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The Ford F-650/F-750 presents upfitters with a clean cab-to-axle design. There are no components to move, no rivets or bolts along the top of the frame rails to get in the way. But at the same time, the F-650/F-750 with the 6.7L Power Stroke® V8 Diesel engine offers best-in-class standard diesel horsepower and torque.* FORD.COM

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Find specs on dozens of models with insight on features that make them easy to service.

Page 12 PRODUCTS 32 Technology Trends

Check out a selection of the latest technology to enhance construction processes.

38 Concrete Equipment

Find an assortment of tools and equipment to handle your concrete-related jobs.

42 Trucks & Transportation Check out the latest trucks, trailers and related equipment.

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Is Your Business Prepared and Protected for ICE Undocumented Worker Audits?

Technology helps manage risks and improve jobsite safety.

WEARABLE DEVICE 18 STOPS FALSE CLAIMS AND SUPPORTS SAFETY CULTURE pg 24 KBE Building uses wearables to sense fall risks and measure other safety data to create a safer work environment.


8 Equipment Introductions 34 Jobsite Solutions

Unique Foundation Solution Required for Denver High-rise

36 Concrete Equipment 44 Show Report 47 Jobsite Solutions 50 Running the Business

Manage Your Owned Equipment to Maximize ROI

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While technologies can improve construction activities, they also pose cyber risks to protecting these “borderless” jobsites.

HOW TO STOP TRAILER BRAKE FAILURES pg 40 Ensure equipment trailer brakes are in proper order before hitting the road.

Understand and navigate the government’s amplified focus on undocumented workers.

How to Prevent Construction Accidents: 5 Safety Best Practices That Can Help

These guidelines may seem basic, but they help ensure safe operating practices every day

Stop Doing Change Orders for Free

George Hedley offers eight rules to help contractors avoid doing change orders for free.

3 Ways to Use Technology to Protect Your Construction Equipment

Telematics can help you manage and safeguard assets by providing a direct connection with your equipment.

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

View Technology as a Door Opener

Becky Schultz /

WE SAW IT HAPPEN IN THE MANufacturing sector. As robotics and automation took over certain production jobs, there were line workers displaced in favor of equipment that could do the same jobs with a high level of repeatability and reduced cost of operation. Now, as once far-reaching technology such as 3D concrete printing and

bricklaying robots start to become more realistic for construction applications, blue collar construction workers are becoming nervous that their jobs may be next. Yet, new machine forms have emerged on jobsites for decades. Mechanization has been and continues to be a time-, labor- and cost-saving solution for companies facing tight project timelines, a shrinking labor


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pool and diminishing returns. Robotics, automation and related technologies are simply the prospective next step in an ongoing evolution. Progress is inevitable, and the drive to enhance efficiency and profitability, mitigate jobsite hazards and solve the ongoing labor shortfall will propel the industry to seek out new alternatives. Though some jobs may be at risk, new machine forms can open doors to new opportunities for those willing and able to adopt the necessary skills. Consider the workers who were tasked with learning how to program and operate CNC machines when they were first introduced in manufacturing. By adapting to a new technology, these workers were able to maintain their roles as valued employees — and learn marketable skills in the process. In many ways, it’s a matter of perspective. While not as familiar as a skid steer or an excavator, new machine forms are still equipment in need of operators to run them. Proper training will help to build the necessary capabilities to adapt once (or if ) such equipment moves into mainstream application. Those concerned about job security should also consider that a fair number of emerging machine types target repetitive and/or physically demanding jobs that have become very difficult for contractors to fill. Other technologies — such as remote control and autonomous vehicles and equipment — are specifically intended to enhance safety and remove workers from high-risk operations. As noted last issue, they could even enable operators to run equipment from a clean, controlled environment completely off site. Looking beyond the machines, other types of technology are already creating new roles in construction operations. For example, the volumes of content generated by telematics, jobsite cameras, drones and other systems has driven the need for “data scientists” to help construction firms filter the information coming into their offices. New titles such as “chief data officer” and “vice president of construction technology” are becoming more common as firms seek to manage the systems and tools now available to them. Other jobs, in the office and in the field, will emerge over time as additional technology based tools come into prominence. Construction sites and the processes used to manage and complete projects are changing. As they do, yes, certain jobs may disappear. But as history and even the present day show, other and perhaps better opportunities can develop to replace them. Those who maintain an open mind and a willingness to learn — and receive the training required — will have the best chance to adapt to this evolving work environment. ET Copyright © 2018 Husqvarna AB (publ.). All rights reserved. Husqvarna is a registered trademark of Husqvarna AB (publ.).

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

SJ519 TH Compact Telehandler MAX USA

TwinTier RB441T

The TwinTier battery operated rebar tying tool simultaneously shoots two 19-gauge wires around rebar intersections, wrapping once to form a tie equivalent to the strength of a hand snap tie. Its large jaw allows users to tie #3 x #3 up to #7 x #7 rebar. The TW1061T wire is available in steel, poly coated and electro-galvanized options. One coil of wire can produce up to 240 ties when tying #4 x #4 bar. The tool’s 4.0-amp Li-Ion battery enables up to 4,000 ties before any need to recharge. The enclosed design offers greater protection against debris and moisture entering the tool.


Atlas Copco

HiLight V4W Light Tower The HiLight V4W includes a manually operated vertical mast that rotates 360° and has a maximum operating height of 25 ft. Four 1,000-watt metal halide lamps illuminate up to 43,000 sq. ft. with an average brightness of 20 lux. The unit can work in altitudes greater than 6,500 ft. and can withstand temperatures up to 122° F and wind speeds up to 51 mph. It has an 8-kW water-cooled engine with three cylinders and a 42-gal. fuel tank that allows a runtime of up to 90 hours. Other features include a unibody trailer with four-point leveling system and heavy-duty base frame and stabilizers, a spillage free frame and HardHat polyethylene canopy.

The 10,500-lb. SJ519 TH has a 5,500-lb. lift capacity, 19.1-ft. maximum lift height and maximum reach of 11.25 ft. It lifts a rated load of 4,400 lbs. Its fully opening door provides easy access to the roomy, modular “Little Big Cab”. Standard features include a cast rear counterweight with hitch pin, yoke-mounted lift shackle and quick-attach carriages, a simple control panel design and in-cab engine multifunction display. The unit comes with a 74-hp Deutz Tier 4 Final engine, hydrostatic drive and Dana axles. An oversized engine bay and fully opening steel cowling ensure access to major service points.


UP Equipment

Hoeflon Compact Tracked Cranes Hoeflon C1, C4, C6 and C10 compact crawler mini cranes come in combustion and electric modes with lift capacities ranging up to 8,810 lbs. to a maximum height of 72 ft. They include two telescopic sections and 210° of articulation, with a hydraulic jib for up-and-over capability. A searcher hook, hydraulic winch or vacuum lifting device can be used in articulated mode and the straight mast with jib removed. Infinite swing-out and telescopic outriggers allow for up to 7,200 different positions without removing a single lock pin. All models come with a Hoeflon wireless remote control with LCD display.


Rotating Pulverizer ORC Series The Rotating Pulverizer ORC Series has a double shell-shaped wedge that provides greater crushing ability for both primary and secondary crushing operations. A patented speed valve allows for faster cycle times, and a full 360° hydraulic rotation system allows for flexibility and maneuvering in handling material. The attachment is manufactured with Hardox 400 steel and incorporates reversible 7.1-in.-long cutter blades. To enhance durability, hardfacing is applied to wear parts and the bracket design provides protection to components.


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ZX345USLC-6 Excavator The 30-metric-ton ZX345USLC-6 Ultra-short excavator has a maximum dig depth of 24 ft. 10 in. and maximum dig reach of 37 ft. 7 in. Its three-pump hydraulic system provides multifunction performance and fast cycle times. A standard auxiliary function lever and control enable precise control of all attachments, including thumbs and grapples. An optional auxiliary hydraulic line and proportional reliefs are available. The 249-hp Isuzu 7.8-liter engine has integrated, effective engine technologies to meet Tier 4 Final requirements. The heavy-duty undercarriage, designed for a 35-metric-ton machine, provides a low center of gravity, greater stability and increased lift capacity.


RL4 LED Gas-powered Light Tower The RL4 LED fully featured, towable, self-powered light tower offers clean, quiet operation and precision lighting performance. Its LED lights boast 50,000 hours of service life and offer instanton/off capability. The 23.3-ft. extended-height tower includes 359° non-continuous tower rotation. The unit is driven by a Champion gas engine coupled with a 3.5-kW inverter generator. It provides 2 kW of convenience power sufficient to run up to three units at one time and two additional units on standby. A noise level of 58 dBA at 23 ft. under full load allows for use in noise-sensitive environments.

Burly Attachments

Clod-Buster Topsoil Screener The Clod-Buster Topsoil Screener is a skid-steer attachment that can turn mountains of earth into ready to grade topsoil. The bucket pin points have been strategically arranged to utilize the skid steer’s full power as it digs into a pile, quickly filling the 3/4-yd. scoop. The Hardox steel agitator shreds hard clods of dirt, allowing only the fines to pass through the screener and providing a consistent grade of topsoil at a capacity of 50 tph. Once screening is complete, the bucket is returned to the roll-back position and the agitator rotation is reversed to toss rock and debris to the back of the bucket. The hood can then be opened to discard rock and debris.



6MDX and 9MDX Cab Dumpers Kinshofer

X-LOCK Couplers X-LOCK Couplers come in Hydraulic Pin-to-Pin, S-Style Nordic and Tilt or Tilt Rotation and Mechanical Pin-to-Pin models for excavators with 2,200- to 220,000-lb. operating weights. Their wedge-locking principal allows the coupler to connect to the attachment in two separate places. The Safety Knuckle automatically engages onto the front pin and the self-adjusting wedge locks the second pin as soon as the lock switch is deactivated. A rear lock safety device ensures the wedge does not retract and disconnect the attachment if a hydraulic failure occurs. The operator controls and monitors the attachment exchange process from the cab via the X-LOCK Control Unit.

The 6- and 9-tonne 6MDX and 9MDX incorporate a spring-mounted, low-noise/low-vibration, ROPS/ FOPS cab with air conditioning and heating and “butterfly” side doors, creating a comfortable operating environment with a wide access space. An advanced dashboard integrates the units’ front camera into the screen. The units also offer radar-based hazard detection. Their 74-hp engines enable capacities of more than 13,200 lbs. and speeds up to 17 mph. Higher ground clearance ensures optimum access on all terrain. A ladder makes it easier to climb and descend from the machine. A cast metal rear shield allows for optimum shock protection. The fuel tank and a service hatch are built into the lower section of the machine.


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

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Skid steers are perhaps the most versatile machines on a jobsite, with capabilities that enable them to tackle a wide range of tasks. Here’s a look at models from all the major suppliers, plus a few of the features that make them easier to service and maintain. To learn more, use the URL shown. Also be sure to visit the interactive version of this spec guide at to sort and compare models and specs based on your specific requirements.

Volvo Construction Equipment

The new Volvo D-Series skid-steer loaders were designed with simplified serviceability in mind. Access to internal components for in-depth service is made easier thanks to the forward-tilting cab, a process that can be performed by one person without the need to raise the arm. For added convenience, all service and daily maintenance points are arranged in a simple layout and can be accessed using the large rear door.

Volvo Construction Equipment Model MC70C MC85C MC100C MC105C MC110D MC115D MC135D

Net HP 56 56 73.8 73.8 74 74 74

Operating Weight (lbs.) 6,603 6,819 6,885 7,253 8,214 8,680 9,288

Rated Operating Capacity (lbs.) 1,550 1,753 2,114 2,112 2,526 2,723 3,186

Breakout Force (lbs.) 4,012 4,718 3,964 4,899 6,543 6,543 6,543

Height to Hinge Pin (in.) 118 118.1 118 118 126 126 126

Std. Hydraulic Flow (gpm) 18.5 18.5 18.5 18.5 23.8 23.8 23.8

Breakout Force (lbs.) 4,839 5,884

Height to Hinge Pin (in.) 121.5 128.3

Std. Hydraulic Flow (gpm) 18 20.9


Wacker Neuson

As a result of voice of customer sessions, Wacker Neuson’s skid steers offer the only cab that fully tips forward with the arms down, providing complete access to all maintenance components, no matter what the situation. In addition, the rear engine door opens out while the top access door tilts up, providing accessibility to nearly 100% of the engine components.

