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Trimble Introduces New, Affordable Dual Control Box for Grading and Excavating

New CB30 Control Box Simultaneously Controls Blade Lift and Tilt to Cut Costs and Improve Efficiency

MUNICH, Germany, April 16, 2007 - Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB) today introduced the Spectra Precision® Laser CB30, a new dual control box that simultaneously controls lift and tilt of a skid-steer loader or small dozer blade. Ideal for small contractors who need affordable automatic grade control and mid-size general contractors with grading and excavating requirements, the CB30 can deliver reduced costs, greater jobsite efficiency, and faster return on investment.

The announcement was made today at the BAUMA 2007 International Trade Fair, the worlds largest construction equipment exposition.

Previously, Spectra Precision Laser machine display and control systems offered a single control box for tilt control only. The new Spectra Precision Laser CB30 Dual Control Box, an affordable, entry-level lift and tilt machine product, now offers the operator both tilt and lift control in one control box.

The CB30 offers the designed-in flexibility to perform simple elevation display to more complex grading jobs requiring automatic blade control. In housing and building pad applications, the operator can control the elevation over the given area to tighter tolerances using less manpower in less time, which can also result in lower material costs. In grading flat, simple slopes and embankments, the operator can control and carry desired elevation without needing a grade checker present. This capability increases machine and manpower efficiency, as well as grading accuracy for reduced labor, time and material costs.

The Spectra Precision Laser machine control systems are highly flexible, extremely rugged and can be used on a wide range of machines, including dozers, backhoes, scrapers, skid steers and excavators. On a dozer, the system can be upgraded for automatic blade control, which allows for even greater productivity gains.

The Spectra Precision Laser family of machine systems includes three laser receivers and three control boxes: the Spectra Precision Laser LR30, LR50, and LR60 Laser Receivers, plus contractors can add on the new CB30 Dual Control Box, as well as the CB25 and CB20 Single Control Boxes for automatic blade control.

 Spectra Precision Laser LR30 Laser Receiver for use on a range of machines, including dozers, backhoes, excavators and trenchers. The LR30 features five channels of grade information, directional out-of-beam indicators, and selectable accuracies to meet job tolerances from rough grading to final finishing. The CB20 Control Box is only used with the LR30 Laser Receiver.

 Spectra Precision Laser LR50 Laser Receiver for use on a range of machines, including excavators, dozers, graders, scrapers, and box blades. The LR50 features built-in blade tilt indication to help the operator keep the blade level.

 Spectra Precision Laser LR60 Laser Receiver for use on a range of machines including excavators, backhoes and dozers. The LR60 features a patented Angle Compensation for Excavation, which automatically calculates and corrects the grade display for the angle of the dipper arm. This capability allows the operator to continually check grade without stopping to plumb the boom.

 The new Spectra Precision Laser CB30 Control Box allows higher productivity gains for the dozer or skid-steer. When used with either the LR50 or LR60 laser receiver, the CB30 provides automatic blade control that keeps the machines moving and operating at maximum speed to save time, fuel, material and labor on grading jobs. The CB30 is designed for use on compact machines, including:

  • Skid-steer loaders with attachments such as: dozer blade, grade blade, box blade, loader bucket for automatic control requiring left or left and tilt control
  • Small dozer with lift or lift and tilt automatic control

The LR30, LR50 and LR60 laser receivers can be used with a number of Spectra Precision grade lasers or laser levels, including the GL400 and GL700 series, and the LL500 and LL400. With the broadest line of lasers in the industry, Spectra Precision Laser gives contractors the ability to select the right laser for their application.

The Spectra Precision Laser CB30 Dual Control Box is expected to be available in the second quarter 2007 through Trimbles construction distribution channel.

About Trimbles Construction Business

The Construction business of Trimble is focused on developing technology and solutions for earthmoving, site preparation, and general, interior and underground construction contractors. Trimbles construction solutions help to get the job done faster, with less machine time and personnel. For each phase of the construction cycle—designing, grading, site checking, building and asset management—Trimble offers a broad portfolio of integrated construction positioning systems designed to improve productivity.

About Trimble

Trimble applies technology to make field and mobile workers in businesses and government significantly more productive. Solutions are focused on applications requiring position or location—including surveying, construction, agriculture, fleet and asset management, public safety and mapping. In addition to utilizing positioning technologies, such as GPS, lasers and optics, Trimble solutions may include software content specific to the needs of the user. Wireless technologies are utilized to deliver the solution to the user and to ensure a tight coupling of the field and the back office. Founded in 1978 and headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., Trimble has a worldwide presence with more than 3,400 employees in over 18 countries.

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