatsu developed its revolutionary hybrid system to work on the principle of swing energy regeneration and energy storage using the Komatsu Ultra Capacitor system. Komatsu’s Ultra-Capacitor provides fast energy storage and instantaneous power transmission.

The kinetic energy generated during the swing-braking phase is converted to electricity, which is sent through an inverter and then captured by the Komatsu Ultra Capacitor. When accelerating under workload conditions that captured energy is discharged very quickly for upper structure rotation and to assist the engine as commanded by the hybrid controller.  The reserve power stored by the hybrid technology equates to approximately 60 additional horsepower. This reserve power is available to maximize machine performance by supporting the engine or is used for swing power.

The HB215LC-2 saves an average of 20 percent fuel with an equivalent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions as compared to the standard excavator model. The new Hybrid HB215LC-2 offers power and efficiency, yet reduces environmental impact.

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The CONEXPO Chronicles: Cat Features Its 910K and 914K Compact Wheel Loaders

At CONEXPO, Cat is showcasing two new compact wheel loaders — the 910K, a new model in the range, and the 914K, replacing both the 914G2 and IT14G2.­ Both of these machines feature Caterpillar's exclusive Optimized Z-bar loader linkage, allowing these new models to work with the digging power of conventional Z-bar machines, while also providing the parallel lift of an integrated tool carrier. Both models use a 92-net horsepower, EPA Tier 4 Interim engine, the Cat Hystat hydrostatic drive system and newly designed cabs. High-lift booms, couplers and a range of work tools, including Cat Performance Series buckets, are available to help ensure optimum versatility and productivity.

Design Features 

The 910K and 914K feature the Cat C3.8B engine, longitudinally mounted to facilitate routine maintenance and to provide excellent rearward visibility. A new, single-plane cooling system uses an efficient hydraulically driven fan or an optional Cat Demand Fan that operates only as required. An ECO mode regulates high idle, saving fuel and lowering sound levels with no compromise in machine performance, while also effectively controlling downhill braking. Exhaust after-treatment requires only a diesel particulate filter, eliminating the need for diesel exhaust fluid.

Refinements in the Cat Hystat system allow a 25-mph top speed for the new machines, and a convenient switch in the right console provides on-the-go shifting between two speed ranges. The electronically controlled hydrostatic transmission delivers maximum rimpull in both ranges and automatically regulates speed during downhill travel.

Refinements in the cab design for the 910K and 914K include expanded visibility to the work tool — resulting from the new loader-linkage design and compact hydraulic-hose routing — as well as control-layout modifications. The Deluxe cab features two side-entry doors, low-effort electro-hydraulic joystick, suspended pedals, tilt steering wheel, air-suspended and heated seat and optional security keypad. The multi-function loader-control joystick also incorporates transmission and differential-lock controls and accommodates controls for two-, three- and four-valve hydraulic systems, including proportional control of auxiliary circuits.

The new machines are available with an Integrated Tool Carrier coupler, compatible with legacy IT Cat work tools as well as the Cat ISO coupler, designed to work with a full range of Cat Performance Series buckets, optimized ISO pallet forks and certain competitive attachments. Cat Performance Series buckets feature a large throat opening, long floor, curved side bars, ample rack-back and efficient strike plane to assist operators in loading faster, to capacity, while retaining material during travel. High-lift booms provide 14 in. of added clearance.

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The CONEXPO Chronicles: John Deere Introduces Ultimate Uptime

To start off our CONEXPO-CON/AGG coverage, let’s talk about John Deere’s new Ultimate Uptime customer support solution. Ultimate Uptime is designed to improve customers’ profitability by maximizing productivity and uptime while lowering operating costs. Introduced at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2014, Ultimate Uptime — featuring John Deere WorkSight — is fully customizable to every customer and is delivered by John Deere dealers.

“When we ask customers what they want from us, we hear one answer more than any other: uptime. Downtime hinders their productivity and reduces their profitability. So we created Ultimate Uptime to keep their fleet running and their productivity high,” said Mark Germain, director, customer and product support for John Deere Construction and Forestry. 

The Ultimate Uptime Base Package, included with almost all John Deere machines, includes pre-delivery set-up and follow-up inspections, along with three years of John Deere WorkSight’s uptime optimization benefits. The defining component of Ultimate Uptime, John Deere WorkSight includes:

  • JDLink Ultimate telematics, which alerts customers and dealers of hours, location, geofencing, diagnostic trouble codes and maintenance tracking. 
  •  A John Deere exclusive, machine health prognostics analyzes data from JDLink, fluid analysis and machine inspections, and then e-mails the dealer and customer with recommended solutions to avoid costly downtime.
  •  Also a John Deere exclusive, remote diagnostics and programming enables dealers to read and reset diagnostic trouble codes, record machine performance data and even update software without a technician visit to the jobsite. When service visits are required, technicians can often arrive with the right parts in hand to make the repair.

Beyond the Base Package, dealers can customize premium packages depending on the customer’s precise needs. Premium packages may include extended warranties, planned maintenance agreements, fluid sampling, loaner machines, on-site spare parts and other solutions.

Additional Ultimate Uptime solutions can be financed with the machine or through revolving credit options. John Deere Financial has a full menu of customized business solutions to meet customers’ cash flow needs. 

