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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

THE 2018 FORD F- 650/ F-750

Vehicle shown with optional features and aftermarket equipment. *Class 6-7 Conventional Chassis Cabs based on Ford segmentation.




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PRODUCTS 35 Excavators

Find an assortment of mid- to full-size models.

38 Demolition Attachments Products for demolition and deconstruction tasks.

49 Lift Equipment

The latest equipment to lift personnel, tools and materials to the work area.

55 Underground/Utility

Tools to tackle work below the surface.

DEPARTMENTS 6 Breaking Ground 8 Equipment Introductions 52 Jobsite Solutions

3D System Increases Excavator Efficiency

58 Running the Business Time to Invest, Time to Manage or Both?

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Discover what you chose as the construction industry’s top new products of 2018.



Evolution of Hybrid Powertrains in Aerial Work Platforms


Match demolition attachments to the task and then select the correct excavator for maximum productivity.


Dealer partnerships yield benefits from initial spec’ing through the vehicle life cycle.

VR RAISES LEVEL OF AERIAL EQUIPMENT TRAINING pg 44 Virtual reality promises to take aerial equipment training to a higher level of safety and efficacy.

MODEL-BASED ESTIMATES HALVE CONTRACTOR’S COSTS pg 54 Estimating software integrated with BIM slashes take-off time, re-estimates after design revisions and allows easy estimate reformatting.

Hybrid technology can increase machine efficiency and reduce emissions.

Multipurpose Paver Proves a Bonus on Highway and Airport Projects RGG United Contractors experiences a smooth transition to its new slipform paver — along with smoothness bonuses.

There’s A Hole in the Ground, Dear Liza…

What should you do when faced with OSHA fines for an excavation performed by the builder who hired you?

Advanced-design Cold Mill Makes Quick Work of Urban Avenue

Blackrock Milling finds a versatile solution in its fleet of Wirtgen asphalt cold mills.

RUN STRONG. Packed with the features that operators demand, Doosan® wheel loaders bring strength to every job.

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

50 Positive Impacts for Your Business

Becky Schultz /

EACH YEAR IT’S A BIT OF AN adventure as we begin to analyze candidates for the annual Contractors’ Top 50 New Products awards. While we may anticipate seeing certain types of products filter to the top based on what we’ve seen on jobsites and encountered at shows and events throughout the year, there are others that come as more of a surprise — and for us,

an education. With the awards based on your feedback, it can be very illuminating to see the variety of products that generate positive interest, and presumably impact, for your construction operations. We extend our congratulations to the 2018 Contractors’ Top 50 New Products recipients, and encourage you to turn to page 12 to see for yourself why they made

this year’s list. For even more details, you can access our expanded coverage at

˜˜ Acela Extreme-duty Monterra Truck Line

˜˜ Amulet Xboom Coupler System ˜˜ Barreto 13STKH/16STKB Track Trencher

˜˜ Bobcat R-Series E85 Compact Excavator

˜˜ Briggs & Stratton Vanguard 200 Single-cylinder Engine

˜˜ Carlson CP100 II Asphalt Paver ˜˜ Case CX145D SR Minimum-swing Excavator

˜˜ Caterpillar 320 GC, 320 and 323 Next Generation Excavators

˜˜ Chevy 2019 Silverado 1500 ˜˜ Detroit DD8 Medium-duty Engine ˜˜ Ditch Witch SK1550 Mini Skid Steer ˜˜ Doosan DL280-5 Wheel Loader ˜˜ DroneDeploy Live Map Feature ˜˜ Dynapac CC1100/CC1200 Roller Range ˜˜ Eterra BMX-600 Mix-and-Go Cement Mixer

˜˜ GOMACO GP4 Slipformer ˜˜ Hino XL Series Class 8 Vehicles ˜˜ Hyundai HX130LCR Compact Radius Excavator

˜˜ JCB Teleskid ˜˜ JLG 1644 High-capacity Telehandler ˜˜ John Deere Roll-out Buckets ˜˜ KATO 85V-4 Compact Excavator ˜˜ Kobelco SK350DLC-10 Demolition Excavator

˜˜ Komatsu D375A-8 Crawler Dozer ˜˜ Kubota RTV-XG850 SideKick Utility Vehicle


˜˜ LBX Link-Belt 145 X4 MSR Excavator ˜˜ Liebherr PR 766 Crawler Tractor ˜˜ Loftness Battle Ax Mulching Attachment ˜˜ Maintainer Redesigned Lube Skid ˜˜ Manitou MRT 3050 and MRT 2470 Rotating Telehandlers

˜˜ MiniTrencher GeoRipper Trencher ˜˜ Montabert SC-Series Hydraulic Breakers

˜˜ Navistar International HV Series Severe Service Truck

˜˜ Power Curber 7700 Slipform Paver ˜˜ Ram Truck 2018 Hydro Blue Sport Edition

˜˜ Skyjack SJ1256 TH Telehandler ˜˜ Steelwrist Tiltrotators ˜˜ Stellar TMAX 30K Aluminum Service Body

˜˜ Takeuchi Tier 4 Final TB290 Excavator ˜˜ Thunder Creek Diesel/DEF Transfer Tank for Pickups

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Our demolition robots are developed to be agile, durable and just what you need. They are more responsive, more precise and engineered to operate in the toughest (not to mention tightest) places. We offer a concise line of four remote-controlled demolition engineered to operate in the toughest (not to mention tightest) places. We offer a concise line of four remote-controlled demolition robots with a wide array of attachments and each is packed with the most innovative features on the market. Just try one and find robots with a wide array of attachments and each is packed with the most innovative features on the market. Just try one and find out for yourself. Demonstrations available nationwide. 800-288-5040 out for yourself. Demonstrations available nationwide. 800-288-5040


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˜˜ Topcon X-52 2D Grade Control System ˜˜ Toro MB TX 2500 Tracked Mud Buggy ˜˜ Track Hoe Track Cleaning Tool ˜˜ Triax Technologies Spot-r EquipTag ˜˜ Trimble T10 Rugged Tablet Computer ˜˜ Tuffy Security Products Console Insert Model 334 for Ford F-150 XLT

˜˜ Volvo L260H Wheel Loader ˜˜ Wacker Neuson TH627 Groundengaging Telehandler

˜˜ Wirtgen Large Milling Machines ˜˜ XL Low-profile HDG Trailers

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Strong. Start to finish. Built in America to build our future. Companies like Brooklyn Ready Mix need the toughest trucks on the planet to build the biggest city in America. That’s why they rely on the Mack Granite. Made by hard-working Americans, the Granite combines all-around durability with all-day comfort to keep you going strong. Learn more at

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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. Sokkia

T-18 Field Controller

Road Widener

Offset Vibratory Roller Attachment The Offset Vibe Roller Skid Steer Attachment features interchangeable rollers in 2-, 3- and 4-ft. widths. It attaches to any machine via an SAE quick-connector coupling and requires only standard flow hydraulics. The vibratory feature creates optimal compaction for rolling stone, asphalt, RAP and dirt. It produces 500 to 2,500 vpm with an amplitude of .02 in. The unit can roll outside the slope of the shoulder (up to 30° drum pivot) and can be dropped down into trenches with the drum positioned 30 in. below the mounting point. Remote control puts functions directly in the hands of the operator.


The T-18 handheld controller can be used for driving geopositioning, construction, mapping and vertical construction applications. It has a 3.7-in. sunlight-readable display with a 1GHz processor, 1GB of internal storage, internal GPS and up to 10 hours of battery life. Its 3.5G cellular modem allows users to access the Internet for RTK (real-time kinematic) correction services. The internal GPS option provides a navigational functionality capable of accuracies in the 3m range. With a 72-channel, all-in-view tracking receiver, the unit can be used for navigation or general positioning. Other features include standard Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity and an IP65 rating for dust and water protection.


Quick Couplers These quick couplers feature a wedge-locking principal to connect to attachments in two places for optimal locking force. The self-adjusting wedge locks at 1,730 psi and unlocks at 3,455 psi. Separate open and close buttons and an audible alert system notify the operator when the wedge and safety knuckle are open or closed. LED lights and a beeping signal also provide clear indication of whether or not the wedge has successfully captured the rear pin. The couplers come in hydraulic pin-to-pin, mechanical pin-to-pin, Nordic-style S-lock and tilt or tilt rotation versions made of high-alloy steel. They are available for excavators with 2,200- to 220,000-lb. operating weights.


Logs Hours of Service Application The Zonar Logs hours of service ELD solution transmits log data to the eRODS system and meets the FMCSA self-certification requirement. Drivers use the Zonar tablet to view available hours, update duty status and electronically certify and submit hours of service (HOS) records. The system automatically tracks drive time, and an alert activates in the cab and within Ground Traffic Control one hour prior to reaching HOS limits. The Roadside View displays driver logs; the back office view and Roadside View both display information uniformly. Driver logs can be viewed by day, week and month, and each driver’s time can be monitored, printed or emailed.


LCV6 and LCV8 Light Towers The LCV6 and LCV8 feature a small body design (82” L x 55” W) and a manually extending, 23-ft. vertical mast with a clamshell-style canopy made of highly durable, lightweight composite material. They come with four 1,050-watt halide lamps or optional high-efficiency LED, 290-watt fixtures for glare-free lighting and nearly double the runtime. The units come with Kubota Tier 4 Final diesel engines and 6and 8-kW Mecc Alte alternators. Their 52-gal. diesel fuel tank enables minimum run times of 119 hours (LCV6) and 97 hours (LCV8). Options include fluid containment, an electric winch, auto start/stop control, low fuel shutdown and telematics package.

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Loading, moving, lifting and placing – Wacker Neuson’s telehandlers are highly versatile machines that extend your productivity with ground-engaging capabilities. Connect the right attachment quickly with the universal attachment plate and the TH522 and TH627 can dig into new challenges. For equipment that has all it takes to improve your efficiency, look no further than Wacker Neuson and our network of qualified dealers.

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Terex Trucks

Upgraded TA300 Articulated Hauler The updated 30-ton TA300 now incorporates the latest ZF EP320 transmission as standard, resulting in a 5% fuel efficiency improvement, as well as enhanced performance and productivity. The transmission includes eight forward gears and four reverse gears, higher overall gear ratio spread, equal ratio steps between gears and optimized gear shifting with partial load shifts. Maximum speed is increased to 34 mph. Power is provided by a Scania DC9 engine that meets Tier 4 Final without a diesel particulate filter. The unit includes a standard true independent front suspension, automatic shifting with manual override, hydraulic integral retarder and hydraulic power-shift longitudinal differential lock.


