Heavy Equipment Guide May 2022 Issue, Volume 37, Number 5

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IN-DEPTH REPORT

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HOW NORTH CONSTRUCTION USES TELEMATICS

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HIGHLIGHTS FROM AGG1

SELECTING A STAND-ON LOADER


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FEATURES

DEPARTMENTS & SECTIONS

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In-depth report: telehandlers for hoisting & material handling

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News Room

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Telematics increasing efficiency for eco-friendly excavation

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Spotlight

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Kobelco next-generation excavator redesigns add standard features

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In-Depth Report

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Earthmoving

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New technology, processing solutions, and more from AGG1 2022

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Aggregates

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Lift & Access

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Trucks & Transportation

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Equipment Roundup

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Cummins helps truck buyers cut carbon with increased fuel options

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Advertiser Index

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Two things to consider when selecting a stand-on loader

From the Editor


MAY 2022 | VOLUME 37 • NUMBER 5 EDITOR IN CHIEF Kaitlyn Till ktill@baumpub.com 604-291-9900 ext. 330 EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Arturo Santiago asantiago@baumpub.com 604-291-9900 ext. 310 EDITOR Lee Toop ltoop@baumpub.com 604-291-9900 ext. 315 ASSOCIATE PUBLISHER Sam Esmaili sam@baumpub.com 604-291-9900 ext. 110

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FROM THE EDITOR CONNECT AND SUPPORT TO IMPROVE SAFETY ON JOB SITES

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he first week of May is Construction Safety Week, and it’s a good time to reflect on the ways in which the construction sector can better provide safety on the job for workers of all kinds. Heavy construction is a dangerous industry in many ways. Job sites are filled with moving equipment, materials, excavations, and all manner of potential hazards. It’s an industry in which developing a safety culture among workers is an important part of protecting employees from potential harm. Across Canada, the challenge of safety in the workforce continues to be a difficult one. A team at the University of Regina recently released a report looking at trends in work-related injuries and fatalities from 2015 to 2019 – the most recent data available – in Canadian workplaces as a whole, and found that in several categories of work-related claims some regions continue to tick upwards. For example, when looking at injury-related fatalities, several provinces saw the number of fatalities per 100,000 employees rise in 2019 compared to the 2015 to 2018 rate; Newfoundland & Labrador jumped from 2.1 fatalities per 100,000 employees up to 4.5, an increase of 116 percent, while New Brunswick ticked up 43 percent to 4.3, and Alberta saw a rise of 9 percent to 4.4. Over the five-year time frame, Saskatchewan has the highest rate of fatalities per 100,000, at 4.6, followed by Alberta at 3.9, and New Brunswick at 3.5. At the same time, there have been successes. Of jurisdictions with more than 100,000 full-time employees, Manitoba saw the greatest decline in fatality rates, dropping 40 percent to 0.8 per 100,000, followed by Nova Scotia with a 26 percent decline, Quebec down 19 percent, and B.C. with a 17 percent drop. Manitoba dropped 9 percent in terms of lost-time injuries, followed by Saskatchewan and Nova Scotia at 5 percent. So, the statistics suggest that there has been some movement in terms of workplace safety as a whole. However, there is always more to be done, and much of that revolves around developing a strong safety culture in the workplace. This year’s theme for Construction Safety Week is “Connected. Supported. Safe.” Connecting on the job site to share knowledge and build awareness is key to protecting all workers, and employers should encourage that through establishment

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Statistics suggest that there has been some movement in terms of workplace safety as a whole. However, there is always more to be done, and much of that revolves around developing a strong safety culture in the workplace. of health and safety regimes that ensure employees have the resources to be safe in their work. Being supportive of one another in physical safety is important and should also extend to mental health as well; Construction Safety Week organizers are encouraging employers and workers alike to be supportive of their colleagues no matter what the challenges they might be facing. Reducing the stigma surrounding mental health discussions can go a long way towards improving overall safety for workers on construction sites. It’s important to remember that safety culture is a yearround goal. Safety Week is a reminder that everyone on a job site is important, everyone deserves to go home at the end of the day, and everyone has a role in developing a robust culture of safety at work.

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NEWS ROOM

FIRST QUARTER OF 2022 PROVES POSITIVE FOR MANY MANUFACTURERS

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irst quarter financial results from construction equipment and related manufacturers are showing signs of a solid start in the industry for 2022. Deere & Company, which ended its first quarter on January 30, 2022, reported an increase in net sales and revenue worldwide despite the labour challenges it faced in late 2021. Net income slipped to $903 million, down from $1.224 billion the previous year. However, net sales for the Construction & Forestry segment were $2.544 billion in the quarter, a three percent increase from 2021, thanks to price realization and higher shipment volumes. Caterpillar has also experienced a good first quarter of 2022, ending March 31. First quarter sales and revenue of $13.6 billion, an increase of 14 percent over the $11.9 billion reported in the same period of 2021, were driven by higher sales volumes and higher end-user demand for equipment and services, as well as impact from changes in dealer inventories and favourable price realizations. Cat dealers increased their inventories more during the first quarter of 2022 than in Q1 of 2021. One significant Cat dealer has also seen positive results through the first three months of the year. Toromont reported a seven percent increase in its revenues through Q1, thanks to higher product support revenues as well as a larger fleet and higher utilization on the rental side, where revenues were up 29 percent year over year. The Equipment Group saw revenues rise 8 percent on the quarter, to $786.6 million. Continuing pandemic challenges in China have impacted the finances of one manufacturer; Volvo Construction Equipment reported that its overall global sales through the first quarter have slipped by 9 percent. Other regions have picked up some of the slack, however, with North America increasing by 11 percent and South America jumping 62 percent, among others. Service sales have also risen by 17 percent. Engine manufacturer Cummins also faced some challenges from the Chinese market in the first quarter, but still reported a good result for the period. First quarter revenues of $6.4 billion were up five percent from the same period in 2021 and North American sales jumped by 12 percent. The Chinese market pushed international revenues down three percent.


INDUSTRY NON-PROFITS CREATE DAMAGE PREVENTION INSTITUTE

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he Gold Shovel Association (GSA), a non-profit association focused on improving safety by providing meaningful damage prevention certifications, will join the Common Ground Alliance (CGA). This new arm of CGA will be called the Damage Prevention Institute. The Damage Prevention Institute plans to consolidate data and resources of CGA and GSA to generate insights that will reduce the rate of damage to buried infrastructure. Building on CGA’s Best Practices and DIRT (damage information reporting tool) data, as well as GSA’s metrics development, the Damage Prevention Institute will be structured around a metrics-focused, peer review-based model of shared responsibility. “We believe CGA’s new Damage Prevention Institute is a game changer for the industry, and we are pleased that the Gold Shovel Association shares our vision in this effort,” said Sarah K. Magruder Lyle, CGA president and CEO. “By focusing on shared responsibility through a peer-review process, and consolidating data and metrics to establish industry-wide benchmarks, the Damage Prevention Institute will increase engagement from all stakeholders and help us get a much clearer picture of the system’s inefficiencies and how we can address them.”

LIUGONG NORTH AMERICA PROGRAM TO PROVIDE FLEET FINANCING

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iuGong North America’s new private label program, LiuGong Finance, will provide customers and dealers with financial support for both LiuGong North America and non-competing products. Additionally, it will enable dealers to utilize competitive rates and flexible finance structures under a captive finance program. LiuGong Finance offers both retail financing and dealer-owned rental fleet financing under the program. The three types of retail financing included are FMV lease, equipment loan, and custom structures. There are two types of dealer-owned rental fleet financing offered: rental equipment loans and custom structures.

METSO OUTOTEC ACQUIRES TESAB ENGINEERING

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etso Outotec has signed an agreement to acquire Tesab Engineering Ltd., a Northern Ireland based company offering mobile crushing equipment for aggregates applications, including quarrying, recycling, asphalt, and concrete. Their turnover in 2021 was approximately EUR 30 million and they have more than 60 employees, primarily in Europe. The value of the deal is not disclosed. It will have no material impact on Metso Outotec’s financials. Closing is expected to take place during the second quarter of 2022. With the acquisition, Metso Outotec will complement its current offering in the mobile crushing and screening markets. Tesab’s product portfolio includes mobile jaw, impact, and cone crushers; mobile screens; scalpers; and stackers. Tesab will continue as an independent brand within Metso Outotec and manage its own distribution network.

