Monthly Archive for February, 2012

Bobcat V417 VersaHandler Offers Increased Lift Height And Attachment Versatility

The V417 VersaHandler’s two-stage boom can lift more than 4,400 pounds, and its narrow frame and compact size (just 6 feet wide and 6.5 feet tall) makes it easy to enter limited access areas. This telescopic tool carrier is well-suited for building sites, landscaping projects and rental companies. A contractor can easily and quickly go from pick-and-place tasks to other jobsite duties using the standard-equipped Bob-Tach system, such as attaching an angle broom to sweep away dirt and debris, or a bucket for grading and backfilling. If you already own a large-frame loader and are interested in a telescopic tool carrier, the V417 is the perfect fit. Combining features of the skid-steer loader and VersaHandler give you the best of both worlds — the advantage of using a variety of attachments on a telescoping boom that has a higher capacity, extended reach and greater lift height.

Volvo Construction Equipment’s New L60G, L70G And L90G Wheel Loaders In The 13 To 17 Ton Class

The latest additions to Volvo Construction Equipment’s G-Series wheel loaders are the L60G, L70G, and L90G midsized machines. Not only does the loader arms’ patented TP linkage offer superior breakout and lifting forces, they also remain perfectly parallel throughout the lifting range — ensuring load stability. This combination of power throughout the lift cycle, parallel movement and long reach makes the L60G, L70G and L90G ideal in material handling jobs. Suitable for a wide range of other applications, these machines can change tools quickly, because of the Volvo hydraulic attachment bracket.

The L60G, L70G and L90G all enjoy the modern stylistic overhaul of the rest of the G-Series range. This includes a new electrically operated sloping engine hood design that improves rear visibility and, when opened, provides wide access to the engine compartment for easier servicing and repair.

Higher torque with lower emissions

These new machines meet Tier 4i emissions regulations. The L60G, L70G, and L90G are powered by a Volvo 6-liter, 6-cylinder turbocharged V-ACT (Volvo Advanced Combustion Technology) off-highway diesel engine, which features cooled gas recirculation and a particulate filter with active regeneration. The diesel particulate filter (DPF) temporarily holds the particulate matter and then incinerates it, further reducing emissions. This process is conducted without any loss of performance or operation. Producing between 161 and 173 hp depending on the model, these three units provide high torque at low engine speeds.

The D6 engine also delivers fuel efficiency, reliability, and low noise levels. The production of torque and power at low engine speeds, combined with load-sensing hydraulics, promotes work at a lower rpm, which in turn extends engine life, lowers fuel usage, and dramatically reduces noise. A hydraulically driven, electronically controlled fan, which increases fan speeds only when needed also adds to fuel economy and lower noise levels.

Built to perform together

These new engines are matched to drivetrain, hydraulics, and lifting systems that are all designed and produced by Volvo for improved productivity, lower emissions, greater smoothness, easy serviceability, and operator comfort. The L90G wheel loader also features a 23 percent increase in lifting force and 19 percent improvement in breakout force. The improvement ensures smooth operation and full buckets for faster cycle times and increased productivity.

Load-sensing hydraulics delivers power to hydraulic functions only when needed, eliminating unnecessary oil pumping. Fitted with high capacity axial piston pumps with variable flow, the working hydraulic pressure has been increased from 3,771 to 4,496 psi. These improvements provide superior control of the attachments and loading, as well as higher breakout forces and faster lift and tilt functions.

Transmissions feature the Volvo Automatic Power Shift (APS) concept, which ensures the loader always operates in the ideal gear by sensing engine and travel speed, kick-down, engine braking, and other factors. Offering operators a choice of four gear-shifting programs, APS results in more efficient work cycles with lower fuel consumption and wear. Power is delivered to the ground through heavy-duty wet brake axles that offer high rim pull. In difficult terrain, operators can select the differential lock to transfer 100 percent of the available power to the drive wheels, reducing tire slippage and offering maximum traction in soft or slippery conditions. Purpose-built, durable axle housings absorb all loading from the machine, reducing working stresses on the axle shafts for longer life.

