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The upcoming Mercedes pickup won’t be a “fat cowboy truck,” Daimler chief says

Posted by Wayne Grayson on April 16, 2015

The upcoming Mercedes pickup won’t be a “fat cowboy truck,” Daimler chief says

Just in case the recent announcement of a "midsize truck," wasn't a clear enough declaration, with one sentence during an interview with Car, Daimler's chief of commercial vehicles has made Mercedes-Benz's intentions in ...

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Better Roads News

PHOTOS: Snow Conference full of equipment, road treatment options

Posted by Chris Hill on April 16, 2015

PHOTOS: Snow Conference full of equipment, road treatment options

The 2015 American Public Works Association North American Snow Conference brought in more than 1,500 attendees and nearly 200 exhibitors April 12-15 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. On display were a ...

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Better Roads News

Four-ton pipe rolls from wheel loader, crushes worker in California work zone

Posted by Wayne Grayson on April 16, 2015

Four-ton pipe rolls from wheel loader, crushes worker in California work zone

While working a highway job near San Francisco Wednesday, a construction worker was crushed and killed by a large pipe. According to a report from the Press Democrat, 28-year-old Jared Overfield was ...

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Equipment

John Deere launches 6 new L Series backhoes, 2 with lifting power boosted up to 40% (PHOTOS)

Posted by Marcia Gruver Doyle on April 15, 2015

John Deere launches 6 new L Series backhoes, 2 with lifting power boosted up to 40% (PHOTOS)

The new John Deere L Series backhoes, ranging from the 70-horsepower Tier 4 Interim 310L EP to the 113-horsepower Tier 4 Final 410L, include two Heavy Lift models that boost ...

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Equipment

REVIEW: 2015 Ford F-350 King Ranch proves a luxurious performer when put through the ringer (PHOTOS)

Posted by Bruce Smith on April 15, 2015

REVIEW: 2015 Ford F-350 King Ranch proves a luxurious performer when put through the ringer (PHOTOS)

A diesel pickup’s pulling power becomes glaringly evident when subjected to a long, steep uphill grade with 14,000-pounds in tow. Similarly, a truck’s livability and level of comfort is tested after ...

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Business

Caterpillar to crunch even more data through acquisition of marine analytics firm ESRG

Posted by Wayne Grayson on April 15, 2015

Caterpillar to crunch even more data through acquisition of marine analytics firm ESRG

Just in case you didn't think Caterpillar was really serious about this whole Big Data thing, the company today announced it has completed the acquisition of a marine industry analytics company. Caterpillar ...

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Better Roads News

Nordik’s new MOVE blades follow road contours for cleaner snow plowing

Posted by Chris Hill on April 15, 2015

Nordik’s new MOVE blades follow road contours for cleaner snow plowing

Nordik Blades' new MOVE blades are designed to move with the shape of the road when plowing, thereby cutting down on multiple plowing passes because of missed snow and ice. On display this ...

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Better Roads News

SaltDogg Anti-Ice System features GPS, proportional ground speed controller

Posted by Chris Hill on April 15, 2015

SaltDogg Anti-Ice System features GPS, proportional ground speed controller

Buyers Products introduced its new SaltDogg Anti-Ice System this week at the American Public Works Association North American Snow Conference in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The system is GPS-enabled and offers a ...

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Better Roads News

Ventrac demos new sidewalk salt drop spreader at APWA Snow Show

Posted by Chris Hill on April 15, 2015

Ventrac demos new sidewalk salt drop spreader at APWA Snow Show

Ventrac’s new SA250 Drop Spreader has a wireless controller to provide control of salt and other de-icing material drop-rate and easy flow adjustments, features that have been optimized for the precision ...

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Equipment

Manitowoc launches Grove GMK5250L all-terrain crane with greater maneuverability, big fuel savings (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Posted by Wayne Grayson on April 14, 2015

Manitowoc launches Grove GMK5250L all-terrain crane with greater maneuverability, big fuel savings  (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Manitowoc has introduced the Grove GMK5250L, saying the new all-terrain machine boasts much-improved maneuverability along with the strongest reach and load chart of any five-axle crane. Built in Manitowoc's Wilhelmshaven factory in Germany, the ...

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Equipment

Chevrolet unveils 2015 Silverado Custom Sport HD pickups (PHOTOS)

Posted by Wayne Grayson on April 14, 2015

Chevrolet unveils 2015 Silverado Custom Sport HD pickups (PHOTOS)

Sporting a sleek, monochromatic look and chrome accents, Chevrolet has unveiled a new exterior package for its Silverado 2500 and 3500 pickups. The Silverado Custom Sport HD pickups match their half-ton brethren ...

