Most brands already make amazing machines. In fact, there’s so much parity of quality in the American off-highway equipment marketplace that differentiators are often hard to find in machine categories. That’s what makes our Innovative Iron Award winners so special. In the last 12 months, these manufacturers have changed the marketplace and even broken the mold in highly competitive markets that are already filled with excellence. Global manufacturers from Kubota and Caterpillar to JLG and JCB have released products — machines, engines, OEM tech and even apps — that have set new standards for power, versatility, efficiency and design. Our editors have traveled across the country to meet these manufacturers, operate their new products and give detailed reports both in print and online. With this article, we do a final salute to those companies that have changed the equipment market over the last year with their unique, interesting and innovative products.
Atlas Copco’s Ultra-Portable LEDs
In January, Atlas Copco launched three new electric plug-and-light LED light towers to the U.S. market at World of Concrete 2018 that impressed with portability and efficiently. The HiLight P2+, V2+ and V3+ light towers can be powered directly from an auxiliary power source, a portable generator or the grid. The three energy-efficient additions offer easy portability, safe transportation and durability. The LED lamps on all three new models have a life expectancy of more than 30,000 hours. For more info, visit atlascopco.com.
Doosan Portable Power LCV6 and LCV8
Small-body design, a vertical mast that allows for greater maneuverability, ease of transport and low operating cost. Both the LCV6 and LCV8 light towers from Doosan Portable Power personify all those descriptors. Let’s not forget the new clamshell-style canopy made of highly durable composite material and the compact footprint that allows for 17 units on a standard flatbed trailer. Both LCV models have a 52-gal diesel fuel tank with the longest runtime in the industry, says the company. For more info, visit doosanportablepower.com.
Perkins 403J-11 Diesel Optimized for Light Towers
Construction light towers are rapidly transitioning from traditional incandescent bulbs to energy-efficient LED technology. While the most obvious advantage is a significant reduction in electric power requirements allowing smaller engines to be used, the transition has important secondary effects that also impact engine choices. Perkins has a solution. The new 403J-11 diesel was engineered in response to the changing needs of light tower applications. Displacing only 1.1 liters, the three-cylinder, normally aspirated 403J-11 produces 24.7 hp (18.4 kW) and meets U.S. Tier 4 Final emissions regulations. Plus, the 403J-11 has an exceptionally long, 1,000-hour service interval along with easy one-side access and simplified maintenance. For more info, visit perkins.com.