Equipment Today February 2018

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The State of

TRANSPORTATION 2018 Industry experts lend their insight on what to expect in the next year.

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PRODUCTS 18 Road Building Equipment

A selection of equipment tailored for paving and related road work.

28 Skid-steer Loaders 34 Off-road Tires 38 Lift Equipment

Find the equipment to meet your access needs.

52 Earthmoving Equipment 55 Safety & Compliance

DEPARTMENTS 6 Breaking Ground 8 Equipment Introductions 53 Profit Matters

Software at the Center of Professional Bids

54 Safety & Compliance Wearables Reduce “Struck-by” Risks

58 Running the Business

2018 Will Bring Increased Activity — and Challenges

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Have You Really Settled Your Construction Dispute?

Balance life, performance, uptime and cost when selecting the best tire option.


APPLY THE BREAK IN TELEHANDLER ENGINE SELECTION pg 36 The engine rating influences more than telehandler performance.

EQUIP TRUCKS TO TACKLE CHALLENGING TERRAIN pg 44 Consider CTIS or front drive axle technology for Class 7 and 8 trucks operated in extreme environments.

GIVE DOZER UPTIME A PUSH pg 48 Keep your crawler tractors moving with proper maintenance.

Even if you think you’ve settled a construction dispute circumstances may indicate otherwise.

Improve Work Zone Safety with Proper Traffic Control Plans

Safety does not happen by accident – it requires planning and attention by everyone on the jobsite.

Tips for Safe Winter Operations

How to manage your workers and the jobsite in winter conditions.

The INTERMAT Innovation Awards 2018 at the Heart of Technological Challenges The awards offer a stage for the display of innovation in equipment, machinery and processes used in construction and materials production.

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B R E AKI N G G R O U N D By Becky Schultz

Critical Juncture for Transportation

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AS THE SPECIAL REPORT ON THE “State of Transportation” (see page 14) confirms, there is a critical need to increase federal investment in transportation infrastructure and shore up the beleaguered Highway Trust Fund. America’s outdated transportation systems — roads, bridges, airports, ports and more — are in dire need of not simply repair but substantial upgrades and in

some cases outright replacement to keep up with expanding traffic volumes. While the current state of infrastructure is the most immediate concern, further upgrades will be called for in the not so distant future to keep up with a changing transportation landscape. Consider the increasing popularity of alternatively fueled vehicles, which is producing exciting advances in both vehicles

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and the roads they travel. A recent example is a test project in California, where Siemens built the first highway in the U.S. capable of charging electric vehicles as they move (ForConstructionPros. com/20982237). This one-mile stretch of road will power specific trucks traveling between the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. As electrification gains traction in other areas of the country, more such roadways will have to be built. The advancing use of autonomous vehicles promises to bring even broader changes to U.S. streets and highways. According to Roadview, a Madison, WI-based firm specializing in geospatial mapping of transportation infrastructure, driverless cars will require vast amounts of real-time vehicle-to-infrastructure communications data to navigate effectively. This sensor-generated “digital road map” will enable them to better understand and safely traverse their environment. Beyond the on-vehicle sensors and systems, a technology network will need to be installed all along the routes the vehicles travel. Such routes could take on a new appearance, as well. Roadview forecasts autonomous vehicles will propel an evolution toward reduced lane widths, less signage and traffic signals, massive changes in the location, form and amount of parking needed and the addition of drop-off lanes as ride sharing becomes increasingly common. The company also foresees a corresponding reduction in overall traffic volume and congestion. Such changes won’t happen overnight, but may emerge sooner than you think, as the Siemens example and others illustrate. Yet, historically, infrastructure development has been painfully slow to adapt, and may prove even slower should efforts to procure added federal funds fail to materialize in the very near future. Despite proposed investment plans coming out of the White House and Congress, legislative battles over the spending bill, immigration, the border wall, etc., plus upcoming mid-term elections, have ratcheted tensions on Capital Hill to the highest level most of us have seen in our lifetimes, making the likelihood of cooperation on even a popular agenda item uncertain. So where does that leave the transportation construction industry? Leading economists participating in our special report try to answer this question. Yet, as they note, there are many unknowns clouding the expectations and outlook. Fortunately, state and local governments are stepping up to pass initiatives to invest more in infrastructure development. Yet, this is a stop-gap measure — federal funds will be required to accomplish what is required on a large scale and over the long term. As we rapidly approach a critical juncture for the industry, it’s imperative to maintain pressure on legislators to find viable solutions and keep U.S. transportation networks moving forward. ET

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PowerLite Compressors The 35.4-lb. AKHL1260E and 51.1-lb. AKHL1260EX PowerLite compressors have the ability to hold compressed air at 500 psi. The AKHL1260E has two tanks (adaptable to five) and the AKHL1260EX comes with five tanks as standard. Two air outlets are included for high-pressure tools and two more outlets are for regular 100-psi pressure tools. Both models are powered by a DC-Brushless motor. An inverter circuit adjusts the rpm to extract maximum performance at different voltage levels, plus allows startup in cold weather and operation under poor electric supply conditions. A built-in LED light indicator system identifies performance issues, and an easy drain lever quickly releases air and water from tanks.


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CC1100/CC1200 Rollers The CC1100/CC1200 VI features a cross-mounted engine and large casted forks with built-in flexible lifting/towing/tie-down possibilities. The sliding seat and engine hood design ensure optimal visibility over the front of the drum. Tapered drum edges result in a smooth surface without marks. An available mechanical adjustable offset function provides up to 2 in. of offset to the rear frame. The unit delivers high-frequency compaction with dual frequencies. The pressurized sprinkler system includes standard Automatic Water Control, up to a 54-gal. water tank and an easily accessible sprinkler pump and filter and sprinkler bars. Options include a front rightmounted edge presser/edge cutter and rear-mounted chip spreader.

The TE 60-AVR and TE 60-ATC/ AVR use the Hilti Connect App, which enables use of any NFC-enabled device to access everything from a comprehensive tool history and summary to requesting a repair. The units deliver 5.8 ft.-lbs. of impact energy at 3,300 impacts per minute and are suited for drilling anchor through-holes, medium-duty demolition work, coring up to 4 in. in diameter and chiseling out penetrations. They have an optimum hole range of 11/16 up to 1 9/16 in., a maximum hammer drilling hole diameter of 2 in. and maximum percussion coring diameter of 4 in. Both models include Active Vibration Reduction and the TE 60-ATC/AVR features the Active Torque Control system.


Aqua Cutter 710V Hydrodemolition Robot The 5,070-lb. Aqua Cutter 710V offers horizontal, vertical and overhead reach as high as 23 ft. It uses ceramic nozzles and 14,500to 40,000-psi water jets to remove as much as 35 cu. ft. of concrete per hour. The operator can adjust stroke to control the depth of cuts and vary water jet pressure based on the application. The unit can be controlled via a wireless or hard-wired radio remote control. Power is provided by a standard 18-kW diesel engine or it can be equipped with the Aquajet Hybrid Kit for electric operation. A 23% larger model (710V XL) is available to allow for lower overall ground pressure and the ability to handle more reaction force.

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MP245 Mechanical Pro Riding Trowel The 830-lb. MP245 riding power trowel packs all of the ergonomics, features and durability found in Allen’s larger riders into a smaller package (78” L x 41” W x 57.5” H). It incorporates a 22-hp Honda GX690 air-cooled gasoline engine and a heavy-duty drivetrain. The standard-duty gearboxes provide efficient energy transfer from the motor to the rotors to ensure an optimal finish. Two 36-in.-diameter, fourblade non-overlapping rotors deliver rotor speeds from 45 to 165 rpm. Hydraulic joystick power steering reduces operator fatigue, while cruise control ensures ease of operation. An electricpowered spray system for retardant application is standard.

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R5e Hybrid Impact Crusher The R5e hybrid track-mounted impact crusher unit features a directly driven 350-tph crusher and electrical transport and screen components. A high-efficiency rotor is driven via the 643-hp Volvo six-cylinder diesel engine. The operating hydraulics power all the lifting cylinders on the chassis and conveyor belts, the track drive, the vibrating discharge chute and double-deck primary screen and the compact double-deck post-screen module with oversize/stockpile conveyor. A 160-KVA generator supplies power to all other conveyor systems, including the 6.54-cu.-yd. vibrating feeder and optional Neodym over-belt magnets. All system functions can be controlled by radio remote as standard.


The 18,775-lb. 85V-4 is a zero tailswing excavator that comes standard with an additional 900-lb. counterweight for added stability. Its compact size and zero tailswing with a 7-ft. 3-in. width are especially beneficial when working in tight spaces. The ROPS-certified unit is powered by a 59.4-hp water-cooled diesel engine and has a 15-ft. 1-in. digging depth and 14,730-lb. bucket breakout force. It incorporates variable-displacement pumps, two-speed travel and standard auxiliary hydraulics (third line optional). It also comes with standard hydraulic pilot controls, A-F quick change valve and backfill blade. Rubber or steel tracks are available.


1644 High-capacity Telehandler The 1644 has a 15,650-lb. lift capacity and offers optional SmartLoad Technology, a bundle of three integrated technologies. Attachment recognition technology allows the unit to identify an attachment and display the appropriate load chart. The load management information system (LMIS) graphically depicts the location of the load within the chart, provides an indication of compliance and prevents violation of these boundaries. The load stability indicator works with the LMIS to limit operation when a load nears the maximum capacity indicated on the chart. The unit also features the precision gravity lowering system, soft stop boom control, an optional reverse camera and reverse sensing system and integrated tow hitch.


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The Multi-Stage Telescopic Hydraulic Cylinders feature a multi-stage rod built from a series of nested steel tubes of progressively small diameter. This allows for a longer stroke that is particularly suited for extended lift heights when clearance is limited. The units are available with two or three pistons, have a 15- to 35-ton capacity and can lift loads up to 24 in. in a single movement. A nitrocarburized surface treatment inside and out provides side load resistance and corrosion protection for safe use in the harshest conditions. Features include 3% side load for full capacity, double- or triple-wear bearing support lifting stages, tilting saddles with 5° of maximum tilt and a steel cylinder base for maximum strength.

The 24,350-lb. DD110C is powered by a 148-hp Volvo D4 Tier 4 Final engine, features an eight-amplitude drum with a 66-in. width and delivers 3,800 vpm. Its redesigned, intuitive onboard display includes an Impact Spacing Meter that allows the operator to control speed and maintain the correct spacing for consistent smoothness. Other features include an automatic, variable-interval water spraying system, ROPS/FOPS-certified platform, forward-view adjustable seat and 180° rotating console. The unit is available with Compact Assist with Density Direct, an Intelligent Compaction system that displays real-time density calculations and the ActiveCare Direct machine monitoring and utilization reporting service.

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S P E CI AL R EP O R T By Jessica Lombardo

2018 The State of TRANSPORTATION What can the transportation industry expect in the next year? Industry experts lend their insight. Edward L. Mortimer, executive director, transportation & infrastructure, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Alison Premo Black, senior vice president & chief economist, Deputy Director Contractors Division, American Road & Transportation Builders (ARTBA)


uring his campaign, then-presidential hopeful Donald Trump heralded a $1 trillion infrastructure investment plan as a priority for his first 100 days in office. Here we are more than a year after the election, and as of late January, we were only hearing the basic outlines of a plan that has since risen to $1.7 trillion. While more details were expected shortly, the broad disparity in political ideologies in Congress portends another extended delay before a funding bill is put in place. In the meantime, we asked industry experts to offer their insight on what they believe 2018 could hold in store for the transportation infrastructure sector.


Ed Sullivan, executive vice president, chief economist, Portland Cement Association (PCA)

Mike Acott, president, National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA)

Between the FAST Act and the Trump administration’s promise to rebuild infrastructure, 2017 should have seen increased spending at both the federal and state levels. Did that come true and what do you foresee for infrastructure in 2018? Ed Sullivan, executive vice president, chief economist, Portland Cement Association (PCA): The short answer to this question is no, there has not been an increase in highway and bridge construction [in 2017]. The Fast Act represents a 2% increase in nominal spending and most of that will be eaten up by inflation. In real terms, you won’t see an increase with the Fast Act.

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There has been no decision on an infrastructure bill and even if there is a decision soon, construction wouldn’t hit the ground until fiscal year 2020. In other words, Trump’s infrastructure promise won’t happen until the second half of 2019 at the earliest. The picture at the state level is not encouraging either. Expenses are outstripping growth in revenue — e.g., boomers are retiring and putting pressure on entitlement programs and pension funds. To deal with that, state governments will shift resources from infrastructure to entitlements. This, too, will put a drag on spending. In our view, infrastructure spending in 2018 will look much like it did in 2017. The long view will depend on three variables: to what extent tax reform will stimulate the economy; the scope (when, how much and where) of an infrastructure program; and the impact any immigration reform would have on an already shrinking labor force. An economy stimulated by tax reform and infrastructure spending in combination with increased wages may very well lead to rising inflation and interest rate hikes. As a result, we foresee a slowdown in both economic and construction growth by 2022. Alison Premo Black, PhD, senior vice president & chief economist, American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA): Highway and bridge construction was down on the national level in 2017, despite the stability of the FAST Act and numerous

state and local funding increases over the last few years. But the dynamics in state and local markets vary significantly. There are areas experiencing real growth in highway and bridge construction, but that progress is being outweighed by states that continue to struggle with government finances and are pulling back on transportation investment. It is also important to recognize that some of the increases in state and local revenues are being used for program purposes other than highway and bridge construction — such as right-of-way purchases, planning and design work, debt reduction, public transportation, maintenance, research, materials inspections and testing and operations. [At the federal level], there are still many details to be worked out about any type of infrastructure plan. Because of the timing, it is unlikely that a plan would have a large market impact in 2018. However, there are a number of regulatory reforms that either have been implemented (or are in the process) through executive orders, the Congressional Review Act and changes in rules and regulations. The easing of these regulations will help contractors. The best market boost for the highway and bridge construction industry in 2018 and beyond would be a permanent revenue solution to the Highway Trust Fund. The Highway Trust Fund provides funding for the federal

surface transportation program, which accounts for 51% of all state highway and bridge program spending on construction, right-of-way and planning and design work. Increasing federal investment, which is largely spent on these capital outlays, would provide a market boost across the country. Anirban Basu, chief economist, Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC): Spending on highway and bridge construction remains roughly flat and has been that way for at least three years. The FAST Act authorizes spending on road building and repair, but that’s different from actual appropriations. For the most part, federal dollars remain tight, in part because of the lack of a gas tax increase or other sensible funding mechanism. State and local governments have collectively striven to pick up the slack, but with dollars being increasingly diverted to functions like public safety and Medicaid, this has failed to translate into the growth in spending that many contractors were expecting when the FAST Act was signed into law in late 2015… The proposed infrastructure plan represents our greatest and most commonsensical opportunity to accelerate U.S. economic growth. The plan would be largely financed by public-private partnerships (P3s) designed to attract significant amounts of private capital,

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including U.S. multinational capital presently sitting abroad... Government in many instances simply lacks the resources to fund the infrastructure needed to allow America to [maintain] its preeminent position among global economies. There is, therefore, an opportunity to rebuild much of U.S. infrastructure without layering on additional federal, state and local government debt. Unfortunately, no real progress has been made on this in 2017, and 2018 prospects appear dubious given the growing imminence of mid-term elections. Mike Acott, president, National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA): We are working with our industry partners to encourage the Trump administration and Congress to come together around bipartisan legislation that substantially boosts investment in the nation’s bridges, roads and highways… There are many issues on Congress’s plate, and the infrastructure plan is taking a little longer to mature in Washington than we’d hoped. But with strong grassroots efforts and coordinated messaging... from all transportation stakeholders, NAPA is confident we will see legislation enacted before the mid-term elections. Edward L. Mortimer, executive director, transportation & infrastructure, U.S. Chamber of Commerce (USCOC): We believe there is strong support for the administration and

Congress to address the nation’s infrastructure deficit [now that] tax reform legislation is completed. The administration has stated its infrastructure package will include $200 billion in new investment and can be leveraged to provide up to $1 trillion over 10 years. Details on how this will be allocated aren’t yet clear, but the Chamber believes any new investment should be based on projects that can provide the greatest economic return. We continue to see state and local government success in raising revenue for needed transportation investment. In the November 7, 2017 election, all eight ballot measures in five states were overwhelmingly approved. We work to ensure all transportation programs receive full funding in the annual appropriations process. We also hope to address the upcoming shortfall in the Highway Trust Fund before the FAST Act expires in 2020.