Wacker Neuson Model SW16 SW17 SW20 SW21 SW 24 SW 28

Net HP 56 74 56 74 74.3 74.3

Operating Weight (lbs.) 6,170 6,245 6,437 6,512 7,865 8,283

Rated Operating Capacity (lbs.) 1,600 1,700 2,000 2,100 2,350 2,800

Breakout Force (lbs.) 5,300 5,300 5,300 5,300 6,717 6,717

Height to Hinge Pin (in.) 118 118 124 124 125 134

Std. Hydraulic Flow (gpm) 20 20 20 20 22.5 22.5

A unique feature of Kubota skid steers is the rear doormounted fuel tank — simply open the rear door and find the fuel tank mounted on the inside of it. The fuel tank is well protected by the solid, heavy-duty door and an additional inch of void between them. Furthermore, by taking that volume out of the engine compartment, the free space makes the daily maintenance checks less intimidating and easier to do.

Kubota Model SSV65 SSV75

Net HP 64 74.3

Operating Weight (lbs.) 6,790 8,157

Rated Operating Capacity (lbs.) 1,950 2,690


Takeuchi’s TS80 models feature a new monitor panel that allows the operator to monitor machine vitals as well as perform diagnostics to ensure that proper machine health and service needs are being met. A Deutz Tier 4 Final engine with DOC-only exhaust aftertreatment systems allow customers to work without being concerned with DEF fluid and DPF filters. All of these added conveniences equate to less downtime and more productivity.

Takeuchi Model TS80R2 TS80V2

Net HP 74 74

Operating Weight (lbs.) 7,950 8,965

Rated Operating Capacity (lbs.) 2,825 3,500

Breakout Force (lbs.) 5,845 5,920

Height to Hinge Pin (in.) 125 130

Std. Hydraulic Flow (gpm) 21.5 26


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CASE Construction Equipment

New models’ routine service points are all located at the rear of the machines. Operators can quickly access the engine, filters, fill points and all other service points through a single point of access. New models also offer Case’s easytilt cab for convenient access to the drivetrain compartment.

Caterpillar Inc.

CASE Construction Equipment Model SR130 SR160 SR175 SV185 SR210 SR240 SR270 SV280 SV340

Net HP 45.8 57 64 57 68 68 84 68 84

Operating Weight (lbs.) 5,180 5,645 6,270 6,570 6,970 7,400 8,117 8,090 9,100

Rated Operating Capacity (lbs.) 1,300 1,600 1,750 1,850 2,100 2,400 2,700 2,800 3,400

Breakout Force (lbs.) 4,180 5,270 7,270 5,550 7,270 8,680 8,677 8,776 9,531

Height to Hinge Pin (in.) 112 112 122 120 123 125.1 125.1 130 130

Std. Hydraulic Flow (gpm) 17.5 18.4 20.6 20.6 24.2 24.2 24.2 24.2 24.2

Providing optimal service access is a design focus for the Cat skid-steer loaders. The loaders deliver ground level access to routine maintenance items such as grease points, engine oil fill, dipstick, engine air cleaner, cooling cores, fuel fill, fuel filter, hydraulic fill and the hydraulic filter. All are accessible without the need to remove covers or move components. In addition, the service intervals for most items can be monitored via the in-cab display.

Caterpillar Inc. Model 226D 236D 232D 242D 246D 262D 272D2 272D2 XHP

Net HP 65.8 73.2 65.8 73.2 72.9 72.9 95 106

Operating Weight (lbs.) 5,705 6,559 6,213 6,980 7,424 8,011 8,768 9,255

Rated Operating Capacity (lbs.) 1,550 1,800 1,850 2,150 2,150 2,700 3,400 3,650

Breakout Force (lbs.) 3,983 5,074 3,984 5,034 7,355 7,355 7,443 7,362

Height to Hinge Pin (in.) 111 122.9 118 121.1 124.2 124.9 127.1 128.6

Std. Hydraulic Flow (gpm) 18 20 18 20 23 23 23 23

Breakout Force (lbf.) 2,800 2,910 4,450 4,591 4,050 5,600 5,640 5,233 5,850 9,040

Height to Hinge Pin (in.) 109.2 109.6 119 123 120.5 123 123 130.3 131.2 144

Std. Hydraulic Flow (gpm) 14.5 17 17 18.9 18.5 23.5 23.5 21.8 21.8 30.1


Bobcat Company

The standard Machine Shutdown Protection system on Bobcat loaders continuously monitors the engine coolant temperature, hydraulic oil temperature, engine oil pressure and other vital machine functions. If a monitored function is out of normal operating range, the system provides an alert and warning message. If the issue is severe, the machine automatically shuts down to avoid catastrophic failure.

Gehl’s Easy Manager telematics system simplifies machine management and maintenance. It allows machine owners to have instant access to detailed data, including recent activity, location mapping, error codes, CAN data and service alerts. Not only does this allow more proactive and efficient maintenance, it provides better security through geofencing and access keypads, and maximizes profits by increasing efficiency and maximizing resale values.

Bobcat Company Model S70 S450 S550 S570 S590 S595 S630 S650 S740 S770 S850 A770

Net HP 22.5 46.7 58.2 58.2 62.9 70.5 70.5 70.5 70.9 88.2 95.9 88.2

Operating Weight (lbs.) 2,795 5,027 6,213 6,480 6,593 6,793 7,610 8,061 8,794 9,314 10,237 9,623

Rated Operating Capacity (lbs.) 700 1,300 1,750 1,950 2,100 2,200 2,180 2,690 3,100 3,350 3,950 3,325

Breakout Force (lbs.) 1,950 2,776 5,470 5,470 5,470 5,740 6,960 6,960 6,676 6,831 9,686 6,531

Height to Hinge Pin (in.) 94.5 109.5 114.5 119 119 119 121 124 132 132 144 132

Std. Hydraulic Flow (gpm) 9.8 16.7 17.1 17.1 17.1 17.1 23 23 23 23 23 23

Net HP 33.1 44.5 44.5 68.4 68.4 70.7 70.7 70.7 70.7 97.2

Operating Weight (lbs.) 4,000 5,130 5,930 6,165 6,880 7,980 8,200 8,100 9,010 11,665

Rated Operating Capacity (lbs.) 1,050 1,350 1,500 1,650 1,900 2,200 2,600 2,700 3,300 4,200

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Mustang’s Easy Manager telematics is the new connected solution that simplifies machine management and maintenance. Instant access to detailed data — including recent activity, location mapping, error codes, CAN data and service alerts — allows owners to be more proactive, efficient and profitable. Security is also enhanced through geofencing and access keypads.


John Deere

Maintaining a John Deere G-Series skid steer is easier than ever. Extended service intervals and color-coded and tethered fluid fills make servicing simple. If problems do arise, automatic machine shutdown stops damage before it occurs. In addition, 4G JDLink Ultimate machine monitoring provides real-time data and health prognostics that decrease downtime. Remote diagnostics enable a dealer to read codes, record machine performance and even update software without a trip to the jobsite. Net HP 51 51 65 65 69 74 91.2 100

Net HP 33.1 44.5 44.5 68.4 68.4 70.7 70.7 70.7 70.7 97.2

Operating Weight (lbs.) 4,000 5,130 5,930 6,165 6,880 7,980 8,200 8,100 9,010 11,665

Rated Operating Capacity (lbs.) 1,050 1,350 1,500 1,650 1,900 2,200 2,600 2,700 3,300 4,200

Breakout Force (lbs.) 2,800 2,910 4,450 4,591 4,050 5,600 5,640 5,233 5,850 9,040

Height to Hinge Pin (in.) 109.2 109.6 119 123 120.5 123 123 130.3 131.2 144

Std. Hydraulic Flow (gpm) 14.5 17 17 18.9 18.5 23.5 23.5 21.8 21.8 30.1

John Deere Model 312GR 314G 316GR 318G 320G 324G 330G 332G

Model 1050R 1350R 1500R 1650R 1900R 2200R 2600R 2700V NXT2 3300V NXT2 4200V

Operating Weight (lbs.) 5,995 6,315 6,375 6,475 7,150 7,700 9,900 10,000

Rated Operating Capacity (lbs.) 1,500 1,760 1,750 1,945 2,190 2,690 3,000 3,600

Breakout Force (lbs.) 3,700 3,500 4,000 4,250 4,200 6,000 7,600 9,250

Height to Hinge Pin (in.) 115.1 120 115.1 120 122.2 126 132 132

Std. Hydraulic Flow (gpm) 31 31 33 33 30 32 47 50

KATO Compact Excavator Sales

KATO Compact Excavator Sales currently offers two models of rubber-tired skid steers. Both come standard with piloted joystick controls, making them easier for less experienced users to operate. With the compactness of the machines, they are ideal for working in confined spaces with maximum flexibility. Both models are also available with either open or enclosed cab for maximum comfort.

KATO Compact Excavator Sales Model AS-12 AS-34

Net HP 21 82.2

Operating Weight (lbs.) 2,955 7,718

Rated Operating Capacity (lbs.) 728 2,250

Breakout Force (lbs.) 1,658 6,254

Height to Hinge Pin (in.) 100 122.8

Std. Hydraulic Flow (gpm) 9.2 36

Breakout Force (lbs.) 6,699

Height to Hinge Pin (in.) 129

Std. Hydraulic Flow (gpm) 21



JCB skid-steer loaders are recognized by their single-boom design that enables safe side-door entry/exit and enhanced operator visibility. The eight models in the range require no DPF and deliver optimal performance, reliability and serviceability. In 2017, JCB launched the Teleskid (3TS-8W), a unique skid steer with a telescopic boom that allows operators to lift, reach and dig further than ever.

JCB Model 155 175 210 215 250 270 300 330 3TS-8W

Net HP 56 56 74 74 74 74 74 74 76

Operating Weight (lbs.) 6,515 6,819 6,885-7,075* 7,253-7,474* 7,954 8,232 9,054 9,354 9,859

Rated Operating Breakout Capacity (lbs.) Force (lbs.) 1,550 4,012 1,753 4,718 2,114-2,338* 4,899 2,112-2,258* 4,899 2,250 5,599 2,600 5,699 3,000 7,187 3,295 7,187 3,207/1,347** 6,543/6,517**

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Height to Hinge Pin (in.) 125 118 118 118 125 125 125 126 126/159**

Std. Hydraulic Flow (gpm) 18.5 18.5 18.5 18.5 24 24 24 24 24

LiuGong’s entry into the North American skid-steer loader market is the 385B model, which is fully compliant with Tier 4 Final emissions requirements. It features a .66-cu.-yd. bucket attached to a quick coupler that is compatible with skid-steer industry standard work tools. Third-valve hydraulic function along with high-flow hydraulics are standard, providing the user with maximum versatility and productivity on the jobsite.

LiuGong Construction Machinery Model 385B

Net HP 70

Operating Weight (lbs.) 8,250

Rated Operating Capacity (lbs.) 2,300

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Step into a Kubota excavator and it’s easy to see why it earned the title of #1 selling compact excavator in the world*. Six heating and cooling vents and an easy-open front window provide the kind of comfort that keeps operators in the cab and getting the work done. Minimum tail swing, industry-leading bucket breakout force and an optional quick coupler are just some of the additional features that give the Kubota compact excavator such a huge reputation. Locate your dealer at *According to 2016 OEM Off-Highway Research, Kubota has the largest compact excavator market share in the world. © Kubota Tractor Corporation, 2017.

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New Holland

New Holland has an easy entry rear door that provides quick access to the engine oil, fuel fill, hydraulic oil, coolant and radiator. All engine components can be accessed without tools. Also, the entire cab of the skid-steer loader can be tilted forward to provide access to additional parts and to simplify cleaning and maintenance. Tilting can be accomplished simply by one operator with one tool.


The RS-75 and VS-75 feature swing-out door and cooling systems that open quickly to expose the engine, filters and other daily checkpoints for easy maintenance. Drain plugs on all service items speed up the draining process. Zerk fittings on the end of all pins make greasing easy. Metal face seals ensure the drive hubs don’t require maintenance for the life of the machine. The machines also have a direct-drive pump, eliminating belt servicing.

