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.

Hyundai’s new programmable HL740-9A wheel loader adapts to the job

Hyundai’s new programmable HL740-9A wheel loader...

Posted on Dec 24, 2014

With a fully automatic transmission designed for improved travel speed and clutch control, the new, 28,000-pound Hyundai HL740-9A wheel loader ...

Will the plunge in crude oil prices kill the fracking boom?

Will the plunge in crude oil prices kill the fracking...

Posted on Dec 23, 2014

For the last few years the conventional wisdom has been that fracking and oil and gas extraction in shale will ...

John Deere’s new 300G LC excavator cranks up the power and adds numerous new features

John Deere’s new 300G LC excavator cranks up the...

Posted on Dec 18, 2014

By EPA mandate, almost every new machine introduced today includes a Tier 4 final emissions reduction system. So what really ...

Construction and the Internet of Things: Own it, control it, get out in front of it…or it will control you

Construction and the Internet of Things: Own it,...

Posted on Dec 15, 2014

You've probably heard the hype about the Internet of Things—small sensors, transmitters and computer chips embedded in everything from thermostats ...

RFID engine meter from OEM Data Delivery gives telematics information at a fraction of a big-system cost

RFID engine meter from OEM Data Delivery gives...

Posted on Dec 15, 2014

If you're intrigued by telematics-based equipment monitoring but hesitate about the cost, OEM Data Delivery has a RFID system that ...

5th Day of Construction Gifts: Actron PocketScan Plus diagnostic scan tool

5th Day of Construction Gifts: Actron PocketScan Plus...

Posted on Dec 12, 2014

Scan tools and code readers keep going down in price and going up in features. If the mechanic on your ...

Rugged new Trimble LL300S laser level stands up to jobsite abuse

Rugged new Trimble LL300S laser level stands up to...

Posted on Dec 11, 2014

Sensitive electronics don't mix well with rough jobsite conditions, but the new generation Spectra Precision LL300S laser level was built ...

3rd Day of Construction Gifts: Craftsman heavy duty plastic utility cart

3rd Day of Construction Gifts: Craftsman heavy duty...

Posted on Dec 10, 2014

These mechanics' tool carts are a great gift for anyone who struggles to keep the tools and components for a ...

2nd Day of Construction Gifts: Haynes Build Your Own V8 Engine

2nd Day of Construction Gifts: Haynes Build Your Own V8...

Posted on Dec 09, 2014

Even if you know how an internal combustion engine works, this scale model, see- through engine is a great gift ...

AEMP’s fall symposium: Telematics finally gets the jump-start it’s been needing

AEMP’s fall symposium: Telematics finally gets the...

Posted on Nov 18, 2014

If you weren't there, I'm sorry to say, but you missed it. What was "it?" It was the feeling of 300 light ...

Optimized Z-bar and Performance Series buckets highlight Caterpillar’s new 910K and 914K compact wheel loaders

Optimized Z-bar and Performance Series buckets...

Posted on Nov 18, 2014

So you want the breakout force of a Z-bar linkage but you don't want to give up the ability to ...

Two experienced fleet managers tell how telematics data helps make their companies more competitive, explain how to adopt the technology

Two experienced fleet managers tell how telematics data...

Posted on Nov 10, 2014

There will come a time in every construction company's life, when a trigger event will make the deployment of telematics ...

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