How will the delay of the FAST Act increase impact 2018? NAPA: NAPA is not expecting any delays in highway lettings due to the short-term continuing resolution for the fiscal year 2018 transportation appropriations bill. Congress has routinely missed its budget deadlines, but has remained fully committed to the FAST Act funding levels. In general, the asphalt

pavement industry has benefitted from states’ willingness to move projects forward thanks to the five years of certainty provided by the FAST Act. We have seen a steady increase in asphalt pavement tons nationally each year since the enactment of MAP-21. States are certainly not waiting for Congress to boost highway investments. Since 2012, 31 states have approved gas tax increases or other plans to raise additional transportation revenue. More importantly, in states where legislators approved gas tax increases, nearly all... who have faced voters after passing an increase won re-election. ARTBA: It is always a challenge when states only receive part of their federal surface transportation funding. Some states may choose to delay projects until later in the year when they have access to their full annual funding levels. The challenge with the FAST Act is that it provides funding levels that are just slightly above projected increases in inflation and project costs. While it provides stability, it is not significantly growing the market with increased investment. Therefore, the funding dynamics at the state and local level become very important. States that have the ability to raise revenues through legislative action, one-time funding measures or variable rates will be better off in the long run. Some states are still facing overall

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budget challenges and this often translates into less spending, fewer projects and even borrowing transportation-related revenues for general purposes.

FUTURE FUNDING OPTIONS Gas prices remain at very low levels. Is now the time to raise the federal gas tax to ensure longterm viability of the Highway Trust Fund? NAPA: Now is the time for Congress to fix the structural deficit in the Highway Trust Fund, [which] is expected to fall short of revenue in 2020. Congress needs to find a sustainable revenue source that increases investment for highways, roads and bridges… Congress also needs to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration programs. Airfield pavements represent a $3 billion annual market for the asphalt pavement industry, and it is important for Congress to reauthorize this program in a timely fashion in 2018. USCOC: We believe it is long past time to adjust the federal gasoline tax. Since the last time it was raised in 1993, it has lost over 40% of its purchasing power. During the same time period, 26 states have increased their gasoline user fee. The longer we wait to adjust the gasoline tax, the more the American taxpayer will end up paying, and our ability to compete in the global marketplace will diminish.

“The best market boost for the highway and bridge construction industry in 2018 and beyond would be a permanent revenue solution to the Highway Trust Fund.” — Alison Premo Black, American Road & Transportation Builders Association

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ABC: It has been time to raise gas prices for a long time. The most advantageous moment may have been in February 2016 when oil prices hit just $26 per barrel. Oil is presently trading around $50 per barrel, but that is still low from a longer term perspective. With unemployment low and with the national debt now at $20 trillion, it is time to raise the gas tax, invest in America’s roads, create high-quality jobs in the process and set the stage for a prosperous 21st century.

What role might P3s have in funding infrastructure projects? What are other ways we should be investigating to pay for our roads?

“In general, America continues to under invest in infrastructure, and 2018 will be no different. This represents the industry’s greatest challenge.” — Anirban Basu, Associated Builders and Contractors

USCOC: We believe P3s can be an important tool for project sponsors as they look to fund and finance infrastructure projects. Encouraging increased use of P3s can free up limited federal, state and local dollars for other infrastructure projects where a P3 does not make sense. Also, increased use of P3s are no replacement for increased federal investment. ARTBA: P3s are a viable method to finance transportation projects, but are not a way to fund transportation investment. States need a stable and growing source of revenue at the federal, state and local level to make needed transportation investments. P3s are a great tool for certain projects that have a revenue stream, but are not a way to deliver a core program. NAPA: Private sector capital and P3s can and should play an important role in any infrastructure plan. That role, however, must complement direct federal investment. While the private sector certainly has the ability to help advance projects — particularly those capable of generating a revenue stream — there is a difference between project financing and public funding. We must also acknowledge that private capital is not a viable option in many states, particularly those with large land areas and sparse populations. The trucking industry — like many stakeholder groups such as the American Highway Users Alliance — understands that the bottlenecks and congestion freight traffic experiences has a negative impact on our country’s competitiveness. The FAST Act for the first time established

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and funded a freight program that directs funding specifically toward addressing this problem. While a good first start, Congress needs to provide more investment in developing and improving the freight highway network. In and of itself, the program does not provide the funding necessary to build out the FastLane corridors. However, it does serve a vital national interest and is one important reason why Congress should raise user fees. Interestingly, truckers support increasing diesel fuel taxes — if the revenue is directed to addressing freight congestion.

many states have approved user fee increases to support roadway construction and maintenance. In 2017 alone, seven states — California, Indiana, Montana, South Carolina, Oregon, Tennessee and West Virginia —passed legislation to increase revenue from fuel sales. Contractors will see the benefit from these initiatives in 2018. Most contractors will tell you that recruiting and retaining top talent is an ongoing challenge. The retirement of Baby Boomers, competition from other industries and adoption of new technologies have led to a

that share workers with the oil, gas and pipeline industry. Highway and bridge contractor employment at the height of the summer construction season in 2017 was still an average of 9,000 workers below [that of ] the summer of 2007, before the Great Recession began. This suggests that there is some capacity to increase employment to preexisting levels, although some growing markets may experience shortages specific to their region. Historically, the labor market has adjusted to real growth in highway and bridge construction with higher wages to attract

“Private sector capital and P3s can and should play an important role in any infrastructure plan. That role, however, must complement direct federal investment.” — Mike Acott, National Asphalt Pavement Association

2018 OUTLOOK Generally speaking, what will 2018 look like for the transportation construction industry? What are the greatest potential challenges ahead? ARTBA: The outlook for highway contractors... will continue to depend on the region or state where individual companies are operating. Based on recent trends in contract awards, we expect the market to stay fairly flat at the national level. However, we should start to see increased spending in states that recently passed initiatives to increase revenues for transportation. The biggest challenge to the industry over the next 24 months is the ability of Congress to find the political will to address the Highway Trust Fund. Federal investment accounts for about half of all state Departments of Transportation highway and bridge capital outlays, including construction, right-of-way purchases and planning and design work. NAPA: Right now, the economy is growing at a steady pace, which is helping the residential and commercial markets. We expect to see that trend continue into 2018 and... it could accelerate [with tax reform legislation now enacted]. On the highway side, the FAST Act continues to ensure investment in the federalaid highway program, and

shortage of workers in the construction industry. A focused effort by the industry will be necessary to meet this challenge. Equally important is the issue of fixing the long-term solvency of the Highway Trust Fund. Highway funding will be impacted by 2020 if Congress does not make moves to shore up the Highway Trust Fund. ABC: Certain communities that have not been dynamic economically have been at the forefront of investing in roads and other forms of infrastructure in an attempt to accelerate economic growth and usher forth more broadly shared prosperity. However, the realities of funding remain ever present. In general, America continues to under invest in infrastructure, and 2018 will be no different. This represents the industry’s greatest challenge. Policy making remains erratic, with policy makers frequently making the claim that America must invest more in infrastructure, and then under funding infrastructure projects in their budgets.

How may the lack of skilled workers affect any construction boon that may take place? How can the transportation sector combat this challenge? ARTBA: The challenge of finding workers depends on the local economy, and can be particularly challenging in states

more workers — growing as much as 3.2% a year, above the average of 2.7%. USCOC: We can’t talk about infrastructure without considering the jobs needed to build it. The debate over today’s workforce often centers on high-tech and STEM careers, but it’s also important to consider the role of vocational education and its value to the workforce. The construction industry needs workers from across the spectrum of training and educational experience. The Chamber strongly supports employer-led apprenticeship programs, which we believe can be a key component of closing our nation’s skills gap. NAPA: We are hearing from members that recruiting new workers for the industry is a challenge. The demand for equipment operators is up 50% and the need for certain types of engineers is up about 40%, according to the Department of Labor. As project lettings increase and contractors scale up their operations to take advantage of the work, finding that new talent, and training and retaining them, will be increasingly important. The lack of skilled workers is a challenge, but also an opportunity. Companies should look to reach out to local high schools and community colleges, participate in career day events and job fairs, to help people learn about the good opportunities that exist in the industry. ET

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FIRST GOMACO GP4 AT WORK IN ARIZONA The first all-new GP4 slipform paver was introduced last year at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017. The paver shipped directly from the GOMACO booth to its new home in Arizona where it has been working ever since slipforming interstate and airport projects. The paver’s most recent project has been slipforming a new runway at the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport in Mesa, AZ (see cover image). Its paving passes are 37.5 ft. wide and 19 in. thick. The GP4 is the second paver in GOMACO’s new family of slipform concrete pavers featuring the company’s next-generation technology. It’s the next step up in size to the GP3 and features the same exclusive technology, but has the ability to pave up to 40 ft. wide. Visit to learn more about this new model.

Terex Bid-Well 3600 Paver The Bid-Well 3600 with enhanced paving carriage design can complete standardduty slab-on-grade paving jobs as well as bridge decks, and offers standard paving widths from 8 to 86 ft. • 21-hp Kohler ECH650 fuel-injected gas engines • Paving carriage includes segmented upper and lower sections and a heavy-duty design for dual drag-pan configurations • Available with universal power crown adjuster, swing leg design for zero clearance paving, pivot leg configuration for a true vertical operating position and integrated LED lighting system • Rota-Vibe system with 11.5-in.-long roller generates up to 5,000 vpm to consolidate the top 2.5 in. of the slab

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The 8520 asphalt paver has continuous rubber tracks and a 9-ton hopper capacity. • 106-hp Kubota Tier 4 Final engine • Enhanced hydraulic system optimizes system performance • Paving width from 8 to 15 ft. • Legend 815 heavy-duty electric screed • Under-auger material cut-off gates

The A-1C single-drill series and A-2C double-drill series can drill in horizontal, vertical and 35° stitch positions, plus the A-1C is capable of skew drilling for maximum versatility. • Feature steering to enhance operator accuracy and control • Automatic shutoff feature extends drill life • Available dust collection to minimize dust and debris on the jobsite


Caterpillar PM820, PM822 and PM825 Cold Planers The PM820, PM822 and PM825 have 79,630- to 82,650-lb. operating weights and cutting widths from 79 to 98.6 in. • Three electronically controlled cutting settings to match rotor speed/torque with operating conditions • 755-hp Cat C18 ACERT Tier 4 Final engines iso-mounted to reduce vibration • Hydrostatic drive with two variabledisplacement propel pumps supplying a variable-displacement motor at each track • Automatic traction control system minimizes track slip in extreme conditions • Standard four-mode steering with electronic control module • Hydraulically controlled front loading conveyor

Salsco TPC-96 Concrete Paver The TPC-96 guidance-controlled concrete paver can be operated via a radio-controlled belly pack instrument box carried by an operator. • 74-hp Hatz Tier 4 diesel engine • 1.5-cu.-yd. hopper capacity • Screed comes in 48-, 72-, 96- or 120-in. widths • Follows guidance string and adjusts tracking and screed elevation automatically in auto mode • Includes three adjustable, variable-speed, penciltype vibrators, a 4.3-in. color display with intuitive interface and rubber tracks with six idler rollers and a top drive sprocket



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The 255T4 high-production, triple roller tube paver has available widths ranging from 12 to 34 ft. in 2-ft. increments with a roller tube diameter of 10 in. • 49.5-hp Hatz 4H50TIC Tier 4 Final diesel engine • Includes three roller tubes and a heavyduty sectionalized overhead truss system that provides rigidity while facilitating easy width changes • Pendulum shaft-driven vibrators can be adjusted from 0 to 11,000 vpm from the operator console • Features a standard spray system, easy-touse controls and a light weight • Optional gang vibration system helps properly consolidate concrete during paving


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Roadtec SX-8e/ex Soil Stabilizer-Reclaimer

Volvo P4410B Tracked Paver

The 82,000-lb. SX-8e/ex can cut up to 20 in. deep and 100 in. wide and is designed for road rehabilitation, cold recycling or soil stabilization. • Rotor designed for milling and mixing the most resistant soils completely and homogeneously • Variable geometry cutter housing enables the unit to achieve material gradation with each pass • 755-hp Caterpillar C18 Tier 4 Interim (SX-8e) or 700-hp Caterpillar C18 Tier 3 (SX-8ex) engine • Air-shift four-speed transmission • Includes joystick controls and four steering modes

The P4410B tracked paver comes factory fit with the 6,500-lb. Ultimat 16 front-mount screed, which can hydraulically extend to a full 16 ft. or up to 18 ft. with added extensions. • 155-hp Deutz Tier 4 Final engine • Ergonomically placed dual screed consoles and remote controls allow optimal visibility and precise speed control • Includes power slope and power crown, a large hopper capacity and durable rolled hopper wings that prevent material buildup • Adjustable auger-to-screed distance • Built-in SmokEater extraction system

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Power Curber 7700 Slipform Paver The Power Curber 7700 multipurpose slipformer is designed for a variety of offset applications and paving up to 20 ft. wide. • Fully hydraulic telescoping frame makes it simple to switch from paving to offset mode • Simple Steer Track Positioning System aligns all four crawlers for switching modes • Paving mode enables hydraulic sides, edge overbuild and crowning capabilities • Stringless capable for use with 3D/GPS machine controls • Optional features include a tamper bar, auger or plow and finishers

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Guntert & Zimmerman S400 Slipform Paver The S400 entry-level single/dual-lane paver is powered by a 173-hp FPT Tier 4 Interim engine with Eco-Mode that does not require a diesel particulate filter. • Standard telescopic range of 6.5 to 17.5 ft., or up to 24.5 ft. with optional extensions • Multipurpose tractor frame with universal bolting pattern enables easy mounting of barrier molds, offset kit hangers and attachments • AccuSteer and SmartLeg features move track and swing leg on the fly, and semiautomatically reconfigure the paver into 90°, counter-rotate and transport modes • VariWidth System and TeleEnd substantially reduce paving kit and tractor width change time

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R OAD B U I LD I N G Products Wirtgen Large Milling Machines The W 200i, W 200 Hi, W 210i, W 220i and W 250i offer working widths of 4 ft. 11 in. to 14 ft. 4 in. and can remove asphalt or concrete pavement to a maximum depth of 14 in. • Twin-engine drive concept allows use of engine power on demand, reducing fuel costs by up to 25% • Parallel-to-surface (PTS) feature automatically positions the machine to ensure precision profiling • Intelligent Speed Control (ISC) system minimizes spinning of the crawler tracks • Operator Comfort System (OCS) with hydraulic moving and swiveling cabin and precision joystick control


Carlson CP85 Commercial Asphalt Paver The CP85 features a high-torque, 74-hp CAT 3.4B Tier 4 Final engine that requires no DEF, a heavyduty chassis, highway-class wear components and leading operator controls. • Wear components include stronger chains and slats, fully replaceable Hardox floor plates, 12-in. replaceable auger flights and fully sealed highwayclass auger bearings • Dual control consoles pivot down 30° and outwards 40° and control stations can be adjusted to the comfort and visibility needs of the operator • 8- to 15-ft. EZC815 electrically heated screed includes a 2% screed taper, full-length element hold downs for efficient heat transfer, adjustable slide track system and spring-loaded endgates

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The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) sought to replace the deteriorating East Shore Expressway Bridge 475 in East Providence, RI, as part of a two-bridge project that was expected to cost $16.7 million. The second half of the project, the McCormick Quarry Bridge, was built in 1959 and has been structurally deficient for more than 20 years. In September 2016, RIDOT demolished the old East Shore Expressway Bridge — classified as functionally obsolete with significant concrete cracking — and installed a new single span structure in just 80 hours using accelerated bridge construction methods. Manafort Construction, the general contractor, assembled the bridge with precast foundation elements and constructed the new bridge decks on large supports in temporary staging areas adjacent to the current bridges. The precast components used are a combination of approach slabs, match cast abutment caps, wing wall sections, parapets and end posts with separate precast footings connected by grouted splice sleeves — all detailed, manufactured and delivered by Oldcastle Precast Rehoboth. The components were match cast and/or test fitted prior to the installation to assure a perfect fit and to avoid any delays during final erection. The substructure units were constructed behind the existing interior piers, resulting in a span length of approximately 122 ft., which allowed traffic to remain uninterrupted with the exception of minor closures for erection purposes. Using accelerated bridge construction methods, RIDOT dramatically shortened the overall construction time, completing the bridge one year earlier than would be possible using conventional construction methods. It repeated the process in replacing the deteriorating McCormick Quarry Bridge. “We’re pleased with the installation of the East Shore Expressway Bridge and the lessons learned through the first 80-hour process. It certainly aided us during the replacement of the second bridge,” says Peter Alviti Jr., RIDOT Director. “This rapid bridge construction approach lets us complete the job of replacing these deficient and obsolete structures as quickly as possible with as little impact as possible to the traveling public.” Learn more at

Dynapac FC1600C Paver

Introducing Takeuchi’s newest excavator the TB235-2. This 3.5ton excavator meets the needs of a wide range of customers including general contractors, landscapers, utility contractors and the rental industry. The machine has an operating weight of 7,418 pounds, a dig depth of 10 feet 7.8 inches, maximum reach of 17 feet 3 inches and breakout force of 9,127 pounds.


