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44 FEATURES 12 In-depth report: hydro excavators
34 Making connections with next-gen telematics
52 Warming up to winter truck maintenance
18 ICUEE Show Preview
42 Preventing damage to buried utilities
60 Go small or go home
The latest introductions and popular products for underground and utility construction will be on display in Kentucky
31 Pulling power pushes pipe upsizing
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44 Equipment Focus: Utility Locating Tools
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48 Wirtgen equipment works for Winvan Paving in southern B.C.
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34 Earthmoving & Excavation 42 Damage Prevention 44 Equipment Focus: Utility Locating Tools
46 Roadbuilding & Rehabilitation 52 Trucks & Transportation 60 Compact Equipment
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VIEWPOINT The sprawl under our streets
hen I first got into construction magazines a while back, one of my first “beats,” as it were, was government purchasing – covering the equipment and tools that municipalities, especially, were buying for their public works departments, among other things. As I learned about the needs of public works departments, I started to see more and more interest in alternative ways of excavating and installing utilities, as new methods began to come onto the scene and mature. The boom in fibre optic installation that came with growth of the internet was drawing more interest to horizontal directional drilling as an option for removing the clutter of various lines from street to home. At the same time, the concept of vacuum excavation was starting to catch on for city purposes; with all of those new underground cables, it was becoming necessary to use excavating methods that were less likely to damage them, and the synergy between HDD units and hydrovac truck use also caught the attention of public works crews and contractors. Over the past decade I’ve found it fascinating to watch the growth and expansion of these sectors and how integral they’ve become to today’s cities. The sprawl of utilities under our streets has grown exponentially – everything is underground now, and keeping track of where everything is can be a true challenge for municipal planners. Fibre, cable, phone and power lines crisscross beneath us, joined by water, sewer and other services. There’s a good reason why One Call programs have become so important: without them, there would almost certainly be damage on a daily basis. Hydro excavation has proven itself as a safer approach for exposing existing services as support for HDD projects, and much more. This issue of Heavy Equipment Guide focuses in on the utility sector, including looks at HDD and hydro excavation, in the run-up to ICUEE – the International Construction & Utility Equipment Expo – set for October 1–3 in Louisville, Kentucky. Also known as the Demo Expo, ICUEE’s last event in 2017 drew 18,000 professionals and 1,000 exhibitors to see the newest and greatest in the utility sector, from installation to maintenance. As you’ll see browsing through our ICUEE preview, HDD and hydro excavation are well represented at the show, for good reason – you rarely see a utility project these days that doesn’t have one or the other, or both, on site. In addition, we look at the growth and importance of hydro excavation in our In-Depth Report, which brought some interesting points forward for me as I spoke with industry representatives. For those who weren’t aware, Canadian operators were early adopters of hydrovac equipment, which started out on oil and gas sites and spread from there. We are also big believers in vacuum trucks, as opposed to the trailer-mounted units that are strong in the U.S., and Canadian jurisdictions have been a driver of new approaches to truck design thanks to a variety of road regulations. If you’ve ever wondered what’s going on under the ground, there’s quite a bit. And thanks to these expanding technologies, digging is a lot safer than ever before. Lee Toop Associate Editor
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POWER AND COMFORT COME WITH ROOMIER CAB AND NEW CONTROLS New John Deere Class Production Class L-Series wheel loaders offer customers the power and comfort they need on the job. Three models – including the 744L, 824L and 844L – are equipped with a roomier cab, new electrohydraulic (EH) controls and an improved HVAC system, resulting in better overall allday comfort and productivity. The L-Series wheel loaders feature a more comfortable cab, which has several features to improve operability. First, the standard premium cab is roomier, with three more inches of legroom and storage space behind and next to the seat compared to the K-Series machines. The new seat offers heating and ventilation, as well as seat pan and tilt adjustment. Additionally, the cab door is 79 percent wider at the floor compared to the previous models, and the platform has been cut
out around the top step for improved visibility. Standard joystick steering helps to improve cab room, and customers can choose to add a steering wheel as a field kit. A new dedicated steering pump provides quicker hydraulic cycle times for combined
functions. All new EH controls offer the highest level of operator comfort as a result of several key features. Soft stop features allow the boom or bucket to gradually stop when either the kickout position is reached, or the operator releases the control. The new machines are more powerful than the previous models, with an increase of up to nine percent in hp. The 744L, 824L, 844L and 844L Aggregate Handler models offer 315 hp (235 kW), 343 hp (256 kW), 417 hp (311 kW) and 429 hp (320 kW), respectively. All units boast improvements in fuel efficiency, with the 824L specifically being equipped with a 9.0-litre engine, like the 744L, lowering fuel consumption by up to 12 percent. The 844L is equipped with a proven 13.5-litre engine, reducing fuel use by up to 7 percent.
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INDIRECT FLAME HEATER LINE Purpose-built with heavy-duty construction in mind, Generac Mobile’s new MIH800 and MIH1.2 indirect heaters are designed for reliable performance in the harshest environments. Units are easy to use and maintain thanks to the smart control panel design and the simplified assembly design. Standard safety features protect the unit, the environment and the user. The MIH800 produces 800,000 BTUs of powerful heat. This unit has a run time of up to 32 hours with 85 percent + efficiency and fuel consumption of 5.8 gal/hr. The MIH800 offers ample internal storage space for all of the ducts and tools needed for any job. Generac Mobile indirect flame heaters feature a burner fire eye that monitors the flame and shuts off the fuel pump if no flame is present in the burner. An air differential switch shuts down the burner if airflow is not present and the hi-limit switch protects the unit from overheating if the thermostat fails. Dual duct outlets offer separate heat runs for versatility. The MIH1.2 provides 1,200,000 BTUs of heat and offers multiple duct outlet options. The run time is up to 34 hours and has a burner efficiency of 85 percent + for reduced fuel costs. The line also includes the MIH4.2 that produces 4.2M BTUs to heat larger areas. 10
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The new Premiertrak 330 jaw crusher is fitted with a simple large fixed hopper manufactured from an 8-mm wear plate, improving setup time, reducing pegging and increasing the life of wear parts. The hydrostatic drive allows reversibility of the chamber, meaning the machine can unblock and run in reverse, allowing easier crushing of certain materials. In addition to this, a low engine speed improves fuel consumption and provides lower noise emissions for working in urban or restricted areas. The Premiertrak 330 crusher uses a 1,000- x 600-mm (40x 24-inch) jaw chamber and is capable of producing up to 280 tph (308 US tph) of crushed material. It can be used in a range of applications including aggregate, recycling and mining. All Powerscreen crushers come with the Pulse Intelli-
gence system as standard. Powerscreen Pulse is a remote monitoring fleet management system allowing crushing and screening equipment operators and owners to have unrivalled access to key data. This data has the power to revolutionize operations and analyzing it can mean improved machine operation, increased uptime, in-depth reporting and fleet management. Powerscreen Pulse Intelligence is available anywhere at any time on a PC, tablet or smartphone. The system provides comprehensive information on the GPS location, start and stop times, fuel consumption, tonnages, cone settings, wear ratings, operating hours, maintenance status and more.
DECK MULCHER ATTACHMENT MORE PRODUCTIVE PER PASS Fecon’s new a family of stout deck mulcher attachments that are wider than conventional deck mulchers, providing more productivity per pass. Ruggedness and dependability are built in, with attention to detailed design to enhance performance, service life, and safety. A robust bearing carrier houses a heavy-duty bearing with an oversized shaft. Specially designed twosided blades effectively double their service life without having to flip the blade. A stump-jumper feature allows the deck mulcher to ride over stumps without risking bolt shearing; the extra blade mass also increases cutting inertia and enhances performance in thicker materials. New Fecon deck mulchers can mulch smaller materials faster than traditional drum mulchers, making them ideal for right-ofway clearing and maintenance, forestry clearing, site prep, land improvement, highway mulching and maintenance, urban interface, and more. Forged blade bolts are 11 percent larger and feature larger
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hex interface and blade rotating surface for stronger mating with components and longer service life. Armour-coated rear deck area is designed to withstand any potential impact. Integrated tie downs and lift points simplify transportation and maintenance. Brush grabber inlets help to pull debris from fence rows or piles. The open front is designed for the directional discharge of the unit. When the blades are spinning clockwise the discharge is to the right front. Side skirts close to the ground eliminate rear or side discharge when ground engaged. Fecon deck mulchers are available in three sizes with cutting widths of 62, 74 and 86 inches, and weights from 1,950 to 2,450 pounds and hydraulic flow requirements from 17 to 41 gpm.
MOBILE SHEAR FOR DEMOLITION AND SCRAP RECYCLING ShearCore has introduced their new FS145 Mobile Shear, the largest in their product line of attachments for the demolition and scrap recycling industries. Bruce Bacon, president of Exodus, states “The new FS145 shear model is the culmination of the company’s design policy of ‘begin every design with a foundation in experience and a desire to improve.’ This shear model exemplifies that policy with a new tip design to handle the massive force this shear delivers. A new ‘shark fin’ rear lug design transfers stress in a new and improved method over any previous design in the mobile shear world, which allows higher forces to be distributed over greater mass.” The FS145R rotating shear model, has a shear weight of 28,000 pounds with a jaw opening of 46 inches and jaw depth of 47 inches, along with a reach of 14 feet 9 inches. The minimum excavator boom mount is 145,000 pounds with a minimum excavator stick mount of 250,000 pounds. The FS145 is also available as a non-rotating model. The FS145 now brings ShearCore’s Fortress mobile shears to eight different models including the FS25, FS35, FS45, FS55, FS75, FS85 and FS95. The Fortress line also includes the concrete processor cracker series.
DRIVE-IN SCREED IDEAL FOR CONCRETE PLACEMENT IN MULTIPLE USES The SpiderScreed addresses the issues of drive-in screeds such as weight, power, navigation and levelling capabilities. This screed is ideal for concrete placements on upper decks, residential applications, slab-on-grade and 3D surfaces. A tubular aluminum main and screed head frame makes the SpiderScreed the lightest drive-in screed featuring an auger screed head or a smooth roller for multi-directional use. High-speed electric actuators drive Ligchine’s patented machine levelling system that produces superior FF/FL numbers. Ligchine’s Versa-Drive system allows for unmatched machine movement, screeding control and speed. The screed’s levelling systems feature two Topcon LS-B110 receivers; options include two Topcon ST-2 sonic trackers as well as a robotic total station control. The unit offers an independent hydraulic front wheel drive system. Wheels are linked together in unison achieving zero turn, parallel and lateral steering, and drive motions. It also includes an Eaton keypad for operator controls and a Parker MD4 7-inch touchscreen display for systems/diagnostic status. The SpiderScreed weighs 1,280 pounds. It has dimensions of 94 inches wide and 69 inches long; height to the lift lugs is 70 inches when extended and 59 inches retracted. Power is provided by a Honda GX630 producing 20.8 HP. Screed head is 10 feet, with an 8-foot option available.
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By Lee Toop, Associate Editor
nderneath the traffic jams that snarl Canadian city streets, there is another type of congestion faced by municipalities and contractors: kilometres and kilometres of utilities that criss-cross one another in a growing tangle of pipes and conduits. The horizontal drilling boom that has helped bring high-speed internet and cable services to so many parts of the country has also brought more challenges for the providers of those and many other services. It has become a more hazardous prospect to dig with an excavator or backhoe when it comes to these busy locations, for fear of striking a buried line and causing a spill or breaking a cable – both costly mistakes. Those concerns have opened a door for the use of hydro excavation units, which can be used to open up the ground with far less likelihood of damage to existing services. These machines, which started out in industrial service in the oil and gas sector and have spread into more and more uses
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over the past decade or so, are a versatile option for municipalities and contractors, as well as for industrial users. “Hydro excavation brings a number of benefits to the industrial excavation world. It is now the most preferred method of digging because it’s the safest way to dig without damaging known or unknown items underground,” explained Mike Reis, vice president of industrial sales with hydro excavator manufacturer Super Products. “The primary benefit of hydro excavation is that it provides for better damage and safety control when compared with mechanical methods. Since it is accurate, it limits accidents and injuries for labourers, as well as other people. It also does a better job of digging.” According to Ben Schmitt, general manager of Edmonton-based Westech Vac Systems, oil and gas operators were first to turn to hydro excavators back in the late 2000s during the first boom in hydraulic fracturing. “During that boom, vacuum excavators were – and still are – an integral part of the oilfield industry, as oil tanks and pipelines were continuously
installed to support the increased production of oil. Companies employed vacuum excavation to safely install new pipelines without damaging the myriad of existing pipelines in the ground,” Schmitt related. Today, the resource sector still uses vacuum excavation, but the benefits of excavation with a lighter touch have been recognized in more areas, according to Nick Bruhn, product manager with TruVac. “With an ever-increasing amount of buried utilities, aging infrastructure, infrastructure upgrades and new construction, vacuum excavators are in high demand for a variety of jobs, including potholing, visually verifying locates, slot trenching to install new utilities, ensuring an HDD bore head safely avoids existing utilities, and exposing utilities for repairs,” Bruhn said. “Vacuum excavators are used throughout all stages of a buried utility’s life cycle.” Hydro excavators work by combining high-pressure water with a vacuum system, Reis explained. The water cuts into soil and breaks it up, and the vacuum then lifts that resulting slurry out of the excavation area and pulls it into a debris tank
that can later be dumped elsewhere. It’s becoming a more popular excavation option for work in cities, with both municipalities and contractors picking up truck- or trailer-mounted units. Brian Showley, director of sales with Vermeer MV Solutions, said that contractors remain the main buyers of hydro excavation equipment, but that cities are buying their own equipment more and more. The division of who is purchasing what, in terms of either the truck or trailer models, is also shifting, he noted. “What we’re seeing is a trend where some of the contractors that in the past were using trucks are finding that because of load restrictions, the truck sizes are coming down to scale with the new regulations. On the municipal side, we’re seeing a big uptick in trailer units; larger cities own big snorkel trucks, but they’re finding that they can buy a 500- or 800-gallon trailer-mounted vac, get multiple units, and for a fraction of the cost do smaller jobs and not tie up the big trucks.” Rival Hydrovac, a Canadian vac truck manufacturer, has been aiming
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sent the industry (users and manufacturers) into panic mode. As a result, Westech and Vactor have developed specific configurations for this market to help our customers better comply with the new regulations while maximizing their legal payload and productivity.” Smaller machines offer maneuverability and capability to do work on tighter jobsites as well, noted Showley. “In a case where you’re going out and doing utility locates, you don’t notice as big a difference as you might think from the performance side of things, so they can get the job done more efficiently with a smaller truck – a tandem axle, rear tandem axle or even a rear single axle truck and spend a lot less dollars on the initial investment,” he said.
Benefits in busy underground environments
TRUVAC PARADIGM for that smaller truck market with its products, according to partner Tim Dell. Load limits are becoming more challenging for hydro excavator owners to manage, so smaller trucks that provide the digging power needed for today’s excavating jobs are ideal for the market, he noted. “They know the big trucks have to be legal, and they can’t haul as much as the little trucks because there’s so much equipment on them and the trucks weigh so much empty,” he said. “You have this big truck that you can’t use to the extent it’s built for because you can’t fill the tanks all the way.” Rival builds two truck models, the T7 and T10, which carry seven and 10 yards of debris respectively; the T10 was built for operators who might need a little more space, Dell described. “It’s probably 30 percent bigger than our initial truck; that’s for the guys who need to be legal but
want a little more truck – maybe they do some work industrially or in the oilfields, but also work in the city,” he said.
Regulations drive developments
Different provinces have different regulations surrounding vacuum excavation trucks and weights, and the landscape is always changing. That makes it tough to find the truck that best fits the needs of the location. Westech and its sister company Vactor Manufacturing have been working to adjust their offerings based on provincial changes. “Up until the middle of last year, vacuum excavators in the Ontario market were considered roadbuilding machines, which made them exempt from many DOT regulations, most specifically weight compliance,” Schmitt explained. “The roadbuilding machines exemption was recently removed, which
When it gets to the jobsite, hydro excavators offer plenty of benefits to operators who are dealing with modern cityscapes or industrial installations that hold surprises underground. “We have to change the way we excavate. . . you can’t just go out there, hit lines, repair them and move on,” Showley said. “There are fees and fines associated with that, and there can be legal problems for contractors that hit a line and cause explosions, injuries and death. You used to ride down the road and see someone down in a hole watching the bucket of a backhoe digging to find a line. . . you just can’t get away with that anymore – it’s too dangerous.” With the proliferation of directional drilling to install everything from sewer lines to fibre optic cable, tracking just where those installations are has become a challenge for municipalities, let alone contractors, Dell noted. Even with One Call and locating services providing greater awareness of buried lines, there can still be issues with precision. “If you’re told the service is at 9 feet deep but the surface mark is off by 20 inches, you dig 9 feet and then you don’t know where to go. . . you can spend half a day searching,” Dell said. Protecting those underground lines is a key part of the hydro excavator’s job on any given day, especial
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“WE HAVE TO CHANGE THE WAY WE EXCAVATE. YOU CAN’T JUST GO OUT THERE, HIT LINES, REPAIR THEM AND MOVE ON.“
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ly after the fibre boom in Canadian cities – as Dell noted, a cut fibre optic cable can’t just be taped back together, but requires expensive specialized repairs. Hydro excavation also has far less likelihood of causing an environmental or safety hazard. “Hydro excavation. . . is now the most preferred method of digging because it’s the safest way to dig without damaging known or unknown items underground,” Reis noted. “The primary benefit of hydro excavation is that it provides for better damage and safety control when compared with mechanical methods. Since it is accurate, it limits accidents and injuries for labourers as well as other people.” Schmitt notes that regulations in some jurisdictions are requiring the pairing of a vacuum truck with hydraulic directional drills to prevent potential underground clashes. “Many regulations and consumers require exposing each utility the bore will cross to ensure the bore bit will cross the utility safely,” he said. “These lines are exposed by hydro excavation. On larger HDD applications, vacuum excavators are used to vacuum the drilling fluids and mud produced during the course of the application. They can also be used to clean up the drill and jobsite once complete.”
WESTECH WOLF Hydro excavators are relatively simple machines in construction and design – they are essentially a pressurized water system, a large vacuum and the associated tanks. Advancements in design and construction haven’t moved far from that formula, but have focused on improving efficiency and performance. The differences are often in the areas of boom design, weight distribution, tank size and similar aspects. Each manufacturer has its own design and structure. “TruVac has responded to the increased demand for vacuum excavation equipment by providing new and innovative features and designs that enhance versatility, productivity and safety, minimize job setup and teardown, and maximize payload capacity,” Bruhn said. “The demands for options are as varied as our customers’ business models. Customers are often looking for a broader range of storage capacities, operating flows and pressures, vehicle sizes, axle capacities, boom reach, carrying capacities and the ability to perform additional tasks.”