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Equipment

Wheel loader operator killed while attempting to free stuck concrete truck in Nebraska

Posted by Wayne Grayson on April 14, 2015

Wheel loader operator killed while attempting to free stuck concrete truck in Nebraska

A construction worker was killed in Nebraska over the weekend while attempting to free a concrete truck that had gotten stuck. According to a report from WOWT TV, 26-year-old Craig Anderson ...

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University of Florida pitchers arrested for climbing crane on campus jobsite

Posted by Wayne Grayson on April 14, 2015

University of Florida pitchers arrested for climbing crane on campus jobsite

We get the appeal of operating cranes. We do. The views some jobs offer are unparalleled by any other profession out there. But what we don't get is the maddening urge ...

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Equipment

Volvo now offers its VNX 630 heavy hauler in a tridem axle model

Posted by Wayne Grayson on April 13, 2015

Volvo now offers its VNX 630 heavy hauler in a tridem axle model

Giving the truck even more traction when hauling heavy equipment, Volvo has updated its VNX 630 severe duty hauler with a new tridem axle model. The new truck features three rear drive ...

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Business

Caterpillar doubles down on dedication to equipment data with new Analytics & Innovation division

Posted by Wayne Grayson on April 13, 2015

Caterpillar doubles down on dedication to equipment data with new Analytics & Innovation division

Following through on its March promise to work to begin rolling out predictive diagnostic improvements to its Produc Link telematics service "in the coming months," Caterpillar has announced the creation of ...

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Business

Booming crane market a welcome sign to strengthening U.S. construction industry

Posted by Wayne Grayson on April 13, 2015

Booming crane market a welcome sign to strengthening U.S. construction industry

As one of the most expensive heavy equipment categories there is, when contractors and rental outfits are buying lots of cranes, you can safely conclude things are going pretty well in the ...

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Equipment

Volvo CE launches L60H, L70H and L90H wheel loaders with better fuel economy (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Posted by Wayne Grayson on April 10, 2015

Volvo CE launches L60H, L70H and L90H wheel loaders with better fuel economy (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Volvo Construction Equipment has just introduced updates to its L60, L70 and L90 wheel loaders boasting fuel efficiency gains thanks to new engines and a nifty, smart gas pedal. The new ...

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Equipment

VIDEO: Dozer drops from trailer while being hauled, flies head-on into traffic

Posted by Wayne Grayson on April 10, 2015

VIDEO: Dozer drops from trailer while being hauled, flies head-on into traffic

Since this insanity was captured via a dashcam, we have to assume it happened in Russia. And with that in mind, it feels weird to type what I'm about to type: ...

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Equipment

Diesel prices down 16 cents in last 4 weeks

Posted by James Jaillet on April 10, 2015

Diesel prices down 16 cents in last 4 weeks

The national average price for a gallon of on-highway diesel fell another 4 cents in the week ended April 6, according to the Department of Energy’s weekly report, extending its ...

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Equipment

PHOTOS: Inside and out JCB’s half truck, half backhoe HMEE Army machine, hot off the assembly line

Posted by Wayne Grayson on April 09, 2015

PHOTOS: Inside and out JCB’s half truck, half backhoe HMEE Army machine, hot off the assembly line

The typical jobsite has little need for a backhoe with a top-speed of 60 miles per hour. But the battlefields soldiers in the U.S. Army work day-in and day-out aren't ...

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Equipment

Ram would like to offer a midsize pickup with “incredible” fuel economy, but says it’s a costly puzzle

Posted by Bruce Smith on April 09, 2015

Ram would like to offer a midsize pickup with “incredible” fuel economy, but says it’s a costly puzzle

GM has revived the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon. Ford has brought back the Ranger to the world market. But, as much as it would like to, Ram Truck doesn’t see a future for a ...

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Business

Caterpillar to cut 250 jobs from Indiana engine plant

Posted by Wayne Grayson on April 09, 2015

Caterpillar to cut 250 jobs from Indiana engine plant

Caterpillar has announced that it will cut 250 workers from its Lafayette Engine Center in Indiana. According to a report from WLFI TV, the company will lay off 50 full-time workers from ...

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Better Roads News

Oil supply to keep gas prices low through the summer

Posted by Amy Materson on April 09, 2015

Oil supply to keep gas prices low through the summer

Gas prices are projected to be more than a dollar per gallon lower this summer than during the summer of 2014, the U.S. Energy Information Administration predicted Wednesday. Basing the projection ...

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Equipment

Komatsu intros the D85-18, adding a “sweet spot” to dozer lineup

Posted by Wayne Grayson on April 08, 2015

Komatsu intros the D85-18, adding a “sweet spot” to dozer lineup

Days after introducing its largest semi-automatic dozer yet, Komatsu has expanded the lineup even further with a machine that straddles the line between the capabilities of its D85 and D155 ...