Power Paver SF-2404 Slipform Paver The SF-2404 can perform conventional and offset paving or custom applications, and is suited for residential and intermediate projects up to 24.6 ft. wide. • Telescoping frame allows simple width adjustments • One-touch track positioning and simple steering controls • 138:1 track drive gear ratio ensures smooth paving even at extremely low speeds • Vibrators can be controlled individually or globally from the operator’s console • Stringless-ready from the factory • Optional Smart Vibe system • Two-track SF-2402 also available

The 4,500-lb. FC1600C highway class paver includes extreme-grade poly pad tracks, rebuildable wear-resistant conveyor floor plates and segmented high-wear augers. • 99-hp Cummins diesel engine with double pump drive system • Offers a hydraulic tow point, power crown and power match height • Feed system uses a 24-in.-wide wear-resistant dual slat conveyor and a 9-in.-diameter segmented high-wear auger • Equipped with a VF0816C screed with a 16-kW generator for high-precision electric heat • Ultrasonic sensors automatically control auger and conveyor speeds

E-Z Drill Model 210B SRA Slab Rider The 210B SRA slab rider is designed for concrete drilling projects needing greater accuracy and no disturbance to the subgrade. • Users can stitch or drill horizontally, vertically or at an angle • Diameters from 5/8 to 2 1/2 in. and a depth of 18 in. • Auto-alignment feature tracks hole placement for quick and easy repositioning • Suited for airport projects, lane additions and full-depth road repair

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G+® is the Future in Concrete Paving

Commander IIIx ❘ G+ has revolutionized digital control systems on concrete paving equipment, and it is exclusive to GOMACO. G+ features Quiet Running Technology, load-sensed hydraulics for maximum performance, maximum optimization with managed fuel efficiency, precise speed control to maintain smooth travel speeds, sensored control of steering, grade and track speed, and more. G+ is truly what now separates us from our competition and it is proprietary technology from GOMACO for contractors who choose to pave with pride. Our worldwide distributor network and our corporate team always stand ready to serve and assist you. Give us a call for the latest in concrete paving technology. CONCRETE STREETS AND HIGHWAYS ❘ AIRPORT RUNWAYS ❘ CURB AND GUTTER ❘ SIDEWALKS RECREATIONAL TRAILS ❘ SAFETY BARRIER ❘ BRIDGE PARAPET ❘ BRIDGE DECKS ❘ IRRIGATION CANALS GOMACO CORPORATION IN IDA GROVE, IOWA, USA ❘ 712-364-3347

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The precision engineered, ruggedly designed Kubota machines. Built upon a single-minded truth understood by operators on jobsites all over the world. Reliability comes in just one color. Locate your dealer at Š Kubota Tractor Corporation, 2017.

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S KI D -ST E E R LO A D E R S By Curt Bennink

Choose Tires to

ENHANCE SKID-STEER PERFORMANCE Balance life, performance, uptime and cost when selecting the best tire option.


roper skidsteer tire selection can increase uptime and cut cost per hour of operation. “Tire wear is a fact of life for skid steers,” says Marc Margossian, marketing director within Trelleborg Wheel Systems in Americas. “The biggest elements will always be environment, operator and application. Aligning tire choice with these three will always reduce accelerated tire wear. Beyond this, regular tire inspections and rotating tires around the machine itself will have an additional impact on tire life and safety.” Purchase price alone isn’t a good indicator of your actual operating cost. “Very rarely is the cheapest tire the best tire,” says Michael Dembe, executive director, product management – construction business unit, Camso. But he also points out that the most expensive tire is often not the best tire either. “When looking for the lowest cost of operation, one should step back from the tire purchase price detail and consider the overall picture to determine how the tire affects the machine contribution to a task,” says Dilip Vaidya, president and technology director of BKT. “Does the skid steer play a vital role and is everything around it determined by its job contribution or is it a support tool that makes performing certain tasks easier? “You must understand how and where you are using the

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machine, what kind of solutions compound but less tread depth range tires that you really need and which and/or more grooves.” are cheaper solutions maybe you don’t need,” The ROI on a premium tire because they he continues. “Most users today can be easily calculated. “You use a lower grade of want to use the lowest cost per might have to make that initial rubber compounds. This is often hour tire. That means there may investment, but what you are a false economy as the tire will be a trade-off between a slightly ultimately going to do is increase not be able to deliver the same more premium product that lasts the amount of tread life on that performance or lifespan as a pretwice as long.” tire,” says Johni Francis, OTR mium tire.” Tires that come as factory fit product manager, Titan Tire. “If Camso uses a higher permost often feature an off-road that tire lasts you twice as long centage of natural rubber in its tread. “Typically, the OEMs as a conventional tire and you compounds. “Natural rubber is look for a cost-effective, off-road cut out a service call, your inicut resistant, chunk resistant and tire choice for their production tial investment is not going to be heat resistant,” says Dembe. line vs. a more premium solutwice as much, so you are really Another important charactertion,” says Dembe. “Tires with making a wise investment.” The istic in a premium tire is the ply off-road patterns typically have longer you can run a tire, generrating, according to Francis. The less tread rubber, they are lightally the lower the cost per hour. higher the ply rating, typically the er weight and they cost less. Visually, it can sometimes be fewer issues you will have when Sometimes a fleet owner can quite hard to distinguish between transitioning to different applicaspecify tire upgrades from the a premium and a standard tire. tions where loads can increase. OEM for a more tailored, bet“Premium tires are constructed “It is commonly misunderter overall choice given operating from premium rubber compounds stood by most users that a higher conditions.” that are specifically engineered to ply rating means somehow a Specifying a more premium deliver a higher performance in thicker, stronger tire — a tire tire with more tread depth often terms of load, damage resistance, that is more resistant to impact,” yields longer life. “Tire wear life heat buildup, grip and tire life,” explains Dembe. “That is actually is actually determined by the says Margossian. “Many standard not the case. You need a hightread compound’s er ply rating to carry resistance to wear, more load capacity. directly influenced The higher ply rating by its chemical allows you to inflate composition and by to a higher air pressure the amount of rubthat carries the load. ber on the tread,” So it gives you a stronsays Vaidya. “A tire ger balloon that you with more rubcan put more air into. ber in the tread, i.e. It is purely a funcmore tread depth tion of load carrying and/or a higher capacity.” rubber/void ratio “There are appli(fewer grooves), cations where will account for additional protection Understand how and where you use the machine and more kilometers/ is necessary, even on what solutions you really need. Most users want to use the a premium tire,” says miles on the clock lowest cost per hour tire, but there may be a trade-off than the same tire Margossian. “These with the same tread between a slightly more premium product that lasts longer. would typically

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Case recently became the first skid-steer loader OEM to offer the Michelin X Tweel SSL All-terrain Airless radial tires as a factoryapproved/supplied option on all skid-steer loader models. The airless radial tires perform just like a pneumatic tire, but without the risk of downtime from penetrations and impact damage. be where the risk of sidewall impacts or damage from onsite materials such as rock and wood shards or from heat would be higher. Rim guards and reinforced sidewalls can mitigate some of these risks, but advice from a professional company should always be sought for special environments.”

MATCH TREAD TO APPLICATION “The best thing you can do as a user is understand the surface and working conditions you are dealing with,” says Dembe. “Take time to think about how and where you use your skidsteer loader and make sure you select the optimal tread pattern. Oftentimes, it is not the tread that the machine came with.” Surface conditions can be divided into three main categories. “You have off-road surfaces where traction can be a real issue at one end of the spectrum, and then you have hard surfaces at the other end,” Dembe indicates.

“You have two extremes and then you have something that we identify as mixed surface where you are doing some combination of on- and off-road work.” “When it comes to selecting the correct tread pattern for a skid-steer application, you really need to start with the kind of surfaces that they are running on,” says Francis. “On an improved surface, you really want to choose a tread pattern that has more of the surface contact to the ground. If you don’t have that contact area on the surface, you are actually going to wear the tread out pretty quick.” The lug to void ratio should be at least 2:1 on an improved surface. Tread patterns are designed to provide optimum grip on different surfaces including rough (stone, rock, gravel), soft (mud, grass, sand) or mixed (a combination of all surface types). “It is critical to ask qualifying questions to help determine

which tread pattern is the best fit. Options include directional and non-directional, smooth or traction, wide lug or deep lug,” Margossian points out. “For most hard surface applications and those leaning toward that spectrum, you are going to want to use a nondirectional tread pattern,” says Dembe. “Typically, it features a higher lug-to-void ratio, so there is more rubber on the tread pattern. On hard surface applications, one of your most important performance metrics is durability. You have a high abrasive situation. You are scrubbing off the tread.” “Depending upon the load being carried, a solid tire may be the right solution,” adds Margossian. “Equally, a pneumatic tire may deliver a more comfortable ride and better heat resistance.” Traction is one of the most important performance metrics when you are working off road. In an earthmoving application, you want a deeper tread depth. “You want a higher ply rating to carry the weight,” says Francis. “You need more void in soft ground conditions because you need that traction.”

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“While running on sand, mud and gravel, a stronger side wall and self-cleaning tread pattern will aid traction and provide sufficient damage protection,” says Margossian. “Depending upon region and climate, the conditions could vary from sand to muddy conditions,” explains Vaidya. “To avoid the machine digging itself in, skid steers working in sandy conditions are ideally equipped with a non-aggressive tread pattern and run at the lowest possible pressure for better flotation. Muddy conditions, on the other hand, would require a tread pattern that is aggressive with an open auto-cleaning pattern renewing the grip capacity at every tire rotation.” Mixed-service applications can be more tricky and require optimization between hard surface and soft surface properties. “We have some tread patterns that really stand out with the versatility that users need in those kinds of applications,” says Dembe. If the skid steer is going to be used more than 50% of the time on asphalt and concrete, operators may be more productive with a non-directional tread better

Case Construction Equipment recently became the first skid-steer loader OEM to offer the Michelin X Tweel SSL All-terrain Airless radial tires as a factory-approved/supplied option on all skid-steer loader models. The airless radial tires perform just like a pneumatic tire, but without the risk of downtime from penetrations and impact damage. The Michelin Tweel SSL is one single unit, replacing traditional tire/wheel/valve assemblies. The Tweel’s rigid hub is connected by flexible, deformable polyurethane spokes to a semi-rigid shear band with a tread surface that carries the load. The cylindrical structure to which the tread is attached — Michelin calls it a shear beam — is made similarly to a radial tire with multiple steel belts sandwiched with rubber. The semi-rigid band supports the load much like the arch of a suspension bridge. The load hangs from the polyurethane spokes. The AT models feature a deep open tread design for excellent cleaning and traction. A deep layer of undertread allows the core to be retreaded many times. The X Tweel SSL delivers a consistent footprint with strong wear life that is two to three times that of a pneumatic tire at equal tread depth. The proprietary design provides great lateral stiffness, while resisting damage and absorbing impacts. In addition, the unique energy transfer within the high-strength poly-resin spokes reduces the “bounce” associated with pneumatic tires.

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suited to operation on hard surfaces. Conversely, if they’re going to be in dirt all the time, then an off-road tread would be preferred to assist with needed traction. In certain cases, it may be worth investing in a second set of wheels. “In cases where machine usage can vary over relatively short periods of time, it may be worth considering having multiple fitted tire-wheel assemblies available to ensure the skid steer performs at its best in varied circumstances,” says Vaidya. “A quick assembly change will allow for getting any job done efficiently while getting

The Titan Soft-Turf tire is available for skid steers and compact utility vehicles used on surfaces ranging from sensitive turf to pavement.

solid tire to eliminate punctures and other tire damage as well as to benefit from a higher load capacity and longer service life.”

PUNCTURE-RESISTANT OPTIONS There is a current trend toward solid tires as technology continues to evolve. “For about 15% of the machines out there we see that users are opting for solid tires, and that is a growing trend,” says Dembe. “Years ago with older solid tire technology, it was relegated primarily for severe-duty applications only — waste and recycling, scrapyard, demolition. But the technology has improved. Today, they are much more of an everyday solution vs. the niche solution

For most mixed to hard surface applications and those leaning toward that spectrum, you will want to use a non-directional tread pattern, such as on Camso’s SKS tire. This pattern typically features a higher lug-to-void ratio. the most of your tires.” Some applications, such as demolition and recycling, are best suited for specialty tires. “In a waste management type of application you really want more of a 1:1 ratio because you need that traction,” says Francis. “And obviously you are going to choose a deeper tread when it comes to that for added puncture resistance.” “Demolition is clearly a specialist environment that requires a specialist solution,” says Margossian. “For a pneumatic tire, a customer should choose a product with a reinforced sidewall, flatter footprint and a deeper void ration. Typically, many customers will choose a

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Tires with more rubber are going to last longer. Another important characteristic is the ply rating. The higher the ply rating, typically the fewer issues you will have when transitioning to different applications where loads can increase.

back only a few years ago.” The key has been increasing the ride quality. “Aperture technology has come a long way,” says Dembe. “Our engineers put a lot of focus and thought into a specific design and geometry of our apertures. It is an optimization between ride quality and resistance to cracking.” “Solid tires are evolving,” agrees Margossian. “Many designs now feature sidewall apertures, which can greatly enhance the ride comfort.” For example, Trelleborg recently launched a Soft Ride Compound specifically designed for the waste management industry that

delivers a 40% improvement in deflection. There are multiple benefits to running a solid tire vs. a pneumatic in specific applications. “A solid tire is designed to run in applications where a pneumatic tire is unable to perform at the required level in terms of life, damage protection or required load, or has a higher risk of failure,” says Margossian. Common reasons for choosing a solid tire include: ˜˜ Rapid wear due to operating on hard surfaces due to excessive abrasion (wearing away of the rubber) ˜˜ Sidewall impact damage tearing at tire ˜˜ Wheel damage — certain specialist environments carry additional risk to wheels and rims, which can then catastrophically damage tires ˜˜Unnecessary downtime caused by excessive flats — if a customer is routinely incurring loss of productivity caused by punctures, a solid tire is often the solution. The decision between pneumatic tires and solid tires often comes down to trade-offs. “There are pros and cons to using either technology. However, what should always be considered is the operating cost per hour of a tire over its whole life and the cost of lost productivity,” says Margossian. “A solid tire may have a higher purchase price, but will also deliver enhanced productivity. A pneumatic tire may be more prone to failure, but may be more flexible in different applications.” Many rental companies are now opting for a solid tire right from the factory. “They see that fits with zero downtime, no-flat tires,” says Dembe. Another low-cost entry point for no-flat performance is foamfilled tires. “Foam filling has been around for a long time,” says Dembe. “Camso is one of the largest processors of polyurethane fill — what you would call foam fill. You have a pneumatic tire with the cavity filled with polyurethane, which is now turned solid, so it acts much like a solid tire,” says Dembe.

