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The Hydrostatic Revolution: How crawler dozers became infinitely more versatile when stripped of their gears (VIDEO)

Posted by Tom Jackson on October 21, 2014

A John Deere 850K with hydrostatic transmission.

Once known as one of the more difficult earthmoving machines to master, the crawler dozer­­, with the right technology, has become one of the easiest to run. The difference? In just ...

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A place for old iron: HCEA advances National Construction Equipment Museum plan

Posted by Marcia Gruver Doyle on October 21, 2014

A place for old iron: HCEA advances National Construction Equipment Museum plan

Long out of space at its cramped 7,000-square-foot headquarters, the Historical Construction Equipment Association launched a new campaign this month to fund the 20,000-square-foot National Construction Equipment Museum. The goal: ...

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PHOTOS: JLG opens new customer training center, proving grounds

Posted by Amy Materson on October 21, 2014

PHOTOS: JLG opens new customer training center, proving grounds

Classes have begun at JLG Industries’ new $2.5 million customer training center and proving grounds in McConnellsburg, Pennsylvania. Quadrupling the size of the company’s original training facility, the expansion includes a ...

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PHOTOS: Polaris DAGOR is the ultimate off-road military truck; could be Jeep of the 21st Century

Posted by Bruce Smith on October 20, 2014

PHOTOS: Polaris DAGOR is the ultimate off-road military truck; could be Jeep of the 21st Century

It’s the size of a Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, sporting the suspension of an off-road Trophy Truck. It has a curb weight of 4,500 pounds, a payload capacity of 3,250 pounds, ...

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Kubota introduces R530, R630 wheel loaders with hybrid linkage system

Posted by Marcia Gruver Doyle on October 20, 2014

Kubota introduces R530, R630 wheel loaders with hybrid linkage system

Kubota has added two additional models to its compact wheel loader lineup, the 47.9-horsepower R530 and 61.2-horsepower R630, in a press event this week that was capped by the company’s ...

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Bob the Builder, construction’s most well-known ambassador to kids, gets a makeover for a new generation

Posted by Wayne Grayson on October 20, 2014

Bob the Builder, construction’s most well-known ambassador to kids, gets a makeover for a new generation

After entreating and educating children around the world for the last 16 years, the popular cartoon Bob the Builder has gotten its first refresh in the form of an all-new ...

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VIDEO: Excavator plays T-ball with a microwave, gets bored and crushes it instead

Posted by Wayne Grayson on October 17, 2014

VIDEO: Excavator plays T-ball with a microwave, gets bored and crushes it instead

Just in case you ever dreamed of playing t-ball with a microwave and using an excavator as a bat, this video is for you. Unless you'd like to hear the ...

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Fall is a good time to check the tread of your truck tires. Here’s an easy way to do it

Posted by Bruce Smith on October 17, 2014

Fall is a good time to check the tread of your truck tires. Here’s an easy way to do it

A friend of mine is one of those businessmen who pinches every nickel so hard it turns into a dime. But he’s also smart—and safety minded. Every fall he has his ...

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VIDEO: Why Caterpillar’s autonomous mining tech is “completely different from anything” it’s ever done

Posted by Wayne Grayson on October 16, 2014

VIDEO: Why Caterpillar’s autonomous mining tech is “completely different from anything” it’s ever done

Though self-driving vehicles are big topic of dissuasion in the realm of consumer technology right now, the usefulness to industrial markets has been obvious for some time. While Google is working ...

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Kubota launches its first skid steers: meet the SSV65 and SSV75 (VIDEO)

Posted by Lauren Heartsill Dowdle on October 15, 2014

SSV75

To expand its line of construction equipment, Kubota Tractor Corporation (KTC) unveiled the SSV65 and SSV75 skid steer — the company’s first entries into the skid steer market. The SSV 65 and SSV ...

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GEAR: Snap-On low-profile screwdrivers make quick work of tight spaces

Posted by Wayne Grayson on October 15, 2014

GEAR: Snap-On low-profile screwdrivers make quick work of tight spaces

We've all been there. Stretching a hand or arm into a tight space that no hand tool was ever meant to go, only to leave with bruised knuckles and the ...

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VIDEO: Go behind the scenes at LEGO to see how the Volvo L350F wheel loader Technic set was designed

Posted by Wayne Grayson on October 13, 2014

VIDEO: Go behind the scenes at LEGO to see how the Volvo L350F wheel loader Technic set was designed

One of the coolest construction machines to debut at the big ConExpo-Con/Agg show earlier this year was also one of the smallest. The LEGO Technic Volvo 350F wheel loader set ...

