Heavy Equipment Guide February 2019, Volume 34, Number 2

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22 FEATURES 12 Elevating efficiency

An in-depth report on high-capacity telehandlers.

18 Seeing the big picture GPR provides critical insights for maintaining & rehabilitating Canada’s aging roads and bridges.

20 Recycled aggregates for roads 22 Hitachi’s largest short-tailswing excavator

24 John Deere unveils all-new crawler loaders 26 Cat motor graders designed to raise production and lower costs 28 Medium-duty trucks with heavy-duty details

International has returned to the Class 4/5 segment.

32 Case’s largest-ever compact track loader

Technology is playing a part in improving safe operation of cranes, both mobile and stationary.

40 Roadbuilding precision

Expanded use of machine control adds efficiency to road construction operations. Cover photo: Manitou’s MRT2470 rotating telehandler.


SECTIONS 10 Spotlight 12 In-Depth Report 18 Roadbuilding & Rehabilitation

36 The heights of safety

22 Earthmoving & Excavation 28 Trucks & Transportation 32 Compact Equipment

36 Cranes & Lift 40 Machine Control 43 Equipment Maintenance & Management

8 Editor’s Letter 45 Industry News 46 Advertiser Index


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Largest bauma ever features Canada as partner country


t is quite a recognition of the importance of Canada in the global construction market that it was chosen as a partner country for bauma 2019, which is being held in Germany, April 8 to 14. With a total exhibition space of 614,000 square metres (over 6.6 million square feet), bauma is the largest trade show in the world. It is also the world’s leading sector event for construction machinery, building material machines, mining machines, construction vehicles and construction equipment. There are a number of reasons for choosing Canada as a partner country. For starters, it is the world’s seventh biggest construction machinery market. Then there is CETA. “The free trade agreement recently signed between the EU and Canada will lend fresh impetus to bilateral trade. This is why we want to use bauma 2019 and the opportunities afforded by the partner country concept to bind our industries even closer together,” explained Johann Sailer, chairman of the Construction Equipment and Building Material Machinery Association within the VDMA (German Engineering Federation) and chairman of the bauma exhibitors’ advisory board. According to bauma, the Canadian construction industry is projected to grow by more than three percent annually to 2020. Major projects such as the Northern Ontario Ring of Fire and numerous building construction and civil engineering projects in major cities worth billions, such as Vancouver airport, the Montreal hospital complex, Toronto railway station or the Calgary cancer centre support this positive assumption. The Canadian Pavilion will provide an overview about business and investment in our construction machinery market. In addition, a supporting program will provide an opportunity to get information on current projects in the construction and mining sectors. There will also be a Canada Visitor Lounge, the place to meet top investors and companies from Canada. The last bauma, held three years ago, attracted around 580,000 visitors from 200 countries to explore exhibits from over 3,400 companies from 58 countries in over 605,000 square metres. As Stefan Rummel, managing director of Messe München, the organizer of bauma, explained it: “This show is without a doubt the most important trade fair worldwide for the construction machinery industry and its atmosphere is unique: bauma is huge; it is overwhelming, busy, international and always a successful business platform.” There is still time to register and I encourage you to attend – especially this year with Canada as partner country. It is a show you will never forget.

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LARGE-FRAME SKID STEERS AND COMPACT TRACK LOADERS Wacker Neuson’s new Series II large-frame loaders include two skid-steer models (SW) and two compact track loaders (ST): the radial lift SW24 and ST35, and the vertical lift SW28 and ST45, with ROC of 2,400 to 4,500 pounds. All models are powered by a 74.3-hp Kohler diesel engine that provides a maintenance-free, regeneration-free aftertreatment system, eliminating the impact of extreme heat and downtime due to regeneration or the need for cleaning particulate filters. Standard auxiliary hydraulic flow is 22.1 gpm, with optional flow of 31.7 gpm. They offer the only cab that fully tips forward with the loader arms down, providing complete access to all maintenance components. Access in and out is easy with a wide door and step, plus there is no restrictive lap bar. Repositioned joysticks promote intuitive and comfortable operation. Control options for any operator include mechanical hand-foot (SW models), electric-hydraulic (EH) hand-foot and selectable EH (ISO and H-pattern). This ensures operators with varying experience can efficiently operate the machines with ease. The vertical lift models offer class-leading hinge pin height, according to Wacker Neuson.





Case has made numerous updates to its N Series backhoe loaders, including new industry-exclusive PowerBoost functionality, a new PowerDrive transmission upgrade with Direct Drive, and a factory-installed thumb that makes backhoe operation even more versatile. They also feature updates to loader controls, including a new declutch trigger, new roller/rocker switch for better attachment control, and an all-new F-N-R thumb switch for simplified operation. PowerBoost uses a new button on the left-hand backhoe joystick to provide a momentary boost of increased hydraulic power without decreasing engine rpm (so as not to affect speed/cycle times). This feature is ideal for digging through tough conditions, including hard clay, rock and frost. Direct Drive engages the engine and transmission directly for improved gradeability, faster roading speeds, improved fuel economy and faster travel times around the jobsite and between jobs. The factory-installed hydraulic thumb, available on all extendahoe models, improves material handling performance and is compatible with either a mechanical or hydraulic bucket coupler, allowing the owner to change buckets/attachments without affecting the thumb installation.


NARROW, COMPACT ROUGH-TERRAIN SCISSORS Snorkel has expanded its current family of compact rough-terrain scissor lifts with the two new narrow models that are ideal for working in confined spaces with rough terrain or uneven ground conditions. The Snorkel S2755RT delivers a maximum working height of 10.1 metres and a platform capacity of 300 kg from a chassis that is just 1.45 metres wide. In the same narrow width, Snorkel also now offers the S2255RT, a smaller version with a maximum working height of 8.5 metres and a lift capacity of 420 kg. The two new lifts share many features with Snorkel’s three other compact rough-terrain scissor lifts. All are powered by a Kubota diesel engine, but are also available with bi-energy power source, which provides the option to run the lift on either the diesel engine or on 24V battery power.


NEW GENERATION OF GRAB TECHNOLOGY Historically, the open and close functions of attachments were achieved by using hydraulic cylinders. However, Kinshofer’s new HPXDrive, which has been tested and proven reliable by customers worldwide, features two shafts which run opposed and have a helix thread. It is hydraulically driven by a single piston. This design gives the HPXdrive a longer life cycle and allows it to deliver full and constant closing force throughout the entire open and close cycle. 10


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The HPXdrive system is compatible with Kinshofer’s multi-purpose grapple, demolition & sorting grapple, clamshell bucket, timber or rock grapple, NOX-Tiltrotator, and for special attachments like the forceps grapple. The fully enclosed system has no protruding parts and is waterproof for underwater applications. New to the HPXdrive range is the large C40HPX re-handling clamshell for excavators up to 40 tons operating weight.

Ruckit Inc. has introduced the construction industry’s first collaborative logistics platform designed for bulk materials producers, trucking companies and general contractors. Ruckit’s platform includes a free mobile app for iOS and Android devices that enables companies to efficiently dispatch, manage and track in real-time all trucks for a job, regardless of whether the truck is company-owned, leased-on or third-party. Its bring-your-owndevice platform approach requires no data plans or hardware in trucks to make them Ruckit-ready. The company says that this provides supply chain optimization to the construction industry, where 80 percent of the drivers are independent hired haulers.




MULCHING TRACTOR Fecon’s new Stage V–compliant, mid-sized FTX300 Mulching Tractor has a low-ground pressure (3.9 psi) and an oscillating undercarriage with 30-inch track shoes, providing balanced traction in hard or soft conditions. This makes it is ideal for larger right-of-way projects, urban interface, and land improvement or development. It is powered by a Cummins QSB 6.7 Stage V engine that delivers 310 net hp, with an aggressive 115 gpm, 5,600 psi high-flow hydraulic system for powering attachments. The BH120 forestry mulcher includes Fecon’s Depth Control Rotor technology. Fecon Power Management ensures the intelligent distribution of power, yielding 1 1/7/19 more 9:43 AM productivity in many environments. up39021-1.pdf to 20 percent

The Brokk 200 packs the power of a three-ton Brokk machine into a twoton package, which allows contractors to work in tight spaces without a loss in power. It is one of four new next generation Brokk remote-controlled demolition machines and comes with their signature SmartConcept technology that includes SmartPower, SmartDesign and SmartRemote. When paired with the new Brokk BHB 305 breaker, the unit’s hitting power is increased by 40 percent, delivering 450 foot-pounds (610 joules) with each blow of the 650-pound (295-kilogram) hydraulic breaker. It offers 15 percent longer vertical and horizontal reach in a compact footprint similar to the Brokk 170. The extra chassis length and machine weight ensures proper balance, even when wielding heavy attachments, such as breakers, drum cutters, grapples and concrete crushers. The Brokk 200 is ideal for heavy-duty, difficult-to-access projects and applications.


LINKTOWER SHINES BRIGHTER Generac Mobile’s LINKTower now packs more lighting punch – 39 percent more lumen output than previous fixtures and 32 percent more coverage – using new, more powerful, long-lasting and efficient 235W LED fixtures. LINKTower is powered by a standard 120V outlet and produces no noise and no emissions, making it safe to use indoors and out. The smaller size of the tower allows it to fit through a standard door opening and it can be set up by one person in less than one minute, saving time and manpower. Folding handles and an additional caster wheel allows for one-person maneuverability.



AND YOUR COMFORT. L-Series Wheel Loaders provide control like never before, with exclusive features such as programmable multifunction buttons, controls for up to a sixth hydraulic function in a single joystick, and bucket vibrate for precise material dumping. And with ample legroom, automatic temperature control, and an available heated, ventilated seat, your operators will be as comfortable as they are in control. JohnDeere.ca/Elevate


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ELEV By Kaitlyn Till, Managing Editor


igh-capacity telehandlers offer high lift and lifting capacity and are a more maneuverable option than cranes for moving and lifting materials around the jobsite. With a wide variety of attachments for handling materials from pipes to pallets, these machines are primed for work on construction sites, industrial applications, working in the oil and gas and mining industries, and stockpile management.

A rise in demand

Historically the market for high-capacity telehandlers in North America has been niche, but recent years have brought an uptick in demand for high-capacity models, according to Braden Spence, product manager at Skyjack. He expects that as end users continue to increasingly understand the versatility of high-capacity telehandlers and how they can displace other equipment types, there will be larger uptake in the rental market. The Canadian rental market for high-capacity models has grown, according to Steve Kiskunas, product manager – telescopic handers at Manitou. “There is a strong demand and growing opportunity in Canada for high-capacity telehandlers,” he said. “This year is better than the last, and it’s expected to increase in the next 18 months.” He noted that demand should grow as more customers understand how these products can provide more cost-effective and productive solutions for their material movement needs. Josh Taylor, Genie product manager at Terex AWP, pointed out that “due to the higher acquisition cost and the smaller range of applications that demand such high capacity. . . some large utilities or general contractors will choose to own these machines rather than rent them. What contractors ultimately care about is the ability to move and place the loads safely, and the machine selected for the job needs to be able to meet those capabilities.” Construction projects across many markets and segments are on the rise, and this drives the overall need for more telehandlers to support heavy lifting, said John Boehme, senior product manager for JLG. As market conditions continue to improve, he predicts that the opportunity for high-capacity telehandlers to provide jobsite solutions will as well.

