March 2017 and Con-Expo report

Good Morning

Firstly an invitation to all those attending the South Island Ag FIeldays at Kirwee, March 29th to 31st to stop by and say hello. Our stand is # 856, on the Northern side of the show.

In our display will be this 2WD, 3 tonne, rough terrain forklift with automatic diff lock. It is powered by a 60hp Isuzu diesel and has 270mm underbelly ground clearance. This one has a 4m triplex container mast with side shift and is comfortably New Zealand’s cheapest rough terrain at $33,000 + GST.

I had another XCMG factory visit to pick up another LW300K fresh off the production line.

These are now a very well sorted loader with constant improvement in the details.

The factory is quite busy at present, mostly with domestic demand for machines like this 25 tonne capacity fork loader for handling rock.

I also visited the environment products factory to view the electric drive sweeper. This machine has won a number of design awards and is powered by Lithium Ion batteries.
At the truck factory the fully electric truck was looking a little dirty, just back from a 190km test drive on a single charge. The next prototype 7500kg GVM unit will be out soon with even better duration. Electric trucks will have an exemption from RUC charges in New Zealand from July this year. That incentive, combined with lower running costs, will see a lot of these on New Zealand roads soon.

This is one of the first RHD tractor units XCMG have built. It is part of a 30 units order for Malaysia with a tier 4 Weichai engine. There is also a tier 5 Iveco powered version which will be sold to Singapore and would easily comply in New Zealand.
This RHD extreme duty tipper has a massive 55 tonne GVM in 6×4 format. It also has higher ground clearance for use in PNG with a payload of over 30 tonne.

I was also back at the Mantall factory testing this 18m rough terrain diesel platform with twin slide outs. We will add this unit to our Skyrise Hire fleet soon.
We have ordered some of these material lifts. They can lift 360kg to 6m with a simple hand winch and will be available for $3122 + GST ex Penrose.

Next stop the Palazzani factory in northern Italy to pick up another PT192 teleloader. This machine features an upgraded boom and air-conditioning system. It will be used in the stock feed industry.

On the way home we visited ConExpo in Las Vegas, the second largest machinery show in the world. I quite liked XCMG’s gambling based promotions for their exhibit, giving the nod to what Vegas is all about.
XCMG had a nice display under the desert sun. For those of you who know Las Vegas, that’s the old Circus Circus building in the background.

On display was the all new XC949, XCMG’s first loader with a fully automatic transmission. The 16.5 tonne machine features a much improved cabin space, JRB quick hitch, a tier 4F emissions engine and an hydraulic reversing fan. For ease of servicing, the complete cabin tilts to the right and the hood and guards tilt to the rear.

This 8 tonne padfoot roller was already painted in Ahern’s colours. Ahern Equipment is one of the largest construction machinery rental firms in the US. They have signed a lease agreement with XCMG for 200 units of excavators and rollers.

XCMG displayed a range of tier 4F compliant excavators up to 50 tonne.

There still isn’t much money or confidence in the US construction industry. Most of the marketing at the show was around finance terms.
This remarkable small excavator features the cabin, boom and heat exchanger all produced by 3D printing. In time, rather than calling Landex for your next machine, you’ll just pick up a box of toners for your printer.

An interesting use of an ADT cab chassis to tow a scoop. Even better if you pull two.

The new JCB Hydradig really looks the part.

No one does truck bling quite like the Americans. It would take a lot of effort to keep it looking like this.


Ross Linton
Ph 021 557 376