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Features 06 Trenchers West Construction Co. Turns to Coastline Equipment and John Deere to Keep their Underground Dry Utility Work Going Strong in Los Angeles and Orange County


10 United Rock Products Simple Recipe to Success: Produce the Highest Quality Material at Top Level Specification, and Then Repeat for 90 Plus Years

14 Renting Heavy Equipment from Hawthorne Rentals Helps Keep TAD Excavation, Inc. Competitive and Profitable in Today’s Fluctuating Construction Market


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(Above) Trenchers West Construction, Co. uses one of their (11) John Deere backhoes to dig for dry utilities installation at new condominium housing in Riverside.

Turns To Coastline Equipment and John Deere to Keep Their Underground Dry Utility Work Going Strong in Los Angeles and Orange County Written By: Brian Hoover L auren and Edith Hunt first started Trenchers West Construction Co. back in 1970 after Lauren realized that he was in the wrong business. He was working as a carpenter and one day found himself building footing forms. He struck up a conversation with one of the backhoe operators and found that they were making $22 an hour compared to his humble $5 per 6

hour arrangement. The decision was simple, Lauren quit his job as soon as he could, purchased a backhoe and began working as an owner operator. The husband and wife team started out digging footings and other small hourly jobs until they were approached by a housing developer at a job and asked if they had any experience at excavating for electric utilities. Lauren Hunt

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assured the contractor that they were very familiar with this type of work and the man offered them an opportunity. What he didn’t know was that this was really their first job performing dry utilities. It all worked out great and Lauren and Edith have been doing more of the same for more than 40 years now. “The Bush administration and the 1990s allowed us to get

our equipment paid for and our business just took off from there and we have been doing great ever since,” says Lauren. “I mean things slowed down pretty good in 2008 and for a few years after, but we were in good shape and weathered that storm without any issues.” Trenchers West Construction Co. has 49 fulltime employees, 44 of which are operators and laborers working in the field each day. The company still takes on those smaller jobs that helped them get to where they are today, as well as $1 million projects for developers like Shapell Industries dba S&S Homes, Standard Pacific Homes and Brookfield Homes to name a few. “We stay very busy working for a short list of very reputable home development companies,” says Hunt. “This keeps us occupied and appreciative that we don’t have

to travel outside of Los Angeles, Orange and Riverside counties.” Trenchers West is currently on nine separate jobs at this time, one of the more interesting projects being for Toll Brothers out at Porter Ranch in the San Fernando Valley. Interestingly, Toll Brothers recently purchased the home-building business of Shapell Industries, a Beverly Hills firm. This purchase significantly boosts Toll Brothers’ land holdings within the California market. Shapell Industries Inc. developed the San Fernando Valley’s Porter Ranch, which is now being developed by Toll Brothers, along with a significant number of lots that came with the deal. “We are content to see the housing industry doing so well right now,” says Hunt. “Most all of our work is for new housing tracts, digging trench for primarily dry utilities.”

Trenchers West is installing 12 vaults and a couple of miles of trench out on the Porter Ranch project. The job started the first week of April and Lauren and his crews will stay busy there for around eight weeks. They are also on other fairly large new home sites in Hemet, Riverside and smaller jobs throughout their work area. “We are happy to be as busy as we are right now, but coordinating the crews and equipment to keep it all going smoothly can be daunting at times,” says Hunt. Lauren and Edith Hunt own and maintain a pretty good-sized fleet of equipment that includes 11 backhoes, three compact excavators and a wheel loader. “All of our backhoes are John Deere, as is our wheel loader,” says Lauren. “We also have a John Deere compact excavator.”

(Below Left) John Deere 410K backhoe digging trench. (Below Right) Trench ready for installation of dry utilities.

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(Left) L-R: Ezequiel Martinez, Lino Viera, Lauren Hunt, Jorge Espinoza and Ramon Viera. (Below Left & Right) Workers preparing trenchers for dry utilities at the Riverside project.

Recently, the company purchased another brand new John Deere 410K Tier IV backhoe from their dealer of choice, Coastline Equipment. They purchased the new backhoe to help keep up with the backlog of work. “I have owned other brands, but the John Deere machines are simply built better and stronger,” explains Hunt. “The metal does not fatigue and you don’t see the cracks in the iron that I have experienced with other brands. Our operators prefer the John Deere machines and we feel like we get more 8

productivity at the end of the day.” Lauren and his wife, Edith have dealt with Coastline Equipment for as long as they can remember. “We deal with Tony Knight and he and everyone at Coastline Equipment take care of us like we are their best customer,” says Hunt. “If something goes down, they are there for us immediately. If I order a machine and it won’t be in right away, they set me up with a rental at a very special price to get me through. I appreciate that extra help and support.”

