EquipmentWatch named the winners of the 2017-2018 Lowest Cost of Ownership Awards. The announcement was made during the awards ceremony held during EquipmentWatch’s first annual customer conference “Traction.” Winners are models with the lowest five-year total cost of ownership and the prize is based on the proprietary EquipmentWatch Ownership Cost data. The Lowest Cost of Ownership Awards is the latest installment in the EquipmentWatch Awards program, along with the Highest Retained Value Awards, a data-driven recognition of the best residual values in the industry.

“We’re excited to launch the Lowest Cost of Ownership Award, with the goal of helping equipment buyers objectively understand the best performing machines,” said Garrett Schemmel, vice president, EquipmentWatch. “The LCO Award provides clarity to a critical question that owners of equipment have long wanted answered.”

Five-year total cost of ownership is calculated according to established Rental Rate Blue Book calculations and methodologies, leveraging EquipmentWatch’s industry-leading residual values and utilization benchmarking. The products provide detailed benchmarks and estimates spanning the economic life of more than 17,000 models across the spectrum of heavy construction equipment.

More than 200 individuals attended Traction: The Data-Driven Heavy Equipment Conference at Atlanta’s Loews Hotel, including equipment managers and contractors, OEM personnel, dealers, lenders and insurance carriers.

2017-2018 Lowest Cost of Ownership Winners

Backhoes: Deere 310 Series

Dozers, Large Track: Komatsu D85 Series

Dozers, Small Track: Caterpillar D3 Series

Drum Compactors: Sakai SV201 Series

Excavators, Compact: JCB 8018 Series

Excavators, Large Crawler: Case CX700 Series

Excavators, Medium Crawler: Doosan DX300 Series

Excavators, Small Crawler: Caterpillar 311 Series

Loaders, Compact Track: Bobcat MT55 Series

Skid Steer Loaders: Bobcat S70 Series

Loaders, Large Wheel: Kawasaki 95 Series

Loaders, Medium Wheel: Komatsu WA320 Series

Loaders, Small Wheel: JCB 407 Series

Motor Graders: Mauldin MG618 Series

Rear Dumps: Deere 300 Series