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DIG INTO Wheel Loader Bucket Selection PRODUCTS 18 Wheel Loaders

Review the latest loaders in various size classes.

24 Compact Track Loaders Sort through select models from leading suppliers.

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41 Technology Trends 46 Safety & Compliance

DEPARTMENTS 6 Breaking Ground 8 Equipment Introductions 39 Profit Matters 43 Technology Trends 47 Bridging the Gap

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A general-purpose bucket is not always the most profitable choice.

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circumstances that threaten to drive prices higher, and at an accelerated pace. “A confluence of factors will likely continue to push materials prices higher in the months to come,” states Anirban Basu, chief economist, Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC). “These factors include global monetary policy, which continues to help accelerate growth in

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much of the world, a strong U.S. construction market and a policy-making environment that has impacted the price of softwood lumber, steel and aluminum.” The Trump administration’s unanticipated announcement in late February of a 25% tariff on steel imports and 10% on aluminum set much of Wall Street into a tailspin. While the stock market has largely recovered, and a trade war has thus far been averted, the full national and global implications of the tariffs and other trade restrictions on U.S. businesses and consumers remain to be seen. Yet, the construction industry — which consumes 40% to 50% of steel production — has already begun to feel the effects. Prices were up for lumber, steel and aluminum even before the latest tariffs were announced, notes Ken Simonson, chief economist, Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). “Steel service centers and other suppliers are warning there is not enough capacity at U.S. mills or in the trucking industry to deliver orders on a timely basis,” he points out. “Thus, contractors are likely to experience still higher prices as well as delivery delays in coming months.” In fact, the expected higher cost of imports almost immediately caused steel prices, already up 7.8% in 2017, to surge. Simonson anticipates double-digit increases to come. Such increases “could wreck the budgets for numerous infrastructure projects and private nonresidential investments.” A report released by Moody’s Investor Services corroborates this concern, stating “the tariffs will undermine nonresidential construction spending and public construction spending due to cost increases for those projects utilizing steel... Higher costs could impede project starts, as well as consume a higher percentage of available funding, reducing available funds for future projects.” The 21% tariff on Canadian softwood lumber imports from Canada, which went into effect in November 2017, serves as further evidence of where costs are likely to head. Prices surged early in 2017 upon news of the tariff, impacting roughly onethird of U.S. supply. According to the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), lumber prices had risen steadily since 2015 before reaching their highest level on record in 2017 — an increase of 45% year over year. Given the risk of sizable cost increases to come, it will be ever more critical to develop accurate estimates of future needs, and to secure fixed pricing on affected products where practical. Strict attention to cost control, coupled with the use of available technologies to enhance productivity, reduce waste and minimize rework, will also play a key role in ensuring projects retain their profitability rather than fall into the red. ET

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GSH27-26 Brute Turbo Breaker Hammer with GPS Tracking The GSH27-26 Brute Turbo incorporates a GPS device (available for retrofit on SDS-max hammers) that offers always-on location tracking. Powered by a Lithium-ion battery that recharges automatically when the tool is plugged in, the tracking device can notify a user about various activities including non-working hour activation and non-authorized location use, and can be managed via the free Bosch GPS tracking app. The unit also includes an Active Vibration Control system and ergonomic shock-mounted handles.

The PC Series includes models in 12-, 14and 16-in. plate widths (PC3008, PC3610 and PC4012), as well as three models with 20-in. plates (PC4515, PC5018 and PC5021). Cast iron plates are available on the PC3008, PC3610, PC4012 and PC4515. The units feature 5.5-hp Honda GX100 and GX160 engines that provide high centrifugal force and travel speed. A self-cleaning open baseplate, sturdy protected throttle lever, cast iron, lubricated, wear-resistant vibrator assembly and sealed belt cover for clutch and belt protection maximize durability and longevity. A removable anti-vibration handle ensures operator comfort and ease of transport.


TS 440 Cutquik Designed for challenging cuts, the 24.7lb. TS 440 Cutquik cut-off machine features a 66.7cc displacement, 4.4bhp engine with a speed of 9,000 rpm and a 4.9-in. maximum cutting depth. Expanded guard adjustability is made possible by the sensor-activated Quickstop wheel brake technology, which is capable of stopping the rotation of the cutting wheel in fractions of a second if kickback occurs. A two-belt drive delivers high torque to the wheel, reducing the chance of bogging when applying higher feed force. A top handle design increases maneuverability for optimal handling during the toughest jobs. Other features include electronic water control, the X2 air filtration system and the ElastoStart starter handle.

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The WTB-16 track-drive power buggy features an aggressive track pattern that enables it to travel through soft soils and muddy site conditions at speeds of up to 5.7 mph unloaded and 4.7 mph loaded. Optimal traction and durability are assured by the steel-embedded ladder track design and rugged undercarriage utilizing cast ductile iron guide wheels. Powerful drive motors propel the buggy through tough conditions and offer fail-safe braking. A versatile tub offers 16 cu. ft. (2,500 lbs.) of capacity and polyethylene construction for easy cleaning. The 22-hp Honda GX690 engine comes with a 5-gal. fuel tank for long runtimes.

The 7,800-lb. EZR208 rear-mount highway-class screed features a standard paving width of 8 ft. to 15 ft. 6 in. Its 20-in.-deep, single-piece screed plates are paired with state-of-the-art heating elements held in place by full-length hold downs, providing even, efficient heat transfer to the upper surface of the plate. The unit’s extension support system includes a high-strength tubular frame and firmly fixed chrome rods which provide optimal strength even at 22 ft. with bolt-ons. Deep telescoping walkways create a safer operating platform, while the low-profile extensions provide better line of sight to the paver’s augers and head of material. Standard vibration absorption pads are located at each operator station.


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Next-Generation Traverse T944X Telehandler JCB

JZ141 Crawler Excavator The 33,000-lb. JZ141 reduced tailswing excavator is equipped with a fuel-efficient JCB EcoMAX engine that meets Tier 4 Final with no diesel particulate filter, diesel exhaust fluid or engine aftertreatment. The 74-hp engine produces high torque at just 1,500 to 1,600 rpm. The engine and hydraulic system have been optimized for a balance of power, productivity and efficiency that results in up to 10% better fuel efficiency, plus low noise levels of just 98 dB. The unit incorporates a high-strength undercarriage with fully welded X-frame construction, a closed box section revolving frame and high-strength rigid upper frame. The result is a solid, stable work platform for fast cycle times and 20,682 lbf. of bucket tearout.


The 44-ft. 6-in. Traverse T944X has a traversing boom that travels horizontally up to 70 in. on the frame to land loads at 44 ft. The 9,000-lb.-capacity unit will lift 8,000 lbs. to its 44-ft. 6-in. maximum lift height, or 3,800 lbs. with the boom carriage fully extended. Cylinder cushioning dampens the stop at the end of strokes while extending and retracting. Boom overlap has been nearly doubled to provide smoother operation and reduce contact force on wear pads. A bottom-mounted external extend cylinder also reduces load on the pads and improves service access to internal boom components. Other features include a 74-hp Cummins Tier 4 Final engine (117-hp option) and full-time four-wheel drive with limited-slip front differential.



PC390LCi-11 Excavator The PC390LCi-11 3D semiautomatic excavator combines the nimbleness and speed of a 36-ton weight class machine and stability of a much larger model. It comes with standard intelligent machine control joysticks with semiauto/manual mode-switching and design surface offset function. The sensor package includes stroke-sensing hydraulic cylinders, an IMU sensor and GNSS antennas. The 3D design data is loaded into the monitor to accurately display machine position relative to target grade. It includes a Facing Angle Compass that shows the operator the facing angle relative to the target surface for more accurate positioning of the bucket edge, as well as Auto Grade Assist, Auto Stop Control and Minimum Distance Control.

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Cobra 230 Impact Crusher The Cobra 230 features a rapid setup time and intuitive control system with push-button operation that enable it to be crushing within minutes. The crusher setting can be easily adjusted via user-friendly hydraulic assist. The 3.4-cu.-yd. hopper includes an integrated pre-screen for fines removal, and the feeder speed auto regulates based on load. The impact crusher has a 34” x 24” crusher inlet and 33-in.-wide by 34-in. rotor diameter. Power is supplied via a 275-hp Volvo Tier 4 Final engine and fuel-efficient, high-performance direct drive system. The unit has a potential output up to 275 tph.


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SV212D and SV216D Vibratory Rollers The SV212D and SV216D single-drum vibratory rollers feature a low center of gravity axle-free design and a high-traction hydrostatic drive system that provides constant power to the wheels and drum with an electronic self-adjusting torque control system. This enables the units to climb grades of up to 65%. A 154-hp Tier 4 Final engine also delivers added torque. An oscillating articulated roller joint maintains consistent drum-to-ground contact. An improved drum design reduces drift and maintains constant compaction throughout each rotation. Options include automatic traction control, padfoot, blade and a more powerful HX drive designed to meet the demands of the most extreme conditions.


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


A generalpurpose bucket is not always the most profitable choice.


ost wheel loaders come equipped with a general-purpose bucket. While these buckets work well in most applications, there may be a more productive and cost-efficient solution that’s better tailored to your needs. Mark Mohn, director of attachments, Volvo Construction Equipment, explains that picking the incorrect bucket type or the cheapest bucket available is among the most common

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mistakes when selecting a loader bucket. “The correct bucket will pay for itself. We offer buckets for different applications, such as light material, rehandling, high-tip digging, etc. Each type has features designed to increase productivity for that specific application,” he explains. “For example, the rehandling buckets we introduced in 2016 deliver an increase in fuel efficiency due to the faster fill rate and reduced spillage.”

SIZE BUCKETS FOR THE MATERIAL DENSITY Buckets must also be sized to the application. “Material density determines the capacity of the bucket,” says Sam Shelton, marketing manager, Hitachi. “Moisture is a function of the material density and will affect capacity, but is normally within a limited range. The abrasiveness of the material or impact potential determines the [bucket] material spec and thickness.”

“One of the most common mistakes made by contractors when selecting a bucket is choosing the wrong size for the wheel loader,” says Aaron Kleingartner, marketing manager, Doosan Infracore North America, LLC. “You should work with your local equipment dealer to help select a bucket that best matches the wheel loader, the application where the machine is working and the type of material the bucket is handling. Dealers

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have formulas available to calculate size and material density and compare it to the size of the bucket to provide the best solution for a contractor’s application. “A good guide for selecting the most appropriate bucket is to calculate the average density of the material to be moved and then compare that to the tipping load and lifting capacity of the wheel loader,” he continues. “Also, consider that you may be working with multiple densities — sand one day, rock the next — so spec the bucket based on the heaviest material it will handle. A bucket properly matched to its material could decrease the number of passes needed to fill trucks. Remember that material density can vary. “A lot of times when sizing a bucket for certain material, it is normal to oversee certain conditions, such as moisture level, which increases material density,” says Lucas Sardenberg, product marketing consultant, Caterpillar. “Note if the material is stored outside or inside, and the amount of rain for the site.” If there is a considerable amount of moisture and rain present, it might make sense to size the bucket for a higher density vs. using the standard definition used in most publications. “Don’t overlook this step since some customers end up with stability issues on loaders when the largest possible bucket was selected without accounting for heavier materials possibilities.” But the correct bucket is about more than size. “Bucket volume alone is not an adequate measure of capacity of the load-

account, such as the nature of the material being handled, the condition of the wheel loader, the operator’s skill and the transport distance. If the transport distance is long, this may cause spillage. Since all of these factors vary, a wide selection of buckets is required in order to achieve maximum productivity.”

MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE Don’t be fooled by the simple appearance of the bucket. “Bucket selection might look simple as an afterthought, but all things considered, it is no easy task,” says Sardenberg. Often, contractors merely purchase the same bucket they have used in the past. “If something is working, why change it? The answer is because of advancements in technology and design.” Many newer bucket designs are more efficient than the older buckets they may be replacing. “Gather all information on your application and rely on the equipment dealer to bring the tools needed to make a better decision that should pay back in no time,” says Sardenberg. Bucket choice can even impact machine durability. “Wheel loaders are very versatile machines and can tolerate quite a variance in buckets without serious adverse effects,” says Shelton. “Most wheel loaders can handle a range of buckets, but the overall payload and stress on the machine will have an effect on the life of components and the overall durability of the machine.” “Pushing a wheel loader beyond the recommended limits can accelerate wear, affect machine durability and signifi-

productivity-oriented applications,” says Sardenberg. “Small details can have a large impact. Some buckets have a complete flat floor vs. others that have a very slight, subtle angle. In poor underfoot conditions, having the angle will certainly help the load cycle by ‘pinning’ the loader front

Caterpillar designed its Performance Series buckets for higher capacity (increased fill factors); less fuel burn as the bucket loads faster; increased tire life as materials load easier; and operator comfort as loads are easy to see early during the dig process.

tires when engaging the material. “Similarly, consider what happens when a simple side plate went from a straight to a curved design,” he continues. “A lot more material gets retained in the bucket, but only if the material loaded can stack up on itself and not roll out.” While most buckets tend to look the same, there can be large differences in actual performance. “Although it is very hard to differentiate buckets by

THE CRUCIAL FACTOR IS THE ABILITY OF THE WHEEL LOADER TO FILL THE BUCKET DURING EVERY PASS. FOR THAT REASON, THE RIGHT SIZE AND SHAPE OF THE BUCKET IS IMPORTANT.” — Mark Mohn, Volvo Construction Equipment er,” says Mohn. “The crucial factor is the ability of the wheel loader to fill the bucket during every pass. For that reason, the right size and shape of the bucket is important. A large bucket can result in lower productivity because it is more difficult to fill, while a small bucket that is easier to fill can increase productivity.” He adds, “A number of factors have to be taken into

cantly lower the contractor’s return on investment,” adds Kleingartner. “Manufacturers offer a variety of bucket weights, capacities and widths to try to help customers best match their application.” It is all about profitability. “The correct match between the bucket and application can make the whole difference between making or losing money in

their looks, the best way a customer can tell the differences in the multiple bucket offerings is doing a more detailed analysis,” says Sardenberg. “Assuming bucket capacity/overall design match, start with the plate thickness for the various parts of the bucket. Do they match or is a bucket considerably thinner than the other? If available, see if there is a specification on material

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hardness. Not all iron is equal. More hardness costs more, but will last much longer.” Also look at wearable parts such as the edge, side cutters or teeth. “Does one manufacturer use considerably less material on those critical parts? Can they be flipped when worn? How about

Buckets with flat floors, such as this generalpurpose bucket from Volvo, can improve cycle times with faster loading. bolt or restraint device protection? Are those protected or recessed? Can they be changed quickly?” Sardenberg asks. “Look at the spill guard. Is it integrated into the design or does it look like it was just a welded plate or afterthought? Lastly, if the bucket is not manufactured by the same OEM as the machine, ask why that would be better.” Caterpillar designed its Performance Series buckets for higher capacity (increased fill factors); less fuel burn as the bucket loads faster; more tire life (bucket loads materials easier); and operator comfort (bucket loads are easy to see early during the dig process). “To increase bucket fill factors, look at curved side plates and an integrated spill guard,” Sardenberg advises. “Both increase material retention for most materials.”