Heavy lifting showdown: high-capacity telehandlers vs. other lift equipment

The key advantages of high-capacity telehandlers over other lift equipment are versatility, machine compactness, maneuverability and travel speed, according to Boehme. Taylor pointed out that telehandlers have a more efficient travel capability than a crane. “They are able to move loads from place to place quickly and often place them at their final location, and the reach and lift height is often better than that of an excavator. The ability to place loads with height and outreach also give it an advantage over cranes and vertical mast forklifts. Many of these pieces are used in conjunction with one another to complete a job. Selecting the right tool for the job is a key component of jobsite safety, so every application should have a thorough review of the loads that need to be moved and where they need to be placed, and then the appropriate machine can be selected for each phase of the job.”



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GENIE GTH-1544 can safely increase stock height whether it’s loose material or pallets – ultimately reducing yard footprint.” High-capacity telehandlers can also provide better all-terrain travel and greater forward load placement than high-capacity straight mast fork trucks or high-capacity front-end wheel loaders, noted Manitou’s Kiskunas. In addition, he said that telehandlers with their solid frame design have fewer load restrictions when turning than articulated wheel loaders.

Suitable across sectors

“Telehandlers have a well-developed customer base and broad adoption across many sectors,” according to Taylor. This includes large-scale infrastructure projects and heavy highway projects which utilize high-capacity telehandlers to move heavy precast pieces or other equipment. JLG’s high-capacity 1644 and 1732 telehandlers are ideal for use in wind farm, industrial, construction, mining and quarries, power plant construction, logging and energy extraction applications. “High-capacity telehandlers save time, money and labour on

the jobsite by allowing operators to accomplish multiple tasks with one machine,” said Boehme. “Their higher lift capacity and enhanced versatility cut down on the time it takes to complete the work.” Manitou has high-capacity telehandlers working in heavy construction infrastructure projects, such as bridge building and power generation. Manitou’s high-capacity telehandlers are also found working outside of traditional construction in industries such as mining, industrial material processing, scrap and waste management. Michel Robert, marketing and communications director for Merlo, commented that in addition to industrial use, some of the biggest mining companies in Canada, including Mosaic, Arcelor Mittal and Minerai de Fer, are using their telehandlers. Skyjack’s highest-capacity telehandler is the ZB2044, which the company said is ideal for use on jobsites performing steel erection, work in the oil and gas industry, industrial construction and stockpile management applications. Xtreme machines are being used

for similar applications. “Currently, high-capacity telehandlers are most popular in mining, oil and gas, general construction and many industrial applications. There has also been an increase in interest coming from the power generation and solar industries. Attachments, such as our pipe and pole grapple, also increase opportunities for telehandlers within the utilities and infrastructure sectors,” said Elvin. Rotating telehandlers offer even greater versatility on tight jobsites. These machines can rotate 360 degrees and operate in three modes: telehandler, winch or platform. According to Manitou’s Kiskunas, “With the rotating telescopic handler, the process of placing materials on jobsites changes. The traditional telehandler picks materials, drives into position and places the materials where used. With a rotating telehandler, the machine can be placed in one position and the long reach of the boom and rotation system will pick materials and place them where needed. This provides quick and efficient material placement and allows work to be done in smaller spaces, which is an important benefit on jobsites with space restrictions. Also, with extendable outriggers, the MRT units have a solid base of stability for the work required.” Manitou sees contractors in many trades using rotating telehandlers, from framers to masons to general contractors to roofers. “Right now, many of the rotating units are used in areas where high lift heights are needed, such as larger urban areas. As the benefits of rotating telehandlers and their quick material placement is recognized by more contractors and their comfort level for operating the units increases, we expect to see the adoption of even more rotating telescopic handlers,” said Kiskunas.


Matthew Elvin, CEO of Xtreme Manufacturing, said that their high-capacity telehandlers are being utilized for the gap between where telehandler capacities stop and smaller rough-terrain cranes pick up. High-capacity telehandlers are typically used to move large-capacity items around jobsites, whereas mobile cranes require extra time to set up, pick up a load, place it on a truck, dismantle, move, and set up again to pick up the next load. The operating cost difference makes the use of the telehandler more appealing, he added. There are no additional personnel aside from the trained telehandler operator. Certified crane operators are more expensive and the use of crane oilers and flaggers is common, which drives operating costs higher compared to using a telehandler. Skyjack’s ZB2044 high-capacity telehandler can displace many other pieces of equipment, like front-end loaders, excavators and rough-terrain cranes, noted Spence. “For instance, front-end loaders are traditionally used for stockpile management, but by using Skyjack’s ZB2044 with pallet forks or its light material bucket option, you


Trends and technology take telehandlers to the next level



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“The market continues to be focused on return on investment as defined not only by acquisition costs,





360˚ Continuous Rotation


8,800 lbs. - 15,860 lbs.

LIFT HEIGHT 58 ft. to 103 ft.



5 Manitou MRT Rotating Telescopic Handlers are designed for versatility with 360 degree continuous rotation and 3-in-1 triple-play performance. Now offering a selection of six (6) MRT models with a complete line-up of Manitou Heavy and Construction Telescopic Handlers, the range provides working lift capacities from 5,500 lbs. up to 88,000 lbs.


MT Series Premiere 5,500 - 9,000 lbs. 19’2”-57’7”

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8,800 - 15,860 lbs. 58’9”-103’4”



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but by total cost of the product over its lifetime,” said JLG’s Boehme. “Rental company owners and owner/operators are paying more attention to the versatility of each piece of equipment, the productivity gains the telehandler can provide, and the cost after sale. With the importance of ROI growing, telematics [use is growing rapidly].” JLG offers the ClearSky fleet management telematics solution. Boehme said that it provides equipment owners and operators access to critical engine and equipment operational data so they can make better decisions on their investment. Data points, including location, engine houses, usage, fuel and battery levels, and maintenance schedules are conveniently available in real time and accessible from desktop or mobile devices. Taylor said that as with other areas of the construction industry, telematics use is growing for telehandlers, allowing owners and operators to monitor machine usage remotely, as well as better understand their cost of ownership. Elvin at Xtreme said that one of the key differences with their telehandlers is the use of boom rollers. Xtreme telehandlers are equipped with load bearing long-life boom rollers in place of wear pads to allow for smoother boom operation. According to Elvin, these require very little maintenance and have been shown to last in excess of 10,000 work hours with very little visible wear. The boom rollers contribute to operator confidence by eliminating boom chatter, while the low-maintenance and long-life attributes appeal to companies by lowering costs and improving the telehandler’s residual value. He added that Xtreme roller boom telehandlers also feature proportional valves that deliver joystick featherability, providing the operator with greater control when placing heavy loads in challenging locations. JLG’s optional SmartLoad technology is a bundle of three integrated technologies that work together to deliver a great level of operator confidence. Boehme said that “armed with real-time load data, this package provides operators with increased confidence while fleet owners avoid the costly repairs that may result from overloading a machine.” Spence pointed out that daily inspections and cataloguing of the health of the machine can be done through current processes or with innovative solutions such as Skyjack’s ELEVATE telematics solution.

Attachments are key

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With a wide range of industry-specific attachments, high-capacity telehandlers can adapt to demanding jobsites and replace other traditional machines; plus, their ability to handle heavy, bulky loads makes them ideal for performing maintenance on other machines in the rental yard, Boehme noted.

He said that JLG’s new telehandlers feature an integrated tow hitch and are compatible with a wide range of standard and specialty attachments, providing the operator with more options on the jobsite. Kitskunas said that the quick attach system on Manitou telehandlers enables attachments to be changed without delay for a highly efficient, versatile machine. Robert noted that Merlo’s high-capacity models can automatically recognize the attachment fitted and then calibrate performance in relation to the load chart. Spence recommended that rental companies keep a wide range of attachments on hand. This ensures that they’re helping customers by anticipating the many applications that the machine can be used for; this helps to increase the rental rate as it opens the equipment up to rental for a wider variety of applications. “Whether it’s niche options like the bridge stripper, which safely and efficiently removes falsework from underneath cast bridges, to the hydraulic winch or pipe and pole clamp, Skyjack’s ZB2044 has the tools available to make it a valuable piece of equipment on any jobsite,” he said.

Buying tips

When selecting a high-capacity telehandler, Elvin said that customers are most interested in several factors including safety, reliability and selecting the right tool for the job. “Xtreme’s high-capacity offering allows for the operators to choose the machine that is best-suited for the application. Xtreme Manufacturing offers a wide range of telehandler attachments, providing greater flexibility compared to rough-terrain straight mast forklifts.” Taylor noted that it is important to understand that a bigger machine means larger and heavier components, so this requires larger support equipment in the shop and in the field. “The best advice I can give a customer looking to buy a high-capacity telehandler is to understand your market. High-capacity telehandlers are more expensive to acquire than smaller machines, so the owner should be confident of the utilization potential. Rental rates increase with capacity, so contractors have an incentive to rent only as much machine as they need.” Robert from Merlo recommends that buyers look at the dimensions to capacity ratio to ensure that they are buying the most compact unit for their needs. He also recommends comparing the load chart. “Some will claim a huge capacity, however, when looking at the chart, you’ll find out that if you extend your boom one or two feet, you’ll be losing most of the capacity. Also, they should be looking at fuel consumption as it can make a big difference for your real cost of ownership.” HEG


QUALITY RUNS IN THE FAMILY The Snorkel SR5719 telehandler looks different from our other lifts, but it definitely shares the same Snorkel quality. This rough terrain telehandler boasts a robust boom and chassis, giving it outstanding durability in any environment. Additionally, its 2,600kg (5,732 lbs.) lift capacity and 5.7m (19 ft.) lift height make it a versatile jobsite performer. With our standard two-year warranty, it’s easy to see that the SR5719 telehandler is truly a member of the Snorkel family. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT AAHERN CANADA AT 780-467-0600

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Ground Penetrating Radar provides critical insights for maintaining & rehabilitating Canada’s aging roads and bridges

By Kevin Vine


unicipalities across Canada are burdened with aging transportation infrastructure, much of which was constructed in the post-war era and is nearing the end of its useful life. The 2016 Canadian Infrastructure Report Card (CIRC) found that one third of municipal infrastructure across the country is in fair, poor or very poor condition, and this includes 39 percent of roads and 26 percent of bridges. Cold weather and the use of corrosive de-icing salts further threaten the reliability of the transportation infrastructure we rely on every day. The estimated replacement value of these roads and bridges is upwards of $380 billion, and municipalities are responsible for covering 60 percent of their own costs. As such, finding cost-effective, efficient condition assessment tools and techniques has become vitally important. Municipalities are now looking beyond traditional methods to assess road and bridge conditions and strategically prioritize maintenance and rehabilitation activities.