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Trenchers West Construction Co. is headquartered in Anaheim. Lauren and Edith Hunt have a daughter and two sons, both of their sons work for the family business. Scott Hunt works in the office and Lauren II handles the hauling and transferring of the heavy equipment for the company. According to Lauren, both of his sons love what they do and will more than likely take over the family business some day. For more information on Trenchers West Construction Co., please call (714) 956-9191. Cc

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Produce The Highest Quality Material At Top Level Specification, And Then Repeat For 90 Plus Years Written By: Brian Hoover


nited Rock Products has been producing only the highest quality virgin aggregate material in the San Gabriel Valley since 1916. Today, the company produces primarily crushed rock, sand and gravel and other specialty products from their 300-acre site located just 25-miles east of Los Angeles in Irwindale. When it comes to supplying the construction, ready-mix and asphalt industries, 10

their product is produced to the highest standards and includes Caltrans and Greenbook specifications. United Rock Products cuttingedge crushing and screening operations are complimented by their automated truck load-out system that consists of 12 bins situated above truck scales. This state-of-the-art system can load, weigh, and ticket in as little as one minute. United Rock also relies on a variety of heavy

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(Above) Paul Pafundi, Heavy Equipment Rentals, LLC (left), Matt Mallory, United Rock, Kent Porter, Heavy Equipment Rentals, LLC.

construction machines on a daily basis to help mine their products and move material around their massive site. They own and maintain their own fleet of equipment including a late model Cat 349E Excavator, Cat 980 and 988 wheel loaders and D8T Dozer. One of their most trusted vendors is Heavy Equipment Rentals, LLC (HER) with a corporate office and yard in Corona and branch facilities in Pacoima and Lakeside.



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(Above) United Rock using their Cat 349E Excavator to load one of five Bell A35D Articulated Trucks at their aggregate mining facility in Irwindale.

United Rock turns to HER to supplement their fleet and most recently has rented a Hyundai R480LC-9A Excavator, Hitachi ZX850 Excavator, Cat D10 and D8 Dozers, along with five Bell A35D Articulated Trucks for use in their dredging and dry mining operations. Russ Caruso has been with United Rock for more than six years now and serves as the company’s vice president. Russ spent 20 years of his career working in the aerospace manufacturing business and has successfully transferred many of the techniques used in this business to the at times antiquated aggregate industry. “The majority of our mining at United Rock is done through the use of dredges, but we also perform a fair amount of dry mining,” says Caruso. “When demand is up and the need for additional heavy equipment arises, we turn to companies like Heavy Equipment Rentals, LLC.” With around 20 percent growth over the past two years, United Rock has needed additional 12

machines to keep up with demand. “We have always been treated very well by Heavy Equipment Rentals and their representative Paul Pafundi and we regularly rely on them for large excavators, wheel loaders, dozers and more recently articulated haul trucks,” says Caruso. “We currently have five Bell A35D articulated haul trucks on site that we will probably need for a full year. The Bell haul trucks are big enough to haul close to 36 tons per load and small enough to work in some of our compact work areas. These trucks work hard for us every day and we appreciate the productivity and fuel efficiency we have been getting so far over these past few months.” According to Bell’s online brochure, the D-Series ADT’s handle heaped payloads with faster cycle times and best-inclass-fuel efficiency, so you can move more material at a lower cost. They are built with a high-strength, welded-alloy

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steel chassis and components that are durable and optimized to reduce unnecessary weight. Their oscillating frame joint, articulating steering and high-flotation tires keep operations going even in wet weather and steep grades. The redesigned sound-suppressed cab is perhaps the feature that the operators like most. It comes standard with fingertip functioning and fatigue beating controls, advanced diagnostic monitors and the best payloadto-mass ratios and hauling efficiencies in each class. United Rock mines aggregate materials and then sizes them into products that include: 3/4 inch, 1/2 inch and 3/8 inch Crushed Rock, 3/4 inch Crushed Aggregate Base, Rock Dust, Type I and Type II Aggregate Slurry Seal, Washed Concrete and Plaster Sand, #2, #3 and #4 Gravel, Birdseye, SE 30 and SE 20 Fill Sand, Nursery Sand, Topsoil and Fill Dirt. Their specialty products include:

(Above) Bell A35D Articulated Truck rented from Heavy Equipment Rentals, LLC dumping a 36-Ton load of aggregagte at United Rock Irwindale mining facility. (Left) Bell A35D Articulate Truck climbing a steep grade with full 36-Ton load.

3/4 inch Class II Permeable Base, FAA Spec P209 Crushed Aggregate Base, 1 inch and 1 ½ inch Crushed Rock, Type II Aggregate Slurry Dust and Crushed Miscellaneous Base (CMB). Whether making custom blends or creating new products, United Rock Products has the knowledge and commitment to meet even the most specialized customer needs. United Rock is also dedicated to reclaiming their depleted quarries after the reserves have been exhausted. The land is most commonly reused for commercial or residential development and is part of an ongoing effort to revitalize Irwindale and its surrounding communities. For

more information on United Rock and the products they offer, please visit them online at or call (626) 358-4558. Heavy Equipment Rentals was established in 1999 and is owned and operated by the Porter Family. For over 75 years, the Porter Family has been New Zealand’s premier earthmoving machinery sales and service provider, offering machine sales, rentals, parts, and transportation services for: construction, mining, and the rental industry. They have quickly grown to become one of the premier independent heavy equipment rental companies with Southern California’s largest fleet of over