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To ensure faster cycle times, consider the bucket floor, or distance between the edge and the part of the bucket that starts to curve. “A longer floor means material will have to travel further before rolling into itself, which helps with faster loads and cycle times,” says Sardenberg.

edges all have effects on the fill rate,” says Mohn. “If you can fill the bucket faster and easier and at lower machine rpm, the operator will save time and fuel.”

MATCH BUCKET TO APPLICATION Several steps can be taken to select the most appropri-

data in yard load-out applications. Last, but not least, operator level of expertise and training should be considered in selecting the proper tool.” Once compiled, use the dealer to make sense of the data. “Manufacturers should be able to pinpoint the tool that will


The Doosan Multi-Purpose Bucket (MP) provides 4-in-1 capabilities: bucket, grapple, dozer and leveling. “Don’t disregard bucket visibility during the machine cycle. The sooner the operator can see the load in the bucket, the less time he or she will spend on the digging portion when the bucket is full, which would waste fuel.” Manufacturers such as Volvo have designed their buckets to be optimized for their loaders. “Floor-to-back ratio, floor depth, side plate design and cutting

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ate bucket for an application. Start by gathering all available information about the task(s) or application to be performed. “Is the material loose? Well shot or poorly shot? What is the material, its density, abrasion, etc.? Don’t forget to note constraints, as well, such as truck rail height if loading trucks, or hopper height/width. Get all the details on the current machine performing the work today, including its configuration,” Sardenberg advises. “Finally, if you have productivity data and targets, have those ready, as well. A good tip is to use scale house

maximize machine performance while minimizing operating cost for higher margins,” says Sardenberg. “Never compromise on a standard solution just because it is easy and readily available.” Take general-purpose buckets, for example. “Generalpurpose buckets have a wide application gamut. But as with everything that is made to work relatively well in most applications, you can get the ‘Jackof-all-trades, but master of none,’” Sardenberg comments. Many times you must consider more than one application when choosing a bucket. “General-purpose buckets are the most common bucket design for maximum filling and material retention,” says Kleingartner. “This design works best in day-to-day material handling or when working in a wide range of densities, such as general aggregates in construction.” Shelton adds, “They are called general purpose because they fit most applications. Material handling buckets are for slightly lighter material and are slightly larger capacity. For the more extremes in materials, you really need to get the manufacturer’s recommendation because bucket

weight and dimensions can influence the ultimate capacity.” In specific applications, swapping out buckets makes sense. “If an operator needs to move larger loads with smaller densities, a light material bucket may be an economical solution,” says Kleingartner. “Light material buckets offer higher capacities than general-purpose buckets, making them ideal for lifting snow, mulch or other light materials. Another option is a multipurpose bucket, which can load, carry and dump granular materials; grab irregularly shaped objects; and doze, level or spread and fill. For more abrasive applications, contractors may want to consider a spade nose-style rock bucket. Typically, they are designed to move higher density materials such as those found in quarries, mines and larger road work and site development.” Production applications should be paired to specific buckets. “If the machine is being used in a production application like an asphalt plant, sand quarry, loading application, etc., it should have a bucket designed for that application,” says Mohn. “If a contractor does a variety of work, such as digging and material handling, it may be more efficient to purchase multiple buckets to ensure the operator is using the correct bucket for the task,” says Kleingartner. “With a hydraulic quick-coupler option, the operator can easily change attachments from the comfort and security of a wheel loader cab.”

PURCHASING MULTIPLE BUCKETS In some cases, multiple buckets may be justified. “In the event of two different applications where the loader splits the time 50/50, if one can benefit from higher productivity, an assessment should be made to weigh the potential increase in productivity vs. the cost to run two tools,” says Sardenberg. “With the wide availability of couplers, tool switch time can be minimized. “However, remember that some coupler designs can potentially impact machine performance and bucket sizing,” he adds. “Don’t forget to consider transportation costs. Usually, a loader can be transported on a single flatbed, while adding a bucket might require a different setup if the sites are not located in the same area.”

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Multiple buckets may also be required if you have two or more very diverse applications. Some buckets simply will not hold up if used in the wrong application. “The loader may spend 80% of its time handling sand and gravel [for which] a material handling bucket

The spade nosestyle rock bucket is designed for heavy-duty digging applications. It features pin-on mounting and standard weld-on teeth.

is ideal, but 20% of the time it is handling recycled concrete or asphalt, which damages a material handling bucket’s lighter shell,” says Wayne Powell, adviser to the vice president, Hitachi.

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(GET) to enhance the performance of their wheel loader and bucket,” says Kleingartner. “Cutting through material can be made easier with GET such as rugged bucket teeth. Many manufacturers, like Doosan, offer a vast number of interchangeable bolton teeth options for general-purpose, light material and multipurpose buckets. Weld-on teeth are typically offered for heavier-duty buckets, such as rock buckets.” “Cutting edges and tooth type have a big impact on penetration,” says Mohn. “Spill guards help keep the material in the bucket and can increase efficiency. The material type and application should determine what type of wear parts are needed.”

CUTTING EDGES AND TOOTH TYPE HAVE A BIG IMPACT ON PENETRATION. SPILL GUARDS HELP KEEP THE MATERIAL IN THE BUCKET AND CAN INCREASE EFFICIENCY.” — Mark Mohn, Volvo Construction Equipment “The impact of the GET and other bucket attachments cannot be overstated enough,” says Sardenberg. “First, they need to match the application and material they are used mostly on. For application, remember that a bucket might also be used to clean up the loading floor or even to level grade in some cases by backdragging. Tougher materials will require special tips and edges to penetrate and break the material as the load cycle happens.” Because adding protection such as wear plates also adds weight, which can affect productivity, be sure to verify machine performance/capacity. “For most common bucket applications, we recommend to ensure the bucket spill-guard is part of the basic bucket design,” says Sardenberg. “This simple add-on prevents material spillage in the machine linkage and components, which extends the life and avoids issues such as materials rolling down the linkage and into the cab glass. “Because of the multiple options,” he adds, “we strongly suggest to work with dealers and manufacturers to find the perfect match of application, performance and durability for bucket tool selection.” ET

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Takeuchi TW65 SERIES 2 and TW80 SERIES 2 Compact Loaders

The HL900 wheel loader product line includes 17 models comprising standard Z-bar linkage designs, XT extended reach models, TM tool master twin hydraulicarm models and an HD model featuring heavy-duty axles. • Size classes from 15 to 35 tons • Standard onboard weighing system accurate to +/- 1% with automatic and manual settings for monitoring individual and cumulative bucket load weights • Proprietary HiMATE remote management system provides real-time monitoring of every machine • Protected by a three-year, 3,000-hour full machine standard warranty, five-year, 10,000-hour structural warranty and lifetime warranties on articulation joints

The TW65 SERIES 2 and TW80 SERIES 2 offer 11,354- and 12,700-lb. operating weights, 4,050- and 4,445-lb. rated operating capacities and 11,600 and 13,960 lbs. of bucket breakout force. • Reach and dump heights up to 8 ft. 6 in. • 73-hp Deutz turbocharged, water-cooled, Tier 4 Final engine with a maximum torque of 192 ft.-lbs. at 1,800 rpm • Standard travel speed of 12.4 mph, or up to 24.8 mph using the high-speed road gear option and ride control accumulator • Improved cab with automotive-styled interior design, a frameless door, easy to operate function switches, inching pedal and precision pilot controls

Liebherr XPower Large Wheel Loaders The L 550 to L 586 XPower loaders feature 39,022- to 71,871-lb. operating weights, tipping loads from 26,896 to 47,620 lbs., bucket capacities from 4.19 to 7.85 cu. yds. and breakout force from 28,101 to 58,450 lbs. • Power split driveline combines hydrostatic and mechanical drives for maximum efficiency in all loading cycles • Liebherr-Power-Efficiency optimizes the interaction between the diesel engine, gearbox and working hydraulics • Incorporate stronger axles and a standard automatic self-locking differential • 191- to 354-hp Tier 4 Final engines operating at a low 1,100 to 1,300 rpms

The 988K XE with switched reluctance technology and electric drive system delivers a 25% overall efficiency increase and up to 49% productivity increase in face-loading and up to 10% in load-and-carry applications. • Electric drive design increases engine life by up to 3,500 hours • SR drive motor, generator and inverter built to last through the second engine life with minimum maintenance • Maintains a C18 ACERT engine, mechanical dropbox, driveline and axles • Bucket capacities from 6.2 to 17 cu. yds. and rated standard and high lift payload up to 12.5 tons in face material and 16 tons with loose material

Doosan DL250-5 Wheel Loaders

KCM 70Z7 Tier 4 Final Loader

The 171-net-hp DL250-5 wheel loaders are designed for scooping, lifting, carrying and dumping activities associated with earthmoving and general construction tasks. • Approved for use with a 3.3-cu.-yd. bucket • Standard configuration offers a maximum dump height of 9 ft. 2 in., while a highlift option extends the dump height to 10 ft. 7 in. • Tool carrier (TC) configuration suited for lift and carry applications when the operator needs to keep items level while the loader is moving

The Tier 4 Final 70Z7 has a 173-gross-hp Cummins QSB6.7 diesel engine that does not require a DPF. • Five-speed automatic transmission with variable shift points • Auto Idle Shut Down feature senses excessive idling and shuts down the engine as warranted • Variable-speed reversible fan minimizes parasitic power drain while providing maximum cooling • Roomy ROPS/FOPS-certified cab with full-color LCD multi-function instrument panel that houses a superwide-angle rear view camera and provides information from the KCM IntelliTech System

Gehl 650 and 750 Articulated Loaders The 9,080-lb. 650 and 10,920-lb. 750 feature larger engines, higher horsepower, a digital instrumentation display, Power-A-Tach attachment mounting system and a multifunction joystick. • 64.4-hp Yanmar (650) and 74.3-hp Deutz (750) Tier 4-certified engines • Provide 6,409- to 7,907-lb. straight tipping loads with the bucket and up to 130.5- (650) and 136.8-in. (750) bucket hinge pin heights • Z-bar-type loader linkage • Articulated steering with up to 45° turning angles • Travel speeds up to 19 mph

SDLG L918F Compact Wheel Loader The 14,990-lb. L918F has a rated load of 4,000 lbs. and a maximum breakout force of 8,540 lbf. • Deutz Tier 4 Final engine requires no DPF or diesel exhaust fluid • Two-speed countershaft transmission with 15-mph top speed • Externally cooled dry disc brakes • Compact body measures only 9 ft. 7 in. tall and 6 ft. 8 in. wide • Standard 1-cu.-yd. bucket mounted to skid-steer-style coupler or optional 1.3-cu.-yd. ISO/GP bucket

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Case G Series Wheel Loaders The G Series spans seven Tier 4 Final models featuring Selective Catalytic Reduction engine technology that eliminates regeneration or a diesel particulate filter (DPF). • Z-bar, XR (extended reach) and XT (tool carrier/parallel lift) linkage configurations • Four-speed PowerShift or optional fivespeed transmission with lock-up torque converter (721G, 821G, 921G) • 521G to 821G feature a limited-slip differential and the 921G to 1121G feature a heavy-duty axle with open differential • Automotive-style cab with electrohydraulic controls, ergonomic design and operator interfaces and an 8-in. LCD monitor

Komatsu WA500-8 Wheel Loader The WA500-8 combines an enhanced lockup torque converter function and SmartLoader logic to achieve low fuel consumption and high travel speeds. • 357-hp SAA6D140E-7 Tier 4 Finalcertified engine with Auto Idle Shutdown • Bucket offers a 7.6-cu.-yd. standard capacity and is designed for easier filling and better material retention • Cab includes an air suspension, highback heated seat, seat-mounted electronic pilot control levers, 7-in. full-color, high-resolution monitor with Ecology Guidance and standard dedicated, fullcolor, rear view monitor • Swing-out cooling fan with wider fin spacing and a standard auto-reversing fan for ease of cleaning

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Wacker Neuson 8115L Allwheel-steer Wheel Loader

JCB TM320 Telescopic Loader

The 13,338-lb. 8115L all-wheel-steer loader has a straight tip bucket load of 9,480 lbs., or 7,992 lbs. with forks. • 100-hp Deutz Tier 4 Final turbo diesel engine does not require a DPF • Rigid one-piece chassis prevents shifts in the center of gravity even at full turn • 40° steering angle on each axle • Hinge pin height of 12 ft. • Electronically synchronized steering modes include four-wheel, two-wheel and crab steering

The TM320 combines the central driving position and all-round visibility of a wheeled loading shovel with the reach and lift versatility of a telescopic handler. • 7,055-lb. lift capacity to the full 17-ft. lift height and 3,585-lb. maximum capacity at a full 10-ft. forward reach • 125-hp JCB EcoMAX 4.4L engine meets Tier 4 Final without a DPF • Four-speed powershift transmission enables a 25-mph maximum speed • Optional Auto Smooth Ride System boom suspension, hydraulic reversible cooling fan, rear view camera and immobilizer key

