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MEN VS. WOMEN: Who are the better heavy equipment operators?

Posted by Tom Jackson on July 31, 2014

MEN VS. WOMEN: Who are the better heavy equipment operators?

Many people assume that operating heavy construction equipment is a man’s job. After all, these are big, powerful machines. Grease on the hands, mud-caked boots and the smell of diesel ...

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Equipment

How to double your Ford F-250/F-350′s driving range with a simple fuel tank install (DIY GALLERY)

Posted by Bruce Smith on July 31, 2014

How to double your Ford F-250/F-350′s driving range with a simple fuel tank install (DIY GALLERY)

Most owners of heavy-duty pickups in the trades choose a diesel package over gas because it provides the best power for pulling trailers and hauling loads while delivering good fuel ...

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Equipment

Drilling delays a problem for tunnel-boring machine Big Bertha even as she slumbers below ground

Posted by Wayne Grayson on July 31, 2014

Drilling delays a problem for tunnel-boring machine Big Bertha even as she slumbers below ground

Crews in Seattle are now expected to finish digging a 12-story pit to reach stalled tunnel-boring machine Big Bertha one month later than planned due to concrete pilings proving more ...

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Equipment

Terex Trucks: “Business as usual, but with added muscle” after sale to Volvo CE

Posted by Marcia Gruver Doyle on July 30, 2014

Terex Trucks: “Business as usual, but with added muscle” after sale to Volvo CE

In a statement today, Volvo Construction Equipment added to comments it made to Equipment World earlier this month on its new Terex Trucks division, adding information about the division’s global ...

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Equipment

Hyundai launches company’s first attachments with HDB line of hydraulic breakers

Posted by Amy Materson on July 30, 2014

Hyundai launches company’s first attachments with HDB line of hydraulic breakers

Hyundai Construction Equipment has introduced a line of hydraulic breakers, the HDB10 through HDB800, to the North American market. Consisting of 14 different models, the HDB series breakers are Hyundai’s ...

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Equipment

Navistar launches Diamond Preferred: a used truck reconditioning, resale program

Posted by Equipment World Staff on July 30, 2014

Navistar launches Diamond Preferred: a used truck reconditioning, resale program

Navistar is taking aim at the used truck market. The company has introduced Diamond Renewed, a comprehensive inspection and mechanical reconditioning process for International used trucks taken in via trade that ...

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Equipment

Volvo launches new L110H and L120H wheel loaders; reduce fuel usage 18%

Posted by Amy Materson on July 29, 2014

Volvo launches new L110H and L120H wheel loaders; reduce fuel usage 18%

Volvo has launched its new 18- to 22-ton-class L110H and L120H wheel loaders, delivering 256 and 268 gross horsepower, respectively. Designed to handle applications such as material handling, road construction and ...

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Business

Sany guilty of infringing Manitowoc crane patent in initial ruling from U.S. International Trade Commission

Posted by Wayne Grayson on July 29, 2014

Sany guilty of infringing Manitowoc crane patent in initial ruling from U.S. International Trade Commission

After opening its investigation of the case more than a year ago, the U.S. International Trade Commission has made an initial ruling in favor of Manitowoc in the crane manufacturer's patent infringement ...

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Business

Komatsu sees slight boost in sales and profit during 1Q

Posted by Wayne Grayson on July 29, 2014

Komatsu sees slight boost in sales and profit during 1Q

Komatsu announced today increases in both sales and profit during the company's first quarter ending June 31. The company reported net sales of $4.5 billion (460.2 billion Japanese yen), up 1.1 ...

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Equipment

Ford reveals 2015 F-150 pricing: aluminum body boosts price of all models (UPDATE: Check out the full pricing guide!)

Posted by Wayne Grayson on July 28, 2014

Ford reveals 2015 F-150 pricing: aluminum body boosts price of all models (UPDATE: Check out the full pricing guide!)

Ford dealers began placing their orders for the 2015 F-150 on Monday and pricing for the new pickup have been announced. As expected, while the new aluminum bodies shave 732 pounds ...

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Equipment

The 7 options you need to consider when buying your next pickup truck

Posted by Bruce Smith on July 28, 2014

The 7 options you need to consider when buying your next pickup truck

Whether buying or leasing, when it comes time to make those hard decisions on which new pickup rolls into your fleet, the choices have to make good business sense. Bed length, ...

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Equipment

Hard hats with augmented reality to ship to construction companies by end of this year; more capable than Google Glass

Posted by Wayne Grayson on July 28, 2014

Hard hats with augmented reality to ship to construction companies by end of this year; more capable than Google Glass

While discussing the reasons construction companies should become early adopters of Google Glass, we mentioned that the much-talked-about device was worth exploring since it is a precursor to much more ...

