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Bobcat updates E85 excavator with more power, redesigned cab


Bobcat has unveiled the latest version of its largest compact excavator, the 8.5-ton E85, which is part of the company’s R-Series lineup.

Its 66-horsepower Bobcat turbo-charged diesel engine does not require a diesel particulate filter or selective catalytic reduction.

It is designed to work in tight spaces with 13 inches of tail overhang, and the boom frame stays within the width of the tracks as it swings. Bobcat also added a standard lift eye to help operators lift and place objects. An optional depth-check system allows the operator to measure depth and grade, within a half-inch of accuracy, without exiting the excavator. The system minimizes over- or under-digging, and it does not require a separate display screen, the company says.

The new E85 boasts a bucket digging force of 16,269 lb.-ft., a percent over the previous generation machine. Arm digging force is 8,253 lb.-ft. and lift capacity is 9,754 pounds.

The cab has been redesigned with more floor space. Travel pedals fold away. The top window, narrower side pillars, left and right mirrors and new sun visor are designed to improve visibility. A new tubular-frame reinforced cab door is designed to keep out dust and dirt, and the cab is rate at Level 1 falling object protection. Automatic heating and air conditioning and a heated seat are optional.

An easy-to-reach control pattern selector is standard. Operators can quickly switch from ISO controls to standard controls and toggle between an optional second auxiliary hydraulic switch and the boom offset from the left joystick.

Bobcat says the excavator provides easy access to the engine for maintenance, and the company strengthened hinges and latches and added rigid, aligned panels to reduce cab vibration. Greasing intervals have been extended to 50 hours for the swing and slew and to 250 hours on upper work-group pivot points, the company says.

Optional features

The E85 offers a variety of options:

  • Hydraulic pin-grabber quick coupler accessory to change attachments from the cab
  • Secondary auxiliary hydraulics to operate attachments with multiple capabilities
  • Deluxe instrumentation panel for fast access to critical machine information
  • Factory-installed steel tracks and segmented tracks
  • Travel alarm to meet localized jobsite requirements
  • Rear work light kit
  • Counterweight to boost lifting capabilities
  • Guard kits for the front and top windows to elevate the cab to a Level 2 FOPS rating from Level 1
  • Keyless start
  • Radio kit

Handles variety of attachments

The following Bobcat attachments can be operated with the E85:

  • Trenching buckets: 18, 24 and 36 inches
  • Grading buckets: 48 and 60 inches
  • Tilt-grading bucket: 48 inches
  • Hydraulic clamp
  • Hydraulic breaker
  • Flail mower
  • Auger
  • Plate compactor

Quick Specs

Operating weight: 18,977 pounds

Bucket digging force: 16,269 pound-feet

Arm digging force: 8,253 pound-feet

Rated lift capacity: 9,754 pounds

Maximum reach at ground level: 23 feet, 7 inches

Maximum dig depth: 15 feet, 5 inches

Maximum dump height: 16 feet, 7 inches

Width: 87 inches

Auxiliary hydraulic flow: 25.1 gallons per minute

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Run tiltrotator, other excavator attachments at same time with Rototilt controller


Rototilt High Flow Controller

Rototilt’s new High Flow Controller enables an excavator operator to use a tiltrotator and other tools simultaneously with one hydraulic circuit.

“Previously, this was only possible if the base machine was equipped with several hydraulic circuits,” the company says.

The controller distributes oil between the tools and the tiltrotator, with all tiltrotator functions running at reduced speed. The flow is controlled by joysticks through Rototilt’s Innovative Control System.

The controller works with tools that require high flow in a single direction, such as sweeper rollers or large compactors. Only one circuit is required for hammer hydraulics, which creates the capability for most machines on the market, the company says.

The controller requires Rototilt’s R4, R5, R6 or R8 tiltrotators, equipped with a high-flow swivel and the Innovative Control System.

The High Flow Controller “is a smart solution, and virtually all base machines can simultaneously use both a flow-intensive tool and a tiltrotator,” says product manager Sven-Roger Ekström.

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Hilti intros TE 2000-AVR hammer, HIT-HY 270 injectable mortar


Alongside the company’s new DD-WMS 100 water-plus-vacuum system, at the recent World of Concrete show Hilti also introduced a demolition hammer and injectable mortar.

