Deere, Topcon headline day two at WOC
By Andrew Macklin
February 3, 2016 – It’s only fitting that two companies with such strong ties shared the spotlight on day two of World of Concrete in Las Vegas.
In the morning, Topcon unveiled three new systems to the international media gathered at the show. The most robust of the three releases was the new 3D-MCMAX, a new 3D dozer machine control system that is driven by dual IMUs to improve on-grade performance. The new system is designed to provide increased accuracy of both rough and fine grades, allowing some jobsites to eliminate the need for secondary work from a grader. The system also eliminates the need for masts attached to the dozer blade.
The new i-53 is a new indicate machine control system available for dozers. This new economical option uses a GX-55 control box, MC-i4 receiver, single or dual GNSS and slope option to improve the blade’s angle and cutting edge. The X-53i local positioning system is a new solution for excavators in areas with little to no GNSS coverage. The system utilizes a GX-55, MC-i4 Long Link, IMU, TS-i3 sensor and PS-MC robotic total station to improve machine-controlled excavation where signal is an issue.
In the afternoon, John Deere introduced the 700K SmartGrade Dozer featuring the built-in Topcon 3D-MC2 Grade Control System. The addition of the system provides a dozer capable improving jobsite accuracy and work quality. The 700K is purpose-built for heavy-duty applications including the road construction market, where accuracy and power are essential to the job.
In addition to the new dozer, John Deere also welcomed four new Tier 4 Final skid steers and one new compact track loader to its G Series lineup. The models feature two radial lift and three vertical lift options for customers in the material handling and construction markets. The machines offer stronger horsepower-to-weight ratios and significant improvements to fuel capacity over previous models.
The newest additions to the G Series lineup are set to be available to customers in both Canada and the U.S. in the coming weeks.
For all of the major product announcements for the Canadian road construction industry from World of Concrete 2016, be sure to check the equipment section at rocktoroad.com.
Stay tuned for more coverage from the show floor at World of Concrete.