September 2005 News

Kawasaki Recalls Prairie and Brute Force ATVs

In cooperation with the Consumer Product Safety Commission, Kawasaki Motors Corp. U.S.A., Irvine, Calif., recently announced it is recalling approximately 155,000 model year 2001 through 2005 Prairie and Brute Force All Terrain Vehicles (ATVs). As a consequence of a significant impact to the front wheel of the ATV during operation, the affected ATVs may experience the ball joint separating from the steering knuckle, leading to loss of steering control and the possibility of an accident resulting in injury or death.

Consumers with the affected vehicles are cautioned not to operate them and to contact an authorized Kawasaki ATV retailer for repairs. Kawasaki is aware of 39 warranty claims and three personal injury claims related to ball joint separation.

The affected ATVs are 2001 through 2005 model year Prairie 300, Prairie 300 4X4, Prairie 360, Prairie 360 4X4, Prairie 400, Prairie 400 4X4, Prairie 650 4X4, Prairie 700 4X4 and Brute Force 650 4X4 models. These ATVs were sold by Kawasaki dealers nationwide beginning in 2000. Suggested retail prices ranged from approximately $4,400 to $7,400.

Kawasaki is notifying all of the sales-registered owners by direct mail. Repair will consist of replacement of the ball joints and steering knuckles on Prairie 300, 300 4X4, 400 and 400 4X4 models, and replacement of ball joints, steering knuckles and the lower “A” arm for all other models.

Consumers can contact Kawasaki for more information at (866) 802-9381 between 8:30 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. Pacific time, Monday through Friday.

Kawasaki was faced with a similar situation in 2000. In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Kawasaki Motors Corp. U.S.A. recalled about 47,000 ATVs back then. Under certain conditions, the drive belts on these ATVs could break and pieces of the belt could lock up the transmission, including the wheels, causing the vehicle to stop suddenly. Kawasaki received reports of 12 riders suffering injuries as a result of drive belts breaking and their vehicle suddenly stopping. The following four-wheel drive Prairie ATV 1997-1999 models were included in that recall: KVF 300-A1, KVF 400-A1, KVF 400-A2/L and KVF 400-C1. Kawasaki dealers nationwide sold these ATVs from September 1996 through August 2000 for between $5,300 and $6,200.

Gehl Becomes Official Supplier to Historic Milwaukee Mile

Gehl Co., a West Bend, Wis., manufacturer and marketer of compact construction and agricultural equipment, has entered into a sponsorship arrangement with the historic Milwaukee Mile racetrack at State Fair Park in West Allis, Wis. Gehl will be known as the “Official Compact Equipment of the Milwaukee Mile.” Gehl turned over the keys to an RS Series telescopic handler, a skid steer loader and an all-wheel-steer loader, which will be used by the Milwaukee Mile staff for track maintenance and material handling.

“We are excited about our relationship with the Historic Milwaukee Mile,” explained Dan Keyes, vice president of sales and marketing. “Gehl Company is a historic company as well, with roots dating back to 1859, and with the equipment Gehl has to offer today, we feel we cannot only support the Milwaukee Mile with their maintenance needs but also get great exposure on the capabilities of Gehl compact equipment.”

Gehl is also the Official Construction Equipment of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, Calif., the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, Fla., and Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis.

Case to Supply More Than 500 New Backhoe Loaders to U.S. Army

The United States Army awarded Case Construction Equipment a five-year contract valued at more than $50 million for more than 500 High Mobility Engineer Excavator (HMEE) Type III backhoe loaders. Delivery will begin in 2006, with completion set for 2010.

Customized to meet unique Army requirements, these Case HMEE Type III machines are 14-ft class backhoe loaders that incorporate features and technology from the popular Case M Series 2, such as pilot controls, Ride Control and Pro Control hydraulic systems.

Important considerations in the U.S. Army’s selection, according to James Hasler, director of strategic accounts, include not only the reputation of Case backhoe loaders in terms of reliability, technical specifications and global support, but also the company’s past performance record serving the U.S. military.

