Caterpillar Unveils First UTV
Simple work efficiency defines the first utility vehicle (UTV) from Caterpillar. Starting with a blank design slate, the company developed gas-powered CUV82 and diesel-powered CUV102D models.
The CUV82 is powered by a 0.8-liter three-cylinder gas engine delivering 50 hp, while a 1-liter three-cylinder diesel engine delivers 25 hp for the CUV102D. The diesel model can reach 25 mph, while the gas model tops out at 45 mph, with an optional 25-mph limiter.
Both models feature a continuously variable transmission, specifically tuned for work applications, offering smooth transitions and the ability to handle loads. The truck-style column shifter lets the operator move from two-wheel drive to four-wheel drive to four-wheel drive/lock modes.
The CUV82 and CUV102D feature a steel cargo bed, 1,000-lb. total rear cargo capacity and 2,000-lb. towing capacity. A four-wheel independent suspension system with a front sway bar and custom-tuned springs and shocks offer stability even with a full load.
A roomy interior offers ample leg, elbow and headroom. The passenger seat base can be removed and stowed behind the driver seat to create floor space for hauling oversized items. There is 10½" of ground clearance.
Customers wanted a “Cat-tough” UTV, says Norma Aldinger, marketing supervisor for Cat UTVs. “They also wanted a transaction price they could afford,” she adds.
The CUV82 has a retail price of $14,999 and the CUV102D, $16,999. Orders will begin in mid-January, with delivery in summer 2018. A crew version will be released in the fall of 2018. For additional information, visit www.cat.com.
John Deere Prepares for Planting with New Technology
As farmers plan for 2018 planting, John Deere is offering TruSet depth and pressure control and mapping functions on more tillage tools as well new John Deere 2630 series disks and vertical tillage tools.
TruSet will be available in 2018 on late-model tillage tools such as the 2720 disk ripper, 2230 field cultivator, 2330 mulch finisher, 2620 and 2630 series disks and vertical tillage tools, and 2530H nutrient applicators. TruSet allows operators to till each acre as desired by making more precise and faster adjustments to depth (0.1" accuracy) and down pressure (0 psi to 900 psi) as residue, compaction and soil conditions change. Tillage information for each field is mapped and stored and can be overlaid with other data.
John Deere’s new 2630 series disks and vertical tillage tools build on the previous model to provide greater control in all tillage operations. Each of the four models (2630 disk, 2633 disk, 2635 disk and 2633 vertical tillage) provides a varying level of soil penetration, seedbed prep and residue mixing. New bearings offer greater durability and can be customized based on soil and tillage conditions. The mainframe features radial tires, which are optional on stabilizers and wing frames. For more information, visit www.johndeere.com.