“Essentially, what you have is a thin skin of a pneumatic tire that is encapsulating the urethane fill. If that carcass is to get compromised or punctured, torn open, splits open or is otherwise destroyed, you really have nothing holding that urethane fill in and you can have a lot of problems as a result.” Solid tires are a more durable solution. “But a foam-filled tire is a very popular choice,” says Dembe. “If flat tires are your No. 1 concern and you are in an application that cannot suffer any downtime, but you are looking for the cheapest solution, foam fill is it. It is your lowest price, flat-free solution, but in many cases it is not your most durable or your lowest cost per hour solution.” “Foam filling happens quite a bit in demolition, scrapyards and recycling yards — anywhere where there is a lot of abrasive material that could puncture tires,” says Francis. “Foam filling also plays a part in the end user selecting a particular tire. They might not need a deeper tread because they foam fill. Titan offers the low sidewall (LSW), a pneumatic tire that is between a solid tire and a traditional pneumatic tire. “The LSW is the wave of the future for pneumatic tires,” Francis asserts. “We have taken a 12x16.5 rim and made it a 12x19.5, so we went from a 16.5-in. rim diameter to a 19.5in. rim diameter.” The size of the wheel was increased along with the ID of the tire, but the OD of the tire remained the same. The sidewalls have been shrunk, reducing the amount of sidewall in the tire. “When you reduce the sidewall, you reduce the number of cuts you can make to that sidewall.” It also increases stability. “You do gain more stability with the LSW than you would with the conventional tire,” says Francis. “You get less sway. Another benefit would be if you are going to foam fill it, you are not going to use as much foam. Your cost on the foam fill is going to be virtually cut in half.” The biggest trade-off for polyurethane fill is weight. Generally, it tips the scales at about the same weight as water, about 8.33 lbs. per gallon. A typical 10x16.5 tire will take about 135 lbs. of fill. If you’re in very soft or muddy conditions, that extra weight could possibly bog down the machine. ET

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In addition to class-leading performance features, every Wacker Neuson skid steer and compact track loader manufactured in our Wisconsin facility and sold after October 1, 2016 is backed by the industry’s best warranty. With a unique 3-year standard factory warranty, 4-year powertrain warranty and 5-year electrical system warranty*, Wacker Neuson skid steer and compact track loaders are built to outlast, outwork and outdo. Contact your dealer for full information today. *Available in the USA and Canada only. Please refer to our warranty policy for official details.

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SKID-STEER LOADERS >> Products Volvo Wheeled and Tracked C-Series Skid Steers

Takeuchi TS80 Series Skid-steer Loaders

Kubota SSV65 and SSV75 Skid-steer Loaders

The large-frame TS80 series skid steers feature 74-hp Deutz Tier 4 Final engines that supply 192 ft.-lbs. of torque at 1,800 rpm and have a simple, maintenance-free diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC). • 7,950-lb. radial lift TS80R2 features a 2,825-lb. rated operating capacity (ROC), 5,845-lb. bucket breakout force and 10-ft. 5-in. maximum hinge pin height • 8,965-lb. vertical lift TS80V2 has a 3,500-lb. ROC, 5,920-lb. bucket breakout force and 10-ft. 10-in. maximum hinge pin height • Operator’s station includes a lower threshold for easier entry and exit • Optional ride control, bucket positioning and high-flow auxiliary hydraulics

The 64-gross-hp SSV65 boasts a 1,950lb. rated operating capacity (ROC) and 4,839-lb. bucket breakout force, and the 74-gross-hp SSV75 has a 2,690-lb. ROC and 5,884-lb. bucket breakout force. • Vertical lift configuration can dump into a dump truck with 10-ft. sides • Kubota Tier 4-certified four-cylinder diesel engine • Include a spacious, dust-resistant pressurized cabin with an optimized climate control system, slide-up frontentry door and hand-foot controls • Standard two-speed travel • Optional high-flow hydraulics and multifunction lever for fingertip control of major machine and implement functions

The radial lift MC60C and MC70C and the vertical lift MC85C, MC95C and MCT85C skid-steer and compact track loaders deliver enhanced dump height, reach and lift capacity and greater all-around visibility. • Rated operating capacities from 1,350 to 1,900 lbs. • Gross engine power from 48 to 59 hp • Reinforced single loader arm design • Large top window in cab for improved visibility during truck loading • Wide-opening side cab door • Redesigned operator’s environment with ergonomically placed controls and gauges

JCB Teleskid The Teleskid offers a telescopic boom with a forward reach of 8 ft., a lift height of 13 ft. and the ability to dig below its chassis to a depth of 3 ft. • Bucket-position leveling system allows the bucket level to be set and maintained throughout the boom’s range of movement • 74-hp JCB Ecomax Tier 4 Final engine • Features a large fully enclosed cab • myCHOICE software allows control responsiveness and joystick sensitivity to be tailored to operator preferences • Tracked and wheeled Teleskid models available

Caterpillar D2 Series Loaders The 98-gross-hp 272D2 skid-steer, 297D2 multi-terrain and 299D2 compact track loaders, and their 110-gross-hp XHP counterparts, are designed to meet Tier 4 Final standards. • 272D2, 297D2 and 299D2 deliver rated operating capacities of 3,400, 4,700 and 4,600 lbs. (50% of tipping capacity) • 272D2 XHP, 297D2 XHP and 299D2 XHP rated at 3,650, 4,800 and 4,725 lbs. • In-cab heads-up Advanced Display can be paired with a rearview camera • Full-color, 5-in. LCD monitor enables on-screen adjustment of implement response, hydrostatic drive response, creep control speed, ride control activation speed and more

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Yanmar Skid-steer Loaders

New Holland L234 Skid Steer

The S190R-1 and S220R-1 skid-steer loaders feature an improved operator’s cab, intuitive designed controls and increased hydraulic performance. • Yanmar Tier 4 Final-compliant, electronically controlled diesel engines • S190R-1 boasts a 68.4-hp engine with a 1,900-lb. rated operating capacity, while the S220R-1 comes with a 70.7-hp engine and a 2,200-lb. rated operating capacity • Feature roomy, comfortable cabs, self-leveling, a choice of quick-attach mounting systems, suspension seats and more • Universal attachment plate

The 8,900-lb. L234 has a 3,400-lb. rated operating capacity at 50% tipping load and a 9,323-lb. bucket breakout force. • 90-hp FPT F5B Tier 4 Final engine utilizes selective catalytic reduction technology • 24-gpm standard auxiliary hydraulics or 38-gpm Hi-Flow with 3,450 psi • Super Boom technology delivers maximum reach at full height • Improved cab includes ergonomically placed controls and electronics • IntelliPanel mounted on the “A” post provides easy reference to critical machine information

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DDC-EMC-ADV-0038-0118. Specifications are subject to change without notice. Detroit Diesel Corporation is registered to ISO 9001:2008. Copyright © 2018 Detroit Diesel Corporation. All rights reserved. Detroit™ is a brand of Detroit Diesel Corporation, a subsidiary of Daimler Trucks North America LLC, a Daimler company.

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S KI D -ST E E R LO A D E R S Products John Deere Large Frame G Series Loaders The large-frame 330G and 332G skid steers and 331G and 333G compact track loaders feature a refined vertical-lift loader boom design that has a height to hinge pin of 11 ft. and extends an additional 6 in. from the machine. • Rated operating capacities of 3,000 up to 3,700 lbs. and bucket breakout forces from 6,000 to 7,750 lbs. • Offer operating weights from 8,770 to 12,100 lbs. and power ratings from 91.2 to 100 gross hp • Increased auxiliary hydraulic flow and power allow use of a range of attachments • Cab includes an easy-access entryway, tightly sealed swing-out door, ample foot and legroom and enhanced visibility

Gehl V420 and Mustang 4200V Skid-steer Loaders The Gehl V420 and Mustang 4200V vertical lift skid steers have a 4,200-lb. rated operating capacity and are powered by a 120-hp Deutz Tier 4 diesel engine. • 8,450-lb. lift capacity • 144-in. height to hinge pin • High-flow option offers 40+ gpm • Four-color, multi-function display with Push to Operate logic • Cab rolls back with lift arms up or down for ease of service • Integrated fuel tank in chassis • Measure 79.5 in. wide and 82 in. high

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ASV VS-75 Skid-steer Loader The 8,740-lb. VS-75 vertical lift skid steer has a rated operating capacity of 3,500 lbs. and an optional auxiliary hydraulic flow of 30.9 gpm (26 gpm standard). • 5,200-lb. breakout force • 74.2-gross-hp Deutz TD2.9L4. 2.9-liter, four-cylinder, turbocharged diesel engine meets Tier 4 Final with no DPF • Engine fully monitored with engine protection system • Features faster cycle times, available ride control, self-leveling, two-speed drive and a digital display • Provides more than 10 in. of ground clearance and higher ground speeds

LiuGong 385B Skid-steer Loader The 385B skid-steer loader has an operating weight of 8,250 lbs. and a .66-cu.-yd. bucket capacity. • 72-hp Yanmar Tier 4 Final engine • Standard open-center hydraulic system offering 21 gpm or optional 32-gpm high-flow hydraulics • Optional two-speed operation and selfleveling valve to provide parallel lift • Mechanical quick-coupler compatible • Comfortable, operator-friendly cab with ergonomically located controls and easy to read electronic displays • Includes ROPS/FOPS protection and high-intensity LED light clusters front and back for maximum site visibility

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Wacker Neuson Medium-frame Loaders

Bobcat M2-Series Compact Loaders

The SW16 and SW17 radial lift and SW20 and SW21 vertical lift skid steers have 1,600- to 2,100-lb. rated operating capacities (ROC), and the ST28 radial lift and ST31 vertical lift compact track loaders have a 2,800- and 3,100-lb. ROC (50% tipping load). • Bucket breakout force of 5,300 lbf. • Vertical lift models provide a 124-in. hinge pin height • 55-hp Kohler 1903 three-cylinder (SW16, SW20) or 74.3-hp Kohler 2504 four-cylinder diesel engine with no DPF • Offer 38.6 hydraulic hp standard with optional highflow (57.2 hp) • One-piece, pod-style cab design allows the cab to tip forward with the arms down

The M2-Series encompasses 24 models of 400, 500, 600, 700 and 800 frame size skid-steer, compact track and all-wheel steer loaders, all featuring Bobcat diesel engines with a non-DPF design. • S850 skid-steer loaders come standard with 100-hp engines • 600 and 700 frame size models include a low-effort hydrostatic pump that reduces drive lever effort by as much as 25% • Enhanced automatic ride control option can be turned on or off from inside the cab • Cab improvements include new front and rear cab isolators, door seals and side screen dampers

Case SV340 Skid Steer The SV340 vertical-lift skid steer has a rated operating capacity of 3,400 lbs. and bucket breakout force of 9,531 lbs. • 24.2-gpm standard auxiliary hydraulic setup or available high flow at 38.7 gpm and 3,450 psi and enhanced high flow at 35 gpm and 4,000 psi • 90-hp FPT engine with selective catalytic reduction eliminates the diesel particulate filter and associated regeneration • EZ-EH controls provide nine adjustable speed and control sensitivity settings that can be adjusted on the fly • Single rocker switch allows operators to switch between “H” operating pattern and ISO pattern controls • Push-button Ride Control

Kato AS12 Skid Steer With its pilot-operated joystick controls and compact design, the AS12 rubbertire skid-steer loader is designed to provide maximum flexibility while working in confined spaces. • 2,955-lb. operating weight • Can handle an operating load of up to 728 lbs. (SAE) and generates a breakout force of 1,658 ft.-lbs. • 6-ft. 6-in. dump height • Yanmar 3TNV76 diesel engine rated at 21 hp at 2,500 rpm



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OFF-ROAD TIRES >> Products Firestone VersaBuilt Radial Tires

BKT EARTHMAX SR 49 L-4 Radial Tire

VersaBuilt off-the-road radial tires provide solid traction for loaders, graders and earthmovers in conditions ranging from muddy to rocky surfaces. • Steel casing and SideArmor sidewalls protect against cuts and punctures by deflecting stones and debris • Non-directional, self-cleaning tread provides added traction, while a tough tread compound promotes wear life • Tread patterns include All Traction (G2/L2), All Purpose (E3/L3) and Deep Tread (E4/L4) • 11 size offerings to meet different applications

The EARTHMAX SR 49 all-steel radial tire is designed for use in moderate to severe conditions in applications requiring optimal traction. • L-4 deep tread with special compound for optimal wear and cut resistance • Steel casing and steel belts for resistance to snags and punctures • Optimal lug angle and directional tread pattern for traction and minimal spinning in dig and load operations • Self-cleaning tread design protects tire from stone retention/ drilling • Square tread shoulder design ejects loose stones to protect sidewall and tread shoulder area from cuts and damage









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Trelleborg Pneumatic Tire Line This full range of premium tires includes pneumatic tires incorporating a long-life compound that resists punctures. • Earthmover Radial Series (ERL) for loaders and graders features all-steel radial construction, enhanced traction on sand, mud and gravel and reduced vibration on concrete and asphalt • Skid Steer Diagonal Series (SK) offers rugged bias-ply construction and various tread patterns to enhance traction on sand, mud and gravel • Backhoe Diagonal Series (TI) available for use in virtually all construction applications • Earthmover Diagonal Series (EM) designed for use in demanding earthmoving applications

Michelin Tweel HST Airless Radial Tire A Hard Surface Traction (HST) version of the 12N16.5 X TWEEL SSL Airless Radial Tire is available for skid-steer loaders working on hard or highly abrasive surfaces, such as asphalt and pavement. • Constructed with a 48/32nd tread depth containing a high scrub compound for maximum tread life • 8/32nd of undertread enables the outer core tread to be retreaded multiple times • Specially designed spokes enhance endurance • Provides easy mounting, damage resistance, enhanced operator comfort and reduced fatigue, improved productivity and longer wear life

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OFF-ROAD TIRES >> Products

RADIALS GAIN TRACTION IN COMPACT EQUIPMENT The conversion from bias ply to radial tires continues to gain momentum for compact equipment, including skid steers, backhoe-loaders and telescopic handlers, as more owners and operators experience the many advantages radial tires offer. They are also realizing that the lowest price does not always equate to a lower cost of ownership. Learn more about factors driving the conversion from bias to radial, as well as the performance and cost advantages of radial tires, at

MWE Solid HD Skid-steer Tires

Trident AWP Solid Tires

The Solid HD flat-proof skid-steer tires combine the benefits of a hard surface tire with enough tread to give plenty of traction in severe applications. • 2 1⁄2-in. deep tread lugs and taper voids pattern promote self cleaning • Mud-breakers eliminate mud from suctioning • Smaller wheel offers more rubber from rim to road • Suited for recycling, paving, milling and any hard surface, severe-service application • Available in 33x12-18 and 30x10-16 sizes