Gaining insights with GPR

From 2006 to 2015, the second Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP2) was launched south of the border as a mechanism to find strategic solutions to three national transportation challenges: highway safety, congestion, and bridge and road renewal. The report concluded that non-destructive condition assessment significantly reduces the overall resources and expenditures required for bridge and road renewal. It also concluded that capturing data via non-destructive methods helps to prevent premature, unexpected failure. Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) ranked highest in overall value for assessing bridge deck deterioration based on accuracy, precision, speed, ease of 18


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use and cost. GPR is a technology that transmits high frequency radio waves into the ground or structure and analyzes the reflected velocity and energy to create a profile of the subsurface features. The reflections are caused by a contrast in the electrical properties of subsurface materials which can be indicative of changes in water content, void spaces in the ground or structure, rebar or post tension cable corrosion, asphalt deterioration and other factors. By revealing the complex substructure of a road or bridge, GPR can detect anomalies between coring locations, and allow project stakeholders to achieve a continuous profile of subsurface conditions. As an added benefit, fewer core samples are required because they can be strategically placed based on the GPR results - for example, in areas where the road or bridge appears to be in the worst condition. Dan Conte, Senior Bridge Engineer for URS Canada (an AECOM company) explains: “GPR evaluation provides an additional dataset that can be cross-compared and correlated with results from traditional condition survey techniques. This makes it possible to readily identify locations of suspected deterioration and therefore target areas where destructive or intrusive sampling should be carried out during follow-up condition surveys.” Once a GPR survey is complete, reports illustrating the internal condition of a road or structure can be generated in many formats, including plan maps, colour contour maps and 3D. This information can then be integrated into a GIS or CADD-based system for reference years down the line, so that patterns of deterioration can be evaluated over time.

Rehabilitating roads in our nation’s capital

GPR has been applied on multiple highways and roads across the City of Ottawa and surrounding area, including Highway 417 which connects Montreal with Ottawa and is considered the backbone of

GPR data is captured at posted speeds, often eliminating the need for traffic disruption or road closures. the transportation system in the National Capital Region. The technology has been applied to assess road structure, pavement, concrete and asphalt thickness in order to inform strategic decision-making around improved driving surfaces, localized repairs, and accessibility improvements and updates. GPR surveys were carried out using a groundcoupled, high-speed system that allows for surveying up to 1.5 metres in depth and incorporates real-time GPS synchronization. Survey profiles and reference stations for the data acquisition were established according to the customer’s base maps and project requirements. Data was collected at posted travel speeds, eliminating the need for traffic disruption or road closures. Data collected in the field was digitally recorded and backed up on site. The data was then processed and analyzed to determine the average thickness of pavement, concrete and asphalt subgrade layers. Results were presented in scaled and referenced colour contour maps along with plan and sectional views of the road and bridge structures. Statistic summary tables were also provided that depicted average, maximum and minimum estimated thicknesses.

Preserving Toronto’s main artery

The City of Toronto’s Gardiner Expressway serves as the main artery into the City, stretching 18 kilometres from the Don Valley Parkway to the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW). In operation since 1955, structural concerns have required sections of the Highway to be rehabilitated and, in some cases, replaced. To get an accurate picture of the Expressway’s condition, GPR was used to map bridge deck deterioration over a vast, geometrically complex area.

All continuous east and westbound lanes of a 6.1 km raised section were analyzed, along with access ramps. High-resolution GPR observations were collected during an overnight survey from curb to curb, less than a metre apart at a speed of 60 kph, so traffic flow was only minimally disrupted. Six lines of data were captured for each vehicle lane and over 1.3 million targets within the project area were processed and georeferenced to assess deterioration. Data was then digitally recorded to produce colour-coded contour maps for each section of the highway. A bridge deck deterioration index was also developed that indicated the percentages of each section appearing to be above the deterioration threshold. To ensure accuracy, data was correlated with known structure information, including existing coring data. Dr. Peter Annan, P.Eng, Ph.D, Founder of Sensors & Software, explains: “Non-destructive technology has the unique ability to detect deterioration and other subsurface anomalies before they develop into serious concerns. Techniques such as GPR reveal changes in subsurface properties that allow suspicious areas to be targeted for further evaluation and preventative remediation. Many traditional methods of inspection will detect deterioration only once the concrete or bridge deck has already become cracked or delaminated.”

to support strategic decision-making around the prioritization of maintenance and rehabilitation activities.

Looking ahead

Over the next several decades, much of our municipal transportation infrastructure will be in need of costly repair and rehabilitation. Adding Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) to the infrastructure inspection process can improve reliability and assist municipalities in planning strategically. As road and bridge defects are often not visible, particularly when a surface has been repaved, GPR has the ability to

detect areas that are unusually thin or thick and identify subsurface defects below asphalt overlaid roads and structures. This is accomplished non-intrusively so that structural integrity remains intact. Furthermore, with the cost of traffic congestion estimated to be upwards of $6 billion annually for Canada’s largest metropolitan areas, GPR offers the added advantage of capturing data at posted speed limits, often eliminating the need for road closures and traffic control. Kevin Vine is president of multiVIEW Locates Inc.

Maintaining safer bridges

As part of a coordinated bridge maintenance and rehabilitation program, GPR was applied to assess the condition of various bridges connected to the Queen Elizabeth Way (QEW) highway from Mississauga to St. Catherine’s, a stretch of approximately 90 kilometres. The objective of the survey was to determine the condition of concrete decks, pinpoint areas of potential deterioration and delamination, and confirm the thickness of concrete slabs below the asphalt surface. The client was provided with a digital geophysical interpretation report that included plan maps, cross sections and mapping profile images of the subsurface layers, and corresponding thicknesses. The report also included recommendations for follow-up testing based on areas that demonstrated deterioration and delamination. The information provided was used

Top: Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) reveals changes in subsurface properties between widely spaced core samples so that a continuous profile can be achieved. Above: Once GPR data is captured, analyzed and processed, colour contour maps can be created that depict the average thickness of pavement, concrete and asphalt. Below: GPR data can be calibrated with the results of intrusive testing and uploaded to a CADD or GIS database to be referenced years down the line.


BENEFITS OF GPR Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) transmits high frequency radio waves into a ground or structure and analyzes the reflected velocity and energy to create a profile of the subsurface features. These subsurface features can include reinforcement bar or post tension cables, changes in water content, void spaces, rebar or post tension cable corrosion, asphalt deterioration and other factors. Benefits of GPR for bridge and road infrastructure assessment include: • Achieve a continuous profile of subsurface conditions while minimizing the need for intrusive testing: GPR detects anomalies that exist between widely spaced core samples. Fewer cores are required because data collected by GPR fills in information gaps and provides new insights into subsurface conditions. Cores that are applied can be strategically targeted based on the GPR results, rather than randomly placed. • Detect subsurface threats before serious issues develop: Defects and wearing reduce structural capacity over time and can lead to an eventual failure. These defects are often not visible, particularly when a surface has been repaved. GPR has the ability to detect areas that are unusually thick or thin and identify subsurface defects below asphalt overlaid roads and structures. • Obtain a rich source of data that can be leveraged years down the line: GPR data can be combined with countless other datasets to provide a complete picture of subsurface conditions. Project stakeholders can visualize deterioration and rebar corrosion along with the position of post tension cables and other subsurface features. This supports a better understanding of lifecycle costs throughout the aging process. The GPR data can also be saved and referenced years down the line when the infrastructure is re-inspected. • Minimize and eliminate service disruptions: With the cost of traffic congestion estimated at more than $6 billion per year across Canada’s major metropolitan areas, GPR offers an advantage in that data can be captured at posted speed limits, often eliminating the need for road closures and traffic control.

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unicipalities are responsible for the care and maintenance of vast amounts of roads, from lanes to highways. When those roads are repaired or replaced, there’s the potential to generate a significant amount of aggregate material – concrete and asphalt removed from the surface that must be dealt with. Today’s roadbuilding contractors are taking this material and recycling it more than ever before. However, research is showing that some municipalities are far better than others when it comes to using this type of aggregate in their roads – and some are far behind. A study conducted on behalf of the Toronto and Area Road Builders Association (TARBA) has shown that Ontario municipalities are all over the place in how much recycled material they use for road construction, with some almost entirely eschewing recycled aggregate – a greener alternative to new material – on their projects. “There’s not a huge commitment to recycling aggregate; in fact, there’s a

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reticence to use the product,” said Rob Bradford, executive director of TARBA. “I think it stems from a fear of trying something new, thinking that something might happen – sticking with virgin aggregate has less potential for risk.” According to a study by a researcher from the University of Western Ontario, the allowable use of recycled aggregate across the region ranges from significant amounts in some large areas like Toronto, down to nearly none in Mississauga. Instead, according to Bradford, millions of tonnes of material are either sent to the landfill or into stockpiles. At the same time, those low rates mean that new aggregate must be trucked significant distances, burning fuel and generating greenhouse gases, and used aggregate ends up in the waste stream. Recycled aggregate means more sustainable infrastructure overall, Bradford noted. “They should be doing a much better job, a much greener job, of recycling asphalt and concrete. They need to be a part of the solution, rather than part of the problem,” he said. The study looked at construction practices in five regional municipalities and 15 single or lower-tier municipalities across Ontario, conducting a survey regarding approved uses of recycled aggregate for a variety of situations. Results of the survey showed a broad range of standards in both road construction and subdivision work. For example, the collected responses showed that some 50 percent of surveyed municipalities do not allow the use of recycled concrete and asphalt as 55mm aggregate for granular base and subbase for pavement. Forty percent allow partial use, and 10 percent allow for full use. The municipalities are even more restrictive when it comes to 19mm aggregate for granular pavement, with 55 percent not allowing recycled material, 35 percent okay with partial use and 10 percent allowing full use. Ready-mix concrete is the most restrictive use for these municipalities, with 80 percent not allowing recycled

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aggregate use and 20 percent allowing partial use. On the other side, 50 percent of municipalities are okay with recycled aggregate being used for engineered fill, and 90 percent allow partial or full use for construction access roads, bicycle paths and similar construction. Among individual cities, Toronto – the highest scoring municipality in the survey – allows recycled material for use in everything but engineered fill, stabilization of soft subgrades, Portland cement ready mix, and concrete for sidewalks, curbs and other uses within subdivisions. Some other uses are restricted, but for the most part full use is allowed. On the opposite end of the spectrum is Mississauga, which allows full use of recycled aggregate for construction access roads, bicycle paths and similar features – and only that. No other recycled product is allowed in any projects.