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NEWS ROOM

SUNBELT RENTALS ORDERS 700 FORD ELECTRIC PICKUP TRUCKS

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unbelt Rentals has expanded its electric on-road fleet with the order of 700 Ford F-150 Lightning trucks. The purchase will contribute to Sunbelt Rentals reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emission intensity by 35 percent by 2030. “This investment highlights our strong commitment to reduce our GHG emissions through the adoption of new onroad fleet technology,” said Al Halvorsen, vice president of ESG at Sunbelt Rentals. “Starting the conversion of our truck fleet to electric alternatives, like the Ford Lightning, is critical to our ability to reach our ambitious GHG reduction goals and still continue to serve our customers with availability, reliability, and ease.”

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rimble has agreed to sell its Time and Frequency, LOADRITE, Spectra Precision Tools, and SECO accessories businesses to Precisional LLC. The divestiture is in line with Trimble’s strategy to focus on areas core to its long-term growth and strategic product road map. The transaction is subject to a number of closing conditions and is expected to close in the second quarter of 2022. Financial terms were not disclosed. LOADRITE, Spectra Precision Tools, and the SECO businesses have been reported as part of Trimble’s buildings and infrastructure segment. The Time and Frequency business has been reported as part of Trimble’s geospatial segment.

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ALTORFER CAT KICKS OFF 2022– 2023 CATERPILLAR GLOBAL OPERATOR CHALLENGE

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quipment operators from Iowa, Illinois, and Missouri have competed in the first Caterpillar Global Operator Challenge dealer event of 2022. Altorfer Cat organized the event, which challenged the skills of all operators with various trials using the latest Cat excavators, loaders, dozers, and backhoe loaders. The Altorfer Cat challenge was designed to showcase the skills and talents of operators across several types of equipment. Four different timed challenges were established using six separate pieces of Cat equipment. The operators were to maneuver through various obstacles with total combined time across all the challenges being the determining factor in their placement.

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WT Attachments’ hydraulic hammer line will be available at Tidal Tractor in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland & Labrador, and Prince Edward Island. The SWT hydraulic hammers are available for excavators ranging from 2,000 to 122,000 pounds (1 to 55 tons).

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SPOTLIGHT

SPOTLIGHT

INTRODUCTIONS & UPDATES

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Shortened-tail-swing excavator

LBX Company has launched the Link-Belt 355 X4S excavator for North America. This machine is the first model of the upcoming X4S Series, which builds on the X4 Series, adding functionality and new features. It weighs approximately 78,709 pounds. A shortened tail swing with ideal balance and power gives the 355 X4S versatility for road construction and maintenance, residential or commercial excavation, site prep, pipeline construction, sewer, utilities work, and demolition projects.

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There are now 4 work modes, all with varying levels of selectable rpm settings giving the operator greater flexibility and more options to fine-tune their work. The new Eco mode offers a solution to those who hold fuel economy as the top priority, and the new Lifting mode ensures power boost is always on during those lower rpm crane tasks. An optional reversible fan is available to help clean out the radiator and keep the engine running cool and free of debris.


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SPOTLIGHT

Site dumper

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Mid-range dumper

The D301AHG mid-range site dumper has a 6,600-pound capacity and is suitable for large-scale construction work, public works, or earthwork in open spaces. The machine’s low weight and permanent allwheel drive give it ideal off-road capability and 50 percent gradeability. A new skip has been designed with a heaped capacity of 2.28 cubic yards, which is 12 percent higher than in the previous model. The power-to-weight ratio has also been updated, resulting in a machine that is more maneuverable, quicker, and has greater off-road capability than previous models. All of the regular maintenance components such as filters and fluid tanks have been arranged to make them fully accessible. Additionally, the counterweight’s large central grille makes it possible to quickly access the cooler, making it easy to clean and remove.

Horizontal directional drill

Vermeer

Horizontal directional drill

Vermeer’s 550,000-pound (249,475.8 kg) D550 horizontal directional drill delivers 100,000 foot-pounds (135,581 Nm) of torque. It features advanced telematics and smart onboard technology and diagnostic information. It can be used for installing large-diameter products, including oil and gas pipelines, water lines, and high-voltage electrical transmission lines at long distances. The D550 controls have three different auto drilling modes – rotation, thrust, and speed. The D550 speed technology delivers ideal thrust control to allow drill operators to regulate weight-on-bit pressure for optimal cutting action and maximum tooling life. In addition to new technology, the D550 also features a full travel vise, engineered hydraulic transmission, and a quiet engine.

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Bobcat

Mulcher attachment

Bobcat’s redesigned line of drum mulcher attachments provides ideal durability and performance. The attachments are available in 50-inch, 61-inch, and 72-inch cutting widths, and are approved for the 700- and 800-Series compact track and skidsteer loaders. Each size loader drum mulcher makes ideal work of utility lines and right-of-way maintenance, site preparation, cleaning/maintaining property, disaster/environmental recovery response, and orchard/ vineyard maintenance. The standard 2-speed hydraulic motor provides increased drum torque and quicker drum speed recovery. The 50-inch and 61-inch mulchers come equipped with a pressure gauge to better monitor drum speeds. Heavy-duty carbide teeth are designed to rip through hard and soft woods, providing long life and uptime protection.

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Epiroc

Blasthole drill

Epiroc’s DM30 XC blasthole drill is suitable for multi-pass rotary and down-the-hole drilling applications. Built off the same platform as the Epiroc DM30 II, the DM30 XC offers 33 percent more power than the DM30 II. The DM30 XC is designed to produce increased rotary torque, increased pulldown, and a larger hole range capability. It handles four- to six-and-one-quarter-inch (101–159 mm) drill pipe and has a weight on bit of up to 44,000 pounds (20,000 kg). The crawler-mounted, hydraulic top-head-drive drilling rig features a 30-foot (9.1 m) drill pipe change and a standard carousel. With a starter rod under the rotary head, the DM30 XC can achieve a total clean depth capacity of 148 feet (45.1 m) for multi-pass applications and 28 feet (8.5 m) for single-pass applications. The 300-gallon fuel tank allows the rig to run for up to 16 hours.

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IN-DEPTH REPORT: TELEHANDLERS

HOISTING & MATER I HANDLING IN-DEPTH REPORT TELEHANDLERS BY KAITLYN TILL, EDITOR IN CHIEF


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IN-DEPTH REPORT: TELEHANDLERS

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elehandlers excel at moving materials to hard-to-access areas on job sites, whether deep into a building site, over obstructions, or up high. In this in-depth report, we focus on the use of telehandlers for hoisting and material handling on job sites, including which type of telehandler is best-suited to these uses, when it is ideal to use a telehandler instead of a crane, attachment options for different material types, and the unique safety considerations to take into account when suspending loads.

HOW TO SELECT A TELEHANDLER FOR HOISTING AND MATERIAL HANDLING

Telehandlers excel at more than lifting palletized loads – utilizing a variety of buckets telehandlers can move gravel, dirt, or rocks. With grapples they can handle pipes and other building materials, and with hooks they can hoist even more. Our experts agree that the first consideration when selecting a telehandler should be given to how the machine will primarily be used. If height and reach is needed to place loads, then a pick and place (also referred to as lift and place) telehandler is the best solution. These machines have three-, four-, or five-section booms to deliver height and reach, and they are also outfitted

working on an undeveloped surface, such as dirt or rocky soil, or whether the surface will be finished, such as turf or concrete. This will inform tire selection, as noted by experts from both JLG and Liebherr. Foam-filled/solid tires are ideal for undeveloped terrain, and non-marking or turf tires are ideal for finished surfaces. You should also consider the materials that the tires will be exposed to – and whether your telehandler’s tires need to be scratch-resistant, abrasion-resistant, acid-resistant, etc. Ultimately, you’ll want to pick the machine that can deliver the versatility you need on your job sites. “Expanding the versatility of telehandlers is all about the different types of attachments that can be used on the front of the machines. With fork-mounted, coupler-mounted, and permanent-mounted options, owners and operators can use one machine to do a myriad of tasks by simply changing the attachment,” says Boehme.