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Volvo L90H Wheel Loader The L90H features updates to its transmission and torque converter that shorten cycle times and provide up to 20% greater fuel efficiency. • Offers a 3.4% increase in tipping load and a 3 in. higher dump height • Incorporates electro-servo hydraulic controls, torque converter lockup with selectable modes and rimpull control • Loader arm design optimized for increased payload • Smart Control improves engine and hydraulic harmony and fuel efficiency and lowers driveline duty • Smooth Control improves fuel efficiency and operator comfort during load and carry/transport

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John Deere 204L and 304L Compact Wheel Loaders The 62-hp 204L and 67-hp 304L include Yanmar Tier 4 Final engines and fuelefficient hydrostatic transmissions. • Automatically activated front and rear differential locks • Machine height configurable to less than 8 ft. for jobs with overhead space constraints • Auxiliary hydraulic control for attachments moved to primary joystick • Optional ride control • Includes hydraulically released, selfadjusting park and service brakes, an improved interior cooling system and optional LED lighting package

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COM PACT E Q UI P M E N T By Michelle Kopier



EQUIPMENT FORWARD Flexibility, transportability and lower cost make compact equipment an attractive option over traditional, larger and more specialized machinery.


or several years now, the compact equipment market has seen strong and consistent growth. Starting with the economic downturn a decade ago, larger premium equipment purchases dropped significantly as contractors and owners tightened up budgets. The rental market saw a surge of interest for that same reason as contractors realized that high-cost, premium, specialized equipment was not earning its keep sitting idle on a jobsite for several days or weeks at a time. If one good thing came out of the Great Recession, it was a smart and realistic reevaluation of equipment purchases vs. rentals, and a more long-term view for new job bids. “As we continue to come out of the downturn, customers are looking to take on a more diverse range of job opportunities, as well as looking at how they can reduce the cost of a job while gaining flexibility with a finite set of equipment. Compact equipment’s versatility, flexibility and transportability provide that opportunity,” says


Graham Hinch, division manager, John Deere Commercial Worksite Products. Hinch says they are seeing the traditional customer who would normally buy machines such as a dozer or backhoe take a closer look at compact track loaders and compact excavators to see if they could get the same work done using these machines with a few attachments vs. buying more task-specific equipment. “No matter which manufacturer you look at, compact equipment is more productive than it has ever been, more flexible and more versatile, which is attracting a lot of new customers to that space,” he states. The compact equipment market addresses a common focus for equipment purchasers and users, which is return on investment over the product’s lifetime. Rental company owners as well as owner/operators are paying more attention than ever to the overall versatility of each piece of equipment, the productivity gains it can provide and total post-purchase costs.

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is the compact telehandler. It continues to be popular for applications where a small footprint and lower machine height would be preferred or required over a traditional telehandler model, such as parking garage construction. The applications for these machines vary greatly depending on the stage of construction. They may range from the initial phases of a large construction project where the machines can be found unloading trucks and delivering materials, to the closing stages where they can be utilized for parking garage construction and landscaping. Such versatility is really what propels this segment of the telehandler market, say John Boehme, senior product manager of telehandlers, and Rogério dos Santos, director of the telehandler platform at JLG Industries, Inc. Much like CTLs and compact excavators, compact telehandlers are seeing increased interest due to their versatility through a growing number of attachment options. The ever-expanding attachment offerings allow each user to perform several different tasks with a single machine.

INSIGHTS ON INDIVIDUAL EQUIPMENT TYPES Breaking the compact equipment market into individual machine types, the industry is trending away from wheeled skid steers and toward compact track loaders (CTLs) and compact excavators. “We’ve seen CTLs and compact excavators hold stronger market growth over skid steers,” says Hinch. “While I think the skid-steer industry will always have a place, we’re just not seeing the product growth rates we are seeing with other product segments.” “Our focus is on track loaders, which has been a dominant and growing market that has been replacing wheeled skid steers for many applications for the past 10 years,” says Buck Storlie, testing and reliability leader, ASV Holdings, Inc. In 2017, the company saw its CTL segment surpass skid steers in market share in both the U.S. and Australia. It sees other regions around the world trending in the same direction, although at a slower rate.

Compact equipment can enable you to take on a wider range of jobs using a finite set of versatile, flexible and easily transportable machines. The CTL is seen to have a broader array of applications and conditions within which it can work. “From a productivity standpoint, in terms of flotation, stability, pushing power and the flexibility with the rubber tracks, a CTL can work on more types of terrain and take on more jobs than a traditional wheeled skid steer can,” says Hinch. “With the CTL’s flexibility, we’re seeing our customers able to pursue and bid on more and different types of jobs than they could before.” Storlie agrees, noting, “Our customers want to be able to work more days and in more places. In more severe conditions like rain and mud where a wheeled skid steer could get stuck, a CTL can continue to do the job.” Another segment of the compact equipment market experiencing strong demand

A huge driver of compact equipment growth has been the development of more productive, efficient and compact engine systems. Over the course of the past decade, government regulations have pressed engine manufacturers to reduce emissions, while customers have insisted it not impact overall performance. “With the efficiency of lower horsepower engines, customers are able to consider that while a machine may not be able to dig as deep or large of an area as a larger piece of equipment, and it may take them a bit longer to complete the task, they can also now bid on five other jobs they couldn’t compete for with larger traditional pieces of construction equipment,” says Hinch. “And by investing in a few attachments, their equipment portfolio has grown in capability but not overall units — and their portfolio of business opportunities has grown. Our customers are gravitating toward that flexibility.” While there are always tradeoffs in going with a lower horsepower compact model, engine manufacturers are continuing to work to be able to

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The compact track loader’s broader array of applications and conditions in which it can work has helped spark substantial market growth.

Compact telehandlers are popular for applications requiring a small footprint and lower machine height.

squeeze more productivity out of a smaller envelope. Storlie notes that the 74-hp or less machine class is also becoming more popular to leverage less stringent emissions requirements. “That particular class of equipment is being pushed to get more performance out of 74 hp,” he comments. “At ASV, we achieve that by minimizing losses on other systems, like the drive system and hydraulics. Anything you can do to get the power off of the engine and put directly toward the ground

or the attachment to do work is a huge benefit for the customer.” The construction industry overall is trending away from traditional control methods toward electrohydraulic controls, particularly in larger equipment. In turn, this is trickling down to control expectations for compact equipment operation. Leveraging more precise electrohydraulic controls allows manufacturers to optimize and customize the performance and features of the system to each unique operator or application. “Along with the Tier 4 engines came engine control units (ECUs) and more onboard electronics,”

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says Storlie. “Once you introduce that onto the machine, the options just continue to progress. With electronic control adoption, we’re seeing a higher demand for the ability to adjust the machine to specific applications, attachments and operators, particularly on our higher-end machines.” “Electrohydraulics allow an operator to get into the vehicle cab and configure the machine to his or her own skill level for the task at hand,” Hinch points out. For example, the onboard controls can be programmed specific to the boom load height. “With a single push of a button, the operator can deliver the load to the truck accurately every time and not have to manually manipulate the load each time to complete the same task over and over. “This technology exists and is already being used by larger and more costly equipment,” he continues, “but it’s definitely something compact equipment operators are looking for now.” Improved versatility and productivity mean a machine is able to perform more tasks and work for longer hours, which equates to operators spending more time in the cab. As a result, increased focus and attention is being placed on operator comfort and overall work environment for future equipment designs. This includes evaluating features such as more efficient HVAC systems, more comfortable seats, rear view camera systems, cab pressurization and added creature comforts such as Bluetooth radio.

ADVANCED TECHNOLOGY CONSIDERATIONS Larger earthmovers such as motor graders and excavators

gain productivity and efficiency improvements with onboard precision systems like grade control. Telematics is another example of a higher cost technology often seen onboard larger, more expensive equipment. Telematics systems allow customers with high asset investment to monitor their machines’ performance, fleets and multiple jobsites. Asset protections such as curfews and geofencing also reduce risk for high-cost vehicles. Performance monitoring on individual machines can alert a dealer and/or fleet manager as to the health status of a machine. This enables them to be more proactive with servicing needs, and also mitigates unnecessary downtime if no service intervention is necessary for scheduled maintenance. All of these benefits make a jobsite and an operator more efficient and effective, helping to reduce operating costs and add to the bottom line for the owner. Thus, such systems are being requested in the compact equipment space. However, the high cost is difficult to justify given the lower overall purchase price of compact equipment. “Those systems can’t simply be scaled down, so you have to be conscious that on a $100,000 piece of compact equipment, it will be difficult to justify adding a $50,000 precision system,” says Hinch. “But there are always other ways we can deliver the precision and performance expectations a customer requires to get the job done efficiently.” So where is the future of compact equipment headed technologically? According to Hinch, “There is going to be a point where we have to further refine how the machine interacts with other machines, with suppliers, dealers, John Deere and its customers to establish how best to integrate the vehicle into the whole value chain of what a customer is trying to accomplish.” For example, while a remotecontrolled skid steer may not be considered a mainstream option, there are jobs involving dangerous or hazardous environmental conditions that warrant a machine without an operator. Such remote-controlled technologies combined with a precision system could eventually be integrated into a compact piece of equipment to automate specific tasks on a construction site. “John Deere, just like every

other manufacturer, always has to evaluate technological investments and integrations,” says Hinch, “not only in the near term for functional benefit to the customer, but also long-term to ensure onboard systems can utilize third-party systems an owner may already be using, and future technologies that may need to be incorporated years down the line.” In the end, if a technology doesn’t add productivity, lower operating costs and improve uptime, then it’s just technology for technology’s sake and likely not worth the cost — especially for compact equipment.

MARKET PROJECTIONS The outlook for the compact equipment market is bright, with all of the segments cited expected to continue to grow. Population expansion and the growth of major cities beyond their existing suburbs will continue to fuel the compact equipment market due to the need for machines to work in smaller spaces, note Boehme and Santos. Hinch sees customers continuing to gravitate toward compact equipment options over the course of the next several years. At minimum, 2018 looks to be another good year in terms of market growth for John Deere’s compact equipment segment. “We’re seeing the fundamentals of the economy — the drivers of the business for the construction and agriculture industries — to be favorable,” says Hinch. “Thus, we feel the compact equipment market will continue to grow for the next year, specifically in the U.S. and Canada.” The compact equipment market’s increasing popularity is also pulling it into new markets. Take ASV’s RT-120 model. Many units are sold with the planing head attachment to the asphalt market. “With that application, we’re able to run a 3-ft.-wide unit with a large enough milling head attachment to replace more dedicated and specialized asphalt equipment like planers, millers and grinders,” says Storlie. Customers are trending this way because of the ease of transportability of smaller and lighter weight compact models. If an operator is able to get the job done well and on time with a smaller unit, then getting the machine to and from the jobsite faster and easier becomes a big advantage. ET

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COMPACT TRACK LOADERS >> Products Gehl VT320 and Mustang 3200VT Vertical Lift Track Loaders The Gehl VT320 and Mustang 3200VT vertical lift track loaders provide 3,200 lbs. of rated operating capacity and 114 hp. • Provide optimal pushing power and tractive effort • Suited for final grading applications when equipped with an EDGE six-way grouser dozer blade • Pilot joystick controls mounted to the seat move with the operator, offer clear leg room and enable easy operation • Incorporate IdealTrax Automatic Track Tensioning


Caterpillar D2 Series Loaders The 98-gross-hp 272D2 skid-steer, 297D2 multi-terrain and 299D2 compact track loaders, and their 110-gross-hp XHP counterparts, are designed to meet Tier 4 Final standards. • 272D2, 297D2 and 299D2 deliver rated operating capacities of 3,400, 4,700 and 4,600 lbs. (50% of tipping capacity) • 272D2 XHP, 297D2 XHP and 299D2 XHP rated at 3,650, 4800, and 4,725 lbs. • In-cab heads-up Advanced Display can be paired with a rearview camera • Full-color 5-in. LCD monitor enables on-screen adjustment of implement response, hydrostatic drive response, creep control speed, ride control activation speed and more

Kubota SVL75-2 High Flow Compact Track Loader

Introducing Takeuchi’s newest excavator the TB235-2. This 3.5ton excavator meets the needs of a wide range of customers including general contractors, landscapers, utility contractors and the rental industry.

The SVL75-2 with High Flow offers 2,300 lbs. of operating capacity, a bucket breakout force of 6,204 lbs. and lift arm breakout of 4,766 lbs. • Auxiliary hydraulic flow of 29.3 gpm • 74.3-gross-hp Kubota four-cylinder, direct injection, turbocharged, Tier 4 Final diesel engine • Electronic Travel Torque Management System constantly monitors the load to optimally control hydraulic pump output • Standard two-speed travel and high ground clearance ensure travel performance on difficult terrain • Multi-function levers provide fingertip control of all major functions

The machine has an operating weight of 7,418 pounds, a dig depth of 10 feet 7.8 inches, maximum reach of 17 feet 3 inches and breakout force of 9,127 pounds. Takeuchi has earned a reputation for innovation over the past 55 years. From the invention of the first 360-degree excavator to the first rubber-tracked loader, Takeuchi continues to lead the way in the compact construction equipment industry.