Recycled aggregate quality has greatly improved

Bradford suggested that disapproval of recycled materials in municipal policy may come from lingering concerns about quality – something that has improved greatly with the growth of the aggregates recycling industry. “You have to ensure the quality of recycled aggregate – it has to be an engineered quality, it has to be properly processed and tested. Like any material, going back 10 or 15 years there are probably a couple of things that have stuck in peoples’ minds from when it was used in the infancy of the industry where it didn’t work out because quality control wasn’t what it should have been,” Bradford said. “If you’re a consultant working for a municipality, or you’re an engineer in charge of the roads department, that kind of decision is a risk – so, you play it safe and just specify virgin aggregate.” That trend of specifying new material creates many issues for contractors who have to manage the aggregate removed from jobsites, Bradford noted. “The owner just writes off ownership in the contract, so the contractor

has to find a place to get rid of anything that comes off that project. Now, if they produce recycled aggregate themselves, they will take it to their yard and pile it up. If they don’t, they have to find someone who does produce it. . . or dispose of it in the landfill,” he said. “The point we’re reaching now is. . . [that] there’s so much of the stuff now, they will have to start charging to take it in, and second, they’re going to have to turn people away.” TARBA is encouraging municipalities to find ways of using more recycled asphalt in their construction work; one example Bradford pointed to is the Ontario Ministry of Transportation, which currently uses 20 percent recycled materials in its highway construction work. “They’ve been very forthcoming about their commitment to reusing recycled aggregate. . . they’re using tens of millions of tons a year – if you can put this material under highways that carry the amount of traffic that ours carry, then surely there’s an argument for using it under a municipal street,” Bradford said. Only about seven percent of the aggregates used in Ontario currently come from recycled sources, as opposed to European countries which use up to 20 percent recycled product, Bradford noted. That’s a goal he said TARBA would like to see municipalities aim for. “We are encouraging municipalities to use the Ministry of Transportation model. If municipalities have the same attitude and the same practices as the MTO, we as a province would be recycling close to the levels that we should be, and which are supportable from a technical standpoint,” Bradford said. “There are Ontario provincial standards that look into the science behind this – what percentage of recycled aggregate you can use as a base course, or as a surface course, or on a bicycle trail. This has all been well figured out. We want municipalities to recycle the maximum allowable under the provincial specifications.” HEG


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arlon Hall and Chris Veenstra have a passion for the work they do, safety on the job and having the right equipment. In the seven years since they formed Metric Civil Contractors, they have wrapped up significant achievements in these areas. Recently, the company was recertified as a

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Large-COR (Certificate of Recognition) contractor by the British Columbia Construction Safety Alliance. This prestigious designation was originally awarded to the company in 2015, after they spent three years developing and implementing an extensive Occupational Health and Safety program. The hard work was well worth it as it shows their commitment to safety. When it comes to equipment, they know what they like and don’t waste any time getting it. This has led them to achieve two remarkable firsts. They purchased the first Hitachi ZX245USLC-5 in North America a few years ago, and in 2018 they took delivery of the first Hitachi ZX345USLC-6 in North America. Quite an accomplishment for a young company in Chilliwack, B.C., an hour from Vancouver. Veenstra said they have always enjoyed shortradius equipment and all their excavators are Hitachi, so when they saw the ZX345USLC-6 – Hitachi’s largest short-tail-swing excavator – at CONEXPO last year, they knew it would fill an important role in their fleet. They also knew there weren’t going to be very many units available right away, so they told Richard Batten, their Wajax sales rep, they wanted to get it as soon as possible. When Batten called and said they could order it, Veenstra said: “We just jumped on it and said ‘yes’ right away and signed the sales agreement.” Hall and Veenstra have known each other since high school. Hall went on to become a field superintendent in civil construction while Veenstra became an engineer and project manager – ideal paths to start a construction business together, a long-held dream that they shared. Finally, that became a reality in 2012. “We were a pretty small company back then and we’ve just grown every year since,” said

Veenstra. “We have about 35 guys in the field now and lots of different projects. “We’ll do anything from clearing to site prep and site servicing. We’ll do all the prep for full roadworks, like curbs, sidewalks, paving, street lighting, hydro, telephone, foundation excavation for subdivisions, as well as commercial, industrial and institutional jobs.” Right from the start, the co-owners have worked with their local Hitachi dealer, Wajax, who helped them lease their first excavator. The company now has a range of sizes and at the time of this interview, they were adding two more machines, making 10 excavators in all. Metric Civil buys all of their excavators new as they like having the extended warranty. “It gives us cost certainty with the equipment and we’re not having to deal with downtime. We get really good service from Wajax in Langley, as well,” Veenstra said.

Short-radius machine ideal for tight spaces

“A lot of our equipment is zero-tail or short-radius equipment,” said Veenstra. “Sometimes, we’re in big, wide-open sites, but there are also lots of times where we’re working on a road or we’re working inside a building foundation or tight areas. And so, the short-radius equipment is definitely very beneficial for those types of projects. For example, if you’re putting in some new storm or sanitary works in a road and you’re trying to keep within one lane, but you still have to go three or four metres deep, then you need a decent-sized machine to do the work. But with a conventional excavator, the counterweight’s going to be sticking out pretty far. “We’ve been in scenarios before where you

need a zero tail swing in terms of room in a road or in a tight area, but a 245 just doesn’t always have the reach or the power you need if you’re at certain depths or heavy lifts or whatever you might be doing.” They have a 350 which they purchased prior to the 345 which is great for a lot of things, especially site prep and earthmoving where there is lots of room, but it’s not great on a road or in a tight area, and that’s where the 345 comes in. “That 345 fills that gap where you’ve got the short-radius but you can still do the same amount of work that a 350-sized machine can do. So there was definitely a gap before that now has been filled,” Veenstra said. Marlon Hall has been around heavy equipment his whole life, growing up in a logging family and working for many years as an operator. He knows what sets the ZX345USLC-6 apart from other excavators. “First thing, it’s the largest Hitachi short-tailswing machine,” he said. “It’s the big brother to our 245. It’s a very purpose-built machine. The power and balance-to-weight ratio is just second to none. This machine can lift crazy weights and be completely stable.” Hall explained that most short-tail-swing machines can’t lift heavy weights over the side. “You’ll feel it start to lift in the back end on the machine. This machine does not do that. So when I say it’s a purpose-built machine, it’s purposely built heavy. It is essentially the same stick and boom as on a 290 Hitachi, which we also have, but then it’s got a 350 undercarriage, which is a lot of weight, and three pumps for power. It’s like a work of art.” The 350 is a considerably bigger machine than the 345, Hall pointed out. “It’s got a bigger bucket, a bigger boom, a bigger stick. It’s got

bigger lugging. It’s got bigger everything, except the undercarriage is the same. The 345 has less power and less breakout than a 350, but it weighs more, so that’s where that balance and weight come into play. And as an operator, when you’re sitting in a seat, there’s nothing greater than having a very stable machine. The trade-off to the weight is worth having.” Chris Soper is an operator with Metric Civil with 12 years of experience working on excavators. “I’ve known Marlon for a long time and when he told me he bought it [the 345], I was pretty excited,” he said. “You kind of cross your fingers and hope you’re going to be the one who runs it. I drew the short straw, and away we went.” The 345 has now been used on three different projects. At South Albion Elementary School in Maple Ridge it was involved site prep and site servicing. Then it was used for bulk excavation of an underground parkade at the Mercato project in Port Coquitlam, a large mixed-use project. The 345 is now working at the Vista Green project in Chilliwack, a 44-unit townhouse development. “We did some large retaining walls there and it was definitely helpful,” said Veenstra. “The retaining walls were going up against a narrow road on a mountainside development, and we were lifting some pretty big 24-square-foot concrete blocks. So we needed to have a big machine.”

Quality machine with economical operation

“When we lift the big stone blocks – the big ones are 11,000 pounds – no matter where you’re sitting, when you lift those, the tracks stay on the ground. It’s very stable,” said Soper. Soper also likes the reduced tail swing of the 345. “You don’t have to watch the rear end at all, you can get into some tight spaces. . . especially when you’re doing roadwork and working around these walls. If you can walk it in to a space, you can swing it around.” On an earlier phase of the Vista Green project, the company had used the 350 excavator, prior to having the 345. “When we did that, because the road is so narrow, you couldn’t get any dump trucks or another excavator around the machine a lot of the time,” said Veenstra. “But with a 345, you could drive past it without [the operator] having to stop what they’re doing and moving out of the way. That was the first scenario where the short-radius made a big difference in terms of our accessibility and functionality on-site.” What makes Hitachi machines appealing to Veenstra is a combination of things. “Part of it is they’re good, quality machines. They’ve been around a long time, they’re well-engineered [and] they have good fuel economy.”

Top: Site prep at the Maple Ridge project. Above: Chris Soper likes the large cab, short tail swing and speed of the ZX345USLC-6. The 345 has Hitachi’s TRIAS three-pump hydraulics, which gives it the fastest cycle times in the industry, according to the manufacturer. Veenstra said that Soper, who has been on the 345 a lot, can attest to that. “I remember the first day [the machine] was out there, that was the one thing he noticed. It doesn’t stop moving. Even when it’s fully loaded, there’s not much that can hold it back. We kind of expected that because the 245s have the same three-pump system and we’ve had a couple of those for a while.” Another thing Soper likes on the 345 is the cab. “The 245s we have are great but the cabs are definitely smaller. This one is nice and big. You can bring anything you want in there, rain jacket, lunch box, whatever, and there’s lots of room for it. It’s the same cab as on the 350 and the 290. “It’s quite a bit faster than the 290,” he added, “but burns a lot less fuel than the 350 – the owners like that for sure. “It’s just great; everything I’ve used it for, I’ve been happy with it. Haven’t been able to find anything I don’t like.” “When you get into these pieces of equipment and you run them for a living, it becomes a part of you and you really enjoy knowing the machines,” said Hall “I’ve got a couple key guys that I’ve sat down with and we’ve discussed the ins and outs of the machine, the different situations that you can be put in, and you compare them to other machines. It’s an impressive machine.” HEG FEBRUARY 2019

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ohn Deere’s latest additions to their crawler loader line – the 655K and 755K – build on the strength of the K-Series K-Series lineup, delivering greater productivity and uptime, along with lower daily operating costs. Nathan Horstman, product marketing manager for crawler loaders, emphasized that the company’s goal is to provide fleet managers and operators with equipment capable of maximizing efficiency on all fronts, and that the 655K and 755K feature “industry-leading technology engineered to minimize downtime and grant users an innovative, reliable crawler loader solution.” A certified Tier 4 Final John Deere PVS 6.8-litre engine provides increased power using proven technology. The 655K’s net power has increased from 145 hp to 155 hp (108 kW to 115 kW), while the 755K’s net power has increased to 194 hp (145 kW) from its previous 190 hp (141 kW).

Key features: hydrostatic transmission and Total Machine Control The 655K and 755K have hydrostatic transmissions, a feature John Deere pioneered in crawlers in North America in 1976. These transmissions provide infinite speed control, power management, live power turns, counter rotation while staying in gear, and dynamic braking. In addition, Total Machine Control allows customized machine response that can be tailored to meet the needs of individual operators. Hydrostatic transmission control options give 24



655K & 755K


655K 116 kW (155 hp) @ 1,400 rpm 755K 145 kW (194 hp) @ 1,800 rpm


operators the ability to choose between multiple transmission control settings – speed-in-grip and a v-pattern control with foot pedal steering. Inside the cab, onboard hydrostatic and hydraulic pressure sensors make it quick and easy to read pressures in both the hydrostatic and hydraulic systems without the need for external gauges. By simply using the monitor, a technician can quickly gain access to important system pressure data.

Eco Mode and auto idle deliver fuel savings

Both the 655K and 755K are equipped with Eco Mode, yielding up to 20 percent less fuel consumption with no loss in productivity. When enabled, Eco Mode optimizes fuel economy while maintaining ground speed by automatically adjusting engine speed and transmission settings based on the load. When a heavy load is encountered, engine speed increases

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rapidly to ensure power is available to push through the load. Eco Mode works in both forward and reverse directions to improve overall fuel economy and productivity. Another key fuel-saving feature, auto idle, automatically lowers engine speed when the machine is not moving and no functions are being activated. An adjustable timer can be set in the monitor – and coupled with auto shutdown – will lower fuel costs for customers and save warranty hours. A new standard reverse camera provides operators with more visibility on the jobsite. The large colour camera display provides the operator with visibility to the ripper and rear of the machine, while still focusing on the task at hand. Additional crawler features include increased reliability through optimized hose and harness routings, the Quad-Cool cooling system, keyless start and coded-security modes.



18,422 kg (40,614 lb.)

20,492 kg (45,178 lb.)