Improvements focus on engines, noise
As hydro excavators have become more established, manufacturers have focused improvements on aspects like engine options – diesel versus gasoline,
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for example – and hose size, as well as managing issues like noise. Sound levels are important to consider in urban uses, Showley said, both in terms of engine noise and the sound of the vacuum itself. “Silencers are quieting that air. . . that’s what makes a really high-pitched whining noise,” he described. “We’re also building full enclosures with sound-deadening material lining those enclosures. It even comes down to the plumbing. . . larger plumbing actually helps the machine quieter.” In the end, though, hydro excavators are still relatively simple machines that are simple to use. “There’s not much magic to these machines – it’s really different ways of laying them out. But in the end, they all heat up water, shoot water out, suck up the mud and store it in a tank, and then dump it,” Dell described.
Truck or trailer?
When the time comes to purchase a hydro excavator, the customer has a big decision to make off the start: truck or trailer? Canadian buyers overwhelmingly select trucks, Showley noted, though trailers are starting to make some inroads. “We are working on a few projects that would bring more trailers into Canada, but it’s a situation where the market has been so established with trucks in Canada for so long that the buyers are just used to going in that direction,” he said. Dell said the decision to buy a truck over a trailer often rests in how busy the machine is for any particular owner. “Trailers are a little more versatile because you’re pulling them with another truck that can then be used for other things; if it’s not something you’re using every day, then it’s useful in that regard,” he described. “An owner might graduate to a truck because he needs more productivity, he’s using that trailer more than he had expected.” Hydro excavation is still relatively early in its growth cycle, Schmitt noted, and that means there’s plenty of room for new developments depending on what the market is looking for. “With the rapid changes in the industry, vacuum excavation will likely look much different in another ten years,” he said. “We will likely see a continued focus on weight reduction and distribution, different methods of transportation (such as trailer vacs and hydrovac support trucks), different methods of cutting soil (such as water, air and water/air combinations), different disposal techniques, hydrovac spoil reclamation, and even autonomous vacuum excavation.” HEG
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CASE Case is featuring updates to its N Series backhoe loaders, including new industry-exclusive PowerBoost functionality, a new PowerDrive transmission upgrade with Direct Drive, and a factory-installed thumb that makes backhoe operation even more versatile. New Case N Series backhoes also feature updates to loader controls, including a new declutch trigger, new roller/rocker switch for better attachment control, and an all-new F-N-R thumb switch for simplified operation. PowerBoost is a new button on the left-hand backhoe joystick that provides the operator with a momentary boost of increased hydraulic power without decreasing engine rpm (so as not to affect speed/cycle times). This feature is ideal for digging through tough conditions, including hard clay, rock and frost. Case backhoes still feature PowerLift, which provides added lifting power (comparable with some mid-sized excavators) at lower engine rpm to provide powerful and smooth lifting and craning operations.
MORBARK The Rayco C120R Forestry Mulcher has the power and in-woods characteristics of a dedicated forestry machine with the versatility of rubber tracks for crossing roadways and sensitive turf. It rides on a 17.7-inch-wide (450 mm) steel-embedded rubber track. It boasts a reliable and powerful 120-hp (89.4kW) CAT diesel engine, while Rayco’s exclusive Super Flow, closed-loop hydrostatic system delivers mulching power not found in ordinary equipment. Purpose-built for mulching, the C120R features a 12,000-pound-capacity (5,443 kg) hydraulic rear winch and Rayco’s exclusive elevated cooling design, which places engine radiators in both the rear of the engine compartment and in the limbriser for maximum cooling performance in the harshest climates.
Ramvac by Sewer Equipment is showing the AX-4000 Air Excavator series, which offers both non-CDL and CDL chassis options. This truck series touts a single engine design with 12 volt electrical controls and manual hand valves for ease of use and maintenance, while also being able to excavate with both air and water effectively using only one truck. It offers payload capacities from 5,000 to 12,000 pounds. A standard hydraulic rear door allows operators to dump spoils quickly and easily. Customizable blower options help users achieve the results they need with capacities of 18 or 27 inches Hg, 1,400 or 3,000 cfm with a 6- or 4-inch system. All water systems are contained within a single heated enclosure for cold weather applications, while also offering the most cubic feet of standard tool storage on the market, according to Ramvac.
The Toro Dingo TXL 2000 features telescoping arms to allow the TXL 2000 to reach over obstacles, dig below grade, and generally extend the operator’s working range. This equipment solution consolidates the benefits of several machines into one to perform a variety of tasks on the jobsite. Fully extended, the boom has a hinge pin height of just over 10 feet (3.12 m). The TXL 2000 has a rated operating capacity of up to 2,000 pounds (907 kg), rivalling the strength of many skid-steer loaders and compact track loaders.
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Generac Mobile’s LINKTower is not engine-driven. Instead it is powered by a standard 120V outlet and produces zero localized emissions. The smaller size of the tower allows it to fit through a standard door opening and it can be set up by a single person in less than one minute. Ergonomic folding handles and additional caster wheel allows for one-person maneuverability. Silent operation is ideal for any application in which sound is a concern. Its linking capability allows operators to use shore power, a generator or even a diesel light tower to link multiple LINKTowers together to illuminate large areas – offering extreme fuel efficiency, flexibility and versatility in lighting.
Trail King personnel will be on hand to provide information and answers on the full line of Trail King trailers, including the following models that will be on display at the show: a TK80SA+ AdvantagePlus! SlidingTail Trailer featuring a tilting main deck with 6.5-degree loading angle and 15-degree dump angle and a 30,000-pound hydraulic winch; a TKT50LP Tilt Trailer, featuring a 12-degree load angle, 30-foot overall deck, dual air locks operated with a single switch, 25K single 2-speed and air-operated approach plates; and a TKT16U Tilt Utility Trailer, featuring a 22-foot deck, 2 pairs of d-rings on stationary and 4 pairs on tilt deck, 8,000-pound electric brake axles and bolt-on lockable tool box lid and fork holders. 18
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Vacall will display the AllExcavate. Vacall says that this hydro excavator features superior water pressure and vacuum forces, easy operation, standard smart controls and a step-in compartment to protect operators from bad weather. The heated compartment has enough space for an operator to change out of wet clothing. The compartment also has floor drainage, clothing racks, and storage for the high-pressure handgun and extensions. Ideal for cold weather work, Vacall hydro excavators have LED lighting, extra insulation, heated cabinets for the hose reel and water pumps, and boilers that heat water for more effective hydro excavation in frozen ground. The AllExcavate uses high-pressure jetting action to loosen material and vacuum forces up to 27-inch HG and 5,800 CFM to remove material and water slurry into a debris tank.
The core of the Steelwrist product offering includes quick couplers and tiltrotators. The company says that outfitting an excavator with a tiltrotator can increase productivity by up to 35 percent. A tiltrotator eliminates the need to re-position the excavator leading to increased productivity as well as a safer jobsite. Steelwrist says that the improved productivity has a direct impact on return on investment, and time savings can quickly pay for the initial investment of the tiltrotator.
ENGCON Engcon will show EC-Oil which is a unique automatic quick coupler system for excavators. With EC-Oil it’s possible to switch hydraulic tools in 10 seconds without getting out of the cab. EC-Oil connects all hydraulic tools automatically to machines from 6 to 33 metric tons and can be retrofitted to all types of hydraulic tools, regardless of manufacturer. Besides the EC-Oil Automatic Quick Coupler System, Engcon will show their tiltrotator and other power tools for excavators 1.5 to 33 metric tonnes.
Kato offers four crawler models in a range of weight/capacity classes. While the standard chassis is outfitted with a material vessel, Kato says these workhorses are much more than earthmoving machines. Their team can outfit a crawler machine as a digger-derrick, personnel carrier, aerial work platform, tanker, crane or other tasked machine. In addition to the application outfitting, they offer customization with a range of useful accessories, such as a winch, to make sure users get the job done. Kato’s line ranges from the 6,415-pound IC37 to the 31,085-pound IC120, with a model to meet any size or payload requirements.
CM LABS CM Labs Simulations will allow ICUEE attendees to operate two different simulator platforms. The company will display the immersive Vortex Advantage and the entry-level Vortex Edge Plus simulators. Both simulators can run the company’s full catalogue of lifting and earthmoving equipment. This includes simulations for boom trucks, mobile cranes, backhoes, excavators and more. The training packs provide exercises for trenching, pipe placement, excavation around utilities and more. The Vortex Advantage can mirror an entire training fleet, with hot-swappable controls and pedals. It also adjusts to equipment-specific sightlines with a rotating 3-display option or the immersive 5-display option. It reproduces the feel of equipment in motion, including vibration, impact, acceleration and overload conditions. The Vortex Edge Plus is designed for portability. It mounts on a desktop and is an effective alternative to assessing operators on real machines.
PRECO ELECTRONICS PreView Sentry is a flexible, accurate, and powerful active blind spot monitoring solution available for medium- and heavy-duty trucks and equipment. This blind spot collision warning radar system is designed to alert equipment operators of the presence of obstacles in the designated coverage area. With its rugged design, Sentry is developed to operate in all weather and working conditions to help keep equipment and the people around it safe. Preco’s PreView Side Defender II radar-based side collision warning system actively monitors a vehicle’s side blind zone. Using the system’s intelligent operating modes, operators are alerted to other vehicles in the side blind zone for lane change assist and to vulnerable road users in slow-speed mode for side turn assist, all while ignoring stationary objects.
AMERICAN EAGLE American Eagle specializes in trailers to transport cable reels, coil pipe, stick pipe, and utility poles. These trailers are used by rural electric power companies, municipalities, gas companies, utility construction/telecom companies, and a variety of other applications. American Eagle also manufactures and markets the American Eagle truck-mounted hydraulic air compressors, heavy-duty and lightweight drawer systems in both steel and aluminum, LubeMate lube skids and trailers, FuelMate fuel trailers, and other work truck accessories. At ICUEE the company will exhibit multiple models of trailers, as well as the new pull handle option now available for American Eagle Drawer Systems.
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ICUEE SHOW PREVIEW SUPER PRODUCTS Super Products offers a safe, efficient and versatile alternative to traditional digging equipment with the Mud Dog Vacuum Excavator product line. The Mud Dog is designed for operator convenience and consistent performance in the harshest environments. This product line comes standard as a hydro excavator and also offers an air excavation option. This allows for the operator to always choose the best application, water or air, for the job. Hydro excavation uses high-pressure water to break up solid materials and is effective in any soil condition. Air excavation uses compressed air to break up soils and materials and is most effective in less compacted soils. Additionally, the Mud Dog comes standard with tilt ejection unloading, the industry’s safest dumping solution. It provides fast, thorough removal of debris from the collector body and ensures all liquids are cleared quickly and efficiently even when unloading in an up-slope/nose down position.
PRINOTH Prinoth will be focusing on vegetation management at ICUEE. Adding to its line of forestry mulchers and excavator attachments is the allnew M450s-1900. Designed for use in the 80–150 hp/100–200 L/ min skid-steer loader class, this mulching head lends itself ably to a wide range of end uses. At ICUEE it will be mounted on a Takeuchi skid steer. Prinoth offers attachments for vegetation management that fit carriers ranging from 6 to 25 tons. The RAPTOR 300r carrier is designed for mulching operations on challenging terrain. The undercarriage adapts perfectly to swampy, uneven or steep terrain and flexible rubber tracks offer extremely low ground pressure. The carrier is equipped with an M550m mulching head and has a mechanical driveline for maximum efficiency. The centre of gravity is on the dead centre of the machine providing even better mobility in steep and swampy terrain. A walking beam suspension, producing increased suspension travel, easily adapts to uneven terrain while providing a safe and comfortable ride.
DOOSAN PORTABLE POWER The XP185WDO high-pressure air compressor produces 185 cfm and 125 psi. It can simultaneously power both air and electrical tools when outfitted with an optional 4kW generator and is equipped with two 120V duplex outlets with easy access on the curbside, rear panel of the air compressor. An onboard toolbox allows for convenient storage of both air-powered and electrical tools. It is powered by a 74-hp Tier 4 Final engine. The high-performance Doosan D24 engine features a DOC aftertreatment system that is virtually maintenance-free. The XP185WDO maximizes jobsite productivity with a 10-hour runtime at 100 percent load. Dependable even in extreme temperatures, the XP185 provides a limited ambient temperature of 125 degrees F, helping to ensure uptime in hot conditions.
The Cary-Lift 204i is a pipe and pole handler featuring an overhead lift arm design which gives the operator full front visibility when lifting or transporting loads. Cary-Lift forks are capable of tilting down 90 degrees for specialized lifting tasks. The 204i is powered by a 200-hp Cummins QSB6.7 Tier 4 diesel engine with DOC and SCR aftertreatment. It provides a maximum load capacity of 20,000 pounds and max lift height of 14 feet. Offering 4-wheel drive with 2-wheel, 4-wheel and crab hydraulic power steering modes – and with the wheelbase limited to just 12 feet – the 204i can achieve a turning radius of 21 feet 6 inches. A quick attach system increases the machine’s versatility, with fork frames, pipe and pole baler, log baler, scrap baler and tire handler all available as attachments.
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Additional seals, covers and other special parts are standard for the 299D3 XE Land Management machine to restrict debris and other materials from entering the engine compartment and lower frame while large removable panels provide easy access to aid in routine cleaning. A turbine-type pre-cleaner ejects dust, dirt and debris from engine-intake airflow before it reaches the filter, thus extending air filter service life. The 299D3 XE Land Management model also comes factory-equipped with components that provide guarding to protect front and rear LED work lights, work tool coupler area, work tool electrical harness connections, and auxiliary hydraulic quick-disconnect fittings from impact and debris that are often hazards in land-clearing applications. The cooling system’s hydraulically driven fan operates only when required to save fuel, while the reversing fan feature clears intake screens of debris, so the system runs cooler when operating in high ambient temperature applications.
MANITEX Manitex is adding a new model to the TC series line of truck-mounted cranes, the TC600. The model is rated at 60 tons with a maximum main boom tip height of 141 feet. Manitex will also exhibit the A62 truck-mounted aerial work platform. The A62 is capable of reaching a maximum working height of 62 feet with a max platform payload of 550 pounds in the basket. Manitex’s articulating crane line “MAC” will feature the MAC 47.5 knuckle boom crane. Manitex says that its articulating crane products combine the versatility of a knuckle boom crane and the dependability of the Manitex brand to get the job done.
AKKERMAN Akkerman will exhibit a Tunnel Boring Machine equipped with an impressive disc-cutter head, featuring a full-face load rating up to 135 tons for the installation of 72-inch OD pipe. The Akkerman Bentonite Injection System (ABIS) delivers totalized automated bentonite flow control from a touchscreen monitor on TBM and MTBM projects. Attendees will be able to interact
with the display to mimic flow control in the adjacent pipe segment. The company says that its infinitely versatile guided boring product line displays will include an array of tooling for accurate steel casing installations, its new GBM Guidance System with full target optic capability at 600 feet, and many solutions for guided auger boring in soft rock ground conditions.
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ICUEE SHOW PREVIEW B2W SOFTWARE
B2W Software will highlight its ONE Platform for heavy construction estimating and operations, including the B2W Maintain element for equipment maintenance and management. B2W Maintain gives contractors a comprehensive system to cut equipment costs and downtime by streamlining maintenance processes and taking a more automated, proactive approach to preventive maintenance. The specialized software provides enterprise-wide visibility of equipment status, location and repair history in real time and a Mobile Mechanic application for work order processing, reporting and documentation. Additional features include automated warranty tracking and integrated telematics, parts inventory and purchasing functionality. The B2W Software ONE Platform also includes unified elements for estimating, resource scheduling, field tracking and analysis, as well as e-forms and reporting.
The GHC30 telescoping crawler crane on display at ICUEE will be outfitted with pole claw and auger attachments. When equipped with the auger and pole claw, the crane is adept at off-loading, lifting and installing poles. This 30 USt crane is the smallest member of the GHC range and offers 100 percent pickand-carry function. With its full-power, three-section 83-foot telescoping boom, operators can easily handle a variety of lifts at various radii without setting up on outriggers like traditional hydraulic boom cranes. The National Crane NBT30H-2 TM boom truck will also be at Manitowocâ€™s booth.
STELLAR INDUSTRIES Stellar offers complete mechanic service truck packages, which will be highlighted in their booth at ICUEE. Products from Stellar include hooklift hoists, cable hoists, container carriers, telescopic cranes, articulating cranes, tire service truck packages and work truck accessories.
THUNDER CREEK Thunder Creek Equipment has made a series of detailed improvements to its Multi-Tank Trailer (MTT) fuel and service platform that allows users to legally haul up to 920 gallons of diesel without a CDL or HAZMAT endorsement. The MTT updates are highlighted by a new electric manifold that automatically shuts off tank valves after fuelling to ensure legal transportation and provide protection against users accidentally leaving a valve open, which could subject them to moving violations. The front end now accommodates new customization options and quality improvements. Other features include: a re-engineered tank design to increase strength and durability; thicker-gauge steel on MTT doors, plus new heavy-duty latches; added option of gas- or diesel-powered fuel pumps that deliver up to 30 gpm; and upgraded optional heavy-duty 35- and 50-foot fuel hose reels.
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TERRAMAC On display at ICUEE will be the Terramac RT6 rubber track crawler with Terex Commander 4047 which is nimble enough to access tight jobsites yet powerful enough to install powerlines on all types of ground conditions. Also on display will be the Terramac RT14 with Terex RMX, featuring a working height of 79.7 feet, allowing crews to improve material handling efficiency as they transition between the RMX as an aerial device or personnel lift. Carriers feature low ground pressure making it easy for utility crews to climb steep hills and travel through unsteady ground conditions. Additional utility attachments such as lineman winches, vacuum excavators, fifth wheels, and personnel carriers are compatible with Terramac carriers for utility jobsites.
Towmaster’s Air-Tilt Deck trailers offer convenience and easy loading by tilting the bed using air from the tow vehicle’s system. This provides a controlled tilting of the deck without the use of hydraulics. The low tilt angle is perfect for loading small-wheeled or paver equipment and the deck stays tilted until the air is released from the system. The T-40TA has a capacity of 40,000 pounds and features an angled beavertail and approach ramp with an option for air-ramps (shown). This trailer is easy to operate by simply releasing the locking mechanism and adding air to the twin air bags, drive your equipment on or off and release the air from the bags to lower the deck.
MACK TRUCKS Mack Trucks will display the toughness and versatility of its Mack Granite model at ICUEE. Mack’s booth in the Lift & Haul Demo Lot will feature three trucks on display: a Mack Granite 106B twinsteer tridrive with a Bronto Skylift 230-foot aerial platform; a Mack Granite 84F with a 40 USt National Crane NBT40; and a Mack Granite 64F with a Vactor 2100i combination sewer cleaner.
