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BACKHOE-LOADERS Operating tips to boost productivity & improve safety

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Contents COVER STORY Increased visibility enhances earthmover productivity while decreasing operator fatigue.

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PRODUCTS 21 Backhoe-loaders 27 Technology Trends

A sampling of the latest technology for your construction projects.

35 Fleet Maintenance





How To Manage an Aging Construction Equipment Fleet

The focus is to provide easier, reliable access to jobsite data.

Develop a strategy that prioritizes assets, solidifies support and improves internal communication.


Managing Equipment Costs with Data

40 Power Sources

Find the latest options to energize the jobsite.

45 Grading/Site Prep

DEPARTMENTS 6 Breaking Ground 8 Equipment Introductions 19 Backhoe-loaders

Information supplied by telematics can be used to improve driver policies, monitor driver behavior and more.

TRUCK OEMS SHIFT INTO HIGH GEAR WITH NEW PRODUCTS pg 30 New players in Class 6 and 8 highlight busy trade show season.

Proper Operation Tips for Backhoe-loaders

28 Profit Matters 34 Trucks & Transportation 42 Jobsite Solutions 47 Bridging the Gap 50 Running the Business

Convince Workers to Stay by Giving Them a Stake

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Solving the Dead Battery Problem

In the world of construction equipment, undercharged and dead batteries are a costly issue that eats into a company’s time and profits.

Recruitment Ideas for the Shop

BEHIND THE BASICS OF GENERATOR SELECTION pg 37 A review of the fundamentals that go into selecting mobile generators to power your projects.

Machine data adds critical information to life-cycle and cost management of your construction equipment fleet.

How private and public fleets tackle worker recruitment challenges.


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

It Pays to

GET CONNECTED Becky Schultz /

THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY is experiencing a renaissance of sorts as it moves from a rather singular focus on heavy iron to one that merges technology and machines. How today’s jobsites are run and how equipment is designed, used, managed and maintained are changing dramatically — and the industry has barely scratched the surface on what’s achievable.

While the changes are occurring quickly, implementation within the industry is not. Construction lags behind most industry sectors in technology adoption, despite numerous studies on its potential to improve productivity and cut project costs. Take a recent report by McKinsey & Company, which shows a mere 1% labor productivity growth in construction globally over the past 20 years, compared

Smart design makes a difference When it comes to productivity, details matter. Atlas Copco’s XAS 110 delivers key advances. After more than a decade of continuous development, the XAS 110 stands out from other brands with a compact size, lighter weight and fuel-efficient design. And thanks to the Tier 4 diesel engine, it delivers 110 cfm of air power without the need for exhaust after treatment. With fast, simple maintenance, it’s built for maximum uptime. Find out how Atlas Copco products are engineered to give you the edge.

to 2.8% for the economy as a whole. The report identifies under-investment in technology as a root cause of this lack of productivity. A Texas A&M study further illustrates the industry’s lag in the use of mobile apps, cloud-based systems and other technology, though it also shows more contractors are starting to recognize the potential cost savings that such technology can offer. There are numerous reasons contractors can cite as to why they fail to embrace today’s advanced equipment, systems and processes. Yet, it often boils down to a lack of understanding as to how they can work together to help their businesses become more productive and profitable. There is a great deal of education that still needs to take place to reassure the skeptics and “connect the dots” for them. There is also a need for assistance and training to ensure early adopters have the information and tools they need to maximize their ROI. Because providing such information is a primary part of our mission, this issue of Equipment Today features The Connected Jobsite, a poster sponsored by Volvo Construction Equipment. In it, senior editor Curt Bennink identifies the top trends affecting construction projects and how they interconnect on today’s modern

THERE IS A GREAT DEAL OF EDUCATION THAT STILL NEEDS TO TAKE PLACE TO REASSURE THE SKEPTICS AND “CONNECT THE DOTS” FOR THEM. jobsite. He also touches upon the changes to come that promise to influence jobsites over the next decade and beyond. Since this is a lot of ground to cover within the confines of a few pages, our talented designers have also developed an interactive site at ConnectedSite that takes the technology discussion to a whole new level. The site doesn’t just provides additional content and links on the topics described here. It serves as a one-of-a-kind visual and interactive experience utilizing some of the latest advances in digital media — including a virtual reality-type experience incorporating video within a video. The objective of the poster and the ConnectedSite is to give you a glimpse into what’s possible for your construction operation now and down the road. We hope you’ll check them both out to see what is currently being achieved, what is achievable in the near term and what may be coming in the (potentially sooner than you think) future. ET 10072084

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These pages feature some of the latest equipment available. You’ll find a solid sampling of both new machines and models that have been recently revamped by the manufacturers. For more information on these products, simply visit and include the eight-digit code shown. Epiroc

ER 1500 Drum Cutter


U27-4 Tight Tailswing Excavator The U27-4 has a dig depth of 9 ft. 5 in. and a bucket digging force of 7,014 lbs. Two variable-displacement pumps distribute oil flow, allowing for simultaneous operation of the boom, arm, bucket and swivel. Power is provided by a Kubota Tier 4 Final diesel engine. The auto-shift feature automatically shifts travel speed from high to low depending on traction and the terrain, allowing for smoother operation when operating the dozer. A third-line hydraulic return system allows oil flow directly to the tank when working with oneway hydraulic attachments. Features include adjustable auxiliary flow hydraulics, auxiliary diverter valve and optional enclosed cab.


The 3,858-lb. ER 1500 transverse drum cutter is a double-head attachment suitable for carriers of 44,000 to 88,000 lbs. It offers a cutting force of 9,100 to 15,700 lbf. at 5,000 psi and a standard cutting head width of 35 in. The cutter heads include 44 tungsten carbide-tipped picks and are designed to provide optimum cutting power at a recommended 75-rpm rotation speed. Large spur gears are driven by high-torque hydraulic motors and allow the unit to be used in the most difficult conditions. A central fixing system allows it to rotate 360° without having to be disconnected from the excavator. The integrated dust suppression system reduces dust directly in the cutting area.



SP 62i Concrete Paver The SP 62i can precisely pave concrete in widths from 6 ft. 6 in. to 25 ft. and thicknesses of up to 18 in., or more upon customer request. The intelligent steering and control systems ensure highly smooth operation even around tight corners. The unit produces slabs with a central crown up to 3%. Twelve hydraulic vibrator connectors are standard with the option for six more; other options include 18 or 24 electric vibrator connectors. Eco Mode automatically matches the paver’s 241-hp Deutz engine output to demand. A two-track, modular design offers easy transport, setup and multiple configurations. An optional interface ensures compatibility with leading 3D control systems.


LBX Link-Belt Caterpillar

CB13, CB15 and CB16 Rollers The CB13, CB15 and CB16 tandem rollers fit in the 13-, 15- and 16-ton weight classes and are powered by a 142-hp C4.4 engine with Eco-mode and automatic speed control. Vibratory options include oscillatory vibration, dual amplitude, dual frequency, Versa Vibe and five amplitude systems. The available Cat Compaction Control incorporates Pass-Count and Temperature Mapping systems and “Machine to Machine” communication. The center-articulating hitch offers 6° of oscillation. An offset hitch option extends coverage up to 6 in. A 360° seat positioning option enables the operator to always face the direction of travel. The units also feature handwheel steering technology and a simplified eight-button control panel.


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350 X4 Long Front Excavator The factory-built, 88,200-lb. LinkBelt 350 X4 LF has a 46-ft. 3-in. maximum digging depth, 60-ft. 10-in. maximum reach at ground level and 29,000-lbf. bucket digging force. Its 268-hp Isuzu Tier 4 engine provides up to 8% improved fuel economy and does not require a diesel particulate filter (DPF). Engine modes include Speed Priority, Heavy and Applied Power, with 13 different rpm settings for precise control of heavy lifting, fine grading or leveling work. A proprietary control valve with a 30% larger hydraulic passage area enables up to 8% faster cycle times. Two electronically controlled Kawasaki variable-displacement axial piston pumps and one Kawasaki gear pump ensure precise delivery of hydraulic flow.

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READY WHEN YOU ARE. Outrunning the competition means you never stop evolving. As your work changes, Cat® Dozers adapt with you. From grading to ripping to backfilling, today’s models offer the power and versatility to tackle any job more productively, safely and cost effectively. And with the choice of integrated technologies, you can scale up or scale back to meet your production needs. With Cat Dozers, you’re always ready to push ahead of the field.

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ATJ Diesel Boom Lifts The ATJ diesel-powered boom lifts are part of a new line of mobile elevating work platforms for North America. They feature fourwheel drive, four-wheel steering, heavy-duty booms and axles with limited-slip differentials. The ATJ 46 has an automatic start/stop system and 24-hp Kubota engine. It features a 45-ft. 11-in. platform height, up-and-over reach of 27 ft. 3 in. at a height of 24 ft. 2 in. and 500-lb. platform capacity. Easy access to main components and a self-diagnostic system minimize maintenance costs. The ATJ 46+ (shown) has a large platform that can handle up to 900 lbs. without restriction. It has up to a 45-ft. 6-in. platform height and 28-ft. 3-in. horizontal outreach.


DL280-5 Wheel Loader The 172-hp DL280-5 wheel loader has a 34,262-lb. operating weight, 3.7-cu.-yd. bucket capacity and dump height of 9 ft. 2 in. It generates a breakout force of 30,349 lbf. The unit is designed for enhanced performance and comfort, as well as increased uptime protection. An upgraded forward-neutral-reverse joystick is easier to activate and more ergonomic, improving operator comfort. A wide fin radiator provides more effective cooling with a larger fin spacing that reduces clogging. Available heavy-duty axles deliver additional machine performance in harsh applications and enable owners to use solid tires for enhanced uptime protection in specialized applications. A quick coupler and guarding package are also available.


Wacker Neuson

CRT60X Hydraulic Ride-on Trowel The 10-ft. CRT60X (CRT60-74LX) is powered by a 74-hp Kohler, non-DPF Tier 4 Final engine that enables it to easily maintain rpm under high load finishing conditions. A heavy-duty hydraulic system includes a high-capacity hydraulic pump and motors. An easy-toread display provides information such as machine hours, fuel level, engine rpm, fluid temperatures and pressures and alerts. Features include electronic cruise control, adjustable seat, plenty of legroom, ergonomically positioned arm rests, simple joystick controls and fully hydraulic blade pitch. LED lights and a built-in hydraulic wheel kit are also included.

Xtreme John Deere

344L Compact Wheel Loader The 344L boasts a full-turn tip load of 12,650 lbs., and has a faster travel speed with smooth auto shift technology up to 25 mph. The Articulation Plus steering system allows operators to lift more during turns. The design features an articulated frame plus rear-wheel steer, providing a tighter turning radius, improved stability and added lift capacity. Pivot and rear oscillation also provide a smoother ride. The newly designed loader arms and coupler provide better parallel lifting of attachments and increased visibility. Other features include a new cab design, FT4 Deere engine, redesigned engine layout and cooling package with reversing fan capabilities, proprietary shift logic and rimpull control.

XR630 Compact Telehandler The XR630 compact telehandler delivers a lift capacity of up to 6,000 lbs. with a maximum lift height of 30 ft. 7 in. and a forward reach of 18 ft. 5 in. The unit is designed for an A-class carriage, offers 6° of frame sway and has a 116-in. wheelbase and a turning radius of 10 ft. Its weight of just 13,700 lbs. makes it easy to transport between jobs. A 74-hp Deutz 2.9L Tier 4 Final engine and Linde hydrostatic two-speed transmission are standard. Other features include a large cross-section boom with wear pads, front and rear limited-slip axles, solid steel plate chassis and 360° operator visibility.


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E AR T HM O V I N G R E V I E W By Curt Bennink



Bigger windows with improved placement translate into better all-around visibility for new Hyundai excavators.

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Increased visibility enhances earthmover productivity while decreasing operator fatigue.


rawl into the cab of any current generation earthmoving equipment and you’re likely to witness fewer blind spots and better sightlines to the work tools. Glass areas have increased and hoods have been reshaped. This emphasis was born from the reality that enhanced visibility to the work tool and jobsite surroundings results in increased productivity as well as jobsite safety. “Big and small alike, visibility is a big issue, not only from the machine, but the surroundings, as well,” says Lonnie Fritz, market professional, Caterpillar. “To improve that, it really starts with the cab — improving visibility from the cab by increasing the surface area of the glass. We put a lot of time and effort into our cabs. That is where the operator is going to live for eight or more hours a day. We need them to be safe and comfortable.” Over time, the size of equipment on the jobsite has increased and engine compartments have grown to handle aftertreatment systems. “One of the biggest challenges with visibility and today’s heavy construction equipment is the physical size of the machine,” says Aaron

Many OEMs offer 360° visibility around the machine via images stitched together from several cameras. The technology is similar to many automotive camera systems.

Kleingartner, marketing manager, Doosan Infracore North America. “As components get bigger and the machines scale up in size, the operator must have an understanding of the physical size of the machine and how much space is needed to operate the machine. “Additional tools like mirrors and cameras can help operators improve their all-around visibility,” he continues, “but it is still up to the operator to understand the machine’s capabilities and the surrounding area.”

spend a significant amount of time on it,” says Gordon Miller, director, John Deere construction engineering. “We use the latest computer-aided design tools to ensure our equipment has optimized visibility. These tools include virtual reality and physical evaluations.” These tools are used to optimally place components. “This applies to mirror locations, hood sightlines, control placements and a multitude of other components,” says Miller. “One of the biggest challenges is the size of the equipment.”

CAMERA TECHNOLOGY BECOMES STANDARD Devices such as cameras add an additional level of “visibility” and improve jobsite safety, especially on larger machines. “We have a vast product line. Most of

“AS COMPONENTS GET BIGGER AND THE MACHINES SCALE UP IN SIZE, THE OPERATOR MUST HAVE AN UNDERSTANDING OF THE PHYSICAL SIZE OF THE MACHINE AND HOW MUCH SPACE IS NEEDED TO OPERATE THE MACHINE.” — Aaron Kleingartner, Doosan Infracore North America The best designs feature “built-in” visibility. “We try to design the visibility within the machine itself,” says Ashby Graham, JCB North America general manager. “We don’t want to rely on add-on visibility too much (cameras, mirrors, etc.). “That being said, we do have rear view cameras in some of our larger machines — large excavators, wheel loaders, some of the telehandlers,” she acknowledges. “We have the rear view cameras just for that additional visibility and productivity. If an operator can see what he is doing, he is going to feel safer and be more productive.” Modern design tools make it possible to greatly enhance visibility. “All-around visibility is extremely important and we

our products come standard with rear view cameras,” says Fritz. “The optional technology is the 360° visibility.” Camera technology virtually eliminates blind spots. “Rear view cameras are becoming more common in the industry, and like other technology, the quality is constantly improving,” says Andrew Dargatz, brand marketing manager, Case Construction Equipment. “Our D series excavators feature the rear view cameras as standard on all models. Operators can also choose to add a side camera to provide greater visibility, which is often blocked by the boom when operating.” The company also offers the Case Max View monitor that uses imagery from two side cameras and the rear view camera to provide a 270° aerial view around the machine. “This gives the operators a better view of their complete surroundings when operating,” says Dargatz. “This technology helps

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to address operator fatigue and improve operator confidence in their surroundings to improve production speed and efficiency.” Similar to many automotive camera systems, many OEMs offer 360° visibility around the machine as images from several cameras are stitched together. “Safety on the jobsite is an absolute necessity,” says Michael Fuller, marketing product and training specialist, Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas. “That’s why Hyundai developed our All-Around View Monitoring (AAVM) system.” AAVM was introduced in 2015 on HX series excavators, and the system’s availability was recently announced for HL900 series wheel loaders. The AAVM uses the company’s proprietary imaging software to display multiple 3D and 2D views of the operator’s working environment, including a 360° bird’s-eye view. But cameras are only one of the technologies that can alleviate blind spots. “Included in the AAVM system is the IMOD (Intelligent Moving-Object Detection) system that senses and warns the operator with on-screen flashing arrows and an alarm when objects come within either of two selectable ranges — 6.5 ft. or 22.9 ft. — of the machine,” says Fuller. “The image is integrated into the Hyundai color touchscreen cluster-monitor in the excavator or wheel loader cab.” Starting in 2018, Doosan offers a standard rear view camera on all of its heavy construction equipment, including crawler and wheel excavators, wheel loaders and articulated dump trucks (ADTs). “On our articulated dump trucks, the rear view camera can function like a backup camera to supplement the view from the mirrors,” says Kleingartner. “The ADT camera can help improve productivity for the operator when backing up the truck to be loaded by an excavator or a wheel loader. “Specific to excavators and wheel loaders, the rear view camera aids operators with their view around the machine,” he continues. “LCD monitors allow operators to view the rear view camera image while still seeing machine information on the monitor.” Caterpillar uses the WAVS (Work Area Vision System) on

