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Displacement Replacement: How the 2015 F-150′s 2.7L EcoBoost packs V8 power into a V6 frame

Posted by Bruce Smith on July 24, 2014

Displacement Replacement: How the 2015 F-150′s 2.7L EcoBoost packs V8 power into a V6 frame

It wasn’t that long ago a 2.7-liter V6 with a compacted-graphite-iron (CGI) block, twin turbos, reverse-flow cooling, split-mains, variable-displacement oil pump, deep-sump oil pan and direct-injection making 325 horsepower would ...

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Business

Caterpillar profit up 4% in 2Q despite decline in sales; improves full-year forecast

Posted by Wayne Grayson on July 24, 2014

Caterpillar profit up 4% in 2Q despite decline in sales; improves full-year forecast

Despite a dip in sales and continued soft demand for mining equipment, Caterpillar today announced a 4-percent increase in profit during the second quarter. The company today announced profits of $999 ...

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Equipment

Ford reveals 2015 F-150 weighs less than 5,000 pounds; 2.7L EcoBoost V6 has V8 power

Posted by Wayne Grayson on July 23, 2014

Ford reveals 2015 F-150 weighs less than 5,000 pounds; 2.7L EcoBoost V6 has V8 power

Since unveiling the 2015 F-150 back in January, Ford has released quite a bit of information about the new truck. For starters, we knew that thanks to its aluminum body, ...

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Equipment

Truck hauling excavator collides with 5 bridges, taking a chunk out of each (PHOTOS)

Posted by Wayne Grayson on July 23, 2014

Truck hauling excavator collides with 5 bridges, taking a chunk out of each (PHOTOS)

While being hauled by a truck traveling through Thurston County, Washington, last week, an excavator's boom collided with five different bridges before the driver finally pulled over. According to a report ...

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Equipment

FIRST DRIVE: 2015 Ford Super Duty pickups pack powerful improvements over 2014 models

Posted by Bruce Smith on July 22, 2014

FIRST DRIVE: 2015 Ford Super Duty pickups pack powerful improvements over 2014 models

Rolling hard into the throttle, driving 2015 Ford F-350, Ram 3500, and Chevy 3500HD Silverado duallies while towing 33-foot fifth wheel travel trailers tells a lot about a diesel pickup’s ...

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Innovations

Conductive “sensing skin” paint could stop cracks in bridges, concrete structures before it’s too late

Posted by Wayne Grayson on July 22, 2014

Conductive “sensing skin” paint could stop cracks in bridges, concrete structures before it’s too late

A new paint-on "sensing skin" would allow officials to retrofit bridges and other concrete structures with the ability to detect cracks or other weaknesses before they spread beyond repair. While many ...

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Equipment

SDLG fills gap in wheel loader lineup with 3-cubic-yard LG948L

Posted by Amy Materson on July 21, 2014

SDLG fills gap in wheel loader lineup with 3-cubic-yard LG948L

Responding to customer demand, SDLG has launched the 3.0-cubic-yard LG948L, designed for a range of construction applications. Alan Quinn, director of SDLG North America, says customers wanted a wheel loader with ...

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Business

Sales slump in China offsets gains elsewhere as Volvo CE operating income falls 43% in 2Q

Posted by Wayne Grayson on July 21, 2014

Sales slump in China offsets gains elsewhere as Volvo CE operating income falls 43% in 2Q

After kicking the year off with a sales boost and 29-percent increase in operating income during the first quarter, things cooled off considerably for Volvo Construction Equipment during the second ...

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Equipment

GM makes 8-speed automatic transmission standard on 2015 Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra

Posted by Bruce Smith on July 21, 2014

GM makes 8-speed automatic transmission standard on 2015 Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra

Chevrolet and GMC have confirmed a new eight-speed automatic transmission will be standard on 2015 Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra and GMC Yukon Denali/Yukon XL Denali models equipped with the 6.2L ...

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Equipment

Ram adopts SAE J2807 towing standard for all 2015 truck models

Posted by Equipment World Staff on July 21, 2014

Ram adopts SAE J2807 towing standard for all 2015 truck models

Beginning with the 2015 model year, Ram says it will become the first automaker to adopt the Society of Automotive Engineers J2807 standardized tow rating practices across all three full-size ...

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Equipment

VIDEO: Parody master Weird Al’s “Handy” music video is an ode to craftsmen everywhere

Posted by Wayne Grayson on July 18, 2014

VIDEO: Parody master Weird Al’s “Handy” music video is an ode to craftsmen everywhere

Earlier this week, musician "Weird Al" Yankovic, famous for his parodies of pop songs, released his 14th album called Mandatory Fun. Part of the album release has been Al's ambitious project ...

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Equipment

VIDEO: Massive steel beam falls off trailer, snatches semi truck onto its side

Posted by Wayne Grayson on July 18, 2014

VIDEO: Massive steel beam falls off trailer, snatches semi truck onto its side

It's a very fortunate thing that the closest third party to this accident was the guy who filmed the whole thing and that he was behind the trailer rather than ...