400 new and used machines. They offer short and long term equipment rentals or rental purchase options to best fit their customers equipment needs. Their equipment includes a modern fleet featuring, Caterpillar, Hitachi, John Deere, Komatsu, Bomag and Hyundai machines ranging from a one yard skip loader to 80 ton excavators. HER is an officially licensed dealer for Hyundai Construction Equipment U.S.A., Inc., Bell Trucks America, Inc. and Bomag America. For more information on Heavy Equipment Rentals, LLC please visit their website at or call (951) 674-9999. Cc

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Renting Heavy Equipment From Hawthorne Rent-It Service Helps Keep TAD Excavation, Inc. Competitive and Profitable In Today’s Fluctuating Construction Market Written By: Brian Hoover


ike many small to medium sized contractors, TAD Excavation supplements their equipment fleet with rentals in order to remain competitive in today’s continuingly fluctuating construction market. When renting, owner Todd Hanna knows that not all rental companies are created equal. “We have been renting from Hawthorne Rent-It Service since 2005. They have everything we need and fit perfectly into our service area, says Hanna. “Our operators also prefer the late model Cat equipment we get from Hawthorne Rent-It Service.” Approximately 50 percent of TAD Excavation’s equipment needs are fulfilled through renting. Todd points out that from time to time he will rent from other rental sources, due to the location of a job or other variables. “80 to 90 percent of everything we rent 14

(Above) Todd Hanna, Owner, TAD Excavation, Inc.

comes from Hawthorne Rent-It Service, says Hanna. “Dan Walsh is our rental sales representative from Hawthorne and he and Hawthorne have always been reliable with on-time delivery and exceptional customer service.” Many general and subcontractors cannot afford to go out and purchase a half-million dollar machine when the need arises. Instead they turn to rental and conserve their capital reserve for additional projects and future growth. “I prefer to own, but it is just not possible to buy all of the toys I want, says Hanna. “We utilize rental until I see that we are keeping a machine for months at a time or we get a large long term project that will support the purchase.” TAD Excavation, Inc. primarily rents all sizes of excavators from Hawthorne Rent-It Service, along with wheel loaders and dozers. “Occasionally we will rent a roller,

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(Background) TAD Excavation uses two Cat excavators to load trucks at a project in Hillcrest.

skip loader or track skid steer from Hawthorne,” continues Hanna. “ We recently rented a dozer for a month from Hawthorne and we had an issue shortly into the rental. Hawthorne Rent-It Service was out on our jobsite right away and had us back up and running within three to four hours. That is awesome service.” When Todd first started out, the idea of renting additional equipment was not something he concerned himself with. TAD Excavation, Inc. was originally established back in 2003 after, Todd Hanna’s father-in-law needed a backhoe to do the trenching work for his plumbing business. Todd had been working


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(Left) Dan Walsh, Sales Representative, Hawthorne Rent-it Service (left) and Todd Hanna, Owner, TAD Excavation, Inc. (Background) Finish grading for a 400 unit apartment building in Mission Viejo. (Bottom Left) Grading operations for a multi-family project in Vista.

for another contractor doing demolition and grading work and this provided the perfect opportunity to start a business of


his own. Todd and his fatherin-law, Danny Green, went in as partners and purchased a dump truck and backhoe. “I was doing nothing but hourly owner operator backhoe work,” explains Hanna. “Within two years, we built our business to the point where we owned seven backhoes, but we were still only doing time and material work.” As the market began to change and evolve, so did TAD Excavation. Todd starting taking on more underground construction projects, making a name for himself as a turnkey company that could offer an entire package deal. “We could now go in and do the demo and then grade and excavate all of the wet and dry utilities,” says Hanna. “Offering all of these services

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in a package solution has helped us build and keep many of the clients that we have today.” TAD Excavation continues to offer turnkey solutions and works for several highly respected homebuilders and other subcontractors on everything from single-family custom home projects to large multi-unit apartment complexes. Currently, TAD has 15 employees, half of which are equipment operators. Their fleet consists of around a dozen machines including a Cat 320 Excavator, Cat 930G Wheel Loader and a Cat 259 Compact Track Loader purchased from Hawthorne Cat. TAD Excavation is currently working a 500 linear foot sewer replacement project, where his crews are installing 18-inch pipe for a multi-unit complex. They have yet another multi-unit utility project starting very soon where they will be performing all of the grading work. In addition,

(Above) TAD Excavation uses Cat excavators and wheel loader on basement excavation for high rise building San Diego. (Bottom Right) Cat excavators stockpiling mud in Mission Viejo.