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Chevrolet unveils “Toughnology” concept truck to highlight Silverado’s high-strength steel body amid buzz around aluminum

Posted by Wayne Grayson on October 13, 2014

Chevrolet unveils “Toughnology” concept truck to highlight Silverado’s high-strength steel body amid buzz around aluminum

With all the talk and positive buzz surrounding Ford's aluminum-bodied 2015 F-150, Chevrolet thought it might be a good idea to highlight the benefits of the Silverado's high-strength steel body. ...

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VIDEO: Freight train obliterates stuck truck and crane in tow, then derails

Posted by Wayne Grayson on October 10, 2014

VIDEO: Freight train obliterates stuck truck and crane in tow, then derails

While attempting to cross railroad tracks in Mer Rouge, Louisiana, a truck hauling a crane became stuck on the tracks and was hit by a freight train Sunday afternoon. The ...

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Construction equipment dealer in San Antonio admits to bribing county officials, faces up to 10 years in prison

Posted by Wayne Grayson on October 10, 2014

Construction equipment dealer in San Antonio admits to bribing county officials, faces up to 10 years in prison

A construction equipment dealer in San Antonio faces up to 10 years in prison after admitting to bribing Maverick County, Texas, officials. German Garcia Cano, 54, appeared in federal court Thursday ...

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For some reason, thieves stole a 1,300-pound traffic gate from a construction site in Green Bay

Posted by Wayne Grayson on October 10, 2014

For some reason, thieves stole a 1,300-pound traffic gate from a construction site in Green Bay

We're not sure what the going rate for traffic gates is on the black market, but it must be enough for someone to go through the trouble of lifting the ...

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Caterpillar adds high-horsepower 297D and 297D XHP multi-terrain loaders to lineup

Posted by Tom Jackson on October 09, 2014

Caterpillar adds high-horsepower 297D and 297D XHP multi-terrain loaders to lineup

If  you're looking for more muscle and a comfortable-all-day cab environment, Caterpillar showed us two new models that fit the bill--the 297D and 297D XHP—at a press event in Clayton, ...

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Caterpillar launches steel-tracked 299D XHP with land management package

Posted by Tom Jackson on October 08, 2014

Caterpillar launches steel-tracked 299D XHP with land management package

Of all the new designs Caterpillar unveiled to the press last week in Clayton, North Carolina, nothing got more second looks than the steel track undercarriage option mounted to a ...

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“Left Coast Lifter,” one of the largest floating cranes in the world, clocks in at new Tappan Zee bridge site

Posted by Wayne Grayson on October 08, 2014

“Left Coast Lifter,” one of the largest floating cranes in the world, clocks in at new Tappan Zee bridge site

One of the world's largest floating cranes has officially reported for duty at the site of New York's upcoming Tappan Zee Bridge replacement. The crane, dubbed the "Left Coast Lifter" for ...

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Caterpillar unveils 903C compact wheel loader with hydrostatic transmission, auxiliary hydraulics

Posted by Wayne Grayson on October 07, 2014

Caterpillar unveils 903C compact wheel loader with hydrostatic transmission, auxiliary hydraulics

Caterpillar has taken the wraps off its newest machine. The 903C compact wheel loader boasts an operating weight of 9,150 pounds and is designed for work in the construction, industrial, ...

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FIRST DRIVE: 2015 Ford F-150′s lighter aluminum body makes a heavy first impression

Posted by Bruce Smith on October 06, 2014

2015 Ford F-150 Super Crew 4x4

This is a leap year for Ford trucks. Not in the Gregorian calendar sense, but rather in the technological realm. With the official introduction of the 2015 F-150 and its truckload ...

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GM halts deliveries of 2015 Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon due to airbag defect; recalls Silverado, Sierra for separate issue

Posted by Wayne Grayson on October 06, 2014

GM halts deliveries of 2015 Chevrolet Colorado, GMC Canyon due to airbag defect; recalls Silverado, Sierra for separate issue

It's been three months since we saw a General Motors pickup truck recall despite the fact that the automaker has issued 71 recalls this year affecting about 30 million vehicles ...

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Toyota recalls 690,000 Tacoma pickups due to possibility suspension could crack, puncture fuel tank

Posted by Wayne Grayson on October 06, 2014

Toyota recalls 690,000 Tacoma pickups due to possibility suspension could crack, puncture fuel tank

Toyota has issued a recall on approximately 690,000 Tacoma midsize pickups due to a defect that could cause the trucks' rear suspension to fracture. The automaker is recalling Tacoma 4x4 and ...

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Nissan will unveil Cummins-powered diesel Titan at Detroit Auto Show

Posted by Jason Cannon on October 03, 2014

Nissan will unveil Cummins-powered diesel Titan at Detroit Auto Show

Nissan will debut its diesel-powered Titan pickup at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show in January. The company confirmed the debut to Equipment World sister site Hard Working Trucks. Last summer Nissan announced its plans ...