New Holland Model L213 L216 L218 L220 L221 L228 L234

Net HP 46 57 57 64 68 68 84

Operating Weight (lbs.) 5,070 5,510 5,930 6,470 6,970 8,245 8,900

Rated Operating Capacity (lbs.) 1,300 1,600 1,800 2,000 2,100 2,800 3,400

Breakout Force (lbs.) 4,180 5,270 5,550 7,300 7,270 8,620 9,323

Height to Hinge Pin (in.) 112 112 120 121 123 129 131

Std. Hydraulic Flow (gpm) 17.5 18.4 20.6 20.6 24.2 24.2 24.2

ASV HOLDINGS INC. Model RS-50 RS-60 VS-60 RS-75 VS-75

Net HP 47 56.4 56.4 73.5 73.5

Operating Weight (lbs.) 6,065 6,370 6,660 7,425 8,740

Rated Operating Capacity (lbs.) 1,650 2,000 2,300 2,600 3,500

Breakout Force (lbs.) 4,750 4,750 5,020 5,845 5,920



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T E CHN OLOG Y T R E N D S By Curt Bennink

IoT Technologies Add to The

Safety Toolbox

Technology helps manage risks and improve jobsite safety.


ccording to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than one out of five private industry fatalities occur in construction, and the health and productivity of more than seven million U.S. construction workers are impacted by non-fatal injuries on the jobsite. “Through our work with contractors, we have seen time and time again that their No. 1 priority is ensuring each worker returns home safely at the end of the day,” says Chad Hollingsworth, CEO and cofounder, Triax Technologies.

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“We are committed to doing our part to promote a proactive, data-driven safety environment. By developing IoT (Internet of Things) tools to connect workers, site supervisors and the back office, we are enabling faster injury response, hazard reporting and near-miss investigation.” In the last year, technology at the jobsite has moved beyond project management software to include wearables, sensors, robots and drones, which all contribute to overall jobsite safety. For example, 82% of contractors using wearables report site safety improvements, according to Dodge Data & Analytics’ “Safety Management in the Construction Industry 2017” report. According to Triax Technologies, IoT-enabled technologies allow everyone to

Data on speed, harsh cornering, harsh acceleration and seat belt usage can have a big impact on driver safety and help improve driver behavior and potentially reduce the total number of accidents. Tracking and route management can also impact a company’s overall driver safety by helping improve efficiency, which can help reduce total miles driven. communicate safety issues across the jobsite in real time, and automatically collect safety data from workers, equipment, tools and the environment, which can be aggregated into the cloud for actionable insights. When combined with intelligent software and advanced analytics, IoT-based data gives management the insights to make faster, more informed decisions. It also helps them identify trends that can improve risk management practices, as well as predict and prevent potential incidents. By using telematics and IoT

technology, you create a culture where everyone has a vested interest in safety. “You cannot inject safety into a project,” says Mika Majapuro, senior director of product management and strategy, Teletrac Navman. “You have to create a culture of safety.” “Using GPS tracking to monitor vehicle and equipment health, coach safer driver behavior and limit distracted driving with more effective communication are all great ways to improve employee safety,” adds Jenny Shiner, marketing communications manager for GPS Insight.

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Instant driver communication speeds critical decisions. “Many organizations are taking a proactive approach to fleet safety with the use of in-cab alerts,” says Shiner. “GPS tracking in-cab

alerts notify drivers of situations that require their immediate attention, such as a dangerous stretch of road ahead. In-cab alerts typically feature an audible buzzer and sometimes even a flashing light. Having the ability to notify drivers of hazardous driving conditions directly inside the cab can make a substantial impact on fleet safety.” “It’s about improving visibility of asset activity,” says Frank Schneider, director of product management, SaaS, CalAmp. “On the road, managers have access to environmental and driving conditions, such as traffic, weather and time of day. Additionally, fleet managers have access to a host of driver behavior to help them coach safe driving or operating habits. Off-road, location-based analytics help streamline operations and can help identify unsafe areas, operating times or practices. For example, many jobsites are very congested or have noise ordinances, and limiting work to daylight hours may be a requirement. Site managers can now see if machines are congregating unsafely or operating at unsafe hours and limit these occurrences.” IoT technology sheds light on fleet operations. “Fleet tracking and telematics solutions provide a bounty of measurable information on asset and operator performance on the jobsite and the road, which provides maximum visibility over operations and impacts multiple areas of

Using GPS tracking to monitor vehicle and equipment health, coach safer driver behavior and limit distracted driving with more effective communication are all great ways to improve employee safety.

a business,” says Austin Conti, founder and CEO, Tenna. “Data that specifically impacts safety includes maintenance notifications, driver scorecard records, route planning abilities, realtime location and condition and more.” This technology has already demonstrated a positive return on investment. “It becomes evident very quickly to everyone that there is a very strong return on investment in telematics and IoT technology, not only in safety, but fuel savings, productivity and equipment downtime,” says Majapuro. There are specific telematics and IoT solutions for the jobsite and on-road use, but only a few provide a solution for customers who need both. “You might have some vendors who do a small task, but they do it very well,” says Majapuro. “But most of our customers, their needs are a little more varied. And most of our customers, while they do operate in construction, they also have on-road assets.”

ON-ROAD SOLUTIONS REDUCE ACCIDENTS Specific to on-road use, telematics allows you to track harsh braking and acceleration, harsh cornering, hours of service, seat belt use and stop sign violations. This technology can also be coupled with cameras — both outward and inward facing — to record any incidents. “You can use that for insurance purposes, but more importantly you can use it for training and coaching,” says Majapuro. The intent is not to police the drivers. “The goal is to identify risky behaviors and do coaching and training, or maybe change some policies, to enable a safer environment.” Generated data allows you to better manage risks. “The information can be used for notifications for aggressive driving and finding trends, such as events that are more common in particular areas, during certain weather conditions or with a specific class of vehicle,” says Schneider. GPS Insights cites a case

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where a customer experienced significant safety improvements. “Within six months of implementing GPS Insight, they were able to decrease speeding incidents by 68%,” reports Shiner. By focusing on driver behavior data, fleet managers identified speeding incidents as the most important challenge they needed to solve. “They created alerts to notify drivers when they surpassed a specified speed threshold. Along with improving driver safety, their costs from insurance premiums went down as a result of fewer accidents.”

These technologies ensure company safety policy conformance. “On the road, specifically, drivers are regulated not only by the law but by their employers,” says Conti. “When contractors integrate IoT solutions into their safety plans, they can generate driver scorecards to keep their drivers aware of and accountable for any unsafe driving habits and behaviors. Measurable data can be linked to employee performance metrics.” Legal operation does not equal safe operation. “It’s important to make sure vehicle and equipment operators are driving safely when on the job or in between jobsites, not just driving or operating assets within legal limits,” says Chris Ransom, director of solutions engineering at Verizon Connect. “Mobile Resource Management (MRM) solutions can help inform supervisors of unsafe driving activity, enabling them to improve the organization’s

Telematics technology can be coupled with both outward and inward facing cameras to record any incidents.

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safety profile. These same systems can help businesses coach drivers through the use of scorecards and leaderboards, which rank drivers based on certain driver behavior.” Custom rule sets for driving behavior can be created and enforced. “For example, some companies have site safety rules that call for maximum speed on jobsites,” Ransom points out. “These types of metrics can be tracked into specific jobsites, enabling supervisors to manage safety in transit and at sites.

Information generated from daily vehicle inspection reports (DVIR) allows contractors to ensure equipment and vehicles are inspected and have the proper records of work performed. “This facilitates compliance with inspection regulations and promotes safety by ensuring equipment is in the proper working condition before use,” says Conti. The geofencing capability of today’s telematics systems can also enhance jobsite safety. “It allows you to create zones Verizon Connect offers specific features that can enhance driver safety. These include: for your jobsite,” »» DRIVER SCORECARDS/LEADERBOARDS – enables supervisors to understand trends and identify issues says Majapuro. » » COACHING APP – enables drivers to see where they stand in relation to other drivers, creating a friendly “That can ensure competition that promotes better driving behavior equipment doesn’t »» VEHICLE INSPECTION – allows operators to inspect vehicles and supervisors to ensure that only safe vehicles are utilized enter the wrong » » NAVIGATION – enables operators to barrier of the jobtake heavy equipment on restricted site or people don’t roads appropriate for specific go to the wrong types of assets areas.” Certification » » MAINTENANCE – the ability to track can even be tied regular maintenance and assure into those zones. assets are maintained so they are “You may have a geofence and only safe for operators people with a cer» » FORMS – the ability to create forms tain certification or that operators can use to note level of expertise are things like unsafe areas within joballowed to enter. sites and missing equipment You might have systems that are able to track when you “Data on speed, harsh cornering, harsh have people near heavy equipment.” acceleration and seat belt usage can have “Geofences created around dangerous a big impact on driver safety and help areas are important for keeping accidents, improve driver behavior and potentially such as sinking or flipping over, from reduce the total number of accidents,” he happening due to unstable ground that canadds. Tracking and route management can not handle the equipment weight,” says also impact a company’s overall driver safeSchneider. “Alerts tied to geofences can also ty by helping improve efficiency, which can notify the crew when equipment enters or help reduce total miles driven. leaves an area so they are more aware of their These systems can also ensure comsurroundings.” Many types of equipment are pliance with regulations such as hours of known to carry additional risk. “Identifying service. “ELD protocols regulate driver time and tracking this usage can help limit the on the road, and are designed to reduce risk. For example, many cranes have load risks of accidents caused by lethargy due to management systems or alarms. Knowing highway hypnosis and an unsafe amount when these systems are being overridden or of time behind the wheel,” says Conti. “If bypassed can be critical for reducing potenmore contractors adopt fleet tracking solutially hazardous operation.” tions, its likely that we will see an industry Being able to rapidly respond to potenwide decrease in safety incidents, on-road tial emergencies is a key benefit to IoT accidents and fatalities.” technologies. “A highly sought-after capability we offer is the panic button, which BENEFITS CONTINUE PAST JOBSITE DRIVEWAY employees often keep on their keychain or “Equipment tracking is becoming work belt, to notify dispatch that they need increasingly important to jobsite safeimmediate assistance,” says Shiner. “One ty,” notes Shiner. “Gaining the ability to of our customers had an employee worktrack run time on heavy equipment allows ing in a remote area with very dry brush construction organizations to automate and rampant wildfires when a power line maintenance management, which drastisparked and set fire to the brush below. The cally decreases the chance of equipment fire quickly spread to his truck, setting it on failure while it’s operational. When maintefire, and his cell phone was in there, too. In nance can easily be tracked and proactively this instance, having a panic button helped managed, fleets that use GPS tracking expeprevent a dangerous situation from becomrience far fewer jobsite accidents.” ing a tragic one.”


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Customers often use mapping features to see an overview of their connected assets. They may then drill down for more detail by location, class or other defining characteristics. Incidents may be viewed here as part of the bread crumb option. Reports, including operator scorecards, offer a way to design the necessary coaching or training for safer operations. DATA IS KING The first step in increased jobsite safety is collecting information. “This includes not just the safety supervisor or manager, but encouraging everyone at the jobsite to collect information,” says Majapuro. This can include recording jobsite hazards or safety violations on phones or tablets. “Just the fact that you are collecting this data will change behavior and make people care. But the real power is when you import this into a sophisticated software solution that allows you to start tracking trends.” Often, contractors didn’t know about certain problems until they started collecting data. “To experience the most significant impact on fleet safety with GPS tracking, contractors must commit to reviewing the data they receive and take action on it,” says Shiner. “This can be as simple as implementing driver coaching or automating alerts directly to drivers when they exceed the posted speed limit. With the automation available through GPS tracking solutions, the work is already done. It’s more about putting the information to use throughout the operations.” Customized data solutions prove beneficial. “Depending on the technology that a contractor wants to work with or the data that they are looking to garner from their assets, Tenna offers a custom-tailored solution that will meet their needs at the level of involvement they wish to have,” says Conti. “Part of the value that Tenna provides is the ability to use varied solutions that are manual or autonomous depending upon the customer’s preference.” Data analysis is the most important link. “The data is easily accessible, but it needs to be applied to take a real effect,” Conti emphasizes. “Asset management data impacts multiple areas of a business and therefore can be applied to many different departments led by several positions from the administrative level to the executive team. After implementation and setup, the asset management system requires a Champion — typically someone in an equipment or fleet management role — to disseminate the data to each corner of the company it should reach.” “Obviously, [with] the data we provide, if we are not able to make it relevant and actionable then it becomes meaningless,”

