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Volvo CE earnings jump 31% during 3Q despite flat sales

Posted by Wayne Grayson on October 24, 2014

Volvo CE earnings jump 31% during 3Q despite flat sales

Continued weak demand for construction equipment in China has negated sales gains in other parts of the world for the second-straight quarter at Volvo Construction Equipment. Despite the difficulties in Asia, ...

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VIDEO: Backhoe shimmies across water on a bridge made of old logs

Posted by Wayne Grayson on October 24, 2014

VIDEO: Backhoe shimmies across water on a bridge made of old logs

During the reconstruction of a bridge in what looks to be a very rural part of Brazil, with the water in front of him a bit too deep to comfortably ...

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Gravely intros the Atlas: a jobsite vehicle aimed at contractors with a focus on hauling and towing (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Posted by Lauren Heartsill Dowdle on October 24, 2014

Gravely intros the Atlas: a jobsite vehicle aimed at contractors with a focus on hauling and towing (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Gravely has created a new segment for off-road vehicles with the release of their new Atlas jobsite vehicle (JSV). To set itself apart from utility vehicles (UTVs), Gravely’s Atlas is a heavy-duty, ...

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Ritchie Bros. sets dates for annual heavy equipment mega-auction in Orlando

Posted by Wayne Grayson on October 24, 2014

Ritchie Bros. sets dates for annual heavy equipment mega-auction in Orlando

Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers today announced the dates for its annual multi-day equipment auction held in Orlando. Dubbed "The Big One," the event is the largest equipment auction in the world and ...

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Equipment

Caterpillar’s rugged new 903C compact wheel loader is low-spec by design

Posted by Wayne Grayson on October 23, 2014

Caterpillar’s rugged new 903C compact wheel loader is low-spec by design

Most new machine introductions come with all the bells and whistles. But when Caterpillar introduced its atypically low-spec 903C compact wheel loader in Clayton, North Carolina, they had good reason. The ...

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Business

JCB to cut 150 jobs in UK due to decline in global demand

Posted by Wayne Grayson on October 23, 2014

JCB to cut 150 jobs in UK due to decline in global demand

JCB has announced it is cutting 150 jobs, mostly at its headquarters in Staffordshire, England. According to a report from the BBC, CEO Graeme Macdonald said a "severe decline" in world markets ...

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Business

Caterpillar profit up 8% in 3Q, beats Wall Street expectations with slight uptick in sales

Posted by Wayne Grayson on October 23, 2014

Caterpillar profit up 8% in 3Q, beats Wall Street expectations with slight uptick in sales

Caterpillar today announced an increase in both profit and sales during the third quarter, beating analyst expectations despite more declines in demand for mining equipment. The company announced profit of $1.017 ...

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Equipment

IMT’s new 32 tm articulating crane provides long horizontal reach

Posted by Amy Materson on October 23, 2014

IMT’s new 32 tm articulating crane provides long horizontal reach

Load and unload materials efficiently with the 32 tm crane from Iowa Mold Tooling, which delivers high working speed and precision control. The crane, which is rated at 222,050 foot-pounds, has ...

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ASCC releases concrete safety orientation video in Spanish

Posted by Amy Materson on October 23, 2014

ASCC releases concrete safety orientation video in Spanish

The American Society of Concrete Contractors has released a Spanish version of the Concrete Employee Safety Orientation DVD. Designed for concrete contractors, the training tool was developed by members of the ...

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Volvo CE intros new C-Series motor graders with engine upgrades, better fuel consumption

Posted by Amy Materson on October 22, 2014

Volvo CE intros new C-Series motor graders with engine upgrades, better fuel consumption

Designed to handle a range of grading applications, Volvo has introduced its new C-Series motor graders, including the G930C, G940C, G946C (AWD) and G960C. The series has Volvo’s D8J engines, which ...

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VIDEO: Watch construction crews bore and blast below New York City to build the 2nd Avenue subway line

Posted by Wayne Grayson on October 22, 2014

VIDEO: Watch construction crews bore and blast below New York City to build the 2nd Avenue subway line

"New York City is one of the toughest places to build anything." That quote from NYC subway train service supervisor Bill Wall, more than anything else, is what stands out in ...

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Business

A new president at Pettibone; new locations for Takeuchi, Bomag, Trimble and more in this week’s Dealer News Roundup

Posted by Amy Materson on October 22, 2014

A new president at Pettibone; new locations for Takeuchi, Bomag, Trimble and more 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 employee promotions and location expansions ...

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Equipment

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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Business

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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Equipment

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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Equipment

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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Business

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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Equipment

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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Equipment

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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