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In-depth report: vocational trucks


From the Editor


How to reduce waste in the haul cycle


News Room


Updated wheel loaders combine with technology for greater efficiency

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In-Depth Report


Compact utility loaders vs. skid-steer loaders: the case for the CUL


Aggregates & Quarries


Compact Equipment


Skid-steer loaders deliver performance for asphalt paving


Underground Construction


Drilling and trenching continue to drive expansion of high-speed internet


Trucks & Transportation


Construction Business Management


Lightning strikes as Ford launches fully electric F-150 pickup


Advertiser Index


Four strategies to streamline operations and finance teams

JUNE 2021 | VOLUME 36 • NUMBER 6 EDITOR Lee Toop ltoop@baumpub.com 604-291-9900 ext. 315 EDITOR IN CHIEF Kaitlyn Till ktill@baumpub.com 604-291-9900 ext. 330 DIGITAL EDITOR Slone Fox sfox@baumpub.com 604-291-9900 ext. 335 ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER/ VICE PRESIDENT OF SALES Sam Esmaili sam@baumpub.com 604-291-9900 ext. 110

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he concept of digital transformation is a frequent topic in many industries today. It has been around for a while now, but the acceleration of online work and other factors have brought it to the forefront. Everyone seems to be talking about it – although, as we frequently find, the construction sector is somewhat slower to join the discussion. Digital transformation doesn’t refer to buying every piece of new technology that pops up; it’s a process that takes advantage of digital advances to update or expand existing business processes and procedures, while also changing the culture of business and how it operates. Often, it provides new ways to improve efficiency, cut costs, expand contacts and opportunities, and cut back on problem spots related to aging practices. A recent report from the Canadian Construction Association and KPMG suggests that Canadian companies have a lot of room to move when it comes to adopting innovation in their processes. In fact, 75 percent of companies responding to a survey rated their digital maturity as “fairly low” compared to competitors, and nearly 60 percent say they need to adapt their digital strategy – but that they aren’t sure how to best find a competitive advantage through technology. And, while many companies have adopted communication strategies for remote work during the COVID-19 lockdowns, less than half said it had affected their technology investment plans. According to the CCA, there is some movement toward digital growth in the construction sector. Companies that are leading the charge have taken advantage of tools like drones, augmented reality and analytics among others to improve productivity, safety and decision-making, CCA President Mary Van Buren notes. Those tend to be larger firms, however, and smaller and mid-sized companies have yet to move forward in expanding their digital operations. There is a lot of room to move forward. Contractors of all sizes have begun to take advantage of office solutions that automate processes, reduce redundancy and cut costs. Cloud technology has been adopted by, or is in the planning process, for 87 percent of construction companies. Cyber security is at a similar mark. Contractors are learning the value of collaboration and sharing data; the next step is to expand the data collected and make that vast flow of information work for them.


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A recent report from the Canadian Construction Association and KPMG suggests that Canadian companies have a lot of room to move when it comes to adopting innovation in their processes. One example of how that can help comes from Procore, which released survey results recently showing that real-time performance insights available to construction managers can save them 4.5 hours a week. Cloud-based tools that give on-demand access to performance data helps cut down delays, rework and other gaps in operations, Procore showed. And yet, a large portion of Canada’s construction industry still uses manual tools, like spreadsheets, to record their operational data – making it that much more difficult to analyze and find improvements. The Internet of Things, cloud services, Building Information Management tools and many more technology tools can help reshape businesses in construction and elsewhere. It’s a daunting step to take, but one that can push contractors and their companies forward into a digital future.

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cience, research and innovation are playing a key role in Canada’s move toward a cleaner and stronger economy and in the fight against climate change. Working with industry – including the cement and concrete sector – is critical to creating economic opportunities for Canadians and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry; Marie Glenn, Chair of the Cement Association of Canada (CAC), and Michael McSweeney, President and CEO of the CAC, have issued a joint statement by the Government of Canada and the Canadian cement sector to support a road map to net-zero carbon concrete. The road map will provide Canadian industry with guidance on technologies, tools and policies needed to reach net-zero carbon concrete by 2050, including: Supporting the development of a low-carbon emissions supply chain in Canada and beyond through a data strategy, industrial standards, procurement and promotion; Coordinating across the sector and government on high-potential research and investments to develop new technologies, products and processes that reduce the amount of carbon released in the production of cement and concrete; Engaging with federal, provincial and territorial partners, manufacturers, providers of cleantech solutions, and other stakeholders to fulfill the vision of global leadership in low-carbon cement manufacturing toward the goal of net-zero carbon concrete. This will be supported by tools and policies, such as Canada’s strengthened climate plan, the Clean Technology Data Strategy and new measures proposed in the 2021 budget.



ohn Deere is celebrating 50 years of backhoe loaders, a history of innovation that first started with the introduction of the JD310 model in 1971. Since the 50-hp JD310 entered the market, John Deere has continued to evolve its backhoe lineup, and has begun joint-testing its first-ever battery electric backhoe loader with National Grid, an electricity, natural gas and clean energy delivery company. To commemorate the anniversary, John Deere has created a replica toy model of the original JD310 backhoe loader to help customers celebrate the 50th anniversary at home.



aterpillar has launched a web-based training course that helps construction business owners and fleet managers reduce equipment costs, extend and optimize machine life, and improve profitability through data-driven principles. An eight-part online program offered by Caterpillar University, “The Fundamentals of Equipment Economics” is designed for a wide range of businesses, from large contractors that manage diverse fleets with hundreds of machines to small construction and landscaping firms using a single piece of equipment. It uses a pragmatic, step-by-step approach to teach essential skills and best practices for: • Predicting and managing owning and operating costs; • Determining when to repair, rebuild or replace a machine; • Measuring the value of reliability and utilization, and mastering quantitative tools and advanced economic concepts. The curriculum has been endorsed by the Association for Equipment Management Professionals.



omatsu and Honda Motor Company have reached a basic joint-development agreement to electrify Komatsu’s micro excavators. They will use the swappable Honda Mobile Power Pack (MPP) and establish a battery-sharing system, which uses the Honda MPP and enables mutual use of MPPs among different construction equipment and other equipment for the civil engineering and construction industries. Under the agreement, the two parties will electrify Komatsu’s PC01 micro excavator by equipping it with Honda MPPs and an electrified power unit. The swappable Honda MPP allows for continuous use of electric machines without recharging the battery. In the future, Honda and Komatsu will undertake the joint electrification of other micro and mini excavators of up to the 1-ton class, as well as engage in joint studies of MPP-based electrification for a variety of equipment used on civil engineering and construction sites.

LIGHTNING STRIKES Ford recently revealed its long-awaited all-electric F-150 pickup truck. Turn to page 44 for the details of the truck which, according to Ford’s president, “hauls ass and tows like a beast.”

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he Brandt Group of Companies is making a major investment in staffing and will hire more than 1,000 new employees by the end of 2021. The new positions will span the company’s 100+ locations worldwide, focusing on roles in Canada and the United States.


ack Trucks displayed its range of Mack Granite models through an in-booth augmented reality (AR) experience at World of Concrete 2021. Through the Mack AR Truck Builder app loaded on tablets in the Mack booth, show attendees could quickly build customized Granite models to their fleet specs. Attendees chose from core Mack powertrain specs and other features, including the ability to select from a number of colours, add their company logo and select between a standard mixer, bridge mixer or dump body. It also allowed them to view their trucks in real-time 3D on large screens in the booth for an in-depth review from any angle, providing a new way to see a detailed preview of their truck.



quipment rental revenue, including the construction/industrial and general tool segments, is expected to exceed its peak totals in 2022, according to the latest forecast released by the American Rental Association (ARA). The updated forecast calls for equipment rental revenue to reach just under $47.7 billion in 2021, up 3.1 percent after a decline of 9.1 percent in 2020. However, the forecast calls for a 12 percent increase in construction/industrial rental revenue in 2022, taking the combined total for the two segments up to nearly $52.3 billion. The growth rate is expected to be consistent at between two and five percent for the next three years with combined equipment rental revenues reaching $57.5 billion in 2025. The forecast calls for construction/industrial rental revenue to grow three percent in 2021 to nearly $34.5 billion and then jump 12 percent to $38.5 billion in 2022. In 2023, the segment is forecast to grow another five percent to nearly $40.3 billion, followed by growth of two percent in 2024 to $41.5 billion and three percent in 2025 to $42.5 billion.


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aterpillar received gold for its Cat Command for Construction system during this year’s Edison Awards program. It was recognized as being the best of the Smart Productivity Tools – Living & Working Environment category. Named after Thomas Edison, the Edison Awards have recognized innovative products, services and business leaders since 1987.



anitou Group is launching “Manitou Group Attachments,” a new brand dedicated to its attachments offerings. Intended to simplify, streamline and harmonize attachments offerings for users, Manitou Group has decided to rename its global attachment line two months after achieving a similar harmonization with its spare parts.

Attachments add versatility, and versatility wins you more jobs. With 100+ John Deere attachments for your construction needs, you can decide how you want to Run Your World.





Telescopic crawler crane


Telescopic crawler crane

Liebherr has developed a lightweight version of its 60-tonne LTR 1060 telescopic crawler crane – the 40-tonne LTR 1040. The LTR 1040 features significantly reduced ballast; 10 tonnes of central ballast have been taken off the chassis and a further 10 tonnes of counterweight have been removed from the slewing platform. According to Liebherr, this crane’s 40-metre telescopic boom is around 30 percent longer than the standard in this size class, which means that most jobs can be completed without a folding jib. The LTR 1040 will hoist up to 8.6 tonnes with a radius of 10 metres throughout its entire 360-degree operating range. When it is fully raised, the lifting capacity of the 30.7-metre extended telescope is 18.8 tonnes and when fully extended, the 40-metre boom can hoist 10 tonnes. Using a 16-metre double folding jib, the LTR 1040 can achieve a maximum hoist height of 55 metres and can lift 3.1 tonnes in this configuration.