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Working with a GPS tracking provider that focuses on customer challenges, needs and goals can be a huge help to use the data beyond its tactical applications. says Majapuro. “You might have this plan where people are excited about collecting data and looking at data, but if it gets too difficult to understand what it all means, then the excitement will quickly disappear and people go back to their normal work. Too much information and it quickly becomes meaningless.” This places the onus on IoT providers to present data in a usable format. “Making the dashboards meaningful is one of the key tasks for me and my designers,” says Majapuro. “Fundamentally, it is making sure that the dashboards are actionable and relevant. We can customize them based on the needs of the users.” Owners, supervisors and safety managers all need a different view of the data. “Rather than taking a one design fits all, we can customize it for their individual needs.” The systems must offer an easy to use interface. “Our customers often use mapping features to see an overview of their connected assets,” says CalAmp’s Schneider. “They may then drill down for more detail by location, class or other defining characteristics. Incidents may be viewed here as part of the bread crumb option. Reports, including operator scorecards, offer a way to design the necessary coaching or training for safer operations. Real-time alert notifications help managers troubleshoot dangerous issues as they are happening. Additionally, the data integrates using APIs with the cloud-based platform to share with other departments as needed.” “While the technology is becoming easier to use by the day, finding ways to strategically use the data is still a pain point for many organizations,” says Shiner. “Working with a GPS tracking provider that focuses on customer challenges, needs and goals can be a huge help to use the data beyond its tactical applications, such as dots on a map. “At GPS Insight, we provide a dedicated account manager to every customer, who is well versed in their account, as a resource to help make sense of the data they receive,” she adds. “By working with organizations closely on their specific challenges, like safety, we can provide recommendations on which data to use and how to help solve them.” Continuous training is a requirement for success. “Businesses should have all of the necessary tools and training in place to easily implement and train employees on the chosen solution,” says Ransom. “Continued training and cadence with their platform provider will help create a long-term partnership, which helps

ensure the company fully understands and uses the platform to its fullest.” The end goal is to use the data to eventually make predictions on which tasks are likely to produce accidents. “In theory and in practice, you start preventing these accidents before they happen,” Majapuro comments. “That is where the industry is heading.” ET

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

Wearable Device Stops False C & Supports Safety Culture KBE Building uses wearables to sense fall risks and measure other safety data to create a safer work environment.

The Triax Spot-r system helps automate manual processes, such as paper time sheets or visual safety checks, so managers such as Adam Peters, KBE Building, can spend less time compiling and analyzing data and more time acting on it.


riax’s Spot-r safety system is a mobile technology that almost immediately improved safety and profit on KBE Building Corp.’s projects. “In the 60 days since we implemented Spot-r, we have already stopped three conditions where employees were jumping up and down heights more than 19 in., and they were immediately corrected,” says Adam Peters, corporate safety director at KBE Building Corp. (KBE). It can be difficult to measure the successes of a safety program in construction. “At KBE, safety starts at the top with our owner. Owner buy-in is critical for the success of a safety department,” Peters states. “Educating your people, giving them the authority to implement your program, and putting in place all the controls you can to eliminate risk is the next step toward success. This is how you establish a company-wide culture of employees who believe in your safety program and know the importance of safety at the jobsites. “We feel at KBE we have

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The network works independently of WiFi and cuts through tough building materials to keep a specific site connected throughout the project. some of the best field people and 19 in. without stairs, a ladder or Developed as a safety sensor, projects in the business, so Triax a ramp. If it picks up that a perthe wearable Spot-r Clip detects was our next step toward elimison fell, it could be that they are worker falls and sends automatic nating risk and continuing to jumping off a foundation wall or location-based alerts to supervihave some of the safest sites in a loading dock because there isn’t sors so help can be dispatched the industry,” he adds. quickly. Workers can also use a push-button SENSOR TRACKS SAFETY on the bottom of the AUTOMATICALLY device to alert superKBE invested in the visors to an unsafe Spot-r safety system early condition, non-fall in 2018. It monitors injury or other issue. worker and equipment The system does location, activity and not rely on GPS for safety on the jobsite location, a fact that using sensors worn by improves its jobsite workers or tagged onto performance and can equipment. The conencourage worker Developed for worker safety, the wearable tractor’s goal was to help acceptance. The mesh Spot-r Clip detects worker falls and sends automatic eliminate false claims network maximizes location-based alerts to supervisors so help can be and to make the field visibility to devices on sent quickly. team aware of employsite and can’t identify ees falling or jumping on sensors outside that the jobsite. a safer way up or down in place. network, so workers’ privacy is “With some of the low-height When this happens, our team protected when they’re not on falls, at first you don’t know if becomes alerted to it via the the job. they’re jumping or falling,” says Spot-r dashboard and notificaThe system also helps autoPeters. The Spot-r Clip identitions. Then we can go investigate mate manual processes, such as fies a quick change in elevation and fix the condition,” Peters paper timesheets and visual safegreater than 2 ft. explains. ty checks, so managers like Peters “OSHA doesn’t allow anySpot-r works over a proprican spend less time compiling one to access areas that have a etary mesh network designed for and analyzing data and more change in elevation of more than the construction environment. time acting on it.

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When an incident is identified, KBE coaches the individual involved on the expected behavior and then has them sign a written warning. “We expect a trickle-down effect. The entire crew should learn from the incident, then there will be a culture change,” says Peters. “But it starts with recognizing the condition and then educating the employees of what the hazard was.”

DATA COMBATS FRAUD AND SPEEDS RESPONSE The Spot-r dashboard not only alerts managers to safety issues on site but creates an objective record of safety incidents, including weather and worker certification information retrieved from the system’s database. The digital record of safety is helpful should a claim arise and can be used to combat potentially fraudulent claims. Peters said KBE eliminated one false claim at the Brandon Avenue Upper Class Housing project at the University of Virginia. “We had a subcontractor’s employee come in and say he fell and hurt his back while he was working on site the day before,” Peters notes. “We went to the dashboard to check and it showed no fall. So when we went to have a conversation with him and his employer and showed the data, he admitted that he had not fallen at this project and had actually hurt himself at home.” Peters also appreciates the value the system brings to handling emergency evacuations of jobsites. “Our field team can activate the devices of all employees on site in case of an emergency, notifying them to get into emergency evacuation mode,” says Peters. “Not only is this a great way to alert them to get out of the building, but we also know who, if anyone, is left in the building via the dashboard. This information can be so helpful for emergency responders — not only knowing how many people might be in the building, but also what zone they are located in. This is huge for the construction industry.” “Triax has come a long way. I’m their No. 1 fan. I know the company will do well, and I believe in the people that are doing it. It seems like they’re constantly developing something new for the devices to perform. I’m glad KBE started using the product, and I can’t wait to see what they have to offer in two to three years.” ET

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T E CHN OLOG Y T R E N D S By Jessica Lombardo

New Technologies



ith the steady progression of the Internet of Things (IoT) and other technologies, project practices such as virtual design and the virtual sharing of plans are becoming the norm. Yet, as construction companies increasingly incorporate and rely on new technology, jobsite risks are expanding. There are risks that can’t be seen at the physical location, including cyber risks. This is why the term borderless jobsite should start to resonate with contractors. With these new challenges, it’s more important than ever for risk managers to broaden their thinking around the types of risks that could impact a construction project and develop a plan that protects both its physical and digital presence.

UNSEEN RISKS Where has technology infiltrated your jobsite? That is what you need to think about when investigating potential cyber risks. Virtual design and project mapping is allowing more collaboration in a faster way. Using technology, partners can conveniently work together from any location on the design elements for a project long before construction begins. However, because information is stored digitally, it

While technologies can improve construction activities, they also pose cyber risks to protecting these “borderless” jobsites

implementing a multi-tier sign-on process and establishing a backup kept at a different location that tracks changes to documents,” says Bob Kreuzer, vice president, risk control, Travelers Insurance. Many jobsites and buildings also have technology that enables off-site users to turn on lights, control temperatures and utilize water sensors and alarm systems. This can pose potential threats, as well.

“These technologies may also be vulnerable to hacking after completion of a project. Helping owners understand these risks and what protective mechanisms have been installed is an important component of turning over a project to the owner.”

THREATS FROM WEARABLE TECH When used properly, wearable technology can help improve the quality of work and the safety of employees on construction sites. But before investing in wearable technology, there are additional risks to consider. “We are starting to see contractors test different types of devices like smart glasses or proximity sensors,” Kreuzer notes. “Before using any of these new wearable tools, it’s important to train everyone who may be using

There are risks that can’t be seen at the physical location, including cyber risks. This is why the term borderless jobsite should start to resonate with contractors.

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“During the construction phase, there are many people coming in and out of the site, which could create an opportunity for tampering,” Kreuzer says — for example, disabling smoke alarms or heating systems.

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them so they understand how these tools work, how they can benefit [from] them and how to avoid problems that can arise while they are in use. “In some cases, there might be a less experienced employee on site wearing this technology and doing the work with a more experienced person in an office watching remotely and providing

identify wearable devices that can reduce the risk of injury but also better understand the settings where they could have the greatest impact on safety.” While all of the potential risks associated with using wearables are still largely unknown, they could involve risk of a cyber-attack; create a false sense of security leading to bodily

to help protect the company, and in planning business strategies to protect from potential cyber-attacks. But don’t leave the decisions solely to them. “Knowing what steps to follow after a breach is crucial and can help minimize the damage,” notes Tim Francis, enterprise cyber lead at Travelers Insurance. “Having a plan in place before

Virtual design and project mapping is allowing more collaboration in a faster way. However, because information is stored digitally, it can be vulnerable to hackers. Image provided by Trimble

Creating the proper safeguards — such as the use of firewalls, antivirus technology and intrusion detection systems — can help prevent an attack from happening, but breaches can occur even with preventive measures in place. recommendations and instructions. While this is certainly convenient, the person in the office isn’t experiencing the tasks with all senses, which might make giving advice or direction riskier,” he points out. And as with other forms of technology, wearable devices can be vulnerable to hacking or malfunctions. “We are working with our construction customers to test a variety of wearable devices,” says Kreuzer. “With that work, we hope to not only

injury; or be unable to sustain certain construction environment challenges. “In regards to cyber risks, if information is not properly secured and a breach occurs, sensitive information may be in jeopardy,” Kreuzer asserts. “It is important to keep virtually stored information safe and protected. It’s also a good idea for businesses to make sure they are working with someone that has cyber expertise to help implement other controls, as well.”


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When it comes to technology, business decision-makers need a strong understanding of what their cyber risks are and how they can be managed. This will allow them to communicate dangers with employees and fully integrate the company and its employees in behaviors that help limit risks. Every company is different, but members of the leadership team are typically involved in creating these steps. It’s a good idea to involve IT in the decision making on how

an incident occurs and updating that plan as needed are key. However, that plan won’t be any good if employees aren’t aware of the risks and informed of safety protocols, so educating them is just as critical.” Creating the proper safeguards — such as the use of firewalls, antivirus technology and intrusion detection systems — can help prevent an attack from happening, but breaches can occur even with preventive measures in place. It’s beneficial to also have systems in place in the event something does happen. This can include insurance policies to manage financial risks and a crisis communications plan for internal and external parties. While technology can be a great thing, it also has the potential to be detrimental to a construction business if you’re unprepared. Now may be a good time to talk to an insurance agent/company or other risk management service provider about your company’s potential exposures and how to best address them. ET


While cyber risks are a new concern for contractors, it’s important to remember that more traditional risks — public safety, fire, water and theft — are still a major threat for businesses. “In our view, those will likely always be at the top of the list to consider when it comes to keeping the jobsite safe and secure,” says Bob Kreuzer, Travelers Insurance. “We still see losses resulting from fire, water and theft around the country. Because many of these issues can be prevented if proper safety precautions are taken, it’s critical for managers to provide new employees with an overview of physical work site threats, as well as the proper protocol for addressing them.” Buildings under construction face a higher risk of fire (e.g., from hot work) and many do not have the full fire suppression (sprinkler) systems in place. A written plan that includes operations management and fire protocols should be implemented and strictly enforced. “Recently, we have also seen contractors activate the fire suppression systems as the building progresses, providing increased fire protection earlier in the construction sequence,” Kreuzer says. “This type of proactive approach can set contractors apart from those that are following more traditional, and what I would call basic, protections.” When it comes to water damage, conducting regular quality control testing and periodic inspections of the work and the materials will help reduce the likelihood of an incident, such as a burst pipe. Theft, vandalism and unauthorized entry are also major risks on the job. Thieves often target sites with materials they can quickly sell. Establishing barriers to prevent access to the jobsite is one common defense. This can be done by installing full-perimeter fencing, locked gates and interior/exterior lighting. Intrusion detection systems, such as motion detectors at gates and other points of entry, are great tools to help businesses stay aware of what’s happening on site.