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TADANO MANTIS Tadano Mantis Corporation will be exhibiting two of its GTC Series cranes: the GTC-800 (88 tons) and the newest addition to the GTC Series, the 50-ton capacity GTC-500. The GTC-500 features a four-section, full-power boom that allows continuous telescoping with load to the maximum extended length of 113 feet 10 inches. The GTC-500 has an operating weight of 103,900 pounds, so it can ship in one standard truckload. The GTC-800 is the largest sub-100 ton teleboom crawler on the market and features a full-power, five-section 37-foot 8-inch to 141-foot 1-inch hydraulic boom. The main boom is complemented by a 33.1-foot / 58.1-foot bi-fold jib. Both the GTC-800 and GTC-500 feature OPTI-WIDTH, pick-and-carry capacity through 360 degrees, automatic switching load charts for operating on slopes up to 4 degrees and base load charts for work on slopes of up to 1.5 degrees.
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ICUEE SHOW PREVIEW KENWORTH Three Kenworth trucks, including a Kenworth T370, T440 and T880, will be featured in the Kenworth Truck Co. booth. The Kenworth T370 features an end dump configuration, equipped with a PACCAR PX-9 engine rated at 330 hp and 1,000 ft-lb of torque, Eaton Fuller Advantage 10-speed automated transmission, and the PACCAR 20K front axle. The Kenworth T440 is equipped with a TRUVAC by Vactor MFG Inc., HXX vacuum tank. The truck is specified with a PACCAR PX-9 engine rated at 370 hp and 1,250 ft-lb of torque, and an Allison 3000 RDS 6-speed automatic transmission. A Kenworth T880 with an Altec Effer 505 Knuckle Boom Crane features the PACCAR MX-13 engine, rated at 510 hp and 1,850 ft-lb of torque. The T880 is equipped with an Allison 4700 RDS 7-speed automatic transmission.
HYUNDAI CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT AMERICAS Among seven compact excavator models on display from Hyundai will be the prototype of an electric-powered model, the Hyundai R35E, developed in collaboration with Cummins Engine Co. Hyundai also will exhibit six conventional diesel-powered models from the 9A series of compact excavators, ranging from its smallest, the R17Z-9A, to its largest, the R80CR-9A. Also on display from Hyundai’s fullsized HX series of hydraulic excavators will be the HX140L, now powered by a 127-hp Cummins QSF3.8 engine. Rounding out the exhibit from the Hyundai HL900 series of wheel loaders will be the HL940TM model.
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The 710L Backhoe features a 17-foot 3-inch dig depth, making it ideal for placing pipe, digging trenches, breaking up concrete or asphalt, and moving materials. The Tier 4 Final 4.5L John Deere PowerTech Plus engine provides 148 hp/110 kW. The powershift transmission enables operators to travel up to 23 mph between jobsites. The 710L cab offers plenty of legroom and a comfortable seat. The redesigned pilot towers feature fingertip electrohydraulic controls and a multifunction lever on the steering column to control turn signals, wipers and lights.
The Westech Wolf non-code certified hydrovac truck is ideal for extreme conditions. The debris body is positioned on the optimal spot of the chassis to ensure the payload is proportionately distributed across all axles simultaneously, maximizing legal payload for customers and improving operational efficiency. The side-mounted water tanks reduce the weight by more than 40 percent, lowering the overall cost of the truck. The 1,500-gallon capacity ensures ample water storage capacity for large or remote jobs. A top-mounted “no-touch” water fill system is easily accessible from the passenger side of the vehicle. The debris body is lifted using a telescoping, dual-acting hydraulic cylinder capable of 36,000 pounds of force. When fully extended, the debris body exceeds a 45-degree dump angle for fast and efficient offloading. To help the offloading process, a heavy-duty, hydraulically powered tank vibrator is mounted to the belly of the debris body. A splash shield fitted to the rear of the unit directs the offloading debris.
HAMMERHEAD TRENCHLESS HammerHead Trenchless will conduct live Same Path gas line slitting technology demonstrations. Same Path gas line slitting technology is a tooling system for trenchlessly replacing plastic natural gas distribution pipe. Designed for use with the HammerHead HydroGuide line of cable winches, the Same Path tool string components are specifically engineered for trouble-free splitting of half-inch to 4-inch PVC, HDPE, MDPE and Aldyl-A pipe uniformly throughout the run, while limiting torque on new MDPE or HDPE replacement pipe. Since the tooling follows the existing pipe path, it reduces risk of interference with other utilities. The technique helps meet indemnification requirements of gas lines left in the ground.
LIUGONG NORTH AMERICA LiuGong North America will feature its compact 9035EZTS excavator. The 9035EZTS will be joined by the 9018F and 9025F. LiuGong will also introduce the new 388B compact track loader. The 9035EZTS excavator is the company’s first zero-tail-swing model in the 3.5-metric-ton class. The new 388B compact track loader is powered by a 94-hp Perkins 854F Tier 4 Final engine. It is a workhorse in the lineup, with a hefty 11,442-pound operating weight. In addition to these machines, LiuGong NA will introduce a range of mini excavators from 1.8 to 6 tons, some of which will be exhibited at ICUEE 2019 and the rest at CONEXPO 2020.
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ICUEE SHOW PREVIEW VMAC
VMAC’s 6-in-1 Multifunction Power System – CAT Power will be released at ICUEE. The company will be conducting demos. This new 6-in-1 Multifunction combines six different power sources in one quiet machine. Powered by a CAT Industrial Diesel Tier 4 Final engine, the VMAC Multifunction – CAT Power includes everything needed for safe operations on any jobsite in a single compact system. Components include: 45 cfm rotary screw air compressor; 8 kW continuous AC generator; 250 A DC welder (adjustable); 300 A (max) @ 13 V booster; 12–48 V battery charger (adjustable); 2,800 rpm power take-off port + optional hydraulic pump; and factory-installed cold climate kit – 120 V, tested to -40 degrees F (-40 degrees C). With noise reduction panels, low and high idle controls and Standby Mode, operators can safely communicate while working without disturbing the jobsite or the neighbours. The VMAC Multifunction Power System allows operators to seamlessly switch between operations. This means more time working, improving productivity and getting customers back to work faster. It is designed for ease of use, to run efficiently with only one operator. The VMAC Multifunction Power System reduces truck maintenance and improves fuel economy by allowing operators to turn their truck engine off while on the jobsite. Also, by reducing vehicle weight by up to 140 pounds, automatically idling the CAT engine up/ down with air demand and turning the CAT engine off/ on with air demand, the VMAC Multifunction Power System allows operators to carry more tools or equipment or improve fuel economy.
Venturo has released an advanced control system that provides safety, control and reliability for its line of fully hydraulic service cranes. The new Venturo Logic Controls (VLC) crane control management system, which will be showcased at ICUEE, provides enhanced control of capacities throughout a crane’s load operation. The brand-new Venturo Logic Controls (VLC) system is one of the most innovative customization options for Venturo Hydraulic Cranes. This crane management system provides remote operation, grade stability indications, real-time safety alerts and much more in one easy-to-use, hand-held controller. Operators have more complete, simplified control over crane movement while being able to stay ahead of instability or overload warnings. This way, loads move more quickly with fewer hands on deck.
Morooka America marked production of its 1,000th rubber track carrier in July, an MST2200VD rubber track dump truck. Morooka America has been manufacturing units designed specifically for the North American market since 2012. The versatility of the MST2200VD for a variety of applications has made it the most popular model among its pipeline and construction industry customers, according to the company. Loading the MST2200 to its rated 24,255-pound capacity places just 6.5 psi on the ground. Morooka America’s rubber track carriers offer full customization. Models like the MST2200VD offer electronic control packages and Caterpillar and Kubota engines.
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The Robbins Company has manufactured Small Boring Units (SBUs) for over 20 years. The company says that since 1996, over 800 successful projects have been completed, and the line of machines has grown considerably. Robbins Motorized SBUs (SBU-Ms) and Rockheads are made for strict line and grade requirements. Robbins SBU-Ms have bored crossings as long as 76 m (250 feet) or more through variable ground and emerge exactly on line and grade. The Remote Controlled SBU (SBU-RC) is the ultimate solution for high-precision tunnelling at small diameter. The company’s latest innovation features precision guidance and articulated steering from the surface, all in a compact package ranging from 600 mm (24 inches) to 1,100 mm (42 inches) in diameter.
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FAE USA FAE will highlight its RC series of rock cutters for all sizes of excavators. The RC series has a high-torque output and offers high productivity in crushing rock, concrete and asphalt. These rock cutters have a direct-drive piston motor with automatic lubrication system that requires minimal daily maintenance. Models are rated for excavators ranging from 2.5 to 70 tons with flow rates from 12 to 132 gpm. This equipment is widely used in road construction, underground utility work, tunnelling, trenching, mining, quarrying, the oil and gas industry, and more. The RC-25 will also be in action at the LiuGong booth.
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ICUEE SHOW PREVIEW WATSON DRILL RIGS
MELFRED BORZALL Melfred Borzall’s new feature-rich site includes tools such as a smart search bar that recognizes regional and slang terminology for tools and OEM part names making it intuitive to how drillers search. Users can shop for tooling by ground condition or rig model compatibility and receive recommendations. Individual OEM rig landing pages further narrow to display only tooling compatible with the selected rig make and model. Tooling wizards guide shoppers through selecting transmitter housings options, backreamer options and the entire FastBack System setup.
Watson says several drilling contractors have commented that their success is attributed to the dependable production results they’ve experienced with the Watson 1100 drill and that utility equipment rental fleets receive several requests for the 1100 rig over other competitive rigs in this same size. The primary feature of Watson rigs is the controlled free-fall kelly winch and the top applied crowd. These features, along with a single wrap grooved winch drum, assure ease of operation and maximum drilling production capabilities. Watson will have the 1100TM short mast on display at ICUEE. The 1100 is offered with either mechanical or hydraulic rotary, in multiple mast configurations and on either a conventional truck or a crawler track base.
NUMA Numa offers a full range of HDD rock drilling systems including hammers, bits, side load sonde housings, bent subs, and adaptors capable of drilling holes 4 to 7.5 inches (102 to 191 mm) in diameter. With deep experience in rock drilling, Numa purposely designed their HDD hammers to drill longer in difficult rock conditions. The company says that these products feature a single bore design that allows for a maximum bore diameter in conjunction with providing optimum life against abrasion. Delivering industry-leading steerability and outstanding rate of penetration, Numa HDD systems provide drillers with outstanding performance and dependability, all without sacrificing tool life.
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VERMEER The D23x30DR S3 Navigator horizontal directional drill integrates dual rod technology into a compact machine. Featuring a narrow footprint and a weight of 16,500 pounds, the Vermeer D23x30DR S3 is well-suited for fibre, electrical, gas and water installation in hard rock, as well as many other challenging ground conditions. The Vermeer Firestick drill rod dual rod system onboard the new D23x30DR S3 gives operators a seven percent downhole steerability. The unit’s threaded outer rod has a rotational torque of 3,000 foot-pounds, while its hex inner rod delivers up to 800 foot-pounds. The Vermeer D23x30DR S3 is powered by a Deutz TCD3.6L4 diesel engine and a thrust/pullback of 24,000 pounds.
VACUWORX The new SL 2 Subcompact Vacuum Lifting System from Vacuworx is the ultimate skid-steer attachment. The SL 2 features a base unit – available with manual or wireless remote control – with modular pad options. Featuring all-aluminum construction, the patent-pending design has a hydraulically driven vacuum pump and can be easily attached to any skid steer or compact tool carrier. The SL 2 is lightweight but delivers a lifting capacity up to 2,700 pounds (1.25 tonnes). Quick-connect hydraulic hoses and universal mounting plates make switching attachments fast and easy so you can maximize productivity on the job. A factory pre-set flow control valve ensures optimal performance.
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The McLaughlin Workhorse 225 auger boring machine is designed for long large-diameter casing installations for pipeline, power, communications and water/ sewer projects. The new Workhorse 225 is powered by a 214-hp Volvo Tier 4 diesel engine and is equipped with 5-inch hex auger driving 1,200,000 ft-lbs of thrust and 126,000 ft-lbs of torque for big bore applications. New features in the area of remote operation and safety; new, robust quick-set track design; and Rabbit Drives set this machine apart.
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ICUEE SHOW PREVIEW TEREX UTILITIES Terex Utilities will feature a range of technologies and equipment at ICUEE. New products include a family of articulated and telescopic transmission aerial devices. The Transmission TL Series includes three models, offering a wider range of chassis options for working heights up to 112 feet. The company will demonstrate the Transmission TL Series, as well as other digger derricks and aerial devices that deliver economical cost of ownership and high productivity. Twice daily demonstrations also include: The C4047 digger derrick with a Stand Alone Core Barrel auger tool. Hi-Ranger Articulating Telescopic LT40 aerial device equipped with HyPower IM idle mitigation and Positive Attachment Lanyard device. Hi-Ranger Non-Overcenter Optima TC55 aerial device with Load Alert, featuring updated screen display.
TRUVAC HILTI Hilti will be showing a range of tools at ICUEE. On display will be Hilti’s universal crimper NCR 120-A22 which accepts industry standard 12-ton U style crimping dies and crimps copper/aluminum conductors up to 750 kcmil. This solution is packed with smart electronics for crimping more productively. The cutter NCT 85-A22 was designed to cut a large variety of copper and aluminum conductors with a maximum outside diameter of 3-3/8 inches. It’s ideal for crews working on underground distribution or in telecommunications. The new TE PD is an easy and effective solution for driving ground rods in locations that are difficult to access with a truck. It’s simpler and more robust to use than the previous version, further reducing risk on the job.
PALFINGER Palfinger will showcase several of its cranes at ICUEE. As Palfinger’s core product, knuckle-boom cranes have been used for decades in the utility industry for countless applications, as well as many other industries. Palfinger will feature its innovative TEC cranes with the new P-Profile patented boom system. With a broad range of models that cover the entire range of working capacities, Palfinger offers unique products and features to keep fleets working profitably.
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Designed for utility, municipal and contractor customers involved in the installation, maintenance and repair of underground water, sewer, gas, electric and telecommunications lines, the versatile TruVac Paradigm sub-compact vacuum excavator can dig holes with water or air; vacuum, contain and dispose of drill mud; power pneumatic, hydraulic or electrical tools; and provide transport and storage of replacement parts, equipment and tools. The truck’s trademarked “Parkn-Dig” design minimizes the time between arriving on the jobsite and excavation, including the ability to dig up to six feet in depth without additional pipe and hose. The air compressor, which is standard on the Paradigm, powers utility tools such as jackhammers and tampers that may be used on the job. The truck features substantial storage space for these tools, including a long-handle tool box. The truck can also tow up to 20,000 pounds.
VANAIR MANUFACTURING The new Air N Arc 300 Compact All-In-One Power System fits into smaller spaces including a slide-out drawer. Coming in 7.5 inches shorter and up to 100 pounds lighter than the standard Air N Arc 300, the new compact unit provides mounting flexibility. Air N Arc 300 Compact comes in both diesel and gas configurations. The all-new Air N Arc 250 is now lighter and more compact. The Air N Arc 250-L weighs in at 50 percent less than the standard Air N Arc 250 30-gallon systems with an aluminum air end and smaller compact design. It offers five power sources including an air compressor, generator, welder, battery boost and battery charge in a single machine, reducing required bed space on vehicles. The new Start-All Jump-Pack is a compact, powerful, lightweight lithium-ion jump starter designed to instantly start up to 16L Class 8/CE gas and diesel engines and will charge portable electronics and more. Vanair says that it delivers amazing starting power and the most joules in its class while weighing in at only 11 pounds and is capable of starting multiple trucks off a single charge. Designed with Vanair’s new Protect-All, safety features include reverse polarity, low-voltage protection, short circuit overheat protection and over-discharge protection.
PULLING POWER PUSHES PIPE UPSIZING
Pipe bursting proves the answer to a tricky B.C. replacement project By Lee Toop, Associate Editor
aple Ridge, B.C., is a growing suburb of Vancouver that stretches along the north side of the Fraser River. With an increasing population, the municipality is steadily expanding its services, including water and sewer, and in some cases facing challenging terrain to do so. A recent project called for replacement of a sanitary sewer that runs along the southern edge of the community, near the river. The existing line was made up of seven segments of 15-inch-diameter PVC pipe that was operating at capacity. That area of Maple Ridge is growing quickly with multiple developments on the horizon, so the city determined that an upgrade was needed. The problem faced by City Council was how to go about replacing the sewer line. Cut-and-cover was iffy at best due to the existing route, which was along the shore of a creek as well as extending through a regional park and a green belt. The city decided to go with pipe
bursting to up the size of the sewer. A project in 2014 that upsized a 15-inch sewer to 20 inches provided a precedent for the selection. The problem was that to meet the needs of the new developments, the pipe size needed to increase significantly, with segments up to 34 inches in diameter in the plan. Some contractors approached regarding the proposed project expressed concern over the size and soil conditions of the job, and in the end only PW Trenchless bid for the contract. The Surrey, B.C.-based company had completed the previous upsizing, had a familiarity with the city and the location, and most importantly had the gear to do the job.
Pipe bursting rig drives success
PW Trenchless has made a name for itself by successfully completing numerous challenging projects, many of them demonstrating the benefits of pipe bursting for municipal projects. Several years ago, the company purchased a Grundoburst 2500G static pipe bursting rig, which has provided the needed
The bursting head assembly used three expanders to reach the necessary final size of 34 inches.