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Dozer with iMC


Smallest dozer with iMC

Komatsu has introduced intelligent Machine Control (iMC 2.0) for its smallest dozer, the D39i-24. With iMC 2.0, operators can program 3D design data directly into the 105-hp machine, and even operators with less experience can work with efficiency. With a factory-installed, integrated system, the D39i-24 has been upgraded with a number of new intelligent features. With proactive dozing control, the dozer measures the terrain it tracks over and uses that data to plan the next pass. Tilt steering control automatically tilts the blade to maintain straight travel during rough dozing, reducing operator steering input by up to 80 percent. Lift layer control puts in repeated consistent lifts, reducing need for rework, and operators can create a temporary design surface with quick surface creation. Combined with other iMC 2.0 functions, crews can begin stripping or spreading using automated input while waiting for the finish grade model.

Factory-installed machine control

Soil compactor


Soil compactors with cab

Dynapac CA1300/1400 soil compactors are vibratory rollers designed for compaction operations in pipe trenches, compacting roads, streets, repair work and parking lots. These 5- to 7-ton rollers come in a PD version, equipped with pads and drum drive and a D version with pad shell kit. On these rollers Dynapac has introduced a cab with fresh air ventilation, heating and air conditioning and the vibration insulated platform reduces hand/arm vibrations for the operator.

Doosan Infracore North America

Factory-installed machine control Wheeled conveyor

Terex Finlay

Wheeled conveyor

Available in either Pit or Road towable versions, the WR-80 wheeled radial stockpiling conveyor is powered via hydraulic drive plug-in as standard, enabling it to be powered by secondary equipment on site. The machine can also be configured with either electric or diesel-hydraulic drive systems. According to Terex Finlay, it can also be integrated seamlessly into stationary plants. With a maximum discharge height of 9.95m (32 feet 7 inches) when operated in conical mode the machine will stockpile 2,313 tonnes (2,544 U.S. tons) of material. When configured to create kidney-shaped stockpiles at 270 degrees, the machine will stockpile 20,144 tonnes (22,158 U.S. tons) of material. The machine features a 22.85 m (74-foot 10-inch) discharge conveyor that has the capacity to transfer up to 300 tph (330 U.S. tph) of material.

Doosan will offer the Trimble Earthworks Grade Control Platform for Excavators as an optional factory-installed machine control solution for the North American market. Trimble Earthworks is a grade control solution designed to make grading more accurate, faster and easier in a range of applications, including residential and commercial sites, trenches, embankments, ditches and finished slope work. Doosan will offer a 2D machine control factory-installed option that includes a 10-inch Android tablet display running the Trimble Earthworks software application. With Trimble Earthworks, contractors can now take advantage of integrated 2D grade control with automatics for Doosan excavators, allowing operators to create smooth, flat or sloped surfaces more easily. When the excavator is placed in Autos mode, the operator controls the stick while Trimble Earthworks controls the boom and bucket to stay on grade, reducing overcut and increasing production.

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ocational trucks are a ubiquitous sight on job sites of all kinds. They haul material, carry cranes, pump concrete and even remove refuse and recycling. They are also frequently used in tight spaces and around pedestrians, both on site and through the city streets. These multiple-use vehicles need to be as safe as possible for the driver and those around them. Heavy Equipment Guide asked vocational truck manufacturers to outline the ways in which they approach their design and technology for maximum safety.


The range of applications and operating environments that vocational trucks must handle require a strong foundation – a chassis that can take a beating no matter what the day’s operation might be. For Volvo Trucks, that means keeping in mind how the chassis and various bodies combine and evaluating safe operation. “Vocational truck manufacturers for the most part only produce the cab and chassis – they don’t have control over what an upfitter or body company might add to the chassis after it leaves the assembly plant,” said Andy Hanson, Volvo Trucks product marketing manager. “Volvo Trucks works with body companies in both the design phase and after a truck is completed to make sure various applications don’t adversely impact the overall performance of the vehicle.”

any disassembly or modifications at the body company.” Custom design work in the factory ensures that necessary modifications, whether to the body, electrical systems or other factors, are correct for the desired use, and all components are integrated from the start, Johnston said. Understanding the specific applications and potential safety risks that might be experienced on the job informs the development of components that go into Mack trucks, according to Mack Construction Product Manager Tim Wrinkle. The addition of safety features from the start of development helps keep drivers safer, and improve the bottom line. Even something seemingly small can make a big difference. “For example, Mack suggests setting the speed limiter while the dump bed is raised to help drivers remember to lower it before leaving a job site,” Wrinkle noted. “This helps eliminate the risk of hitting overhead structures like bridges or power lines.”


Designing for safety doesn’t stop with the chassis, of course; it is part of the whole process of developing a truck for today’s job sites. Daimler Trucks North America, for example, recently introduced the new Western Star 49X, and the ground-up development included safety as a main pillar, starting with lighting options and incorporating many other features. “The Dual Stage Intelligent LED headlights feature a 45-degree light pattern and have the ability to melt a layer of ice or clear condensation, so operators can see clearly in any condition,” said The biggest challenge in the industry Greg Treinen, product marketing manager heavy is quite simple: ensuring trucks are vocational with Daimler. “We design-engineered visibility into the 49X with a one-piece windshield built right with a solid foundation that is one of the largest in the market, as well as a from the very start, taking all the sloped hood design and three-piece rear window so operators can easily see all around.” truck’s components, technology and Mirrors might not be the first thing to come to chassis and making sure that there is mind when considering safety design, but the 49X C-Bar mirror system is a key part of safety and visiseamless body installation. bility – its placement and the reinforcements in the door that make the system robust enough to reduce Jim Johnston vibrations both make a big difference. President, Autocar A corporate target of zero accidents is one of the Volvo Group’s visions, and that extends to vocational trucks. Both passive and active safety elements are designed into the company’s VHD, starting with the placeThe company approves its VEST (Volvo Enhanced Stability Technology) for each application, rather than by vehicle model, ment of the engine and transmission between splayed frame rails to provide a lower centre of gravity and more aggressively giving engineers an opportunity to see how various applications impact the safety systems on each chassis, Hanson added. sloped hood for better visibility, Hanson noted. “This low placement also allows the engine and transmission Autocar, in comparison, focuses on custom engineering specific to each application from the factory, which changes the to fall below the occupants during a front-end collision,” he added. “In addition, the VHD is built with high-strength steel approach to some extent – but still focuses around a safe, solid and very tight manufacturing tolerances. This strong and tight chassis, according to president Jim Johnston. construction, along with sound insulation, provides a quiet driv“There aren’t many heavy-duty vocational trucks whose roles can be varied. The biggest challenge in the industry is quite sim- er environment which reduces driver fatigue and distractions.” Mack trucks also focus on a strong cab for safety; Wrinple: ensuring trucks are built right with a solid foundation from the very start, taking all the truck’s components, technology and kle said the Mack Granite exceeds rollover crashworthiness requirements as well as the company’s own integrity standards chassis and making sure that there is seamless body installafor A-pillar and rear wall strength. Getting in and out of the cab tion,” Johnston said. “Trying to adapt a truck’s application or safely also became a focus for Mack in the Granite design. adding different components and technologies after the truck is “Mack promotes safe driver entry and exit of the cab through built reduces its efficiency and could affect safety. We pre-engifull-length exterior grab handles and an interior door-mountneer our trucks so they are built right the first time; that avoids


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Driving a heavy-duty vocational truck is demanding on the body, and the Mack Command Steer active steering system, available for Mack Granite axle back models, has been shown to reduce driver effort by 85 percent. Tim Wrinkle Construction Products Manager, Mack Trucks WESTERN STAR 49X



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ed grab handle, standard on Granite models, to promote three points of contact for entry and exit,” Wrinkle said. “The Granite model also features a low ground-to-cab floor distance, step spacing to accommodate most stride lengths, and a stair-like entry for safely entering and exiting the cab.” Knowing how, and where, customers intend to use their trucks is important to addressing safety for Autocar, Johnston noted. The company’s design process considers the application, environment and operator as key elements. “Designing vocational trucks with operating safety in mind starts with learning each customer’s business and application’s unique demands, as no two are alike, whether the application is in concrete, refuse, water blasting or airport refuelling,” Johnston said. “The environment is often overlooked, but it plays a large role in our designs. Environmental considerations result in whether to include enhanced air conditioning, more condensers, extra insulation or ventilation, for example. “Designing a truck explicitly built for vocational use requires design elements specifically for operators – demands such as driver visibility, turning radius, cab space and other design features to minimize distractions as much as possible,” he added.


Technology features are constantly expanding on vocational trucks, and many of them bring added safety to the mix, whether it is a new transmission, simple additions like backup alarms, or active braking assists. Active steering systems like Mack’s Command Steer help improve safety through ensuring the driver is more focused on the job, Wrinkle noted. “Driving a heavy-duty vocational truck is demanding on the body, and the Mack Command Steer active steering system, available for Mack Granite axle back models, has been shown to reduce driver effort by 85 percent,” he said. “Reduced fatigue and muscle strain promote job site safety and greater driver productivity.” Focus on the driver continues with Volvo’s efforts to reduce driver distractions and provide a sound work environment. Hanson said that an automated transmission like Volvo’s I-Shift can improve safety by reducing those distractions. “The driver is no longer required to manually shift and can keep both hands on the wheel and focused on the obstacles outside the cab,” he noted. Other automation of key systems, like automatic wipers and headlamps, for example, are frequently overlooked but can be helpful by removing actions that the driver would otherwise have to focus on, possibly while navigating a complicated job site, and improve their focus on the task at hand. One of the best safety features any truck can have is an operator with full control over all of their vehicle’s functions without distractions, Johnston said. “The key to designing severe-duty vocational trucks is integrating multiple safety and other technology features that make the modern truck cab a sophisticated communications centre,” Johnston noted. “However, no amount of safety technology will make a truck safer if the operator’s tools require more attention to technology than to operation.” Helpful technology additions aid drivers in recognizing concerns around their vehicles, and more and more handle emergency situations for them in extreme cases. Autocar’s severe-duty cabover vocational trucks can take advantage of a

Everything from visibility, to ingress and egress, to operator comfort to reduce fatigue, combined with active safety systems that are offered give the buyer a complete picture of how well they can keep their operator and the public safe. Greg Treinen Product Marketing Manager Heavy Vocational, Daimler Trucks North America

suite of Advanced Driver Assistance System (ADAS) technologies that include auto braking, collision warning, blind spot detection and more. The Western Star 49X came to the market with the Detroit Assurance suite of safety systems, which feature a range of options, Treinen noted. Side Guard Assist, for example, uses a variety of methods to recognize pedestrians and other obstacles in spots that drivers might not notice them; Active Brake Assist, Adaptive Cruise Control-to-Zero MPH and other features all aid in reducing danger to operators, workers, pedestrians and motorists around the truck. Volvo has also introduced active safety through its Volvo Active Drive Assist (VADA) 2.0 system, an option on the VHD. “This safety system incorporates camera and radar technology to offer automatic emergency braking, alert prioritization, adaptive cruise control and can be paired with a lane departure warning system,” Hanson described. Backup camera systems on vocational trucks are also becoming more popular, he added. Bendix Wingman Fusion, a camera- and radar-based driving assistance solution, is offered on the Mack Granite, Wrinkle noted, along with Road Stability Advantage, which offers full electronic stability control technology by leveraging existing ABS wheel speed sensors, steering, yaw and lateral acceleration inputs to deactivate the throttle and selectively apply brake in sharp curves or sudden maneuvers to prevent potential rollovers.


