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Contents June 2018 | Volume 33, Number 6





cover feature

features 10 IN-DEPTH REPORT: Horizontal directional drills 14 Cut, pulverize and fill in one pass prior to excavation for underground utilities 17 Vacuum excavation for utility locating 20 Silverado throttles up with new engines

Sections 8 Spotlight 10 In-Depth Report 14 Underground Construction 20 Trucks

21 Electronic logging devices for trucks

ELDs will soon be mandatory in Canada: here is what you need to know now

24 NC Equipment purchases newest Dynapac mobile feeder in N.A. 26 Cold milling critical to quality of final pavement surface 27 Hitachi ultrashort excavator

21 Technology 24 Roadbuilding 27 Earthmoving & Excavation 30 Excavator Attachments 34 Recycling

30 Tiltrotators supercharge excavator productivity

Get more jobs done faster and safer

34 Turning waste into revenue

Industry experts talk about C&D, concrete and asphalt recycling using mobile impact crushers

36 Intermat show review Cover photo: Hitachi ZX345USLC-6 ultrashort excavator.

departments 6 Editor’s Letter 38 Industry News 38 Advertiser Index June 2018

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Safety on the road and jobsite


s I mentioned in my editor’s letter last issue, electronic logging devices (ELDs) which track hours of service of truck drivers are intended to increase safety on our roads. This month, we delve into the topic more deeply with an excellent feature by two Trimble experts about what you need to know now, before ELDs become mandatory at the end of 2019. However, I am concerned about research that shows another serious risk – on roads and jobsites – and I don’t think we are prepared for it. According to the Ontario Trucking Association/Canadian Trucking Alliance, newly released data show that cannabis fail rates have risen substantially for trucking and other federally mandated, safety-sensitive workforces in U.S. states that have legalized recreational marijuana. The data is based on 10 million U.S. drug tests conducted by Quest Diagnostics, which has many clients with workforces that have federally required drug testing, including pilots and truck and bus drivers. The increases in positive marijuana tests for safety-sensitive workers increased by 39 percent in Nevada, 20 percent in California, and 11 percent in Massachusetts. The Canadian Trucking Alliance (CTA) has been tracking the experience in a number of U.S. states that have already legalized cannabis use as potential indicators for what might be in store for Canada. CTA says that while some have argued the impacts of legalizing cannabis in Canada will be minimal, the experience of many U.S. states points to the contrary. This has led CTA and other employer groups to call on government to send employers – especially those with workers in safety-sensitive positions – a clear signal on what’s expected post-legalization. There has also been a strong call for the federal government to introduce measures that would allow random testing for those that work in safetysensitive positions. “CTA has maintained that if risk is to be downloaded to employers as a result of legalization, then we need the necessary tools to help mitigate that risk,” said CTA director of policy and public affairs, Jonathan Blackham. “We already have drug policies we’re going to expand, but this isn’t about somebody who’s developed an illegal substance dependency. This is somebody using a legal substance that they don’t have to tell us they’re on,” said Clive Thurston, president, Ontario General Contractors Association (OGCA), in an article by Marc Montgomery at Radio Canada International titled “Marijuana legalisation: Construction industry worried.” “The general public is at a risk because our sites are dangerous and we are working in the middle of high-population areas. We don’t want people controlling heavy machinery who are impaired,” Thurston added. Slow reaction time, distraction or inattention due to marijuana used even the evening before might be enough to cause a serious accident, injury or even a death. It seems that there is not enough in place to ensure public and worker safety. That concerns me.

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Heavy Equipment Guide’s Spotlight features key products and equipment that have been recently introduced. To keep up to date on the latest equipment and product introductions visit HeavyEquipmentGuide.ca or subscribe to our weekly eNewsletter at HeavyEquipmentGuide.ca/newsletter-info John Deere

highly mobile wheeled excavator The updated 190G W excavator is ideal for clearing ditches, repairing sewers or potholes, loading trucks or moving Jersey barriers. It features a short wheelbase to slip into close quarters with ease, and an optional two-piece boom makes close-up work even easier. Top speed is 35 km/h. Power comes from a 173-hp (129-kW) Tier 4 Final diesel engine. A lightweight, splittype hood provides wide-open access to the engine from the front, and same-side filters and water separator at ground level simplify maintenance. Operating weight is between 43,431 and 45,300 pounds (19,700 – 20,500 kg). The spacious and comfortable cab comes equipped with an easy-to-navigate LCD monitor that lets the operator easily dial in machine information and functions. The 190G W is protected by a heavy-duty undercarriage and durable D-channel side frames. Added strength comes from welded bulkheads within the boom that resist torsional stress, tungsten-carbide thermal-coated arm surfaces and oil-impregnated bushings. An enlarged cover provides additional protection for the blade cylinder, and a reinforced outrigger cylinder boosts component durability.


CM Labs Simulations

Multi-Quick Processors

World’s First Luffing Tower Crane (LTC) Simulator

Kinshofer’s Multi-Quick Processors (MQP) allow demolition and recycling contractors to use one attachment with a choice of six to eight jaw sets, depending on the MQP model. The DemaPower cylinder uses four chambers instead of two to exert up to 25 percent more power from a smaller attachment, resulting in the best powerto-weight ratio in its size class and the ability to use a smaller carrier. Instead of five or six “bites” to break through concrete, it can take the MQP one or two. Double-acting speed valves and innovative cylinder technology also give the MQP better jaw closing and opening speed with cycle times as fast as five seconds.

The LTC Training Pack is CM Labs’ most feature-rich crane simulation to date and works on all Vortex construction equipment simulators, which have been shown to accelerate student operator training and reduce costs by up to 75 percent. “Cities are tight working environments with most mandating the use of luffing tower cranes for safety reasons,” said Seza Kouladjian, CM Labs’ Technical Product Manager (Cranes). “While training on a real crane is both difficult and dangerous, our LTC Training Pack changes this dynamic, making training safer for everyone.” Built on the highly realistic Vortex Studio simulation and visualization software, the LTC Training Pack provides a structured set of scenarios to promote crane skills development, including a new nighttime operation mode. The package provides instructors with customizable scoring and an expanded set of training tools.


New Placing Boom System Putzmeister has designed a placing boom system with new technology offering two foursection placing booms that connect to the new RS 850 Pedestal system. The new MX 32/36Z and MX 35/39Z feature a lighted boom tip, local controls, intelligent Ergonic 2.0 radio remote control, and dedicated storage space for tools and crane gear. Ergonic 2.0 has control boxes and panels throughout, improved ergonomics, easy operation while wearing gloves, and centralized hardware and software. The design of the 32/36Z and 35/39Z placing booms “allows for extended flexibility to save space and time, keeping operating costs down,” according to Bob Weiglein, general manager at Putzmeister America, Inc. The MX 32/36Z and MX 35/39Z have an innovative hinge design with quick disconnect system to ensure simple and fast assembly and disconnect. The advanced hinges easily detach from the truck pedestal and insert into the new RS 850 tower pedestal after the boom is “flown in” by the jobsite crane. Boom mounting is completed by securely fastening to the working platform with clamping screws.

XL Specialized Trailers

Unique BladeMate Flip Extension XL Specialized Trailers has designed a solution for hauling longer wind turbine blades with their new 27-foot-long, patent-pending BladeMate Flip Extension. It can be added to the rear of XL’s BladeMate trailer, or any blade-hauling trailer, to create a final trailer length up to 211 feet. When moving the empty trailer, a driver can flip the Extension up, retract the trailer, and have a 53-foot-long return trip with reduced permit costs. Hydraulic cylinders flip the extension up or down within minutes. The rear bolster at the end of the Flip Extension offers a 20,000-pound capacity, making it suitable 8

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as the rear-loading platform, and the Flip Extension can be completely removed when it is not needed. In addition, if the driver uses the Flip Extension instead of fully extending the BladeMate trailer, the wheelbase of the trailer is shorter and reduces the trailer’s turn radius. “While there are many blade-hauling trailers on the road today, few can accommodate the new, longer blades,” said Rodney Crim, vice president of sales at XL. This solution eliminates the need to buy an entirely new trailer to accommodate today’s longer blades.

in-depth report

Horizontal direction

There has been an increase in the utilization a installation methods across all applications in by Lee Toop, Associate Editor


From natural gas pipelines to wind and solar conduits, telecommunications, DSL and fibre optic installations, utility contractors in Canada have realized the inherent benefits of directional drills compared to excavating or trenching. – Kevin Conry, Toro


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nstallation of underground infrastructure has become more challenging in today’s sprawling urban centres. For many types of utility and service, the need to dig under existing roads, buildings and other obstructions has brought a growing interest in horizontal directional drilling. North America is seeing increased utilization and acceptance of HDD installation methods across all applications, from mini-rig to maxi-rig jobs, according to Richard Levings, American Augers director of product management. That growth is expected to continue this year. Kevin Conry, senior marketing manager with Toro, agrees. “From natural gas pipelines to wind and solar conduits, telecommunications, DSL and fibre optic installations, utility contractors in Canada have realized the inherent benefits of directional drills compared to excavating or trenching. “With oil and gas in the shadows right now, large telecoms are putting in miles and miles of fibre network,” noted Lee Schroeder, sales manager with Vermeer. “This small duct work is really driving small- to medium-size machine sales, such as the Vermeer D8x12 through D23x30 S3 Navigator horizontal directional drills. These smaller footprint machines are outfitted with the right power to get through tough jobs in tight urban spaces.” Large HDD units saw a slowdown three years ago in conjunction with a downturn in Canada’s energy market. Chris Gambrell, Canadian regional sales manager for Ditch Witch, said that with the oil and gas sector’s improvements through recent months, larger HDD units are starting to move once again. “Although the market has not returned to the same level it was five years ago, it continues to increase. In addition, the demand for smaller-sized HDD units (10,000- to 20,000-pound drill class) is also increasing. This trend is being driven by an influx of fibre installation projects across Canada. Levings at American Augers commented on another aspect of HDD utilization. “There are scenarios in which excavating or trenching is simply cost prohibitive, and the investment in equipment and labour to rehabilitate an installation area would bore into the bottom line of the utility contractor’s operation. Furthermore,

there are other installation sites that require minimal disruption, which make horizontal directional drills an attractive choice compared to excavators and trenchers.”

New technology improves productivity

With the steady growth of underground utility installation, manufacturers have invested in developing their HDD product lines. It’s a simple process. Utility contractors know what they want – technical advances that help improve their productivity. In terms of controls, newer machines are transitioning to digitally controlled systems, according to Levings. “This allows the use of higher performing hydraulic components that offer better efficiency and increased productivity. This also improves the operator interface and increases the available information to make better drilling decisions,” he said. “Remote monitoring is now commonplace and allows planned maintenance and remote diagnostics.” Advancements on Toro drills have focused on intuitive controls that allow operators of all skill levels to effectively control the rig. Toro’s solution is the new TDOS-1 with SmartTouch drill operating system. “TDOS-1 with SmartTouch streamlines pipe handling by allowing the operator to use the cam rocker switch to advance through the pipe handling process,” Conry explained. “Each push of the switch corresponds to a sequence of pipe handling functions. This makes the pipe handling process easy to learn, improving the operating experience for new operators. In addition, the TDOS-1 with SmartTouch software gives the drill operator the benefit of a more visually appealing and intuitive interface for accessing functions and information on the display. “Features include the ability to select single or dual joystick mode on the fly, as well as easy-to-use torque, thrust and tool rotation selection limits for quick adjustments to match bore requirements. Display contrast and day/night mode adjustments also allow users to make changes as light conditions fluctuate.” All-Terrain (AT) technology has been a focus for Ditch Witch machines, providing operators additional improvements when it comes to operations on remote and difficult