The AWP solid tires for rough-terrain scissor lifts and boom lifts feature a low-profile section with extra-deep tread. • Designed for elevated work platforms ranging from 20-ft. rough-terrain scissors to 150-ft. boom lifts • 100% flat proof with high damage resistance • Three times the service life of equivalent pneumatic foam-filled tires • Supplied as ready to fit tire and wheel assemblies • Range includes solid replacements for popular pneumatic sizes (445/50D710, 445/65D22.5, 385/65D22.5, 385/65D19.5, 15-625, 355/55D625)

Camso SKS 753 and 532 Skid-steer Tires The SKS 753 and SKS 532 skid-steer tires are designed for added durability and traction, improved cleanout and tread and sidewall impact resistance. • SKS 753 for mixed and hard surfaces features a non-directional tread pattern, stepped and open shoulder lugs and redesigned sidewall with impact guard • SKS 532 for soft soil surface applications includes extra-deep tread and curved tread lugs, enhanced stepped design and additional rubber layer between lugs

Alliance Tire Galaxy Hulk Deep-Tread SDS The Galaxy Hulk Deep-Tread SDS solid skid-steer tire features two-stage solid construction and a chevron-and-block pattern that provides self cleaning and long service life on all surfaces. • 68% rubber-to-void ratio • Increased load capacity and tire lift • Comes in 30x10-16 and 33x12-16 sizes • Available with and without apertures

Continental EM-Master E3/L3 and E4/L4 OTR Tires The EM-Master E3/L3 and E4/L4 Off-The-Road (OTR) earthmover tires feature iTire, an integrated sensor that automatically monitors inflation pressure and tire temperature. • E3/L3 offers self-cleaning characteristics, traction, maneuverability in muddy and soft terrain, an open tread design, normal tread depth (100%) and wider spacing between blocks • E4/L4 for gravelly and rocky ground offers a greater block size with less spacing and a deeper tread depth, higher carcass protection and cutting resistance and higher tread wear volume • 23.5R25, 26.5R25 and 29.5R25 sizes, with E3/L3 also available in 20.5R25



Introducing the new Snorkel 460SJ mid-size telescopic boom lift. It not only lives up to our reputation for reliability, it raises the bar. Constructed from heavy-duty steel, the 460SJ is designed to last a long, long time. We also kept it simple and easy to maintain to lower total ownership costs. But we didn’t skimp on innovation, giving the 460SJ the industry’s first fully proportional boom, jib and platform functions. And like all of our products, Snorkel durability comes standard. LAUNCHING


Titan Expanded STL2+ Tire Line The expanded STL2+ line includes the 875/65R29 and its Low Sidewall Technology (LSW) equivalent, the LSW875/55R34.5. • Specifically suited to Cat 982M wheel loaders • Dual-purpose E-3/L-3 tread with cut-resistant or wear-resistant compounding • Tied-in bar lug design is open and non-directional for self cleaning • 130% level tread depth

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in Telehandler Engine Selection The engine rating influences more than telehandler performance.




ver the last 35 years, telescopic handlers have evolved from basic rough-terrain forklifts to high-performance, high-capacity machines. To meet the demands of ever-increasing loads and lift heights, the engine horsepower specified by manufacturers has increased accordingly. At the same time, global off-highway emissions legislation has progressed, reducing harmful gases and particulate emissions from diesel engines. To clean up exhaust, engine manufacturers have had to develop an array of technological solutions. To begin with, the design of injection and combustion systems was rapidly developed, creating a more lean and efficient combustion process. Electronic control of injectors and high-pressure common rail injection systems were implemented, followed by the more widespread use of turbochargers. A byproduct of this technology was increasing the power density — an increase in the horsepower generated from the same size engines.

As the tiers/stages of global emissions legislation progressed, exhaust gas recirculation became necessary to give a secondary burn of some of the exhaust and more completely consume the chemicals and particles being emitted. For the final stages of U.S. and European legislation, it was necessary to add special exhaust components that scrub the remaining exhaust and create chemical reactions that break down harmful emissions and remove the remaining particles, burning them off in the process. This lean burn, high compression and recirculated exhaust gas significantly increases the heat

While engines at 75 hp and above tend to add complexity to the machine, they also supply the speed and tractive effort needed for high-production, high-demand applications. energy generated in the engine and places a significant demand on the engine and machine cooling system. Increased hydraulic, transmission and engine performance calls for larger coolers and more powerful cooling fans. All of this applies high parasitic loads to the engine, reducing the net horsepower available. In some cases where high ambient temperatures combine with high loads, up to 15% of the horsepower is consumed by the fan in the cooling system.

The materials and processes used in manufacturing these new exhaust components are costly. When added to the electronic sensors and computers necessary to monitor them, the cost of engines has significantly increased. Fortunately, the new exhaust aftertreatment systems are designed to be extremely durable and last well into the overall life of the machine, providing years of reliable operation. However, if maintenance is not carried out per

Whether in the shop or in the field, technicians servicing aerial work platforms are seeking easy-to-use tools to help them quickly resolve equipment issues. One such tool is the new Genie Tech Pro Link handheld diagnostics tool. It allows users to: ˜˜ monitor a machine’s sensors, including engine temperature, oil pressure, fuel levels and battery voltage; ˜˜ calibrate the machine; ˜˜ make speed adjustments during pre-operation inspection; ˜˜ receive fault code information, and more.

The ergonomic, angled design enables technicians to comfortably hold the device in one hand, even while wearing gloves. A magnet on the back also lets them work hands-free while still accessing the needed data. Technicians can immediately access Maintenance, Faults, Settings and Sensors from the home screen. The keypad provides simple navigation to get to the information users want, and the consistent menu structure means users can access the data at any time. A large display screen provides indepth information, graphics and icons

to describe what is going on with the machine, as well as allows users to easily view the machine’s data. A four-pin Deutsch connector ensures reliable integration with the platform and ground controls. Standard mini-USB ports enable charging in service vehicles or downloading of software updates. The device also comes with a built-in flashlight and wrist strap. “Its compact design allows it to fit in a user’s back pocket or tool belt,” says Harrison Jenkins, Genie engineering manager, Terex AWP. “And it is engineered for outdoor use in nearly

any weather conditions. It’s water resistant, Mil-STD-810 shock tested.” The Tech Pro Link device is currently compatible for use on new Genie S Series Xtra Capacity (XC) mid-sized telescopic booms. “It is designed to provide realtime information that will keep our new XC boom lifts up and running, maximizing operators’ productivity,” Jenkins states. In future, technicians will be able to download data from the device to a laptop or desktop computer for additional analysis and tracking. The device will also soon be WiFi-enabled to work wirelessly around the machine.

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Engines rated at 74 hp and below require fewer components and do not require additional fluids to meet Tier 4 Final.

manufacturer guidelines, there is a risk of reduced reliability. And if the fuel and oils used in the engine are not adequately stored, distributed and filled, or there is a lack of attention to fluid quality and cleanliness, more rapid deterioration or even damage can occur.

POWER POINTS Given the changes in engines and aftertreatment, and the range of horsepower options to choose from, selecting the optimal engine for a telehandler may seem daunting. There is, however, an important break point in the power ranges to consider — engines rated at 75 hp and above or those rated below. Modern engines below 74 hp are already at their final stage of emissions legislation. This typically means they require only a diesel oxidation catalyst to meet emissions requirements. As long

GIVEN THE CHANGES IN ENGINES AND AFTERTREATMENT, AND THE RANGE OF HORSEPOWER OPTIONS TO CHOOSE FROM, SELECTING THE OPTIMAL ENGINE FOR A TELEHANDLER MAY SEEM DAUNTING. as the fuels used are low in sulfur content, this simple system basically replaces the exhaust muffler and requires no other complicated systems. The big advantage of an engine below 74 hp is there is effectively no change to the current operations. No additional fluids are required, and there is no confusion over which fluid to put in what tank. Plus, the risk of damaging costly components is greatly reduced for both the telehandler owner and operator.

A 74-hp engine can deliver more than enough power for most normal rental or general construction operations. The only compromise is in speed during combined operations and when working on steeper grades. Engines at 75 hp and above require a selective catalytic reduction (SCR) system. The SCR system requires diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) to be precisely injected into the exhaust stream to convert harmful nitrogen oxide (NOx) into nitrogen, water and small amounts of carbon dioxide. A separate DEF tank is required, with a specially calibrated fluid level and fluid quality sensor. This sensor measures not only the presence of DEF but that the tank has been filled with the correct fluid and with the right quality. As a key component of the emissions certification of the engine, the SCR system must be correctly maintained and always active. This means there is also an automated defrosting system prior to the injection pump and injector into the exhaust system. Despite the added complexity, there are clearly advantages to 75-hp and above engines. The

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higher horsepower from these engines translates into higher performance and productivity. This can best be seen in increased speed and tractive effort, which is essential in applications requiring high productivity, the use of attachments such as buckets and where the machine must travel significant distances across a site or on roads, especially when combined with grades and higher loads. The additional power allows for productive loading cycles of loose material and heavy loadand-carry across rough terrain and steep grades. It can also permit trailer towing or use of high-flow attachments. The break point in the power ranges gives telehandler owners and operators more choices to suit their applications and operating environment. Engines below the 74-hp threshold provide the option to simplify telehandler operation and lower operating costs. But where performance and productivity are at a premium, higher horsepower models can ensure performance is optimized. ET


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LIFT EQUIPMENT >> Products Custom Equipment Hy-Brid HB-1430 Low-level Scissor Lift

AMS-Merlo Panoramic Telehandlers

The Hy-Brid HB-1430 low-level scissor lift has low wheel loads, allowing the user to maneuver the lift over delicate floors and onto green concrete sooner. • Dual front wheels help distribute the machine’s weight • Working heights up to 20 ft. • 25-in.-wide by 60-in.-long platform with 30-in. slide-out extensions • Accommodates two people and holds up to 670 lbs. • Self-contained hydraulic system with two connection points • Electrical drive and steering system powered by two 12-volt deepcycle batteries with onboard battery charger

Panoramic telehandlers feature maximum reach of up to 58 ft. and lift capacities up to 26,500 lbs. • Provide good weight balance, versatile drive/steering modes, hydrostatic transmission and optimal ground clearance • Large cab with ergonomic seating and controls plus 360° operator visibility • Include a range of different models from compact to high performance, including some with boom side shift


JLG Redesigned 600 Series Telescopic Boom Lifts The redesigned 600 Series includes the 600S and 660SJ, which allow the operator to operate multiple functions at once. • 600S features a 600-lb. unrestricted and 1,000-lb. restricted capacity, has a 59-ft. 8-in. platform height and provides 50 ft. 2 in. of horizontal outreach • 660SJ provides a 750-lb. unrestricted and 550-lb. restricted capacity • Both models include the SkyGuard enhanced control panel protection system as standard and offer extended wire rope and sheave replacement intervals

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L I F T E QU I P M E N T Products Skyjack SJ1256 TH Telehandler The SJ1256 TH has a 12,000-lb. maximum lift capacity and 56.3-ft. maximum lift height. • 6,000-lb. lift capacity at maximum lift height without outriggers or 7,000-lb. lift capacity at maximum lift height with outriggers deployed • Can lift 1,000 lbs. at a maximum forward reach of 42.6 ft. without outriggers • 107-hp Deutz TCD3.6L Tier 4 Final engine uses diesel exhaust fluid but requires no regeneration • Includes SKYCODED control system, FLEXCAB easy cab conversion system and READYHOOK yoke-mounted rigging hook • Standard hybrid hard surface/grip lug-style tires

Gehl RS5-19 GEN:3 Telehandler The 69-hp (gross) RS5-19 GEN:3 telescopic handler features a single-stick system with the ability to shift forward, neutral and reverse with the boom functioning without having to take your hands off the steering wheel. • Rated lift capacity of 5,500 lbs. and 19-ft. 1-in. maximum lift height • Hydraulic self-leveling lift action automatically keeps the load level as the boom is raised • Rigid frame provides extra stability in the machine’s base • Low boom design increases operator’s visibility


Caterpillar TH514D Telehandler The TH514D has a rated load capacity of 11,021 lbs. and a maximum lift height of 45.5 ft. • 100-hp C3.4B Tier 4 Final diesel engine and 4F/3R powershift transmission • Updated closed-center, load-sensing hydraulic system with variabledisplacement, axial piston pump and flow-sharing valves • Four-wheel-drive system uses heavy-duty axles with planetary reduction hubs, front limited-slip differential and dual-axle braking • Ride control system dampens boom movement during travel and a boom-float system allows the boom to automatically follow terrain contours • Single multi-function joystick Screen shot of Spec Guide home page (The screen shot may already have the first paragraph and spec criteria list. If so, don’t repeat it.) SEARCH ‒ SORT ‒ FILTER ‒ DOWNLOAD! From Equipment Today Industry’s first interactive Excavator Spec Guide Equipment Today has launched the industry’s first online, interactive Excavator Spec Guide, custom-built for construction professionals. The Excavator Spec Guide is sponsored by: LOGOS HERE Search for excavators based on multiple criteria, including: • Horsepower • Operating weight • Standard bucket size • Breakout force • Maximum dig depth • Maximum reach If you need an excavator, this is the tool to help you make the RIGHT CHOICE. Guide

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T R U CKS & T R A N S P O R TAT I O N By Curt Bennink

Consider CTIS or all-wheel-drive axle technology for Class 7 and 8 trucks operated in extreme environments.


No stranger to extreme-duty military vehicles, Navistar also

aining access to remote, 8x8 will thrive, including mud, provides jobsite access solutions with the addition of AWD options on muddy or sandy jobsnow, ice or even above-norits current generation International severe-duty trucks. sites can be a challenge. mal grades,” says Dan Souhan, Differential locks, Central sales and marketing director, Tire Inflation Systems (CTIS) Marmon-Herrington. The comor performance of 6x6s and As with any technology, front and all-wheel drive provide solupany has provided powered axles 8x8s. “Some of these changes drive axles also come with a few tions, but each technology comes since 1931. for the axles and transfer cases potential drawbacks, including with limitations and drawbacks. “A 6x6 and/or 8x8 can have a as it pertains to performance increased weight, cost, complexCTIS works by lowering the significant impact when it comes would include high-efficienity and in some cases a higher tire pressures, which results in a to off-road gradeability due to cy bearings and improved lubes center of gravity. “The height, larger tire contact patch on the the additional tractive effort it for increased efficiency,” says cost and weight tend to be the ground and therefore increased provides,” says Souhan. “Any Souhan. “Marmon-Herrington’s top three issues; and dependtraction and flotation. “Some time you can add an additional double reduction planetary axle ing upon the customer, the order customers, [mostly working] in driving axle or two, you’re going design also allows the use of dou- changes,” says Hillman. “With sandy soil, swear by CTIS,” says to see a significant increase in ble cardan joints for enhanced some customers, height is more Dave Hillman, vice president of performance because more axles/ maneuverability. Another important, with others it is vocational marketing, Navistar. tires are providing tractive effort. improvement would be air disc weight and with others it is cost.” “Those systems, when coupled This is most noticeable in severe brakes for improved stopping. There is often a slight tradewith rear differential locks, tend on- and off-road conditions [The company] will launch disc off in fuel efficiency, as well. to be very functional.” “Front drive steer axle But CTIS requires manufacturers realize the driver to be proacthis and try to minimize tive. “You have to know it as much as possible,” that where you need to says Souhan. “Some of go may require a wider the methods used for contact patch, so you achieving this include deflate the tires prethe use of high-efficienparing for that,” notes cy bearings, improved Hillman. He adds that lubes and other proprieinterest in CTIS systary methods. There are tems tends to fluctuate. also other designs avail— Kelly Gedert, Freightliner Trucks and Detroit Components “CTIS comes around able that provide AWD every once and a while and then where wheel slip is a common brake offerings in 2018.” capability without the loss of fuel fades away. I don’t hear a lot of occurrence. The primary considAluminum housings also efficiency, but they are severecustomers asking for it. But it is eration is the amount of torque provide significant perforly limited in terms of speed and another technology some custhat is required for providing mance benefits, from reducing available torque.” tomers have explored in lieu of a optimal performance. A mechan- chassis weight to reduced heat Due to the cost, AWD tends front driving axle.” ical system is going to provide generation. “We’ve also recentto be reserved for the most the maximum amount of torque ly launched a new Safe Shift demanding applications. “While FRONT-DRIVEN AXLES without the worry of a hydrauAll-Wheel-Drive Protection initial acquisition costs for an EXPAND ACCESS lic line bursting or the reduced System for eliminating transAWD option can be considerAll-wheel drive (AWD) lets torque level of other systems in fer case shift-on-the-fly failures,” able, it can easily pay for itself you traverse terrain that would the market.” says Souhan. “This new system by reducing the need for towotherwise stop trucks in their Like any technology, there is something that Marmoning and costs associated with tracks. “There are various conhave been numerous improveHerrington includes with all downtime when rear suspenditions where either a 6x6 or ments in the installation and/ in-house conversions.” sion-driven trucks get stuck,”

“Typically, all-wheel drive improves off-road performance, but how much it improves performance depends on the setup. What’s important is that the customer works closely with the vocational salesperson...”

