Earth Moving Equipment

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Ditch Witch


The Ditch Witch® organization announces the creation of a revolutionary compact utility vehicle: the Ditch Witch® XT850. A cross between the company’s SK (mini skid steer) and MX (mini excavator) series, the XT850 is a powerful, lightweight excavator/tool-carrier with options that include trailer, stands, and enough attachments to handle virtually any underground construction task. A special feature of the XT850 is its patent-pending 260° excavator sweep, which allows unprecedented offset digging capability from one point. For more information about the XT850, please call 1-800-654-6481 or visit

John Deere

4000 TWENTY Series Compact Utility Tractors

With up to 21 percent more horsepower and more torque than the models they replace, the John Deere 4000 TWENTY Series Compact Utility Tractors have the power to make it happen with their new John Deere 2.4 liter, 4-cylinder turbocharged engines. The instrument panel features the Performance Tracking System, which allows operators to monitor all tractor functions with the touch of a button. Additional features such as the iMatch™ quick-coupler system, the industry exclusive LoadMatch™ technology, and the eHydro transmission simplifies tractor operation for both new and experienced customers. Even better, the 4000 TWENTY Series tractors are more affordable than ever before with a three-year warranty and a lower cost of maintenance.


Versatile Track System

The Loegering Versatile Track System (VTS) allows you to operate your skid-steer with tires or as a full rubber track undercarriage system depending on your application. This bolt-on, bolt-off rubber tracked undercarriage system for skid-steer loaders bolts directly to the hubs of the machine and requires no machine modifications for most models and conversion takes less than an hour. The Loegering VTS provides the most cost effective operation. Now you can work in terrain that requires a wheeled skid-steer one day, then bolt on your VTS system, and work in terrain that would benefit from a compact track loader the next day.

The Toro Company

Dingo TX 413

The new Dingo® TX 413 compact utility loader is an economical alternative to larger tracked units. The 33.7-inch width allows the TX413 to fit through 36-inch gates, and a three-pump hydraulic pump system provides 7 gallons per minute of flow at 2,650 psi of power to the attachments and two hydrostatic drive pumps. Powered by a 13-horsepower Honda gasoline engine, the TX 413 features the Dingo TX-patented control system for travel direction. This industry-leading feature, combined with joystick control of the loader arm, provides operation ease while a 420-pound rated operating capacity suits the needs of varied jobs.

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