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Highlights of CASE, Gomaco, JCB, LiuGong, Topcon, Wacker, Wirtgen CONEXPO 2017 Equipmpent

Peeking At CONEXPO

By Greg Sitek

It’s over and now the industry has it sights on 2020 March 7-11 for the next roll of the CONEXPO-CON/AGG experience. The massive construction show will once againtake over LasVegas as it did this year.

Some 2017 CONEXPO show facts:

  • S. buyer attendance jumped over 16 percent from the 2014 show, and total buyer attendance improved by almost 8 percent.
  • Overall contractor and producer attendance grew by 10 percent.
  • Total attendance neared 128,000 for the week.
  • Almost half of all attendees serve in executive positions at their company, and more than 3-in-5 attendees serve in a decision-making role.
  • Almost 26,000 international attendees from 150 countries braved global headwinds including a strong dollar and flagging export markets and composed nearly 20 percent of overall attendance.
  • Attendees purchased a record-breaking 52,000 tickets for education sessions at the show, a 26 percent increase from the 2014 show. Total ticket sales excluding IFPE jumped by over 27 percent compared to 2014.

Without doubt this was one of the most upbeat industry shows I’ve attended. The excitement over the proposed $1 trillion infrastructure bill permeated the show. It was a treat to feel the positive attitude that greeted you every time you sat down for a press conference or entered a booth.

A forward-looking vision for construction and infrastructure took center stage at CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE 2017, from the unveiling of the world’s first 3D-printed excavator and the new Tech Experience to the largest show floor in history and a stellar education lineup featuring leading innovators.

The exhibitions held March 7-11, 2017 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, highlighted the newest product innovations and best practices for the construction and construction materials and fluid power/power transmission/motion control industries.

CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE 2017 spanned a record 2.8 million-plus net square feet of exhibits with a record 2,800-plus exhibitors from the leading U.S. and global manufacturers, from multinational giants to small firms with specialized products.

The technological changes revolutionizing construction and manufacturing were a central feature throughout the show. The first-ever Tech Experience pavilion attracted solid traffic throughout the week, as attendees flocked to see the world’s first-ever 3D-printed excavator, hear from industry innovators during a collection of “Tech Talks,” and engage with the conclusion of the Infrastructure Vision 2050 Challenge Finale, which awarded $100,000 in prize money to winners over a crowd sourced competition to develop forward-looking infrastructure solutions.

There was no shortage of new products and technologies introduced at the show. The following are less than glimpse of only a few but illustrate the kinds of information and products shown this year in Las Vegas. Watch for more. 

JCB previewed an all-new skid steer and compact track loader with a telescopic boom. The JCB Teleskid is a revolutionary new product that can reach 60% further forward than other skid steers and can dig below its chassis to an unparalleled depth of around a little more than 3 feet (one meter).

LiuGong showcased its revolutionary new product – the Vertical Lift Wheel Loader. The product was first unveiled at LiuGong’s global dealer conference in November 2016 and was shown for the first time outside of China at CONEXPO This truly is new technology. The key innovations of the product are the vertical lift loader arms on an articulating frame and the mechanical self-leveling Z-bar bucket linkage on a vertical lift loader.

Wacker Neuson is expanding its telehandler line with the addition of the TH627. The TH627 is the second model in the manufacturer’s line to offer a unique ground-engaging telehandler that is a versatile three-in-one machine concept. Designed with a hydraulic universal attachment plate (SSL), the TH627 can be used with ground-engaging attachments and work like a (1) wheel loader to dig and carry, (2) a skid steer with a compact foot print capable of using multiple attachments and (3) a telehandler with a lift height of 18-feet, 7-inches and 5,500 pounds lifting capacity.

GOMACO Remote Diagnostics (GRD) is proven in the field by GOMACO contractors. GRD is more than telematics, giving owners the visibility of how, when, and where their equipment is being used. It’s a powerful extension to GOMACO’s existing service capabilities. It allows technicians a diagnostic review of a GOMACO machine from corporate headquarters in Ida Grove, Iowa, USA, at the owner’s shop, or on the job site. GRD will transmit G+® settings, configuration and fault history for an immediate and complete diagnosis. GRD also allows software updates, fleet management, service indicators. This remote capability also allows software updates to the G+ for specific applications or unique job-site logistics, such as new radius technology, support for new sensors, new code for 3D machine guidance technology, or additional updates for new product introductions. 

Topcon Positioning Group announces the next generation of automated concrete paving — the ZPS system — with the new Z-Robot and Z-Stack sensor. Using enhanced Topcon Millimeter GPS® technology, the ZPS system is designed to bring unmatched accuracy to concrete paving with a fraction of the hardware required for traditional LPS (local positioning system).