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TECHNOLOGY TRENDS >> Products Bobcat Rear Camera Kit

Topcon T-18 Handheld Controller for MAGNET Field

The optional Rear Camera Kit for M-Series and newer Bobcat skid-steer and compact track loaders provides a continuous rear view of the machine to prevent contact with obstacles. • Includes a 4.3-in. LCD color monitor with LED backlit screen, wiring harness, mounts and a tailgate-mounted camera • Camera provides a 118° horizontal viewing angle and an 89° vertical viewing angle • Multiple screen and camera settings enhance display image for optimal viewing in both light and dark conditions • Shock- and vibration-resistant camera and display with heavy-duty metal housing and rubber backlit keypad

The T-18 handheld controller for MAGNET Field data collection provides faster processing, a larger screen, better connectivity and longer battery life compared to previously available systems. • Connects with MAGNET solutions for sending and receiving data to the cloud company account • Includes a 3.7-in. sunlight-readable display, 1-GHz processor, 1 GB of internal storage and 3.5G cellular modem • Up to 10 hours of battery life • Standard Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity

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The AssetView Tracking System is a self-contained GPS solution that combines multiple technologies to maximize battery life while operating and remaining active in extremely low power modes. • Adaptive Tracking technology increases reporting frequency when movement is detected and automatically reduces it when stationary • Wireless monitoring and remote tracking of any powered or unpowered asset • Monitor through Internet-based software package and mobile app • Dual GPS and GLONASS positioning

Triax Technologies Spot-r EquipTag The Spot-r EquipTag is a plug-and-play, non-GPS solution to track operator identity, equipment location and equipment utilization in areas without a clear line of sight to the sky. • Can be used indoors or outdoors to track any piece of equipment in real-time • Works with Spot-r Clips to identify worker certification information and send immediate alerts of an unknown or unauthorized operator • Adheres to any piece of equipment to automatically collect activity and utilization data • Integrates with Spot-r network and wearable sensor technology

GSSI StructureScan Mini LT GPR Concrete Inspection System StructureScan Mini LT is a rugged, compact, flexible, entry-level option for locating rebar, conduits, post-tension cables and voids. • Comes with positioning system and control unit and a 1.6-GHz antenna offering optimal target resolution to depths of 20 in. • High-resolution 5.7-in. full-color display with easy user interface and different operation modes tailored for beginner to advanced use • Color adjustments, real-time migrated data, on-screen reference markers and multiple display modes also available • Includes an ergonomic handle, positioning lasers and four-wheel drive

Volvo Updated Load Assist The updated Load Assist onboard weighing for the L110H to L260H wheel loaders provides payload accuracy within +/- 1% on every bucket, while the machine is moving. • Access real-time information via Volvo Co-Pilot’s 10-in. high-resolution touchscreen working in conjunction with the On-Board Weighing app • Captures all load data via pressure and position sensors • Dynamic system measures the bucket load on the go • Feeds information to the CareTrack telematics system for remote access to machine data and performance

Hilti Connect App Tool information, service history and more are now available on your smartphone or tablet using the The Hilti Connect app and NFC tag inside the tool. • Easily identify the tool and access all its unique information even when the serial number is unreadable • Displays last repair time, how many times a tool has been repaired and total amount spent • Initiate repair scheduling at the touch of a button • Track tool usage information for the DX 5 and DX 9 direct fastening tools • Provides access to how-to videos, operating instructions and OSHA silica dust standards by tool type

CM Labs Crane Signaller Training Solution The Signaller Training Station is a simulation-based solution designed for use with all CM Labs crane operator training packs including flat-top and luffing tower cranes, rough-terrain mobile crane and crawler crane. • Allows trainers to simultaneously engage multiple students in a single exercise • One trainee operates a virtual crane via the Vortex simulator while another uses the Signaller Training Station to provide guidance • Instructor Operating Station provides scoring and reporting capabilities and the ability to introduce challenges • Designed to work in conjunction with the Vortex Trainer and Advantage simulators

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J OB S I T E S O LUT I O N S By Greg Udelhofen

Construction of Denver’s fourth tallest building calls for an innovative solution to compensate for soft sedimentary bedrock.

Unique Foundation Solution Required

for Denver High-rise


Images provided by CTL/Thompson, Inc.

ines, a privately owned global real estate investment, development and management firm, decided to construct one of the tallest office buildings in Denver. Its proposal was for a 40-floor, 600-ft.-high, LEED Goldcertified office tower called 1144 Fifteenth. The project would be the first Class A office tower building constructed in downtown Denver in more than 30 years. Upon completion, 1144 Fifteenth will be Denver’s fifthhighest building — fourth if you neglect the spire on top of the adjacent Four Seasons Hotel. It needed to rise above the rest, literally and figuratively, but there is a reason the buildings of Denver’s skyline are primarily low compared with other high rises in the nation. The comparatively soft bedrock prevalent throughout Colorado’s Front Range cannot

Construction workers topped out and completed exterior glazing, making 1144 Fifteenth a prominent addition to the Denver skyline.

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withstand the loads induced by very tall buildings, particularly with a dense office use, and soil and bedrock conditions can vary significantly within the foundation area. Engineering firms CTL/ Thompson, Inc. and Martin/ Martin, Inc. were called in to develop a foundation solution to support the massive structure. Denver-based CTL/ Thompson, Inc. knows a thing or two about foundations. The firm recently celebrated its 45th anniversary. CTL engineers Marc Cleveland, David Glater and Benny Lujan were charged with the task of helping to find a way to support the building foundation loads.

SUPPORTING THE CORE CTL recommended a drilled pier foundation to safely support the building and the maximum load of 8 million lbs. at each pier supporting the building core. The core also imposed extremely high lateral loads associated with a skyscraper, so CTL worked with fellow engineers at Martin/ Martin Inc. and contractors to develop methods to preserve the condition of the bedrock for lateral support. The mat foundation or base of the core was heavily reinforced concrete with a thickness of 7 ft. and proposed dimensions of about 120’ x 60’, totaling

Formwork straddles the eight primary support piers designed to support the 40-story office building.

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about 1,900 cu. yds. of concrete. Benny Lujan, project manThe team designed a system ager, also developed another using eight drilled piers, each design solution to save time 10 ft. in diameter and bottomed and material in constructing the more than 105 ft. into bedfoundation base. Normally on rock — more than 140 ft. below this project, a 150-ft.-long by street level. 60-ft.-wide by 7-ft.-thick mat A creative design approach would have been poured over was implemented, allowing the the eight piers. Instead, Martin/ concrete for the core to be in Martin designed two contact with the bedrock long by 7-ft.-wide by 7-ft.-thick to provide increased lateral supbeams over the two rows of port. There is no technical term foundation piers, connected for this method. Essentially, Workers connect sections of the reinforcement the bedrock face cages to be set in the 100-ft.-deep pier footings. being relied upon for additional lateral support was preserved by installing soldier piles and excavating with care before installing reinforced shotcrete. The core reinforcement was then installed, and the rest fell into place. CTL engineers and local contractors had used a similar technique, called “pre-splitting,” once before for the $300 million Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center hotel a few blocks away. The large concrete pours associated with the piers and core also required a special concrete mix to reduce the heat of hydration during the initial curing of with perpendicular tie-beams. the concrete. “Around the perimeter of the foundation structure, we UNIQUE APPROACH TO SUPPORT installed soldier piles into the “The team originally bedrock to provide lateral shear considered using 28, 6-ft.-diamstrength for the foundation slab eter piers drilled at a shallower that would be poured directly on depth,” notes Marc Cleveland, top of the bedrock,” Cleveland CTL vice president, “but the states. “Immediately after installcontractor thought it would be ing the soldier piles, we sprayed a very tedious process. So, we the entire bedrock surface with opted to go with eight 10-ft.shotcrete to prevent any moisdiameter piers drilled 105 ft. ture from evaporating.” into the bedrock and below the “The bedrock has a fair tie-beams we need to construct amount of moisture content for the core foundation.” — upper teens to mid 20s as a Cleveland and his associate, percentage — and if it’s exposed

to the air and the content evaporates, the soft rock starts to disintegrate and begins to flake off,” Lujan notes. “Using a shotcrete coating is the best way to retain the moisture content and preserve the overall structural integrity of the bedrock surface.” In general, the foundation solution CTL helped design was unique, with the limited number of support piers constructed and the added lateral shear approach implemented. According to Cleveland, it’s the

take six hours apiece. With the amount of heat produced during the hydration process, it was important to keep the concrete as cool as possible to prevent cracking during the curing process. “We came up with a mix design using 40% fly ash to reduce heat during hydration,” says Cleveland. “The concrete producer, Martin Marietta, also used chilled water (35° to 40° F) at the batch plant to help minimize excess heating during hydration. By the time the concrete reached the project, [the water] was in the 50° to 60° F range and that really helped to slow the set time. The goal was to keep the concrete temperature in the 147° to 150° F range during the curing process. If it gets above 160°, the concrete can overheat and crack.” There were a few other site issues that had to be investigated, and in some A pumper boom cases addressed, includis lowered into one of ing previous usages of the the reinforced pier site. A number of past footings ready to fill uses created geotechnical and environmental issues it with 300 cu. yds. that needed mitigation. In of concrete. the early 1900s, a nineShotcrete was story bank occupied one used to protect corner of the site. When exposed bedrock it was demolished, debris while the core was left in the foundafoundation structure tion area. The site also housed an old streetcar was assembled. loop in the mid-1900s. Old maps show the layout largest Denver building strucof the past development coincidture to date with most of the ing with the debris fill found on load being supported by only the site. eight piers. As with other site and construction challenges, CTL/ THE CONCRETE PLACEMENT Thompson addressed each issue Another extremely importo keep the project moving fortant construction challenge that ward. It was not always easy had to be addressed involved the considering the tightness of the concrete mixture required for the area, which required an innoamount placed for each support vative design because caissons pier and the massive foundacouldn’t be drilled along a neightion beams. Each of the eight boring property boundary. But piers required 300 cu. yds. of with the structure topped off concrete, or 30 concrete mixer and all exterior glazing complete, trucks lined up for the coninterior work was expected to be tinuous placement that would completed by mid-2018. ET

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ne of the main highways from I-80 into Grand Island, NE, was beginning to settle. Sections of Locust Street had dropped 2 to 3 in., making it increasingly unsafe for the estimated 300,000 people who attend the Nebraska State Fair each year. The concrete itself was in decent shape, but the slabs were settling and uneven on a weakened soil base. Concrete contractor Thrasher was selected to repair a half-mile section of the key thoroughfare. Thrasher brought its unique Polylevel system to the $250,000 job. The “Polylevel” process involves drilling holes in the concrete and then injecting a lightweight polyurethane foam, which will lift, level and stabilize the concrete.

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Polylevel involves drilling holes in the affected concrete, then injecting a lightweight polyurethane foam that expands to lift, level and stabilize slabs. The foam has proven to deliver longlasting strength, but the drilling process Thrasher had previously used proved inefficient on projects like Locust Street.

The Polylevel process involves drilling holes in the concrete and then injecting a lightweight polyurethane foam that lifts, levels and stabilizes the concrete. Thrasher was able to reduce drilling time from its previous electric drill process down to just seconds with its custom drill.

A CUSTOM DRILLING SOLUTION For a few years, Thrasher used electric drills and pneumatic impact drills to drill holes for Polylevel injection. These drills got the job done, but they were limited. “With our old methods we just had a lot of time constraints when drilling our holes,” says Cory Eastin, Polylevel team lead for Thrasher. “We weren’t able to do big jobs in a timely manner. We needed equipment that could increase our productivity.” So in 2013, Dan Thrasher, president, and Aaron Ruskamp, senior production manager, for Thrasher went to the World of Concrete show with the objective to find a better way to drill the holes. They envisioned a machine that could drill three holes at a time, and met with a few different manufacturers about the idea.

Thrasher worked with Minnich to develop a custom pneumatic drilling machine with three 50-lb. rock drills mounted to a selfpropelled platform assembly. Thrasher ultimately chose to partner with Minnich Manufacturing. “We felt most comfortable with Minnich,” Ruskamp says. “Our conversations at World of Concrete in Las Vegas and after the show made it feel like they were a company we could trust and would stick with us through the whole R&D process and modifications.” Minnich worked with Thrasher to develop a custom pneumatic machine featuring three 50-lb. rock drills mounted

to a self-propelled platform assembly. Powered by a 350-cfm air compressor, the unit could drill holes up to 25 in. deep with adjustable hole spacing and bed back-tilt capability. “We went from an electric drill, which took about 30 seconds to drill a hole through an 8-in.-thick slab, to the Minnich drill, which was drilling three holes in just a few seconds,” Ruskamp says. “If a project was two days or more, the drill could take the place of one person. It was a significant improvement over what we had before.”

