January 07, 2015
On Rte. 205 near Presque Isle, Maine, runoff from nearby potato fields can clog culverts running beneath roads, creating washouts and resulting in flooding hazards if not quickly addressed. Region 5 of the Maine Department of Transportation efficiently tackled this issue with a Gradall XL 4300 III...
December 24, 2014
The San Jacinto River Authority (SJRA) is responsible for developing, conserving and protecting the water resources of the San Jacinto River Basin in Texas. The SJRA’s purview includes all of Montgomery County and parts of Walker, Waller, San Jacinto, Grimes and Liberty counties. The SJRA’s...
December 17, 2014
On Dec. 10, Roads & Bridges reported on a halt in the operations to excavate a tunnel down to the boring machine known colloquially as “Bertha,” in order to perform repairs that would allow the machine to once more begin tunneling for the S.R. 99 project.
State engineers had voiced concerns...
December 10, 2014
Big piles of snow in the winter, along with normal vegetation growth, can create an important, ongoing challenge for highway crews in Maine. Region 5 of the Maine Department of Transportation (MDOT) put a Gradall XL 4300 III excavator to work removing a large earthen ledge—a job typically handled...
June 13, 2014
Total U.S. construction machinery exports for first quarter 2014 totaled $4.292 billion compared with $5.287 billion in the first quarter of 2013—a drop of 18.8%, according to the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), citing U.S. Department of Commerce data.
The AEM off-road equipment...
May 09, 2014
John Deere’s 310SK features a standard five-speed transmission that allows road speeds up to 25 mph. The 96-hp model includes fuel-saving features such as auto idle, auto shutdown and economy mode. In addition, the 310SK boasts a new single-lever loader control with integrated...
April 01, 2014
Case Construction Equipment has entered into a strategic partnership with Leica Geosystems, Norcross, Ga., to provide machine control technologies—both factory installed and aftermarket—throughout its line of construction equipment. The agreement also includes a commitment to shared product...
March 21, 2014
I Make America finger painting
Millions of Americans work hard every day to build the equipment, roads, bridges, public transport systems and port facilities that fuel America’s powerful economic engine. During the five days of ConExpo-Con/Agg 2014 in Las Vegas, more than 1,300 of those same people visited the Terex exhibit in...
February 26, 2014
Exports of U.S.-made construction equipment dropped 25% in 2013 compared with the previous year for a total $20 billion shipped to global markets, according to the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), citing U.S. Commerce Department data it uses in trend reports for members. All world...
September 06, 2012
Clean to the maxThe Ecomax engine powering JCB’s JS145 crawler excavator runs clean without the need for a diesel particulate filter like many other models. Engine speed is adjusted when the operator switches working modes, now possible with the twist of one dial. Everything is monitored from the 4...
June 11, 2012
Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez recently joined Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire in breaking ground on the State Rte. 99 tunnel in downtown Seattle. The tunnel will improve safety and relieve congestion for hundreds of thousands of Seattle-area drivers.
"Building this tunnel will ensure...
May 04, 2012
As a machine that already combines multiple functions under one roof, efficiency is the ultimate goal when it comes to backhoe loaders. Whether you’re talking about fuel, performance, handling or power, manufacturers want to help you get the most out of your machine.
In regards to fuel, most...
October 06, 2011
Fuel efficient and tough
Case’s 921F wheel loader provides faster acceleration, quicker cycle times and higher travel speeds while delivering as much as 17% greater fuel efficiency. A new optional, five-speed transmission with a lock-up torque converter, open-differential axles and advanced system...
May 05, 2011
More power and exceptional dig depth and reach don’t matter if the operator fatigues quickly during demanding jobs. That’s why the newest lineup of loader backhoes offers numerous features to make the operator more comfortable, and as a result, more productive.
Cat’s 450E, for example, has...
April 07, 2011
Today’s dozers are moving beyond mere power and precision. All the featured machines have ample horsepower to move heavy loads and the fine control necessary for precision grading. But many are now offering other features to entice prospective owners—from better fuel efficiency and environmental...
December 17, 2010
When it comes to motor graders, two traits are key to getting the job done: precision and control. Operators need power, but they also must often make fine blade adjustments to ensure a smooth surface. The newest generation of motor graders gives operators a range of powerful and flexible options...
October 01, 2010
While it’s no surprise that manufacturers strive to maximize power and reduce fuel consumption and emissions, many are now beefing up their loaders with more creature comforts.
Several new wheel loaders now boast bigger cabins with more legroom and greater visibility. Operators can adjust and...
September 07, 2010
Because the undercarriage on your compact excavator works as a system, wear is unavoidable.
“All of an undercarriage’s moving components—sprockets, idlers, chain and pads—are wear items,” said Jesus Santos, product specialist, Terex Construction Americas. “Because these components are costly to...
July 15, 2010
The most common request from customers is for more power, a Bobcat representative told the assembled press at a June event in Atlanta.
The company’s response was to beef up its compact loaders as much as possible without crossing the 100-hp barrier. The T870 compact track loader and the S850 skid-...
July 15, 2010
Contractor's Choice Awards
Silver Medal Winner - Mini Excavators
Building retaining walls is tough work. There are long trenches to dig and heavy block to be lifted in place, not to mention extensive grading and backfilling. But a Crescent, Iowa, contractor who works mostly in the Omaha...