John Dotto, product application specialist, explains and demonstrates some of the features of the new equipment during the walk around and hands-on session.
On Oct. 14, U.S. and Canadian trade media attended a press conference at the North American headquarters of Wacker Neuson Corporation located in Menomonee Falls, Wis., near Milwaukee. The company is part of the global Wacker Neuson Group, based in Munich, Germany, which manufactures equipment for the concrete, construction, oil and gas, landscape, agricultural, utilities and municipal industries.
The Menomonee Falls development and production facility spans more than 539,000 sq. ft. (50,074 sq m) and is dedicated to manufacturing, sales, finance, marketing, training and support. Wacker Neuson products produced at the location include rammers, rollers, trench rollers (soil and asphalt compaction), pumps and generators (worksite technology), and trowels (concrete technology), as well as the new products announced at the press conference.
In 2007 Wacker Neuson expanded the product portfolio for the United States and Canada to include compact excavators, wheel loaders and dumpers.
Wacker Neuson also is building skid steer and compact track loaders. In early 2015, the company rolled its first models off the newly built production line at the Menomonee Falls plant.
At the day-long press event, new products were formally introduced, a guided factory tour was conducted, and at the outside training facility a live demo and walk around of the machines was provided as well as opportunities for hands-on operation.
As part of the products launch, briefings were provided on the following new products:
• Telehandler — TH522: Ground-engaging telehandler designed to function like a wheel loader, skid steer loader, and to offer lifting like a telehandler.
• Telewheel loaders — 8085T, WL60T: These are additional models to the Wacker Neuson telescopic wheel loader line. Both have all-wheel steering capabilities and the articulated model offers extended reach to move loads higher.
• Wheel loaders — All-wheel steer and articulated models now with Tier IV Final engines.
• Excavators — ET65, ET90, ET145: New excavator models are said to be redesigned and feature Tier IV Final engines, more power, new cabs and sizes ranging from 1-ton to a new 14-ton (.9 to 12.7 t) model. The new ET145 extends the excavator line into a larger class size.
• Wheeled excavators — EW65, EW100: New machines are designed to save contractors time loading and transporting to a nearby next site.
• Dumpers — DW60, DW90: The DW60 can carry up to 4.2 cu. yds. (3.2 cu m) of dirt and are intended to match to work with 5-ton (4.5 t) to 10-ton (9.07 t) excavators. The DW90 can carry up to 5.6 cu. yds. (4.28 cu m) of dirt and match up with larger excavators, such as Wacker Neuson’s newest 14-ton (12.7 t) model.
• Skid steers/Compact track loaders — These compact machines now come with a standard factory warranty of two years or 2,000 hours, whichever comes first.
• Walk-behind roller — RD7: New walk-behind tandem rollers are designed for soil and asphalt compaction applications and a choice of diesel or gasoline engines.
• Trench roller — RTxSC3 with Compatec: Infrared remote control trench roller is now available with Compatec, a compaction monitoring system.
• Rammer — BS70-4As: A 3.6-hp GXR120 Honda engine powers this new addition to the four-cycle rammer line.
• Generators — G625, G1100: Designed for industrial applications, the new 1/2-meg and 1-meg generators are capable of paralleling to meet even higher demands. Sound-attenuated enclosures allow for larger applications requiring quiet operation.