HIGHER EFFICIENCY ON THE JOB With the drill on site, Thrasher made quick work of the Locust Street job. Eastin was able to drill three 5/8-in. holes at once from his control station on the unit. He could then drive the machine forward to drill

more trios of holes — all while limiting wear and tear on his body compared to other drilling methods. “Instead of spending one to two minutes drilling a hole with the old method, I’m able to drill three holes at the same time in a matter of seven to 10 seconds,” Eastin notes. “It makes your job go more efficiently, which saves your company money, which saves your customers money. It just saves heartache in the grand scheme of things.” Thrasher used a separate rig to perform the Polylevel foam injection, which provides an innovative alternative to concrete remediation methods such as total replacement and mudjacking. Using its specialized equipment, the contractor was able to raise Locust Street in less than three weeks. Thrasher deploys the

Minnich drill on approximately a dozen road projects per year. Ruskamp says the unit makes Thrasher more competitive when bidding for highway jobs, and demonstrates the company’s commitment to staying on the leading edge of concrete technology solutions. “We want to be constantly pioneering — thinking of new and better ways to do things,” Ruskamp says. “Fortunately, we found a company... that was willing to work with us to come up with something custom that really made a difference.” ET



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CONCRETE EQUIPMENT >> Products Allen MP245 Mechanical Pro Riding Trowel

Hilti TE 3-C SDS+ Rotary Hammer The 6.6-lb. TE 3-C SDS+ rotary hammer delivers consistent and reliable performance for drilling small diameter ranges, as well as light-duty chiseling applications. • Delivers 3,000 rpm and its hammer mode produces 5,160 bpm with 1.8 of impact energy • Optimum drilling range of up to 5/8 in. and a maximum diameter drilling range up to 1 1/8 in. • Includes an SDS+ chuck and userfriendly select switch • Dust removal system options include the DRS-S shroud that attaches to the depth gauge, hollow drill bit and DCD dust collector

Minnich Stinger Concrete Vibrator The Stinger is a 12.9-lb. universal motor that can drive the full line of Minnich vibrator shafts and heads from 3/4 to 2 1/2 in. • Available in 15- (115-volt) and 7.5-amp (230-volt) options • Offers a speed range of 11,000 to 13,000 vpm • Comes standard with a quick disconnect that adapts to vibrators of many other manufacturers • Durable protective frame extends vibrator life with urethane end caps that absorb shock while supporting easy-togrip handles • Double-insulated motor runs safely when grounded systems are compromised

The 830-lb. MP245 riding power trowel packs all of the ergonomics, features and durability found in Allen’s larger riders into a smaller package (78” L x 41” W x 57.5” H). • 22-hp Honda GX690 air-cooled gasoline engine and heavy-duty drivetrain • Standard-duty gearboxes provide efficient energy transfer from the motor to the rotors for an optimal finish • Two 36-in.-diameter, four-blade, non-overlapping rotors deliver rotor speeds from 45 to 165 rpm • Includes hydraulic joystick power steering and cruise control • Electric-powered spray system for retardant application

IGOE International Libby Concrete Spreader and Leveler The Libby concrete spreader and leveler is a oneperson operated machine capable of leveling a truckload of concrete in less than 10 minutes. • Horizontal vibration enables it to be pushed forward as well as pulled backwards without sinking • Achieves a good finish with minimal “fat” pulled to the surface • Includes 5-ft. blade

Toro UltraMix With Polyethylene Drum A 6- or 8-cu.-ft. lightweight polyethylene drum option is available for the UltraMix mortar mixer line to maximize drum durability and simplify cleaning. • Made from a high-density, 1/2-in.-thick polyethylene resin • Symmetrical drum design ensures more paddle and drum contact with the mortar • Paddle design moves mix horizontally as well as in the circular motion • Powered by a Kohler engine • High-strength telescoping axle allows the wheels to adjust from a towing width to under 36 in.

Multiquip MQ Whiteman TuffTruk The four-wheel-drive TuffTruk features optimal climbing ability and traction in mud or sand, as well as an articulated design for enhanced maneuverability. • 10.6-cu.-ft. capacity steel tub carries material or debris • Easily passes through 36-in.-wide openings • Battery powered TB11 includes an integral 120-volt battery charger and regenerative braking, and provides an 8-hour run time under full load • Gasoline-powered version utilizes a 4.8-hp Honda engine and hydraulic drive

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The ORKA floor saw is designed for wet sawing of new and old concrete and asphalt to a maximum cutting depth of 5.9 in. with a diamond cutting blade. • On/off switch, throttle control and in-depth control located close together within easy reach of the handle • Rigid single body frame protects interior parts • Includes a height-adjustable and reversible handle, 7.92-gal. water tank and Poly V-belt for fast, easy adjustments and belt changes • Effectively evacuates dust and waste during operation

ICS Blount 695XL Gaspowered Power Cutter The 695XL features an easy to start engine with high energy ignition system and durable, long-lasting components including a new muffler, carburetor and piston and cylinder. • Available with 12-, 14- and 16-in. guide bars and the entire line of MAX, ProForce and PowerGrit series diamond chains • 6.4-hp, 94cc two-stroke, air-cooled gasoline engine • Designed for frequent use by general construction, utility contractors and concrete professionals

Somero S-22EZ Laser Screed Machine The S-22EZ has an EZ Clean Head that includes a rolled profile on the auger support beam and pivots 90° for faster, easier cleaning. • Offers 360° machine rotation, a 20-ft. telescopic boom, OASIS laser control system and Quick Grade Set • Integrated diagnostics and full-time automatic valve calibration • Optional Roller Plow and Floor Levelness System

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The 10-ft. CRT60X (CRT60-74LX) is powered by a 74-hp Kohler, non-DPF Tier 4 Final engine that enables it to easily maintain rpm under high load finishing conditions. • Heavy-duty hydraulic system includes a high-capacity hydraulic pump and motors • Easy to read display provides information such as machine hours, fuel level, engine rpm, fluid temperatures and pressures and alerts • Features electronic cruise control, adjustable seat, plenty of legroom, ergonomically positioned arm rests, simple joystick controls and fully hydraulic blade pitch

The ScreedSaver MAX PRO combines the durability and accuracy of the ScreedSaver MAX with the technology advancements and design from the ScreedSaver BOSS 240. • Standard 12.5-ft. screed head attached to a boom that reaches 16 ft., covering up to 200 sq. ft. per pass for screed rates up to 7,000 sq. ft. per hour • Zero-turn drive system allows both the upper boom frame and the lower drive frame to independently spin 360° • Automated concrete additive spray bar system integrated into the screed head • Onboard color touchscreen full diagnostic display • 25-hp Kubota Tier 4 DH902 diesel engine

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


Trailer Brake Failures Ensure equipment trailer brakes are in proper order before hitting the road.


quipment trailer brake mis-adjustments and failures can dramatically increase stopping distances, resulting in increased chance of collisions or loss of control. Properly maintaining your trailer brakes and testing their function prior to hitting the road will help alleviate risks from potential failures. “All brakes should be tested each time you use the trailer by applying them manually if possible (electric and air) at low speed to make sure that you feel them applying,” says Scott Brown, warranty coordinator, Felling Trailers, Inc. “If applying the brakes manually is not an option, you should perform a couple of low-speed brake applications to make sure you feel the brakes apply.” Annual inspections are

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also recommended. “A visual inspection of the brake system periodically (once a year or every 12,000 miles) will go a long way in preventing downtime or sitting alongside the road,” Brown points out. Also take into consideration outside influences, such as the weather conditions. The region where you operate can definitely impact performance, especially cold weather climates where temperatures drop below freezing. In these climates, the brake shoes can actually freeze to the drum. “In cold weather, brakes can freeze to the drum and not release,” Brown elaborates. “We see this a lot with air brakes as they are applied as a parking brake when the trailer is not being used. When pulling out, you should try to make sure all the wheels are turning. You may feel that the trailer seems to be pulling hard. If you do find that a brake is frozen, you can typically get it to release by tapping on the drum with a hammer. If you are still unable to get the brake to release, you may need to pull the brake apart to clean the ice out of the drum, but

typically the hammer will take care of it.” Chemicals used in cold weather climates can also pose a challenge. “In cold weather areas where salt/chloride are used on the roads, it is very important to make sure that the brakes are sprayed off to try to flush the chemical out of the brakes,” Brown emphasizes. “If the brakes are washed out and the temperature falls below freezing, it is a good idea to park the trailer in a warm building to give the brakes a chance to dry off before parking it back outside.” In addition, trailers that sit for prolonged periods may be impacted by corrosion. “Trailers sitting can cause issues with the braking system,” says Brown. “They will start to rust, which causes issues with the parts working freely. If a trailer sits for a while with no use, I have heard of some people who will pull the trailer down the road and apply the brakes just to make sure everything continues to move.” When it comes to maintenance and troubleshooting, there are different considerations for each type of braking system

All brakes should be tested each time you use the trailer by applying them manually if possible (electric and air) at low speed to make sure that you feel them applying, currently used — air, hydraulic and electric. One constant is you want to ensure that the brake shoes, or pads in the case of disc brake systems, have sufficient material thickness and the brake drum, or disc, is smooth and still within specification.

AIR BRAKES MUST BE PROPERLY ADJUSTED Failures in air brake systems can be caused by several factors, including air reservoir failure, faulty spring brake control valves, restricted/pinched trailer service air line and pressure protection valves sticking due to corrosion. “Always perform a pretrip inspection prior to travel,” advises Josh Doyle, customer service manager at XL Specialized Trailers. “Air leaks can be heard rather easily by operating the air valves.” It is important to keep the system clean. “Corrosive

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Electric brakes use electromagnets to actuate the drum brakes. You control the electricity to the brakes with the brake controller in the cab of the tow vehicle and the brake light circuit on your vehicle.

to ensure the brakes are functioning. Refer to the slack adjuster manual if you see excessive wear or a need for adjustments.” If your trailers spend a significant amount of time in the yard, you should take extra precautions. “Quarterly operation checks on the trailer are recommended,” says Doyle. “Simply hooking the trailer up and pulling it around the yard can eliminate brake lock-ups and air operation issues.” To maximize uptime, don’t overlook inspections and maintenance. “Consistent inspections, once a week, and routine maintenance are recommended along with the mandated yearly federal inspections,” Doyle notes.

ELECTRIC BRAKE SYSTEMS NEED GOOD CONNECTIONS environments — climates with excessive rain, salt in the air and snow — can seize up brake pads. Routine trailer cleaning during winter months is recommended. This includes power washing the trailer.” Pay careful attention to slack adjusters. “Improperly adjusted and improperly maintained slack adjusters can cause brake issues,” says Doyle. “Refer to the slack adjuster manual for instructions on how to properly care for them. For example, keeping slack adjusters greased is important. Also, allowing self-adjusting slack adjusters some time to selfadjust can help in the long run.” Make sure trailer brakes are correctly adjusted and working properly. “Set trailer brakes and observe brake pads and slack settings,” says Doyle. “The easiest way is to watch the slack adjusters extend and retract in order

Electric brakes use electromagnets to actuate the drum brakes. You control the electricity to the brakes with the brake controller in the cab of the tow vehicle and the brake light circuit on your vehicle. Trailer brake controllers differ in the number of brakes they can control. Make sure you are using a compatible brake controller. If these systems are not working, there are several possible culprits, from poor electrical connections to frozen or worn out components. “Always check the plug first, confirm that there is power coming from the truck and that the trailer plug is free of corrosion and fits firmly into the plug on the tow unit,” says Brown. “If the trailer has sat for a while, the armature can start to rust and/or the lining surface on the drum will rust. Sometimes

just low-speed braking before leaving will clean things up, or you might need to pull the drum off to clean things and lubricate the armature arm.” The electromagnet that activates these brakes is also subject to wear. During routine inspections check the wear indicators of the electromagnets to make sure they are in good service. “Most brakes now are selfadjusting and only need to be checked once a year. But if you have an older trailer, it is recommended that the brakes are manually adjusted every 3,000 miles,” notes Brown.