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Better Roads News

Manitowoc’s new Grove GHC Series telescoping crawler cranes offer compact capability for utility, highway work (PHOTOS)

Posted by Wayne Grayson on April 08, 2015

Manitowoc’s new Grove GHC Series telescoping crawler cranes offer compact capability for utility, highway work (PHOTOS)

Manitowoc recently unveiled its latest Grove telescoping crawler cranes, taking the wraps off the new GHC series and discussing its value for utility contractors and road builders . Short for Grove Hydraulic ...

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Equipment

Illinois bill would fine diesel pickup drivers $5,000 for “Rollin’ Coal”

Posted by Bruce Smith on April 08, 2015

Illinois bill would fine diesel pickup drivers $5,000 for “Rollin’ Coal”

It looks cool on the dragstrip, but rollin’ coal on the street? Not so much. At least not to those who enjoy clean air. Modifying air-pollution (smog) controls, or anything that ...

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Equipment

Excavator explodes into flames after engine malfunction on New York jobsite (VIDEO)

Posted by Wayne Grayson on April 07, 2015

Excavator explodes into flames after engine malfunction on New York jobsite (VIDEO)

While working to remove debris on a demolition and construction site, an excavator suddenly burst into flames in Syracuse, New York, Monday afternoon. According to a report from Syracuse.com, the machine's operator ...

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State/Local Government

VIDEO: Squad of excavators chews up a bridge in 30-second demolition time-lapse

Posted by Wayne Grayson on April 07, 2015

VIDEO: Squad of excavators chews up a bridge in 30-second demolition time-lapse

Time-lapse photography may have begun with capturing the movements of people and growing plants, but as it has matured, it's a photographic technique that feels tailor-made for construction and demolition. ...

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Equipment

Filling up Ergodyne’s Chill-Its work vest with water keeps you cool on the jobsite for up to 3 days

Posted by Wayne Grayson on April 07, 2015

Filling up Ergodyne’s Chill-Its work vest with water keeps you cool on the jobsite for up to 3 days

Ergodyne is tackling heat stress prevention with its new dry evaporative cooling vest, the latest addition to the company’s Chill-Its cooling line. Using a dry evaporative technology, the vest is designed ...

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Equipment

Coolbox is the digital Swiss Army Knife of toolboxes: USB charging, Bluetooth speakers, much more (VIDEO)

Posted by Tom Jackson on April 06, 2015

Coolbox is the digital Swiss Army Knife of toolboxes: USB charging, Bluetooth speakers, much more (VIDEO)

If Apple had designed a toolbox for construction workers, the Coolbox would be it. For starters it has: two USB ports to charge your phone or other devices; 40-watt Bluetooth speakers to ...

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Equipment

VIDEO: Drone footage offers close-up look at construction progress on Apple’s Campus 2

Posted by Wayne Grayson on April 06, 2015

VIDEO: Drone footage offers close-up look at construction progress on Apple’s Campus 2

Work is ramping up on Apple's new Spaceship-shaped Campus 2, as is seen in a new aerial photo provided by the company as well as some new close-up footage of ...

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Equipment

Komatsu unveils the D155AXi-8, its largest semi-automatic dozer yet

Posted by Amy Materson on April 06, 2015

Komatsu unveils the D155AXi-8, its largest semi-automatic dozer yet

Komatsu has once again expanded its lineup of "intelligent" earthmoving equipment. With the launch of the D155AXi-8, the heavy equipment manufacturer now offers six machines with what its intelligent machine control ...

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Better Roads News

FLEET PROFILE: The top roadbuilding equipment and brands financed by highway contractors in the last 5 years

Posted by Marcia Gruver Doyle on April 06, 2015

FLEET PROFILE: The top roadbuilding equipment and brands financed by highway contractors in the last 5 years

What have contractors who are engaged primarily in roadbuilding been adding to their equipment fleets in the past five years? To get a better picture of this, we zeroed in ...

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Better Roads News

Georgia budgets $1.1 billion for heavy equipment purchases, passes beefy highway bill

Posted by Wayne Grayson on April 06, 2015

Georgia budgets $1.1 billion for heavy equipment purchases, passes beefy highway bill

The construction industry in Georgia will get a substantial boost in 2015 thanks to the state's new budget and a big highway bill. According to a report from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Gov. Nathan ...

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Equipment

VIDEO: Crane cable snaps, drops excavator 100 feet into pit crashing near workers

Posted by Wayne Grayson on April 03, 2015

VIDEO: Crane cable snaps, drops excavator 100 feet into pit crashing near workers

What you've got to love most about this video is that despite the terrifying incident that occurs, just about everyone walks away from it laughing. I'm sure the crane operator ...

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Business

IronPlanet, Cat Auction Services complete merger

Posted by Wayne Grayson on April 03, 2015

IronPlanet, Cat Auction Services complete merger

With the addition of access to late model, low-hour Caterpillar equipment, IronPlanet chairman and CEO Greg Owens said his company's merger with Cat Auction Services will "drive value and services to ...

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