ATTACHMENTS EXTEND THE VERSATILITY OF TELEHANDLERS

Attachments used for hoisting and material handling include truss booms, grapples, jibs for extra length, swing carriages, tilt carriages, fork-mounted hooks that slip over forks, and pipe/pole grapples. Some telehandlers can even be mounted with a tire manipulator attachment for installation and removal of wheel assemblies from large construction and mining equipment. Bucket options, which are ideal for use with tool carrier type telehandlers, include grapple As an operator, as you are using buckets, fork-mounted buckets, and material buckets for job site cleanup, spreading materithe machine and changing al (such as gravel), and loading and unloading attachments, or are looking at trucks. Outfitting a telehandler with a skidsteer adapter plate extends the carrier’s versawhat’s best to use, you’re always tility even further for use in other applications, such as snow clearing and sweeping. going to need to go back and make Stan Peterson, telehandler product director, sure that your capacity falls within adds that Xtreme can even approve custom attachment designs for specialized needs. the attachment you’re using. Each manufacturer offers its own lineup of attachments compatible with their telehanRebecca Yates dlers, and Liebherr notes that they provide Product Manager – Material Handling, an options matrix that carefully shows which attachment system works on which machine. JCB They also offer different sizes of each tool to equip a range of telehandler sizes, from small to large machines. with outriggers that deliver stability and maximize load chart Every attachment is issued with a specific load chart capacity. approved for use on a specific model of telehandler, adds If the telehandler will primarily be used for unloading Peterson from Xtreme. trucks or moving material from one place to another, then a Operators need to be aware that the load capacity with the pick and carry machine (also referred to as a tool carrier) is attachment may be reduced from the standard-issue load chart the best option. These telehandlers usually have two-section – and the range of motion of the machine may be different. booms and no outriggers. “As an operator, as you are using the machine and changJohn Boehme, senior product manager – telehandlers, with ing attachments, or are looking at what’s best to use, you’re JLG, recommends that you start by calculating the maximum always going to need to go back and make sure that your pick that the machine needs to handle: identify the maximum capacity falls within the attachment you’re using,” recomweight of the load, the maximum angle that the machine needs mends Rebecca Yates, product manager – material handling, to be able to lift and place the load, and the maximum height with JCB. that the load needs to be placed at. “Understanding the nature of the work to be accomplished Our experts all emphasize that knowing the job site conand the capabilities of each type of attachment the machine ditions is very important – whether the telehandler will be can be fitted with is crucial to safe and efficient use,” says

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Boehme. “This means knowing whether a load needs to be picked or placed. Does the job require loose material to be scooped, or a load suspended? Does the operator need to grapple loose material or pipes? Answering these questions will help owners/operators select the appropriate size and type of attachments.” An integrated boom hook, also known as a lifting lug or clevis, is standard on many telehandlers now, and the operator doesn’t need to install anything. The operator can put a chain or strap through it to efficiently handle a suspended load. Yates adds that the hook may be positioned differently depending on the manufacturer of the machine and that will change where the load is centred. The telehandler will also have a load chart specific to use of the boom-mounted lift hook.

WHEN TO USE A TELEHANDLER VS. WHEN TO USE OTHER TYPES OF EQUIPMENT

Telehandlers are ideal for lifting, carrying, and placing palletized loads as well as jobs that require lifting a particular tool or device into place to work, says Peterson. They are also ideal for reaching over the sides of high trucks to load and unload material. According to Skyjack, when materials need to be hoisted and space is an issue or the area is obstructed and does not allow for the use of a crane, a telehandler becomes the ideal choice. For example, in residential construction applications, where you normally wouldn’t have a crane, a telehandler can be used to hoist pre-assembled roof trusses.

Expanding the versatility of telehandlers is all about the different types of attachments that can be used on the front of the machines. With forkmounted, coupler-mounted, and permanent-mounted options, owners and operators can use one machine to do a myriad of tasks by simply changing the attachment. John Boehme Senior Product Manager – Telehandlers, JLG

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Boehme says that telehandlers are able to place materials at height with the same as, or more, precision than a crane – especially, he notes, when equipped with JLG’s remote boom control which allows the operator to work outside the cab for better visibility of the load. He also adds that OEMs are introducing higher-capacity telehandlers as crane alternatives to meet growing market demand. Yates points out that one benefit of using a telehandler for hoisting is that they don’t have the same operator certification requirements as cranes – it’s easier to have more operators trained to use them safely. The telehandler’s boom can also extend material further over a sidewalk or across a ditch, unlike some other types of equipment that can be used for hoisting, such as excavators. Ultimately, Boehme recommends, “To best determine if a telehandler can serve as an appropriate substitute for a crane, consult the machine’s load chart. It features an X and Y axis for distance from the front tires and height needed for placement. Using the load chart and a tape measure, a determination can

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be made to see if the machine can safely place the load. “Or, owners/operators can go through a dry run procedure, or a practice run of the lift or pick being performed with no load on the forks, to test if it will work. Using the indicators on the side of the boom, operators can complete a dry run placement, then compare it to the load chart to determine if the telehandler chosen can safely place the load.”

TIPS FOR SAFE HOISTING AND MATERIAL HANDLING

There are unique safety considerations that must be given when a telehandler is carrying a long load or a suspended load that has the potential to swing. Our experts all emphasize the importance of operator education when it comes to handling suspended loads. Referencing the telehandler’s operation and safety manual is necessary, as is consulting the machine’s load chart for safe and productive handling and hoisting.


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IN-DEPTH REPORT: TELEHANDLERS Skyjack notes that the operator needs to be properly trained for hoisting materials and the area around the machine needs to be cordoned off to prevent bystanders from entering the work area. The load must also be carefully secured and evenly positioned before lifting. Liebherr offers training sessions for operators to work with them on exercises, a walkaround, and practical training. If riggers (workers on the ground who help control the suspended load to keep it from spinning during placement) are present, the operator must always know where they are and what they are doing. Boehme emphasizes the importance of a clear line of sight to these workers, and full visibility of the entire pick is extremely important – this includes the hoisted material, people in the area, and the infrastructure nearby. He recommends that operators work in low gear for better speed and control when moving, turning, and placing the load. Suspended loads introduce dynamic forces that can affect the stability of the machine, and Peterson from Xtreme says that operators need to exercise caution to avoid sudden stops or sharp turns. Guy lines can reduce swinging, and the load should be kept close to the ground, but not dragging. Yates adds that the operator needs to be aware of any wind, in addition to the telehandler’s travel speed, which will change the dynamics of the lift. Ends of long loads, such as pipes, also need to be secured so that they won’t fly around. It’s also important to consider the terrain on the job site,

Suspended loads introduce dynamic forces that can affect the stability of the machine, and Peterson from Xtreme says that operators need to exercise caution to avoid sudden stops or sharp turns. Guy lines can reduce swinging, and the load should be kept close to the ground, but not dragging. including slopes and potholes, as it will impact not only productivity, but also the performance of the telehandler. “Going over bumps with a suspended load feels very different from travelling with the boom lowered,” says Boehme. HEG

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TELEMATICS INCREASING EFFICIENCY FOR ECO-SENSITIVE EXCAVATION BY PETER GIBBONS

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connected job site may look like any other, but for construction companies and equipment dealers it’s a place of endless possibilities, providing information that links operations and equipment with real-time data that can increase productivity and create a safer, more efficient and sustainable workplace. Achieving a fully connected workplace involves a rethink of existing processes and workflows. It’s no longer just about tracking location and hours on equipment. Manual invoices, traditional site surveying and guessing on a project timeline are things of the past. Digital files can be uploaded into machines and sent directly from the site to customers. Surveying is done using highly advanced drone technology. And, telematics is providing companies with complete connectivity, tracking real-time progress and job site data from the field to stay on top of schedules, budgets, fuel consumption, and emissions. Telematics has also become more accessible, levelling the playing field and making it easier for companies of all sizes to integrate into their business. For B.C.’s North Construction, telematics has provided a huge added value to their business. The time and resources to implement these technologies has been a big commitment over the years, but the return on investment has been worth it – helping them do jobs better, faster, and gain a competitive advantage.

NORTH CONSTRUCTION USING TECHNOLOGY TO BUILD A BETTER FUTURE

Based in a city on the edge of the wilderness in British Columbia, North Construction has been building sustainable projects for the past 28 years. They are renowned for constructing some

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of the most challenging projects in difficult terrain and handling any project, anywhere. “We pride ourselves on looking for those challenging projects,” says Joel Markson, director of logistics for North Construction. “We specialize in eco-sensitive construction, mainly in steep terrain, whatever that entails, whether it’s developments for clients like British Pacific Properties here in West Vancouver or working with the North Shore Mountains to help develop their ski areas.” They have a passion for construction and building it right – completing every job to the highest standard. And that attitude encompasses their approach to technology adoption and leading the pack in new and innovative ways to help shape their business. “It has been pretty crucial in helping our company evolve,” says Markson. “The amount of data we are able to attain provides us with very accurate and useful information, giving us a precise diagnosis of potential issues, allowing us to fix it quicker or even diagnose remotely to get the operator back up and running.”