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larger equipment. he adds. “Despite the WAVS offers the emergence of new operator views from technology tools, up to three closedoperator alertness in circuit cameras the field remains and viewable on a 7-in. will continue to be LCD color monithe best way to pretor. It is integrated vent collisions in the with the machine field.” for automatic views prompted by AVOIDING CONTACT machine motion; WITH MACHINES when the machine AND WORKERS Dark or poorly lit jobsites pose a challenge for equipis placed in reverse, Collision avoidment operators. “We try to light up jobsites now more for example, the sysance technologies than ever before,” says Caterpillar’s Lonnie Fritz. tem is automated have been migrating “There have been many lighting technology advanceto provide the preonto jobsites, as well. ments from the automotive industry,” he comments. determined view. “As more of these “We have adopted the latest LED lighting configurations The cameras’ intertechnologies become throughout our machines to increase the work site visnal heaters remove readily available ibility, safety and productivity. Whether it be on tractors, condensation, snow [and] user friendwheel loaders or excavators, you will see that LED lights and ice. Installation ly, you are going to are from the exterior of the machine all the way to the is quick and easy see more of a maninterior, in the engine compartments and cabs.” with any 12- or date on them,” Fritz 24-volt DC system. predicts. Their main LED lighting tends to be more robust and have lower “Wheel loadbenefit is making maintenance. “They give off a cleaner, brighter light,” Fritz ers, excavators, sure everyone works adds. “It is a little more investment on the front end with trucks and other safely during their a lot greater return, especially when it comes to safety, Cat products have shift. “From camermaintenance and visibility.” optional 360° view as to RFID, whether Several OEMs now offer LED technology because it protechnology,” says it be aftermarket or vides better illumination than conventional halogen lights. Fritz. “Specifically, factory equipped by “We use virtual tools and physical evaluation to optimize Cat Next Generation Caterpillar, there is a machine lighting designs,” says John Deere’s Gordon Miller. excavators offer major focus on this “Over the years, we have utilized a variety of lighting techcameras and protechnology because it nologies — incandescent, halogen, HID and LED. LED is now cessing technology has a proven impact becoming more common in the evolution of machine design.” that stitches mulon jobsite safety and tiple views together leads to increased “Doosan provides optional LED lights to help improve to provide a 360° productivity and visibility for operators in low-light conditions,” says Aaron bird’s-eye view. efficiency.” Kleingartner. “LED lights provide a more intense light to help “The technoloMachine connecoperators see the work area and improve productivity. The gies increase safety tivity may become machine’s work lights are adjustable to position them in a way and productivity, an important collithat enhances the operator’s ability to see the work tool.” giving the operator sion avoidance tool. LEDs provide homogeneous, daylight-like illuminaincreased aware“While it is not curtion, not only improving visibility but also reducing driver ness of his or her rently available today, fatigue. “Where we can, we are moving to LED lights,” says surroundings, thus something that could JCB’s Ashby Graham. “On our larger wheel loaders, we minimizing operator be in the near future actually offer a 360° LED light option, which includes 14 LED fatigue,” he notes. is the ability for heavy lights, including two facing outward on each side of the “It allows them to construction equiprelax a little bit and ment to communicate cab. It really lights up the environment, especially if the have a greater focus with each other to operator is working at night or in low-light conditions.” on the task at hand. avoid collisions,” says In doing that, they Kleingartner. end up being safer. Wearable techThey are focused more on the with regards to the work site nologies have also emerged loaded wheel loader bucket that environment, but also have limion construction sites, helpis up in the air and where they tations that must be taken into ing machine operators identify are going to spot that truck vs. account, such as dirt, dust, solar the position of always looking behind them glare, lighting and harsh weather workers. while the bucket is raising.” conditions. “Wearables Deere is also adopting addi“We continue to investigate coupled with tional vision technologies. “We and evaluate other technolocameras are a continue to incorporate more gies for further enhancement,” very proactive cameras into our products where appropriate,” says Miller. “Some Cat Detect uses RFID technology to notify products also include a rear object detection system (RODS). operators when any jobsite personnel are within a specified distance of a machine. The RFID device is worn These systems provide the operator with more information in the vest or hard hat of workers on the ground.

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approach in driving safety,” says Fritz. “Not only is the operator empowered with visibility from camera technology, but also detection of objects and personnel from Caterpillar’s Detect for Personnel technology under the Cat Connect Suite of technology solutions.” Cat Detect uses RFID technology to notify operators when any personnel are within a specified distance of a machine. “The Detect antenna on the machine itself is recognizing and picking up the RFID receiver being worn in a vest or being worn in the hard hat of a worker who is on the ground. Audible alerts are sent out to not only the worker, but also the operator. “Statistics are showing the advantages that these wearables bring,” Fritz explains. “The Cat detection system takes it to the next level of semi-autonomous object detection. It gives you more visibility and more awareness and understanding of exactly who is around you. We see customers continue to adopt our Detect technologies, as well as our camera technologies exponentially.” The current technology has proven reliable. “With Cat Detect for Personnel, there are no false alarms,” says Fritz. “It only detects personnel with an RFID. It offers high accuracy and repeatability detecting personnel, whether they are upright, crouching or lying down. If that machine is detecting and notifying the operator of their surrounding environment, there is definitely somebody within that working radius in the geofence of that machine.”

IMPROVING SIGHTLINES OEMs spend a lot of time scrutinizing sightlines. “It’s all about increasing cab to ground visibility, as well as to the work tool,” says Fritz. “If you look at [Caterpillar’s] track-type tractor, we have narrowed the engine

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Paint schemes can help with visibility. The lower contrast of Doosan’s charcoal lift arm with the background allows the eyes to shift focus to the background, which provides improved visibility to the work area.


The Case G series wheel loaders feature a redesigned front windscreen. The traditional three-pane front windscreen has been replaced with a single large curved windscreen that improves the continuity of the operators’ visual field and reduces potential blind spots during operation. compartments. On the Next Generation excavators, we are increasing the surface area of the glass. We have lowered the front profile of the machine’s cab so the operator does not have to sit up or lean forward to look down over the floor of the machine to see the work tool.” The company also improved visibility on the right side of the excavator. Bigger windows with better placement translate into greater visibility for new Hyundai excavators. “The HX series cabs have a very low sightline at just 18.5 in. from the base of the lower front glass — not to mention that the thin profile sightline comes in at only 1/2 in. wide [between the upper and lower glass],” says Fuller. “This is especially useful when a worker is down in a ditch or when an operator is performing trenching applications. “Also, the large right-hand side, one-piece window has a teardrop base, allowing the operator to see the outside edge of

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the right track as well as the ground,” he points out. “Leftside visibility in the HX series is enhanced by a two-piece sliding window with a thin 1/2-in. profile in the cab door. A total of three large 6” x 9.5” mirrors allow the operator to see down both sides of the machine.” Case G Series wheel loaders feature a redesigned cab for increased visibility. “The G series design changed operators’ forward view when operating with a redesigned front windscreen — the traditional three-pane front windscreen being replaced with a single large curved windscreen,” says Dargatz. “This new windscreen improves the continuity of the operators’ visual field and reduces potential blind spots during operation. “The G Series also removed the instrument panel from the steering console and transferred those tools to a standalone high-resolution anti-glare LED monitor,” he adds. “Removing this instrument cluster gives the

operator greater visibility down to the loader arms and bucket. The new LED monitor also allows operators to program the optional rear view camera with camera overlay. The rear view camera can be programmed to remain on at all times or to activate when the machine is put in reverse.” Even paint schemes can help with visibility. “Starting in 2018, new Doosan wheel loaders feature a paint scheme update to the loader’s lift arms,” says Kleingartner. “We switched from our highly recognizable Doosan orange paint to a charcoal. Darker colors tend to blend in with a background, while brighter colors, such as orange, are more likely to stand out. So, the lower contrast of the charcoal lift arm with the background allows the eyes to shift focus to the background, which provides the optical perception of improved visibility to the work area.” On its single loader arm design skid steers and compact track loaders, JCB already

All of JCB’s new Hi-Viz models feature a new Powerboom loading arm, which has a 50mm lower profile than in the previous generation. claimed increased visibility. “The single boom designed machine gives you a 60% advantage in visibility over a traditional twinarm skid steer,” notes Graham. “You have literally nothing obstructing your view on the left-hand side.” Now JCB is improving that visibility further with the launch of seven Hi-Viz models. All of the Hi-Viz models feature a new JCB Powerboom loading arm, which has a 50mm lower profile than in the previous generation. This improves the view across the boom to the operator’s righthand side. In addition, a new front screen with lighter frame offers improved forward visibility, helped in part by moving the wiper motor to the left-hand side of the window. ET

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PROPER OPERATION TIPS for Backhoe-loaders


n the most basic sense, a backhoe-loader is designed to do one primary task: Dig. And it does that, very well in fact. Combine that with material lifting and moving capabilities, then team it up with different attachments for added capabilities, and you have a solid machine that can perform numerous tasks on the jobsite. While all the opportunity for productivity is great, getting the most productivity out of a backhoe is not about buying more attachments, filling up the bucket or driving the machine faster around the jobsite. There are a few key yet simple operational tips that every operator can use to get more uptime, better results and even increased safety with backhoe operation.

THOROUGH TRAINING Whether a 10-year veteran of a company or a new employee, the first step of proper backhoe operation is proper training. This isn’t limited to operators only; for best results, owners, technicians and anyone else who may work with the machine should be trained on it, as well. A company looking for training assistance can start with the dealership. RDO Equipment Co. and other reputable dealers typically provide free training at the time of equipment setup. Equipment professionals

looking to go the extra mile can take the initiative to do individual training, too. Reading the operator’s manual, learning the controls, even watching videos from the manufacturer can all help operators hone their skills.

PRE-OPERATION OPERATION Even after basic training is completed, every operator must be fully comfortable with how a particular machine operates before beginning any work. With numerous settings and options, each machine will be different, and those differences can range

a feel for the unit’s steering. Depending on the model of backhoe, steering can be touchy, similar to a car.

REGULAR ROUTINE MAINTENANCE At the start of every workday, the machine operator should conduct basic maintenance checks to ensure the backhoe is primed and ready to go. For added convenience, some manufacturers, like John Deere, include a maintenance chart right on the machine. An example of a basic, daily checklist might look something like this:


STANDARD SAFETY CHECKS Safety is a top priority on jobsites. Not only does this ensure a proper work environment for employees, it’s key to productive equipment operation. This makes the pre-operation safety check one of the most important steps of backhoe operation. Whenever digging is part of the scope of work, a site should be pre-inspected. Any underground obstructions must be properly noted/marked and com-

Most backhoes are set up to run on either a backhoe or excavator digging control pattern. Before operating, check the setting and adjust if needed.

While all the opportunity for productivity is great, getting the most productivity out of a backhoe is not about buying more attachments, filling up the bucket or driving the machine faster around the jobsite. from barely noticeable to something that would drastically affect operation. Take time to get familiar with controls. Most backhoes are set up to run on either a backhoe or excavator digging control pattern, so every operator should check the setting to be aware of the option and, if needed, adjust to suit preference. Also important is to get

˜˜ Check for anything that

appears to be damaged or that could interfere with operation ˜˜ Check for flat tires or signs of inadequate inflation ˜˜ Check all fluids (fuel, oil, hydraulic fluid, DEF and coolant/antifreeze) ˜˜ Check high-activity areas of the machine and apply grease where needed

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˜˜ Check wear parts; replace as

municated to all team members. If this hasn’t been done, a responsible backhoe operator must call before digging to avoid unexpected interruption to work, or worse, damage to underground utility lines and potential safety hazards. In addition to underground utility lines, backhoe operators must be aware of overhead lines, and take caution to avoid coming in contact with them.

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THREE KEYS TO SAFE OPERATION As one of the most popular pieces of construction equipment, backhoe-loaders are present on nearly every jobsite, so it’s especially important for backhoe operators to have solid training and awareness in safe operation, emphasizes Kyle Braswell, RDO Equipment Co. Before a backhoe starts up for the day, throughout the workday and up until the operator heads home, backhoe safety must be top of mind. When operating a backhoe, having a safety checklist is a great way to ensure the busyness and chaos of the workday doesn’t take away from sound safety practices. Start with these key areas then expand your daily program to meet the unique needs of your jobsite, workers and equipment.

1. PRIOR TO STARTUP Every backhoe operator should have thorough knowledge of the work site. Two areas of particular concern with backhoes are utilities, both underground and overhead. An operator should never dig if he or she is unaware of what lies beneath the surface. The standard “call-before-youdig” and utility markings should be taken care of before a project begins. During daily operation, it’s best to keep the backhoe away from areas with overhead power lines; however, if work is required near them, the operator must be aware and take caution not to make contact. Before work starts for the day, everyone on site should review the basic hand signals common with backhoe operation. This ensures clear communication and understanding between the machine operator and workers on foot. Prior to starting the machine, conduct a quick walkaround inspection, looking for any visible signs of damage, excessive buildup of debris, broken mirrors or lights or anything else that could be a safety hazard. Any items of concern should be addressed immediately to prevent potential safety incidents during the workday. After the backhoe has been cleared to begin work, maintain three points of contact when entering the cab. Clean the operator station of any

clutter that could get in the way and, as a final safety check, test the horn and backup alarm to be sure both are in proper working order.

2. DAILY OPERATION Most backhoes are set up to run on either a backhoe or excavator digging control pattern. Be sure to check the setting prior to doing any work in case someone else operated the machine and changed the setting. If the backhoe is driving from one area or site to another, ensure the boom is locked and the swing lock is in place. A few simple operation best practices can also go a long way to enhancing safety for the operator and others on site. First, always use the stabilizers when digging. Don’t operate the backhoe on steep or uneven grades, or too close to a ledge, to prevent tipping or falls. It’s also advised to keep a load close to the ground, only raising it until it’s at a spot ready to be dumped.

3. BEFORE CALLING IT A DAY After a long day on the jobsite, it’s tempting to shut down the backhoe and leave. However, a few final checks and practices are necessary to end the day on a safe note. First, be sure there are no workers near the machine who could be in harm’s way as the machine goes through its shutdown process. Park the backhoe on a flat, stable surface and lower the boom to a safe position, ensuring the bucket is fully on the ground. Engage the parking brake; even though the machine is parked on a level surface, it’s a good final step to take and ensures the machine is in a fully secured, safe position for the first person who uses it the next morning. Exit the backhoe, again maintaining three points of contact, then do a final walkaround. Check for any excess debris buildup, as well as areas that look to be damaged and could possibly be missed during the following morning’s safety checks.






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Additional safe operation tips include: ˜˜ Honk the horn prior to moving the machine to alert those nearby ˜˜ Ensure the boom is locked and swing lock is in place before driving the machine ˜˜ Never leave the operator seat when the backhoe is running ˜˜ Do not go under the machine if it’s running When it’s time to shut off the machine, park it on a stable surface, then lower both the loader and bucket so they’re resting securely on the ground, and engage the parking brake.