The Volvo patented Torque Parallel (TP) linkage combines the benefits of Z-bar and Parallel linkages in one system, delivering good parallel movement and high breakout force, even in the highest lift position. The TP linkage has a strong and durable design to withstand tough conditions.

Comfortably in control

ROPS/FOPS approved, visibility in the spacious new cab is excellent to the rear, to the bucket edge, and to the centrally located instrumentation. Operators can breathe easily thanks to efficient air management and filtering systems — and get the job done in a comfortable, clean, low-noise, low-vibration work environment.

The servo controls are mounted in an adjustable console, and pilot-operated hydraulics enable attachments to be easily controlled with minimal effort and high precision. Also, to encourage operators to work smoothly, the eco accelerator pedal applies an appropriate amount of mechanical backpressure, encouraging operating techniques with low fuel consumption. Fuel use is also reduced, thanks to a load-sensing steering system, which only activates when the steering wheel is turned.

The G-Series comes with advanced electronic monitoring diagnostics that are designed to prolong machine 
life, enhance uptime, and maximize productivity. Contronics monitors functions in real time and alerts the operator if problems occur. MATRIS charts and analyzes data on machine handling and operation. VCADS Pro is a service tool that allows easy trouble shooting. CareTrack, the Volvo Construction Equipment telematics system, allows machine location and operating data to be securely viewed via the Internet from anywhere in the world, aiding decisions on maintenance and repairs.


Servicing is made easy on the G-Series, with daily pre-start items quickly checked and scheduled service items conveniently grouped together. The new-look engine cover also provides better ventilation of the engine compartment and gives good access for fast and easy cleaning or servicing duties. Centralized, ground level lubrication banks lower the time spent on scheduled maintenance. Service items, like filters, are easy to reach and easy to replace. The rear axles are supported on maintenance-free cradles and include greased-for-life bearings and bushings that reduce service requirements.

The G-Series comes with a wide range of Volvo attachments to suit the application. Attachment brackets make changing tools fast and easy. All are designed and approved by Volvo to work in perfect harmony with the machines’ link-arm geometry, breakout, rim pull, and lifting forces.

Model Specifications

Model L60G L70G L90G
Engine D6H Tier 4i D6H Tier 4i D6H Tier 4i
Maximum Power 
1400 – 1800 rpm 
1400 – 1700 rpm 
1400 – 1700 rpm
ISO 9249, 
SAEJ1349 net 161 hp (120 kW) 169 hp (126 kW) 173 hp (129 kW)
Breakout force 18,637 lbf

(82,9 kN)*

21,447 lbf

(95,3 kN)**

31,765 lbf

(141,3 kN)***

Static tipping load at full turn 16,402 lb

(7440 kg)*

18,651 lb

(8460 kg)**

21,010 lb

(9530 kg)***

Buckets 2.2 – 6.5 yd3

(1.6 – 5.0 m3)

2.35 – 8.4 yd3

(1.8 – 6.4 m3)

2.87 – 9.2 yd3

(2.2-7.0 m3)

Log grapples 0.9 – 1.7 yd3

(0.7 – 1.3 m3)

1.2 –  2 yd3

(0.9 – 1.5 m3)

1.7 –  3.1 yd3

(1.3 – 2.4 m3)

Operating Weight 24,250 – 29,320 lb

(11.0 – 13.6 t)

28,000 – 33,070 lb

(12.7– 15.5 t)

29,000 – 34,600 lb (14.5 – 17.3 t)
Tires 17.5R25, 20.5R25






*Bucket 2.7 yd3 (2.1 m3) (pin-on) BOE, Tires 20.5R25 L3

** Bucket 3.0 yd3 (2.3 m3) (pin-on) BOE, Tires 20.5R25 L3

*** Bucket 3.7 yd3 (2.5 m3) (pin-on) BOE, Tires 20.5R25 L3


Komatsu America Corp. Names Rod Schrader As New CEO

Komatsu America Corp. has named Rod Schrader as new CEO and Vice Chairman, effective April 1, 2012. Mr. Schrader, a 25-year veteran of Komatsu America, will replace Dave Grzelak, who is stepping down as CEO, but will remain Chairman of Komatsu America until the end of June 2013.