TELEMATICS INCREASING EFFICIENCIES AND PRODUCTIVITY

Their use of telematics has been an invaluable tool for productivity. According to Markson, “There’s additional information about work and idle times that we get from telematics that helps us to improve operator behaviour and maximize the productive time that equipment is running.” That competitive advantage extends to the costing of jobs as well. “We use the info from the telematics to tell us what it takes to run each individual piece of equipment every hour. And the data we attain through other software about productivity allows us to put very accurate costs to jobs because we know exactly how long it’ll take and exactly what that cost is for the machine.”


ACHIEVING A FULLY CONNECTED WORKPLACE INVOLVES A RETHINK OF EXISTING PROCESSES AND WORKFLOWS. IT’S NO LONGER JUST ABOUT TRACKING LOCATION AND HOURS ON EQUIPMENT.

DRONES COLLECTING VALUABLE DATA AND INSIGHTS

DRONE SURVEYING FROM NORTH CONSTRUCTION’S SISTER COMPANY, SPITFIRE DRONE SURVEY, HAS TOTALLY CHANGED THEIR CLIENT INTERACTIONS AND INVOICING.

Drone surveying from their sister company, Spitfire Drone Survey, has totally changed their client interactions and invoicing. Customers can now receive a progress report via drone imagery or grade files showing them what they’re paying for. “They no longer get just a number on an invoice that we produced 10,000 cubic metres of material. We can now show them high-definition orthographic imagery from the drone data that calculates the volume within that stockpile,” says Markson. “And clients can go online and manipulate the 3D models generated from the survey. They can overlay their engineered drawings to see conflicts in the field. This allows them to redesign before a bucket even gets in the ground and they have to start spending money. There are many efficiencies gained from this technology – from site safety and survey visuals to 3D modelling which we can send to the equipment via the cell network from our office. The value has also started to click in our clients’ minds and they won’t go back.”

Mainly municipalities are mandating tracking of fuel burn and emissions, so being able to pull that information out of the telematics, compile it, and say we burnt X amount of fuel for a project provides huge value to entities like Metro Vancouver.

EMISSIONS AND FUEL TRACKING AIDING COMPLIANCE

model. They have integrated technology into their business to be more effective and efficient on every level. “We’ve basically made it a part of our company culture,” says Markson. “It’s a part of helping us drive where we're moving as a company. We adopted technology right from the get-go when 3D GPS grading came out. There was a learning curve and a few bumps along the way but being an early adopter and having a smaller fleet at that time allowed us to work out those bugs. Now, pretty much every piece in our fleet has 3D GPS capability and telematics on it.” North Construction sees the added value daily. “I think the biggest benefit is the increased efficiency in which jobs are completed and almost eliminating rework,” says Markson. “Having the design in each operator’s machine so that they can

Emissions and fuel burn is another key area where telematics is helping North Construction not only lessen their impact on the environment, but meet compliance. “Mainly municipalities are mandating tracking of fuel burn and emissions,” says Markson. “So being able to pull that information out of the telematics, compile it, and say we burnt X amount of fuel for a project provides huge value to entities like Metro Vancouver because it’s accurate and quickly delivered to them. It’s just another valuable piece of data that we can track and pass on to clients through telematics.” And it’s not just telematics that is a part of North’s business

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NORTH CONSTRUCTION SPECIALIZES IN WORK ON STEEP SLOPES AND ECOLOGICALLY SENSITIVE AREAS IN METRO VANCOUVER.

be working on the latest version of whatever aspect is going on in that job and knowing that when they’ve moved from one zone to the next, that all the work completed is done to design with no issues, is a huge value. It’s a little intangible, but I would guess we’re somewhere in the 20 to 30 percent increase in productivity on a specific task today versus before we had any 3D GPS capabilities. The biggest thing we’ve noticed is we can complete three to four times the volume of work without increasing the size of our survey team.”

TECHNOLOGY PROVIDING A GLOBAL VIEW OF OPERATIONS

For North Construction, technology has allowed them to have one global view of what is happening at any point in time. “We know where the fleet is, what the fleet is doing, and how that information can be optimized and shared between jobs,” says Markson. “Just one click creates a much clearer picture for everyone making decisions on their own job, and it allows the company as a whole to be more efficient.” It also allows for efficiencies on the environmental side by ensuring jobs have the least possible impact. For North Construction that has been a part of its culture from the beginning, as it predominantly operates in environmentally sensitive areas. “That was one of the main drivers to have a strong partnership with Finning,” says Markson. “It allows us to continually bring in new equipment that is the most fuel efficient, has the ability to track remotely, and diagnose issues before they become larger problems. It’s given us the ability to keep leading the forefront of providing the most environmentally conscious and sensitive equipment so we’re burning the least amount of fuel per unit of work.” North Construction also has a customer value agreement (CVA) with Finning to provide support and service. “Finning helps to

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provide support on everything from excavators to dozers, rock trucks, and loaders. And all of them are customized to be as safe and efficient in steep terrain as possible,” says Markson. “Essentially, we have their tech staff on hand for when an issue arises, and they help with keeping the fleet serviced at the appropriate intervals – making sure any additional repairs are flagged and completed as required to keep our fleet in tip-top shape. We still have our in-house mechanics that fill in those small gaps that aren’t covered by our CVA or warranty or items that need to be addressed immediately on site, but the mix works well between our staff and the techs Finning provides.”

TRAINING SUPPORT FOR NEW TECHNOLOGIES

When you introduce new technology, it can be daunting for some operations to understand how it supports the business. But with Finning’s support on the training side, North Construction can rely on their expertise. “We have a good partnership with Finning and SITECH. When they come out with a new machine, they’ll provide some training and walk the operator through all the bells and whistles with that unit. They go over what’s new, whether we’re moving from a Cat F series to a Next Gen machine. As with anything, there's bugs and issues that come up,” says Markson. “But they’re always quick to pick up the phone and help diagnose remotely. And if need be, they’ll come out to the site and deal with the issue in person.”

TAKING TECHNOLOGY TO THE NEXT LEVEL

To truly take advantage of the benefits of technology and be successful takes a lot of work. It requires a huge investment


of time and energy and a commitment to changing the way you do business. North Construction has made that commitment and has seen a big return on their investment. “It doesn’t come down to so much the cost of the software and the hardware on the equipment – it’s the overall value added,” says Markson. “At the end of the day, does the technology provide you with what you need for your business?” For North Construction, this is not a one-time solution. It’s an evolution that has changed the way they operate. “We will never continue to do anything the same way. We will continue to try new technologies, new software and new equipment. And when we find those pieces that fit our business model, make us more efficient, and keep us leading the way, we will adopt them. “I think this is a good model for advancing our construction business. It gives us an advantage not only for hiring talent, but also for being safer and more efficient for our clients,” adds Markson. “There is still huge potential coming from both the equipment side and in the 3D GPS grading. I think we’re pretty close to seeing some big leaps in capabilities and North will continue to work closely with Finning and Caterpillar to help test and bring along those new technologies so that we can continue to be industry trailblazers.”

We adopted technology right from the getgo when 3D GPS grading came out. There was a learning curve and a few bumps along the way but being an early adopter and having a smaller fleet at that time allowed us to work out those bugs. Now, pretty much every piece in our fleet has 3D GPS capability and telematics on it. Joel Markson

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There is a huge amount of technology-driven information available to construction companies today. The real challenge lies in making sense of that information to enable better decision making. A reliable equipment and technology dealer can provide guidance and flexible, customizable options, to help you drill down to the specific data and insights needed to meet your business needs. When companies like North Construction leverage telematics, they are giving themselves a competitive advantage for winning future work and staying ahead of the curve. A tech-savvy company not only breeds innovation but also helps to attract the next generation of workers who come equipped with the skills and expertise needed for a career in this evolving industry. PETER GIBBONS is regional technology manager with Finning Canada.

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KOBELCO NEXTGENERATION EXCAVATOR REDESIGNS ADD STANDARD FEATURES BY LEE TOOP, EDITOR

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esign and plenty of standard features are core components of Kobelco’s philosophy when it comes to updating its equipment line. That is showing up strongly as the manufacturer rolls out redesigned machines in its excavator portfolio, which is being fully refreshed through 2022 and 2023. With the most recent addition, the SK210LC-11 excavator, Kobelco is setting the stage for what it expects to be a busy few months leading into CONEXPO in 2023, with more updated machines scheduled to reach the market in the near future. According to product manager Dan Collins, the opportunity to redesign an entire line of machines and launch it in a short time is unusual and exciting. “In most cases it’s been around ten years since a redesign. All of our models are coming at the same time, so it’s really exciting for us that all 20-some models, particularly in North America, are being released in about a 24-month span,” Collins related. “The concept of that for us here in North America is performance and quality, as well as standard features – a value-added concept.” Updates to the excavator line include some new models as well as redesigned versions of existing machines with a variety of new features.