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

New Holland C234 Compact Track Loader The C234 compact track loader features a 90-hp engine, radial lift geometry, 17.7-in. tracks for a low ground pressure of 4.4 psi and an extra-wide cab. • 3,400-lb. rated operating capacity at 50% tipping load • 8,700-lb. bucket tip and lift breakout forces • Low-profile undercarriage design with improved yoke-to-frame engagement produces less noise and overall improved track alignment and easier cleanout • Includes a heavy-duty steel rear door and hood and steel front worklights with side lamps

Yanmar T210-1 Compact Track Loader The T210-1 compact track loader features a lift height of 128 in. and the versatility to run just about any kind of attachment. • 70.7-hp Tier 4 Final turbocharged diesel engine delivers up to 206 ft.-lbs. of torque • High-strength rubber tracks with Automatic Track Tensioning System that adjusts tension when the machine is turned on, and continues to adjust constantly while working • Anti-Stall Technology automatically adjusts the hydrostatic pump to maintain maximum engine torque and drive power as the drive load increases

Kato CL35 Compact Track Loader The 7,826-lb. CL35 has a 2,310-lb. operating capacity (50% tipping load) and boasts 6,474 lbs. of bucket digging force. • 67-hp Yanmar 4TNV98 diesel engine • Large operator’s area with pilot-operated joystick controls • Standard two-speed travel • Hydraulic self-leveling bucket • One- and two-way auxiliary hydraulics • Tilt-up operator compartment

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

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VOLVO D-SERIES SKID STEERS AND COMPACT TRACK LOADERS Volvo’s new MC110D, MC115D and MC135D skid-steer loaders, and MCT110D, MCT125D and MCT135D compact track loaders have been revamped with a stronger boom design that provides up to 11% higher lifting capacities vs. the prior generation. The curved single loader arm’s heavy-duty design and extra reinforcement provide more strength and rigidity while efficiently distributing the load, which reduces material loss from the bucket and limits sway in heavy pallet handling applications. Several models come with significant rated operating capacity (ROC) improvements. The MC110D has an ROC of 2,500 lbs., an 11% increase. The MC115D has an ROC of 2,700 lbs. (+4%); the MCT110D has an ROC of 2,500 lbs. (+11%); and the MCT125D has an ROC of 2,700 lbs. (+4%). An optional counterweight kit can take the MCT135D from a 3,000- to a 3,200-lb. ROC (+7%). The roomy ROPS/FOPS high-spec cab includes a wider side-entry door and new handrails. The noiseinsulated cab is fitted with an adjustable seat, and provides generous legroom and storage, an advanced climate control system and easy-to-read gauges located in the two ergonomic consoles. The curved single loader arm, large top window and narrow ROPS cab pillars supply operators with 270° of visibility. The arm and attachment bracket offer optimal forward and side views of the attachment and jobsite. The units also feature large glass panels and a rear view mirror. The machines are equipped with a fully enclosed attachment bracket that eliminates the need for greasing, as well as a replaceable, reversible wear plate. The new visual indicator lets the operator know when the attachment is locked. A forward-tilting cab provides access to internal components without the need to raise the arm. All service and maintenance points are arranged in a simple layout, which can be accessed using the large rear door.

ASV RT-40 Posi-Track Loader The 4,175-lb. RT-40 Posi-Track small-frame compact track loader measures just 48.3 in. wide yet features a 931-lb. rated operating capacity (ROC), a tipping load of 2,660 lbs. and a lift height of 8.4 ft. • Optional drive hub full metal face seal package increases ROC to 1,008 lbs. • 37.5-hp Kubota turbocharged, 1.8L, Tier 4 Final engine requires no regeneration, exhaust sensors or diesel exhaust fluid • Posi-Track system provides optimal traction and track life and a ground pressure of 3.5 psi • Variable auxiliary hydraulic flow with a pump capacity of 13.3 gpm and 3,000 psi • Offers a 10.8-in. ground clearance and speeds up to 7.1 mph

Bobcat 5-Link Torsion Suspension Undercarriage The 5-Link torsion suspension undercarriage is available for the M2-Series T870 compact track loader. • Includes an easier to maintain drive motor and continuous lubrication of the outer bearing • 15% increase in diameter to the drive shaft inside the gearbox • Added fifth link on rear axle increases machine stability and performance when grading, and enhances ride quality • Larger rear idler positioned further back within undercarriage • Features an automatic hydraulic track tensioning system, dual flange forged steel front idlers, wider rollers and longer rubber tracks

Takeuchi TL6 Compact Track Loader The TL6 has a radial lift loader design with a maximum lift height of 9 ft. 6.4 in. and rated operating capacity of 1,841 lbs. • 65.2-hp Kubota 2.4-liter engine • Width of 5 ft. and a height of 6 ft. 5.8 in. • Newly designed cabin with an overhead 5.7-in. color multi-information display and backlit rocker switches that control various machine functions • Weighs 7,480 lbs. with a canopy or 7,780 lbs. with optional cab with swing-out door, heat and air conditioner • Standard Takeuchi Fleet Management (TFM) system




Case TV370 Compact Track Loader The 74-hp TV370 large-frame, vertical lift compact track loader meets Tier 4 Final via a DOC-only FPT engine that requires no additional fluids or intensive maintenance activities. • 3,700-lb. rated operating capacity with an 8,776-lb. bucket breakout force and 10-ft. 11-in. hinge pin height • 24.2-gpm standard auxiliary hydraulics or optional 37.6-gpm high-flow setup • Cab-forward design with ultra-narrow wire side screens and large, rounded rear window for 360° visibility and optimal site lines to the bucket edge/curb lines • Standard heavy-duty front and side lights • Easy-tilt cab offered for convenient access to the drivetrain compartment

John Deere 325G Mid-frame Compact Track Loader The 74-gross-hp 325G mid-frame compact track loader has a 9,500-lb. operating weight and a 2,590-lb. rated operating capacity. • Vertical lift with a 10-ft. 6-in. height to hinge pin • Optional ride control and bucket selflevel combination • Pressurized cab with heated seats, Bluetooth radio, rear view camera and deluxe LED lighting package • In-cab boom lock-out system • Includes a Yanmar FT4 engine, flexible control choices and performance package options for adjusting drive system response, boom and bucket speeds or for setting creep mode on demand

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Each year, the construction editors at AC Business Media generate and post hundreds of videos to the Video Network on the ForConstructionPros. com (FCP) web portal. The Video Network now hosts more than 3,600 videos on a range of topics relevant to construction audiences of all types.

[ C ATER P IL L A R ] Utility Vehicles Built to Be Cat Tough Last November, Caterpillar introduced its first entries in the utility vehicle market, the gasoline-powered CUV82 and diesel-powered CUV102D.’s Roger Mann chats with Norma Aldinger, Caterpillar marketing supervisor, about the features of the new machines, including their “Cat Tough” design with standard fourwheel drive, power steering, an all-steel bed, operator-focused cab and more.

Because a sizable percentage of these videos feature the equipment you are either using now or considering for your jobsites in future, we have chosen to recognize the Top 25 Equipment Videos featured on the site over the past 12 months. Following are brief descriptions of each, along with links so you can watch and see why they’ve generated so much interest.

[DEERE] New G Series Skid Steers and CTL Focus on Value Gregg Zupancic, product marketing manager, John Deere, highlights features of the new mid-frame 320G and 324G skid steers and 325G compact track loader. The machines have a low-maintenance, economical design that includes 69- to 74-hp diesel engines that do not require additional aftertreatment, plus extended fluid change intervals. These vertical lift models can all lift over 10 ft. Optional features include an enhanced LED lighting package and reversing camera with monitor.

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[ HIN O] Pulls Wraps Off Class 8 Truck At The Work Truck Show 2018, Hino announced its entry into the Class 8 truck market. Dominik Beckman, director of marketing and dealer operations, shared some of the highlights of the 2020 model year XL Series with Curt Bennink, Equipment Today senior field editor, including insights on their “legendary” Hino A09 engine, capacity ratings, specifications, safety features and more. The XL Series will be offered in truck and tractor configurations ranging from a GVWR of 33,000 to 60,000 lbs.

[ MA N ITOU] MRT 2150 Rotating Telehandler Changes the Game in Pick and Place Applications FCP editor Larry Stewart talks with Tony Bloom, project superintendent with Iconica, a Madison, WI, contractor, about how Manitou’s new MRT Series makes pick and place applications faster and safer with its crane-like slewing capability. Blum discusses the various benefits of the machine and how its unique rotating capabilities have worked well for the company, particularly on this five-story building project.

[ WACKE R NE U SON] AS50e Cordless Rammer Performs Like a Gas-Powered Model, Minus the Emissions and Noise During World of Concrete 2018, FCP editor Larry Stewart talked to Fred Paul, sales application/engineering manager at Wacker Neuson, about the new AS50e cordless electric rammer, which performs like a gas-powered machine but without the emissions, making it ideal for indoor applications. Powered by a Lithium-ion battery, the unit is also easier on the operator thanks to lower noise levels and reduced hand-arm vibration.

[CE M E N TE CH ] Adds C60 to C Series Concrete Mixers Connor Deering, president and CEO, Cemen Tech, highlights the updates to the second-generation C60 volumetric concrete mixer. It now includes the ACCU-POUR system, which adds automated features as part of the control package. For example, automated gates set themselves to the flow of material required for a particular mix design. The mobile batch plant is simpler to use and can deliver custom volumes and types of mixes when and where you need them.

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THE G SERIES WITH 360˚ TCO. • Patented SCR engine solution for unmatched fuel efficiency with no diesel particulate filters, no regen and no extreme exhaust temperatures. • Improved hydraulics plus four power modes for best-in-class breakout force and faster cycle times. • All-new cab with best-in-class visibility and redesigned HVAC system to maximize operator comfort and combat operator fatigue. • The most comprehensive standard machine maintenance and protection coverage in the industry. And that’s just for starters! When it comes to moving more material at the highest level of uptime, the G SERIES resets the standard for lowest total cost of ownership. Check out our easy-to-use, online TCO calculator now to get insight into your lifetime ownership costs.

ProCare is a factory fit program available on new heavy machine orders. ©2018 CNH Industrial America LLC. All rights reserved. CASE is a trademark registered in the United States and many other countries, owned by or licensed to CNH Industrial N.V., its subsidiaries or affiliates.

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[DYNAPAC ] Unveils Oscillation Technology at World of Asphalt Dynapac has expanded its roller product line with the addition of the CO4200 Generation VI double-drum roller with oscillation. Tim Hoffman, product manager rollers, shares how oscillation technology works, and the benefits it can offer in a double-drum machine. He also discusses where and when it works best, including its efficiency on bridge decks and on thin lifts. Features designed to ensure ease of operation and maintenance are also addressed.

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[ K U B O TA ] Boosts 2.7-Ton Mini to 9-ft. 5-in. Dig Depth

[ BOBCAT ] Improves T870 Track Loader Stability with 5-Link Torsion Suspension

Jeff Jacobsmeier, Kubota product manager, walks through the upgraded features of the new U27-4 excavator, which replaces the U25. The new model delivers more digging and lifting capabilities; an auxiliary diverter valve and adjustable flow control for easier attachment operation; plus a new cab option sized to be comparable to those found on a larger machine. It also comes with a maintenance-free Tier 4 Final engine.

At World of Concrete 2018, Eric Dahl, loader product support, shared features of the 5-Link torsion suspension undercarriage featured on the Bobcat T870 compact track loader. The system incorporates a fifth torsion link on the rear axle that creates an independent suspension between the front and rear links. This results in a smoother ride and greater stability for easier truck loading and improved grading ability.

[ V O LV O ] Introducing the EWR150E Short Swing Radius Wheeled Excavator

[ CA S E] 2018 Backhoe-loader Updates

Because how you apply and maintain equipment is just as important as the equipment itself, here are the Top 15 videos focusing on jobsite application, maintenance and training: Here’s the Horsepower Necessary to Move 125M cu. yds. of Earth in a Year Hilti Partners with Customers to Ensure OSHA Silica Dust Compliance Doxel Uses AI and Robots to Track Construction Projects Single Dozer with Machine Control Does the Work of Two Machines Pipe Dreams: Compact Machines Help Plumbing Company Grow The Key Change Contractors Must Make to Improve Profits with Drones

Volvo Equipment Helps to Relocate a Swedish City From Migrant Worker to Successful Construction Business Owner

Martijn Donkersloot, Volvo product manager, highlights the features of the EWR150E, the company’s first-ever short swing radius wheeled excavator. They include enhanced all-around visibility, low sound level and an ergonomic operator station with integrated control functions in the display, easily adjustable climate control and optional deluxe seat. Options include the SmartView system for a 360° view around the machine, and boom suspension system for travel over uneven surfaces.

Ed Brenton, CASE’s brand marketing manager, covers new features and options the company made available on the N Series backhoe-loaders. He discusses options that are now standard and improvements to the machine to make it even faster, more powerful and more productive. These include a drivetrain that provides more pushing power while backfilling a trench or going into the pile, and an improved backhoe hydraulic system that provides optimal gradeability, smoothness and controllability.

[ PE R K I N S ] Highlights New 9L Engine for Construction Applications

[ DOOS A N ] Enters New Class Size with DL280-5 Wheel Loader

At World of Concrete 2018, Perkins highlighted the new 9-liter 1706 engine designed for a range of construction applications. Dustin Childers, regional marketing manager, also discussed the SmartCap, a unique oil cap with built-in telematics capability. When combined with the Perkins My Engine App, it provides information such as engine hours, location, service reminders, start/ stop data and more on new and existing Perkins mechanical or electronic engines.

At 32,262 lbs., Doosan’s DL280-5 is a new size class for the company, filling a gap in its wheel loader product line. It has 172 hp and comes with a standard 3.7-cu.-yd. bucket. Aaron Kleingartner, marketing manager, describes some of the unique features of the model displayed at World of Concrete 2018, including an optional heavy-duty axle and a guarding package that protects various areas around the machine. The model also included an optional quick coupler paired with a 4-in-1 bucket.

Associated Training Services Trains the Next Generation of Operators Pair of New CAT 657G Scrapers Hit the Dirt for the First Time Trimble Patents Augmented Reality Goggles to Project 3D Data onto Construction Sites Six Demolition Robots Take Down the Old to Make Way for the New

A Moment Can Save a Life Autonomous Rebar-Tying Robot Could Revolutionize Bridge Construction Dangers of Adding Grease to Blocked Lube Lines

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he RT215 Pilot Series Track Loader from Gehl is the IDEAL machine. Outfitted with our revolutionary pilot-operated control system, the Pilot Series is the ideal mix of simplicity and technology. The seat-mounted joystick controls move with the operator, even on rough terrain, and provide additional legroom. The Pilot Series Track Loader line includes five models ranging from 1,650 lbs. to 3,200 lbs. rated operating capacity. Test drive the Gehl RT Pilot Series Track Loaders at your local Gehl dealership today. Visit for more details! 


Automatic Track Tension System

Provides the market’s lowest overall equipment height for units with overhead door system.

Reduces the strain on track components and simplifies track repairs.

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[ TOPC ON ] Excavator Control System Maximizes Operator Efficiency, Productivity

[MQ WHITEMAN] Ride-on Trowels Bring More Power to the Floor

The new X-53x 3D machine control system is designed to offer a faster, modular and easily upgradeable aftermarket solution for excavation. According to Topcon’s Murray Lodge, the system allows the operator to know where the bucket is at all times in relation to where he or she wants it to be. The system is fully scaleable. This means users operating the 2D X-52i system can easily upgrade to the X-53x by adding GR-i3 receivers for a 3D solution.

