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Michigan DOT considers using drones for road condition monitoring

Posted by Chris Hill on May 27, 2015

Michigan DOT considers using drones for road condition monitoring

The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) has been researching the use of drones for investigating road conditions in an effort to speed up such inspections and keep workers out of ...

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Equipment

Caterpillar’s new 313F L GC excavator provides low operating costs, high lifecycle value with standard tech (PHOTOS)

Posted by Tom Jackson on May 26, 2015

Caterpillar’s new 313F L GC excavator provides low operating costs, high lifecycle value with standard tech (PHOTOS)

Suppose you don't want all the bells and whistles? Caterpillar's newly branded XE line of excavators, as we reported earlier, are loaded to the gills with all the technological wonders the company ...

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Business

John Deere sees slight uptick in construction sales but profits fall 30% as ag slowdown continues

Posted by Wayne Grayson on May 26, 2015

John Deere sees slight uptick in construction sales but profits fall 30% as ag slowdown continues

Construction and forestry equipment sales are the only bright spot for John Deere, albeit a dim one, as the heavy equipment manufacturer continues to see profit and sales declines due ...

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State/Local Government

Damage to Big Bertha worse than previously thought

Posted by Wayne Grayson on May 26, 2015

Damage to Big Bertha worse than previously thought

Now that crews are well into the process of dismantling her front-end for necessary repairs, it's clear that damage to Big Bertha, the world's largest tunnel-boring machine, is worse than ...

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Equipment

PHOTOS: In WWII, Seabees built dozer radiators and a lot more out of fuel drums to keep Navy equipment going

Posted by Wayne Grayson on May 25, 2015

PHOTOS: In WWII, Seabees built dozer radiators and a lot more out of fuel drums to keep Navy equipment going

Given the harsh conditions of the Pacific Theater of World War II, ingenuity wasn't so much a skill developed by the U.S. Navy on those small hellacious islands, as it was ...

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Better Roads News

Process Heating’s storage tank immersion heater provides efficient asphalt heating

Posted by Chris Hill on May 25, 2015

Process Heating’s storage tank immersion heater provides efficient asphalt heating

Process Heating’s Lo-Density Unitized Storage Tank Heater provides highly efficient electric heating for asphalt tanks, a feature the company says can help plants achieve sustainability goals, such as those required by the ...

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Equipment

VIDEO: Semi hauling a dozer jackknifes, sends dozer tumbling

Posted by Wayne Grayson on May 22, 2015

VIDEO: Semi hauling a dozer jackknifes, sends dozer tumbling

Backing up can be difficult. Especially when you're backing a semi down a slope with a bulldozer trailered. This particular driver gets moving a bit too fast down the slope, the ...

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Equipment

The 2016 Ford F-150 makes backing up your trailer or boat as easy as playing Pong (VIDEO)

Posted by Wayne Grayson on May 22, 2015

The 2016 Ford F-150 makes backing up your trailer or boat as easy as playing Pong (VIDEO)

Let's all just take a second and thank the good Lord that Ford didn't sit idly by and let the selfie become the greatest technological achievement of cameras in this new ...

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Equipment

HEADS UP: Hitting utility lines when hauling heavy equipment can become an expensive ordeal

Posted by Equipment World Staff on May 22, 2015

HEADS UP: Hitting utility lines when hauling heavy equipment can become an expensive ordeal

According to the National Electrical Safety Code, telephone lines must be at least 14 feet above the ground and electrical lines must be at least 15-½ feet above the ground. ...

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Business

SDLG, Liebherr, Takeuchi, others add dealers in the latest Dealer and Manufacturing News Roundup

Posted by Amy Materson on May 22, 2015

SDLG, Liebherr, Takeuchi, others add dealers in the latest Dealer and Manufacturing News Roundup

Takeuchi names Salesman of the Year, Top Volume dealer and adds dealer Jimi Martin of Perimeter Takeuchi in Buford, Georgia, has been named Takeuchi’s Salesman of the Year. Ranking number one ...

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Equipment

PICKUP THROWDOWN II: Chevy Silverado impresses on track and road in our V8 half-ton shootout (PHOTOS)

Posted by Bruce Smith on May 21, 2015

PICKUP THROWDOWN II: Chevy Silverado impresses on track and road in our V8 half-ton shootout (PHOTOS)

Half-ton pickups are a cornerstone for many fleets across the country, large and small alike. That popularity extends to the recreational users in the general public as well. Last year more ...

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Equipment

Case CE intros updated 621F, 721F wheel loaders

Posted by Wayne Grayson on May 21, 2015

Case CE intros updated 621F, 721F wheel loaders

Case has introduced updates to its 621F and 721F wheel loaders headlined by an upgrade to a Tier 4 Final engine. Available in both tool carrier (XT) and extended reach (XR) ...