WARM UP TO COOL DOWN AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN The above areas discussed are all important to achieving optimum backhoe operation. But what about actual operating tips? Here are six best practices every operator can adopt. ˜˜ After starting the machine, allow it to warm up a bit before engaging the controls. This gives hydraulic fluid the chance to circulate and warm up, preventing potential hiccups to operation. ˜˜ When positioning the machine to dig, engage the stabilizers to prevent the machine from rocking or tipping. For best control, expand the stabilizers to their full width. ˜˜ Don’t overload the bucket. It may seem like a way to enhance productivity and efficiency but an overloaded bucket can spill material and strain the loader, causing both immediate and long-term stalls to operation. ˜˜ Keep the bucket low during transport. This will help prevent material spillage and also protect the machine from tipping in the event an obstacle or hole is encountered. ˜˜ Avoid having to go back and redig areas by dumping away from the immediate excavation area. ˜˜ At the end of the day, allow the machine ample time to cool down before fully shutting it off. Maintenance checks, especially to the engine, should only be done when the machine has cooled completely. Although it’s by no means rocket science, optimum backhoe performance doesn’t happen by accident. Equipment professionals must apply a thoughtful and thorough approach to operation, every day, in order to get the most out of a backhoe. ET

Kyle Braswell is sales manager with RDO Equipment Co. ( in McKinney, TX.

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Measuring just 6 ft. 3 in. wide and 9 ft. high, the 3CX Compact backhoe-loader is 35% smaller than the standard 3CX, yet retains the same power and speed. • Parallel lift loader arms enable a load-over height of 9 ft. 9 in. • Three-speed hydrostatic transmission with a 25-mph top speed and creep mode • 74-hp Tier 4 Final JCB Diesel by Kohler engine does not require a diesel particulate filter or any exhaust aftertreatment or exhaust fluid • 26-gpm hydraulic flow and up to 20 gpm of bidirectional auxiliary flow • Selectable two- and four-wheel steering with a 19-ft. four-wheel turning radius

Kubota L47 and M62 Tractor-loader-backhoes

The 68-net-hp 415F2 uses a C3.4B Tier 4 Final engine that does not require diesel exhaust fluid, and the 416F2, 420F2 and 430F2 use the Tier 4 Final C4.4 ACERT with ratings of 87, 93 and 108 net hp. • 420F2 and 430F2 available with singletilt and Integrated Tool Carrier (IT) front linkage • Four-wheel drive standard on the 430F2 and available for other models • Feature 14.25- to 15.33-ft. maximum dig depths • Pilot-operated joystick controls with in-cab pattern changers standard on the 420F2 and 430F2 and optional on the 415F2 and 416F2

The 47.1-hp (gross) L47 and 63-hp (gross) M62 four-wheel-drive loader and landscaper utility tractors feature Kubota Tier 4 Final engines and hydrostatic transmissions, and are available in tractor-loader (TL) or tractor-loaderbackhoe (TLB) configurations. • L47 boasts a 10-ft. digging depth and a bucket digging force of 5,825 lbs., while the M62 has a 14-ft. digging depth and a 6,572-lb. bucket digging force • Lever-engaged backhoe crawling mode • Fuel tank capacity increased to 17.7 gal. • Feature an independent PTO, 27% more foot space when operating the backhoe, throttle-up switch and low-effort electronic throttle lever and PTO switch

John Deere 710L Backhoe-loader The 710L has a 17-ft. 3-in. dig depth and features a 148-hp Deere PowerTech Plus 4.5L, Tier 4 Final engine and standard PowerShift transmission for travel speeds up to 23 mph. • Pressure-compensated, load-sensing (PCLS) hydraulics • Standard ride control • Multi-language monitor can be used to program time-specific functions, such as auto shutdown and auto idle • Lift Mode feature provides an additional 10% craning boost • Standard Economy mode and variablespeed, electronically controlled fan help conserve power and fuel and reduce noise

New Holland Tier 4 Final C Series Backhoe Loaders The B95C, B95C TC (tool carrier), B95C LR (long reach) and B110C feature 97- to 110-gross-hp Tier 4 Final engines with SCR technology, plus improved engine response, fuel efficiency and serviceability. • Provide 12,933 lbf. of backhoe bucket breakout force and 3,940-lb. lift capacities at 12 ft. • Available 74-gross-hp U80C tractor-loader has a curved boom design and reverse-mounted boom cylinders, automatic hydraulic self-leveling and a Category II three-point hitch • Includes an easy open, tilt forward hood and optional Auto Glide Ride control

Case Enhanced N Series Backhoe-loaders The enhanced N Series backhoe-loaders feature a Pilot Control hydraulic system for optimal precision and smoothness. • Fuel economy package now standard and includes ECO mode switches for the loader and backhoe functions and an Auto Engine Idle feature • Standard Engine Protection Shutdown mode • Drivetrain updated for improved roading and gradeability, as well as more pushing power under load and greater acceleration • Externally adjustable Extendahoe wear pads • Variety of factory options available

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For Topcon and other technology companies in its niche, providing connected solutions enables contractors to have comprehensive monitoring of conditions, operations and the jobsite via sensors and data. Assets can be monitored from wherever the contractor is physically located. It enables real-time communication and task management with machines and crews on the site. In addition, the entire fleet can be connected. “The result for customers is higher productivity, less downtime and waste and ultimately more profitability, combined with less stress,” says Ivan Di Federico, Topcon. “We absolutely design our solutions with IoT top of mind.” For example, the Tierra remote asset management system provides total visibility and control, including diagnostics and maintenance for reducing costs and improving performance. “Our MAGNET software solutions suite provides realtime connected support for hardware, as well as integration with our Sitelink3D service for instant data transfer and connectivity into active project sites,” states Di Federico. “Additionally, Sitelink3D allows customers to plan, schedule, assign tasks and get reports all in real time. When practically any new product or system is designed, integration with these solutions is a standard and expected procedure.” As a result, contractors are able to bid projects more accurately based on their own historic production data and get jobs completed faster, more accurately and more efficiently. “For construction contractors and OEMs today,” says Di Federico, “the tremendous benefits of IoT enhances the decision-making process for obtaining the best possible management of resources, fleets and personnel.”

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Fundamentals of IoT for C The focus is to provide easier, reliable access to jobsite data.


erhaps the best definition of the Internet of Things (IoT) appeared in a Forbes magazine article written by the futurist Jacob Morgan. According to Morgan, the IoT refers to the concept of “basically connecting any device with an on and off switch to the Internet (and/or to each other).” The technologies behind the IoT have existed for years in the construction market. Features such as remote access, officeto-field data exchange, cloud computing and data storage are not new. It’s more about contractors accepting and investing in the technologies. Technology developers in the construction market are now focusing on creating easier, reliable access to the abundance of data. “The opportunities are seemingly limitless. The power of IoT provides comprehensive planning, process control, workflow monitoring and extensive reporting that will bring our customers the full advantages of connectivity,” says Ivan Di Federico, executive vice president and chief strategy officer, Topcon Positioning Systems.

Equipping each piece of equipment with the capability to send and receive data allows the IoT Platform to reproduce a detailed digital representation of the product, called a digital twin. Connected solutions enable contractors to have comprehensive monitoring of conditions, operations and the work site through sensors and data.

IOT PLATFORM What is referred to as the “IoT Platform” is the operating world in which the construction market has been evolving. The IoT Platform is meant to provide equipment manufacturers and construction contractors with analytics and reports about various aspects of their tasks and assets in order to enhance the decision-making process and obtain the best possible management of resources, fleets and personnel. In construction, the key is sensors. Sensors make it possible to capture all the information needed to improve decisions with real-time data about the work site and the workforce. Equipping each piece of

equipment with the capability of sending and receiving data allows the platform to reproduce a detailed digital representation of the product itself. That is called a digital twin. “Thanks to the digital twins of our products, activities like monitoring, diagnosis and repair can be completed remotely,” Di Federico states. “What this means is we can

have experts based anywhere in the world able to provide monitoring, troubleshooting and/or repairs without needing to be physically there at the work site or contractor’s location. This would result in tremendous savings of time and travel expenses. Moreover, there can be direct collaboration between on-site personnel and equipment operators and our experts.”

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first-hand how the solutions we provide make what we at Topcon call ‘The Intersection Smart, connected construction equipthem more efficient, the concept of IoT makes of Infrastructure and Technology.’ It is the ment can allow tracking of how it is being perfect sense. meeting point where construction producused. Through the accumulation of histori“Greater productivity means undenitivity is improved by applying intelligent cal data, the IoT platform can build patterns able higher profits for their businesses,” he positioning technology, and clearly IoT is of information to better understand contraccontinues, “and assists them in meeting part of this bigger picture.” ET tors’ needs and the environment in which they operate, and provide advanced solutions to fit their needs. Data collected from smart, connected products and systems provide detailed information on how features are used, which are most useful and which can be ignored. The collected data (Big Data) provides options for different types of analysis: ˜ ˜ DESCRIPTIVE — to retrieve a detailed report of current conditions and understand what happened in a specific working environment ˜ ˜ PREDICTIVE — to provide a reliable prediction about product performances and forestall the occurrence of potential malfunctioning or damage The IoT platform allows data collection and analysis from diverse sources ˜ ˜ PRESCRIPTIVE — to know how (telematics devices, sensors, wearable devices, etc.). Users can then take to optimize and automate a advantage of a ready-to-go application, or build their own app and infuse it with — Ivan Di Federico, process and workflow via realTopcon Positioning Systems information retrieved from the platform. time project maps and plans that feed the machines The platform provides numerous and detailed information that can be selected according to the need at the time. This enables making effective and profitable choices. It is possible to retrieve virtually any useful information, from fuel consumption to equipment productivity, from maintenance services to, in the near future, prognostics. In addition, most of the functionalities are completely cus, tomizable for meeting specific contractor needs (e.g. dashboard layout, alarms . and notifications, CAN-Bus parameters, • Digital issues units of measurement, language). • Spec guides For equipment owners and managers, analytics can be used to compare • Construction news usage patterns in order to improve ser• Industry directories vices, increase productivity, ensure • Video network better quality and create more accurate • Featured articles pricing and bidding strategies. The ultimate benefits of Big • And more! Data are cost reductions and deeper insights as to what customers need. “Interconnected smart technology is both central to how we engineer our solutions and produce their functionality for our customers,” says Di Federico. “The challenges, as with most innovation, have mostly to do with adoption. Once construction contractors have an opportunity to see

“The challenges, as with most innovation, have mostly to do with adoption. Once construction contractors have an opportunity to see first-hand how the solutions we provide make them more efficient, the concept of IoT makes perfect sense.”



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T E CHN OLOG Y T R E N D S By Jenny Shiner

How Telematics Can Deliver Safer Drivers

Information supplied by telematics can be used to improve driver policies, monitor driver behavior and more.


elematics is often regarded as a technology used to gather current vehicle and equipment locations. But for construction businesses, the benefits go far beyond location updates. Telematics provides the tools required to help businesses tackle their most significant business challenges, such as improving driver safety fleet wide. Crashes on the job have far-reaching financial and psychological effects on employees, their coworkers and families and their employers. To help reduce risk for their mobile workforce,

telematics, fleet managers can follow these best practices to obtain optimal results: ˜˜ TRANSPARENCY: Clearly present the use of telematics data to measure performance and monitor compliance. When the time comes to

be made aware of them before operating a company vehicle.

˜˜ EMBRACE SAFETY COMPANY WIDE: Creating a culture of safety is key to the broader acceptance of the policy. Safety policies

when it happens and proactively improve driver safety. Telematics systems can be used to improve driver behavior by monitoring metrics such as drive time, unauthorized usage, idle time, hard braking, rapid acceleration and speeding.

Before holding employees accountable with telematics data, it’s important to lay some groundwork as to how, when and why the information will be used. construction businesses are turning to telematics to enhance their safety protocols by using the information to improve driver policies, monitor driver behavior and maintain safer vehicles.

WRITING DRIVER POLICIES WITH TELEMATICS DATA Before holding employees accountable with telematics data, it’s important to lay some groundwork as to how, when and why the information will be used. It’s highly recommended to put corporate “regulations” in place around the use of telematics so employees are aware from the beginning. When introducing new driver policies that incorporate

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hold employees accountable, there could be backlash about tracking their vehicles without their knowledge.


To ensure driver policies are effective, there should be clear consequences defined when policies are not followed. Penalties might range from strikes that can lead to loss of driving privileges on up to termination. Whatever they may be, drivers should

Construction companies can use telematics data to improve driver policies, monitor driver behavior and maintain safer vehicles. should be embraced at every level of the organization, from executives, managers and supervisors to every driver in the company.

STOP UNSAFE DRIVING WHEN IT’S HAPPENING Once safety protocols are defined, fleet managers can start using telematics to monitor and correct unsafe driving

Speeding is one of the leading causes of accidents on our roadways. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s 2015 Motor Vehicle Crashes report, there were 9,557 fatalities caused by speeding-related accidents. Telematics enables fleet managers to monitor the speed of each of the vehicles, in real time, and to determine if any are traveling at unlawful speeds.

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To correct unsafe driver behavior, it’s recommended that you to provide ongoing performance feedback with the data gathered from the telematics system.

USE DATA TO MAINTAIN SAFER VEHICLES According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 43% of critical pre-crash events that cause vehicle accidents are attributed to tire failure. Staying on top of preventive maintenance, such as tire rotations, is one of the easiest ways to prevent accidents using telematics. The software’s maintenance module will automatically track runtime and odometer readings, then send reminders when tire rotation and balancing, oil changes, emissions testing or other types of service are due to be completed. It is recommended to send maintenance alerts to management and drivers to ensure vehicles and equipment receive necessary service as soon as possible. Although automated maintenance reminders are effective, a service may still slip through the cracks here and there. To proactively monitor overdue service needs, management should get in the habit of viewing scheduled maintenance reports. These reports should be available ondemand or can be automated by email on a daily/weekly/

When Bill Howe Plumbing noticed an increase in accidents on the road, the company knew it needed to find a solution to help improve driving behaviors and maintain its good reputation. The contractor knew it needed a solution to monitor driver behavior and see that data easily. Using REVEAL from Verizon Connect, Bill Howe can see actionable data, plus utilize many additional benefits. • WEEKLY REPORTING AND ALERTS: When unsafe driving occurs — speeding, hard braking, fast acceleration and hard cornering – Rhett Wheeler, risk manager, receives immediate alerts, as well as weekly reports. This helps him coach drivers on their safety scores. • VEHICLE MAINTENANCE REMINDERS: The company used to rely on its technicians to tell it when a vehicle needed service. Now alerts are automatically received for oil changes, part replacements and other critical maintenance. This helps the mechanic keep vehicles in top condition. • CUSTOMER SUPPORT: Bill Howe needed to have a good relationship with its vendor. Verizon Connect provided the total experience from the beginning with a quick implementation. Four technicians completed the installation on 130 vehicles within three days, and they handled the backend process of inputting employee contact information into the devices. According to Wheeler, the company’s initial safety reports “were very shocking.” The average safety score was a 77, and some were below 30. Through driver coaching, this average improved to a 97. The year before implementing REVEAL, the company had 16 accidents totaling nearly $1 million in damages. After implementation, accidents dropped to two. One driver commented that his “driving habits have changed dramatically.” The contractor has seen other positive side effects, including lower insurance costs and reduced fuel consumption. With fewer accidents and better vehicle maintenance, technicians are on the road more often to do more jobs and bring in more revenue. The Live Map feature and GPS tracking also helps route them to jobs more efficiently and provide quicker service to customers. According to Tina Howe, vice president at Bill Howe Plumbing, “It helps us stay in front of our guys 24/7. SEE VIDEO: “Safety is hugely important to us. We looked at many programs, and one of them was REVEAL,” she continues. “We made the choice, and since then, our [overall] records have been improving, our individual driving records are improving. We couldn’t be happier with the growth we’ve seen.”

According to Wheeler, the company’s initial safety reports “were very shocking.” The average safety score was a 77, and some were below 30. Through driver coaching, this average improved to a 97.

monthly basis. Any outstanding services will be flagged in red on the report so managers can take action and get them completed right away. At the end of the day, when considering the objectives of a

telematics implementation, no reasoning is quite as important as increasing safety for employees and the general public on the roadways. Using telematics as part of a fleet-wide safety initiative will drive the program

miles forward while providing your business with several other impactful benefits. ET

Jenny Shiner is the marketing communications manager for GPS Insight.