At World of Concrete 2018, MQ Whiteman promoted the ability of its ride-on trowel line to bring “more power to the floor.” Multiquip’s Juan Quiros highlights the 10 ft.-wide STFDX, which features a new digital display that includes features such as an active pitch indicator and active speed control. The HTXG6DF dual-fuel model is capable of running on LPG or gasoline, enabling extended runtimes outdoors and facilitating indoor operations.

[ATL A S C OPC O ] WEDA Electric Submersible Pumps Applicable for Many Industries Atlas Copco and Chicago Pneumatic have introduced a new lineup of 30+ models of compact, lightweight submersible and dry prime pumps. Visiting with FCP’s Roger Mann at World of Concrete 2018, Joe Moser, Atlas Copco product manager - pumps, highlighted a new trash-style submersible, which is available in 1/2- and 1-hp versions, features a steel impeller and is capable of passing solids up to 1 in.

[RAM] Unveils Laramie Longhorn Southfork and Heavy Duty Lone Star Silver Editions New for 2018 updates to the Ram Laramie Longhorn Southfork and Heavy Duty Lone Star Silver pickups add luxury to already-plush models from 1/2 to 1 ton. The Southfork adds full-grain leather seats, a walnut-trimmed steering wheel and more. The Heavy Duty Lone Star Silver edition receives such premium upgrades as a new luxury grille with chrome surround and chrome Wave Mesh inserts.

The 10-ton-class HD+ 90i PH oscillatory roller is dubbed the “world’s first hybrid roller.” Its PH hybrid power train system combines a 74-hp Tier 4 Final diesel engine and a hydraulic accumulator that is activated only during times of peak power draw, such as when starting vibration or oscillation. The reduced fuel consumption and elimination of additional aftertreatment result in a significantly lower operating cost.

[FELLING TRAILERS] Displays Updated FT-50-3 LP Trailer

[ROAD WIDENER] Offset Vibratory Roller Attachment

The updated 25-ton, three-axle FT-503 LP trailer is built specifically for easy loading and unloading of asphalt equipment. Its gradual 7° loading incline is suited for paver transportation. The unit is available with a bi-fold ramp setup in a full-width version or 45-in. dual ramp version. It also features an electric-overhydraulic powered design; 6-ft. main section and 5-ft. end tail section; and 6-ft. double incline beavertail.

This video demonstrates the primary features of the Offset Vibratory Roller skid-steer attachment. The unit is available in 2-, 3- and 4-ft. roller drum widths and can roll stone, asphalt, RAP or dirt. Its offset features enable it to roll on the outside slope of the shoulder or be dropped down into trenches, while the operator and machine stay safely on the road. Remote control puts functions in the operator’s hands.

[JLG] Automates Lift Safety on High Capacity Telehandlers

[G EHL] Introduces RT215 CTL with Pilot Hydraulic Controls

[HYUNDAI] Adds All-Around View Monitoring System to Wheel Loaders

Nathan Ryan, global product manager, skid steers and compact track loaders for Manitou’s Gehl and Mustang brands, shares features of the new RT215 “value” machine. The unit has a rated operating capacity of 2,150 lbs. (35% of tipping load) and features a pilot hydraulic system — recognized for simplicity and reliability — and redesigned electrical and hydraulic systems. While positioned as a value machine, it still maintains some of the premium features the company’s customers are accustomed to.

In 2015, Hyundai launched the HX excavators with available AAVM (AllAround View Monitoring) system with intelligent moving object detection (IMOD). This camera system stitches together images from four cameras mounted on the front, rear and sides of the machine to deliver a 360° view of the jobsite, says Hyundai’s Juston Thompson. That same technology has been adapted to the HL900 series wheel loaders, and was shown publicly for the first time at World of Concrete 2018.

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John Boehme, senior product manager, discusses JLG’s family of heavy capacity telehandlers, including the 1644 with a 16,000-lb. capacity and 44-ft. lift height and 1732 with a 17,000-lb. capacity and 32-ft. lift height. The optional Smart Load technology combines attachment recognition, the load management information system and load stability indicator as a package to ensure there is less chance of overloading the machine.

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[ HA M M ] Hybrid Drive Introduced at World of Asphalt 2018

[ N AV I S TA R ] Rolls Out DuraStar Replacement Navistar’s Dave Hillman discusses the new International MV Series, which replaces the longstanding DuraStar line. The “driver-centric” lineup was designed from the inside out with the goal of delivering a truck that is easily configurable to produce maximum output day in and day out. Trim levels range from Basic to Diamond level in Regular Cab, Extended Cab and Crew Cab. The vehicles are available with a Cummins B6.7 or L9 engine in power ratings from approximately 200 to 350 hp and matching transmission options.

[ PET T I BON E] How New Telehandlers Differ from Its Legacy Models At World of Concrete 2018, Pettibone relaunched its Extendo line with the 944x fixed boom and Traverse T944x. Features different from the legacy machine include a completely redesigned cab, trunnion-style front and rear stabilizers and enhanced service features. The boom on the 944x is lighter weight and utilizes thinner yet high-strength steel. The T944x has a traversing boom that allows the carriage to move forward and back 70 in. and place a load at the rated lift height.

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Experience the Progress.

Liebherr Wheel Loaders L 550 XPower® - L 586 XPower® XPower® is the new generation of Liebherr’s large wheel loaders. Liebherr XPower® is an integrated, innovative machine concept that sets new standards in terms of reliability, performance, robust design and comfort. The XPower® power-split driveline combines hydrostatic with mechanical drive and ensures maximum efficiency, whatever the application. The Liebherr-Power-Efficiency (LPE) System of the XPower® wheel loaders adjusts the power to the job for fuel savings of up to 30 percent - so you handle more, faster. Find your dealer at Liebherr USA Co. Construction Equipment Division 4100 Chestnut Avenue Newport News, VA 23607 Phone: +1 757 245 5251 E-mail:

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

CAREFULLY WEIGH SERVICE TRUCK Consider the availability of lightweight materials and designs, as well as ways to increase utilization.


ecisions you make today can impact your service technician well into the future. “Service truck owners require their equipment to be in service for many years, if not decades,” says Nathan Schiermeyer, director of engineering, Maintainer Corp. of Iowa. “At the same time, customers desire their trucks to be as lightweight as possible for improved fuel mileage and increased payload, while staying below chassis and road weight restrictions.” To address this, Maintainer utilizes a combination of

high-strength steel components and lighter weight materials. “We have designed many components out of aluminum where higher strength is not required, but can be designed to be structurally sound,” says Schiermeyer. “These components include Maintainer’s doors, compartment shelves, DuaLock drawer sets, slide-top center deck covers, pull-out steps and, recently, product tanks. Additionally, Maintainer recently implemented a composite oil reservoir which saved 80 lbs. over the previous steel hydraulic reservoir design.”

Good design practices must be implemented when trying to shave weight and maintain durability. “Maintainer extensively utilizes Finite Element Analysis (FEA) software to validate the strength of new designs, from cranes all the way down to shelves and bracket components,” says Schiermeyer. “FEA also allows weight reductions by removing unnecessary material and specifying appropriate material grades.” Stellar Industries has made a concerted effort in the past two years to address not only weight, but also corrosion for customers in northern climates. “The

Stellar TMAX Aluminum Series of mechanics bodies is patent pending and was developed using engineering and design practices found in the automotive and aircraft industry,” says Tim Davison, product manager. “We have been able to construct our body compartments out of aluminum, maintain the steel subframe and floor to offer reduced weight and corrosion resistance and still offer superior structural strength to support even our largest crane.” Engineers had to start from scratch. “We didn’t just mimic our steel side pack nor did we

The 11-ft. IMT Dominator III is capable of working in tighter quarters than its 14-ft. counterpart, maintaining stability and providing extra lift performance in critical work zones.

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just change the material to aluminum,” says Davison. “We used advanced design and manufacturing methods to make the side packs as strong as possible. Aluminum has unique characteristics compared to steel, so one has to design it with those characteristics in mind. “We feel we really hit a home run with the design of a full aluminum extrusion side pack top with integral mounting rail for accessories,” he continues. “This allowed us to create a top with ultimate strength while preventing any holes needing to be drilled to secure things like welders and compressors. We even proved through cycle testing and failure testing that our extruded aluminum top was equal to or stronger than our steel compartment tops. We also had to manufacture in such a way to prevent electrolysis where steel and aluminum come into contact. There are special products found in the automotive and aircraft industry to

The Stellar TMAX 30K Aluminum weighs over 1,300 lbs. less than the TMAX 1 heavy-duty steel service body yet is designed to accept a 30,000-ft.-lb. rated service crane or smaller. Product tanks from 25 to 400 gal. are available in Maintainer’s new stronger “8D” design. The smaller product tanks are constructed with aluminum, which provides weight savings, better corrosion resistance and improved sight gauges. prevent this and we use these in various ways.” But when looking at weightsaving technologies, you need to weigh the additional cost vs. benefit. “There are some things being done today to save weight, though sometimes at a great expense without a lot of added value,” says Mark Zipse, regional sales manager, Iowa Mold Tooling Co. (IMT). It’s important to calculate the baseline

weight when you start building a truck because there is a considerable difference between weights of bodies and the weight of packages with bodies, cranes, compressors and welders, as well as what you store in the body. “Many customers are concerned about payload,” says Zipse. They want to be in compliance with DOT regulations. “But at the same time, they’re concerned for the longevity of

the truck. A truck that’s not carrying as much weight down the road will last longer than one that is close to being overloaded all the time.” This quest for durability factors into the choice of materials. “Although researching options, IMT is not utilizing aluminum or composites in our designs at this time,” says Zipse. “To achieve the weight savings associated with aluminum or composite materials, you potentially sacrifice a measure of longevity and ability to handle the torque that a crane would put on a body. You generally have to use thicker components for aluminum and composite to be equal to what steel can accomplish. We’re cognizant of the weight-saving material out there, and we’re experimenting with it to find the right combination.”

TRUCKS SIZED FOR CRANES The size of the crane really drives the minimum size of the truck. “It used to be that the customer would undersize their cranes,” says Davison. That trend has now been reversed. “We are now seeing people realize that they maybe bought a crane or truck that is too large and under utilized.” The solution is to seek outside guidance when selecting cranes. “We want to help customers ‘right size’ their fleet. We strive to help educate customers on which equipment is right for the application.” Larger equipment requires larger cranes, but smaller cranes and trucks increase maneuverability. “For many years, we saw mechanic’s trucks getting larger and cranes needing more reach,” says Davison. “This really hasn’t changed in recent years. However, there is a keener understanding of how a small mechanic’s crane might be needed for urban or suburban markets. Many customers realize they need a blend of trucks across their fleet to service different markets.”

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Lube skids are becoming a popular way to increase the utilization rate of today’s service bodies. They allow technicians to perform preventive maintenance and can be removed when not needed.

bumper. The newer staircase design aids employee visibility when coming off the center deck/ bumper compared to the older ladder-style step design.” Truck access always ranks high on the technician’s wish list. “Our customers pay a lot of attention to what we’re doing The with the access in and out of the larger the back of the trucks,” says Zipse. crane, the larger the SAFETY AND PRODUCTIVITY “One of the biggest issues they investment. “It is often the case ENHANCEMENTS have is operators inappropriately now where the truck, the crane Mechanics often work in accessing the back of the truck. and compartment space are overchallenging conditions, including The rear access package helps sized for the standard work to be working after dark, and having to alleviate some of those safety accomplished,” says Schiermeyer. to continually crawl on and off concerns.” “Larger cranes require largequipment. Lighting enhanceIMT implemented a rear er trucks, which almost always ments and improved accessibility access package on its Dominator incur additional cost (from FET to the work environment are line that provides a strategically to CDL driver requirements). MAXIMIZE ROI among the advancements that placed extra step and an extendEquipment owners and fleet Service trucks represent a signeed to be considered when pured handle. “The handle provides managers need to validate the nificant investment, so it is not chasing a service truck. more surface area for two hands work that is required for crane a surprise that many contractors “Many of the recent innoto make more contact, while the sizing, as well as required equiplook for ways to increase the utivations in service truck bodies extra step reduces the height of ment that the mechanic needs to lization rate. are directly related to safety and the initial step as well as the dishave to do the everyday job.” “Many service truck ownproductivity,” says Schiermeyer. tance between steps,” says Zipse. Truck chassis selecCrane controls are also tion is based on several continuing to evolve to factors, including weight enhance safety on the jobdistribution. “The chassite. “New technology is sis is there to support that constantly being added body and payload that to cranes, wireless crane you’ll ultimately put into remote systems and service it, including a comprestruck body control syssor, welder, generator, oil tems,” says Schiermeyer. systems and tools,” says “For years, cranes have Zipse. “It’s incredibly had anti-two-block and important that you look overload protection sysat the payload and the tems. However, some weight distribution of that new systems can monipayload on the particular tor body level and crane chassis that you choose to Cabinet shelving in Maintainer bodies is now manufactured from aluminum rather boom angle, and display get the maximum use out load values or percentage than galvanized material, while retaining a 250-lb. rating. of that unit.” of load on the remote sysIMT analyzes weight tem display.” distribution of all the compoers are trying to find multiple “Maintainer service trucks utilize Of course, the best service nents to help size a truck. “We uses for the equipment that they LED lighting for compartment truck for your operation is the pay attention to where things already own,” says Schiermeyer. lights, floodlights and ICC markone that allows your mechanic are placed in the body — such “For example, the ability to er lighting. A popular option has to efficiently service equipment as the tools, which are generaladd lube product dispensing been to add LED floodlights to while providing a low operating ly in the center of the body, and and recovery to a service truck is the crane boom tip so the work cost. This requires an underthe crane in the right rear corsomething that may be needed area is always illuminated.” standing of how the truck is to ner — to determine the weight occasionally, but not every day,” IMT has integrated LED be used. distribution calculation,” says he notes. “When this situation lighting as standard in its comThere has been continued Zipse. “Once we know that arises, a great option is to add partments. “To enhance that advancement in materials (high number, we can move the weight a lube skid to the unit that can lighting, we painted the interistrength with weight savings); around.” Different chassis, axle be easily installed or removed or of those compartments with options and accessories (improved capacities and so on can be depending on the job requirea non-reflective coating,” says job performance); and technology swapped under the body to meet ments of the day. Typically, the Zipse. “It’s a VOC-compliant (data sharing), according to Tom specific requirements. weight and space of the lube polyurethane-modified multiWibben, director of sales and ser“It all comes down to picking tank and product dispensing color spray finish. It allows you vice, Maintainer. “We strongly the right truck and then verifymay not be required on the serto see significantly better inside encourage the customer to take ing what kind of payload you vice truck every day, but it gives those compartments by preventthe time to review and verify the can get with the service body the truck more versatility when ing the lights from reflecting and needs of their field technicians and crane on it,” says Zipse. required.” creating glare in the space.” and pass along as much inforContractors today want to Lube skids allow mechanics “Another area of recent mation about their needs [as ensure the mechanic can do the to perform preventive mainimprovement is safer and more possible],” he urges. “While many job and is satisfied with their tenance in the field, while convenient access to compartservice units may look the same vehicle. “Sometimes to maintain maximizing the significant ments and center deck areas,” on the outside, there are many that mechanic as an employinvestment already made in a says Schiermeyer. “Maintainer has features and options that can ee, the contractor has to ensure service truck. “We have seen a designed and implemented a side assist in providing the best service the mechanic is happy with the marked increase in lube skids access step into the workbench truck for the job.” ET

