The Coolest and Most Creative Compact Equipment of 2016

The bad news: Future growth in construction and landscaping will require increased skills and productivity to stay competitive. The good news: Manufacturers from Cat to Yanmar are creating cutting-edge equipment to help machine owners reach that ever-increasing goal for more efficiency. With a serious shortage of skilled workers, contractors are specifically searching for the most innovative machinery (the toughest skid steers, most productive excavators, safest wheel loaders, most versatile tractors) to help offset workforce woes and increase production and performance. Well, search no more. To expedite the process, we just went ahead and gathered together that list for you, highlighting the most inventive off-highway equipment, diesel engines, hand tools and OEM services and systems released to the market in 2016. We were challenged with picking the best of the best, but that just makes the honor of inclusion that much more impressive.

Takeuchi Designs the Largest Vertical-Lift Track Loader in the Industry

If the size of your success is going to be measured by the strength of your loader, then might we suggest the new TL12V2 track loader from Takeuchi. It’s the first vertical-lift model in Takeuchi’s lineup and, oh yes, it’s now also the largest vertical-lift track loader in the industry. The TL12V2 vertical-lift loader arrangement delivers 45 percent greater operating capacity over the current TL12 radial. The track loader is powered by a Kubota 3.8-liter diesel engine that is U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final emissions compliant and produces 111.3 hp and 284 ft-lbs of torque.

Takeuchi features a lower cross member on the TL12V2 for greater visibility, efficiency and performance on the job. Additionally, the operator’s station has been completely revamped with a wider cabin for comfort and accessibility. A new 5.7-in. color multi-informational display keeps the operator informed, while the precision pilot controls and a new Active Power Control system provide impressive control of the machine. The TL12V2 also features a quiet track design for reduced noise and vibration while operating with a new tread pattern.

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