NEW ENGINES EMPHASIZE POWER AND FUNCTION

One key difference for the North American market will be under the hood in many Kobelco machines. Collins said the conventional swing portion of the lineup will be benefitting from new powerplants. “We’ve converted over to a Yanmar engine on the smaller conventionals, and we’re starting to run Isuzu on the larger ones. We’ll be one of the first manufacturers in North America to run a larger Yanmar engine,” he said. Yanmar engines will remain in the smaller excavators, where

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KOBELCO EXCAVATORS ARE BEING REDESIGNED WITH MORE STANDARD FEATURES AND CAPABILITIES.

they have been used successfully for some time, Collins noted. The most recent new machine to be released is the SK210LC-11, an excavator in the 20-ton range that will be equipped with the new Tier 4 Final Yanmar engine to produce 160 net horsepower and 577 lb.-ft. of torque at 1,500 rpm, 18 percent greater than in the previous model. Like the previously introduced SK75SR-7 and SK85SR-7 short radius machines and the SK130LC-11, Kobelco’s Performance By Design concept has been put into effect in designing the cab, ergonomics, and safety features. Two-way auxiliary hydraulics and independent travel – allowing the operator to lift and move the machine at the same time when necessary – are standard on the Kobelco next generation excavators, Collins said.

CAB DESIGNS FOCUS ON COMFORT AND SAFETY

Flip-up consoles make it easier to enter and exit the machine. A standard adjustable heated air suspension seat moves with the armrests and hydraulic controls to improve shock absorption and reduce operator fatigue. A 10-inch monitor combines a variety of inputs and controls for ease of use. The monitor also provides an added boost of safety for operators, who can view the area around the machine through a standard three-camera system. The cameras provide a 270-degree view around the excavator. Collins said an overhead guard is unique on Kobelco cabs, another safety feature that is standard on these machines “Our falling-object protection, or FOPS, guard is level two . . . if you drop around 300 pounds from about 10 feet, your operator is covered. On level two, you can drop around 600 pounds from around 10 feet and the operator will be covered,” he explained. In addition, an LED work light package comes standard, offering seven lights surrounding the machine to provide increased visibility.


All of our models are coming at the same time, so it’s really exciting for us that all 20-some models, particularly in North America, are being released in about a 24-month span. Dan Collins Product Manager, Kobelco Construction Machinery USA

EXCAVATORS READY FOR MACHINE CONTROL OPTIONS

From a technology standpoint, Kobelco is also offering a variety of standard features – though it is not tying its customers to a particular type of machine control, if they wish to equip their machine with that feature. Instead, the new excavators are being fitted with mounting brackets to make that choice easier no matter what supplier a

customer might go with. “Currently in North America we aren’t doing factory-installed systems dedicated to one partner, but our machine is equipped with machine-guidance-ready brackets . . . whatever the customer chooses, they can easily install their brand of guidance, whether it’s 2D or 3D, without having to weld on the machine,” Collins explained. In addition, the next generation machines feature KOMEXS, the Kobelco Monitoring Excavator System, which allows users to remotely access information such as hours, fuel consumption, and maintenance status. Remote troubleshooting, also standard, allows for easier diagnosis of problems. “You used to need to get a laptop out and connect . . . you can now do that with your phone. Technicians can view using their app, do a diagnosis, and upload software up to eight gigabytes. You used to need all different engine software for different manufacturers,” Collins noted. Kobelco plans to continue introducing new and updated machines through 2022 and into early 2023, with an aim to having most of the line ready to go when CONEXPO rolls around in March of next year. Collins said the current rollout will include four short radius -7 machines, seven -11 machines, and a number of mini excavators. In addition, specialty machines are part of the next generation rollout. One, the ED160BR-7 “Blade Runner,” which offers both excavator and dozer functions, was released last year, and several demolition machines are expected to be released, along with material handlers and auto dismantlers. HEG

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NEW TECHNOLOGY, PROCESSING SOLUTIONS, AND MORE FROM AGG1 2022

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ggregates professionals joined a sold-out crowd at this year’s AGG1 Aggregates Academy and Expo held alongside World of Asphalt at the Nashville Music City Center in Nashville, Tennessee, in March. National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association President & CEO Michael Johnson said, “The record-breaking attendance at this AGG1 Academy & Expo and the co-located World of Asphalt shows the enthusiasm of the aggregates industry to be back in-person again.” Here are some highlights from the event.

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MCCLOSKEY HIGHLIGHTS ITS NEW JAW CRUSHER

The jaw chamber of the J6 has been designed for enhanced material flow and work in hard rock applications. It has a 48- x 34-inch (1,200 x 864 mm) jaw opening to accommodate large feed sizes. The adjustable speed 47.4-inch x 7-foot 8.8-inch (1,204 x 2,360 mm) double-deck grizzly prescreen under the hopper, along with the variable speed panfeeder, allows for the sizing of material with a variety of mesh options.

The angle adjustable 55-inch-wide (1,400 mm) main conveyor has a 16-foot9.8-inch-high (5.13 m) stockpile. The integral folding side conveyor with a 32inch (800 mm) adjustable speed belt can fuel a stockpile height of 3.99 m. Remote control tracks can move and position the jaw crusher. A high-volume fuel tank enables the J6 to run for approximately 20 hours. It is also equipped with a 12-inch DSE Control Panel, as well as wide main and side conveyors. The J6 has a high tph to accommodate the jaw chamber design


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and material flow. A factory-fit rock hammer is optional. The crusher is fitted with a telematics modem for the 365SiteConnex program to collect, analyze, and deliver information on the crusher. Safety features include engine safety shutdown systems, start-up alarms, full safety guarding, external ground level maintenance access, and a tagout capability on the isolator.

JOHN DEERE WHEEL LOADER BURNS LESS FUEL

John Deere showed its 904 P-Tier wheel loader at AGG1. This wheel loader is equipped with 7.5- and 7.1-cubic-metre (9.8 and 9.3 cubic yard) material-handling buckets with integrated spill guards and curved side cutters, as well as seat-mounted hydraulic controls. It has high-capacity, heavy-duty axles with standard axle cooling filtration. The wheel loader also features large tilt cylinders and increased hydraulic pressures, engine power and torque. A combination of fuel-efficient engines, lockup torque converters, and a dedicated steering pump results in burning less fuel. The Advanced Vision System allows visibility to the sides of the machine by integrating two digital cameras on the rear-view mirror platform and then combining the views into a dedicated single display in the cab. A rear object detection system overlays a projected vehicle reversible path in the same dedicated monitor.

FAIRBANKS SCALES INTRODUCES ITS NEW CONVEYOR BELT SCALES SERIES

The FB9000 series is for idler-style, in-motion conveying applications. Its self-aligning weighbridge measures the force of material without using levers, linage, or other mechanical apparatus. It is available in the most common configurations with the instrumentation and displays to service most scale needs.

The design allows it to be used with stationary plants in which it can track product totals and ratios. The scales are suited for all portable applications and can be installed on low profile and spine conveyors. An automatic angle compensations feature allows it to be used on catenary style idlers, such as those that are used on track-mounted portable crushers. The FB9000 Series can achieve flow rates for rail, barge, truck, and ship load out of up to 10,000 tons per hour with built in load out controls for automated cutoff.

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AGGREGATES KLEEMANN DIGITAL APP FOR IMPACT CRUSHERS

Kleemann’s SPECTIVE operating concept has been extended in the MOBIREX MR 110/130(i) EVO2 crushers with SPECTIVE CONNECT. The app displays all relevant process information and reporting on a smartphone. The plant operator can monitor the information without leaving the excavator or wheel loader. Fuel level, fuel consumption, plant performance, current gap setting, and process data can be displayed at any time via the mobile app dashboard. In case of a warning, SPECTIVE CONNECT displays the fault and at the same time refers to the corresponding components and includes troubleshooting aids. If a fault cannot be eliminated, the app generates a service report which can be sent via messenger to the servicing technician or dealer. The offline troubleshooting aids make it possible for a repair technician to remotely support the machine operator. The app can be installed on iOS and Android smartphones.

