What a Week at ICUEE

Despite rain, tornado watches and a diet consisting of catfish, fried flesh and deit soda, another successful ICUEE show was held in Louisville, KY - and what a show it was. As I crisscrossed the four outdoor lots and inside displays in the South Wing, I was shown a host of new equipment and emerging technologies that were creating a lot of buzz at the show. Bobcat had two items on display that drew much attention. The first item being its V417 VersaHandler telescopic tool carrier (TTC). The fourth model in the VersaHandler line, this is the first one to offer the Bob-Tach attachment mounting system. The primary feature of this particular piece of equipment is that select attachments for large-frame skid-steer loaders (S220 – S330), compact track loaders (T250 – T320) and all-wheel steer loaders (A300) are approved for use with the V417. This is ideally suited for customers who already own a large-frame loader and are looking to get the most out of the V417. But what was probably the centerpiece of the Bobcat booth at ICUEE was the Loader Radio Remote Control System. This system provides a solution for users who want to operate their loaders remotely. Operators can start the loader engine and operate the drive, lift, tilt and auxiliary hydraulic functions from approximately 1,500 feet away with the radio remote control transmitter. The transmitter joystick controls activate the loader’s joystick controls in the ISO control pattern. Enabling the unit for unmanned operation has several market applications in the construction industry including concrete demolition, asphalt planning, firebreak construction, stump removal and many other uses. But what may be the most impressive feature of the Radio Remote Control System is how easily it can be attached or removed. The unit can be easily attached and disassembled within a matter of minutes so the loader can change from unmanned to manned operation without much work. There were many more highlights from ICUEE and I will continue to bring those to you. If you came across anything interesting or noteworthy, please let us know and share your experiences from the show by posting a comment. Also, look for our video reports from ICUEE in our video network. We had the opportunity to capture a lot of the equipment in use and got a lot of great information from the product specialists.