Concrete Construction Weather Monitoring Kit The Concrete Evaporation Rate Power Pack provides critical environmental data that allows contractors to take steps to minimize risk by adjusting the concrete mix, using protective measures or postponing the pour. This hands-free, compact and comprehensive data logging and monitoring system assembles to capture readings at the ACI-recommended height of 20 in. above concrete. It includes the 5200 Professional Environmental Meter with LiNK, which measures and records all site-specific weather conditions. The kit also comes with a rotating vane mount, portable mini tripod with extension rod and durable weatherproof protective case.


EZ-UP Zallys Electric Wheelbarrows Zallys electric wheelbarrows come in five models: the BRIO, with a load capacity of 440 lbs. and speeds up to 2.5 mph; the D1 and D2 series, with load capacities up to 661 lbs. and speeds up to 3.1 mph; and the Dumper Jet and Dumper Jet L, with load capacities up to 1,100 lbs. and speeds up to 3.1 mph. The BRIO is CE certified, and the remaining models are both CE and UL certified. All are well balanced and easily maneuverable for a safer alternative to the standard manual wheelbarrows, and feature a variety of accessories that can be quickly and easily changed out for maximum versatility.


Gehl CM Labs

Excavator Simulator Training Pack The Excavator Simulator Training Pack immerses trainees in a virtual environment that promotes rapid skills acquisition, from excavating and trenching, to trailer loading, safety corridor management and more. Designed for deployment on any Vortex simulator, it exposes operators to the real sights, sounds and feel of a 21-ton excavator. “Sandbox” exercises allow trainees to refine skills by excavating near a water pipe or manhole, lifting tires or manipulating a trench box or gravel box. The system provides real-time feedback on excavation height, slope and consistency, automatically detects safety violations and captures objective scores to indicate technical proficiency.

DL Gen:3 Telescopic Handlers The DL11-44 GEN:3, DL11-55 GEN:3, DL12-40 GEN:3 and DL12-55 GEN:3 feature a single joystick control for boom extension and retraction, attachment tilt, auxiliary hydraulics and forward/neutral/reverse. Maximum lift capacities range from 11,000 to 12,000 lbs. with maximum lift heights from 40 ft. 4 in. to 55 ft. 5 in. Hydraulic self-leveling lift action automatically keeps the load level as the boom raises. The units have a 120-hp Cummins QSF 3.8L Tier 4 engine, Dana four-speed power shift transmission and operator-selectable two-wheel, four-wheel and crab steering. Front outriggers and boom tip auxiliary hydraulic lines are standard on the DL11-55 and DL12-55 and optional on the other models.

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In this industry exclusive awards program, equipment owners and end users determine the winners. Each year, the Contractors’ Top 50 New Products — hosted by Equipment Today and ForConstructionPros. com — showcases the new equipment and products that construction equipment owners and end users identify as the most intriguing. Recipients of the awards are determined based on page views and inquiries on the web portal on the new units featured in the magazine over a 12-month period. Each manufacturer is able to receive only one award, so the winning products represent the single highest ranking product for each company over the specified time frame. The winners are grouped into categories based on product type or application. To learn more about this year’s winners, use the URLs shown or turn to to access the full list of award winners with direct links to each product.


SK350DLC-10 Demolition Excavator

The SK350DLC-10 Tier 4 Final demolition excavator can reach further and work safer on building demolition projects. While it shares many common parts (including the engine, hydraulics and body) with the conventional SK350, it has been specifically designed, engineered and reinforced to withstand the rigors of heavy and high-reach demolition. It features the NEXT joint system, where each boom and attachment is designed with a block structure that simplifies assembly/disassembly. Its ultra-long high reach capability allows the operator to utilize a 2.5-ton tool to demolish buildings up to seven stories high from the ground. A larger 4-ton tool can be added to the separate/ demo boom for increased power and efficiency at lower levels where the material is typically thicker and heavier.



E85 R-Series Compact Excavator

The E85 features a 66-hp Bobcat turbocharged diesel engine that does not require a diesel particulate filter (DPF). Its optimized integrated rear counterweight design enhances machine stability. The 18,977-lb. unit has a 16,269-lbf. bucket digging force, 9,754-lb. rated lift capacity and a 15-ft. 6-in. maximum dig depth. It generates 25.1gpm auxiliary hydraulic flow. The FOPS-rated cab includes a large cab opening with tubular frame-reinforced cab door, increased floor space and additional glass surface area, which includes an improved top window and narrower side pillars. It also comes with a standard, easy to reach control pattern selector and repositioned second auxiliary hydraulic selector switch. A lower engine compartment and relocated hydraulic valves make it easy to access and service the machine.

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Available in tracked and wheeled versions, the Teleskid represents the first skid steer and compact track loader with a telescopic boom that combines vertical and radial lift capability. A bucket-positioning leveling system allows bucket level to be set and maintained throughout the boom’s range of movement. The unit can perform the work of a telescopic handler, masted forklift, compact loader and a skid steer, all in one easily serviced machine. It has a forward reach of 8 ft., a lift height of 13 ft. and can dig below its chassis to a depth of 3 ft. A 74-hp JCB Ecomax Tier 4 Final engine provides high torque at low rpm. The fully enclosed cab is 33% larger than industry average. JCB myCHOICE software allows control responsiveness and joystick sensitivity to be tailored to operator preferences.


L260H Wheel Loader


Tier 4 Final TB290 Compact Excavator

The TB290 has a 69.2-hp Yanmar turbocharged, Tier 4 Final engine and a closed center, load-sensing, three-pump hydraulic system that delivers enhanced multi-function capability. Attachment presets and auxiliary flow rates are adjustable from the operator station, and high flow settings are standard. The unit has a bucket breakout force of 16,565 lbs. and arm crowd force of nearly 8,200 lbs. Triple flange track rollers ensure the track always has two points of contact with the rollers, and an automatic track tensioning system maintains proper track tension when the unit is in high-speed travel mode. A roomy, deluxe cab has an automotive-styled interior, LCD color multi-information display, high-capacity HVAC system and high-back suspension seat.

The L260H is a high-production machine that can load a truck with 26 tons in just two passes. It offers larger bucket sizes, 15% greater payload, 10% improved fuel efficiency and 5% more horsepower and torque over previous models. The high-pressure hydraulic system allows for faster cycle times and increased lift force, demonstrated by the lifting arm system, which yields 66,453.5 lbf. of lift capacity. The 34-tonne unit has a 416-hp Volvo D13J Tier 4 Final engine that generates high torque (1,728 ft.-lbs.) at low engine speeds to minimize emissions and fuel consumption. The engine is paired with a fully automatic power shift transmission. OptiShift technology integrates the Reverse By Braking function and lockup torque converter. The Care Cab includes the onboard Volvo Co-Pilot display and optional Load Assist.




145 X4 Minimum-swing Radius (MSR) Excavator


The 32,100-lb. Link-Belt 145 X4 Spin Ace from LBX delivers up to 3% faster cycle times, increased lifting capacity and up to 6% better fuel economy than previous models. It has a 19-ft. 9-in. maximum dig depth and up to 21,400 lbf. of bucket digging force with Auto Power Boost. An electronically controlled 102-hp Isuzu engine meets Tier 4 Final without the need for a DPF. The unit has two electrically controlled Kawasaki variable displacement axial piston pumps and one Kawasaki gear pump. Its ROPS- and FOPS-certified cab features a large automotive-grade high-back suspended seat, arm rests that move proportionally with the console and a 7-in. LCD color monitor. The standard rear view camera is accessible through the monitor.


DL280-5 Wheel Loader Kato

85V-4 Compact Excavator

The 18,775-lb. 85V-4 is a zero tailswing excavator that comes standard with an additional 900-lb. counterweight for added stability. Its compact size and zero tailswing enable a 7-ft. 3-in. width for working in tight spaces. Powered by a 59.4-hp Yanmar 4TNV98 C water-cooled, Tier 4 Final diesel engine, the unit provides a 15-ft. 1-in. maximum digging depth and 14,730-lb. bucket breakout force. It features variable-displacement pumps and two-speed travel, and comes standard with auxiliary hydraulics (third line optional), A-F quick-change valve and backfill blade. Its wide, comfortable operating environment includes a ROPS-certified cab with hydraulic pilot controls and heating and A/C. Rubber or steel tracks are available.

The DL280-5 with standard Z-bar linkage is designed to provide enhanced performance, operator comfort and increased uptime protection. The 172-hp loader has a 34,262-lb. operating weight, 3.7-cu.-yd. bucket capacity, dump height of 9 ft. 2 in. and breakout force of 30,349 lbf. An available high-lift Z-bar configuration provides an added 18 in. of dump height. The upgraded forward-neutral-reverse joystick is easier to activate and more ergonomic, improving operator comfort. A wide fin radiator provides effective cooling with a larger fin spacing that reduces clogging. Available heavy-duty axles deliver optimal performance in harsh conditions and enable owners to use solid tires for enhanced uptime protection in specialized applications. A quick coupler and guarding package are also offered.

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PR 766 Crawler Tractor


The PR 766 weighs from 101,854 to 119,491 lbs. and is powered by a fuelefficient 422-hp, V8 engine that meets Tier 4 Final without a DPF. Hydrostatic drive enables engine speed to be kept constant regardless of load. The ECO function provides a choice between high performance and maximum efficiency and fuel savings. Proactive power adjustment automatically increases engine power for a short period based on current demand. The unit comes with a single- or double-bogie undercarriage and a new cab design with improved ergonomics, integrated touchscreen color display, enhanced visibility with generously proportioned windows, slanted compartments on all sides and exhaust stack repositioned behind the A-pillar front of the cab. The LiDAT fleet management system is standard.



D375A-8 Crawler Dozer



There were two design priorities for the D375A-8. First, engineers sought to refine operator ride comfort. This was accomplished by updating the undercarriage suspension, adding larger viscous cab mounts and creating an ergonomic operator environment. The second goal was to boost productivity. The result: an up to 18% improvement, with more available engine horsepower (609 net hp) delivered to a fuel-efficient, automatic threespeed transmission featuring an automatically engaging lockup torque converter. Up to 20+% more horsepower (748 hp) is produced while traveling in reverse for faster cycle times. The unit features standard blade auto-pitch, ripper auto-return and shoe slip control.

