Using ICUEE 2013 as the backdrop, Toro, best known for its mowers and Dingo compact utility loaders, has entered the underground construction market by unveiling two horizontal directional drills, a vibratory plow, a fluid mixer, and a ride-on trencher.
A larger ride-on trencher will debut in 2014, according to the company. Toro had purchased trencher assets from Astec Underground several years ago, but stresses this equipment is "all Toro," bearing only modest resemblance to Astec units, or the Case units of the 1980s and 1990s that Astec had purchased. "We've made significant investments in development of our underground equipment," said Josh Beddow, product marketing manager for Toro underground equipment. "We've also invested in our service team and dealer network to serve the unique needs of contractors working in this industry."
Toro, which will celebrate its 100th anniversary as a manufacturer in 2014, is building the units in its Tomah, Wis. factory.