Our Top 5 heavy equipment stories of 2018

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There was no shortage of new heavy equipment introductions in 2018.

From telehandlers to rope shovels, manufacturers released numerous new machines for the construction, forestry and mining sectors.

Here are the five machines that earned the most pageviews through the year:


Bobcat E85

The launch of Bobcat Company’s new E85 makes it the largest machine in the company’s compact excavator family. The 8.5-ton E85 joins the fastest-growing-size class of compact excavators in North America.

The excavator’s boom swing frame stays within the width of the machine’s tracks as it swings, making it easier to perform in confined jobsite conditions and next to buildings or other obstructions where larger equipment can’t fit.

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JCB electric mini excavator

Following extensive research and development, JCB has developed its first electric mini excavator.

The 19C-1 E-Tec electric mini excavator was created in response to customer demand for a machine capable of working indoors, underground and within urban areas.

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Volvo E-Series excavators 

The latest addition to Volvo’s E-Series excavator lineup is boasting an 18 per cent increase in horsepower, a 28 per cent increase in torque and 10 per cent greater fuel efficiency.

The new Volvo ECR355E short swing radius excavator also brings an entirely new size class to the Volvo excavator roster.

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Komatsu electric rope shovel

Following seven years of research and seeking customer input from around the world, Komatsu’s P&H 4800XPC electric rope shovel is now commercially available.

The 4800XPC electric rope shovel features Adaptive Controls technology and is designed for three-pass loading of 327 tonnes to 363 tonnes ultra-class haul trucks.

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Caterpillar D6 XE

Caterpillar’s new D6 XE is the world’s first dozer equipped with a high drive electric drive powertrain.

The new D6 XE, along with the D6, which is equipped with a fully automatic 4-speed powershift transmission, replace the company’s D6T. Both dozers were unveiled at Caterpillar’s annual year-end press briefing in Peoria, Illinois. ­

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