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With drones and driverless dozers, Komatsu to begin leasing automated construction fleets

Posted by Wayne Grayson on January 26, 2015

With drones and driverless dozers, Komatsu to begin leasing automated construction fleets

With consecutive showings on our annual Innovations awards, the Equipment World staff has talked pretty extensively about Komatsu's Intelligent Machine Control (iMC) technology. Unveiled in 2013 alongside the D61i-23, iMC is ...

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John Deere cuts 910 ag factory workers, adds 220 to construction equipment facilities

Posted by Wayne Grayson on January 23, 2015

John Deere cuts 910 ag factory workers, adds 220 to construction equipment facilities

John Deere announced today that it would layoff 910 employees across five agricultural equipment factories in Iowa and Illinois as the company cuts costs in response to an ongoing global farming ...

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VIDEO: Excavator attempts a crane’s job, faceplants into a hole

Posted by Wayne Grayson on January 23, 2015

VIDEO: Excavator attempts a crane’s job, faceplants into a hole

We're not really sure what was going through this crew's mind when they thought this massive piece of rock could be hoisted by an excavator. Too many laws of physics ...

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How EIC Associates shored up New Jersey’s Superstorm defense with a 3.5-mile steel wall (PHOTOS)

Posted by Equipment World Staff on January 22, 2015

The RTG 21 T prepares to hoist a steel sheet pile prior to pile driving. The narrow workspace was positioned between the dunes and the ocean within close proximity to multi-million-dollar beachfront homes.

The Borough of Mantoloking, New Jersey, was among the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy. To mitigate the impact of such storms, this fall Springfield, New Jersey-based EIC Associates installed ...

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VIDEO: Volvo excavator takes off a sailor’s clothes in uncomfortable display of precision

Posted by Wayne Grayson on January 21, 2015

VIDEO: Volvo excavator takes off a sailor’s clothes in uncomfortable display of precision

If you've never been both mesmerized and extremely uncomfortable at the same time, but might like to try it out, boy does Volvo Construction Equipment have a video for you. To ...

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Demolition goes awry, excavator operator killed in tragic bridge collapse in Cincinnati

Posted by Wayne Grayson on January 21, 2015

Demolition goes awry, excavator operator killed in tragic bridge collapse in Cincinnati

While working atop a bridge that crosses over Interstate 75 in Cincinnati late Monday night, the structure suddenly collapsed below an excavator operator, crushing and killing the man. According to a ...

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How to spec out your pickup and construction work truck fleet to save on operating costs

Posted by Equipment World Staff on January 20, 2015

How to spec out your pickup and construction work truck fleet to save on operating costs

Contractors and fleet managers spend a significant portion of their time looking for ways to control operating costs. Fuel is always a big portion of a fleet’s budget, so you may be considering ...

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ARA expects heavy equipment rental market to grow 8.5% to $26 billion in 2015

Posted by Marcia Gruver Doyle on January 20, 2015

ARA expects heavy equipment rental market to grow 8.5% to $26 billion in 2015

The American Rental Association said it expects the 2015 U.S. construction/industrial equipment rental market to grow 8.5 percent this year, reaching $26 billion. General tool rentals will grow 8.8 percent to ...

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The Programmable Wheel Loader: How the Caterpillar 938K transforms from pile puncher to finesse machine with a few taps

Posted by Tom Jackson on January 19, 2015

The Programmable Wheel Loader: How the Caterpillar 938K transforms from pile puncher to finesse machine with a few taps

Have you ever operated a wheel loader that was perfect in some applications, but less than ideal in others? Imagine if you could simply program the machine to operate one ...

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Peterbilt’s unveiling a new Model 567 config perfect for concrete contractors at World of Concrete

Posted by Jack Roberts on January 19, 2015

Peterbilt’s unveiling a new Model 567 config perfect for concrete contractors at World of Concrete

Peterbilt Motors Company announced it will be unveiling a major new product configuration ideal for concrete contractors and other weight-conscious applications during the World of Concrete show in Las Vegas, ...

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VIDEO: Excavator unravels a silo into a crumbled heap with a single yank of cable

Posted by Wayne Grayson on January 16, 2015

VIDEO: Excavator unravels a silo into a crumbled heap with a single yank of cable

Even though there was probably a good deal of work leading up to the moment the video below captures, it's still cool to see something very big fall down with ...

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Wacker Neuson to introduce line of rollers made by Hamm in new agreement with Wirtgen

Posted by Wayne Grayson on January 16, 2015

Wacker Neuson to introduce line of rollers made by Hamm in new agreement with Wirtgen

Starting in February, Wacker Neuson will begin selling a line of soil and asphalt compaction rollers manufactured by Hamm. Wacker Neuson will source the rollers from the Hamm factory in Tirschenreuth, ...