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Equipment

The Great Attachments Roundup of 2014 (GALLERY)

Posted by Amy Materson on July 25, 2014

The Great Attachments Roundup of 2014 (GALLERY)

Whatever the task at hand—cleanup, compaction, concrete and asphalt, demolition, earthmoving, grading, landclearing, landscaping or lifting—there's an attachment in our roundup that will help you complete the job. Click through ...

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Equipment

VIDEO: Excavator straddles extremely narrow bench, predictably topples over

Posted by Wayne Grayson on July 25, 2014

VIDEO: Excavator straddles extremely narrow bench, predictably topples over

There's very little context for this video, but when it starts the machine already has one track dangling over the edge of the bench as crumbs of dirt trickle from ...

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Business

Terex sees big profit increase as AWP and MHPS segments boost sales

Posted by Wayne Grayson on July 25, 2014

Terex sees big profit increase as AWP and MHPS segments boost sales

In its latest earnings report, Terex announced increases in both sales and profit during the second quarter of the year. The company's net sales increased to $2.05 billion, up 10.4 percent from ...

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Gear

GEAR: Knapheide Utility Rack for service trucks handles long items such as pipe and conduit

Posted by Amy Materson on July 25, 2014

GEAR: Knapheide Utility Rack for service trucks handles long items such as pipe and conduit

Handle lengthy items not generally suited for service trucks with Knapheide’s Utility Rack, which is useful for pipe, conduit, ladders and more. Featuring square and rectangular steel rube construction, the ...

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Equipment

Displacement Replacement: How the 2015 Ford F-150′s 2.7L EcoBoost packs V8 power into a V6 frame

Posted by Bruce Smith on July 24, 2014

Displacement Replacement: How the 2015 Ford F-150′s 2.7L EcoBoost packs V8 power into a V6 frame

It wasn’t that long ago a 2.7-liter V6 with a compacted-graphite-iron (CGI) block, twin turbos, reverse-flow cooling, split-mains, variable-displacement oil pump, deep-sump oil pan and direct-injection making 325 horsepower would ...

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Business

Caterpillar profit up 4% in 2Q despite decline in sales; improves full-year forecast

Posted by Wayne Grayson on July 24, 2014

Caterpillar profit up 4% in 2Q despite decline in sales; improves full-year forecast

Despite a dip in sales and continued soft demand for mining equipment, Caterpillar today announced a 4-percent increase in profit during the second quarter. The company today announced profits of $999 ...

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Equipment

Ford reveals 2015 F-150 weighs less than 5,000 pounds; 2.7L EcoBoost V6 has V8 power

Posted by Wayne Grayson on July 23, 2014

Ford reveals 2015 F-150 weighs less than 5,000 pounds; 2.7L EcoBoost V6 has V8 power

Since unveiling the 2015 F-150 back in January, Ford has released quite a bit of information about the new truck. For starters, we knew that thanks to its aluminum body, ...

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Equipment

Truck hauling excavator collides with 5 bridges, taking a chunk out of each (PHOTOS)

Posted by Wayne Grayson on July 23, 2014

Truck hauling excavator collides with 5 bridges, taking a chunk out of each (PHOTOS)

While being hauled by a truck traveling through Thurston County, Washington, last week, an excavator's boom collided with five different bridges before the driver finally pulled over. According to a report ...

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Equipment

FIRST DRIVE: 2015 Ford Super Duty pickups pack powerful improvements over 2014 models

Posted by Bruce Smith on July 22, 2014

FIRST DRIVE: 2015 Ford Super Duty pickups pack powerful improvements over 2014 models

Rolling hard into the throttle, driving 2015 Ford F-350, Ram 3500, and Chevy 3500HD Silverado duallies while towing 33-foot fifth wheel travel trailers tells a lot about a diesel pickup’s ...

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Innovations

Conductive “sensing skin” paint could stop cracks in bridges, concrete structures before it’s too late

Posted by Wayne Grayson on July 22, 2014

Conductive “sensing skin” paint could stop cracks in bridges, concrete structures before it’s too late

A new paint-on "sensing skin" would allow officials to retrofit bridges and other concrete structures with the ability to detect cracks or other weaknesses before they spread beyond repair. While many ...

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Equipment

SDLG fills gap in wheel loader lineup with 3-cubic-yard LG948L

Posted by Amy Materson on July 21, 2014

SDLG fills gap in wheel loader lineup with 3-cubic-yard LG948L

Responding to customer demand, SDLG has launched the 3.0-cubic-yard LG948L, designed for a range of construction applications. Alan Quinn, director of SDLG North America, says customers wanted a wheel loader with ...

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Business

Sales slump in China offsets gains elsewhere as Volvo CE operating income falls 43% in 2Q

Posted by Wayne Grayson on July 21, 2014

Sales slump in China offsets gains elsewhere as Volvo CE operating income falls 43% in 2Q

After kicking the year off with a sales boost and 29-percent increase in operating income during the first quarter, things cooled off considerably for Volvo Construction Equipment during the second ...