HYDRAULIC BRAKES RELY ON CLEAN FLUID One of the more common hydraulic brake systems for equipment trailers are surge brakes. They use the momentum of the trailer to actuate the brakes. When you activate the brakes in the tow vehicle, the trailer presses against the trailer hitch and activates the hydraulic master cylinder in the trailer hitch and sends brake fluid to the trailer brakes. The more you slow down the vehicle, the more pressure on the master cylinder in the trailer hitch and the harder the trailer brakes are applied. When going downhill, there is steady pressure applied to the master cylinder in the trailer hitch that ensures the trailer brakes and the brake system keeps the trailer’s speed in check. There is a very small restrictor orifice built into the surge brake system to slow the hydraulic fluid and keep the trailer brakes from pulsing on and off as the trailer hitch loads and unloads as it is being pulled down the road. Due to the very small orifice opening, it is important to keep the brake fluid in surge brake systems clean. If a surge brake system doesn’t work, first remove the master

cylinder cap and make sure there is brake fluid in the reservoir. If there isn’t any fluid, you may consider rebuilding or replacing the master cylinder and wheel cylinders. Don’t just add brake fluid and go back to work. You must find the source of the leak. If the system has the proper amount of brake fluid, check the condition of the brake shoes and make sure they are adjusted properly. Then check that the restrictor orifice is not clogged, the master cylinder is pumping and the wheel cylinder is not frozen. You also need to check that there is no air in the system by properly bleeding the fluid lines. Another type of brake system is the electric/hydraulic trailer brake. It receives electric signals from the tow vehicle’s brake controller and applies pressure to the trailer’s hydraulic brake lines. These systems can be either drum or disc brakes. An electricover-hydraulic brake actuator on the trailer receives electric signals from the tow vehicle’s brake controller and applies pressure to the trailer’s hydraulic brake lines. The systems typically utilize a breakaway battery on the trailer that needs to be functional for proper system operation. When there is a problem with these systems, most of the time it is some type of wiring issue such as a loose connection or weak ground. The other likely culprit is that the brake controller is either not in electric-overhydraulic mode or the controller is not electric-over-hydraulic compatible. This is the case with most factory integrated brake controllers. Preventing many issues simply boils down to maintenance. “Hydraulic brakes are relatively trouble free,” Brown comments. “However, they should also be taken apart and inspected once a year or every 12,000 miles.” ET


A periodic visual inspection of the brake system (once a year or every 12,000 miles) will go a long way in preventing downtime or sitting alongside the road.

Failures in air brake systems can be caused by several factors, including air reservoir failure, faulty spring brake control valves, restricted/pinched trailer service air line and pressure protection valves sticking due to corrosion.

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Talbert 55-ton Roller Paver (55CC-RP) Trailer The 55-ton Roller Paver (55CC-RP) heavy-haul trailer enables loading of lowprofile equipment onto the 22-in.-high deck via the front of the trailer using 41-in.-long tapered ramps. • Concentrated load rating of 55 tons in 12 1/2 ft. of deck • 6-in. loaded road clearance • Dual kingpin settings allow drivers to operate in states with 43-ft. kingpin laws • 24-ft. clear deck length in the well • Extra steel in main and side beams of the deck as well as the gooseneck and rear axles

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 • Dexter tandem axle spring suspension with two 7,200-lb. drop shaft axles, electric brakes and emergency breakaway trailer breaks • Adjustable bolt-on hitch with 2 5/16-in. ball mount or 3-in. pintle lunette provides proper ride height alignment • Automatic front container locking mechanism

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Ford Redesigned Transit Connect The 2019 Transit Connect cargo van features standard driver-assist technologies, including Automatic Emergency Braking, Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian Detection, Side Wind Stabilization and a rear-view camera. • Available Blind Spot Information System with Cross-Traffic Alert, Lane Keeping System and Adaptive Cruise Control • Choice of three different engines capable of running on five different fuels, including CNG/propane gaseous fuel • Towing capability of 2,000 lbs. when paired with the available tow package • 38.3-ft. curb-to-curb turning diameter • Standard embedded 4G LTE modem provides Wi-Fi for up to 10 devices

Carlisle CSL16 All-steel Radial Tire The CSL16 all-steel-ply radial trailer tire offers heavy-duty hauling capabilities for large equipment and extremely heavy loads. • All-steel body provides an extra-strength load rating of up to 4,400 lbs. of towing capacity • Robust construction and industrial highway tread design lead to extended service life • Available in sizes ST235/80R16 and ST235/85R16

2019 Ram 1500 Pickup The weight of the 2019 Ram 1500 has been reduced by 225 lbs., yet the 98% high-strength steel, deeper box sections and even some aluminum in the frame enable a maximum tow rating of 12,750 lbs. and payload of 2,300 lbs. • Available eTorque mild hybrid systems on the 5.7L HEMI V8 engines and 3.6L Pentastar V6 engines add up to 90 lbs.-ft. of launch torque to the V6 and up to 130 lbs.-ft. to the V8 • Also offered with conventional Pentastar V6 (305 hp and 269 lbs.-ft. of torque) and HEMI V8 (395 hp and 410 lbs.-ft.) and an EcoDiesel variant • Active safety and security systems include adaptive cruise control, forward collision warning, blindspot monitoring and Trailer-sway Damping control • Also includes LaneSense Lane Departure Warning-Plus, ParkSense Parallel/Perpendicular Park and Hillstart Assist

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The XL 80 Power Tail trailer features a hydraulic fold-under flip tail ramp for quick loading and unloading of hard to load medium-duty equipment. • Load angle of 10° accommodates aerial lifts, rollers, forklifts and paving equipment • Rated at 80,000 lbs. overall and 50,000 lbs. concentrated in 10 ft. • Tail provides a lifting capacity of 25,000 lbs. for loads centered on the main platform • 48- or 53-ft. lengths

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

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his past spring, the 2018 edition of INTERMAT, the international exhibition for construction and infrastructure, housed 1,400 exhibitors in indoor and outdoor exhibits, as well as multiple demonstration sites. An estimated 173,000 visitors traveled to the Paris-Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre, including 30% from 160 countries, amid clear signs of an economic recovery and a distinctively business-friendly climate. Exhibitors pulled out all stops when it came to the products and technology on display. Following are just a few of the highlights from the triennial event. Additional images from the show can be found in the media gallery at www.ForConstructionPros. com./21003780.

NOTE: Not all of the equipment, products or services displayed at this event are currently scheduled for North American distribution. Please contact the manufacturer to determine availability.

VOLVO SHOWS NEW PRODUCTS, ASSIST TECHNOLOGY Volvo showcased three new short-swing radius machines — one crawler, the ECR355ENL; one wheeled, the EWR170E; and one compact, the ECR18E. These machines are suited for jobsites where space is limited, and offer low noise, fuel consumption and emissions. Another highlight was the INTERMAT Innovation Awardwinning EX2, a 100% electric compact excavator prototype. Volvo also presented the new P6820D paver with the new EPM3 electronic paver management system and Pave Assist, along with the DD105 asphalt compactor, now available with oscillating drums. Other notable machine launches included the L260H wheel loader in Europe and the upgraded L180H wheel loader with all-new drivetrain. INTERMAT also saw the European debut of Haul Assist and Dig Assist, the Volvo Co-Pilot applications designed to deliver real-time data to the screen in the cab. The Haul Assist function can also incorporate information from Volvo’s optional On-board Weighing. Learn more at www.ForConstructionPros. com/21004783.

Volvo showcased three new short-swing radius excavators, including the ECR18E compact.

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WACKER NEUSON EMPHASIZES ZERO EMISSIONS At the only indoor product demonstration at INTERMAT 2018, visitors were able to experience the full range of the zero emissions line of the Wacker Neuson Group. Two battery rammers, the dual-power excavator, two electric wheel loaders and an electrically operated track dumper were available in the test area. One of the highlights was the public debut of the all-new AP1850e electric vibratory plate and the EZ17e all-electric zero tail excavator. Thanks to its intelligent loading management, the EZ17e can be driven by a battery or plugged into the grid and can be charged simultaneously. It is especially suited for environments in which exhaust fumes and noise should be avoided. The AP1850e single-direction vibratory plate is the only

The AP1850e vibratory plate is the only batterydriven plate on the market. battery-driven plate on the market. It is particularly suited for compaction of granular surfaces and asphalt. The modular concept provides flexibility and efficiency by allowing use of the battery also found in Wacker Neuson battery-powered rammers. Learn more at www.ForConstructionPros. com/21004794.

MECALAC 100% ELECTRIC EXCAVATOR FOR URBAN SITES Mecalac also showcased electric technology with the introduction of a 100% electric machine designed for urban building sites. The 11,000kg e12 is an electric version of the 12MTX. The housing

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Mecalac highlighted electric technology with its e12 100% electric excavator, designed for urban building sites. compaction where needed and is particularly useful on bends due to lower shearing forces. The company dedicated an entire area of its stand to the topic of digitization. In the Digital Corner, visitors could use virtual and augmented reality to find out more about its pioneering digital solutions, from the new BOMAG 360° technology for the compaction of asphalt through to the smart Digital Field Service for construction machinery. Lean more at www.ForConstructionPros. com/21004662

BOMAG’s new Tango4 technology for tandem rollers produces sensitive compaction where needed and is particularly useful on bends due to lower shearing forces.

Manitou’s MRT 2470 rotating telehandler won a prize at the INTERMAT Innovation Awards for its stabilization system. used for the internal combustion version of the 12 MTX now incorporates LiFePO4 battery technology, a combination of iron and phosphate for three times as many charge cycles. The e12 features a compact structure designed for the city environment and two independently operating electric motors — one powering the excavation mechanism and one for movement. The 100% electric transmission offers optimal tractive force as soon as the engine is started, with brake energy regeneration. The unit has a charging station that can be used to recharge it on site in six to seven

hours. It can work all day without needing to recharge its batteries — a range of eight hours at the highest power output. Learn more at www.ForConstructionPros. com/21004798.

MANITOU DEVELOPS FUTURE MATERIAL HANDLING SOLUTIONS The Manitou Group used the 60th birthday of its first Manitou forklift truck to give visitors a sneak preview of two new models. With loading capacities of 2.5 and 3 tonnes, the MC 25 and MC 30 models have ground clearances of 30 cm, making clearing obstacles easy. There are also four-wheel-drive versions for negotiating rough and steep terrain. The company’s MRT 2470 rotating telehandler won a prize in January at the INTERMAT

Innovation Awards for its stabilization system and made its debut at an international show. With a lifting capacity of 7 tonnes and a maximum reach of 24 m, the MRT 2470 is a high-precision handler that provides users with increased safety during heavyweight handling operations at heights. Also on hand was the upgraded Gehl RT 215 compact track loader with new hydraulic control system, the Mustang 4200V skid-steer loader with new 120hp Deutz engine, the MT 420H ultra-compact telehandler and more. Learn more at www.ForConstructionPros. com/21005033.

BOMAG FOCUSES ON EQUIPMENT AND DIGITALIZATION BOMAG displayed its entire portfolio of compaction equipment for soils, asphalt and refuse, plus its range of stabilizers/recyclers, planers, and pavers. Also on display were the RS 500 stabilizer/recycler with sideshifting milling rotor, and the tandem roller model with new Tango4 exciter system, offering oscillation plus split drum for the first time. As part of the 360° technology concept, BOMAG presented new Tango4 technology for tandem rollers with pivot steering. Tango4 produces sensitive

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LIEBHERR SHOWCASES NEW EARTHMOVERS Liebherr presented its new series of stereo loaders, with two smaller models celebrating their world premiere. The larger L 514 and L 518 were launched last summer. The L 514 Stereo is suitable for communal services and road construction, and provides reliable assistance for a range of applications. The larger L 518, a completely new model in the company’s range of wheel loaders, is designed for industrial use such as recycling operations with solid rubber tires Also making its premiere was the A 914 Litronic Stage IV wheeled excavator. With an operating weight between 14,900 and 17,200 kg and an engine power of 105 kW/143 hp, it adapts for both classic earthmoving and road, sewer and pipeline construction. The machine delivers high traction for rapid acceleration, as well as high load bearing capacities and digging forces. Learn more at www.ForConstructionPros. com/20992580.


Liebherr’s new A 914 Litronic wheeled excavator adapts for both classic earthmoving and road, sewer and pipeline construction.