“Safe operations are good for business and the bottom line,” said Wrinkle. “Promoting safety through company culture and safe equipment helps improve driver retention and can lower insurance costs. Initial up-front investments in advanced safety features outweigh the costs associated with crashes and other incidents affecting drivers, loads, equipment or other motorists.” There may be some additional cost to improved safety, but buyers should balance that against the potential costs of injury and higher insurance before shrugging them off, Hanson JUNE 2021 | heavyequipmentguide.ca




noted. Many features are standard on Volvo and other trucks. He advised that a full design plan be considered prior to picking the safety options. “A forward collision avoidance system becomes ineffective if the chassis has a hose reel mounted to a front frame extension, or a blind spot detection system might become ineffective if a plow truck has a wing plow blocking the radar,” Hanson said. “Vocational truck building requires extensive planning and the ability to integrate many systems for many suppliers.” That planning should start by establishing a strong relationship with manufacturers, to work through pain points and evaluate job needs, Johnston said. Autocar’s discovery process works through customers’ requirements and targets practical approaches to find solutions, including for safety considerations that can vary from vocation to vocation and customer to customer. “We work with customers to train key staff to understand the benefits of Autocar’s process and how to operate the truck’s features. We take responsibility for the entire lifetimes of our trucks and partner with our customers every step of the way,” he said. Buyers should look at safety from a holistic perspective when considering the truck to buy, according to Treinen. “Everything from visibility, to ingress and egress, to operator comfort to reduce fatigue, combined with active safety systems that are offered give the buyer a complete picture of how well they can keep their operator and the public safe.” HEG


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The fact that electric construction equipment is becoming more prevalent on jobsites across North America has some contractors wondering, “Should I be seriously considering electric, or should I wait to see how this plays out?” It’s a fair question. To help you better judge if electric is right for you, we’re addressing some of the top myths associated with making the switch.

POWER MYTH: Electrically powered machines are inferior to diesel-powered machines. FACT: When it comes to power and performance, most electrically powered machines are either comparable to or exceed their diesel counterparts. For example, the Volvo ECR25 electric excavator and L25 electric wheel loader boast nearly identical specs to their diesel equivalents. The few exceptions, like a slight increase in continuous motor power for the ECR25 and a higher static tipping load for the L25, are actually improvements.

MAINTENANCE MYTH: With electric, our service techs will have new and challenging issues to address to keep the machines up and running. FACT: With electric, there’s no engine-related maintenance. Essentially, the only services required for a tech working on Volvo electric machines is grease, the hydraulic oil, and in the case of the L25 — coolant for the water-cooled inverters and drivetrain. The lithium-ion batteries and electric motors are totally maintenance-free. The lifetime of the batteryelectric components should be equal to or better than the diesel engine on a conventional machine.

CHARGING MYTH: I can use a common 120-volt outlet to power my electric machines every day. FACT: When it comes to electric equipment, an adequate charging infrastructure is key, so you’ll want to plan on more than standard household outlets. This is especially true if you plan to use the machines in harsh applications where a quick charge over lunch may be required. With an optional fast charging device, it takes less than one hour to charge the ECR25 back to 80%, and about one and a half hours for the L25. For optimal overnight charging, it’s strongly recommended to have a 240-volt, 32-amp charging infrastructure in place to ensure the machines have plenty of power for the next day’s tasks.

COMFORT Fortunately, few myths exist when it comes to the smooth, quiet comfort of electrically powered equipment. Serious reductions in noise and vibration mean less fatigue for operators after several hours of work. It’s a difference they’ll notice immediately, and one they’ll appreciate long-term.

DISCOVER NEW JOB OPPORTUNITIES While investing in electric equipment comes with a lot of considerations, there are serious advantages to having a hybrid fleet. Saving on maintenance and fuel are obvious benefits, but you also gain the advantage of putting construction equipment to work on jobs that were never possible before. Working indoors or in environmentally sensitive areas are just two of the ways you could create new avenues of income. Take some time now to think about the ways electric could help you reinvent the way you do business in the future — you could get a leg up in markets you may have thought were off the table. If you’re ready to make the move, reserve your electric machine today.





ptimizing efficiency is an ongoing challenge for any aggregates operator. Identifying, eliminating and controlling waste in the haul cycle is key to staying on schedule and improving the bottom line, but inefficiencies can be difficult to identify and overcome. However, the difference between efficient and inefficient operations can be significant. The use of data in an aggregates operation is one key to driving efficiency because it can enable informed data-driven decision-making at an executive level. Benefits can be realized in time savings, worker and equipment productivity, and increased profitability. Real- or near-real-time insight into operations, including how efficiently equipment moves material from beginning to the end of the process, enables ongoing incremental changes that boost production and profits.


Eliminating waste has long been an area of focus for fleet managers, but a number of obstacles and limitations have prevented detailed insight into where waste is generated and how to address it. Traditional truck scales may not provide accurate payload measurement until the machine is moving, which is too late to optimize the load. Production data is typically siloed, with no feedback to other operators and equipment, or the wider team responsible for the site, region or division via a central data hub. “Many solutions manage productivity by section, checking if a KPI [key performance indicator] is good or bad. Managers can then focus on the ones that are off,” said Steve Franklin, CEO of Cement & Aggregate Consulting. “But the granular data is also important to allow us to break down each component of every haul cycle. A good dashboard allows managers to manage by exception, and also look deeper into the haul cycle when required to compare against site targets. When we load trucks to payload accurately, I expect a 20 to 30 percent increase in productivity, as a rough guess. We see very underutilized load-haul fleets, which leads to lost revenue, higher capital costs and lower profitability. Most sites can do more with their existing equipment, personnel and resources.” To date, haul-cycle monitoring has required managers to eval-


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Traditional truck scales may not provide accurate payload measurement until the machine is moving, which is too late to optimize the load.

uate stale data or make decisions with incomplete or incorrect data. It can take days – or weeks – before operational data is available for review. Managers can only then make changes to improve operations based on what happened some time ago, but periodic modifications can be imprecise. In other cases, a problem might be obvious – perhaps the cycle time or load or haul times are too long, but the root cause and how to fix it may be elusive. “There are big opportunities for improvements in most load and haul operations,” said Franklin. “Trucks and loading tools are generally not sufficiently utilized, and there are three steps to address that: 1. Get the equipment working; 2. Increase the rate, in terms of volume, or tons per hour moved; and 3. Improve loading accuracy.” Making well-informed decisions using accurate data is key to all three steps.


The landscape is changing as technology improves – including more precise, durable, automated networked sensors for weighing loads; improved location precision and geofencing to monitor load-haul trucks; faster, more reliable on-site communications; and real-time cloud-based reporting that integrates mobile equipment and productivity information presented as

easy-to-read reports with critical KPIs. “It can be challenging to get timely, accurate load-haul data without being on site,” said Franklin. “Downloading data from trucks manually is expensive, and the information is always out of date. We should be able to access detailed information remotely.” Solutions that give visibility across the operation, like Trimble’s new Smart Haul system, have ushered in the age of the connected fleet. Integrating accurate excavator on-board scales, truck location tracking, and Insight dashboards provide a holistic view and the ability to make adjustments during the shift. Operators and managers can access automated, accurate information to help production and operations make better-informed business decisions.

Solutions that give visibility across the operation, like Trimble’s new Smart Haul system, have ushered in the age of the connected fleet. Integrating accurate excavator on-board scales, truck location tracking, and Insight dashboards provide a holistic view and the ability to make adjustments during the shift. By automating data capture as much as possible, and by reducing operator interaction with the system, the data match for payload data combined with truck data is eliminated. There’s no reliance on a human pressing a button at the correct moment, and that independence from the operator helps eliminate errors that taint data sets, improving accuracy. That improves the learning curve for new operators, and keeps experienced operators focused on using their equipment efficiently.

The result of automated collection is a significant improvement in capturing a reliable, useful data set to drive operational improvements. This gives operators the ability to make proactive changes and eliminate waste. Rather than implementing operational decisions based on last week’s data, site managers can use a current status to proactively make decisions and modify operations. Instead of addressing issues from days ago that are likely no longer relevant, managers can make changes hourly, or even minute-by-minute. On one job site, for example, there was a bottleneck at the dump point. While the unloading process itself was going smoothly and as predicted, trucks were being delayed because the traffic light to let trucks unload was slow to respond. Using a system that measured the time of each phase of the cycle allowed the fleet manager to quickly identify the delay and implement a quicker signal change that reflected the true unload time, fixed the problem and lowered the overall cycle time. Shortening the light cycle yielded a site-wide productivity improvement of 10 percent.


