Innovative Iron Awards: Terex Generation 2 Skid Steers and Track Loaders

The heart and soul of a good company is the creativity it brings to a marketplace. Innovation (as we’ll call it) is both the knowledge a business bestows to an industry and also the imagination in which it approaches its products and customers. In many ways, 2014 has been a tough year for contractors and manufacturers, so now it seems like an appropriate time to celebrate some of the big success stories — contractors who have become leaner and more agile, companies that have diversified and gained market share and manufacturers who have kept trailblazing with ever more efficient and innovative equipment. With this article we salute the companies (from Cat to Kubota) that have changed the commercial equipment market over the last 12 months with their unique, interesting and innovative machines, engines and technologies.

Terex Generation 2 Skid Steers and Track Loaders Boast More than 100 Upgrades

In September, Terex introduced its new line of skid steer loaders and compact track loaders, the new Terex Generation 2 (GEN2) loaders, featuring more than 100 enhancements from the previous models and are available in radial- and vertical-lift path patterns with rated operating capacities (ROC) ranging from 665 to 3,600 lbs. The Terex GEN2 loader lines are aimed at increasing machine performance through additional ROC and loader breakout forces, while increasing the machine’s durability and reliability in the field. All Terex GEN2 models are equipped with Tier 4 Final engines for increased productivity at a lower operating cost. Other improvements were made based on customer and distributor feedback and warranty data. Some examples include: an improved quick-attach pin profile; a cylinder seal package that includes three additional sealing surfaces; and so much more. For more info, visit

Keith Gribbins is associate publisher of Compact Equipment, based in Brecksville, Ohio.