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n and acceptance of HDD s in North America jobsites. In addition, the AT system includes an innovative way of driving the drill bit compared to conventional mud motors. “At the core of the AT system is dual-pipe technology, which has an inner drive shaft that reaches back to the drill so it can physically control exactly how much horsepower is sent downhole,” said Seth Matthesen, Ditch Witch HDD category manager. “The switch from mud motors to AT technology provides operators with a more efficient power option. In comparison to the 50 percent of power sent downhole with mud motors, 95 percent or more of the drill’s inner drive power is successfully transferred downhole using AT systems.” Matthesen pointed to the Ditch Witch AT40 All Terrain drill as an example of the AT system and its operation. A 160-gross-hp engine provides operators 20 percent more horsepower in a smaller footprint over competitive 15-foot drill-pipe models in its class, he stated. The unit also minimizes pipeentry distance, providing operators increased drill pipe support as it enters the ground. “New HDD machine models produced today utilize the latest engine emissions equipment. With these emissions requirements, machines have typically gotten heavier,” Schroeder noted. “Because of weight and footprint increases, we have seen a trend towards smaller drill models doing the work that larger rigs once completed.” He also said that Vermeer has focussed on telematics, such as Ver-

meer Fleet and Vermeer Fleet +Edge HDD, which have become more prominent and offer many benefits, such as GPS locations, maintenance schedules, diagnostics, performance data and more. Automation is more of a draw on smaller rigs such as mini-class drills, and will likely not be found at the same level on larger machines, Levings said. That technology and other electronic features are only practical when they offer operators a feasible solution to an actual problem they face on the job, such as increased operational efficiency, greater productivity, or compliance with strict personnel and environmental safety requirements. “If the new features do not offer a solution truly beneficial to the operators, they just add cost and complexity,” Levings said. “Take rod handling systems as an example. Automated pipe handling is a much more complex feat for larger rigs than it is for the mini-HDD machines. For smaller machines using shorter drill pipe of consistent dimensions and pipe magazines, automated pipe handling is a huge advantage. Automating a small-capacity pipe loader for larger rigs using Range I and II pipe that varies as much as a foot in length from one pipe to another is not easy to achieve, nor as beneficial. We may see auto-pipe handling for the larger rigs eventually, but it’s not feasible at this point.” Productivity extends to the speed at which a machine can be deployed and operated, and Toro has incorpor-

ated a number of features into its new DD2226 and DD4050 HDD units, Conry related. For example, dual stabilizers on each side of the unit can be independently adjusted to quickly and easily stabilize the unit on uneven ground. “Fast connection and breakout speed is also a key consideration when it comes to productivity – and for longer boring applications, contractors will want to select a unit that offers open-top vice wrenches that provide the operator clear visibility to the tool joint and rods,” Conry said. “Additionally, directional drills are now more powerful than ever before. Toro is proud to offer 2,600 footpounds of rotational torque and 22,000 pounds of thrust and pullback on the new DD2226, while the DD4050 pro-

vides 5,000 foot-pounds of rotational torque and 40,000 pounds of thrust and pullback.” For some HDD operators, the development of guidance systems that help ensure precision and tie in with software applications has aided them on jobsites. One example is how DCI guidance systems and Vermeer drills and technology have developed over the last few years, Schroeder noted. “With the development of the DCI Falcon [HDD guidance] technology, contractors are able to get real-time data and accuracy. Combined with on-rig bore planning tools (Vermeer BoreAssist), contractors can overlay their real-time data with DCI LWD Live (Log While Drilling) application, allowing them to follow a rod-by-rod

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In-Depth report: Horizontal Directional Drills plan. That integration is possible due to the rod count feature on our machines to track how many rods contractors are using in a bore, which is tied to the Vermeer drill’s software,” he said.

Considerations for buyers of HDDs

When it comes to buying an HDD rig, there are a number of recommendations. Uptime on jobsites keeps projects on time and lends itself to better contractor margins, said Levings, from American Augers. His advice: “Buy units with proven track records of uptime.”

He also advised that contractors should choose units sized for the job. “Undersized HDD systems often rob you of profits because of the extra time and effort it takes to complete a project and increase the risk of project failure. Oversized systems usually drive up operating and mobilization costs while struggling to meet the modern jobsite footprint requirements.” Toro’s Conry agreed that properly sizing the HDD rig to the application is important, and it’s a challenge that should be discussed between the contractor and equipment dealer to deter-

mine the best solution for each project. Machines handle a variety of situations and in many cases have multiple operators. Newer models offer the ability to configure the controls to the style of system your operator has learned and experienced, regardless of brand, Levings said. “Ensure the supplier has the type of support network that fits you,” he concluded. “Construction equipment will experience unexpected issues. Having a network that minimizes the negative effects of these issues is paramount to being successful. [American Augers is]

committed to our customer’s success with our rigs. Our North American network of authorized dealers and OEM-certified technicians ensures our Canadian customers are up and running no matter where their jobs take them.” Schroeder from Vermeer advised that there are three main things, when looking to buy, that can provide the contractor with a good place to start. First, local support from the equipment dealer – will the dealer be available to assist with after-sale support, including parts, service, field support and training? Second, keep in mind

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DD-240T Midi Rig The DD-240T Midi Rig introduced a whole new design concept in horizontal directional drills when it was launched late last year. The Range 2 rig’s 52.6-foot length (20foot pipe version, 40 feet) and width of just 8.2 feet make it as easy to transport as it is to set up and take down, even though it has more production capability than many units with larger dimensions. Maximum thrust and pullback force are rated at 240,000 pounds, with 30,000 foot-pounds of rotary torque at 50 rpm. Maximum rotary torque is 43,900 foot-pounds at 37 rpm. The unit’s 523-hp Mercedes Tier 4 Final engine supports running rotary torque, push/pull and on-board fluid pump all at high levels without having to prioritize one function over others. The unique, modular design gives customers a wide array of configurations beginning with choice of frame size to accommodate Range 2 pipe or 20-foot pipe. The DD-240T can be ordered with or without on-board fluid pump, with pipe-loader or full-length manway. The patented, moveable cab comfortably accommodates both driller and wireline operator and can be set off-board to reduce vibration conveyed to the operating compartment or on board to work in confined spaces.

Ditch Witch

AT40 All Terrain Directional Drill

To help equip utility contractors with the latest technology for optimal drilling productivity, the Ditch Witch organization added the new AT40 All Terrain directional drill to its fleet. The machine’s raw power, provided by a 160-gross-hp, Tier 4 Cummins diesel engine, gives operators 20 more horsepower in a smaller footprint over

competitive 15-foot drill-pipe models in its class, Ditch Witch states. The unit also minimizes pipe-entry distance, providing operators increased drill pipe support as it enters the ground. The optimized carriage speed gives contractors strong cycle times for faster utility installations. It holds up to 600 feet of drill pipe on board allowing for longer bores and increased ROI. The drill can install pipe in the most challenging conditions thanks to a patented two-pipe All Terrain drilling system that delivers more power to the bit than any other rock-drilling system in its class, according to the manufacturer. The All Terrain technology also helps to increase mud flow and power.


D40x55DR S3 Navigator horizontal directional drill The D40x55DR S3 Navigator horizontal directional drill delivers excellent productivity in a broad range ground conditions, from hard, medium and soft rock to loamy/dirt and clay. This new rock drill features Vermeer dual rod technology that uses an inner rod to provide torque to the drill bit, while the outer rod offers steering capability and rotation torque for reaming. The combination provides powerful downhole cutting action and the flexibility to select the appropriate tooling to best match the ground conditions. Powered by a 140-hp John Deere diesel engine, the drill serves up 40,000 pounds (177.9 kN) of thrust/pullback and 5,500 ft.-lb. (7,457 Nm) of rotational torque. It can carry 500 feet of drill rods on board. It features a carriage speed of 115 fpm (35 mpm), low guaranteed sound power rating of 104 dBA and similar controls and components to other Vermeer horizontal directional drills. 12

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machine features that help ensure efficient jobsite performance or productivity. Finally, residual market value – will the machine hold value? “Operational awareness paired with a comfortable workstation can boost ROI on a jobsite,” Ditch Witch’s Matthesen said. The former is provided by LED screens which improve visibility into machine functions and diagnostics, he added. “Many machines have also integrated tracker information into the drill display to increase productivity and enhance visibility of all jobsite functions

beyond drill operation.” “When it comes to quality, selecting a reliable machine is really a nobrainer for contractors. Equipment working in tough conditions, like those utility contractors experience every day, needs to be rugged and durable. Parts availability, field service and onsite troubleshooting and drill operator training are all things to consider when making an equipment/dealer selection, as even just a few hours of equipment downtime can seriously impact the profitability of a job. “Toro is in continuous contact with

dealer and end-user contacts to help develop solutions that can help the contractor out in the field,” Conry emphasized. “Some of these latest advancements include enhanced pipehandling options, available through Toro’s SmartTouch system. When it comes to selecting equipment, contractors may want to work with their dealers to determine which productivity-focused features are most important for their specific application, and use them as a resource to figure out which brand and model are best suited for their operational needs.

“A few of the main considerations are the general size and scope of the project, the total length of the typical run, the typical outer diameter of the pipe to run, materials and ground conditions, and environmental factors like traffic, existing structures or tight areas. Contractors can and should work with their equipment dealers to make a decision that is the ideal solution for their specific needs. Contractors can also contact HDD drill manufacturers directly to help answer questions about rightsizing the rig to the application.” HEG


DD2226 Directional Drill

The DD2226 directional drill delivers 2,600 foot-pounds of rotational torque and 22,000 pounds of thrust and pullback for outstanding versatility, allowing the machine to pull back and turn larger reamers in tough ground conditions. Dual rear stabilizers provide stability in uneven terrain. For maximum convenience, the DD2226 is also equipped with nextgeneration TDOS-1 Operating System software, featuring the new SmartTouch control mode. SmartTouch streamlines pipe handling by allowing the operator to advance through the pipe handling process with a touch of a rocker switch on the joystick. It’s designed to be easier for both new and experienced operators to learn. In addition, using SmartTouch allows operators to reduce the pipe loading cycle times. The TDOS-1 Operating System provides a variety of new control options, with all drill information on one easy-to-read display screen. Features include advanced cruise control with engine droop, torque, thrust and pressure settings. Other operator-friendly features include an optimized joystick design with responsive thrust and torque control. Key functions are controlled from the joystick, enabling operators to keep their hands on the joysticks for faster operation. Dual or single joystick operation is possible. The DD2226 offers capacity for 400 feet of 10-foot pipe. The cam-style pipe loading system allows operators to rotate pipe in the basket. Additionally, the cam-style system provides the ability for additional pipe to be side-loaded for bores that extend beyond 400 feet.


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cut, pulverize and fill in one pass Street trencher prepares roads for sewer, water and other underground utilities


raditional methods for trenching on asphalt or concrete roads require trucking away chunks of asphalt and concrete after it has been cut, and then obtaining additional material to backfill the trench to complete the work. The Tigercat T726G street trencher is an ingenious machine that eliminates those steps. The T726G has been specifically designed to cut asphalt and steel-reinforced concrete road surfaces without the mess and expense of traditional methods. It quickly trenches below grade, pulverizes the material and backfills – all in one pass using one operator. The cutting and pulverizing is done using a drum fitted with carbide bits that is rotated at a relatively slow speed. The cut material is mixed together as it is cut, so dust is drastically reduced and water is usually not required. For trenching concrete or thick asphalt where heat and dust are a concern, the street trencher carries a 1,155-litre (305-gallon) water tank and supply system. This system allows the operator to add water when needed for dust control or cooling the cutting bits. The water is delivered within the drum housing and mixed with the cut material. Water never comes in contact with the road, so there is no resulting mud or slurry, and no cleanup required. On average, the trencher can produce approximately 76 metres (250 feet) of trench in half an hour at widths from 46 to 61 cm (18 to 24 inches) and up to 51 cm (20 inches) deep. The beauty of this system is that the backfilled material can be compacted immediately, allowing construction equipment and/or traffic to cross the jobsite sooner without the need for any additional material, such as steel plating or additional backfill. Alternatively, an excavator can follow the street trencher and begin working right away. There is no need to deal with disposing of large pieces of asphalt or concrete, as the material has been pulverized into backfill. The power behind the trencher is the Tigercat T726G carrier. Specifically designed for the task, it provides a generous 275 kW (370 hp) at 1,800 rpm using an FPT C87 Tier 4 Final engine. The heavyduty boom and chassis are built to withstand the forces and vibration produced by the trenching attachment. The centre section uses thick steel plate, large pins and tapered roller bearings for longevity. The engine and hydraulics are cooled by a large, hydraulically driven, auto-reversing fan. The fan speed is controlled automatically, as is the reversing phase to purge dust and debris from the fan screens. The T726G features Tigercat’s new cab with a comfortable heated and ventilated seat, ergonomic


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Clockwise from top: Tigercat T726G street trencher working on a project; a close-up of a trench; trenching drum and cutting bits; and trench backfilled with the pulverized material. armrest-mounted joysticks and refined climate-control system. The pressurized cab is well insulated to cut down on outside noise and well sealed to prevent dust exposure. Isolation mounts eliminate vibration when working and ROPS/FOPS certification means there is no need for the operator to wear a hard hat. The thoughtfully laid out controls make the street trencher simple to operate. Once the drum has started cutting, the operator can set the cruise control to match the cutting speed. The drum can be offset to either side for cutting flush along curbs or other obstructions. Any difficult cutting conditions are overcome by backing up slightly, then proceeding forward, as there is no blade to bind. Replacing cutting bits, though infrequent, is done by removing one bolt per bit. Cutting bit wear is dependent on the silica content and the psi strength of the material being cut. Other features include AM/FM radio with CD player and Bluetooth, tinted windows and sun visor, tilt steering wheel and cruise control. The T726G street trencher can be found working on projects in the water, sewer, gas and hydro sectors

by national contractors in the U.S., some for as long as 20 years. The North American distributor, Street Works, provides lease, sales and contracted services. The Tigercat T726G is now available in Canada.

