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Contractors, construction equipment manufacturers have much to gain from restoration of trade with Cuba

Posted by Wayne Grayson on December 22, 2014

Contractors, construction equipment manufacturers have much to gain from restoration of trade with Cuba

Though the restoration of diplomatic relations between the U.S. and Cuba has a long way to go, construction is firmly planted among the industries with the most to gain from ...

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Construction equipment buyers, dealers poised to take advantage of 2014 bonus depreciation reinstatement

Posted by Marcia Gruver Doyle on December 22, 2014

Construction equipment buyers, dealers poised to take advantage of 2014 bonus depreciation reinstatement

As expected, Congress has passed legislation reinstating tax provisions that could have a direct impact on whether or not you buy new equipment in the remaining weeks of 2014. Obama ...

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Business

IronPlanet and Cat Auction Services announce merger

Posted by Wayne Grayson on December 22, 2014

IronPlanet and Cat Auction Services announce merger

Online equipment marketplace IronPlanet and the Caterpillar dealer channel for used equipment sales, Cat Auction Services, have announced a merger. The two companies promise a "unique auction experience, backed by technology." ...

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Head Santa: Construction CEO doles out degrees in Kris Kringledom at oldest Santa School in U.S. (PHOTOS)

Posted by Marcia Gruver Doyle on December 22, 2014

Head Santa: Construction CEO doles out degrees in Kris Kringledom at oldest Santa School in U.S. (PHOTOS)

In December, many contractors are winding down the year, moving equipment off frozen jobsites and back into the yard. Then there’s Tom Valent, president and CEO of Gerace Construction, a heavy ...

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Ditch Witch MR90 mud recycler can be transported while full of mud (PHOTOS)

Posted by Amy Materson on December 22, 2014

Ditch Witch MR90 mud recycler can be transported while full of mud (PHOTOS)

Boost profits by reclaiming, recycling and reusing drilling mud with Ditch Witch’s MR90, a self-contained mud recycler that can be transported while the unit is full of fluid – the ...

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VIDEO: Building suddenly collapses atop excavator in demolition gone wrong

Posted by Wayne Grayson on December 19, 2014

VIDEO: Building suddenly collapses atop excavator in demolition gone wrong

It's hard to see exactly what went wrong in this video, but it definitely highlights the dangers of demolition work. The operator is gutting the building and at a couple ...

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Caterpillar names a new CIO and a new head of Asia Pacific distribution amidst leadership changes

Posted by Wayne Grayson on December 19, 2014

Caterpillar names a new CIO and a new head of Asia Pacific distribution amidst leadership changes

At the head of several changes in Caterpillar's corporate leadership, the company has named a new Chief Information Officer and vice president with responsibility for the Global Information Services Division in ...

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Vermeer launches first Tier 4 Final HDD with engine upgrade to D100x140 S3 Navigator

Posted by Amy Materson on December 19, 2014

Vermeer launches first Tier 4 Final HDD with engine upgrade to D100x140 S3 Navigator

Vermeer’s Navigator horizontal directional drill is the first Tier 4 Final drill to hit the market, as the company has upgraded the D100x140 S3’s engine to a 275-horsepower Cat diesel ...

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Pile driving rig operators, contractors team up for certification program

Posted by Amy Materson on December 19, 2014

Pile driving rig operators, contractors team up for certification program

The National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators and the Pile Driving Contractors Association have teamed up to form a task force, with the ultimate goal a top-notch certification ...

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John Deere’s new 300G LC excavator cranks up the power and adds numerous new features

Posted by Tom Jackson on December 18, 2014

John Deere’s new 300G LC excavator cranks up the power and adds numerous new features

By EPA mandate, almost every new machine introduced today includes a Tier 4 final emissions reduction system. So what really sets a machine apart from the competition is everything else ...

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9th Day of Construction Gifts: The Oxx Coffeeboxx is a rugged K-Cup brewer designed for the jobsite

Posted by Wayne Grayson on December 18, 2014

9th Day of Construction Gifts: The Oxx Coffeeboxx is a rugged K-Cup brewer designed for the jobsite

Just about everyone has a Keurig these days. The single-serve coffee brewers have quickly found a spot in the morning routines of millions of Americans thanks to the convenience of ...

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SPY PHOTOS: Cummins-powered next-gen Nissan Titan goes for a spin before January reveal

Posted by Wayne Grayson on December 17, 2014

SPY PHOTOS: Cummins-powered next-gen Nissan Titan goes for a spin before January reveal

A couple weeks ago, we got a quick, blurry glimpse at the redesigned next-generation Nissan Titan in a video from the automaker. But thanks to the sleuthy spy photographers at ...