Pulling power in the exit pit for the project came from TT Technologies’ Grundoburst 2500G static pipe bursting rig. pulling power to successfully complete many of PW’s bursting projects. Grundoburst manufacturer TT Technologies describes the line of machines as versatile and capable to manage pipes from 4 to 48 inches in diameter and potentially higher. The machines are easy to move and set up, and have user-friendly controls to make bursting jobs easier. Both PW Trenchless and the city of Maple Ridge approached this project as experimental, due to the sheer amount of upsize in the pipe – nine pipe sizes, compared to the earlier project, which was three – as well as the soil conditions throughout the jobsite. The work also entailed installation of larger manholes along the pipe route; to facilitate that, the entry and exit pits for the equipment were placed at manhole sites. Seven separate sections were pulled from those sites, averaging about 350 feet per pull. An eight-inch bypass line was put in place to carry the existing flow while work was completed. Other services along the route were exposed and monitored to prevent any potential damage. A flexible guide rod on the Grundoburst helps users prepare for each bursting run by easily pushing through existing lines. Each pull was done by connecting a bursting head to the Grundoburst’s Quicklock rods to cut the existing 15-
inch pipe. Quicklock rods link together quickly and easily, according to TT Technologies, saving time over other methods that require bursting rods to be screwed together. For this project, a trio of expanders followed the bursting head, pushing the surrounding material out to 21.6, 27 and 32 inches. A 34-inch HDPE pipe, fused on-site, was pulled through behind the assembly. Lubrication was used to help the bursting assembly along, and to help surrounding material to migrate as it was pushed aside. The Grundoburst 2500G, which has a maximum pull of 287 tons of force, used about 280 tons during each pull of 34-inch sections. PW Trenchless crews successfully completed each of the seven sections with few issues, and came away with some new knowledge about how existing soils behave under the compression of a bursting operation. A few heaves were reported in the service pits, but none occurred along the ground surface; some minor cracks were spotted along two sections of the 34-inch lines. New inspection chambers were installed for reconnected services, and manholes in the park area were sealed for odour control. CCTV inspection after the bursting operation showed that installation was fully successful and the sewer is successfully in service. HEG
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ENHANCEMENTS TO WALK-BEHIND TRENCHERS IMPROVE PERFORMANCE, SERVICEABILITY, COMFORT Toro has enhanced its TRX walk-behind trencher line with two new models that are designed for exceptional performance, serviceability, ease of use and operator comfort. The new TRX-250 and TRX-300 feature Intelli-Trench technology, an innovation that optimizes the machine’s hydraulic flow for the digging conditions. This system automatically diverts the hydraulic flow from the traction motors, providing more power for the trencher head. As a result, the traction handle can be held in one place without requiring constant adjustment, reducing operator fatigue and optimizing performance. The Intelli-Trench feature decreases track wear and maintains engine RPM for efficient engine cooling. The new TRX models also have a new hydraulic design that requires significantly fewer components than previous models. This new design simpli-
fies maintenance, potentially reducing service needs. “We’re always looking for ways to help our customers save time and maximize productivity,” notes Neil Borenstein, director of marketing at Toro. “With these updates, we’ve taken the proven TRX design and made it even easier to use and maintain. The TRX has always had the advantage of a low centre of gravity and a large footprint, which gives it excellent stability and maneuverability while minimizing damage to existing turf.” Other features include differentiated traction controls that are easy to learn and use. Operators will find the familiar TRX trencher valve handle and boom lift lever, as well as independent traction control for the left track and the right track. The boom lift function has also been enhanced with a new hydraulic valve that allows the boom to move up
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and down smoothly. The TRX-250 is equipped with a powerful 24.5 hp-Toro engine and offers a maximum forward speed of 2.4
mph (3.9 km/h), while the new TRX300 has a 26.5-hp Kohler EFI engine and has a maximum forward speed of 2.3 mph (3.7 km/h).
DUAL ROD TECHNOLOGY IN COMPACT HDD MACHINE DESIGN ADDS HARD ROCK DRILLING EFFICIENCY The new Vermeer D23x30DR S3 Navigator horizontal directional drill (HDD) integrates dual rod technology into a compact machine design to efficiently maneuver through rock in congested cities, busy neighbourhoods or tight jobsites. Featuring a narrow footprint and a weight of 16,500 pounds (7,484 kg), the D23x30DR S3 is the lightest rock drill on the market, according to the manufacturer, and is suited for fibre, electrical, gas and water installation in hard rock, as well as other challenging conditions. The Vermeer Firestick drill rod dual system onboard the D23x30DR S3 gives operators a seven percent downhole steerability. The unit’s threaded outer rod has a rotational torque of 3,000 foot-pounds (4,067.5 Nm), while its hex inner rod delivers up to 800 foot-pounds (1084.6 Nm). The D23x30DR S3 is powered by a Deutz TCD3.6L4 diesel engine and a thrust/pullback of 24,000 pounds (106.8 kN).
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New rock tooling for the D23x30DR S3 helps further enhance its performance and productivity in rocky ground conditions. The Vermeer RH10 drill head provides responsive downhole steering with a two-degree bend located in its forward section. The drill head can be fitted with a 5.5-inch (14-cm) tricone bit or polycrystalline diamond compact (PDC) bit that is greaseable and can be rebuilt in the field. Vermeer also offers the new toolless PG5 quick pullback grapple mounted over the top of the RH10 drill head and tricone bit to help reduce the need to remove the drill head after the pilot bore when installing small-diameter pipes. “For utility installation work in rocky soil conditions, HDD contractors traditionally had to choose between using a larger horizontal directional drill, bringing in more equipment so they could use an air hammer or go slowly and potentially sacrifice productivity,” said Tod Michael, product manager of trenchless products for Vermeer. “The new D23x30DR S3 is a better option for doing small-diameter installation bores in rocky ground conditions. Its narrow profile and light footprint allow it to fit in small or congested areas and helps reduce risk of damaging sidewalks or turf while maneuvering the drill into position. Also, the new PG5 quick pullback grapple helps reduce the labour involved in removing a drill head before pullback.” As part of the Vermeer S3 Navigator HDD series, the new D23x30DR S3 delivers on speed, simplicity and sound. The drill has a carriage speed of 175 feet per minute (53.3 m/min) and a rotational speed of 200 rpm. The operator’s station combines familiar, convenient-to-use controls with the latest dual rod advancements through the use of controller area network (CAN) technology, which also provides onboard diagnostics and a reduced amount of wiring and fuses.
The new generation of Watson Excadrills
hile excavator boom mounted drills have long been considered by many as a valuable specialty rig, the increasing number of overhead challenges in both the commercial and utility sectors have thrust them into primary equipment lineups. Not surprisingly, this trend has spurred demand for higher productivity and tool capacity. What a surprise! Drillers want bigger and faster rigs. To answer this need, the new EX series ranges from 40,000-180,000 ft-lbs [54-244 kNm] and incorporates several new innovations that deliver on the tougher-faster-simpler commitment from Watson. The challenges of mobilizing heavy equipment are tougher than ever and
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yet everyone wants more power. This has driven a strong need to reduce the weight of drills so they can be quickly and economically transported to the job. For Excadrills this meant reducing the attachment weights so that they could be mounted on lighter classes of excavators. The innovative new trunnion design of the EX line achieves the toughness needed for rock drilling by shortening the load path between the bars and the boom while reducing weight so that every model can be mounted to the next lower class of excavator. Full length top applied kelly crowd is a feature born from the days where square bars were the only option, but today it brings the same advantages to round bars. By applying crowd to the top of the bars, crowd lock wear between the rotary and the outer bar is eliminated because there are no locks required! The rotary can be positioned in the ideal location and can remain stationary while drilling. Top crowd also allows interchangeability with square bars which provide a significant speed advantage when drilling in many common conditions where you donâ€™t need maximum crowd. Watsonâ€™s traditional top crowd system was an innovation introduced in 1969 and has been used on all Watson truck and track mounted rigs for decades and it still proves to be a key element to high productivity today. This design has been adapted to the EX line by using a double-acting cylinder that reduces weight and the number of crowd sheaves by half while providing finer control of the outer kelly.
Low overhead drills have long suffered wire rope headaches due to the limited fleet angle and multiple rope layers needed to get deep with low clearance. This issue has been solved while still retaining the speed advantages of a controlled freefall winch. The new, single layer controlled freefall winch uses a large diameter grooved drum and roller combination on a pivoting base to virtually eliminate wire rope spooling issues. There are few who would disagree that the simpler the hydraulics, the better, especially in the punishing world of rock drilling. The Excadrill hydraulic system has been overhauled to use a new valve that delivers full power to the rotary and kelly functions while reducing plumbing and leak points.
Unified Rotary Designs
All new Watson hydraulic models, including the EX series and 4300 and 4500 models, utilize a scalable, modular rotary design that achieves commonality of many parts between rig classes as well as an interchangeable kelly drive that allows easy swapping between round and square bars. Mechanically, rather than depending on clutches or complex shiftable planetaries, all of the new hydraulic machines employ a number of motor stacks each consisting only of a bent axis motor, simple 2 stage planetary and pinion gear. This incremental approach to achieving required torques allows the same basic design to be used on the entire range of hydraulic Watson drills while still achieving spinoffs of 100 RPM or more across the board.
(Top) The EX90 Excadrill (left) adds 50% more torque, and 20% more linepull on the same class carrier as the EDT-7. (Above) Bottom mounted trunnion improves clearance while reducing weight. Innovate to Simplify
In business, all innovation is aimed at improving something to give you an edge over the competition. Whether you are a contractor, an equipment manufacturer, or a steel supplier, finding that edge is what is needed to set yourself apart from the rest and avoid becoming a commodity. As the world moves towards more and more complexity, our target of innovate to simplify is behind much of Watsonâ€™s current development efforts, from cabs to controls to kelly bars. Combined with our long established differentiators of tougher, simpler, faster rigs, Watsons are built on the belief that more productivity with less headaches will ultimately win out in the equipment world.
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MAKING CONNECTIONS WITH NEXT-GEN TELEMATICS
Four tips for maximizing profit potential with the help of OEMs and dealers By Dave Adams
hile telematics adoption has been slowly on the rise in the construction industry, the majority of fleet owners are primarily using only its most basic functionality to manage service intervals and react to alarm codes. Although helpful, this basic use is only scratching the surface of the technology’s capabilities and profit potential. Challenges remain for many fleet owners who may see the benefits of more advanced telematics use, but may not be properly staffed or trained to take on the analysis themselves. That’s where OEMs and equipment dealers have seen an opportunity – to begin taking that burden off the customers by providing more in-depth machine utilization reporting and streamlined remote diagnostics so that the fleet manager receives specific recommendations rather than mountains of data. Here are some of the top ways partnering with an OEM and/or equipment dealer on a managed telematics program can help ease the burden of telematics management and ultimately improve a contractor’s profitability.
leading to downtime that could have been avoided. The alerts from standard telematics systems also typically only let the fleet manager know what fault code went off, rather than offering a probable cause and a recommended solution. That means the fleet manager is ultimately responsible for diagnosing the problem and figuring out what to do about it.
The solution: OEMs and equipment dealers recognize that data overload is a challenge to telematics adoption and many have come up with services that help address the challenge. Some offer to help sort through the clutter of machine fault codes, only alerting the machine owner or fleet manager when it’s
critical in nature. Beyond that, when the alerts come straight from the OEM or dealer – they also come with information on the likely cause of the fault code, the recommended solution and even the potential consequences if not acted upon.
The financial impact: Using this type of program allows fleet managers to react to critical situations faster and more accurately, thereby avoiding costly downtime and avoidable repair costs. It also helps the equipment dealer know exactly what tools and technicians to bring on site if a repair is necessary, thereby reducing the number of trips the contractor has to pay for.
CLEAR THROUGH THE CLUTTER The problem: Standard telematics systems alert the
user for every single machine fault code – no matter how critical or noncritical. For instance, a fleet manager overseeing 100 machines might get 10 or more emails or texts per day with noncritical fault codes such as low windshield wiper fluid. Only a small percentage might be something critical that could lead to, for instance, engine failure if not acted upon quickly. With a cluttered inbox of easily ignored noncritical alerts, the likelihood of occasionally overlooking something critical is pretty high – potentially 34
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REDUCE IDLE TIMES The problem: Many operators have a
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The solution: Whereas a standard
Improve machine allocation: Utilization data can tell a contractor how frequently each machine is being used on a job, identifying which ones are underutilized and could be reallocated.
tendency to idle their machines when not in use, rather than shutting them down. A machine’s utilization rate (idle versus work percentage) can have a big impact on both resale value and maintenance costs. telematics system might bury this information deep within a mountain of data that the contractor must sort through to draw conclusions, engaging a dealer or OEM to provide this information concisely on a monthly basis can help more easily set goals for idle time reductions.
An excellent way to ensure that bidding is accurate – and therefore profitable – is to leverage the actual operating data from previous jobs. Using telematics data can improve the bidding process in the following ways.
More accurately project hard costs:
Through OEM- or dealer-generated reports, the contactor can compare model statistics that provide fuel usage and machine hours for each machine during a particular time period – ensuring you will be able to more accurately project fuel costs, planned maintenance intervals and labour.
Leverage the expertise, lift the burden: An OEM knows the ins and outs of the equipment they produce better than anyone. By partnering with them, contractors can benefit from
their insider knowledge and extensive experience – combined with valuable insights gleaned directly from a user’s specific telematics data. Furthermore, an OEM will already have the resources in place to sift through the data to help optimize a jobsite. This removes the burden from fleet owners to either train their existing employees or hire a dedicated staff member in order to get the best value from their telematics system. Dave Adams is connected services sales manager with Volvo Construction Equipment.
The financial impact: Imagine two of the exact same machines doing the same work on the same site – Machine A runs at 50 percent idle time and Machine B at 33 percent. Machine A runs about 2,000 hours each year, whereas Machine B runs about 1,500. After five years, Machine A has accumulated 10,000 hours and Machine B has 7,500. The difference in resale value could be upwards of $20,000, depending on machine. Furthermore, reduced idle time equates to reduced maintenance costs. In the same scenario mentioned above, Machine B would require five less service intervals (assuming 500-hour intervals) than Machine A. This could result to roughly $9,000 over the total ownership period. SPOT – AND CORRECT – INSTANCES OF MACHINE MISUSE The problem: The wear and tear on
a machine, and its corresponding lifespan, is largely in the hands of the operator. What may seem like insignificant operator behaviours can add up to significant operating cost increases for the owner. With standard telematics systems, operator behaviour data – if available at all – often requires some digging to draw conclusions.
The solution: Engaging with an OEM
or dealer to automatically flag instances of machine misuse allows the fleet manager to more easily identify which operators could potentially benefit from training that will reduce wear and tear, as well as overall operating costs.
The financial impact: Common ma-
chine misuse issues that can be flagged with the help of an OEM or equipment dealer include hot turbo shutdowns (a problem that could lead to an eventual repair of up to $5,000) and misuse of excavator work modes (something that could save up to 50 percent in fuel if running in too high a work mode). Other issues to flag include excessive service brake usage on haulers (to prevent costly brake replacement), overuse of differential lock engagement on haulers (to reduce tire wear and fuel use), high-speed shifts on wheel loaders (to prevent transmission repairs), and more.
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DOOSAN EXCAVATOR BRINGS POWER AND LIGHTER WEIGHT
Four power modes give users more control to balance fuel consumption and power
oosan Infracore is expanding its crawler excavator lineup with the new DX170LC-5 excavator. The 17-metric-ton model falls below the 80,000-pound gross vehicle weight rating limit for simplified and less expensive transportation. This new Doosan excavator size allows for easier transportation, especially for small- to mid-size contractors who perform light excavation projects, such as digging residential basements or commercial building footings. This model reduces the need to obtain a
special transport permit when moving to and from jobsites. The width and combined weight between the machine, trailer and Class 7 towing vehicle meets current transportation requirements. Owners should still check local requirements when transporting equipment. The DX170LC-5 excavator will be a step up from the smaller Doosan DX140LC-5 and DX140LCR-5 models, but it won’t be as large as the DX180LC-5. In addition, the DX170LC-5 will of-
fer many performance-driven features, including good visibility to the jobsite. Similar to current “dash 5” Doosan crawler excavators, the DX170LC-5 will offer four power modes for more control to better balance fuel consumption and machine power to the working conditions. Power modes include the following: • Power+ mode delivers the fastest workgroup speeds for loading trucks, top digging performance and extra power for digging in hard ground. • Power mode provides exceptional
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power and performance for tough digging conditions and truck loading tasks. • Standard power mode balances the excavator’s fuel consumption in everyday digging, grading and lifting tasks. • Economy mode reduces fuel consumption for low-demand applications and slows down machine movement for conditions that require extra precision. To further match the machine to the application at hand, DX170LC-5 operators will be able to choose from four work modes – digging, breaker, shear and lifting – to maximize efficiency and fuel economy in specific applications. Operators can configure the work mode by adjusting a dial switch on the righthand console. A work mode icon displays on the monitor after the operator presses the mode button. Doosan crawler excavators come standard with a rearview camera, enhancing operator visibility on jobsites. An optional sideview camera is available. Views are easily accessible to operators on a 7-inch LCD screen. Operators have the option of a split screen to see both camera views at once. The Doosan DX170LC-5 will come with a standard three-year subscription to the DoosanCONNECT telematics system, which allows equipment owners and fleet managers to remotely monitor machine location, hours, fuel usage, engine idle versus work time and error codes, as well as engine and hydraulic temperatures. Machines can be monitored via an online account. In addition, Doosan dealers can provide improved customer support using the system by responding to machine warning messages and alerts, troubleshooting machine issues, and then sending a field service vehicle to help with repairs and deliver the proper parts.
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REMOTE LOCATIONS OFFER UNIQUE CHALLENGES
Technology helps operators who venture into tough conditions keep their machines running By Nathan Duncan
igh demands, tough terrains, challenging weather conditions. Operators work across a vast array of conditions, so not only do they need to know how to use a variety of equipment but they also need the skills to operate that equipment in various environments, temperatures and conditions. Construction outside of city centres has been on the rise in recent years due to the resource boom and an increased demand for new infrastructure. These remote locations have their own set of unique challenges. Accessing the right equipment at the right time can have a considerable effect on productivity, maintenance costs and optimization and can be very demanding on equipment and operators. But technology is helping to keep workers safe,
equipment running and projects on schedule under these challenging conditions.
Planning jobsites and maintaining equipment
Infrastructure work, fixing or maintaining roads, sewer and water – all common construction jobs in any location. Add in -40 degree C temperatures, remote northern locations only accessible by road at certain times of the year, frozen ground and at times very little daylight, and you get a whole new set of circumstances and challenges, making diligent planning and precise logistics essential. Keeping equipment and operators productive and on track in extreme conditions can be a tough job. Equipment needs to be properly prepped and maintained while on site. Repairing a machine after failure can be costly, particularly in remote locations where fuel, parts and engineers are not easily accessed.
Equipment is especially prone to breakdowns in severe cold where metal becomes brittle. Excavation and earthmoving of frozen ground can take longer and it is extremely hard on both the machine and attachments. Downtime needs to be managed to perfection – the longer a machine is out of use or idle, the greater the impact on the project from a timing and cost perspective. This is where equipment telematics can help, ensuring machines are running efficiently and providing real-time intel from fleet hours and location, equipment availability, idle time and fuel consumption to scheduled maintenance. Once analyzed the data can alert equipment managers of fault codes and many other aspects of operation including idling hours, start and stop times, fluid analysis, and equipment inspection information. Giving owners and operators a full picture of how machines are performing, identifying problems and errors before they become costly, leading to improved performance and reduced maintenance. Remote fleet monitoring and the right equipment partner can help maximize the life and value of equipment and keep maintenance on schedule. Remote monitoring connects all the machines in the fleet via telematics and provides recommendations on maintenance or other issues that need to be addressed. Equipment technicians monitor the machine 24/7 and distribute parts prior to service checks to ensure they arrive in time for scheduled maintenance.