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Bell’s B30E 4x4 is based on the 6x6 model but is designed to provide better maneuverability in confined areas. BELL EXHIBITS 4X4 CONCEPT


BeBell Equipment is growing the four-wheel-drive concept with the B30E 4x4. The 21.5-tonne articulated dump truck offers sound all-weather characteristics on undulating haulage roads and light terrain and provides better maneuverability in confined material handling areas or stockyards. The two-axle truck is based on the 6x6 model B30E and shares the front chassis and oscillation/articulation joint. This includes a 246-kW Mercedes-Benz engine, six-gear Allison automatic transmission with integrated automatic retarder and a comprehensive package of productivity, safety and ease of operation features. These features are based on real-time data collection by the truck’s sensors (onboard weighing, pitch/roll sensor, etc.) and are controlled by embedded software in the truck controller. Learn more at www.ForConstructionPros. com/20995728.


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UTV TESTS ITS METTLE on High-profile Sports Center Project

Frattalone is working on a multi-year, multi-phase demolition, grading and construction project in Egan, MN, and was selected to test the new Cat CUV82 UTV prototype.


xcavating and grading that started in mid-2016. Located practice facility and a 6,000equipment. One critical tool work is the foundation for on the former headquarters of a seat stadium for local games and often spotted on but not comall building projects. Before major airline company, the projconcerts,” explains Lee Gass, monly thought of for a project of the first wall is raised or ect site covers nearly 200 acres site superintendent, Frattalone this size is the utility vehicle. the first beam positioned, earthand initially required demolition Companies. “We have been using and work contractors are on location, of the existing buildings, completNick White, laborer foreman, testing utility vehicles on large sometimes months ahead of con- ed by Frattalone Companies. adds, “By the time we finish, projects for more than five years, struction crews, moving and they are a very big material and reconfiguring part of our fleet,” says “We wanted to put it in the harshest conditions we the site to final grade. Frattalone. “If you think This is the type of about it, it’s more ecocould find — large project, extreme cold weather, work where St. Paul, nomical to transport MN-based Frattalone and Midwest snows and freeze/thaw cycles with a lot people and tools across Companies got its start a site using a $15,000 of mud — to test its reliability. We also wanted a site UTV compared to a and earned a reputation for delivering the highest $65,000 pickup.” using other UTV models as a comparison point.” level of quality work for its It was Frattalone clients. “We are a secondCompanies’ exten— Matt DuCette, territory manager, Ziegler Cat generation family-owned sive experience with company started in 1970 by my The current construction we’ll move nearly 1 million cu. UTVs that initially led Ziegler father, Frank Frattalone,” says phase focuses on a 40-acre secyds. of material.” Cat representatives to approach Tony Frattalone, president of tion of the property that requires the contractor to test the Cat Frattalone Companies. construction of several differFROZEN TUNDRA TEST SITE CUV82 prototype. In addition, The contractor is currently in ent structures to accommodate Frattalone Companies has 20 Ziegler was looking for jobsite the midst of a multi-year, multithe team’s needs. “The campus pieces of equipment to complete conditions that would really put phase demolition, grading and will include office space, a trainthe excavating and grading work, the new UTV to the test. construction project for a profesing facility, two medical facilities, including the expected excava“We wanted to put it in the sional sports team in Eagan, MN, four practice fields, an indoor tors, dozers, trucks and GPS harshest conditions we could

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Frattalone Companies tests a prototype UTV in extreme conditions during a professional sports center project.

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To assist with slogging through the jobsite’s rolling hill quagmire, the CUV82 offers three driving modes — twowheel, four-wheel and four-wheel lock — and a 10.5-in. ground clearance to cross the tire ruts left behind by the haul trucks. “We are using mud tires, and it is easily climbing the hills and navigating the tire ruts without hang ups, easing one of our initial concerns with the UTV,” says White. “When we encounter muddy conditions, we just push the button to lock the rear axle and go.” Its suspension system is specifically built for operating in the Ziegler Cat chose the extreme condilocation for the test due to the tions presented harsh conditions — extreme cold by excavation and construction sites. and freeze/thaw cycles plus a lot “We designed of rain and mud during the spring. both UTV modWith three driving modes els with a long including four-wheel lock, the UTV swing-arm easily navigated the project site’s suspension, cusrolling hills.. tom-tuned springs and shocks to offer contractors balance between a smooth ride and “We are using mud tires, and it is easily climbing the hills and hauling loads,” explains Campbell navigating the tire ruts without hang ups, easing one of our initial Lowman, engineering project concerns with the UTV. team leader for Caterpillar. “The four-wheel — Nick White, laborer foreman, Frattalone Companies independent suspension with find — large project, extreme SCOUTING REPORT front sway bar provides excellent cold weather, and Midwest snows Non-relenting above-average stability at full load.” and freeze/thaw cycles with a lot precipitation throughout the projThe CUV82 at the Eagan of mud — to test its reliability,” ect’s duration has turned the site site offers up to a 2,000-lb. towexplains Matt DuCette, territory into a muddy mess, making it a ing capacity and a 1,000-lb. manager, Ziegler Cat. “We also challenge for the grading equipbed capacity. The drivetrain has wanted a site using other UTV ment, let alone a UTV. “The clay been tuned especially for haulmodels as a comparison point.” soil soaks up the rain and takes ing loads. “It’s geared lower to The Eagan project site gave forever to dry out. We’ve had provide torque for hauling,” says Ziegler everything it wanted one day where we had the site White. “But there’s no noticeable plus Frattalone was a willing dry from the prior rain in the 20 degrade when we are hauling participant offering vast expemonths we’ve been on the project, material compared to driving rience with UTVs well beyond which has resulted in some schedwith no load.” the project site. The company is uling challenges,” comments Gass. One thing workers are careoutdoor power sports oriented.d Frattalone adds, “It’s like driv- fully watching is the brake and “I am a snowmobile tester for ing through peanut butter at axle wear on the new UTV. With Arctic Cat,” mentions Frattalone. times; and with the delays, we the muddy site conditions, the “When I heard that Caterpillar are basically doing 12 months of brakes of UTVs not designed for was coming out with a UTV, I work in a 9-month window.” construction work will cake with told Matt ‘I want to be the first The work crew drafted the mud, which quickly wears down in line for one.’” new UTV to help with topothe brake pads, says Gass. “We In December, Frattalone’s graphical surveying of the site. are not seeing this wear with the request was granted and the Workers added a GPS beacon Cat UTV,” he adds. demo unit was delivered to the to the top of the vehicle’s cab to The ability to haul workproject site. Since that time, the expedite setting grades. “It’s a ers and materials is critical for UTV has seen high utilization in lot faster for mass excavation to Frattalone Companies, especially a variety of extremes. White has tell the operators how much dirt when working at a site as big as logged more than 600 miles and needs to be moved from one side Eagan. “We use our UTVs to haul 450+ hours on the UTV in less to another at 15 mph than by everything from water pumps and than four months. walking,” White comments. fuel cans to tools and workers,

When we encounter muddy conditions, we just push the button to lock the rear axle and go.”

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and they have to be able to stand up to the day to day demands of the jobsite,” says Gass. “We gave the CUV82 a 100% steel cargo bed for added machine longevity,” Lowman notes.

A CHANCE TO COME IN FROM THE COLD The new Cat UTV models offer more than 50 accessories, so contractors can customize the design specifically for the project. One option Ziegler and Frattalone Companies felt was a must for the trial period was a full cab with heater, and workers put this option to use in an inventive way over the winter months. “With the subfreezing temperatures, we would cycle our workers in and out of the UTV so they could get warm,” White explains. “It’s cheaper portable heat for the long winter shifts than using the equipment. And when the guys needed some extra light, we would use the UTV’s cab lights to illuminate the area.” The cab not only provided portable heat but also a break from external jobsite noise. “I’m impressed with how quiet the engine is,” says Frattalone. “The cab is also quiet and comfortable, and you can easily carry on a conversation inside the cab while the engine is running. You can’t do that with other UTVs.” For extremely cold climates, the UTV can be equipped with a block heater, but Frattalone Companies did not opt for this configuration. Even so, the UTV delivered dependable starts over the winter. “Temperatures reached -20° F at times, and it started without a problem,” reports Gass. White notes one safety feature of the UTV he likes. “Although it’s capable of reaching speeds in excess of 45 mph, if you forget to fasten the seat belt, the UTV will go no faster than 15 mph,” he says. While a few company officials initially had some reservations about trying a new UTV on such a high-profile project, the CUV82 has performed as needed for Frattalone Companies in what workers call some of the muddiest grading conditions encountered. This has helped with the contractor’s scheduling delays. “Just like with our other Cat equipment, we are looking for performance and longevity with the UTV,” says Frattalone. “So far, I’m impressed... It seems durable, and it looks like a Cat.” ET

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R U N N I N G T H E BUS I N E S S By Garry Bartecki ® Published by AC Business Media Inc.

Manage Your Owned Equipment to

MAXIMIZE ROI Rental can be a benchmark to ensure you cover the cost of equipment ownership and add to your bottom line.


veryone knows that the business environment is changing on a daily basis. This is especially true in the construction business as: ˜˜ Equipment choices offer more specialization; ˜˜ Vendors continually develop new models with higher utility value; ˜˜ Technology provides options to increase profits; ˜˜ You can purchase or lease most units; ˜˜ There is an adequate supply of rental options should you decide to avoid the ownership hassles. No matter how you look at it, there are many reasons to purchase a new machine that works wonders for your business by enabling it to become more efficient and profitable. But does it? There is no doubt it can, but only if the benefits achieved cover the cost of the new unit and add to your bottom line. To do that, the unit has to have enough time and dollar utilization to cover the cost of ownership.

CALCULATE TIME AND COSTS The “more efficient” part of the equation is easy to understand. The unit allows more work to be done in a shorter time frame using less personnel hours. By doing so, it should make your business more profitable. The “profitable” side of the equation is another story altogether. The question becomes: “Are you more profitable for the year as a result of the equipment purchase, or are you only more profitable on the jobs on which you use that equipment?” If your time utilization is at least 65% to 70% annually, then you should be in the green. If, however, the machine is only used 40% of the time during a year, you are probably not covering the cost of ownership.

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It is this last part that created the equipment rental industry. Rental allows you to know your cost, which you can then charge to jobs, and also helps you avoid the time utilization question since you send it back when you’re done with it. When you rent a unit, you hopefully have 100% time utilization because you are using the unit every day you have it. I’m using rental jargon when I talk about time and dollar utilization, because rental companies have to measure these two metrics on a daily, weekly and monthly basis for every unit in their rental fleet. Contractors should be doing something similar to ensure they are covering the cost of ownership for each unit in their fleet. If you don’t, then I advise renting as much as you can to help control your costs and ROI on assets. Time utilization is easy to understand. It’s how many days the machine is available in any given time period and how many days it is actually used on a jobsite. For example, if a unit is available for a month and you only use it for two weeks, you have approximately 50% time utilization for that month. If 65% to 70% utilization is required to make a buck, you may not be covering your cost for that machine. But since we’re only talking one month, it’s entirely possible to make up shortfalls in the future and wind up with 75% for the year. The dollar utilization side of the equation is a little more complicated. Even if you have adequate time utilization, if you do not charge a “proper” amount of cost to the job, you may not cover the cost of ownership of that unit. Remember, you have to cover debt service (P + I), maintenance, storage, transportation and all the other related costs of ownership. Debt service alone is probably 20% of the equipment cost per year, so you really have to hit a 30% to 35% ROI on owned units to keep from hurting your performance numbers. Dollar

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 utilization can cover up some of the sins related to low time utilization, but don’t count on it.

USE RENTAL TO SET RATES You need to get comfortable with the costs of your equipment, which probably include new and used units — some of which still require note payments and some that are fully paid off. You have to manage this investment to earn an adequate ROI, or adjust your investment to make the ROI work for the shareholders and your bank. There is little doubt that contractors are buying less and renting more as a way to maximize ROI on what they own and reduce overall financial risk. If you are not thinking along these lines, I suggest you compare what you charge to your jobs vs. rental rates for that same equipment for the time periods involved. Rental companies earn their living by managing their fleet and using rates to achieve an overall profitable return. I would suggest that what you charge to a job for your equipment use should be similar to what a rental company would charge for the same equipment and time frame. If your rates are substantially lower, you may be kidding yourself about covering cost of ownership. Every contractor that owns a significant fleet should have an internal rental department that determines what rates to charge for equipment use; compares those rates to external rental rates; and adjusts the cost of owned equipment and its internal rates to maximize equipment ROI. Do yourself a favor and buy a share of a public rental company, and then review its quarterly reports, in which the bulk of what is discussed is time and dollar utilization. I would also pay a visit to one of the rental companies you use to review how they manage their fleet and equipment ROI. If you wish to avoid this process, then rent as much as you can and only own what is used 75% of your busy season. ET

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