In addition to this contract award, the company has earned several other U.S. military contracts in recent months, with a combined value of more than $36 million. These awards include the re-manufacture of 400 Case MW24C wheel loaders to original equipment specifications for the U.S. Army National Guard, the refurbishing (RESET) of 100 Case MW24C wheel loaders to fully mission-capable standards for the U.S. Army and the re-powering of 500 Case M4K forklifts for the U.S. Army. This most-recent military contract is the first with CNH involving the manufacture of new machines.

“We are extremely pleased to have been awarded this business,” said Robin Killian, vice president at Case Construction Equipment. “It is well earned. Case was the first manufacturer to build an integrated backhoe loader from the factory, and we have led the world in the manufacture of backhoe loaders for nearly 50 years.”

Killian noted that earlier this year the company passed an unprecedented industry milestone when it manufactured its 500,000th backhoe loader.

PGMS to Host 2005 School of Professional Grounds Management in Orlando

The Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS) has announced its faculty and curriculum for the 2005 School of Professional Grounds Management, scheduled for Nov. 2-5 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. The school is held in conjunction with the Green Industry Expo and the Professional Landcare Network’s (PLANET) annual conference allowing attendees to choose from more than 60 educational sessions.

Targeted at in-house grounds managers overseeing an assortment of facilities ranging from universities to cemeteries to municipalities, attendees will also have access to exhibits from 360 green industry suppliers, as well as a hands-on Product Field Day featuring more than 100 cutting-edge products and services.

This year’s warm-weather destination will allow grounds professionals from across North America to plan for a little rest and relaxation while also sharpening their skills during first-rate education programs offered by a faculty of green industry experts. Reflecting the multiple skills needed by a quality grounds professional, courses at the 2005 School of Professional Grounds Management will cover a diverse assortment of topics including turf, arbor care, horticulture, irrigation, storm water management, erosion control and leadership.

“With a faculty of first-class educators and a wide offering of courses ranging from irrigation to management to horticulture, the school offers grounds superintendents and landscaping professionals a great opportunity to further their professional development,” said education chairman Mike Mongon.

Considered the premiere educational event for grounds management professionals, this year’s School of Professional Grounds Management features more than a dozen courses, a separate irrigation track, a pre- conference field trip, business over breakfast programs and other social and educational opportunities. Participants will also receive a certificate of completion.

In addition to this curriculum, tuition for the PGMS School of Professional Grounds Management also includes free admission to the 16th Annual Green Industry Expo (GIE). GIE features more than 360 indoor exhibits, a product field day with over 110 hands-on demonstrations and networking with more than 6,000 industry professionals.

Additional information, such as online registration, informational brochures, a full schedule of events, list of faculty and hotel registration materials are available online at

South Carolina Public Works Rodeo Features Komatsu Backhoe Loaders

Komatsu America Corp. (KAC) backhoe loaders were featured in the South Carolina Chapter of the American Public Works Association (SCAPWA) BHL Rodeo on July 13.

The rodeo was held in conjunction with the association’s annual conference — the SCAPWA Conference, July 14-16, in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The contest included participants from municipalities at seven South Carolina locations: Inman, Lancaster, Beaufort, Georgetown, Aiken, Columbia and Sumter. Local competitions were held during May and the winner from each local competition proceeded to Myrtle Beach, where the championship round was held on July 13.

In what has become an annual event, participants were pitted against each other in three skills: a ball placement exercise, a pipe drop and a fish hook event — with three minutes to complete each. The contestant with the lowest combined score was declared the winner. This year’s winner was Darrian Perry from Lancaster, S.C. He received a trophy, and a family vacation to Myrtle Beach. Robert Stone of Surfside Beach, S.C., received the second place trophy and John Drake of Cassatt, S.C., received the third place trophy.