Keeping equipment productive with the right technology
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It’s not just the machine and the operator that benefits from technology. Increased accuracy and greater efficiency is gained by the use of technology throughout the entire job. All projects start with surveying – gathering data and inputting information into software programs, to design and build the project.
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Drones can be used to fly the site to capture images that are tied to ground control points and GPS coordinates, which are then stitched together in software to create 3D images of the site used to analyze progress and material usage. The vision of the project starts here – designs are created digitally in software before a machine ever enters the site. Software programs are used to schedule various stages of the projects, monitor progress and timelines which can be reported back to clients. Machine control remains one of the most common technologies being used on construction sites today whether it’s installed at the factory or aftermarket. Satellite data can pinpoint locations and cut grade at the blade, providing efficient measurements, greater safety and an almost immediate ROI. New developments in the past few decades offer a huge benefit to earthmoving applications in some of the most remote and challenging terrain – 3D technology gives a detailed and accurate view of
In-cab monitors help keep operators up to date. terrain for operators and on-board connectivity increases communication between the operator and site manager and keeps them appraised of the work, any issues and progress.
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Technology is not only transforming the way construction companies are able to execute projects, but it also has a real impact on safety on site. Investment in safety related technologies is ensuring workers stay alert and focused while operating a machine and site managers are aware of how to mitigate any potential hazards. In-cab technologies can monitor eye movement and head pose in real-time, wearable smart-bands help operators and site managers understand the connection between operator fatigue and accident risk on and off the job by converting information into data and analyzing patterns. Next generation machines come equipped with backup and side cameras straight from the factory for increased safety. Another common feature is seatbelt indicators, used to alert operators to buckle up to keep them secure. With technological advancements in surveying, like drones and GPS rovers, the number of survey people on the ground on a jobsite has been drastically reduced. A task that traditionally took two or three people can now be done with one.
Technological advancements lead to better operation
Technology is ensuring operators can do their job better, safer and faster. And it’s even more important for construction companies operating in Canada’s harshest conditions and most remote locations. Reliability and durability is taken very seriously when designing a machine. The best equipment is rigorously tested to operate just as well in the hot Californian desert as the sub-arctic temps of northern Canada. By combining the right equipment partner with site logistics, maintenance programs and equipment monitoring support – even the most challenging projects can stay on time and on-budget. Nathan Duncan is Regional Technology Manager at Finning Canada. 40
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PREVENTING DAMAGE TO BURIED UTILITIES By Mike Sullivan
hen you start up an excavator or a backhoe and begin to dig, do you ever consider the risks? Just beneath our feet are hundreds of thousands of kilometres of pipes and cables, that crisscross the country and provide the essential services that we rely on every single day. This underground infrastructure is a crucial component for the comfort, productivity and safety that we expect in our day-to-day lives: it distributes electricity, natural gas and clean drinking water, as well as cell service and internet – facilitating both electronic communication and financial transactions. Striking a buried utility line can result in inconvenient outages for entire neighbourhoods, and even cause harm to yourself or others. A damaged utility line will require expensive repairs and can result in fines, penalties and litigation.
When it comes to underground infrastructure, the old idiom “out of sight, out of mind” still seems to hold true. We expect that buried utilities are buried deeper than they are, that they are always located within the utility corridor or right-of-way, or that they enter at the back of a property instead of at the front, or vice versa. We may even think we remember where they are after having located them several years before. Sometimes these utilities are buried deep below, but other times they are located quite close to the surface. The depth of a buried utility can change over time as the result of natural forces, such as erosion, or from other dirt moving activities. New facilities may have also been installed since the last time a locate was requested. The idiom is even more true as more of our technology becomes wireless. Whether you’re browsing the internet on your phone, paying with a credit card, or listening to the radio in your car, the wireless devices that we take for granted rely on physical utility lines, whether connected to a modem in the next room, or a cell tower several kilometres away. As our cities grow – as does the Internet of Things – more and more aspects of our day-to-day lives will hinge on the availability of these services, and new infrastructure will be required to support our expected quality of life, with outdated infrastructure either being replaced or abandoned. We simply cannot afford to leave buried utilities out of sight and out of mind. Every year, thousands of buried facilities are accidently damaged during digging activities, with services interrupted in nearly every case. These incidents can lead to environmental contamination, personal injury, or even 42
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death. However, these accidents are avoidable if commercial and private digging projects adopt safe digging practices and use the free services provided by ClickBeforeYouDig.com to locate buried infrastructure prior to excavating.
Every year, the Canadian Common Ground Alliance (CCGA) and its regional partners release a DIRT Report, which provides an overview of damage-related statistics in Canada, based on voluntary incident reports filed during the previous year. In 2017, there were 11,564 reported damages to underground infrastructure in Canada, and over 80 percent of these damages resulted in a disruption of service to families and businesses, which is almost 45 damages per workday. The DIRT Report breaks these numbers down even further and helps paint a picture of a typical incident when a buried facility is damaged. For incidents where the type of equipment was reported, backhoes and trenchers were the most common type of equipment in use (70 percent). Damages occurred most often during work on water or sewer systems (32 percent of damages where type of work was reported). However, utility work (20 percent), construction (16 percent), roadwork (15 percent), and landscaping (15 percent), were not far behind. The leading root cause of damages, in 51 percent of incidents, was that the excavator had not requested a locate. For damages that occurred after a locate was performed, 63 percent were caused by a failure to use hand tools when required in order to properly expose the line.
When underground infrastructure is damaged, there is an immediate, noticeable and quantifiable cost incurred: the utility must be repaired, and fines and penalties may be imposed on the excavator. But damaging underground infrastructure has societal costs that go well beyond the cost of repairs. Imagine an excavator makes a rash decision to perform a 30-metre bore shot without obtaining locates.
This results in puncturing an eight-inch natural gas line, situated in a dense urban neighbourhood. Emergency services are alerted, and firefighters respond to the incident. Because there is the possibility of an explosion, and because of the high levels of natural gas in the air, nearby buildings are evacuated for several blocks, including homes, businesses and schools, resulting in thousands of individuals having to leave the area. Electricity in the area is immediately cut off, potentially depriving homes and businesses beyond the immediate area of power. Traffic is diverted from the area, causing traffic congestion, and without power, police must direct traffic at intersections. Utility owners quickly arrive onsite to assess the damage and the local One-Call centre is notified, dispatching an emergency locate to ensure that no other utilities in the area will be damaged during the course of repairs. Then after gas crews have capped the leak, homeowners and businesses must have their gas appliances relit before being allowed to return. Damaging a buried utility strains emergency response resources and frequently requires evacuating nearby homes and businesses. Incidents can lead to property damage, project delays and traffic congestion, and require expensive repairs, mitigation and remediation. Without electricity or internet, local businesses are unable to perform financial transactions until these services are restored. For this reason, the Canadian Common Ground Alliance commissioned the Centre for Interuniversity Research and Analysis of Organizations (CIRANO), to develop a societal cost formula and tool. When applied to data from the DIRT Report, this formula provides a estimate of the cost which society bears as a result of damage to underground infrastructure. Based on the report by CIRANO, the average societal cost of a single ground disturbance incident is estimated at more than $80,000. The total estimated societal cost of damage to underground infrastructure in Canada is at least $1 billion a year.
There are four things which excavators can do to help all Canadians avoid this cost.
Always request a locate from a One-Call centre:
Submit a locate request through ClickBeforeYouDig.com several days before you plan to start your project and your local One-Call center will notify the affected utility companies of your intent to dig. The utility companies, or professional locators working on their behalf, will visit your planned dig site to mark the approximate location of buried utility lines with paint, flags or both. Once your site has been marked, it is safe to begin digging around the marked areas. No matter the type of project – installing a fence, planting a tree, building a deck, or excavating a new garden area – make sure to visit ClickBeforeYouDig.com several days prior to digging to have your site properly marked, and please remind your customers, as well as your friends and family, to do the same. Always click before you dig and know what’s below.
Follow best practices:
Take ground disturbance training:
Support damage prevention legislation:
One of the most important steps for preventing damage to underground infrastructure is establishing Canada-wide damage prevention legislation. This legislation would require owners of underground infrastructure to register their buried utilities with a One-Call centre, require excavators to request a utility locate from a One-Call centre prior to digging, and require utility owners to provide the location of
their underground infrastructure upon receiving a locate request. Legislation is a necessary step for damage prevention in Canada: it ensures the safety of our workers, protects the integrity of our buried utility network and preserves our essential services. At the moment, Ontario is the only province in Canada with established damage prevention legislation. Mike Sullivan is the executive director for the Canadian Common Ground Alliance.
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Those that disturb the ground need access to consistent, accurate information that will help them minimize the risks of contacting buried facilities associated with ground disturbance activities, especially given the extent and complexity of the underground infrastructure and the multiplicity of regulations that affect buried facilities. For this reason, the CCGA has developed the National Harmonized Best Practices. The CCGA Best Practices manual, developed through the commitment and consensus of stakeholders from all industries involved in preventing damage to underground infrastructure, introduces new damage prevention practices, improves existing ones and serves as an educational guide to promote damage prevention in Canada. It is available for free on the CanadianCGA.com website.
Employers must ensure that their employees are competent to carry out their required tasks. The CCGA’s regional partner, the Alberta Common Ground Alliance (ABCGA), has established the minimum standard content for two levels of ground disturbance training and has put in place an assessment process for the endorsement of ground disturbance training programs. The Ground Disturbance 201 Standard was recently expanded to British Columbia and will soon be available in Manitoba. A list of currently endorsed training providers is available on the ABCGA website: DigSafeAB.ca.
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tility locating tools and GPR systems are vital pieces of equipment to aid contractors in mapping out buried utilities and underground obstacles. We asked experts from Subsite Electronics and Vermeer MV Solutions what to look for when choosing a utility locating tool or GPR system so that you can have the most accurate information the next time you dig.
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According to Jake Jeffords, director of marketing and global accounts, Vermeer MV Solutions, “To get the best results in a variety of environments, contractors should choose a locator with multiple frequencies.” The benefits of different frequencies depends on the type of locator. Don Dillon, key account sales manager for Subsite Electronics, said that “low-frequency options provide the most accurate results and highpower transmitters also enhance low-frequency performance. A transmitter with multi-meter devices also provides a key component (Amp/ Volt/Ohm) which is used to determine any issues with the utility itself (e.g. opens, shorts) and is ultimately used to decide if a utility is locatable or not.” “Multiple-frequency locators allow the operator to adjust the frequency to the type of line they are trying to locate,” Jeffords said. “Locating at a lower frequency reduces the chance the receiver will pick up a signal from a nearby line, allowing for a more accurate locate of the correct line. Multiple frequency locators are ideal for crowded underground conditions.” According to Dillon, Subsite Electronics’ Ambient Interference Measurement (AIM) feature will determine if there is any outside interference such as power lines (overhead or buried) or towers, radio towers, cell towers, microwave towers, or other utility locators using the same active locate frequency. He noted that interference is a common problem with locators and often is not and cannot be detected by most locators. “Failure to identify interference is a key reason for mislocates and damages,” Dillon said. “Multi-frequency locators provide solutions to many forms of interference.” Dillon also noted a number of advantages to GPR systems. “GPS connectivity allows you to see your path and marks in real-time as you scan, and the wireless connection allows you to download maps such as Google Earth.” He added that a GPR system locates both metallic and non-metallic pipes and cables to allow one-pass locates at depths up to 19.7 feet, depending on soil condition, and a dual-frequency antenna simultaneously sweeps in two frequencies; this allows the operator to see both deep and shallow objects simultaneously. Durability is also very important, according to Jeffords. The utility locator needs to be able to withstand tough jobsite conditions. “Durability is key because contractors take equipment in and out of a truck on a daily basis and, unfortunately, the locator may not be handled with absolute care.”
According to Dillon, “Ground conditions can have a dramatic effect on utility locators. Drier soil conditions (such as sandy soil) result in poor ground conditions which result in higher impedance which in return affects the locator performance greatly.” Jeffords said that ground conditions can be a concern during passive locating (a general sweep of the area). “Passive locating should only be employed at the beginning of a project to scan the jobsite for utilities where access points are unknown and as a final step after utilities are located to ensure no utilities were missed,” he said. “For best results, operators should perform active locating by directly connecting to the utility being located.”
“The typical training process would consist of understanding the basics of signals and frequencies. Most multi-frequency utility locators have similar functions, but understanding the ‘101 Basics’ makes a difference in the output of success,” said Jeffords. According to Dillon, most utilities and contract locating companies have stringent training and test procedures. “Training for utility locators generally involves one to three weeks of informal classroom training (theory, best practices and [Dig Safe] guidelines), followed by several weeks of field training which in many cases involves additional field training with a mentor.” Jeffords added, “Just like any technology, having someone use the same device over and over will give the operator more confidence in an accurate locate which in turn will make the entire jobsite safer and more productive.” HEG 44
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The UtiliGuard 2 combination of automatic real-time data capture, performance analytics information and integrated GPS provides oversight/proof of locator field activity to improve work quality, accuracy and reliability of locate activities; ensures compliance with company standard operating procedures and performance expectations; and enables the creation of initiatives that can decrease utility strikes and increase productivity. Apple and Android apps securely transfer data back to the office from the field for immediate availability and wireless locator configuration management and software updates minimize downtime and maximize performance. Automatic integrated data capture provides information that can be used to prove or track performance, compare with benchmarks and provide actionable outcomes to help increase quality, reduce cable strikes and increase productivity across multiple crews.
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With the Verifier G3, users can expect a durable design with antennas mounted in rubber isolators to stand up to the toughest conditions. In addition to the separate peak and null locating screens found on the previous models, the G3 features a combination screen eliminating the need for toggling between screens. Dual functionality allows users to engage the semiautomatic gain on congested, urban jobsites where signal distortion is a common challenge, and use the manual gain method when working in less congested areas. An automatic depth and current measurement index (CMI) has been added. When the user is over a utility line, instead of having to press a button, the estimated depth and CMI will be automatically displayed. A compass icon provides a straightforward visual representation of a utility’s position in reference to the receiver. The icon simplifies the locating process by automatically calculating peak signal and quickly informing the user of the direction of the utility path.
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<< GSSI UTILITYSCAN UtilityScan is ideal for efficiently identifying and marking the location and depth of subsurface features. With a robust new wireless 350 MHz antenna that can handle required data rates, UtilityScan is ruggedly built to withstand challenging field conditions. UtilityScan uses patented HyperStacking technology for unparalleled data quality and has an integrated LineTrac system. It works up to maximum depths of 10 metres (35 feet). Fully integrated, the SIR 4000 control unit on display provides a 10.4-inch high-definition LED display, a simple user interface, plug-and-play GPS integration, and Wi-Fi enabled data transfer functionality. Exclusive features include a casted aluminum chassis that offers superior temperature stability and an impact-resistant design that combined delivers a full IP 65 rated unit, which stands up to tough jobsite conditions.
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New features have been introduced for the LMX200. Obstacle Avoidance guides the user through collecting a grid around an obstacle. Add flags during grid data collection and display interpretations on depth slices in the field. There are also new MapView enhancements offering a more powerful and meaningful bird’s eye view of the survey site displaying depth slices from multiple grids simultaneously. New features for LMX200 users with an external GPS include SplitView Real-time LineView and MapView dis-
plays on one screen. New MapView enhancements include a real-time position indicator so users know where they are in the survey area with respect to the targets found and marked with field interpretations and flags.
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With no base station or control points required, a utility locator can use the GPRover to collect high-accuracy data within +/- 1 inch (5 cm) and map findings in real time. This results in an instant deliverable that can serve as a common point of reference for subsurface infrastructure installation and maintenance contractors. The GPRover combines the only true triple-frequency range GPR antenna on the market with global GPS integration powered by John Deere’s Navcom Starfire system. While scanning, the antenna emits three separate signal ranges at low-,
medium- and high-frequency outputs. This generates three unique datasets simultaneously that can be analyzed and cross-compared for further accuracy. The operator can image, map or export findings as multiple file types for future use. The GPRover features patented tilt-correction technology that automatically compensates for slope and cross-slope of the GPR and GPS antennas to increase overall accuracy. The GPR antenna also auto-calibrates to surrounding soil conditions to reduce signal loss as much as possible. Field data collected by the GPRover may be saved and exported in most
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PAVING TRAIN TARGETS MILLION-TON GOAL Cat pavers and rollers aid crew with one-year, one-million-ton hot mix target “We need versatility in our amplitude settings and our frequency settings. We need rollers that are capable of covering all of the widths, and keeping up with the rate of paving.” Sean Jernigan
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hoenix, Arizona, is one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the United States; the 4.7 million metro population is expected to reach 6.3 million in 2030, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. To keep pace, the Loop 202 (South Mountain Freeway) will add 22 miles of freeway to the existing Phoenix metropolitan transportation system. The freeway will connect the east and west valleys, while providing relief to existing freeway corridors and local streets. Connect 202 Partners, LLC, (C202P) has been awarded a design-build and maintain contract by the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) to complete work on the $1.77 billion job, the largest highway project in state history. Construction began in November of 2018, and is expected to be complete sometime late in the fourth quarter of 2019. Granite Construction will place approximately one million tons of asphalt as part of the job. To meet that need, the company added a second paving crew and had plenty of long days to work, according to Stan Jernigan, asphalt paving manager. “We own two Cat AP1055F pavers, and have the rollers and other equipment we need.” The paving crew is placing a
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standard ADOT 416 mix. “In our main line production, we’re running belly dumps with a windrow elevator and then running it in through a Cat AP1055F paver,” Jernigan notes.
Asphalt thickness varies, depending the soil and the amount of aggregate placed. “In this particular area, we’re on about 16-1/2 inches of aggregate base, so we’re putting down
Seeing is believing: cutting the time for machine maintenance The Cat AP1055F Paver helps simplify and reduce the amount of time spent on machine maintenance. For starters, access points are easily accessible. “Everything is visible so that you can see if from the outside, even the points where you drain fluids or take samples,” says Shane Leivdal, paving mechanic. “They actually have remote hoses that come out to the side of the equipment. There’s no more trying to reach a plug that’s buried inside the machine.” The machine features a convenient built-in hose reel, so the paver can be cleaned without the need for buckets or a second machine to pressure wash. “At the end of the day we might take 15 to 20 minutes to give it a good wash down, depending on what kind of mix we’re using,” Leivdal says.
nine inches of asphalt,” notes Jernigan in a December 2018 interview. The bottom six-inch lift is a standard ADOT 416 with 3/4-inch aggregate and PG 70-10 binder. The driving surface is a three-inch lift of ADOT 416 with 3/4-inch aggregate and PG 76-22 binder and an SBS modifier. There are no density specs on the job. “With ADOT 416, it’s in-place voids. The mix goes down loose, and there’s rock oil in the mix. As we squeeze it out, we’re trying to leave a little bit of air void. The target for us is a seven percent air void,” Jernigan says.
