Equipment Roundup: Ford unveils 2019 Raptor; Deere intros Grade Guidance amid slew of excavator updates; Roush unveils its first F-250; Volvo ActiveCare Direct takes “noise out of telematics”; Remembering the electric Chevy S-10; Milwaukee drill dust box cleans extractor filters with touch of a button

Updated Jun 5, 2018

Deere intros Grade Guidance for 210G LC, updates to 190G W wheeled excavator and 11 others

At a recent media event held jointly with Hitachi, John Deere took its first step into automated digging and announced updates to its 190G wheeled excavator alongside a series of upgrades to 11 other excavator models.

Deere has introduced what it calls “grade guidance” technology on the 210G LC.

Grade guidance is Deere’s term for what others call the “indicate” mode. The guidance system shows the operator the buckets location on a monitor with respect to a 2D or 3D design surface and enables them to achieve final grade using only the display in the operator’s station.

The system was developed with Topcon and is factory integrated and ready to use on delivery. It will be available on the 350G LC and 470G LC excavators next year as will Deere’s first fully automated excavator control.

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Roush unveils its first F-250 Super Duty with upgrades perfect for the jobsite

Roush Performance recently released photos of its first Roush F-250 built on the all-new aluminum 2018 Ford F-250.

Roush reports that it’s taken the most popular F-250 modifications and made them work together with a pre-titled FMVSS level of certification for safety and handling. The Super Duty pickup gets Roush modifications to its body, interior, suspension and wheels and tires.

One of the more standout features is Roush’s new F-250 grille, which provides more airflow for the engine while integrated clearance lighting showcases an aggressive front bumper cover.

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Milwaukee’s new drill dust box cleans dust extractor filters with touch of a button

Milwaukee Tool’s new dust box for two of its HammerVac dust extractors for drills and rotary hammers provides filter cleaning with the touch of a button.

The filter-cleaning feature is another product designed to ease the construction industry’s compliance with recent federal rules to reduce crystalline silica dust from entering the air and workers’ lungs, the company says. Full enforcement of the silica rules began October 23. Since then, 116 violations have been issued by OSHA, according to Bloomberg BNA.

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How to hire military veterans as equipment operators and machine techs? AEMP has a guide for that.

Dan Kunce had no idea what he wanted to do after he left the Marine Corps.

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He had run dozers while on active duty from 1999 to 2003, so he called an uncle who worked in construction to see about a job. That began his construction career, which has resulted in his managing a $34 million heavy-equipment fleet for Hawkins Construction Company in Omaha, Nebraska.

Now at age 38, he’s hoping to find other young veterans who are like he was, who may not realize the opportunities the construction industry provides.

“I’m looking for somebody that has the will to learn,” he says. “If I can get a young Marine in here … he’s got drive. He knows what it’s like to show up. He knows what it’s like to be accountable.”


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Ford unveils 2019 F-150 Raptor with Live Valve smart suspension and off-road cruise control

Ford announced upgrades today to its 2019 F-150 Raptor which aim at turning up the capability and comfort of its iconic off-road truck.

Class-exclusive electronically controlled FOX shocks, new Trail Control and all-new Recaro sport seats are the latest offerings along with three new exterior colors.

“Raptor’s success is rooted in its incredible suspension, superb vehicle control and the confidence the truck instills in its owners,” said Hermann Salenbauch, global director, Ford Performance vehicle programs. “Upgrades to the 2019 F-150 Raptor have improved all three to new levels that the competition will have to benchmark – again.”


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