RUBBLE MASTER’S NEW TECHNOLOGY IS DESIGNED TO IMPROVE PROCESSES

The RM XSMART Telemetry & Fleet Management system was designed to help contractors get more clarity about their operation to identify blind spots and improve processes. It also assists operators with more information about the condition of their machines to accelerate service processes. RM XSMART is available as a phone app or desktop computer app to access machine data. From the cab, operators can monitor fuel levels, reset belt scales, and track tonnages with an optional belt scale. It also documents machine utilization such as run time, operating hours, and tonnages, which can be easily shared. The operator can choose between a job report that documents the progress of a specific job or a daily report. A Performance Indicator provides visual feedback to the operator to help them find the sweet spot so that the machine is pushed to its maximum. LED light bars underneath the feeder show the utilization of the machine based on engine load and feed speed to help operators adjust their feeding behavior. In addition to the telematics and fleet management system, Rubble Master has also made all products available with either a diesel-electric direct drive or hybrid drive.

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CALGARY C&D FACILITY CLEANS UP CONTAMINATED MATERIALS WITH NEW PLANT A GRANT FROM EMISSIONS REDUCTION ALBERTA HELPS BUILD CDE WASH PLANT FOR CALGARY AGGREGATE RECYCLING BY LEE TOOP, EDITOR

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strong construction market in the centre of Alberta has brought with it a challenge that might not be the first thing that comes to mind when starting an earthmoving project: what to do with all of that dirt, especially when you don’t necessarily need it. Even more problematic is dirt coming from urban settings, where decades of development have left their mark in the form of contamination. As developments dig deeper and create more soil that must be remediated, a need for treatment grows – but facilities that can handle that treatment are few and far between, and often these soils are just landfilled. A Calgary company with roots in construction and aggregates is working within a provincial program to provide contractors in the region with a new alternative to handling contaminated soils. Calgary Aggregate Recycling will soon be using a new CDE-built custom plant to recycle problem soils back into the construction industry, while reducing the amount that is disposed of in landfills. A family-owned operation for 30 years, Calgary Aggregate Recycling was purchased in 2018 by KLS Earthworks and Environmental, itself an Indigenous-led company. KLS and CAR President Travis Powell, who owns the companies along with his brother Chris, said it was an opportunity to gain a long history of customers and reputation, while also giving his contracting firm a way to recycle its own aggregate waste. “We’ve started crushing gravel from various excavations around the greater Calgary area. If we run into pit run material, we take it to Calgary Aggregate, crush it, and turn it into

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CALGARY AGGREGATE RECYCLING HANDLES CONSTRUCTION WASTE FROM THE CITY AND SURROUNDING AREA.

gravel,” he said. “Rather than using that as fill now, we use it as high-value aggregates for our construction activities.”

RESPONSIBLE DISPOSAL OF WASTE A CHALLENGE

The move to purchase a recycling operation was important, as it remains a challenge to dispose of construction and demolition waste responsibly, Powell said. “It’s hard to get rid of asphalt and concrete unless you recycle it. There are still people who will bury it in coulees outside of the city, but that’s not something we wanted to do,” he said. “I think it’s a good selling feature that we can have this circular market within our own business.” There is a growing need for C&D recycling as more urban redevelopment takes place and aging infrastructure is replaced. While such recycling operations are common in Europe, the North American market is opening up to the potential. “Cities like Calgary are, in the grand scheme of things, pretty young compared to the cities over in Europe, but we are getting older and older every day. We have to rebuild a lot of this old infrastructure consistently to keep up,” Powell said. “So, we’re seeing a lot more debris and a lot more roads being torn up and widened, bridges getting widened or refurbished, all of these things. It’s really driving how much material we’re seeing.” That urban development is also driving the need for management of contaminated soils. Cities that have been growing for decades tend to leave a footprint environmentally that lingers


We’re seeing a lot more debris and a lot more roads being torn up and widened, bridges getting widened or refurbished, all of these things. It’s really driving how much material we’re seeing. Travis Powell President, Calgary Aggregate Recycling

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for many years after. Excavating for new construction atop the old can turn up all kinds of problem spots when it comes to contamination. “There could be hydrocarbons from a gas station. Old dry cleaners were a big polluter thanks to the chemicals that leached over the last 60 or 70 years into the soil. You run into metals from old industrial activities,” Powell described. “Then, also, there is just mixed soil from the past – whether there’s wood, debris, or garbage mixed into the soil, we can screen that out.” That material needs to be disposed of properly, and at present the best choice for doing so is to send it to a landfill. However, that can be hit and miss for contractors in Alberta because landfills are reaching capacity and some days may not accept soils. That can cause delays and potentially create budget problems for contractors. Plus, Powell noted, landfills have been raising their tipping fees as a deterrent. “So, now we’re trucking material 300 kilometres out of the city, and again we’re having huge schedule issues because a job that would normally take 10 trucks to execute is now taking 30 or 40 to get done in the same time,” he said.

GRANT PROVIDES OPPORTUNITY TO JUMP FORWARD

A funding opportunity from Emissions Reduction Alberta provided a new option for Calgary Aggregate Recycling: create a way to process that material without leaving the city. In November 2021, ERA announced $176 million for projects across Alberta that would accelerate the province’s economic recovery while also supporting environmental sustainability. The Shovel-Ready Challenge was looking for new technologies that would reduce carbon emissions, and a local soil recycling and reuse facility that cut down on truckloads leaving the city every day while bolstering the local construction sector was a good fit for the program. Taking a shot at the challenge meant planning a new plant for the facility. Pow-

ell found a good fit for the project on YouTube, of all places. “I came across a facility in New York that CDE designed and commissioned for Posillico Materials. They had just cleaned up a whole bunch of creosote impacted soil with this facility, and an old heating oil terminal,” he said. “It was similar contamination problems to what I felt the City of Calgary had.” Working with CDE, Calgary Aggregate Recycling has designed a plant that will be one of three similar operations in North America – the Posillico Materials facility, another planned for this year in Maryland, and the Calgary location. The goal will be to produce usable materials from contaminated material while reducing the volume of soils going to landfill and cutting back on truck trips for reduced emissions. Calgary Aggregate Recycling will move sand and stone through the CDE wash plant; surface contamination will be removed by the process, and the resulting cleaned materials can be used for construction projects moving forward, Powell said. “The contaminants will go into the water stream, which is a big closed loop water treatment facility. Through filtration, the addition of additives like flocculants, and it will all come out as

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AGGREGATES a filter cake, which essentially concentrates all the contamination into about ten percent of the soil volume, rather than being spread throughout it,” he explained.

UP TO 600,000 TONS RECYCLED YEARLY

According to CDE, the plant that is scheduled to open in the fall of 2022 will be able to recycle up to 600,000 tons each year. “We are privileged to work alongside Calgary Aggregate Recycling Inc. to deliver a major C&D waste recycling system in Canada,” said Adrian Convery, CDE business development manager for Canada, said of the project. “The resulting solution will represent all that we strive for in pursuit of a circular economy, facilitating the diversion of vast tonnages of material from landfill, transforming them into high-grade recycled sand and aggregates for the construction industry, while simultaneously restoring land for future use and driving down CO2 emissions.” In the process, an estimated 22,567 tons of carbon emissions may be reduced annually – and thanks to that, ERA provided Calgary Aggregate Recycling a grant of more than $8 million to get the plant up and running. “What ERA did probably sped up our process by about five years in being able to build this facility . . . by taking some of these innovative ideas and making them employable in the market,” Powell said. “Emissions Reduction Alberta’s Shovel-Ready Challenge is unlocking innovation and mobilizing private spending to create economic opportunities and improve environmental performance,” said Steve MacDonald, CEO of ERA. “This investment builds on Alberta’s strengths across sectors and turns emission reduction ambitions into action.”

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When the plant is running later this year, Powell expects to add another 9 to 12 staff members to its current team of 15. Adding the soil reuse facility to the existing C&D crushing and processing will mean continued growth moving forward. “I think there’s a lot of opportunity in this recycling space, whether it’s just sticking with the soil and concrete or if there are future opportunities to process other waste streams,” Powell related. “You look at some of these more progressive countries like Germany, when they demolish a building, 90 percent of that material is reused into new construction projects. I think there’s a significant opportunity to handle, process, and recycle a lot of material into new products here.” HEG


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LIFT & ACCESS

JLG

NEW LINE OF ROTATING TELEHANDLERS FOR NORTH AMERICA

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LG Industries now offers three new rotating telehandler models, the R1370, R1385, and R11100. This new range delivers capacities from 11,000 to 13,000 pounds and maximum reach heights of 67 to 97 feet, with the R11100 being JLG’s highest-reaching telehandler to date. With three-in-one machine capabilities – a traditional telehandler, mobile elevating work platform (MEWP), and rough-terrain crane – these machines offer both horizontal and vertical lift-and-place capabilities. The three new JLG models have nearly identical base configurations, though the R1370 and R1385 have four-section booms, while the R11100 has a five-section boom. All boom sections, regardless of model, are cylinder- and chain-driven to support higher reach and greater lift capacity. The 360-degree continuous rotation of the upper frame adds a new layer of functionality in spaces where it’s difficult to maneuver a traditional telehandler. These models come with front and rear scissor-style outriggers with automatic levelling jacks, which enable the operator to position the machine and then level the frame up to 6 degrees to compensate for terrain.

