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26 Flatter, faster, smoother

41 Big things from Bobcat

29 Canadian wins Western Final of Global Operator Challenge

44 Multitasking tool carriers transform productivity

34 Safer truck driving through technology

47 Fullbay keeps the paper away

Komatsu dozing logic makes grading easy

12 Top Introductions

Our picks for the most exciting new products to enter the market in 2019

20 Digging in with family

Two generations depend on Hitachi machines

22 Made in Canada


Company introduces subscription service for features and range of new equipment

38 Challenges on country roads

Brandt Equipment Solutions meets unique customer needs with custom builds

40 Visualization keeps projects on track

Cover photo: GOMACO GT-3600 curb and gutter machine.


SECTIONS 10 Spotlight 12 Top Introductions 20 Earthmoving & Excavation

Cat unveils range of new BCP products

30 Concrete Construction 34 Trucks & Transportation 38 Construction Business Management

41 Compact Equipment 47 Equipment Maintenance & Management

8 Editor’s Letter 53 Industry News 54 Advertiser Index


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VIEWPOINT Looking back at 2019 trends


t’s always an interesting exercise to look back at all of the things we’ve covered in the heavy construction industry. The nature of the equipment industry seems to be that there is always something new and exciting going on, and 2019 has been no different. This issue contains our Top Introductions for the year, the product of our look back through the material that Heavy Equipment Guide has published over roughly the past ten issues. This year, like most, has brought a wide array of new entries to the industry sectors that we cover, and looking over the items that stood out for us may point to the trends that will be on display in 2020. With CONEXPO on the horizon, those trends are sure to be front and centre for heavy equipment buyers and operators. One trend I’ve seen can be encapsulated in the phrase “smaller is better.” While there’s always going to be a need for the big guns on jobsites, there is also a growing need for smaller, more capable machines that can work at the level of a bigger unit while taking up less of a footprint. Take a look at the new Doosan small excavator line, for example, designed to be easily haulable while providing the power needed for a variety of big-machine jobs. Or, consider the new Ford F-600, designed to operate in the Class 5 truck range while offering Class 6 capabilities. Vermeer’s compact pile drivers are rather unique, and quite small compared to what you might see on most pile driving jobsites, as well. That’s one area to keep an eye on moving forward. A continuing trend is how technology finds its way onto the jobsite, with an emphasis on helping machines manage the job better and allow operators to run their equipment with greater ease than before. GOMACO, for example, added new software to its three-track GT-3600 curb and gutter machine that allows it to slipform a tighter radius and ensure it’s in the right place all the way through a job. Hamm’s new split drum oscillation rollers have upped the technology quotient for compaction work and also help out roadbuilders working on tight curves. Plenty of manufacturers are adding other technological improvements, and we’re sure to see more this spring. The big area that continues to impress, though, is the growth of electromobility and electric power use on construction equipment. We highlight several manufacturers whose electric machines have made an impact even as concepts and early production machines, but there are also other examples where electricity is making a difference. Keestrack, for example, takes advantage of electrical power to reduce fuel use and costs; XL continues to add new models to its growing line of plug-in hybrid pickups, and Liebherr is introducing a foundation drill that runs on electrical power. That’s a huge step forward for a sector that continues to be busy and power-hungry. All in all, 2019 has brought us some unique and intriguing trends in equipment. CONEXPO in 2020 should bring us even more. We’re looking forward to sharing that news with all of you.

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EFFICIENT AND EASY-TO-INSTALL ENGINE Caterpillar Industrial Power Systems’ new Cat C3.6 industrial diesel engine offers 134 hp (100 kW) and meets EU Stage V / U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final nonroad emission standards. It offers 406 lb.-ft of torque at 1,500 rpm (550 Nm at 1,500 rpm). In its smaller package and compact design, the C3.6 provides a 5 percent increase in power density and 12 percent increase in torque over its predecessor, the C3.4. The new engine’s smaller package features flexible aftertreatment solutions that provide OEMs with a simplified installation process and reduced integration costs. Owning and operating costs are lower due to an overall decrease in fluid consumption, including a 6–10 percent decrease in DEF consumption when compared to the C3.4.





Manitou’s new MHT 12330 high-capacity telehandler has a 73,000-pound fork capacity and 80,000-pound lift hook capacity. It is built for precise heavy-duty material handling in demanding conditions. It is powered by a 245-hp Stage 5/Tier 4 Final Deutz engine and features a maximum lift height of 39 feet 1 inch and maximum reach of 21 feet 8 inches. It has a three-speed hydrostatic transmission with full wheel four-wheel drive; the operator can choose all wheel, crab or front wheel steering. Applications include infrastructure projects, mining, bridge construction, steel mills, oil refineries, quarries, power distribution and heavy hauling. The MHT 12330 is compatible with a wide range of attachments, including those for smaller telehandler models. Fork attachments can range in length from 6 to 12 feet, allowing this machine to handle two containers together. Manitou’s E-RECO system automatically detects when an attachment is correctly mounted and assigns the appropriate load chart. The cab features panoramic views and intuitive controls and operators use a single joystick for all boom and hydraulic functions as well as directional drive. A four-camera video system is mounted to the sides, front and rear of the machine, and operators can set restrictive zones for the boom height, outreach and hydraulic speed.

Kalmar’s new-generation forklift solution, the DCG380540, is for demanding loads of up to 54 tons. Kalmar says that its new heavy forklift offers a completely new lifting experience for heavy-duty, high-capacity forklifts, with improved lifting and lowering speeds combined with load-sensing hydraulics to ensure smooth, safe handling of even the most challenging loads. It also features built-in connectivity as standard to enable customers to take advantage of the Kalmar Insight performance management tool, which provides a clear overview of fleet operations and helps to turn data into actionable, impactful insights. Kalmar offers modular flexibility in terms of lifting capacities for different wheelbase options, providing customers with the opportunity to specify machines with greater lifting capacities on smaller wheelbases.


LIGHT TOWERS The LCV6 and LCV8 light towers feature a small-body design and vertical mast that allow for greater maneuverability, ease of transport and low operating cost. A new clamshell-style canopy is made of highly durable composite material yet is lightweight offering easy access to internal components for regular maintenance. Both light towers have a vertical mast that manually extends to 23 feet. Seventeen of these units can fit on a standard flatbed trailer. The LCV6 and LCV8 are 82 inches long and 55 inches wide with a travel position height of 101 inches. Both LCV models have a 52-gallon diesel fuel tank. The LCV6 and LCV8 have minimum runtimes of 119 hours and 97 hours respectively with four 1,050-watt metal halide lamps. Both models can be equipped with high-efficiency LED lighting for longer runtimes.


VACUUM EXCAVATOR IDEAL FOR URBAN AND RESIDENTIAL JOBSITES Ditch Witch says that its new HX30G vacuum excavator is an economical, yet powerful option on urban and residential jobsites. Built to maintain power and productivity without breaking the bank, the HX30G boasts high-profile power in a low-profile design that eases navigation in congested and height-restricted urban areas. The HX30G is powered by a 31-hp Vanguard gas engine for optimal suction power and features a 542-cfm blower, 3,000 psi-water pressure and 4.2-gpm water flow to help increase productivity on the job. Ditch Witch says that an optional jib boom provides the widest range of motion in the industry and the HX30G comes with a hose restraint to keep the hose from jumping during operation. It is also equipped with a hose storage system that allows the hose to be stored and straight inside the unit frame when it isn’t needed – a customer-driven enhancement. Maintaining versatility, the HX30G can be equipped with a choice of a 500- or 800-gallon tank, and a variety of trailer configurations – including the new Ditch Witch VT9 trailer. 10




SMALL SITE PAVER Bomag’s BF 200 cart path and small construction site paver is available for the first time in North America. At 13,228 pounds (6,000 kg) operating weight and 51-inch (1,295-mm) transport width, this paver can be transported to jobsites on a trailer. The paver’s narrow 44-inch (1,118-mm) track width fits in the cut of a 4-foot (1.2-m) cold planer to boost efficiency of mill-and-fill applications. The hydraulically extendable electric screed offers base paving widths ranging from 3.6 feet (1.1 m) to 6.6 feet (2 m). Manual screed extensions feature Quick Coupling technology with a locking wedge-and-socket design to quickly extend paving widths to 11.2 feet (3.4 m). Available reduction skids allow contractors to pave as narrow as 1.3 feet (0.41 m) wide, significantly increasing the paver’s flexibility. This paver is powered by a 74-hp diesel engine and has a 5-ton hopper capacity, a two-level operator platform, single operator capability and automatic steering radius capability. Bomag Magmalife technology on this paver heats the screed up to paving temperatures in approximately 20 minutes. Optional hydraulically unfolding hopper wings deliver convenient loading with an end loader. For milland-fill paving, the hopper’s 118-inch (3,000-mm) width accommodates truck loading, while the paver offers the traction and power required to push the truck.



EARN UP TO $80 AN HOUR MORE WITH THE ALL-NEW 850L DOZER. By moving 30% more cubic yards per hour than its leading competitor in a grading application, the new 850L can add four, crisp twenty-dollar bills to your revenue line every hour.* Add in longer, 4,000-hour hydraulic and transmission oil change intervals, and it’s easy to see why the 850L is a more profitable way to Run Your World.

BIGGEST GENERATOR IN ATLAS COPCO LINEUP The QAS 625 is the largest mobile generator in Atlas Copco’s lineup. With a power rating of 625 kVA/500 kW prime power, this fuel-efficient unit is compact and lightweight. Equipped with a Volvo Penta 16.1-litre, 6-cylinder Tier 4 Final diesel engine, this generator runs at 724 hp. The Volvo engine features an SCR exhaust aftertreatment system and the unit requires less than two hours of service for every 500-hour service interval. Atlas Copco says that the motor starting capability is outstanding thanks to the AREP alternator excitation system. This provides 300 percent overcurrent starting capabilities coupled to the engine’s capacity to stand a 100 percent load step. For applications running generators in parallel, Atlas Copco’s Power Management System (PMS) optimizes the load level on every generator. The QAS 625 generator can be linked up to 32 generators in parallel. Standard external fuel tank connections and dual fuel filters provide the ability to run extended periods without interruption in service. The internal 700-gallon fuel tank runs 27 hours. Camlocks and a battery charger come standard. A voltage selector switch provides simple voltage changes within seconds.

*Based on internal test results assuming $270 CAD/hour dirt-work revenue with 850L LGP Dozer with PAT blade and 30-inch (762 mm) tracks versus Cat D6T LGP VPAT with 4-speed transmission and 31-inch (790 mm) tracks.

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OUR PICKS FOR THE MOST EXCITING PRODUCTS TO ENTER THE MARKET IN 2019 HAMM SPLIT DRUM OSCILLATION Hamm shook up its roller offerings at bauma 2019 when it introduced new machines with split oscillation drums. Split drums are in demand for compacting on curves, so Hamm has designed drums with independent oscillation units in each half. Integrated controls help ensure the drum halves always vibrate synchronously. To complement this, Hamm has also developed the Compaction Meter VIO. A two-axle accelerometer and new, improved software provide the HMV value in accordance with a patented process. This corresponds to the compaction achieved, and is shown on the display on the operator’s platform.


ZEAL MOTOR’S FAT TRUCK King of the swamp, master of mud, hill-climbing hero, the Fat Truck is the first in a series of industrial off-road utility vehicles that transport personnel and materials in difficult terrains. The Fat Truck can transport up to eight people and is ROPS-certified, amphibious, has ultra-low ground pressure and offers 360 degrees of visibility. It is powered by a CAT Tier 4 engine and has an automatic Danfoss transmission. The Fat Truck has intuitive proportional joystick drive and can be driven from either the left or right side.


LIEBHERR ELECTRIC DRILL RIG Liebherr’s LB 16 Unplugged is a deep-foundation machine powered by an alternative drive. This battery-powered drill rig produces zero emissions and minimal noise – which make it ideal for urban projects. The battery lasts 10 hours and can be charged overnight; Liebherr says that performance is equal to the conventional version. Operating weight is 55 tonnes and max torque is 180 kNm. Max drilling depth is 34.5 m and max diameter is 1,500 mm.

INTERNATIONAL CV SERIES After a hiatus from building trucks in the smaller size range, International stepped back into the heavy-duty chassis cab market with the release of the CV Series. A Class 4/5 truck, the CV benefits from being designed, distributed and supported by a commercial vehicle manufacturer. It comes with commercial-grade parts like a gear-driven transfer case, high-strength and low-alloy steel frame rail, and more. It also includes a commercial-style forward-tilting hood for easy engine access and the hefty 6.6-litre 350-hp International engine with 700 feet of torque, paired with Allison transmissions.

Doosan dug into the lighter end of the excavator equation with the addition of its new DX170LC-5 this year. A 17-metric-ton model, it’s designed to slip in under the 80,000-pound GVWR to make for easier transportation. Targeted to light excavation work like basements or footings, this excavator offers many of the features of larger machines in an easier to manage package. Four power modes – Power+, Power, Standard and Economy – and four work modes – digging, breaker, shear and lifting – help match the machine to the application at hand and manage fuel economy where needed.