This was Linder Industrial Machinery Co.’s first year sponsoring the event, and it provided all of the Komatsu backhoes used in the seven regional locations and the championship round. The company is headquartered in Plant City, Fla., with locations across Florida, as well as North and South Carolina.

Each regional contest featured the Komatsu 16,600-lb WB140-2N backhoe loader, with its exclusive HydrauMind hydraulic system. The WB140-2N is also equipped with excavator-style joystick controls, a Komatsu S4D106-2XFH 87-hp turbocharged engine and a backhoe bucket breakout force measured at 13,515 lbs.

Linder also displayed other Komatsu utility equipment at the various regional contests and at the championship, including the WA80-5 compact wheel loader, the PC50MR-2 compact excavator and the SK1020-5 skid steer loader.

Iveco Motors of North America Discusses Future Emission Technology

Iveco Motors of North America Inc., a subsidiary of Iveco Motors, kicked off its annual distributor meeting in Bloomingdale, Ill., July 14, with a press conference that discussed future emission technology affecting the global marketplace, delivered by key executives from Iveco Motors headquarters in Torino, Italy.

After an introduction by Vincenzo Perrone, general manager of Iveco Motors of North America, Riccardo Tardi, senior vice president of Iveco Powertrain, presented a detailed summary of Iveco Motors, including an overview of the company, facts and figures, target markets and products.

He stated that in 2004, Iveco Motors increased its net sales by 12 percent to 25.9 percent of the total Iveco Group. A total of 434,800 engines (that total excludes China) were sold globally in 2004. Tardi’s presentation reinforced that in the last year, the presence of diesel engines grew globally and Iveco Motors continued to provide its markets with advanced diesel engines.

“We are confident that our growth strategy through differentiation will make Iveco Motors very successful,” said Tardi. “In return, this will satisfy our main goal in increasing Iveco Motors’ commercial presence in the engine market.”

A technology overview was given by GianMaria Olivetti, general manager of product development, Iveco Powertrain, discussing future preparation for the stringent controls placed on emission regulations. With an easy transition into Tier III regulations, due in part to its advanced development, Olivetti was confident that continual evolution would come just as fluidly.

“Iveco Motors was the only company that went through a complete renewal of its product offering, introducing four new engines families over the last few years to fit with the emission regulations enacted upon the market,” said Olivetti. “We wanted to ensure our customers, distributors and OEMs that we would be able to provide them with the green technology needed to get past the regulations, a step many companies are just beginning.”

As diesel engines continue to be one of the most effective power plants for machinery, Iveco Motors has set a path to achieve and adhere to emission regulations as each new tier comes to be. After the press conference, media were allowed to personally view a variety of engines on display for the marine, industrial, power generation and mining industries. Additionally, members of the press were able to converse with key Iveco Motors’ R&D members on the different types of engines on display.

Bobcat Announces New Plant in the Southeast and Expansion in the Midwest

Bobcat Co., a business of Ingersoll-Rand Co., has announced the opening of an additional factory in Georgia, and an enlarged production and research and development (R&D) facility in Minnesota — both concentrating on compact equipment attachments.

Bobcat believes the moves will help satisfy growing attachments market demand and underline the organization’s continued focus on the attachments business. Bruce Collins, Bobcat vice president of attachments and utility vehicles, said increasing demands for efficiency have always driven the organization to stay out in front of customer needs.

“The attachments business evolved for everyone largely on the back of skid steer loaders,” he said. “Since we pioneered the skid steer loader and have maintained market leadership, it’s been natural for our attachments focus to grow as well.”

In February, Bobcat announced the acquisition of a former Ingersoll-Rand plant (one previously used for small to mid-sized paver production) in Carrollton, Ga. In May, the company formalized plans to expand a Litchfield, Minn., attachments factory, and bring in light production and R&D operations currently housed in Grove City, Minn. (about 15 miles away). Both Carrollton and the newly expanded Litchfield facility are expected to fully be up to speed during the fourth quarter.

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