Industry roundup: Cat introduces 299D2 XHP Land Management CTL

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Cat recently introduced the 299D2XHP Land Management compact track loader for customers involved in demanding vegetation-management applications, such as mulching, brush-cutting, vegetation control and mowing.

The company says this machine delivers the advantages of efficiency and economy in specific applications including site preparation, utility right-of-way clearing, vegetation management for fire prevention, railroad maintenance-of-way, agriculture and forestry.

With a Cat C3.8 engine, the company says the machine is rated at 110 gross horsepower and combines with its high-flow/high-pressure auxiliary hydraulic system for a calculated hydraulic-horsepower rating of 94.

Cat says the machine has a 58.1-gallon fuel tank, which is 80 percent larger than the tank on standard 299D2 XHP models, and it is estimated to have a run time of 11 to 12 hours.

The company says it is also factory-equipped with seal and cover components designed to restrict debris and other material from entering the engine compartment and lower frame. Cat adds that the debris deflector channels any material created by rotating attachments away from the front of the cab for added safety.

Additionally, certain engine and emissions components incorporate special parts and covers, designed to deter debris from collecting on the components, and large frame-access panels provide easy access to aid in routine cleaning. Cat adds that a turbine-type pre-cleaner ejects dust, dirt and debris from engine-intake airflow before it reaches the filter, thus extending air-filter service life.

The company says the machine comes factory-equipped with components that provide guarding to protect front and rear LED work lights, work-tool coupler area, work-tool electrical harness connections and auxiliary-hydraulic quick-disconnect fittings from impact and debris.

Cat says the machine also features a one-piece, sealed, pressurized cab design and a heated, air-suspension seat with independently adjustable armrest, joystick-control positions, integrated full-color display for machine operating information and performance adjustments, rearview camera and integrated Bluetooth radio with a microphone.

Cat says the machine also includes a full-color, 5-inch, LCD Advanced Display monitor that enables on-screen adjustment of implement response, hydrostatic-drive response, creep-control speed, ride-control-activation speed, language preference and gauge layout. The company says the rearview camera also provides high-resolution images of difficult-to-see areas behind the machine.

The company says the cooling system’s hydraulically driven demand fan operates only when required, and the reversing fan clears intake screens and can operate in both automatic- and momentary-purge modes.

Cat adds that a battery disconnect adds to machine security and allows isolating the battery when servicing the machine or when storing the machine to minimize battery drain.

The machine uses a torsion-axle-type undercarriage-suspension system that allows independent vertical movement between the frame and undercarriage, and it also includes standard two-speed travel and an electronic hand/foot throttle system (with decelerator pedal).

John Deere adds backhoes to attachment lineup

John Deere has unveiled three new backhoe attachments into its lineup of attachments: the BH9B, BH10B and BH11B.

The company says these machines were designed for operators handling landscaping, light construction, utility and agricultural work. These backhoes, John Deere says, are similar to other Deere attachments and are ideal for use on the company’s G-Series skid steers and compact track loaders.

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“With the growing need for work in compact spaces, these new backhoe attachments provide contractors, landscapers and agricultural material handlers with the power and variety to tackle any job efficiently and swiftly,” says Jason Simmons, attachments engineering supervisor, John Deere Construction & Forestry. “The new lineup of backhoe attachments is designed to provide power with improved hydraulics and sleek design to operators working across different job sites and applications.”

The company says these attachments are ideal for those working in tight spaces, as they offer swing speed control and 180-degree capabilities to help maximize efficiency and improve machine stability. Workspace visibility is also optimized, according to Deere, because of the attachments’ sleek, low-profile design.

The company says that cushioned cylinders allow for smooth operations and limit shock loads during use, and a two-lever control of boom or swing (left lever) and dipperstick or bucket (right lever) allow for precise movement and control.

Each of the models, Deere says, includes a 9-12 gallons-per-minute hydraulic flow range for smooth operation, and the company adds that these machines provide different levels of maximum dig depths ranging of 110 inches on the BH9B, 116 inches on the BH10B and 133 inches on the BH11B.

The BH model widths, Deere says, range from 18 inches to 36 inches, and the heavy-duty buckets feature an easy-cleanout design for the toughest jobs.

Deere says both the BH10B and BH11B buckets offer three linkage positions to maximize curl, reach or breakout force. The breakout force on the BH9B is 3,895 pounds, 5,675 pounds on the BH10B and 5,675 pounds on the BH11B.

The company says these machines also have standard-tilt seating capabilities, a grab handle and open design.

Earth & Turf Products announces human-powered compost spreader

Earth & Turf Products LLC recently announced the first human-powered compost spreader.

