Heavy Equipment
Road building and site development contractors can now reap the benefits of John Deere SmartGrade in the highly successful G-Series motor grader line. SmartGrade technology delivers the first-of-its-kind mastless Topcon 3D integrated grade control as a factory option on new machines and field kit for equipment already on the job. The system is fully incorporated into the machine’s structures and software, delivering precise grading performance while eliminating vulnerable masts and cables.
The Maxi Transmitter is Scanreco’s most advanced and versatile transmitter with a large (4.3”), high-performance colour display, and room for many control elements as well as function labelling. 
Gehl is pleased to announce the new RT185 track loader, adding a 1,850-pound capacity machine to its Pilot Series line. The Gehl RT185 joins the RT165, RT215 and VT320, bringing the Gehl Pilot Series line up to four pilot-controlled track loader models for North America.
Kinshofer, a leading global manufacturer of high-quality excavator and loader crane attachments, introduces the WS Drum Cutter Series. Kinshofer acquired the drum cutter line, early 2018, with the purchase of Schaeff Transverse Cutter from Atlas GmbH. The drum cutters feature an exclusive pick angle and optimal chisel arrangement for high performance and minimal wear, making the attachments ideal for mining, tunnelling, road construction and demolition.
To better meet customer demands, Link-Belt Cranes has announced an upgrade to base rating of its 110-ton telecrawler to 120-ton. Shipments of the new TCC-1200 will begin fourth quarter 2018.   
Fairbanks Scales Inc., the oldest scale company in the U.S. and the world’s leader in weighing equipment, announces the new and improved FB2550 instrument (the FB2558), which maintains an industry leading feature set while incorporating faster processing power, an updated operating system, and more memory. Up to five FB2558 instruments can be networked, sharing transactional data and traffic light controls from up to eight scale platforms. Transaction data is shared between each networked instrument.
Finning Canada, a division of Finning International Inc., has signed an agreement to become the exclusive dealer of MultiDocker in western Canada. MultiDocker is the leading manufacturer of hydraulic material handlers for the forestry, scrap recycling and bulk handling industries.
Continental Commercial Specialty Tires has appointed Pavel Prouza the head of sales and marketing for the Americas. In this role, he will oversee all material handling, earthmoving and agriculture tire business in North America, Central America and South America. The appointment is effective immediately.
BOMAG Americas, Inc. announces that Matt White has joined the BOMAG team as manager, milling & reclamation. In this newly developed role, White will work with North American territory managers, distributors and end-users to develop programs designed to achieve growth objectives and improve customer support for BOMAG cold milling machines, recyclers and stabilizers.    
Strongco Corporation has appointed Oliver Nachevski, formerly vice-president, Construction Equipment, to the position of vice-president and chief operating officer (COO).
Where in the world are the most popular excavators? Thanks to Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) and the work of Off-Highway Research we can see that one size certainly does not fit all around the globe. 
TRP has announced its new line of TRP No-Ream King Pin Kits, which offer customers the quality and reliability they can count on. Manufactured using high quality steel, state-of-the-art heat treatment and machine tool technology, the new kits are available in multiple diameter lengths and fit many makes of trucks and buses. These kits include best-in-class spiral bushings with deeper grease grooves to allow 25 percent more grease in high wear areas. 
Over the last several months, the Trump Administration has placed harmful tariffs on imports that are making a considerable impact on the equipment manufacturing industry.
Today, competitive construction companies are looking for ways to save costs and reduce the amount of time searching for lost assets—including tools, equipment, and materials. To help, companies are incorporating global positioning systems (GPS) and advanced asset-tracking solutions to gather data on construction projects.
The new Cat S2000/S3000 Series mobile shears, designed for hydraulic excavators working in scrap and demolition applications, feature optimum force-to-weight ratios that yield faster cycle times and more cuts per hour, compared with predecessor models. Manufactured from alloy steel that has both superior yield- and tensile-strength properties, as well as substantially greater hardness ratings than T1-type steel, the new S2000/S3000 Series shears are engineered for long, productive service.

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