655K 1.9 m3 (2.4 cu. yd.)

755K 2.5 m3 (3.2 cu. yd.)


655K 148 kN

(33,271 lbf)

755K 197 kN

(44,287 lbf) DUMP HEIGHT 655K 2,665 mm (105 in.) 755K 2,950 mm (116 in.)



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aterpillar has introduced two all new motor graders: the 120, which offers options to tailor the machine to a customer’s preferences and applications, and the 140, which is designed as a high-production model. They all feature scalable Cat GRADE technologies that provide grade control options for customers with different application requirements and budgets but all aimed at allowing operators to work faster and more accurately. In addition, the optional Stable Blade system automatically slows the machine if the grade will be adversely affected by machine bounce.

120 Motor Grader

The 120 is available with either joysticks or traditional steering wheel and lever controls. The benefit of joystick control on the 120 is the reduction of repetitive hand and arm movements by up to 78 percent, eliminating related fatigue. Technology options are integrated into the joysticks to make it a seamless motion and the angled joystick cab provides extra blade visibility. Cat conducted a test to gauge interest in traditional steering wheel and lever controls on their motor graders and both dealers and customers overwhelmingly said they wanted them. This system a 45-year long history and many operators still prefer it. In terms of technology, Cat offers advanced optional integration of automatic grade control switches and buttons on the levers, providing full control within arm’s reach. Another choice on the 120 is standard tandem drive or all-wheel drive. Power on the tandem unit is from 139 to 165 hp (104 to 123 kW) while the allwheel drive option ranges from 145 to 189 hp (108 to 141 kW). The all-wheel-drive system assists with traction and maneuvering in loose material, and provides a front-wheel only creep mode for precise grading. The added power is useful for working in rough terrain. Even more versatility can be gained from the selection of Cat Attachments, from rippers to blades. Each one is designed to fit the needs for improved performance, safety, and stability. The 120 sports a new cab design with an innovative connecting rear window for better visibility. Even more visibility can be obtained with the Cat Detect Vision System. Conveniently located wear inserts can save up to 20 percent in labour costs by using the top adjust 26


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drawbar circle option to achieve maximum tightness and precision grading. New filtration technology can save up to 15 percent in maintenance costs. For added operator safety, the standard secondary-steering system automatically activates should main-pump pressure drop.

140 Motor Grader

Designed as a high-production model, the Cat 140 Motor Grader combines a selection of grade control technologies with conventional steering wheel/ lever controls, an efficient power train, enhanced operator comfort/convenience features, and simple, extended-interval serviceability. The new model offers an all-wheel-drive system option with a standard operating weight of 42,325 pounds (19,198 kg) and features a 12-foot moldboard, a fuel-efficient Cat C9.3 engine rated at 250 standard net horsepower (186 kW), an 8F/6R direct-drive power-shift transmission, and the Cat Product Link telematics system. Scalable Cat GRADE technologies provide grade control options for customers with different application requirements and budgets – but all aimed at allowing operators to work faster and more accurately for increased productivity. In addition, the optional Stable Blade system automatically slows the machine if the

It is easy to tell the difference between the Cat 120 motor grader with joystick controls (left) and wheel/lever controls (right) as they have different cab designs. grade will be adversely affected by machine bounce. The Cat C9.3 engine provides optimum power in all gears, with the Variable Horsepower Plus (VHP) system regulating power output between 177 and 250 horsepower (132 and 186 kW) for maximum efficiency and fuel economy. When operating in the standard ECO mode, fuel consumption is reduced up to 10 percent in certain applications. The all-wheel-drive option provides added performance in rough terrain or poor underfoot conditions. The VHP system regulates power output between 176 and 270 horsepower (131 and 291 kW). Optimized machine balance ensures maximum drawbar power to the ground. Optional hydraulic lines accommodate various powered work tools. To expand versatility, there are several attachments available such as the mast-type and mast-less snow wings, plows, straight blades, scarifiers, and the lift group for precise control of front-mounted tools.

The Cat 140 motor grader is a high-production model with conventional steering wheel and lever controls.


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MEDIUM-DUTY TRUCKS WITH HEAVY-DUTY DETAILS International has returned to the Class 4/5 segment with its introduction of the CV series commercial trucks, featuring a 350-hp 6.6-litre diesel engine

By Lee Toop, Associate Editor


t has been a few years since the medium-duty truck landscape featured vehicles carrying the iconic International name. That gap has been filled, as parent company Navistar has launched the International CV series of Class 4/5 trucks – a lineup that features heavy-duty construction and power while meeting the needs of operators seeking trucks that are easily customized. With the addition of the CV series, Navistar now offers International trucks from class 4 through 8, meaning that commercial customers who regularly buy heavy-duty Internationals can

stick with a familiar brand and dealer for all of their truck needs. “The Class 4/5 market is a large one, and about half of it is the category we serve, the diesel conventional market. There are many applications – construction, service trucks, utility trucks, landscaping – they just go on and on,” said Chad Semler, Navistar vocational marketing manager. “It’s a great fit for a lot of people who need this size of truck.” The CV series is built in partnership with GM, and is designed to be a versatile truck built around an engine that can handle any power needs customers may have. Under a commercial-style forward-tilting hood is an International 6.6-litre diesel powerplant generating 350 hp and 700 lb.-ft.

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of torque. The engine is paired with one of two Allison automatic transmissions, and paired with Dana axles the truck is capable of up to 37,500 pounds GCWR. Semler said diesel remains the preferred fuel for trucks in the Class 4/5 sector. “I know gasoline has been showing some increases in market share, and that may come about in the future – there’s always interest in expanding our powertrain offerings,” he said. “The prevalent power plant is diesel; you get the greatest power, and your torque availability is very good. Right now, diesel prices are great, so it’s a good choice.”

Ready for a range of jobs

Commercial trucks need to be ready for a range of jobs, and the CV series has been designed with upfitting in mind, Semler said. “We have quite extensive knowledge and experience with body builders, body integration, control integration and other factors. So we took that into consideration when designing this truck,” he noted. One key in the design is the inclusion of straight frame rails with no obstructions from cab to axle, something that makes life easier for body builders. “There are no rivets protruding beyond the top of a frame rail that a body builder has to leave clearances for on their subframes – it makes things a little easier for them,” Semler said. “We offer a variety of options to fit the various bodies that are out there.” Some other considerations for body builders include the inclusion of HuckBolt chassis fasteners – something borrowed from larger International offerings that provides superior clamping force without re-torquing and hold tight even in extreme environments. In addition, the series features a dual battery box under the cab, as well as multiple fuel tank options, optional

exhaust outlets and multiple wheelbase options. In addition, CV owners will be able to access International Truck Specialty Centre experts who can provide quick, efficient and cost-effective custom engineering solutions.

Driver comfort kept in mind

Drivers have been kept in mind during the design process, Semler noted, as more truck owners are keeping employee retention in mind when they purchase new equipment. “There’s a lot of discussion in the over-the-road world about driver shortages and turnover, and that is also in the vocational market. You want to have the most comfortable, pleasing environment that you can, to keep your drivers happy,” Semler said. “This is their work environment. In the vocational world, a lot of times it’s also their office, so you need to keep that under consideration.” That consideration starts right at the door – International has included a step that is designed to allow a natural, easy entry and exit from the cab. Inside, the truck is fitted with large gauges and good lighting. “There’s access to some of the conveniences that drivers have come to expect, carrying over from their cars – there’s a large centre display for rearview backup cameras, there are options for Apple CarPlay, navigation. . . you can really add functionality to the interior,” Semler described. “It’s available in a day cab as well as crew cab, because a lot of these trucks are tools used to bring crews to a work site. We have to make that cab as inviting and roomy as possible and provide storage for tools and all the things drivers bring with them.” Comfort options also include what International says is the segment’s only optional air ride suspension with an engine-mounted compressor, which can be used to adjust height and provide a smooth ride for cargo protection and crew comfort.

CV series trucks are in production now, and will start arriving on the market in the near future at International dealers – one of the biggest advantages customers will receive when choosing these trucks over competitors, Semler suggested. “A lot of competitors in this market are automotive-based, and their service network is set up as a consumer automotive-based network. A lot of times, you may find that a car dealer. . . may not have the diesel technician needed to work on a diesel truck, or they may not have the equipment to lift a

20,000-pound truck with high clearances,” he said. “At an International dealer you won’t run into those problems because that’s what International dealers do every day.” International started training its technicians on the CV several months ago, and parts have been stocked in readiness for the trucks to reach market. Customers are also excited for the CV to arrive, Semler said, and the company is certain that it will have a strong spot in a tight truck market. “We believe there’s room for an

alternative with great benefits; we are going to be able to go a little higher in GVWR than our competitors currently do – creeping into the bottom end of Class 6, up to a 22,900 GVWR,” he said. “That can really help specific segments that don’t necessarily want to move up to the MV series – they don’t need to move up to a 25,000 or 30,000 GVWR, they just need a little above that 19,500 to load all their tools and components. So, this is a great alternative to get into that 20,000-pound gross vehicle weight area.” HEG

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Forward-tilting hood helps with service

Designers also kept service and maintenance in mind when developing the CV series. One of the most obvious design features that comes from these trucks’ larger cousins is the hood; instead of lifting up like a pickup truck might, the hood on the CV tilts forward like those on heavier-duty trucks. “This really eases maintenance, and even your daily fluid checks. With an alligator-style hood that can be difficult, because you can’t always reach,” Semler said. “You don’t need step stools and such with the CV series – you tilt the hood forward and have great access to every checkpoint on the truck. In addition, you need to do maintenance after several thousand miles, and you’ll have easier access to make those repairs and component changes under the hood.”

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Challenges come in a lot of different sizes and no truck takes them on better than the Western Star® 4700. It was created to help you tackle the toughest jobs and win. Whether as a tractor, or as a truck bodied up the way you need it, the 4700 gives you the edge. And in this world, we could all use a little edge. FIND YOURS AT WESTERNSTAR.COM Western Star - A Daimler Group Brand WS/MC-A-588 Specifications are subject to change without notice. Western Star Truck Sales, Inc. is registered to ISO 9001:2008 and ISO 14001:2004. Copyright © 2019 Daimler Trucks North America LLC. All rights reserved. Western Star Truck Sales, Inc. is a subsidiary of Daimler Trucks North America LLC, a Daimler company.


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MAXIMUM PERFORMANCE IN MULTIPLE APPLICATIONS The Kenworth W990 long-hood conventional leverages the 67-year evolution of the iconic W900 platform to provide Kenworth customers with a product that captures the pride, image, freedom and spirit of trucking. It continues Kenworth’s tradition of offering driver-focused trucks. Designed to maximize performance in over-the-road and vocational applications, the Kenworth W990 is available in day cab, 40-inch flat top, and both 52-inch and 76-inch mid-roof sleeper configurations. The W990 is standard with the proprietary PACCAR Powertrain consisting of the PACCAR MX-13 engine rated up to 510 hp and 1,850 lb-ft of torque, 12-speed PACCAR automated transmission and PACCAR 40K tandem rear axles. The W990 offers numerous options. Special comfort and style options include the Limited Edition black interior, and the Driver’s Studio package of premium options that create a luxurious home-on-the-road living experience. The W990 is standard with Kenworth TruckTech+ remote diagnostics system.