There are two main areas where managers can focus to improve operations and decrease waste and inefficiency in their hauling system: Operational efficiency – How well are trucks being loaded? Is every load at capacity? Are they being loaded with the right material? Are loads going to the right destination? How long does it take to complete a load cycle? Something as simple as slow spotting time can create a significant sitewide slowdown if it isn’t monitored. Are you adhering to the truck manufacturer’s guidelines on loading and overloading? Utilization – How well are your on-site assets being managed? Are machines idle? Are trucks waiting to be loaded or to unload? Is your traffic flow across the operation smooth and efficient? Are the right operators working on the right equipment? Are excavators waiting for trucks to arrive for loading? Are operators loading and hauling efficiently? Is refuelling being handled efficiently? A holistic view of load and haul can inJUNE 2021 | heavyequipmentguide.ca


AGGREGATES & QUARRIES dicate a need to add another truck or excavator to the workflow or to identify slower operators who may need more training or a re-training refresher session. By taking a close look at the answers to these questions, operators can gain a lot more visibility into the overall business, and can often find opportunities to eliminate waste and improve efficiency – and profitability. “We worked with a site and reviewed their haul truck payload reports, which showed, month after month, they hauled an average 52 metric tons per truck load,” recalled Franklin. “When reviewing the data, it showed the correct payload was 61 tons. The actual payload must be compared to the percentage of target payload. In this case, their truck fleet was 20 percent larger than needed because they failed to load that last nine tons to every truck. Those two extra trucks were about $3 million in capital, plus operating costs and maintenance – that’s about $1 million a year in extra operating costs.”


The benefits of a connected load-and-haul system, near-realtime central data gathering across the fleet and fast, efficient reporting are significant. Site management can identify problems, including bottlenecks, that hurt production efficiency. They can provide individual feedback to operators to improve their performance without more intrusive intervention. Tracking progress in real time, including material movement from dig to dump, enables hour-to-hour and day-to-day gains, as


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well as overall operational improvements. Better asset management, from improved utilization of the fleet to better loading and optimized haul cycles mean fewer delays, increased efficiency and a stronger bottom line. Look for a system that helps the operator ensure each load is optimized, and that supports mixed fleets. This will provide one view to access the whole fleet and improve data integrity by automating tasks and taking the data burden off operators so they can focus on their jobs. It’s also important to select a system that gathers load data from the excavator for accurate loading, and if it’s important for end users to use existing reporting tools, look for one that provides raw data through an API. And, importantly, select a system with a user-friendly interface that allows quick and simple use of the data and customizable setup so each user sees the most useful information. Improved technology – across hardware, data aggregation and analysis, and networks – makes data more important every day for those tracking and improving every operational phase. An integrated approach to monitoring and assessing load-haul operations is critical to improving asset management, adjusting on the fly to address problems and boost efficiency, keeping projects on time and improving the bottom line.

KEVIN VONESH handles worldwide strategic accounts for Trimble’s Weighing and Aggregates business, including LOADRITE products.




he LJ-130 hybrid jaw crusher is Terex Finlay’s largest mobile jaw crusher and has been developed for largescale quarry and mining operations. It can operate as a standalone primary crusher or integrated into a mobile or static crushing and screening plant. The machine incorporates a Terex 1,300- x 1,000-mm (51- x 39-inch) high performance electrically driven single toggle jaw chamber. The large chamber inlet opening has been engineered to accept the coarsest feed including large boulders in the feed material and the chamber cavity depth of 2.3 m (7 feet 5 inches) provides high reduction ratios and maintains an efficient material flow through the plant. For ease of transportation the machine has been engineered with a compact operational footprint and can be split down into two transportable components without the need for heavy crane assistance on site for setting up, tearing down and transporting between locations. The machine features a 13.5-cubic-metre (17.64-cubic-yard) hopper with an integrated pan feeder and heavy-duty VGF feeder

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with automatic power monitoring to regulate and automatically increase or decrease material flow to prevent overload and ensure continuous choke feeding of the jaw chamber for optimum and uninterrupted productivity. The machine can be powered either by the integrated 500kVA genset powerpack configuration or connected to an external power source. Both power options provide operators with significant power, servicing and maintenance cost savings in direct comparison to a diesel/ hydraulic powered plant.

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uarry operations have often faced challenges when it comes to managing material moving around and out of the pit. Tracking equipment at work, monitoring trucks being loaded, and keeping a tally of product sold has often been done by eyeball, leading to a variety of potential challenges. As technology continues to make inroads into the aggregates industry, skilled managers are finding out how much of a benefit precision can bring to the bottom line. Better tracking of truck loads, equipment management and other factors means better data – and that means greater efficiency improvements. A focus on integrating technology has been put into Caterpillar’s new wheel loaders, the 980 and 982. Both are also available in XE models that feature a parallel path continuous variable transmission (CVT) that helps reduce fuel use and operating costs, and the new machines come with a variety of tools to improve overall site efficiency. All 980 and 982 loaders come with Cat Payload with Assist standard. This tool offers accurate weighing of bucket payloads that help operators load to target the first time; it includes low-liftweigh and manual tip-off functions. Advanced Payload, available as an option, adds to that functionality, and it can be combined with other software to increase efficiency even further. That added efficiency is where Cat Productivity comes in. As an umbrella that encompasses a variety of measurement and efficiency tools, the software collects data to help managers and operators improve the flow of work and reduce inefficiency in their quarries as a whole. The company’s Advanced Productivity offering was a step forward on that when it was released several years ago, according to Global Marketing Consultant Kit Kyarsgaard, but today’s tools are designed to manage much more.


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Customers want to know how much rock they produced across all their machines – they want to take a step back and look at this site holistically, how they can make the whole site more efficient. Kit Kyarsgaard

“That was really focused on individual machine data, where with Cat Productivity we’re pulling in the whole site,” Kyarsgaard said. “Customers want to know how much rock they produced across all their machines – they want to take a step back and look at this site holistically, how they can make the whole site more efficient, compared to just ‘I have to make my wheel loader or truck better.’”


Quarries are a data-rich environment: every piece of equipment moving on the site can generate data about productivity, volume, efficiency and more. The trick is figuring out how to gather that data so it can be analyzed and put to work. “What we find is most operators today still do a manual checklist of how many trucks they loaded. . . you have to add all those up and put them all together, and you don’t get that report until two or three days later,” Kyarsgaard said. “Now you don’t know if you need to work on Saturday or not, or if you just need to work a few extra hours Friday. It’s much better for planning and efficiency; it really helps meet your demands as well as adds understanding of what’s going on, not two or three days of guesswork.” Cat Productivity provides an easier approach to data collection for quarry operators. A cloud-based system, it offers a


digital overview of a quarry’s operation and aids customers in reviewing machine data to manage the site for productivity. It can connect a mixed fleet of equipment using GPS through an on-board cellular Product Link device, and feeds data to cloud dashboards for easy review. “All you need in general to get started is a Product Link box. When you have machines, and you have. . . our payload systems or truck payload management systems, it’s feeding all of that detailed information back into Cat Productivity,” Kyarsgaard said. “We take all of that, put it through our logic, and it gives us specifically the load locations, dump locations, the amount of payload that moved from one place to another. It tells the loader how much material was right there.”


Different levels of hardware can be integrated with Productivity, Kyarsgaard noted. A basic GPS system can be placed on any piece of equipment, both Cat and competitive machines, and a body-up switch is also capable of being integrated, showing each time that a truck bed is raised. Cat machines equipped with Advanced Productivity provide even more detailed data that can help keep Productivity’s captured data at a roughly 95 percent accurate level overall. Once installed, Productivity is virtually invisible to operators – the machine simply collects data and pushes it into the system. “It’s seamless to them – a back-office support so they don’t have to push a button when they do a load. It takes that burden from them – it provides facts and data that you can really understand and help you know what’s going on,” he described. Using Productivity, if there’s a discrepancy in terms of loads counted, a user can run a playback of the day and see where each machine moves to on a map of the quarry. “The operator doesn’t have to do a load count – they don’t have to think ‘hey, did I do two or three loads?” Kyarsgaard said. “You can go back and recount just by watching the location and time-stamps of the trucks and where they go to see how many got loaded.” The ability to collect and analyze load and material data is moved into the office environment and can be done with much higher accuracy than when pen and paper are used. Operators


and drivers can do their job without having to worry about the number of loads they haul or meeting accuracy targets. Other tools under the Productivity umbrella aid in increasing that accuracy as well. Dispatch for Loading, for example, allows direct communication with machines and trucks to make certain the right truck is at the right loader, receiving the right amount of material. Users can see where trucks are in the yard, make sure there isn’t a backup in certain areas, and maximize time savings during the loading process while maintaining precise records of material moved.


Setting up Cat Productivity on a site is a matter of ensuring all the necessary equipment is fitted with a Product Link box, along with scales and other additional tools where needed. From there, users need to input the site name and address, activate subscriptions, add tags to machines and set up ones for the machines in the system. Once that’s done, it’s all about data collection, Kyarsgaard said. “If the machines are running, you can come back an hour later and data will be populated from the past hour. From there, it’s just a matter of fine-tuning your zones – some customers want to track material from zone to zone,” he said. “You can really dive in and understand how much is coming from where, to get that perspective.” As more tools become available to collect and analyze production data in quarries, Kyarsgaard said Caterpillar is seeing more customers looking into technology. Corporate customers are starting to test Productivity and other tools on some of their sites, and as those test drives move forward the results are positive. “We’re going to be in a great position for this to be successful. In the next six months or year we’re probably going to see significant increases of subscriptions and new sites being added. . . they really want to be able to pull something up quickly and say ‘How many tons did I get done,’” he described. Aggregates is just the start, Kyarsgaard added – other industries are not far down the road. “We’re starting with quarries as we’re just launching – hopefully by the end of the year we will start pushing into construction, which will exponentially raise the bar because there are so many more opportunities in that application,” Kyarsgaard said. HEG JUNE 2021 | heavyequipmentguide.ca







BM has introduced new machines to its JAWMAX and REMAX lines of crushers, targeting the 40-ton range with three tracked models. The JAWMAX 400 and 450 are a new design, according to SBM, with options to run as diesel-electric or fully

all electrical drives as well as electrically operated hydraulics for lifting cylinders and tracks. A 110-kW electric motor is tasked to drive the new STE 110-70 jaw crusher, which has been specifically designed for mobile applications. An inlet opening of 1,100 x 700

The JAWMAX and REMAX 450 machines both feature a high-performance prescreening unit that effectively separates contaminated or valuable material, which helps in reducing crusher wear while improving results in terms of quality and output.

electric, with an optional mains connection. They are powered by a 6.7-litre Cummins diesel and a 200 kVa on-board generator that runs


mm, nominal feed material size of up to 700 mm, a max lump size of 1,000 x 600 x 600 mm and a design for rock strengths up to 400 MPa

