FOCUS ON: Earth-Moving Equipment

Every landscape professional wants one of these heavy-duty pieces of equipment for their heavy-duty jobs. From digging to lifting to moving heavy loads, these machines can do it all. When purchasing a piece of earth-moving equipment, pay attention to bucket size, breakout force, lift capacity and available attachments to get the right machine for the job. If you need more information, use the circle numbers provided at the end of each product description.


The Allmand TLB-325 heavy-duty compact tractor loader backhoe features an exclusive ESL backhoe design and is powered by either a Kohler CH25S or Robin EH72 25-hp gasoline engine. The 4,045-pound TLB-325 comes equipped with a backhoe that offers a 4,611-pound digging force as well as an 8-foot, 10-inch digging depth. Dual cylinder, 180-degree hydraulic cushioned swing allows precise work in tight areas, while joystick controls and an elevated seating position provide a large backhoe feel. Featuring oversized polished pins with replaceable composite bearings and urethane lip seals in all working joints, the ESL backhoe design reduces friction and extends service intervals by eliminating metal to metal contact, retaining grease levels and keeping out debris.
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Attachment Technologies introduces the Bradco 509 Backhoe, which comes equipped with high-capacity buckets to provide more volume per bucketful. The 509 backhoe has the longest reach from the swing post of any backhoe in its class that provides the ability to place material farther away from the excavation and allows for fewer moves. The dual-cylinder swing provides maximum power where it is needed and the cushioned swing brings the backhoe to a gentle stop at each end of the swing arc. High-clearance swingpost allows operation where clearance is critical. Bradco backhoes are covered by a two-year limited warranty.
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The Bobcat A300 all-wheel steer (AWS) loader is designed for grounds maintenance and landscaping applications. The A300 offers both all-wheel steer and skid-steer drive options with just the flip of a switch, has a vertical lift path and a 3,000-pound rated operating capacity. The machine was designed to meet the needs of users who require the low ground disturbance, reduced tire wear and faster travel speed of a small wheel loader, but also the maneuverability and versatility of a skid-steer. The A300 comes standard with two-speed transmission with top travel speeds of 12.4 mph in high range, 7 mph in low range and 4 mph in high torque inching mode. It is equipped with an 81-hp Kubota diesel engine and has an operating weight of 8,350 pounds.
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Caterpillar introduces two additional telehandlers, the TH210 and TH215, designed for customers who require a versatile material-handling machine in a small package. The new models are sized to work productively in a variety of construction, landscape and agricultural applications. The TH210 has an operating weight of 12,450 pounds and a rated loaded capacity of 4,850 pounds. Maximum lift height is 17 feet. The larger TH215 weighs 12,668 pounds and carries a 5,500-pound load. Its maximum lift height is 18.1 feet. Both machines are equipped with a Cat 3054B Direct Injection Naturally Aspirated diesel engine, rated at 84-hp. They are also equipped with a manual quick coupler for fast tool changes
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Case Construction Equipment introduces its new 400 Series Skid Steers, which come in five radial- and three vertical-lift models that range from 49- to 82-hp, with maximum rated operating loads from 1,500 to 3,000 pounds. In addition to being Tier II certified, the new large-displacement, high-torque, long-life Case Family III engines on the 430, 440, 445, 450 and 465 provide quiet, smooth power for productive operation. These same models feature a 95-amp alternator for reliable starts. A new grid heater option is also available for cold-weather starting. Radial-piston drive motors offer greater traction, improved reliability and efficiency. More than 75 attachments are available for the Case 400 series skid steers, including augers, hammers, brooms, backhoes, stump grinders, landscape rakes, rockwheels, tree shears, scarifiers, snowblowers, forks and buckets.