2019 TOP INTRODUCTIONS FORD F-600 SUPER DUTY CHASSIS CAB A surprise release at the 2019 Work Truck Show, the F-600 is a designedfrom-scratch medium-duty truck aimed at bridging a size gap between small and large chassis cabs. Ford targeted a truck with the capability of a Class 6 vehicle while keeping it in the Class 5 size range. Customers are able to haul a payload that includes all of the tools they need on the jobsite in a smaller overall vehicle. Ford achieved this using upgraded chassis and driveline parts, higher-weight-rated tires and wheels and other tweaks allowing it to reach that higher GVWR. Orders will be opened in early 2020.

GENIE XC BOOMS With ANSI and CSA standards fully coming into effect this winter, Genie’s XC ANSI/CSA-ready lineup is expanding to meet those needs. The newest models, the S-40 XC and S-45 XC booms, feature dual-lift capacity of 660 pounds (300 kg) unrestricted and 1,000 pounds (454 kg) restricted. New features in these XC machines include load sensing that continuously checks the weight in the basket and limits operation to match the load chart and a chassis tilt sensor that automatically cuts certain machine functions if the tilt activation setting is reached.

WACKER NEUSON DUALVIEW SITE DUMPERS Operators always have a full view of the jobsite in these new dumpers from Wacker Neuson. While unloading, the operator looks in the direction of the skip, and then before driving, the operator swivels the seat and console to face the driving direction. Benefits include efficiency, safety and convenience, and all main functions rotate with the seat. Six-ton, nine-ton and ten-ton models are available, and all models can be configured with either a canopy or a cab.

TRUVAC VACUUM EXCAVATION More of a re-introduction, the launch of TRUVAC as a standalone brand of premium vacuum excavator trucks is aimed at expanding options for owners who want to take advantage of these versatile machines. Still manufactured by Vactor, the product line includes the Paradigm sub-compact vacuum excavator, the Prodigy, which offers power and performance in a smaller footprint, and the HXX full-sized series of excavators. Vacuum excavators are growing in popularity as more and more utilities are built and buried in urban areas, requiring more precise methods of excavation to locate, repair and replace.





WIRTGEN TRACKED COLD RECYCLER There’s been tremendous growth in interest for cold asphalt recycling, and tracked cold recyclers like Wirtgen’s W 380 CRi are at the forefront of this revolution. This new machine offers working widths of 3,200, 3,500 and 3,800 mm, and can cut from 100 to 300 mm deep. It granulates the material being removed, adds binding agents, and produces a new, homogeneous material that – with a mixing capacity of up to 800 tons per hour – can be moved to a Vögele paver through a swivel-mounted, height-adjustable discharge conveyor at the rear of the machine. That versatility makes it possible to pave long stretches of road in a day’s work.

KUBOTA COMPACT TRACK LOADER Kubota’s latest track loader treads lightly with rated operating capacity of 2,100 pounds at a 35 percent lift or 3,000 pounds at a 50 percent lift. The 68-hp SVL65-2 is the lightest-weight model in Kubota’s compact track loader lineup, positioning the machine as an ideal choice for smaller workspaces in construction and landscaping applications.

VOLVO EXCAVATOR Not too big, not too small – the EC200E brings Volvo Construction Equipment customers a new option in the 20-ton class, a class size that the company has not occupied previously in the North American market. Designed for light- to mediumduty, the EC200E is small enough for transportation without additional permits, and features an attachment management system allowing presets for up to 20 attachments. It’s also equipped for quick couplers and offers auto idling, auto engine shutdown and ECO mode for increased fuel efficiency. Integrated work modes include engine rpm and hydraulic flow on a single dial for easy power and controllability balancing.

It has been an electrifying year on the compact excavator front with several major OEMs moving closer to delivering emission-free, lownoise options while matching the diesel-powered performance that customers expect. Driven significantly by the expansion of requirements to reduce emissions and noise levels in cities around the world, 2019 saw a big leap forward in electric equipment options and we expect that trend to continue in 2020. Volvo Construction Equipment Volvo unveiled production-ready models of its first electric excavator, the ECR25, and electric wheel loader, the L25, which some customers are already using. These machines will be widely available in 2020. “The ECR25 and L25 are revolutionary machines that demonstrate Volvo CE’s commitment to future technology,” said Scott Young, director of Electromobility and Automation. “As the machines are electric, no particulate matter, nitrogen oxide or carbon dioxide are released into the environment. This, together with the fact that they have extremely low noise levels, makes them ideal for use in cities and densely populated areas.” These models lead off a full line of electric compact equipment; Volvo has announced that it will no longer develop new diesel-powered models in the compact category. The electric range will cover the EC15 to EC27 for excavators and the L20 to L28 for wheel loaders. “Unveiling our first commercial electric machines marks a significant moment in Volvo CE’s journey toward building a more sustainable future,” said Melker Jernberg, president of Volvo CE. “The electrification of construction equipment will produce cleaner, quieter and more efficient machines – this represents the future of our industry.” Hyundai and Cummins Hyundai and Cummins are collaborating on an electric excavator prototype which the companies unveiled at ICUEE. Electric vehicles have been rapidly expanding in market share, while at the same time electrification of commercial power systems are being pursued as environmentally friendly and economically sustainable solutions for construction equipment, according to D.S. Kim, HCE senior executive vice president & CTO. “HCE anticipates mini excavators, which operate in urban workplaces close to residential areas, will be a prime candidate to electrify to meet zero-emission and low-noise requirements in the near future.” “This electric-powered mini excavator is an exciting celebration of the future of electrified construction equipment – combining the strengths of HCE’s versatile excavator with Cummins’ lithium-ion battery solutions and machine integration expertise,” said Julie Furber, Cummins’ executive director – Electrified Power. The 3.5-ton prototype can work eight hours and charging time is less than three hours. It is powered by Cummins BM4.4E flexible battery modules. This excavator is still in the testing phase and is not commercially available. JCB JCB’s first electric excavator is now commercially available in North America. The 19C-1E is a 2-ton model designed for construction and excavation applications in enclosed or urban jobsites. JCB says that it offers the same power as its diesel-powered counterpart. The power source is three lithium-ion batteries and it can run a full day on a single charge. Additional battery options allow for increased power capacity and a longer runtime. Charge time is eight hours and a two-hour fast charge option is available. “Increasing urbanization, environmental sensitivity and safety awareness is driving demand for zero-emissions machines that perform as well as diesel equipment,” said Chris Lucas, product manager for compact excavators at JCB North America. “The 19C-1E shows that JCB is again leading the way; we’re merging more than seventy years of experience building the world’s toughest construction machines with the latest electric technology to build the machines today’s customers need.”


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2019 TOP INTRODUCTIONS CATERPILLAR LOADERS WITH SMART ATTACHMENTS The adage work smarter not harder applies to Caterpillar’s new D3 series skid-steer and compact track loaders. The line includes 16 models and Caterpillar has focused on its attachment solutions that make these machines ready to take on a variety of applications. New Smart Attachments technology on these loaders automatically sets machine controls to the needs of the attachment. This range of loaders includes highperformance XE models for the most demanding applications and a land management version of the 299D3 XE model.

TOPCON AUTOMATED SYSTEM FOR EXCAVATORS Automated excavator operation has become more popular recently, and Topcon has brought forward its own 3D aftermarket approach. The X-53x uses the same components as the original system, but adds hydraulic, automated control of depth and bucket angle. Fingertip operation allows the system to dig to grade in flat, stepped or sloped applications with reduced operator fatigue. Calibration uses a total station that talks to the system wirelessly, removing the need to type in manual values. Upgrading from 2D and 3D systems to fully automatic is easy.

PRINOTH PANTHER The Panther T7R is clawing out some new space for Prinoth in the tracked carrier market with new design and engineering from the ground up. Lower cost of ownership pairs with power and capability in this new machine, which also boasts speed that Prinoth says will leave the rest of the industry in the dust; all in all, the company says this machine will give users a 31 percent boost in overall productivity. At under 2.5 metres in width, the T7R is designed to make transportation easier, and its fuel economy allows for a full day’s work without refuelling.

WESTERN STAR VOCATIONAL TRUCK Already known as a workhorse in the industry, the 4700 from Western Star had new enhancements presented at World of Concrete 2019 targeting more productivity, easier upfitting and added safety, among other things. Owners can spec the new lightweight Cummins X12 engine, which cuts up to 600 pounds – meaning more carrying capacity. Front- and rear-engine PTO offerings add more options for upfitting, as well. Western Star now offers the Detroit DT12 automated manual transmission, as well; this offers creep mode, hill start aid and other features that provide a smoother ride while reducing driver fatigue.


SOMERO SKY SCREED Somero is rising to the occasion with its Sky Screed 25, which the company says is the world’s first knuckle boom laser screed machine to allow screeding on high-rises or slab-on-grade applications. An articulating knuckle boom provides versatility, the lower frame is held by three stabilizers while the upper frame and screed head can rotate 360 degrees, allowing it to screed around columns and other obstacles. An augerless screed head allows screeding in any direction, and a powerful vibrator motor consolidates the concrete. 16



The atmosphere was electric at bauma 2019 as Keestrack introduced its new flagship jaw crusher model, the B7e. A 700tph machine, the plant is only available as a plug-in hybrid. The crusher is driven by a 132-kW electric motor, while a 55-kW motor provides power for the hydraulics on the tracks, lifting cylinders, vibrating feeder with two-deck pre-screening and conveyors. A 285-kW Volvo diesel engine and 330-kVA generator deliver power; the engine can be detached and set clear of the machine. In plug-in operation, run from mains or external gensets, the B7e saves up to 80 percent in energy costs, Keestrack says.

TAKEUCHI COMPACT EXCAVATOR Takeuchi introduced a 5-ton excavator emphasizing this machine as an attachment platform. The primary auxiliary circuit on the TB250-2 delivers 24.2 gpm for a variety of hydraulically driven attachments and its long arm with integrated thumb mount can dig to a depth of 12 feet 4.8 inches. Takeuchi’s telematics system comes standard and the company says that the operator will be more productive and more comfortable in the spacious cabin.


MECALAC SWING LOADERS Mecalac put on a show of its new swing loaders’ multitasking prowess at bauma this year – these loaders can simultaneously drive, maneuver and pivot, which the company says is the key to their productivity. Mecalac swing loaders have a onepiece frame, three steering modes and a 180-degree swivel arm. They can perform a complete rotation on a footprint that is 20 percent smaller than that of a conventional loader. Mecalac says that a conventional loader needs 10 metres of footprint to load a truck, while its swing loaders only need 5 metres.

Snorkel’s two new lithium-ionpowered Speed Level sigma boom lift models deliver quiet, emission-free operation. A variety of battery configurations are available including a highcapacity pack to take these machines long-distance and to tunnel work. Snorkel says that these models are 60 percent quieter than their diesel equivalents and they can be fully charged in under six hours. Maximum platform height is 8 metres on the SL26RTE and 9 metres on the SL30RTE.

MANTOVANIBENNE COMBI CUTTER If an attachment can qualify as a celebrity, the Mantovanibenne CC65R combi cutter might fit the bill. This attachment designed for large-scale demolition is used by Priestly Demolition on their TV show Salvage Kings and had a starring role in the demolition of the old Toronto SickKids building. The design combines features of both crushers and shears. The crusher features powerful cylinders and a twin pin system that contributes to breaking and cutting force. The jaws incorporate sharp shearshaped blades for a clean, controlled cut. The speed valve on this combi crusher reduces the opening and closing time significantly helping to boost productivity.


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2019 TOP INTRODUCTIONS JOHN DEERE DOZER For pushing dirt – lots of it – the John Deere 850L dozer offers plenty of pushing power in a new, heftier package that follows on from the company’s popular K-Series. With 225 hp, a 10 percent boost from the previous model, the 850L has what Deere says is the highest horsepower in its size class. At the same time, the Eco mode feature cuts fuel consumption by 20 percent without cutting performance. The dozer is available with a 172-inch Power Angle Tilt blade, which adds to the machine’s performance capabilities. An eight-roller design with 130 inches of track on ground boosts productivity, stability and gradeability.

BOBCAT’S LARGEST EXCAVATOR EVER The E145 is a 14-metric-ton beast – a significant introduction from Bobcat that takes the company closer to offering a mid-size-class machine. This excavator has a turbocharged non-DPF engine, which Bobcat says provides consistently high torque levels, regardless of elevation. This excavator’s heavy digging and lifting capability are designed for commercial and residential building sites, underground utility applications, and road and bridge projects. The E145 has four selectable power modes and can be equipped with a dozer blade.

MANITOU STRAIGHT-BOOM MEWPS Manitou first introduced MEWPs to North America in 2018 and in 2019 upped its offering by introducing four new ANSI/CSA-ready straight-boom models. These booms range in lift height from 64 feet 9 inches to 84 feet 6 inches and have a front oscillating axle. Features include smooth platform operation, three steering modes and the ability to make four simultaneous movements. A Kubota 49.6-hp diesel engine powers all four models.


CASE VIBRATORY ROLLERS Case rolled out a new series of small-frame vibratory rollers for small- to mid-size paving applications. The new models include both double-drum and combination roller configurations and are ideal for applications such as tight quarters, curbs, structures and where the operator must work around other obstacles. These rollers have selectable dual frequencies (3,480/3,960 VPM), drums can be offset, and the workstation is adjustable to give the operator a clear view to the drums.