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Hitachi mining trucks and excavators to get same 360º cameras and motion detection as Nissan cars and trucks

Posted by Wayne Grayson on December 17, 2014

Hitachi mining trucks and excavators to get same 360º cameras and motion detection as Nissan cars and trucks

Future models of Hitachi Construction Equipment's mining trucks and large hydraulic excavators will soon be much easier to park and much safer to operate on busy mining sites. Nissan has agreed ...

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8th Day of Construction Gifts: Duluth Trading Work Gloves for winter, summer and carpentry

Posted by Wayne Grayson on December 17, 2014

8th Day of Construction Gifts: Duluth Trading Work Gloves for winter, summer and carpentry

When looking for that perfect pair of gloves for the jobsite, we found Duluth Trading Company's line of work gloves to be among the best-reviewed. Since it's cold out there, ...

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Looking for the ultimate off-road vehicle for the jobsite? Now you can buy a Humvee from the military

Posted by Wayne Grayson on December 17, 2014

Looking for the ultimate off-road vehicle for the jobsite? Now you can buy a Humvee from the military

Today at 3 p.m. Eastern, the U.S. military will auction off decommissioned Humvees to the general public for the first time. The live auction is taking place at IronPlanet's GovPlanet.com site ...

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VIDEO: Ram’s 5-ton Raminator monster truck wrecks world record to become fastest ever

Posted by Wayne Grayson on December 16, 2014

VIDEO: Ram’s 5-ton Raminator monster truck wrecks world record to become fastest ever

The Raminator, the officially-sponsored monster truck of the Ram Truck brand, became the fastest truck of its kind Monday in front of Guinness World Record officials at Circuit of the ...

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7th Day of Construction Gifts: Leatherman Charge ALX is a multi-tool that can cut through a seat belt

Posted by Wayne Grayson on December 16, 2014

7th Day of Construction Gifts: Leatherman Charge ALX is a multi-tool that can cut through a seat belt

Choosing just one Leatherman tool as a gift is hard—so many great ones to choose from. All said and done, the Charge ALX is one of the company's most expensive ...

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Construction and the Internet of Things: Own it, control it, get out in front of it…or it will control you

Posted by Tom Jackson on December 15, 2014

Construction and the Internet of Things: Own it, control it, get out in front of it…or it will control you

You've probably heard the hype about the Internet of Things—small sensors, transmitters and computer chips embedded in everything from thermostats to coffee makers to jet engines. Chris Rezendes has heard the ...

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6th Day of Construction Gifts: Caterpillar has a ride-on dozer for kids now; turns on a dime, makes Power Wheels look lame (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Posted by Wayne Grayson on December 15, 2014

6th Day of Construction Gifts: Caterpillar has a ride-on dozer for kids now; turns on a dime, makes Power Wheels look lame (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

If your kid loves big machines and dirt, here's the item that should be at the top of your shopping list for them this Christmas. This Caterpillar dozer from Kid ...

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Excavation stopped on Big Bertha repair pit due to major ground sinkage in area

Posted by Wayne Grayson on December 15, 2014

Excavation stopped on Big Bertha repair pit due to major ground sinkage in area

The latest in a long string of delays to affect tunnel-boring machine Big Bertha has far greater implications than any of the others, this time threatening the structural integrity of the Alaskan ...

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Why we don’t run straight press releases and why you should care

Posted by Marcia Gruver Doyle on December 12, 2014

Why we don’t run straight press releases and why you should care

We get press releases daily from companies who want to tell our audience about new products, initiatives and corporate changes. We value these press releases and we use them … ...

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VIDEO: Wheel loader rescues excavator buried cab-deep in mud using cables, bucket lift

Posted by Wayne Grayson on December 12, 2014

VIDEO: Wheel loader rescues excavator buried cab-deep in mud using cables, bucket lift

In most "stuck videos" that we've seen, when a machine gets in trouble, an excavator comes to the rescue. But what if it's your excavator that's stuck?  Typically, you bring ...

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5th Day of Construction Gifts: Actron PocketScan Plus diagnostic scan tool

Posted by Tom Jackson on December 12, 2014

5th Day of Construction Gifts: Actron PocketScan Plus diagnostic scan tool

Scan tools and code readers keep going down in price and going up in features. If the mechanic on your gift list does not already have one, this recent model ...

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2014 bonus depreciation expected to pass; applies to construction equipment bought and put in service by Dec. 31st

Posted by Marcia Gruver Doyle on December 12, 2014

2014 bonus depreciation expected to pass; applies to construction equipment bought and put in service by Dec. 31st

Just in the nick of time, contractors may once again this year be able to take advantage of a 50 percent bonus depreciation in new equipment purchases, a tax code ...