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BE LIGHTER In addition to its other lightweight options, the 4700 is now available with the Cummins X12, which is up to 600 pounds lighter than other medium-bore engines.

BE SAFER Along with great handling and visibility, the 4700 now comes with Collision Mitigation, Adaptive Cruise Control and Lane Departure Warning for greater safety and uptime.

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Peterbilt’s all-electric medium-duty 220EV, introduced at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, joins the previously announced Model 520EV and the Model 579EV in the Peterbilt electric vehicle lineup. In all, Peterbilt will have more than 30 electric vehicles in operation by the end of 2019 with customers representing the refuse, regional haul and city delivery applications. “Peterbilt has been at the forefront of truck electrification, and adding the medium-duty platform to our electric truck lineup was a natural evolution of our development plan. We will now have trucks in the three applications where electric powertrains may have a return on investment for our customers,” said Peterbilt General Manager Jason Skoog. “Today, we have Model 520EVs and Model 579EVs on the road with customers, experiencing real-world environments and performing well. In addition to the customer field trials, Peterbilt is engaged in validation testing at the PACCAR Technical Center (PTC) in Mount Vernon, Washington. Data collected during customer trials and testing at PTC will be used to ensure that Peterbilt EVs meet the same rigorous standards as our current trucks.” The zero-emission 220EV is powered by two TransPower battery packs with a total of 148 kWh and a Meritor Blue Horizon two-speed drive eAxle. It features a range of 100 miles and a recharge time of one hour when using a DC fast charging system, making it an ideal option for local pickup and delivery operations, while still providing premium performance and driver experience. Peterbilt will begin delivering the 220EV in the summer of 2019 and will put a total of six in service this year with a major customer.

The enhanced 4700 offers a number of new features to make getting a hard job done even easier.

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Rivian recently launched the R1T, an all-electric, five-passenger pickup that features a range of up to 400+ miles, a wading depth of one metre, and the performance and precise control of quad-motor AWD. It will enter production in 2020. The foundation of the R1T and R1S is Rivian’s skateboard platform, which efficiently packages the battery pack, drive units, suspension, braking and thermal system all below the height of the wheel, leaving space above for occupants and their gear. Beyond the packaging benefits, this architecture delivers a low centre of gravity that supports the vehicle’s agility and stability. Adding to these inertial advantages is a sophisticated suspension architecture with unequal length double wishbone suspension in the front and a multi-link suspension in the rear. The suspension features dynamic roll control and adaptive dampers along with ride-height adjustable air-suspension. Rivian’s vehicles also feature a quad-motor system that delivers 147kW with precise torque control to each wheel, enabling active torque vectoring and maximum performance in every situation, from highspeed cornering to low-speed rock crawling. With 3,500 Nm of grounded torque per wheel (14,000 Nm of torque for the full vehicle), the R1T can reach 60 mph in three seconds and 100 mph in less than seven seconds. This powertrain and chassis also enable the R1T’s tow rating of 11,000 pounds.

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ase’s all-new TV450 compact track loader is a 10,610-pound vertical-lift machine with a rated operating capacity of 4,500 pounds at 50 percent tipping load. The largest Case CTL ever built features 9,188 pounds of breakout force, and optional high-flow (3,450 psi at 39.5 gpm) and enhanced high-flow (4,000 psi at 35 gpm) hydraulics for high-power attachments such as mulching heads, stump grinders and cold planers. “The Case TV450 provides lifting and earthmoving performance that will meet the demands of general contractors, landscapers [and] roadbuilders – and the 4,000 psi with enhanced high-flow makes this an excellent platform for attachments,” says Deborah Townsley, product marketing manager, Case Construction Equipment. “It’s a powerful, large-frame loader that handles heavy materials and still provides the advantages of low ground pressure for jobsites where finished lawns and underground utilities may exist.” 32


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The Case TV450 is available in either standard mechanical (H Pattern) controls, or optional electro-hydraulic controls (H and ISO pattern interchangeability), as well as optional mechanical hand and foot controls. Case electro-hydraulic controls – EZ-EH – provide adjustable speed and control sensitivity settings that can adjust to meet the needs of each application and attachment, and operators are able to switch between H and ISO patterns via a simple rocker switch.

Loaded with features

A number of premium features are standard on the CTL, including heavy-duty front and side lights, front cylinder guards, a heavy-duty rear door, remote oil and fuel filters, and debris ingression sealing to prevent material from entering the engine compartment. It also offers optional hydraulic one-way self-levelling and ride control for a smoother ride and greater material retention

The TV450 provides 360-degree visibility and sightlines down to the bucket edge. The cab is wide and offers a low entry threshold for easy access and greater visibility to the front of the machine. A large, rounded rear window delivers excellent rear visibility, and an all-new standard in-cab rearview mirror further improves operator awareness.

Easy to service

The new CTL meets Tier 4 Final emissions standards with a Selective Catalytic Reduction system that only requires diesel exhaust fluid – no maintenance or lifetime service related to diesel particulate filters are required. Operators can quickly access all routine service points, including the engine, filters, fill points, and all other service points through a single point of access at the rear of the machine. Case’s easy-tilt cab allows for easy access to the drivetrain compartment, and features reinforced structures for greater machine durability.

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mall contractors handling small earthmoving or landscaping jobs often have small machines in their fleet, but that doesn’t mean they only do small jobs. There are plenty of opportunities for local contractors to take on work that might need the precision of bigger contracts – precision that often comes with a big price tag. Contractors with compact equipment now have a lower-cost option for basic

grade control, however – one that is designed for ease of use on multiple machines through the operator’s own mobile device. Trimble recently released its Earthworks GO! 2D grade control system for use on skid-steer and compact track loaders. The system is portable, lightweight and easy to both install and operate. “Trimble is proud to once again introduce groundbreaking construction technology,” said Scott Crozier, general manager of Trimble Civil Engineering and Construction. “Trimble Earthworks


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GO! is the first BYOD compact machine control solution on the market. It makes grade control technology affordable and easy to use for contractors.” Trimble Earthworks GO! can be used by contractors involved in general construction, site preparation and utility work for grading flat and simple slopes. The system leverages laser technology to provide dynamic, real-time position information that allows the operator to grade or cut profiles quickly and accurately. Earthworks GO! is built around the GO! Box, a portable control system that can be affixed to a machine or attachment magnetically. It is connected to Trimble’s LR410 laser receivers, mounted on masts on the attachment being used, taking advantage of simple harnessing solutions. From there, all the operator needs is a smartphone to get working. Android and iOS users can take advantage of Earthworks GO! software, which guides the user through installation, setup and operating modes. It’s designed to lead the operator in a step-by-step approach that can get them working on the jobsite within minutes. A visual display on the operator’s phone, mounted in the cab, provides guidance for precise flat and sloping grades, depending on the needs of the job. A demonstration of the system at the Trimble Dimensions conference showed just how quickly it can be moved from one machine to another. The process took mere minutes, and with different machine profiles saved in the GO! Box, once the box was attached and plugged in work was able to begin immediately. Earthworks GO! is available through SITECH dealers. HEG



olvo Construction Equipment has introduced two new E-Series compact excavators to North America with the launch of the ECR18E and the EC20E. The EC20E comes with a range of significant performance gains versus the D-Series model it replaces, while the ultra short-swing ECR18E is an entirely new addition to the Volvo lineup. “We listened to our customers’ needs and improved upon our popular D-Series with updates that make the EC20E more productive, more versatile, more durable and easier to maintain. We’ve also seen growing demand for a short-swing model in this compact class – particularly in the rental market, which our new ECR18E is well-positioned to serve,” said John Comrie, product manager, compact excavators.




This ultra-short-swing radius compact excavator features a rear overhang of 0.5 inches when the tracks are fully extended. This excavator has a top-mounted boom cylinder for protection during loading and braking; large tie-down points on the upper frame for easy, safe transport; an electric ISO/SAE pattern changer; and a purpose-built canopy with heavy-duty pillars.



Versus its predecessor, the new two-ton EC20E offers a 13 percent increase in tractive force, 22 percent increased lifting capacity at the front and 7 percent increased lifting capacity at the side. Additional features include auxiliary hydraulic flows that can be independently adjusted in each direction, offering the best in both speed and control; optional second auxiliary line; optional auto engine idle and shutdown; fold-out coolers; and an electric ISO/SAE pattern changer. Both new machines offer low height and a variable undercarriage. These excavators are 79 inches tall and 39 inches wide with the undercarriage retracted. Once in position, the undercarriage extends to 53 inches for excellent stability. Both machines are easy to maintain with 50-hour greasing intervals and hinged access to fuel, oil and filters. They also have a new counterweight and panels. Three cast-iron parts protect the rear while allowing easy access to components. Side/rear panels are now made of stamped steel.



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THE HEIGHTS OF SAFETY Technology is playing a part in improving safe operation of cranes, both mobile and stationary

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ramped jobsites are becoming the norm for construction projects, especially in busy urban areas. The combination of multiple machines, workers, material and everything else is a challenge in itself, and the addition of lift equipment to the mix means that safety must be top of mind. Mobile and tower cranes are essential for getting supplies around sites, and operators must be cognizant of the activity around them to ensure they and their fellow workers are as safe as possible. Along with good site planning and other approaches taken prior to the start of work, manufacturers are taking advantage of various types of technology to help with that goal. “When they invented these cranes, they really didn’t have the technology to be able to adapt them and enable the operator to work more safely – he just basically had to rely on someone else’s eyes, and someone else’s radio signal,” said Chris Machut, chief technology officer with Netarus. “Now, there are things that range from anti-collision systems when you’re working with multiple cranes to what we do, which is a magnetic deployable camera that allows the operator to attach his eyes, virtually speaking, right above the load so you can see how it’s placed, how it’s oriented, where it’s going and who’s around it.”

Situational awareness improves safety

Crane safety comes from a number of directions, but starts with a good operating plan and operators that are focused and able to recognize problems quickly. Machut said that operators who can follow an OODA loop – Observe, Orient, Decide and Act – are a key part of safety, and technology that helps them in that goal is important. “Having an operator that has really good situational awareness in his environment is really part of the whole plan,” Machut said. There are plenty of safety practices that come along with crane operation, starting from the site’s lift plan and extending out to a range of checklists, knowledge of the loads to be picked, the positioning and so forth. Technology takes those practices a step further, Machut noted. “What we push for is how you extend beyond the standard safety practices – not necessarily to replace them, but to actually augment and assist them,” he said. “That goes into understanding and incorporating things like visual aid technologies into the lift plan and the processes that are critical to every operator.” The HoistCam camera system from Netarus was 36


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developed to help give operators an additional eye on the load, which is especially important when running a tower crane or lifting over an obstruction, for example. A remote camera is attached magnetically to the hoist. It can run for up to 24 hours, broadcasting video to a monitor in the crane’s cab.