HX130LCR Compact Radius Excavator


The 29,750-lb. HX130LCR has a 73.6-hp Perkins 854F Tier 4 Final engine and delivers an overall fuel efficiency improvement of up to 10%. It features IPC (Intelligent Power Control) computer-aided power optimization based on load demand. The advanced hydraulic system includes a Boom Float mode for better grading control, Fine Swing mode for improved load control when swinging and up to 13% faster cycle speeds. The unit has an 18-ft. 4-in. maximum dig depth and bucket digging force of 22,860 lbf. It comes with an 8-in. interactive touchscreen cluster-monitor and is available with the AAVM (All-Around View Monitoring) to provide a 360° surround virtual operating view and IMOD (Intelligent Moving Object Detection) system.

Caterpillar Case

CX145D SR Excavator

The 32,100-lb. CX145D SR minimum-swing excavator has bucket digging forces up to 21,400 ft.-lbs. and lift capacities up to 21,350 lbs. Its 102-hp engine meets Tier 4 Final with no DPF required. The electronically controlled hydraulic pump and larger control and solenoid valves allow for increased lifting capacities and improved responsiveness. The CASE Intelligent Hydraulic System offers four integrated control systems to make the best use of the unit’s hydraulic power and momentum. Standard Free Swing enables improved craning, laying or lifting of offset loads. The spacious, pressurized, viscousmounted cab includes a fully adjustable heated air ride seat, ergonomic multifunctional controls, Bluetooth radio and rear view and side view cameras that feed a 7-in. widescreen monitor.


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320 GC, 320 and 323 Next Generation Excavators

The 20-ton-class Next Generation excavators increase operating efficiency, lower fuel and maintenance costs and improve operator comfort. The 48,300-lb. 320 GC is a reliable, low-costper-hour excavator perfectly suited for light to moderate duty applications. The 50,100-lb. 320 is equipped with standard technology like Grade Assist, Payload and E-Fence to make a wide range of work much easier and safer for operators. The 56,200-lb. 323 has the same standard technology as the 320 with more power for more production. The units feature Cat engines rated from 121 to 162 hp, 22-ft. 1-in. maximum digging depths, up to 32-ft. 4-in. maximum reach at ground level and up to 21-ft. 4-in. maximum loading height.



SC-Series Hydraulic Breakers

The SC-Series compact breakers are designed to provide ease of maintenance and operation to ensure maximum uptime with a limited cost of ownership. Nine models are available for use with skid-steer loaders, backhoe-loaders and mini-excavators weighing between 1 to 14 tons. They are compatible with all quick couplers and meet all adaptation requirements for the carrier. Features include a single-body, circular shape and fully dampened and soundproofed design. The units have a high tolerance to backpressure and include smart pressure and energy regulation and blank firing protection. A field-replaceable front bushing and a silver clip design allow for tool replacement with minimal tools and time. Few wear parts and no tie rods enable simplified routine maintenance.




Battle Ax Mulching Attachment John Deere

Roll-out Buckets

The 72-in.-wide RB72, 84-in.-wide RB84 and 96-in.wide RB96 roll-out buckets are optimized for G-Series compact track loaders and K-Series compact wheel loaders (RB84 and RB96 only). They utilize the machine’s auxiliary hydraulics to roll out and dump material, providing an additional 34 in. of dump reach when fully extended. Rather than requiring the machine hinge pin to be raised higher than the hopper for dumping, the buckets pivot near the cutting edge for additional dump height. Their 114° of roll-out provides for optimal material spillage control. High-strength, large-diameter pivot pins provide added durability.

The Battle Ax mulching attachment for 7- to 15-ton excavators is designed for efficient vegetation management. It comes in 41-, 51- and 61-in. cutting widths. Its 17-in.-diameter rotor has built-in depth gauges to prevent engaging too much material at one time. The variable displacement piston motor is directly mounted to the rotor with an antivibration coupler to eliminate drive belts and reduce overall maintenance. Tooth options include Ultra-sharp Quadco reversible knives and carbide teeth. A two-stage cutting chamber allows material to be cut twice by the rotor. The primary shear bar is adjustable for customizing particle size. Standard features include a spade hook, adjustable skid shoes, anti-wrap bearings, steel housing and steel deflector chains.






Steelwrist entered the U.S. market with its compact tiltrotators, which have a low building height and low weight that deliver optimized digging geometry and fuel efficiency. They include a 45° tilt angle, cast steel in all major components and a Front Pin Lock that ensures the bucket can’t be dropped by accident as long as the front pin is connected, which is visible from the cab. Vertical tilt cylinders allow digging in narrow trenches. Double-acting tilt cylinders with check valve are available. Other features include a six-channel swivel with high flow, and grease lubrication with the capability to connect to a central lubrication system. Models are available for excavators from 2 to 33 tonnes and are estimated to deliver productivity improvements of 20% to 35% depending on the job type.



BMX-600 Mix-and-Go Cement Mixer The BMX-600 Mix-and-Go Cement Mixer streamlines the cement collection, mixing and pouring process into one hopper. It weighs 1,390 lbs. empty/4,565 lbs. full and features a bolt-on mounting system that allows it to be mounted onto telehandlers, wheel loaders, excavators, backhoe-loaders and skid steers. The unit can mix most dry materials, and the center chute can double as a sand bag filler. A full 21 cu. ft. or 158 gal. can be mixed at one time. The hopper is fitted with a full cutting edge to facilitate scooping of materials directly from the work site. The hydraulically operated center chute can quickly dispense the hopper contents, or the side chute can be used for a more controlled pour. The reversible drive system allows an operator to mix and dispense simultaneously.


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XBoom Coupler System

The XBoom Coupler System consists of three interacting components that quickly convert a compact excavator from its typical excavator function to a rigid boom tool carrier and back again. A universal skidsteer adapter attaches to the boom end of the carrier. With this setup, the excavator can be adapted to use virtually any universal skid-steer attachment (pallet forks, auger, hammer, dirt bucket, etc.) in a full revolving configuration that shrinks the machine’s overall footprint and provides a rigid frontal force structure, while utilizing the full range of motion of the carrier boom. This keeps the work tools as close to the machine center of gravity as possible for effective lifting and carrying. The system is available for most excavators up to 13,000 lbs.






7,418 LBS

With 55 years of experience, Takeuchi has earned a reputation for innovation. From the invention of the first 360-degree excavator to the very first rubber-tracked loader, Takeuchi has led the way in the compact construction equipment industry. See for yourself how our performance, power and reliability stand the test of time. Contact your nearest authorized Takeuchi dealer for details on the TB235-2 and our full line of excavators, track loaders, wheel loaders and skid steer loaders. LEARN MORE AT TAKEUCHI-US.COM



XL Series Class 8 Vehicles

With the launch of the XL7 and XL8, Hino became the first new entry into the North American Class 8 market in decades. The XL line will include straight truck and tractor models in tandem axle and fifth-wheel configurations and ranging from a GVWR of 33,000 to 60,000 lbs. Their A09 8.9-liter, inline six-cylinder, turbo diesel engine is rated at a maximum of 360 hp and 1,150 lbs.-ft. of torque. Available wheelbase selections range up to 304 in. The series includes electronic stability control (standard on the tractors) and collision mitigation systems, payload management suspension options and a body-friendly optimized design. The air ride cab and seat, hands-free Bluetooth audio/ calling, steering wheel controls, LED headlights, cruise control and air conditioning are a few features that will be standard.



HV Series Severe Service Truck

The HV Series severe service truck is available with the International A26 12.4L big bore engine producing up to 475 hp and 1,700 lbs.-ft. of torque, or with a Cummins B6.7 or Cummins L9 engine. A clean cab-to-axle configuration minimizes postproduction modifications, while a 20,000-lb. offset bowl front drive axle allows for a lower ride. Super Single 1/2-in.-thick frame rails are rated up to 3.35M RBM and include integral 20- and 27-in. frame extensions. With an inside wheel cut of up to 50°, the truck can easily navigate tight city streets or construction sites. It is offered in Regular Cab, Extended Cab and Crew Cab configurations. The heavy-duty, doublesided galvanized steel cab includes ergonomic enhancements, redesigned cab doors and optimized visibility.


Extreme-duty Monterra Truck Line

2019 Chevy

The extreme-duty Monterra truck line offers components specially designed to withstand the rigors of the most extreme environments. The vehicles are developed from a proprietary process of resetting the U.S. Army Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTVs) to a near zero-mile condition and then selling into commercial markets where extreme-duty chassis are needed. They come in 4x4 and 6x6 variants with 90% parts commonality, including a 330-hp Caterpillar 7.2L turbocharged diesel engine and Allison automatic seven-speed transmission. They offer full-time all-wheel drive, a top speed up to 74 mph, 22-in. ground clearance and 54-ft. turning radius. Features include a central tire inflation system, air ride seating and Easy Service body configuration.



Silverado 1500

The 2019 Silverado is larger, more capable and more fuel efficient while featuring a chassis trimmed down by as much as 450 lbs. Its wheelbase has been extended 3.9 in. and the steel bed floor has been widened nearly 7 in., with the short-box offering 63 cu. ft. of volume. The lineup also offers more choices, including six engine/ transmission combinations that provide different combinations of performance, efficiency and value, as well as increased towing and payload capabilities. A new Duramax 3.0L inline-six turbo-diesel and new 5.3L and 6.2L V8 engines with Dynamic Fuel Management are available. Crew cab models also offer 3 in. of additional rear seat legroom for a total of 44.5 in. of front and 43.8 in. of rear legroom.


Ram Truck

1500 Hydro Blue Sport

The special edition 2018 Ram 1500 Hydro Blue Sport features a black-decaled Sport performance hood and body-colored Sport grille, plus flat black exterior body-side and tailgate badging. Forged, polished 22-in. aluminum wheels are standard. Black bezel projector headlamps and LED tail lights complement the black body badging. The monochromatic exterior theme is tied together with body-colored front fascia, rear bumper, side mirrors and door handles. Interior features include blue color-matched highlight stitching and blue anodized surfaces. The Hydro Blue pearl coat paint option is available on crew cab, short-bed body styles with the 5.7-liter HEMI V8. Two- and four-wheel-drive models will be available. Vehicle production is limited to 2,000 trucks.