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Caterpillar pipelayer offers Safety features and easy transport

Part of a full line of purpose-built Cat pipelayers, the updated PL61 delivers 40,000 pounds (18,145 kg) of maximum load capacity. The new model retains the familiar comfort and easy maintenance features of its predecessor, with updates added for increased safety and performance. It is easy to relocate the pipelayer as it has a transport width of 128 inches (3,240 mm). An optional rear vision camera with a dedicated display provides added visibility to the back of the machine. The Load Monitor Indicator (LMI) is also available and is a mandatory attachment where required to meet regional regulations.  Both open and enclosed cab models feature a factory integrated Roll Over Protective Structure (ROPS) to help protect operators and the machine in case of a rollover. The rear window exit and the quick drop release function are now common across the Cat pipelayer product line for greater safety and more intuitive operation. The new PL61 now provides faster steering response for better maneuverability on the pipeline, a more robust fuel system to handle lower quality fuel, and a cold weather package which provides added cab comfort and more reliable engine starting/performance in cold weather environments. Powered by a Cat diesel engine with ACERT Technology, the PL61 meets Tier 4 Final emissions standards with emissions reduction technology that is transparent to the operator.

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The Soilmec SM-22 microdrilling rig uses their latest advancements to improve productivity and safety in tunnelling, including a new, special kinematic design to drill horizontally at the face of a tunnel. The SM-22 can be easily configured using single or double rotaries, tophammer or vibro-rotary for consolidation, micropiling and anchoring. This platform supports a number of drilling technologies, such as direct- and reverse-circulation, DTH, CFA, and jet grouting. Like all Soilmec rigs, the SM-22 is self-assembling, versatile, and easily transportable. Features include an articulated boom for mast positioning, a control board on the pivoting arm for drilling, control board on the base frame for positioning, wired remote control for tramming, and a load-sensing hydraulic system. Some of the specs are: • Casing maximum diameter: 152 mm • Rod maximum diameter: 114 mm • Rods/casing maximum length: 2 m • Boom maximum length: 6 m • Total weight: 9,000 kg.

Vacuum Excavation for Utility locating


CHO Utility Engineering and Surveying (UES) chose the Vac-Tron Low Profile AIR 373 SDT vacuum excavator for their work locating subsurface utilities. The main benefit has been the ability to get into tight places and safely onto curbs. “It allows us to get to projects that we normally wouldn’t be able to do,” said ECHO UES President Jerry Comellas, whose company specializes in Subsurface Utility Engineering (SUE). The low profile trailer keeps the components of the unit easily accessible while making the unit safe to tow and a much smoother ride. “One of the projects we worked on was in a covered garage and if it wasn’t for this unit there is no way we could have accomplished the project because of the low clearances,” Comellas explained. “This was a $48,000 project and is revenue that we wouldn’t have been able to have otherwise.” The Low Profile AIR 373 SDT unit is powered by an 83-hp Yanmar diesel engine, and is built in the U.S. from the ground up, including the durable I-Beam trailer assembly. It has a patented filtration system with 0.5-micron filtration that is unmatched by competitors, the company claims. It also

features a reverse pressure system and a heavy-duty trailer with Dexter torsion axles. The AIR unit comes equipped with a hydraulic rear door, which opens fully so the operator can completely empty the contents. For operator safety, the door is controlled by push buttons located on the side of the unit. ECHO UES added customized accessories to their AIR 373 SDT unit and found working with Vac-Tron helped them in their business. “Vac-Tron’s customer service has been outstanding, getting us set up quickly as our business works really fast [and helped with] some of the refinements we made on the unit,” Comellas said.

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Silverado throttles up with new engines


ith eight trims paired with six engine/transmission combinations, even more customers will find a 2019 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 tailored to their needs for performance, efficiency, technology and value. Over half of the 2019 models will be equipped with the most advanced V-8s in the brand’s history: updated versions of Chevrolet’s proven 5.3L and 6.2L engines equipped with Dynamic Fuel Management featuring 17 different modes of cylinder deactivation. An all-new, advanced 2.7L Turbo engine that replaces the 4.3L V-6 as the standard engine on the high-volume Silverado LT and new Silverado RST, is expected to offer 22 percent more torque, greater fuel efficiency and a stronger power-to-weight ratio than the current model. Proven 4.3L V-6 and 5.3L V-8 engines deliver full-size truck capability and performance for the most affordable trucks in the Silverado lineup. An all-new Duramax 3.0L inlinesix turbo diesel will be available in early 2019. For customers seeking full-size truck capability and the highest level of affordability, the Work Truck (WT), Custom and Custom Trail Boss trims offer two proven engine and transmission combinations. Standard is the 4.3L V-6 with Active Fuel Management and a six-speed automatic transmission (SAE-certified at 285 hp/305

lb-ft). A 5.3L V-8 with Active Fuel Management and a six-speed automatic transmission (SAE-certified at 355 hp/383 lb-ft) is also available. For customers shopping in the heart of the truck market, the LT, RST and LT Trail Boss trims balance technology, efficiency and performance. Standard for LT and RST is the all-new 2.7L Turbo with Active Fuel Management and stop/ start technology, paired with an eightspeed automatic transmission (SAE-

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certified at 310 hp/348 lb-ft). Standard on LT Trail Boss and available on LT and RST is the updated 5.3L V-8 with an eight-speed automatic transmission (SAE certified at 355 hp/383 lb-ft). The all-new Duramax 3.0L Turbo-Diesel with stop/start technology, paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission will be available on LT and RST in early 2019. For customers shopping for a premium truck, the LTZ and High Country trims offer the highest levels

The recent Advanced Clean Transportation (ACT) Expo conference provided an opportunity for two truck manufacturers to show off their latest alternative power options. Freightliner and Peterbilt showcased trucks designed to reduce fuel use and handle challenging hauls where necessary. Freightliner showed two trucks, including a Cascadia CNG-powered day cab developed in collaboration with UPS. It is equipped with a Cummins Westport ISX12N Near Zero (NZ) NOx natural gas engine and Eaton Fuller Advantage Series Automated Manual transmission, which, when combined with the model’s sleek aerodynamic design, can result in fuel efficiency gains of up to three percent compared to similarly spec’d original Cascadia CNG truck models. The ISX12N meets the California Air Resources Board Low NOx standard of 0.02g/bhb-hr, a 90 percent reduction from engines operating at current U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) NOx limit of 0.2 g/bhb-hr. The DTNA booth at ACT Expo also featured the Freightliner M2 112 equipped with a Cummins Westport L9N Near Zero NOx natural gas engine and TYMCO sweeper. Peterbilt showcased its all-electric Model 579 day cab tractor at the event. The drayage application tractor that will go into service at the Port of Long Beach after the show is one of 12 tractors built by Peterbilt in collaboration with Transpower, the California Air Resources Board, and the Port of Long Beach. The all-electric Model 579 produces up to 490 hp, has up to a 200 mile range, recharges in less than five hours and has a battery storage capacity of 350–440 Kwh.


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of performance and technology, including an updated 5.3L V-8 with Dynamic Fuel Management and stop/start technology as standard, paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission (SAE certified at 355 hp/383 lb-ft). An updated 6.2L V-8 with Dynamic Fuel Management and stop/start technology paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission (SAE certified at 420 hp/460 lb-ft) and the new Duramax will also be available.

Eaton Cummins transmission available on international heavy-haul models The new Eaton Cummins Endurant 12-speed automated transmission, a light and efficient 1,850 lb.-ft. capable heavy-duty transmission, is now available on International LT Series and LoneStar trucks. “Offering the Endurant transmission with the Cummins X15 engine on our LT Series and LoneStar trucks reflects our DriverFirst philosophy, which is at the core of our product design process,” said Jeff Sass, senior vice president, Sales and Marketing. Endurant enhances the driving experience with smooth and intuitive shift strategies and predictive shifting that uses lookahead technology to execute shift decisions that improve fuel efficiency and provide additional driver comfort. Along with 750,000-mile lube change intervals for linehaul applications, Endurant also features new smart prognostics that provide clutch replacement notification to better plan maintenance scheduling. Endurant’s maximum operating weight (GCVW) is 110,000 pounds (49,895 kg); maximum horsepower is 510 hp (375 kW), and oil capacity is 16 pints (7.5L). In developing the LT Series and LoneStar, International Truck worked hard to assure that drivers will find each vehicle more comfortable, appealing and user-friendly in every detail. Driver input also led to a smart, well-designed mix of high-tech and traditional features that emphasize driver ease of use. International is already building production X15 Endurant vehicles.


Electronic logging devices for trucks ELDs will soon be mandatory in Canada: here is what you need to know now By Paul Miles and John Rice


ow that the dust has started to settle in the States, the Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators (CCMTA) plans to roll out a similar ELD mandate over the next couple of years. On December 18, 2017, the United States Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) implemented its Electronic Logging Device and Hours of Service mandate. The rule requires that motor carriers and drivers retain supporting documents to verify their driving hours. But, the biggest change that the rule instituted is requiring drivers track their hours of service (HOS) using an electronic logging device (ELD).

Understanding the mandate

First, it’s important to know that the ELD mandate includes a number of provisions intended to help reduce crashes and bring everyone home safely at the end of a shift. The mandate aims to hold motor carriers and drivers to the foremost safety standards. The Canadian government also realizes that in order to support trade between the States and Canada, it must take action. Canadian companies that operate in the U.S. have paid close attention to U.S. regulations and have implemented ELD solutions to comply with the U.S. mandate in order to continue business as usual. There are many similarities between what the Canadian Council of Motor Vehicles is proposing and what the FMCSA implemented in December 2017. The ELD mandate establishes the following: • Replacement of paper logs with a compliant electronic logging device. • A rule for the mandatory use of ELDs by drivers that requires preparing hours of service (HOS) as a part of Records Of Duty Status (RODS). • Standardized measures to address errors, logbook tampering and driver harassment. • Requirements concerning HOS supporting documents. ELDs sync with a truck’s on-board systems to capture additional data points – such as power status, motion status, miles driven and engine hours – to adhere to compliance. Under the mandate, all of this information should be available to authorized safety officials during roadside inspections and as part of on-site or other reviews. Although there are numerous similarities between what Canada is proposing and what the U.S. implemented, there are a few differences between the two: • Canadian ELD mandate will not require drivers to send detailed files every eight days. Instead, Canadian drivers will be required to transfer a PDF file of a 14-day log to governing bodies. • Hours of Service regulations will not decrease for Canadian drivers. The only difference for Canadian carriers is how the information is collected. The CCMTA timeline has a compliance date (based on the U.S. mandate) of Q4 2019, with a grandfather clause ending Q4 2021.