The new TE 2000-AVR demolition hammer weighs just 33 pounds but packs the same punch (26 foot-pounds/1,800 blows per minute) as tools in the 65 pound weight class and double that of hammers in the same weight class. It has a brushless motor and a detachable power cord.

Operating at a distance from your power source is no longer a problem thanks to integrated electronics that maintain performance even when you use it with 12 gauge extension cords up to 100 feet long. On the working end a new pointed, self-sharpening chisel, the TE-SPX gives you more breaking power, higher bending strength, and a polygon wave design that reduces sticking.


Hilti’s new injectable mortar HIT-HY 270 can be used for concrete masonry units (CMUs), hollow CMUs and clay bricks to securely set anchors indoors or out, in dry or wet conditions. It offers improved spacing and edge distances and is an OSHA 1926.1153 Table 1 compliant solution for drilling.

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RST pipeline inspection tech products rebranded to Subsite


Subsite TrakSTAR II Pipeline inspection camera

The R.S. Technical Services (RST) brand of pipeline inspections technologies has been changed to Subsite.

Subsite Electronics bought RST last July. Along with changing the brand name, the RST colors will match the Subsite brand. Subsite says everything else will remain the same.

Current RST dealers will continue to carry the products. Those products include closed-circuit TV, sonar profiling, 3D, and point cloud data capture.

Ditch Witch dealers will continue to sell Subsite Underground Awareness products.

Subsite is a subsidiary of Charles Machine Works, which includes Ditch Witch, HammerHead, American Augers and Trencor.

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Pa. gears up for $41.5 million in transportation projects


Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf has announced $41.5 million worth of new transportation projects.

The 45 projects include those for improving highways, bridges, and bike and walking paths spread among 22 counties. The projects are being funded by the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation’s Multimodal Transportation Fund.

The next round of applications for the fund are due by March 30. In the current round, PennDOT received 222 applications requesting more than $241 million.

Projects receiving funding are as follows:


  • Sharpsburg Borough — $1.5 million to reconstruct 19th Street to the Riverfront 47 development, including intersection upgrades, signal installation, overpass and retaining wall removal, retaining wall construction, 19th Street reconstruction.
  • Bellevue Borough — $315,000 for improvements to the West Riverview Avenue retaining wall that will eliminate emergency access safety issues and traffic flow inefficiencies that exist currently due to a partial road closure resulting from the collapse of a portion of the retaining wall.
  • Borough of Brentwood — $65,000 for the improvement of approximately 18,000 square feet of sidewalks.
  • Homestead Borough — $100,000 for a one-mile trail and bike park to connect to the Great Allegheny Passage Bicycle Trail along Waterfront Drive enabling safe access to “The Avenues” Business District, which spans three municipalities (West Homestead, Homestead, and Munhall).
  • Borough of Castle Shannon — $1.6 million to create linkages between the three transit stations in Castle Shannon (Shannon, Willow, and Arlington) as well as the Shannon Transit Village transit-oriented development (TOD). The project will improve conditions surrounding the new TOD with new lighting, sidewalk enhancement, pedestrian safety, improved sidewalk connections, crosswalks and more.
  • Friends of Pittsburgh Professional Soccer — $500,000 for transportation improvements that will support the Montour Junction Sports & Athletic Complex that will provide safe access for bicycles, buses, and pedestrians.
  • McKees Rocks Harbor Services, LLC — $638,015 for construction a 12-barge fleeting area 300 feet upstream of the new dock at McKees Rocks Industrial Enterprises (MRIE), which has doubled the capacity of MRIE’s existing dock.
  • Metalico Pittsburgh, Inc. — $400,000 for dock rehabilitation, including the installation of approximately 225 linear feet of sheet pile wall, which will repair the dock to allow for river barge loading capabilities for another 20 years.


Berks County Industrial Development Authority — $700,000 for intersection improvements at Aviation Road and Route 183 to support an industrial park that will create 500-600 jobs.


  • Bristol Borough — $572,307 to support replacing a decommissioned bridge along Maple Beach Road to provide safe access to Maple Beach, the borough’s wastewater treatment facility, and one of Pennsylvania’s only freshwater tidal marshes.
  • Lifequest — $1.5 million to widen Route 663 going into Route 309 and add a new mile-long pedestrian/bicycle pathway.