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Case names Diamond Dealer winners; Liebherr continues restructuring; Bobcat, Terex add dealers in this week’s Dealer News Roundup

Posted by Equipment World Staff on October 03, 2014

Case names Diamond Dealer winners; Liebherr continues restructuring; Bobcat, Terex add dealers in this week’s Dealer News Roundup

Welcome to the Dealer News Roundup, your one-stop shop for all the moves going on inside the heavy equipment distributor industry. This week's edition includes expansions from several major manufacturers. Case ...

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VIDEO: Truck crashes into barrier and is ripped in half, all in the name of science and homeland security

Posted by Wayne Grayson on October 02, 2014

VIDEO: Truck crashes into barrier and is ripped in half, all in the name of science and homeland security

The folks at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute have a fun job. But it's also important work. According to the Texas Tribune and Houston Chronicle, TTI has a contract with the ...

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Financed new construction equipment sales up 11%; Bobcat T590 leads August top 10

Posted by Marcia Gruver Doyle on October 02, 2014

Financed new construction equipment sales up 11%; Bobcat T590 leads August top 10

Compared to one year ago, the number of new financed construction equipment units sold rose 11 percent this August, according to Equipment Data Associates figures. Used financed construction equipment sales on ...

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Ditch Witch upgrades RT45 ride-on trencher with big boost in power (PHOTOS)

Posted by Amy Materson on October 02, 2014

Ditch Witch upgrades RT45 ride-on trencher with big boost in power (PHOTOS)

Ditch Witch has added a 49-horsepower Tier 4 Deutz diesel engine to its RT45 ride-on trencher, delivering a significant increase in power over the previous model’s engine. Designed to boost productivity ...

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John Deere names Max Guinn next president of Construction & Forestry equipment

Posted by Wayne Grayson on October 02, 2014

John Deere names Max Guinn next president of Construction & Forestry equipment

John Deere has named Max A. Guinn as the next president of its Worldwide Construction & Forestry equipment division. Guinn, who is currently the senior vice president of human relations, communications, ...

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PHOTOS: Nissan engineers made an electric pickup truck by hacking up a Leaf electric car

Posted by Jason Cannon on October 01, 2014

PHOTOS: Nissan engineers made an electric pickup truck by hacking up a Leaf electric car

A team building exercise at Nissan’s Technical Center in Stanfield, Arizona produced another spin on the company’s hybrid technology capabilities. Part Nissan LEAF and part Nissan Frontier, the mashup pickup supports operations ...

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Quick Data: New and used articulated truck sales for October 2014

Posted by Marcia Gruver Doyle on October 01, 2014

Quick Data: New and used articulated truck sales for October 2014

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Cut operation costs by keeping lubricating oils and hydraulic fluids free of contaminants

Posted by Equipment World Staff on October 01, 2014

Cut operation costs by keeping lubricating oils and hydraulic fluids free of contaminants

In July, we showed the importance of keeping our weapon (grease gun) in good condition and using the proper gun. Now we’ll look at keeping the ammo (lubricant) clean and ...

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Why are new wheel loaders seeing more fuel efficiency gains than other Tier 4 machines?

Posted by Equipment World Staff on October 01, 2014

Why are new wheel loaders seeing more fuel efficiency gains than other Tier 4 machines?

  For most machines, Tier 4 Final fuel efficiency gains are around 5 percent. Yet fuel efficiency for wheel loaders is up 20 percent and more. How is that possible? There’s not ...

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Bandit launches new tracked model 2550 stump grinder

Posted by Amy Materson on October 01, 2014

Bandit launches new tracked model 2550 stump grinder

Bandit has combined its 2550 stump grinder with the versatility of a tracked machine with the new Model 2550 Track stump grinder. The stump grinder features turf-friendly rubber tracks to protect ...

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Next generation Ford Super Duty pickups will be made of aluminum too

Posted by Wayne Grayson on September 30, 2014

Next generation Ford Super Duty pickups will be made of aluminum too

The next generation of Ford Super Duty pickups will be made of aluminum, just like their F-150 brethren. Ford made the announcement during a conference call with investment analysts Monday afternoon, ...

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FIRST DRIVE: 2015 Chevrolet Colorado 2.5L offers a nimble, fuel-sipping ride

Posted by Bruce Smith on September 30, 2014

FIRST DRIVE: 2015 Chevrolet Colorado 2.5L offers a nimble, fuel-sipping ride

It’s sound and performance feel a lot like it’s closest rival, the 2.7-liter Toyota Tacoma, as you roll into the throttle. But instead of the power flattening out as the tachometer ...

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