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.

Reduced tail swing gives Hitachi ZX85USB-5 excavator the edge in crowded conditions (PHOTOS)

Reduced tail swing gives Hitachi ZX85USB-5 excavator...

Posted on Feb 03, 2015

Ultra-short may not be an advantage in basketball, but that’s what Hitachi says gives its new series of excavators, including ...

Tolls impede the American spirit of the open road

Tolls impede the American spirit of the open road

Posted on Feb 02, 2015

Jack Kerouac would weep, were he alive today. The author famous for making road trips a rite of passage would be ...

Los Angeles at a tipping point: get serious about public transportation or sink into Third World status

Los Angeles at a tipping point: get serious about...

Posted on Jan 23, 2015

Last week I got the opportunity to visit Southern California and see how the country's most famous freeways were holding ...

Leica DISTO E7500 laser distance meter measures up to 500 feet

Leica DISTO E7500 laser distance meter measures up to...

Posted on Jan 21, 2015

Tape measures only get you so far, and they're not the fastest way to take measurements, especially when you have ...

Bulletproof your smartphones and tablets for the jobsite with a Tech21 Patriot case

Bulletproof your smartphones and tablets for the...

Posted on Jan 21, 2015

Digital devices and the rough and tumble of construction can sometimes be a bad mix. Tech21 recently introduced its Patriot ...

WorkplaceAware Safety reporting app can keep near misses from turning into serious accidents

WorkplaceAware Safety reporting app can keep near...

Posted on Jan 20, 2015

For every reported fatal workplace accident there are 29 minor injuries and 300 near misses that go unreported. And anybody ...

The Programmable Wheel Loader: How the Caterpillar 938K transforms from pile puncher to finesse machine with a few taps

The Programmable Wheel Loader: How the Caterpillar 938K...

Posted on Jan 19, 2015

Have you ever operated a wheel loader that was perfect in some applications, but less than ideal in others? Imagine ...

More reasons not to build toll roads

More reasons not to build toll roads

Posted on Jan 19, 2015

As a follow up to my earlier post on the Texas SH 130 toll road, I wanted to elaborate on ...

Convert AutoCAD into Topcon construction solutions

Convert AutoCAD into Topcon construction solutions

Posted on Jan 19, 2015

Topcon's eXchange software add on saves time by converting for AutoCAD Civil 3D civil engineering design data into files compatible ...

A drive on a Texas high-speed toll road: Is this how everybody will drive in the future? I hope not.

A drive on a Texas high-speed toll road: Is this how...

Posted on Jan 08, 2015

Over the holidays I had the opportunity to travel south on the newest Texas toll road, otherwise known as State ...

PHOTOS: This monster Liebherr excavator is single-handedly digging a tunnel for Europe’s biggest infrastructure project (VIDEO)

PHOTOS: This monster Liebherr excavator is...

Posted on Jan 07, 2015

While Americans fuss and fume over our crumbling infrastructure, the Germans are forging ahead with Stuttgart 21, the largest infrastructure ...

John Deere’s new 2.9L generator engine lineup offers multiple options

John Deere’s new 2.9L generator engine lineup...

Posted on Dec 31, 2014

Offering power ratings from 41 to 74 horsepower, John Deere Power Systems’ new PowerTech 2.9-liter generator-drive engines feature a robust ...

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