  • University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown – $500,000 to construct a trail and sidewalk to improve the pedestrian connection between the 8,000 people at the university, Penn Highlands Community College, and the Richland School District.
  • Portage Borough — $440,905 for the second phase of a multi-phase streetscape program to establish pedestrian connectivity and improve pedestrian safety through installation of new lighting, sidewalk connections, crosswalks, and signs.


  • Borough of Phoenixville — nearly $1.3 million for reconstruction and extension of Ashburn Road 0.34 miles from where Ashburn Road ends to Township Line Road.
  • Fair Share Properties, LP — $750,000 to construct a new connector road and pedestrian/bicycle path which will enhance the safety and accessibility of two major intersections along U.S. 202, support walkability, and provide children access to safer routes to school. The proposed connector road and path will be directly west and run parallel to U.S. 202, connecting West Pleasant Grove Road and Stetson School Drive.
  • Oxford Borough — $143,836 for roadway and pedestrian infrastructure improvements to address poor road conditions, including reconstruction and restoration of Second Avenue (between Locust and Mt. Vernon Streets) and Octoraro Alley (from Second Street to the entrance of the new transit center) in anticipation of a new transit center in the downtown.
  • New Garden Township — $2 million for improvements to the Baltimore Pike/Newark Road intersection, including signal modernization with pedestrian signals and emergency preemption, road realignment and widening, new turn lanes, increased turning radii, ADA-compliant sidewalks and crosswalks, and access management.


Millcreek Township — $157,500 for replacement of Asbury Bridge, a structurally deficient/weight limited bridge that currently restricts emergency, commercial, and recreational vehicles from utilizing a key portion of both Clarion and Millcreek townships.


City of DuBois — $670,000 to extend walkways on both sides of South Main Street, North Main Street and DuBois Street beginning at Grove Avenue and terminating at Hamor Street.


Chapman Township — $380,000 for the rehabilitation of Bucktail Bridge, including replacement of the concrete deck and rehabilitation of the sidewalk and approaches.


  • City of Harrisburg — nearly $3 million to improve the vehicular, transit, pedestrian, and bicycle movements within the city north of the Capitol Complex and to address several transportation-related safety issues. A total of nearly $4.5 million is committed over the next two years for this project.
  • Susquehanna Area Regional Airport Authority — $482,548 for the rehabilitation and reconstruction of Airport Drive, the exclusive connector road between Route 3032 (Airport Connector) and the Ann Street Bridge at Route 230.


  • Media Borough — $60,957 to implement the Borough’s 2016 Wayfinding Signage Master Plan, installing a comprehensive borough-wide signage system.
  • Marple Associates, LP — $1 million for on- and off-site roadway and signalization improvements to PA Route 3 and I-476, including intersections with Lawrence Road and Langford Road to include new roads and the installation of new traffic signals and interconnection with existing signals.


City of Erie – nearly $2.6 million for streetscape improvements to the West 8th Street corridor, including replacing the pavement; installing curbs, sidewalks, and LED lighting; improving bicycle and pedestrian accommodations; planting trees; and improving traffic signals.


Bell Township — $823,839 for reconstruction of Airport Road to provide improved access for residential and commercial vehicles and improved safety and accessibility for multimodal traffic.


Warwick Township — $1.9 million for the extension of Sixth Street, including implementing traffic calming measures and increasing motorist, bicycle, and pedestrian safety for the growing population in the greater Warwick/Lancaster area.


Borough of Coopersburg — $175,000 for traffic and pedestrian improvements to Route 2045 (Main Street), including pedestrian crosswalks and handicap accessibility at seven key intersections, as well as 0.27 miles of curb, sidewalk, and pedestrian lighting.


  • Hazle Township — $558,435 for full-width milling and overlay of Old Airport Road, constructing a new bicycle lane, and drainage improvements near Hazleton Regional Airport.
  • The Greater Wilkes-Barre Industrial Fund — $301,774 to install new sidewalk and curbing along East Carey Street from the intersection with North Main Street to the intersection with Delaware Street, replace existing inlets, curbing, and sidewalks, and install detectable warning surfaces for curb cut ramps, driveway aprons, permanent pavement restoration, and permanent hot thermoplastic white lines on the new pavements for cross walks, the new center lane, and stop bars.


Williamsport Area School District – nearly $1.2 million to replace and upgrade the access road (Millionaire Drive) to Williamsport Area High School, including replacing all inlets, manholes, headwalls, drainage pipes, and curbs; excavating and replacing some areas of roadway; milling and resurfacing the entire roadway; and installing a sidewalk/bike path.