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Telematics software’s maintenance module will automatically track runtime and odometer readings and send service reminders.

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Hilti PLT 300 Layout System The PLT 300 requires no leveling and uses Auto-Stationing technology for easy automatic station setup, allowing layout jobs to be completed quickly and efficiently by one person. • Green laser pointer provides greater visibility for layout and recording jobsite information • Comes with PLC 300 controller and a tablet with a 7-in. display that has permanent wireless contact with the total station • Easy user interface for use outdoors on the ground or on facades, indoors on floors, ceilings and walls and for checking positions on plans and measurements for as-builts

The RD-M1 Collect 2.0 includes updates designed to facilitate and optimize mapping of road conditions. • Improved interface simplifies setup and automatically detects the position of the wheel sensor • Memos feature allows balloons with messages to be added onto the map during data collection and made visible in the processing software • Plan Route feature allows for the import of kml files of predetermined routes • Map downloader assures all map details are visible while collecting data without the need of an Internet connection

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Live Map allows drone operators and construction professionals to use their iOS device to monitor jobsites in real time and instantly create maps for better reporting, planning, and safety. • Plan a flight, take off and see maps render on-screen during flight, without the need for Internet or cell connection • No SD cards or uploads required • Enables sharing with collaborators via instant cloud syncing across devices • Higher-resolution 2D maps can be created from the same flight data if needed

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The electronic data logging (ELD) bundle covers all of your compliance needs, not just ELD. • Automates hours of service (HOS) reporting to minimize human error and eliminate the stress of completing a daily log • Features automatic duty and driver status updates and HOS warning limits • Electronic DVIRs can be completed using a mobile device • Includes telematics hardware and installation including cables, if required, and 4G/LTE tablet

This electronic logging device (ELD) solution bundles an Android tablet hardwired to a GPS tracking device to streamline fleet management and ensure FMCSA compliance. • Ruggedized ELD tablet with intuitive user interface • Web-based management portal accessible via PC, tablet or smartphone • Drivers and dispatch can message each other between the tablet and web-based interface • Management can dispatch audible and visual directions for each job using designated truck-specific routes • Combines E-Logs with GPS monitoring, alerting and reporting

3D Robotics Site Scan Drone Data Platform The 3DR Site Scan analytics platform allows you to inspect, survey and scan work sites with the Solo smart drone and seamlessly deliver that data to the cloud for processing and analytics. • Includes a Solo drone, Sony Xperia tablet pre-configured with Site Scan app and Sony UMCR10C or GoPro HERO4 Black camera • Provides unlimited storage in the 3DR Cloud and unlimited processing and publishing credits with the Autodesk Cloud • App supports all reality capture needs with Inspect, Survey and Scan modes • Workflow from flight and collection to processing and importing data managed entirely on the included tablet via a simple and familiar app interface

ELD Chrome electronically records critical data such as driving hours, vehicle inspection reports, fuel receipts and state mileage. • Tailor-to-fit, FMCSA-certified solution built on the OneView platform • Offers trailer/equipment/asset tracking, dispatching, fleet management with diagnostics, maintenance, mobile tank monitoring, tank-level monitoring, temperature monitoring and tire pressure monitoring • Can also be used for applications such as dispatching or electronic work orders

Trimble Spectra Precision LT52 Point and Crossline Laser The Spectra Precision LT52 combines a five-beam laser pointer with a crossline laser, eliminating the need for two different laser tools. • Automatic self-leveling assures accuracy and fast setup • Bright points and cross lines can be seen in almost all interior working conditions • Round, focused points enable easy marking and are visible up to 200 ft. away • Cross beams offer a wide 210° fan angle that intersects the side and overhead points • Optional HR220 line receiver for shortrange exterior leveling and alignment

Sokkia iM-100 Manual Total Station

Unearth Oneplace Progress Documentation Software The Oneplace place-based progress documentation software is suited for large-scale commercial and civil construction projects. • Brings together real-time construction data through aerial and ground photography, site maps, blueprints and drone surveys • Creates a live and transparent record of build progress accessible from any browser on any device • Automatic organization of photos by place within aerial surveys or plans using GPS metadata • Staking tool aligns blueprints to aerial imagery

The iM-100 total station provides advanced integrated communications technology and EDM in a manual package suited for site layout or as-built survey. • Accuracy up to 5,000m with a prism or up to 800m in reflectorless mode • Dual-axis compensation automatically corrects both horizontal and vertical angles • Integrated Bluetooth technology with no external antenna necessary for connectivity with the controller • Provides 50,000 points of internal memory and up to 32GB USB flash drive support • Up to 28 hours of battery life

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P R OFI T M AT T E R S By Nathan Medcalf

SHAREABLE AND ACCURATE DATA Improves Concrete Pours and Profits

Concrete contractor’s open approach to BIM and accurate data in 3D models leads to greater productivity and more accurate pours.


onstruction means collaboration. To efficiently design a construction project today, a lot of information needs to be shared and managed between many people, so companies need a building information modeling (BIM) solution that fits their needs. F.A. Wilhelm Construction Company uses Trimble’s Tekla Structures to manage BIM. The Indianapolis-based concrete company has a diverse portfolio that includes community, entertainment, hospitality, healthcare, green building, corporate and industrial projects as well as parking garages and lots. “We do anything and everything concrete,” says Adam Joraanstad, F.A. Wilhelm’s formwork detailer. Tekla Structures is BIM software that allows for creation and management of accurate, detailed, highly constructible 3D structural models for the entire building process. F.A. Wilhelm uses the software to create and share 3D models. “We have been trying to add

3D modeling into every aspect of our work,” says Joraanstad. “We now use it for pour planning and layout, formwork design, budgeting and organization, as well as some structural engineering on our shoring, reshoring and various other things.”

FAST, ACCURATE DATA Joraanstad says using Tekla Structures increases the speed of modeling a project and provides a lot of good data. “With it, we can quickly and easily create accurate formwork counts, model it, put panels on it faster than ever before. With just a few clicks, we can take a project model and throw panels and parts onto the walls to get a quick number of panels and labor needed for the project budget. We can then go back and tweak the panels for a finalized layout design,” he explains. “Along with that, the speed and efficiency that we get from Tekla allows us to save both time and money.” Because they’re no longer using generic quantities, pour counts are more accurate

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— which is essential when your largest material expense is concrete. “It also allows us to create more accurate formwork drawings. With just one click, we can place all our ties, and with another click, we can place our clamps,” says Joraanstad. “This creates quick, accurate counts of the parts rather than counting them by hand and potentially making a mistake. “Before, it took a while to add all the ties manually in 3D, and we never tried to place clamps because of how long it would take,” he continues. “Tekla made it so quick, so why not put them in? The same thing goes for modeling in walk boards and scaffold brackets.” All of the parts can also be “clash detected” to see if a tie runs into rebar or embeds, decreasing issues in the field. “We used to use a more restrictive software,” says Joraanstad. “It worked well for standard or simple layouts and situations. But any time we worked with unique buildings — and almost every job has

something unique going on — or even sloping slabs in garages, we would have a lot of issues getting accurate output from the model. Tekla has allowed us to model anything and everything we need including quick and easy custom-built formwork to fit very specific situations. Tekla doesn’t try and think for you, and you don’t lose time trying to fix any of the auto corrections that other software systems try to implement for you.” The software also allows users to create PDFs with color coding. “We color code drawings based off the pours in the schedule,” Joraanstad notes. “In Tekla, it’s extremely quick to cut up your model into pour units. Those pours can then be organized in a sequence to match the schedule. You can then add dates and a lot of other information to a specific pour. We used to color code PDFs by hand to create a better visual for the people in the field. But with Tekla, we can now achieve the same output and create a more accurate and more informative pour layout even faster.”

AN EASY TRANSITION F.A. Wilhelm has only been using the software a short time, and Joraanstad admits that the company isn’t yet using the software to its full potential. “We are

LEFT: Tekla Structures allows end users to share files across multiple software platforms. ABOVE: This 3D model, created using Tekla Structures, is the single source of information for drawings and other outputs, such as reports and NC data files. This ensures that the information in drawings and reports is always up to date, as they react to modifications in the model. still developing it, and we plan to increase its use,” he states. Transitioning to a new system has some learning curves. However,Tekla staff and its resellers help with implementation of Tekla Structures, including constantly testing and developing the software while the customer is getting started with it. “Tekla/Trimble have done an excellent job helping us, as well,” says Joraanstad. “They are always a quick email or video chat away. “At first, Tekla can seem overwhelming to implement,” he comments, “but once we got going, everything made more sense. For us, it has taken a lot of work to add in all of our forming parts and pieces, but the speed and accuracy we have now shows that work upfront was worth it.” ET

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

Truck OEMs

SHIFT INTO HIGH GEAR New players in Class 6 and 8 highlight busy trade show season.

with New Products


anuary through March is a busy time for work truck suppliers as they roll out new models and technology. Venues include the North American International Auto Show, World of Concrete and the National Truck Equipment Association Work Truck Show, just to name a few. A number of significant introductions were announced this year. Perhaps the biggest news is two brands have entered new product segments — Hino in the Class 8 North American market and Chevrolet with a Class 6 medium-duty offering. The following describes the more significant introductions. For more comprehensive coverage, check out the Trucks section at

HINO ROLLS OUT CLASS 8 TRUCKS Hino Trucks becomes the first new brand to enter the North American Class 8 market in decades. This step is seen as the next evolution of the brand.

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“Considering our remarkable success in Class 4 to 7 in North America, and our growing presence in the Class 8 market, entering the North American heavy-duty segment makes for the next logical step,” says Yoshinori Noguchi, president and CEO, Hino Trucks North America. The new XL Series will be offered in straight truck and tractor configurations ranging from a GVWR of 33,000 to 60,000 lbs. with a max performance of 360 hp and 1,150 lbs.-ft. torque. The XL7 and XL8 models are powered by Hino’s Dakar race-proven A09 turbo diesel, 8.9-liter, inline six-cylinder engine, which boasts a B10 life of 1 million miles. Available wheelbase selections of up to 304 in. and tandem axle and fifth-wheel configurations are suitable for many vocational applications. The lineup features active safety solutions with electronic stability control (standard on the tractors) and collision mitigation systems, innovative payload management suspension options and a bodyfriendly design that is also engineered for ease of serviceability.

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A lightweight, front hinged clamshell hood and a 50° wheel cut on the Chevrolet Silverado HDs allow walk-up access to underhood components.

The Hino XL Series will be offered in straight truck and tractor configurations ranging from a GVWR of 33,000 to 60,000 lbs. with a max performance of 360 hp and 1,150 lbs.-ft. torque.


Standard features on every 2020 model year XL7 and XL8 include an air ride cab and driver’s seat, hands-free Bluetooth audio/calling, steering wheel controls, LED headlights, cruise control and air conditioning. Owners will also benefit from HinoWatch 24/7 roadside assistance, HinoCare maintenance programs and Hino Insight Telematics. Production of the XL7 and XL8 will start early in 2019 in Mineral Wells, WV.

CHEVROLET REENTERS MEDIUM DUTY AND ADDS CLASS 6 MODEL Chevrolet was forced to abandon the medium-duty conventional truck business during restructuring in 2008-2009. It has now returned to that market with the Silverado 4500HD and 5500HD. Yet, perhaps

the biggest news is the company’s first-time expansion into the Class 6 market with the Silverado 6500HD. The new Silverado HDs will offer GVWs from 15,000 lbs. in Class 4 to 22,900 lbs. in Class 6. They will be available in 2WD and 4WD and will be powered by a 6.6L Duramax diesel engine with 350 hp and 700 lbs.-ft. of torque. Their Allison transmissions offer a power take-off (PTO) option. The trucks’ clean, one-piece frame rails and seven wheelbase options (ranging from 60 to 162 in.) suggest they are more than upsized pickup trucks. Key features include: ˜˜ Five unique axle-to-backof-frame (AF) lengths sized in 8-in. increments ˜˜ Front-hinged clamshell hood that, combined with a 50° wheel cut, allows walk-up access to underhood components ˜˜ Triple-sealed inset doors to help reduce wind and road noise

The Hino XL7 and XL8 models are powered by a Hino A09 turbo diesel, 8.9-liter, inline six-cylinder engine boasting a B10 life of 1 million miles. ˜˜ Available factory-installed rear air suspension

˜˜ Optional 15,500-lb. rear

axle for the 5500HD and 6500HD ˜˜ OnStar and Chevrolet driver infotainment system included on WT and LT trim levels ˜˜ Crew Cab and Regular Cab versions available

Designed for heavy-haul applications, Volvo Truck’s new VNX Series offers a GCWR from 125,000 to as much as 225,000 lbs. It comes standard with a 500-hp D13 engine and 13- or 14-speed I-Shift transmission.

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The new Silverado HD models were jointly developed with partner Navistar, and will be manufactured at Navistar’s facility in Springfield, OH. Production will begin in late 2018. More than 400 commercially focused Chevrolet dealers are expected to carry the new line. For 2019, Chevrolet also trimmed as much as 450 lbs. from its Silverado 1500 pickup. The body is 88 lbs. lighter due to mixed materials use. All exterior swing panels (doors, hood and tailgate) are made of aluminum, while fixed panels (fenders, roof and bed) are made of steel. The underlying safety cage uses seven different grades of steel, each tailored for the specific application. The boxed steel frame is also 88 lbs. lighter than its predecessor, and has 10% more torsional rigidity. High-performance materials allowed engineers to extend the wheelbase by 3.9 in. The bed floor has also been widened nearly 7 in. The short box now has 63 cu. ft. of volume. The cab is stretched, as well, with crew cab models now offering 3 in. of additional rear seat legroom. This enables a total of 44.5 in. of front legroom and 43.8 in. of rear legroom. The 2019 Silverado will be available with six engine/transmission combinations, including the new 5.3L and 6.2L V8s with Dynamic Fuel Management that actively shuts off any number of cylinders in a variety of combinations to optimize fuel economy. Also available is a new Duramax 3.0L inline-six turbo diesel. Both the 3.0L diesel and 6.2L gasoline engines are paired with a new Hydra-Matic 10-speed automatic transmission, and incorporate start/stop technology to improve fuel economy.

RAM 1500 BOASTS INNOVATIVE FEATURES According to Ram Truck, the 2019 Ram 1500 boasts features never before offered in a pickup, plus its overall weight has been reduced by 225 lbs. The truck’s frame uses advanced materials to eliminate 100 lbs. while increasing stiffness and durability, enabling

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The 2019 Ram 1500’s overall weight has been reduced by 225 lbs. Its frame uses advanced materials that eliminate 100 lbs. while increasing stiffness and durability, enabling 12,750 lbs. of towing capability and 2,300 lbs. of payload.

The International MV Series features an improved cab design, along with the same driver-centric enhancements already launched in Class 8 vehicles.