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says Samantha Parlier, vice president, Western Star Marketing and Product Strategy. “Western Star offers factory-installed AWD in a variety of models and configurations.” Freightliner Trucks also offers a full line with AWD to meet the requirements of different applications. This ranges from the M2 4x4 for light applications up to the 114SD for severe duty with a set-back axle and drive axles rated at 20,000 and 23,000 lbs. “Typically, allwheel drive improves off-road performance, but how much it improves performance depends on the setup,” says Kelly Gedert, director of product marketing for Freightliner Trucks and Detroit Components. “What’s important

The Western Star AWD option can be equipped with a single- or twospeed transfer case, which contributes to excellent gradeability and traction and is ideal for low- and high-speed operations. The transfer case can be equipped with integral air shift controls for front axle engagement. is that the customer works closely with the vocational salesperson to spec their truck. Freightliner dealers have a deep understanding of the best equipment needed based on application and terrain to ensure optimal performance.”

UNDERSTAND TRADE-OFFS If you are in an application where you are getting paid to deliver a product, the weight trade-off really deserves close attention. “Everything that we do with a front driving axle has a transfer case aft

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of the transmission that splits the power,” Hillman points out. “So you have the weight of the transfer case. You have another driveshaft and then you have the delta between a non-driven front axle to the driven front axle. It’s probably over 2,000 lbs.” Of course, weight depends on the configuration. “The amount of weight added to a 6x6 configuration is mostly dependent on the axle, transfer case and suspension selected,” says Souhan. “An estimate can vary greatly, and as an example can be anywhere from 1,200 to over 2,000 lbs., depending on the final configuration.” Marmon-Herrington works to minimize this additional weight as much as possible by using

a single- or two-speed transfer case, which contributes to excellent gradeability and traction and is ideal for low- and highspeed operations,” says Parlier. “AWD trucks can be spec’d to perform just like on-highway trucks. The transfer case can be equipped with integral air shift controls for front axle engagement. There is added weight and loss of driveline efficiency associated with the AWD option, and while this can have an impact on fuel efficiency, customers need to evaluate their specific application and business needs. In general, customers who can benefit from the addition of AWD are not driven by fuel economy as their primary cost of doing business.”

lightweight double reduction planetary axles and aluminum vs. steel transfer cases. “For example, certain transfer cases that Marmon-Herrington offers can save upwards of 50% [of the] weight as compared to competitors,” says Souhan. “The double reduction planetary axle not only provides the customer with the most durable axle available, but also does it in a reduced weight package compared to single reduction axle designs. This allows our customers the opportunity to have the durability, dependability and torque of a mechanical system while minimizing the added weight.” “The Western Star AWD option can be equipped with

There are also ways to offset the weight gains. “Lower displacement engines are typically preferred in AWD applications. They provide a lighter weight option to counter some of the additional weight added to the truck by other components, but still deliver the torque needed to optimize AWD performance when needed,” says Parlier. Still, anyone who hauls payload must pay very careful attention to the weight penalty. “Customers who are paid to deliver a product, like for concrete placement as an example, need to be very specific on when they choose a front driving configuration vs. some other technology like differential locks

to ensure their vehicles don’t get stuck,” says Hillman. In other applications where the truck performs a service, the payload weight may not be as important as gaining jobsite access. There are tools that will help potential customers determine whether AWD is the best option for their application. “In our sales tools that we offer to our dealers, we have the ability to predict exact performance criteria — gradeability, startability,” says Hillman. There are many factors that influence performance characteristics including wheelbase, engine and gear ratio. Mechanical drive front axle systems have improved over the years, as well. “One big [improvement] that we have seen working with some of our key suppliers has been the availability of offset bowls,” says Hillman. Historically, the bowl has been in the center of the axle, which meant the trucks had to be lifted to gain clearance from the engine oil pan. “With the differential set off to one side, it allows us to have a lower chassis height than we have had historically,” says Hillman. But this does require a more complex driveline arrangement. “Instead of having everything aligned down the center of the chassis, you have shafts with a little bit of an angle to them.” “Cab height has always been a challenge with 6x6 configurations and Marmon-Herrington is always reviewing opportunities to minimize cab height,” Souhan comments. “One example is the double reduction planetary axle that it offers. These axles provide a smaller bowl design for improved packaging and allow the chassis to sit lower on the axle. Another example would be [the company’s] step frame conversions. These conversions allow customers the benefit of maintaining factory body height. “There are systems out there that allow the customer to maintain the cab height, but it’s the same system that offers significantly less torque (up to 60%), lower speeds (max speed 25 mph) and added hydraulic complexity,” he continues. “For extreme situations, the mechanical system still provides the optimum advantage in terms of torque and speed.” Western Star typically sees its truck chassis raised by approximately 5 in. to accommodate its factory-installed AWD.

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“The increased vehicle ride height improves driver visibility and provides greater ground clearance, as well as improves performance navigating unimproved surfaces,” says Parlier, “ultimately increasing overall reliability and reducing costly downtime that can be caused by debris damage to the chassis and chassis-mounted components.” Western Star does not see AWD as limiting the avail-

for 10 years. Its benefits include its lower weight and its ability to maintain OEM ride height, retain the factory turning radius, enhance ease of use and reduce service costs. A cab-mounted switch engages and disengages the front axle on the go. No transfer case is required. It also maintains factory turning radius and is 800 to 1,000 lbs. lighter than traditional AWD systems. A PTO mounted to the transmission drives a 6,000-psi hydro-

Terra Drive’s EZ Trac hydraulic AWD solution maintains OEM ride height, has a lower weight and maintains the factory turning radius. A cab-mounted switch engages and disengages the front axle on the go. able performance. “Gear ratio selection is important,” says Parlier. “Front and rear axle ratios should match for AWD configurations and need to be compensated for if front and rear tire sizes differ. “Ultimately, the specification of the truck is designed for the jobsite it will be servicing,” she adds. “Customers who select AWD do not have to compromise on performance, as there are a number of axle ratios available to meet the wide range of applications requiring AWD.”

ALTERNATE AWD TECHNOLOGIES EMERGE Some of the newer AWD trucks don’t have a transfer case. Instead, the driveshaft to the front axle runs from the power divider on the front rear. When the power divider is locked, the front drive axle is also engaged. Eliminating the transfer case saves a lot of weight. Terra Drive systems has worked to overcome many of the challenges facing conventional AWD conversions, which include broken transfer cases and increased ride height. The company already had more than 40 years’ experience supplying hydraulic rear-wheel-drive systems for combines. Based on this experience, the company developed EZ Trac, a closed-loop hydraulic drive system designed specifically for the work truck industry. The EZ Trac hydraulic AWD solution has been on the market

static pump, which is used to power the EZ Trac. The system can be retrofitted to most vehicles without putting extra stress on existing engine components. It is capable of delivering 110hp output. Axles are available in 12,000- to 20,000-lb. weight ratings. Navistar is also exploring a hydraulic option. “Through our partners with our Alliance, we are working with our European colleagues and the technologies that they have available that may be applicable to this marketplace,” says Hillman. “As an example, MAN has a hydraulically driven solution that they use for front axles. There are

says David Ronsen, Acela founder and president. “The FMTV, which is the original truck platform that Acela builds on, is the only wheeled vehicle in the U.S. Army’s arsenal to achieve its ultra-reliability status.” According to Ronsen, the vehicles can access places no other Class 7 or 8 truck (at least on-highway) can get to. “Our trucks are rated for a 60% slope at full GVWR and a 30% side slope at full GVWR,” he explains. “We boast a 14-in. under axle clearance, 23-in. under frame clearance, 47-in. tires and CTIS.” CTIS allows tire pressure to be decreased at the press of a button down to 17 psi if conditions warrant. “That expands the tire’s footprint to such an extent that you almost turn it from a wheeled vehicle into a tracked vehicle,” says Ronsen. The Acela Monterra fills a unique niche. “The ultimate

Acela trucks are rated for a 60% slope at full GVWR and a 30% side slope at full GVWR. They boast a 14-in. under axle clearance, 23-in. under frame clearance, 47-in. tires and CTIS.

CTIS allows tire pressure to be decreased at the press of a button. “That expands the tire’s footprint to such an extent that you almost turn it from a wheeled vehicle into a tracked vehicle.” — David Ronsen, founder and president, Acela Truck Company benefits that customers have implemented in other markets that may benefit customers in North America.”

MILITARY TECHNOLOGY MEETS MOST DEMANDING APPLICATIONS Acela Truck Company has a mobility solution for the most extreme jobsites. It offers the Monterra 4x4 and 6x6 extremeduty, high-mobility line of commercial trucks. “These trucks were designed for the U.S. DOD to operate in the world’s worst conditions,”

problem that we solve is access. In North America, which is the only continent that does not have a production high-mobility, extreme-duty truck, we really bridge the gap between a heavyduty truck and a tracked vehicle, or even an articulated vehicle,” says Ronsen. And it can typically access the most rugged terrain more cost effectively. “Tracked vehicles have to be hauled in with another truck and trailer one at a time,” says Ronsen. “They cost a fortune to build, so the capital expenditure

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is huge, and they cost a fortune to maintain. Our 4x4 Monterra starts at $95,000 MSRP. With fleet discounts, that price drops pretty dramatically and pretty fast. A tracked vehicle may start at $225,000 to $250,000.” The Monterras are also legal as on-highway trucks. “The engines met standards when they were built,” Ronsen points out. “We have two gearing options. One is standard military gears that top out at about 58 mph and offer exceptional low-end performance. The other is a high-speed option that gets you up to 74 mph.” The frame rails are bodybuilder friendly with a standard 34-in. width. “I have seen just about anything you can imagine on the back of these truck chassis — snowplows, salt spreaders, snow blowers, service bodies, flat decks, cranes, fire bodies, booms,” Ronsen comments. If the body can fit on a Class 7 or 8 truck, it will fit on the Acela trucks.

A cabover design aides maneuverability. “Our turning radius is anywhere from 30% to 70% smaller than a traditional conventional cab truck,” says Ronsen. “The turning radius on our short wheelbase 6x6 is 56 ft. That is the equivalent of a medium wheelbase F-550. The cabover design allows you to have a much shorter wheelbaseto-payload area ratio. We still have the same amount of frame rail to work with, but our wheelbases are much shorter than a conventional truck.” ET

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E AR T HM OV I N G E Q U I P M E N T By Curt Bennink




Keep your crawler tractors moving with proper maintenance.


hen it comes to maintaining crawler tractors, the undercarriage is always the first priority. “The undercarriage of a dozer accounts for approximately 20% of the purchase price of the machine and up to 50% or more of the machine’s lifetime repair costs, so proper maintenance is critical for equipment owners who want to maximize their investment,” says Max Winemiller, North America product manager, dozers, Case Construction Equipment. “It is important for fleet managers and equipment owners to follow OEM-recommended maintenance and service intervals, but one of the keys to maximizing uptime is the daily walkaround inspection. “All hardware across the entire undercarriage should be inspected daily,” he advises. “Check for wear on the idlers and roller flanges, and check the bottom rollers for wear and debris. Track tension and alignment should also be checked daily, and the tension spring or recoil cylinder should be checked for leaks. Inspect the track pads, paying extra attention to the grouser height and edges of the track pads. Keep an eye out for bending on the track pads, as well; this can be caused by operating on uneven terrain. Link wear should also be inspected daily, as well as the carrier roller for wear and proper alignment.”

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Operators should check for excessive debris throughout the undercarriage, and monitor the sprocket teeth for signs of excessive wear, he adds. It really comes down to looking at the undercarriage frequently and understanding the wear patterns. Daily inspections should look for wear points, abnormal wear or anything that could reduce production and increase downtime. “Inspections help prevent unplanned maintenance or repairs,” says Jim Funk, senior product manager, undercarriage, Komatsu. “We also recommend cleaning out track frames on the undercarriage to eliminate the effect of severe packing.” Komatsu advises a more thorough inspection of the undercarriage be conducted between 500 to 1,000 hours. “That could be influenced by type of application, type of machine and the requirements of the customer,” notes Funk.

Uneven wear is one of the problems that can be corrected if caught early enough through periodic inspections. For example, if an operator is working on slopes in one direction only, the downhill track will wear quicker than the uphill track. That is an operator habit that can be changed to even out the wear patterns. internally due to the extra load,” says Anthony Gamba, manager of technical service and product quality for bulldozers at Komatsu. “Too loose and the sprocket on all the rollers and tracks may become misaligned.” Caterpillar cites tight track as the No. 1 cause of crawler tractor downtime related to the undercarriage. “Improper track tension is the top reason

for reduced wear life and dry joints,” says Tim Nenne, senior undercarriage market professional. “The additional load that is added when the track is too tight can lead to oil loss and dry joints if not quickly addressed. “Following track tension in importance is keeping the roller frame as clean as possible with a regular clean-out schedule,” he continues. “Once material is

TRACK TENSION DRIVES WEAR Checking and adjusting track tension should be a top priority. When you perform your walkaround, make sure the track sag is correct. “Too tight and a chain can increase sprocket wear or damage link assemblies

Tracks should be checked daily or whenever ground conditions change to ensure the proper amount of track sag. Increased soil moisture, for example, can cause packing in the sprockets and a tight track, which can reduce wear life and lead to dry joints.

