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How to avoid deadly roller compactor rollovers on jobsites with slopes or embankments

Posted by Amy Materson on September 02, 2014

How to avoid deadly roller compactor rollovers on jobsites with slopes or embankments

A construction worker was killed in an accident in Florida on August 21, when the roller he was operating slipped down a berm and rolled on top of him, killing ...

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Equipment

What’s new with directional drills?

Posted by Marcia Gruver Doyle on September 02, 2014

What’s new with directional drills?

Operator-centric moves Keeping operators happy and productive continues to be a main thrust. “This positively impacts contractor’s bottom lines,” says Joshua Beddow, marketing manager, Toro, “which in turn leads to higher ...

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Equipment

8 reasons why you pay too much for your equipment’s tires… and what you can do about it

Posted by Tom Jackson on September 02, 2014

8 reasons why you pay too much for your equipment’s tires… and what you can do about it

Contractors hate leaving money on the table at a bid letting. But how much money are you wasting by neglecting your tires or by neglecting to establish a tire management ...

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Business

Zeal for diversification, taking care of fleet key to Wm. Winkler Company’s success

Posted by Marcia Gruver Doyle on September 01, 2014

Zeal for diversification, taking care of fleet key to Wm. Winkler Company’s success

"We love to do anything that involves concrete,” says Brian Winkler, 47, president of Wm. Winkler Company.  In fact, concrete has been Wm. Winkler Company’s material of choice since Brian’s grandfather ...

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Equipment

9 things you must know to get a handle on DEF

Posted by Tom Jackson on September 01, 2014

9 things you must know to get a handle on DEF

"Why does it have to be this way? Why are we having to do one more thing?” Those are typically the first questions customers ask Heath Watton, regional manager for Southeastern ...

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Quick Data: New and used dozer sales trends for September 2014

Posted by Marcia Gruver Doyle on September 01, 2014

Quick Data: New and used dozer sales trends for September 2014

Equipment

Number of new articulated dump truck models is up in 2014 along with their size and fuel efficiency

Posted by Equipment World Staff on September 01, 2014

Number of new articulated dump truck models is up in 2014 along with their size and fuel efficiency

Crunching some numbers from the Equipment World Spec Guide provides good insight into the articulated dump truck market. The 2014 Spec Guide has about the same number of ADTs as ...

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VIDEO: Weight of crane shoves hauler into a jackknife that sends crane over a hillside

Posted by Wayne Grayson on August 29, 2014

VIDEO: Weight of crane shoves hauler into a jackknife that sends crane over a hillside

We've all been involved in tense situations. But few of us have ever been in this tense of situation. In the video below, we see a hauler bringing in a Link-Belt crane ...

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Equipment

Elderly woman causes $10,000 damage to work zone after driving into wet concrete

Posted by Equipment World Staff on August 29, 2014

Elderly woman causes $10,000 damage to work zone after driving into wet concrete

An elderly woman caused $10,000 worth of damage when she drove through 50 feet of newly-poured concrete in the 25th Street construction zone in Fargo, North Dakota. According to a report from ...

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Equipment

Bobcat, Make-a-Wish fulfill 5-year-old’s wish to see how his favorite machines are made (PHOTOS)

Posted by Patty Vaughan on August 29, 2014

Bobcat, Make-a-Wish fulfill 5-year-old’s wish to see how his favorite machines are made (PHOTOS)

A five-year-old boy fighting a rare blood disorder got to have a few days of pure fun thanks to the Make-A-Wish North Dakota and Make-A-Wish Minnesota. Connor Menard of Montrose, Minnesota got to witness ...

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Business

Our 2015 Contractor of the Year contest is open for entries

Posted by Marcia Gruver Doyle on August 28, 2014

Our 2015 Contractor of the Year contest is open for entries

Equipment World’s Contractor of the Year program—which  honors the forward thinkers, high achievers and just plain good people in construction—is now open for entries. Each year, the editors of Equipment World ...

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VIDEO: Country music star Kip Moore wrote a rocking Labor Day ballad for the construction industry

Posted by Wayne Grayson on August 28, 2014

VIDEO: Country music star Kip Moore wrote a rocking Labor Day ballad for the construction industry

Kip Moore has penned his share of hits, most notably the platinum-selling "Somethin' 'Bout a Truck' which reached number 1 on the U.S. country charts. And now the country star ...

