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.

Texas toll road fight proves how badly we need a gas tax hike

Texas toll road fight proves how badly we need a gas...

Posted on Mar 11, 2015

When push comes to shove, Texans can get more than a little rowdy. Of late, their cantankerous streak has flared ...

How to make sure your heavy equipment doesn’t burst into flames

How to make sure your heavy equipment doesn’t...

Posted on Mar 11, 2015

Fire prevention is everybody’s job, but there is one person who can do more than most to keep heavy equipment ...

McLaughlin VX30-300 vacuum excavator offers big machine features in a small footprint

McLaughlin VX30-300 vacuum excavator offers big machine...

Posted on Mar 10, 2015

You won't need a CDL to pull the 9,999-pound gross-vehicle-weight-rated VX30-300 vacuum excavator from McLaughlin, but you can do plenty ...

Contractor optimism reaches historic high in annual construction industry forecast

Contractor optimism reaches historic high in annual...

Posted on Mar 09, 2015

The last time contractors were this optimistic, the economy tanked and went into the longest and deepest recession since the ...

Stainless steel EZ Oil Drain valves prevent contamination

Stainless steel EZ Oil Drain valves prevent...

Posted on Mar 06, 2015

EZ Oil Drain Valves are a great way to simplify oil changes and sampling. Now the company has come up ...

Contractors put in 1,000s of hours with top-selling heavy equipment for Equipment World Reader Reviews

Contractors put in 1,000s of hours with top-selling...

Posted on Mar 04, 2015

Face to face most contractors are brutally honest when they talk about equipment. But it has always been a challenge ...

Gear Keeper retractable lanyards tether your tools to you for safety and convenience

Gear Keeper retractable lanyards tether your tools to...

Posted on Mar 03, 2015

It’s a bummer when you are high up on a beam or roof and your tape measure falls to the ...

Cold weather makes you dumb and that’s a serious safety concern for people who work in construction

Cold weather makes you dumb and that’s a serious...

Posted on Feb 20, 2015

Every year about this time we're bombarded with advice about how to dress warm—layers and all that. Articles about avoiding ...

Shell debuts Rotella ELC-NF, a nitrite-free, multi-vehicle coolant

Shell debuts Rotella ELC-NF, a nitrite-free,...

Posted on Feb 19, 2015

Modern diesel engines run hotter, no getting around it. To help these emissions-compliant engines keep cool, Shell Lubricants has introduced ...

Precision Pipeline worked around the recession and desert turtles to become one of Utah’s top contractors

Precision Pipeline worked around the recession and...

Posted on Feb 10, 2015

Landon Floyd grew up in construction. His father ran a small excavation and pipeline company in Southern California but moved ...

New heavy-duty diesel oil standard: What you need to know

New heavy-duty diesel oil standard: What you need to...

Posted on Feb 10, 2015

There’s a new heavy-duty diesel oil standard in the works. It will not be available until late next year or ...

Topcon unveils host of new products and upgrades, announces partnership with GOMACO

Topcon unveils host of new products and upgrades,...

Posted on Feb 06, 2015

The Topcon press conference at World of Concrete was chock-full of new products and a few interesting corporate developments. On ...

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