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allow this machine to work in a wide range of applications, from processing of large concrete pieces up to hard natural stone varieties. The machine offers a large stroke of 34 mm and a fully automated monitored gap adjustment of 40 to 160 mm that can be adjusted under load. Optional overload protection also helps ensure continuous high production. The JAWMAX and REMAX 450 machines both feature a high-performance pre-screening unit that effectively separates contaminated or valuable material, which helps in reducing crusher wear while improving results in terms of quality and output. This new double-deck pre-screen is designed as a circular vibratory screen and is directly connected to the vibrating chute in the feed hopper. The two fractions can be discharged in full or in part as fines, or added to end product as crusher bypass. SBM says the use of this

pre-screen can increase hourly capacity by about 50 tph. At the same time, the JAWMAX 450 using the pre-screen has shown significant improvements in fuel economy, and using the machine plugged into mains power chops energy costs even further. The JAWMAX is designed for ease of transport, with a transport weight of 39.2 tonnes and slim dimensions. It can be loaded and unloaded easily, and hydraulics position things like the hopper walls, overband magnet and discharge conveyors, allowing the plant to be operational in just over five minutes Operators are supported by the standard multi-functional remote control and set-up routines of the intelligent SBM Crush Control system, which also monitors and controls the fully automatic crushing operation along preset parameters. A web-based app allows remote access to important operating and production data.




very job has unique equipment needs, and it’s safe to say that a skid-steer loader (SSL), compact track loader (CTL) or a compact utility loader (CUL) is one of the most common job site equipment requirements. But how do you choose? Kyle Cartwright, marketing manager at Toro, walks us through advantages of CULs compared to SSLs and CTLs to help you determine which rig is right for your job site. SSLs and CTLs have served a long-standing role at job sites large and small. Ideal for hauling heavy materials such as soil, sand, rock and trees from point A to point B, skid steers can immediately increase project efficiency. However, CULs, which Toro introduced to North America more than 20 years ago, have become an alternate choice for construction jobs. Historically, CULs had been reserved for smaller-scale construction projects because of a lower operating capacity as compared to SSLs. Manufacturers of SSLs were able to claim that skid steers were more productive on-site. However, today, CULs like the Toro Dingo TXL 2000 can lift more than 2,000 pounds – a rated operating capacity that exceeds the capacity of some entry-level skid steers. Additional distinguishing features between the two classes of equipment include that CULs offer a better vantage point during operation, better maneuverability due to their size and easier mounting and dismounting than the larger SSL/CTL counterpart. Many of Toro’s Dingo CUL models have the ability to pass through a standard 36-inch gate to access areas where space is limited.


Vertical vs. radial lift loader design One of the many features that can help contractors decide on equipment is whether they need a radial lift or vertical lift on their skid steer. A vertical lift loader design on a skid steer or CUL is ideal for reaching lifting heights that cannot


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be achieved with a radial lift design. Many projects can be completed with a radial lift unit, and ultimately, the contractor will be able to decide whether or not a vertical lift design is needed. Historically, the rated operating capacity is higher in vertical lift loaders, which also makes an impact on the decision. As a CUL, the Toro Dingo TXL 2000’s vertical lift loader arm helps it reach the same rated operating capacity as entry-level SSLs/CTLs. High-flow hydraulics High-flow hydraulics and auxiliary hydraulics are available on both machine types and are a popular feature with Toro customers. Especially useful in specific applications on the job site that require digging, such as auger applications and trenching, high-flow hydraulics deliver extra power through the attachment, helping it muscle through the task. It only delivers the right amount of power at the right moment – without bogging down the machine’s drive system. Horsepower While horsepower is undoubtedly a specification to consider, it’s not as much of a driving factor as it was 20 years ago. When Toro launched the market’s first CUL, horsepower was hands down the main focus. Today, technological advancements have propelled the skid steer's performance and CUL equipment classes in ways that are not fully dependent on horsepower. There’s a long list of additional features to consider when selecting the right piece of equipment for the job. Beyond horsepower, savvy contractors are considering the overall performance, which hinges on hydraulic system pressure, flow and machine design, among other features. Contractors should also consider exploring electrification offerings in the CUL equipment category, especially if the job site requires indoor work. Recently, Toro launched the e-Dingo, which is powered by lithium-ion battery technology. The bat-




tery-power design makes it perfect for tasks that require heavy or continuous operation for indoor applications. Attachments SSLs and CTLs can utilize a wide variety of attachments, making this machine a versatile option for tackling construction jobs. However, CULs also include a wide array of attachment options for various jobs. Many manufacturers offer an entire suite of attachments to help the end-user accomplish the task at hand. For example, Toro offers 35 different Dingo CUL attachments, including implements like the auger attachment for quickly and easily digging holes, the trencher attachment for utility installation and a soil cultivator for construction applications, just to name a few.

ngcon’s new automatic quick coupler, the S40, covers a range of machines from 2 to 40 tons. The new coupler has the same safety features as the larger and earlier models in Engcon’s quick coupler lineup. To coincide with the launch of the new automatic quick coupler, the EC206 tiltrotator has also been updated for excavators in the 4- to 6-ton weight class with a new tilt top that has been adapted for Engcon’s automatic quick coupler system. This means that the operator can attach and detach the tiltrotator without leaving the cab. Like Engcon’s larger tiltrotators, ground pressure is required to be able to open the bucket lock under the tiltrotator on the new S40 quick coupler. Built-in sensors sense that the bucket axles are in their correct position and if something goes wrong, the system provides a warning with sound and light signals inside the cab and outside the machine.


The line between skid steers and CULs continues to blur, leaving contractors and equipment managers with a tough decision. Rated operating capacity previously helped differentiate, and often favour, skid steers, but that’s no longer necessarily the case. Greater importance is put on size, power-to-weight ratio and price – all of which favour the CUL. CULs deliver the same amount of power, but in a smaller package, and many use tracks instead of wheels. Tracks are universally recognized as the more turf-friendly option, leading to widespread adoption. By choosing a CUL, contractors can reap the benefits of tracks without having to upgrade to larger equipment like a compact track loader. While contractors will still need skid steers, the right CUL can take their place in many applications without a reduction in rated operating capacity and can provide significant cost savings. Different cost factors, such as capital investment costs, maintenance costs, transport and warehousing may prove to be advantageous – but each can be lower for CULs compared to SSLs/CTLs.




ototilt has released a new compact ripper with high breakout force, robust construction and wear-resistant steel in HB450 at the front, rear and sides. The new, shorter ripper is ready for delivery for machines rated for 2 to 32 tonnes and complements the existing ripper family. Optimized for Rototilt machine couplers and tiltrotators with attachment sizes S40, S45, S50, S60 and S70, the new ripper can manage high breakout forces due to its reinforced attachment frame. JUNE 2021 | heavyequipmentguide.ca





n busy job sites with a lot of equipment and time-constrained tasks, the efficiency and versatility of the skidsteer loader with its ability to perform multiple tasks is indispensable – and asphalt paving is no exception. Able to run a range of attachments, including hydraulically demanding work tools such as cold planers, the skid-steer loader can take care of site preparation, cleanup and tricky areas in asphalt milling and paving support.


Versatility of the machine is key. “The fewer number of machines a pavement maintenance contractor owns or rents to get a job done, the greater the opportunity for profit,” says Sarah Peckskamp, marketing manager – loaders with Bobcat. “Skid-steer loaders have the capability to operate and alternate between dozens of function-specific attachments, including planers, sweepers, breakers, wheel saws and vibratory rollers – just think of a paving support/asphalt maintenance task and you’ll find that there’s a combination of a skid-steer loader carrier and attachment to handle it.” In addition to handling a range of tasks, a great thing about deploying a skid steer for asphalt paving work is that these machines are easy to move from job to job, says Kevin Coleman, senior project engineer from Caterpillar. Not only are they easy to move between smaller jobs, but they can trailer in and complete supporting milling or cuts ahead of the larger planers, then clean up with a broom attachment after and use a four-in-one bucket to clean up and load the millings into a truck. Skid-steer loaders can get into tight spaces that other equip-


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Just think of a paving support/ asphalt maintenance task and you’ll find that there’s a combination of a skid-steer loader carrier and attachment to handle it. Sarah Peckskamp Marketing Manager – Loaders, Bobcat ment can’t, Peckskamp adds. A skid steer can pivot 360 degrees to work in close quarters beside other machines or obstructions. The skid steer can also spread asphalt on surfaces, such as driveways or small roads precisely by feathering it off the bucket as it backs up to ensure even spread.


Skid-steer loaders come in a range of sizes and vary in capability – from smaller machines with basic specs, to larger machines with mighty hydraulic power for the most demanding applications. “Ensuring that the machine you are looking to purchase has the hydraulic capacity to support the gallons per hour requirements of your attachments ensures they can perform to their design and maximize productivity,” says Luke Gribble, solutions marketing manager with John Deere Construction & Forestry. Coleman agrees that the first thing you want to look for when spec’ing a skid-steer loader for asphalt paving support is hydraulic performance. You should look for a machine that delivers a high psi, as pressure is the real key; that’s what will enable


a cold planer attachment to repeatedly tear and rip through the material, which may vary in density and hardness. An efficient cooling system is also a must-have, according to Coleman. Milling is a high-load task and you don’t want to be worried about overheating your skid steer’s hydraulics and engine. He suggests a side-by-side cooling arrangement, which means that the hydraulic oil cooler and the engine radiator are in one package next to each other – not stacked – so that they get equal share of the cooling air flow. He then suggests looking at the hydraulic tank size. Does it have a large reservoir that not only allows the fluid to power the tool, but once it comes back, does it have time to cool off before it’s recirculated back through the system? Once you know the level of power that you need, you should consider corresponding carrier frame sizes, keeping in mind the compact design of the skid-steer loader is the key advantage in this application, says Peckskamp. She adds, “Other considerations when spec’ing a skid steer for this type of work are height to hinge pin, dump angle and breakout force – as you will likely be working with high-sided trucks. For example, municipalities or communities often do not allow the dumping of asphalt directly onto the road; instead, the material needs to be extracted from the back of a dump truck with its bed tilted. This is where the skid steer comes in to scoop. To do this effectively, skid-steer loaders not only need to have the height to hinge pin and a good dump angle, but they also need to have tilt breakout force to ensure that when they scoop, they can get an efficient load of material on each trip out of the back of the truck.” Skid-steer loaders working in a paving environment are typically doing tasks that generate dust or flying debris, so spec’ing a machine with an enclosed cab that is sealed and pressurized is recommended by Caterpillar. As asphalt paving is often done in busy areas, such as a lane closed to traffic, good visibility that enables the operator to work and turn precisely, and gives them a wide view of the area, is essential when selecting a skid-steer loader. Gribble notes that you should select a machine that provides the operator with good visibility to the outside of the tires and to the edges of the attachment, and Coleman adds that an advanced


display monitor with rear-view camera will enable the operator to see all the way around the machine. Another advantage of utilizing a skid steer for asphalt paving is the available range of rubber tire options. They can be easily swapped out depending on the application need, and, according to Peckskamp, “The ideal tire for asphalt paving work features a ply thickness and tread design for traction and durability to withstand the rigours of the application and offer extended life.”


