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www.rockproducts.com ROCK products • May 2018 • 51 EQUIPMENT & TECHNOLOGY LOADING & HAULING Terex Trucks is set to return to Hillhead once again – this time, to showcase the latest TA300 alongside the vintage R17 hauler. "We are excited to be at Hillhead this year, it'll be a good opportunity to show customers what the Terex Trucks brand is all about," said Paul Douglas, managing director of Terex Trucks. "Having the R17 on our stand gives visitors a rare opportunity to take a glimpse into the history of haul- ing. Terex Trucks' heritage can be traced back to 1934 when the world's first off-road dump truck was created. It's not often that you get to see a 40-year-old truck that's still in working condition; we hope this highlights the level of quality we build into our machines. Of course, our current machine, the TA300 articulated hauler, will take pride of place too and shows that we remain committed to creating quality trucks that are built to last." Achieving a payload of 28 tonnes (30.9 tons) and powered by a five-cylinder Scania DC9 EU Stage IV compliant engine, the TA300 hauler is designed to withstand the toughest conditions at quarries, infrastructure developments and commercial projects. With a maximum torque of 1,880 Nm, the machine has great traction and an effective power-to-weight ratio to ensure material is moved quickly and cost-effectively across all kinds of terrain and in any type of weather. Additionally, the machine features an ergonomically designed cab, complete with plenty of space and a commanding view for maximum operator comfort, according to the company. Terex Trucks, www.terextrucks.com John Deere Adds SmartGrade Capabilities to Dozers North America's largest Power-An- gle-Tilt (PAT) crawler dozer now boasts the benefits of John Deere SmartGrade. Adding SmartGrade technology to the Dubuque, Iowa-manufactured 950K PAT improves the quality of work and job site accuracy through the complete integration of the Topcon 3D-MC 2 Grade-Control System. The system is fully incorporated into the machine cabin, structures and software – deliv- ering precise grading performance while eliminating vulnerable external masts and cables. "The 950K PAT dozer and our entire SmartGrade lineup have been very successful since their respective launches," said Nathan Horstman, crawler dozers product marketing manager, John Deere Construction & Forestry. "It only made sense to put these two innovations together and provide customers with a game- changer in terms of dozer productivity and efficiency on the job site." Integrating SmartGrade into the machine eliminates external cables to the masts, which reduces breakage, and the removal of the masts from the blades helps decrease vulnerability to theft and damage. SmartGrade tech- nology removes the need to install blade-mounted sensors and compo- nents daily, reducing setup time, and allows operators to get more work done. A key feature of the integrated machine control is Auto SmartGrade. This allows the operator to easily adjust the system when moving the machine from one soil type to another, unlike an after-market system, which often requires the GPS manager to make a trip to the machine to recalibrate the system. Particularly helpful to new operators, Auto SmartGrade automat- ically lifts the blade over heavy loads before track slippage occurs, then returns the blade to grade. Smart- Grade also limits the number of passes required, reducing the pace of wear on the undercarriage. The John Deere SmartGrade dozer is nearly 7 percent more accurate across the entire speed range of the dozer when compared to conventional masted systems. Another benefit of the SmartGrade technology is that machine dimensions are preloaded into the grade control monitor, reducing the time required to calibrate the dozer to about 30 minutes. The easy-to-use system is beneficial to new operators in that it can get them up and running quickly. Deere & Company, www.JohnDeere.com Terex Trucks to Showcase TA300 at Hillhead

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