Michelin Introduces Next Generation of its Skid Steer Tweel

Making its North American debut at Ag in Motion in Saskatchewan, the MICHELIN®X®TWEEL®SSL™ 2 AT and HST 12N16.5 ─ the airless tire solution for skid steers─ will launch the new version of its award-winning airless radial tire in both an all-terrain (AT) and a hard-surface version (HST). Available Aug. 1in the United States and Canada, this is Michelin’s first embedded 8-bolt hub that is interlocked mechanically to increase durability.

“The new Tweel SSL 2 maintains all of the key benefits of the first generation version.  In addition, it is designed to improve robustness, meet the vigorous demands placed on skid steer tires in a variety of applications,” said Justin L. Brock, Michelin marketing manager ─ construction and Tweel segment for North America. “The new features include a mechanical hub connection versus the chemical adhesion used in the first generation.”

The TWEEL SSL 2 is designed with:

  • Improved shear beam construction that maximizes core life.1
  • New spoke formulation provides up to 10 times greater spoke life.2
  • Maximum load of 4,400 pounds.

“The SSL 2 AT is designed for use in 80% of off-road applications. The HST is built for work done on hard surfaces such as asphalt and pavement,” continued Brock.

The TWEEL offers the advantages of no maintenance, no compromise, and no downtime. The X TWEEL SSL requires no air, thereby eliminating the risk of a flat tire, allowing users to stay in operation with limited downtime to maximize profitability. The X TWEEL SSL also delivers the advantages of easy mounting, damage resistance, exceptional operator comfort, reduced operator fatigue, improved productivity and longer wear life than standard pneumatic tires.

The MICHELIN 12N16.5 X TWEEL SSL 2 HST is constructed with a 48/32nd-inch tread depth with 8/32nd-inch of undertread. The MICHELIN 12N16.5 X TWEEL SSL 2 AT is constructed with a 31/32nd-inch tread depth with 12/32nd-inch of undertread. The outer core tread can be retreaded multiple times for an effective overall cost of ownership. These new products come with a 30-day satisfaction guarantee. For more information on MICHELIN X Tweel, visit www.michelintweel.com.

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1 Based on an internal drum endurance test comparing the MICHELIN®X Tweel SSL and the MICHELIN®X Tweel SSL 2.  Actual results may vary.

2 Based on commissioned third-party testing of crack growth under fully relaxing conditions, comparing the crack growth rate of the MICHELIN®X Tweel SSL and the MICHELIN®X Tweel SSL 2.  Actual results may vary.

 About MICHELIN NORTH AMERICA

Dedicated to the improvement of sustainable mobility, Michelin designs manufactures and sells tires for every type of vehicle, including airplanes, automobiles, bicycles, earthmovers, farm equipment, heavy-duty trucks, and motorcycles. The Company has earned a long-standing reputation for building innovative premium tires. In addition to tires, the Company also publishes travel guides, hotel and restaurant guides, maps and road atlases. Headquartered in Greenville, S.C., Michelin North America employs more than 20,000 people and operates 19 major manufacturing plants in the U.S. and Canada. Forbes magazine ranked Michelin No. 1 on its annual survey of “Best Large Employers in America” in 2018. Learn more about purpose-driven careers with a purpose-driven company at jobs.michelinman.com.

 

DEWALT® Announces FLEXVOLT® 60V MAX* Cordless Pipe Threader

Expanding the FLEXVOLT® System for plumbing and mechanical, electrical applications

Cordless powered threading will soon be available through the new DEWALT FLEXVOLT® 60V MAX* Cordless Pipe Threader (DCE700). Adding to the growing FLEXVOLT® System, the tool’s high-performance brushless motor delivers long runtime in demanding applications, without the hassles of power cords, and wherever the job site is located.

For fire sprinkler, mechanical, and electrical applications, the FLEXVOLT® 60V MAX* Cordless Pipe Threader threads up to a 2-inch black iron pipe, rigid conduit, and more. At 9.4 in. tall, 26.38 in. long, and 19.98 lbs. (tool only), it accepts a pipe capacity of 1/2 to 2 inches. It has a right-handed thread direction and its die and die head materials are made of highspeed steel and cast iron respectively. The DEWALT Pipe Threader is also compatible with RIDGID® 12R** style die heads.

