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Volvo Construction Equipment
Critical diagnostic trouble codes are provided remotely
Volvo Construction Equipment’s Remote Diagnostics provides proactive diagnostic and repair planning assistance with detailed analysis of critical diagnostic trouble codes. The remote communication platform facilitates live dealer and customer communication through Volvo Action Service, Volvo’s 24/7 support team. Proactive diagnostics streamline service procedures with confirmation of parts on-hand before a truck arrives at a service location, increasing uptime.
All-aluminum drop deck trailer
With the new low-height all-aluminum drop deck trailer with a low-slung 36-inch deck height, there is less need for partial dismantling of the load to get it below the 13-foot-6-inch maximum legal height. The 36-inch drop deck height has a lower center of gravity, providing the trailer with improved stability, which increases in value the more unusual the size and shape of the load. The trailer is available in multi-axle configurations, in lengths up to 53 feet.
Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM)
Aerial platform safety manuals for Quebec
The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) now offers French Canadian versions of its Aerial Platform Safety Manual and Aerial Devices Safety Manual to help equipment manufacturers comply with government language requirements for distributing products in Quebec. The two manuals outline possible responses to basic safety situations that may be found during normal equipment start-up, operation and maintenance. The new safety manuals are published in an illustrated format of sensible do’s and don’ts. The AEM manuals are not a substitute for original equipment manufacturer operation guidelines.
No second lever for MP buckets
John Deere’s K-Series backhoes – 310K EP, 310K, 310SK, 310SK TC, 315SK, 410K, 410K TC, 710K – and tractor loader models – 210K EP, 210K – are powered by a certified Tier 4i/Stage 3B John Deere PowerTech engine and come equipped with a five-speed transmission that allows top speeds of 25 mph when roading. An optional AutoShift transmission enables smooth shifting and improves operator comfort by reducing the number of times the Transmission Control Lever (TCL) needs to be actuated during operation. A single loader lever with integrated electro-hydraulic (EH) auxiliary loader control eliminates the need for a second lever when using a multi-purpose bucket. A complete redesign of the cab ventilation now circulates cab air from front-to-back.
App has dealer locator, events, specs and more
Freightliner Trucks’ new free app for smartphone users to commemorate the company’s 70th anniversary, also offers a suite of functional tools for drivers. The app includes a dealer locator with an interactive locator complete map, contact information, services, hours of operation, real-time, dealer-specific special offers, event listing (which allows app users to access Freightliner’s schedule of trade shows and special events) and product information. For quick reference, Freightliner’s truck models and base specs are featured on the app, as well as a gallery of truck images.
Miller Electric Mfg. has re-engineered its Bobcat line of engine-driven welders. Sound on the newly-designed Bobcat models is reduced by as much as 33 percent, and the machines are up to 5 inches shorter and 55 pounds lighter (depending on the model). The electronic fuel injection (EFI) option with the Bobcat 250 also reduces fuel use by as much as 27 percent compared to carbureted models, according to Miller Electric.
Bobcat 250: The industry’s best-selling engine-driven welder/generator offers 40 to 250 amps (275 amps with w/EFI option) for both DC Stick/TIG and AC TIG/Stick applications, and 17 to 28 volts of output power when matched with a wire feeder for MIG or Flux-Cored welding. Rated at 104 degrees F, the machine offers 11,000 watts peak and 9,500 watts continuous power, or 12,000 watts peak and 10,500 watts continuous power with the EFI option.
Bobcat 225: Also rated at 104 degrees Fahrenheit, the 225 offers 50 to 225 amps of DC Stick/TIG output, 70 to 150 amps of AC TIG/Stick output, and 19 to 28 volts of MIG and Flux-Cored output. Similar to the Bobcat 250, it offers 11,000 watts peak and 9,500 watts continuous power.
Bobcat 3 Phase: Designed specifically for farm and ranch owners who need three-phase power to run 480-volt three-phase pivot irrigation systems or to provide backup power. The machine offers 11,000 watts peak power and 10,000 watts continuous three-phase power, single-phase 120/240 VAC 10,500 watts peak power or 9,500 watts continuous, 50 to 225 amps of Stick/TIG welding output, and 19 to 28 volts for MIG and flux-cored welding. The redesign on this model offers up to a 25 percent reduction in noise, is 5 inches shorter and is 45 pounds lighter.