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“Many tower cranes have 120-volt AC so we can plug into that, or in mobile equipment, 99 percent of them have a cigarette lighter plug in them so we have adapters for those as well,” Machut said. “Setup is literally a couple of minutes. . . and the rapid deployable nature of the system makes it very easy to use.” Operators find having the camera gives them more

control of the situation around their machine, and improves safety significantly. Machut said that he has received calls from operators who report that they have experienced near misses on the job that, without the camera giving them a chance to take a second look at the situation, could have created serious incidents and potentially fatal consequences. “We’re not talking about shutting down a crane for a day due to an accident, we’re talking about not shutting a crane down because he spent two to three seconds verifying that everything was safe.” Mobile cranes have their own unique safety challenges to consider. With many contractors opting for mobile machines for their flexibility, the need to

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move through tight spaces and then set up the crane for lifting in close quarters with other equipment has driven manufacturers to develop a variety of technologies to assist. Liebherr, for example, has paired its mobile cranes with the LICCON control computer, which monitors many aspects of crane operations, including safety. Lee Spalding, a sales representative with Liebherr, said that the company’s systems are a way to back up the operator in difficult spaces. “Liebherr is really on the forefront of that technology – for example, there’s a new counterweight monitoring system

on newer cranes; there are sensors in the hydraulic jacks that lift the counterweight, and when the operator has to confirm everything on the computer and puts in a value that’s different than what the computer is telling him, he’ll get a warning,” Spalding explained. “In this case, the computer may say that he has 100 tons of lift and he’s putting 80 tons in, so it will provide a warning and he can double-check.” Some of the company’s cranes are equipped with VarioBase, a technology that allows the operator to set the outriggers at independent lengths, a feature that means the machine can

fit into restricted jobsites where the outriggers might need to be different lengths. The system takes the outrigger positioning and calculates a load chart for the position, as opposed to having a paper load chart calculated ahead of time. From there, the operator is able to use a software package to plan lifts where necessary, either on a personal computer or within the LICCON system. “If the crane operator is sitting in his crane and doesn’t have a laptop with him, but someone comes up and asks him if he can do a lift, he can press a button on his LICCON system

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and it will switch into a virtual mode – he can plug in his parameters and do the lift virtually, with the joysticks and everything, as he sits in the crane,” Spalding said. Visibility when setting up a crane is important as well; operators are often stuck in the cab without a full field of vision around them while the setup process is ongoing, or must use control panels on either side of the crane to extend their outriggers and other equipment. Liebherr has taken advantage of Bluetooth technology to give the operator more opportunity to view the surroundings while setting up. “When you get to a jobsite, you pull the Bluetooth device out of the dash, get out and you can start setting up with this device,” Spalding said. “You can walk around the crane as you’re setting up, looking for obstacles. . . once you have the outriggers and axles locked and the crane is ready to raise up, you press one button and the crane will auto level.” While the unit allows operators to do most of the machine setup and get ready to move, a new option also allows for the machine to be operated by remote control – one remote control unit can work with multiple cranes using the Bluetooth device from that machine, Spalding said. “That operator could be standing on a roof while they’re placing an air conditioning unit – everything that’s on the LICCON system in the cab is displayed on the remote control unit,” he said. An operator can even drive the crane from point to point on the jobsite with the remote control – an added safety measure in crowded spaces, Spalding noted. HEG


NEW RAPID ATTACH PLATFORM INTRODUCED FOR BOOM TRUCK SERIES National Crane has announced a new Rapid Attach Platform for its NBT boom truck series. The completely redesigned platform will replace previous iterations and comes in two styles: yoke style (Y-RAP2) and rotating style (R-RAP2). Both styles are now available for purchase. The two-person, steel, non-insulated, yoke-style platform is extremely efficient to attach thanks to its one pin system and innovative self-centring boom nose adapter. The new platform was also designed for more demanding jobsites and can attach at +/- 15 degrees. It retains a weight limit of 1,200 pounds for the basket and 500 pounds for the jib. The new platform is perfect for aerial work with many of the NBT series machines due to the design including

two utility-focused features: a pressure intensifier option and a remote-control docking station. The new platform is available for multiple models from National Crane’s NBT series, increasing asset utilization for National Crane owners, including the NBT40–1 and NBT50L series, NBT50, NBT55, NTC55 and NBT60.



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Registration Coming Soon! The Potain Cab-IN allows for fast, easy and safe travel to and from the crane cab, while retaining regular mast ladder access. It fits inside all K-mast systems of 1.6-, 2- and 2.45-m sections. The system is also compatible with all Potain bases/ chassis, meaning it can be fitted into both existing and new crane models. The elevator has a maximum weight limit of 200 kg, allowing up to two people to utilize the lift at the same time. Maintenance technicians will also benefit from the lift, as it provides superior mast visibility and access all the way to the top. The Potain Cab-IN was developed specifically for Potain top slewing cranes in partnership with GEDA, a proven industrial elevator and construction lift manufacturer. “Our customers wanted a design that could maintain the use of the access ladders even with the lift installed. From that, we developed the idea for an internal mast operator lift, taking special care to ensure access to the lift was safe at all times,” said Thibaut Le Besnerais, Manitowoc’s global product director for tower cranes.

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ROADBUILDING PRECISION Expanded use of machine control adds efficiency to road construction operations

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recision is everything when constructing road surfaces. Tolerances are very tight, ensuring that the surface is smooth for vehicles travelling on it while also providing a long service life. Traditionally, that precision has come

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from extensive survey work and constant checks to keep machinery on the right grade for the site, both during construction of the road base and when paving is underway. With the advent of machine control, however, operators have much more direct support in reaching and maintaining grade across the roadbuilding process. When it comes to road subgrade, there are plenty of challenges for machine operators to face in terms of meeting the grade requirements. In the past, operators of dozers, graders and other machines on the jobsite would have to be in contact with surveyors and others on the ground to track their progress against grade stakes and other measurement indicators. “Before the introduction of intelligent machine control, there was a really high learning curve for new operators who needed to be able to work efficiently and accurately – you need the skill to rough doze, get close to grade, and then to finish grade. It wasn’t uncommon for skilled operators to have to go back and adjust the working surface a tenth or two to get to finish grade,” related Sebastian Witkowski, product marketing manager, intelligent machine control for Komatsu. “Working with these kinds of traditional grade-stake type jobsites, having that skill set to read grade stakes and know what to do with the information on them was key.” Compared to many traditional construction sites, the sheer number of grade stakes can be daunting. “When you think about a one-mile stretch of road, it could have considerably more stakes than, for example, an entire subdivision project when you consider stations, hubs, vertical intersections, and so on,” he said. “Just that aspect of removing grade stakes from the process is a huge efficiency benefit for road construction companies, The key to a successful road project is a good subgrade, and the ability to achieve that subgrade accurately, the first time, is key to the success of a good contractor.” Most manufacturers now offer machine control of some sort on their equipment; Komatsu, for example,

offers a full lineup of dozers and excavators that take advantage of the company’s integrated 3D GNSS intelligent machine control systems. “Of course there are considerable efficiency and productivity gains when we consider a dozer’s ability to spread stone after achieving subgrade. But Komatsu takes that same concept a step further and applies it to its excavators. Think about how intelligent excavators can be used in this application, on road projects where there’s considerable cut required, you can send one of our intelligent excavators out that can cut straight to grade without the need of support dozers,” Witkowski noted. An integrated machine also brings with it opportunities for less-experienced operators to work on these challenging jobsites. “For Komatsu’s intelligent dozers, it’s just a matter of turning on your automatics and rocking the blade lever forward to engage the automatics. Really, you’re operating forward and reverse,” Witkowski said. “The beauty of our intelligent machine control is that it’s good for both experienced and inexperienced operators alike.” With the ease of use that comes with machine control and the ability to tie into other software systems used throughout the industry, contractors can quickly and easily add intelligent machines to their fleets. “For many contractors, it’s a no-brainer. The efficiency and productivity gains right off the bat are nothing to scoff at,” Witkowski said.

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Once the prep work is done on a road project, the paving equipment moves in – and it, too, can take advantage of technology to get the job done more smoothly. Moving away from traditional techniques has been happening for quite some time in the later stages of construction, noted Kelly Steeves, paving account manager for Leica Geosystems, part of Hexagon. A joint venture with paving equipment manufacturer Wirtgen in the late 1990s kicked off machine control in that sector, he explained. “The German railway agency had

machine and uses various modules depending on the needs of the contractor. Modules are available for asphalt and concrete paving, as well as for compaction – essentially providing a one-stop shop for machine control. “Our software is app-based, so it’s as easy as using a smartphone – you just swipe to the option you need. It’s like a video game with hydraulics,” Steeves said. “As the next generation of equipment operators comes into the market, they expect automation and intelligent systems because they grew up with technology. Contractors that want to hire the best talent are adopting machine control at a rapid pace.” HEG

started expanding high-speed rail through Germany. They were cutting through forests, farmland, towns, and going through the countryside, and that required maintenance of the traditional wireline – pavers use sensors to track a wire at a given height and at a given offset,” he explained. “You can imagine hundreds and hundreds of kilometres of wireline out there. . . Any time farm animals, wildlife or people bumped the line, that caused the elevation to go out of alignment. That movement put a bump or a dip in the road that was costly to repair.” Leica Geosystems and Wirtgen developed a system that allowed for radio communication between the pavers and total stations on the jobsite; since then, stringless paving has expanded in markets across the globe. OEMs have recognized the potential and made their machines capable of working with the technology, and it is finding growing share in the market, especially on jobsites that feature restricted space. “A lot of modern projects involve rehabilitating crumbling infrastructure in big cities where there are buildings and tight restraints, and many more people on the road now than at the time of original construction,” he said. “If you can fit a paver into those areas, you can pave with machine control.” Machine control systems for paving take advantage of precise models of the required road surface to guide the paver in its operations. According to Steeves, the machine responds automatically to guidance from the technology, which drives constant adjustments that keep the surface right where it’s supposed to be. That doesn’t mean that contractors don’t need to keep good paving practices in mind – they still need to ensure that their surface mix is correct, that trucks are arriving consistently to feed the paver, and so on. But, the end result when those steps are taken is a clean and smooth paved surface that is done more efficiently. In Leica Geosystems’ case, the iCON machine control platform is an across-the-board approach, one that can be moved from machine to

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Volvo CE is partnering with its dealers to offer Volvo Certified Used Equipment


hile there are many advantages to buying new equipment, some contractors find value in buying used. Volvo Construction Equipment wants to make it safer for them to do this so they are partnering with their dealers to create Volvo Certified Used centres in Canada and the U.S. that take the guesswork out of buying used equipment. This is part of a larger business strategy to increase the machines’ value throughout the life cycle by growing their residual value on the used market. Volvo CE says that equipment is worth more if it has been inspected and/or certified with the OEM’s involvement. This strategy enables Volvo CE to gain more control over the life cycle of its products, as the Volvo Certified Used centres will feature reconditioning facilities in which dealers will perform the work themselves. Stephen Roy, president of Volvo CE Americas, said “We want to provide the construction industry’s highest life cycle values. That begins with making efficient and reliable equipment that is backed by superior aftermarket support from a great dealer network. Our new Volvo Certified Used program will extend this value HEG_RMT-Orlaco_201902.pdf 19-01-11 when 09:20 proposition into the second life of 1machines,

they enter the used market, enabling us to leverage our OEM and dealer network expertise to raise machine values and offer an alternative to the auction market.” Volvo CE points out that if there are any issues with the equipment, customers can simply return to the OEM-appointed dealer for service. Tara Stryker, director of remarketing at Volvo Construction Equipment, pointed out that “as customers look to lower their total cost of ownership, the demand for pre-owned equipment has grown greatly in recent years. The new Volvo Certified Used program allows contractors to purchase a machine knowing that it has been thoroughly inspected to ensure it is capable of performing on the most demanding jobsites. The used equipment available to customers covers the breadth of our product lines, from excavators to wheel loaders to paving equipment to attachments and more.” In Canada and the U.S., all Volvo Certified Used Equipment is Volvo Certified, meaning that a machine is tested and refurbished using Volvo parts and components. These machines come with a 24hour parts guarantee for Class 1 parts (48 hours in Hawaii and Canada). Another benefit the company explains is that compatible machines come with a one-year subscrip-

tion to ActiveCare Direct, the Volvo telematics service that provides 24/7/365 machine monitoring and fleet utilization reporting directly from Volvo. The used machines also have a lifetime frame warranty, which the company says is the only such coverage in the industry. As Volvo rolls out this service, they are offering, for a limited time, zero percent financing for 12 months on select pre-owned Volvo machines and the option of extended warranties.