Cold planer attachments for skid-steer loaders are ideal for street repair, levelling uneven pavement, cutting drainage in parking lots, where bridge decks meet the road, going around manhole covers or cleaning around large milling machines. They’re also ideal for work on driveways, sidewalks and municipal work. They come in a variety of widths and the smallest cold planers can be operated with standard hydraulics, while other cold planer attachments with more advanced features require high-flow hydraulics, says Gribble. John Deere offers four models with widths up to 30 inches, Caterpillar offers cold planer attachments with widths up to 48 inches and Bobcat offers the attachment with widths up to 40 inches. According to Peckskamp, the application should determine the planer width that a contractor chooses. If they are doing a larger job where high production is required, a wider planer is the best choice paired with a larger machine with high-flow hydraulics. “Flow is speed and pressure is torque,” says Tharen Peterson, product application specialist at Caterpillar. “I like to see about two hydraulic horsepower for every inch of planer on the ground. For example, if you had 40 inches of planer, ideally you would have about 80 hydraulic horsepower.” For patch jobs, a narrower-width planer paired with a standard- or high-flow machine will get the job done. Peckskamp says that all of Bobcat’s planers cut a minimum of 5 inches. However, Peterson notes, for jobs that require extensive milling along roads, “standard flow” should not be in the contractor’s vocabulary. JUNE 2021 | heavyequipmentguide.ca


COMPACT EQUIPMENT He adds that Caterpillar offers a feature called the Max Pro Gauge, which tells the operator when the pressure has built up too much and is about to stall the attachment so that they can avoid stalling. When the attachment stalls, the operator needs to come out of the cut, then go back into the cut, and this process leaves a little riser when they go to do the overlay – this is where a failure can happen on a new road. Advanced features on three of John Deere’s cold planers include in-cab control of depth, tilt and side shift for precise positioning, and heavy-duty planetary design producing high torque. Gribble adds that high rear-spoil clearance reduces recirculation of material, and an exclusive wheel guard design prevents wheels from riding up and over millings. He notes that the side shift feature and removable right-side plate allows

for the cantilever-mounted drum to plane close to curbs. Given the brutal nature of the milling process, properly maintaining a cold planer is essential if you want to extend the life of the picks on the attachment. Asphalt can be messy and, depending on the region, roads can get gummy very fast at the height of summer. Peterson says that when the asphalt gets like glue, it can prevent the planer’s picks from spinning. The operator needs to get out of the cab and loosen the material from the picks regularly, otherwise the picks will have to be changed out faster. Peterson adds that Caterpillar’s planers are offered with an optional on-board water tank for dust suppression on the job site. Some operators swear by flooding the drums to keep the picks lubricated and prevent buildup, and some even add dish soap to the tank, but keeping the picks clean is an ongoing struggle. There’s no magic solution – Caterpillar doesn’t have an official recommendation. Generally, pure labour is required to keep the picks clean.


When the goal in paving is to achieve the smoothest finish possible, maintaining an even ground speed when utilizing attachments, such as cold planers, is vital. “Features like creep control are also important in that they allow the engine to run at full throttle which allows maximum power and hydraulic capabilities while also limiting the ground speed of the machine itself,” says Gribble. “This makes operation much easier on the operator and allows them to fine-tune how much power and speed they need to accomplish the task at hand.” “When you reach over for your drive control joystick, you don’t want the machine to just take off like a scared rabbit,” notes Coleman. “You want to have a nice, smooth travel speed out of the machine. And on our machines, the creeper control allows you to move that joystick all the way forward and find that travel speed that really matches the performance of the attachment.” Coleman adds that by utilizing speed control on the machine, you get a really good finish, you don’t stall out at the head and you don’t mess up the cut to have a jagged finish on the asphalt. The same function is ideal for cleanup with a broom attachment. Speed control prevents overwork on the broom and its bristles and picks up and moves the material efficiently without missing it. The skid-steer loader is a jack of all trades – this machine is an indispensable tool for paving support on small jobs, in hard to reach areas and for cleanup on large projects. The key is to spec the machine correctly for its utilization to deliver the most efficient asphalt paving support. HEG





hen your cab is your office, comfort is key to productivity. Kubota has kicked off the first half of 2021 with excavator, wheel loader and compact track loader introductions, and with these machines Kubota has focused on operator experience in the cab – including increased head and foot space, reduced noise levels, and greater visibility, as well as improved intuitive control of machine functions.


Kubota has introduced three new -5 excavators in 2021: the KX057-5, the U55-5 and the U48-5. On all of these new excavators, Kubota has focused on providing an intuitive operator experience with its inclusion of a full-digital, full-colour, 7-inch LCD screen with intuitive and easy-to-use jog dial for single-glance access to auxiliary flow adjustment and maintenance functions. The company has redesigned the cab on these models for

greater visibility to the front and sides of the machine. The new cab gives the operator more head and foot space, and it has lower noise levels. LED working lights with shut-off delay are standard, and keyless start, rear-view camera and an air-ride suspension seat are available options. The new 5.5-ton KX057-5 replaces the KX057-4 in Kubota’s K Series of compact excavators. The new KX057-5 is available with either a canopy or an enclosed cab, has a 47.6-hp engine. Its working range delivers a digging depth of 12 feet 9 inches, and bucket breakout force is 10,172 pounds. Designed to work in tight spaces, the 5.5-ton U55-5 has a reduced tail swing to maneuver on tight job sites. It is available in canopy or cab models and has a 47.6-hp engine. Working range of this excavator includes a digging depth of 11 feet 11 inches and a maximum dump height of 13 feet 2 inches. Kubota’s 4.8-ton U48-5 tight tail swing excavator provides operators with a small footprint in the 4- to 5-tonne weight JUNE 2021 | heavyequipmentguide.ca




class. This excavator has an operating weight of 11,057 pounds, is powered by a 40.4-hp engine, delivers bucket breakout force of 9,500 pounds, and its working range includes a maximum digging depth of 10 feet 8 inches. The U48-5 is also available with either a cab or canopy.


Kubota has updated its wheel loader lineup with the introduction of the new R540 and R640 models. These next-generation wheel loaders are available in both canopy and cab configurations and, according to Kubota, feature improved visibility, enhanced operator comfort and increased performance over the previous R30 Series machines. Both the R540 and R640 provide increased weight and improved lift performance over the previous generation. Featuring a 64-hp Tier 4 Final engine, the R640 has an operating weight of 11,563 pounds and delivers a maximum breakout force of 9,869 pounds and 8,161 pounds of lifting capacity. With a 54-hp Tier 4 Final engine, the R540 has an operating weight of 10,285 pounds and delivers a maximum breakout force of 8,183 pounds and 6,767 pounds of lifting capacity. The cab on these wheel loaders delivers a panoramic perspective of the environment with an enlarged front window and a new full-sized, all-glass right-side window that is the same size as the entrance door, providing 360-degree visibility around the machines. The new right-side window also allows greater visibility of the front-right tire for better maneuverability. The arms of the R540 and R640 have been redesigned for better visibility when connecting attachments with the hydraulic coupler, enabling operators to connect attachments without getting out of the cab. With new delta-shaped loader arms that run parallel and become narrow at the cab and widen at the end of the loader arms, operator visibility is enhanced when the bucket is lifted at full height. The R540 and R640 also feature standard LED working lights. By moving the reconfigured console and switch layout to the right side of the cabin, operators have more foot and leg room,


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and all controls are close to hand. A multi-function control lever comes standard, and all major loader functions and operational functions can be accomplished with one hand.


Kubota’s newest CTL is the SVL97-2, which replaces the SVL95-2s. Rated operating capacity is 3,200 pounds (at 35 percent tipping load). This track loader delivers 7,961 pounds of breakout force and reaches 3.4 feet at maximum height. The new SVL97-2 is powered by a 96-hp engine and Kubota says that the DEF system has a lockable door and has been significantly improved to ensure long-term reliability and productivity. Kubota also improved the sealing of the cab, reducing the amount of dust, water and debris entering the operating space. Telematics on this CTL monitor the machine’s health and location including capability to remotely inhibit the machine and geofence capability. The standard rear-view camera can be set to display constantly or only when the machine is moving in reverse. Optional front LED work lights are available.





esigned specifically to perform in high-interference environments, the Marksman HDD Guidance System offers a wide range of frequencies in a single beacon. “Interference can negatively impact job site productivity,” said Alex Wagner, product marketing manager. “But Marksman cuts through the noise. . . you can confidently go downhole with 64 power level and frequency combinations at your disposal. The Marksman’s Bore Path Analyzer scans the most usable frequencies, selecting the best choice to avoid interference so you can drill more effectively.” According to Subsite, Marksman’s beacon performance drives bore productivity in other ways as well. The new guidance system offers improved communication between the tracker and beacon at extended depths (130+ feet). The beacon’s dual-power mode offers consistent performance across housing sizes. Calibration speeds

have also been increased. Ease-of-use was another key element in the design of the Marksman system. The tracker is operated with a single toggle control, with no extra buttons or triggers. The system also gives operators their choice of user interface. The all-new Marksman View is easy to learn, featuring intuitive graphics and clear data, while those already familiar with Subsite trackers will recognize the Classic View interface. The streamlined controls and choice of user-friendly interfaces work together to help operators be more productive from day one. Marksman offers two advanced locating methods. Users can select between Walkover Mode, which lets you pinpoint drill head location with peak and null techniques, or an improved Drill-To Mode with an unrestricted extended range that enables the drill operator to make real-time corrections further out, expediting the drilling process.