The FLEXVOLT® 60V MAX* Cordless Pipe Threader is equipped with the DEWALT E-Clutch® system. This system senses the motion of the tool and shuts the tool down if necessary. The FLEXVOLT® 60V MAX* Cordless Pipe Threader also features a specially designed 9.0Ah Battery (DCB609G) available in the Pipe Threader Kits listed below (DCE700X2 and DCE700X2K). This newly designed FLEXVOLT battery features an oil-resistant, glass-filled nylon housing that is secured in a latched and sealed box. Each of these protective layers helps to guard the battery from corrosive cutting oils. A LED low battery indicator alerts the user when the battery charge is low. In addition, a patent-pending pipe clamp with depth gauge allows for a quick set up. Finally, professionals can use the clamp and die arm to avoid direct contact with the die head to begin threading.

As a Tool Connect™ Tag-Ready tool, the pipe threader can be monitored and tracked (Tool Connect™ tag sold separately). The full list of kits and die head options are below. Available in late 2019 where DEWALT products are sold, the FLEXVOLT® 60V MAX* Cordless Pipe Threader will come with a three-year limited warranty, one-year free service contract, and 90-day money-back guarantee.

 

SKU DESCRIPTION  
DCE700X2 FLEXVOLT® 60V MAX* Cordless Pipe Threader Kit and (2) DCB609G  
DCE700X2K FLEXVOLT® 60V MAX* Cordless Pipe Threader Kit, (2) DCB609G and Die Heads  
DCE700012 1/2″ High Speed Steel Die Head  
DCE700034 3/4″ High Speed Steel Die Head  
DCE700100 1″ High-Speed Steel Die Head
DCE700114 1-1/4″ High Speed Steel Die Head
DCE700112 1-1/2″ High Speed Steel Die Head  
DCE700200 2″ High-Speed Steel Die Head  

 

*Maximum initial battery voltage (measured without a workload) is 60 volts. Nominal voltage is 54.

**RIDGID is a registered trademark of RIDGID, Inc., which has not manufactured, approved, or endorsed this product

About DEWALT

DEWALT is obsessed with how users work in the real world and are relentlessly pursuing total job site solutions. By incorporating its latest technology and industry innovations, DEWALT is leading the charge for the job site of the future. DEWALT products. GUARANTEED TOUGH®. For more information, visit www.dewalt.com

DEWALT’S NEW DCE530P1 20V MAX* CORDLESS HEAT GUN KIT

The DCE530P1 20V MAX* cordless heat gun can take you places your corded heat gun can’t. The cordless heat gun’s compact design allows for use in tight spaces and diverse applications. From heat shrinking wire tubing to paint and decal removal, this cordless heat gun gets the job done. It features up to a 990°F max output temperature** and comes with two temperature settings. The specialty lock on and off feature allows for hands-free operation as needed. The nozzle is the standard size of traditional heat guns, allowing attachments from corded units and other brands to fit with ease. This cordless heat gun kit includes a flat nozzle and hook nozzle attachment, as well as a DCB205 5Ah battery and charger.

The new 20V MAX* Cordless Heat Gun (DCE530), a cordless solution that adds to the more than 200 products in the 20V MAX* System from DEWALT. With the convenience of working almost anywhere and compatibility across the platform, the convenient 20V MAX* Cordless Heat Gun is optimized for use by electricians, plumbers, painters, and mechanics for automotive detailing, removing adhesives and decals, reshaping bumpers, removing paint, and more.

The 20V MAX* Cordless Heat Gun features up to a 990°F max heat output** with two temperature settings, High and Low. The heat gun also has a specialty lock-on and off feature allowing for hands-free operation as needed. In addition, the nozzle size of the DEWALT Heat Gun is universal to the standard heat gun, allowing it to be used with attachments from many corded and competitive units. Using the DEWALT 20V MAX* 5.0Ah Battery (DCB205), users get up to 42 minutes of runtime on one charge on a low setting. The 20V MAX* Cordless Heat Gun has an output airflow of 6.7 Cubic Feet per Minute (CFM) on high setting and includes a LED light to help brighten dark areas.