City of Sharon — $820,441 for the mill and overlay, curbs and ramps of 13 roads in the City of Sharon.


  • Horsham Township — $3 million for capacity and multimodal improvements at the intersections of Blair Mill Road/Witmer Road/Commerce Avenue and Blair Mill Road/Route 611.
  • Lower Providence Township — $2 million for improvements to the Park Avenue/Eagleville Road/Crawford Road intersection, including aligning the minor approaches, installing a new traffic signal, widening for left-turn lanes, and ADA/pedestrian upgrades.
  • Lower Gwynedd Township — $937,700 for improvements to Spring House Roadway, including roadway widening, pedestrian upgrades, and traffic signal improvements to improve traffic flow and efficiency through the Bethlehem Pike, Norristown Road, and Sumneytown Pike intersection.
  • Gwynedd Mercy University — $372,260 to address multimodal hazards at the intersection of Evans Road and the campus’s main access point.


City of Easton — $450,000 for improvements to Wood Avenue, including eliminating cross traffic on seven of the 13 intersections, adding traffic calming measures to the other six intersections, implementing right-hand turns only, and restricting parking to one side of the street.


  • City of Philadelphia Streets Department — $1.1 million to improve the intersection geometry in the southwestern corner of Adams/Summerdale Avenues and Roosevelt Boulevard to mitigate the conflict point between pedestrians and vehicles.
  • VTR LS Development, LLC — $1.5 million for construction of a new street, linking a to-be-constructed street grid (located on the former University City High School site in West Philadelphia) to Market Street.
  • Logan West Associates, LP — $1 million for improvements to Logan Point Roadway to prepare the Logan Triangle in North Philadelphia for redevelopment by vacating a series of unused, dilapidated streets, and completely reconstructing the arterial access roads, 9th Street and Wyoming Avenue.
  • The Philadelphia Museum of Art — $3 million to support improvements to Anne d’Harnoncourt Drive, including new multimodal connections to Kelly Drive, a new school bus entrance for K-12 museum visitors, enhanced mass transit stops, re-engineered vehicular and pedestrian connection with improved safety features and traffic flow, new lighting and landscaping, permanent ADA ramps, and improvements to encourage biking and pedestrian use.
  • Schuylkill River Development Corporation — $183,750 to install enhancements to the new Bartram’s Mile trail and greenway, including installation of an irrigation system and maintenance facility and contextually sensitive additions to the site landscaping.
  • City of Philadelphia — $567,774 to purchase and install 21 additional bike share stations at strategic transit hubs within Central Philadelphia.


Forest City Borough — $273,000 for a streetscape project along the east side of the 400, 500, and 600 blocks of Main Street, including replacement of concrete sidewalks and installation of pavers, shade trees, and decorative period lighting.


Wayne Economic Development Corporation — $252,966 to pave and complete Innovation Drive in Sterling Business Park, Sterling Township.

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S.C. outlines plans to improve from most highway deaths in U.S.


Noting that her state ranks the worst in highway fatalities, South Carolina Secretary of Transportation Christy Hall plans to improve 100 miles of the state’s most dangerous roads each year.

The project is part of her 2018 “State of SCDOT” report.

She says the state’s top priorities will be rural road safety, resurfacing, bridges and widening interstates.

Thanks to a gas tax increase approved last year, the state will gradually double its paving program over the next 10 years. During the ensuing decade, the agency plans to replace 465 bridges.

Major interstate widenings will include I-85/I-385 at Greenville, I-26/I-526 at Charleston and I-26/I-20 in the Columbia area, known in the state as “Malfunction Junction.”

SCDOT is currently at its highest level of road construction over the past decade, Hall says. The agency has about $3 billion worth of road and bridge work underway – three times more than in previous years.

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Environmental statement released for planned I-69 in Ind.


The Indiana Department of Transportation has released the environmental statement for the final section of Interstate 69 between Indianapolis and Martinsville.

The future Section 6 will improve safety and travel times, as well as increase economic activity in the area, the INDOT says.

The environmental statement recommends a path for the 26-mile highway section following State Road 37 from State Road 39 to Interstate 465. The project includes building 10 interchanges, 13 overpasses and underpasses and more than 18 miles of local access roads.

To view the document, go to i69indyevn.org under the Section 6/FEIS tab.

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