John Deere construction equipment will be available in Europe for the first time in many years with the US-based company introducing two G-Series motor graders to the European market via the Wirtgen Group distribution network in Germany and France.
The 622GP and 672GP will be available in these two countries from early this year.
The European wheeled loader market is relatively buoyant, according to specialist market research and forecasting company Off-Highway Research, with sales of machines over 60kW currently running at just above 10,000 units per year in Western Europe – the best demand has been since the global financial crisis a decade ago.
This puts the value of the market at some US$2.15 billion (€1.9 billion).
Within Europe, the major markets are largely what one would expect – Germany accounts for some 25% of demand and, together with France, Italy and the UK, these big four represent about 60% of regional sales. Continue reading “Wheeled loaders: A healthy load”
Manitou North America is debuting a super-compact Gehl RS4-14 telehandler at World of Concrete this week.
The machine is just under 60 inches wide and 75 inches tall and is the most compact model in the Gehl lineup. It boasts a maximum lift capacity of 4,400 pounds, lift height of 14 feet, 3 inches and outreach of 9 feet. The Gehl RS4-14 telescopic handler has four-wheel drive, Continue reading “Manitou to debut compact telehandler”
Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) has revealed that, by mid-2020, it will begin to launch a range of electric compact excavators (EC15 to EC27) and wheeled loaders (L20 to L28) and stop new diesel engine-based development of these models.
The company said that the move was being made following a positive reaction from the market after the successful unveiling of a number of concept machines in recent years, and by working closely with customers.
Vehicle transmission and component company Dana Incorporated in the USA has completed the acquisition of Italian electric motor manufacturer SME Group.
Headquartered in Arzignano, SME designs and builds low-voltage AC induction and synchronous motors, inverters, and controls for off-highway vehicles, including material handling, construction and agricultural equipment. Continue reading “Dana acquires SME Group”
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the SB or solid body concept for hydraulic breakers and today, Epiroc said that the SB Hydraulic Breakers were a popular range of tools in its portfolio of hydraulic attachments.
The slim, lightweight solid body design is said to offer a number of advantages compared to the conventional hydraulic breakers which had already been around for some years. Epiroc suggested that outstanding durability and reliability, easier handling, lower fuel consumption and other benefits continued to make SB Hydraulic Breakers leaders in a competitive market.
The tough build quality and adaptability of the rough terrain crane type means it’s used often, and often used hard. And with Liebherr now back in the sector, competition from all main players in the sector is high.
US crane manufacturer Link-Belt has updated its 90 tonne capacity 100RT with a newer model. The previous 100RT, which the manufacturer introduced at its CraneFest 2015 event, had a six-section pin and latch boom that extends to 50 metres. The newer model, launched at CraneFest 2018, has a five-section full power formed boom that extends to 47.2 m.