New products: A look back at equipment intros in 2021

By Jenny LescohierDecember 20, 2021

We all like to see what’s new when it comes to equipment, and 2021 did not disappoint. Even in the midst of supply chain challenges, machine makers kept busy on the design and development front. Check out some highlights from the past year.

Ford announces its electric F-150 Lightning will go into production this spring

Coming soon: Ford electric F-150 ‘Lightning’ - Ford hasn’t revealed much about the capabilities or design of the electric version of its mainstay vehicle, which is slated to go into production in spring of 2022, though it released a teaser image highlighting the Lightning insignia and a video showing its towing prowess.

Doosan now makes dozers - Doosan is breaking into new territory in 2022 with the introduction of its first line of

Doosan is developing a line of dozers to add to its offering of earthmoving equipment

dozers. It will start with the new 122-hp DD100 dozer featuring a dual/single flange-type roller with several track guard options. The move to dozers is part of Doosan’s plan to become a “one-stop shop” for customers.

John Deere worked with utility contractor National Grid to develop its electric backhoe concept, which it unveiled at The Utility Expo in September

John Deere unveils 310X electric backhoe - John Deere’s 310X is comparable to its diesel-powered 310L in both power and efficiency, but the electric model is said to be 25% quieter. Attachments between the two machines are interchangeable. The concept machine, unveiled at The Utility Expo in September, was jointly tested by the manufacturer and utility contractor National Grid.

Komatsu’s new PC78US-11 small excavator switches attachments on the fly - Komatsu’s new tight-tail

Komatsu’s new small excavator is made to work with a variety of attachments quickly and easily

PC78US-11 small excavator offers a compact and easy-to-transport machine that comes standard with high-flow auxiliary hydraulics and five selectable working modes that offer versatility with precise attachment control.

Autocar’s DC-64D severe-duty Class 8 dump truck is ‘Badass’ - According to the manufacturer, the company trademarked ‘Badass’ to describe its line of trucks, which it claimed is North America’s oldest line of specialized severe-duty vocational trucks with a 120-year history. This marks the fourth version of its DC-64D series.

The Case TV620B compact track loader pushes the limits of the term ‘compact equipment’

Case claims the ‘largest, most powerful compact track loader ever built’ - The 16,000-lb TV620B features a rated operating capacity of 6,200 lbs and what the manufacturer says is industry-leading bucket and lift breakout force, and track length on the ground.

Volvo introduces two 50-ton excavators - Volvo CE enters the 50-ton class for excavators with the introduction of

Volvo CE enters the 50-ton excavator class with two models made for production and fuel efficiency

its two biggest excavators yet - the EC530E and EC550E. The company said the new models have digging and lifting forces normally found in 60-ton machines, giving contractors the performance they need for heavy-duty digging, mass excavation and large-scale site preparation work.

Cat’s new mini excavators are designed for stability so they can get the job done quickly and easily

Cat completes Next Gen mini excavator line with two new models - Caterpillar’s two new mini excavator models focus on increased stability. The new 4-tonne Cat 304 and 5-tonne Cat 305 CR have higher bucket breakout forces and deeper standard digging depths for performance that’s improved up to 20% over their E2 series counterparts.

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OSHA enforcement change puts teeth in penalties for serious violations
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Sneak a peek at Caterpillar’s record-breaking CONEXPO-CON/AGG exhibit plans
Caterpillar’s largest-ever CONEXPO-CON/AGG exhibit investment pays tribute to those who build while showcasing new equipment, technology and services