The new Z-Robot is an advanced robotic total station with integrated Z-beam laser technology. The Z-Robot is designed to provide a hybrid function of high-precision, optically-based vertical accuracy control and the convenience of Z-beam laser positioning to maintain that accuracy across the paver. It was shown at the show on a GOMACO paver.

CASE introduced the DL450 a fully integrated compact dozer loader AKA “Project Minotaur” – a first-of-its-kind fully integrated design that matches the best operating characteristics of a compact track loader (CTL) with a crawler dozer. A launch/production date for the machine has not been confirmed, but CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017 represents a new and advanced phase in product development with extensive voice of customer work being conducted at the show and with top contractors.Project Minotaur” brings together the footprint and performance of a compact track loader with the true power and dozing characteristics of a bulldozer; the new product is currently in “concept” phase.

Remember, this is only a glimpse of what CONEXPO-CON/AGG was…




CONEXPO-CON/AGG Exhibitor Preview


LAS VEGAS (March 22, 2011) – Case Construction Equipment expanded its new F Series wheel loader product line with two all-new models, the 1021F and 1121F. The products expand the Case wheel loader line into a new size class. The machines are specifically engineered for quarry, aggregate and truck-loading applications.

“Case is taking the industry lead with the new F Series wheel loaders,” said Tim O’Brien, Case marketing manager. “We’ve launched these Case wheel loaders with new highly-efficient, high-horsepower engines and advanced SCR emissions technology. So the machines will respond faster—and you’ll save fuel.”

O’Brien added that operators will boost their productivity with F Series enhancements like joystick steering, selectable power modes and a rearview camera. He also pointed out that Case is introducing an all-new hydro-mechanical transmission package. “This will provide additional fuel savings, faster acceleration and faster hydraulic cycle times. The bottom line is F Series wheel loaders will out-produce other machines at a lower cost,” he said.

The two new F Series wheel loaders join the current 721F, 821F and 921F line up.

  • The 1021F features a 296 hp (221kW) engine, a 5.5-yd3 (4.2-m3) bucket, a dump height of 121 in (3075 mm) and an operating weight of 53,500 lb (24 318 kg).
  • The 1121F, rated at 320 hp (239 kW), has a 6.25-yd3 (4.8-m3) bucket, a dump height of 126 in (3200 mm) and an operating weight of 60,800 lb (27 636 kg).

Case designed the new 1021F and 1121F Series wheel loaders from the ground up for the aggregate and quarry market to boost operator productivity and reduce owning and operating costs.

To increase productivity and meet Tier 4 Interim emissions standards, Case is the first manufacturer to introduce selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology for wheel loaders.

“With the SCR technology, Case is making what was already the industry’s most fuel-efficient line of wheel loaders even more fuel efficient,” explained O’Brien. “At the same time, the F Series engines ‘breathe freer’ than engines with a cooled exhaust gas recirculation (CEGR) solution. This lets wheel loaders respond to the throttle faster.” He said in addition to letting the engine generate power easier, other advantages of SCR technology include improving fuel efficiency and reducing long-term maintenance costs.

The 1021F and 1121F wheel loaders provide fast acceleration, quick cycle times and high production. The new high-horsepower Case engines also feature variable-geometry turbochargers. In addition, the Case wheel loaders have four power modes—Economy, Standard, Max and Auto—to let operators match the engine power to their needs.

A new idle-management feature maximizes fuel economy and allows owners to meet local idle reduction regulations. Using the fuel-saver mode, the operator can limit the time the machine idles in five-minute increments. Helping to protect the engine is a standard diagnostic and engine shutdown feature.

New hydro-mechanical transmission

The new Case 1021F and 1121F wheel loaders are available with the industry’s first hydro-mechanical transmission. It offers all the advantages of hydrostatic drive, along with the durability and features of a conventional mechanical transmission.

The new transmission intelligently adjusts the mix of power delivery depending on travel speed. The hydrostatic pumps and motors work at lower speed for quick response, smoothness and efficiency. At higher speeds, power transmission is mixed with mechanical gears. At the highest speed, the mechanical portion of the transmission does most of the work in direct-drive mode, along with a lock up torque converter.

Cab features

Several new comfort features will boost operator productivity. A new rearview, wide-angle camera provides live video to a color monitor in the cab. The camera option nearly eliminates blind spots and is ideal for operating around other machines or workers.

The cab offers an unobstructed view to both edges of the bucket or attachment, while a wide window and sloping hood provide clear vision to the rear.

“At a busy quarry, aggregate pit or construction jobsite, it’s important to have excellent visibility to all corners of the vehicle,” O’Brien said. “The Case F Series wheel loaders offer better rear visibility than any competitor in the market and a panoramic view to the front and sides to increase operator confidence and productivity.”

