BOBCAT ADDS REBAR BENDER ATTACHMENT
Bobcat Company adds more versatility to its attachment lineup with the rebar bender attachment. Mounted on the left Bob-Tach® mount, the rebar bender comes with five mandrels that provide the ability to bend rebar into a variety of angles and repeat bends for added efficiency and consistency. Rebar up to a #6 grade can be bent up to 200 degrees, and the remote attachment control (RAC) allows for easy, safe operation of the rebar bender from outside the cab. Compatible machines for the rebar attachment include all Bobcat® skid-steer loaders, compact track loaders, all-wheel steer loaders, and Toolcat utility work machines. For more information, visit www.bobcat.com.
ARCTIC HOSE PACKAGE
Landoll Corporation introduces a new option for customers that will be operating in the extreme weather conditions of northern Canada and Alaska. The new “Arctic Hose Package” may be installed on the full line of Landoll’s Traveling Axle trailers. The arctic hose package has a distinct advantage on any trailer that may be working in extreme cold conditions of -20°F to -40°F.
Landoll trailers have standard components that operate in conditions down to -20°F. When working in areas that are consistently below that temperature, Landoll recommends the all new “Arctic Hose Package”option. Special air and hydraulic lines are installed that have operating ranges down to -40°F. The arctic hose package also includes special grease that operates well down to -58°F and that has pump-ability to -22°F. For more information, contact your local Landoll dealer or call the factory at 800.428.5655, or visit www.landoll.com.
BROCE JOINS FORCES WITH WALDON
Broce Manufacturing Co announces it has joined forces with Waldon Equipment, LLC to offer additional lines of equipment.
In 1963, Broce revolutionized the asphalt paving industry with the introduction of the first-ever mid-mount self-propelled sweeper and continues to be the leader in that market. Since 1957, Waldon products have been setting the standard for compact, 4-wheel drive, articulated loaders and forklifts, and in 1997 added the “Digmaster” loader backhoe line. These two companies combined represent more than 105 years in heavy equipment manufacturing. For more information, visit www.brocebroom.com.
ROBOTIC TOTAL STATION
Topcon Positioning Systems (TPS) introduces a new series of robotic total stations specifically designed and configured for the construction market. The new instruments are designed for applications such as stakeout and as a key component of a Local Positioning System, which is used for 3D machine control.
This auto-tracking total station series combines the latest in tracking, motorized turning, angle accuracy, and software technology “to set a new industry standard,” according to Scott Langbein, TPS director of product marketing.
“The PS-AS has a strong prism-tracking ability and the fastest reacquisition time in the industry,” he says. “Tracking faster with high accuracy measurements equates to a savings of time and money on every job.”
Top features include TSshield™—Topcon’s advanced security and maintenance technology, PowerTrac™ technology to increase prism tracking power and a “fast and powerful EDM,” he says. “Additionally, the new series includes Topcon’s exclusive LongLink™ communications technology, advanced angle accuracy, and a water resistant IP65 design. Data collector software options include Topcon’s Pocket3D or MAGNET Field Site.
The PS-AS series is available in 1 and 3 arc second interval versions. The standard kit includes two batteries, dual-tray battery charger, USB flash drive, and accessories. For more information, visit www.topconpositioning.com.
LEADING THE WAY IN BAMBOO TOOLS
Johnson Level & Tool, the leader in levels, lasers, and measuring tools, expanded its leadership in bamboo hand tools by introducing four new products to the world in the categories of t-bevels and try squares.
There are two bamboo versions of the t-bevel and try square, one with a traditional bamboo handle and the other with a carbonized bamboo handle. Carbonization of bamboo provides a richer, more elegant finish for the true artisan. All models offer a stainless steel blade that will never rust or corrode and a finely routed handgrip, completed with solid brass edging on the t-bevels and precision stainless steel gauging edges on the try squares. All models meet or exceed federal standards for accuracy.
