In our offices, we cannot seem to stop talking about CONEXPO-CON/AGG (CONEXPO) 2023. The story from the show has been so much new equipment and technology … enough to fill several issues of Equipment Today and our sister publications.
From This Issue
The June issue is no exception. You’ll find many new excavators featured in the Excavator Spec Guide and in “Pardon Our Reach: The Future of Excavation Is Here” from Chris Lewis.
Even after CONEXPO, the NEW just keeps coming with the Caterpillar RM600 and RM800 reclaimers/stabilizers. These new machines and new technology from Astec Industries, BOMAG, LeeBoy and Wirtgen are covered in my article “Roadbuilding: What’s New from CONEXPO & Beyond.”
Curious about attachments? New technology has been released in this area as well. You can learn more from “How Attachments Turn Machines into Multipurpose Tools” by Carol Brzozowski.
New Equipment in Denver
New was what I saw on a beautiful, warm day in Denver, Colorado, with the Mecalac team. During their media event, we saw a demo of several machines, including the new MCL Wheel Loader Series. During the presentation, Patrick Brehmer, head of design and product management for Mecalac, explained that the MCL Series combines worksite functions for a skid steer and mini excavator into one machine. It provides the work of a skid steer loader with space management and versatility.
The new series includes two small machines with 25-horsepower engines and two larger machines with 49-horsepower engines. The larger machines can reach speeds of 12 miles per hour to 18 miles per hour. The new models also simplify machine entry, human-machine interface and operator comfort.
Check out this video to see me drive a compact wheel loader for the first time. Let me know how I did.