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With approximately 2,500 bridge tie-ins, ramps and shoulders, and mat widths ranging from 12 to 18 feet, versatility is key to successful compaction. “We vary what we do. We place lifts of five inches, and thinner stuff at two inches, three inches,” Jernigan says. “We need versatility in our amplitude settings and our frequency settings. We need rollers that are capable of covering all of the widths, and keeping up with the rate of paving.” With approximately one million tons of mix being placed within one year, the paving crew’s goal is 3,000 tons per day, says Jesus Sanora, paving foreman. To meet the challenge, the crew carries five Cat rollers – a pair of CB66B Tandem Drum Rollers, a CB44B Tandem Drum Roller, CW34 Pneumatic Roller and a CB24B Utility Roller. The CB66Bs are used primarily as breakdown rollers; the CB44B Tandem Drum Roller’s jobs include finishing, the CW34 Pneumatic Roller provides versatility, and the CB24 Utility Roller is handy cross rolling joints at bridge decks.
Rollers are on the mat before the temperature dips below 285 degrees F. “We typically have two breakdown rollers. They’re running a pattern of three passes, then one with a static setting,” Sanora says. “A rubber-tired roller is right behind him, and there’s a finish steel drum roller after that. The rubber-tired roller hits it at 180 to 190 degrees, and then the finish roller at 140 to 160.” Work is being done with the understanding that C202P is responsible for the maintenance of the freeway after completion. “We’re the joint venture who maintains the project for 30 years. Smooth pavements last longer, so pave-
ment smoothness is one of our big things,” Jernigan says. Pavement must achieve an IRI rating of 50. Belly dumps place hot mix in a windrow, and a windrow elevator moves material to the paver. This helps minimize paver stops.
Paver automation simplifies operation
The AP1055F Paver utilized a Trimble 2D system. “We run on skis, and try to even the road on each lift. If we need to adjust, we can do it right away with the Trimble system,” Sanora notes. “And it provides a lot of accuracy. We can make adjustments to one-sixteenth of an inch.”
Sometimes the crew runs the 2D system off a string line, says Shane Leivdal, paving mechanic. “We run off of the distance between the sensor and the string, so we are more specific. We do that for some of our cross streets and bridge takeoffs.” The AP1055F paver’s automation simplifies operation. “There’s not a whole lot of manual adjusting we need to do anymore. That definitely makes it convenient, quicker and you get a lot truer grade at the end,” Leivdal says. Day-by-day, the crew progresses toward placement of one million tons of asphalt, and the opening of Loop 202.
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Wirtgen equipment works for Winvan Paving on a variety of jobs in southern B.C. By Tom Kuennen
British Columbia asphalt paving firm is growing by specializing in contract municipal work, with multiple small paving jobs per day and is using modern paving, compaction and milling equipment to expedite the process. Winvan Paving, a division of Mainland Construction Materials, provides asphalt milling and profiling, asphalt paving, and asphalt or concrete extruded curbs. It also constructs concrete curb and gutters, concrete slabs, concrete or asphalt sidewalks and stamped and exposed architectural concrete. Its site work capabilities include site prep for road works, including excavation, subgrade preparation, bulk fill, sub-base and base gravels, and utility installation, in addition to supply of construction materials at its depots or delivered. “We do road construction, sidewalk, anything to do with paving, including parking lots,” says Rick Rogers, construction equipment manager. For this work Winvan relies on a fleet in which the newer equipment is composed of cold mills from Wirtgen, new and old asphalt pavers from Vögele, and split-drum combination rollers from Hamm. Winvan Paving was started in 1971 and its name is a contraction of the city names Winnipeg and Vancouver, where the firm originally did business. It’s headquartered in New Westminster, B.C., a city just to the east of Vancouver, where it has located a hot mix asphalt plant. “We’ve been in existence for 54 years,” Rogers says. “We will do con48
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crete sidewalks and curbs and gutter placements, and then follow with asphalt pavement. Most of the concrete work is integrated with our road work. We follow behind them to place asphalt, working hand in hand, without having to call in a subcontractor.” Its plant produces about a quarter of a million metric tonnes of hot mix asphalt. Mainland Construction Materials also has two quarries near Abbotsford, B.C., where granite is processed for all types of construction materials
including asphalt mixes. Early on, Winvan did parking lots and subdivisions, and began paving high-level pavements in 1985. “We have the capability of doing that, and we have done some airfield work as well,” Rogers says. “But it’s not our main cup of tea. Instead we mobilize very quickly and do a lot of smaller jobs in one day.” Winvan subcontracted out its asphalt milling and in-place reclamation up to a decade ago, at which time it
developed a milling fleet. “We couldn’t get the subcontractors on the sites in a timely manner,” Rogers says. “We were at their mercy.” But for some municipal seasonal contracts, if you don’t have all the specified equipment, you are disqualified from bidding. “You really can’t bid on them unless you have the whole construction fleet,” says Giovanni Macera, paving superintendent. “They prequalify firms for jobs, and you have to have everything in-house or else you don’t get the bid on the work.”
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While local distributor SMS Equipment assists with equipment maintenance, most of it is done by Winvan forces. “When we purchase a piece of equipment, it’s dealt with through warranty packages, extended, or to the point when they expire,” Rogers says. “But most of this work is done inhouse. We have our own maintenance shop here, with 154 pieces of equipment we maintain.” Two are Wirtgen cold mills, recent acquisitions: a W 120 Fi – used for smaller cuts on a job, and for trenching – and a W 200i. These are substituting for much older machines that burn a lot of fuel. The two Wirtgen mills are the newest versions and have become the go-to mills for Winvan, except for the very largest cuts. “When we started the milling division we bought a complete fleet, including skid steer loaders with grinder heads,” Rogers says. “We found the Wirtgen W 200i burns 24 litres per hour, and the larger, older machine will burn 90 litres per hour.” Winvan became familiar with the
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A modern operator’s platform offers easy views of the pavement and edge. Wirtgen brand not through the cold mills, but through its pavers, Rogers says. “I went down to Conexpo many years ago to look at pavers, as we had some older brands that were not in tune with the new technologies, and we were looking to replace them. We looked at a number of models, but only one brand had the kind of product support in Canada that we needed. Further, I’m not a big believer in pavers with steering wheels.” Winvan wound up looking at a 10-foot Vögele America Vision 5200-2i paver. “We took a huge leap, as at that time we had five pavers of one line, and when you are flipping over a fleet you have to maintain consistency with operators who had been using this equipment over the years,” Rogers says. “Still, we were getting quite long in the tooth with some of the equipment, and we had to get something new. “It was a totally different paver,” he adds. “We were used to toggle switches and non-computerized machines. There was a big learning curve, and a company representative stuck around for two weeks to make sure we knew it. So we got the hang of it. Now, as we acquire more equipment, training has become more of a refresher on the basics of the machine and its operation and maintenance.” From then on, Winvan has purchased Vögele pavers. Today it owns the two Vision 5200-2i pavers plus two newer Super 2000-3i pavers, a Super 700-2i paver, and an older Vision 5100-2i paver.
Rogers credits support from distributor SMS Equipment and Wirtgen Group with keeping his pavers running, especially his aging models. “They talk of them and us very well,” he says. “We still have the oldest one running in the 9,000-hour range now, and it’s due to be replaced.” That will be good for Winvan as the technologies of the new pavers are far ahead of the older pavers they are replacing. “The new pavers lay a very good 50
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mat,” Rogers says. “They are extremely fuel efficient, almost three times better than their competition, and that’s a big deal for us. “The ambient noise level off the machines is absolutely remarkable, incredible,” he says. “When you compare it to one of our older machines it’s just, it’s unheard of, so to speak. You literally can talk alongside these pavers, whereas the old ones you’d have to yell. The operating systems are really good. By the way, I’m not a big believer in heated seats, but they’ve got heated seats!” Winvan has three complete paving spreads that are run with a backup, so the firm actually has four spreads. “We’ll move from job to job, with one crew doing three to four jobs in a day, whereas some of our competition will do one job during the day,” says Rogers. If paving resumes after a pause, mix located directly in front of the screed may cool to the point at which it can’t be compacted as easily. When re-starting the paver, the operator must make sure the screed does not rise up as it would if it were set in “Screed Float” mode. Vögele’s automatic Screed Freeze function suspends the “Screed Float” mode for a defined period of time and pressure is applied to the screed, which prevents the screed from floating up and humps from forming as paving resumes. “We use that feature, and we use it another way,” says Stefano Macera, paving foreman. “Sometimes we do parking lots, and instead of making a launch pad by hand, we lower the screed down, the operator fills material into the screed while he holds; and he lets the hold button go, it drops a little, and we move forward. It saves a lot of hand work. And the self-cleaning hopper is fantastic.” “The way the self-cleaning hoppers are designed is huge,” Rogers says. “The way the hoppers are designed to flip up saves a lot of manual labour. It’s also safety issue because you don’t want anybody in between the truck and the paver. With older pavers the hoppers are square boxes, and someone would have to climb in and dig out the ‘cold corners.’”
Unique combination rollers
For compaction, Winvan uses articulated combination rollers. Their unique configuration combines vibratory forces via a smooth split drum in front, with four pneumatic tires at rear to provide a kneading action. Winvan has five Hamm HD+ 90i VT-S “combi” rollers. The firm also has two smaller Hamm HD 10 VT CompactLine combi rollers, with single smooth drum in front and four pneumatic tires in back. “The combination rollers give us flexibility,” Rogers says. “In this market we probably are unique as the only contractors who use combination rollers. The reason we go to split drums is that once you get a drum over 66 inches wide and you start turning a radius, you will start tearing the mat. We found that out years ago when we had two Hamm DV 6 rollers with split drums; we do a lot of work in cul-de-sacs, and on curved lines, and found the split drums keep the mat together.” Tearing of mat can occur because on tight radii the outer edge of the drum must travel faster than the inner edge, damaging the asphalt; the split drum halves turn at the different speeds and protect the mat. Alternatively, they can be locked. “Asphalt paving is all about compaction nowadays, and Superpave mixes,” Rogers says. “We’re using highway class-size rollers for municipal work, and the variety within these combination rollers gives us flexibility. “We can use them as a breakdown roller or a finish roller, that’s the key,” Rogers says. “If we want to use them for breakdown rolling, we will use the smooth steel drum first. If we want to do finish rolling, we go rubber tires first.” He says in addition to the compaction flexibility, the combination rollers help Winvan eliminate one piece of equipment in the paving train. Tom Kuennen is a technical writer.
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WARMING UP TO WINTER TRUCK MAINTENANCE Tips for ensuring truck fleets don’t get cold feet in Canada’s chilly weather
e all know what Canadian winters can be like – cold, snowy, icy and generally unpleasant. Most Canadians know how to deal with that weather: we dig out the sweaters and heavy coats, and work
through it. But for those Canadians who rely on their truck fleets for their livelihood, there are a few more steps to take when preparing for the winter; after all, it’s hard to put a sweater on a dump truck. Instead, it’s important to take some time before the cold weather kicks in and prepare to face the winter head on. Maintaining trucks of all sizes is key to a successful winter season, extends vehicle life, and ensures that costs stay down long-term. Sean Proulx, service manager at First Truck Centre in Edmonton, offered up some suggestions to keep in mind when planning maintenance for winter preparations.
block heaters. Proulx recommends that owners take a look at those block heaters to make sure they’re ready for the winter. “With a cold engine, plug in the block heater and oil pan heater (if equipped), and use a temperature gun on the heater element itself. If the temperature begins to rise you have a good working heater element. If no temperature rise is noted, it may be necessary to replace the heating element or cords,” he advised.
Auxiliary engine heaters
“Battery condition is vital to the overall health of the vehicle and is commonly overlooked for maintenance,” Proulx said. “Checking battery terminals, starter terminals and alternator terminals for tightness, dirt, corrosion or any other visual signs of damage can save you in the long run.” Proulx recommends that a simple wire brush be used to clean the battery terminals and posts. He also encouraged owners to give their batteries a “health check” – also known as load testing – to be sure that it is still in good condition. He advises that batteries should be disconnected during service to reduce the risk of arcing when cleaning or tightening terminals.
Block heaters aren’t the only way to warm things up on a cold winter morning. Many drivers facing extreme cold may fire up their trucks – often with difficulty – and let them idle for quite some time to get the engine (and cab) warmed up. “This is an inefficient use of diesel fuel, and excessive idling may cause aftertreatment issues and DPF plugging,” Proulx warned. An alternative is installation of an auxiliary engine heater, and potentially a cab heater – or both. These improve the efficiency significantly. “A diesel-operated auxiliary engine heater uses a fraction of the amount of fuel that running the engine consumes and helps to warm and circulate the coolant throughout the cooling jackets of the engine. This helps the engine start with ease and provides faster heating to the cab for the driver,” Proulx explained. “The auxiliary heaters can be equipped with customizable timers that turn the auxiliary heaters on at a specified time, for a specified amount of time, meaning the driver can set it for an hour before the start of his shift.”
Block and oil pan heaters
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One area that owners should be considering yearround, but that is especially important as colder weather rolls in, is the condition of the engine coolant.
Maintaining trucks of all sizes is key to a successful winter season, extends vehicle life, and ensures that costs stay down long-term. It’s not hard to test the strength of coolant in any vehicle – testers and additive test strips can be found at dealerships and aftermarket parts stores, and are very easy to use. If coolant is ignored, the engine may suffer in the long run and have a shorter lifespan. “It’s not uncommon for temperatures near -40 degrees C in remote parts of northern Canada,” Proulx noted. “During normal vehicle operation, the coolant temperature can reach upwards of 105 degrees C, and these large fluctuations in temperature can degrade the coolant properties, making coolant strength and condition integral to the health of the vehicle.”
Engine belt condition
There are plenty of accessories that rely on engine belts being in good condition to operate, let alone the alternator and engine fan. If belts go bad, it’s important to replace them as soon as possible. “Cracking, weathered or walking belts can indicate a future belt failure. If the unit loses an engine belt, it can result in a loss of charge to the vehicle batteries, overheat due to loss of the engine fan, and a variety of other concerns,” Proulx said. “A simple visual look over the belts, tensioners and pulleys is worth it.”
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NEXT GENERATION TURBO COMPOUND TECHNOLOGY ADDS MORE FUEL EFFICIENCY Volvo Trucks North America is introducing the next generation of its Turbo Compound technology, providing up to an additional 3 percent improvement in fuel efficiency over the current 13-litre Turbo Compound engine, the D13TC. This new engine delivers up to 11 percent fuel savings overall compared to model-year 2015 trucks. Other improvements include enhanced efficiency over a wider range of applications, more engine ratings and a new EE Extra Efficiency drive mode. The new D13TC will be available for order in the fourth quarter of 2019 and go into production at the end of the first quarter of 2020. Volvo Trucks’ new D13TC offers three individual drive modes, Dynamic Torque, an additional 405 hp rating, and the next evolution of the Volvo Trucks’ patented wave piston design. These updates enable further-increased fuel efficiency over a wider range of loads, vehicle speeds and engine RPMs. This offers a broader use of applications compared to the first generation of the D13TC engine, which was designed specifically for over-the-road, long-haul applications for trucks loaded at 80,000 pounds.
The three individual drive modes available with the new D13TC engine are Extra Efficiency, Economy and Performance. These modes will allow the driver to better optimize fuel efficiency for the vehicle with desired performance, depending on application, topography and driving conditions. This new engine also features a wider RPM efficiency band, which enables top fuel efficiency for longer periods of time.
EXPANDED BODY BUILDER VIDEO LIBRARY
Kenworth has expanded its online Body Builder Academy video library for its T880 with four new videos now available on YouTube – youtube.com/ KenworthTruckCo. The new additions to the Kenworth Body Builder Academy focus on remote PTO features and functionality overview, remote throttle and hardwired PTO controls, remote presets and interlocks, and programming remote PTO features. The instructional Kenworth Body Builder Academy videos also offers six other videos focused on connectivity with Kenworth chassis systems, PTO functions, integration of electronics between body and truck, and optimization of the driver interface for body functions through switches and dash messaging. The videos are also available on the Kenworth Essentials App, which can be downloaded to smartphones and tablets from the Apple Store or Google Play Store by searching “Kenworth.”
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TUNDRA COMBINES POWER WITH CAPABILITY AND DEPENDABILITY FOR 2020
he Toyota Tundra pickup combines the power, capability, dependability and safety truck owners rely on, plus the comfort, style and technology that makes every trip an enjoyable adventure.
“For 2020, we’re introducing a new mix of Tundra 4x4 models – including TRD Sport Premium and TRD Offroad Premium grades,” said Cyril Dimitris, vice president, Toyota Canada Inc. “With a choice of 17 model and trim configurations, it’s easier
than ever to find the perfect full-size pickup partner.” Tundra’s not-so-secret formula starts under the hood, with a 32 valve 5.7 litre i-FORCE engine that generates 381 hp and 401 lb.-ft. of torque. Mated to a six-speed automatic with sequential shift mode and tow/haul capabilities, this powerhouse enables Tundra to tow anywhere from 8,800 to 10,000 pounds, depending on model. All Tundra models are factory-fitted with a tow package – featuring heavy-duty tow hitch receiver, four and seven pin wiring harness, supplemental transmission cooler, and a transmission fluid temperature gauge. Toyota designers and engineers then tailored each configuration to ensure truck lovers can find their ideal Tundra. A 4x2 model maximizes towing capability while also offering the space of a six-person Double Cab and the utility of an 8.1-foot cargo bed. Tundra 4x4 models feature various
combinations of five-person Doubled Cab or CrewMax cab, plus cargo beds in 5.5-, 6.5- and 8.1-foot lengths. All models feature a display audio system compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and enhanced for the 2020 model year with available Connected Services by Toyota – a bundle of tools that improve the connectivity experience for Toyota drivers. All Tundra models also deliver fullsize safety, starting with Toyota Safety Sense P. Standard on every Tundra, this bundle of active safety technologies – including the Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection, Lane Departure Alert, Automatic High Beams, and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control – enhances driver capabilities to mitigate collisions, stay in lane, and see at night. Other safety technologies standard on all models include the Toyota Star Safety System, airbags, a backup camera, and direct tire pressure monitoring system.
