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John Deere and Caterpillar were just a couple of the companies that announced new iron.

October 24, 2013
GIE+EXPO Show Coverage

Check out some of the new products announced during the second day of GIE+EXPO.

John Deere had handful of new releases including,:

  • The 3E and 3R Series compact utility tractors for landscape contractors who need to do more than mow grass. Five models (3032E, 3038E, 3033R, 3039R and 3046R) make up the line and provide professional landscapers the ability to complete various jobsite tasks, including material movement, mowing, seed bed preparation, and fence post setting.
  • The company also added three M series models to the QuikTrak line of stand-on commercial mowers – the 636M, 648M, and 652M. The new mower line is designed to provide professional landscape contractors excellent cut quality, compact size and operational comfort. The M Series is also the first John Deere QuikTrak to feature a 36-inch deck.
  • Deere also introduced two commercial 61-inch hydraulic walk-behind mowers. Available with either pistol grip or twin loop controls, the walk-behind mowers are designed for landscape contractors who need larger width units to efficiently maintain their contracted properties.
  • Finally, landscape contractors will be able to purchase a new piece of John Deere equipment with a dealer-installed propane kit. The kit is designed and manufactured by EnviroGard, and is available for John Deere ZTrak™ zero-turn mowers, QuikTra stand-on mowers, and commercial walk-behind mowers.

Caterpillar introduced three new Cat D Series Compact Track Loaders and three new Cat D Series Multi Terrain Loaders as well as two updated D Series Compact Track Loaders. The new and updated machines feature a completely new cab with first-in-class designs that enhance operator comfort and control, new lift arm design for improved sight lines, and increased engine performance for greater productivity. The six new D Series models are replacements for their B3, C and C2 Series predecessors.

Caterpillar also launched the H2 line of compact wheel loaders, featuring upgraded engines, a revised loader control valve, standard pilot joystick levers and simplified auxiliary hydraulic connections. The 906H2, 907H2 and 908H2 move from the previous Cat C3.4 engine to the new Cat C3.3B, which meets EU stage IIIA emission standards and US Environmental Protection Agency Tier 4 Interim standards. The 906H2 and 907H2 models benefit from improved torque rise and peak torque resulting in faster response to operator demand. In addition, the engine layout has been rotated 180 degrees providing easy ground level access for all regular service and maintenance points.

Finally, Caterpillar is rolling out four new D Series Skid Steer Loaders and updating two current D Series machines to create the new D Series line featuring a completely redesigned cab with first-in-class features, new lift arm design for improved sight lines, and increased engine performance. The four newest D Series models are replacements for their B3, C and C2 Series predecessors.The Cat D Series line now encompasses six skid steer loader models ranging in rated operating capacity from 1,800 lb (816 kg) to 3,700 lb (1 678 kg). The 236D and 242D are mid-size frame models and can be as narrow as 60 inches (1524 mm). To provide broader selection for skid-steer buyers, the 236D has been redesigned to a smaller platform size. The result is a power-dense radial-lift-path model that combines compact dimensions with impressive performance specs: 1,800-pound (816-kg) operating capacity, 123-inch (3122-mm) hinge-pin height, 74.3 hp (55.4 kW) gross engine power and peak torque of 195 lb-ft (265 N•m).

Kubota Tractor Corp. made its first offering into the commercial zero-turn market this year with the Z700 series, available at dealerships nationwide this winter. The new series comes in three models: the Z723, Z724 and the Z725, running at cutting widths of 48, 54 and 60 inches, respectively.

The series is specifically designed for turf care professionals, with a six-inch deep commercial deck, coming onto the market starting at a $7,799 promotional price. It comes equipped with Kohler Command V-Twin engines and an integrated Parker 14cc pump and wheel motor system.

After being introduced in at the National Dealer Meeting in Memphis, Tenn., the new RTV-X series work utility vehicles from Kubota Tractor Corporation made their debut at GIE+EXPO. The new lineup includes the RTV-X900, designed for a wide variety of jobs; the RTV-X1120D, a deluxe model that steps up in power and amenities; and the RTV-X2200C, aimed at the high-end jobs with a factory-installed, fully enclosed unibody cab with heating and air conditioning.

The design of the new series takes its cues from American truck styles, says Dan Muramoto, product manager.

Ariens Co. introduced the new Path Pro single-stage snowthrower, a light weight compact snowthrower designed to be durable enough for use by professional snow removal crews.

The Path Pro features a 21-inch clearing width and Ariens AX engines in 136cc or 208cc displacement options, and can throw snow up to 35 feet, with an option for chute rotation. It weighs in as the smallest snowthrower in the Ariens line, designed to be used by pros or homeowners.

It also features a foldable, ergonomic handle, commercial-duty housing, reinforced rubber augers and a protective guard to shield engine components. It comes in at an entry price of $399.

Ariens also introduced the Hydro Brush 36, an all-season machine for snow, sand, dirt and gravel. It features the Hydro-Gear RT-210 transmission engineered in partnership with Hydro Gear. Speed can be adjusted while the brush is still moving, and can move up to six inches of snow or other debris. It runs on a 287cc Subaru engine with 12-volt electric start, and has a 36-inch clearing width.

Gravely announced a new addition to the commercial Pro-Stance lineup with the Pro-Stance 36 mower, featuring integrated transmissions, a dial height-of-cut and foot pedal lift deck, designed small enough to fit through gates and tight spaces.

The 36-inch model includes integrated Hydro-Gear transmissions for a low center of gravity and reduce leak points. The dial height-of-cut allows the operator to change the deck height at the control panel without stepping off the machine. The mower has a large operator pad to reduce user fatigue, and the panel can be flipped up to use as a walk-behind.

It comes in 48, 52 and 61-inch deck options, featuring Kawasaki and Kohler engines.

Finland-based Avant Tecno Corp. showed the Avant 640, a loader that builds on the 635. They both run on a Kubota 5 HP diesel engine, but the 640 features two-speed drive motors to allow a top speed of 14 miles per hour in second gear. It has a self-leveling telescopic boom, which is controlled along with auxiliary hydraulics with a joystick. The boom has a lifting height of 110 inches, and weight up to 2,700 pounds.

Avant also released a two-stage snow blower, available in 48 inches for the 400 and 500 series, plus the 630 unit, and in 60 inches for the 635, 640, 745 and 750 units. There is also a new Skid Steer Attachment Mounting Adapter and Quick Connector Conversion Kit to pair existing skid steer attachments with Avant loaders.

Avant Tecno USA is growing its dealer network with 12 dealers currently established through Midwest, northeast and southeast regions.