Compared to wood, bamboo is stronger and stands up better in both dry and damp climates. “Our customers expect tough and durable tools, which is why we moved from wood to bamboo. Bamboo has the tensile strength of steel, resists moisture and is sustainable to the rigors of everyday use on a jobsite,” says John Dwyer, vice president of sales and marketing at Johnson Level. For more information, visit www.johnsonlevel.com.
“WHO MAKES AMERICA” CONTEST
Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) President Dennis Slater announces the launch of an online contest to find the individual who best “makes America” through hard work, dedication to their community, and devotion to American manufacturing. AEM’s successful grassroots advocacy campaign, I Make America, will host the contest.
I Make America is inviting supporters to visit the campaign’s Facebook page or website to share their own stories, or nominate a friend, neighbor, or coworker. The contest winner will be featured as I Make America’s citizen spokesperson and will receive a $1,000 award.
From January 28 through March 4, 2013, participants may visit the I Make America Facebook page to submit a photo and tell us how their nominee makes America. The contest will also be accepting nominations on the I Make America website (www.imakeamerica.com). The contest winner will be announced following a period of public voting, which will run from March 4 to March 15, 2013.
A STEP INTO THE FUTURE
Teresa Lee and Arlene Gonzalez, of Houston-based NCI Building Systems, have each been recognized by The Manufacturing Institute and partners with the inaugural Women in Manufacturing STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Production) Award for excellence and leadership in manufacturing. Lee and Gonzalez join select honorees from across the country, representing all levels of manufacturing from the factory floor to the C-suite. In Texas, they rose to the top.
The STEP Awards are part of the larger STEP Ahead initiative launched by The Manufacturing Institute, Deloitte, University of Phoenix, and the Society of Manufacturing Engineers to examine and promote the role of women in the manufacturing industry through recognition, research, and best practices for attracting, advancing, and retaining strong female talent. For more information, visit www.ncigroup.com.
YANMAR AMERICA PARTNERSHIP
Yanmar America, a major supplier of compact utility tractors, construction equipment, marine and industrial diesel engines, and energy systems, and Woods Equipment Company, a leader in the design and manufacturing of tractor attachments and implements, announces the formation of a strategic partnership.
Under the terms of the agreement, Yanmar will market and distribute Woods attachments through its nationwide dealer network. The product offering covers a line of agriculture and landscape equipment compatible with Yanmar tractor sizes ranging from 24 hp to 49 hp. The attachment line includes cutters, finish mowers, snow blowers, and assorted scrapers, discs, rakes, post hole diggers, stump grinders, and blades. All equipment will be branded “Yanmar.”
The line of attachments was introduced to Yanmar dealers at their National Tractor Dealer Meeting in December. Dealers will begin placing orders the first of the year with the first shipments to Yanmar dealers expected the beginning of March. For more information, visit us at us.yanmar.com.
HYSTER’S NEW ENVIRONMENTAL PACKAGE
Hyster Company rolled out a new Environmental Package that extends the range and capabilities of Hyster electric lift trucks into applications that in the past have only been serviced by internal combustion powered trucks.
The Environmental Package prepares electric trucks to handle notoriously heavy-duty industries, such as lumber, dock yards, masonry, food preparation and handling, heavy manufacturing, and recycling. The package comes with three tiered options: the IP54 sealed drive axle and motors with belly pan and side shields, the outdoor protection and wash-down package, and the front mud guards.
The first option provides shielding devices on the sealed drive axle to prevent debris from interfering with operations. The second features sealed bearings and waterproof cover relays and connectors to make the truck able to work, rain or shine. Finally, front mud guards on the front fenders protect the attachment and load from drive tire-slung debris and water.
An independent agency tested the electric trucks fitted with the special package alongside the ICE trucks for 15 days in an accelerated, harsh-environment trial. Both the electric and ICE Hyster lift trucks were fully functional after the test, which included 30 thermal shock cycles, 150 hours of high humidity soak with salt spray, and 15 pressure-wash events. For more information, visit www.hyster.com. ■
Modern Contractor Solutions, February 2013
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