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DO MORE WITH A SINGLE MACHINE Most excavators can only do one thing at a time – travel, lift or swing. With our exclusive independent travel feature, KOBELCO excavators can do all three. Advanced hydraulic circuitry keeps the right amount of power going to the right places, so you can tackle even the most complicated tasks more efficiently and safely than ever before. Plus, hydraulic flow settings for up to 18 different attachments can be adjusted right from the cab, so switching between tasks takes only minutes. The next time youʼre about to transport multiple machines to the jobsite, consider sending just one KOBELCO to take care of business.







Low-Profile HDG Trailers Kubota

Gas-powered RTV-XG850 Sidekick Utility Vehicle

The RTV-XG850 Sidekick is designed to take on any task or terrain. It has a 48-hp water-cooled gasoline engine that enables quick acceleration and transport speeds up to 40 mph. The engine and Continuously Variable Transmission with Centrifugal Clutch (CVT Plus) provide sufficient torque for quick, smooth takeoffs. Idle Speed Control and highland correction ensure stable power. The unit carries up to 15.2 cu. ft. or half a ton in a rugged steel cargo box with optional electric hydraulic lift. The standard trailer hitch provides 2,000 lbs. of towing capacity on level terrain and 1,550 lbs. on inclines. Features include a smart ergonomic digital panel, steering wheel and shift knob, bright LED headlights and more.

The updated XL 110 and XL 120 Low-Profile Hydraulic Detachable Gooseneck (HDG) models feature a relief cut-out in the gooseneck, which provides additional space between the trailer and the truck. The XL 110 is rated at 110,000 lbs. in 12 ft. and is now available with 15-, 18- or 24-in. deck heights. The XL 120 is rated at 120,000 lbs. in 16 ft. and 110,000 lbs. in 10 ft. The units’ low-profile design provides versatile equipment hauling, even enabling scrapers to load over the top for significant weight savings. To save time while loading and unloading, the 13-ft.-long neck is easily removable. The neck offers a five-position ride height. Based on neck position and load, the deck can be leveled as needed with the adjustable wheel area ride height.


Thunder Creek

Diesel/DEF Transfer Tank for Pickup Trucks

This combination transfer tank provides 100 gal. of diesel and 18 gal. of diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) capacity that fits seamlessly into the bed of a pickup (half-ton and larger). Both pumping systems are concealed within a lockable, weather-sealed enclosure with optional diamond plate aluminum doors. The sleek design ensures optimal rear visibility by taking up no more than half of the rear window. Diesel is pumped at 15 gpm via an industrial-grade 12V pump, while DEF is pumped at up to 10 gpm. Both fill nozzles (automatic or manual) are located on the driver side of the truck and extend out 10 ft. from the tank. An optional 2-in-1 DEF pumping solution pumps DEF in and out of the tank via a closed system.




Security Console Insert Model 334 for Ford F-150 XLT Stellar

TMAX 30K Aluminum Service Body

The TMAX 30K Aluminum was developed to serve those needing a service crane package that lifts 6,000 lbs. or less. It weighs 1,300+ lbs. less than its steel counterpart yet can accept a 30,000-ft.-lb. rated service crane or smaller. Its extruded aluminum side pack tops have two accessory mounting rails to eliminate drilling and make mounting and relocating of accessories easy and secure. The Torq-Isolator torsion box understructure and crane compartment isolate crane lifting forces into the stabilizers and chassis frame. The side compartments feature 1/8-in. high-strength aluminum floors and walls, and the double-panel aluminum doors have a bonded internal hat channel for strength at a lower weight.

The Model 334 security console insert is designed specifically for 2009 to 2014 Ford F-150 XLT pickup trucks equipped with a full center console. Designed to provide convenient, secure storage for everyday use, it inserts directly into the OEM console, neatly hidden from view, and is installed without drilling. The driver maintains full use of the factory center console accessory tray, armrest and lid. The insert features the Pry-Guard locking system and is made of 1/8-in.-thick welded steel components and welded 16-gauge steel construction with a durable texture powder-coated finish. The lid support enables users to easily keep the lid open while accessing contents. Exterior dimensions are 15.0” L x 10.0” W x 8.5” H with interior dimensions of over 1,000 cu. in.



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G+® is the Future in Concrete Paving

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


SJ1256 TH Telehandler 2018 AWARD WINNER

A planned addition to the TH line since its inception, the intent with the SJ1256 TH was to duplicate the load chart performance of the SJ 1056 TH within the 12,000-lb. product segment, delivering a machine that could truly pick and place 12,000-lb. loads to a 35-ft. maximum lift height. The unit is also rated to lift 7,000 lbs. to its maximum height of 56 ft. and 1,000 lbs. at a maximum forward reach of 42.6 ft. It has a standard 107-hp Deutz Tier 4 Final engine that does not require a DPF, uprated Dana axles, a 3,800-psi hydraulic system and uprated chassis and boom weldments. Its FlexCab design allows retrofit of open cabs to enclosed with common hand tools, bolt-on flat glass and door hinges. The standard yoke-mounted ReadyHook allows best practice for lifting of suspended loads.


Wacker Neuson

TH627 Ground-engaging Telehandler

Wacker Neuson meets customer demands for more features in its telehandlers with the TH627, which performs lift and place operations plus can function like a wheel loader with ground-engaging capabilities. It comes standard with a universal attachment plate, allowing connection of skid-steer attachments. As a compact tool carrier, it can perform a variety of jobs such as sweeping and snow removal. In addition, its load management system alerts the operator if the load is exceeding the machine weight limit at any given point during the lift cycle. The unit has an 18-ft. 7-in. lift height and 5,500-lb. lifting capacity, and includes bucket and stacking/fork modes. Its 74-hp Kohler Tier 4 Final engine requires no DPF or regeneration.


JLG Manitou

MRT 3050 and MRT 2470 Rotating Telehandlers

The MRT 3050 and MRT 2470 are a three-in-one solution with the ability to rotate 360° and operate in telehandler, winch or platform modes. The MRT 3050 has a 97-ft. 9-in. lift height and a maximum 11,000-lb. load capacity. The compact MRT 2470 has a maximum load capacity of 15,400 lbs. and lift height of 80 ft. Extra-long stabilizers extend to 20 ft. 5 in., giving the units better ground clearance on slopes plus higher load chart capacities. The E-RECO Attachment Recognition System automatically detects an attachment and assigns the appropriate load chart and safe operation zone. A range of available attachments provide forklift, work platform or suspended load capabilities.


1644 High-capacity Telehandler

The 1644 has a 15,650-lb. lift capacity and features SmartLoad Technology, a bundle of three integrated technologies. The attachment recognition component identifies an attachment and displays the appropriate load chart. The load management information system (LMIS) graphically depicts the load location within the load chart and prevents the operator from violating chart boundaries. The load stability indicator works with the LMIS to limit operation when a load nears maximum capacity. The precision gravity lowering system enables the unit to rely on hydraulic power to raise the boom but use gravity to lower it. Other features include a soft stop boom control, optional reverse camera and reverse sensing system and integrated tow hitch.

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CC1100/CC1200 VI Rollers

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


GP4 Slipform Paver

The GP4 has the ability to pave up to 40 ft. wide. Its dual-telescoping roller frame with Smart Cylinders and Smart Telescoping allow for accurate frame widening and automatic width reference for easy and accurate steering setup. The modular roller frame telescopes up to 7 ft. on each side for a total of 14 ft. of telescoping ability. The unit includes Smart Pivot Arms for leg positioning and Smart Track Steering technology. It can be put into Transport Mode by driving the legs around to transport position with full-steer tracks and slew drives on the pivot arms. G+ travel is switched to “Transport” for complete control once the legs are in position. G+ Connect allows a 3D guidance system, IDBI, tie bar inserter, power transition adjuster, GOMACO Smoothness Indicator and more to be easily interfaced.



CP100 II Asphalt Paver


Large Milling Machines

The W 200i, W 200 Hi, W 210i, W 220i and W 250i are designed for renewing large asphalt or concrete surfaces. They offer working widths of 4 ft. 11 in. to 14 ft. 4 in., and can remove pavements to a maximum working depth of 14 in. They can also roughen surfaces, level substrates, produce plane surfaces with millimeter accuracy and remove tunnel floors. A twin engine drive concept allows operators to use engine power on demand when needed, reducing fuel costs by up to 25%. The W 220i with FCS Light includes easily installed, different-sized milling drums and milling units with working widths of 7 ft. 3 in. Three adjustable milling drum rotation speeds can reduce operating costs, particularly in largescale removal jobs.


The CP100 II features a 9.5-ton hopper, 100-hp Cummins QSF 3.8 turbocharged Tier 4 Final engine and travel speeds up to 255 fpm. Its flipup apron, high hopper lift angles and betweenthe-tracks conveyors simplify hopper clean-out. Horizontally sliding damper doors prevent damage from obstructions while open. Planetary drive hubs provide added pushing power and seven heavy-duty bogies and a single return idler give the track system greater traction, maneuverability and longevity. A one-piece forward tilting hood and large side doors enable easy serviceability to the engine, hydraulics and electrical. Other features include highway class chains and slats, fully replaceable Hardox floor plates, 13-in. replaceable auger flights and sealed highway class auger bearings.


Power Curber

7700 Slipform Paver

The Power Curber 7700 is a multipurpose machine designed for applications including paving up to 20 ft. wide, variable barrier wall, ditches and custom designs such as tunnel work. Its fully hydraulic telescoping frame makes it simple to switch from paving to offset mode, while the Simple Steer Track Positioning System aligns all four crawlers for switching modes. The unit offers hydraulic sides, edge overbuild and crowning capabilities in paving mode. It is stringless capable for use with 3D/GPS machine controls. The hydraulically controlled, folding belt conveyor pivots easily to switch from left- to right-side pouring. The operator’s console can be repositioned for left- or right-side pouring or paving.


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Big power and faster cycles with a short-swing footprint —

That’s our Ex Factor. – Tony Brignoli, vice president, Saltmarsh Industries, Inc.