As in previous models, the Case F Series wheel loaders include an advanced instrument cluster to enable operators to adjust various functions without relying on a service technician.

The award-winning Case joystick steering also is offered with these new models. Case lets operators switch between the joystick for fast-cycle, operator-spotted tight truck loading or steering wheel for longer cycles and load-and-carry tasks.

Extended-reach models

Case optimized the standard Z-bar linkage for higher hydraulic flows. Upgraded axles include a standard axle-cooling system, and optional hydraulically-locking front differential to adapt to duties in heavy construction applications.

In addition to the Z-bar loader, Case offers XR extended-reach models for the 1021F and 1121F wheel loaders. The extended-reach option adds 21 in (533 mm) of hinge pin height to the 1021F, and 15 in (381 mm) to the 1121F.

The 1021F and 1121F wheel loaders feature longer wheel bases and a lower center of gravity. Case also reduced the overall height for easier highway transport.


The new Case 1021F and 1121F wheel loaders offer the same service access and maintainability that Case builds into all its products. These features include an easy flip-up hood, environmentally safe fluid drains, sight gauges and grouped, ground-level service checkpoints.

Kubota Construction Equipment introduces new models

TORRANCE, Calif. (March 22, 2011) – Kubota Construction Equipment introduced several new equipment models at ConExpo-Con/Agg in Las Vegas last month.

“Kubota keeps a continuous pulse on the construction market. We listen to what operators need to make their jobs more efficient, and then we deliver in classic, dependable Kubota style,” says Keith Rohrbacker, construction equipment product manager for Kubota. “Our construction equipment line is all about meeting and exceeding the expectations of our customers and providing precisely what matters most.”

“For example, with the new Kubota compact track loaders we responded to market demand and introduced the SVL75 and SVL90 with best-in-class bucket breakout-force and exceptional lifting capacity. This year, we will introduce a cab model to the compact track loader line – all based on what is important to our customers,” added Rohrbacker.

Kubota SVL75-SVL90 Compact Track Loaders – The new compact track loaders are fully Kubota designed, engineered and manufactured. The machines offer bucket breakout force and lifting capacity. The 74.3-gross horsepower SVL75 boasts a 6,204- pound bucket breakout-force and a 4,881-pound lifting capacity. The 90-gross horsepower SVL90 has a bucket breakout-force of 7,961 pounds and a lifting capacity of 5,869 pounds. Both models are powered by a four- cylinder, direct injection, turbo-charged Kubota diesel engine.

Compact Excavators

With 12 models available, Kubota’s compact excavators offer construction professionals a wide range of options. From conventional to tight-and-zero tail swing models, Kubota’s compact excavators work hard in confined spaces. The newest additions to the compact excavator lineup are the Kubota KX057-4 and Kubota U55.

Kubota KX057-4 Compact Excavator – Kubota’s KX057-4 five-ton conventional tail swing compact excavator is designed to provide operators with enhanced performance and increased stability in open areas. The KX057-4 offers an optional hydraulic float angle blade with 25-degree pivot angle, as well as auto-downshift travel motors for increased productivity. The machine’s conventional tail swing adds stability and lift capacity. With a 47.6 gross horsepower direct injection Kubota diesel engine, the KX057-4 offers roomy operator comfort with wide doors, ample legroom and a large operator space. Other features include easy-to-reach controls, extensive safety attributes and a new digital display panel.


Kubota’s line of TLBs offers versatility and rugged performance for any job from landscaping to construction. Kubota’s newest tractor-loader-backhoe is the L45.

Kubota L45 TLB – The Kubota L45 TLB features an HST Plus Transmission and the versatility of three machines in one, combining a strong, integrated loader and quick attach backhoe with a Category I 3-point hitch. With a slanted boom design and braceless frame for visibility, the loader is designed with a lifting capacity of 2,200 pounds. The backhoe offers a 10-foot digging depth and backhoe crawling mode to reposition along trenches. The machine is powered by a 45-horsepower Kubota diesel engine.

Wheel Loaders

Kubota’s R-Series wheel loaders feature improved visibility and power in machines that offer outstanding productivity. Kubota’s wheel loaders include the R420S and R520S.

Kubota R420S and R520S Wheel Loaders – The wheel loaders are highly maneuverable in tight spaces, with 40 degrees of articulation and eight degrees of frame oscillation. Four-wheel drive and limited-slip differential power the machines through rough terrain. The R420S produces a maximum bucket breakout force of 6,550 pounds, while the R520S breakout force is rated at 7,425 pounds. Kubota’s load sensing transmission enables efficient load handling by automatically adjusting speed and torque as load conditions vary.