PRODUCTIVITY FEATURES

The R1370 comes with a Perkins 134-hp diesel engine, while the R1385 and R11100 are equipped with 168-hp FPT diesel engines. All models feature a 2-speed, stop-to-shift hydrostatic transmission that delivers a smoother ride over uneven terrain. Foam-filled tires come standard on all models. Air-filled tires are optional in two different treads.

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Thirteen attachments are available, including work platforms, crane jibs and winches, standard and rotating carriages, forks, buckets, truss booms, and coupler-mounted hooks. Standard and continuous auxiliary hydraulics come on all models, and optional dual-auxiliary hydraulics are available. A hydraulic coupler is also available.

LIFTING AND PLACING CAPABILITIES

An inching feature allows the operator to run the boom at optimal speed without shifting the transmission into neutral. Finely tuned boom controls and soft stop slows the boom as it approaches the end of its stroke for precise lifting and placement of materials. A remote boom control feature allows the operator to maneuver the boom from outside the cab when obstructions prevent clear visibility of the work area. These new rotating telehandlers also have an intuitive operator interface and dual joystick proportional controls.

TECHNOLOGY FEATURES

Each model features three exclusive technologies: Automatic attachment recognition, a Load Management Information System (LMIS), and a Load Stability Indicator (LSI). The automatic attachment recognition system recognizes the attachment at the end of the boom, alerts the operator for confirmation, and then displays the appropriate load capacity chart. LMIS indicates whether the load is compliant and prevents operation that violates the load chart’s boundaries. LSI limits the rotating telehandler’s functionality when a load nears maximum capacity.


IPAF PUBLISHES NEW GUIDANCE ON USING MEWPS IN PUBLIC AREAS

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omprehensive new guidance outlining the key principles and ways to reduce likely risks when using Mobile Elevating Work Platforms (MEWPs) in public areas and near roads has been published by the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF). The new guidance document, entitled Safe Use of MEWPs in Public Areas, has been developed by IPAF in collaboration with its International Safety Council (ISC) and supporting members, and is available to view or download in English, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Korean, Portuguese, simplified Chinese, and Spanish. It can be downloaded free of charge in digital format and is also available print-ready so organizations can produce their own hard copies if they wish. Brian Parker, IPAF’s Head of Safety & Technical, says: “The use of powered access to provide an effective means of access to work at height is constantly increasing worldwide as the productivity and safety benefits are recognized by businesses and employers alike, and an increasing number of MEWPs are being used in areas where members of the public might be present, which is more challenging to control, ie not always segregated from unrelated work activities, vehicular traffic, or the general public. “Thanks to the input of Mark Keily from Sunbelt Rentals and the International Safety Committee he chairs, this new guidance is truly the result of a global collaborative effort. Compiling and reviewing the guidance has been an exhaustive process and IPAF hopes it will become

a valuable desktop and workplace point of reference when planning any work involving MEWPs in a public area or alongside roads.” He adds, “IPAF incident data for 2019 and 2020 indicates that approximately one third of all reported fatal or injury incidents occurred in an environment that would be classed as public areas and highways. This is consistent with data from previous reports covering 2016-2018. “This new Safe Use of MEWPs in Public Areas document is intended to highlight the relevant hazards and associated risks when a MEWP is to be used in public areas, which are often more challenging to control than other work sites. “It also identifies measures that can be implemented to eliminate or reduce the risk of an incident or injury when using a MEWP in locations where public and/or vehicles are not prohibited – by which we mean not on fixed construction sites or defined commercial premises. We urge all users of MEWPs in these settings to view and download a copy without delay, free of charge. “We hope it will be of particular use to those who are planning or operating in sectors that frequently or exclusively utilize MEWPs in public areas, including telecoms and utilities, public-sector contractors, highways/ street-lighting engineers, facilities/commercial premises management, tree care, and arboriculture.” Peter Douglas, CEO & MD of IPAF, comments: “This is a very comprehensive new document and I trust the powered access industry will find it useful in plan-

ning and executing work at height in public areas and alongside roads. “I’d like to thank all the members of the IPAF ISC for their time and effort in producing this guidance. IPAF would also like to thank all

those who continue to report accidents and near-misses via the IPAF portal; analysis of this vital data has been invaluable in shaping the safety guidance and continues to inform all of the work that IPAF and its committees do.”

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TRUCKS & TRANSPORTATION

CUMMINS HELPS TRUCK BUYERS CUT CARBON WITH INCREASED FUEL OPTIONS BY LEE TOOP, EDITOR

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n an effort to expand decarbonization, Cummins is expanding its powertrain platforms to provide buyers with easier access to lower carbon fuel types. A series of fuel-agnostic engine platforms will be brought to the market, using common bases and parts while running on different fuels. These engine platforms will use engine blocks and core components that share architectures, and will be optimized for different low-carbon fuel types. The new design approach will involve Cummins’ B, L, and X-Series engines, and each will be available using diesel, hydrogen, or natural gas.

Having a variety of lower carbon options is particularly important considering the variation in duty cycles and operating environments across the many markets we serve. Srikanth Padmanabhan President, Cummins Engine Business “Getting to zero is not a light-switch event. Carbon emissions that we put into the atmosphere today will have a lasting impact. This means anything we can do to start reducing the carbon footprint today is a win for the planet. We need to take action now,” said Srikanth Padmanabhan, president, Cummins Engine Business. “Having a variety of lower carbon options is particularly important considering the variation in duty cycles

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MANY CUMMINS ENGINES WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR DIESEL, HYDROGEN, OR NATURAL GAS.

and operating environments across the many markets we serve. There is no single solution or ‘magic bullet’ that will work for all application types or all end users.” Padmanabhan said that anything that can be done immediately will assist in reducing carbon challenges down the road, but that it is easier for some users to transition than others. “Some end users may be able to quickly transition to battery-electric and fuel-cell-electric solutions that we are producing through our new power business. However, for others, they just cannot transition today. Every end user needs to evaluate the economics, power, and range requirements, including refuelling needs,” he said. “In addition, they have to navigate infrastructure challenges, regional resource needs, bottom line, total cost of ownership, and the limitations of technology, which make every decarbonizing challenge unique.”

NEW APPROACH CREATES COMPLETE SOLUTION

According to Jonathon White, vice president of engineering with Cummins’ Engine Business, the company’s work over the years has improved fuel economy greatly, but the new approach will integrate components into a complete powertrain solution. “These components include filtration, aftertreatment, turbochargers, fuel systems, electronic control systems, air handling systems, automated transmissions, and telematics,” White said. “Also, our natural gas engines have reduced NOx emissions by more than 90 percent compared to today’s EPA requirement. When powered with renewable natural gas, they can deliver sub-zero greenhouse gas emissions while delivering the same power and reliability of diesel.” Cummins states that the new engine versions will have largely similar components below the head gasket, and above the head gasket will be designed for the different fuel types. This parts commonality will offer increased benefits for both


truck OEMs and end users, making it easier for OEMs to integrate an engine across its truck chassis while offering a range of fuel types as customers require. Training for technicians will be reduced, making for a lower total cost of ownership. “This is a new way of designing and developing lower emission internal combustion powertrains that meet the unique needs of the transportation industry while leveraging the benefits of a common product architecture and footprint where possible,” said White. “This unique technology approach will allow end users to more seamlessly pick the right powertrain for their application with the lowest CO2 impact.” Under the new strategy, Cummins will offer the B, L, and X series engine platforms with the ability to select different fuel options depending on user needs. In addition to the 15-litre natural gas and hydrogen products, it will add gasoline, propane, and hydrogen to its B6.7 portfolio to complement the existing diesel and natural gas products. “The bottom end of the engine looks the same, and the top end can accommodate different fuels. Each engine version can operate using a different single fuel,” White described.

