2019 Compact Equipment Showcase
By Canadian Rental Staff
Skid steers, track loaders, mini-excavators and more.
By Canadian Rental Staff
Some of the best returns in your fleet come from compact construction machinery.
Here’s what’s new.
Attractive performance package
The John Deere 332G skid steer is powered by a Tier 4 Final/EU Stage IV diesel engine packing plenty of power and torque. The Tri-Cool design resists debris buildup and employs large coolers for standout performance in severe, high-load conditions. A reversible fan in high-debris applications makes for for quick core cleanout. Larger entryways with swing-out doors make it easier to get in, get comfortable and get on with the work. Inside, there’s more productivity-enhancing foot- and legroom. Three-way switchable controls between EH foot, ISO joystick or H-pattern joystick modes enhance ease-of-use. The 332G includes a switchable accelerator/decelerator with a right-side foot pedal when operating in ISO or H-pattern joystick-control mode. Add the newly available 90-inch bucket for additional productivity. The factory-installed performance package offers increased productivity and ease-of-use with the following capabilities: return to dig allowing the operator to automatically set the bucket or other attachment to his/her designated ready-to-work position; return to carry allowing the operator to use joystick detents to automatically reset the boom to a designated ready-to-carry position; boom height kickout allowing the operator to pre-select a specific boom height based on the truck/hopper height and use joystick detents to automatically stop at a specific height; and electronic self-level allowing the self-level to work on the boom up and down unlike the hydraulic self-level option that works only on boom up.
Easy maintenance access
Wacker Neuson has introduced its Series II large-frame skid steer loaders to the market. The new SW24 and SW28 offer the latest enhanced cab design and service accessibility. As the big brother to the company’s medium-frame line, the machines offer parts commonality and contractors a proven design on the job site. Wacker Neuson’s new large-frame loaders will stand out in a crowded field for their excellent daily maintenance service access. They offer a cab that fully tips forward with the loader arms down, providing complete access to all maintenance components. These machines are engineered to be user-friendly with a simple, open design and efficient layout that requires less time on daily service checks and more time on the job. The Kohler diesel engines feature a maintenance-free, regeneration-free aftertreatment system, eliminating the impact of extreme heat and downtime due to regeneration or the need for cleaning particulate filters. The SW Series II loaders usher in a new era of comfort features including repositioned joysticks that promote intuitive and comfortable operation. The high-visibility cab includes angled pedals and foot bed as well as conveniently located switches that significantly reduce operator fatigue. Access in and out is easy with a wide door and step, plus there is no restrictive lap bar. Control options for any operator include mechanical hand-foot, electric-hydraulic hand-foot and selectable EH (ISO and H-pattern). This ensures operators with varying experience can efficiently operate the machines with ease.
Tow with a pick-up
The Case CX30C is the most recent addition to Case Construction Equipment’s C Series line of compact excavators. With an operating weight of 6,020 pounds and a 24.8-horsepower Tier 4 Final engine, the CX30C boasts a bucket digging force of 4,520 pounds. The machine is available in a zero tail-swing, short-radius or conventional design; an adjustable boom offset for improved manoeuverability in congested areas; and an auto-shift travel system for operator convenience in varying terrain. An auxiliary hydraulic system with standard proportional controls, a shut-off valve and easy-to-select joystick control patterns offers increased productivity. The spacious and comfortable operator environment adds excellent visibility, ergonomic controls, adjustable seating and line-of-sight digital displays to minimize operator fatigue. Standard proportional controls provide precision control of all attachments with the ease of thumb control, while a standard auxiliary flow diverter valve allows the operator to easily switch between single and bi-directional flow for use with a variety of attachments. An easy-to-use pattern selector also comes standard, allowing operators to choose their control pattern preference for optimum productivity. All C Series mini-excavators also feature standard auxiliary hydraulics for easy thumb and attachment setup, as well as standard boom and blade guarding. Like all C Series models — with the exception of the CX57C and CX60C — the CX30C can be towed with a pickup truck without the need for a commercial license, local regulations permitting.
Low ground pressure
ASV Holdings offers the RT-25 Posi-Track compact track loader. Featuring similar dimensions as its more powerful cousin, the RT-40, the RT-25 serves as an economical alternative for contractors, rental centres and homeowners working in tight spaces. At just 48 inches wide, the loader is the industry’s smallest sit-in CTL. The RT-25 is also a safer, more productive alternative to walk-behind and stand-on mini loaders in applications such as landscaping, construction and snow removal. The unit’s 3,755-pound operating weight, 3.1 pounds-per-square-inch ground pressure and optional smooth turf track all reduce risks of damage to turf or sensitive surfaces. That low weight also contributes to increased flotation and traction. The RT-25 features a rated operating capacity of 665 pounds, a tipping load of 1,900 pounds and an 8.4-foot lift height. The machine features a 10-inch ground clearance and a 55-degree departure angle. The unit’s industrial 25-horsepower Perkins diesel engine and 5.1 miles-per-hour top speed allow operators to achieve maximum productivity by moving around quickly and digging and lifting more.
The engine is turbocharged so it can output its full horsepower even at high elevations. The Tier 4 Final engine requires no regeneration, exhaust sensors or diesel exhaust fluid. The machine’s system operates at a high auxiliary circuit flow rate with an 11.3-gallons per minute pump capacity and 3,000 psi system pressure. Drivers can transport the RT-25 on a trailer pulled by a 1/2-ton pick-up truck or SUV. Filters and other daily serviceability checkpoints are within easy reach thanks to a large hood opening.
Fleet telematics included
The Takeuchi TB240 provides powerful performance in the four-ton class. With its outstanding serviceability, spacious cab and solid build quality, this machine can handle challenging job sites. TB240 specs include an operating weight of 8,570 pounds; a bucket breakout force of 9,959 pounds; a dig depth of 11 feet, 4 inches; a 35.8-horsepower Tier Four Final engine using a diesel oxidation catalyst and diesel particulate filter exhaust after-treatment system.
Auxiliary hydraulics are plumbed to mid-arm, providing up to 17.1 gallons per minute of flow. Like all Takeuchis, rear engine access makes daily checks and routine maintenance points convenient, including the filters, the large side-by-side cooling module, the hydraulic tank, the pattern change, the control valve, the one-way flow selector and the battery. The TB240 comes in cab or canopy configurations. Both are spacious with great visibility, built with the operator in mind. The cab and canopy include an automotive-style interior and deluxe suspension seats that offer before, after, weight, height and tilt adjustments. The cab comes standard with heat, air conditioning and Bluetooth radio. Operators are able to monitor machine vitals with a multi-informational display. Improving productivity and reducing operator fatigue, the TB240 features low-effort and precision full-pilot controls. Takeuchi Fleet Management, a telematics system, comes standard on all excavators for two years at no additional cost. TFM provides a variety of data points, including machine health and condition, run time and machine location. The user-friendly TFM system can help reduce downtime, control costs, perform remote diagnostics and schedule maintenance.]