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Business

Confidence in heavy equipment financing market drops

Posted by Amy Materson on May 21, 2015

Confidence in heavy equipment financing market drops

Confidence in the equipment finance market declined slightly from April to May, according to the Equipment Leasing and Finance Foundation’s Monthly Confidence Index. The foundation, a non-profit that conducts research on ...

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Equipment

John Deere overhauls, expands tractor scraper systems lineup as use grows in highway, residential (PHOTOS)

Posted by Marcia Gruver Doyle on May 20, 2015

John Deere overhauls, expands tractor scraper systems lineup as use grows in highway, residential (PHOTOS)

John Deere has made the most extensive changes to its scraper system since 2008, says Scott Bayless, scraper product consultant. “It’s the broadest lineup we’ve had since we started building ...

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Equipment

Caterpillar intros 336F L XE hybrid excavator: smart pumps, boom work faster, burn less fuel (PHOTOS)

Posted by Tom Jackson on May 19, 2015

CAT 336E LH

Now we know. In 2012 when Caterpillar first unveiled it's 336EH hybrid excavator, the company spokespeople offered only vague notions about how and when they might deploy this new technology on ...

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Equipment

VIDEO: Alabama RB Derrick Henry pushes F-150s, flips giant truck tires to train for upcoming college football season

Posted by Wayne Grayson on May 19, 2015

VIDEO: Alabama RB Derrick Henry pushes F-150s, flips giant truck tires to train for upcoming college football season

The don't call him 'El Tractorcito' for nothing. Despite his intimidating 6-foot-3, 242-pound frame, University of Alabama running back Derrick Henry didn't get his nickname for his size. He got it ...

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Business

Ditch Witch launches redesigned website with HDD configurator, dedicated dealer pages

Posted by Wayne Grayson on May 19, 2015

Ditch Witch launches redesigned website with HDD configurator, dedicated dealer pages

Ditch Witch has launched as completely redesigned website which brings a new customer account portal and faster access to local dealer information. The new ditchwitch.com features a responsive design making it capable ...

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Equipment

John Deere details development of the 1050K, its largest dozer yet, in walkaround (PHOTOS)

Posted by Marcia Gruver Doyle on May 18, 2015

John Deere details development of the 1050K, its largest dozer yet, in walkaround (PHOTOS)

After debuting its 1050K dozer earlier this year, John Deere recently gave editors a detailed walkaround of its largest, most powerful dozer. RELATED >> Software on John Deere, all other heavy equipment ...

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Equipment

New Holland intros E55BX compact excavator featuring reduced noise, 3 fuel modes

Posted by Wayne Grayson on May 18, 2015

New Holland intros E55BX compact excavator featuring reduced noise, 3 fuel modes

New Holland has launched its latest compact excavator, a model big on fuel savings but small on footprint and noise. The new E55BX is built on a short radius platform and ...

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Business

Kubota to relocate U.S. headquarters to Texas

Posted by Wayne Grayson on May 18, 2015

Kubota to relocate U.S. headquarters to Texas

In a joint statement with Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, Kubota Tractor has announced it will relocate its U.S. headquarters from Torrence, California, to Grapevine, Texas, a city located near Fort Worth. RELATED ...

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Equipment

GM recalls nearly 50,000 Chevrolet Colorados, GMC Canyon pickups due to seat defect

Posted by Bruce Smith on May 18, 2015

GM recalls nearly 50,000 Chevrolet Colorados, GMC Canyon pickups due to seat defect

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has issued a defect notification recall that affects 49,980 Chevy Colorados and GMC Canyons. The recalled trucks were manufactured between January 6, 2014, and April 1, ...

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Equipment

Caterpillar unveils the CT680, a rugged work truck wrapped in style (PHOTOS)

Posted by Tom Jackson on May 15, 2015

Ride with pride. Cat gave its new CT680 vocational trucks some styling. Shown here is the CT680L which comes at you with a good deal of chrome and a Metton hood.

The new Cat CT680 looks considerably different from previous versions of the company's vocational trucks and that's no accident. The bling, the styling; customers were asking for it, says Dave Schmitz, ...

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Equipment

Chevrolet launches CNG-powered Silverado 3500HD chassis cab

Posted by Wayne Grayson on May 15, 2015

Chevrolet launches CNG-powered Silverado 3500HD chassis cab

Chevrolet has announced that its chassis cab Silverado 3500HD will be its latest one-ton pickup to gain bi-fuel capability. Customers will be able to outfit the chassis cab 3500HD with the ...

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Equipment

Caterpillar will pay back $1 for each gallon of fuel you burn beyond its benchmarks

Posted by Tom Jackson on May 15, 2015

Caterpillar will pay back $1 for each gallon of fuel you burn beyond its benchmarks

This week Caterpillar unveiled a new fuel guarantee initiative that will give participating contractors $1 back for every gallon of diesel their newly acquired machines burn above the benchmarked rates ...

