More from Tom Jackson

Tom Jackson is the executive editor of Equipment World magazine and has been writing about construction and related fields for 26 years. A 1979 graduate from the University of Alabama, Jackson is also a U.S. Army veteran and a father of two.

THE CHOICE: Young heavy equipment technician follows love of machines instead of finance degree, earns AEMP’s top honor

THE CHOICE: Young heavy equipment technician follows...

Posted on Jul 06, 2015

You don’t find many young guys with college degrees working as heavy equipment technicians. But the Association of Equipment Management ...

Extended life coolants: Long life? Yes. Maintenance free? No.

Extended life coolants: Long life? Yes. Maintenance...

Posted on Jul 02, 2015

Extended life coolants (ELCs) started gaining traction in the heavy-duty trucking and construction equipment industry about a decade ago. These ...

PHOTOS: Tearing apart a Detroit Diesel DD15 engine to see how well it holds up with the new PC-11 lube oil

PHOTOS: Tearing apart a Detroit Diesel DD15 engine to...

Posted on Jun 30, 2015

A massive amount of lab work goes into formulating a new heavy-duty diesel engine oil. But when the guys in ...

Low-viscosity oils are only the beginning; new EPA diesel fuel economy rules will significantly impact your future

Low-viscosity oils are only the beginning; new EPA...

Posted on Jun 24, 2015

Earlier in June, Shell Lubricants went into great detail telling journalists about how the soon-to-come, low-viscosity diesel lube oil category ...

Are you ready for Tier 5 emissions regulations?

Are you ready for Tier 5 emissions regulations?

Posted on Jun 05, 2015

Is Tier 5 on its way to the United States? That’s up to the EPA, but if Europe is any indication ...

Caterpillar intros MH3027 material handler with ground level, step-in cab riser (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Caterpillar intros MH3027 material handler with ground...

Posted on Jun 02, 2015

Caterpillar recently introduced the MH3027, the smallest of the company's new series of wheeled material handlers in the 25 metric ...

Caterpillar’s new 313F L GC excavator provides low operating costs, high lifecycle value with standard tech (PHOTOS)

Caterpillar’s new 313F L GC excavator provides...

Posted on May 26, 2015

Suppose you don't want all the bells and whistles? Caterpillar's newly branded XE line of excavators, as we reported earlier, are loaded ...

CAT 336E LH

Caterpillar intros 336F L XE hybrid excavator: smart...

Posted on May 19, 2015

Now we know. In 2012 when Caterpillar first unveiled it's 336EH hybrid excavator, the company spokespeople offered only vague notions about ...

Ride with pride. Cat gave its new CT680 vocational trucks some styling. Shown here is the CT680L which comes at you with a good deal of chrome and a Metton hood.

Caterpillar unveils the CT680, a rugged work truck...

Posted on May 15, 2015

The new Cat CT680 looks considerably different from previous versions of the company's vocational trucks and that's no accident. The bling, ...

Caterpillar will pay back $1 for each gallon of fuel you burn beyond its benchmarks

Caterpillar will pay back $1 for each gallon of fuel...

Posted on May 15, 2015

This week Caterpillar unveiled a new fuel guarantee initiative that will give participating contractors $1 back for every gallon of ...

Software on John Deere, all other heavy equipment only “destroys” an antiquated idea of ownership

Software on John Deere, all other heavy equipment only...

Posted on May 13, 2015

A recent blog from WIRED criticizing the impenetrable software programs that run John Deere's ag tractors has created quite a stir ...

PHOTOS: Heavy equipment, trucks and trends from Europe and beyond we hope make it to the U.S.

PHOTOS: Heavy equipment, trucks and trends from Europe...

Posted on May 13, 2015

When you go to a big European equipment show like Intermat, which concluded just more than two weeks ago, you ...

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