CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2023 in Las Vegas featured a number of new products and innovative features during the weeklong event, with more than 2,000 companies taking part. The show ran from Tuesday through Saturday, March 14-18 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, and with exhibition space sold out, it was the largest CONEXPO-CON/AGG in history, according to the show organizer Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM).
The biggest trade show in North America featured nearly 3 million sq. ft. of exhibits, and was 5 percent bigger than the 2020 event, which was impacted by the start of the pandemic.
Some of the products featured included:
John Deere electric and hybrid electric models
The E-Drive (hybrid-electric) 744 X-Tier wheel loader and 850 X-Tier dozer from John Deere, Moline, Ill., along with the E-Power (battery-electric) 310 X-Tier backhoe, the 244 X-Tier compact wheel loader and the 145 X-Tier excavator concept are part of the company’s drive to expand options to customers exploring both E-Drive and E-Power solutions. The 744 X-Tier E-Drive wheel loader features an electric variable transmission and provides increased fuel efficiency, the company says.
Kubota Tractor Corp. compact track loader
The 74.3-hp SVL75-3 compact track loader from Kubota Tractor Corp., Grapevine, Texas, features a rated operating capacity of 2,490 lbs. at 35 percent or 3,557 lbs. at 50 percent. The machine has a 6,191-lb. breakout force and a hinge pin height of 122.7 in. The hydraulic system features an advanced multifunction valve (AMV) to help ensure smooth movement of all hydraulic functions when operated simultaneously.
Sullair electric portable compressor
The E1035H electric portable compressor from Sullair, A Hitachi Group Co., Michigan City, Ind., is part of the company’s commitment to a carbon-neutral value chain. The product aligns with the Hitachi Group’s target of becoming carbon neutral in all its global factories and offices by fiscal 2030 and achieving carbon neutrality throughout its entire value chain by fiscal 2050. The compressor produces 1,035 cfm at 150 psi. An emission-less design allows it to be used indoors and wherever a 60Hz power source is available.
Tiger Cranes telescopic service cranes
The models 6543, 8652, 8653 and 1593 telescopic service cranes from Tiger Cranes, Sioux Center, Iowa, feature a low-profile boom head and upgraded anti-two-block design. The cranes feature wireless remote controls with an LCD screen and advanced diagnostics, dual joysticks with proportional trigger, Auto II Speed, which automatically reduces speeds under load while maintaining proportional control, and a watertight sealed turret with fixed rotation.
Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) crawler excavator
Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE), Shippensburg, Pa., unveiled a prototype of its new EC500 crawler excavator. A successor to the company’s EC480E, the EC500 is a 50-ton crawler excavator that features a new and improved interface and cabin design and styling, including a high-definition co-pilot screen, keyless engine start, wired and wireless smart phone charging and new work mode switch. Production will begin the fourth quarter of 2023.
Xtreme Manufacturing and Snorkel machines
The rough-terrain articulating boom lifts from Snorkel, Elwood, Kan., and the XR50100-G telehandler from Extreme Manufacturing, Henderson, Nev., were some of the new products introduced at the show. The 600AJ and 600AJN rough-terrain articulating boom lifts feature maximum working heights of 66 ft. and maximum platform capacities of 1,000 lbs. The XR50100-G telehandler is nicknamed “Trackzilla” and features a maximum working height of 100 ft. and a maximum lifting capacity of 50,000 lbs.