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.
Mustang Releases the World’s Largest Skid Steer
The Mustang brand (owned by French-based aerial lift equipment expert Manitou) announced the launch of “the world’s largest skid steer” in 2018. Mustang’s 4200V features a Tier 4 Final certified Deutz 120-hp engine and 4,200 lbs of rated operating capacity. This is a whopping increase of 21.7 hp and 200 lbs in operating capacity over previous models. Impressive. For added performance for large jobs, the unit offers 354 ft-lbs of torque. With an operating weight of 11,665 lbs, this extra-large skid steer loader comes standard with: cab, heat and air conditioning; two-speed for travel around the jobsite; and Mustang’s patented hydraglide for a smoother ride and less material spillage. A vertical-lift path of almost 12 ft allows for excellent dumping and loading performance. For more info, visit mustangmfg.com.