12,750 lbs. of towing capability and 2,300 lbs. of payload. The frame includes the same impact countermeasures across all configurations, and is made from 98% high-strength steel. Front splayed frame rail technology creates an efficient energy absorbing structure for all impact modes, including front offset with frame integration forward of front tire. Frame-mounted, high-strength steel tire blockers are placed behind the front tires to force wheels outward in the event of impact. To help create a more spacious cab, three longer frame lengths are offered. The 144.5in. wheelbase on Crew Cab short beds and 153.5-in. wheelbase on Crew Cab long beds are both 4 in. longer than their predecessors. The Quad Cab long bed has a wheelbase of 140.5 in. New independent front suspension components combine lightweight composite upper control arms, aluminum lower control arms and retuned geometry for improved responsiveness and handling. New progressive coil springs can handle the truck’s increased payload and towing capability. To improve NVH, new electronically controlled, side frame-mounted active tunedmass modules (ATMM) work in harmony with an interior active noise cancellation (ANC) system

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on 5.7-liter HEMI V8-equipped models to reduce ambient sounds down to 67.1 dB. Frequency Response Damping (FRD) technology has found its way into the shocks on all four corners. When the Ram 1500 experiences a slower input — common during cornering and heavy braking — the bypass valve is closed for more aggressive damping, which provides additional stability and poise. When driving normally or exposed to faster shock inputs — common on rough roads or at higher speeds — the valve will open to soften the damping, giving the driver more comfort, confidence and control. A new aluminum tailgate integrates a lift-assist measure. A nitrogen- and oil-charged strut gives consistent assist in even the coldest or warmest climates and consistent assist through the entire tailgate swing. The latchand-lock mechanism is now electronic, reducing the amount of moving parts and allowing owners to drop the tailgate with the interior switch, remotely with the key fob or unlock/open with passive entry. The next-generation electric steering system reduces weight by 6 lbs. and is tuned for lighter, quicker steering. By using an electric motor to power the truck’s rack-and-pinion steering system, the engine is relieved

from the task of constantly turning a hydraulic pump, improving fuel efficiency up to 1.8% and adding 5 hp. The addition of the eTorque mild hybrid system is one of several changes for 2019. The eTorque mild hybrid system replaces the traditional alternator on the engine with a belt-driven motor generator unit that performs several functions. The motor generator unit works with a 48-volt battery pack to enable quick and seamless start/stop function, short duration torque addition to the engine crankshaft in certain driving situations and brake energy regeneration, which improves responsiveness and efficiency. With the engine running, eTorque’s motor generator unit feeds 48-volt current to a 300-watt-hour lithium-ion Nickel Manganese Cobalt (NMC) Graphite battery. The small suitcase-sized, air cooled battery pack mounts to the rear wall inside the cabin. In addition to spinning the engine for restarts, the eTorque unit also recaptures energy during deceleration and braking to feed charge to the battery pack. The upgraded eTorque version of the Pentastar V6 is the standard engine in most trim levels. It is specifically tuned for truck duty and rated at 305 hp and 269 lbs.-ft. of torque. This newest version features advanced technologies, such as wide range

variable valve timing and twostep variable valve lift.

DETROIT DD8 ENTERS PRODUCTION Daimler Trucks North America (DTNA) announced the start of vehicle production with the Detroit DD8 engine. The DD8 will be available for Freightliner M2 106, 108SD and 114SD truck models. The DD8 complements the DD5 engine for medium-duty and vocational markets. It will be manufactured at the same facility as the DD13, DD15 and DD16 engines, as well as the DT12 automated manual transmission and Detroit axles. “A big differentiator for the Detroit brand is the Detroit Connect Virtual Technician remote diagnostics system, which is available as standard on both the DD5 and DD8 engines,” says Brian Daniels, manager, Detroit Powertrain and Component Product Marketing. “Virtual Technician helps fleets make informed service decisions within minutes of an engine or aftertreatment fault event, increasing uptime.” According to DTNA, the DD8’s maintenance intervals are up to three times longer than the competition. One feature designed with the vocational market in mind is variable exhaust cam phasing, used at low engine

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Chevrolet pulled off a surprise reveal of the 2019 Silverado 6500HD at The Work Truck Show; it is seen here with dump body upfit. The industry had been expecting just the 4500HD and 5500HD.

models demonstrate our continued commitment to the vocational segment and broaden our products specific to the concrete industry,” says Mark Stasell, vice president. The HV507 and HV607 models are powered by either the Cummins B6.7 or L9 engines. A 107-in. BBC dimension makes them shorter than the HV513 and HV613 models. A new combination of features come together in the HV507 bridge formula model. This chassis includes an aggressive set-forward front axle, the Cummins L9 engine and a rear engine PTO (REPTO) that deliver a lightweight chassis suited for vocational applications, especially concrete placement.


Front splayed frame rail technology on the Ram 1500 creates an efficient energy absorbing structure for all impact modes, including front offset with frame integration forward of front tire. speeds to increase exhaust temperatures and increase uptime by reducing the need for manual regenerations. The DD8 also has a B10 life of 400,000 miles.

INTERNATIONAL REPLACES DURASTAR International Trucks launched the Class 6/7 MV Series at the 2018 Work Truck Show. The MV Series features an improved cab design, along with the same driver-centric enhancements already launched in Class 8 vehicles. The MV Series features new cab doors with a lower bottom glass edge and removed vent window, giving the driver a single large piece of glass to look through, improving side visibility and reducing blind spots. By reshaping the doors and side glass, the position of the optional pedestal mirrors is optimized so drivers turn their heads less, reducing neck strain, and keep their eyes on the road. A premium gauge cluster with a customizable digital driver display has been added to give drivers real-time monitoring of vehicle operation and other important alerts. The display also offers up to 15 customizable digital gauges. The flat-panel dash contains space for up to 30 customizable switches.

A column-mounted stalk shifter is integrated to help keep drivers’ hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. The stalk shifter placement and the lower instrument panel design improve leg room, especially at the knee. Like all International models, the MV Series can be managed digitally through the OnCommand Connection platform. It features the company’s Advanced Remote Diagnostics system designed to enhance fleet efficiency, as well as Over-TheAir (OTA) programming through the nine-pin OnCommand LINK device. OTA enables drivers or fleet managers to utilize a mobile interface to initiate authorized engine programming at the customer’s facility over a safe, secure Wi-Fi connection. The MV Series is available in Regular Cab, Extended Cab and Crew Cab versions with a choice of a Cummins B6.7 or L9 engine. The standard transmission is the Allison 1000 HS automatic with Allison FuelSense 2.0; DynActive Shifting is an available option. The company is taking orders and market availability is Spring 2018. Navistar also expanded its International HV Series. “The new HV507 and HV607

Volvo Trucks has introduced the new VNX Series, which is built specifically for the needs of heavy-haul trucking operations. The series is available in three cab configurations: the VNX 300 daycab for local heavy-haul applications; the VNX 400 flatroof regional sleeper built for occasional overnights; and the VNX 740 with a 70-in. sleeper and all of Volvo’s latest interior enhancements for heavy hauls over long distances. Approved GCWRs span from 125,000 to 160,000 lbs. Ratings of up to 225,000 lbs. are available with application-approval and appropriate components. Optional steer axles, lift axles, tridem drive axles and longer fifth-wheel slides help meet a diverse range of weight distribution requirements. Available in 6x4 tandem, 8x4 tandem and 8x6 tridem configurations, the VNX offers front axle ratings ranging from 16,000 to 20,000 lbs. with parabolic springs. Available rear axles range from 46,000 to 55,000 lbs. and the premium rear heavy-haul suspension ranges up to 52,000 lbs. Dual steering gears provide optimal maneuverability while under a heavy load. The VNX provides an increased ride height to accommodate more articulation and front ramp angle, while the bumper features a heavy-duty tow pin and center tow frame that equalize forces to the chassis. The standard powertrain

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package is a Volvo D13 engine with 500 hp and 1,850 lbs.-ft. of torque, paired with the company’s 13- or 14-speed I-Shift with Crawler Gears automated manual transmission. The trucks are also available with up to 605 hp and 2,050 lbs.-ft. of torque provided by a Cummins X15 Performance Series engine and paired with an Eaton Ultra Shift Plus or manual transmission. Volvo Enhanced Stability Technology (VEST), an electronic stability control system, is standard on all VNX models. By continually monitoring operating parameters, VEST detects imminent loss of control, jackknife or rollover events. The system automatically reduces engine torque and selectively applies braking to help the driver keep the truck on course. All VNX models come standard with Volvo’s factoryinstalled connectivity hardware for access to remote diagnostics. The same hardware also allows customers to perform software and parameter updates over-theair with Remote Programming.

MACK TRUCKS EXPANDS MACK MDRIVE HD CAPABILITIES Mack Trucks introduced splitshaft functionality for its Mack mDRIVE HD automated manual transmission (AMT), giving customers with high-demand PTO needs a fully integrated solution. Instead of taking power from an engine- or transmissionmounted PTO, split-shaft PTOs are mounted in the middle of the driveline to receive output directly from the transmission, supplying more torque for auxiliary equipment such as large concrete pumps, vacuum body or high-pressure liquid transfer

applications. While the splitshaft PTO is engaged, power to the axles is disconnected. The split-shaft functionality is standard on all 12-, 13- and 14-speed mDRIVE HD AMTs and can be activated by a Mack dealer. In addition, all GHG2017 F-Series mDRIVE HD AMTs can be reprogrammed with split-shaft functionality with assistance from the Mack Body Builder Support Group. Mack Trucks announced enhancements to its Mack Granite Medium Heavy Duty (MHD) model, as well, which expand its application coverage. They include an additional horsepower rating, new underframe exhaust system, shorter wheelbase 4x2 configuration and a tractor configuration. Equipped with a Cummins L9 engine, the MHD now offers a lower horsepower option that allows customers to spec an engine with 330 hp and up to 1,000 ft.-lbs. of torque. The lower horsepower rating offers customers another option to increase their ROI. A new under-frame exhaust gives customers more options for body adaptation. The MHD model can be spec’d as a Class 7 or 8 vehicle, is offered in either an axle back or axle forward configuration and is available as a 4x2 or 6x4. An axle back tractor option meets the needs of light tractor applications requiring maneuverability, flexibility and durability without extra weight. A shorter wheelbase is also available for the MHD model in the 4x2 configuration. It is optimal for the 10-ft. dump body commonly used in municipal applications. ET

FIND IT ONLINE Paul Loewer Reveals Features on Chevrolet Medium Duty Trucks Ram Rolls Out Tradesman 1500 Pickup Truck Navistar Rolls Out DuraStar Replacement Brian Daniels Explains Features of Detroit DD8 Engine Exterior Walkaround of the New Volvo VNX Truck Mack Changes the Game with Granite Truck Interior Redesign

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FORD RELEASES DETAILS on New F-150 Diesel The vehicle promises best-in-class torque, towing and MPG.


ord revealed details of its first-ever F-150 Power Stroke diesel, which will deliver a targeted EPAestimated 30-mpg highway rating, an 11,400-lb. towing capacity and 2,020-lb. payload capacity. Power output is reported as 250 hp and 440 lbs.-ft. of torque. The addition of the 3.0-liter Power Stroke V6 diesel represents a sixth engine option for F-150 customers. It was designed and engineered by the same powertrain team behind the 6.7-liter Power Stroke for Super Duty trucks, keeping in mind the specific needs of North American customers who tow and haul frequently. Peak torque comes at just 1,750 rpm, with strong torque delivery continuing throughout the rpm range. This is ideal for towing or hauling heavy loads over long distances. The V6 diesel features the same compacted-graphite iron block material construction

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and forged-steel crank used in the 2.7-liter EcoBoost engine for added strength and durability along with reduced weight. For greater responsiveness and reduced turbo lag, the Ford truck team chose a high-efficiency variable-geometry turbocharger. A common rail fuel injection

for improved high-temperature, high-altitude performance — a key advantage vs. electric cooling fans. “We know that competing diesels with electric cooling fans have to dial back on power under extreme heat and altitude, so we decided on a viscous-controlled mechanical fan that has the capacity to move much more air across the radiator and intercooler in extreme conditions,” says David Ives, Ford diesel

curves, a standard SelectShift 10-speed automatic transmission maximizes shift points and gear ratios to optimize power, lowrpm torque and efficiency. This transmission can non-sequentially select the right gear ratio based on need. To help reduce fuel consumption and vehicle emissions during city driving, Auto Start-Stop comes standard. In testing along the Davis Dam in Arizona, the F-150 with the 3.0-liter Power Stroke diesel engine climbed 13 miles at a 6% grade in temperatures in excess of 100° F, maintaining consistent power output throughout.

IN MID-JANUARY, FORD DEALERS BEGAN TAKING ORDERS FOR THE 2018 F-150 WITH 3.0-LITER POWER STROKE DIESEL ENGINE. DELIVERIES BEGIN THIS SPRING. system precisely optimizes performance and fuel efficiency, while a high-pressure 29,000psi injection calibration enables smoother, quieter operation with reduced emissions.

EXTREME COOLING The Ford truck team paid particular attention to extreme driving conditions when engineering the 3.0-liter Power Stroke diesel. It features a premium mechanical engine-driven fan and dual radiator shutters

engine technical specialist. “This gives F-150 Power Stroke owners more power and more passing capability in harsh conditions.” In more moderate driving and towing conditions, the F-150 engine control system backs off the fan load through a viscous coupler, closing down the two radiator shutters for improved aerodynamic efficiency and reduced parasitic engine loss. Calibrated specifically for the 3.0-liter Power Stroke diesel’s low-end power and torque

ON THE ROAD THIS SPRING In mid-January, Ford dealers began taking orders for the 2018 F-150 with 3.0-liter Power Stroke diesel engine. Deliveries begin this spring. The 3.0-liter Power Stroke is available for 4x2 and 4x4 F-150 pickups. Retail customers can choose this engine option for 2018 F-150 Lariat, King Ranch and Platinum edition SuperCrew trucks with a 5.5- or 6.5-ft. bed, and SuperCab trucks with a 6.5ft. bed. ET

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Lumax LX-1403 Heavy-duty Quick-release Grease Coupler

OTC 30-ton Steering King Pin and Brake Anchor Pin Pusher Set

The LX-1403 heavy-duty quick-release coupler is designed to firmly latch onto the grease fitting, creating a leak-proof seal and enabling hands-free greasing. • Working pressure of 15,000 psi and burst pressure of 22,000 psi • Integrated non-return valve enables unit to be disconnected easily at high pressures • Includes hardened 4-jaws, ergonomic thumb lever design and integrated 1/8-in. NPT connection • Fits all SAE and metric grease fittings • Suitable for use on hand, battery-powered or air-operated grease guns and bulk grease pumps

The 4240A King Pin Pusher Set provides up to 30 tons of force to assist in changing king pins and brake anchor pins on heavy-duty vehicles. • Removes straight and tapered king pins • Includes five special collars and two pins to adapt the tool for various applications • Uses the hydraulic force of a hollow center cylinder to replace even the most corroded pins from 7/8 to 2 in. in diameter and up to 11 1/4 in. in length • Two-speed hand pump drives the cylinder • Anchor pins can be removed using the hydraulic cylinder and an included adapter, with the tool positioned over the brake’s spider

Thunder Creek Redesigned Service and Lube Trailer (SLT) The redesigned Service and Lube Trailer includes a new chassis and front-end design, expanded storage in the front and rear utility boxes and a modular design that allows features and components to be added at any time after purchase. • Modular tank design holds 440 gal. of fluid in up to eight tanks with combinations of 25, 55 and 110 gal. • Redesigned front end allows for an additional 100-gal. DEF storage tank and 2-in-1 closed DEF distribution system • Outfitted with a combination generator/ air compressor or optional 3-in-1 welder/ generator/air compressor • Features 10-gauge steel tanks, interior LED lighting and pneumatic pumping system with reels up to 75 ft. long

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Western Global DEF Storage and Dispensing Solutions The ABBI Blue (model #H15ART-BLUEB) is a mobile refueling unit while the TransCube DEF tank (model #04TCGDEF) is designed with load lifting eyes and forklift pockets for easy handling. • ABBI Blue includes a 395-gal. primary fuel tank and 42-gal. DEF compartment and is mounted to a DOT-approved highway trailer with electric brakes • TransCube DEF offers a 105-gal. capacity and is transportable when full • Both models double walled with a lockable equipment cabinet for security • Optional accessories include blanket heaters and DEF transfer pump kits

Prestolite IdlePro Extreme 24V, 250-amp Alternator The IdlePro Extreme range of heavyduty replacement alternators includes a 24V, 250-amp version featuring a spacesaving, 39-lb. brushless design. • Auxiliary Draft Cooling design provides enhanced temperature resistance • eCoated, premium, heavy-duty housing prevents corrosion • Isolated Ground Technology eliminates stray voltage • Operates at 76% efficiency, offering a minimum of 90% of the rated maximum output at engine idle speed • Operating temperature range from -40° to 257° F

B’laster offers a full line of professional-grade traditional greases plus the PB Penetrating Grease, which combines the Original PB B’laster penetrant with a high-quality synthetic grease. • PB Penetrating Grease features a time-release formulation that wicks its way into rusted or corroded areas over time • Professional-grade line includes Extra Tacky Red Grease, Pro-Grade Multi-Purpose Grease, Waterproof Marine Grease and Maximum Heavy-Duty Grease • PB Penetrating Grease available as a cartridge, aerosol spray, brush top tub and squeeze tube, with traditional greases available as cartridges