Brignoli, whose site development business has grown rapidly in recent years, was shocked the first time he rented a Volvo short-swing excavator. “I got in the cab and immediately knew we had to buy one. It feels every bit as powerful as a 480-size machine, but with the short swing, we get faster cycles, and we’re able to fit in tighter spaces that would otherwise require a smaller, less productive machine. It’s made us more competitive and more profitable on every job it’s been on.” Find your Ex Factor with the new Volvo ECR355E at

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X-52 2D Grade Control System

An update to Topcon’s entry-level machine control system for excavation, the X-52 is designed to offer cost-effective indicate 2D grade control. It consists of four 360° tilt sensors that measure the angles between the body, boom, stick and bucket, combined with a laser receiver for height reference — all operated through the GX-55 ultrasensitive touch screen control box. The control box offers three user-defined views and provides sunlight-readable indicate grade reference in any climate condition. The MC-X1 controller offers compatibility with all brands and models of excavators. Operators with limited exposure to machine control systems will find the system intuitive and easy to use. It is also upgradeable to a full 3D GNSS.



T10 Rugged Tablet

The T10 Tablet is built to an IP-65 military-grade ruggedness certification to withstand harsh elements, drops and shocks at a construction site. With the SCS900 Site Controller Software, it can be used to measure and verify ground levels and site features, compute progress and material stockpile volumes, monitor and conduct quality control for earthworks and paving, synchronize design and field data via the Internet and more. Field managers can use it with SitePulse software for planning, site navigation and reporting tasks, and to increase communications between the field and office. Features include a 10.1-in., sunlight-readable display, multi-touch screen, Microsoft Windows 10 operating system and Intel 6th Generation Core i7 processor.


Triax Technologies

Spot-r EquipTag


Live Map Feature

DroneDeploy’s user-friendly platform makes it possible for companies of any size to improve their workflows through scalable image processing, data storage and real-time sharable drone maps and 3D models. Live Map allows any drone operator to create realtime maps in the field with their iOS device. Users can plan a flight, take off and see maps render on-screen during flight, without the need for Internet or cell connection, and with no SD cards or uploads required. They can monitor jobsites in real time and instantly create maps for better reporting, planning and safety. Data can be shared with collaborators via instant cloud syncing across devices. Higher-resolution 2D maps can be created from the same flight data if needed.

The Spot-r EquipTag is a plugand-play, non-GPS solution for tracking operator identity and equipment location and utilization, even in areas without a clear line of sight to the sky. It provides real-time, data-driven visibility into worker and equipment location, utilization and safety via the proprietary network, compact sensors and cloud-based dashboard. The unit adheres to any piece of equipment to automatically collect activity and utilization data. It integrates with the wearable Spot-r Clip to identify the operator and sends automatic alerts to designated personnel in case of unauthorized equipment use. Real-time equipment location is provided indoors or outdoors within the Spot-r network.



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13STKH/16STKB Track Trencher


The STK track trencher provides a dig depth of 24 to 30 in. and dig width of 4 to 6 in. A new track system and compact frame ensure stability and maneuverability. The floating track system uses independent undercarriage idlers that move in response to the terrain, keeping a significant portion of the track in contact with the terrain at all times for reduced ground pressure and increased traction. Adjustable Trenching Controls can be positioned to modify the trenching speed of the tracks individually on the go so the operator can keep the trench straight even on uneven terrain. Power is provided by an 11.7-hp Honda (13STKH) or 16-hp Briggs & Stratton (16STKB) engine with electric start.



Briggs & Stratton Maintainer

Redesigned Lube Skid

The redesigned lube skid line consists of eight standard models to match the most requested configurations. All include oil filtration systems, metered dispensers on oils/ antifreeze, a 55- or 100-gal. EVAC tank and optional grease kits. Oil systems feature 5:1 air pumps, metered nozzles, in-line heavy-duty filters and 1/2” x 50’ spring rewind hose reels. The waste oil tank has a 1-in. waste oil hose with filter screen, 30-ft. spring rewind reel and 1-in. air diaphragm waste oil pump. The skids are constructed from 7-ga. sheet metal and structural tube, which also supports the reel shelf and tank containment. Four heavy-duty tie-down/lifting rings and integrated forklift pockets enable easy loading and unloading.


Vanguard Single-cylinder Commercial Engines


DD8 Medium-duty Engine

The 6.5-gross-hp Vanguard 200 is the first in a line of single-cylinder horizontal shaft commercial gasoline engines built from the ground up based on customer input. It includes an advanced version of TransportGuard, Vanguard’s single ignition and fuel shutoff designed to prevent oil dilution during transport. The engine features carburetion, ignition and combustion systems that promote reliable starting in any environment, including at temperatures as low as -20° F. The oil management system allows the engine to run efficiently for up to 200 hours between oil changes. An advanced fully cyclonic air filtration system extends recommended air filter replacement intervals to 600 hours.

The Detroit DD8 is a 7.7-liter in-line six-cylinder medium-duty engine featuring both front and rear engine power take-off (FEPTO/REPTO) capability, making it suited for a variety of vocational applications. It has a power range of 260 to 350 hp at 2,200 rpm and a torque range of 660 to 1,050 lbs.-ft. at 1,400 rpm. Its simple fixed-geometry turbo design ensures performance and reliability. Vehicles equipped with the engine will feature Detroit Connect Virtual Technician remote diagnostic service. Initially available in the Freightliner M2 106, 108SD and 114SD models, expanded availability of the engine into other DTNA products is planned.





Track Hoe

Track Cleaning Tool

The Track Hoe tool is a fast and easy way to clean tracked equipment daily. Its design pushes and pulls dirt and mud for fast and easy removal with less residue buildup on the tool. It cleans around most carrier rollers, scraping dirt and mud from areas where a shovel won’t fit. It can clean under final drives on high track equipment, and fits into tighter areas around driver and idle ends of the tracks. The tool can be used on most excavators, dozers, pipelayers, side booms, track loaders, track skid steers, front end shovels and other tracked equipment. It is made of powder-coated industrial strength metal with a 1.5-in. wooden handle for durability.

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EQUIPMENT MiniTrencher


The GeoRipper commercial hand-held trencher is suited for applications such as irrigation installation and repair, low-voltage lighting, root barrier and other tasks where a narrow trench is needed. It weighs just 30 lbs. and can be placed in a pickup truck or even the backseat of a car. The GeoRipper GR 16 and GR 20 include a powerhead option utilizing a Makita EK7651H four-stroke engine; a more powerful two-stroke engine is also available. They can achieve digging depths from 16 to 27 in. and standard widths of 1.5 in. Self-sharpening digging chains can cut through tree roots up to 3 in. in diameter. Mounting on an EZ Kart enables longer runs that require consistent digging depths.




Ditch Witch

MB TX 2500 Mud Buggy

SK1550 Mini Skid Steer

With a 44-hp Yanmar Tier 4 diesel engine, the SK1550 is Ditch Witch’s largest and most powerful mini skid steer model. It directs 34.5 hp to the attachment, allowing it to complete tasks typically suited for traditional skid-steer loaders. It has a 1,558-lb. rated operating capacity and a 94-in. hinge pin height. An available auxiliary flow control offers low, medium and high settings. A 4.7-mph ground drive speed (forward and reverse) enables increased cycle times. The 74-sq.-in. ergonomic operator platform comes with dual-lever ground drive controls, allowing the operator to independently control each track. Options include dualauxiliary connections and a single joystick control.


The 1,575-lb. MB TX 2500 has a 16-cu.ft. tub volume and carries up to 2,500 lbs. of material. Its intuitive controls allow for optimal maneuverability in confined areas. A unique dump switch design travels with the controls, ensuring the switch is always at the operator’s fingertips. The Auto-return dump feature eliminates the need to wait for the tub to return to traveling position. The unit has a 25-hp Kohler Confidant engine with heavy-duty air cleaner suited for dusty environments. It offers transport speeds of up to 6 mph in forward and 3 mph in reverse. Its endless Kevlar-reinforced tracks produce a 4.3-psi ground pressure and are built for high performance and traction in a range of terrain.



With its compact size and weight of 1,085 pounds, the STK track trencher has the same key features as our larger track trencher. The innovative new track system and compact frame design provide both stability and maneuverability. A hydraulic cooler with incorporated fan keeps the oil temperatures regulated. Electric start is standard on all models. Efficient and functional, the STK is the perfect addition to 2018 AWARD WINNER any trencher fleet.

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BIG CAB. SMALL CABOOSE. THE ROOMY, AWARD-WINNING CX145D SR EXCAVATOR More compact doesn’t mean more cramped. Even with a minimal tailswing of only 9 inches, the CX145D SR still offers a roomy cab with deluxe amenities. And its powerfully efficient CASE Intelligent Hydraulics System delivers 21,400 lbs. of responsive digging power, providing strong performance in close quarters, letting you comfortably work within a single lane. Better yet, even more comfort comes with the peace of mind of ProCare. See for yourself at

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D E M OL I T I O N AT TA C H M E N T S By Curt Bennink

Match demolition attachments to the task and then select the correct excavator for maximum productivity.

THE QUICKATTACHMENT EVOLUTION Demolition attachments are often hydraulically intensive and there is a trend to utilize quick couplers with integrated hydraulic coupling. “When I couple a shear to the machine, there is a special hydraulic manifold and the hydraulics will automatically connect,” says Kurt Moncini, Komatsu America. “You can go back and forth between various hydraulic-powered attachments without spending a couple hours to unhook and re-hook lines.” These hydraulic manifolds save time and keep operators in the cab, away from hazards. Hydraulic quick-attachment manifolds have been used in the European market for some time. “It has started to gain more and more traction in North America in the past few years,” says Rich Elliott, Epiroc.

Select and Set Up Attachments to


xcavators paired with demolition attachments are the primary workhorses on modern demolition sites. Maximum efficiency requires selecting the right attachment for the job, properly sizing the excavator for the tool and ensuring the operating flows and pressures are adjusted for optimum performance. Excavators are typically modified to meet specific demolition requirements. “The machine/ tool interface, type of tool and the guarding really require a higher degree of coordination with the customer to meet their requirements,” says Kurt Moncini, senior product manager, Komatsu America. “What you are doing and how fast you have to get it done dictates how much machine modification is required to provide an acceptable solution to the project.” Modifications can be extensive. “Some completely replace the undercarriage with hydraulically expandable tracks,” says Moncini. “This squares up the undercarriage, giving you basically the same capacity over the front as you have over the side.”

