Innovative Iron Awards 2021: Recapping the Coolest Compact Equipment Released This Year

The last two years have been low on hot new product launches. Off-highway construction equipment manufacturers are currently in a vortex of pandemic-induced supply chain challenges, making it difficult for machine makers to maintain even their current product lineups on dealer and rental lots. I’ve had the same conversation with brands both big and small: We’re not going to promote new products if we are not able to deliver them. That makes this set of Innovative Iron Awards feel even more impressive. These equipment companies — from Case to Kubota — not only successfully launched industry-changing products but overcame a variety of manufacturing challenges to deliver these groundbreaking machines and systems. I’d like to honor all of them by highlighting what I consider the best compact, off-highway machines, technologies and OEM systems released for sale or concept in 2021. Congrats to all the companies included, and thanks to all the men and women behind these brands. They continue to be essential in today’s rapidly changing world.

JCB’s Electric Loadall Telescopic Handler

ASV’s MAX-Series and John Deere’s Anti-Vibration Undercarriage

Mini Excavators from Bobcat, Caterpillar and Kubota

Case and New Holland Unleash Some of the Largest Track Loaders Yet

The Ditch Witch RT70 Ride-On Trencher

Doosan Evolution Series P185 and Kioti’s NS Series Tractors

The Club Car Electric Truck and John Deere’s Long Bed Special Application Vehicle

JLG’s 670SJ Self-Leveling Boom Lift and Genie’s GS Micro Scissors

Mincon’s Drill Mast, Fecon’s Wide Standard-Flow Mulcher and the Werk-Brau Compact Productivity Package

Terex Utilities Core Barrel, Case Precision Grader Blade and Danuser’s Mini Skid Steer Mounted EP Auger System

Yanmar Utility Hook, Road Widener Offset Vibratory Roller and Bobcat’s Log Grapple

Engine Awards Go to Kohler and Kubota

Keith Gribbins is publisher of Compact Equipment.

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