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tools, including the service truck, and that the mechanic has all the necessary equipment on the truck.” Tool storage can be a challenge. “Most manufacturers offer 44- or 42-in. compartments,” says Zipse. “We noticed that mechanics were going to their local farm shops to buy a cheap tool compartment and bolt it on top, which wasn’t ideal. That led us to add multiple compartment height options between 44-, 52- and 60-in. vertical compartments. It’s become popular to buy the taller compartments so the mechanic has room to store everything he needs.”

installed on mechanic’s trucks,” says Davison. “A mechanic’s work these days involves preventive maintenance work along with normal service breakdown work. Having a lube skid integrated into their mechanic’s truck gives them a sound package that works correctly right out of the gate.

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Stahl Razorback Composite Service Body Made from impact-resistant polypropylene, the Razorback composite service body is rust proof, resists dents and dings and allows a larger payload capacity. • Lightweight composite panels on a steel or aluminum subframe for corrosion resistance and improved fuel economy • Automotive painted finish and clean exterior lines enhance appearance • Design allows less wear on the chassis

IMT 11-ft. Dominator III Mechanics Truck The Dominator III 11-ft. mechanics truck is capable of working in tighter quarters, maintaining stability and providing extra lift performance in critical work zones. • Upgraded 25-ft. telescopic crane features a 440-lb. weight reduction and increased crane rating to 81,000 ft.-lbs. • Available with a 159.7- to 164.9-cu.-ft. compartment storage capacity and 52- to 60-in. sidepack height • Crane can easily clear a 12,000-lb. load • Standard energy-absorbing boom support, multiplex electrical system with programmable logic and rear access package

XL 110 Low-Profile HDG Trailer Talbert Air Ramp Series Tilt Deck Trailers The 20-ton-capacity AC-20-ART and 25-ton-capacity AC3-25-ART feature a 7° load angle for easy loading of lowclearance equipment such as soil and asphalt rollers. • Low 8-in. headboard and 33-in. deck height offer an optimal view of the equipment and surroundings • Air-powered 38-in.-wide, high-density Apitong wood-filled ramps • Air brake system and hutch spring suspension provide maximum load control • Safety chains with hooks that latch to tiedown rings on top of the outside beams

The XL 110 Low-Profile Hydraulic Detachable Gooseneck (HDG) has a 110,000-lb. capacity in 12 ft., and features a loaded deck height of only 15 in. and a ground clearance of just 4.5 in. • 13-ft. gooseneck offers a 110-in. swing clearance and relief cutout that provides additional space between truck and trailer • Long neck provides five-position ride height and is easily removable • Adjustable wheel area ride height • Main deck includes Apitong decking, T-1 flange and 80k webs and 6-in. and 4-in. stubbed junior I-beams on 12-in. centers • Deep bucket well in rear for excavator bucket

Air Lift 1000 Heavy-duty Coil Spring Inserts The Air Lift 1000 HD load support kit provides up to 2,500 lbs. of load-leveling capabilities and is specifically engineered for 2009-2018 coil-sprung RAM 1500 pickups. • Custom-molded polyurethane air springs simply insert into the rear coil springs with no vehicle modifications required • Works with the vehicle’s existing suspension to properly level the load during towing and hauling • Can be adjusted from 5 to 75 psi, enabling customization depending on load weight • Installation requires no drilling and can be completed with common mechanics tools

Eager Beaver 50 GSL-PT Paver Trailer

Teamco Feterl Heavy-duty Service Truck Bodies

The 50 GSL-PT has a 100,000-lb. load capacity and 122,700-lb. GVWR and is suited for loading rollers, pavers and milling machines. • Tapered four-beam, 16-in.-deep cambered I-beam mainframe and side rails • 10-in.-deep crossmembers pierced through the mainframe • 25,000-lb. axles with all-wheel ABS (4S3M) with spring brakes on all axles • Cush air ride suspension with 75,000-lb.capacity air lift third axle

The updated Feterl product line includes heavy-duty commercial-grade mechanics truck bodies and hydraulic cranes. • 10-gauge galvanneal cabinet construction • 10-gauge galvanneal single-panel door construction with stiffeners • Smooth body design with internal concealed door hinges • All the major compartments pressurized with automotive-type weather stripping • Subframe design utilizes interlocking members to increase frame strength and allow a lower center deck height

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Stellar TMAX 30K Aluminum Service Body Thunder Creek Diesel/DEF Transfer Tank for Pickups This combination transfer tank contains a 100-gal. steel diesel tank and an 18-gal. polyurethane DEF tank. • Fits seamlessly into the bed of 1/2-ton and larger pickups • Diesel pumped at 15 gpm via an industrial-grade 12V pump, while DEF is pumped at up to 10 gpm • Both fill nozzles (automatic or manual) located on driver side and extend out 10 ft. from the tank • Tanks and all components concealed within a lockable, weather-sealed enclosure • Optional 2-in-1 DEF pumping solution and thermostatically controlled, 12V Webasto DEF heating system

The TMAX 30K Aluminum weighs over 1,300 lbs. less than the TMAX 1 heavyduty steel service body yet is designed to accept a 30,000-ft.-lb. rated service crane or smaller. • Torq-Isolator torsion box understructure and crane compartment isolates crane lifting forces into the stabilizers and chassis frame • Body side compartments constructed of 1/8-in. high-strength aluminum floors and walls • Aluminum extrusion compartment top formed of high-strength aluminum with two built-in accessory mounting rails and wire harness channels inside the compartments • Features double-panel aluminum doors, stainless steel billet-style hinges, threepoint stainless steel compression latches and double-spring over center door closures

VMAC UNDERHOOD40 Air Compressor The UNDERHOOD40 for trucks and commercial vans offers up to 40 cfm at 100% duty cycle, making it suited for using small and medium-sized air tools for light-duty applications. • Weighs just 62 lbs. • Features an easily adjustable throttle control to increase or decrease vehicle rpm to air requirements • Digital controller offers a plug-and-play-style setup and features error tracking and fan on/off capability

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T R U CKS & T R A N S P O R TAT I O N Products Sage Oil Vac LubeBuilder LubeBuilder systems deliver complete customization for building a dedicated mobile lube truck or adding lube capabilities to an existing vehicle. • Suited for use on crane trucks, mechanics bodies, van bodies and enclosed bodies • Created and customized to serve the particular space and fleet needs • Fleet managers can choose the number of tanks, tank storage capacities and placement of each tank within the truck/van bed • Fluid control panels can be mounted for operator convenience • Allow for better bed utilization with trailer-free flexibility

Felling FT-12 EZ-T Tilt Trailer The FT-12 EZ-T features EZ Tilt Technology, which allows for ground level loading thanks to a rotating torsion suspension that provides a 5° load angle. • Electric/hydraulic lift system features electric/hydraulic pump with corded remote and 12-volt battery in a lockable enclosure • Two 7K-drop axles with rotating torsion suspension • 18.5-ft. tilt deck length including 3.5-ft. approach plate at the rear of the deck • Approximate deck height of 20.5 in. unloaded

Galbreath TH-14 Trail Hoist ARDCO Next-generation Articulating Multi-Purpose Truck The Articulating Multi-Purpose Truck features a modular back-end platform that is designed to accept a wide array of standard and customizable attachments. • Configurations include a bare chassis, dump bed, flatbed, water tank, fuel tank, service and lube station, utility bed, etc. • AMT 600 has a 250-hp Cummins QSB6.7 Tier 4 Final engine and features selectable four- or six-wheel drive and a maximum payload of 45,000 lbs. • AMT 400 has a 200-hp Cummins Tier 4 engine, offers two- or four-wheel drive and has a max payload of 28,000 lbs. • Dana six-speed powershift transmission

The TH-14 heavy-duty trailer hoist comes standard with a 12-hp Honda 390GX electric-start engine and a dual reeving system that utilizes hydraulic cylinders to move the winch cable via five individual 8-in. sheave blocks. • Metal frame reinforcement distributes load weight more evenly across the frame to minimize frame stress • Automatic front container locking mechanism • Dexter tandem axle spring suspension with two 7,200-lb. drop shaft axles, electric brakes and emergency breakaway trailer brakes • Adjustable bolt-on hitch with 2 5/16in. ball mount or 3-in. pintle lunette provides proper ride height alignment

Venco Venturo HT50KX Hydraulic Service Crane The HT50KX is a fully hydraulic service crane featuring a 20-ft. boom extension with a maximum capacity of 8,000 lbs. and a 50,000-ft.-lb. rating. • 60-fpm high-speed winch • Capacity overload shut-off system • 100 ft. of 3/8-in. aircraft-quality wire rope • 25-ft. corded pendant controller with optional wireless remote available

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Elliott 40142 Boom Truck

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The 40142 boom truck has an 80,000-lb. lifting capacity, five-section, 142-ft. main boom and telescopic jib. • 50-state federal bridge legal configuration • EZ-Crib high-speed out-and-down outriggers with two-stage vertical stroke reduce cribbing to reduce lane restriction • 360° stability without a front stabilizer • Features an externally wired anti-two block, gravity boom down for smoother operation and oil/oil hydraulic controls • High-visibility tilting cab with A/C, heated seat, ergonomic operator position and increased storage space • Optional 36” x 72” two-person hydraulically assisted work platform rated to 600 lbs.

The LoadMaster in-bed sliding tray cargo management systems include the Composite (CP) Bed System, SD (Standard Duty) and HD (Heavy Duty). • LoadMaster CP for full-size 5 1/2-, 6 1/2- and 8-ft. beds has an all-fiberglass one-piece sliding tray, composite deck and 1,000/800-lb. weight capacity • LoadMaster SD for 5 1/2, 6 1/2- and 8-ft. full-size and 5- and 6-ft. compact beds includes sliding tray decking, steel frame and tracks, dual latching system and a 1,000/800-lb. weight capacity • LoadMaster HD fits full-size 5 1/2-, 6 1/2- and 8-ft. beds, has a 1,200-lb. weight capacity with a reinforced track system, steel diamond tread deck and dual latching system

Caterpillar Redesigned 730, 730 EJ and 735 Articulated Trucks The 730, 730 EJ (Ejector), and 735 offer rated payload capacities from 30.8 to 35.2 tons and incorporate 367- (730 and 730 EJ) or 428-net-hp (735) C13 ACERT engines and CX31 transmissions. • Standard Cat Detect/Stability-Assist system monitors working angle of tractor and body and cautions operator when approaching a set threshold angle • Cat Advanced Automatic Traction Control system proactively applies differential locks to avoid wheel spin • “Terrain-based” throttle-smoothing system prevents acceleration surges when traveling over extremely rough terrain • Cab includes an external “spinal-ROPS” design for enhanced rear visibility, lower sound levels, enhanced climate control, heated/cooled seat and more

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By Nathan Medcalf PROFIT MAT TERS

The Hudson Yards project includes office towers, 4,000 residences, a 750-seat public school, shops and restaurants, a new art center and 14 acres of public open space. It is constructed on two “platforms” that bridge over 30 active Long Island Rail Road train tracks.


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efore entering the construction industry, Robert Kipp, general superintendent for Satterfield & Pontikes Construction, served in the army, and grew accustomed to the value of real-time information at his fingertips. “In construction, decisions are based on historical norms,” he notes. “I know the way we have done it for decades will work. If I introduce a new technology, I am introducing an unknown and therefore a risk. Why would I want to create more risk without a bona fide reward?” Yet, traditional processes have a tendency to lead to a lot of rework. “For example, if a drawing gets changed by the architect then it’s issued, that drawing gets sent to a printer so the [superintendent] can have a copy usually the next day,” Kipp comments. “Maybe the drawing is issued on Thursday but the project manager is off that day — a Friday and the following Monday. Then it gets sent to the print shop Tuesday but it doesn’t make it out to the field until Wednesday. Meanwhile, the field team has been working double shifts and Saturday on something that changed four days ago.”

Having a digital drawing management system that can be shared with all parties in real time would eliminate a lot of unnecessary work.

A GAME-CHANGING TOOL Kipp wanted to do things a better way. He pitched his first plan down in the DC metro area while he was with Clark Construction and carried that same commitment to innovation to the Skanska Team remodeling the UN building in New York City. They got behind it, but the software he initially proposed — a PDF slideshare program — made it difficult to find information.

PlanGrid facilitates information sharing in real time on the country’s largest privately funded project.

PlanGrid is being used by all the contractors and subcontractors working on the Hudson Yards project. Shown is an example of a request for information with comments for a project.

