We Honor the Top Equipment of 2020Even when the world shut down this year, construction equipment continued to roll. Since the beginning of the pandemic, crews and projects have been considered essential. Key machinery markets like housing are actually bucking the trend and growing in our new Covid economy. Somehow, I was able to attend two important machine tradeshows in February and March (The Rental Show and CONEXPO-CON/AGG) before all the chaos, and equipment manufacturers continued to release awesome, industry-changing products throughout 2020 despite the incredible challenges. The persistence, dedication and innovation of both equipment makers and the equipment trades (construction, rental, ag, landscape and beyond) blew me away this year. They helped build a clearer path in our radically changed world, and 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 2020. Congrats to all the companies included, and thanks to all the men and women behind these brands. They are essential in today’s rapidly changing world.
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John Deere’s 4M Heavy-Duty Tractor
Tractor great John Deere added some impressive power to the commercial utility segment in 2020. The 4M Heavy-Duty Tractor is easily one of the most versatile on the market, equipped with a category I/II hitch with telescoping draft links so customers can use one tractor across a broad range of implements and hitch specifications. The new 4M Heavy Duty is available in two output ratings, the 52-hp 4052M HD and the 66-hp 4066M HD. Both units feature John Deere’s innovative three range eHydro transmission with Twin Touch pedals. The eHydro transmission also includes eThrottle, LoadMatch, MotionMatch and SpeedMatch systems along with automotive-style cruise control. It’s also super compact with a 73-in. wheelbase. For more info, visit johndeere.com or watch the video below.
Kioti’s CX Series
Kioti Tractor continued to fill out its impressive portfolio in 2020. The first two units in its new CX Series offer a great combo of size and performance in an economized commercial package, making these models great for construction and landscape pros. The series boasts two ROPS models with either a manual (CX2510) or HST (CX2510 HST) transmission, both with 24.5 engine hp and PTO hp ratings of 19.3 and 18.8, respectively.
The HST model offers dual HST pedals, providing easy forward and reverse movement with smooth engagement. Dual arm rests, tilt steering wheel, hydraulic cushioning seat, tons of floor space and a cool illuminated dashboard make the operation area commercial grade. The category I three-point hitch and mid-mount PTO option make it a great utility player. For more info, visit kioti.com.Tags: Innovative Iron Awards 2020, John Deere, Kioti, November December 2020 Print Issue