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Rotary Heavy-duty Tire Changer and Wheel Balancer The R501N Speed Changer HD heavy-duty tire changer is designed for truck tires, bus tires and super singles, and the R544 Pro Truck 2D wheel balancer allows for balancing of commercial truck, bus and passenger vehicle wheels. • R501N Speed Changer HD offers a compact design with adjustable arm that allows technicians to dismount or mount a tire in just 30 seconds • R544 Pro Truck 2D includes self-calibration and self-diagnostic features, can raise up to 441 lbs. with an integrated wheel lift and has specific balancing programs for static, dynamic and light alloy/ aluminum wheels

HD Supply White Cap Portable Instant Spill Containment These “pop-up” solutions offer a basin and rain-shedding cover combination that enables users to capture and contain liquids and materials or fulfill secondary containment and washout requirements. • Extremely durable and resistant to UV rays, punctures or tears • Flex-steel rim supports the basin top • Available in 45-, 85- and 142-gal. sizes • All sizes come folded down in a vacuum-sealed package that’s easy to keep in a truck for emergencies • EPA, SPCC, OSHA, NPDES and SWPPP compliant

Cummins Filtration FleetguardFIT FleetguardFIT is a complete real-time filtration monitoring system that provides full visibility to filter and oil life through the use of intelligent sensing and advanced data analytics. • Uses sensors, a control module and existing telematics services to collect and communicate filter and oil life information in real time • Subscription portal and mobile app available for equipment condition data reports that are actively monitored for users • Allows equipment owners, maintenance personnel and users to tailor service intervals based on true equipment usage and remaining oil and filter life

SynForce Green is an extreme heavy-duty, multipurpose, aluminum complex base grease (NLGI #2) engineered with severely hydrotreated polyalphaolefin (PAO) synthetic base fluid, and high viscosity index paraffin base oils. • Shields metal surfaces from wear during periods of extreme pressure, increased heat and high shock loads. • Delivers greater mechanical and shear stability performance and water washout resistance • Fortified with synthesized moly for an extra layer of protection and significantly reduced friction • Strong resistance to oxidation and thermal degradation and protects against rust and corrosion

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Trident Traxter Solid Skid-steer Tires The Traxter range of solid skid-steer tires have an extra-deep tread and specially designed sidewall apertures for shock absorption. • 100% flat proof with high damage resistance • Supplied as ready to fit tire and wheel assemblies • Extra deep tread provides three to five times the service life of pneumatic • Available in a range of applicationspecific patterns

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JohnDow Diesel Carrytanks These carrytanks transport and transfer diesel fuel in self-contained tanks. • Simply hook up to a 12-volt power source and start pumping • 58- and 106-gal. capacities • Include 12-volt pump, hose and automatic nozzle • Rugged linear polyethylene construction • Fuel level indicator • Deliver fuel at 10 gpm • Include integrated forklift pockets, molded handles, integrated recesses for securing tanks during transport, protective and lockable cover and 13-ft. power cord

Spectro Scientific FieldLab 58 The FieldLab 58 Portable Fluid Analysis System is a battery-powered, integrated oil analysis system that provides quick and comprehensive oil analysis in the field. • Includes X-ray fluorescence for elemental analysis, a filter particle qualifier pore blockage particle counter, infrared spectrometer and kinematic viscomete • Provides improved sensitivity of wear metal particles in oil for all the 13 elements it can detect • Requires only 3 ml of oil to generate more than 20 fluid analysis parameters in five to seven minutes • Packaged within a small, portable case

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Behind The Basics of GENERATOR SELECTION A review of the fundamentals that go into selecting mobile generators to power your jobsites.


here are a number of things to consider when selecting a mobile generator for your application. The jobsite, required capacity and generator features are among those items to consider in order to make an informed and profitable decision. “In most cases, rental centers and equipment dealers can provide excellent guidance for customers looking to rent or buy a generator,” states Brian Northway, product manager, Allmand Bros. Inc. “Their suggestions, however, are only as useful as the information they’re provided. Only with a comprehensive understanding of the equipment a customer will be powering, along with any other job-specific factors, can they determine the ideal generator.” Clayton Costello, operations manager at CK Power, agrees, noting, “Because jobsite applications vary so widely, mobile generator selection should be taken on a case-by-case basis. A small commercial remodel, for example, will require a much different mobile generator than a big bridge refurbishment or road construction job.” While some jobs may require a unit capable of handling significant surge loads, others may call for the ability to switch frequency or run on an external fuel supply. “The most important factor to consider — and the most common mistake that individuals make — is selecting a unit that doesn’t match the power required for the job,” Northway cautions.

“That’s why it’s so important to work closely with your supplier in order to select the mobile generator that best fits your jobsite’s particular requirements,” Costello emphasizes. “If needed, some suppliers can even customize a genset with the necessary load requirements, safety precautions and innovative features you need to be successful day in and day out.”

SIZE IT TO DEMAND When it comes to generators, it’s important to pay careful attention to sizing. “An under-sized generator, or one too small to handle the load, will place strain on the unit and cause a shutdown or, at worst, damage to the unit,” says Todd Howe, global generator products manager, Doosan Portable Power. “A generator that is too large for the load will eventually result in ‘wet stacking,’ or a carbon buildup in the engine, causing a power loss.” According to Costello, a generator should have a rated and maximum output just high

Many generators offer the ability to switch between 50- and 60-Hz frequencies to accommodate different equipment. enough to support the application. Rated output is the number of watts the machine can produce for an indefinite period of time, while maximum output is typically viewed as the highest number of watts the generator can produce for brief periods. To determine power requirements, list the combined wattage of all the equipment you will be loading onto the genset by both the power required to start the equipment and the power needed to run it. The sum total of the running power is the generator’s

required rated output. The sum total for starting power is the maximum output required. “Take those numbers and add a 10% buffer as a safety precaution,” Costello advises. “If you choose a genset that doesn’t meet the demands of its application, the generator will fail to power your site adequately and wear out faster.”


To get maximum productivity, choose a generator that meets your jobsite’s load requirements at 100% throughout a typical workday.

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A generator should have a rated and maximum output high enough to fully support the application.


Here are some other common factors to consider when choosing a generator for your jobsites.

POWER CHOICE However, it’s important not to build too large a buffer, since having more power than needed can be detrimental. “Ideally, a generator should have enough power to run everything at a site, but not so much that it will be running significantly below its rated load capacity,” Northway states. Diesel generators operated below 50% to 60% capacity are at risk of wet stacking. To minimize this risk, some contractors may opt to run two smaller generators in parallel. Paralleling is when two or more generators are electrically coupled together using special equipment to form a larger capacity power source. If the two generators are the same size, it effectively doubles the power output. “The basic premise behind paralleling is to take two generators and connect them together in such a way that they combine their output to make a theoretically bigger generator,” says Howe. “This provides workers the option of shutting down one unit to adjust for demand,” Northway points out. “Although this may increase initial costs, it can deliver savings for some jobs by reducing downtime and improving application flexibility.”

generator’s flexibility. “A surge of power is required as equipment starts and then the power need tapers off as equipment runs normally. An AVR helps ensure the output voltage remains consistent, even under varying loads as you start and turn off your equipment throughout the workday,” Costello indicates. If the generator will frequently be used to start large motors with variable loads, Northway also recommends a model with a heavy-duty, oversized alternator. This will ensure sufficient power to start large motors without surging.

FUEL CAPACITY Runtime refers to the amount of time a generator can run before refueling. “In general, you’ll want to choose a generator that meets your jobsite’s load requirements at 100% throughout a typical workday,” Costello advises. “Anything beyond that is extra. Anything less, and you’re losing precious work time while your crew stands around [waiting] for the generator to be refueled.” For situations where more time between fuel fills is needed, generators are available equipped with large fuel tanks and offering runtimes exceeding 24 hours. There are also generators capable of switching from the onboard fuel source to an external one. “Drawing from an external source can drastically extend runtime compared to units that are limited to an onboard fuel supply,” Northway comments. “While this option is available from many manufacturers, some have made it standard, while others do not offer it at all.” Another option worth consideration is an automatic fuel priming system. “This system allows the operator to simply turn the key back to start and the system will prime itself,” Northway points out. “Although no one plans to run a generator completely out of fuel, it does happen, and having a selfpriming generator can cut downtime significantly.” ET


ADJUSTABLE OUTPUT Although a generator’s primary purpose is to deliver electricity, multiple output settings can increase its versatility. “Units equipped with a frequency switch are beneficial if the generator will be used with both 50- and 60-Hz equipment,” notes Northway. “Many generators can switch between both frequencies to accommodate different equipment. Similarly, generators that offer multiple voltage settings, as well as the ability to switch between singleand three-phase electric power, provide owners and operators with improved versatility.” An automatic voltage regulator (AVR) can further expand the

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Diesel-powered generators continue to be the most prevalent due to the common fuel source with most equipment on site. However, models such as Doosan’s gasoline-powered C-185 and VP900 electric portable generator have made inroads in certain applications. Other power options tend to find use where fuel is more application specific. “Using natural gas is commonplace in oil and gas sectors where fuel comes directly from the wellhead,” Todd Howe, Doosan Portable Power, notes. “In North Dakota, West Texas and Oklahoma, 60% to 70% of generator fleets are powered by natural gas.”


“Some commercial and residential areas have strict noise control regulations, and you need to make sure you abide by them,” CK Power’s Clayton Costello emphasizes. “Industry standard for the sound level on a generator is about 70 dBA heard at 23 ft. Most generators meet this standard, but depending on the location or application of your jobsite, you may require a generator with more sound attenuation.” Site contamination can also be a concern in some areas. “Certain locations require extra precautions be taken to prevent the risk of site contamination,” Brian Northway, Allmand Bros., points out. “When working at a site with strict guidelines, look for a unit with an internal leakage reservoir. Some provide full fluid containment with a reservoir capable of holding more than 100% of the system’s total volume, ensuring there is no risk of environmental damage.”



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MAINTAINABILITY Consider a generator with curbside maintenance access. “This increases accessibility for maintenance by plumbing all fluids and service points to the curbside,” Northway explains. To further improve accessibility, many models come with large side access doors. “These large doors, combined with the benefits of having all service points located on one side, help simplify maintenance,” Northway states, “and reduce the amount of time spent working on the unit.”

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POWER SOURCES >> Products Allmand Bros. Maxi-Air Portable Compressors The Maxi-Air MA185 and MA400 offer free air delivery of 185 and 400 scfm and achieve a 120-psi maximum working pressure. • 2,450-lb. MA185 uses a 48-hp Yanmar Tier 4 Final engine while the 5,000-lb. MA400 has an Isuzu Tier 3 engine • Heavy-duty, oversized rotary screw airend • Two 3/4-in. Chicago-style fittings • Sound-attenuated airflow reduces operating noise to 63 dB • Include a large-capacity fuel tank, electric fuel primer and air bleed (EFPA) pump, heavy-duty steel enclosure and high-capacity cold start battery

VMAC G30 Rotary Screw Compressor The 205-lb. G30 gas engine-driven air compressor is now powered by a Honda GX390 gas engine and offers up to 30 cfm at 100% duty cycle. • 23% quieter at high idle and 75% quieter at low idle and 15% more fuel efficient • Improved operational performance at hot temperatures and high elevations • Does not require an air receiver tank to be added to the service truck • Lightweight design means trucks can save up to 4% in fuel, while the compact size makes more space available in the back for tools and equipment

CK Power Tier 4 Final Generators The 200-kW CKT250VM, 350-kW CKT430VM and 550-kW CKT680VM rental/mobile prime power diesel generators are powered by Volvo Penta 8L, 13L and 16L Tier 4 Final engines. • Come standard with multiple voltage configurations, sound enclosures and custom configurable power distribution to meet application needs • CKT680VM also available in a Tier 2 model

Honda EB2800i Industrial Inverter Generator The EB2800i open-frame inverter (OFI) generator delivers quiet operation, high-quality power, fuel efficiency and long runtimes in a lightweight, portable package. • Rugged full-frame protection with lightweight open frames • Less than 67-lb. weight allows one person to load and unload from a truck, operate and carry around the jobsite • Powers small compressors, air circulation fans, large concrete drills, multiple hand tools, electric concrete vibrators, circular saws, battery chargers and other tools up to 2,800 watts • GFCI-protected receptacles

Mi-T-M Rotary Screw Air Compressor This single-stage gasoline rotary screw compressor features a Poly Chain belt drive system, ball valve-controlled 3/4-in. outlet and high oil temperature shutdown. • 999cc Kohler OHV engine with electric start and low oil level shutdown • Engine and pump combination can produce 115 cfm at 100 psi • Pilot valve varies engine rpm based on air demand • Includes a 10 1/2-gal. aluminized steel fuel tank, powder-coated steel frame with roll cage, lifting hook, winch point, tiedown anchors and 15-in. pneumatic tires

Chicago Pneumatic Red Rock CPS 110 Compressor The Red Rock CPS 110 portable air compressor offers a normal effective working pressure of 100 psi at 110 cfm, providing the ability to power two breakers. • Extra-tough polyethylene canopy protects working parts • Kubota D-902 Tier 4 Final, threecylinder engine with a power output of 25 hp at normal shaft speed • Measures 61 in. long, 42 in. wide and 34 in. high and weighs 970 lbs.

Kubota GL14000 LowboyPro Generator The GL14000 is a Tier 4-certified, 14-kVA single-phase generator powered by Kubota’s D902 diesel engine and offering frequencies that can switch between 50 and 60 Hz. • Triple-sealed, corrosion-resistant alternator optimized to generate more magnetic force with fewer turns • Large-capacity, built-in muffler and largecapacity radiator reduce noise, enabling noise levels as low as 65 dB • Fully enclosed, compact and houses the receptacle and terminal in one package • Standard overcurrent and engine shutoff protective devices

Doosan G25, G50 and G70 Tier 4 Final Generators Kaeser M58 Portable Compressor The M58 portable Mobilair compressor has a heavy-duty Kubota Tier 4 Final diesel engine direct coupled to the energy-saving Sigma Profile airend, enabling it to produce more air with less horsepower. • Delivers 210 cfm at 100 psig • Powder-coated, fully weatherproofed steel cabinet and wide-opening gullwing doors • Eye-level, curbside instrument panel features the user-friendly Sigma Control Smart electronic controller with protective metal cover • 28-gal. fuel tank provides up to 10 full hours of operation

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The G25, G50 and G70 Tier 4 Finalcompliant mobile generators feature Doosan-built engines with a virtually maintenance-free diesel oxidation catalyst aftertreatment system. • 25-, 51- and 76-kVA prime power ratings • Increased onboard fuel capacity for runtimes in excess of 24 hours at any load factor • G25 has a sound level of 63 dBA and the G50 and G70 have 65-dBA sound levels at 23 ft. and 100% load • Include a dual-frequency feature that allows an operator to select 50 or 60 Hz and a multi-voltage selection switch • Incorporate heavy-duty skid bases, 14-gauge, galvannealed steel enclosure and rugged running gear for easy towing

Kohler KD Series Industrial Generators The KD Series large diesel industrial generators are powered by Kohler G-Drive engines and deliver between 709- and 3,608-kWm standby power at 50 Hz and 891- to 4,250-kWm standby power at 60 Hz. • Highly customizable to match end user’s specific requirements • Multiple options available • Designed for high ambient temperature conditions • High technology regulation and monitoring control systems on each component

Sullair 1600H Tier 4 Final Air Compressor

The 1600H Tier 4 Final portable compressor is powered by a Sullair 25 Series airend and Caterpillar C15 engine. • Rated at 1,600 cfm at 100/150 psi • Up to 10 hours of uninterrupted runtime • 7-in. touchscreen controller • Running gear rated at 65 mph • 1,500-hour air-oil separator design with an extended 500-hour engine oil service level