While some Canadian companies might be apprehensive to adhere to the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) mandate, others are looking forward to implementing technology that will help reduce the number of reporting errors and potential fines. Whether you are already compliant or waiting for more direction, enforcement of an ELD mandate is near, and there are many benefits to drivers and companies implementing

Above: ELDs will be required for commercial trucking, including vocational trucks. Left: Trimble connected Tablet, mounted on the dash, tracks hours of service and driver vehicle inspection reporting.

an ELD solution beyond merely being compliant. Safety ELD devices record drivers’ hours of service electronically and automatically. Through a connection to the vehicle bus, the ELD can automatically detect when a driver begins and ends a trip, including time spent taking breaks. All of the information collected is transmitted in or near real-time to a cloud-based back office system for accessibility by dispatchers and fleet managers. Companies have concern for the safety of their drivers. Sleepy, overworked drivers pose a significant risk to themselves, other motorists, and even to a company’s reputation. ELD solutions proactively prevent incidents by reducing driver fatigue and ensuring the roadworthiness of vehicles through automatic alerts that notify drivers as they approach drive time limits. ELD technology records and saves driver activity, which might seem intrusive, but may actually help drivers in the event of a traffic incident. Because the information is collected and stored, companies can protect their drivers against possible litigation by providing saved records, which benefits both the company and the driver with respect to liability. Fleet efficiency Every company strives for efficiency. ELD solutions are inherently designed to make fleets more efficient, and some solutions offer additional tools that allow for even greater fleet efficiency. Many companies waste a significant amount of time on manual

record keeping, not to mention the high likelihood of error. Relying on driver memory to report hours of service and decide when to stop for a rest leaves too much room for error. Implementing a solution that automates record keeping and provides real-time access to driver data for audits and back office analysis will significantly improve fleet efficiency. ELD technology also decreases the amount of time drivers spend collecting all necessary materials for DOT inspections. Solutions allow for inspectors to access a driver’s daily log, HOS, and Driver and Vehicle Inspection Report (DVIR). This information is calculated automatically by the ELD and eliminates the need for drivers to spend time making calculations and verifying hours driven. Less time spent during inspections means more time on the road for drivers. With ELDs, fleet supervisors and managers receive their drivers’ logs in real time, rather than waiting for drivers to return from trips to hand in their logs. This information is stored in a database and can be used to monitor trends across the entire fleet, even at different locations. The mandate also requires that organizations retain driver logs for at least six months, which makes collecting information in the event of an audit a much more manageable process. Business impact Some companies have already invested in an Automatic On-Board Recording Device (AOBRD) that provides real-time visibility into driver availability, duty, status and vehicle inspections. Fleet managers and dispatchers can run seamless reports with easyto-navigate graphs that provide full transparency into how much time drivers and vehicles are spending on the road. Also, many of these solutions alert fleet managers of possible violations and errors from driver inputs, as well as providing audit controls to edit and delete duty status changes. The business benefits are truly endless. June 2018

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For companies that have already made the initial transition with an AOBRD solution, the CCMTA has provided a phase-in period for organizations to roll out a full electronic logging solution with a compliance grace period before they need to comply with the final ruling. This means if you have implemented an AOBRD solution already, you have until December 2021 before you need to upgrade to a fully compliant ELD solution. Organizations that take full advantage of ELD solutions can realize significant positive changes to their bottom line. Organizations that fail to

take advantage will leave money on the table and can end up paying hefty fines for non-compliance. Companies must act quickly to remain compliant with the new rules.

ELD solutions

Due to reliability and ease of use, a dedicated hardware solution which is integrated with a fleet management system is the most common type of solution available today. The hardware is installed in the cab of a truck and includes a tablet for display that provides critical hours of service information to the driver, including number of hours driven, on-duty

hours recorded and remaining available hours, along with a telematics device connected to the on-board vehicle systems. Typically, a dedicated hardware fleet management system is more reliable, rugged and is not reliant on a driver’s mobile device for communication. Data transmitted to the back office allows fleet managers, safety managers and dispatchers to review HOS information in nearreal time. Per the ELD mandate, the display tablet must be fixed and mounted within arm’s reach of the driver while the vehicle is in operation. When the vehicle is not in

operation, mobile device solutions also give drivers flexibility and allow for extended productivity. Drivers may take the tablet outside of the cab to perform walk-around vehicle inspections and complete proof of delivery forms. When it comes to selecting the right ELD, there is no “one size fits all” solution. Each fleet requires a unique solution to achieve the largest return on investment. For example, there is a growing demand for company-owned, personally enabled (COPE) devices. This approach gives drivers mobility, while also allowing corporate control of devices in the key areas of security, safety, cost and support measures. Another strategy a fleet manager might consider is “bring your own device,” using computer-assisted logs or low-cost telematics; however, for fleets that use company assets and drivers, an industrial-grade mobile platform using company-owned devices might offer the highest return on investment as it eliminates certain risks associated with having drivers provide their own devices.

Making the transition

Transitioning your company from manual to electronic logging systems means more than simply changing or implementing the hardware and software – the change will affect most aspects of the company, including the culture. For this reason, leadership must establish a clear vision with a transparent implementation plan. Whether the plan unfolds all at once or is implemented in stages, it is essential that all involved parties are continually updated and informed on the process. Your ELD supplier should be able to provide advice as to how to achieve a successful rollout, and provide the necessary training and ongoing support. Change can be difficult for any organization. Often, it takes mandates from industry regulators to make companies implement change that should have positive effects on both driver safety and the bottom line. Fleets that have implemented automatic on-board recording devices and ELD solutions have experienced reduced overhead, insurance premiums, fuel and other operational costs while improving customer service and driver efficiency – all adding up to a better business. John Rice is a vice president for Trimble Construction Logistics, which provides technology solutions designed specifically for the construction materials industry. He has more than 20 years of experience working with aggregate and ready-mix companies to increase productivity through technology. Paul Miles, a Segment Manager with Trimble Field Service Management division, is focused on delivering solutions that provide visibility into field and fleet operations so businesses can streamline efficiency and increase productivity. 22

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ServiceLink adds digital monitoring for lightweight compactors ServiceLink is a hardware upgrade integrated into all battery-powered lightweight compactors produced by Ammann since January 2018. It brings advantages such as simplified digital monitoring of machine data, via the app or online, including battery status and operating and maintenance times. It also reduces downtime caused by recharging or expensive battery changes. Low battery levels are recognized promptly. This represents significant relief, especially with regard to larger fleets

and machine rentals. A technician can mark replacement parts as missing on the machine – this information is then automatically available the next time the app is used. The Wi-Fi-aided system has additional benefits with regard to planning construction site operations and fleet management. The app provides a clear overview of stored data – for instance in the form of an hours-run meter. Users can plan maintenance intervals in adequate time for optimum efficiency. The

system informs the dealer or user by email that the machine is due for servicing or if the battery voltage has reached a critical level. On-site inspections are unnecessary. The next maintenance interval is displayed automatically when maintenance work is completed. The timing of the next maintenance is calculated on the basis of either the accumulated operating hours or the time interval. The information stored in the machine includes previous maintenance and service activities.


Submit essential documents right from the field

By combining its proprietary system for capturing and transmitting images with smartphone connectivity, LoadDocs enables field workers to submit essential documents directly from the jobsite to the home office as an alternative to snail mail or faxing paperwork from the field or from remote offices. “It’s a simple formula,” said LoadDocs chief operating officer Brian Belcher. “Speeding up the paper flow will speed up the cash flow.” With the LoadDocs app, all a worker needs to do is take a picture of a document, which is assisted by guides on the camera screen to help with framing. LoadDocs’ technology takes care of the rest by automatically cropping, rotating and adjusting image colours to produce an as-good-as-original electronic copy. In addition to digitally sending documents, field workers can attach photos, retrieve date and time details, and add location information. LoadDocs is designed to manage a wide range of common industry forms. Construction field workers, including drivers, often operate from jobsites with limited or no cell coverage. LoadDocs is designed to capture and store images the worker takes; when it detects a stronger signal, it automatically transmits the documents. At the company’s office, managers can use the system’s optical-characterrecognition technology to capture data from the electronic documents for reports. They no longer have to type information on a piece of paper into a computer system, and they no longer have to handle or store massive amounts of paper.

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DYNAPAC’S NEWEST MOBILE Feeder in North America by Lee Toop, Associate Editor


egregation – the separation of asphalt mats that can cause headaches for road maintenance crews – is a hot topic in the paving industry as more contracts include clauses regarding this challenging condition. As a long-time dealer and rental house serving northern Alberta’s asphalt contractors, NC Equipment keeps track of the trends in the industry. As a full-time Dynapac dealer since 2017, it has taken the lead for its customers by bringing in a North American first to help reduce segregation problems on roadbuilding jobs. That’s no surprise to anyone who’s worked with NC Equipment over the years. The company, based just south of Edmonton in Nisku, Alberta, spends a lot of time ensuring that its rental customers are wellequipped, whether they’re laying asphalt or digging dirt for pipeline installation. That’s been a key part of its service since its founding, described John Logan, Dynapac Sales Manager for NC Equipment. Like many equipment rental operations, NC Equipment started out as a contracting firm that did roadbuilding and concrete work before the owners recognized the potential profit to be made from renting idle equipment a little more than 20 years ago. “They grew from small beginnings, you could say – they had just a few pieces they’d use on the roadbuilding side,” Logan described. “They put it together and put the word out that they had this equipment for rent.” When owner Dennis Carriere wanted to add some compaction equipment to the growing rental fleet, he looked to Dynapac, Logan noted, because the quality of the machines was well-known in the industry. Then, when a dealership opportunity came up in early 2017, Dynapac approached NC Equipment –

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which currently runs around 30 pieces of its compaction equipment in its fleet – to see if the company was interested in taking that step. They signed a dealer agreement in February of 2017 and equipment started to roll in that spring. “We recognized that to be a good dealer, it’s not about having just the best piece of equipment, you need to have the support,” Logan said. “We do training for our service people and brought on a specialized parts person, then filled the shelves with parts.” Currently, Logan said, that makes NC Equipment one of the top Dynapac dealers in North America. Their customers run the gamut from municipalities to contractors, with many presently coming from the asphalt paving sector thanks to a growing infrastructure drive in northern Alberta. NC Equipment has been selling to plenty of smaller operators doing medium-sized paving operations, as well as highway contractors. Paving roads is a busy area as infrastructure is improved, and more contracts are focusing on the quality of the mat being put down – which drives interest in new types of machines. Segregation occurs when the asphalt loses the proper temperature when it’s being placed on the road surface. Often it is associated with the paver having to stop operation when the truck pushing it has emptied its load of asphalt and a new one moves into place. It may not be noticeable at the time it happens, and the mat looks just fine once it’s completed, but within a few years the road surface may start to split at that joint. That results in additional maintenance costs down the road. “They may get the asphalt down and compact it, and then the final inspection will say ‘you have to throw this out,’ so they have to take a milling machine, take out the stuff they just put down and lay it again because there was segregation,” he said. “We think it’s best to give them an opportunity to have a product that will meet their needs . . . it’s all part and parcel of highways that will last.” One way the industry has started to combat segregation is to keep a steady flow of asphalt through the

paving train. Using material transfer vehicles or mobile feeders that can ensure the pavers keep moving to produce a smooth, unbroken sheet of asphalt has proven popular in Europe, and is becoming more of a focus in North America. “Asphalt needs to be [laid down] at the right temperature so that when the operators roll it, it’s at that right temperature. They need to maintain the heat right to the hopper, so that as the paver’s putting out the material it has even heat,” Logan said. “They’ve found that material transfer units are able to keep that paver moving. They never have to slow down their stockpile to catch up with the truck . . . if they keep it uniform and maintain a good process of laying it down and compacting it, it will stay together, expand and contract as a whole unit, which helps it last longer.” Paving contracts in North America have begun to encourage more use of material transfer units of various kinds, and Alberta is no different. Seeing that trend, NC Equipment decided to give its customers an opportunity to experience Dynapac’s latest offering in that area and debuted North America’s first Dynapac MF2500CS mobile feeder at an open house in April. “Dynapac has been producing the 2500 for the last five or six years. We have proven the product in European countries, and now we’re expanding our market outside of Europe,” said Vijay Palanisamy, Dynapac product manager – pavers, who joined NC Equipment at the open house. According to Logan, demand from government agencies and contractors is moving towards the use of mobile feeders, and NC felt it was a good time to offer its customers a chance to give the machine a try. So, they brought in not one, but two MF2500s, one a MF2500CM with a few hours on it to offer for rent, and the other a brand-new MF2500CS. “We thought we would bring them in, because we want to be able to give contractors an opportunity to try it out for a few weeks or a month, or whatever they take to get used to the product,” Logan said. The MF2500 series is designed with a variety of features that offer contractors more efficient and

cost-effective asphalt handling, said Palanisamy, covering everything from weight and size to visibility and controls. At its core is the conveyor system, which is designed to move plenty of material and remain durable over time. “The conveyor uses a 47-inch belt, the widest you can get,” Palanisamy said. “The belt is joined with mechanical connections so, if there’s a belt tear off, you can buy sections of belt, stitch it together and keep running without changing the whole belt.” A feature unique to Dynapac is the ability to lift the operator’s platform for a better view; the system can raise the platform around four feet. Automated control features include a distance setting that, once set, ensures the feeder remains a certain distance from the paver, ensuring that asphalt

isn’t spilled because the feeder moves away from the paver as well as keeping the paver from running into the feeder. In addition, sonic sensors on the conveyor track the flow of asphalt into the paver’s hopper. The MF2500CS is equipped with Dynapac’s Swingapp feature, which allows the operator to feed pavers that are offset from the machine. Capable of swinging up to 55 degrees to both sides, the Swingapp means the mobile feeder can provide asphalt to two pavers working side by side or work while running in a different lane, among other tasks. NC’s MF2500CM is essentially the same machine, but does not include the Swingapp. Those features, Logan said, will help contractors avoid potentially costly follow-up work on their jobsites. HEG

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Cold milling critical to surface qualitY Technological advances make it possible to create true-to-line, level milling that improves surface quality of final pavement


old milling is one of the first measures taken when a roadway or traffic area needs to be rehabilitated. The condition of the milled surface has a key impact on the quality of the new surface courses, their service qualities, and the economical and efficient execution of other construction measures.