TAD is busy on several projects in downtown San Diego where they are doing all of the grading and site utility work, on both apartment complexes and custom homes. “We have a long list of loyal clients that use us exclusively and this is really the busiest we have been in quite some time,” says Hanna. “What we have built here so far actually resembles a happy, healthy family. We just have an exceptional relationship with not only our clients, but also our employees and vendors.” TAD is an acronym for Todd, Andrew (Todd’s 13 year old son) and Danny (Todd’s father-inlaw). Although Andrew is only 13, he already knows much of the ins-and-outs of his father’s business and as it appears now is most likely the future of TAD Excavation. Danny still maintains a small minority share in the business, but is no longer active in the day-to-day aspects of the

business. “I owe a lot to Danny for getting me started and providing the initial business that sparked our growth,” says Hanna. “Now our sights are on starting a trucking division to handle our own needs, as well as outside business. We are watching the market carefully and plan to be very careful not to overextend ourselves or be too anxious to grow too quickly. I am happy with what we have and look forward to what tomorrow brings.” TAD Excavation, Inc. is located in Lakeside and services all of San Diego County and beyond. For more information please call (619) 654-3089. Cc

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Written By: Brian Hoover It is the mission of the nonprofit Crime Prevention Program of Southern California(CPP) to prevent and/or significantly reduce the theft of all types of construction equipment and the vandalism of construction jobsites. Our primary objective in accomplishing crime prevention is done through educating our members on what steps they can take to prevent their companies from becoming a crime victim. CPP provides law enforcement agencies with educational materials, along with corporate security contacts which are vital in recovering stolen construction equipment. CPP also provide signs and decals offering rewards to get as many people involved as possible in the recovery process. Contractors of all types and sizes are members and a long list of law enforcement agencies, along with special law enforcement task forces work closely with CPP. These agencies include but are not limited to: 18

FEAR - Border and Customs, ISU California Highway Patrol, OCATT - Orange County, RAID - Riverside County, CARGO CATS - Los Angeles County, BAD CATS - Los Angeles City – LAPD, SANCATT - San Bernardino County, SLO CATS Central Coast, TRAP - Los Angeles County and VEN CATS – Ventura. Insurance firms may offer a reduction in premiums for their insured that join CPP. Manufacturers and dealer/distributors also work closely with CPP to protect the interest of both their clients and end-users. CPP posts stolen equipment in bulletins and notices and online to increase exposure and the chances for a speedy recovery. According to their website, CPP members with decals and/or properly marked or unique identified markings on their equipment have seen on average a 75% recovery rate. The state average recovery is about 40% and the national average is about 12 to 15%.

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The process is simple. You first file a report with local law enforcement and then call Crime Prevention’s hotline at 800-432-7257 ext. 823. CPP will then immediately notify over 175 law enforcement agencies throughout California, Arizona and Nevada and follow up to assure that a proper report has been made. CPP will continue to assist you throughout your loss all the way to recovery or attaining your insurance claim. The loss of equipment is just the beginning, as there are many hidden costs and losses that go along with these thefts. Lost work time and productivity, higher premiums and deductible costs, hassle and lost time spent filing reports and of course the final cost of replacing that stolen machine. CPP offers an exclusive equipment identification system that greatly increases the recovery of stolen equipment. The costs of said system averages around $30 per month, per machine.

Currently, Art Mata is the President of the Crime Prevention Program of California. Art also serves as the Long Beach Branch Sales Manager for Coastline Equipment. Art has worked for several other distributors over his successful career including South Coast Bobcat, Valley Bobcat and Cook Equipment. He is in the position to offer his unique and time tested prospective on the business end of the prevention of stolen equipment items. “I have been on the Crime Prevention of Southern California Board since 2006 and am very proud and excited to now serve as their President. Being a member of CPP is a sound business decision, especially considering the amount of theft in our industry," says Mata. "I want to help CPP grow as much as possible by getting the word out in articles like this and through direct marketing to the Southern California

general engineering construciton community." Gabe Marquez is the new incoming Director of the Crime Prevention Program and has been on the Board of Directors for the past 13 years. Mr. Marquez has also served as a Highway Patrol Investigator for the past 15 years. “At CPP, we have the eyes and ears of law enforcement. Your stolen machine is not just another piece of paperwork stacked up on some overworked officers desk. We act as your liaison between the world of business and law enforcement,” says Marquez. “We dig deep and make calls to get the right people involved. When we see someone trying to sell a piece of known stolen equipment, we work with law enforcement to set up an undercover buy. There is just so much that we do that increases the chance of a contractors equipment being returned safe and sound.”

Case In Point Recently in Riverside, a couple of rolls of steel, a bobtail truck and some smaller equipment items were stolen. This was reported to the Crime Prevention Program of Southern California, who immediately reached out to California Highway Patrol Inland Empire Investigator, Karie Mendoza. Karie interviewed the victim to ascertain where the stolen items may have gone. As a direct result of Officer Mendoza’s follow-through, a wheel loader that had been previously stolen from the victim several years back was recovered. So although she was not able to locate the rolls of steel and other stolen items, the leads led her to individuals involved in a cold case theft against the same victim. The over $50,000 recovery resulted in removing the bad mark on the victims insurance record, as well as a return in deductible.