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COLD WEATHER SOLUTION FOR SKYTRAK TELEHANDLERS With extreme cold weather hitting parts of North America, it is timely that JLG Industries is now offering the option of a cold weather package for SkyTrak telehandlers. The package helps maximize machine performance in ambient temperatures down to minus 20 degrees Fahrenheit. Other features of the package include a hydraulic tank heater, battery heater, breather heater and cold weather fluids, such as hydraulic oil and antifreeze. “We understand projects can’t stop because of cold weather,” said John Boehme, JLG senior product manager, telehandlers. “This package helps ensure our SkyTrak telehandlers are operating at optimal efficiency. At the same time, operators will have the confidence that the machines will perform at the highest level in harsh conditions.”



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Magna Tyres Group is expanding its worldwide network of offices and distribution and will start with a new North American office in Canada, opening up an entire new market. The objective is to increase market share and focus on improving customer relationships and satisfaction in this region with high potential. Michael de Ruijter, CEO of Magna Tyres Group, said they took a great deal of care in choosing this location. “It will further strengthen our commitment to all customers in the region and is an opportunity for close daily cooperation,” he said. Customers will benefit from closer and more personalized attention, plus increased product availability because stocks can be locally maintained. Mr. Alex Vitale will be general manager for Magna Tyres USA & Canada, based in the municipality of Vaughan, just north of Toronto.

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Kobelco USA expands dealer network in Canada with new partnerships DEALERSHIP Kobelco Construction Machinery USA has added Abi-Quip, Conaker Equipment and Les Équipments Pinso Ltée to its growing dealer network. “We’re dedicated to providing customers with the value of industry-leading Kobelco excavators through our nationwide dealer network,” says Jack Fendrick, chief operating officer/vice president at Kobelco USA. “Abi-Quip, Conaker, and Pinso are top-notch Canadian dealerships that maintain strong commitments to delivering outstanding customer service. We’re certain they will each be a positive addition to the Kobelco North American network, and we look forward

Hyundai Construction Equipment adds RTI Equipment Solutions Inc. to North American distribution network DEALERSHIP Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas has added RTI Equipment Solutions Inc. to its authorized dealer network for the Greater Toronto Area. RTI has been focused on heavy equipment service and transport for many years, and will be a valued addition to the Canadian territory.

With the addition of this new dealership, Hyundai’s North American network now includes over 70 dealerships operating in just over 150 locations, offering sales, service and parts for the full line of Hyundai excavators, wheel loaders, compaction rollers and other construction equipment. “Hyundai is very excited about this new partnership, which sets us up for immediate and long-term success in what is considered to be among the most important market areas in Canada. RTI brings a strong background in the Construction Equipment industry with superior expertise in Equipment Maintenance and Service spanning three generations,” said Gordon Plotkin – HCEA district manager Canada.

to lasting partnerships.” Abi-Quip will represent the full line of Kobelco excavators from their location in Val-D’Or, Quebec. They are a full-service heavy equipment dealership that delivers exceptional service to customers in the mining, forestry and general construction industries. Conaker of Calgary, Alberta, is a family owned and operated heavy equipment dealership with 40 years of experience serving the construction industry. They are dedicated to providing customers with exceptional sales and service and will represent the full line of Kobelco excavators.

Pinso will offer Kobelco excavators for sale and rent from their location in Cowansville, Quebec. Their team exhibits an unparalleled commitment to excellence in customer service and is dedicated to delivering the best possible equipment, parts and service.

Volvo CE opens parts distribution centre in Canada DISTRIBUTION Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) has opened a new parts distribution centre in Toronto to better serve customers. The new facility is part of the company’s strategy to ensure the highest uptime in the industry, as it cuts delivery time and enables dealers to restock both common and business-critical components much faster. The Canadian distribution centre increases Volvo CE’s distribution footprint and reinforces the company’s customer experience initiative. With the new centre, Volvo CE will be able to deliver critical parts the next day after an order is placed to dealers in most major markets across Canada. “We’re very excited with the opening of this modern, efficient parts distribution center, which is part of our strategy to improve uptime not only in Canada, but across North America,” said Stephen Roy, president of Volvo CE Americas. “It shows Volvo CE’s commitment to provide our customers with premium machines and premium aftersales services.”

Cooper Equipment Rentals acquires Star Rentals

ACQUISITION Cooper Equipment Rentals Limited has acquired Star Rentals Ltd. Star Rentals is the largest independent equipment rental company in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. Established in 1984, Star Rentals services the Metro Vancouver area through its locations in White Rock, Surrey, Langley, Abbotsford, Burnaby and Maple Ridge. Over the past several decades, Star Rentals has developed a reputation for reliable, value-added service and has established a loyal base of customers that rely on the company to provide complete equipment rental solutions. Doug Johnson, the President and principal owner of Star Rentals, will assume a senior role with Cooper, and will help manage and grow Cooper’s business in British Columbia.

KIOTI Tractor expands presence in Canada, opens distribution centre DISTRIBUTION KIOTI Tractor, a division of Daedong-USA, Inc., has opened a new distribution centre in Mississauga, Ontario. The approximately 60,000 square feet of office and distribution space will reduce shipping and delivery times for KIOTI’s Canadian dealers and increase support for end users. The new distribution centre represents KIOTI’s confidence in the future of its brand in the Canadian market. This local presence will expand upon KIOTI’s North American distribution network by strategically placing assembled inventory and parts supplies in a key market, ready for expedited delivery to dealers. Longer term, this facility will support the planned growth of KIOTI’s dealer network – making product and parts availability and simplified logistics a reality for both current and future dealers across Canada.

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INDUSTRY NEWS | heavyequipmentguide.ca Federal Government unveils Canada’s new drone safety regulations DRONE SAFETY Transport Canada is committed to enhancing aviation and public safety while encouraging innovation and economic growth in the drone sector. Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, recently announced Canada’s new rules for remotely piloted aircraft systems, more commonly known as drones. The new rules, which will come into force on June 1, 2019, apply to all drone pilots flying drones between 250 grams and 25 kg that are operated within the drone pilot’s visual-line-of-sight, regardless of whether the drone is flown for fun, work or research.

The new simplified rules reflect significant consultations with Canadians and the industry. The final regulations introduce two main categories of drone operation: basic and advanced. The categories are based on distance from bystanders and airspace rules. Both categories have their own set of easy-to-follow rules that will require the drone pilot to: • Register and mark the drone with its registration number; • Pass an online exam and get a pilot certificate for basic or advanced operations; • Be a minimum age of 14 for basic

and 16 for advanced operations, unless supervised by a person having proper certificates; • Stay below an altitude of 122 m (400 feet) above ground level; and • Stay away from air traffic. Only drone pilots who need to fly a drone outside the rules for basic or advanced operations will need to apply for a Special Flight Operations Certificate (SFOC) before they fly. Drone pilots will need to have their Pilot Certificate and proof of registration readily available when flying their drone as of June 1, 2019. This can mean having an electronic version

Schedule set for the 2019 British Columbia Trenchless Technology Road Show TRADE SHOW The Trenchless Technology Road Show heads to western Canada to provide a platform to educate municipal, engineering and contractor personnel on the benefits of trenchless methods. The Trenchless Technology Road Show – taking place May 6–8, in Richmond, British Columbia – is a partnership between Benjamin Media Inc., the Centre for Advancement of Trenchless Technologies and the North American Society for Trenchless Technology’s British Columbia Chapter. The show consists of one full day of pre-courses and two full days of technical presentations and exhibits

bringing attendees the latest advancements in trenchless technology. This event will feature multiple tracks per day and more than 50 sessions to choose from, covering methods and materials for planning, design, installation, assessment and management of water and wastewater systems. Industry-leading experts will conduct four pre-event technical workshops on May 6. A keynote address will be given on May 8 and live demos and vendor exhibits will take place on May 7 and May 8. The venue for the event is the Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel in Richmond, British Columbia.

Two-year, 2,000-hour warranty now standard on new Bobcat compact equipment WARRANTY UPDATE Bobcat Company has made significant changes to its standard and extended compact equipment warranty offerings. Effective January 1, 2019, select Bobcat equipment purchased on or after January 1, 2019, are covered under a two-year/2,000hour standard warranty. The new warranty covers either two years or 2,000 hours of equipment use, whichever occurs first. Equipment covered under the new standard warranty includes all Bobcat skid-steer loader, compact track loader, all-wheel steer loader and compact excavator models. Bobcat equipment purchased through De-


cember 31, 2018, will be covered under the 2018 standard warranty of 12 months with unlimited hours of usage. In addition to the standard warranty updates, Bobcat Company is expanding its extended warranty offering with options out to 60 months and 5,000 hours of coverage. Beyond the addition of new plans, a third coverage option is now available to customers, as well. The “Powertrain + Hydraulics” option will be the newest extended warranty coverage option to go along with the current “Powertrain” and “Full” coverage offerings.

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available on their mobile device or carrying a printed copy. Transport Canada has developed an improved, user-friendly website with information on the new regulations and helpful tools for all drone pilots available at: Canada.ca/drone-safety.

IN BRIEF Okada America and Rotar create joint alliance for demolition attachments Okada America, Inc. and Rotar International BV have entered into a joint alliance of their demolition attachment businesses in the North American marketplace, effective January 1, 2019. The joint alliance was created to offer customers more options in demolition, recycling and scrapyard attachments. And, the joint alliance will strengthen the Okada and Rotar Distributor networks in their ability to service existing and future customers. Okada will provide sales, service, parts and warranty support for the Rotar products along with continuing to support the existing population of Okada products in the field.

Mack offers reward card program for certain models The Loyalty Reward Card Program offers members of eligible industry associations a $2,000 parts and service reward card per eligible VIN and a maximum of five trucks per member, per calendar year. The program is for members of eligible industry associations who purchase model year 2019 and 2020 Mack

Granite, TerraPro, LR, Pinnacle or Mack Anthem models. All eligible vehicles must be sold and warranty-registered by December 31, 2019.

JLG celebrates 50th anniversary JLG Industries, Inc. officially kicked off its year-long 50th anniversary celebration, marking a half-century since its founder spearheaded the access industry with the introduction of the world’s first boom lift, commonly referred to as JLG 1. On January 9, 1969, John L. Grove rallied a small group of people around one big idea – create a safer way to work at height. This seed idea came to life with the introduction of the first aerial work platform. “50 years is a remarkable milestone for both JLG and the access industry,” said Frank Nerenhausen, JLG president. “Our founder not only started a company, but an entire industry. This is a key point of differentiation for the JLG brand. We continue to build on this legacy through continuous development of products, services and technology that advance safety for work at height.”


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