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Freightliner adds lightweight Cummins X12 engine to 114SD options

The Cummins X12 engine that entered production late last year can now be spec’d in the Freightliner 114SD. The powerful combination provides a new option for a wide variety of vocational applications, particularly in concrete mixer, dump and other trucks where weight savings are key. At 2,050 lbs., the X12 is up to 600 lbs. lighter than other medium-bore engines in the 10- to 13-liter category. Its ultra-lightweight design contributes to increased payload and productivity without compromising on the power and performance required for vocational applications.

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Volvo bundles “Payload Plus” components for bulk-ready VNR series

New packages for Volvo Trucks’ VNR regional haul series net significant weight savings, helping maximize payload and fuel efficiency in weight-sensitive tanker or bulk-haul applications. Now in production, the “Payload Plus” offering provides a simple, model-based way to shave up to 540 lbs. Packages include horizontal exhaust, aluminum wheels and lightweight chassis components; additional opportunities to reduce weight based on application entail optimized wheelbases and frame rail thicknesses.

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Machines mine efficiency in underground shotcrete practice

Putzmeister Concrete Pumps GmbH is extending its range of mechanized shotcrete machines with Wetkret 4, billed as the next generation of equipment specially designed for underground construction. Wetkret 4 suits narrow galleries, thanks to its heavy-duty chassis, compact size (6-ft. wide, 7-ft. high), and reduced turning radiuses. It boasts two spraying arm versions, one with a maximum vertical reach of 33 feet, the other 26.5 feet.

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Con-Tech Power Chute takes hands off approach

With an eye to making concrete delivery safer and more efficient, Con-Tech Manufacturing has developed the Power Chute, which eliminates the need to physically handle and swing mixer truck extension chutes. The component was unveiled at the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association’s 2018 ConcreteWorks conference and will be prominently featured at World of Concrete 2019.

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Wheel loader guarding

Manufacturer has tooled a guarding package to protect the HL960HD wheel loader from site hazards and ensure key system or component operational integrity. Hinged steel front and rear cabin guards prevent glass damage, while enabling quick access for window cleaning and maintenance. A radiator grille guard protects against hazards such as debris, falling objects and collisions with stationary or moving objects, but also provides quick cooling system and engine compartment access. Guards for exterior lights, the bucket cylinder, axle seals, attachment hoses, engine belly and front-chassis undercarriage complete the package.

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