The company says the walk-behind model 45HP is the ideal topdresser for spreading screened compost with up to 25 percent moisture content on lawns and small turf areas.

Earth & Turf adds that the unit’s three-wheel maneuverability makes it possible to get jobs done fast, even in tight quarters, and the 45HP features a 4.5 cu.ft. hopper capacity.

The machine is 30 inches wide and spreads materials using a reciprocating screen design, which the company says produces in one pass and even, full-width spread pattern that’s 1/8 to ¼ inches thick.

Doosan Infracore North America introduces new mini excavators

Doosan Infracore North America, LLC, says it’s adding three new models to its mini excavator lineup in the 3.5, 4 and 5-ton classes: the Doosan DX35-5, DX42-5 and DX50-5.

“Doosan customers expect high-performing, productive and reliable machines when they see the Doosan orange,” says Aaron Kleingartner, marketing manager for Doosan Infracore North America. “Now our customers who need a 3.5-, 4- or 5-ton mini excavator can purchase, lease or rent a machine from their local Doosan construction equipment dealer.”

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“We hope with the additional models, our Doosan dealers will have the ability to grow their businesses and be even more successful in their local markets,” Kleingartner says. “Also, it’s important to note that these three models will be manufactured in the United States for fast delivery to our U.S. and Canadian dealers and customers.”

The company says that all three mini excavators will be available with an enclosed cab, including heat and air conditioning or an open canopy configuration, and both configurations allow for all-around visibility.

Doosan says a standard suspension seat provides all-day comfort for operators and a strategically positioned deluxe instrument panel provides valuable machine information for operators. The machines also include a standard keyless system to help reduce unauthorized machine use and theft.

Doosan says customers can choose between a standard arm or long-arm option. The company says the long-arm option gives operators more dig depth and reach and reduces the amount of machine repositioning.

All three models come standard with a blade and an angle blade is available as a factory option, and the angle blade, according to the company, makes it easier for mini excavator operators to perform backfill tasks, as well as create slopes and swales.

Doosan says all three machines can be equipped with a quick coupler, bucket and thumb attachment package, and the quick couplers will allow mini excavator operators to change attachments easily to match the trenching task to the desired bucket width.

Doosan says a thumb is a popular attachment to use with a bucket to effectively grab, lift and place items, and the company adds that operators will have access to 17 to 20 gallons per minute of auxiliary hydraulic flow, depending on the model.

Specs include:

DX35-5 mini excavator
Horsepower: 33.5 hp Tier 4-compliant diesel
Operating weight: 7,909 lb.
Bucket breakout force: 6,968 lbf.
Maximum dig depth (with standard arm): 10 ft. 3 in.
Width: 69 in.
Tail swing overhang: 0 in.

DX42-5 mini excavator
Horsepower: 42.7 hp Tier 4-compliant diesel
Operating weight: 9,246 lb.
Bucket breakout force: 9,183 lbf.
Maximum dig depth (with standard arm): 10 ft. 6 in.
Width: 69 in.
Tail swing overhang: 17 in.

DX50-5 mini excavator
Horsepower: 49.8 hp Tier 4-compliant diesel
Operating weight: 10,677 lb.
Bucket breakout force: 8,977 lbf.
Maximum dig depth (with standard arm): 11 ft. 7 in.
Width: 77.2 in.
Tail swing overhang: 0.6 in.

ICPI announces 2019 HNA Awards information

The Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI) announced the categories, judging criteria and key submission dates for the 2019 Hardscape North America (HNA) Awards.Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute logo

The HNA Awards recognizes commercial and residential hardscape projects in the United States and Canada, and winning and honorable mention awards in 18 categories will be given to hardscape installation contractors.

Designers and product manufacturers of winning and honorable mention projects will also be recognized at the 2019 HNA trade show during the HNA Awards Recognition Presentation and will be featured in Interlocking Design magazine, the HNA website, social media, a press release and other industry publications.

Hardscape North America logoThe 2019 HNA Awards online submissions system opened Monday, April 29. Entries will be accepted through Thursday, September 5. Projects entered by Monday, August 12 receive a discount of $40. Members of ICPI, the National Concrete Masonry Association (NCMA) and Brick Industry Association (BIA) receive additional discounts for submissions.