MATCH EXCAVATORS TO THE TOOLS When pairing demolition attachments to excavators, take into consideration the attachment weight, center of gravity and hydraulic flow and pressure requirements. “Different demolition tools have different weights and centers of gravity, changing

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the stability and reach of the “Make sure that the tool is comhydraulics to make sure flows excavator,” says Marcus Barnes, patible with the machine’s design can be combined and the shear construction equipment division, and lift requirements,” says cycles correctly.” You want high Liebherr USA Co. Moncini. “Once you get the pressure when you cut and high Don’t push the carrier. “A machine and tool sized correctly, flow to open it back up quickly. common mistake is to stretch the it is just a matter of making sure Epiroc supplies a complete design capabilities of a machine you have the correct hydraulics.” line of demolition tools. The by installing company something bigadvises that ger and heavier the selecon the machine tion process than it was start with the designed to attachment. handle,” says “It is best to Moncini. start with the There are tool so that two real conyou are using siderations the appropriwhen selecting ate piece of the maximum equipment to weight of an crush, pulattachment. verize, cut “One is the staor break,” When you get into applications like cutting structural I-beams with says Rich bility of the base carrier,” says Elliott, prodshears, the tool starts to drive the decisions since the tool requires Moncini. “Then uct manager high flow and pressure to ensure acceptable cycle times. you have the of hydraulic type of structure attachments. that the tools go on. There is a START WITH THE ATTACHMENT “If you go with the excavator size big difference between a typical The attachment starts to [first], you may have too large or excavator boom and arm and a drive the decisions when you get too small of the needed attachspecialized high-reach package.” into applications such as cutment so you cannot attack the These structures are designed ting structural I-beams with material in the most efficient to handle a maximum weight. shears. “Those types of applicamanner.” The greater the reach and tions require bigger machines You also want to compare height, the smaller the tool mass because you need brute force and attachment options. “Each conbecomes. “The goal is to reach hydraulic power to run that great tractor has their own way of a very efficient combination of big pair of scissors through an attacking each jobsite. We see strength and structure that is I-beam,” says Moncini. more people moving to a verlight and compact enough to Shears usually have a large satile tool that has different jaw reach these high places,” says cylinder. “It takes a lot of oil to sets so they can tackle differMoncini. move that cylinder,” Moncini ent job conditions,” says Elliott. The attachment size required notes. “Considerable plan“Obviously, the fewer tools you depends on the type of material. ning goes into looking at the have to purchase, the less money

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When pairing demolition attachments to excavators, take into consideration the attachment weight, center of gravity and hydraulic flow and pressure requirements. out of your pocket. At one point in time, everyone had a dedicated machine for a hydraulic hammer or a shear.” Now demolition contractors tend to make their machines more versatile with multipurpose attachments. There is no single solution; find the tools that work for you. “Two demolition contractors 50 miles apart might approach their jobs completely different because they believe their system works best for the equipment they have,” says Moncini. One attachment that requires special attention is the hydraulic hammer. “Hydraulic hammers

create high vibration impacts that go back into the machine, so normally a smaller hydraulic hammer is paired with machines compared to a demolition tool like a shear or concrete processor,” explains Barnes. “The size of the existing carrier is sometimes the main criteria for hammer selection, narrowing the choices to those that fit your carrier,” says Greg Smith, marketing communications manager, Okada America Inc. “Typically, customer-owned carriers can be equipped with the proper size hammer without any problems. Formulas using the weight of the hammer vs. the carrier’s weight are needed to ensure proper sizing. Fitting existing carriers is a typical request. After all, a hammer may be one of four or five attachments for one carrier. “Hydraulic hammers have evolved with revolutionary seal technology, better steel and closer tolerances,” he continues. “Periodic greasing, monitoring lower bushing wear and tool wear is about all that the hammer requires. A hammer will provide years’ worth of trouble-free service provided it is carefully paired to the appropriate carrier.” This is where many problems develop. “If the carrier’s hydraulic system is not set up properly, excessive heat buildup and vibration can not only damage the hammer but the carrier, as well,” says Smith. “Properly troubleshooting the hydraulic system to ensure proper flows and pressures eliminates these problems.”

MATCH FLOW AND PRESSURE REQUIREMENTS Demolition tools tend to have high hydraulic demands. “Make sure the excavator has enough hydraulic flow and pressure to supply the demolition tool enough oil to operate efficiently,” says Barnes. “Make sure the machine has enough lift capacity to handle the demolition tool at max reach of the excavator, including the additional reach the length of the tool adds. You will also want to ensure that the excavator bucket and stick cylinder have enough power to operate the tool without putting undue stress on the cylinders.” Don’t forget auxiliary

hydraulic demands. “To run most hydraulic-powered demolition attachments, you will need an additional hydraulic circuit,” says Barnes. “You will also need an additional rotational circuit if that tool is capable of turning 360°.” Setting flows and pressures for specific attachments has been greatly simplified with the latest generation of machines. “A lot of the newer excavators have electronic controls that control the hydraulic flow and oil pressure,” says Elliot. “Some are extremely accurate and some are not. But once you have them preset to match each specific attachment, you can program the machine for a particular combi-cutter, hydraulic breaker or crusher and name them.”

equipment will last a long time and you will get better production and reliability out of the unit.” Double check all settings. “Make sure the attachment has priority flow so that if the operator moves another function while operating the attachment, the oil flow going to the attachment is consistent as opposed to dropping off,” Elliott advises. “A common mistake is to choose a tool that consumes more power than the base carrier can provide, or a tool that is bigger than the base carrier can handle,” Moncini comments. “Demolition tool manufacturers usually give you an optimal hydraulic oil flow range that is needed to run their tool, which the excavator will have

After the attachment is set up and the settings are stored, it becomes a push-button affair to hook it up and go to work. “The main thing is to make sure the auxiliary circuit is set with the proper oil flow and the hydraulic operating pressure that is required for the attachment,” says Elliott. Don’t merely rely on what the electronic system is telling you. “If you don’t utilize a hydraulic flow meter to make sure it is within the operating parameters of the attachment, you don’t know if it is correct or not. Electronics are not always 100% when you go to set up the auxiliary circuit,” Elliott points out. “A flow meter is the biggest savior to making sure the

to be capable of achieving,” says Barnes. “This affects how fast the hydraulic oil will get to the tool for opening and closing. Most demolition contractors like to have the flow set at the high end of the range to have a fast closing time for the tool.” To compensate for the increased amount of hydraulic oil, Liebherr places larger diameter piping on its demolition models compared to its standard excavators. “For the return of that hydraulic oil back to the hydraulic tank, we put a bypass kit on demolition excavators,” Barnes adds. “This helps increase the tool opening time by allowing some of the hydraulic oil that is returning to go directly to the hydraulic tank and some to go over the excavator control valve.” The design of an attachment has a large impact on performance. “With our combi-cutters, we have two moving jaws and

A hammer will provide years’ worth of trouble-free service provided it is carefully paired to the appropriate carrier. If the carrier’s hydraulic system is not set up properly, excessive heat buildup and vibration can not only damage the hammer but the carrier, as well. Properly troubleshooting the hydraulic system to ensure proper flows and pressures eliminates these problems.

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“A common mistake is to choose a tool that consumes more power than the base carrier can provide, or a tool that is bigger than the base carrier can handle.” — Kurt Moncini, Komatsu America

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A HIGH-REACH EXCAVATOR “There are many manufacturers of ultra-high-reach demolition packages and you have to understand the specific package of the machine — the stability requirements, the envelope it works in,” says Kurt Moncini, Komatsu America. “Most of these machines incorporate some type of Load Moment Indicator (LMI) system. The LMI on a demolition machine is designed to make sure the work tool does not get out of an envelope that is going to jeopardize the stability of the machine.” “You want to look at the working range of the high-reach attachment,” says Marcus Barnes, Liebherr USA. “Can the high-reach attachment work from the ground level up or is it limited in a certain range? A Liebherr high reach can work from the ground level up and eliminate the need of having another piece of equipment on site to take down the structure once it gets 15 ft. and below. You may also want to check and see if the machine is capable of working 360° or if the machine is capable of working only in front of its track and not along the side. A machine that can work 360° can be useful on tight jobsites where you may not be able to adjust the undercarriage to get the attachment in front of the machine.” To maximize utilization, make sure the machine you purchase is capable of being more than just a high-reach excavator. Liebherr high-reach models have a plug-in boom section where the high-reach attachment is mounted. “Along with a high-reach attachment, Liebherr offers a backhoe attachment that can be used as a standard earthmoving boom or straight boom for more reach,” says Barnes. The company also offers a material-handling plug-in boom. “The difference between a material-handling and a backhoe plug-in boom is that the material-handling boom has two stick cylinders so it’s capable of handling a heavier tool,” Barnes explains. “There are also boom extensions for the attachments if you are needing a little more reach.” “It is common to find a reconfigurable two-piece main boom on an ultra-high-reach machine,” says Moncini. “You can unpin the front top half of the main boom and replace it with an excavator attachment.” This more conventional excavator front will allow you to do secondary loading, sorting, nibbling and crushing. “Some people will use a Swiss Army knife approach. Others will dedicate an ultra-high-reach machine and have secondary equipment whose only job is to secondary process, load out and assist in final site prep at the end of the job.”

two moving cylinders,” says Elliott. “If you were using our combi-cutter to crush a piece of concrete, if one jaw has made contact with the structure and the other has not, the one jaw that has made the contact will stop moving. The other jaw will catch up, and then once it builds pressure against the piece of material, both jaws will move

and crush that piece of material or cut it. Therefore, you are not jerking the carrier around. “If you have one cylinder and one moving jaw, when the moving jaw is in contact with the material, you still have to take that jaw and push it up to the non-moving jaw,” he continues. “Then you start twisting and jerking the carrier around.” You also need to understand weight restrictions. People often just looking at the machine weight when picking demolition attachments and don’t look at boom and stick length. “Demolition tools add additional reach to a machine,” says Barnes, “and that paired with an excavator that has a long boom and stick can make a machine tippy if you put too heavy a tool on the machine.”