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Equipment

GM makes 8-speed automatic transmission standard on 2015 Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra

Posted by Bruce Smith on July 21, 2014

GM makes 8-speed automatic transmission standard on 2015 Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra

Chevrolet and GMC have confirmed a new eight-speed automatic transmission will be standard on 2015 Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra and GMC Yukon Denali/Yukon XL Denali models equipped with the 6.2L ...

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Equipment

Ram adopts SAE J2807 towing standard for all 2015 truck models

Posted by Equipment World Staff on July 21, 2014

Ram adopts SAE J2807 towing standard for all 2015 truck models

Beginning with the 2015 model year, Ram says it will become the first automaker to adopt the Society of Automotive Engineers J2807 standardized tow rating practices across all three full-size ...

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Equipment

VIDEO: Parody master Weird Al’s “Handy” music video is an ode to craftsmen everywhere

Posted by Wayne Grayson on July 18, 2014

VIDEO: Parody master Weird Al’s “Handy” music video is an ode to craftsmen everywhere

Earlier this week, musician "Weird Al" Yankovic, famous for his parodies of pop songs, released his 14th album called Mandatory Fun. Part of the album release has been Al's ambitious project ...

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Equipment

VIDEO: Massive steel beam falls off trailer, snatches semi truck onto its side

Posted by Wayne Grayson on July 18, 2014

VIDEO: Massive steel beam falls off trailer, snatches semi truck onto its side

It's a very fortunate thing that the closest third party to this accident was the guy who filmed the whole thing and that he was behind the trailer rather than ...

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Business

Worker fired for hanging Alabama football flag at Texas A&M stadium made Facebook posts suggesting he sabotaged construction

Posted by Wayne Grayson on July 18, 2014

Worker fired for hanging Alabama football flag at Texas A&M stadium made Facebook posts suggesting he sabotaged construction

Earlier this week, news and a particular photo went viral concerning a construction worker and University of Alabama football fan being fired from the ongoing renovations at Texas A&M's Kyle ...

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Equipment

NCCCO launches boom truck operator certification program

Posted by Wayne Grayson on July 18, 2014

NCCCO launches boom truck operator certification program

The National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators has launched the first phase of a new certification program for boom truck operators. A second phase of the certification is already ...

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Equipment

The Marines’ massive new tank-toting assault vehicle has tracks that let it drive on top of water and land (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Posted by Wayne Grayson on July 17, 2014

The Marines’ massive new tank-toting assault vehicle has tracks that let it drive on top of water and land (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

While hover crafts still give a pretty cool demo after all these years, the U.S. Marine Corps is considering replacing its 20-year-old fleet of Landing Craft Air Cushioned (LCAC) vehicles ...

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Business

Fontaine Heavy-Haul names John Krier president, prepares to launch 2 new trailers

Posted by Amy Materson on July 17, 2014

Fontaine Heavy-Haul names John Krier president, prepares to launch 2 new trailers

Fontaine Heavy-Haul has named John Krier as its new company president. Krier has previously served with the organization as senior corporate accountant for Marmon Holdings, MHT assistant sector controller, controller for ...

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Equipment

AEMP to collaborate with ARA on education, training and research

Posted by Tom Jackson on July 16, 2014

AEMP to collaborate with ARA on education, training and research

The Association of Equipment Management Professionals today announced a partnership agreement with the American Rental Association. The collaboration will enable the two groups to share information, education and training opportunities ...

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Equipment

VIDEO: With streaking flash of explosives, mile-long bridge collapses in 3 seconds

Posted by Wayne Grayson on July 15, 2014

VIDEO: With streaking flash of explosives, mile-long bridge collapses in 3 seconds

When the Innerbelt Bridge opened to traffic in Cleveland in 1959, it was the widest bridge in Ohio and carried Innerstate 90. Today it's gone. Though demolition work began on the ...

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Equipment

Vermeer launches D20x22 S3 Navigator HDD: large drill performance on tight jobsites

Posted by Amy Materson on July 15, 2014

Vermeer launches D20x22 S3 Navigator HDD: large drill performance on tight jobsites

Handle demanding jobs on tight jobsites with Vermeer’s new D20x22 S3 Navigator HDD, which features a small footprint combined with large machine performance. Suitable for utility installation, the drill offers precision ...

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Equipment

4 rules for managing production dozer Owning & Operating costs

Posted by Tom Jackson on July 14, 2014

4 rules for managing production dozer Owning & Operating costs

Of all the machines in the earthmoving world bulldozers, particularly large ones, may have the greatest variation when it comes to owning and operating costs. While the initial purchase price of ...

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