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John Deere releases series of online videos to explain how its WorkSight and telematics tech optimizes jobsites

Posted by Patty Vaughan on January 16, 2015

John Deere releases series of online videos to explain how its WorkSight and telematics tech optimizes jobsites

For those out there still on the fence about telematics or just looking to learn a bit more about how John Deere's JDLink and WorkSight technologies work together, the company is ...

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Ram unveils the 2015 Rebel: a new off-roading pickup with a fresh look (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Posted by Wayne Grayson on January 15, 2015

Ram unveils the 2015 Rebel: a new off-roading pickup with a fresh look (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Given the fact that Ram already offers a very capable off-road pickup in the Power Wagon, and that they had just announced an update to the very popular 1500 EcoDiesel ...

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Atlas Copco announces “reintroduction” of Dynapac road equipment with new color scheme, technologies

Posted by Wayne Grayson on January 15, 2015

Atlas Copco announces “reintroduction” of Dynapac road equipment with new color scheme, technologies

  Atlas Copco is in the process of revamping its Dynapac line of road construction equipment, the company announced. The most noticeable change to Dynapac-branded equipment, as we saw with last month's reveal of ...

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These 2 construction crews were instrumental in helping firefighters save lives in Baltimore, Minnesota house fires

Posted by Wayne Grayson on January 15, 2015

These 2 construction crews were instrumental in helping firefighters save lives in Baltimore, Minnesota house fires

Construction workers in Baltimore and a small Maine town used their skills for a slightly different but heroic purpose earlier this week and the week prior: coming to the aid ...

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Police bust heavy equipment theft ring responsible for $1.5 million in machines stolen from Indiana jobsites, dealers

Posted by Wayne Grayson on January 14, 2015

Police bust heavy equipment theft ring responsible for $1.5 million in machines stolen from Indiana jobsites, dealers

An investigation involving three sheriff's offices, a city police department and the FBI has busted two men for their connection to a theft ring responsible for the theft of $1.5 million in ...

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The 2015 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel HFE will get you even more MPGs than its predecessor, but not because of a change to the engine (PHOTOS)

Posted by Wayne Grayson on January 14, 2015

The 2015 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel HFE will get you even more MPGs than its predecessor, but not because of a change to the engine (PHOTOS)

Not content with already staking claim as the most fuel-efficient half-ton pickup to ever hit the road, Ram has announced a new model of its 1500 EcoDiesel that extends the truck's fuel ...

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This is the 2016 Nissan Titan XD: Cummins V8 packs HD power in light-duty body (PHOTOS)

Posted by Wayne Grayson on January 13, 2015

This is the 2016 Nissan Titan XD: Cummins V8 packs HD power in light-duty body (PHOTOS)

If you're a foreign automaker looking to end years of middling market share in the U.S. pickup truck market, it's hard to fault Nissan's strategy with the new Titan. The ...

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Narwhal tusk smuggling conspiracy lands New Jersey construction worker in prison for 33 months

Posted by Wayne Grayson on January 13, 2015

Narwhal tusk smuggling conspiracy lands New Jersey construction worker in prison for 33 months

A construction worker from New Jersey has been convicted and sentenced to 33 months in federal prison for his role in a narwhal tusk smuggling operation. According to a report from ...

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Wrongful death lawsuit against Caterpillar on behalf of dozer operator goes to trial

Posted by Wayne Grayson on January 13, 2015

Wrongful death lawsuit against Caterpillar on behalf of dozer operator goes to trial

Attorneys for Caterpillar and two other defendants have begun the process of fighting back a wrongful death lawsuit that originated six years ago. According to a report from the Southwest Texas Record, ...

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Ford reveals 2017 F-150 Raptor with aluminum body, new turbo V6 (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Posted by Wayne Grayson on January 12, 2015

Ford reveals 2017 F-150 Raptor with aluminum body, new turbo V6 (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

When Ford introduced a new design and aluminum body for the 2015 F-150, the only downside was the uncertainty the new F-150 cast over the future of one of the automaker's ...

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Toyota intros 2016 Tacoma with new 3.5L V6 (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Posted by Wayne Grayson on January 12, 2015

Toyota intros 2016 Tacoma with new 3.5L V6 (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

At the Detroit Auto Show this morning, Toyota took the wraps off the 2016 Tacoma, letting everyone know that it plans on maintaining the dominating lead in market share it ...

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GM intros blacked-out 2015 GMC Canyon Nightfall, chrome-heavy Chevy Silverado Custom Sport (PHOTOS)

Posted by Wayne Grayson on January 12, 2015

2015 GMC Canyon Nightfall

General Motors has launched special edition pickup packages for both its flagship Chevrolet Silverado and the redesigned midsize GMC Canyon that add a sleeker appearance to the trucks. First up is the 2015 ...