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Jenny W5B-30P Two-stage Compressor The W5B-30P two-stage, electricpowered compressor is a wheeledportable unit designed to produce high airflow and offer a 30-gal. air tank. • Features a four-cylinder, two-stage pump (“W” pump) belt driven by a 5-hp electric motor • Delivers 18.1 cfm at 100 psi or 17.9 cfm at 175 psi • Comes standard with a directional air shroud and a large flywheel for keeping pump temperatures low • Thermal overload protection

Atlas Copco XAS 110 Compressor The 1,100-lb. XAS 110 delivers 110 cfm of air power and includes a new version of the durable HardHat canopy, which resists corrosion and fading. • 22-hp Kubota diesel engine meets Tier 4 Final standards without exhaust aftertreatment components or filters • Features a stepless, fully automatic regulator that optimizes fuel consumption by adjusting engine speed to accommodate air demand • 26-sq.-ft. footprint provides easy maneuverability through narrow, cramped jobsites • Anti-airlock system guarantees starting by eliminating the risk of fuel becoming trapped by air

Generac Magnum Tier 4 Final Generators

Briggs & Stratton 8,000-watt Elite Series Portable Generator The 8,000-watt, 120/240V Elite Series includes StatStation Wireless featuring Bluetooth technology, enabling operators to monitor the generator remotely. • StatStation Wireless app provides visibility to fuel gauge and runtime left prior to refuel, percent of available watts being consumed, maintenance reminders, hour meter and more • Free app certified for use on iPhone 6 and above running at least iOS 9 or a Samsung Galaxy S6 or above running at least Android 6.0.1 • Features a Power Surge alternator, low oil shutdown, automatic voltage regulation and electric/recoil start

The MDG25IF4, MDG75DF4 and MDG100DF4 achieve Tier 4 Final via selective catalytic reduction and a diesel oxidation catalyst, with no diesel particulate filter required. • MDG25IF4 uses an Isuzu 2.2L engine and combines a 50% smaller footprint and aluminum enclosure to reduce weight by 25% • MDG75DF4 and MDG100DF4 driven by John Deere engines • Power Zone controller with backlit color display enables checks of diagnostic information, output demands, active alarms and maintenance requirements • Optional paralleling capability, 110% fluid containment and SUPERSTART alternator

Vanair Reliant RS45 Air Compressor The 195-lb. Reliant RS45 hydraulically driven air compressor has a featherweight rust-proof aluminum canopy that reduces truck weight and fuel consumption. • Provides 45 cfm and 150 psi of on-demand air power at 100% duty cycle • Generates only 74 dBA at 7 meters • Encapsulated rotary screw air compressor • Integrated hydraulic cooler reduces heat in truck hydraulic system • LED electronic display for temperature, pressure and machine hours • 12V and 24V DC models available

Energy Tree EverGreen4 Mobile Generator The EverGreen4 features a removable and interchangeable electrical distribution system that reduces the number of accessories needed to power the job. • Incorporates a brushless threephase output generator and enhanced engine speed control system • Runs on LPG or natural gas and has an improved LPG tank ventilation system • Features GPS position tracking and remote monitoring, remote start/stop, low battery self-charging feature and external fuel tank selector switch • Enhanced trouble fault reporting and low fuel warning system • Modular design allows more units on a truck to reduce mobilization cost

Caterpillar RP12000 E Generators The RP12000 E delivers 12 kW of running power and has a larger frame to house a 670cc V-Twin engine with fully pressurized oil system. • Delivers up to 15 kW of surge power • All-copper generator delivers clean power with less than 5% total harmonic distortion • Low idle mode option • Runtimes of over 11 hours (at 50% load) • Custom muffler and extra-large steel fuel tank are positioned on top of the engine • Lighted, single side operator station houses nine receptacles including a 50A 240V outlet


Makinex Generators This compact range of generators is available in 9- and 16-kW models with the ability to combine three-phase and single-phase outlets. • RFL permanent magnet alternator allows a cleaner sine wave for 92% efficiency • No electronics in the alternator for reliability and longer life • Trolley frame and push-along handles for easy maneuverability on small jobsites

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SCRAPERS SHAVE $1 MILLION on Lagoon Projects E

arth Max Construction, a contracting company in Stony Mountain, Manitoba, Canada, is gaining ground in a niche earthmoving market working for rural municipalities’ public works departments. Initially moving dirt with an excavator top loading into a 40-ton articulated dump truck, Earth Max has shifted its methods, and equipment, to enhance productivity. “We bought our first scraper about six years ago,” says Randal Dueck, Earth Max construction project manager. “It was a used K-Tec scraper and it has worked fantastic for us. We liked it so much that we decided to buy a few more.” This purchase included two new K-Tec 1233 models, each of which holds a 33-cu.-yd. heaped capacity. The acquisition changed Earth Max’s operations. Working conditions are less than ideal in the sticky gumbo clay of the Red

River Valley, and even more so when unexpected torrential rains hit. “With the scrapers vs. hauling with a rock truck, we get to go in a lot wetter conditions. We don’t rut up the clay nearly as much, so we can haul a lot more clay without making a mess,” says Dueck. “The efficiency is also a lot higher, as we only have one machine running vs. two on an excavator load.” The performance of the earthmoving systems has had a direct impact on the contracts Earth Max has been awarded — and the future of two rural communities.

SUBSTANTIAL COST CUT In 2017, Earth Max performed earthwork for a pair of lagoon projects awarded by rural municipalities in southern Manitoba. The pond-like bodies of water are constructed to receive, hold and treat wastewater for a predetermined time period. Situated in the rural municipality of Morris, the Lowe Farm lagoon expansion project required construction of a new

Performance of its earthmoving system is impacting Earth Max Construction’s contract awards — and two local communities.

secondary lagoon cell to provide the required storage capacity to address population growth and meet future hydraulic yearly loading of 86,325 cu. yds. per year. The new cell has a storage capacity of 40,580 cu. yds. Removal of the berm between

LOW-MAINTENANCE DESIGN Production capacity isn’t the only contributor to fast project completion. Earth Max’s Randal Dueck also sees benefits from the serviceability of the scrapers. “There is hardly anything to service on the scrapers. We grease them regularly and they go to work,” he states. “The guys at the shop look through them once a year and that is it. There’s never anything that breaks on them.” Having only two daily grease points makes a difference in productivity, as well. Instead of searching for numerous grease points, operators are able to move more dirt, which helps contractors like Earth Max get ahead of projected schedules.

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the existing two lagoon cells was needed to create one new primary lagoon cell. At the start of the project, Ralph Groening, Rural Municipality of Morris Reeve, noted, “The tender bids... did come in significantly below

Earth Max started out with a used K-Tec scraper and later purchased two new K-Tec 1233 models, each of which holds a 33-cu.-yd. heaped capacity.


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engineered estimates, so we’re hoping that the project will be able to be completed for somewhat less than the $1.5 million. The work for dirt moving came in considerably lower than the estimated amount. “We did some research and discovered that the low bidder for the

The scrapers provide the flotation to work in the sticky gumbo clay found in Manitoba’s Red River Valley. This allows Earth Max to operate in wetter conditions.

RAIN DOESN’T SLOW SECOND LAGOON PROJECT Another lagoon project in St. Pierre required 196,000 cu. yds. of earthwork to double the lagoon capacity, allowing for a capacity of 150 additional homes, or 2,000 residents. This project included construction of a new secondary cell and a wetland cell.

Earthwork activities were comprised of topsoil stripping, stockpiling, excavation, embankment and dyke removal. Earth Max started the project in May 2017. Although higher rain amounts were encountered, the flotation of the scrapers enabled the contractor to work most days and complete the project in July. “We’ve been on a development

freeze going on five years, so there has been very limited new construction in the community,” says Mona Fallis, Mayor of the Village of St. Pierre. “The lagoon expansion allows us to approve and expand new developments and subdivisions. Commercial construction can now move ahead, so this is a huge benefit for our community.” ET

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Lowe Farm lagoon project as well as the second lowest bidder exclusively use scrapers manufactured by K-Tec Earthmovers,” he added. As the project progressed, the projected cost was revised down to $905,000. In the end, the actual cost was $442,000, with Earth Max’s earthmoving efficiency providing substantial cost savings. By shaving more than $1 million off the initial project estimates, the rural municipality is now able to tackle more public works projects, offering greater value to the community’s tax dollars.

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J OB S I T E S O LU T I O N S Bushwackers Land Clearing LLC uses a fleet of versatile mulchers to clear vegetation along the boundaries of the heavily wooded 45,000acre McAlester Army Ammunition Plant.

BUSHWACKERS TACKLES VEGETATION at Army Ammunition Depot Bushwackers Land Clearing uses its fleet of mulchers to tame overgrowth on the heavily wooded site.


he McAlester Army Ammunition Plant sits on 45,000 heavily wooded acres in southeast Oklahoma, and is one of the Army’s premier bomb and warhead-loading facilities. While the munitions produced there defend the country abroad, the depot itself faces an unlikely enemy at home: vegetation growing out of its boundaries and threatening to overtake the area. Lucky for Uncle Sam, the Army drafted Bushwackers Land Clearing LLC, a local contractor armed with a fleet of versatile mulchers, including Fecon FTX128 tracked mulchers. Its mission is simple: to tame the vegetation and retake the depot.

MULCHING MAINTAINS SIGHTLINES, REDUCES FIRE RISK At McAlester, there are hundreds of bunkers housing munition storage, each arranged symmetrically in rows called magazines. Each bunker has a round top, like an earth-covered igloo, with the slope of the roof varying from 60% to 100%. Bushwackers is tasked with clearing the overgrown brush and vegetation from encroaching on the bunkers. Gullies and washes with steep banks also have to be cleared. The vegetation is a mixture of brush, trees

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in diameter, especially if they can use the tree’s lean to their advantage.

CUTTING THEIR TEETH When Bushwackers first purchased the Fecon rotor heads, the only available options were carbide hammers or self-sharpening Samurai knives. Arthur chose to mix and match teeth: carbide on the outside two-thirds and Samurai on the interior third of the rotor. The carbide hammers have a long lifespan, but pulverize rather than cut. The Samurai teeth have a shorter lifespan but are more efficient at cutting.

the Viking knives are designed to be sharpened by the user. Like the Samurai knives, the Viking blades cut the wood rather than smashing it. Bushwackers’ operators sharpen the knives after every 10 hours of use, which takes about two minutes per tooth. Yet, the knives last 150 to 200 hours, produce a finer mulch product and use less horsepower.

and grass. The terrain is also varied, with creek beds, flat soil and hilly rocky slopes. “It’s our job to push the tree DESIGNED TO BE DURABLE line back, mulching everything Designed with longevto create a new fire break,” says ity in mind, the FTX128 Jerry Arthur, Bushwackers presiuses components that exceed dent. “Removing the brush also the amount of power used, eliminates potential and is programmed so hiding places, allowthat when the engine ing the guards on is working hard, it uses patrol a better view power management: the of the surrounding machine cuts hydrauareas.” lic power to the head so On any given the engine stays in its day, Bushwackers torque curve, preventing has up to 10 overloading and maximachines on site, mizing power. ranging from brush A large reversing fan mowers for grassy prevents the engine from The Fecon FTX128 is used to process brushy areas, to tracked overheating, and blows materials on up to 30- to 40-in.-diameter water oaks. debris away from the coolmulchers and excavator-mounted ing system. While designed mulchers. Typically, crews top The mix helped improve effito keep debris out of the engine the trees with Caterpillar 320E ciency, but Arthur still felt they compartment, Bushwackers’ crawler excavators and excavator- were spending too much time operators check the engines for mounted mulchers, then mulch maintaining the self-sharpening debris once every other month. the limbs and tree remainders Samurai knives. While much The power, longevity, and with an FTX128. They also use sharper than the carbides, the low-maintenance of the equipa fleet of Caterpillar 299D XHP Samurai knives lost efficienment is important to Arthur and compact track loaders equipped cy after a few hours of use and his team at Bushwackers, but with a Fecon Bull Hog mulcher would have to be replaced. He what keeps him coming back is for brushy material. reached out to Fecon, and after the company’s responsiveness. Crews feed the FTX128 a visits with engineers, several “The biggest selling point steady diet of brushy materials rounds of prototyping and more for me with Fecon is the seron up to 30- to 40-in.-diamretooling, the company released a vice,” Arthur states, noting that eter water oaks. The mulcher new version cutting blade to the when he calls with a question, he can even take down invasive public, called the Viking knife. always gets a person — and he Eastern Red Cedar up to 48 in. Rather than self-sharpening, always gets an answer. ET

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Sneller Self-powered Stump Grinder The 275-hp Stump Mill self-powered stump grinder grinds up to six acres per day using a two-piece cutter wheel and carbide teeth design. • No modifications required to the excavator • No hydraulics to limit speed or functions • Triple sealed lower bearings • Remote control • Also available in a 170-hp version

Jarraff Geo-Boy Brush Cutter Tractor

Vermeer BC1800XL Brush Chipper The BC1800XL brush chipper is outfitted with a 165-hp PSI 5.7L gas engine and can handle logs up to 18 in. in diameter. • Onboard SmartFeed control system monitors engine rpms, sensing jams and automatically stopping or reversing rollers • Standard EcoIdle engine control system and Tree Commander remote control • 67-in.-wide feed table provides ample room for material • Four-position upper feed control bar mounted over the feed table • Bottom feed stop bar disables hydraulic flow to the feed rollers when contact is made

Brown Bear BC285.5 Brush Cutter The 3,400-lb. BC285.5 brush cutter reduces trees and brush up to 6-in. diameter to mulch. • Fits most skid steers with high-flow hydraulics (requires 35 to 55 gpm at minimum of 3,000 psi) • 67-in. cut width • Fixed tooth rotor with 54 carbide-tipped steel quick-change teeth • Adjustable multi-position skid shoes allow adjustable cut height • Dynamically balanced rotor • Universal skid-steer loader hitch

Prinoth M450h-1600/1900/2200 Hydraulic Mulchers

Loftness Carbide Cutter G4 Mulching Head Attachment The Carbide Cutter G4 has a 37% larger displacement drive motor with more torque, resulting in shorter recovery time. • Available with 61- and 71-in. cutting widths and carbide-tipped or heat-treated steel planer blade Quadco teeth • Two-stage cutting chamber with two shear bars • Standard variable-displacement motor (V-Drive) with load-sensing technology • Improved drum design with a smoother interior body shape that decreases drag and helps prevent material buildup • Skid shoes can be adjusted from 0.5 to -1.5 in. to allow mulching below grade

The M450h-1600/1900/2200 are lightweight mulchers for universal use with skid-steer loaders in the 80- to 180-hp range. • Weigh from 2,190 to 2,880 lbs. with 63-, 75- or 87-in. working widths • Three-stage counter blades prevent large objects infiltrating and blocking rotor • Optional two-stage counter blades reduce power requirement and increase shredding quality • 80cc motor with high-pressure variable displacement allows individual adjustment with maximum torque

John Brown & Sons Brontosaurus The original Brontosaurus land clearing and mulching attachment can be mounted on a 30,000-lb. excavator with 85 to 95 hp. • Excavator counterweight is replaced with a 115- to 185-hp turbo diesel engine to power the attachment • Auxiliary engine powers a Sunstrand hydraulic pump which supplies the Sunstrand motor on the mower • Engine and hydraulic controls for motor install in the cab

Bobcat 70-in. Forestry Cutter Attachment This 2,900-lb. forestry cutter attachment boasts a 70-in. cutting width. • Approved for use with M2-Series compact track (T750, T770 and T870) and the S850 skid-steer loaders with high-flow auxiliary hydraulics • Features 36 double-tipped carbide teeth with a tubestyle drum and spiral tooth pattern • Standard two-speed travel • Rotor brake stops the attachment from full speed in 10 seconds or less when the hydraulics are deactivated

Rayco T360 Stump Cutter/ Forestry Mulcher

The T360 can be equipped with either a Hydra Stumper stump cutter attachment or a Predator forestry mower/mulcher. • 360-hp Cummins QSM11 engine • Closed loop hydrostatic system powers cutter head with 140 gpm to drive motor(s) • Elevated cooling design with reversing fans • Fully sealed, climate-controlled operator environment with color LCD panel