Skyjack reached new heights in the scissor category when it introduced its largest rough-terrain scissor lift ever this year; the SJ9253 RT has a working height of 59 feet (17.98 m) and is the first model in Skyjack’s new range of RT scissors. The company intends to launch an even larger model, the SJ9263 RT, with a working height of 69 feet (21.03 m) by the end of 2019. These scissors were designed to meet new ANSI/CSA standards.

JCB TRACKED BACKHOE KOBELCO EXCAVATORS Kobelco kicked off the newest generation of its SR Series excavators with the release of the SK75SR-7 and SK85CS-7 mid-size machines. The company says these machines offer full-size benefits with short rear swing capabilities. Compared to previous models, these two machines offer a 37 percent increase in digging speed, and reduce cycle times by around 15 percent. A new Tier 4 Final engine bumps power output up by around 28 percent to ensure superior productivity and efficiency. Enhanced multi-function capabilities include an attachment selection system with adjustable flow-rate presets, allowing operators to quickly change between tools.

JCB’s 1CXT is the only backhoe making tracks in North America. Ideal for rental, utility, landscaping and construction applications, the 1CXT has a small footprint at less than 6 feet wide and 12 feet long that gets it into tight jobsites inaccessible to conventional backhoes. The 1CXT’s universal quick hitch is compatible with skid-steer attachments and this machine offers 24.6 gpm (100 l/min) hydraulic flow capable of powering high-flow attachments. Transport weight is under 9,600 pounds and loader bucket breakout force is up to 5,180 lbf (2,350 kgf) and maximum dig depth is 10 feet 1 inch (3.08 m).


KOMATSU MOTOR GRADER Komatsu put its best effort into allowing operators to use less effort when running its new GD655-7 motor grader, offering a new, ergonomic working environment and spacious cab. The machine features a slightly smaller “right-sized” steering wheel for more visibility and operator room, making roading easier. A new steering lever allows the operator to keep their hands on the low-effort work equipment levers and still make small steering adjustments. Multiposition armrests and consoles with power raise/lower make adjustments for operator comfort easier.

GOMACO CURB AND GUTTER MACHINE GOMACO brought enthusiasm to curbing at World of Concrete, showing off the Xtreme package on its GT3600 three-track curb and gutter machine. The new features add G+ radius software with slew drives, smart-sensored hydraulics and intelligence to the first three-track machine to slipform a 24-inch radius. Rotary-sensored slew drives, sensored all-track steering and positioning and smart hydraulic sensors allow the machine’s tracks to rotate further than ever before, all while keeping track of the exact position for fine steering adjustments.

Vermeer’s PD5 and PD5R pile drivers are compact, lightweight machines designed for efficient operation and easy transportation. These pile drivers are ideal for smaller solar installation projects, congested jobsites and civil fencing and guardrail installation applications. Both are powered by a 49-hp CAT engine. The PD5R features a full-function wireless remote control. An optional laser receiver or third-party GPS system can be used with these drivers to ensure accurate installation.

XL PLUG-IN FORD F-250 SUPER DUTY Hybrid electric vehicles are growing more popular, and XL is helping that along with its plug-in pickups. The company introduced its PHEV Ford F-250 Super Duty at the NTEA Work Truck Show. The XLP F-250 will, according to the company, provide up to a 50 percent improvement in miles per gallon while cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 33 percent during normal operation. Packing a high-voltage lithium-ion battery compatible with Level 1 and 2 charging stations, the truck also charges using regenerative braking, with that energy put back into the drivetrain through an electric motor that helps cut fuel consumption, emissions and brake wear. NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2019

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DIGGING IN WITH FAMILY Two generations at Kang Construction depend on Hitachi machines as fleet workhorses

By Caroline Schweitzer


erlin Kang didn’t always know he wanted to go into the construction industry. Born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, he was exposed to the energy and opportunity that comes with living in a growing, evolving city. Ferlin knew he could pursue different paths in life, but he also knew how unique it was to have the opportunity to carry on his father’s business as a first-generation Canadian. “My father had humble beginnings, immigrating from Asia. He had been in construction since the 1960s before starting Kang Construction Ltd. in 1982 in Calgary,” Ferlin said. “When I was in my teen years, I started working with the company and thought there was no way I’d be doing this.” But for Ferlin, the opportunity to carry on the family business was something he grew interested in, and soon began to enjoy. “My father came here, established himself, started a business and became an entrepreneur. Being able to grow the business to this point is not something to take lightly,” Ferlin said. “I didn’t want that legacy to go away.” And that legacy will remain intact. Ferlin is now the vice president of the 60-employee Kang Construction, as his father, Alvin, gradually steps back.



Long history with Hitachi

Initially, Kang Construction began carving out a niche in the petroleum industry. Due to an industry need for excavation, Kang Construction purchased its first excavator in early 1988: a Hitachi EX200LC. It was the first excavator of its kind to operate in Alberta. “For us, the Hitachi brand loyalty reaches all the way back to our

beginnings as a company when we first purchased our EX200,” Ferlin said. “Hitachi’s always been known for manufacturing heavy equipment that is tried, tested and true. They’re very reputable and providing the right equipment for the right job is always very important to us.” The EX200 wasn’t the only first for this company. In December 2018, Kang Construction was also the first

company in Alberta to purchase the ZX345USLC-6. “Our fleet of Hitachi excavators ranges from a 470, which is our largest, to the 225, 160, 135, 85, all the way down to the minis. We also have a 350 that has a long-reach telescopic boom mounted to it for deep excavations, or we can change it to a 60foot long-reach boom,” Ferlin said. “Just from our fleet, you can see the

Ferlin Kang and his father Alvin lead a staff of 60 at Calgary-based Kang Construction.


“We’ve always been aggressive, ever since our small beginnings. But I couldn’t have envisioned us being involved on the types of jobs we’re working today, 15 years ago.”

“Breakdowns or reliability issues are critical in our business. I find that for us, Hitachi works.” For their Hitachi equipment needs, Kang Construction turns to Wajax, one of Canada’s longest standing and most diversified industrial products and services providers. “Our dealer support from Wajax has been fantastic. We’re able to get anything we need from them quickly to keep us up and running,” Ferlin said. Along with contributing to the bottom line, Hitachi excavators are a favourite among Kang Construction operators, too.

“Getting a new piece of equipment is always like Christmas to everybody,” Ferlin said. “They love the 345. They find that being inside the machine, it’s quite roomy. They’re not crunched like they are in some other machines.”

The future of Kang

Ferlin has hopes that the company will continue to grow in Calgary, a city he describes as “opportunistic.” And he is grateful for the growth Kang Construction has seen thus far. “We’ve always been aggressive, ever since our small beginnings. But

I couldn’t have envisioned us being involved on the types of jobs we’re working today, 15 years ago,” Ferlin said. “We are excited to see the legacy continue for our company.” As for the company’s culture, Ferlin plans on keeping a family mentality at the core. “I think in our current society, sometimes family might be overlooked. Family is very important to me and has always been,” he said. “We always try to treat our company and employees like family, and I don’t see that changing in the future.”

Ferlin Kang versatility that Hitachi equipment provides.” While Kang Construction began with a niche in the petroleum industry, they have since grown drastically. Their growing fleet is a result of growing services. “We started to go more into the earthwork side of things and away from the petroleum side toward the 2000s,” Ferlin said. “We got into more detail and mass excavations for commercial, retail and industrial projects.”

Tackling high-profile jobs

Soon, Kang Construction expanded to offer installation of water and sewer underground utilities to their projects. This is where the 345’s versatility really shined. “With the inner-city jobsites, we deal with some tighter areas,” Ferlin said. “Accessibility of the 345 is definitely a positive.” As it has grown, Kang Construction has tackled larger, high-profile jobs within the area. Recently the company has been working at the Foothills Hospital Calgary Cancer Centre connector, providing earthworks, and water and sewer utilities to the project. “The 345 worked out really well for this project in the sense that we have a new Tier 4 engine in there, which just gives minimal emissions,” Ferlin said. “A new machine like the 345 is perfect when working near a sensitive hospital environment.” Another advantage of the 345 is the power it brings to tight spaces as a reduced-tail-swing model. “The fact that it’s a reduced-tailswing and has power, that’s just an added bonus,” Ferlin said. “It’s perfect for our fleet.” If Ferlin had to choose one word that is most important to Kang Construction, it would be “productivity.” As technology advances and the needs of their clients become more stringent, he has to rely on equipment that can deliver. “If equipment works efficiently and safely, that’s paramount,” Ferlin said.

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Brandt Equipment Solutions meets unique customer needs with specialized builds By Kaitlyn Till, Managing Editor


onstruction equipment is used for so many applications that machines coming off the assembly line can’t be perfectly matched to every need an end user might have. To succeed, contractors need the best tool to get the job done productively and safely – but sometimes that ideal tool is hard to find. That’s where Brandt Equipment Solutions (BES) steps in. BES tailors equipment to customers’ unique needs and applications. The company makes custom material-handling attachments such as buckets, thumbs and couplers – both hydraulic and manual – as well as guarding to modify John Deere machines for specialized environments. BES also does machine conversions for some applications that John Deere does not otherwise offer a standard solution for. “Our Hard To The Core product lineup is designed to be the toughest, most innovative and hard-working array of attachment, guarding and task-specific wholegoods solutions on earth,” said Neil Marcotte, senior VP of sales – Manufactured Products, Brandt. “And, we’ll even take standard construction equipment and re-engineer it to function more effectively in certain circumstances and certain environments.” According to Marcotte, BES guarding packages are used in applications such as oil and gas, forestry, waste management, and on equipment that is going to be used in forested areas or any other application where additional safety measures are needed for the operator or additional protective measures are needed for the equipment. When it comes to material-handling attachments such as buckets, BES offers solutions that are tailored specifically to the excavator or chassis that the attachment will be fitted to, optimizing the equipment for the customer’s application.

The development process

Brandt Equipment Solutions takes two different approaches to creating custom attachments for its customers. The first approach is to look proactively at the needs of an industry – Marcotte called this a forward-thinking approach to solving customer prob22


lems. This approach involves bringing in a customer advisory group. “We work hard to understand the needs that our customers have in specific areas,” said Marcotte. “It could be construction, pipeline, forestry, or any of the other industries they work in. We do a lot of research and then assemble some experts – operators, maintainers and decision-makers – on equipment purchases, bring them into a room and ask them a whole bunch of questions. “We draw up some potential solutions for them and then we bring them back in a room and before we build anything we say, ‘This is what we think we heard you say. Does this [solution] hit the target?’” BES takes the feedback and makes any necessary adjustments before building the equipment. In the final stage BES shows the end product to the advisory group and gets their feedback. The second approach is utilized when an individual customer needs a truly unique attachment that is not a piece of equipment that Brandt has in its inventory. According to Marcotte, BES works with the customer to assess their needs by asking questions about the application, such as the types of material that need to be moved, or task-specific requirements for guarding. BES then documents the customer’s needs and confirms with the customer that the issue is correctly understood. BES designs a potential solution and, if approved, makes and delivers that solution to the customer. BES manufactures these products at its facilities in Regina and Saskatoon and then provides ongoing full life cycle support to customers. In the field, this support is delivered by territory managers and application engineers while Brandt’s customer service department is equipped to manage all technical questions that come to the call centre.

drive in rough terrain; Deere’s wheel loader chassis is a great platform for that,” said Marcotte. “We’ve designed, modified, and certified these wheel loaders as forklifts. [Certifying] is another important step in the safety process.” While the attachments and conversions are all done by Brandt, the company works closely with John Deere’s engineering departments to ensure that machines are engineered to handle the modifications. “In addition, we want to make sure that the piece of equipment looks like it came from an OEM,” said Marcotte. “With the best-quality engineering, with the t’s crossed and the i’s dotted to ensure a high-quality, safe product.” HEG

Machine conversion

Brandt Equipment Solutions also does machine conversions; these conversions allow Brandt to offer specialized types of equipment that John Deere doesn’t manufacture, such as dozer-based pipelayers and wheel-loader-based rough-terrain forklifts. “For example, John Deere doesn’t make a forklift and we have customers that need a forklift that can


Top: A John Deere excavator and John Deere dozer outfitted with BES guarding. Middle: A BES bucket on a John Deere wheel loader. Above: BES converts the John Deere wheel loader chassis into a rough-terrain forklift.

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INTEGRATED TECHNOLOGIES DELIVER PREMIUM EXCAVATING PERFORMANCE The Cat 326 offers efficiency boosts of up to 45 percent over previous models


he new Cat 326 excavator delivers premium performance with integrated simple-to-use technologies boosting efficiencies up to 45 percent over previous models. This 26-tonclass model delivers improved fuel savings, lower maintenance costs and improved operator comfort with all-new cab designs. The new excavator offers high reliability at a low cost-per-hour performance. Key to the design of the new Cat 326 is operating simplicity. From remote start using a Bluetooth key fob or the unique Operator ID function to operator-specific programming of power mode and joystick preferences, the excavator is easier to operate than ever before. The machine’s 8-inch (203-mm) high-resolution touchscreen monitor delivers intuitive navigation through the menus and includes a digital version of the operator’s manual. Meeting the most stringent emissions standards, the field-proven Cat 7.1 engine efficiently powers the new excavator with up to 15 percent lower fuel consumption compared to the F Series. The new Cat model features three selectable power modes and one-touch low idle with automatic engine speed control. It also boasts a standard high-ambient temperature operating capacity of 125 degrees Fahrenheit (52 degrees Celsius) and standard cold start capacity of 0 degrees F (-18 degrees C).