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Gehl Company announces five new CT-Series telescopic handlers: CT5-16, CT5-16 Turbo, CT6-18 Low Profile, CT6-18 Turbo and CT7-23 Turbo. Designed to make loader and material handling tasks easy, they offer performance, quiet and spacious ergonomically designed cabs, load capacity, tight turning radius and three-mode steering. The telescopic handlers feature maximum capacities from 5,000 pounds to 7,000 pounds, maximum lift heights from 16 feet, 2 inches to 22 feet, 7 inches, and rated capacities from 5,000 pounds to 6,000 pounds. Powerful turbocharged and naturally aspirated diesel engines range from 58-hp to 101-hp and comply with EPA Tier II regulations. The pilot-controlled hydraulic system allows precise handling of large loads with minimal effort.
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The John Deere 3000 Twenty Series of tractors offers four new models; the 3120, 3320, 3520 and 3720 that range from 30- to 44-hp. These tractors feature Yanmar Tier II compliant diesel engines, while the 3520 and 3720 include turbocharged performance for more efficient operation. The new performance tracking system allows operators to monitor all tractor functions, such as the starter protection circuit and electronic air restriction indicator, with the touch of a button while offering operators a familiar automobile-style console for controls. Standard options include Dual SCV, loader joystick and 4-wheel drive, making these tractors loader-ready.
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Kubota Tractor Corporation introduces the L39 tractor/loader/backhoe that provides versatility with Category I, 3-point hitch and independent PTO capabilities. Powered by Kubota's 39-hp diesel engine, the operator will experience maximum power and high torque rise, even under heavy loads or at low speeds. The transmission is an electronically controlled hydraulic Glide Shift Transmission with 12F/8R speeds, enabling the operator to select the correct travel speed for the task at hand. The L39's performance-matched loader provides power and productivity, delivering 3,560 pounds of breakout force, 2,200 pounds of lift capacity and 9 feet 6 inches lift height. The auto-leveling valve automatically keeps the bucket or pallet fork horizontal as the loader boom raises and lowers.
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Komatsu America Corp. introduces the D21A-8 and D21P-8 crawler dozers. Designed primarily for slope work and fine grading applications, the models feature hydroshift drive transmissions and fuel-efficient Tier II emission certified Komatsu 4D94LE-2 engines. Both the D21A-8 and D21P-8 operate with 40-hp at 2,450 rpm. The D21A-8 features an operating weight of 8,680 pounds and the D21P-8 weighs in at 9,530 pounds. The lightweight, compact design of both machines allows contractors to use the same trailer for skid steers while remaining below weight limits that would require drivers to obtain a CDL.
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The Power Trac PT-2430 bucket loader incorporated a number of factors to allow the tractor to be durable and high performance while remaining turf-friendly. Articulated steering allows all four wheels to roll on the ground, never twisting or digging into the turf. The bucket loader has 1,200 pounds lift capacity and a lift height of 8 feet. The optional backhoe has a breakout force of 3,000 pounds, 9 feet, 10-inch reach and a digging depth of 7 feet. This 4-wheel hydrostatic drive tractor has a 30-hp diesel engine and a sturdy steel frame. In addition to a removable rear backhoe, there are more than 40 front-mounted attachments available for this tractor including buckets, forks, trenchers, tillers and mowers.
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The Toro Dingo TX 420 compact utility loader is designed for applications such as tree planting, material hauling, deck construction, demolition, fence installation and irrigation system installation. The loader is powered by a 20-hp Kohler air-cooled engine and offers more than 35 quick-change attachments. The unit's wide range of capabilities and 1,480-pound tip capacity enable users to tackle large jobs, such as planting a 30-inch root ball tree. The compact TX 420 is 34.5 inches wide and offers skid-steer style turning, allowing operators to maneuver the unit into tight areas and pass through 36-inch gates or openings.
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The Volvo BL60 backhoe loader is equipped with a low-emission, 86-net-hp, turbocharged diesel engine and a reliable, fixed-flow hydraulic system, providing power and control for a wide range of loading and digging applications in a multitude of operations. The Volvo BL60 backhoe loader has a 14-foot, 9-inch digging depth and 11,864 pounds of backhoe bucket digging force. The 1.3-cubic yard loader bucket has a lift capacity of 5,114 pounds and 8,752 pounds of bucket breakout force.
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