“Rod has been an invaluable member of the Komatsu team for the past 25 years and has consistently delivered excellent results both in sales and customer satisfaction,” said Grzelak.“I am privileged to have been a part of the Komatsu America leadership team and retire as CEO knowing that the company is in excellent hands.”

“I am very honored that the Board has selected me to lead Komatsu America Corp.,” Schrader said. “By building on the success the company has had under Dave’s excellent leadership, I intend to continue to implement our strategy and take advantage of the growing market opportunities for Komatsu.”

Prior to being named CEO, Mr. Schrader was Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Mining Division, Komatsu America Corp. He began his career with the company in 1987 and held positions in varied areas within Komatsu including Product Manager; Manager, Large Equipment Sales; Director, Marketing; VP, Product Marketing; and President, Komatsu Utility Corp. Mr. Schrader was appointed as a Komatsu America Corp. Board Member in July 2010.

Mr. Schrader received his undergraduate degree in civil engineering from Rose Hulman Institute of Technology and holds an MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management. He also serves as a Board Member for Junior Achievement of Central Illinois.

Mr. Grzelak served as Chairman, CEO, or President of Komatsu America for 15 years.  He began his career with the company in 1990.

Ivor Hill, currently Vice President, Service, will be promoted to Vice President & General Manager, Mining Division.

AEM Reports: U.S. Construction Machinery Exports Gain 43 Percent In 2011

U.S. construction equipment exports increased 43 percent in 2011 compared to the previous year for a total $23.5 billion of machinery shipped to other nations, according to the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM). This follows growth of 28 percent in 2010 after a 2009 decline of 38 percent in the depths of the recession.

“Export sales continue to help U.S. construction equipment manufacturers stay open for business and sustain American jobs, especially with the domestic construction sector still recovering,” stated Al Cervero, AEM vice president construction sector.

AEM and its I Make America campaign have pushed for export-friendly policies that create and sustain American jobs. These include free trade agreements such as the U.S.-Korea FTA being implemented, which will eliminate export duties on about 80 percent of U.S. industrial products and about 67 percent of U.S. farm-related products.

In recent AEM action, the association is calling for congressional reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank, with an increased exposure cap so more companies can benefit from its services. Ex-Im Bank is self-sustaining. It focuses on small to medium-size businesses, since private lenders many times are unable or unwilling to extend them financing and insurance support.

Exports by World Regions and Top 10 Countries

Exports to Australia/Oceania led the way in 2011 with a 73-percent gain as the region took delivery of $2.8 billion of U.S.-made construction equipment. Construction machinery exports to South America increased 39 percent in 2011 with purchases worth $4.3 billion, and exports of construction equipment to Central America gained 23 percent and totaled $2.0 billion.

Export sales to Asia grew 44 percent to total $3.1 billion for 2011, and Africa’s purchases of U.S. construction machinery increased 41 percent to total $1.3 billion last year. Exports of construction equipment to Europe gained 49 percent for a total $2.8 billion in 2011, and export business to Canada grew 40.5 percent and totaled $7.2 billion.

The 10 countries buying the most U.S.-made construction machinery in 2011: (1) Canada – $7.2 billion, up 40.5 percent; (2) Australia – $2.7 billion, up 79 percent; (3) Mexico – $1.6 billion, up 28 percent; (4) Chile – $1.3 billion, up 45 percent; (5) Brazil – $951 million, up 25 percent; (6) China – $903 million, up 81 percent; (7) Colombia – $811 million, up 38 percent; (8) South Africa – $683 million, up 72 percent; (9) Russia – $652 million, up96 percent; (10) Peru – $572 million, up 31 percent.