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(Above) Caterpillar wheel loader recovered by California Highway Patrol Inland Empire Investigator, Karie Mendoza who was working with the Crime Prevention Program of Southern California. (Above RIght) Wacker vibratory rammer recovered from same suspect. (Below) One of the stickers posted on all machines covered by CPP.

But the story does not end here. In addition to the wheel loader recovery, Ms. Medoza also found another members' stolen equipment item. Sukut Construction had a vibratory rammer stolen several years back that was rented from United Rentals. Sukut of course paid for and replaced the stolen item and when it was found they at least had something to show for this payment and hopefully the person responsible will be prosecuted and do time for their offense. None of this would have been possible without the connection between the Crime Prevention Program and law enforcement. Officer Karie Mendoza is on the board of directors for CPP and is a previous recipient of the John Hootman Memorial Award. This award is presented annually and is named after the late California Highway Patrol Investigator John D. Hootman of the Inland Division Investigations Services Unit. This award is meant to honor the memory of an officer who gave so much time, effort, enthusiasm and innovation towards helping 20

the construction industry prevent and resolve the theft of heavy equipment. “I really enjoy working on cases that involve the theft of heavy equipment. When I received the bulletin about the stolen rolls of steel and various equipment items from CPP, I immediately thought of a suspect that I and other officers have arrested over the years for the theft of construction equipment, among other charges, said Mendoza. “Upon investigation we did not find the items we were looking for, but did find other stolen equipment items both for the victim of the case I was working on and for eight other victims of older cases. The Crime Prevention Program of Southern California definitely works by getting so many different agencies involved which dramatically increases the exposure of each stolen piece of equipment.” The Crime Prevention Program of Southern California even works for you when working out of your local area. For the low cost of between $500 to $1,400 a year, a contractor can have the piece of mind to know that CPP is working

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for them 24 hours-a-day to find or prevent the loss of expensive construction equipment items. For more information on the Crime Prevention Program, please visit or call (562) 860-9006. Cc

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COASTLINE EQUIPMENT ANNOUNCES NEW APPOINTMENTS Coastline Equipment would like to announce the appointment of Art Mata as the new Sales Manager for the Coastline Long Beach branch location. Mr. Mata actually began his career at Coastline Equipment when he worked as a sales trainee, while attending Junior College for approximately 18 months. Art went on to work as a parts/sales/service representative for South Coast Bobcat, where he first got his feet wet in the commercial worksite products end of the business. He moved over to Valley Bobcat and remained there from 1999 to 2006, before taking a job with Cook Equipment where he oversaw the sales department, processing strategies and coordinating inventory and deliveries of new machines and rentals until 2009. Art has now come full circle back to Coastline Equipment to assume the Long Beach management position. Art is also the President of the Crime Prevention Program of Southern California. He is married with four children and currently resides in Lakewood, California. Coastline Equipment would like to extend a very warm welcome to Mr. Art Mata.

Coastline Equipment would like to announce the appointment of Julie Turley as a new sales representative for Full Line Sales covering Los Angeles County. Prior to joining the Coastline sales team in a support role in 2011, Julie was self-employed. “I was a sales Coordinator and really enjoyed supporting the sales representatives and their customers. Now I get to see them face-to-face,” says Turley. “It is exciting to be part of the equipment and construction industry. I have sold many great products in the past, but nothing compares to selling John Deere equipment. It is such a great feeling knowing that you are selling and servicing customers with the very best equipment available on the market today.” Ms. Turley has three children and currently resides in Seal Beach. Coastline Equipment would like to extend a very warm welcome to Ms. Julie Turley.


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Coastline Equipment would like to announce the appointment of Gary Pirnat as the new CWP salesman for Orange County. Prior to accepting his position at Coastline Equipment, Mr. Pirnat spent numerous years on the construction equipment rental side of the business working for RSC. “Working all those years on the rental side of this business, I found that John Deere machines are simply the best machines on the market, and the most productive,” said Gary. “I really look forward to growing the business in my territory.” Gary currently resides in La Mirada, CA and is married with three daughters. Coastline Equipment would like to extend a very warm welcome to Mr. Gary Pirnat. Coastline Equipment is pleased to announce Carl Caldwell as their new C & F salesman for North Los Angeles County and Eastern Kern County. Carl has worked at Coastline for the past 11 years, starting out at the Lancaster branch in the parts department. He served as a CWP representative for Coastline from 2008 to 2014, before accepting his most recent promotion. Before Coastline, Carl worked at Intertractor, an undercarriage manufacturer out of Seattle. “I am very excited about this new position at Coastline Equipment,” says Caldwell. “I hope to immediately increase our sales in my new territory and look forward to meeting new friends, as well as continuing to see those familiar friendly faces that I have already had the pleasure to meet.” Carl is married and lives in Bakersfield with his wife and two teenagers. Coastline Equipment would like to extend a very warm welcome to Mr. Carl Caldwell. Coastline Equipment is proud to announce Shawn Price as their new CWP Salesman covering North Los Angeles County and all of Kern County. Shawn will work out of Coastline’s Bakersfield branch location. He has sold everything from cars and trucks to smaller commercial items, but this is his first experience in the construction equipment industry. “I really think this is my niche and I am very excited about developing long lasting relationships with my customers,” says Price. “There is an a lot to learn, but I am jumping into this with every part of me and very grateful to Coastline for the opportunity.” Shawn attended Iowa Central Community College. He has three sons and currently resides in Bakersfield. Coastline Equipment would like to extend a very warm welcome to Mr. Shawn Price.