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Business

Worker fired for hanging Alabama football flag at Texas A&M stadium made Facebook posts suggesting he sabotaged construction

Posted by Wayne Grayson on July 18, 2014

Worker fired for hanging Alabama football flag at Texas A&M stadium made Facebook posts suggesting he sabotaged construction

Earlier this week, news and a particular photo went viral concerning a construction worker and University of Alabama football fan being fired from the ongoing renovations at Texas A&M's Kyle ...

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Equipment

NCCCO launches boom truck operator certification program

Posted by Wayne Grayson on July 18, 2014

NCCCO launches boom truck operator certification program

The National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators has launched the first phase of a new certification program for boom truck operators. A second phase of the certification is already ...

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Equipment

The Marines’ massive new tank-toting assault vehicle has tracks that let it drive on top of water and land (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Posted by Wayne Grayson on July 17, 2014

The Marines’ massive new tank-toting assault vehicle has tracks that let it drive on top of water and land (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

While hover crafts still give a pretty cool demo after all these years, the U.S. Marine Corps is considering replacing its 20-year-old fleet of Landing Craft Air Cushioned (LCAC) vehicles ...

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Business

Fontaine Heavy-Haul names John Krier president, prepares to launch 2 new trailers

Posted by Amy Materson on July 17, 2014

Fontaine Heavy-Haul names John Krier president, prepares to launch 2 new trailers

Fontaine Heavy-Haul has named John Krier as its new company president. Krier has previously served with the organization as senior corporate accountant for Marmon Holdings, MHT assistant sector controller, controller for ...

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Equipment

AEMP to collaborate with ARA on education, training and research

Posted by Tom Jackson on July 16, 2014

AEMP to collaborate with ARA on education, training and research

The Association of Equipment Management Professionals today announced a partnership agreement with the American Rental Association. The collaboration will enable the two groups to share information, education and training opportunities ...

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Equipment

VIDEO: With streaking flash of explosives, mile-long bridge collapses in 3 seconds

Posted by Wayne Grayson on July 15, 2014

VIDEO: With streaking flash of explosives, mile-long bridge collapses in 3 seconds

When the Innerbelt Bridge opened to traffic in Cleveland in 1959, it was the widest bridge in Ohio and carried Innerstate 90. Today it's gone. Though demolition work began on the ...

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Equipment

Vermeer launches D20x22 S3 Navigator HDD: large drill performance on tight jobsites

Posted by Amy Materson on July 15, 2014

Vermeer launches D20x22 S3 Navigator HDD: large drill performance on tight jobsites

Handle demanding jobs on tight jobsites with Vermeer’s new D20x22 S3 Navigator HDD, which features a small footprint combined with large machine performance. Suitable for utility installation, the drill offers precision ...

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Equipment

4 rules for managing production dozer Owning & Operating costs

Posted by Tom Jackson on July 14, 2014

4 rules for managing production dozer Owning & Operating costs

Of all the machines in the earthmoving world bulldozers, particularly large ones, may have the greatest variation when it comes to owning and operating costs. While the initial purchase price of ...

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Equipment

Volvo CE after truck buy: “We want to work with distribution to keep the Terex flag flying”

Posted by Marcia Gruver Doyle on July 14, 2014

Volvo CE after truck buy: “We want to work with distribution to keep the Terex flag flying”

Now that Volvo Construction Equipment’s acquisition of Terex’s articulated and rigid frame trucks is complete, Volvo is concentrating on continuing the product lineup in North America under the name Terex ...

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Equipment

Cummins is developing a 2.8L, E-85 truck engine with power of gas, diesel engines twice its size

Posted by Equipment World Staff on July 14, 2014

Cummins is developing a 2.8L, E-85 truck engine with power of gas, diesel engines twice its size

Cummins Inc. on Monday reported development of an engine and powertrain that reduce carbon dioxide emissions by as much as 80 percent compared with a baseline gasoline-powered medium-duty truck. The work ...

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Equipment

POLL: Can aluminum-bodied pickups stand up to the abuse of construction work?

Posted by Wayne Grayson on July 14, 2014

POLL: Can aluminum-bodied pickups stand up to the abuse of construction work?

When Ford unveiled the 2015 F-150 and announced that it would have an aluminum body, two of the first questions and criticisms regarding the move were aluminum's durability and repair ...

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Equipment

VIDEO: Excavator uprights artic truck that managed to flip and fold itself in half

Posted by Wayne Grayson on July 11, 2014

VIDEO: Excavator uprights artic truck that managed to flip and fold itself in half

The first time you see the predicament this Volvo articulated truck is in, you can't help but wonder how on earth a truck could become so contorted. But, as do ...

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Equipment

It’s so hot at Yellowstone National Park the roads are melting

Posted by Amanda Bayhi on July 11, 2014

It’s so hot at Yellowstone National Park the roads are melting

What the road crew at Yellowstone National Park has on its hands is not a routine patch job. A 3.3-mile loop drive at the park is temporarily closed after a hot ...