High digging and lifting performance

The advanced hydraulic system of the Cat 326 provides the optimum balance of power and efficiency, while giving the operator complete control of excavating precision. The machine’s 12 percent improvement in swing torque makes the machine easier to swing, especially on inclines with fully loaded buckets. SMART-mode operation automatically matches engine speed and hydraulic power to digging conditions, while offering an additional 5 percent fuel 24


savings without impacting productivity. Optional Smartboom allows the boom to lower freely without using pump flow, therefore saving fuel. It can also be used when hammering to apply just the right amount of down force. Advansys bucket tips are quickly changed with a lug wrench versus a hammer or special tool to improve safety. The versatile excavator features auxiliary hydraulic options for using a wide range of Cat attachments.

Technology drives efficiency

A host of standard, simple-to-use Caterpillar technologies integrated into the new 326 excavator improves operating efficiency to lower operator fatigue and improve machine productivity. Standard Cat Grade with 2D system allows operators to reach desired grade quickly and accurately by guiding depth, slope and horizontal distance grade. Contractors can upgrade the standard 2D system to Cat Grade with Advanced 2D or 3D to fit application needs. Standard Grade Assist allows operators to effortlessly stay on grade with the use of a single lever, while Bucket Assist automatically maintains the angle in sloping, levelling, fine grading and trenching applications. Innovative Swing Assist automatically stops excavator swing at predefined set points for truck loading and trenching to reduce effort and fuel consumption. Achieving precise load targets is simpler than ever with the standard Cat Payload on-board weighing system. Payload increases loading efficiency by providing on-the-go weighing and real-time estimates of the bucket’s payload, helping the operator to avoid truck under/over loading. VisionLink allows companies to remotely manage production targets through data gathered by Payload and offers the ability to download production data to a USB stick.


Ultimate comfort and safety

All new cab designs for the Cat 326 feature advanced viscous mounts to reduce cab vibration up to 50 percent over previous models, significantly reducing operator fatigue. Contractors have a choice of Comfort, Deluxe and Premium cabs – all with automatic climate control – and the tilt-up console standard on Deluxe and Premium designs improves cab entry/exit by 45 percent. Bluetooth compatibility with the standard radio offers the ability to connect personal devices and make hands-free calls. Small cab pillars, large panoramic windows and a new lower profile right-hand-side fuel tank, deliver exceptional visibility into the trench, in each swing direction and to the rear of the machine. Standard rearview and right-view cameras further enhance visibility and safety while operating the 326 excavator and can be upgraded to offer 360-degree visibility. Anti-skid punch plate prevents slipping when accessing the machine’s new right service platform. A ground-level shut-off switch prevents accidental restarts while servicing the machine. The Cat 326 Next Gen excavator boasts up to 20 percent lower maintenance costs than the 326F. All daily maintenance checks are quickly and safely performed at ground-level, including a ground-level dipstick to easily check the engine oil. Operators conveniently monitor filter life and maintenance intervals via the in-cab monitor. All fuel filters have a synchronized, 1,000-hour change interval, doubling the filter life of the 326F. The 326 Next Gen’s air intake filter with precleaner delivers up to a 1,000-hour life, a 100 percent increase over previous filters. Improved hydraulic filter performance combined with anti-drain values to keep the oil clean during filter replacement result in a 3,000-hour filter replacement interval, 50 percent longer than previous designs.

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Dozing logic system makes operation easier for all skill levels By Lee Toop, Editor


hen Komatsu launched its Proactive Dozing Control system in mid-2019, the company touted the new machine control approach as a revolutionary change for operators of all skills. As part of the company’s Intelligent Machine Control philosophy, Proactive Dozing has begun to make its way onto jobsites as the system becomes commercially available. Canadian Komatsu dealer SMS Equipment has been preparing to bring the Proactive Dozing system to its customers by sending James Barr, the company’s Smart Construction technology trainer, to Komatsu’s facilities where he had the opportunity to learn the system firsthand. With that experience, Barr will be able to demonstrate the system to Canadian dozer owners moving forward. Barr, a mechanic for 17 years and trainer for six, has visited Komatsu dozens of times regarding new machines, control systems and other updates. He described his hands-on experience with the new system as a huge leap in grade control. “What makes it unique is that it learns the terrain with every pass, and that helps enable the machine to effectively move through the jobsite – I think for the end user this matters, because every pass counts at that point,” Barr described. “Compared to what the previous dozing control logic was, it’s a huge change – it made it easier to work around the whole jobsite – all I had to do was focus on the direction the machine was going, and that was it. I 26


let the blade control and dozer control handle everything else. There was a lot of trust there – it was quite impressive.” Proactive Dozing Control uses Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) positioning and an inertial management unit that allows the machine to calculate its precise position on the jobsite at any particular time. Connected into the dozer’s hydraulics and engine controllers and using sensors linked into the cylinders, the system can calculate the precise position of the blade in relation to the machine’s body; using the built-in control logic, the surrounding ground is measured and the system can determine what work has been done on the area being graded. With that information, the dozer can recognize the changes that have been made, compare it to the input plans, and automatically adjust the blade to do what is needed – whether that’s spreading material in one place or cutting somewhere else.

Finding the “wow” factor

For Barr, the machine’s ability to pick out what has been done and what needs to happen to reach the proper grade was a “wow” moment. “The ability for the machine to measure existing ground conditions is such a critical part – before the machine knew what the jobsite was supposed to look like, but now as you drive around the site, the machine not only knows what it’s supposed to look like when you’re done, but also what the existing ground condition is,” he described. As an experienced dozer operator, Barr said the benefits to the operator


“It learns the terrain with every pass, and that helps enable the machine to effectively move through the jobsite – I think for the end user this matters, because every pass counts at that point.” James Barr are efficiency improvements and more comfort as the job progresses. “It’s another tool in my toolbox – a feature that when you start to use it, you build trust with the machine and feel that the machine knows what it needs to do before you get there. I don’t have to worry about overcutting, I always know the machine has my back,” he said. Proactive Dozing Control logic also means that less experienced and knowledgeable operators can perform the job at a higher skill level. For Jacen Cowick, SMS Smart Construction manager, that was evident when he got the opportunity to try the system out. “When I was in the yard and James was teaching me, it was a little bit like muscle memory – the machine, when it went over the ground, was able to remember everything, all the contours and everything it was doing. Then on the second pass, it was able to remember that and make adjustments,” Cowick described. “The ‘aha’ moment for me was when James made me drive around and the machine began to understand the lay of the land – I realized that you could use this feature in all aspects of the job, from beginning

right to the end, from stripping to filling. The value was there in all areas.”

Free update for existing owners

SMS has been working to ensure that its team is trained and knowledgeable on the Proactive Dozing Control as it rolls out to customers. “We’re educating our team on how to share this information with our customers. . . we’re actively connecting with customers with existing models that can accept this update and saying ‘let’s have a meeting, update your machine and show you how much better it is,’” Barr said. “We go around with the control box, update their controller, provide training, and even update the operation and maintenance manual with information regarding this update.” The update is free for existing customers, and future machines will be sold with Proactive Dozing Control included. If an owner isn’t sure about the benefits, Cowick said they can connect with SMS about a demonstration. “Here in Edmonton, SMS has a proving ground and we have a machine equipped with this system, so customers can come and see the value of this system,” he said. HEG


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Excavator offers greater efficiency, ease of jobsite access and high performance


he XL 4330 V Gradall excavator is the industry’s only on/ off highway excavator that can work at the front, rear or either side of the undercarriage without the need for outriggers, according to the manufacturer. This design allows for greater efficiency – no need to stop work to lower outriggers – and provides stable operation, enabling it to pick and carry cargo around jobsites. Weighing 43,580 pounds (19,768 kg), the XL 4300 V model has a maximum speed of 18 mph both on and off pavement. Designed and built by Gradall Industries, Inc., the XL 4300 V also features the new Tier 4 Final Volvo Penta diesel engine, which meets the highest global standards. With 173 horsepower at 2,200 rpm (129 kW), the XL 4300 V’s fuel efficiency is improved by up to 5 percent. Along with the new engine, Ser28


ies V excavators include an upgraded high-performance, high-reliability 24volt electrical system, creating a better power source. An operator cab safety option provides rollover protection that meets safety test requirements and is integrated within the existing cab structure, without external support. The XL 4300 V has a maximum reach of 30 feet 4 inches (9.2 m) at grade and a maximum dig depth of 21 feet 3 inches (6.5 m). The model’s rated bucket breakout force is 25,405 pounds (113 kN) and the rated boom force is 22,075 pounds (98.2 kN).

Stable work platform

Steady both on and off pavement, the rubber tire undercarriage provides an exceptionally stable work platform and will not damage concrete or asphalt surfaces. Although rarely needed, options include outriggers and a grading blade for further stability. Mobility is enhanced by a design


utilizing a full-time, 4-wheel drive transfer case that delivers power from the hydraulic drive motor to the drive axles. Both axles have wet-disc brakes. The Gradall telescoping, full-tilting boom can precisely position excavating and demolition attachments without losing power – an advantage over conventional models with boom-end tilting mechanisms. The Gradall boom design also creates an exceptionally low working profile, enabling the machine to work under bridges, in tunnels and under overhead obstructions. A short tail swing allows the machine to work in tight spaces and along highways with minimal traffic interruption. Operator efficiency and safety can be impacted with several advantages, including a full view of the entire boom during the complete dig cycle. The operator cab offers increased comfort with sound-deadening capabilities, a large seat with built-in joysticks, and a convenient switch that allows the

operator to select the Gradall, Deere or SAE joystick pattern. Repositioning is accomplished with foot pedals.

Wide range of attachments

A host of attachments are available for the XL 4300 V, including excavating, trenching, pavement removal, ditching and dredging buckets. Also available are grading blades, boom extensions, limb shearers, fixed thumb grapple and live booms. Gradall models with rough-terrain wheeled undercarriages also include the XL 3300 V, weighing 39,394 pounds (17,283 kg) and the XL 5300 V, weighing 52,216 pounds (23,231 kg). Over 80 percent of the service parts on all current Gradall machines are interchangeable, simplifying inventory processes to assure normal service parts are available. Optional equipment includes vandalism protection kit, intake air pre-cleaner, strobe light, block heater and auxiliary hydraulics.



he Canadian Western champion took home the North American Western Final trophy at the second round of Caterpillar’s Global Operator Challenge held in Clayton, North Carolina. Jaus Neigum emerged victorious from a pack of 14 competitors. Equipment used in the challenges included a 320 excavator with Grade 2D, a 302 mini excavator, a 926M aggregate wheel loader with payload scale, and a D6XE dozer. Neigum sealed his victory with an outstanding run on the dozer challenge, which he said is not a piece of equipment that he has much experience with – his machine of choice is the excavator, followed by the backhoe. Finning Canada helped him out with getting practice time on a new Cat excavator in preparation for the competition in Clayton. Neigum has spent his whole life around construction equipment. His uncle and dad started the family excavation business 45 years ago and summers were spent on the equipment. Neigum now owns Industrial Backhoes, based in Medicine Hat, Alberta. “It was awesome to meet all the operators,” Neigum said at the Western Finals. “We all came from the same background. If it wasn’t their parents owning the company, they were just doing it at such a young age. “To get here was an accomplishment on its own,” Neigum noted. He added that he looks forward to the final competition in Vegas – and hopes to up his game with some help from Finning.

that’s a problem in itself,” noted Billings. “Because you pay them good, but the next guy down the road is going to pay them better.” There are other factors at play, such as maintaining a continuous workload. “To estimate projects and to bring that workload in and manage the influx of being busy then being slow and keeping your core guys with you that

know your trade and are good at what they do is definitely a challenge,” said Danny Younghusband of Star Equipment Rental. Maier added, “Those good ones, they have that work ethic. They care about the crew that they’re surrounded with, and for the most part they’re going to stay with that group.” The Global Operator Challenge

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Addressing the skilled operator shortage

During a panel discussion several operators from the competition discussed concerns around the shortage of new operators entering the industry. “It’s an industry-wide, country-wide, could even be global problem. It’s a tough deal,” said Jim Billings of Marshbank Construction. He added that meet and greets to recruit new operators are not well attended anymore. “You get four or five people. Ten or twenty years ago you’d get twenty to fifty people come in, so it’s an industry issue – something we have to deal with.” Brett Maier of Marques General Engineering sees a lot of promise in young operators, but noted that you either have the ability to be a good operator or you don’t. Martin Bills of Bills Construction added that young people need to be willing to put in time in the ditch to understand how everything works and what the operators need. “It’s like flipping burgers at McDonald’s. You’ve got to start somewhere before you’re the manager.” The key to hanging on to skilled operators is paying them well. “But






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utocar Trucks has added two truck models purpose-built to serve the concrete and construction industry: the Autocar DC-64M, for concrete mixers, and the DC-64P for concrete




pump applications. The Autocar DC is a completely new conventional truck engineered from the ground up for severe-duty vocational applications. Autocar’s guiding mission is to build trucks to be “Always Up,” that is, to stay in service despite the challenges they face, year-after-year. The Autocar DC-64M and DC-64P bring several notable innovations that make them uniquely suited for their respective vocations. The Autocar DC’s cab is totally new and was designed by Autocar from the beginning for exceptional productivity, durability – and especially safety – in the concrete industry. The totally new cab structure is built from a combination of steel, judiciously chosen aluminum components, and corner castings, to withstand years of abuse. The workspace of the cab maximizes productivity for drivers of all sizes, with everything visible and within easy reach, while the wide, raked windshield provides exceptional visibility for safety. The interior uses authentic materials like polished aluminum bars for door pulls and steel sheets as dash panels along with a full steel structure inside the dashboard. The Autocar DC-64M and DC64P join the other DC models as the first trucks to feature ultra-highstrength 160,000 psi steel frame rails, 24 percent stronger and lighter than the rails on other trucks on the market, completely eliminating the need for frame liners in nearly all mixer applications. Tom Harris, Autocar’s Vice President for Concrete Mixer Trucks, noted, “This breakthrough results from the requests of mixer operators who were frustrated by corrosion caused by moisture and muriatic acid penetrating the gap between frame rails and liners.” The DC also features the new Autocar Always Up display, with prominent warnings and dynamic gauges, it not only tells the operator or technician what fault has occurred, the one-touch diagnostics actually show them how to fix it. The DC-64M incorporates improvements and features specific to concrete mixer trucks, such as rear-engine PTOs and asymmetrical self-levelling front suspensions. Every DC-64P will be custom-engineered for the specific pump body the pumper selects. The Autocar DC powertrain initially includes Cummins X12 engines up to 500 hp and 1,700 lb.-ft. of torque, with additional engines and specs available in the future. Transmissions are Allison RDS4500 and 4700 series for maximum torque at low speeds and easy drivability.