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dozer to power through tough material. A new high-efficiency cooling package, advanced electronic controls for the power train and implement hydraulics, quieter cab with enhanced information monitoring, and safety and serviceability refinements define the new D9T. The new D9T combines these design enhancements with its predecessor’s premium features —a durable mainframe with cast steel main case; pivot shaft that transfers blade loads directly to the mainframe; modular drive train with three-speed powershift transmission and differential steering system; heavy-duty undercarriage with track roller frames and bogie-suspended rollers; a wide selection of blades; intuitive controls; and expansive

visibility. The previous D9T model is still available in less regulated countries and can achieve emissions levels equivalent to Tier 2 and Tier 3 standards. Available blade-control technology—assisting the D9T’s productivity and simplifying the operator’s job—includes Automated Blade Assist (ABA), which allows operators to select pre-set blade-pitch positions for the dig, carry, and spread portions of the cycle. ABA is standard with the D9T dual-tilt dozer blade option. And for ultimate blade control, the Cat Grade Control 3D system provides precise, automatic positioning of the cutting edge and requires no blade-mounted masts and cables. Cc

NEW CAT® 336F EXCAVATOR DELIVERS SUPERIOR PRODUCTIVITY AND FUEL EFFICIENCY WITH REDUCED EMISSIONS The new Cat® 336F excavator is built to meet U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final emissions standards, and it comes equipped with several features to enhance fuel efficiency. Electric boom and stick regeneration valves capture and recycle energy, and an engine idle shutdown setting turns the engine off after a specified amount of idle time. Additionally, the operator can reduce engine speed to idle with the touch of a button to help save fuel, plus an economy power mode helps the operator manage and conserve fuel. 24

To maintain high productivity and fuel efficiency, the C9.3 ACERT™ engine is equipped with an exhaust aftertreatment regeneration system that ensures the machine works as normal with no operator intervention needed. Cat Connect makes smart use of technology and services to help improve jobsite efficiency. LINK technologies such as Product Link™ assist fleet owners in managing equipment by tracking information—fuel usage, productivity, idle time, and diagnostic codes—which

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is then shared through the VisionLink® interface. Optional GRADE technologies, such as Cat Grade Control Depth and Slope, help operators work more productively and accurately with less rework. Cc




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• Meets ANSI/ISEA 107-2010 Class 2 standards. • Resists fading and shrinkage. • Available in sizes M-5XL. ADD $1.00 for xl to 5xl • 100% polyester mesh fabric for maximum breathability. • Two vertical and one horizontal reflective stripes with orange accents. • Featuring 8 pockets! • Two outer chest pockets with velcro tabs. • Two lower front pockets with flaps that close securely with velcro. • Two small inside chest pockets. • Two larger inside chest pockets. • Sturdy zip-front closure. • Mic tabs on both left and right sides.

• Made of durable 100% polyester oxford. • Meets ANSI/ISEA 107-2010 Class 2 standards. • Resists fading and shrinkage. • Two vertical and one horizontal 2” reflective taping on front and back. • Available in sizes M-5XL. • Featuring 6 pockets! • Two chest pockets with separate slots for pocket tools and pens. • Two lower-inside pockets for additional storage. • Sturdy zip-front closure. • Two lower front pockets with flaps that close securely with velcro.

• Meets ANSI/ISEA 107-2010 Class 2 and 3 standards. • Quality fabrics and built to last! • 2” reflective stripes on front, back, and sleeves. • Left chest mic tab and right chest clear ID pocket. • Two lower pockets with flaps. • Left chest pocket with separate pen/pencil slots. • Velcro front closure. • Available in sizes M-5XL. • 100% polyester mesh fabric for maximum breathability. • Resists fading and shrinkage.

