Excavators

Case Studies November 14, 2016
The El Paso Valley in Texas has a history of irrigation dating back to the 1800s, ultimately leading to the creation of the El Paso County Water Improvement District, headquartered in Clint. The district provides water and controls runoff for 69,000 acres of land in the vicinity of the Rio Grande...
Case Studies 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...
Case Studies 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...
Case Studies 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...
Article 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...
Article July 15, 2010
Contractor's Choice Awards Silver Medal Winner - Mini Excavators Bobcat 335 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...
Article January 26, 2010
Operator comfort was a major theme for Bobcat Co. when they introduced the new M-Series skid-steers and compact track loaders and excavators earlier this year. The company invited the media to an event in Bismarck, N.D., the site of one of Bobcat’s largest manufacturing facilities, where the new...
Article October 23, 2008
Located in north central Wisconsin, Wausau offers the convenience of city living with the beauty and recreation of the north woods just minutes away from any doorstep in town. Keeping traffic on the city streets moving, especially during the winter months, is the job of the Wausau Department of...
Article September 16, 2008
Take a drive to Port Severn, Ontario—about 90 miles northwest of Toronto—and you’ll come across a recently constructed road and bridge adjacent to Dam G. Most people drive over it without paying any mind to what it took to make the concrete, asphalt and steel piece of infrastructure that helps them...
Article December 06, 2007
Roadbuilding is not only done in the public sector. For example, there are large properties that have been subdivided where extensive road systems must be built prior to the site prep work that is carried out for new homebuilding projects. Depending on the location, the interior of the subdivision...
Article May 10, 2005
Feel sorry for landfill owners if pavement contractors get a hold of a new report from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Landfill business might go into a substantial decline if more people find out about how pavement can be recycled and used in new roads. The report, Transportation...
Article September 09, 2004
Manufacturers continue to refine the hydraulic systems in their excavators, along with sophisticated electronics to monitor various parameters. But digging is still a matter of brute force, and power reigns. What follows are brief descriptions of a few of the latest excavator products. Lower...
Article June 16, 2004
At last, construction at the “Big Dig” (the Central Artery/Tunnel Project) is about to end with the completion date targeted for 2005. News about Boston’s Big Dig is no longer big. For the last 10 years, the public has been inundated with the happenings of this project covered by the news media...
Article November 14, 2003
Like many major bridges in the San Francisco Bay area--the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, the Benicia-Martinez, the Richmond-San Rafael, the San Mateo-Hayward and the Carquinez Strait--the Golden Gate is undergoing a three-phase renovation to meet seismic requirements. In the case of the Golden...
Article October 23, 2003
As a bridge-design class, movable bridges have four distinct types. All four types are well-represented in New York City, with 12 bascule bridges leading in number, followed by the seven swing-span bridges, four vertical-lift bridges and two retractile bridges. All 25 bridges are under the control...
Article September 26, 2003
While central Georgia commuters sleep each night, a crew of construction workers is making nearly 40 miles of Georgia I-75 safer and smoother. The award-winning APAC-Georgia Inc. Ballenger Paving Division and its subcontractor, Costello Industries, Newington, Conn., are working up to 14 hours a day...
Article September 26, 2003
In heavy construction and demolition there is always a certain amount of risk to workers. Some common causes included flying debris, poor visibility, collapsing material, falls, inhalation of noxious fumes and exposure to vibration and noise.  Integrating electric remote-controlled equipment into...
Article September 26, 2003
With reported revenue for the first six months of 2003 of $771.6 million, Granite Construction Inc. is one of the largest highway construction contractors in the country. The company got its start in California in 1922 and has expanded from there in two complementary divisions: the Heavy...
Article September 25, 2003
Defying common construction limitations, the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) started a large excavation and embankment project in the dead of winter. With 24-hour operations and by chemically treating the embankment soil, the construction team, led by Walsh Construction, Chicago,...
Article September 25, 2003
Roadside construction is never the safest work place: inattentive drivers, tight working lanes, the challenge of moving materials and equipment alongside major highways. The Eastern North Carolina Natural Gas Project, a joint venture between Progress Energy and the Albemarle Pamlico Economic...
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