quipment Corporation of America (ECA) is bringing the unique BAUER MC 96 Duty-Cycle Crane paired with hanging Berminghammer lead assembly to North America to enable its customers to achieve drilling depths of up to 150 feet (45 metres). Both ECA and ECA Canada will offer this rig to customers for sale or rental. “ECA is thrilled to add this BAUER MC 96 Duty-Cycle Crane equipped with a Berminghammer leader and a powerful BAUER KDK 280S Rotary Head to our fleet,” says Director of BAUER Product Sales and Service Gordian Ulrich. “This rig can drill up to 150 feet of single-pass piles (CFA or FDP) in various diameters, which is 25 feet more than our BG 45 in the high-end CFA set-up.” When equipped with the 138-foot-long (42-metre) Berminghammer lead, BAUER’s 130-ton duty-cycle crane can reach depths of up to 150 feet (45 metres). The specially adapted MC 96 mast geometry allows an operator to drill in single-pass mode using the complete mast length. This means that

the 750-mm auger can achieve a depth of 115 feet (35 metres) in a completely continuous drilling process. It is also possible to attach a Kelly extension to drill down an additional 33 feet (10 metres). This customized rig represents a partnership between two of the world’s leading manufacturers of foundation equipment. Berminghammer and BAUER Maschinen collaborated to develop this special lead set-up specifically for the MC 96 series of duty-cycle cranes in 2020. BAUER and Berminghammer also developed special joint kinematics to allow the lead itself to be rigged easily and quickly. No additional modifications are required to connect the Berminghammer lead to any MC duty-cycle crane. In addition to the latest drilling features such as drill or pull assist, this MC 96 uses a standard BAUER KDK 280S Rotary Head, which is powered by the on-board Caterpillar C18 engine. This means that no additional power pack is required, which reduces noise levels and operating costs. JUNE 2021 | heavyequipmentguide.ca





orth America has, through the COVID-19 pandemic, been reminded of the need for good, easily accessible internet services. A growing demand for remote services of all kinds, from e-commerce to education, is driving continued growth in internet installation. The backbone of that is fibre-optic cable, and contractors in urban and rural regions of the continent are busy trying to keep up. Add to that the coming 5G networks, and the need for fibre installation – and the equipment that aids contractors to place that cable – remains strong. Fibre-based telecommunications networks aren’t just about internet access; they are also being used for industrial applications and many others, relayed Steve Seabolt, product manager with Ditch Witch. “At the core of fibre based networks originally was telecom, but as we moved away from a copper-based network. . . there were so many drivers beyond that,” Seabolt said. “We see large pipeline customers wanting to install fibre-optics within a close proximity to pipelines because it can be used as a sensing device. You can monitor for leaks, third party intrusion, or damage. It was a technology being used for border protection, smart highways and monitoring traffic patterns. There are lots of different applications.” Much of the focus of fibre installation has been in urban areas thus far, especially with businesses driving for gigabit


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internet access and growing population densities as well as cellular and data networks in the drive toward 5G. Rural areas will continue to build out for quite some time to come, Seabolt projected, for both homeowners and large farming operations that have growing data needs as well. Initially, fibre installation was focused on big trunk lines, but today with efforts to get fibre into households and businesses, installation efforts have become more challenging – and more precise. “This latest boom, as we have added more capacity and attempt to connect every business and residence, has been a more blended approach. You get into confined spaces and more areas where either open cut is not acceptable due to traffic disruption, noise or dust, or you run into crowded easements where, in some neighbourhoods, are under a sidewalk or a homeowner’s rose bushes,” Seabolt said. “Under the ground, there are already a number of utilities – it could be a quite congested easement already. So, directional drilling remains a huge part of that solution.” HDD units are a key tool for fibre contractors as they are able to fit into those small spaces found in urban areas as well as manage rugged rural locations. “We have machines with a more compact size that are still powerful enough to do longer shots and get beneath or navigate around those obstructions,” Seabolt said. “HammerHead pierc-

Initially, fibre installation was focused on big trunk lines, but today with efforts to get fibre into households and businesses, installation efforts have become more challenging – and more precise.

ing tools used for stitch boring – going from pit to pit under driveways and roads – are a quick, low-tech, fairly inexpensive, simple and reliable tool.” Microtrenching has become a growing part of fibre installation work over the past decade, and the technique has evolved in the process. A narrow cutting wheel works along a path that is typically near the seam where asphalt meets curb, with a vacuum attached to scoop out spoils as they are dug, making for a clean, quick operation. A variety of depths and widths can be cut depending on the needs of the contractor. “They can cut a very shallow, very narrow ditch, install, grout it and be gone – homeowners can back their car out over it, kids on bicycles and skateboards aren’t bothered by it,” Seabolt said. “That scales a bit as you get ISPs or cities that want to put in multiple ducts at deeper depths; you create a little more disruption but it’s nothing compared to traditional open cut, and with a lot less challenges for the contractor than working in the easement on the back side of the curb.” Microtrenchers have become more advanced, adding hydraulic systems that aid in precision and down pressure, and blades have become a huge area of innovation, Seabolt noted, targeting more life and productivity. In rural regions, installers have less concern with surface obstructions, leading to more traditional installation methods to some extent. “You’ll see a bigger drill, a bit of open cut

trenching or rock sawing depending on the material, but more so vibratory plowing,” Seabolt said. Vibratory plows are the predominant method for open cut work when installing telecom equipment, and in rural applications they are frequently used with larger ride-on tractors, especially quad-track machines. “The quad track allows operators to work in more conditions and more frequently. It used to be where you didn’t go out and plow the day after it rained because your tires would slip – it’s a very high drawbar application,” Seabolt said. “These tracks add three tons to a 100 horsepower tractor, and it’s down low where the weight benefits you. And then of course you have the increased contact patch, which generates a lot more drawbar and work in more adverse conditions.” With the advance toward 5G deployment continuing, installation contractors will continue to see business stay steady over the near future, Seabolt suggested – with some additional considerations. “Those 5G networks, even though they’re wireless, still need towers and you need power to them, which we didn’t see as much before with 4G. When you get into power you need to have two feet of cover over the conduit in North America,” Seabolt said. “Where we were microtrenching to homes for data at a very shallow depth, most of the 5G applications need at least two feet of cover.” Ditch Witch recently added a new microtrencher, the MT26, which offers 26 inches of digging depth to help make that easier, he noted. “It leverages a lot of things that we’ve learned with microtrenching – the shrouding, the blade technology, the use of vacuums to contain spoils and make it a fast, clean operation.” Beyond 5G installation, Seabolt said contractors should expect to see more cable work to support advancements like smart cities and highways, fibre-optic sensing networks and more. “There are a lot of other potential applications that are continuing to drive cable and fibre installation,” Seabolt said. HEG JUNE 2021 | heavyequipmentguide.ca





ord has introduced the first fully electric pickup bearing a serious job site resume with the launch of the F-150 Lightning, a step ahead for the iconic truck that will offer a 300-mile range along with hauling and towing capacity at a low price point. The new truck will be built in a new high-tech factory, using sustainable manufacturing practices in Dearborn, Michigan. Ford is investing more than $22 billion into a global electric vehicle plan that, along with the F-150 Lightning, already includes a zero-emission version of the Mustang and will add the Transit work van later this year. For the F-150, the design focus was to provide a pickup that is comfortable on the job site or off-road, at a price point similar to the existing F-150 models on the market – just under $40,000 U.S. Ford Canada’s website states the MSRP will run from $68,000 to around $110,000. “The F-Series has always been more than just a truck. It has become a symbol of American strength, endurance and resilience,” said Bill Ford, executive chair. “When we committed to making an electrified truck, we set a high bar. It had to be good enough to be called F-150.” Ford has upgraded the frame of the F-150 to support the advanced battery, which along with the dual inboard motors is also protected by heavy-duty skid plates and crash-absorption protection to ensure strong off-road performance. A lower centre of gravity helps provide stability, and paired with the first independent rear suspension on an F-Series truck, helps


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improve isolation from the road. The four-wheel-drive truck features four selectable drive modes: normal, sport, off-road and tow/haul. Performance-wise, the F-150 Lightning is expected to live up to its name. “It hauls ass and tows like a beast,” described Jim Farley, Ford president and CEO. “Range will never be a concern with this truck. You charge it overnight, and dual on-board chargers make it charge fast. If you need to charge it on the go, you will have access to the largest charging network in North America.” Ford says the F-150 Lightning targets 563 hp and 775 lb.-ft. of instantaneous torque, more than any previous F-150. It’s expected to have a mid-four-second 0–60 mph time when equipped with an extended-range battery with 300 miles of range (the standard-range battery is targeting 230 miles). In the standard model, payload is targeted at 2,000 pounds, and towing is expected to have a maximum of 10,000 pounds of available capacity with additional packages. Pro Trailer Hitch Assist will be available, allowing for automated control of steering, throttle and braking to align the hitch ball and trailer coupler. A range of other trailering assists are also available. The Lightning is equipped with an enhanced version of Ford’s Pro Power Onboard system introduced in 2020 on the F-150 hybrid models. The truck has a base availability of 2.4 kW available, with some models able to generate up to 9.6 kW. There are 11 outlets available around the truck, along with numerous oth-

er charge points. Three-hundred-and-sixty-degree zone lighting packages allow users to light up their job sites or campsites. A new feature is Ford Intelligent Backup Power, available to make the truck a backup power source for the owner’s home in the case of a power outage. Depending on power use, the F-150 Lightning will be able to generate enough power to run a full home for up to three days – or up to 10 if power is rationed. Up front, the truck boasts a 400-litre frunk that is waterproof and lockable, with power open and close. The space features a number of power outlets and charge points, and can carry up to 400 pounds of cargo. The F-150 Lightning offers seating for five and plenty of room to work – including the interior work surface introduced in the 2021 F-150. The redesigned cab features a massive 15-inch touchscreen centre display that runs Ford’s SYNC 4A system as well as a 12-inch instrument cluster. Over-the-air updates will ensure that the truck’s systems are constantly improved. Owners will be able to use Ford’s Hands Free Blue system on more than 100,000 miles of U.S. and Canadian divided highway – allowing for true hands-free driving in specific locations. Interior technology isn’t all that’s available on the new truck. For example, owners who want to monitor their truck’s payload can take advantage of on-board scales that will measure payload weight and note where payload is located in the truck. That can combine with other features to help calculate driving range with greater precision. The F-150 Lightning will be available in early 2022. HEG