The lightweight and portable 20V MAX* Cordless Heat Gun is 7.68 inches tall, 4.33 inches long, and weighs 1.17 pounds (without a battery). Available in summer 2019, the heat gun will come kitted with a flat nozzle attachment, a hook nozzle attachment, one 5.0Ah Battery, and a charger for $199 MSRP (DCE530P1). It will also come without a battery or accessories for $119 MSRP (DCE530B). The 20V MAX* Cordless Heat Gun will come with a three-year limited warranty, two-year free service contract and 90-day money-back guarantee.

FEATURES

  • Up to 990 degrees F/532 degrees C max output temperature**
  • Up to 42 minutes of runtime per charge***
  • 7CFM****
  • Lock-on button for ease of use
  • Lock-off the trigger to engage manual operation
  • LED Light to brighten dark areas when the tool is in use

SPECIFICATIONS

  • LENGTH33 IN
  • SYSTEM20V MAX*
  • WEIGHT5 (WITH DCB205 BATTERY) LBS

INCLUDES

  • Flat Nozzle Attachment
  • Hook Nozzle Attachment
  • DCB205 5Ah Battery

*Maximum initial battery voltage (measured without a workload) is 20 volts. Nominal voltage is 18.

**On high setting after 340 seconds from 0.016in. away from the nozzleDCB115 Charger

 

About DEWALT

DEWALT is obsessed with how users work in the real world and is relentlessly pursuing total job site solutions. By incorporating its latest technology and industry innovations, DEWALT is leading the charge for the job site of the future. DEWALT products. GUARANTEED TOUGH®. For more information, visit www.dewalt.com

KOBELCO Announces Enhanced SK850LC-10

KOBELCO Construction Machinery USA is pleased to introduce the enhanced SK850LC-10 excavator. The SK850LC-10 is the largest KOBELCO Generation 10 model and features cutting-edge power.

The SK850LC-10 is more durable and able to withstand the rigors of tough job sites. This KOBELCO excavator delivers a  bucket digging force of 90,598-lbs to achieve impressive work volume. Premier working ranges and a powerful 146,800-lb drawbar pull force enable the SK850LC-10 to operate in rough terrain and on slopes with increased productivity.

This robust, 185,700-lb unit is powered by a 510-hp Tier IV Final HINO engine, allowing it to tackle heavy-duty applications while remaining highly fuel efficient. While operating in ECO-mode, the SK850LC-10 boasts an impressive ~17% improvement in fuel economy compared to its predecessor. This boost in efficiency is a result of an enhanced hydraulic line layout that further reduces energy loss to ensure outstanding performance. A variable-geometry turbocharger also helps to lower fuel consumption, and a new selective catalytic reduction system decreases NOx emissions by 80% to provide low operation emissions.

An improved lever control force of 25% further lessens operator fatigue during long hours of operation, while added climate control outlets and an expanded cab interior provide a pleasant work environment. A FOPS top guard, rear-view camera and swing flashers come standard on the SK850LC-10 to enhance job site safety.

Maintenance on the SK850LC-10 is simple and cost-effective. Easy access to maintenance data from the operation management system greatly improves ease of maintenance scheduling and ensures a long service life, while easy access to the cooling unit, engine compartment and electrical components ensure convenient day-to-day maintenance.

KOBELCO Construction Machinery USA offers crawler excavators in the 3,000 lb. to 245,000 lb. classes including zero tail swing, compact, standard, long-reach, mass excavation, and demolition models. Well-known as the excavator authority, KOBELCO is committed to producing quality machines with advanced productivity-boosting features and innovative technologies. With premier capabilities such as no time limit power boost and exclusive independent travel, KOBELCO machines ensure performance and efficiency for the tough worksite challenges.