“Every contractor has different needs and challenges that they deal with,” said Germain. “Beyond our exclusive, technology-driven features our customers get with Ultimate Uptime, their John Deere dealer can build in additional custom solutions to meet their exact needs.”

For more information about Ultimate Uptime featuring John Deere WorkSight, visit the John Deere booth at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2014 (#12621) near the main entrance of the North Hall. You can also visit or contact your local dealer.

Compact Equipment and Utility Contractor Head to CONEXPO 2014!

At a pre-CONEXPO event hosted by Caterpillar, the CE and UC staff had the chance to meet Mike Rowe and snag autographed copies of his new book Profoundly Disconnected. Greetings from lovely Las Vegas! Editors Keith Gribbins and Pam Kleineke here.

This week we’re reporting from  CONEXPO-CON/AGG — the largest construction equipment trade show in North America. This year’s event certainly delivers with more than 2,400 exhibitors showcasing new products and technologies for every major construction industry. The Association of Equipment Manufacturers, the show’s organizer, is expecting more than 125,000 visitors to journey through the massive exhibition space. 

Be sure to check back throughout the day for coverage and see all the new and innovative products being launched as I type. Our day has just begun and our minds are already blown with the impressive equipment displays we’ve seen and we can’t wait to share them with all of you. 

And if you're heading to the show, here's a quick reminder about times: 

Opening Times
Tuesday to Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

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Viewpoint Construction Software Acquires Maxwell Systems

 Viewpoint Construction Software recently announced that it has acquired Maxwell Systems, a long-time provider of construction software solutions built for contractors including takeoff and estimating, project management and accounting solutions. This acquisition provides Viewpoint the opportunity to extend and increase their ability to provide contemporary and mission-critical software solutions, including estimating, to a broader construction market audience.

More than 200 Maxwell team members will join the Viewpoint family and continue the development and support of core Maxwell products. With this acquisition, the Viewpoint organization will now employ nearly 700 people and will serve more than 8,000 customers worldwide.

“Viewpoint has been very successful in serving the needs of construction organizations that require a highly configurable and scalable ERP solution. Even with this success, we were looking to extend our focus on customer care to a large portion of the market — more than 500,000 construction firms — who are looking for an integrated but very easy to use solution that’s better focused on their business model,” stated Jay Haladay, CEO of Viewpoint. “Solving these contractor needs required a different approach, and Maxwell’s ProContractor product fits quite well. ProContractor is built using the same Microsoft components used in Viewpoint’s V6 Accounting and Project Management software, but is fine-tuned for simplicity and ease of use. Beyond meeting the needs of this broader market, Viewpoint becomes one of the most comprehensive construction-specific software publishers in the world and provides solutions that address all points of the construction lifecycle from estimating and preconstruction to service maintenance.”

“Viewpoint is also excited to continue Maxwell’s significant sponsorship of the Associated Builders and Contractors. This, combined with Viewpoint’s existing Premier Partner relationship with the CFMA [Construction Financial Managers Association] demonstrates our long-term commitment to the construction industry,” continued Haladay.

Terex Utilities Sponsors “Woodwalkers” Reality TV Show

Terex Utilities recently announced that it is one of seven inaugural sponsors of “Woodwalkers,” a new reality television show airing to 96 million viewers nationwide on Tuff TV. The show is based on the Southeast Lineman Training Center’s six-part series, “Elevated — The Story of the Woodwalkers.” “Elevated” is a docudrama highlighting the journey of individuals going through the vocational school’s 15-week training program to becoming a lineman apprentice.

“Woodwalkers are part of an elite, highly-trained group of future American heroes — the ones that keep the power turned on for the rest of us, through the heat of the summer, the dead of winter and through every thunderstorm and natural disaster,” said PJ Nardy, executive vice president, Southeast Lineman Training Center (SLTC). “The show follows the journey of hopeful apprentice lineworkers at SLTC as they ‘put it all on the line’ for a chance at a new career and a fresh start at life. From scaling soaring 60-ft poles to rescuing an injured co-worker when every second counts, viewers will be amazed at some of the shocking scenarios a lineman must be trained to face every day as part of his job. Our goal with this series is to share these incredible stories.”

The show is fully sponsored by companies, like Terex, that make equipment and products that serve the lineman industry. In addition to appearing in company and product spotlights throughout the series, Terex digger derricks and bucket trucks also are used in several episodes by the apprentice lineman to complete training tasks.

“Being an inaugural sponsor of the docudrama ‘Woodwalkers’ gives Terex Utilities a great opportunity to demonstrate our ongoing commitment to be a value-added resource and partner to our customers and their crews — the Woodwalkers — in the electric utilities market,” says Jim Lohan, Terex Utilities vice president of sales and marketing. “SLTC provides apprentice lineman with extremely valuable training, as well as an understanding of work methods and safety procedures, to meet the most current jobsite requirements and industry standards. It is an honor for Terex to be one of the school’s ongoing equipment suppliers, as well as a sponsor of this show, as they work to train and gain visibility for these unsung heroes.”

Other inaugural sponsors of the show include Bashlin Industries, Buckingham, Greenlee, Sherman & Riley, Klien Tools, J.L Matthews, NESCO and Hastings.

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