National Attachments Torrent Mulcher

The Torrent mulcher is a tough, lightweight mulcher for miniexcavators and larger carriers. • One-piece ultra-strong frame withstands full downpressure of carrier • Features spherical fixed cutters, direct drive, solid through drum shaft and double row spherical bearings

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The Geo-Boy Brush Cutter comes in wheeled and track configurations and multiple cutter head options for land clearing and site prep, invasive vegetation species management, storm damage removal and cleanup and more. • Able to lift the cutter head approximately 11 ft. high • Quickly clears brush and trees up to 12 in. in diameter • Available with 220- or 260-hp Tier 3 engine options • ROPS/FOPS-certified • Safety features include full Lexan No Mar windows and a rear view camera

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US Mower EX40HD Excavator Flail Mower Attachment Caterpillar D3K2 Mulcher

Root Rake attachments are optimized to work with John Deere G- and E-Series skid steers and compact track loaders, K-Series compact wheel loaders and many competitive models. • Designed to easily gather rocks and debris while allowing soil to sift through • Available in 72-in. (RR72), 78-in. (RR78) and 84-in. (RR84) widths • Feature alloy steel construction, replaceable pin-on teeth and zinc-plated pivot pins with protected grease zerks • Universal self-cleaning Quik-Tatch

The factory-built D3K2 combines the foundation of a D3K2 dozer with the HM518 mulcher to take on a mix of small-to-medium-diameter material. • HM518 has a 72-in.-wide reversing drum • Available with conventional long (XL) undercarriage or low ground pressure (LGP) undercarriage • Pressurized cab includes 360° visibility with screens and “poly-carb” windows • Hydraulically adjustable push guard and hydraulically operated front hood on mulcher provide added safety • Mulcher can be removed and optional VPAT (variable-pitch/angle/tilt) blade installed

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Peterson Pacific 3310B Drum Chipper The 3310B has a transverse design that allows it to operate in tighter landings for biomass and land clearing operations. • 270° rotating discharge spout allows for flexible operations • 540-hp Caterpillar Tier 3 or Tier 4 engine provides the power to handle up to 24-in.-diameter logs • End-load or optional top-load spout design offers 230° of rotation, allowing trailers to be loaded in a variety of positions • Available with a four-pocket drum for typical biomass chips, or an eight-pocket drum for microchipping applications

Quick Attach Quick Mulch Forestry Mulcher This heavy-duty forestry mulcher is designed with a variable displacement motor that automatically determines the best combination of speed and torque to tackle the situation. • 14-in. drum diameter with double-sided reversible carbide-tipped helix teeth • Motor options from 33 to 41 gpm • Built-in motor protection • High-strength timing belt to prevent slippage and wear • Three-position adjustable push bar to achieve desired working angle • Side forks help direct material

Morbark 3400XT Wood Hog



The 3400XT Wood Hog has a standard width of 8 ft. 4 in., making it within the legal transport width no matter what engine is used. • Accommodates engines from 540 to 800 hp or available with electric power • Infeed bed offers an additional 24 in. with sloped sides and a removable infeed chain return floor • Variable-speed infeed system consists of one 34-in.-diameter top compression feed roll • Externally adjustable, break-away torque limiter protects driveline and hammermill • Available with Strickland or CAT undercarriage options and can be manufactured in a trailer or stationary unit

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Worksaver SSGB-8B Skid Steer Grader Blade The SSGB-8B is equipped with an 8-ft. six-way hydraulically controlled moldboard with 25˚ rotation/tilt controlled with an in-cab remote. • Moldboard shear pin-protected to help prevent damage • Proportional hydraulic valve provides precise control for maintaining grade • Laser control system compatible for precision grading • Features a reversible beveled cutting edge and 1/2-in. connect under pressure flatfaced hydraulic couplers

Barko 937B Industrial Wheeled Tractor

The EDGE 72-in. open face rotary brush mower is designed to cut through thick brush and easily glide over rough terrain. • Clears heavy weeds, undergrowth, brush and small saplings up to 3 in. in diameter • Open face design cuts vegetation before the frame pushes the material over • Two 1/2” x 4” highstrength steel blades • Requires 18- to 30-gpm auxiliary hydraulic flow • Balanced stump jumper for smooth operation

The 937B is equipped with a 380-hp Cummins QSL9 Tier 4 Final diesel engine and a load-sensing hydraulic system with high-flow hydraulic pump producing 113 gpm at 5,500 psi. • 45° articulation joint withstands extreme stress and tough terrain while providing a turning radius of 15 ft. 9 in. • Hydrostatic transmission with twospeed transfer case allows for controlled operation speeds and travel speeds up to 15.8 mph • ROPS/FOPS-certified, sound-insulated and climate-controlled cab with dual joystick controls and pilot-operated foot travel and brake pedals

Manitou EDGE 72-in. Brush Mower


The 800-lb. EX40HD flail brush mower cuts and mulches up to 4-in. trees, shrubs, vegetation, grass and weeds. • For carriers from 16,000 to 25,000 lbs. with auxiliary flow of 15 to 40 gpm • Offers a triple-blade configuration with two flail blades and a thatch blade and a cutting width of 40 in. • 6” x 12” wall DOM electronically balanced cutter shaft with 1 15/16-in. stubs • Includes a 3/16-in. steel shroud, solid shaft stub, 3/8-in. steel end plates, 1/2-in. steel bearing plates and HARDOX skid shoes • Gear motor matched to auxiliary oil flow

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By Joanne Nikolski BRIDGING THE GAP

Use Mentorships to ATTRACT YOUNG CONSTRUCTION TALENT There are several features of mentorship programs that make them unique from internships and apprenticeships.


he Baby Boomer generation is defined as those born roughly between 1946 and 1964. That means that today, this generation is between the ages of 53 and 71, and they are retiring at a rate of 10,000 people per day. Given these statistics, guiding new graduates into the construction industry has never been more important. Within 10 years, the Baby Boomers will be completely in retirement mode. All types of construction companies will find themselves saddled with work and without anyone skilled enough to do it. To prevent skills gaps from impacting your company when your talented construction professionals retire, it’s crucial to start investing in emerging talent today.

CHANGE YOUR RECRUITING STRATEGIES For workers from the Baby Boomer and Generation X groups, work was primarily about improving their lives with career advancement, personal prestige and money. They defined competitive salaries, comprehensive benefits and opportunities for financial growth as the most important criteria when deciding whether to take or stay with a job. For Millennials, who now occupy the majority of the workforce, and their Generation Z cohorts who follow them, those things are still important, but they’re no longer the most important considerations. Instead, these generations place a premium on the ability to make a difference in their organization and in the world. Tap into that desire to make a difference, and shift your recruitment strategies from focusing

primarily on compensation to emphasizing your company’s commitment to having a positive impact on the community and the world. If you don’t already have one, create a community outreach program and incentivize your employees to participate. Or develop a task force dedicated to researching ways to improve your company’s environmental impact, both in-house and through your contracted projects.

that talent. You may already have certain entry-level development practices within your company, but there are several features of mentorship programs that make them unique from (and, in some ways, superior to) internship and

…IF YOU SHOW UP-AND-COMING TALENT THAT YOU ARE AS EXCITED AS THEY ARE ABOUT MAKING A DIFFERENCE, THEY WILL BE MUCH MORE LIKELY TO GET ON BOARD WITH JOB OPPORTUNITIES THEY MAY NOT HAVE CONSIDERED BEFORE. We have seen that if you show up-and-coming talent that you are as excited as they are about making a difference, they will be much more likely to get on board with job opportunities they may not have considered before.

MENTORSHIP VS. INTERNSHIP/ APPRENTICESHIP Once you have positioned your company to attract fresh talent, it is important to understand the different ways in which you can invest in and develop

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A great mentorship program benefits your company culture as much as it benefits the individual participants.

apprenticeship programs. Internships and apprenticeships tend to be standardized, and are designed toward one specific goal. For example, interns may receive college credit and a generalized introduction to the workforce, while apprentices tend to earn certifications or other technical designations. On the other hand, mentorships can be very customized and flexible. They can be adjusted to suit a particular mentee’s goals and learning style, and they do not

have a fixed end date. Mentor/ mentee relationships can last throughout the duration of a mentee’s career, including after a mentor has retired. In a mentorship situation, the mentor and mentee connect one on one, which strengthens the personal relationship and allows for low-pressure, high-value conversations. In addition, unlike an internship or apprenticeship program, mentorship programs benefit both the mentor and mentee in equal measure. While mentees gain insights into the construction industry and grow their networks and skill sets with the help of experienced workers, we have seen time and time again that those experienced workers are eager to mentor and coach incoming talent. They understand that without passing on their wisdom and experience to a new generation of workers, that knowledge could all be lost. Mentees can also provide help with new technologies and bring fresh perspectives to old problems. By pairing up talented Baby Boomers with eager new workers, you provide each of them with opportunities for growth and express confidence in their respective unique abilities.

BUILD OR IMPROVE YOUR MENTORSHIP PROGRAM As important as recruiting high-potential talent is, it does not have to be complicated. Challenge each of your workers who are heading toward retirement to find a mentee, and open the challenge to the rest of your organization. Whether they’re looking within their own families or considering potential candidates from shared volunteer opportunities or neighborhoods, you’ll be surprised by how many employees might know recent or soon-to-be graduates who are looking for excellent long-term career opportunities. Reach out within those networks and implement the new recruiting strategies you’ve developed. You can also connect with

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Once you identify and attract potential mentees, make sure that you are very strategic as you pair them with a mentor. You know your workforce well. Have a frank, open discussion with the

student or new employee to determine their career goals, key personality traits and communication styles, and use that information to determine which experienced construction professionals would

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be a good fit to coach them. You want their communication styles to be compatible, but you also want to consider what each person can learn from the other. For example, say you have a mentee who is technologically advanced and who has an excellent work ethic, but who struggles interpersonally and worries about their ability to network well and communicate effectively in the workplace. Pair them with a strong communicator within your organization who is recognized as a respected leader but who may not have as much expertise on the technical side of the construction industry. Mentors and mentees should be in regular contact, especially at first. Encourage a minimum of one weekly meeting where they can discuss what is going well, find opportunities for improvement and build their relationship consistently. As the relationship develops, they may work out their own meeting times and communicate differently; but at the outset, a regular schedule will help build the habit of staying in touch. It is also important to ask for regular feedback from all participants in the program. Set up an anonymous feedback system that will allow you to gauge how effectively you are matching your mentor/mentee sets, how supported each person feels and how you can improve your program to serve everyone’s needs better. After all, a great mentorship program benefits your company culture as much as it benefits the individual participants. Companies are using mentorship programs to provide lifelong skills and relationships to up-and-coming construction professionals. It is paying off as they strengthen their organizations and eliminate the threat of a skills gap as their experienced workers leave the workforce. ET

Joanne Nikolski is a senior recruiter in the General Construction Division of Kimmel & Associates. She has more than 25 years of experience in recruiting and sales, and also specializes in the disaster restoration industry.

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Options such as profit sharing and ESOPs can set your business apart from others competing in a tight labor market.


t is truly wonderful when business is good. You can pay down some bills and have extra bucks to repair or replace needed equipment. Pay down bank loans. Pass out some bonuses. Take a vacation. Put some money in your retirement accounts. But then reality sets in. The business is there in front of you, but you don’t have the personnel to do the work in a profitable, efficient manner. So what do you have to do to attract people to your company and convince them to stay the course? It’s the “convincing” part that gets tough because you are competing with every other contractor out there for worker services. As such, your convincing has to be better than that being offered by the competition, but not to the extent where it puts you in the poor house. So how do you get there? There are two ways based on what I’m seeing out there: 1. Improve your employee benefit plan offerings 2. Make your employees your partner (don’t panic; there is a win-win solution) Both suggestions are employee benefit plans. The first is pretty easy to do. The second is more involved, but in addition to being an employee benefit, it helps shareholders get money off the table as part of the implementation (win-win).

GIVE THEM A SHARE IN THE PROFIT When it comes to upgrading your benefit plan, you can start by improving the services and information for managing retirement money. Most companies have a 401(k) program where employees provide most of the funding along with whatever match the employer provides. I also suggest you consider a profit-sharing plan to increase your standing with both potential recruits and existing employees. If the contributions are large enough, you can stretch the vesting and be almost assured that employees will stay, especially if such plans are not available at other potential employers. This is the partnering piece of the puzzle, because the contributions should mirror profitability. If you have a good year, the contribution is larger. Both the 401(k) and profit-sharing plans are reviewed and managed by the IRS. This means there are annual compliance requirements, tax report filings, reporting requirements, investment decisions and fiduciary liability issues if you manage the plans on your own. One option that is gaining popularity is the Multiple Employer Plan (MEP), which allows small employers to band together to obtain more favorable plan investment results and more efficient and less expensive management services. MEPs take all the work off of your shoulders; place you in a large, powerful group in a unified plan; and provide the advantages of a standalone sponsor with avoidance of the expenses and administrative burden of a single employee plan. The bottom line is a sophisticated plan to manage retirement benefits without the headaches and cost of managing it yourself. If you wish to focus on certain levels of management or individuals, you can use various forms of deferred comp, also with vesting schedules to keep the golden handcuffs in force. If you need someone to help you devise a plan or plans that will work for your business, one option is Tal Diekvoss, Fiduciary Management Group, who has experience working with contractors, equipment dealers and rental companies. He can be reached at (920) 318-1007 or

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ESOP BENEFITS I have seen the advantages of ESOPs for equipment dealers and rental companies. Yet, the more I got into the subject, the more construction firms I came across using them as an employee benefit plan. I had to ask around to find out why ESOPs are so popular with contractors. In an ESOP transaction, shareholders sell their stock or equity to the ESOP for fair market value. The shares owned by the ESOP are then allocated to employees based on compensation levels. Over a 10- to 15-year time period, the shares have the ability to gain value, which in turn is transferred to the employee-owned shares. Upon retirement, the employee vested benefits are paid out to the employee over a period of time. Contractors find ESOPs attractive because they provide a venue where ownership can get fair market value for their investment. They are attractive because it is difficult to sell a construction business to another contractor for the price an owner feels it’s worth. Nonowner employees of the company, on the other hand, who know its strengths and weaknesses, would be willing to carry on the business activities in exchange for getting a piece of the action via the ESOP. What is great for the employees is there is no cost to get this opportunity. They just do their job and generate profits and cash flow. It’s not a short-term investment, but one that can be quite lucrative in the long run. Contractor employees of an ESOP have all told me they are quite satisfied with the results. Of course, there are no guarantees — the company has to continue to be profitable to make it work. Before we get carried away, I have to tell you that an ESOP requires a clean set of books, clean balance sheet, equity in the business, profits and cash flow. If you don’t have these, it will be difficult to get a deal done.

SEMINAR PROVIDES A CHANCE TO LEARN MORE Because I know the value of ESOPs, I also know there is limited knowledge about them in the marketplace. That’s why I have asked a few friends to sponsor a one-day ESOP Employee Benefit Seminar on May 30, 2018, in Chicago. The purpose of the seminar is twofold: 1. to introduce you to ESOPs and other tools to help with recruitment and retention of employees, and 2. to help you refrain from a painful financial situation related to starting an ESOP process if you should not be doing so. Wintrust Commercial Banking and its national ESOP Practice Group will be the host and a sponsor of the event, along with CSG Partners and Fiduciary Management Group. Wintrust has a Contractor Division, which makes its participation a plus. CSG Partners is the ESOP expert, Tal Diekvoss will represent Fiduciary Management Group and I will walk you through the process and what to expect along the way. Wintrust Commercial Banking is next to O’Hare Airport and thus quite convenient for a one-day program. If you’re interested in attending, you can register online at info. For any questions, give me a call at (708) 347-9109 or email me at ET

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Equipment Today April 2018  

Equipment Today provides the insights on equipment and technology that contractors need to achieve maximum profitability in their commercial...

Equipment Today April 2018  

Equipment Today provides the insights on equipment and technology that contractors need to achieve maximum profitability in their commercial...