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Equipment

Why putting your keys in the freezer is the only way to thwart certain vehicle thieves

Posted by Bruce Smith on May 15, 2015

Why putting your keys in the freezer is the only way to thwart certain vehicle thieves

Thieves are always trying to stay one step ahead of honest folks. The latest wrinkle involves break-in artists walking up to vehicles with keyless entry and unlocking them as if they had the ...

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Equipment

How to survive an earthquake while driving a big rig (VIDEO)

Posted by Equipment World Staff on May 15, 2015

How to survive an earthquake while driving a big rig (VIDEO)

When your peaceful drive gets interrupted by severe vibrations or worse, you could be driving through an earthquake. Especially, if you are in one of these top 10 most earthquake prone ...

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Equipment

Kobelco claims best-in-class dig depths with launch of SK25, SK17 compact excavators

Posted by Wayne Grayson on May 14, 2015

Kobelco claims best-in-class dig depths with launch of SK25, SK17 compact excavators

Combining a zero-tail-swing radius and best-in-class digging depths, Kobelco has launched its newest compact excavators in the SK25 and SK17. While designed for tight working spaces with short 5-foot, 5-inch and ...

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Equipment

Ford recalls limited run of 2015 F-150s for steering defect

Posted by Jason Cannon on May 14, 2015

Ford recalls limited run of 2015 F-150s for steering defect

Ford Motor Company says it will recall for approximately 12,300 2015-model Ford F-150 vehicles in North America for an upper I-shaft that might have been riveted improperly, which could cause it to separate. As ...

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Equipment

Software on John Deere, all other heavy equipment only “destroys” an antiquated idea of ownership

Posted by Tom Jackson on May 13, 2015

Software on John Deere, all other heavy equipment only “destroys” an antiquated idea of ownership

A recent blog from WIRED criticizing the impenetrable software programs that run John Deere's ag tractors has created quite a stir in the equipment community. In a nutshell, the the author Kyle ...

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Equipment

PHOTOS: Heavy equipment, trucks and trends from Europe and beyond we hope make it to the U.S.

Posted by Tom Jackson on May 13, 2015

PHOTOS: Heavy equipment, trucks and trends from Europe and beyond we hope make it to the U.S.

When you go to a big European equipment show like Intermat, which concluded just more than two weeks ago, you see a lot of interesting things that may or may ...

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Better Roads News

How Granite Construction meets tight tolerances on Tucson International Airport terminal apron project

Posted by Chris Hill on May 13, 2015

How Granite Construction meets tight tolerances on Tucson International Airport terminal apron project

Granite Construction and Metal Forms Corp. (MFC) are working together to on a multi-year terminal apron rehabilitation project at Tucson International Airport. Granite Construction is using MFC’s metal paving forms with ...

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Equipment

1956 Ford F-100 cruises back into production as this beautiful, hand-built restomod (PHOTOS)

Posted by Wayne Grayson on May 12, 2015

1956 Ford F-100 cruises back into production as this beautiful, hand-built restomod (PHOTOS)

The design of the 1956 Ford F-100 is a timeless work of art. But the truth is, so many aspects of owning and driving a nearly 60-year-old pickup are a bit...tricky. ...

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State/Local Government

Board rules WSDOT should have given contractor more warning about pipe struck by Big Bertha before stall

Posted by Wayne Grayson on May 12, 2015

Board rules WSDOT should have given contractor more warning about pipe struck by Big Bertha before stall

In regard to the drilling of the new State Route 99 tunnel below Seattle, the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) has few friends left. There remains disagreement between the department ...

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Equipment

Nominations due June 5th for AEM Hall of Fame

Posted by Marcia Gruver Doyle on May 12, 2015

Nominations due June 5th for AEM Hall of Fame

Do you know of someone in the construction industry who has made a significant contribution to the construction industry? Then there’s only a few weeks left to nominate that person ...

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Equipment

What it’s like to operate a self-driving big rig: First ride in Freightliner’s autonomous Inspiration (PHOTOS)

Posted by Jack Roberts on May 11, 2015

What it’s like to operate a self-driving big rig: First ride in Freightliner’s autonomous Inspiration (PHOTOS)

I just finished a drive into the future. And it was pretty uneventful. I mean that in the most positive sense possible. Last week, Freightliner unveiled both an $80 million SuperTruck it previewed ...

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Equipment

Atlas Copco adds 5 small-range breaker models to EC lineup

Posted by Amy Materson on May 11, 2015

Atlas Copco adds 5 small-range breaker models to EC lineup

Atlas Copco has added five new models to its lineup of Essential Case-Mounted hydraulic breakers. The small range breakers are designed to fit carriers weighting between one and 12 tons, ...

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