John Deere recently unveiled its new dump-from-seat material collection system (MCS), which the company says is compatible with all John Deere gas-powered Z900 ZTrak zero-turn mowers.
“We know that efficiency, productivity and ease of operation are critical to the success of our customers,” says Ruben Pena, product manager, John Deere. “When developing the new dump-from-seat design, we focused on improving and simplifying the dumping process to make it even easier to empty the hopper without leaving the seat.”
The company says the new design of the MCS moves the fulcrum of the dump lever closer to the operator for easier operation. With the new design, John Deere says operators can be more efficient when dumping materials.
The company says the MCS also features a heavy-duty steel blower to help increase productivity and reduce clogs while operating. The blower finely chops materials, enhancing the collection process, while the powerful suction requires fewer passes, resulting in saved time and money.
Additionally, John Deere says tool-free clips provide easy access to the chute if a clog occurs. The company says the location of the blower housing was moved from the deck to behind the rear tire of the mower, creating a shorter path for the clippings to travel into the hopper and reducing the occurrence of plugs during operation.
The company says the new design reduces the overall length by 14 inches and width by six inches versus the previous model. John Deere says the weight of the machine with a full collection system is also two percent lighter than the previous model, reducing fuel usage and improving ground compaction.
John Deere also debuted two new trencher models to its family of attachments, the TC36 and TC48.
The company says the TC36 and TC48 trenchers are ideal economic models for lighter-duty tasks and equipment rental. These attachment models are compatible with John Deere skid steers and compact track loader models, as well as most competitive models.
“We continue to expand our collection of time and cost-saving attachments by incorporating cutting-edge solutions that benefit our customers on the job site,” says Jessica Hill, program manager, global attachments at John Deere. “The TC-series trenchers are an ideal solution to not only increase productivity but also to increase uptime and lower daily operating costs while producing perfectly-shaped trenches.”
The company says the TC-series trenchers are designed for lower duty cycle customers in agricultural and light construction applications with several configurations to match most soil conditions or trench requirements.
To ensure enhanced productivity, John Deere says the TC36 and TC48 trenchers come equipped with a spring-loaded trencher boom that reduces system shock, and the frame provides easy ingress and egress during use. The company says the crumber boom pulls loose soil into the trenchers, leaving a clean bottom, and an auger removes spoils from trenches, increasing productivity on the job.
John Deere says another key quality of the TC36 and TC48 trenchers is the ability to increase the operator’s uptime. The company says the robust digging chain can be used for even the toughest conditions and the integrated skid shoe helps stabilization while trenching.
John Deere adds that the angle indicator provides customers an optimal trenching angle for more accurate and precise digging. By incorporating a low-profile drive system and side-shift, the company says trenches will be nearly flush after every use, and the multiple digging chain options combined with the low-profile drive system and side-shift help incur lower daily operating costs.
Takeuchi announces TL8R2 CTL
Takeuchi-US recently launched the completely redesigned TL8R2. The company says the TL8R2 is engineered to provide superior power, strength and maneuverability, and the radial lift design offers a tipping load of 6,041 pounds with an operating weight of 9,182 pounds.
Takeuchi says the TL8R2 is equipped with a 74.3 horsepower turbocharged engine that is EPA Final Tier 4 Emission Compliant. And the Diesel Oxidation Catalyst (DOC) and Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) featured on this machine minimize emissions for clean and efficient operation.
The company says that creep mode is a standard feature on the TL8R2 models equipped with high flow auxiliary hydraulics. The company says this feature will enable operators to precisely match the forward speed of the track loader to a particular attachment without having to constantly meter the travel lever.
Takeuchi says the creep mode function is ideal for attachments that require a consistent, repeatable travel speed, such as a cold planer and trencher.
The company says the automotive-style operator’s station features a 5.7-inch multi-informational color display with a rearview camera and a sealed rocker switch bank that helps improve performance and functionality by providing the operator with a wider range of operational information.
Also, Takeuchi says standard equipment on the TL8R2 are the low-effort pilot controls and proportional auxiliary switches to give the operator the precision needed to work more efficiently in a comfortable, fatigue-free environment.
Additionally, the company says a pressurized cab is an available option on the TL8R2; optional cabs are equipped with a roll-up door, A/C, heat, defrost and front wiper and AM/FM/Bluetooth radio.
“Takeuchi is excited to release the completely redesigned TL8R2,” says Keith Kramlich, national product and training manager. “Takeuchi prides itself on our continuing tradition of innovation and advancing technology, and the TL8R2 is a perfect example of that. Operators will feel more strength, performance, maneuverability, versatility and efficiency in this machine, increasing their profits.”
New blade attachment adds four-season versatility to Toro Dingo CUL line
Toro announced the introduction and availability of all-new snow removal attachments for the Toro Dingo compact utility loader line — the four-foot and five-foot Boss snowplow attachments.
With a simple changeout of attachments, Toro says the Dingo units can handle even the most challenging snow and ice removal tasks.
The company says the Boss snowplows are available in two sizes — four-foot and five-foot — and feature polyethylene blades. Toro says contractors will also appreciate the reversible cutting edge.
The company says the full-blade trip design minimizes severe impacts to the attachment, the compact utility loader and the operator when striking obstacles. Additionally, Toro says the hydraulic 30-degree adjustment in either direction eliminates the need for operators to make manual adjustments in less-than-ideal winter conditions.
“This new attachment offering simply provides more options for Dingo users to get the very most out of their compact utility loader,” says Kyle Cartwright, marketing manager at Toro. “The possibilities are truly endless when it comes to thinking up new attachments for the Dingo line, and we believe that this new offering will be a gamechanger for a key segment of our Dingo customer base.”
Additional options available for the Boss plow include a six-inch blade extension kit, a snow deflector kit, a plow shoe kit, box wing extension and urethane edge kit. Plow attachments are compatible with Dingo 320-D, 323, TX 427, TX 525 and TX 1000 models.
ASV explores remote-control technology
ASV Holdings Inc. says it has explored remote-control technology on its machines as part of the company’s mission to consistently push the limits on innovation.
The company displayed a test model at a recent dealer meeting, allowing dealers to experience the feature hands-on.
“We’re seeing the market for this type of technology advance at a rapid rate and it’s important for us to stay on the forefront,” says Buck Storlie, ASV Holdings Inc. product line manager. “Though there are no plans for its immediate use, our dealers enjoyed testing the remote-control technology.”
ASV says dealers had an opportunity to try the feature for themselves on ASV’s RT-120 Posi-Track loader. The company says dealers stood outside the enclosed operating area and directed the machine through many common tasks, such as avoiding obstacles and digging and hauling material.
As interest in the safety and convenience of remote-control technology grows, ASV says it will continue to test new innovations and improve the company’s machines, allowing operators to do more work in more places.
ASV says remote-controlled machines are beneficial for completing tasks in difficult locations and can increase efficiency by reducing the number of crew members required; instead of one driver and one spotter, the remote operator can fill both roles.
ASV says it has no immediate plans to integrate the feature into its machines at this time, but it will continue testing it and other technological advancements.