For more information on KOBELCO Construction Machinery USA or KOBELCO products, please visit www.KOBELCO-USA.com

Insights and Advice for Equipment Managers in the Pipeline Industry

Andy Baldwin has been the equipment manager for Appalachian Pipeline Contractors in Hendersonville, Tenn., since June 2011. Prior to assuming that role, Baldwin worked in the auto parts industry for nearly 20 years. “My experience in auto parts, having a basic understanding of different types of machinery and their related components, made me a good fit,” Baldwin relates.

Baldwin now manages Appalachian Pipeline’s 500-plus-piece fleet of equipment ranging from trucks, skid steers and excavators to boring machines, pipelayers, sandblasting pots and numerous attachments. Baldwin talked to ICUEE about some of his biggest lessons learned since joining the pipeline industry nearly eight years ago, along with what he thinks it will take to continue succeeding as an equipment manager.

Q: What are some of the biggest pipeline industry trends right now?

We’re seeing a lot of new pipeline construction, as well as the refurbishing of existing lines. We’ve put in a lot of bids on “take-up and relay” projects where we’re removing old 10-inch lines and putting 16-inch lines in their place, or maybe going from a 16 to a 20. In either case, the existing pipe is too small to handle the volume that needs to run through it.

Another thing I’ve seen is that more equipment is available to rent than when I first started in 2011. A great example is the trailer-style vacuum excavator. We don’t operate this type of machine on an everyday basis, so I really can’t justify purchasing one. The challenge has been: Where can I go to rent one? Meeting people from leading manufacturers have been really helpful. Now there are a few vendors out there who have added vacuum excavators to their rental fleets.

Q: What are your biggest lessons learned thus far as an equipment manager?

Technology can be really helpful, but you have to do your homework and make sure you’ll get a return on your investment. For example, we’ve tried a couple of different telematics solutions, primarily for equipment tracking. The issue we’ve always run into is that, because of the specialized work we do, our equipment sometimes sits for longer periods of time. If it’s not being started and operated every day, especially in the colder northern climate, the telematics device seems to put a bit of a draw on the battery. Since our primary focus is productivity and downtime, that’s a concern for us.

Another issue we’ve had with telematics is that a lot of our equipment is older. We aren’t able to capture as much of the machine performance data as we’d like in order to really see the benefit of telematics. That will change over time, of course, as we replace and upgrade elements of our fleet.

Q: Do you have any advice for your fellow equipment managers?

When I first came into this industry, I didn’t know all that much. Plus, I was all by myself; nearly everyone else in the company was out on job sites. I knew what a dozer was and what an excavator was, of course, but I knew I had a lot to learn. That’s why I attended my first ICUEE in 2013. Now the show has grown to include a lot more of what we utilize as a pipeline company. I’m looking forward to the show this year to see what else is new and different and would encourage others to attend as well.

I like to think outside the box. I look at equipment and technology, not just for what it is designed for, but what our company can use it for. For example, we’ve started using pole trailers for hauling pipe on the right-of-way. They are compact but can carry the weight. I think it’s important for equipment managers to really challenge themselves and think creatively.

My other piece of advice is that it’s important to build a long list of resources. That’s another reason I like ICUEE. I’ve been able to meet a lot of people from a lot of companies, some of which I was never even aware of. When I first became an equipment manager eight years ago, I only had a couple of mat companies I dealt with. Now I have six or eight. The more people you know and the more options you have, the better you can be as an equipment manager.

You can see the latest equipment and technology for the utility and construction industries at, Oct. 1-3, 2019 in Louisville, KY. Registration is now open.

About ICUEE:

The biennial ICUEE, International Construction, and Utility Equipment Exposition are known as The Demo Expo for its equipment test drives and interactive product demonstrations.

It is the leading event for utilities and utility and construction contractors seeking comprehensive insights into the latest industry technologies, innovations, and trends focused on electric transmission and distribution, telecom, cable, natural gas, water and wastewater, and vegetation management.

ICUEE owner and producer is Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), the North American-based international trade group representing off-road equipment manufacturers and suppliers – www,aem.org.