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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.

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 ...

What you need to know before renting an air compressor

What you need to know before renting an air compressor

Posted on May 04, 2015

Compressed air tools offer a number of advantages in many construction applications. They are powerful and versatile and you can ...

Behind the Design: Caterpillar engineers low-spec 415F2 to deliver 420 backhoe power

Behind the Design: Caterpillar engineers low-spec 415F2...

Posted on Apr 29, 2015

We first brought you the news of Caterpillar's new F2 series of backhoes from the World of Concrete in February. ...

Liebherr launches new tower and mobile cranes, scrap handler at Intermat (PHOTOS)

Liebherr launches new tower and mobile cranes, scrap...

Posted on Apr 23, 2015

Liebherr's machines towered into the sky at their outdoor booth at Intermat this week. The company's vertical orientation showcased a ...

Caterpillar ups the ante with 4 new small-frame skid steers, CTLs with D-series DNA and smart hydraulics (PHOTOS)

Caterpillar ups the ante with 4 new small-frame skid...

Posted on Apr 21, 2015

Last week at its Athens, Georgia, factory Caterpillar unveiled four new small-frame skid steers and compact track loaders. The new ...

Alliance Tire shows high-flotation, dually-like tires, new backhoe and flat-proof skid steer tires at Intermat

Alliance Tire shows high-flotation, dually-like tires,...

Posted on Apr 21, 2015

When is a dually not a dually? The traditional four-per-axle/two per side tire arrangement can be seen on everything from ...

Kohler says its biggest diesel yet, the KDI 3404, is “Tier 5-ready”

Kohler says its biggest diesel yet, the KDI 3404, is...

Posted on Apr 20, 2015

With flashing lights, dry ice smoke and a live string quartet rocking in the background (it is Europe after all) ...

Perkins discusses “Tier 5″ planning, impact; announces new engine to be built in US

Perkins discusses “Tier 5″ planning,...

Posted on Apr 20, 2015

British engine manufacturer Perkins, is meeting with customers and media although not exhibiting at Intermat this year. At least not ...

Trimble speeds up GPS dozer grade control, intros wireless data sharing between compactors with GCS900, CCS900 systems

Trimble speeds up GPS dozer grade control, intros...

Posted on Apr 20, 2015

GPS grade control systems can only go as fast as the machine's receivers can process the signals and hydraulic valves ...

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