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Equipment

Takeuchi launches TW65 Series 2, TW80 Series 2 compact wheel loaders

Posted by Amy Materson on August 28, 2014

Takeuchi launches TW65 Series 2, TW80 Series 2 compact wheel loaders

Takeuchi had enhanced machine performance and operator comfort in mind when launching the company’s newest compact wheel loaders—the TW65 Series 2 and TW80 Series 2. The Tier 4 Final-compliant machines feature ...

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VIDEO: This implosion’s fireworks and colorful smoke signals make for the most entertaining demolition ever

Posted by Wayne Grayson on August 27, 2014

VIDEO: This implosion’s fireworks and colorful smoke signals make for the most entertaining demolition ever

Residents of Albany, New York were already excited to see a dilapidated hotel from the 1920s make way for a new convention center. But the deal was definitely sweetened when ...

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REVIEW: The 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel’s V-6 delivers major fuel efficiency with the feel of a V-8

Posted by Bruce Smith on August 26, 2014

REVIEW: The 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel’s V-6 delivers major fuel efficiency with the feel of a V-8

Slipping around a slow-moving motorhome on a moderate grade in Oregon’s Coast Range took little more than moving into the passing lane and rolling into the throttle. The Ram 1500’s ...

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Business

Vermeer names third-generation family member Jason Andringa incoming president, CEO

Posted by Marcia Gruver Doyle on August 26, 2014

Vermeer names third-generation family member Jason Andringa incoming president, CEO

Vermeer Corporation has named Jason Andringa incoming president and CEO, taking over the position from his mother, Mary Vermeer Andringa, and continuing the Vermeer family's leadership of the company into ...

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What “Moneyball” and telematics have in common: they both turn information into success

Posted by Tom Jackson on August 26, 2014

What “Moneyball” and telematics have in common: they both turn information into success

If you've seen the movie "Moneyball", you understand how information can become a game-changer.  And if you have any smarts at all you'll find that what worked in Moneyball can ...

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Fleet and special order 2015 Ford F-150 buyers won’t get their trucks until next year

Posted by Wayne Grayson on August 25, 2014

Fleet and special order 2015 Ford F-150 buyers won’t get their trucks until next year

Those who plan on being among the first to place a special order for a 2015 Ford F-150 may not receive their trucks until early next year. According to a leaked ...

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VIDEO: Semi hauling an excavator plows through a guardhouse while pulling onto college campus

Posted by Wayne Grayson on August 22, 2014

VIDEO: Semi hauling an excavator plows through a guardhouse while pulling onto college campus

At Bellhaven University they're referring to it as "the Guardhouse Incident." With construction having begun on a new on-campus apartment complex, a lot of big construction equipment is making its way ...

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Equipment

Bobcat adds Trimble GPS option to grader attachment (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Posted by Marcia Gruver Doyle on August 22, 2014

Bobcat adds Trimble GPS option to grader attachment (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

By adding a Trimble GCS900 GPS grade control option to its grader attachment, Bobcat says owners of its M Series loaders now have the ability to precisely grade on jobs ...

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Equipment

Volvo CE launches EC350E crawler excavator with updated controls, more fuel-efficient D13 engine

Posted by Wayne Grayson on August 22, 2014

Volvo CE launches EC350E crawler excavator with updated controls, more fuel-efficient D13 engine

Following the launch of the new EC480E earlier this week, Volvo Construction Equipment has introduced another Tier 4 Final crawler excavator powered by its D13 engine, the EC350E. While the EC480E ...

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Equipment

Doosan intros DX300LC-5 and DX350LC-5 crawler excavators with 10% boost in fuel efficiency (PHOTOS)

Posted by Amy Materson on August 22, 2014

Doosan intros DX300LC-5 and DX350LC-5 crawler excavators with 10% boost in fuel efficiency (PHOTOS)

Doosan has launched two new Tier 4-compliant excavators – the 271-horsepower DX300LC-5 and the 318-horsepower DX350LC-5, which replace the DX300LC-3 and DX350LC-3 models, respectively. The crawler excavators feature a range ...

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Equipment

Chevrolet unveils 2015 Silverado Rally Editions with racing-inspired styling (PHOTOS)

Posted by Wayne Grayson on August 21, 2014

Chevrolet unveils 2015 Silverado Rally Editions with racing-inspired styling (PHOTOS)

Considering a Silverado as your next pickup but feel like the look of the pickup could benefit from some racing-inspired sleek trim? Chevrolet now has a truck for you. This morning ...

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Gear

VIDEO: The Ziesel, an amazing tracked go-kart/wheelchair/tank hybrid, tackles any jobsite terrain with ease

Posted by Wayne Grayson on August 21, 2014

VIDEO: The Ziesel, an amazing tracked go-kart/wheelchair/tank hybrid, tackles any jobsite terrain with ease

While the most important pieces of equipment on the jobsite are definitely the machines moving all the dirt, a lot of contractors need a vehicle that allows them to move ...