JCB’s New Double-Drum Ride-On Rollers Offer Improved Reliability And Productivity

JCB Vibromax is introducing a range of double-drum ride-on rollers, delivering high frequency compaction with proven JCB reliability and serviceability.  The VMT380 and VMT430 models are both available in two drum widths, creating four distinct machines. With modern styling, a front-mounted engine and JCB Vibromax’s tapered front frame design, they offer lower ownership costs with increased productivity and exceptional ease of use.

The four models are the VMT380-130, VMT380-140, VMT430-130 and the VMT430-140, and they feature:

  • A single-piece exciter shaft design for maximum reliability
  • Front-mounted engine with tapered frame for improved visibility and weigh distribution
  • Maintenance-free center joint and improved service access
  • High frequency and high amplitude with multiple vibration options
  • Up to 5% fuel saving over previous models

Revised Design Increases Performance And Weight Distribution

JCB Vibromax has redesigned its mid-weight ride-on roller range with a new frame, new engines, revised hydraulics and improved service access. Both the VMT380 and the VMT430 can be specified with either 51 inch or 55-inch wide drums, creating four distinct models. These rollers replace the previous VMT390 and VMT500 in the JCB compaction line-up, bringing with them a fresh, stylish design with the latest JCB corporate brand image.

There is far more to the new rollers than their appearance however, as they benefit from an improved drive system that delivers a 20% increase in vibration frequency, to 66Hz, and for rolling speeds that are now up to 10% higher than the competition. Gradeability has been improved by 42%, taking the VMT machines well beyond any competitive roller, while all models use a mechanical gear shift for smoother starting and braking.

With a turning radius of 7.8 feet for the 51-inch drum machines and 8 feet for the 55 inch width models, the JCB Vibromax rollers offer 13% better maneuverability than competitors. Operators can now choose between single-front, single-rear or twin drum vibration, for more control on smooth finish asphalt layers.

New Operator Station Improves Comfort And Productivity

With the engine moved to the front section of the chassis and the larger water tanks now rear-mounted, the VMT machines benefit from a totally new operator station. The ergonomic drive lever now comes with an integrated cutter control, and an optional second drive lever contributes to added versatility. JCB’s Automatic Vibration Control (AVC) system, which cuts off vibration when the roller stops traveling, remains a standard fit on all models.

The machines have three working modes with a detented throttle control for three different frequencies. With less weight and a more efficient vibrator design, the rollers offer up to a 5% fuel saving over the previous machines, while a larger fuel tank provides 4-8 hours of additional working capability between refills, reducing downtime. The larger 64.7-gallon water tank, which has a pressurized water delivery system, also permits longer working between refills.

Easy Service Access Reduces Ownership Cost

The sturdy locking engine cover is gas-strut assisted for easy access to the engine and drive system. All models benefit from a center articulation joint that is maintenance-free, cutting the requirement for 500 hour greasing intervals. A single-piece exciter shaft also calls for less maintenance and lubrication, reducing service costs. In the event of a breakdown, the VMT models also have a towing pump installed, allowing the rollers to be pulled out of the working area for repair.

JCB Vibromax compaction equipment has a justifiable reputation for reliability and durability. With the introduction of the VMT 380 and VMT 430, the company has added stylish appearance, innovative design, exceptional performance and unparalleled serviceability to that list.


VMT 380-130 and VMT 380-140
Engine 2.2 liter
Power 46hp (34.6kW)
Drum width 51 inch / 55 inch
Operating weight 8268 / 8488 lbs
Vibration frequency 50/59/66Hz
Amplitude .0014 inch


VMT 430-130 and VMT 430-140
Engine 2.2 liter
Power 46hp (34.6kW)
Drum width 51 inch / 55 inch
Operating weight 9260 / 9480 lbs
Vibration frequency 50/59/66Hz
Amplitude 0.0014 inch