Rock & Dirt’s Weekly Recap

News in the Construction Equipment Industry

Need a quick update on what happened last week in the construction industry? Every Monday we will provide a brief overview of some of the top stories for your consumption.

 

The new John Deere 644K Hybrid wheel loader was showcased at a World of Concrete 2013 press event in Las Vegas last Tuesday. The new loader uses both diesel and electric energy, is equipped with a John Deere PowerTech 6.8-liter Interim Tier 4/Stage IIIB engine that runs at an operator-selected constant speed from 900 to 1,800 rpm, and has a net 229 horsepower. The hybrid wheel loader is going to begin production and should be on dealer lots in March. For a more in-depth look at the 644K Hybrid, click on the link below.

Source: http://www.equipmentworld.com/an-in-depth-look-at-john-deeres-644k-electric-hybrid-wheel-loader-woc-2013/

Retail sales of construction equipment are expected to increase by at least three percent in 2013, according to a survey conducted in January by GE Capital, Equipment Finance. More than three-quarters of the respondents believe that the first half of 2013 is the best time to increase inventory of construction equipment, and two-thirds of respondents cited that the biggest challenge for distributors is the lack of demand for new commercial and residential construction.

Source: http://www.constructionequipment.com/ge-capital-survey-predicts-construction-equipment-sales-increase-2013

Caterpillar Inc. has made upgrades to the 450E Backhoe Loader which includes enhanced durability, reliability, and lifting performance. The 450F embodies a more efficient overall design; with 5 percent more gross power than the 450E. Its closed-center, load-sensing hydraulic system offers more control of backhoe and loader functions, adding productivity and increased fuel economy.

Source: http://blog.rockanddirt.com/industry-news/manufacturer-news/caterpillar-450f-design-enhancements-include-more-power-efficient-electronic-control-added-operator-amenities-and-easier-serviceability/

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