This is a new way of designing and developing lower emission internal combustion powertrains that meet the unique needs of the transportation industry. Jonathan White Vice President of Engineering, Cummins Engine Business

“Cummins is innovating at every level of the company to find new ways of working that use fewer of the world’s resources and the Engine Business is at the centre of this exciting innovation,” said Padmanabhan. “We know that our planet cannot wait for the perfect solution to happen. Instead, our approach must be a combined effort of using zero emissions power where it’s available and using cleaner power where it is not. The planet cannot afford for us to hit pause in the meantime.” HEG

White said that currently, natural gas versions of some Cummins engines are available, operating on compressed or liquid natural gas, and in addition, engines are being designed to run on propane while featuring a high degree of parts commonality with the natural gas and diesel fuel engines. In addition, hydrogen-fuelled engines will be added GE to the mix. RA E V “This fuel agnostic approach will CO allow end users to pick the right pow3X E / ED S N ertrain for their application, with low AD NGI QUIR E H LE E CO2 impact. These innovations come ZLE IESE OR R Z from decades of Cummins experience NO D AT • 3 4 HP ENER with hydrogen and natural gas fuels,” •7 OG White said. “Whether it’s built on the •N X, L, or B series platform, these new unified products will have 80 percent parts commonality and look and feel familiar to customers and technicians. The product architecture, engine footprint, even service intervals are all designed around using the same parts and components where possible. This makes these products an economically viable, scalable, and eco-friendly solution for the planet that can be adopted today.” Cummins is targeting net-zero emissions by 2050, and part of that move is to reduce emissions from newly sold products by 25 percent and, in partnership with customers, to cut emissions from products in the field by 55 million metric tons by 2030.

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EQUIPMENT ROUNDUP

MINI OR FULL-SIZE? LET THE JOB SITE DECIDE TWO THINGS TO CONSIDER WHEN SELECTING A STAND-ON LOADER BY BRANT KUKUK

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hether you’re a hardscape construction professional or a green industry pro, efficiency is a top priority on today’s job sites – especially as contractors grapple with finding ways to stay productive amid the workforce shortage. And at a time when demand for work is continuing to increase, staying efficient with smaller crews means relying on your equipment to help you do more with less. One machine that is alleviating some of the pressure is the stand-on skid steer. While stand-on skid-steers have been used primarily as loaders in the past, they are becoming more popular for a wider variety of job site tasks. Their power, 360-degree visibility, hopon and hop-off convenience, and multiple attachment options give contractors the workhorse they need to meet deadlines, improve productivity and boost the bottom line. So, what size stand-on skid steer do you need? It depends on the project and job site conditions and attachment needs. Here are two things to consider when selecting a stand-on loader.

A full-size stand-on loader offers maximum power and lifting capacity to help contractors move heavy material on and off the job site more effectively. THE JOB AND JOB SITE

When choosing a new piece of equipment, you’re most likely looking for a machine that can help increase your ROI. And that means having the correct equipment for the application and job site. The first thing you should consider when purchasing a stand-on loader is what kind of projects you’ll be using the machine for and if there are any typical job site constraints.

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For example, a landscaping crew might be working in space-restricted areas like residential backyards and need to consider machine size above other characteristics. In this case, a smaller machine or mini stand-on loader will likely be the most efficient to help them maneuver through fences or around sheds, gardens, and other structures. In contrast, a hardscape crew might consider a machine’s power to be more important. A full-size stand-on loader offers maximum power and lifting capacity to help contractors move heavy material on and off the job site more effectively. And when there is less manpower on the job, powerful equipment becomes even more important. Additionally, because large stand-on loaders have the power to carry heavier loads, crews need fewer machines on the job site, enabling them to make fewer trips with each machine, streamlining efficiencies.

ATTACHMENTS

The second thing to consider when choosing a stand-on loader is how you can turn it into a one-machine solution by simply switching out attachments. The bucket attachment is arguably one of the most popular attachments for stand-on loaders. It helps operators lift large piles of material or debris that need to be relocated or discarded. There are a variety of bucket types to choose from, depending on the application, including the grapple bucket and 4-in-1 bucket. Grapple buckets come with


A 4-in-1 bucket attachment outfitted on a mini stand-on loader can help you effortlessly switch from project to project. take time to cut the branch up into smaller pieces to be carried by hand or fit into a smaller bucket. Additionally, the 4-in-1 bucket attachment takes versatility to the next level. For example, if you are working on a smaller job site and need to tackle a variety of tasks, a 4-in-1 bucket attachment outfitted on a mini stand-on loader can help you effortlessly switch from project to project. From handling bulky material and soil removal to levelling jobs, you can stay versatile and efficient helping boost productivity. As a best practice, you should have three industry-specific attachments for your stand-on loader, in addition to the common attachments. For example, contractors focused on underground roadwork should consider investing in microtrenching attachments, coring attachments, and vacuum-lifting attachments, in addition to buckets, grapples and forks. This attachment variety will allow them to bid on a range of jobs in their industry, and it will keep them versatile and agile on the job site.

A RECIPE FOR SUCCESS

hydraulic clamps to hold unstable material, making them ideal for transporting larger pieces of debris such as tree branches, stumps, boulders, and bricks. For example, if you needed to move a heavy tree branch across a job site, a grapple attachment equipped on a large stand-on loader will allow you to move the branch in one trip. Without a grapple bucket and a large loader, you would need to

As today’s job sites become more complex – and staying efficient with smaller crews becomes more pertinent – having the right equipment can make or break a contractor’s productivity. While both the mini and full-size stand-on loader have their place on the job site, it is important to know when to deploy each one and outfit it with the correct attachments. Plus, as contractors lean on their machines for a little extra boost, finding the correct stand-on loader solution will ensure their crew’s success.

BRANT KUKUK is a compact equipment product manager at Ditch Witch.

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STAND-ON LOADERS

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The Bobcat MT100 mini track loader is a small but powerful work tool that eliminates the need for shovels, buckets, and other hand tools on the job site. A small footprint enables it to travel through gates, doorways, and other narrow spaces with ease. The machine delivers a 1,000-pound rated operating capacity, powerful breakout force, and impressive lift height, according to Bobcat. The optimized roller spacing on the MT100’s track system improves ride quality for enhanced operator comfort. Easy, tool-free access to maintenance areas and advanced safety features, including neutral start interlocks, are standard on the MT100 mini track loader, while sealed rollers eliminate the need for daily roller maintenance and decrease downtime.


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Kubota’s first standon track loader, the SCL1000 offers a hinge pin height of 84.7 inches, and speed in forward and reverse of 7.9 km/h. While compact, the SCL1000 features a powerful 24.8-hp turbocharged Kubota diesel engine and offers increased comfort and productivity with features like its adjustable operator platform. It comes standard with keyless start with passcode protection and a 4.3-inch LCD colour dash monitor that provides easyto-read machine monitoring including maintenance reminders and auxiliary flow adjustment. Its 15-gpm auxiliary hydraulic flow and standard heavy-duty cast CII coupler with 2-lever coupler option make the SCL1000 both powerful and reliable.

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The Vermeer S925TX mini skid steer delivers impressive lifting performance and the power for demanding jobs, according to Vermeer. With a tip capacity of 2,643 pounds (1,198.8 kg), a rated operating capacity of 925 pounds (419.6 kg), and a maximum hinge pin height reach of 84.5 inches (214.6 cm), the radial lift path of the Vermeer S925TX makes easy work of lifting and dumping heavy loads. It also features a dual auxiliary system that allows the operator to switch between high flow for ground-engaging attachments and low flow for maximum control.

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The Ditch Witch SK3000 is built with the power to complete a wide range of landscape, hardscape, and tree-care projects typically reserved for traditional skid steers, but with the convenience of a stand-on machine. The SK3000 features an operating capacity of 3,100 pounds and delivers 5,500 pounds of breakout force to help operators lift and move heavy loads. With a variety of applicable attachments, the SK3000 boosts operator versatility and productivity. According to Ditch Witch, the machine provides a smooth, comfortable ride with outstanding maneuverability and stability – even when transporting heavy loads across rough terrain.

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TORO DINGO TX 1300

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The Toro Dingo TX 1300 delivers a new combination of power, reach, and convenient control to the Toro Dingo lineup. The Dingo TX 1300 features the company’s INTELLESCOPE loader arm with SmartLoad technology, giving the operator an additional 26 inches of reach. A hinge-pin height of 109 inches allows for loads to be lifted up and over the side of a dumpster or truck. Toro has integrated the hydraulics and loader arm functions into one thumb-operated controller for easier, more accommodating operation. One hand can be used to operate the loader arm and auxiliary attachments and the other to operate the Toro traction controls.

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