EIGHT-FOOT RIDE-ON POWER TROWEL The new MSP475 Riding Trowel power steering machine is a mechanically driven, eight-foot-class ride-on power trowel that is powered by a 57-hp Kubota liquid-cooled gasoline engine. The MSP475 was designed with the high volume flatwork concrete contractor in mind. This riding trowel comes with liquid-cooled gasoline engine to keep machine running cooler, digital readouts for accurate fuel levels and diagnostics, and a large 12-gallon fuel tank for longer run times. This rider produces excellent torque even at high rotor speeds which make this machine excellent for panning or finishing operations. Standard features include: • 57-hp Kubota WG1605 liquid-cooled gasoline engine; • 12-gallon fuel capacity; • Bilingual digital display conveniently shows engine diagnostics (temp, RPM, oil pressure, warnings, etc); • Helical gearboxes ensure maximum torque even at higher rotor speeds; • Hydraulic joystick power steering; • Two-point, top-mount lifting; • Twin 46-inch rotors with five- bladed spiders.



The 5700-D replaces the 5700-C as a “one machine solution” for concrete slipform applications. Compact size, simple design, easy operation, high productivity and versatility remain core features of the 5700-D. The new Power Curbers SlipSmart Control System makes the 5700-D the most responsive yet. Its simplicity and accuracy provide contractors with a new level of precision. The SlipSmart controls come ready to interface with Topcon, Leica and Trimble 3D/Stringless systems. In addition to the control system, many new features enhance the 5700-D’s versatility. These include: • “All up” jog switch that raises or lowers all crawler posts simultaneously; • New vibrator master scaling knob allows the operator to increase or decrease vibration across all vibrators while individual vibrator adjustments remain relative to each other; • Improved cross-slope control; • Auto-calibration for the radius steer sensor; • Fine scaling of speed pots; • Engine display replaces individual gauges; • Easy-pivot conveyor; • Wires are etched with descriptive label text matching machine schematics; • Cold air dam between engine and console to keep the console and operator cooler; • Improved wand-activated high- pressure water system.

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SAFER TRUCK DRIVING THROUGH TECHNOLOGY Radar, cameras and other features are making pickups safer on roads and jobsites


nyone who regularly drives a pickup truck knows that negotiating the road can be difficult – trucks are naturally a larger vehicle than everything else out there, and it takes some skill to drive them safely. Owners who use their pickups for work are even more aware of that, especially on tight jobsites where there may be everything from people on foot up to heavy machinery moving around. Today’s pickup manufacturers are taking a long look at safety improvements to help keep drivers safe in all kinds of situations, leveraging technology improvements to make trucks stronger and expand on the ways in which drivers can protect themselves as well as other vehicles that share the roads with them. Safety starts in the truck design itself for Ram Trucks, for example, with structural considerations providing a base that ensures drivers and passengers are well protected. “In a pickup truck there are some unique challenges; with vehicle mass being what it is in a pickup truck versus a sedan, that can create some challenges in trying to get there efficiently and ensure crashworthiness,” explained Matt Kasprowicz, engineering man-

ager of vehicle integration with Ram Truck. “From an impact and crashworthiness perspective, what the Ram 1500 has done is looked at an efficient frame rail design.” The patented frame design on the 1500 features a splayed and tapered frame rail technology, which Ram says creates an efficient energy absorbing front frame rail structure for all impact modes. In addition, the frame features steel tire blockers mounted in a position to direct the tires outwards during a front-offset impact. That design also helps to save some weight overall, which actually improves the payload, Kasprowicz noted. Above the truck’s structure, though, is where technology plays a greater part in protecting today’s pickups and their passengers. Systems using cameras and even radar have become part of the package, adding more tools for drivers to use with the goal of staying safe and reducing potential collisions. The Ram 1500’s frame design, combined with technology features like the Integrated Radar Camera Module and Automated Emergency Braking, earned the truck an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick + award for 2019. Mounted high on the windshield

behind the wiper path, the IRCM is designed to be in a better spot than many other camera systems on pickups, Kasprowicz pointed out. “Pickup truck guys and people on the jobsite using the previous technology, a low bumper-mounted camera system, they find it gets dirty faster,” he said.

Radar module the centrepiece

The radar module provides the centrepiece of several safety features, including adaptive cruise control and forward collision warning. “Adaptive cruise control is built on top of what we know of today as cruise control; the radar sends and receives signals that can track the vehicle in front of you. Then, as a custom setting on the steering wheel, adjust the time distance between you and that vehicle, and it will track that up to your maximum set speed,” Kasprowicz said. “If the vehicle in front of you slows down a little, it will track that same gap and even take you down to zero if you’re in a stop-and-go situation.” The adaptive cruise control will, if the truck stops completely, wait a

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few seconds for the vehicle in front to move again, and then will resume the set distance; if it’s been a longer stop, the driver can hit the gas pedal or press a button to continue on. The IRCM also plays into the forward collision warning, which uses radar and camera data along with other inputs to determine if there’s a danger of an accident – with a response time of milliseconds. “It compares your speed, whether you’re on the gas or brake, and whatever is happening in front of you; if it calculates that you are in a potential collision event, it has escalating warnings and provides some braking assist,” Kasprowicz said. “Some customers don’t brake as hard as they should. . . it provides braking boosts above what youre pedal displacement is telling the truck to do. And, if you’re not braking, it will start applying brakes for you.”

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Lane departure warning is another safety factor that is available on Ram trucks; vehicles moving more than a certain speed track road markings and, when the vehicle drifts, alert the driver. While some alerts are more aggressive, Kasprowicz said Ram’s is a little more gentle. “While some systems buzz and beep, ours provides a nudge back into the centre of the lane. . . it’s not autonomous driving, but it puts you back in the lane,” he described.

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Adaptive cruise control tracks vehicles ahead to maintain a safe distance and speed. Sensors toward the rear of the truck provide peace of mind when backing up as well. Where backup cameras and sensors provide a certain viewpoint while parking, rear cross path sensors look at a broader angle that spots vehicles or other obstacles and alerts the driver of their presence. Blind spot monitoring has become a popular addition for many vehicles, and the addition of trailering to it has been a benefit for drivers who handle a lot of towing. Ram’s system can automatically sense a trailer has been hooked up, as well as the length of the trailer, and provide blind spot warnings based on the length of that trailer. In the larger 2500 models, Ram has added trailer reverse guidance, which offers a side view image all the way along the side of the truck and trailer. Those camera views, along with others – Ram also offers options that can give drivers a 360-degree view of their pickup – are shown on the large screen in the cab. An auxiliary camera can be added on a trailer as well, Kasprowicz noted. “On the Heavy Duty products we have a second camera that looks down at the bed of the truck – a lot of people use that for hooking up fifth wheels,” he noted.

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NEW TOOL STREAMLINES CUSTOMIZATION OF VOCATIONAL TRUCKS AND REDUCES UPFIT TIME Daimler Trucks North America developed the Custom Hardware and Electronics Configurator (CHEC) tool to streamline the vocational customization process. The CHEC tool enables truck equipment manufacturers (TEMs) and dealers to easily view, edit, compare and update electrical configurations in Freightliner vocational trucks, reducing upfit time. The CHEC tool drastically reduces upfit time and makes the vehicle customization process user-friendly. The innovative software program empowers users to customize inputs and outputs and change parameters within their organization within minutes. Users can create standard templates for their organization, enabling them to select a pre-existing configuration based on different applications or customers. The CHEC tool also greatly increases customization possibilities, such as creating custom dash layouts in customer vehicles. The cutting-edge tool is a powerful way for TEMs and

dealer partners to better serve vocational customers’ unique needs. “Our vocational customers have specific and unique needs to meet the different requirements of their applications. It’s always our priority to evolve our offerings and develop new innovations that will help our customers and their businesses,” said Richard Saward, general manager, vocational sales for DTNA. “Our CHEC tool combines

our extensive customization options with forward-thinking technology to deliver the right truck for the job, as quickly as possible.” Additional CHEC tool features include the ability to make changes to entire fleets, or search for any vehicle in the system; comparisons can be made between the configurations of separate vehicles against each other or against the fleet. Vehicle-based views

allow users to see vehicle details, terminal availability and load capacity information, as well as circuit location information and a history of updates to the vehicle. Views of vehicle-specific switch and gauge information are available, as well as how a dash was built at the factory. The CHEC tool is currently available for Freightliner vocational truck models.





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Hino Motors Canada (HMC) has unified its entire lineup of trucks, including model names. HMC launched the new M Series Class 4&5 cabovers (COE) and the new L Series Class 6&7 Conventional trucks during the 2019 North American Commercial Vehicle Show, creating a cohesive family of commercial trucks along with the new XL Series Class 8 models. Each vehicle series now contains a full suite of features adding safety, fresh designs, durability and flexibility. The new COE truck models carry the Hino M4 and Hino M5 badging with the number in the naming scheme representing GVW class. These new truck models have been upgraded with an all-new grille design complete with optional LED headlights and an enhanced 6-speed Aisin HD automatic transmission with gear hold feature. The changes don’t stop outside either; interior upgrades include a new shifter layout, steering wheel controls, an all-new gauge cluster including a 4.2-inch LCD multi-information display and a driver’s seatbelt sensor. The new medium-duty Conventional series is represented by the Hino L6 and L7 models, boasting a bolder chrome grille and front fascia

with LED headlights and a new threepiece bumper with an aerodynamic spoiler. The truck interior has been re-engineered with an automotive grade finish designed for commercial use with improved functionality. New features include steering wheel controls, a large 7-inch LCD multi-information display, driver’s seatbelt sensor and a new transmission shifter location to provide more storage and leg room. Hino also takes safety very seriously, which is why there are now an array of safety systems optionally available on the L Series air brake models which includes Electronic Stability Control, Collision Mitigation System, Lane Departure Warning and Adaptive Cruise Control. Adding even more functionality are the new Extended cab and Crew cab configurations. The 30-inch extended cab will have seating for five while the 44-inch crew cab will have full-size doors, seat six passengers and provide the comfort of rear zone A/C and heat. The Hino L-Series Day cab will be the first to arrive in Canada in spring 2020, followed by the M-Series. The new L-Series Extended Cab is scheduled to arrive next summer.



International Truck has introduced a new configuration for its all-wheel drive International HV Series, featuring a high visibility hood and set-back axle that allows for improved visibility and maneuverability. “Our customers are truly at the center of everything we do. We’re constantly working with them to find the best solutions for their business,” said Mark Stasell, vice president, Vocational Truck Business, Navistar. “We received customer feedback requesting improved visibility and maneuverability with vocational fleets, so we immediately started working on plans to make it a reality.” “The HV Series that you see in our booth today is a direct result of those discussions and of listening to our customers,” Stasell continued. The high visibility hood and set-back axle are extremely important for the vocational industry, especially for utility companies working in remote areas where a 4x4 chassis and maximum maneuverability are necessary. In addition, the new configuration provides an added level of safety around the vehicle. “While the performance improvements are obvious, this configuration also helps improve safety around the worksite,” said Stasell. “Safety is always a top concern, and the improved visibility provides the driver with better awareness of what, and who, is around the vehicle; improving the safety of the driver, the vehicle and everyone on site.” The new configuration is yet another example of the company doubling down

on its efforts to improve its existing presence within the vocational market. Earlier this year, the company launched its Diamond Partner Program, which focuses on building stronger relationships and communication between truck equipment manufacturers and International dealers. Since its launch in March, the program has accumulated over 130 partners.