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Step-N-Secure is a patented product that adds simple safety and security features to the bed of all Ford, GM and Dodge pickup trucks. It installs into the truck bed stake hole, giving users a dual-purpose handle for stepping into the bed of their truck, as well as a raised tie-down for securing large cargo loads. Step-N-Secure was developed by a lifetime pickup truck owner and enthusiast who wanted a solution to make climbing into the bed of his truck safer and easier, especially in slippery or bad-weather conditions and at the end of long, grueling days. “As someone who has always owned and driven a pickup, I wanted to develop a simple, yet rugged accessory that made climbing into the back of my truck easier and safer, while also doubling as a raised tie-down point for large cargo loads,” said Joe Brielmann,
co-owner of Step-N-Secure. Step-N-Secure is made of injection-molded glass strand fibre-reinforced polypropylene that is designed for durability and corrosion resistance. The dual handle and tie-down accessory is easy to install.
HEAVY HAULâ€™S HEAVY HITTERS Introducing the new Volvo VNX
The new Volvo VNX is designed to deliver the power and durability you need to handle extreme jobs. Available with up to 605 hp and 2,050 lb-ft. of torque and a GVWR of 225,000 lbs. The VNX features enhanced axle and suspension packages, plus rugged bumper construction and wider tires perfect for the largest payloads. Learn more at VNX.volvotrucks.ca
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CALCULATING THE TRUE COSTS OF TRAILER OWNERSHIP
The price of a heavy-haul trailer doesn’t end on the bottom line of the receipt; there are many factors that can go into the overall cost of buying a trailer By Troy Geisler
ith a cost on par with the average home mortgage, heavy-haul trailers represent a significant investment for businesses. The right trailer can provide fast ROI, greater productivity and increased profits. The wrong decision, however, can leave trucking companies with the financial burden of a unit that will cost far more in the long run than the business is prepared to take on. Unfortunately, the second scenario is all too common due to an incomplete understanding of total cost of ownership. Purchase price is sometimes the only factor buyers consider when evaluating the cost of a heavy-haul trailer. The initial cost, however, can be misleading when considered alone. A comprehensive approach to calculating total cost of ownership requires an understanding of multiple factors, many of which cannot be found on the price tag.
The first and most obvious element of total cost of ownership is purchase price. To the seasoned equipment buyer, price is evaluated based on what the equipment needs to do and the value it adds to the business. Minimizing upfront costs isn’t as important to total cost of ownership as purchasing a trailer that efficiently handles the hauls ahead of it.
There are a few things fleet owners can look at to help determine the best trailer for their needs and minimize long-term expenses. Capacity: Fleet owners must be sure the heavy-haul trailer they invest in can stand up to expected load capacities. And as experienced fleet managers know, weight capacity ratings only tell part of the story. The overall weight a trailer can handle is just that, whether a 35- or 50-ton lowbed. However, there is a bit more to consider. Load concentration – or the length of the deck that can handle the weight – varies from one manufacturer to the next. For example, three manufacturers each offer a 26-foot lowbed that can haul 50 tons, but one may need the entire deck length to safely carry the weight, while another is rated for 50 tons in a 16-foot span, and another the same weight at half the deck length. Be sure to understand the difference in ratings. Loads are rarely evenly distributed across the entire deck, so understanding concentrated load ratings for a particular trailer ensures operators are not overloading the trailer – decreasing safety and efficiency and racking up unnecessary maintenance costs. Axle Configurations: Laws and regulations vary from state to state, so it’s important to choose a trailer that maximizes the load in each state to minimize permit costs. Work with a manufacturer that understands this and will provide the best possible weight distribution over the axles. This can include adding a fourth flip axle or spreading two or three additional axles apart to evenly accept the load. Choosing axle
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Price is evaluated based on what the equipment needs to do and the value it adds to the business. Minimizing upfront costs isn’t as important to total cost of ownership as purchasing a trailer that efficiently handles the hauls ahead of it. configurations that offers more flexibility to handle different types of loads increases earning potential over the lifetime of the trailer. Furthermore, manufacturers often interpret Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR) and Gross Axle Weight Rating (GAWR) differently. Misunderstandings could lead to limited ratings and configurations, which could affect all that is needed to get the job done. Engineering & Safety Rating: Well-thoughtout features and designs are a good indication of experienced engineering at work. This goes beyond steel, welding and bolts. Good engineering is about understanding each customer’s needs and building a trailer optimized for durability, longevity and minimal maintenance. Working with a manufacturer that can provide custom-built solutions is ideal. They can design a trailer that can handle the load, which minimizes maintenance and ensures owners get the greatest longevity. The trailer’s safety rating is one of the quickest ways to determine if a manufacturer uses high-quality components – such as heavy-duty T-1 steel and Apitong flooring – that will stand up to the jobs you have planned. The safety rating is intended to show operators how well the trailer is equipped to deal with the extra stress that comes from things like bumps, chuckholes and railroad tracks as it travels down the road.
These bumps in the road cause the trailer to experience a momentary magnification of payload. In general, trailers can expect an average magnification of payload ratio 1.8 to 1. This means a 50-ton-rated trailer with a 50-ton load will experience 1.8 times the stress, or 90 tons, as it travels over inconsistencies in the road. Safety ratings tell the end user how much magnification of payload the trailer is designed to withstand. Safety ratings will range from no margin to up to 2.5 to 1, an industry high. A trailer with a high safety rating and built with high-quality materials may cost more up front but will better stand up to the day-to-day stresses of hauling loads. Drivers should keep in mind that though the average magnification of payload is 1.8, in many instances the trailer will experience much more than that. A trailer designed with extra margin in the safety rating will experience less stress, wear and damage, resulting in reduced maintenance costs over time. Heavy-haul trailers built with lower-quality materials offer a lower safety rating so they simply can’t provide that kind of longevity. As a result, the trailers are more prone to premature damage and require more maintenance, resulting in less time working and a lower return over the life of the trailer.
The ease and cost of maintenance contribute greatly to the lifetime cost of ownership of heavy-haul trailers. A well-designed trailer will provide long maintenance intervals and be easy to work on when maintenance is necessary. A good manufacturer will also focus on ensuring wear parts are readily available at a reasonable cost. Long Maintenance Intervals: Some of the most critical elements of a maintenance-friendly trailer are the quality of the removable gooseneck, suspension system and components like steel and paint. Removable Gooseneck: The removable gooseneck revolutionized heavy haul, increasing safety and productivity on jobsites around the world. Since then, improvements such as hydraulics have further increased overall efficiency. In addition to profile and liftability, ease of use should be considered when selecting a removable gooseneck for optimum ROI. Industry-leading manufacturers offer hydraulic removable gooseneck systems that operate at 5 to 15 gpm, making them less susceptible to leaks. These low-pressure systems also use hoses that are readily available and more cost-efficient than those needed for high-pressure systems. The location of the hydraulic system on the gooseneck can further increase ease of maintenance. Mounting the system within the gooseneck base section limits vibration and damage, increasing the length of maintenance intervals. Suspension Systems: All things being equal, a trailer with a properly spec’d suspension system experien-
ces less wear and tear. A maintenance-friendly suspension system offers features designed specifically to increase its resilience and lifespan, as well as simplify the maintenance process when things do break down. Two easy things to look for are clamp-in bushings and contoured axle seats. Solid clamp-in bushings offer an extended life over slotted designs and easy replacement that doesn’t require an expensive press. The ease of replacement eliminates the need to haul the trailer to a commercial shop and greatly reduces the cost. Extra-long, contoured axle seats are another indicator of a low-maintenance suspension system. Engineering axle seats with a contour in the middle reduces stress on the weld, reducing the likelihood of costly breaks. The extra length and contour design also provide a strong connection without the need of added U-bolts, reducing the total weight of the system and the added maintenance costs that go with it. Steel & Paint: Fleet owners should keep wear components in mind when deciding which unit will best meet the needs of their operation. High-quality materials and finishes will last longer than traditional paints and lower-cost alternatives, a critical boost in longevity for fleet managers that need their trailers to stand up to challenging conditions. For must-hold-up situations, choose a trailer built with high-strength steel, such as 12-inch-deep I-beams with a minimum yield strength of 100,000 psi. This, along with premium primer and topcoat finishes, will ensure longterm durability. Ease of Maintenance: Some manufacturers design their trailers with maintenance points that are fast and easy to access, which is important for minimizing the time and money spent maintaining the unit. For example, cylinders that are mounted parallel to the ground allow technicians to simply remove four bolts and unpin the cylinder for replacement. This takes a matter of minutes, compared to as many as eight hours replacing vertically mounted cylinders. Cylinder replacement varies based on road conditions, load distribution and other factors unique to each trailer and operator. In general, replacing parallel cylinders saves a significant amount of time and effort over the life of the trailer. Even if required cylinder replacement is minimal, over the lifetime of a trailer it demonstrates how ease of maintenance proves itself as a vital variable in the total cost of ownership formula.
In conjunction with a proactive preventative maintenance program, a high-quality trailer from a reputable manufacturer may provide over 30 years of useful life. This longevity results in sought-after resale units that fetch a higher price at auction than lower-quality trailers that are showing their age. It should be considered as part of a comprehensive evaluation of total cost of ownership. The number on the price tag is important, but it only takes you so far. Heavy-haul trailers travel thousands of miles over their lifetimes – and a lot can happen between A
and B. To truly understand total cost of ownership, business owners and operators must have a comprehensive understanding of what their trailer will cost in its lifetime. Considering these post-purchase costs before making a decision will help ensure trailer lifetime costs do not undermine any savings that were enjoyed at the moment of purchase. A well-researched trailer investment can provide fast ROI and reliability that goes on for miles. Troy Geisler is vice president of sales and marketing with Talbert Manufacturing.
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DYNAMIC MAINTENANCE DESIGNED TO OPTIMIZE PLANNED DOWNTIME Mack Trucks has introduced dynamic maintenance, a connected vehicle service focused on proactive vehicle maintenance planning and fleet operations efficiency. “Mack is focused on providing customers options to improve their total cost of ownership through connected vehicle services. Enhancing maintenance planning utilizing existing vehicle telematics and data analytics is yet another way in which we accomplish this. Vehicle technology and data provide us the capability to ‘customize’ planning so that it’s specific to a vehicle and its operation,” said David Pardue, vice president of connected vehicle and contract services for Mack Trucks. “This enables customers to optimize planned downtime.”
Mack’s dynamic maintenance service further expands the partnership with Noregon, an IoT (Internet of Things) company specializing in connected vehicle solutions. Mack’s unique approach utilizes the Noregon platform to enhance the dealer user interface and brings the decision-making process closer to the customer through the dealer. Dynamic maintenance leverages data intelligence from vehicle data analytics, combined with enhanced software features from Mack GuardDog Connect telematics, the Noregon platform, and Mack’s ASIST service communications process to more accurately reflect planned maintenance needs and replace traditional ‘set mileage scheduled’ plans.
IMPROVEMENTS ACROSS DUMP TRAILER LINE This season, Big Tex is rolling out several updates across its dump category, including a new length for the popular 90SR model, and upgrades that add greater functionality to existing models. Now available in a 12-foot length, the updated 90SR offers consumers more cargo area at a highly attractive price point. This light-duty dump trailer is perfect for users looking to haul mulch, dirt, gravel and other loads around the home or farm. Notable features include a single-ram hydraulic lifting system, structural square tubing top rail, locking pump box, Interstate battery with onboard battery charger, double rear doors and an optional ramp package. Additionally, Big Tex has upgraded its 50SR, 70SR and 90SR model dump trailers to increase versatility, durability and functionality across the lineup. All Big Tex Single-Ram dump trailers will now come standard with onboard battery chargers, a structural square tubing top rail and integrated stake pockets.
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COMPLETE DIAGNOSTIC TRAILER INSPECTION SYSTEM Innovative Products of America’s (IPA) #5700A Alpha Mutt with ABS is a complete diagnostic trailer inspection system that integrates all aspects of trailer service and repair. A technician can now control and test all lighting, ABS and air brake circuits with the provided tablet while conducting a walk around PMI or DOT inspection. The interface design is highly intuitive, and the tablet provides real-time data during the testing process. The ABS diagnostics reads and clears codes, displays diagnostic troubleshooting info and accesses ECU data with no lag time. Easy-to-use, it requires no training, setup or software fees. “Every aspect of the Alpha Mutt’s design has been thoroughly engineered from top to bottom to be the ultimate trailer testing and inspection system,” says Ian Vinci, President of IPA. “Whether you’re a service provider who wants to deliver faster and more professional inspections for your customers, or a fleet looking to reduce human error, paperwork and data entry while unifying inspections across the board, the Alpha Mutt can upgrade your shop to maximize its potential.” The modular design can be equipped with base features or expanded to grow with operations and is built to withstand the harsh conditions in the shop or out in the field.
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Klein Products has developed a first-of-its-kind, highly efficient hydraulic-powered water pump system called SmartSpray. The system is operated with SmartControl, a Klein Products innovation that uses the latest digital and controller area network (CAN) technology to provide an operator interface that is touchpad or hard key controlled, safe to operate, ergonomic, and easy to install and troubleshoot. Unlike other water truck pump systems, SmartSpray allows the operator to control water volume and discharge pressure independent of truck engine RPM or ground speed. Instead of being manipulated by the breaks or accelerator, water discharge is adjusted using the SmartControl interface. This improves safety for everyone at the jobsite, reduces power consumption from the truck engine, facilitates distribution of the precise amount of water required for the job and eliminates wasteful overwatering. The SmartSpray functionality effectively allows smaller-capacity truck tank systems to perform as well as larger-capacity vehicles.
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2020 MODELS OFFER WELL-ROUNDED LINEUP FOR RANGE OF BUYERS AND NEEDS For the 2020 model year, Ram Truck brings new appearance and feature packages, adding even greater appeal to a well-rounded lineup that offers something for nearly every truck buyer. “Buyers demand a good-looking truck with easy-to-use features. They often tell us that their Ram trucks are an extension of their personality and want to stand out from the crowd,” said Reid Bigland, head of Ram Brand. “Whether it’s the off-road-enthusiast appeal of the Ram 1500 Rebel, the stylish Night editions or greater usability for the most powerful, most capable heavy-duty trucks, Ram trucks deliver features and durability that are winning over more and more buyers.” The 2020 Ram 1500 sets the benchmark for durability, technology, efficiency and luxury with features never before offered in a pickup. With the addition of the all-new, third-generation 3.0-litre V-6 EcoDiesel, the Ram 1500 becomes America’s most powerful half-ton diesel pickup, with 480 lb.-ft. of torque, and most capable light-duty diesel, with towing capability 12,560 pounds. The company says that the 2020 Ram 2500 and 3500 are the heavy-duty segment’s leaders in ride and handling, luxury, materials, innovation and technology, extending well past any competitive offerings. Driving it all, a never-before-seen torque rating of 1,000 lb.-ft. from the Cummins I-6 Turbo Diesel engine. For 2020, the Ram 1500 EcoDiesel produces impressive torque for a half-ton with diesel power, pushing 480 lb.-ft. as well as offering 12,560 pounds of towing capacity. The Ram Rebel is also available with the EcoDiesel powertrain option, delivering low-end torque and off-road capacity.
TRUCK SCALES ADVANCE WITH FASTER PROCESSING POWER, EXPANDED CAPABILITIES New truck scale instruments are being developed to fit in with today’s culture and business environment where there is a greatly increased expectation that user interfaces will provide immediate feedback and be easy to use. One example is Fairbanks’ new FB2560 instrument, which includes faster processing power, expanded USB capabilities, an updated operating system, and more memory. Faster and more powerful processors provide quick response time and improve user experience. For example, the FB2560 features a 1.83GHz quad core processor, a big upgrade from the prior model’s 1.6GHz dual core processor. Also, installation and calibration are streamlined in the FB2560 through use of a web interface. Downtime is minimized and repair and calibration costs are significantly
reduced with Intalogix Technology, which allows the instrument to help diagnose load cell issues. The Intalogix Technology digitizes analogue load cell signals, letting users track what is happening in each load cell. The key benefits of such a system include increased resolution and accuracy, much easier problem isolation and troubleshooting, and unprecedented lightning and surge protection. No special proprietary load cells are required. The new instrument now includes five USB ports, increasing the number of devices that can be integrated into the overall system. One is a USB 3.0 port, often referred to as SuperSpeed USB. Devices that adhere to the USB 3.0 standard can transfer data about 10 times faster than the older USB 2.0 standard.
THE ALL-NEW VENTURO LOGIC CONTROLS MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (VLC) The VLC™ system has revolutionized safe crane operations to allow for more control of capacities throughout the load operation. Innovative product features include vehicle stability and grade indications, overload protection, wireless or controller area network (CAN) communication and safety alerts and display messages. FIND OUT HOW VLC™ CAN PUT MORE CONTROL IN YOUR HANDS.
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GO SMALL OR GO HOME Contractors see big benefits from the smallest compact track loaders
By Buck Storlie
here’s no question that compact track loaders are one of a jobsite’s most versatile tools. The right selection of attachments is one aspect that makes the possible applications nearly endless. But the size of the machine can be another gateway to new business for contractors. Many contractors use primarily mid-size compact track loaders, but there are big benefits to rounding out a fleet with the industry’s smallest sit-in track loaders. The equipment opens new job opportunities and provides a solution for the trend away from walk-behind and stand-on loaders toward safer equipment that can still deliver high productivity. This type of equipment allows contractors to better train their operators and improve safety.
New market opportunities
The size of these small sit-in compact track loaders helps make them a fit for a wide variety of applications, including those with size restrictions where larger equipment is too bulky. Walk-behind and stand-on loaders are popular for similar reasons, but can have safety, comfort and productivity limitations. Contractors can use small sit-in compact track loaders as a similarly priced alternative. The smallest sit-in compact track 60
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loaders are only about 4 feet wide, giving them the flexibility to get into tight areas that would be difficult to access with larger models. Their small sizes and low weights of about 3,600 pounds or less make them generally easy to transport with a 1/2-ton pickup truck and standard trailer. The sit-in loaders can also feature speeds almost two times faster than walk-behind or stand-on versions and rated operating capacities of as much as 931 pounds. This means getting around the jobsite or from site to site more quickly while hauling more material. Small residential or backyard projects don’t necessarily need a huge machine. Contractors can use a small compact track loader as an economical choice that is faster than doing the work manually and safer than using a walk-behind or stand-on loader. This could include stump removal and backyard landscaping projects such as installing a new garden, reshaping, or installing a retaining wall. As contractors know, new housing developments are often built with structures very close together, providing little leeway for moving equipment between houses and into backyards. Smaller equipment can often fit through those tight spaces and can mean the difference between driving through the fence gate and removing a portion of the fence to accommodate the machine. These small machines are also useful for finishing work, such as trench-
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ing for wiring and piping. Contractors can take advantage of equipment heights as low as 6 feet to work below jacked up houses for adding additions. Contractors should look for small sit-in compact track loaders with low ground pressures for minimized turf damage. Some manufacturers offer unique undercarriages that allow lower pressures than anything else on the market. Because they have a shorter track base, walk-behind and stand-on loaders generally have 25 percent higher ground pressure, usually starting at 4 psi compared to 3.1 from some small sit-in compact track loaders. That means less risk of a torn up lawn and better flotation on soft surfaces and mud when operating a small sit-in compact track loader.