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“So, we went back to the conventional method, which is inefficient and ineffective,” says Kipp. “We had a 25’ x 50’ plan room to house the project’s 15,000 drawings, and three full-time plan clerks did nothing but slip sheet all day.” Then Kipp discovered PlanGrid, a mobile collaboration and digital drawing management system. He used it for the first time in 2013 on Wyandach Rising, a $500 million downtown public-private redevelopment project that includes construction of two mixed-use buildings. He appreciated how much easier it made his job. “It was awesome; it was a game changer,” he states. “iPad use among field crew grew organically, and the company rolled out the practice across all the company’s projects.” Using PlanGrid gave Kipp real-time information regarding

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“We adopted PlanGrid as soon as we realized it could be used as a portable office that carries every piece of information required...”

changes to drawings and other important project information, such as logistics information and permits. Having this information at his fingertips saved him a lot of trips to the trailer, where this type of information is kept, usually in print. “Digital

permits could be emailed to inspectors before they even come on site,” says Kipp, “meaning they don’t even have to come on site.”

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PlanGrid worked well on the Wyandach Rising project, and Kipp wanted to test its capabilities on a really large project. He found that opportunity with the Hudson Yards project — the largest privately funded construction project in U.S. history. “When I started working on the Hudson Yards project, there was some technology use, but it wasn’t standardized, and people weren’t sure how to use it,” he comments. “On the retail mall portion of the project, for which I was responsible, people began to see how having access to up-to-date information at their work station was simplifying their lives. Adoption grew because it was field-driven, not office-driven.” Eventually, the property owners, Related Companies and Oxford Properties, saw that the information collected by PlanGrid during the construction process could be useful to the long-term management of that property, and mandated that everyone working on the project use it. “We adopted PlanGrid as soon as we realized it could be used as a portable office that carries every piece of information required, for any project anywhere, any size, to any degree of difficulty,” says Eduard Kochoumian, president of KSW Mechanical, a subcontractor owned by Related Companies. “As we kept using it, we realized the potential to not only have all the information available at a push of a button, but that we could also use it to track progress for each individual discipline in construction. “We can now track each trade’s performance and follow up on the deficiency’s remedial progress — not to mention the available reporting capabilities of PlanGrid,” he continues. “I personally find it one of the best tools developed for a project manager to allow him [or her] to process, perform, track and report most of the tasks in the construction industry.” Partway through the Hudson Yards project, the property owners changed the general contractor. “Changing general contractors partway through a project could be catastrophic,” says John Donahue, regional VP of field operations for PlanGrid. “How do you migrate all that information from one company to another? “With PlanGrid, all that information was transferred to the next company in just a few hours, so the work with the subcontractors could continue and progress wasn’t impacted,” he points out. “This transition saved millions of dollars.” ET

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FLIR C3 Thermal Camera The C3 ruggedized, pocket-portable, dedicated thermal camera features a bright 3-in. touchscreen with both a visible and thermal camera. • MSX technology adds key details from the onboard visible light camera to the entire thermal image for sharper thermal detail • Hot or cold spot feature helps users to quickly measure within a defined area box • Picture-in-picture function allows users to easily compare the thermal image against the visible image • Includes Wi-Fi connectivity for easy image transfer

This Cloud-based mobile time clock app gives field team managers and employees an at-their-fingertips solution for tracking productivity and boosting jobsite efficiency. • Accessed via Android or iOS smartphone or tablet or direct from a web browser • GPS-based alert reminds workers when to clock in or out, or supervisors can clock an entire crew in or out at once • Time and location data gathered automatically and can be instantly visible to crews • Verified data can be exported into QuickBooks or other accounting software • Provides accurate information for job costing calculations

Morey MC-4 and MC-4+ Data Collection Platform The MC-4 and MC-4+ are designed to log and store diagnostic, power and locational data for single and mixed Class 1 to 8 vehicle fleets. • Remotely access performance data using Bluetooth, GPS and 4G LTE technology and untethered dead reckoning for continuous positioning • Plug-and-play deployment program allows users to easily install the device, customize data sets and begin receiving data immediately • Allow drivers to electronically log hoursof-service and send them directly to the fleet managers for ELD compliance • MC-4+ has a rechargeable backup battery and a more robust mechanical enclosure

Caterpillar RemoteTask for Smaller Loaders The RemoteTask remote control system has been expanded to smaller D Series skid-steer and compact track loaders. • Available for the 226D, 232D, 239D and 249D models • Enables operators to precisely control the machines from outside the cab • Works from as far away as 1,000 ft. and at a safe distance from potentially hazardous tasks and environments • Intuitive controller interface mimics in-cab controls (ISO pattern) • Cat key switches from manual to remote operation mode • One-hour installation and completely transferable between machines

Trimble Siteworks Positioning Systems The Siteworks Positioning System for Construction Surveyors and Siteworks Positioning System for Supervisors are rover systems for civil engineering and construction applications. • Redesigned Siteworks Software features a new interface with configurable views and colorful graphics • Utilize the SPS986 GNSS Smart Antenna and Siteworks Software, with the surveyor system using a TSC7 controller and supervisor system using a T10 tablet • Surveyor system lets user work with and visualize complex 3D models, collect large data sets faster and work day or night efficiently • Supervisor system enables user to run full office software packages and work with data and 3D models in the field

Verizon Connect Workforce Management Solution Workforce can help operations and fleet managers plan, monitor, dispatch and capture form data from the field. • Enables user to monitor and adjust work plans throughout the day • Provides easy access to actionable data that can help drive operational efficiencies and cost savings • Workforce Essential allows user to easily assign and dispatch work, capture field data via digital forms and monitor productivity through planned vs. actual (PVA) reporting • Enhanced and Ultimate plans include intelligent dispatch, estimated times of arrival and strategic planning capabilities

SERIOUS LABS AERIAL VR TRAINING SIMULATOR Serious Labs has launched its new Aerial Virtual Reality Training Simulator. The simulator combines the company’s new scissor lift modules with its boom lift modules to provide a comprehensive aerial operator training solution. The new scissor lift modules consist of 18 training scenarios on slab and diesel rough-terrain scissor lifts. There are also 16 articulating boom lift scenarios. The simulations progressively become more challenging, isolating tasks around driving, lifting, platform positioning and operating. Each module will take the novice approximately one hour and 15 minutes to complete, or a seasoned professional about 45 minutes. Metrics provide feedback about the operator’s performance, showing weakness and strengths. Skyjack provided guidance on the development of the scenarios, including key feedback on the representative scissor lift models, sensory feeling and realism. Learn more at

Case OEM Universal Machine Control Compatibility Kit A universal machine control option is available for the 1150M, 1650M and 2050M dozers that makes each machine factory compatible with all major suppliers of machine control technology. • Provides a universal harness for blade guidance systems, universal machine brackets and mounts and universal jumpers • Allows dozer to be deployed straight from dealer into any fleet-wide precision or machine control solution deployed on a jobsite • Helps to improve and retain resale value • Available for a limited-time with SiteControl CoPilot system powered by Leica

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Ease Into Technology to Build Productivity A methodical approach to technology can smooth a path to greater efficiency on the jobsite.


ith the advent and integration of industry-specific technology on the jobsite, the options to increase productivity are rapidly growing. According to the World Economic Forum, in 10 years the construction industry will be almost entirely digitized, with an overall possible savings of $1.2 trillion globally due to increased efficiency and productivity. But each new technology comes with its own set of benefits and possible hurdles — not the least of which is the impact on workers. So while it may be tempting to jump on board with the “next big thing,” adjusting your current practices, and folding in new technologies methodically, will often allow for a smoother, more effective path towardsreaching productivity initiatives.

contractor and all specialty trades such as the electrical contractor and mechanical contractor. Fully 76% of the best projects in the study engaged key stakeholders before or during conceptualization. Hiring early ensures that those who will be implementing the design in the field have an opportunity to influence how the design happens.

COLLABORATE REGULARLY Another consistent practice of high-performing teams is collaboration. Integrated project delivery (IPD) and design-build delivery methods encourage the highest degree of team collaboration and increase the probability of project success. But encouraging collaboration can be as simple as co-locating teams in one big room — a simple change

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The best projects approach contracts from the perspective of “how do we support the team with this contract” rather than “how do we use this contract to move the risk to someone else”. Source: Dodge Data & Analytics & Lean Construction Institute HIRE EARLY One small but surprising adjustment that improves productivity is when firms choose to onboard key stakeholders. A recent study completed by the Lean Construction Institute and Dodge Data & Analytics found that the best performing projects hire everyone that will be working on the project at the start of the design phase. This includes the general

that the study found to yield significant results. And while co-location may not be possible on construction sites, technology can offer team members similar access. Smartphone-based tools like video calling and real-time messaging go a long way to improve collaboration and communications between the field and office. Collaboration also needs to extend to how firms approach technology.

While it’s not necessary for all project stakeholders to use the exact same software, they do need access to the same data set. Reaping the full rewards of technology requires that all data is integrated and shared across systems. ERP needs to share with field collaboration tools and field collaboration tools need to be sharing with ERP. Free movement of data across the construction technology ecosystem is absolutely key.

ALIGN INCENTIVES How construction firms write their contracts also plays into overall project success. The best projects consistently used integrated project delivery which, beyond encouraging collaboration, aligns all parties (owner, architect and contractor) to a single contract. This ensures a shared risk/reward approach to unforeseen costs, and to savings. The best projects approached their contracts from the perspective of “how do we support the team with this contract” rather than “how do we use this contract to move the risk to someone else”.

DON’T MAKE DISRUPTION A DIRTY WORD A final challenge to consider is how you think about technology in general. Many firms are looking at technologies to augment existing workflows. While this is a good first step, it shouldn’t be the only step. True technology disruption is often what leads to the most significant gains. If the industry isn’t willing to explore disruptive measures, chances are the full benefits that technology has brought to other industries may never be realized. It’s time for construction firms to get comfortable with the idea of rocking the boat. ET


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S AFE T Y & TH E C O N T R A C T O R By Jessica Lombardo

TIME TO COMPLY WITH OSHA’S SILICA DUST RULE The Permissible Exposure Limit goes into effect in June 2018, so contractors need to be ready.


SHA’s Silica Rule or Permissible Exposure Limit (PEL) was finalized and implemented for the construction industry in 2017. The rule goes into effect in June 2018 for “General Industry” which includes construction contractors and related facilities. “The new silica rule forces... contractors to implement engineering controls to reduce the amount of respirable silica dust on construction sites to meet the new PEL of 50 μg/m3 (micrograms per cubic meter), which is five times less than the previous standards,” says Kat Murray, marketing director, Chemtek. “The new rule will ensure a safer work environment for all on-site personnel.” The rule references Table 1, which outlines specific controls for each construction activity. Depending on the activity, either a vacuum system (to suck up the dust) or a surfactant (to suppress the dust) are now required. “Silica dust exposure and the resulting health hazards have been a very real problem on construction sites for years, and the new OSHA rule is finally addressing that problem,” Murray says. “It is now the contractors’ responsibility to ensure a safe working environment in order to be compliant. To ensure compliance, contractors either have to complete exposure testing to ensure PEL levels are below the new required limit or implement the controls outlined in Table 1 of the rule.”

LIMITING EXPOSURE IN ROAD BUILDING Crystalline silica refers to a group of minerals composed of silicon and oxygen found in asphalt, concrete and rocks. Respirable refers to the silica being small enough to easily inhale. “In the road construction, paving and asphalt production industries, the primary source of airborne crystalline silica exposure occurs from fracturing aggregate or rock,” Murray says. “This occurs during milling, sawing, crushing and transporting of asphalt, concrete and rock.” The asphalt industry has discussed limiting silica exposure since 2003, when the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) led the formation of a Silica/Milling Machine Partnership — formed to evaluate milling machines and silica exposure hazards to protect workers involved in these operations. It led to a redesign of the water system in the machines, including trying to determine how to redesign the nozzle systems internal to the machines to get at the source of the dust. While some new equipment is already set up with a vacuum system, most existing equipment will need to be upfitted or have a dust-suppressing surfactant added to a water spray-down system. Since upfitting dozens of pieces of existing equipment with a vacuum system is more costly, most companies are going

the dust suppressant route, at least in the short term. “We have found that the safest way to operate is to utilize a combination of the vacuuming and suppressing the dust and to ensure an effective surfactant is used,” says David Elam, NeSilex product manager who has been involved in the development and field testing of the product from the beginning. “At Chemtek, we have focused our efforts on creating a silica dust suppressant specifically designed for the road construction industry to add to existing spray down systems. Initial testing has proven that our product... when used at proper dilution, can decrease respirable silica dust exposure by up to 100%. “Most milling machines and many sweepers already have an integrated water spray-down system,” he continues. “Simply adding NeSilex to the water tank can limit respirable silica dust exposure and, in many cases, ensure OSHA compliance.”