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dynamic loads due to track tension slack, they could open up the hardware holes, which will allow a situation where torqueclamping force may never be achievable again with that parent component.” If the track tension becomes tightened beyond specifications, the life expectancy of an undercarriage can be shortened by anywhere from 50% to 70%, depending upon which OEM is asked, he adds. For similar reasons, keep your track clean. “If working in a material that hardens as it

packed into the undercarriage, it can cause tight track and increased wear rates on the moving undercarriage components.” Continue to monitor track tension as conditions change. “Tracks should be adjusted to the proper amount of sag as working conditions change,” says Russ Reeg, senior undercarriage engineer, crawler dozers, John Deere Construction and Forestry. “Increased soil moisture, for example, can cause packing in the sprockets and a tight track.” Check track sag daily or whenever ground conditions change, such as due to rain. “Any change in the material packing in the sprocket will cause the chain to loosen or tighten, so track sag will need to be adjusted to maintain the proper amount,” says Reeg. Excessive chain tension will dramatically increase stresses on track bushings, sprockets, idlers and track — links. “High chain tension loads can cause internal pin to bushing interfaces to generate heat from friction that can damage track seals,” Reeg notes. “When chain tension is not inspected regularly and kept at proper tension, it can cause track

efficiently due to vibration, reduced horsepower to transfer to blade pull, etc.,” says Winemiller. “It can also cause accelerated wear of adjacent components. “Ultimately, replacing one worn component will always be less expensive and less time consuming than having to replace multiple components — pins, bushings, seals, thrust washers, etc. — all at once because a simple problem went unnoticed or ignored,” he emphasizes. According to Nenne, “The distance the slack adjuster is out from the roller frame is a good indicator that there may If working in a material that be dry joints.” Other clues that can be used to deterhardens as it dries out or freezes, mine undercarriage wear cleaning the undercarriage daily will prevent the increased wear that occurs include the distance from the roller flange to the pin with the additional contact points. boss, distance from the track guides to the shoe plate and idler ride height when the machine is on a solid surface. “It can be difficult to determine the track life by just looking at bushing wear on rotating track systems. The bushing life in this type of system is far greater than traditional fixed bushing tracks,” Nenne comments. Still, there are visual clues. “If the idler is obviously extended forward popping, dynamic spike loads dries out or freezes, cleaning the more than when the undercaror high static loads on the pins, undercarriage daily will prevent riage was new, it is a sign there bushings, track links and other the increased wear that occurs has been pitch extension in the components,” Winemiller indiwith the additional contact track chain. So it is a clue there cates. “A track that is too tight points,” says Reeg. are some dry joints and internal can put up to two to four times A crawler tractor undercartrack wear,” says Reeg. more tension on the chain than riage is designed to naturally a properly adjusted track. When wear during use. However, you CORRECT BAD HABITS this dynamic spike load occurs, want to keep an eye on it to The way the operator runs and/or slack is developed in track ensure it wears evenly for maxithe machine has a major impact tension, components and wearmum life, as well as replace any on undercarriage life. ing surfaces wear unevenly, allow components that are worn out, “A good undercarriage maintenance program can easily identify improper operating habits and provide good discussion points that can be used to highlight to the operator how small changes can increase life,” says Nenne. Uneven wear is one of the problems that can be corrected if caught Tim Nenne, senior undercarriage market professional, Caterpillar early enough through periodic inspections. dirt and debris to penetrate and damaged or missing in a timely “For example, if an operator is will sometimes damage parent fashion. working on slopes in one direccomponents that are not made “When components that tion only, the downhill track to be replaced, like the sprockare wearing unevenly are not will wear quicker than the uphill et and sprocket segments. If the addressed, this can lead to a track,” Reeg points out. “That sprocket segments see significant machine that is not running is an operator habit that can be

“A good undercarriage maintenance program can easily identify improper operating habits and provide good discussion points that can be used to highlight to the operator how small changes can increase life.”

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OPERATING TIPS TO CUT MAINTENANCE COSTS How the dozer is operated has a major impact on the owning and operating costs. Important tips include: ˰˰MAKE WIDER TURNS WHEN POSSIBLE: Counter-rotation, or pivot turns, accelerate wear. ˰˰TRAVEL STRAIGHT UP AND DOWN ON SLOPES: Constant operation on a slope or hill in one direction can accelerate wear to idlers, rollers and guide lugs by placing greater forces on one side. Turns are best performed on level ground. Some jobs require hillside work. For these situations, minimizing time on the slope will pay off in reduced wear and load to the undercarriage. ˰˰ALTERNATE TURNING DIRECTION: Continuous turning on the same side can cause asymmetrical wear. Make every effort to balance the direction of turns throughout the day. ˰˰ CONTROL TRACK SPINNING: Unnecessary spinning increases wear and can decrease productivity. Decrease the blade or bucket load to avoid it. ˰˰LIMIT HIGH-SPEED AND REVERSE TRAVEL: Minimize unproductive high speeds and avoid excessive travel in reverse. ˰˰ USE CAUTION WHEN EDGES ARE ENCOUNTERED: Avoid loading just the side of the track pad instead of the entire pad supporting the weight.

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TIER 4 REQUIRES EDUCATION Komatsu advises customers who are using Tier 4 Final crawler tractors to learn how to properly idle and shut down the machines. “You have diesel particulate filters. You have injector nozzles that can get plugged from the diesel exhaust fluid (DEF),” notes Anthony Gamba. The injectors can overheat and the DEF starts to crystallize. “There are other components with the introduction of Tier 4 Final that can cause more issues. “Really, it just comes down to education,” he states. “You can idle a dozer; you just have to idle it the correct way.” For tips, visit:

changed to even out the wear patterns. “Indications of accelerated wear can be due to abrupt turns or counter-rotating, which increases stresses in the undercarriage components and shortens life,” he explains. “Speed in general shortens undercarriage life, especially in reverse. Since the amount of wear is a function of the distance traveled, not only hours working but higher speeds cause faster wear.” Improper operating habits such as always turning in one direction, continually working slopes in the same direction or spinning the tracks should be addressed with additional operator training, Reeg adds.

“Choosing the optimal machine configuration, such as XL, XW or Low Ground Pressure (LGP), for your most frequent applications can also help with track wear,” notes Nenne. “For example, XL is well suited to hard, rocky conditions, whereas the wider LGP track experiences more twisting and bending in rock, contributing to more rapid undercarriage wear. Matching machine configuration to the working conditions helps

OPTIONS TO REDUCE WEAR “There is no doubt that you can catch and see things that could potentially hurt production or shorten the life of the undercarriage by doing frequent inspections,” says Funk. “Regular inspections not only measure undercarriage wear and time remaining on the components, they help machine owners understand machine application and the way underfoot conditions influence undercarriage life.” Consider the case of bent track shoes. “Once you see shoes bending, talking with the maintenance manager can ensure all When a track’s components are wearing options are being down faster than anticipated, most of the considered.” Some OEMs time it is due to improper track selection, or design and manuinexperienced operators running in high-speed facture their own reverse, digging the machine down in sandy undercarriages and or rocky mud or trenching under high load in offer options that material that wears at the metal. can lower operating costs. “The product support rep can take those ing closely with local dealers to options and make suggestions determine the undercarriage best to the customer once bent shoes suited for each scenario. or increased wear is found and, “When a track’s components in doing so, provide value to the are wearing down faster than customer,” says Funk. anticipated, most of the time it Komatsu offers a number of is due to improper track selecOEM undercarriage options. tion, or inexperienced operators “The idea is to match the right running in high-speed reverse, product offering with the right digging the machine down in application to maximize uptime,” sandy or rocky mud or trenchFunk states. The company also ing under high load in material has undercarriage Assurance prothat wears at the metal,” says grams for its Komatsu Genuine Winemiller. “Much of this can Products, which provide further be avoided with operator training value to customers when comand dealer visits to the location bined with the various product to help choose the proper type of options. track for the application.”

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“One type of undercarriage does not fit all customer needs,” Nenne agrees. “For example, customers who regularly work in abrasive conditions might want to consider an extended life undercarriage with larger diameter bushing, profiled links and larger diameter rollers to help minimize wear and reduce cost.” Nathan Horstman, product marketing manager, crawler dozers, John Deere Construction and Forestry, recommends work-

OEMs that manufacture their own undercarriage, like Komatsu, typically offer several options that can help to lower operating costs. The idea is to maximize uptime by matching the application with the undercarriage product offering best suited to it. reduce stress and material flow through the undercarriage.” Also consider that the less distance you travel, the less wear the undercarriage will experience. “Another tool we might not always think about for reducing undercarriage wear is grade technology,” says Nenne. “Today’s 2D and 3D systems help operators get to design plan faster and more accurately, so material only has to be moved once. This puts fewer ‘miles’ on the track, helping to increase overall undercarriage life and uptime.” Make sure you consult an undercarriage expert to determine an undercarriage management strategy that best suits your operation. “There are applications where running the undercarriage to destruction is the lowest cost option,” says Nenne. For the majority of applications where this is not the case, “a

good undercarriage management program will not only provide the customer with the percentage worn, it will provide them with a maintenance strategy that maximizes undercarriage life and provides the lowest cost.”

OTHER CONSIDERATIONS Maintenance doesn’t end with the undercarriage. Other components on the crawler tractor can also impact undercarriage life. “Roller frames, pivot shafts and equalizer bars play an important role in the life of an undercarriage,” says Nenne. “Roller frames that are not properly maintained can alter the alignment of the link assembly in the rollers and idlers. If the link assembly is not properly aligned, wear life will be reduced.” The working end of any crawler tractor is the blade. Inspect the top of the blade and spill guard and look for damage caused by rocks or heavy material. Inspect the corner bits on the bottom of the blade for wear and corrosion. Also inspect the cutting edge for remaining wear. “The cutting edge and end bits should be inspected each time a walkaround inspection is performed,” says Nenne. “Just as with the undercarriage, a cutting edge inspection will highlight opportunities to increase life and reduce downtime.” “Inspecting wear items like cutting edges and replacing as necessary will help prolong the life of the blade, as well as optimize productivity,” Horstman comments. “Inspecting blade attachment joints to ensure they are properly shimmed and greased will help avoid premature wear.” Pay close attention to trunnion pins and caps on the blade push arms and cylinders. If the trunnion cap is loose or there is space between the trunnion and cap, it could be an indication of excessive wear. Check the hydraulic cylinders for scratches, dents or leaking seals. Scratches on the chrome of hydraulic cylinder rods will eventually result in leaks. “Of course, you need to grease the pivot points,” adds Gamba. “It is really important, depending on the application you are in, to make sure you maintain cleanliness around the cylinder rods so that material doesn’t go through the seals and contaminate the hydraulic system.” ET

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The Trimble® Earthworks Grade Control Platform offers your dozer operators cab-mounted portability, a user-friendly Android™ UI, and the convenience of a 10-inch touch screen. Simply put, it helps new and veteran operators do things right the first time, and in less time, than ever before.

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Trimble Earthworks for Dozers is a new dozer configuration that moves the receivers from the blade to the roof of the cab. Re-engineered from the ground up, the next-generation grade control platform features intuitive, easy-to-learn software that runs on an Android operating system. State-of-the-art software and hardware gives operators of all skill levels the ability to work faster and more productively. Dual GNSS receivers are mounted on top of the cab to eliminate masts and cables traditionally located on the blade. The dual GNSS receivers are suited for steep slope work and complex designs with tight tolerances. The new configuration keeps receivers safer and can also save time by reducing the time needed to remove and reinstall them each day. To learn more about this product, as well as Trimble Earthworks for Excavators, visit You can also see the dozer configuration in action at

Productivity enhancing options for the 82,496- to 86,900-lb. D8T dozer include a larger SU bulldozer blade, Performance Cutting Edges, Extended Life Undercarriage, Powered Bottom Guards and remote control COMMAND for Dozing. • C15 ACERT engine rated at 312 net hp at 1,900 rpm or 363 hp at 1,700 rpm • 11.3-cu.-yd. standard blade or larger 13.4-cu.-yd. Semi-U (SU) blade • Performance Cutting Edges deliver a cutting action that increases blade load mass by up to 25% • Powered Bottom Guards on underside of the machine reduce maintenance downtime, enhance safety and facilitate machine clean-out • Fully suspended Heavy Duty Extended Life Undercarriage with heavier bushings

Shantui Hydrostatic Dozers

The 94-hp TD-8S and 113-hp TD-9S are powered by Cummins QSF 3.8 Tier 4 Final turbocharged engines with electronic controls, a DEF aftertreatment system and wastegate controlled by the ECM. • Rexroth dual-path hydrostatic drive systems transmit full power to both tracks to ensure smooth speed changes, pivot turns and counter rotation • Six-way C-frame complemented by a robust undercarriage available in standard LT (long track) and LGP (low ground pressure) versions • Undercarriages feature a standard lubricated track system (LTS), split link track chains, pivot shaft-installed suspension and hydraulic track adjusters • Integrated technology options include Trimble Basic, Trimble Ready and full Trimble 3D control systems

IronDirect offers a line of Shantui fully hydrostatic crawler dozers that includes four standard track XL models and six low ground pressure (LGP) models for use in soft ground conditions. • Offer operating weights from 17,681 to 40,351 lbs. and drawbar pull from 28,200 to 52,000 lbf. • 90- to 170-net-hp Cummins or FTP diesel engines • Dual-path hydrostatic transmission system adjusts automatically based on load conditions • Standard six-way power-angle-tilt (PAT) blade with ergonomic cab controls • Come grade-control ready • ROPS/FOPS cab with wide door openings, well-placed, rugged handles, a high-back Grammer air suspension seat and 7-in. high-resolution monitor

The D375A-8 has a 609-net-hp SAA6D170E-7 Tier 4 Final-certified engine that produces 20+% more horsepower (748 hp) while the dozer is traveling in reverse for faster cycle times and a productivity increase of up to 18%. • Features an improved suspended undercarriage, larger viscous cab mounts and an air suspension heated and ventilated seat • Includes a variable geometry turbocharger (VGT), high-pressure common rail fuel injection system and dual DPFs • Automatic, three-speed transmission with automatically engaging lockup torque converter • Standard blade auto-pitch, ripper autoreturn and shoe slip control

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Komatsu D375A-8 Crawler Dozer

The 950K PAT crawler dozer includes an 8.6-cu.-yd. six-way power-angle-tilt (PAT) blade that provides the flexibility to place material where you want it on every pass using the blade angle feature. • Weighs nearly 80,000 lbs. with blade and a ripper • 280-hp John Deere 9.0L, Tier 4 diesel engine and hydrostatic powertrain • Eco mode optimizes fuel economy while maintaining ground speed • Standard electrohydraulic (EH) controls • Grade control-ready with “open architecture” design for use with your preferred brand of grade control system

The 650M M-Series dozer includes a 74-hp FPT engine with diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC) technology that does not require a DPF to meet Tier 4 Final. • Includes a hydrostatic drive system, enhanced undercarriage with improved track frame, idler, sprockets, rollers and extended-life SALT HD tracks and a reinforced mainframe • Generates 39,086 lbs. of drawbar pull • Advanced load management system automatically adjusts track speed to load • Operator can set steering and shuttle sensitivity to smooth, moderate or aggressive to match ground conditions • Cab-forward design with standard ROPS canopy or optional sealed and pressurized ROPS cab

Liebherr PR 716 Litronic Crawler Dozer The PR 716 Litronic crawler dozer features a 126-hp, four-cylinder, Tier 4 Final diesel engine and electronic drive management system with ECO mode setting. • Operating weights from 29,100 to 33,510 lbs. • Power control automatically adjusted and activated when a higher level of thrust is applied • Hydrostatic drive keeps engine speed at a constant level • Universal six-way blade and three- or five-tooth ripper options • Includes ergonomically shaped joysticks, intuitive touchscreen, sound-insulated and pressurized cab and halogen or LED headlights

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By Nathan Metcalf PROFIT MAT TERS

Software at the Center of Professional Bids Accurate data from its software solutions enables KHS&S to bid more jobs, more accurately and respond quickly to changes.


onstruction companies are constantly bidding on new projects, so completing bids in a timely manner with accurate data is important to securing a profitable bid. Online bidding and takeoff software, such as On Center Software’s Quick Bid and On-Screen Takeoff (OST) solutions, can do just that. The solutions are datadriven with real-time adjustment capabilities that are faster than doing it manually. These are the solutions in which KHS&S, an international design-assist specialty building company, has invested in order to make the company more proficient, accurate and profitable. “We are a thematic architecture company,” says Don Lasecki, the company’s estimator. Founded in 1984, KHS&S has amassed an enviable portfolio of more than 5,000 casino resorts, hotels, entertainment venues, theme parks and themed attractions, as well as retail facilities, hospitals and public works projects. Today, the company pioneers ways to transform construction from a field-based industry to an industry of digital modeling, virtual project delivery, prefabrication and lean manufacturing. KHS&S has been using On Center Software solutions for about 10 years; specifically, it uses OST for takeoff and Quick Bid for pricing. “By using On Center Software solutions, KHS&S has the flexibility to ensure changes are a snap during pre-construction and design. With Quick Bid and OST, they can easily answer general contractor questions about the job and verify bids. By using these solutions to customize and save assemblies in libraries for future projects, KHS&S is capable of handling any last-minute

changes or requests,” says Kyle Hamer, VP of Marketing at On Center Software. “On Center Software has been a great partner,” says Lasecki. “We constantly turn in ideas to them on additions to the software that we would like to see, and they are very open and responsive.”