The 2019 HNA Awards categories are:

  • Concrete paver residential (less than 3,000 sf.)
  • Concrete paver residential (more than 3,000 sf.)
  • Concrete paver commercial (less than 15,000 sf.)
  • Concrete paver commercial (more than 15,000 sf.)
  • Concrete paver permeable residential or commercial (all sizes)
  • Segmental retaining walls residential (all sizes)
  • Segmental retaining walls commercial (all sizes)
  • Clay brick residential (all sizes)
  • Clay brick commercial (all sizes)
  • Clay brick permeable residential or commercial (all sizes)
  • Porcelain paver residential (all sizes)
  • Porcelain paver commercial (all sizes)
  • Combination of hardscape products residential (less than 4,000 sf.)
  • Combination of hardscape products residential (more than 4,000 sf.)
  • Combination of hardscape products commercial (all sizes)
  • Natural stone residential or commercial projects (all sizes)
  • Outdoor living features residential or commercial projects (all sizes)
  • Vintage installation for residential or commercial projects installed before 2008 (all sizes)

Awards submissions will be judged on five criteria:

  • Design (including use of color, shape, texture and pattern)
  • Quality of construction and craftsmanship
  • Compatibility with related construction materials and systems
  • Construction innovation
  • Overall excellence

Entrants will be asked to submit five photos and written descriptions of the completed projects that address the five judging criteria.

To submit a project or for more information, visit

Big Tex debuts redesigned low-profile dump trailer

Big Tex Trailers unveiled the newly redesigned 14LP ultra low-profile dump trailer. The company says that with a durable new frame design and premium feature set, the 14LP delivers lasting strength and value.

“From landscaping and agricultural to roofing, construction and remodeling, the 14LP is an outstanding new option for a wide range of customers,” says Johnathan Bradley, vice president of sales for Big Tex. “We’ve redesigned this popular model to be even more durable and feature-rich, providing added value and ultimate reliability.”

The company says the tongue and center beam of the 14LP are one continuous piece of 8” I-beam, and the 28” deck height allows for more ergonomic loading of materials. Beneath the bed, Big Tex says a scissor lift keeps the bed and frame properly aligned and enables smoother raising/lowering with less maintenance required.

With its heavy-duty 10-gauge dump box with a single-piece floor, to the reinforced square-tube steel top rail, the company says the trailer is durable, and a sturdy foundation is provided by two 7,000# cambered Dexter Brand axles, EZ-Lube hubs, 16” radial tires and Nev-R-Adjust electric brakes.

The company says it arrives equipment ready with standard rear stabilizers and an optional 6.5’ rear slide-in ramp package, and it includes a rear combo-gate with easy-to-use holdbacks that can be opened as barn doors or used as a spreader gate.

Big Tex says the trailer’s L.E.D. lighting package is a brighter and longer-lasting solution than traditional incandescent lighting, while a sealed modular wiring harness protects the wiring from road debris and the elements.

Other features include a 12,000# side-wind, drop-leg tongue jack; a 12V Interstate deep-cycle battery with a 110V, 5-amp onboard charger; an integrated tarp shroud and roll tarp with side J-hooks; and a new integrated side step on the marker light box.

“More customers turn to Big Tex for industry-leading trailers that are built to last and provide exceptional value,” says Bradley. “The 14LP Dump Trailer is an exciting new option that delivers on the promise of durability, convenience and ease of use.”

Project EverGreen, SiteOne Landscape Supply team up to recruit volunteers

Project Evergreen’s GreenCare for Troops initiative, SiteOne Landscape Supply and other leading industry product suppliers have teamed up to help military families by recruiting new volunteers to help those families with basic lawn care and landscaping tasks.

The group says that new volunteers who register with the GreenCare for Troops program and agree to help at least one military family with complimentary lawn and landscape services will be rewarded with coupons from a variety of suppliers on products they use daily.

To qualify for coupons, new volunteers must complete the online registration process, and once that’s complete, they will receive an email with special coupons redeemable at SiteOne locations nationwide for select turf maintenance and control product purchases.Project EverGreen logo

Participating companies in the nationwide launch include FMC, Lebanon Turf, Nufarm, PBI-Gordon and SiteOne Landscape Supply. Additional suppliers will be added as the program expands.

“These valuable services provide military families with peace of mind and freedom to heal,” says Cindy Code, executive director of Project EverGreen. “A managed yard and landscape provides vital outdoor space for military personnel and their families to begin their recovery and re-connect with their families.”

GreenCare for Troops enters its 13th year providing complimentary lawn and landscape services for the families of currently deployed military personnel.

“We’re proud to expand our partnership nationwide with Project EverGreen to provide a much-needed service for military families and veterans,” says Doug Black, SiteOne’s chairman and CEO. “Giving back to our communities is a key component of our company vision and the GreenCare for Troops program allows us to better serve both the program beneficiaries as well as our customers who volunteer. We encourage anyone interested in supporting veterans in their communities to sign up.”

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