NEW TRANSMISSION, NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH FREIGHTLINER ANNOUNCED AT NACV Allison Transmission has announced, in partnership with Freightliner Trucks, the launch of the new Allison 3414 Regional Haul Series (RHS) transmission. Freightliner is the first company to release the Allison 3414 RHS, an uprate variant of Allison’s proven 3000 SeriesTM. Allison is offering the 3414 RHS with ratings up to 410 horsepower and 1450 lb.-ft. of torque. This increased power supports a growing trend for fleets to utilize their trucks in mixed duty cycles, often in city delivery

routes on one shift and regional haul transport routes during a second shift. The 3414 RHS will provide fleets with 25 percent faster acceleration 0-20 miles per hour, as compared to competitive automated manual transmissions (AMTs). By leveraging Allison’s xFE technology, which incorporates an internal gear scheme optimized for fuel efficiency, as well as Allison’s FuelSense 2.0 with DynActive shifting technology, the 3414 RHS will deliver up to 8 percent fuel economy improvement.


CAMERA- AND RADAR-BASED DRIVING ASSISTANCE FEATURES NOW AVAILABLE Bendix Wingman Fusion with enhanced features is now available on Mack Anthem and Pinnacle models. The camera- and radar-based driving assistance solution helps mitigate the potential for accidents, improving highway safety for travelers on the roadway. Now in its second generation, Bendix Wingman Fusion offers collision mitigation, adaptive cruise control and lane departure warning. The enhanced version improves Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB), lane-keeping support, multi-lane continuation of AEB and driver awareness support. According to Bendix, the improved Wingman Fusion system is an active safety feature that offers audible warnings and AEB to help maintain a safe following distance from the vehicle in front of the truck. AEB in the new Wingman Fusion system can now reduce traveling speeds from up to 50 mph instead of 35 mph being the limit. Using a radar sensor inset into the front bumper to detect the angle, distance and speed of the front object, along with a windshield-mounted camera, the system monitors large metallic objects and can detect them from a range of 22 degrees wide and about 500 feet in front of the truck. Also with Bendix Wingman Fusion, audible and visual warnings are enacted if a stationary metallic object is detected ahead. Brakes will be applied if the truck’s speed is above 15 mph, whether or not cruise control is engaged. The driver will be notified up to 3.5 seconds before impact, and if the driver doesn’t take action, brakes will engage. New multi-lane continuation of AEB enables the driver to change to an adjacent lane to avoid a potential forward collision, and as long as AEB is active, the system will apply the brakes if another vehicle is detected. Lane departure assistance alerts the driver during unintentional lane deviation. The enhanced version continues with audible warnings if the driver does not take corrective action.



The 16LP Super-Duty Ultra Low Profile Dump Trailer is available in 14and 16-foot lengths, with a GVWR of 17,500 pounds. Structurally, the 16LP features an I-beam frame design with an integrated tongue, and comes equipped with two 8,000-pound Dexter Oil Bath axles, ready for heavy lifting. Additional standard features include a 12,000-pound top-wind drop-leg jack, a 12V Interstate deep-cycle battery with onboard charger, double broke diamond plate fenders, a self-contained electric/hydraulic scissor hoist, and Nev-R-Adjust electric brakes on all hubs.

For transporting large loads of gravel, soil, or other loose materials, the 16LP includes an array of features, including a standard-equipped crankstyle roll tarp and fully formed front tarp shroud; side and rear J-hooks for tarp control; rear stabilizer stands; and a rear combo gate designed to function as both a spreader gate and as barn doors. A 2-inch square tubing top rail and 24-inch 10-gauge sides with formed channel supports ensure lasting durability. Payload is impressive, as well: 13,000 pounds and 7.2 cubic yards for the 14-foot model; 12,550 pounds and 8.3 cubic yards for the 16-foot model.


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CHALLENGES ON COUNTRY ROADS Contractor takes advantage of 3D system to build Saskatchewan subdivision roads By Jeff Winke


any are attracted to the yin and yang lifestyle of having a cozy country home with easy access to the excitement of a vibrant city. That sense that seemingly opposite or contrary forces can actually harmonize in a way that provides a richer life is very appealing to a good number. A Saskatchewan residential subdivision seems to capture that spirit perfectly. Nestled in rolling prairie and among tranquil ponds, the Grasswood Estates development is located in Corman Park, a suburb of Saskatoon. The subdivision is located in the country literally 10 minutes away from downtown Saskatoon. The 150-acre residential subdivision was created two years ago on vacant farmland with 42 of the planned 180 homes being constructed almost immediately. A scenic winding 10-kilometre (6-mile) road connects the properties and provides ingress and egress to the subdivision. Additional homes are continuing to be built from the initial surge. Investor Darren Hagen is the owner and developer of the $2.8 million project. Residents have quiet living with easy access to the diversity and activity of the city. For the first two years, the home owners living in the new subdivision 38


have been driving on temporary and in some cases rutted roads that wound through the subdivision leading to their houses. In June 2018, Hagen brought in Warman Excavating & Trenching Ltd. to build a permanent, paved road where the temporary road is located. Started in 1993, Warman Excavating offers the Saskatchewan market road building, site prep, trenching, and water/sewer services with principal concentration in the Saskatoon and Prince Albert areas. The company has 45 employees during peak season; 20 employees all year long. A recently acquired asphalt paving company makes them now a solidly medium-size contractor. “Initially, our biggest challenge on the project was winning the confidence and cooperation of the homeowners who had been patiently waiting for their approximately 10-km road to be paved,” stated Jean Poirier, project manager with Warman Excavating & Trenching Ltd. “We went out of our way to assure the residents that we’ll do what we can to accommodate their needs while working hard to complete the road quickly. “For the first two weeks of the project we used layout stakes, which proved to be a cumbersome mistake. With the amount of resident traffic going in and out of the subdivision, we had to spend an inordinate amount of time re-staking all the ones that were run over, pulled up, or relocated because a frustrated resident wanted


them out of the way.” Poirier also learned fairly quickly that there are 38 engineers living in the subdivision, which provided an extra challenge. “I’m an engineer too, so I know

what a pain we can be in terms of wanting to know exactly what’s going on in a project,” said Poirier. “There was one engineer resident who would measure our progress each day using his own instruments. It took him a

few days before he accepted that we know what we’re doing. I wasn’t angry or insulted since that engineer and I are alike in needing to know and the desire to make certain work is completed accurately.” To move away from a staked jobsite, Poirier contacted Muaz Sheriff with Brandt Tractor, the local Topcon Positioning Systems dealer for help to create a stakeless jobsite.

3D site plan central to success

Sheriff helped Warman Excavating create a 3D site plan which could be used by the heavy equipment for GPS-guided machine control. The digital site model was created using Topcon Magnet Office and P3D software. Warman Excavating then had all the points and the site plan governing the progress in the field displayed in the cabs of the GPS-governed machines. For the project, Warman Excavating used its Komatsu D-65EX crawler dozer and a John Deere 329 compact track loader (SSL), both equipped with Topcon 3D-MC2 machine control, acquired from Brandt Tractor. The 3D-MC2 system uses MC2 inertial measurement units (IMU) sensors, which eliminates the need for receiver posts mounted on heavy equipment blades. “The MC2 system is designed to reduce downtime, increase productivity, reduce machine maintenance and lower fuel cost, thus making it a good fit for the Grasswood project” Sheriff said. “It’s intended to be a dozer system, but works well on compact equipment like a compact track loader.” The project required 20,000 cubic yards of fill, 39,000 tons of sand, and

46,000 tons of chipped stone. “Production flexibility was crucial considering residents were coming and going at any time during a 24-hour day,” Poirier said. “We needed to stop what we were working on with a moment’s notice and then pick up again after the homeowner had passed without missing a beat.” Sheriff was instrumental in steering them to a compact piece of equipment. A compact track loader, as one of the principle pieces of production equipment, made sense to accommodate the stop-and-start traffic flow as well as the road’s configuration which

contained elevation changes, tight radiuses, and twists and turns through the picturesque subdivision. Shortly after the Grasswood Estates project began, the owner altered the production timeline – changing the completion deadline to a full month earlier than the original plan. “This meant our work week became seven days,” stated Poirier. “We had to work harder and smarter; because there was no way we would miss the deadline – our reputation has been built on quality results completed on time.” For the Warman Excavating crew, their hard work – and some might say

insane production schedule – paid off. The work was completed a full week before the deadline – essentially five weeks ahead of the original goal. When asked if the owner is happy with the new paved road that serves the residents in his new residential subdivision, Poirier said: “He’s very happy. In fact, he likes what we did so much that he’s hired us to do the same thing on his next residential subdivision project. Hopefully, the schedule will not be as intense.” Jeff Winke is a business and construction writer.

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onstruction jobs are getting more complex, especially in large facilities; there, many different layers of installations can be required, and plotting out exactly what is supposed to be where from the blueprints can be a real challenge. Building information modelling (BIM) has begun to provide some new approaches to understanding plans for construction sites, and mobile computing offers even more potential ways to improve the ability for teams across a work site to communicate and clear up concerns. Visualization is one of the best ways to expand that understanding, and Procore’s recently released BIM tools are taking full advantage of 3D modelling in the field. Procore showed the visual aspects of its BIM tool during the company’s Groundbreak event, and customers who are actively working with the

software said it was proving its worth every day on the jobsite, for multiple work teams. Noah Evans, virtual construction coordinator with U.S. Midwest contractor Harrell-Fish, explained that

BIM is a very useful tool that makes it easier to recognize potential problems as well as to communicate those issues with the rest of the team. Being able to see the 3D model helps to avoid potential conflicts, ensure that all the needed materials are available, and offers many other benefits. “The whole point of us using BIM is to get in there early – we’re building the job in the model before they build the job on the site. When we do that, we’re able to head off a lot of issues in the project,” Evans said.

BIM not just pretty pictures

BIM designs are a big part of the value proposition for any contractor, as it allows the architects and engineers to see exactly how building systems come together in the design process, according to Steve Jones, senior director of Industry Insights Research with Dodge Data Analytics. “People like to make fun of BIM – ‘oh, it’s pretty pictures’ – but I can tell you, when you’re a designer, you have a certain amount of money to get the client to say yes, and stick with yes, and not come back and say ‘maybe we want to look at this.’ The degree to which you can visualize. . . this is financially important for architects. We can see this stuff in our heads, but how do you convey it to the client?” The quality of design is higher when visualization comes into the process as well, Jones noted, and BIM allows design teams to see the project come together far more cleanly than with previous approaches. From there, the challenge has been to take that design and bring it to the field in a more effective package – 3D modelling on jobsites has often been limited from use with mobile devices because of complexity and processing requirements. Procore BIM is designed to allow teams to publish 3D models into the Procore iOS app, where they can be viewed from Apple devices on site. “We get these install drawings, 40



these 2D and 3D designs, put them on Procore, upload them into the drawings or documents tool, and the guys in the field can actually review them on their iPads,” Evans described. The addition of a model viewer turns the design into a virtual experience – a user can hold their device up, engage motion tracking, and Procore BIM displays the model in a 3D framework, showing whatever portion of the design the device is pointed toward. A 2D plan is available at a touch, and the design can be moved around to show issues with potential clashes in the structure. That adds functionality for team members who may not be as versed with mobile technology. “My guys in particular are a little bit older – they’re not used to flying around a model trying to get the right spot. What the sheet allows them to do is stand exactly where they want to stand,” Evans said. “You can have your walls transparent, so they can see the in-wall drop-ins. They can see the overhead clearly. They can stand wherever they want to see and make tweaks.”

Broad benefits from visualization

The benefits of using tools like Procore BIM are broad, Jones pointed out. His firm surveyed users regarding positives that they have experienced, and found that contractors have a number of key points that they feel are important. “We gave them a long list of things and said to pick their top three, which forces people to really think about it,” Jones said. The results showed that contractors found they were reducing errors and omissions, experiencing better collaboration, reducing rework and cutting construction costs, while ensuring better predictability in cost control. “This is the benefit of these fundamental digital transformation types of changes. I boil it down to one word – certainty. This is a wildly uncertain process. . . the more certainty you can bring, the better it is for everybody,” he said. HEG



A new approach to technology for compact equipment


obcat is taking a big leap into the future with its new slate of compact equipment and connected technology offerings. In September the company launched its Next is Now initiative coinciding with the ribbon cutting of a new technician training centre in Aurora, Colorado. “With the launch of Next is Now, we are creating solutions that are unique and innovative with connected technologies,” said Scott Park, CEO of Doosan Bobcat. “Next is Now means customers can continuously rely on Bobcat to lead the industry with the tools that help them do more and do it better.” New technology features include an Owner Portal for remote equipment monitoring; Features On Demand, which is a subscription service for skid-steer and compact track loader features; a new 7-inch colour display option for CTLs, SSLs and excavators; and MaxControl remote operation via smartphone for SSLs and CTLs. Equipment introductions included compact excavators, a larger-class excavator, a revamped SSL and CTL line, small articulated loaders and compact tractors.