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VIDEO: Thief attempts surgical ATM robbery with backhoe before running over it instead

Posted by Wayne Grayson on January 12, 2015

VIDEO: Thief attempts surgical ATM robbery with backhoe before running over it instead

Beyond the selfishness and stupidity of actually attempting the crime, the video below mostly illustrates how darn near impossible it is to get money out of an ATM with sheer force ...

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Hannay’s new N700 Series hose reel features narrow frame, compact mounting base

Posted by Amy Materson on January 12, 2015

Hannay’s new N700 Series hose reel features narrow frame, compact mounting base

The new narrow N700 Series hose reels from Hannay Reels are designed for for lubrication, assembly, washdown and more, and handle a range of applications. The spring rewind wheels, which handle ...

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Business

Caterpillar cost-cutting continues: company to clip 240 workers at Illinois mining plants

Posted by Wayne Grayson on January 09, 2015

Caterpillar cost-cutting continues: company to clip 240 workers at Illinois mining plants

Caterpillar will lay off 240 workers across two of its Illinois plants as the company continues to cope with a global decline in demand for mining equipment. The company told the Chicago ...

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VIDEO: Crane tips over in work zone, drops roller on top of a car

Posted by Wayne Grayson on January 09, 2015

VIDEO: Crane tips over in work zone, drops roller on top of a car

According to recently released data, the most dangerous work zones in the U.S. are in Texas. However, to Texas' credit, at least rollers aren't falling from the sky in the ...

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2015 Innovations Awards: The 3 biggest game-changing construction machines of the year

Posted by Equipment World Staff on January 08, 2015

2015 Innovations Awards: The 3 biggest game-changing construction machines of the year

Our 2015 Innovation award winners include an excavator that goes into semi-automatic mode every time you get close to the target surface, a pickup truck body that was the talk ...

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Innovations Award Winner: 2015 Ford F-150

Posted by Equipment World Staff on January 08, 2015

Innovations Award Winner: 2015 Ford F-150

Innovation is the result of conquering a difficult quest using imagination fueled by passion and experience. The 2015 F-150 is a rolling example full of innovation, and its aluminum body ...

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2015 Innovations Award Winner: Planetary Power HyGen hybrid diesel-electric generator

Posted by Equipment World Staff on January 08, 2015

2015 Innovations Award Winner: Planetary Power HyGen hybrid diesel-electric generator

Mining asteroids in space may not seem like something that would produce benefits for poor people in the Third World or construction contractors here on earth. But an idea that ...

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John Deere’s 244K and 324K compact wheel loaders deliver tight turning radius, increased hydraulic flow (PHOTOS)

Posted by Amy Materson on January 08, 2015

John Deere’s 244K and 324K compact wheel loaders deliver tight turning radius, increased hydraulic flow (PHOTOS)

John Deere’s newest compact machines, the 244K and 324K compact wheel loaders, deliver features specifically requested by the company’s customers, says Doug Laufenberg, product marketing manager for compact wheel loaders. The ...

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VIDEO: “Animated History of the Drone” traces controversial aircraft’s origin back to first World War

Posted by Wayne Grayson on January 08, 2015

VIDEO: “Animated History of the Drone” traces controversial aircraft’s origin back to first World War

The past and future of drones is one of the more interesting topics floating around right now. There is perhaps no other technology with as much potential to change so ...

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Kobelco to build excavator plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina

Posted by Marcia Gruver Doyle on January 08, 2015

Kobelco to build excavator plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina

Kobelco Construction Machinery announced it will build an excavator plant near Spartanburg, South Carolina. The plant will start producing 1,800 units of an as-yet unspecified 20-metric-ton model in January 2016. The ...

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Residents of small Oregon town use bulldozer, snow to fight and contain large fire

Posted by Wayne Grayson on January 08, 2015

Residents of small Oregon town use bulldozer, snow to fight and contain large fire

With no fire department of their own, the residents of a small town in central Oregon banded together in sub-zero temperatures last week to fight a large fire, using whatever ...

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PHOTOS: This monster Liebherr excavator is single-handedly digging a tunnel for Europe’s biggest infrastructure project (VIDEO)

Posted by Tom Jackson on January 07, 2015

PHOTOS: This monster Liebherr excavator is single-handedly digging a tunnel for Europe’s biggest infrastructure project (VIDEO)

While Americans fuss and fume over our crumbling infrastructure, the Germans are forging ahead with Stuttgart 21, the largest infrastructure project currently under construction in Europe. And as is typical with ...

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