Exploration is the engine that drives innovation, so let’s go exploring. Let’s search through a year’s worth of creative ideas in the off-highway equipment industry and see if we can benchmark the innovative exploration of the American machine market. Over the last 12 months, global manufacturers from Caterpillar to Kubota have released compact machines that have set new standards for power, versatility, efficiency and design. Our editors have traveled across the globe to meet these manufacturers, operate their new products and give detailed reports and opinions both in print and on our website (compactequip.com). We sifted through the hundreds of models and brands released in 2015 and picked 19 units that set the bar for innovation. With this article, we salute those companies (from Komatsu to Case) that have changed the commercial equipment market over the last year with their unique, interesting and innovative machines, engines and technologies.
Case Is the First to Introduce SCR Technology on Its Big SR270
Tier 4 Final emissions regulations for diesel engines are changing the way off-highway equipment works. Units are becoming cleaner and more efficient — like the Case SR270 skid steer — which is the first Tier 4 Final skid steer in the industry to incorporate selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology. The SCR engine technology pioneered by partner Fiat Powertrain Technologies uses diesel exhaust fluid (DEF), which helps make the Case SR270 one of the cleanest burning units in the market. Oh, and we should also mention the SR270 is also the largest radial-lift skid steer available on the market. With an operating weight of 8,117 lbs and a rated operating capacity of 2,700 lbs at 90 hp, the SR270 features best-in-class torque, breakout force and standard auxiliary hydraulic flow of 24.2 gpm, as well as the industry’s widest cab with 360-degree visibility.