EXPOSURE CONTROL PLANS OSHA guidelines require companies to develop and maintain a written silica exposure control plan under 29 CFR 1926.1153(g)(1). The plan must

Initial testing has shown that surfactants like NeSilex, when used at proper dilution, can decrease respirable silica dust exposure by up to 100%. include, at a minimum, the following elements: ˜˜ A description of the tasks in the workplace that involve exposure to respirable crystalline silica ˜˜ A description of the engineering controls, work practices, and respiratory protection used to limit employee exposure to respirable crystalline silica for each task ˜˜ A description of the housekeeping measures used to limit employee exposure to respirable crystalline silica

GET SITE OF SILICA SAFETY CPWR — The Center for Construction Research and Training is an international leader in applied research and training for the construction industry, and serves as the National Construction Center for the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). It has developed a site that includes the tools and information needed to identify silica hazards, understand the health risk and find equipment and methods to control the dust. Users will also find information on regulatory and voluntary efforts to minimize silica exposures, as well as a central place to share successes and challenges. Learn more at

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FIND MORE ONLINE Special Report: OSHA Silica Rule: Are You Ready? Industry Expert Answers Your Silica Dust Questions ACPA Offers New Technical Guide for Contractors to Understand OSHA’s Crystalline Silica Rule NAPA Releases Silica Exposure Control Plans For Road Construction Activities

The amount of dust a single milling machine generates can be hazardous to crew members when exposed for long periods of time. ˜˜ A description of the procedures used

to restrict access to work areas, when necessary, to minimize the number of employees exposed to respirable crystalline silica, and their level of exposure, including exposures generated by other employers or sole proprietors Under 29 CFR 1926.1153(g)(2-4), employers must also: ˜˜ Review and evaluate the effectiveness of the written exposure control plan at least annually and update it as necessary

˜˜ Make the written exposure control

plan readily available for examination and copying upon request to covered employees, their representatives, OSHA and NIOSH ˜˜ Designate a competent person to make frequent and regular inspections of jobsites, materials and equipment to implement the written exposure control plan For additional resources related to OSHA silica regulations, visit www. “Exposure to respirable silica dust

is extremely hazardous and can cause cancer, COPD and silicosis, an incurable lung disease,” Murray says. “It is not only important for contractors to implement these Table 1 controls to be exempt from employee exposure testing, it is important to protect the companies’ most valuable asset — their employees. Employers should go above and beyond the engineering controls and take an extra measure where possible to reduce exposure.” ET References: J. Lindsay Cook, CIH, CSP, March 24, 2016, OSHA Announces New Final Rule on Crystalline Silica – Effective June 23, 2016


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E-Z Drill Upgraded Dust Collection System The enhanced Dust Collection System features a single, washable air filter with greater surface area to capture crystalline silica during concrete dowel drilling. • Vacuum system uses the same air compressor as the concrete dowel drill and requires minimal cfm to effectively collect dust directly from drilled holes • 5-gal. collector holds the dust until it can be disposed • Dust boot mounts to the end of the bit guide to allow the vacuum system to take in dust at the closest point possible • Can be used with single- to five-gang drills

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

The S 26 is a powerful, single-phase HEPA dust extractor able to handle building, grinding, plaster and concrete dust. • Equipped with two tested and certified HEPA H13 filters • Features Jet Pulse pre-filter cleaning, hour counter and vacuum meter for filter control • Longopac bag hose system ensures simple, dust-free bag changes • Puncture-free, non-marking wheels lock at the front

Diamatic BDC-1330LP The BDC-1330LP is equipped with HEPA filtration and a Longopac bagging system for dust control and to help contractors meet the OSHA silica exposure standards. • Sized for medium grinding, polishing, scarifying and shotblast machines • Three motor heavy-duty design and steel construction ensure a long service life • Heavy-duty wheels and casters for easy maneuvering on and off the jobsite

Hilti Universal Vacuum Cleaner VC 150-6 XE The VC 150-6 XE is suitable for dust extraction from grinding, cutting, slitting, drilling and dry coring tools, as well as slurry removal during wet coring and cleaning wet and dry. • AirBoost filter technology delivers consistently high suction performance of 150 cfm • Reduces dust exposure with 99% filter efficiency • Features a 110V/11A outlet built in for automated simultaneous operation with electric tools • Includes automatic filter cleaning and a field-tested tough casing

Portacool Hurricane 360 The Hurricane 360 evaporative cooler combines high velocity and patent-pending cooling technology to provide substantial temperature drops. • Features four Cat5 Air Boosters that deliver an extra surge of air for maximum cooling comfort • 18,500-cfm air delivery at a velocity up to 26 mph • Cools an area up to 4,250 sq. ft. • Equipped with Kuul Comfort evaporative media, automatic pump shutoff and a 70-gal. water reservoir

Minnich Dust Collection System This canister-style dust collector utilizes a Venturi suction unit to remove dust in the air while drilling. • Can be retrofitted to any existing dowel drill unit regardless of make or model • Comes with drill rod guide collection boots, a 5-gal. pail-type hopper and up to 20 ft. of vacuum hose per drill • Each canister accommodates up to two rock drills and offers a 60-sq.-meter filter area • Requires 40 (hydraulic drill) to 50 scfm (air drill) and 60 to 110 psi

West Chester Value-priced, High-visibility Apparel Line These high-visibility garments include vests, shirts, outerwear and rainwear designed for a variety of construction and work environments. • Vests and shirts with moisture wicking available in classic, breakaway and surveyor styles with many color block and reflective tape patterns and with standard and oversized pockets • Men’s and women’s vests available • All three high-visibility performance classes (ANSI class 3, class 2 and class 1) and enhanced visibility options • Add customized logo or wording

Chemtek NeSilex Silica Dust Suppressant NeSilex is formulated specifically to reduce worker exposure to respirable crystalline silica dust. • Recommended for any dust-producing construction activity including milling, sweeping, crushing, mining, sawing, jackhammering, earthmoving and grading • Contains specially formulated surfactants, wetting and agglomerating agents causing dust particulates to saturate and attract to each other • Initial testing has shown up to 100% reduction in respirable silica dust in certain construction activities

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Atlas Copco Retrofit Dust Suppression Spray Kit This 36-in. retrofit dust suppression spray kit minimizes workers’ exposure to silica dust through a continuous spray of water at the point of impact, flushing the dust before it becomes airborne. • Can be attached to Atlas Copco handheld breakers, rivet busters or chipping hammers • Nozzle can cover an 80° cone around the tool at 40 psi of pressure, dispensing 6 gal. of water per hour • Connects to a garden hose to utilize any water source on a jobsite

Mabey Super Powerbrace Plus The Super Powerbrace Plus is a modular hydraulic waler system capable of clear spanning 10- to 83-ft. excavations. • Maximum length of 52.2 ft. • Works with intermediate struts or knee braces where required by ground conditions • High-strength steel construction • High load capacity • Sustains bending moments of up to 2,300 kNm • Fully compatible with Mabey’s other waler and strut systems

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How to Make New Workers FEEL WELCOME

To keep them long term, make sure your new hires feel wanted.


very construction worker I’ve ever met could tell me what their first day with their new employer was like. Consider a few of the memories expressed to me: ˜˜ “It was like, ‘Go work with Joe, he’ll take care of you.’ I felt like a kid at daycare. It got better after a few weeks; but man, I almost left when they made me feel like a kid.” ˜˜ “My foreman told me to just do what he told me to do and don’t let my ‘new guy ass’ slow the crew down. I lasted about 30 days, then I had to get out of there. They didn’t want employees; they wanted slaves.” ˜˜ “I did a little training before I went out with the crew. They gave me safety training first, and then showed me some of the tools and equipment I’d have to learn. It was mostly through watching videos, but they did have some tools in the room for me to hold.” ˜˜ “My old company didn’t do squat — just ‘get your butt out there and start doing what you’re told.’ The company I’m working for now was great. They actually made me feel pretty welcomed and special for the first whole week. Pretty cool.” It has always amazed me how some contractors treat new workers during their first day. Why do some “get it,” making each new employee feel wanted and special, while others seem pained by the effort needed to get a new worker prepared to work? It pays for contractors to spend more time on how to welcome a new employee. This effort is not just for the laborers and field craftsman. It is just as critical to bring the new estimator, project manager or administrative assistant on with the polish and class of an organization that values people.

GET READY FOR THE FIRST DAY I’m surprised how many contractors will hire an employee

but not prepare for his or her first day. This will leave a negative first impression every time. I was actually told by one employee that the foreman and crew got into their trucks and left him standing at the shop. The owner showed up about 15 minutes later and assumed the new worker had been late to work. When the new worker told the owner that he/she had arrived 30 minutes earlier than asked, the owner became mad as a coiledup rattlesnake, took the new hire to the jobsite and then chewed out the foreman in every manner of descriptive words that I shall refrain from writing now.

Needless to say, this was less than a great start for both the new worker and the foreman.

PREPARE A GREETER AND A BUDDY Part of preparing for the new employee is to assign an official greeter. This person might be the HR manager who did the hiring, a foreman or even one of the better attitude employees. If your company is smaller, it’s great to have the owner actually be there to greet the new worker. The greeter needs to be upbeat, positive sounding, smiling and quick to extend a handshake when the new worker arrives. The greeter should then

I’m surprised how many contractors will hire an employee but not prepare for his or her first day.

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do a little introduction around the office or shop to make sure that everyone knows the company has a new employee. Just as important is handing the new worker off to their “30-day buddy.” It doesn’t really matter what you call this person, but they need to be schooled on what their additional duties are for the month in getting the new worker accepted, acclimated and educated in the first four weeks. The buddy is also a good resource for the new worker when they have a question. I’ve always observed that a co-worker serves best in this role.

DEVELOP A WELCOME PACKAGE Most contractors are pretty good about giving a new worker some company T-shirts, hats, etc. However, just a little more effort can result in a nice welcome package. Here’s what I’ve seen in welcome packages from different construction companies I’ve worked with over the years:

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Another item to consider is a book I wrote entitled Construction: The Best Industry in the World! Twenty & One Reasons You Have Made the Greatest Decision for Your Career. The intent is to help new employees feel they’ve made the best decision of their life to join the industry and work for your company. The book is available in a Spanish version, as well.

The intent is to help new employees feel they’ve made the best decision of their life to join the industry and work for your company. The industry must work harder to keep new workers — making it difficult to even think about leaving your company.


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˜˜ Company shirt and ball cap, pens or pencils, pad of paper ˜˜ Work gloves ˜˜ Rubber boots ˜˜ ID card with important contact info ˜˜ Bottle of water, gum, Cracker Jacks, jerky, etc. ˜˜ Tool belt, tape measure, etc. ˜˜ Process book of company SOPs ˜˜ $100 gift card for hardware store



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There really isn’t anything bigger for a new worker to experience than to have regular follow-up by different individuals who are welcoming them to the company. You can give hats, gloves, pens, etc., but consistent follow-up with the new worker outweighs all forms of gifts, coupons, etc. Consider a few ways to touch base with a new worker. The following is just for the first 30 days, but can easily be expanded to the traditional first 90 days. ˜˜ Week 1: Greeter and buddy are assigned ˜˜ Weeks 2-3: HR, operations manager and foreman contact worker ˜˜ Weeks 4-11: HR, operations manager, owner, senior leaders follow-up ˜˜ Week 12: owner, HR, senior leaders follow-up The effort during the first 11 weeks should include asking the new worker how they are adjusting, checking if they have any questions, ensuring they understand their job duties, etc. You will also notice that Week 12 involves the owner, HR and any other senior leader available. Since 90 days is still the recognized time period when most companies decide to move a new hire to a full-time employee, there should be a greater emphasis placed on it. One idea is to celebrate with a cake or pizza at lunch for the crew. This is a great, and inexpensive, way to really solidify welcoming the new worker to your company. If statistics can be believed, what you do in the first 90 days of a new worker’s time with you may go a long way toward retaining them. Be creative in welcoming new workers. Have some fun, and make it clear you’re glad they accepted your job offer. Remind them that you are there to help them be the best they are capable of becoming as a worker, professional and individual in the community. That sort of commitment made by owners and senior leaders can go a long toward getting the loyalty and commitment all contractors want from employees. ET

Dubbed The Contractor’s Best Friend, Brad Humphrey has been involved in the construction industry for more than 30 years. He can be reached via his website at

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Evaluate All the EQUIPMENT ACQUISITION OPTIONS You have plenty of options to add to or update your fleet. The question is which is right for your business?


hat is your strategy for the construction equipment and related fixed assets that you currently use and plan to use for the next couple of years? Will you buy new? Buy used? Buy reconditioned? Recondition what you already own? Or rent? It’s an interesting set of choices. I bet you never thought you had this many options to consider when it comes to the tools of your trade. You also have to consider the new tax reform legislation. It can be great for contractors, but it also adds a lot to the confusion associated with the choices noted above. In terms of equipment, especially new units, the market is tight with lead times closer to next year than this year. Even if you can justify owning a new unit, you may not get it in time to do you much good in 2018. If you do happen to get one delivered in this calendar year, it will probably be 100% deductible against 2018 taxable income. Just make sure you understand your 2018 tax position. You don’t want to run out and take on a pile of debt and then find out the additional cash flow you were anticipating is lower than expected or not there at all. With the new equipment market tight, you can expect used equipment prices to be strong, as well. That said, used equipment also has more benefits this year. The cost is lower, debt service is lower, your techs can fit it to last a while and, thanks to tax reform, you get bonus depreciation for used units — thus, providing a 100% deduction should you need it. But the same words of caution noted above apply here.

Garry Bartecki is the managing member of GB Financial Services LLP and a consultant to the Associated Equipment Distributors. He can be reached at (708) 347-9109 or

The new game in town has manufacturers taking in core units and rebuilding them to offer a zero time meter and a warranty. In other words, you can buy a 10-year-old machine and finance it the same as new because it essentially is a new unit. Plus, you get the bonus depreciation and at least a 60-month note. Rebuilt equipment will cost more than a used unit but can be between 60% to 70% of new price. The only problem you will have is convincing your bank or equipment valuation firm that this is not your typical 10- to 12-year-old machine. Rebuilds are a great concept that is good for both the manufacturer and the customer. If dealers get the service and parts sales that go along with the warranty, they may end up liking the program, as well.

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Another option is reconditioning what you already own, assuming you have the techs and know-how to get it done. Given the improved quality of machines, you may find that the cost to rebuild a unit is far less than all the other options discussed so far, while still providing the utility value you need. A rebuild may not last as long as a new or reconditioned unit, but the cost differential will be huge. Repairing existing units is also a consideration. The tough part is financing the repair cost; it probably can’t be done. But if you can fix it on Monday and get it billable on Wednesday, you will most likely avoid getting too far behind on your cash flow. Get the timing right and it should work out for you. Be sure to expense the repairs whether you capitalize them or not.

RELYING ON RENTAL If you wish to avoid such mental gymnastics, you can rent what you need when you need it and leave the decisions and problems with the rental company. Become associated with a rental company that carries the type of equipment you use, get to know the managers and your rental coordinator and pay them on time. I bet you will find yourself in a favorable position as far as that rental company is concerned. Yet, as we all know, even this can’t guarantee a rental company will have what you need whenever you need it. This means you better have a second phone number you can call if this occurs.



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PROCEED WITH TAX-RELATED CAUTION It’s likely most of you will wind up with a mix of new, used, reconditioned, repaired and rented units. No matter what you do, the “tax gods” are lined up in your favor — assuming you’re in a situation where you can take advantage of tax reform to a level where you see meaningful additional cash flow coming your way. A lot of tax laws have changed going both ways. Again, let me caution you that this is the year where you really must get with your tax person to see how 2018 will work out. Do not assume you will have no tax to pay on 2018 income. Consult with those in the know to find out and make sure. ET

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