HIGH REACH REQUIRES MORE ATTENTION In high-reach applications, the weight of the attachment is critical. “If the tool is too heavy, you will be able to lift the highreach attachment off the ground, but once you try to stick out with the tool, you may start noticing the machine is unstable while operating,” says Barnes. “Also, too heavy of a tool can lead to overloading the bucket and stick cylinders, which could lead to premature failing.” “Typically [with highreach excavators], the tools are downsized to match the lifting capacity when the boom and stick(s) are fully extended,” says Elliott. Always reference the specifications of the high-reach equipment to ensure that the tool is appropriate with the specific high-reach configuration. High-reach machines have unique design and operating requirements. “They are usually three-section fronts,” says Moncini. “You need a pretty skilled operator to work a

The excavator needs enough hydraulic flow and pressure to operate the demolition tool efficiently. Also make sure it has enough lift capacity to handle the attachment at maximum reach, including the added reach the attachment’s length provides. pulverizer or processor 80 or 90 ft. in the air. They need to understand that, to work that high, you need to work in close to the machine. Most high-reach excavators have interlocks to ensure that if the boom drops below a certain angle, it will stop the machine from going further

that tilt back, cabs that elevate,” says Moncini. “One thing people don’t think about is how much dust there is. It is common to find excavators with buckets replaced by water cannons to wet the working area down for dust control. Other times, you may find machines modified with water lines that extend to the top of these high-reach machines.” “Because of the extraordinary high reach these machines have and risk of tipping over, highreach excavators are equipped with safety systems that monitor the high-reach attachments to make sure the excavator is not in danger of tipping,” says Barnes. “We call our system Liebherr Demolition Control (LDC).” The LDC system uses a separate touchscreen similar to that used in Liebherr cranes. It continuously monitors the high-reach attachment using different sensors located on the attachment. “If the operator gets into an uncompromising position, the LDC system will not let the operator make any further movements until the machine is back into a safe working position,” says Barnes.

“Because of the extraordinary high reach these machines have and risk of tipping over, high-reach excavators are equipped with safety systems that monitor the high-reach attachments to make sure the excavator is not in danger of tipping.” — Marcus Barnes, Liebherr USA Co. down with the work tool extended. This helps prevent operators from tipping machines.” Nothing can replace operator skill. “You have this incredibly expensive machine. You need someone with great hand/eye coordination and depth perception because they may have that tool 80 ft. up in the air, trying to grab a beam or a piece of concrete structure with the tool correctly aligned,” says Moncini. “You need [an operator] with good situational awareness.” The goal is to work up high with the machine positioned just far enough back for safe operation. “You get into some really unique modifications — cabs

The LDC system offers two modes of operation. “One mode is a restricted mode where an operator will not be able to put the machine into an uncompromising position,” Barnes explains. “If the operator reaches the high-reach limitation, he will not be able to go any further until the machine is put back into a safe position. Then there is a mode where a more experienced high-reach operator will be able to run the machine without restrictions. This mode is called Supervisor Mode. In my experience, most operators run the machine in a restricted mode until they learn the limits of the machine.” ET

People are moving to versatile tools, like the combi-cutter, that have different jaw sets so they can tackle varied job conditions. The fewer tools you have to purchase, the less money out of your pocket.

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EXCAVATORS >> Products

Case CX245D SR Minimumswing Excavator

Kobelco SK500LC-10 Excavator

The 60,400-lb. CX245D SR has a compact counterweight and modified boom placement to minimize the machine’s footprint. • 160-hp Tier 4 Final engine does not require a diesel particulate filter (DPF) • Bucket digging forces up to 34,600 lbs. and lift capacity up to 22,950 lbs. • Faster cycle times achieved via an electronically controlled pump, larger control valve and multiple sensors • Intelligent Hydraulic System and four integrated control systems • Free Swing enables improved craning, laying or lifting of offset loads

The 114,000-lb. SK500LC-10 excavator features increased torque setting and supplies up to 11% more digging volume and up to a 10% increase in work volume. • 369-hp Tier 4 Final HINO engine • Hydraulic drive optimizes cooling fan rotation speed and provides ultra-quiet operation • Independent travel enables unit to move, lift and swing simultaneously without experiencing loss of power • Automatic swing priority instantly delivers full swing power during combined operations

Caterpillar M315F and M317F Wheeled Excavators The M315F and M317F compact radius wheeled excavators offer a range of configurations, including undercarriage options, stick lengths and boom types to fit specific applications. • Offset or variable adjustable booms • 150-hp C4.4 ACERT Tier 4 Final engine with Automatic Engine Speed Control and engine idle shutdown system • Include a load-sensing hydraulic system, medium- and high-pressure auxiliary hydraulic lines, automated hydraulic Auto-Connect quick coupler and monitor-based tool control system • Tool control interface allows for up to 10 different flow/pressure settings to be programmed • Joystick steering available

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Takeuchi TB2150 Hydraulic Excavator The 34,480-lb. TB2150 has a maximum digging depth of 18 ft., maximum dump height of 20 ft. 4.9 in., maximum reach of 28 ft. 8.9 in. and maximum bucket breakout force of 22,190 lbs. • Deutz TCD 3.6-liter, turbocharged, Tier 4 Final engine supplies 114 hp and 339 ft.-lbs. of torque • Revamped operator station features an operator-friendly, automotive-style interior, heated deluxe high-back air suspension seat and color multiinformation display • Features boom and arm holding valves, an overload alarm, rear view camera and standard Takeuchi Fleet Management telematics system

Want to make your next machine acquisition really count? Komatsu’s lineup of automated excavators, including the all-new PC360LCi-11 and PC490LCi-11 feature a revolutionary, factory integrated, machine control system. The exclusive intelligent Machine Control technology lets operators focus on moving materials efficiently, without worrying about digging too deep or damaging the target surface. Contact your Komatsu distributor to learn how you can hit pay dirt today with Komatsu innovation.

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E XCAVAT OR S Products

Doosan DX140LCR-5 Reduced Tailswing Excavator The 34,987-lb. DX140LCR-5 features a maximum digging depth of 19 ft. 7 in. and a bucket digging force of 24,471 lbf. • Provides a 27-ft. 11-in. maximum digging reach and 23-ft. 2-in. maximum loading height • 113-net-hp engine with auto shutdown • Power+, Power, Standard and Economy power modes, as well as Dig, Lift, Breaker and Shear work modes • Standard 7-in. LCD screen with split screen to monitor machine parameters while viewing the rear view and optional side view camera image • Includes an extra-sturdy frame, reinforced superstructure and permanently sealed and lubricated track links

John Deere 345G LC Reduced Tailswing Excavator The 80,788-lb. 345G LC reduced tailswing excavator has a maximum dig depth of 22 ft. 8 in. and a 249-hp Tier 4 Final diesel engine with no DPF. • Three-pump hydraulic system enables fast cycle times, greater flow for attachments and more efficiency for improved fuel economy • Optional factory-installed auxiliary hydraulic package provides extra hydraulic flow to power larger attachments • Side-by-side cooling cores ensure maximum cooling efficiency and easy cleaning • Spacious, comfortable cab with easy to use, enhanced LCD monitors, a fabriccovered adjustable suspension seat and standard rear view camera

Komatsu PC238USLC-11 Hydraulic Excavator The PC238USLC-11 has a 167-net-hp Komatsu SAA6D107E-3, 6.69L, Tier 4 Final-certified engine and a temperaturecontrolled viscous fan clutch that results in lower engine parasitic loads. • 54,230- to 55,440-lb. operating weight • 21-ft. 9-in. maximum digging depth • Offers a 5-ft. 11-in. tailswing radius and better lift capacity • Six working modes with energy-saving guidance within the monitor panel • Auto idle engine shutdown • Upgraded high-resolution, LCD color monitor panel incorporates the standard rear view camera display with gauges

Hyundai Tier 4 Final HX Series Hydraulic Excavators Ranging from 22 to 52 metric tons, the HX220L, HX260L, HX300L, HX330L and HX380L feature Cummins Tier 4 Final engines, while the HX480L and HX520L are powered by Scania engines. • Intelligent Power Control for computeraided power optimization based on load demand • 8-in. interactive, adjustable, touchscreen cluster-monitor includes haptic remote control for all major functions • AAVM System for 360° surround virtual operating includes the Intelligent Moving Object Detection system, which senses and warns when objects are within 16.5 ft. of the machine • Boom Float, Fine Swing and Eco Breaker modes

Liebherr A 914 Compact Wheeled Excavator The A 914 Compact Litronic wheeled excavator has a 32,100- to 37,900-lb. operating weight and a short tailswing of only 6 ft. • 143-hp Liebherr four-cylinder, inline, Tier 4 Final engine • Liebherr Power Efficiency (LPE) optimally controls power management processes to substantially reduce fuel consumption • Oversized two-speed power shift transmission with additional creeper speed • Large cab with air suspension driver’s seat and foldable armrests, proportional control via four-way minijoystick and 7-in. intuitive color touchscreen display • Standard rear view and lateral cameras


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Hitachi ZX345USLC-6 Ultrashort Excavator The 30-metric-ton ZX345USLC-6 has a maximum dig depth of 24 ft. 10 in. and a maximum dig reach of 37 ft. 7 in. • 249-hp Isuzu 7.8-liter, Tier 4 Final engine • Three-pump hydraulic system provides multifunction performance and fast cycle times • Standard auxiliary function lever (AFL) and control enable precise control of all attachments, including thumbs and grapples • Optional auxiliary hydraulic line and proportional reliefs • Heavy-duty undercarriage provides a low center of gravity, greater stability and increased lift capacity

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The SY215C excavator is powered by a Cummins Tier 4 Final engine and features two circuits of auxiliary lines down the arm for ready to use hydraulic power. • Side frame rails standard • Optimized cabin for visibility and operator comfort • SANYLive telematics GPS system keeps track of engine hours, fuel usage, location history, alerts and events

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Volvo ECR355E Short Swing Radius Excavator The ECR355E has a 241-hp Volvo D8 Tier 4 Final engine that delivers 18% more horsepower and 28% more torque. • Maximum digging depth of 22 ft. 4 in. and maximum digging reach of 35 ft. 3 in. • Advanced electrohydraulic system works with engine to produce a 10% fuel efficiency increase, reduced emissions and faster, smoother operation • Features an ECO mode, Auto Idle and Auto Engine Shutdown, plus integrated work modes to match power a­­­­­­­nd controllability to the task • Hands-free Bluetooth, ergonomic controls and fewer switches • Standard rear and side view cameras

The 56,900-lb. Link-Belt 245 X4 Spin Ace excavator has a maximum dig depth of 21 ft. 10 in. and bucket digging force of 34,600 lbf. • 160-net-hp Isuzu Tier 4 Final diesel engine delivers up to 5% improved fuel efficiency and doesn’t require a DPF • Redesigned hydraulic system reduces cycle times by up to 10% • Speed Priority, Heavy and Applied Power modes • Includes structural improvements to the boom and arm and a robust undercarriage with larger track rollers and thicker plating • Quiet, pressurized, ergonomically designed cab with 7-in. highdefinition LC monitor, RemoteCARE telematics and full-time rear view camera