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Equipment

Kubota launches Hydraulic 6-in-1 Blade for the KXO40-4 compact excavator

Posted by Patty Vaughan on July 11, 2014

Kubota launches Hydraulic 6-in-1 Blade for the KXO40-4 compact excavator

Kubota has introduced the Hydraulic 6-in-1 Blade for the KXO40-4 compact excavator. Featuring six different positions, the blade’s capacity has increased to approximately .75 cubic yards. By moving the dozer lever, operators can ...

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Equipment

Caterpillar dozers, graders build TORC off-road racing tracks before its no. 2 truck tears them up (VIDEOS, PHOTOS)

Posted by Wayne Grayson on July 10, 2014

Caterpillar dozers, graders build TORC off-road racing tracks before its no. 2 truck tears them up (VIDEOS, PHOTOS)

Though the machines it sells are known more for their brawn than their speed, motorsports are nothing new at Caterpillar. For decades, Cat Racing has fielded a car in NASCAR ...

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Innovations

Smart Bricks are full-size, concrete Lego bricks designed for vertical construction

Posted by Wayne Grayson on July 10, 2014

Smart Bricks are full-size, concrete Lego bricks designed for vertical construction

Bricks are a pretty basic element of construction and have been for centuries. But a company called Kite Bricks has developed a Lego-like brick that could make building faster and ...

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Equipment

EXCAVATOR SHOWDOWN: Tracked vs. Wheeled: One’s a hard digger, the other can do more than you may realize

Posted by Tom Jackson on July 09, 2014

EXCAVATOR SHOWDOWN: Tracked vs. Wheeled: One’s a hard digger, the other can do more than you may realize

When it comes to high-production digging, you just can’t beat an excavator on steel tracks. But take away the undercarriage and add wheels and you get a very different machine. ...

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Equipment

Volvo launches EC250E, EC300E crawler excavators with fuel efficiency, productivity gains

Posted by Wayne Grayson on July 08, 2014

Volvo launches EC250E, EC300E crawler excavators with fuel efficiency, productivity gains

Volvo Construction Equipment keyed in on efficiency gains with the launch of the Tier 4 Final EC250E and EC300E crawler excavators, which include a range of advanced features that optimize ...

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Equipment

VIDEO: “Rollin’ Coal” drivers modify diesel pickups to blast people with plumes of black smoke in protest of emissions regulations

Posted by Wayne Grayson on July 08, 2014

VIDEO: “Rollin’ Coal” drivers modify diesel pickups to blast people with plumes of black smoke in protest of emissions regulations

A new trend among certain fed up drivers of diesel pickups is gaining quite a bit of attention across the country as it has led to many innocent pedestrians and ...

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Equipment

25-foot foldover light mast from Larson Electronics illuminates up to 2 1/2 acres

Posted by Amy Materson on July 08, 2014

25-foot foldover light mast from Larson Electronics illuminates up to 2 1/2 acres

Illuminate up to 2 ½ acres of jobsite area with the LM-25-3S-EPL-4X150RT-RB foldover light mast from Larson Electronics, which produces 48,000 lumens of light. The 25-foot, three-stage telescoping light mast has ...

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Equipment

Terex Tier 4 Final TA300 and TA400 articulated haulers arrive in North America this month

Posted by Marcia Gruver Doyle on July 07, 2014

The Terex TA400 (pictured) and TA300 articulated haulers are the first trucks to be announced after Volvo CE's acquisition of Terex's line of articulated and rigid frame trucks.

The Terex Tier 4 Final TA300 and TA400 articulated haulers, now owned by Volvo Construction Equipment, will appear on North American jobsites beginning this month. The haulers are powered by Scania ...

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Equipment

Why the Ford F-150 is the most American vehicle, period

Posted by Equipment World Staff on July 07, 2014

Why the Ford F-150 is the most American vehicle, period

For the second year in a row, the Ford F-150 has taken the top spot in the annual American-Made Index by Cars.com. The ranking takes into account three factors to determine ...

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Equipment

Hyundai launches R140W-9A, R180W-9A and R210W-9A wheeled excavators

Posted by Amanda Bayhi on July 07, 2014

Hyundai launches R140W-9A, R180W-9A and R210W-9A wheeled excavators

Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas has expanded its 9A series with three wheeled excavators: the R140W-9A, R180W-9A and R210W-9A. The machines include upgrades to the hydraulics, cab and durability. Each mid-size excavator is powered ...

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Equipment

The first self-driving heavy hauler is here: Daimler unveils a fully-functional autonomous Mercedes Actros prototype (VIDEOS)

Posted by Jack Roberts on July 03, 2014

The first self-driving heavy hauler is here: Daimler unveils a fully-functional autonomous Mercedes Actros prototype (VIDEOS)

Speculation about autonomous —or “driverless”—vehicles has been commonplace in the trucking industry for years. Now, Daimler has made this concept a reality. At a June 3 global press conference and demonstration ...

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