On the level

Precision levelling is one of the decisive factors to create an evenly milled surface – true to line and level – that makes it possible to pave a uniform thickness and avoid costly correction requiring asphalt levelling courses. The purpose of levelling is to regulate the milling depth and slope, automatically and as precisely as possible, based on a reference line. While it is standard practice to copy an existing surface by scanning a reference line, it is possible to do much more than simple copying. The Wirtgen Multiplex automatic levelling system, for example, uses three sensors on each side of the machine which scan for height at wide intervals along the same reference line. It averages the measurements to create a perfectly even milled surface, while meeting the target milling depth. This is a highly effective way of levelling out longitudinal undulations. In addition, defined surface profiles can be created, such as specified cross slopes or crowns. Milling can be taken even further. 3D technology can be used to create a completely new surface profile for milling. A digital surface profile is generated on a computer and transferred directly to a Wirtgen cold milling machine which uses 3D levelling. To achieve the best results, the levelling parameters for a machine are saved, linked to the Wirtgen LEVEL PRO PLUS automatic levelling system and retrieved during the working process. 26

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Selective milling

Above: Modern cold milling machines using the latest technology provide cost-effective, high-quality milling.

Cutting technology

Operator using LEVEL PRO PLUS (top), which is fully integrated into the machine control system, for precise, high-quality milling results. Selective milling (left) allows the surface, binder and base courses to be removed separately and returned to the material cycle separately. Wirtgen’s Flexible Cutter System (right) increases machine utilization with quick drum changes – for example, from cold to fine milling.

Today, a wide variety of pavement layers can be removed and separated in highly selective processes. In fact, it is now possible to remove problematic construction materials, separate premium-quality surface courses with a high bitumen content, and remove road markings prior to the actual milling of the asphalt courses. The surface, binder and base courses can be returned separately to the material cycle, increasing the sustainability of RAP recycling. Selective milling does not entail significant time disadvantages. Due to the shallower milling depth, the cold milling machines work more quickly when removing the individual layers than when removing the complete pavement at maximum milling depth in a single pass. Milling off surfaces in two or three layers can sometimes be just as fast – in some cases even faster – than complete pavement removal, depending on the type of machine and pavement and ambient conditions. Modern cold milling machines also have been specifically tuned to typical selective milling, for example, in regard to machine weight. The powerful “heart” of the cold milling machine is the milling drum assembly with all the cutting technology components. It has a critical bearing on the quality, costs and performance of the milling process. Tool spacings are typically 12 mm, 15 mm or 18 mm, for standard milling drums, 8 mm for fine milling drums, and 6 mm for micro-fine milling drums. The ECO Cutter milling drum, developed by Wirtgen, has fewer cutting tools which are spaced at 25 mm. It is designed for maximum milling output and can even mill ex-

tremely hard materials, such as concrete or rock, cost-efficiently. Wirtgen’s Flexible Cutter System (FCS) ensures high machine utilization. Depending on the machine, it takes as little as a half hour to one-and-a-half hours to change the drum – converting, for example, the cold milling machine from a stan-

dard to a fine milling machine.

Other applications

Cold milling machines are also frequently used to dig trenches for pipelaying or, when fitted with a deep milling unit and narrow cutting wheel, to mill slots. In short, the range of applications is immense.

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Hitachi ultrashort excavator Smooth operation and power ideal for working in tight spaces

Staff Report


he new ZX345USLC-6 is Hitachi’s largest ultrashort hydraulic excavator. This 30-metric-ton model should be a big hit with contractors as it offers increased reach, digging force, bucket capacity and lift capacity, while being able to work in tight, confined spaces. Jonathan Spendlove, product marketing manager for Hitachi Construction Machinery – Americas, agrees. “As the number of urban renewal projects increase, there is a clear need among contractors for a larger reduced-tail-swing exing weight of 37,771 kg (83,271 pounds), a maxmatter to be burned in cylinder, so there’s no cavator that will help them tackle larger projects in a reduced imum dig reach of 11.46 m (37 feet 7 inches) and need for a diesel particulate filter. amount of time.” maximum dig depth of 7.57 m (24 feet 10 inches). Maintenance has been minimized with features We had a chance to put the machine through its paces at the There is lots of power on the ZX345USLC-6, such as side-by-side cooling cores, a standard batproduct launch held in mid-May. which comes from a 7.8-litre, 186-kW (249-hp) tery disconnect switch and ground-level access to One of the outstanding features of the ZX345USLC-6, as Isuzu engine that features integrated engine techfilters; uptime is maximized with extended service we have noticed on other models, is the smooth, precise and nologies. The engine meets Tier 4 Final emisintervals; and maintenance is easy to schedule and powerful hydraulics. This can be attributed in part to their sions standards through the use of cooled exhaust track using the ZXLink system, included as stanexclusive TRIAS three-pump hydraulic system which provides gas recirculation, a diesel oxidation catalyst and dard. ZXLink can be used to optimize operation multifunction performance, the fastest cycle times in the inselective catalytic reduction. Diesel exhaust fluid and maximize profits, using information such as dustry, and improved fuel economy. The third pump supplies is injected into the exhaust stream of the engine, fleet location, functions, hours, fuel consumption, additional hydraulic oil to the swing circuit when needed to runs through a catalyst, and turns the NOx in the alerts and other essential machine data. Location maximize productivity, without stealing oil and speed from exhaust into harmless water vapour and nitrogen and alert information can also be viewed in the other functions. gas. An improved piston design allows particulate field from iOS or Android devices. HEG Another nice feature is the Auxiliary Function Lever (AFL) which provides precise control for all atINNOVATING SINCE 1948 tachments, including thumbs and grapples. It enables precise and easy movement of attachments by using the “slider” on the right hand of the pilot joystick. If thumbs or other proportional controlled attachments are going to be needed, auxiliary hydraulics with programmable attachment modes and Premier high torque, low speed shredder for material reduction and separation proportional control are available. The cab is spacious – in fact, it is one of only a few full-size cabs on a reducedtail-swing machine in the industry. • Efficient design for maximum Hitachi says that the 30-metric-ton output and lowest operating ZX345USLC-6 is durable and reliable expense as it is built with the same toughness • Diesel with innovative cooling as their large mining excavators. For system to lower operating example, the heavy-duty undercartemperatures of engine and riage, designed for a 35-metric-ton hydraulic machine, provides a low centre of grav• Modular design to perfectly ity, greater stability and increased lift match your production needs capacity. There are D-channel side frames which house and protect the highly efficient coolers and engine, and the boom, arm and mainframe are so tough, the company says, that they are warrantied for three years or 10,000 hours, whichever comes first. www.l-rt.us Call us or email: (800) 235-1391, info@l-rt.us The ZX345USLC-6 has an operat-


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Cat Articulated Trucks refinements made to safety, control and powertrain


hree new Cat articulated trucks – the 730, 730 EJ (Ejector) and 735 – have been extensively redesigned to provide even better features and performance than their C-Series predecessors, the 730C2, 730C2 EJ, and 735C. (Cat has dropped the letter designation, such as “C,” that used

to announce a new generation and is replacing it with a “build number” that appears on the side of the machine.) The 367-net-hp 730 and 730 EJ now have an automatic retarder control and a hill-start feature, while the 735 retains these features from its predecessor. The 428-net-hp 735 also features structural and dimensional

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modifications that reduce empty weight by 22 percent, while retaining the productivity of the outgoing 735C, and up to an 18 percent gain in fuel efficiency. The 730 EJ is designed to eject loads while travelling, providing positive dumping of the entire load, and also to work in areas with overhead restrictions and with soft underfoot conditions with improved machine stability. A highlight of the new models is the operator station with innovative new controls, transmission-protection features, new hoist-assist system, advanced traction control system, new stability-assist system, and a fuel saving ECO operating mode. A new “wake-up” feature initiates the machine’s displays when the door is opened, and the door is a lighter, stronger design with a shut-assist feature for improved sealing against dust infiltration. The cab has lower inside sound levels at 72 dB(A), a 7 dB(A) reduction compared to previous models. Left- and right-hand sliding windows serve two purposes – they increase ventilation and facilitate communication with workers and the loading-vehicle operator. For added comfort, a new, automatic climate-control (HVAC) system has more vents above and behind the operator, and the new heated/cooled seat gives operators more adjustments to “dial in” personal-comfort settings. Even the passenger seat wasn’t overlooked in the redesign; it now has a flip up/down design and added cushioning. To improve safety, a new lighting system, controlled via a ground-level switch, illuminates the cab’s entry steps and hitch area. New cab-mounted mirrors, including a front-visibility mirror, improve all-around visibility for the operator. Visibility to the rear of the truck is also improved as the cab’s new external “spinal-ROPS” design incorporates a rear-quarter glass that eliminates a structural pillar in the CSeries design. Long range LED work lights are available for better visibility at night.

The Cat Advanced Automatic Traction Control system has been refined to proactively apply differential locks to avoid wheel spin. Also, a “terrainbased” throttle-smoothing system prevents acceleration surges when travelling over extremely rough terrain, which can make keeping a steady pressure on the throttle pedal difficult. In addition, the standard Cat Detect/Stability-Assist system monitors the working angle of the tractor and body, as well as the grade, and cautions the operator if the machine is approaching the set threshold angle, stopping the dump process if continued action may result in potential tipping. A new combined transmissionand-hoist lever provides efficient, single-lever control of vehicle speed and body-hoisting functions to reduce operator effort and to automate repetitive operations. A switch in the cab allows operators to choose either manual or assisted hoisting control. The latter selection automatically applies the waiting brake, shifts the transmission to neutral, and raises the body to maximum angle at engine high idle. Assisted hoisting returns the body to the lower position at the flick of a switch. Both raise and lower functions feature automatic cushioning and speed reduction at limits of movements. New buttons in the combined transmission and hoist lever allows setting a limit to machine speed and selection of the transmission waiting brake. In addition, a new shift-protection system brings the truck to a safe stop if a directional shift is made while the truck is moving. A nice option worth considering is infrared glass to keep the sun from overheating the cab. Cat Connect PAYLOAD technology is an optional system that can improve loading efficiency. It calculates payload via sensors on the walkingbeam suspension and provides loadstatus alert via lights on all four corners of the cab roof. This ensures that the loader operator can see the alert lights from any angle.

Volvo’s new



here is lots to like about the new Volvo ECR355E excavator which combines a short swing radius with lots of power and torque, yet cuts down on fuel consumption at the same time. In fact, it is a new class size for Volvo. As Sejong Ko, excavator product manager at Volvo Construction Equipment, explains: “The ECR355E fills a need in the market for a powerful 35-ton machine in a short swing design capable of heavy, highproduction work in tight areas that would otherwise require a smaller, less productive machine.” This makes it “perfect for everything from heavy infrastructure and utility work to demolition and roadbuilding.” Rather than updating its predecessor – the 30-ton ECR305C – Volvo decided to create a slightly larger, higher-horsepower, short swing model, making this a new size for the company. The ECR355E is powered by a 241hp (180-kW) Volvo D8 Tier 4 Final engine that delivers an 18 percent increase in horsepower and 28 percent increase in torque over the preceding model it replaces, the ECR305C. While this machine is more powerful, it is also more fuel efficient than its predecessor. Volvo accomplishes this by using an advanced electrohydraulic system which works with the engine to reduce fuel consumption by 10 percent, while also reducing emissions and providing faster, smoother operation. ECO mode, Auto Idle and Auto Engine Shutdown also add to fuel efficiency. Volvo is confident about the fuel efficiency of their ECR355E and back it up with a Fuel Efficiency Guarantee; if the model’s fuel consumption and productivity do not meet model-rated efficiency levels, the company will reimburse a portion of the additional fuel.

