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The most popular special equipment in Europe: Top 10 machines

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The name LECTURA has long been known among professionals whose activities are related to various special equipment. After all, here you can always find the characteristics of almost all machines in operation — from massive MAN or DAF tractors to more highly specialized options — combine harvesters, loaders, excavators or 4WD tractors.

For buyers who plan to expand their fleet, knowing the characteristics allows them to compare similar machines in their class to make the optimal choice. Knowing all the details about special equipment helps dealers choose better or alternative options for their customers. For transporters, the LECTURA specifications allow you to choose the right platform or trailer for the transportation of a particular unit — according to dimensions and weight.

In a word, LECTURA specification tables help you make informed business decisions, make informed choices with accurate information about the item you want to buy, and not at random, guided by the words of sellers or only photos in ads.

This time we will review the ten most popular cars of all groups and classes, whose characteristics were most often requested by users of this platform in 2023.

  • Most of these cars can be ordered "turnkey" from Europe with the help of a reliable company — West Auto Hub .

1. Caterpillar 320

The Caterpillar 320 Tracked Excavator took first place in this ranking, making it the most popular heavy equipment model on LECTURA Specs in 2023. The excavator was presented in 2017 at the Caterpillar press conference. This is a 20-ton class machine with a bucket volume of 1.19 m³. The first versions were equipped with a Stage IV diesel engine, later adapted to Stage V. The Caterpillar 320 excavator is equipped with new solutions such as Operator Coaching ("Operator Coach"), a system in the cab that identifies specific opportunities for improving productivity and prevents unnecessary wear and tear on the equipment.

2. Caterpillar 6015B

In second place in terms of interest is again the American company Caterpillar, with the heavy-duty crawler excavator 6015B. It was introduced in 2016 as an improved version of its predecessor. This is a heavy excavator weighing 154 tons and with an engine power of 556 kW. Access to the machine cabin is via the stairs located behind and further along the platform.

3. Caterpillar 797F

The virtual bronze medal went to the Caterpillar 797F. This quarry dump truck is among the twenty heaviest dump trucks in the world. The technical characteristics are impressive: the width is about 10 meters, the total power is 2983 kW, the weight is 623 tons, the length is more than 15 meters. The cab of the 797F quarry dump truck is equipped with air conditioning, access to it is a choice of stairs or a ladder.

4. JCB 4CX

The JCB 4CX backhoe loader ranks 4th in popularity. This medium-sized machine weighs 8.8 tons and has a bucket volume of 1.2 m³. The 4CX is powered by an 81 kW JCB 444 engine. Operators will appreciate the four-wheel drive, grab bucket, outrigger stabilizers and loader support systems.

5. Fendt 1050 Vario PowerPlus

The representative of the Vario series belongs to fairly long tractors — its transport length is 6.35 m. The tractor is equipped with continuous hydraulic steering. The Fendt 1050 Vario also has air brakes and a liquid-cooled engine. The diesel power is 380 kW, and the weight exceeds 14 tons. The Vario series has received numerous awards at exhibitions and events.

6. Claas Lexion 8900 TerraTrac

The sixth most popular model in LECTURA Specs according to the results of 2023 is the Claas Lexion 8900 TerraTrac combine harvester. The engine power of 581 kW makes this unit the most powerful combine harvester in our database (together with the Fendt IDEAL 10). This machine is equipped with a tangential vibration threshing system, 5 straw shakers, has one of the largest grain hoppers (15,000 l) and, along with several other models, the widest header (13.8 m). In addition, the Claas Lexion 8900 TerraTrac is one of the heaviest combine harvesters with a weight of 22.4 t.

7. Caterpillar 994K

The Caterpillar 994K front-end loader was the seventh in the list according to the results of 2023. The sixth heaviest wheel loader according to LECTURA specifications, it has one of the widest (6.24 m) and largest buckets (24.4 m³). The Cat 994K Wheel Loader is over 17m long, over 6m wide and over 7m high, making it the perfect choice for large mines and quarries around the world. The cabin is equipped with an air conditioner for the comfort of the operator during work in adverse climatic conditions.

8. Caterpillar D11

One of the heaviest tracked bulldozers in the world , the Caterpillar D11 has become the eighth most popular machine on the LECTURA specification portal in 2023. Despite its weight, the D11 can move at speeds of up to 11 km/h forward and almost 15 km/h in reverse. Powered by a 670 kW Caterpillar C32 engine, the D11 crawler dozer has enough power to process tons of material in just minutes.

9. Massey Ferguson MF 8740 S

On the ninth step of 4WD tractor Massey Ferguson MF 8740 S. The power of its All-in-One Stage V engine is 400 hp, the load capacity is 12,000 kg and 1600 N*m of torque. Front hydraulics can lift up to 5 tons. The machine is equipped with a transmission with continuous power transmission, hydraulic steering and pneumatic braking system.

10. Caterpillar 416E

The Caterpillar 416E backhoe loader closes our ranking of the most popular machines that were most interested in LECTURA in 2023. The excavator is equipped as standard with special industrial tires 11L-16 (12 ply) F-3 Industrial Special/19.5L-24 (12 ply) R4 ATU. The 416E has four-wheel drive for improved maneuverability on difficult terrain, equipped with outrigger stabilizers for better stability during operation. The Cat 416E is also the widest backhoe loader in LECTURAʼs online database based on transport width.

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