The very latest in excavators, loaders

By and |  June 14, 2023
Sustainability was a ConExpo-Con/Agg focus for Caterpillar. Photo: P&Q Staff

Sustainability was a ConExpo-Con/Agg focus for Caterpillar. Photo: P&Q Staff

Some of the largest booths at ConExpo-Con/Agg were those belonging to companies manufacturing mobile equipment such as excavators and loaders.

Caterpillar, Komatsu and John Deere were among those with widespread ConExpo-Con/Agg offerings. Here’s a look at each company’s ConExpo-Con/Agg showcase, plus an update on Develon, the brand formerly known as Doosan:

What Cat had to offer

The inaugural ConExpo-Con/Agg Media Monday presented an opportunity to learn about Cat’s latest efforts related to sustainability, technology and service.

At a sustainability station, Cat reps offered details about the emissions reductions provided by the 120 motor grader, the 235 and 375 hydraulic excavators, the 980 XE and 988K XE wheel loaders, and the 420 XE backhoe loader. The company also provided a look at how several diesel models stack up against similar electric offerings.

Cat’s technology area featured Cat Command stations where attendees could operate machinery in Arizona and North Carolina. Show visitors could operate a 259D3 compact track loader, a 938M small wheel loader, a D3 small dozer, a 340 excavator, a D5 medium dozer and a 982M wheel loader.

Additionally, Cat’s new 930 wheel loader, featuring an all-new cab with improved visibility and an optional 360-degree camera, was on display.

What’s new with Komatsu

Komatsu, meanwhile, featured its latest electric equipment alongside other developments and a variety of tech.

Komatsu’s Smart Quarry solutions, for example, are designed to help customers understand, visualize and optimize jobsites. Komatsu says jobsite studies provide customers with customized, detailed data that can help them meet or exceed production targets.

Komatsu’s Smart Construction technology solutions, meanwhile, merge advanced automation and integrated technologies that can transform jobsites through predictability. Also, Komatsu says its intelligent Machine Control 2.0 solutions are designed to quickly lessen the skills gap between new and experienced operators.

Visualizing the future

Develon offered equipment demonstrations at its Festival Grounds booth. Photo: P&Q Staff

Develon offered equipment demonstrations at its Festival Grounds booth. Photo: P&Q Staff

John Deere displayed a variety of new and updated excavator models, highlighted by the new 85 P-Tier and 510 P-Tier current-generation excavators. In addition to the new model updates, John Deere gave a first look at future-generation excavators.

“We are beyond excited about the future of our excavator lineup, including the new models available to our customers today and the machines being strategically designed and built for tomorrow,” says Aaron Klauer, global product manager of mid- and large-size excavators at John Deere.

New-look brand

Additionally, ConExpo-Con/Agg visitors had the chance to see the new Develon brand in action.

Develon had newly branded construction equipment in the Festival Grounds, showcasing developments in its Concept-X autonomous equipment solution while delivering live equipment demonstrations.

“We believe the new Develon brand will help us build on the success we’ve had in North America over the past 30 years and throughout the world for more than 80 years,” says Todd Roecker, vice president of growth initiatives at Develon.

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