Hop in the cab and you will be pleased to find it is the new E-Series rectangular cab with 10 percent more space, 44 percent more cooling capacity, improved front and side visibility, a wider entrance, radio with hands-free Bluetooth, more ergonomic controls and a reduction in the number of switches from 27 to 11. Work will be more comfortable and easier, especially with integrated work modes that allow the operator to dial in the exact amount of power and control required for the task at hand. Safety around excavators is always a concern for an operator and Volvo delivers on this front too with the addition of a side-view camera

which, along with the already standard rear-view camera, further reduces blind spots. The company is also offering Volvo Smart View which adds two cameras to the existing two to create a fourcamera, bird’s eye view of the machine that is viewed on the eight-inch monitor in the cab. You can do more with the optional Steelwrist tiltrotator, which allows an attachment to rotate 360 degrees and tilt from side to side, drastically cutting down on repositioning time while increasing productivity. Other helpful options are a dozer blade for easy backfilling and additional stability, and a two-piece boom

for digging closer to the undercarriage, while improving visibility and lifting capability in tight spaces. The ECR355E is tough: it has an Xframe undercarriage built with forged steel top rollers, and also a rugged boom and arms. Besides construction work, the ECR355E is a good choice for demolition. Volvo offers demolition packages with a wide range of factoryfitted guarding options, including boom and bucket cylinder guards, heavy-duty side doors, reinforced undercovers, slew ring protection, full track guard and cab-mounted Falling Object Guarding (FOG) packages.



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excavator attachments

Tiltrotators supercharge excavator productivity Get more jobs done faster and safer By Kaitlyn Till, Managing Editor


hen a contractor is looking to get the most out of their excavator they utilize a variety of attachments that can get more jobs done. What is often overlooked is how those attachments are coupled to the machine – and how a tiltrotator can not only allow that equipment to do more, but to do it faster, safer and with less labour. Contractors that are looking at new technology, looking for an edge, are typically the first ones in each area to adopt a tiltrotator, explained Gerry Mallory, General Manager, Rototilt Inc., “Often it is the smaller subcontractors who are showing the big companies the value of outfitting a machine with a tiltrotator.

“We have one big company in Ottawa which now has over 20 Rototilt machines, but the reason they saw the benefits of Rototilt is because their subcontractors came in with them first, and they said ‘Wait a second, how come they can do everything faster and more efficient than we can with our own machines?’” Mallory said that if contractors have never seen a tiltrotator in action they can’t fully understand or appreciate the value. “We get a lot of our first-time customers from our live demo at CONEXPO. When contractors watch a Rototilt at work, like at CONEXPO, they’ll say things like ‘I would have moved the machine six times in the last couple of minutes with what you did just there sitting in one spot.’”

Designed and proven in northern Europe

Tiltrotators have been a relatively recent introduction to North America, but have been used in northern Europe for decades. Rototilt was originally developed in 1986 in Sweden and since then the technology quickly achieved widespread acceptance in Nordic countries (Sweden, Norway and Finland). Part of the reason that tiltrotator manufacturers like Rototilt were slow to develop international markets was due to the rapid growth demands in the Nordic countries. According to Mallory, by the late 1990s the tiltrotator had become virtually standard equipment in Nordic countries. From there, Rototilt opted to develop two new markets: Central Europe and North America. In North America, the company got its footing in Ontario before expanding into Eastern Canada and then to the U.S. market beginning in 2008. Today, the market is growing throughout all regions of North America.

The tiltrotator advantage

Mallory emphasized that one of the biggest concerns about tiltrotators is the initial “sticker” price, which he said can work out to around 20 percent of the cost of the excavator it will

be mounted on. “If they just look at the price and they say ‘Oh, it’s just an extremely expensive attachment,’ you have to discuss with them, ‘Okay, think right off the get-go of the tremendous time and labour savings alone.’ “You’re going to save up to 20 to 30 percent on most types of work, and up to half the time on grading, working around existing infrastructure, or working in extremely tight areas. But the biggest benefit of all is probably labour savings.” This will vary from market to market, depending on local labour costs, but “even if it only saves you one labourer, what’s the payback of that? It’s vast,” said Mallory. You can arrive on a jobsite with less equipment because with a tiltrotator you can do so much more work with one machine – using a tiltrotator can eliminate the need to use a dozer

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or skid-steer loader in many applications. “So you’re going to a jobsite with less equipment, with fewer people, doing it faster. Less equipment and fewer people means a safer jobsite. It’s not as congested.” There are other benefits as well. Mallory said that the undercarriage of the excavator is going to last significantly longer because there is less travel to reposition the machine on the jobsite. There is always concern over whether an expensive piece of technology can withstand the rigours of the jobsite. Mallory emphasizes that the tiltrotator is already proven technology. “A Rototilt can take the full excavator breakout force and lift capacity because it has to be able to. Rototilt was developed and had to prove itself in a cold, rocky, harsh climate in Sweden,” he said. “In Ontario we have Rototilts with very long hours. We have one contractor in our area whose oldest Rototilt is on their fourth excavator and they trade in excavators at 8,000 hours – it’s the same tiltrotator. “It had to prove itself over 30 years in harsh climates and it was developed around that. Yes, it’s equipment and anything can happen, but it’s a proven product.” Rototilt offers a two-year, unlimited-hour warranty covering full dealer service; the company sells through all major brands of excavator dealers to ensure that customers can receive local support if needed. Dealers are assisted and trained by Rototilt in installation and servicing. Routine maintenance for the Rototilt, however, is minimal. Like any attachment, the pins need to be greased, but Mallory said that the Rototilt’s rotate doesn’t use grease – it sits in an oil bath. The oil bath just needs to be flushed and refilled at an interval of 500 to 1,000 hours.

Mallory. Some operators get it on the first day, while for others it can take a while. Mallory said operators typically start to see the benefits in about two weeks. “Some will say ‘Even six months later, I’m learning how to do even more things more efficiently with rotate and tilt, and I’m increasing the benefits all the time.’” The controls are simple. On the left-hand joystick there is a roller to rotate left and right, and on the righthand joystick there is a roller to tilt left and right. As for equipping the machine, Mallory said that sometimes existing joysticks can be used if the machine is equipped with dual auxiliary hydraulic circuits. “Typically if the machine has one auxiliary circuit, we need to change the joysticks to be able to operate everything proportionally on just

the one auxiliary circuit.” Mallory emphasizes that there is no one main application for a tiltrotator. It can be used for just about anything an excavator can do, from any type of bucket work to grapple work or any other attachment job that can benefit from being able to rotate or tilt. The biggest customer base is for small-to-medium size excavating contractors because of the versatility they need to do all types of work. Adding a tiltrotator to the machine opens up the contractor to a much greater variety of work. Rototilt’s ICS proportional control system has many unique features including a return to dig “home” function and a shake/pulse mode for spreading materials. The four largest Rototilt models are GPS grade control ready. To work with GPS all that

is needed is Rototilt’s RPS (Rototilt Positioning System) kit that allows the major brands of Grade Control to read the rotate tilt functions. Mallory maintains that in North America the biggest challenge is getting customers to buy into their first Rototilt. Tiltrotators are almost standard equipment in northern Europe. “There’s a reason for it . . . it all comes down to benefits. Operational, business benefits.” Mallory is confident that North American customers will see those benefits as well. “We just have to get them into their first Rototilt and then they will almost all be a repeat customer once they see the benefits and the support behind the product. We’re not worried about our existing customers – they’re going to be a repeat customer.” HEG

COUNT ON OKADA. Carriers prefer demolition attachments made by Okada America. Okada’s demolition attachments expand the versatility of the excavator, mini-excavator, loader/backhoe, skid-steer and track loader carriers. Okada has a wide variety of attachments. Breakers. Demolition Shears. Crushers. Pulverizers. Processors. Grapples. Compactors. Screening Buckets. These attachments are precision-engineered, productive and dependable. You can Count on Okada. Call 1-800-270-0600 for the name of the Okada America, Inc. Distributor nearest you.

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Getting started

Operating a tiltrotator just requires the use of two rollers on the joystick. Achieving proficiency as a new operator of a tiltrotator varies, according to

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Excavator Attachments


Processor series The ALLU Processor is a power mixer attachment which converts an excavator into a versatile mixing tool that effectively mixes a variety of difficult materials including clay, silt, peat, sludge, sediment, dredged material and contaminated soil. Working to a depth of three metres, and with a weight of 2,095 kg (+400 kg fabricated mount plate), the Processor 300 HD is made from wear-resistant steel. Fitted to and powered by the excavator’s hydraulic system, the Processor is equipped with automatic torque adjustment valves located between the two hydraulic motors, with drum rpm and temperature sensors, as well as sensors for oil leakage detection inside the frame construction. The excavator operator is able to control the rotational direction of the drums to adjust for most effective mixing. Two-metre and three-metre extension tubes are also available options for added working depth. The larger 500 HD Processor is able to work to a depth of five metres with a weight of 2,445 kg (+400 kg fabricated mount plate).

John Deere

Vibratory Plate Compactors The PC4, PC7 and PC10 plate compactor models for compact excavators and backhoes deliver powerful trench, slope and excavation compaction performance. A large eccentric rotating weight creates vibration and impulse energy to deliver optimal performance. The weight’s mass is further away from the shaft to provide increased impulse forces up to 8,000 pounds (3,629 kg) and improved compaction rates when working with compact granular soils. The motor is inset within the frame to protect it from damage. Hydraulic motor bearings use oil splash lubrication, and sealed eccentric bearings

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Grading and trenching buckets


The new grading buckets for compact excavators – available in 36-, 48- and 60inch widths – do not have internal centre gussets, providing a larger capacity than the company’s current grading buckets. Waffle plates add extra strength and rigidity to the bottom of the bucket. The new trenching buckets – available in 12-, 16-, 18-, 20-, 24-, 30- and 36-inch widths – have a replaceable cutting edge. An available toothed version uses the same teeth as the previous bucket model. A scalloped cast side cutter has been added for improved durability and functionality. The new buckets fit the standard clamp and the optional Pro Clamp System. The Pro Clamp grading tool can serve as a smooth cutting edge when grading or trenching with a toothed bucket. It can also be reversed to serve as a clamshell when paired with a smooth lip bucket.


B-Prefix Hammers

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Cat B-Prefix hydraulic hammers, available in B4(s) and B6(s) silenced and B4 and B6 nonsilenced versions, are designed for “plug-and-play” operation with a range of compact equipment. As a package solution, the matching Caterpillar-designed hydraulic kits are also offered and the best fit for Cat machines, providing customers a breaker package with su-

provide maintenancefree operation. Delivering 4,000 pounds (1,814 kg) of impulse force, the PC4 model is available in a 13-inch (33-cm) width. The PC7 delivers 6,400 pounds (2,903 kg) of impulse force and is available in an 18-inch (46cm) width. The PC10 model delivers 8,000 pounds (3,629 kg) of impulse force and is available in a 24-inch (61-cm) width. All three models boast 2,000-rpm frequency at regulated flow.

MB Crusher

Cutting head The MB-R500 cutting head turns mini excavators into real milling machines. It grinds particularly resistant and tough materials, such as fragmented rocks, and can also work on asphalt and perform excavation. It weighs 300 kg and can be installed on mini and midi excavators from 3 to 12 tons, on skid-steer loaders and on backhoe loaders from 3 to 8 tons. It has a diameter of 500 mm. The drum can be replaced on site in less than an hour. It comes with a full or low set drum head kit, which allows for changing the number of peaks depending on the material to grind. The cutter body rotation kit allows the operator to rotate the cutter directly from the cab. The cutting depth adjustment kit makes grinding edges and levelling possible. The drum cover kit reduces dust for work in enclosed spaces. It can be equipped with a temperature reduction kit, which reduces the oil temperature during operation without altering the unit performance.


