Skid Steer Track Kits Improve Mobility

Camso (formerly Camoplast Solideal) offers over-the-tire rubber tracks (OTT HXD) designed to give wheeled skid steer machines up to five times more ground flotation than with conventional pneumatic tires. The OTT HXD design includes an embedded iron core and an engineered wing profile to keep the tracks securely attached to the tires and avoid de-tracking on tough terrain. An internal traction rib maximizes the fit between the track and the tire tread, so the tracks run efficiently without slippage and undue wear on the tire tread or sidewall. According to the vendor, by taking on the load when the ground surface is treacherous, OTT tracks can actually extend the life of standard tires. Camso, based in Québec, Canada, said it has designed the tracks for easy-on, easy-off installation in as little as 20 minutes.

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Conveyor Catalog Goes Online

Continental Contitech has released a virtual catalog for its Select Brand of heavy-duty conveyor belting. The catalog, according to the company, includes everything that its 70-page printed catalog provides including belt construction and cover compounds, above-ground and below-ground application recommendations as well as specific data on steel belts and pipe belts. It also includes other information pertinent to conveyor belting such as service tool products and belt selection data.

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OTR Truck Package With Quick-change Body Feature

Western Star Trucks announced the availability of its new Extreme Duty (XD) Off-road package and the launch of the MBT-40 Transformer chassis. The XD Off-road package is engineered specifically for extremely rugged environments and is available on Western Star’s 4900 and 6900 models. (The company said it plans to offer the XD Off-road package on other models in the future.) The 6900XD Off-road MBT-40, dubbed the Multibody Transformer for its ability to quickly change from one fully functional in-cab controlled body application to another, is the first XD Offroad series offering from Western Star and a new concept for off-road equipment markets. Using a Palfinger G68 hooklift with a lifting capacity of 68,000 lb and a new Transformer package, the MBT-40 is designed to eliminate the need for multiple items of dedicated off-road equipment that may sit, unused, for long periods on a job site. With this new product, complex and high-capacity bodies can be changed over and back to work quickly and easily, according to the company.

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Midsized Loader Has Payload and Fuel Efficiency Improvements

Komatsu America recently introduced the new WA500-8 wheel loader. Equipped with an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Tier 4 Final certified engine, this model includes upgrades that enable users to achieve low fuel consumption and high travel speeds. Standard bucket capacity is increased to 7.6 yd3 (5.8 m3) and the bucket now fills easier and retains material better, contributing to productivity gains of up to 10%. Also, by optimizing control of engine power and improving power train and hydraulic efficiency, the WA500-8 consumes up to 5% less fuel than its Tier 4 interim predecessor. The WA500-8 is sized and designed for loading smaller rigid trucks and articulated trucks or load and carry applications.

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