New R-Series compact loaders get Features On Demand

Starting in early 2020 Bobcat will launch a completely revamped lineup of its SSLs and CTLs. The R-Series is redesigned for greater strength, more visibility, reconfigured work group and a boost in lift height. Cast steel construction in the loader arms on the R-Series increases their strength and rigidity, and a redesigned cooling system allows these loaders to run

longer and do bigger jobs. Bobcat has redesigned the geometry of the workgroup to improve lift capacity throughout the range of motion. Bobcat is offering a new subscription service for R-Series loaders called Features On Demand. With this service customers can purchase a compact loader with hardware for all advanced features pre-installed on the machine. The customer can select which features to turn on through the subscription service to adapt the equipment to suit their needs – and only pay for premium features as they are needed. Features On Demand include: high-flow auxiliary hydraulics, 2-Speed travel, reversing fan, dual-direction bucket positioning and automatic ride control. Bobcat says that Features On Demand will enable customers to lower their upfront cost when purchasing a new machine if they don’t need to use all of the advanced features right away. Bobcat’s new MaxControl turns the operator’s smartphone into a remote controller for M2 or the new R-Series compact loaders. Via the app the operator can control machine functions and operate attachments from up to 300 feet away. Bobcat says this feature is ideal for one-person jobs where the operator may need to get in and out of the cab frequently – eliminating moving on and off the machine.

digging and lifting on commercial and residential building sites, underground utility applications, and road and bridge projects. It offers four selectable power modes and can be outfitted with a dozer blade.

Two compact excavators updated

Bobcat previewed two R2-Series compact excavators that will be available in early 2020. The R2 E42 and E50 excavators feature a dual-flange track roller system that adds stability. This, in conjunction with a new integrated counterweight, will increase the lift-over-side capacity and improve over-the-side digging performance

and slewing ability. These R2 excavators offer greater visibility through larger top and side windows paired with narrower side pillars. Bobcat says its joysticks provide quick, precise movement with low effort and the new hydraulic control valve offers improved metering, finite movement and controllability for level grading and fast cycle times. Side-by-side heat exchangers in the new cooling system control engine compartment temperature more efficiently and the composite tailgate with steel interior provides maximum durability and protects machine components. HEG

Bobcat’s biggest excavator ever

The 115-hp, 14-metric-ton E145 excavator is Bobcat’s largest model ever. This reduced tail swing model offers 27 feet 11 inches of reach, 13,228 lbf. digging force and a 19,270-pound lift capacity. Bobcat says that this model is ideal for heavy

Top: Bobcat has revamped its compact loader line with a focus on durability and technology. Above: Bobcat’s new E145 excavator at Bobcat’s new technician training centre in Aurora, Colorado. NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2019

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djustable electro-hydraulic controls on Case’s F Series compact wheel loaders gives operators added functionality to adjust the responsiveness of the lift and tilt bucket functions for improved control and efficiency on the jobsite. Lift and tilt settings can now be adjusted with two new 3-way rocker switches (high, medium, low) mounted on the side console, allowing operators to adjust the responsiveness of the loader lift arms independently of the attachment tilt functions. These new programmable settings allow operators to program the machine’s response based on their personal preferences, or to better meet the demands of the job at hand. The new electro-hydraulic controls also offer automated bucket metering functionality, providing operators more precise and consistent movement of the bucket edge while metering or sifting material into a truck or feed wagon. A new E-inching pedal uses an electronically controlled inching valve to provide greater response and more control in applications where the operator requires precise movements at slow speeds. The pedal has also been ergonomically positioned for improved operator comfort. Case says its F Series compact wheel loaders provide operators with more reach, lift capacity, visibility and comfort compared to other light equipment. The F Series compact wheel loaders feature a maintenance-free Tier 4 Final solution that requires no regeneration or related downtime. A compact frame and articulating rear axle provide stable lifting strength of over 8,300 pounds at full height.

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• 21F: Operating weight: 11,272 pounds (5,113 kg), Lift Capacity: 5,287 pounds (2,398 kg) • 121F: Operating weight: 11,618 pounds (5,270 kg), Lift Capacity: 5,265 pounds (2,388 kg) • 221F: Operating weight: 12,547 pounds (5,691 kg), Lift Capacity: 8,317 pounds (3,773 kg) • 321F: Operating weight: 13,303 pounds (6,034 kg), Lift Capacity: 8,354 pounds (3,785 kg) F Series compact wheel loaders offer multiple couplers and auxiliary hydraulics. Standard Z-bar linkage provides greater breakout force, while the XT linkage provides select models with parallel lift or bi-directional self-levelling when using forks and other lifting attachments. Select models also offer optional high-speed axles which provide travel speeds up to 20.6 mph (33.1 kph). Available options include a deluxe cab, air-ride seat, Bluetooth radio and LED lights.

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Caterpillar BCP division revamps customer retail experience and introduces a new compact loader line, Smart Attachments and more


aterpillar held its fall press event for the Building Construction Products division in Clayton, North Carolina, October 21–23 in conjunction with the Global Operator Challenge semi-finals. The company focused on customer experience and its range of new compact equipment solutions. Cat dealers across North America are debuting a new retail approach for compact products; this places the focus squarely on the needs of the retail customer – and includes sticker pricing on the machines in the showroom. Caterpillar's goal with this retail experience is to offer customers a one-stop-shop so they can get on the job as quickly and efficiently as possible. Cat says this means getting the machine, parts, service, personal protective gear and more all in one place. Cat dealers have also begun opening online stores for the purchase of equipment, and more online stores will open to serve more regions across North America through 2020. Finning Canada will open its online store for equipment before the end of 2019, and Toromont will introduce online equipment sales in 2020.

SSLs, its new Smart Attachments system, and the wide range of attachments that turn these machines into versatile workhorses for a variety of jobsites. D3 Series Cat SSLs and CTLs automatically recognize Smart Attachments and convert machine controls to the settings needed to operate the attachment. Individual attachments highlighted include a mulcher on a dedicated land management version of the D299D3 CTL, a backhoe attachment for SSLs and CTLs, and a cold planer. The D3 Series consists of 16 models plus the land management version of the 299D3 XE. The XE modifier indicates the highest-performance models in the line, replacing the former XHP identifier. Cat says that the new D3 Series CTLs feature changes in the undercarriage frame and torsion axles that reduce machine pitching and rocking, providing a smoother ride while handling heavy loads, grading or truck loading. Two-speed travel comes standard on all CTL models. Advanced control features on D3 CTLs and SSLs include Return-toDig and Work Tool Positioner. These items are bundled with the dual-direction self-level feature.

Skid-steer and compact track loaders get smarter

Mini hydraulic excavator demonstrates impressive lifting power

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The 306 CR mini hydraulic excavator was introduced at ICUEE in


October, and Caterpillar demonstrated the new model's impressive lifting power in Clayton. This 6-ton excavator delivers lift performance of up to 7,839 pounds (3,555 kg) at a 9.8-foot (3-m) radius. It is powered by a Cat C2.4 turbodiesel engine rated at 55.9 net hp (41.7 kW) and features Cat’s stick steer, a joystick travel function that was first introduced on Cat mini excavator models in 2018.

The high-flow rate is 24 gal/min (90 L/min) to the auxiliary circuit. With quick-disconnect lines, the standard auxiliary hydraulic system provides one-way, two-way and continuous flow. This excavator is available with straight blade, angled blade and extra tool carrier (XTC) configurations. The XTC configuration enables front shovel operation with both pin-on and coupler-mounted buckets. HEG

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he 1CXT backhoe loader is JCB’s smallest backhoe model and delivers the material handling and excavating capability of a backhoe loader with the maneuverability and transportability of a compact track loader. At less than 6 feet wide and 12 feet long, the 1CXT has a 60 percent small-

er footprint than a full-size backhoe loader. While its compact dimensions enable access to jobsites too small for a conventional machine, the 1CXT delivers impressive performance with loader bucket breakout force up to 5,180 foot-pounds (2,350 kgf) and maximum dig depth of 10 feet 1 inch (3.08 m). With a transport weight under

9,600 pounds (4,354 kg), the 1CXT can be towed between jobsites without a Commercial Driver’s License (subject to local regulations). It is the only tracked backhoe loader available in North America, and JCB says that the 1CXT delivers superior climbing capability, pushing power, stability and soft ground performance.



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“While backhoes are experiencing a surge in demand overall, at JCB the strongest increases have been in our compact and specialized backhoe loader products as jobsites trend smaller,” says Diego Butzke, product manager for backhoe loaders at JCB North America. “The early interest in the 1CXT by landscapers, rental operations, utility companies and construction contractors has exceeded our expectations. The combination of performance, maneuverability and ‘tow-ability’ in a compact machine that’s packed with features has really excited the market.” The JCB 1CXT is powered by a Perkins engine that requires no diesel exhaust fluid or replaceable diesel particulate filter and produces 49 hp (36.3 kW) and 122 lb.-ft. (165 Nm) of torque. The hydraulic system includes a 24.6 gpm (100 l/min) auxiliary circuit capable of powering high-flow attachments including patch planers and trenchers. Other features include: • Cab with heater and air conditioner; • Joystick controls for precise control of the loader and excavator ends; • Universal quick hitch compatible with skid steer attachments; • Optional handheld auxiliary tool circuit; • 2-year/2,000 hour warranty. JCB offers eleven backhoe loader models in North America, from the compact-track-loader-sized 1CXT to the largest backhoe loader available in North America, the 4CX-15 SUPER.


FULLBAY KEEPS THE PAPER AWAY Eliminating paper-based work orders in heavy-duty repair shops keeps wrenches turning By Kaitlyn Till, Managing Editor


good technician is hard to find. Keeping tradespeople doing skilled labour instead of pushing paper is vital to getting equipment back on the job efficiently. Fullbay has stepped in to eliminate paper with its software solution. Fullbay’s heavy-duty repair shop software keeps the flow of work orders to technicians running efficiently, eliminates redundant input work that comes with working on paper, and optimizes a shop’s approach to preventive maintenance. “My background is in electronic medical records and I’m fascinated with the idea of using software as a tool for healing,” said Fullbay CEO Jacob Findlay. “The thesis with Fullbay is to build a record for trucks and heavy equipment and apply some of the best ideas around using software and tools for healing people to the repair industry.”

Eliminating the pile of paper

When a shop is run on paper, technicians wind up standing around waiting for a paper assignment to come from the service manager. When the biggest challenge for heavy-duty repair shops is finding these technicians – especially diesel technicians – that’s a problem, according to Findlay. Once a technician has diagnosed a problem, a repair can get expensive. With paper, that technician needs to log the problem, then physically take the recommendation to the service manager. The service manager then needs to go to the parts manager and the parts manager needs to call up suppliers to check prices so that an estimate can be built. That estimate then needs to be communicated to the customer so they can authorize the cost. By eliminating paper and immediately sending the technician an electronic assignment on a tablet or smartphone the chain of actions is transferred into an efficient digital workflow, which enables the technician to get to turning wrenches faster, according to Findlay. When Fullbay’s solution is implemented, technicians receive electronic work orders on tablets or

smartphones. They document the repairs and parts needed in the app and that request goes immediately to the parts manager. The parts manager can send the request directly to the vendor, or pull up the vendor’s contact information in the app. The system marks up the parts immediately. “What can take several hours we’ve compressed down to just a few minutes and what’s produced is an accurate estimate down to the penny that can be sent to the customer,” said Findlay. Fullbay’s software frees up technicians to do what they do best – fix the equipment. It also allows the owner of the shop to monitor shop activities in real time without having to dig through stacks of paper to find out what’s going on.

Implementing the Fullbay solution

Fullbay has self-paced training integrated into the application and offers remote one-on-one training sessions and milestones to help staff learn the application. Then Fullbay takes the existing operation’s data and imports it into the system. Fullbay has the capability to import service history for units depending on the program they are coming from and how clean the data is. Importing service history is not part of the standard setup fee and is an additional charge. “We prep their data, get it imported, get everybody up and ready to go and train them so they can be successful. Once they’re using the software, we give them the dashboards and key metrics they need to monitor the shop.” When technicians log into the app they can immediately see their service orders, the customer complaint, and everything they need to know to properly diagnose and repair the equipment. Technicians also have a scoreboard to monitor their own performance and productivity. As for getting skilled technicians into shops, Findlay said that Fullbay supports initiatives and educational opportunities that change the perception of entering trade school as a lesser option compared to a university education. According to Findlay, the num-

ber of diesel technicians retiring is of particular concern. The ratio of retirees to new diesel technicians is abysmally low. On the office side, managers can track the higher-level concerns of the business, such as whether the shop has been paid, whether vendors have been paid, the shop’s total expenses, total revenue and how efficient they are running. “We commit to the shop that we will solve their key pain points,” said Findlay. The customer can draw on their own experience to improve operations and draw from Fullbay’s best practice recommendations on how to run a shop if they encounter an issue they haven’t seen before. “At the end of the day, preventing and reducing downtime is the key to a shop’s success. The better a shop can do that, the more satisfied customers will be and the more profitable the shop will be,” said Findlay. HEG


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Camso’s BHL 732 is a multifunctional bias tire succeeding the previous generation SL R4. The company says that the BHL 732 tire has been engineered for backhoe loaders working in applications that require exceptional traction, stability and durability. The BHL 732 is designed specifically for backhoe loaders working under a variety of soft and mixed surface conditions. The new BHL 732 was engineered to maximize durability and traction, making operators more productive, whether it’s digging or excavating with the rear boom, moving debris, dirt and gravel with the front bucket, or plowing snow. A wraparound stepped tread design maximizes tread cleanout, which is essential for traction when working in soft and muddy conditions and extra thick void guard provides increased tread protection and durability: this area is located between the tread lugs, where the most punctures resulting in flats occurs. Massive tread lugs improve traction and service life, while the extended centre blocks reduce vibrations for an improved ride quality compared to the SL R4. Heavy-duty sidewalls with enhanced rim flange protection reduce impact damages and flat tires. “A study Camso recently carried out showed that more than half of off-the-road tires on the market fail prematurely, so customers don’t get their full value,” said Dominic Gosselin, product manager, Americas – construction tires, at Camso. “We’re constantly looking for solutions to improve rubber compounds and tread designs, in addition to releasing new features like the extra thick void guards to offer better protection against tread impacts. With improved tire durability and tread life, we’re helping operators achieve the most out of their tire: not only in tire life but also on their overall performance.”