Tunnel version of hydraulic breakers

The SB 302 and SB 452 Tunnel versions of the Solid Body breaker range provide application-specific modifications that extend equipment lifetime and reduce overall operating costs in underground applications. Piston lifetime is extended by a new piston in stainless steel, while bushing seat wear is minimized by a press-fit, one-piece bushing locked by an additional pin. An exchangeable wear plate protects the hammer body and durability is enhanced by heavy-duty retainer bars and a locking pin. The special tunnelling tool with a collar supporting a robust front shield and dust cover minimizes dust intake when working on overhead areas. Two restrictors are available which enable the performance of the hydraulic breaker to be adjusted for either traditional scaling operations or for more challenging rock breaking jobs. The Tunnel versions are for excavators from 4.5 to 13 tons (10,000 to 28,500 pounds).

perior design and benefits. The modular design has two moving parts in the piston and valve and flat-top mounting enables a compact working envelope and compatibility with a full complement of brackets. The bushings are field-replaceable, and the lower bushing can be rotated 90 degrees. The gas-fired operation cycle delivers consistent, long-term high production and the piston transfers long shock waves into material. Piston diameters are matched for maximum energy transfer and piston design and surface finish provide superior oil retention and seal life. Tool types for these hammers include moil, cone, parallel and transverse chisel and blunt.

In a game that relies on consistent performance, RammerŽ hammers from Allied Construction are the perfect utility players. Rammer delivers simple operation, better flow control, blank firing protection, and superior lube systems – everything you’d expect from Allied, an experienced player.


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Turning waste into revenue Industry experts talk about C&D, concrete and asphalt recycling using mobile impact crushers By Keith Barker, Associate Editor, and Lawrence Buser, Editorial Director


obile impact crushing plants are especially ideal for tight-space urban and roadside recycling of C&D, concrete and asphalt. The plants can be transported by trailer, simply driven off at the location where material needs to be processed and put to work very quickly, processing up to 500 tons per hour. Michael Brookshaw, global distributor manager for Keestrack, sums it up very well. “The impactor has developed over the past 20 years to become one of the most important tools used in the recycling of C&D waste. The reason is the quality of the material and very cubical shape produced. The impact crusher is a first- and second-stage crusher in one unit, so you can crush a 600-mm product down to a final product for resale as recycling aggregate.” When it comes to processing reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP), impact crushers are preferred as asphalt has the potential to clog or gum up jaw or cone crushers. That’s not a problem with impactors. SBM Mineral Processing is an Austria-based manufacturer, distributed in North America by Terrafirma Equipment based out of Alberta. According to Norbert Dieplinger, director of international business development at SBM, “Specs are getting tighter so crushers must be much more accurate

than in the past. For example, a few years back you could just crush aggregate down to 0- to 3-inch material and use it for road base. Now, engineers are allowing the use of more and more recycled asphalt in their mix, instead of all-natural aggregate and crushed concrete, and not just as road base material. With impact crushers, the shape is exactly what you need, you can get down to smaller sizes and they can process building debris with rebar.” Alexander Taubinger, Rubble Master’s managing director and VP of sales, explains: “Compact crushers are on the rise. Crushing and recycling is not an exclusive business model for large contractors and quarries anymore. More and more small- to medium-sized contractors are turning their attention to crushing and recycling. For a contractor, a closedcircuit impactor is a more versatile and convenient tool than a crushing setup that consists of a jaw, cone and separate screening plant because you can make it work in a great variety of applications and meet material specs at the end of the day.” “Customers today can move a tracked impact crusher on site, go do a job for a few weeks, and in the matter of a few hours, pull the units out, fold up and be ready to move to the next job,” says Stephen Whyte, product manager, mobile product development, KPI-JCI

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and Astec Mobile Screens. “It’s the contractor/rental market that’s really driven the mobile impact crusher market.” For impact crushing in general, mobile tracked units are the path of least resistance to get into the business, notes Whyte. “You’ve got the highest reduction ratio. You’ve probably got the lowest capital investment. And you can get the most ‘bang for your buck.’ Almost always you will see entry-level tracked impactors as the first choice for contractors getting into the C&D materials recycling business, no matter the brand.” “The growth in recycling of concrete and asphalt recycling industries has led to higher demand for smaller, more mobile crushers,” adds John O’Neill, sales director at McCloskey. “One of the biggest expenses in material processing is physically handling the material,” says Jody Beasley, vice-president of sales and marketing at Screen Machine. “Every time material is moved, labour and expenses are involved. Tracked impact crushers bring the machine to the jobsite, right to the pile, and allow for very efficient material processing. It’s all about tons per hour,” he emphasizes. According to Daryl Todd, president and owner of B.C.-based Frontline Machinery, the Canadian dealer for Belgium-based crushing and screening plant manufacturer Keestrack, “We’re starting to see a strong movement towards turning concrete and asphalt rubble materials into higher quality recycled materials such as construction sand, washed recycled drain rock, road mulch, RAP (reclaimed asphalt pavement) and a host of other quality products with a much higher value. “The impact crusher’s ability to handle steel-reinforced concrete, along with custom options, such as plastics and wood-waste removal systems, washing systems and more, has enabled recyclers to create much higher quality end products, and crush and process materials previously deemed only waste, or too difficult to process,” says Todd. Whyte adds that the growth of the

Above: Kleemann MR 110 Zi EVO2 crushing recycled concrete. contractor/rental market has also been key in driving the growth of all tracked crushing and screening plants.

Cost savings and productivity

Advances in the design of mobile impact crushers has made them more energy efficient and productive. “Lowest cost per ton produced is crucial in the customer’s business,” says Metso Minerals product manager, Jouni Hulttinen. “We have reduced fuel consumption up to 20 percent with our tracked impactors.” He says one good example is the Lokotrack LT1213(S) (“S” designates a builtin screen component) which uses a “stand-by function” where the machine switches to idling mode if there is no load on the engine. “Just five minutes on stand-by, per hour, can save 10 litres of fuel per day.” According to Dieplinger, the drive systems in crushers manufactured by SBM are available as diesel-electric or can be run 100 percent electric. “Not only does electric power reduce the carbon footprint, it can save contractors up to 30 percent on fuel costs when you compare them to the dieselhydraulic drive systems that were common in the past and are still used by lots of manufacturers,” he says. The EVO 2 series of Mobirex mobile impact crushers from Kleemann utilize direct drives and electric drives for the vibrating conveyors, belts and the vibrating, independent double-deck prescreen between hopper and crusher. “This permits high fuel efficiency and allows optimal loading of the crusher,” explains Joe Schappert, Kleemann’s technical training manager. “Outstanding performance is made possible in part by the extremely efficient direct drive, with which these machines are equipped. A latest-generation diesel engine transmits its power almost loss-free directly to the flywheel of the crusher, via a robust fluid coupling and

The impactor has developed over the past 20 years to become one of the most important tools used in the recycling of C&D waste. Michael Brookshaw, global distributor manager, Keestrack

V-belts. This drive concept enables enormous versatility, as the rotor speed can be adjusted in four stages to suit different processing applications.” “A great feature with our impact crushers is that they allow operators to crush and track at the same time,” says Whyte about the models from KPI-JCI and Astec Mobile Screens. “This is why you’ll see a lot of these units being used along the highway. One operator can basically load the machine and operate the tracked crusher at the same time.” “This is very important,” adds Tim Harms, crushing and screening product manager at Kolberg-Pioneer (KPI). “You can be crushing and don’t have to disengage the crusher to track the machine. You can continue to crush while the machine is being moved around on its tracks, which is a big advantage with respect to time savings. Time is of a huge value. If you lose 10 percent of your time, just because you’ve got to wait for the crusher to stop so you can move it, those are dollars.” Keestrack’s Brookshaw says “Our machines are excellent in recycling asphalt, as we can slow down the rotor speed to crush the asphalt, but not the aggregate inside the asphalt, so the material can be reused in asphalt mixing plants, a huge savings on cost.” “Over the last 10 years we have improved our control panel systems to provide operators with more knowledge and information about what is going on inside their machines at all times,” explains O’Neill. “The units are also easier and faster to set up.” Screen Machine’s patented Crusher Relief System allows the operator to raise the crusher lid up to six inches while the machine is in operation. “This is a huge help in preventing jams inside the crusher and ultimately delivers thousands of additional tons of product over the life of the machine,” says Beasley.

because of all the advantages it provides with respect to decreased fuel costs and decreased carbon footprint,” adds SBM’s Dieplinger, who also points out that this will make a big difference in years to come, especially considering new carbon taxes being implemented globally. With regards to applications, McCloskey’s O’Neill says that the trend of using one machine to do multiple parts of an operation will continue to decline. “The crusher should crush and the screeners should screen,” he says. According to Metso’s Hulttinen, base construction for bikeways, road base and industrial areas are growing end markets for material made from recycled C&D, concrete and asphalt. He says mobile impact crushers, and all types of crushers for recyclable materials, will increasingly move more towards application in the production of high-quality end products. “Use of the end material has gone from the most basic application to higher-spec building materials,” says Hulttinen. “The future trend will go more towards substituting aggregates, new concrete made from recycled concrete, and recycled asphalt added toAMmake new asphalt.” HEG Think-Shredding-KTA-2018-press-ready-v5.pdf 1 5/7/2018 10:43:47

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Intermat Show Review


ntermat, the International Exhibition for Construction and Infrastructure, was held in Paris from April 23 to 28. Heavy Equipment Guide was on hand to check out some of the latest innovations for the construction industry. The following is a selection of new and upcoming products highlighted at the show. Dana Incorporated revealed new technologies in support of development of hybrid- and electric-powered construction and other off-highway vehicles. Dana’s strategy enables OEMs to accelerate their hybrid and electric vehicle development programs starting with a modular approach that combines Spicer Electrified hybrid and electric-drive solutions into current vehicle architectures with internalcombustion engines. At Intermat, Dana showcased its capabilities through a hybrid-electric telescopic boom lift equipped with more than 30 Spicer drivetrain and Brevini motion products. This mid-sized aerial work platform performed a series of typical driving and working maneuvers. DEUTZ exhibited its first off-highway hybrid concept. Combining a TCD 2.9 diesel engine and a 55-kW electric

motor, the new concept is the first result of the E-DEUTZ program established in 2017. The company says that it opens up significant potential for efficiency gains in drivetrain technology. The E-DEUTZ strategy combines DEUTZ’s lowemission engines with electric drives. To illustrate this technology transfer, DEUTZ displayed its concept of a modular, scalable hybrid drive consisting of a TCD 2.9 diesel engine and an e-motor, plus power electronics and a battery pack specially designed for this combination. The e-motor and diesel each deliver 55 kW, producing a combined maximum system output of 110 kW. The lithium-ion battery has a capacity of 40 kWh at 400 volts. The mechanical connection between the e-motor and the diesel engine is achieved by means of a transmission with integrated decoupler, which allows the diesel engine to be disconnected from the electrical system and provides the option of powering the vehicle purely by electricity. The increased maximum system output makes it possible to use a combustion engine with a lower capacity and output than a pure combustion drive in the same output class. A further benefit is the option to integrate additional fuelsaving functions such as start-stop or crankshaft starting, and for power takeoffs to run on electricity in the future. Haulotte showed a new generation of electric rough-terrain MEWPs – PULSEO. This line promises lower energy costs, and less air and noise pollution, all while offering optimal performance. These electric MEWPs are ideal for indoor and outdoor applications and are suited to low-emission and low-noise zones. The first models are the HA20 LE and HA20 LE PRO. High-capacity batteries and the ability to lower the basket by force of gravity with no power Mobile, userconsumption maximize battery performance for friendly design for a full day’s work. If extended battery power is fast, continuous required, the on-board range extender engine can air-inversion. rapidly recharge the batteries, while the machine - Self-lubricating retains its full operating capacity during the - Mechanical gate valve charge cycle. Keestrack showed a new design for its R3 / - Fits 6" to 12" liners R3e track-mounted impact crusher. The Kees- Larger model available for up to 24" liners 1 541 504 0416 track R3 (formerly Destroyer 1011) offers fast theshootercipp.com loading, short setup times and a high level of moTHE SHOOTER® US Patent 9,851,041 and others. Emagineered Solutions®, Inc. All bility thanks to the supportless frame construcRights Reserved. THE SHOOTER® is a registered trademark of Emagineered Solutions®, Inc. tion with the rugged undercarriage track frame. The new crusher is available in a diesel-hydraulic R3 version and as a fully hybrid Keestrack R3e with a diesel-electric drive and full-electric plug-in power supply. The high-performance impact crusher has a large 770 x 960 mm inlet opening and crushes up to WorldWide Break Bulk, ro-ro & project logistics 250 tph. We provide you specialist services in handling of high, wide and Thanks to the 235-kW heavy cargos as well as large break bulk shipments in complex EU IV Volvo diesel engine environments on a door-to-door or port-to-port basis. and 300 kVA generator as Our services cover turnkey project management including: the on-board energy source, • Port handling • Multi-modal transportation the R3e also remains fully • Yard management • Provision of lifting equipment autonomous and highly • Route surveys • Packing and crating flexible. The crusher is Within our wide range of project logistics capabilities, we powered either by 132 kW have special focus and unique capabilities in defense, or 160 kW electric motors. mining, energy and oil & gas segments. Exchangeable belt pulleys can be used to adjust the toronto: 416-792-8955 www.admiralmarine.ca Houston: 713-439-1730 crusher’s performance charVancouver: 604-688-3538 email: admiral@admiralmarine.ca New York: 732-596-0121 acteristics. A 45-kW electric motor with two connected