BIDDING AND TAKEOFF BENEFITS Like many other companies, KHS&S previously relied on Excel spreadsheets. “Switching to On Center allowed us to implement a true database where all of our material pricing, production rates and more are stored, which makes starting a new project bid or budget very simple,” says Lasecki. “It also allows us to create and store entire assemblies, since a lot of what we do in the framing and drywall business is repetitious with regard to walls and ceilings. Now we have a place from which to pull that information with just the click of a button.” In addition, Quick Bid improves the accuracy of bids and enables end users to compete for more jobs. With it, they can compile itemized costs, labor rates and change orders and materials to

precisely predict the cost of a job to avoid bidding too high or too low. Key features include: ˜˜ eQuotes for current pricing of suppliers and vendors and for generating change orders that can be priced independently or included as part of the entire job; ˜˜ automatic calculation for greater accuracy and less time calculating results; ˜˜ and seamless integration with OST software for faster import of data from a company’s takeoffs. “Takeoff software is where you actually run your lines over the drawings in order to get the quantities of walls, ceilings, doors, windows and more,” says

A sample project using Quick Bid software shows project materials needed along with the contractor’s established pricing for creating accurate bids quickly.

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The Repeat feature of the On-Screen Takeoff module allows the end user to capture quantity results on one drawing and then replicate those results with the click of a button (sample project shown). A materials list and model are to the left; to the right is a PDF of information pertaining to the project’s typical groups and repeating floors. Lasecki. “Doing this with a database allows you to create the condition, such as a wall. The wall has many parts that make it a wall, from the framing, maybe insulation, then we have sheathing, such as drywall, and finish, possibly paint or wall covering. However, within that are many ancillary items people do not even realize — all the screws and pins, the bridging inside the wall [that] stiffen and strengthen the wall. If the wall is a fire-rated wall, there is fire safing at the top to close off the gap, as well as caulking at the bottom.” With OST, users can view electronic plans, takeoff multiple quantities, spot revisions, create RFIs and more. “The benefits of using the software are availability to easily add alternate pricing for other items the client may want to see as an add or deduct,” Lasecki notes. “This also allows us to copy our project and its data and share it with another colleague anywhere. This packages all the information up and then any other team member can

go in and begin working on it immediately. The software makes printing reports much simpler.” Key features include: ˜˜ Optical Character Recognition (OCR) for counting out objects of the same shape and size within drawings; ˜˜ Multi-Condition Takeoff for selecting any number of conditions and drawing the takeoff once; ˜˜ and Intelligent Paste Logic for selecting takeoff objects and pasting them into a similar distance, space and direction. The Intelligent Paste Logic feature is a huge time saver for KHS&S, as it frequently engineers and builds rooms with the same layouts, such as hotels, apartments, condos and dorms. “So when we are doing our takeoff using On Center’s OST, we are truly starting to build the project from that moment, with the materials and man hours that it will actually take to produce in the field,” says Lasecki. ET

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Wearables Reduce

“Struck-by”Risks RFID-based technology enhances safety on Nevada’s largest public works project.


or companies like Kiewit, a 133-year-old international construction, mining and engineering organization, safety is of the utmost importance. With a safety motto of “Nobody Gets Hurt”, the North American-based company is constantly looking for ways to ensure that there are no incidents and no injuries, no matter how seemingly minor. On a busy jobsite, Kiewit Corporation is constantly concerned about potential safety incidents involving moving heavy machinery. With equipment like the 56-ton Cat 966K wheel loader operating at speeds up to 25 mph, the potential for a serious injury is high if operators are unaware of employees’ locations on a jobsite.

DATA BUILDS A SAFER SITE Kiewit’s Las Vegas location is currently the design-build team for Project NEON, the largest public works project in Nevada history. The company will design and build 3.7 miles of Interstate 15 (I-15) between Sahara Avenue and the “Spaghetti Bowl” interchange in downtown Las Vegas. Already the busiest stretch of highway in Nevada with 300,000 vehicles daily, traffic through the corridor is expected to double by 2035. While designing and constructing express lanes,

support sales representative, points out. The RFID proximity detection technology provides a real-time warning to ground workers who have entered a dangerous work zone. The machine operator and the ground person are then both alerted that someone has entered an area that may be in a fixed blind spot and pose a hazard. This minimizes the potential for “struck-by” risks — a leading cause of constructionrelated fatalities. If an operator reverses a piece of equipment

exchanges, interchanges, flyways and extensions of the I-15 and U.S. 95 highways, the Las Vegas office is responsible for 20 different work zones with up to 400 employees. So Kevin Jones, equipment superintendent, approached Cashman Equipment, Nevada’s Caterpillar dealership, about any relevant safety technology. That’s where he learned about Cat Detect for Personnel. Cat Detect for Personnel uses Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology to detect ground workers in an unsafe RFID tags can be easily placed within PPE area, typically behind such as hard hats. The tags then communicate the equipment. The with an antenna mounted on the machine. RFID tags can be easily placed within personal protective equipment with an antenna installed, he or (PPE), which then communishe will be alerted inside the cab cates with the antenna on the with a visual and audible alarm machine. when a ground worker is behind “You can stick the RFID the machine. The loud audible stickers inside a hard hat in secalarm outside of the cab alerts onds,” says Jones. “The hardware the ground worker of their interfor a machine takes a few hours. ference of the detection zone It’s something very easy to do behind the equipment. that fights complacency on the jobsite.” DATA ANALYSIS FOR SITE SAFETY “Safety awareness on the When Jones first approached jobsite has gone up just by him, Cooper had heard about installing Cat Detect RFID tags various technologies but wanted on the hard hats,” Roy Cooper, to present Cashman Equipment product him with

in-depth knowledge. He sought out Cashman Equipment’s condition monitoring analyst. According to the analyst, “Systems like VisionLink provide electronic data, site conditions, inspection information… all the things that let a customer like Kiewit make proactive decisions about their machine in order to increase machine uptime. Technology like Cat Detect provides them with even more data on machine operation, but in the realm of hazards.” By having a safety fault code in the system from Cat Detect, Kiewit can review the jobsite areas that frequently trigger an alarm, or work with employees who are unaware of a particular hazard zone. The system lets a customer take corrective action before an accident occurs. This specific installation of Cat Detect was the first in the state of Nevada. Now Kiewit has purchased five more kits to be installed on machines working at the Project NEON jobsite. Its Reno office also ordered a new 966M wheel loader with Cat Detect for Personnel for a Lake Tahoe project. The safety of its employees is such a high priority for Kiewit that it put Cat Detect for Personnel on its discussion agenda at its national safety summit in Denver, and will be evaluating making it a requirement for any new equipment. “Our goal is to be proactive in eliminating hazards,” says Jones. “Our safety culture isn’t based on a regulatory agency — it’s based on wanting to keep our people safe.” ET

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Aware that approximately 75% of struck-by fatalities involve heavy equipment, Kiewit sought a technology that could help prevent such incidents and improve safety awareness on its jobsites.

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The Hi-Vis Deluxe Flotation Jacket with ArcticShield Hood and the Hi-Vis Mesh Deluxe Vest are designed for working around water where ANSI-compliant apparel is required. • Deliver all-day comfort and incorporate a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket with 15.5 lbs. of buoyancy • ANSI Class III jacket has sleeves with watertight neoprene inner and adjustable elastic outer cuffs, a removable hood with ArcticShield heat retention material and encircling belts with zipper closure, D-ring attachment for small accessories • Vest features a zip front with hidden encircling belts, dual cargo and fleece-lined hand warmer pockets and a back opening to accommodate fall harnesses

3M Personal Safety Division is offering virtual reality training for fall protection, fall protection for tools and welding safety. Each of these safety categories has been, and continues to be, impacted by the ongoing expansion of the construction industry and its workforce needs. Fall Protection: In an immersive, fourminute virtual experience, trainees will need to inspect a harness, connect selfretracting lifelines and protect tools from falling at height. Most importantly, they will experience these activities at height, but without the dangers of falling. Welding Safety: Trainees will be able to weld using passive and auto-darkening helmets with a virtual reality game that challenges players to weld six areas quickly and accurately. Players will see firsthand why some products outperform others. Learn more in the video at

DICA ProStack Cribbing The 6-in.-thick ProStack Cribbing adds additional height under outrigger floats when setting up in uneven ground conditions. • Includes the base outrigger pad, interlocking cribbing blocks and highfriction top grip pad • Outrigger pad manufactured with pyramid-shaped surface that interlocks with cribbing blocks • Grip pad protects pyramid surface on cribbing blocks and provides a high friction surface for the outrigger foot • Designed to be used under any equipment with outrigger loads not exceeding 110,000 lbs. • Impervious to environmental conditions

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Basic Concepts Noise Reduction Barriers These noise reduction barriers help protect workers and the public from noise pollution by creating a soundminimizing enclosure between a jobsite and pedestrian walkway. • Panels install with hook-and-loop fastener that attaches to fencing or other support structures • Lightweight, waterproof and fire retardant • Curtains and quilts come in standard or custom sizes and thicknesses

The DBI-SALA Comfort Grip Connector is designed and certified to arrest a fall when loaded in multiple orientations, improving connecting and disconnecting and providing anchor flexibility. • 5,000-lb. tensile strength and up to 3,600-lb. transverse and gate strengths • Hand-guard pin shears during fall to allow the connector to align with the direction of the fall and remain securely anchored • Available for products including the EZ-STOP Lanyard, Shockwave2 Lanyard, Nano-Lok Personal SRL and Nano-Lok Edge Personal SRL

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Genie Lift Guard Contact Alarm System The Lift Guard Contact Alarm is an electronic secondary guarding system designed to immediately activate and alert others that the operator may need help. • Standard accessory on most new Genie Z (articulated) and S (telescopic) boom lifts and can be retrofit on units dating back to 2003 • Activation cable fitted above platform control panel disconnects and activates the system when pressure is applied • All machine lift and drive functions stopped to prevent additional movement in the platform • Alarm sounds and beacons flash to notify those near the lift that the operator may require assistance

Gear Keeper’s TL1-2007 and TL12008 retractable wrist lanyard systems feature Quick Connect tool attachment connecting devices that permit secure, fast and easy connection/disconnection of tools. • Can safely handle tools up to 5 lbs. • Change out and use many tools with just one lanyard by fitting additional male connectors to tools • Offer comfortable nylon webbing Velcro wrist attachment straps and available in high-visibility safety orange with serial numbers to satisfy traceability standards



General Equipment AF500 AIR-SCRUB-R The 33-lb. AF500 AIR-SCRUB-R HEPA air filter provides air scrubbing/negative pressure air movement capabilities for virtually any non-hazardous jobsite. • Two-stage design with a 30% pre-filter and 99.7% efficient HEPA secondary filter • Captures particles down to 0.3 microns • Adjustable air flow rates up to 500 cfm • Optional carbon/potassium permanganate filter absorbs VOCs, smoke and other noxious contaminants and odors • Built with a 1/4-hp motor, 115-VAC variable-speed electric motor, 16-in.-diameter inlet and high-density, UV-resistant polyethylene housing

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R U N N I N G T H E BUS I N E S S By Garry Bartecki ®

2018 Will Bring Increased Activity — and Challenges The year promises growth but also labor shortages, a changing tax environment and more.


taring into the 2018 construction season, I suspect many of you are expecting a good year with plenty of work to go around. Based on my experiences in the Midwest, I have to say that I expect this will be the case. This would be a good thing — but on the other hand, it could be a bad thing if you don’t have your personnel and equipment needs figured out. Because if my assumption above is correct, I can assure you there will be shortages on both fronts. A couple of things can help solve these problems. The first is to embrace technology and equipment rental in order to make your operation faster and more productive. The second is to train crews to make better use of equipment, especially those shiny new rental units that provide the right tool for the job. In the end, your goal should be to work more efficiently to the point where you can offset the need for more people, and at the same time make better use of the equipment available to you. Concerning equipment training, I’ve heard many horror stories impacting both safety and productivity. You would think field supervisors would ensure all field personnel know how to properly and safely operate any equipment they’re required to use, especially if that type of equipment has a “danger” factor attached to it. It is tough to argue that the time and effort to properly train a worker is not worth the cost. I would say it is just the opposite — it is costing you more not to provide adequate training. What rental units provide is the ability to let the rental company do the training for you. The rental company will be glad to do it, because if someone gets injured using one of its rental units, it gets dragged into the lawsuit and may in fact lose rental dollars on that unit because of legal issues. I suggest supervisors on down take the training and become certified to use the equipment. The bottom line is it’s time to embrace available equipment and technology and to upgrade your training in how to properly use it. You’ll see your cost of doing business decrease because of improved productivity and efficiency. If you don’t, it’s time to find out why. Maybe the performance groups we discussed last month would be worth considering.

IMPLICATIONS OF TAX CUTS Now let’s talk a little about the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA). There is a lot in the TCJA for you to consider and take advantage of, but also a lot of very confusing material that can lead you astray if you’re not careful and working with a tax pro that knows your industry. The highlights as far as contractors are concerned include: ˜˜ Capital asset expensing and depreciation provisions include a Sec 179 deduction up to $1 million with a threshold of $2.5 million. The first-year Bonus Depreciation is 100% and now covers new and used equipment purchases. There are also new provisions to allow for qualified expenditures for nonresidential real property (repairs to existing units only). ˜˜ There is a limit on interest deductions if your

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average gross receipts for the last three years exceed $25 million. If you fall into the “taxable” category, the interest deduction cannot exceed 30% of your EBITDA number. ˜˜ Entertainment expense is no longer deductible. The same goes for business-related meals. ˜˜ The cash method of accounting is allowed for tax purposes for eligible businesses. ˜˜ After December 2017, net operating losses can no longer be carried back and can only be used to offset 80% of your taxable income. ˜˜ Like-Kind Exchanges are no longer allowed to be used for personal property — only for real estate. ˜˜ The C-Corp tax rate is 21%. Taxable income from an S-Corp, LLC and partnerships is reduced by 20% of taxable income at the company level to arrive at the amount shown on your 1040. There are also wage limitation rules to be considered using the flow-through method. I can almost sense how many of you are thinking up ways to make all of this work in your favor. But before you start planning ways around the new rules, I suggest you do your homework if you are required to use flow-through accounting. This will save you a lot of time and keep you out of trouble.

MIND THE GAAP My biggest concern deals with the cash method of accounting. I see a lot of companies dumping their accounting and just running the business out of their checkbooks. This is not a good idea. Please remember that you need to have proper GAAP (generally accepted accounting principles) financial statements for your bank and other parties interested in how the business is running. Your tax pro will then convert your GAAP financial statements into the cash method to prepare the tax return. I can see some benefit to a cash basis method for certain types of businesses, but in most cases, it may only provide a “first-year” benefit and not much thereafter. On the other hand, you may wind up with a year where your receipts far exceed expenses and thus generate one big tax bill that will probably reverse itself the following year, yet would still require an unexpected cash outflow in year 1. If you do decide to use the cash method, I advise keeping the GAAP books up to date, and then running a separate report on a cash basis so you know where you stand as year-end approaches. Also consider that GAAP statements and reports help you manage your jobs and reflect how much profit is being generated. I’m positive that GAAP statements are 100% required to properly manage the business. I would also caution you to not run out and purchase a lot of equipment just because a 100% deduction is available. You may not get a tax benefit unless there are actual taxable profits available to offset the deductions against it. Keep in mind when you rent equipment you can send it back and stop paying for it. 2018 is shaping up to be a busy year. So keep some of your powder dry to deal with circumstances that come up during the months ahead. ET

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