Despite a drab exterior color scheme, the HMEE's interior is quite plush. Joystick controls and cloth air-ride seats with adjustable armrests ease the fatigue of long hours spent loading and digging.
Despite a drab exterior color scheme, the HMEE's interior is quite plush. Joystick controls and cloth air-ride seats with adjustable armrests ease the fatigue of long hours spent loading and digging.

With a top speed of 20 mph, most backhoe loaders are unlikely candidates for the passing lane.

The HMEE (high-mobility engineer excavator) is different. Developed by construction-equipment manufacturer JCB for the U.S. military, this vehicle is slated to be the new workhorse of military engineers worldwide. It has a top speed of 57 mph and packs a fully independent suspension, antilock brakes, and four-wheel steering.

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