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KOMATSU AMERICA CORP. LAUNCHES THE NEW HM300 TIER 4 FINAL ARTICULATED DUMP TRUCK Powered by Komatsu’s Productive, Dependable and Efficient Tier 4 Final Engines Komatsu America Corp. introduces the HM300 Tier 4 Final articulated dump truck. With a net 325 HP (242 kW), the HM300 is powered by a Komatsu SAA6D125E-7 engine which is EPA Tier 4 Final emissions certified. Komatsu’s Tier 4 Final engines are built on a solid foundation that started in 1996 with the introduction of Komatsu’s Tier 1 engines. The resulting benefit today is a Tier 4 Final engine that is productive, dependable and efficient. This new articulated dump truck leverages Komatsu’s leadership in technology and innovation by delivering a more environmentally friendly engine that provides high levels of performance while reducing fuel consumption and operating costs. The HM300 is equipped with the latest KOMTRAX® remote monitoring technology with data access via the web or via KOMTRAX Mobile on your smart phone. In addition to providing data such as fuel levels, operating hours, location, cautions and maintenance alerts, KOMTRAX® has been further enhanced to monitor AdBlue®/DEF levels, ambient air temperatures and pressures. Komatsu EPA Tier 4 Final Emission Certified Engine – Productive, Dependable, Efficient Komatsu’s EPA Tier 4 Final engines are built on the strength of its proven Tier 4 Interim foundation. By integrating Selective Catalyst Reduction (SCR), 26

the Tier 4 Final engine further reduces NOx emissions using AdBlue® / DEF. The Komatsu Tier 4 Final engine uses an advanced electronic control system to manage the air-flow rate, fuel injection, combustion parameters, and after treatment functions to optimize performance, reduce emissions, and provide advanced diagnostic capability. Efficient Operation The HM300 features the Komatsu Traction Control System (K-TCS). The K-TCS automatically provides optimum traction when operating in soft ground conditions. As ground conditions worsen and tire slippage is detected by the speed sensors located on four wheels, automatic application of the inter-axle differential lock occurs. If tire slippage continues to be detected, then four independent brakes can be applied to slipping wheels to regain traction. The HM300 is enhanced with K-ATOMiCS—Komatsu Advanced Transmission with Optimum Modulation Control System. K-ATOMiCS offers a six-speed, fully-automatic transmission that uses an advanced electronic system to eliminate shift shock and torque cutoff to improve operator and engine efficiency. High Productivity Through body design optimization the HM300 features increased body capacity and payload. The low 9’2” (2820mm) loading height easily matches with 30-ton to 60-ton hydraulic excavators or 5 yd³ to 7.5 yd³ wheel loaders. In addition, the two single-staged body lift cylinders provide a 70-degee dump angle.

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Operator Environment The large design cab provides a comfortable and quiet work environment so operators can maximize their productivity. The ROPS/FOPS Level 2 certified cab features a new designed rounded front dash panel with easy to reach switches. The center mounted high back, heated air ride seat with 3-point seat belt provides the operator with excellent visibility during operation. Convenient Maintenance and Serviceability The HM300 provides easier service access in order to reduce costly downtime. The new model features a light-weight fiberglass engine hood for easy access, increased cooling capacity, and two standard hydraulically driven auto-reversing fans to help keep the radiator and charge air cooler clean. All Komatsu Tier 4 machines come with Komatsu CARE®. Komatsu CARE provides complimentary scheduled maintenance for the first three (3) years or 2,000 hours (whichever occurs first.) It also includes a 50-point inspection at each service and two complimentary KDPF exchanges in the first five (5) years. Cc

EQUIPMENT SHOWDOWN: EQUIPMENT COMBO VS. INTEGRATED BACKHOE One could say it’s better to own a skid steer loader and a compact excavator rather than a tractor loader/backhoe alone. Another could say the opposite, arguing you only need a backhoe since it can do the work of a skid steer and compact excavator. Both are correct. The choice depends on more than just the machines themselves, requiring a closer look at application, business type, employee skills and operating capacities. Skid steer/compact excavator combo advantages There are distinct advantages to owning a skid steer/compact excavator mix versus owning only a backhoe. They are: • Fuel efficiency: Skid steers and compact excavators are small machines with smaller engines than those powering backhoes. • Maintenance and repair flexibility: The benefit of owning a skid steer and compact excavator can provide flexibility in terms of timing the work that needs to be done on the machines between work cycles. • Attachment selection: Nothing comes close to the number of attachments available for skid steers, which is an advantage over a backhoe. • Size and accessibility: by nature, more compact machines like skid steers and compact excavators will provide access to areas that a backhoe loader just can’t get into. • Transportability: if you are working on jobs that only require the use of one machine or the other, or you have two trucks that can haul a machine,

each machine can be hauled individually without requiring the driver to have a commercial driver’s license. Backhoe-only advantages There are distinct benefits to owning a backhoe instead of a skid steer and compact excavator. They are: • More power, more reach, more height: As a larger machine with a bigger engine and more hydraulic power, a backhoe is capable of handling heavier work than the smaller machines. Specifically, a backhoe has a Understand the bigger picture Most often, the advantage of owning a backhoe or a skid steer/compact excavator mix is determined by the kind of tasks involved and factors associated with the business itself. Consider the bigger picture: • Project scope: No two jobs are the same, which is why the scope of your daily work will often dictate whether it’s most efficient to use a skid steer/compact excavator mix on the job rather than a backhoe, or vice versa. • Lifetime maintenance: Basic logic says two machines call for twice as much labor and