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Ford is working on a hybrid F-150, will add a diesel option if demand is there

Posted by Wayne Grayson on December 11, 2014

Ford is working on a hybrid F-150, will add a diesel option if demand is there

Ford has done some pretty impressive engineering with its EcoBoost V6 engines. Though many shook their heads at the automaker's decision to turn its focus from the V8 toward creating ...

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VIDEO: Caterpillar excavators build world’s tallest sand castle ever, then completely destroy it

Posted by Wayne Grayson on December 11, 2014

VIDEO: Caterpillar excavators build world’s tallest sand castle ever, then completely destroy it

Everyone knows the best part about building a sand castle of any significance is getting to kick it into nonexistence afterward. Thankfully, the folks at Caterpillar didn't forget that when ...

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4th Day of Construction Gifts: Timberland PRO Pit Boss boots

Posted by Wayne Grayson on December 11, 2014

4th Day of Construction Gifts: Timberland PRO Pit Boss boots

When it comes to highly regarded work boots, one of the highest, if not the highest, rated pairs you'll find on the Internet is Timberland's PRO Pit Boss boots. At ...

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3rd Day of Construction Gifts: Craftsman heavy duty plastic utility cart

Posted by Tom Jackson on December 10, 2014

3rd Day of Construction Gifts: Craftsman heavy duty plastic utility cart

These mechanics' tool carts are a great gift for anyone who struggles to keep the tools and components for a job from scattering out over time. You can keep the ...

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VIDEO: 4 workers simultaneously sledgehammer stake through asphalt in under a minute and in mesmerizing fashion

Posted by Wayne Grayson on December 10, 2014

VIDEO: 4 workers simultaneously sledgehammer stake through asphalt in under a minute and in mesmerizing fashion

For anyone who's ever worked construction or in the trades, the video below is likely nothing out of the ordinary. But it doesn't make it any less impressive. Not just ...

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Cat dealer Cashman Equipment installing camera-based system that monitors an operator’s fatigue

Posted by Amy Materson on December 10, 2014

Cat dealer Cashman Equipment installing camera-based system that monitors an operator’s fatigue

Las Vegas-based Caterpillar dealer Cashman Equipment has now made available a fatigue monitoring system for heavy equipment operators. Initially rolled out on Caterpillar mining trucks in 2013, the Seeing Machines Driver ...

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Volvo and Mack open support center aimed at preventing truck downtime before it happens

Posted by Jack Roberts on December 10, 2014

Volvo and Mack open support center aimed at preventing truck downtime before it happens

Downtime is a killer for fleets with very real bottom line consequences. Customer support specialists for Mack Trucks and Volvo Trucks North America calculate that a commerical vehicle downtime event ...

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Volvo launches first T4i de-tiering kit allowing resale of certain articulated haulers, wheel loaders to lesser-regulated countries

Posted by Wayne Grayson on December 09, 2014

Volvo launches first T4i de-tiering kit allowing resale of certain articulated haulers, wheel loaders to lesser-regulated countries

Volvo Construction Equipment has launched its first conversion kit that will allow customers to resell their Tier 4 Interim machines to others outside of highly-regulated countries. Tier 4 engines require the use ...

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2nd Day of Construction Gifts: Haynes Build Your Own V8 Engine

Posted by Tom Jackson on December 09, 2014

2nd Day of Construction Gifts: Haynes Build Your Own V8 Engine

Even if you know how an internal combustion engine works, this scale model, see- through engine is a great gift for young and old alike. Kids can learn a lot ...

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JCB to supply Terex with engines for site dumpers

Posted by Wayne Grayson on December 09, 2014

JCB to supply Terex with engines for site dumpers

JCB has announced that it has been awarded a contract to build engines for Terex site dumpers. The $7 million (£4.5 million) contract will provide power to two Terex site dumpers: ...

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1st Day of Construction Gifts: LEGO Technic Volvo L350F R/C wheel loader

Posted by Wayne Grayson on December 08, 2014

1st Day of Construction Gifts: LEGO Technic Volvo L350F R/C wheel loader

Usually, seeing "some assembly required" on a box is an annoyance. But when it comes to LEGO, the more pieces to put together the better. And while building a LEGO ...

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Toyota to unveil 2016 Tacoma at Detroit Auto Show next month; here’s a spy shot of the new design to hold you over

Posted by Wayne Grayson on December 08, 2014

Toyota to unveil 2016 Tacoma at Detroit Auto Show next month; here’s a spy shot of the new design to hold you over

Though Toyota has long dominated the market for midsize pickup trucks, consider the competition reignited. Soon after Motor Trend announced the Chevrolet Colorado's major upset win in its 2015 Truck of the ...

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