Range will never be a concern with this truck. You charge it overnight, and dual on-board chargers make it charge fast. If you need to charge it on the go, you will have access to the largest charging network in North America. Jim Farley, Ford President and CEO

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he Low-Profile Hydraulic Detachable Gooseneck (HDG) trailer can transport a multitude of machines, but is specifically designed to haul paving equipment. The XL Low-Profile HDG has tapered front beams, offering an extremely low load angle of only four degrees. Additionally, 42-inch flip ramps provide extra loading assistance. The 13-foot gooseneck has a swing clearance of 110 inches, and the relief cut out in the gooseneck provides additional space between the truck and trailer. The sloped nose of the gooseneck protects the air and electric connections from damage. The neck also offers a five-position ride height. Based on neck position and load, the deck can be levelled as needed with


the adjustable wheel area ride height. With a capacity of 110,000 pounds in 12 feet, the trailer has an overall length of 53 feet and overall width of 8.5 feet. With Apitong decking for increased durability, the 26-footlong main deck features a loaded deck height of 24 inches and an 8-inch ground clearance. The trailer also offers a 14-footlong rear deck that has a 40-inch loaded deck height. The Low-Profile HDG offers many features from tie-down points to lighting. For starters, the main deck offers seven pairs of bent d-rings along the outer beams, 13 chain drops per side on the outer rails, four chain drops around the toolbox and swing out outriggers on 24-inch centres.



rail King’s new live bottom trailer is designed for strength and speed. The innovative body distributes weight to maximize payloads and maintain high levels of maneuverability with multiple axle configurations. Updates to the trailer provide better access points for simpler maintenance, such as the bolt-on upper coupler/kingpin and front fenders. The hopper walls are constructed with longer lasting 0.160-inch-thick (4 mm) AR450 wear plate in the rear half with the full length as an option. Round hopper cross members are attached to the sidewall with cast steel mountings, providing less opportunity for material buildup. A heavy-duty 4-inch pitch roller chain and frictionless drive system provide efficient horizontal discharge while unloading in one revolution or less. The aerodynamic design features smooth side panels in aluminum or steel, providing corrosion prevention and a clean, shiny finish.


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he struggle to efficiently align cross-departmental communication between operations and finance teams is all too common in the construction business. It can be a challenge for them to see eye to eye on the simplest of projects: finance is perceived to be a wet blanket, caring only about numbers, percentages and the margins, while operations is viewed as a loose cannon, making quick decisions and changing directions as the wind blows. Construction leaders need to take responsibility for helping these two essential departments work better together – their alignment is key for companies to achieve growth that is predictable, sustainable and healthy. The good news? Live field data can bridge the gap between the two and allow them to sync up to the business’ most important goals. Here are four strategies to streamline communications and get your operations and finance teams on the same page:


A major hindrance to cross-departmental communication is the lack of understanding of what the other department is working on. Finance teams aren’t privy to the day-to-day operations of the workforce, and operations teams may not understand the overall financial situation of the project or how that impacts the health of the entire business. To solve this problem, ops and finance need to start speaking the same language. As with natural languages, the easiest way to learn is to be immersed in the culture. Finance should be involved in the planning and implementing stages of projects rather than playing catch up after the fact. When finance adds more data for the field operations team to collect, they need to make sure they explain why the additional data is needed and how it is going to positively impact the financial health of the company. For example, the finance team may decide that they can reduce project and labour costs if they start collecting quantities completed or tracking non-productive time on a project when


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workers are just waiting around for another subcontractor to finish before they can start their work. That’s a big shift for field operations teams to start tracking things they’ve never had to track before. This shifts the relationship away from finance telling ops what to do and allows them to be part of figuring out a solution together. This is where live field data comes into play. Live field data, when collected and processed on a single

Live field data creates a single reference point that allows both groups to work together without misunderstanding one another or being left in the dark. platform, becomes like an interpreter or advanced translation software on the team’s devices. It creates a single reference point that allows both groups to work together without misunderstanding one another or being left in the dark. What does this look like? Employee time tracking, mobile forms and asset tracking will share insights that will help them improve job costing, equipment maintenance and safety protocols. Finance and ops teams need more of this type of historical data during the planning process, as well as regular updates of current data throughout the project’s progress, to be compared against budgets, timelines and productivity goals. Fortunately, a live field data collection solution delivers the information both teams need on a single platform, allowing them to understand each other’s needs and to speak to information from a single, up-to-date point of reference.

When leadership establishes a goal of increasing productivity by some amount, both teams must know what they have to do to achieve that goal and then put plans in action to make it happen.


Operations and finance’s success are entirely intertwined – the best performing construction companies understand precisely how their operational plans drive their financial results, and then consistently monitor those key performance indicators (KPIs). Financial results are the product of operational decisions and actions. For example, if the overall productivity of wood framing during a project were increased, and the amount of labour and/or materials used or wasted were decreased, the finance team would see an increase in the margins for the entire project. With this in mind, construction leaders need to make the relationships between these departments clear. When leadership establishes a goal of increasing productivity by some amount, both teams must know what they have to do to achieve that goal and then put plans in action to make it happen. Beyond that, contractors should monitor those projects’ progress as detailed as they can to have a clear understanding of how their progress impacts the bottom line. This underscores the importance of collecting and monitoring live field data on things like labour productivity and progress, equipment usage and safety management. It helps to gather the best and most detailed picture possible.


Operations managers know everything there is to know about their operations’ specifics but don’t necessarily understand the bottom line or their impact on it the way finance does. Finance best serves the rest of the team by bridging this gap. It requires that they know what is happening on the ground – and historical data can help them develop a well-rounded point of view. Once they have this access to data, they can build their expectations accordingly and connect the dots between operational goals and the impact on the financials. They can then work with the ops team to share this know-how and build a stronger business acumen moving forward. Monitoring the progress and impact of such plans requires a robust mobile dashboard. This feature can display KPIs, the progress made toward goals and the status of initiatives. The more live field data is collected, the more “drillable” the data’s dashboard becomes. Capturing specific goals and KPIs for each cost allows each layer of management to key in on their responsibilities and see where they fit in the overall picture.


One motivator of improving the alignment between operations and finance is increasing the quality of the customer experience (CX). Their strong communication and partnership results in clients receiving more detailed and accurate budgets and plans. But the benefits don’t stop there. When operations and finance don’t have to rely on multiple different tools as their primary mode of communication, and instead start using one platform, it will be like going from telegrams to instant messaging. Communication is more comfortable and quicker. There will be fewer misunderstandings and miscommunications. Links between the teams will grow tighter. And the universal data found on the platform will allow the entire company to align behind the clients’ needs. Just because finance and operations teams have struggled to align in the past doesn’t mean it has to be like that in the future. With the right technology solution, these important teams can access vital live field data and work together from a shared source of truth. Using the data to ground cross-departmental meetings will bring the teams closer together. And by giving the teams access to live field data, contractors provide them with the ability to communicate and take their business to the next level like never before.

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CSS has launched a new version of HCSS Aerial, a drone-based data analytics platform. This upgrade is the sixth major release of the software since the product was launched in March 2020 and incorporated direct customer feedback.

The new release of HCSS Aerial includes: • Design Visualization Enhancements: The look and feel of the 2D designs on the models are enhanced. HCSS Aerial now displays designs on the model as 2D clamped to the ground. • Image Duplication Detection and Validations: The upload wizard now helps you achieve even more accurate models by validating that the uploaded image set doesn’t contain duplicates. This feature doesn’t only check for duplicated image names but analyzes location data and time of capture for superior detection. The upload wizard also warns you of images that

do not have complete GPS information. These alerts help you avoid re-processing models, save valuable time, and, most importantly, get the most accurate results. • Enforced Checkpoint Marking: To improve accuracy reports, Ground Control Points cannot be set as a checkpoint if it is not marked on at least two different images. • Auto-Georeferencing Supporting Real-Time Kinematic (RTK) Flights: HCSS Aerial’s

unique auto-georeferencing models now support RTK flights. Let the HCSS Aerial platform do the work for you. Georeference your RTK flights automatically for accurate and consistent models. • Hassle-free Import and Support of Native Design Files: HCSS Aerial supports all leading design file formats (DXF, DWG, DGN and LandXML) for progress monitoring analytics and design overlay visualization for quality assurance.




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Invest in the most proven concept in slip-form paving equipment from Easi-Pour. 3D paving technology makes you more efficient and profitable. Ergonomically designed with unparalleled dependability for your concrete paving applications. Ease of operation coupled with the best operator visibility in the industry makes your jobsite safer and more productive. Curb & Gutter | Sidewalk | Barrier | Drainage Ditch | Special Applications www.easipour.com | 605-352-1412 | OVB Holdings, LLC


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rocore has introduced Preconstruction, which provides enhanced preconstruction solutions to better connect preconstruction and the course of construction workflows. The new system combines document management, drawings, design coordination, models, takeoff, estimating, prequalification, bid management, project costing and analytics tools to connect people, designs and data across the course of construction. Each stakeholder can be connected to the design, estimate, bidding and budgets all within an integrated platform. The process starts at estimating and takeoff, with data flowing down into bidding and financial tools to better manage project costs, connecting preconstruction teams with the field. Users can automatically create budgets and prime contracts from an estimate with a single click, saving time and providing transparency. The ability to connect esti-

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mating to the project documents improves collaboration among team members, while an accurate takeoff system uses Auto-Count to reduce the time needed and errors. Analytics and benchmarks allow users to compare their own past performance of initial estimates to final budget at project delivery. New tools can help keep design coordination under control and allow for collaborative design reviews on drawings. Users are able to see what others are viewing using a Follow Me feature. The Dynamic 2D Views feature allows users to create 2D drawings of the design on the fly from the model, giving teams the ability to see all building systems consolidated on a single view.




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