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Case CE now lets you configure their machines online then send the specs to your dealer

Posted by Wayne Grayson on August 21, 2014

Case CE now lets you configure their machines online then send the specs to your dealer

Case Construction Equipment has added a new tool to its website that seeks to shorten the buying process for its customers. The new Case Configurator allows customers to spec out any ...

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Business

Master the art and science of telematics (and get inspired too)

Posted by Tom Jackson on August 20, 2014

Master the art and science of telematics (and get inspired too)

If you're trying to learn as much as you can about telematics you won't want to miss the closing keynote speaker for the Association of Equipment Management Professionals 2014 Asset ...

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Equipment

Volvo launches EC480E crawler excavator: high power, low fuel use

Posted by Amy Materson on August 20, 2014

Volvo launches EC480E crawler excavator: high power, low fuel use

Volvo has launched its new EC480E crawler excavator which features a Tier 4 Final D13 engine. Designed for quarry and mass excavating jobs, the machine provides high digging and breakout forces ...

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Equipment

ROAD TEST: 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Crew Cab 4×4 handles well under a heavy load

Posted by Bruce Smith on August 20, 2014

ROAD TEST: 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Crew Cab 4×4 handles well under a heavy load

Toting a yard-and-a-half of bark mulch to a jobsite in the bed is a typical task for a landscaper’s pickup and just the type of job to test the payload ...

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Equipment

Bobcat’s new zero tail swing E20 compact excavator arrives at dealers this fall

Posted by Marcia Gruver Doyle on August 19, 2014

Bobcat’s new zero tail swing E20 compact excavator arrives at dealers this fall

Bobcat’s new E20 compact excavator, sized to fit in the 1-to-2 metric ton class and replacing the company’s 324 model, will be on sale this fall. “This has been a successful ...

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Equipment

Construction worker rolled over by equipment and killed while laying asphalt in Arkansas

Posted by Equipment World Staff on August 19, 2014

Construction worker rolled over by equipment and killed while laying asphalt in Arkansas

A worker in Batesville, Arkansas was killed earlier this month when he was rolled over by a piece of equipment. John Garner, 52, was killed while construction crews were laying asphalt, ...

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BIGGER BUCKETS: 15+ videos of loaders and dump trucks dowsing people for the Ice Bucket Challenge

Posted by Wayne Grayson on August 18, 2014

BIGGER BUCKETS: 15+ videos of loaders and dump trucks dowsing people for the Ice Bucket Challenge

Just in case you've been away from the Internet for the past couple of weeks, there's been a thing going on called "The Ice Bucket Challenge." It's a full on ...

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Equipment

AEM survey: Construction firms plan to grow staff and fleet size, but most have no plans to use telematics

Posted by Wayne Grayson on August 18, 2014

AEM survey: Construction firms plan to grow staff and fleet size, but most have no plans to use telematics

According to a survey released this morning by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers, U.S. construction companies are fairly optimistic about the near future as the majority say they plan to ...

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Equipment

11-year-old boy arrested for doing $10,000 damage to construction site

Posted by Wayne Grayson on August 18, 2014

11-year-old boy arrested for doing $10,000 damage to construction site

Vandalism on construction sites is an unfortunately common intrusion that contractors everywhere have to deal with every once in a while. But very few are the handiwork of a grade-schooler ...

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Equipment

Kenworth announces natural gas option for T880 vocational truck

Posted by Tom Jackson on August 15, 2014

Kenworth announces natural gas option for T880 vocational truck

Kenworth today announced a natural gas option for the the company's flagship T880 vocational truck. The Kenworth T880 day cab and 52-inch mid-roof sleeper models can now be speced with a ...

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Add a touch of class and steel to your walls with these Van Gogh-inspired heavy equipment paintings

Posted by Tom Jackson on August 15, 2014

Add a touch of class and steel to your walls with these Van Gogh-inspired heavy equipment paintings

If you're looking for a novel piece of art for your office or home, something that reflects who you are and what you do, Rich Janney may have just what ...

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VIDEO: Worker dangles from excavator hammer 100 feet up to cut column loose during demo

Posted by Wayne Grayson on August 15, 2014

VIDEO: Worker dangles from excavator hammer 100 feet up to cut column loose during demo

This is probably one of the craziest and most dangerous demolition videos we've come across yet. According to the YouTube uploader, this all took place in 2008 just outside his ...

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