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Mecalac site dumper. load-sensing pumps provides power to all hydraulic components. The R3e has an external 63 A plug-out connection for the economic operation of subsequently connected screening units or stockpile conveyors as well as a standard plug-in connector for full electric operation from the mains or an additional generator. All the system functions remain active without the use of the on-board diesel engine. Wacker Neuson presented its first fully electric, battery-powered zero-tail mini excavator. The EZ17e performs and handles like a dieselpowered model. It will be available from 2019 in Europe. A release date for North America has not yet been announced. The EZ17e can run entirely on its battery, but can also be connected to the mains and charged while in operation. This makes it ideal for environments where emissions and noise have to be kept to a minimum, for example in urban areas or for indoor work and on sites close to schools and hospitals. All hydraulic functions are as powerful as those of the conventional model. The battery is integrated in the existing engine compartment. The lithium-ion batteries allow it to operate for a full working day. The battery can be charged overnight via a domestic socket (110-230 V), or in just four hours using a high-voltage current. Komatsu’s HB365LC/NLC-3 is a 36-tonne hydraulic hybrid excavator. It was highlighted in its “NLC” narrow configuration at Intermat. Komatsu says that their hybrid excavators offer up to 40 percent less fuel consumption and emissions. The HB365LC/NLC-3 has the same SAA6D114E-6 engine (202 kW / 271 hp) as the PC360LC-11, with up to 53 kW extra electric power supplied by the Komatsu Hybrid system. The kinetic energy generated during the swing-braking phase is converted to electricity, which is sent through an inverter and captured by the Komatsu Ultra Capacitor. When accelerating under workload conditions the captured energy is discharged quickly for upper structure rotation and to assist the engine as commanded by the hybrid controller. The reserve power stored by the hybrid technology represents additional horsepower that is available to maximize machine performance by supporting the engine, or is used for swing power. At last year’s CONEXPO, Liebherr ex-

Haulotte PULSEO electric MEWP. tended its mobile crane product range with new rough-terrain cranes in the 90-tonne and 100-tonne classes. Visitors to Intermat saw the Liebherr Rough-Terrain crane LRT 1090-4.2. The new models feature an outrigger monitoring system as standard. The support status – on tires or outriggers – is detected automatically and saved to the crane controller. The attachment of the ballast to the turntable and the installation of the optional double folding jib, including its angle adjustment, are also recorded and monitored. The VarioBase (variable support base) allows individual outrigger beams to be extended to optional lengths. The crane work is controlled by the load moment limiter within the LICCON controller, which calculates the maximum load capacities precisely for the current situation. This prevents accidents by human error during the assembly process and when hoisting loads. VarioBase also provides greater flexibility on site. As a result of the increased lifting capacities when hoisting over the supports, the crane can hoist loads normally reserved for the next higher crane class. The new LRT cranes are both powered by a 194-kW Cummins diesel engine which meets all current emissions regulations. Their maximum speed is 25 kph (15 mph). All-wheel and crab steering ensure easy handling and high maneuverability in constricted conditions. The 90-tonne LRT 1090-4.2 has a 47-m telescopic boom with a “Telematik” telescoping system on which the various telescoping sections can be extended independently with a single cylinder and then pinned to the telescopic section above. Bell Equipment displayed the B30E 4x4 which is suited to small- to medium-sized quarries with integrated aggregate production facilities. According to Bell Equipment Product Marketing Manager Tristan du Pisanie, the Bell B30E 4x4 is a supplement to the company’s traditional 6x6 ADT range by providing a practical alternative to those customers who have had to choose between tipper trucks, rigid dump trucks and 6x6 ADTs. While not possessing the extreme off-road capabilities of a 6x6, the B30E 4x4 still offers sound all-weather characteristics on undulating haulage roads and light terrain and provides better maneuverability in confined material handling areas. Having one less axle

means no tire scuffing which results in significantly reduced tire wear compared to 6x6 applications on hard ground. The oscillation joint provides permanent contact of all wheels, and the B30E 4x4 hauls a payload of 28,000 kg. It has a 246 kW Mercedes-Benz engine and six-gear Allison automatic transmission with integrated automatic retarder. In addition to showcasing their Intermat Innovation Award–winning e12 electric excavator, Mecalac presented new site dumpers at Intermat. In 2017 Mecalac Group added dumpers to its product range with the acquisition of Terex Construction Equipment UK. Mecalac has developed the 6-tonne 6MDX and 9-tonne 9MDX to meet jobsite needs and minimize Keestrack hybrid R3e track-mounted impact crusher. accidents getting in and out of the cab. The company says that the reimagined cab has no equivalent on the market and fits perfectly into the existing design of the dumpers. The springmounted cab features an ergonomic ladder, butterfly side doors, excellent EST. 1945 visibility including camera and alerts, standard camera screen integrated into the dashboard, air conditioning and heating, and cast metal rear shield. Venieri highlighted two new wheel loaders: the VF 1.63C and the VF 4.63H. The VF 1.63C is the smallest among Venieri’s articulated wheel loaders and has a new design. It has a 50-hp Tier 3 Yanmar engine and offers a breakout force of 3,840 kg. There are three cabs available (cabin, canopy and rollbar roof). The adaptability to any kind of ground and the multiple standard quick coupling systems make it a multi-purpose machine. The VF 4.63H wheel loader is equipped with a 72-hp Stage IIIB/Tier 4i Yanmar engine (72 hp) with DPF. The standard transmission offers 30 kph, which an optional Bosch Rexroth GAS, DIESEL & ELECTRIC MODELS high-efficiency transmission offers 40 kph. It is equipped with a new, completely redesigned linkage for maxInstitute of Scrap Recycling imum breakout force. Made in the USA Industries, Inc.


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industry news | heavyequipmentguide.ca Xploring 3Zeros 10X – Volvo CE presents innovative technology initiatives in conjunction with Ocean Race stopover Volvo CE held technology presentations in conjunction with the Newport stopover of the 2017– 2018 edition of the Volvo Ocean Race, May 17–20, 2018. The Volvo Ocean Race is a gruelling international competition in which sailing teams compete in a race around the world over the course of nine months. The technology program, this year titled Xploring 3Zeros 10X, focused on Volvo CE’s technology initiatives driving towards zero accidents, zero unplanned downtime and zero emissions while achieving 10 times the efficiency on the jobsite. In opening remarks to press, Stephen Roy, President, Sales Region Americas, Volvo CE, said “It is our mission and our focus not only to support our customers, but also to focus on supporting a better place to live. Quality, safety and caring for the environment are core values which we have been talking about in the Volvo Group for a long time. It really drives everything we do.” The company presented four technology stations to dealers, customers and media featuring project managers and engineers from Volvo as well as customers partnered on various research initiatives for the Volvo Concept Lab. Topics included the use of remotely operated wheel loaders in underground mining applications, simplifying telematics for customers with ActiveCare Direct, prototype hybrid and electric equipment, and preparations for testing prototype electric and autonomous equipment in a working quarry in Sweden. Look for more coverage of Xploring 3Zeros 10X in the July/August issue of Heavy Equipment Guide. technology

Federal government blocks Aecon sale to Chinese company

security A proposed sale of one of Canada’s largest general contracting companies to a Chinese firm has been blocked by the federal government, which stated that such a sale might infringe upon national security. Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, said the government had thoroughly reviewed the proposal that would have seen Aecon Group Inc. acquired by China Communications Construction Company International Holding Limited (CCCI) for $1.5 billion. “In accordance with the Investment Canada Act, the Government of Canada reviewed the proposed acquisition of Aecon by CCCI. As is always the case, we listened to the advice of our national security agencies throughout the multi-step national security review process,” Bains stated. “Based on their findings, in order to protect national security, we ordered CCCI not to implement the proposed investment. Our government is open to international investment that creates jobs and increases prosperity, but not at the expense of national security.” As CCCI is owned by the Chinese government itself, concerns were raised regarding Aecon’s participation in large projects such as power plants and other infrastructure; some analysts were worried about foreign entities gaining too much information regarding projects vital to Canada’s national security.

SMS Equipment Inc. announces new location in Hinton, Alberta

IN BRIEF CM Labs and Partner, Dr Jozsef Kövecses, recognized by NSERC for innovation in simulation McGill University associate professor Dr Jozsef Kövecses has been awarded the 2018 Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Synergy Award for Innovation for work enabling hyperrealistic simulation of the physical world performed in collaboration with CM Labs. The NSERC Synergy awards program recognizes and rewards academic/industry partnerships that lead to groundbreaking Canadian innovations. Prof Kövecses’ McGill University based team is dedicated to creating advanced physics-based mathematical models for use in virtual environments. CM Labs integrates these cutting-edge algorithms into their Vortex Studio simulation software, helping to make their simulations act and feel more lifelike.

The 6500-square-foot facility will provide enhanced parts, service and support to clients in Hinton and surrounding areas. This new facility translates to improved service and support for Bighorn Mining, Vista Coal Project, Coal Valley (Westmorland), Cardinal River Coal (Teck) as well as Grand Cache Coal, which will soon be in operation.

John Deere extends warranty offering to two years across compact equipment line John Deere extended its machine warranty on all Commercial Worksite Products to two years. This coverage includes new compact track loaders, skid-steer loaders, compact wheel loaders and compact excavators. The standard warranty now promises that Deere will fix any defects in materials or workmanship for two years after delivery or 2,000 hours – whichever comes first. The previous standard warranty was for one year.

ARA forecasts Canadian rental revenue to reach $6.3 billion in 2022

Xtreme Manufacturing & Snorkel secure ABL to support future growth

In Canada, the latest five-year forecast calls for equipment and event rental revenue to total $5.4 billion in 2018 and grow each year to reach $6.3 billion in 2022. The construction rental revenue forecast for Canada is for $4.3 billion in 2018, up 4.7 percent, with growth rates of 4.2 percent in 2019, 5.3 percent in 2020, 4.7 percent in 2021 and 3 percent in 2022. For general tool in Canada, the forecast is for $860.1 million in rental revenue in 2018, up 4.5 percent, with expected increases of 2.9 percent in 2019, 3.5 percent in 2020, 2.7 percent in 2021 and 0.7 percent in 2022.

An Asset Based Loan for up to USD $65M will support the future growth of the businesses. The loan, which was closed on May 18, 2018 with JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. (North America) will be used by the manufacturing businesses to retire existing debt including some of the amounts due to Ahern Rentals and provide access to working capital for the continued growth of the business globally.

Kinshofer acquires Atlas transverse cutter business Kinshofer has acquired the Schaeff Transverse Cutter business from Atlas GmbH, a Germany-based crane and excavator manufacturer. The transverse, or drum, cutters are the first in Kinshofer’s line of crane and excavator attachments, allowing the company to serve contractors in a wider range of industries, including tunneling and mining. The addition also gives contractors in construction, demolition and landscaping access to a broader range of attachments, all from one manufacturer.

ConstructConnect acquires SmartBid ConstructConnect, a provider of construction information, technology solutions and the developer of the iSqFt platform, has acquired SmartBid from JBKnowledge. SmartBid is a construction bid management solution for general contractors that streamlines subcontractor management and prequalification workflows and is one of three significant investments – including QuoteSoft and PlanSwift – recently made by ConstructConnect. The combination of iSqFt and SmartBid enables customers to make the connections necessary to build and strengthen relationships, leverage project data and analytics to make better decisions while using more effective software to deliver projects more profitably.

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