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Wood-Mizer Products, Inc. announced the national release of Bio-Mizer, a biomass furnace, which converts wood waste into renewable energy. The Bio-Mizer utilizes a wide range of biomass waste products -- sawdust, wood chips, agricultural and animal waste -- to produce heat that is safe, clean and carbon-neutral. Heat generated by the furnace can heat a shop, kiln, greenhouse or business complex. The first Bio-Mizer is already in operation at Fritch Mill in Snohomish, Wash.

Vulcan V700 Hand Held Remote

The Vulcan V700 Handheld Remote Display makes it possible to view your on-board scale information remotely. The V700 transmitter monitors the information on Vulcan's VSL systems and transmits the data to the V700 Handheld Remote Display.
Benefits include: remote display of weight information from Vulcan's V300 Series meters; advanced spread-spectrum RF technology for reliable data transmission; a range of approximately 200 ft (depending on conditions); and quick response time.

Rotobec Clamshell Buckets
Rotobec's clamshell buckets offer operators significant advantages. The optimized design and the use of high-tensile and wear-resistance steel allows for a very high strength to weight ratio. The lightweight, high-strength design allows Rotobec to maximize load capacities versus grapple weight.

Capacity ranges from 1/2 to 10 yd3, and can handle material density of up to 4500 lb/yd3.

Industrial Cranes from Morris Material Handling
Morris Material Handling introduces a custom-built solution using standard components for material handling applications. Industrial cranes provide design flexibility at an affordable price with fast delivery.

Built to CMAA design specifications, industrial cranes are equipped to handle loads of up to 100 tons and span up to 100 feet. Morris Material Handling can customize industrial cranes and components to fit the needs of the application, and the high-quality products remain competitively priced. Options for cranes and components are paired for specific requirements and adjusted according to budget. Customization options include a wide selection of drives, end trucks, and hoists, as well as optional girder connections to meet the clearance requirements and below-the-hook devices to match specific lifting needs.

Industrial crane components offer several enhanced features, including a completely enclosed bridge and trolley drive gearing; a heavy-duty hoist, which increases efficiency and decreases maintenance; and a heavy-duty cast iron rope guide with a half depth grooved drum to extend rope life.

Cat Updated Cab in Track Feller Bunchers
Cat Forest Products recently announced updates to the cab on the track feller buncher line, including the Cat® 511, 521, 522, 532, 541, 551, and 552. The changes improve operator comfort and safety and machine durability.

  • Full-size sliding window on the left side of the cab.
  • Escape hatch above the operator's head has a new quick release latch system to allow fast exit in an emergency.
  • Window mounting brackets and hardware have been strengthened to prevent damage from falling debris, and the design simplified to eliminate potential leaks into the cab.
  • Work lights have stronger guards and steel bar protectors to prevent breakage and improve illumination of the work area.

John Deere Adds CT315
John Deere added the small frame CT315 to its compact track loader line, a 45 HP unit that already meets interim Tier 4 emissions standards.

The CT315 becomes Deere's first radial lift compact track loader, as well as its smallest, with a 12.6-inch-wide track and a narrow overall machine width of just over 60 inches.

It's designed for production, with a powerful 1,500-pound rated operating capacity. Its cushioned bucket and lift cylinders provide smooth deceleration at the end of the boom-lower position and also cushion the bucket when curling and dumping a load. Under the hood a Deere PowerTech™ 4024T 4-cylinder 2.4-L engine provides superior engine lugging capability while working heavy loads.

Volvo Launches New Short Swing Excavator
Volvo Construction Equipment has introduced the Volvo ECR305CL, short swing radius excavator to the North America market. The 34.8-ton excavator offers exceptional stability in confined areas. Precisely engineered weight distribution and increased swing torque give the new machine superior swing performance when working on slopes.

Like the smaller machines in the range, the compact body swings only fractionally outside its own track width -- less than 80 mm (with 800mm shoes) -- enabling it to work close to objects without risk of collision with the rear of the machine as it swings.

The all-new, rounded (and roomy) cab on Volvo's short swing models is also designed to stay within the rear swing radius. The sliding door allows the operator to exit the cab even when it is positioned close to an obstruction.

TruckWeight FleetLink
TruckWeight Inc. introduced TruckWeight FleetLink, a telematics device that gives fleet managers the ability to electronically capture and communicate axle-weight data generated by the company's Smart Scale wireless scale for commercial vehicles.

"Traditionally, onboard scales produce results that have to be manually interpreted, logged, and reported by the truck driver," said Peter Panagapko, president of TruckWeight. "As a companion to Smart Scale, TruckWeight FleetLink helps replace these manual processes. It creates an accurate electronic record of axle-weight data that can be read by an onboard computer and sent home by satellite- or cellular-based mobile communications systems. Dispatchers and fleet managers

can monitor payload capacity while the truck is in the field, eliminating the latency and errors associated with paper-based reporting."

New B Series Prentice Knuckleboom Loader
Cat Forest Products recently launched the new B Series Prentice knuckleboom log loader with the Prentice 2384B. The enhanced engine and hydraulic power system, a choice of operating modes, and an automatic idle down system work together to give loggers the best of both worlds -- high production and low fuel consumption.

More efficient use of horsepower to cut fuel consumption and maintain production is achieved through reduced engine and fan speeds, a reengineered hydraulic pump, and bigger hydraulic lines. The new pump also decreases heat generation, resulting in cooler hydraulic system temperatures. Loader performance is further improved by a 15 percent increase in swing torque and modified main control valve spools that improve cycling to lower the boom faster. The increase in hydraulic line size also allows faster grapple action.

Among other new features, the Power Boost Mode provides 40 percent more productivity muscle for heavy duty delimbing, slashing, and loading applications requiring fast swing with maximum swing torque.


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