From cutting concrete to checking heights, contractors have a wide range of products to help them be more efficient and safe on the job site thanks to recent releases by Hilti. The company hosted its annual Innovation Day for media and displayed new and recent introductions, as well as a look into the future at a few innovations still on the drawing board.
Light Equipment News
Last year, Caterpillar announced the introduction of its first-ever Cat utility vehicles – the gasoline-powered Cat CUV82 and diesel-powered CUV102 D. To expand that offering, the product line now includes the gasoline-powered Cat CUV85 and diesel-powered CUV105 D. The CUV85 and CUV105 D both feature a spacious second row to accommodate a total of five people. Caterpillar gathered extensive customer and dealer input to build a UTV that delivers the unrivaled combination of durability, comfort and maintenance simplicity. Rigorous vehicle testing ensures both utility vehicles meet the superior quality and reliability customers expect from Caterpillar.
Generac Mobile Products is offering a new and improved MLT4060MVD LED mobile light tower. Purpose-designed for applications in remote locations and extreme environments, this light tower includes features that allow for autonomous operation. An extra-large fuel tank and low fuel consumption allow the tower to run up to 533 hours on a single diesel tank fill and a 750-hour oil change interval, minimizing maintenance costs.
Vermeer now offers its BC1500 brush chipper with a gas engine. The new model is equipped with a powerful 165-hp (123-kW) PSI gas engine and delivers comparable chipping productivity to its diesel counterpart. Using a precision-balanced drum with two A8 double-sided knives, the new Vermeer BC1500 gas brush chipper is capable of chipping logs up to 15 inches (38.1 cm) in diameter.
The XC Series portable generators, available in 6,500- and 8,000-watt models, feature a heavy-duty, fully wrapped, 12-gauge-steel-tube X Frame that protects the engine, alternator and fuel tank. Instead of a lifting eye, these units have a steel lifting pocket that fits most forklift and telehandler blades.
Chicago Pneumatic Power Technique (CP) has introduced five new electric submersible pumps to the North American market. WEDA pumps are ideal for dewatering of construction sites, mines, flooded areas and more where small, lightweight, portable and easily maintained pumps are required to perform daily jobs quickly.
The Bomag BPR 70/70 D reversible plate compactor boasts a specially designed comfort handle that reduces vibration feedback to the operator's hands, reducing fatigue. Rubber vibration buffers connecting the steering rod to both the handle and the base plate drop hand-arm-vibration values to 8.2 ft/s2 (2.5 m/s2), offering enhanced operator protection while using the compactor. This exclusive comfort handle design is now available on all Bomag medium and large reversible plate models, ranging from the BPR 45/55 D to the BPR 70/70 D.
Vanguard expands its lineup of electronic fuel injection offerings to include a horizontal-shaft Small Block V-Twin engine. The Small Block engine features an open-loop EFI system with electronic governing engineered for the demands of the commercial construction and rental markets. With the addition of this engine, Vanguard EFI is now available on four engine platforms across nine horsepower ratings varying in output from 23 to 37 gross horsepower.
The Chenaux Generating Station located on the Ottawa River in Ontario uses the river's current to generate 144 MW of clean, renewable electricity, enough to power nearly 150,000 homes on the grid. Like other hydro-electric power structures, its eight units were built in the mid-twentieth century as a stimulus project to help the country shake off the effects of the Great Depression.
Time and money are two of the most important commodities around and ensuring optimum use of these resources means key assets must be available when needed. For many jobsites that require concrete demolition work, a breaker, demolition or rotary hammer needs to be on hand. According to Bosch, their GSH27-26 Brute Turbo is the world's first breaker hammer with GPS tracking that makes sure jobsite managers know where this powerful tool is at all times; a retrofit option (GPS25-4) brings the same capability to all current Bosch SDS-max hammers.
Three high-flow pumps from Atlas Copco Power Technique North America are on display at The Rental Show for the first time. The PAS open frame pump systems consist of a highly efficient diaphragm pump with a semi-open impeller and a large separator, allowing the pumps to pass true 3-inch spherical solids. Air is separated from the liquid and sucked by the vacuum pump, making automatic and efficient priming possible. Both wet prime and dry prime options are offered.