Safer, easy-to-use equipment
Contractors know there’s always a risk when new employees operate equipment, so there are significant benefits to machinery that is safer and easy to use. One tradeoff for that open-air, no-cab feel found in walk-behind and stand-on loaders is operator safety. Such equipment, when used improperly, may be prone to tipping, meaning a higher risk of an operator being thrown off or injured by the machinery during a rollover. The operator is also exposed with no protection on any side from debris, branches or other obstacles. Some of the smallest sit-in compact track load-
The smallest sitin compact track loaders are only about 4 feet wide, giving them the flexibility to get into tight areas that would be difficult to access with larger models. ers have ROPS and FOPS rated cabs, allowing for excellent protection from rollovers or falling objects. Another benefit of small sit-in compact track loaders is their usability. The size of the machines can make them less intimidating to new operators, and they are easier to operate and learn for the same reason. This is especially true for equipment with standard joystick controls rather than dual-lever foot or H-Pattern controls. For an experienced operator, these features offer greater productivity. In addition, some of these compact track loaders feature 360-degree visibility so it’s easy to see in all directions, improving safety and ease of use.
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Many of the same features that make a compact track loader safer than a walk-behind or stand-on loader also mean more comfort. Sitting on a padded seat means less fatigue on a long work day, and a pressurized cab outfitted with HVAC and a radio improves the overall experience. There’s also the comfort of familiarity. Walk-behind and stand-on loaders often have different control systems from manufacturer to manufacturer, while a small sit-in compact track loader has controls familiar to anyone who’s operated a larger unit. The undercarriage can also contribute to operator comfort. Walk-behind and stand-on loaders generally have little to no suspension, meaning every bump is transferred to the operator and the machine. Certain small compact track loaders feature independent torsion axles and a flexible track that contribute to more comfort and less wear on the machine, as well as less material loss from the bucket caused by bumps.
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Ease of service can mean a faster ROI and lower total cost of ownership. Many small sit-in compact track loaders are easier to service than their larger counterparts thanks to groundlevel access. Experienced operators know how common it is for compact track loaders to derail. Derailment can mean spending half the day putting the track back on, eating up time that could be used getting work done. Some small sit-in compact track loaders are virtually derailment-proof. These machines include an undercarriage with extra track guiding and a
flexible high-strength Polycord-embedded track for more ground contact, almost eliminating the possibility of derailment. When track change-out is necessary, the small size of the loader can make it simple to change a track with just one person. This is especially true if the equipment features an all-rubber track, which is lighter than steel-embedded versions. General service items are close to ground level, speeding up the process, and can be serviced with normal-size tools. Some models require no exhaust aftertreatment, saving the time that would need to be spent maintaining a larger model with the requirement. For even easier maintenance, contractors should look for models with a large rear-tilting hood providing easy access to all maintenance points, including filters, oil and fuel tanks, reservoirs, hydraulic and water separator drains, and the battery. Easy loader valve access is another plus. Another feature to watch for is standard metal-face seals on the front and back to ensure the drive hubs don’t require maintenance for the life of the machine.
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A selection of models released in the last twelve months GEHL DELIVERS POWER IN A COMPACT PACKAGE The RT135 1,350-pound-capacity track loader delivers power in a compact package. Overall width is 57 inches (1,448 mm) and height is 76 inches (1,930 mm); it can lift up to 110 inches (2,794 mm) and, at 35 percent operating capacity, can lift 1,350 pounds (612 kg). With an operating weight of only 6,510 pounds (2,953 kg), the RT135 can be easily transported. It is powered with a 46.6-hp (34.3-kW) Yanmar engine that utilizes automatic regeneration and zero fuel additives. Built on an adapted R135 skid loader chassis for superior weight distribution and grading, the Gehl RT135 is equipped for any jobsite. The Gehl RT135 is equipped with the IdealTrax track tensioning system which saves on maintenance and track replacement costs by automatically tensioning the tracks when the engine is on, eliminating the chance of over-tensioning and extending the life of the tracks up to 15 percent, according to Gehl. Track tension is released when the engine is turned off, reducing strain on sprockets and bearings. The Gehl exclusive All-Tach universal attachment system allows the RT135 versatility to meet the needs of any project. An optional Power-A-Tach system engages and disengages an attachment without the operator having to leave the operator station, providing an increase in efficiency and safety.
Many jobs call for a mid-sized compact track loader or skid steer, but having smaller sit-in models on hand can mean big benefits for a contractor. From new markets and high versatility to excellent uptime and safety, the industry’s smallest compact track loaders may bring in business contractors didn’t know they were missing. Buck Storlie is ASV Holdings Inc. product line manager.
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LiuGong North America has introduced its first compact track loader, the 388B CTL. Built specifically for the demanding North American market, the new 388B gives its customers their first track machine. With an operating weight of 11,442 pounds, the 388B is one of the market’s largest CTLs for those who need high productivity or hydraulic capabilities. Its 0.78-cubic-yard bucket capacity makes the 388B efficient for loading, unloading or relocating material. An industry-standard quick coupler enables the 388B to use a wide range of attachments – from pallet forks, brooms and blades to snow plows, pushers, blowers and more. Powered by a 94-hp Tier 4 Final 854F Perkins engine, third-valve auxiliary hydraulics come standard on the 388B machine, as does an electrical connection, conveniently located in the hookup array. Hydraulic flow is 25.5 gpm or 35.9 gpm operating on the high-flow option.
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CATERPILLAR ROLLS OUT NEW CAT D3 SERIES COMPACT TRACK LOADERS The D3 Series models support Smart Attachments. This advanced machine technology recognizes certain attachments and tailors the controls and operator information to match the tool and the task. The cab door on the new loaders is wider and the distance between joystick pods has increased by 3 inches (76 mm), offering extra space for the operator. New Cat D3 Series CTLs deliver improved operating stability while handling heavy loads, grading or truck loading. Changes to the undercarriage frame and torsion axles reduce machine pitching and rocking, while still offering superior ride comfort. All Cat D3 Series CTLs feature standard two-speed travel to improve performance at the jobsite. These machines are geared to deliver high-torque digging performance as well as high top-end speed for travel. Advanced control features include Returnto-Dig and Work Tool Positioner to assist operators with repetitive tasks like grading, digging and loading. These items are now bundled together with the dual direction self-level
feature so that even more operators will be able to take advantage of features that automate machine functions to allow these tasks to be completed with less user interaction and expertise. The new purpose-built Cat 299D3 XE Land Management CTL is designed for demanding vegetation-management applications, such as mulching, brush cutting, vegetation control and mowing. Ensuring optimum performance when powering high-production hydromechanical attachments like mulching heads, this machine boasts a turbocharged 110 gross horsepower (82 kW) Cat C3.8 engine that combines with a 40 gpm (150 L/min) high-flow/high-pressure auxiliary hydraulic system, producing a hydraulic horsepower rating of 94 hp (70 kW). To provide longer intervals of uninterrupted work, the 299D3 XE Land Management has a 58.1-gallon (220 L) fuel capacity, which is 80 percent larger than the tank on standard 299D3 XE model and is sized to provide an estimated run time of 11 to 12 hours. Its one-piece sealed and pressurized cab keeps the operator’s environment clean and quiet.
WACKER NEUSON’S NEW COMPACT TRACK LOADERS DESIGNED FOR EASY MAINTENANCE AND MORE TIME ON THE JOB The ST35 and ST45 compact track loaders offer the latest enhanced cab design and service accessibility. For easy daily maintenance service access the cab fully tips forward with the loader arms down. These machines are engineered to be user-friendly with a simple, open design and efficient layout that requires less time on daily service checks. The 74.3-hp Kohler diesel engines feature a maintenance-free, regeneration-free aftertreatment system. Standard auxiliary hydraulic flow is 22.1 gpm and optional flow is 31.7 gpm. The ST Series II loaders usher in a new era of comfort features including repositioned joysticks that promote intuitive and comfortable operation. The high visibility cab includes angled pedals and foot bed, as well as conveniently located switches that significantly reduce operator fatigue. Access in and out is easy with a wide door and step, plus there is no restrictive lap bar. Control options for any operator include mechanical hand-foot (SW models), electric-hydraulic (EH) handfoot and selectable EH (ISO and H-pattern). This ensures operators with varying experience can efficiently operate the machines with ease. The vertical lift ST45 offers class-leading hinge pin height, according to Wacker Neuson, and both models feature a 40-gallon fuel tank. A 50-gallon tank is optional. Both models also feature a variable speed cooling fan that provides on-demand cooling of the engine.
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port. ASV says that the RT-50 features a greater performance-to-weight ratio than any machine in its class, giving operators more ability in tight areas that larger machines can’t access. This track loader boasts a 1,400-pound rated operating capacity. ASV says that some competitive machines with a similar ROC weigh more than 1,000 pounds more. A robust hydraulic system features direct-drive pumps, large line sizes, and industry-leading hydraulic coolers, transferring more flow and pressure
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CASE’S LARGEST COMPACT TRACK LOADER Case’s TV450 compact track loader is a 10,610-pound vertical-lift machine with a rated operating capacity of 4,500 pounds at 50 percent tipping load. The largest Case CTL ever built features 9,188 pounds of breakout force, and optional high-flow (3,450 psi at 39.5 gpm) and enhanced high-flow (4,000 psi at 35 gpm) hydraulics for high-power attachments such as mulching heads, stump grinders and cold planers. The Case TV450 is available in either standard mechanical (H Pattern) controls, or optional electro-hydraulic controls (H and ISO pattern interchangeability), as well as optional mechanical hand and foot controls. Case electro-hydraulic controls – EZ-EH – provide adjustable speed and control sensitivity settings that can adjust to meet the needs of each application and attachment, and operators are able to switch between H and ISO patterns via a simple rocker switch. A number of premium features are standard on the CTL, including heavy-duty front and side lights, front cylinder guards, a heavy-duty rear door, remote oil and fuel filters, and debris ingression sealing to prevent material from entering the engine compartment. It also offers optional hydraulic one-way self-levelling and ride control for a smoother ride and greater material retention. directly to the attachment with maximum efficiency. Drive motors transfer the machine’s torque to ASV’s patented internal-drive sprockets. The internal rollers reduce friction loss in the undercarriage, transferring maximum power to the track regardless of drive speed. The machine’s high pin height gives it the ability to load landscape trucks and small dump trucks. Its wide tracks and even weight distribution from the large number of contact points within the patented Posi-Track undercar-
riage allows for class-leading ground pressure, according to ASV. This, combined with optional smooth turf tracks, minimizes risks of turf damage. High ground clearance allows the unit to operate on more sites, easily travelling over logs, stumps, rocks and other obstructions with less risk of getting hung up. Its width also means ease of use in tight areas other loaders can’t reach, such as sweeping or plowing snow on sidewalks or working in narrow home developments.
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self-levelling feature can be engaged with the flip of a switch and keeps the bucket or forks at level without the need to manually adjust the angle. Plus, multi-function levers provide control of all major vehicle and attachment operations. The new SVL65-2 features an Advanced Multifunction Valve (AMV Valve) for improved multifunctional operation and allows for smooth operation when using simultaneous controls, such as auxiliary, boom and bucket circuits, allowing operators to be more productive throughout their work day. The AMV valve makes running any attachment that uses auxiliary hydraulics easy, particularly attachments such as a grapple bucket, a 4-in-1 bucket or a hydraulic auger. The spacious cab includes a standard suspension seat that offers outstanding comfort with ergonomically placed armrests on the right and left sides to minimize operator fatigue. The SVL65-2 features a sliding front door that can be opened regardless of the position of the bucket or loader arm; plus, full machine operation is possible with the door open, when desired.
The SVL65-2 compact track loader is positioned in a lighter rated operating capacity weight class than the SVL75-2 and SVL95-2 models. Designed for big jobs in tight workspaces and with exceptional comfort, the new SVL65-2 will make operators’ work easier while providing superior operational control, power and performance. The SVL65-2 is powered by a 68-hp engine ready to power through any job and boasts a wide working range including a rated operating capacity of 2,100 pounds at a 35 percent lift or 3,000 pounds at a 50 percent lift, a reach of 88.65 cm (34.9 inches) and a hinge pin height of 301 cm (118.5 inches). The standard
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ohn Deere compact wheel loader operators can now reach new heights with the addition of the high-lift option on the 344L Compact Loader. The 344L High-Lift offers operators increased height and further reach for dumping or stacking, ag material handling, general construction or landscaping and snow removal tasks. “The 344L High-Lift was designed to provide operators with increased hinge pin height and dump clearance,” said Grant Van Tine, product marketing manager, compact wheel loaders, John Deere Construction & Forestry. “It’s important to provide our customers with increasingly versatile compact construction equipment to enable them to work with the variety of trucks, trailers, wagons, bins or hoppers they may encounter on any jobsite.” With a maximum hinge pin height of 13 feet 2 inches (4.01 metres), the highlift option offers an additional 12 inches (0.29 metres) of reach compared to the standard 344L. The 344L Compact Wheel Loader comes equipped with the industry-exclusive Articulation-Plus steering system, enabling operators to maximize productivity with the ability to move faster and increase lifting capacity with the new high-lift option when moving or placing materials overhead. When equipped with a quick coupler and bucket, full-turn tipping load on the 344L High-Lift is 10,362 pounds (4,700 kilograms), allowing operators to confidently lift heavy masses overhead, while simultaneously leveraging the 344L Compact Wheel Loader’s design, which includes a tighter turning radius, improved stability and additional supported lift capacity. The 344L compact wheel loader’s stability and maneuverability, combined with 103 hp (76 kW) of maximum peak power, enable operators to deliver big results. When choosing the 344L High-Lift, operators can confidently and comfortably reach to even higher heights on the jobsite.
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ShearForce steps in to service Alberta attachment market after Terrafirma shutdown A familiar face in the excavator attachment market may no longer be around, but customers looking to buy or rent the attachments they need will still have their needs met going forward. ShearForce Equipment is picking up some of the pieces after the sudden demise of Edmonton-based Terrafirma Equipment, a long-standing dealer with more than 50 years’ experience servicing the Alberta equipment market. ShearForce recently expanded into Alberta and now will open a new shop in Nisku, manned by several former Terrafirma employees, to provide attachment sales and service that will fill the gap left in the region. EXPANSION
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Brad Dewit, ShearForce’s president, said that their team was working on opening the company’s new Airdrie facility when word came that Terrafirma was closing down. He connected with Dave Rock, who had been serving as operations manager for Terrafirma, and the two quickly found themselves on the same page. “We decided we should partner up and carry on the business that Terrafirma was doing,” Dewit said. “We were focused on building our presence in central Alberta with the new facility in Airdrie this summer, and when the opportunity arose, we knew we had to jump at the chance to enhance our service offering to the entire province.” Rock is joining ShearForce at the new Nisku facility along with heavy-duty technician Justin Rasmussen and product support and office coordinator Jessica Hansen. That team will be ready to provide service to owners of products previously handled by Terrafirma as well as providing ShearForce lines moving forward. Discussions are still in the works regarding sales of some product lines, Dewit noted. There was quite a lot of concern among equipment owners at the Terrafirma news, Dewit said. “We heard some concerns about how their current customers would service the equipment that they has purchased through Terrafirma going forward, and concern about where they would rent the equipment they had been renting for decades from Terrafirma as well,” he described. “In the last few weeks, there’s been some relief that we’re going to be able to pick up the pieces and properly service those products and customers.” “We’re looking forward to be able to carry on with offering solid support for our longstanding Terrafirma customers right here in Nisku,” said Rock, now operations manager for ShearForce’s new branch, located at 1317 10 St. “We’re confident we already have the space, people and resources to offer more immediate solutions to our customers with specialized local support.”
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Brandt to acquire Nortrax
The Brandt Group of Companies has reached an agreement to acquire the businesses of Nortrax Canada Inc. and Nortrax Quebec Inc. (together, “Nortrax”), subject to due diligence and regulatory and other approvals. The landmark deal will unite all John Deere Construction & Forestry dealerships in Canada under the Brandt banner and deliver unprecedented access to Deere products, parts and support services to Canadian contractors. With the acquisition of the Deere-owned Nortrax locations in Ontario, Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador, Brandt will own and operate 56 John Deere Construction & Forestry dealerships across Canada with an additional 30+ service points and will employ over 3,400 people. The agreement is expected to close on October 25, 2019. ACQUISITION
Halrai of Quebec to distribute Venturo cranes and logic controls
Volvo Group and Samsung SDI to develop battery packs for electric trucks
Venturo has formed a new distribution partnership with Halrai of Quebec. This Canadian equipment dealer will distribute the entire line of Venturo products with a focus on fully hydraulic cranes, including models equipped with Venturo Logic Controls (VLC). Halrai is the latest addition to Venturo’s portfolio of upfitters. Through this new agreement, customers in Quebec will have improved access to an array of light, moderate and heavy-duty crane applications, including building supply, construction, public works, mining, railroad and oil and gas. DEALER
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Daimler Trucks and Torc Robotics are actively developing and testing automated trucks with SAE Level 4 intent technology on public roads. The initial routes are on highways in southwest Virginia, where Torc Robotics is headquartered. All automated runs require both an engineer overseeing the system and a highly trained safety driver certified by Daimler Trucks and Torc Robotics. All safety drivers hold a commercial driver's license and are specially trained in vehicle dynamics and automated systems.
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Volvo Construction Equipment announces 2019–2020 Road Institute course schedule Courses run November 2019 through May 2020 and offer a mix of classroom and hands-on training on a variety of operations and maintenance topics. The Road Institute again includes multiple dates to satisfy demand for the popular handson paving best practices course, “Paver and Compactor Operation & Maintenance.” Volvo also continues to offer hydraulic and electrical systems courses specific to the Volvo P4410/ P4410B and the P7000/P7000B series pavers, as well as soil and asphalt compactor product lines. More information on course descriptions, registration and hotel information is available at RoadInstitute.com.
Astec announces dates for 2020 customer schools Astec has announced the dates for its 2020 Customer Schools. Six weeks of schools are available. Attendees can choose to attend one of these sessions throughout January or February 2020. Registration opens on Tuesday, October 1, 2019 for all attendees, both domestic and international. Astec Customer Schools teach hands-on maintenance and advanced troubleshooting techniques to fix problems fast. Instructors include Astec engineers and service technicians with decades of field experience.
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