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.

A new grapple attachment has been introduced by Diversified Products to eliminate the need to go out on limbs and set chokers.  Benefiting the tree services industry, the RigEm&Roll, a Remote-controlled grapple, attaches to the load line of a crane and grabs large limbs. The grapple jaws close using 1,000 psi of force and can grab limbs up to 20 inches in diameter. The grapple also includes positioning spikes for rigging limbs angled up to 70 degrees.


Allison Transmission released their 5th generation electronic controls this past week.  The new controls are designed to provide improved fuel economy and are available to all OEM customers. New features include a new embedded inclinometer, improved load base shift scheduling and two additional acceleration levels. The generation features will be made available throughout 2013.


Field testing recently started on Haulotte’s new 67-ft. rough-terrain, telescopic boom lift. Following an exhibition of a prototype of the unit at the 2012 Lift and Access Showcase & Symposium in Davenport, Fla., last October, the lift is now being tested in two locations, Canada with a cold-climate customer, and the western United States with a warm-climate customer. The HT67RTJ model offers 67’5” maximum platform height, 59’5” maximum outreach, and 1,000-lb. capacity, or 500-lb. unrestricted capacity.


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