parts over the life of the equipment when compared to one backhoe. Yet that’s not always the case since those two machines might operate half as much as the one backhoe. Determining whether it costs more for maintenance over the life of the equipment for one scenario versus the other requires a detailed analysis given that the outcome is clearly driven by the equipment application. • Equipment application and crew: Is there a greater need to run two machines at once versus having a single high-capacity machine on the job? Are you a solo act without other equipment operators to run two machines simultaneously? Do the jobs involve tight spaces where the small footprint of a skid steer or compact excavator outweighs the higher capacity of a backhoe? • Transportability: It would seem easier and less costly to get a skid steer and compact excavator to a jobsite versus a backhoe given the need for a sizeable trailer and commercial driver’s license when hauling a backhoe. However, that’s not true if the goal is to haul both the skid steer and compact excavator to the site on one trailer, because it comes with the same requirements as hauling the backhoe. Understanding the requirements for transportability will help drive the decision. Cc

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TIER 4 REGULATIONS DRIVE INNOVATION BEYOND MEETING It’s easy to lump the entire Tier 4 conversation into two technological buckets: selective catalytic reduction, or SCR, and Cooled Exhaust Gas Recirculation, or CEGR. These are the two technologies – with some variation – that are helping equipment manufacturers achieve mandated emissions standards. Better Fuel Efficiency Through Electronics and Engine Evolutions Tier 4 Interim and Tier 4 Final solutions have forced engine manufacturers to focus more on efficiency, and one way has been through the marriage of advanced electronics and fuel injection methods/designs. At its most basic level, emissions are made up of leftovers from the combustion process. More Consistent and Reliable Turbo Power Another example of the marriage of electronics and engine technology is the improvement of turbocharger performance through the implementation of a boost pressure modulator valve, commonly found on small- to medium-size Tier 4 engines. Electronics Give More Control to the Operator Advanced electronics also give operators more control over the power a machine uses to get the job done. SCR and Wheel Loaders Provide Faster Throttle Response, Improved Torque Evolutions in Tier 4 treatment has also lead to significant advancements in productivity.

Not Just for Big Equipment: Taking Skid Steers to the Next Level In the past, cost, size and simplicity made it impractical to go to an electronic engine control on a skid steer. As Tier 4 pushed engineers to find new ways to meet standards, electronic engine control became a viable option for skid steers and has allowed for significant advances, including the addition of HPCR and better control over the speed and power output of the engine. It has also allowed for more sensor inputs within the machine, which provides better machine management, more informed operation and better troubleshooting of machine issues. Engineering a Better Machine While Tier 4 mandates represent a line in the sand, we know that “reduced emissions” is not a productivity or performance factor that improves your bottom line. As we transition from Tier 4 Interim to Tier 4 Final, we see it as our job as a manufacturer to build equipment that reaches that mandate AND provides you with operational benefits for your business. As new machines continue to. Cc

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Nixon-Egli Equipment Co., Wirtgen and Lindy’s Cold Planing Left & Below: One of Lindy’s new Wirtgen 210 Cold Milling Machines purchased from Nixon-Egli Equipment Co.

Cindy Trump Inc. “dba” Lindy’s Cold Planing is a General Engineering Contractor that has specialized in asphalt grinding since 1987. They offer everything from ½ lane milling and mid-size grinders to mini grinding machines and perform cuts from 4 feet to 7 foot 3 inches in width. From highways to parking lots, Lindy’s does it all. They are signatory to the Operating Engineers, Certified as UDBE, DBE, WBE, SBE and PUC. Lindy’s primarily works throughout California, as well as Nevada and they are currently in the process of getting licensed in Arizona. Lindy’s Cold Planing has owned 10 Wirtgen milling machines over the years and they have six in their fleet today. Cindy Trump is the owner and President of Lindy’s Cold Planing and she recently purchased two new Wirtgen 210 (6’7” cut) cold milling machines from NixonEgli Equipment Co. Her son, Chris Trump is in charge of all field operations and he comments, “The Wirtgen machines are the most operator friendly units on the market. They are easier to run and offer the best visibility. This is due to the superior chassis design that allows our operators to actually see their work below as they are grinding.” The Trump Family has been doing business with Nixon-Egli Equipment Co. ever since they acquired the Wirtgen line back in 1988. “The new engine design saves us in fuel costs and the vacuum system on the conveyor keeps the dust down to a minimum. This is of course not only a benefit to our environment, but also to our operators as well and we appreciate that,” continues Chris. “We also like the fact that the new Wirtgen 210 is equipped with new automatics on the grade control and the parallel to surface feature. We had to previously do this manually and we are now able to save time, money and increase production with the addition of the automatics.” Chris Trump concludes, “We appreciate the support we have received from Nixon-Egli over the years and truly value them as a business partner. Steve Kekich is our Nixon-Egli representative and a friend. He is very knowledgeable about the Wirtgen product line and he is always available to us. We have enjoyed our long partnership with Nixon-Egli and we plan to continue purchasing Wirtgen milling machines from them in the future.”


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