Compact Equipment

JAN 2019

Compact Equipment is a magazine dedicated to equipment owners and operators of small, nimble, tool-carrying construction, landscape and ag equipment — such as skid steers, mini excavators, compact tractors, generators compressors and beyond.

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12 Compact Equipment JANUARY 2019 Manitou Group, a big global player in rough-terrain lifts and owner of compact equipment brands Manitiou, Gehl and Mustang by Manitou, recently signed a partnership with Farming Simulator 19, the online video game with the largest community of farmers in the world. With three models incorporated into this ver- sion, the group is presenting its latest tele- handlers and forklifts in a new and fun way, while at the same time enhancing brand awareness. Three new models rep- resenting three quite distinct ranges will be appearing: the MLT 737-130 PS+ tele- handler from the NewAg range, the MLA- T 533-145 V+ articulated telescopic loader and the MC 18 model (the first rough-ter- rain forklift to be included in the game). Farming Simulator 19 is on sale now. Check out farming-simulator.com . YOU CAN NOW OPERATE MANITOU EQUIPMENT IN FARMING SIMULATOR 19 The famous farming simulation game created by Giants Software will now include Manitou solutions. "Once again, we have those industry-leading features for the 7- to 10-ton machines," said Worley. "They have Stick Steer, just like the smaller ones, and cruise control like the smaller ones. They also have the LCD monitor, but now you get the camera option as well when you get to the larger machines. Then we have high float on that 309. We're the first manufacturer to bring high float to the market." Super Small Wheel Loader While Cat launched a number of new wheel loaders, its new Cat 903D compact wheel loader caught our attention because of its super small size and 25 percent increase in both lifting capacity and travel speed compared to the previous model. The Cat 903D has a 9,400-lb operating weight and an overall length with bucket of 15 ft, 9 in. Boom arms are available in both standard and high-lift configurations, with the latter increasing hinge-pin height from 10 ft, 1 in. to 10 ft, 7 in. Standard features include boom-float and return-to- dig functions. New optional features, such as creep control, throttle lock and work tool electrical harness, are focused on running attachments. "The reason I love this little 903 is it is a simple, easy-to-use, intuitive machine," explained Joel Grimes, Cat small wheel loader product specialist. "Let's be honest. A lot of times the operators that might jump in this type of equipment, it may be the first piece of equipment that they've owned and oper- ated. It's a go pedal, a stop pedal and this moves the linkage. It's basic in nature, and that allows us to push this unit into landscaping, agriculture, fertilizer co-ops, snow removal and onward." Two-Row UTVs and More At last year's fall press event, Caterpillar announced the in- troduction of its first-ever Cat utility vehicles — the gasoline- powered Cat CUV82 and diesel-powered CUV102 D. To ex- pand that offering, Cat is now selling the gasoline-powered Cat CUV85 and diesel-powered CUV105 D, both featuring a spacious second row to accommodate five people. Other announcements at the press event included the all new Cat 440 and 450 center pivot backhoe models, boast- ing better lifting performance and nicer cabs. Caterpillar also talked plenty of tech and telematics. It launched a new Cat App (see page 10), which delivers simplified, streamlined data directly to mobile devices. It also introduced a new suite of Cat Connect technology that offers remote equip- ment diagnostics. New Cat Remote Services include two key offerings — Remote Troubleshoot and Remote Flash — that leverage telematics data to allow Cat dealers to remotely keep customers' equipment operating. There was just so much released at this event, we can't cov- er it in four pages, so be sure to visit cat.com for more info. Keith Gribbins is publisher of Compact Equipment .

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