SYNTHETIC ENGINE OIL FOR DIESEL ENGINES IN COLD CLIMATES The Shell Rotella T6 Full Synthetic 0W-40 heavy-duty diesel engine oil is now licensed in the API CK-4 service category. The engine oil is designed for advanced diesel engines in both on-road and off-road vehicles and equipment. Shell Rotella T6 Full Synthetic 0W-40 heavy-duty engine oil is formulated with Tri-

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MULTIFUNCTION POWER SYSTEM WITH CAT ENGINE VMAC has released a 6-in-1 Multifunction Power System with a Caterpillar engine, which is now available to CAT dealers and other customers across North America. The VMAC Multifunction includes a rotary screw air compressor, generator, welder, battery booster/charger, PTO with optional hydraulic pump, and integrated cold climate kit. The CAT variation of VMAC’s Multifunction was engineered by VMAC specially for CAT mechanics, after receiving a request from Finning. “Finning approached our team to help them accomplish their sustainability goals, and asked us to create a variation of our Multifunction Power System that used a Caterpillar engine,” said Gord Duval, VP of marketing and sales at VMAC. “We have worked with Finning for more than 20 years and are always happy to collaborate on innovative new products.” This latest VMAC Multifunction has a C1.1 industrial diesel engine, which VMAC says provides additional benefits beyond the typical multi-power system. The C1.1 utilizes lower engine speeds, which reduces noise, and is easy to maintain due to single-side servicing. The C1.1 also requires less maintenance and only needs to be serviced every 500 hours. VMAC says that this lengthy service interval is notable when compared to the 100- to 200-hour service intervals that are typical with other small industrial engines.


TOTAL ELECTRONIC CONTROL FOR UNDERDECK POWER SYSTEMS The all-new V-TEC provides infinite variable speed control with clear, intuitive operation for air compressor and generator underdeck systems. The V-TEC manages engine speed relative to compressor demand to reduce fuel consumption, noise, and wear and tear on the engine. It also maintains precise engine speed in generator mode to ensure proper hertz. Built-in torque management provision allows for a controlled ramp rate which eliminates high-torque spikes at startup. This feature ensures a smooth and soft PTO engagement thereby protecting the underdeck system, PTO and auxiliary driveline. The V-TEC comes pre-programmed to the specific vehicle make and model, eliminating the need for third party programming.



LINE-HAUL TIRE NOW AVAILABLE TO REPLACEMENT MARKET Michelin North America has made the Michelin X Line Energy D+ tire, its new ultra-low rolling resistance dual-drive line-haul tire, available to the North American replacement market. The tire was developed through an advanced-engineering project over three years with the objective of reducing the fuel consumption of Freightliner’s next-generation Cascadia Class 8 heavy-duty trucks. The project yielded a product with the lowest rolling resistance offered by Michelin in a dual-fitment drive tire. Michelin says that the Michelin X Line Energy D+ tire 275/80R22.5 size is designed for fleets looking to save hundreds of dollars in fuel spend with an estimated annual fuel savings of $725. This tire meets SmartWay requirements and is greenhouse-gas 2 regulation and CARB compliant. The Infini-Coil technology wraps 1/8 mile of steel cable around the durable casing to

eliminate casing growth and ensure a consistent footprint and even wear. The casing is designed with high-tensile-strength steel belts capable of supporting multiple retreads. With the ability to get a tractor up and running 35 percent faster than a leading competitive tire, the X Line Energy D+ incorporates interlocking, edge-biting tread sipes and regenerative tread grooves designed to provide superior grip and traction throughout the life of the tire. Interlocking siping and regenerating features are designed to provide biting edges throughout tread life. “The Michelin X Line Energy D+ sets a new standard for Michelin,” said Adam Murphy, vice president, B2B marketing, Michelin North America. “With about 35 percent of vehicle fuel consumption attributed to overcoming tire rolling resistance, this tire delivers both fuel savings while providing exceptional traction for driver confidence.”


INVOICE FASTER Providing maximum retreadability and a casing designed for endurance, the X Line Energy D+ comes with the 7/7/3 manufacturer’s limited casing warranty. This includes coverage against defects in workmanship and materials for 700,000 miles, seven years or three retreads from the date of manufacture when retreaded by an authorized Michelin Retread Technologies dealer.




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JCB Fastrac sets new tractor speed record WORLD RECORD Guinness World Records has confirmed that a modified JCB Fastrac has set a new world tractor speed record. The record time is 135.191 mph (217.570 km/h), which was the average of two high-speed runs conducted at Elvington Airfield in the U.K. The machine known as Fastrac Two achieved a top speed of 153.771 mph (247.470 km/h). JCB’s Fastrac One set a new British tractor speed record in June, with an average maximum speed of 103.6 mph (166.73 km/h). Fastrac One and Fastrac Two are based on the commercially available JCB 8000-series Fastrac tractor which is the world’s fastest production tractor, with a top speed of 43 mph (69 km/h). “This has been a massive undertaking. . . so thank you very much to JCB and its engineering team, who got this tractor absolutely spoton,” said British motorsports personality, Guy Martin, who piloted both JCB record attempts. “Just look at it, they get stuff done, it’s brilliant, and it is still a working tractor, so could have gone straight into the nearest field to

put in a shift.” Fastrac Two was developed after the Fastrac One record, with the JCB project team aiming for a new top speed of 150 mph (241.402 km/h). “When we reached 103.6 mph with the Fastrac in the summer, I was convinced we could go even faster, and the JCB team has risen to the challenge by setting this new record. It’s an amazing achievement delivered by a young and enthusiastic engineering team. Everyone involved should be very proud of the part they have played in showing off JCB engineering at its very best,” JCB Chairman Anthony Bamford said. JCB says that the team engineered solutions to shed more weight, making Fastrac Two 10 percent lighter than its predecessor, while benefitting from greater strength and additional streamlining. The machine is powered by a modified JCB 7.2-litre, 6-cylinder Dieselmax engine, outputting 1,016 hp (757.6 kW) with more than 1,844 ft-lb (2,500 Nm) of torque. Despite the machine’s power output,

it achieves more than 5 mpg (2.13 km/l), allowing it to accomplish its high-speed runs with just a 5.2-gallon (20-litre) fuel tank. And while the engine can run on vegetable oil, a high-performance racing diesel was used for the record attempts. “Fastrac One really proved to us that there are no limits to what a young and dynamic engineering team can achieve. So, we pushed boundaries and ideas, and looked at all aspects of the project to find solutions and make improvements,” said JCB Chief Innov-

ation and Growth Officer Tim Burnhope. “The biggest challenges have included aerodynamics, reducing weight and improving performance. Getting a 5-tonne (11,000-pound) tractor to safely reach 150 mph, and stop again, is not an easy task, but we’re all so proud to have not only reached these goals but to have exceeded them.” In 2006, JCB’s twin-engined Dieselmax streamliner set a diesel land speed record of 350.092 mph on the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah; the record stands to this day.

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Edmonton dealership boasts first woman to earn Certified Master Technician status in Canada and U.S. CERTIFICATION The personal interests that develop at an early age are often the ones that will last a lifetime. From fixing equipment on the farm with her father to becoming the first woman in the Kenworth dealer network in Canada and the United States to achieve the prestigious Kenworth Certified Master Technician status, Jennifer Lesnik always knew she had the skillset to work on heavy equipment. “Growing up on a farm, my family didn’t use outside help when equipment broke down. We would fix it ourselves,” said Lesnik. “I enjoyed learning from my dad how to work on equipment, getting my hands dirty, and solving problems on my own. I knew early on that I wanted a job that would involve fixing things.” With family history and a special appreciation for the trucking industry, Lesnik decided the right career path for her was to service heavy-duty trucks. In 2007 she started her career with the Edmonton Kenworth group as a dealer service technician. “My grandfather owned a trucking company, so trucks were always around growing up,” said Lesnik. “I’ve always been fascinated by the sheer power trucks produce, plus I love the way they look, especially the

traditional long hoods. The trucking industry seemed like the right field to enter and I was right. I couldn’t be happier with the work I do.” Now in her twelfth year as a service technician, working at several Edmonton Kenworth dealer locations, Lesnik has achieved Kenworth’s highest service certification – Kenworth Master Technician. She becomes the fourth Kenworth Master Technician in the Edmonton Kenworth dealer group. To become a Kenworth Master Technician, dealer technicians need to complete a comprehensive training system that includes classroom, online and selfstudy components. Through online modules, exams, and other evaluations conducted by course instructors, Kenworth Master Technicians must show they have mastered the skills needed to successfully perform all diagnostics, repair and maintenance procedures to keep customers’ vehicles running their best. It is estimated that it takes more than 570 hours to complete all coursework and training to earn the special certification, on top of the 6,000 hours of training that is required to become a Licensed Journeyman Heavy Equipment Technician in Canada. “It feels amazing to have completed this certifi-

BC Hydro’s Site C dam concrete placement is ahead of schedule BC Hydro has completed roller-compacted concrete placements in the upper spillway buttress on the Site C dam project. The placements were completed on October 30, seven months ahead of schedule. In total, crews placed 585,516 cubic metres of roller-compacted concrete this year – roughly 30 percent more than was placed last year (and 300 percent more than 2017’s overall volume). To date, more than 1,215,276 million cubic metres of roller-compacted concrete have been placed on the project. The spillways buttress is one of three large concrete buttresses – or foundations – BC Hydro is building to support the Site C powerhouse, spillways and the dam itself. Together, they are a key component of the project’s design, and will ensure dam stability, including in the unlikely event of a major earthquake. The powerhouse buttress was completed in October 2018, and the dam buttress is scheduled to begin in 2020. Combined, the buttresses measure approximately 800 metres long and up to 70 metres wide, and are made up of approximately two million cubic metres of roller-compacted concrete. PROJECT UPDATE


cation and become a Kenworth Master Technician,” said Lesnik. “It’s hard work and it takes a lot of time to complete, especially when you work full-time during that training, but now that it’s over I feel confident in my ability to handle any of my customers’ needs.”

Brandt launches aggregates and roadbuilding divisions NEW DIVISIONS The new business units, Brandt Mineral Technology and Brandt Road Technology, will operate Canada-wide through the company’s Brandt Tractor locations. In support of these new divisions, Brandt plans to open Mineral Technology and Road Technology centres

of excellence in Milton, Ontario, and Calgary, Alberta. These new divisions will focus on sales and support services for John Deere construction equipment along with the Wirtgen Group’s aggregates and roadbuilding products.

IN BRIEF Doosan Bobcat expanding Minnesota manufacturing facility

Vale’s Carajas mine to get 37 autonomous Komatsu trucks

Doosan Bobcat plans for a $26 million expansion of its Litchfield, Minnesota, manufacturing facility. The investment will enable meeting an increased demand for Bobcat’s growing and expanded line of compact equipment and attachments. Doosan Bobcat just opened a new Global Collaboration Center in downtown Minneapolis. The company invested nearly $2 million in this centre, which serves as an easily accessible, centralized location where some elements of the company’s global functions work.

Komatsu plans to deploy 37 of its 930E ultra-class electrical dump trucks as part of an Autonomous Haulage System (AHS) at Vale’s Carajás iron mine, supporting the Brazilian resource company Vale in its drive to leverage technology to reduce impact on the environment and enhance heath, safety and operational efficiency. The goal is to operate 37 trucks autonomously by 2024. Komatsu opened an AHS training centre near the mine in August of this year that provides operations and maintenance training to upskill local people on the new technologies.


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Fullbay.............................................................. 51

Liebherr Canada ............................................. 23

Bobcat Company..........................................45

Genie – Terex Aerial........................................ 46

National Leasing............................................. 53

Canadian Concrete Expo.............................30

GOMACO Corporation.................................... 56

Takeuchi........................................................... 39

Case Construction Equipment.....................25

HOTSTART....................................................... 36

The Gear Centre.............................................. 40

CD Industrial..................................................50

Hyundai Construction Equipment.................. 27

Trail King Industries, Inc................................... 9

CONEXPO/CON-AGG............................ 48–49

JCB.................................................................. 43

Wajax................................................................. 6

Connect Work Tools......................................34

John Deere.................................................11, 42

Western Star Trucks Sales, Inc.................... 4–5


Kal Tire............................................................. 31

Wirtgen America............................................... 3


Komatsu........................................................... 21

World of Concrete........................................... 52



Zero Turn for Mobility ❘ Long, straight runs are nice. But many of you have curb and gutter projects with short runs, radii, and corners in parking lots or tight locations. GOMACO’s Xtreme curb and gutter machines have Zero-Turn capabilities for maneuverability. You’ll be able to place more curb than ever before and move your machine in ways you have never moved before. You’ll be able to pour a tight radius that you could only dream of before. GOMACO’s proprietary G+ controls makes your concrete paver smoother and easier to operate. Have fun paving curb and gutter with your new Zero-Turn GOMACO paver. Our worldwide distributor network and our corporate team always stand ready to serve and assist you.