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Mustang 1000M Excavator The 21,550-lb. 1000M minimal tail excavator has a dig depth of 14 ft. 10 in. and a bucket breakout of 12,216 lbf. • Robust mono boom design will go 60° in either direction for consistent digging without repositioning the machine • 72-hp (gross) 4TNV98CT-VBV diesel engine • 16-ft. 10-in. dump height and ground level reach of 24 ft. 3 in. • Tailswing radius of 4 ft. 4 in. • “Power-A-Tach” quick-attach system

JCB JZ141 Crawler Excavator The 33,000-lb. JZ141 reduced tailswing excavator is equipped with a fuel-efficient JCB EcoMAX engine that meets Tier 4 Final with no DPF, diesel exhaust fluid or engine aftertreatment. • 74-hp engine produces high torque at just 1,500 to 1,600 rpm • Optimized engine and hydraulic system result in up to 10% better fuel efficiency plus low noise levels of just 98 dB • Delivers fast cycle times and 20,682 lbf. of bucket tear-out • Includes a high-strength undercarriage with fully welded X-frame construction, closed box section revolving frame and high-strength rigid upper frame

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DEMOLITION ATTACHMENTS >> Products Stanley MBF5 Mounted Breaker

Epiroc Combi Cutter Hydraulic Attachments

The MBF5 mounted breaker is gas-fired with only two moving parts (inner piston and the auto-valve), resulting in less wear of components and less maintenance. • Upper and lower tool bushings redesigned to increase durability • Upper bushing can be rotated 90° and lower bushing can be rotated 90° and flipped for greater overall life expectancy • Six models accommodate a range of bracket setups and can be mounted on skid steers and compact excavators from 4,500 to 13,500 lbs. • Lightweight design fits many carrier types and weight classes with hydraulic flow ranges from 10 to 22 gpm

The multi-purpose Combi Cutter hydraulic attachments incorporate two powerful hydraulic cylinders that deliver constant closing forces to the material and short openclose cycle times (as little as 1.6 seconds). • Rotate 360° for changing demolition requirements • Can be tailored to fit job requirements by switching out jaws • Include universal jaws for concrete structures as well as steel cutting jaws • Fit carrier weight classes from 16.5 to 94 tons (33,000 to 188,000 lbs.)

Okada TOP Series Model 100A Hydraulic Breaker The Model 100A is targeted for use on 22,000- to 42,000-lb. excavators and breaks at a rate of 550 to 710 bpm. • Requires 29 to 35 gpm at 2,030 to 2,620 psi • Large capacity accumulator reduces pressure spikes to protect the carrier hydraulic system • Nitrogen gas cushions the piston on the upstroke and increases the piston downstroke force • Central grease port allows the breaker to easily adapt to most auto-lube systems • Long stroke design reduces shock loads and vibration which can cause machine stress and operator fatigue

Antraquip Rock and Concrete Cutters These rock and concrete grinders are suited for trenching, controlled demolition, scaling, soil remediation, tunneling, underwater cutting and general rock excavation. • Numerous models available for excavators ranging from 2 to 110 tons • Choice of cutter head styles to suit the application • AQ line equipped with a high-torque, lowspeed hydraulic motor with rugged gearing and symmetrically aligned cutter bit patterns for maximum productivity

Doosan Hydraulic Breakers The DXB100H, DXB130H, DXB170H, DXB190H and DXB260H hydraulic breakers are offered in impact energy classes from 2,000 to 8,000 ft.-lbs. • Designed for use with select crawler and wheel excavators • Energy recovery system increases strike power for maximum productivity • Nitrogenpowered and equipped with an upper/lower suspension system that isolates the power unit from the housing • Tools include moil (general purpose), blunt (concrete and block breaking), chisel (concrete) and pyramidal/nail (concrete/hard materials)

JCB Contractor Hydraulic Breakers Contractor breakers are available for compact equipment, backhoe-loaders and excavators from 0.9 to 55 tons. • Feature accumulators to protect carriers from hydraulic pressure spikes and internal control valves to improve oil flow, reduce heat buildup and protect internal seals • Two-speed control valves permit tool speed and stroke customization above 9.9 tons • Auxiliary relief valves protect the breaker from damage when used with other makes of machinery • Heavier models include blank firing protection, twin oval tool retaining pins and auto greasing systems (above 12.1ton carrier weight only)

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Hyundai HDB Series Breakers

OKADA AMERICA TMB SERIES TROMMEL SCREENING BUCKETS The Okada America, Inc. trommel screening buckets (TMB Series) are ideal for screening C&D debris out of soil and sand to make recycling efficient and keep dumping requirements to a minimum. The TMB Series features operation in a single action rotation or two-way operation (bi-directional installation kit required) with a drum rotation speed that can be fine-tuned. The TMB Series is offered in four sizes for carriers ranging from 6 to 40 tons. • Compact design is lightweight and easy to operate • Built-in control valve regulates flow and pressure which eliminates the need for costly plumbing • Rotation drum consists of four bolt-on concave screens that are easily replaced • Assortment of screen sizes are available from 3/8” to 4”

The HDB Series hydraulic breakers are designed to work with Hyundai HX, 9A and 9 series hydraulic excavators. • 14 models designed to fit multiple machine sizes and applications • Come in four chisel options with chisel diameters from 1.6 to 7.9 in. • Operating weights from 271 to 12,401 lbs. and overall lengths ranging from 44.4 to 159.8 in. • Include an auto-greasing feature, largediameter tie-bolt and adapter-type connecting inlet/outlet ports that avoid bolt breakage and oil leakage

Brokk MC200 Multi Cutter The 265-lb. MC200 Multi Cutter steel cutting attachment is designed for use on machines weighing 2,650 to 6,170 lbs., including the Brokk 100, 120D and 160 models. • Utilizes a hydraulic booster to exert 50 tons of cutting force at 3,900 psi • 8-in.-wide jaw opening • Hydraulic 360° rotary drive for exact positioning • Measures 10” x 13” and 40 in. long

The Strike Force breaker series includes a range of models and sizes for various carriers and applications. • Smaller models for compact excavators and skid steers enable safe, efficient handling with high breaking capacity • Mid-range models include a robust structure with advanced noise reduction technology • Larger sizes offer an efficient piston and cylinder design to transfer a higher shock wave into breaking objects • Durable, reliable construction with only two moving parts

Rotobec RCB Construction Breakers

The RCB line includes eight monoblock models for excavators from .08 to 15 tons and five tierod models for excavators from 17 to 72 tons. • Monoblock design uses a polyurethane jacket to reduce impact vibrations to the machine and lower noise levels • Tie-rod design incorporates a heavy-duty tie-rod assembly and internal components that are easy to access and maintain

Allied Rammer Small Range Breakers The 555, 777 and 999 Rammer small range breakers are designed without tie-rods and incorporate the Constant Blow Energy (CBE) plus operating system. • For carriers between 7,500 and 27,600 lbs. • Integrated one-piece tool bushing design requires fewer parts and is easily field replaceable • Box-type housing with high-tech dampening material that reduces noise and vibration and fully protects the power cell • Dual accumulator (High Pressure and Low Pressure) design provides maximum power with less pulsation in hydraulic lines

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Montabert V65 Breaker The 12,324-lb. V65 heavy-range breaker has an automatic speed variation system that adjusts impact energy and striking rate to match material hardness. • Delivers 380 to 950 bpm and is rated in the 15,000 ft.-lb. impact energy class • Designed for use on excavators weighing from 121,250 to 198,400 lbs. • Progressive start system sets the tool into the material prior to the delivery of higher energy • Standard blank-fire protection system and energy recovery system • Fully enclosed heavy-duty cradle minimizes noise while protecting internal components

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D E M OL I T I O N AT TA C H M E N T S Products

Caterpillar S2000/S3000 Series Mobile shears The S2000/S3000 Series shears are designed for Cat excavators weighing from 11 to 85+ tons, as well as competitive machines of similar weights. • Manufactured from high-yield and hightensile alloy steel • Can be boom or stick mounted and are available in both straight and 360° rotating configurations • Guide and cross-blade design assists in maintaining an optimal cutting edge • Speed valve provides ample power when cutting and increased speed when opening the jaws for the next cycle • Solid-plate upper jaw design and bolt-on piercing tip

John Deere Hydraulic Hammers The HH20C, HH40C, HH60C and HH80C hydraulic hammers are available for select G- and E-Series skid steers and compact track loaders, G-Series compact excavators and most competitive models. • Weigh from 270 to 690 lbs. with impact ratings up to 3,000 bpm • Bit options include standard moil point and optional chisel point, spade, compacting plate and pyramid point (HH20C and HH40C only) • Tool retention system enables quick installation and removal using one screwdriver • 1,000-hour service intervals

Alpine Rockwheel Rock and Concrete Grinders The Rockwheel rock and concrete grinders incorporate hydraulic rotary cutting technology that delivers the power and precision to make efficient, low-vibration, low-noise excavations for any application. • Models available from 12 to 295 hp for carriers from 1 to 75+ tons • Cutting force from 949 to 32,360 lbs. with cutting widths from 11.8 to 49 in. • Chain drive, gear drive, direct drive and axial drive versions

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Kinshofer DXS-50 Mobile Shears The 9,920-lb. DXS-50 features DemaPower cylinder technology, which uses four chambers instead of two, enabling a smaller attachment to deliver a closing force of 1,203 tons. • Suited for 25- to 35-ton carriers when boom mounted and 32- to 50-ton carriers when stick mounted • Jaw opening of 29.2 in. wide and 30.7 in. deep • Double-acting speed valves and cylinder technology enable fast jaw closing and opening speeds with cycle times as fast as 5.5 seconds • Rotation-equipped models feature 360° continuous rotation and heavy-duty motors for maximum rotation torque

The 300 Series includes 13 breaker models ranging from 350- to 10,000-ft.-lb. impact energy ratings. • Available for skid steers, miniexcavators, backhoes and excavators • Feature a cradle-style bracket, meaning there are no bracket bolts to break • Nitrogen gas-assisted design • Control valves concealed inside of smaller units for added protection • Accumulator located on the side of larger models to protect the hydraulic system • Replaceable tool bushing

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

Commercial Vehicle Dealers Provide Strategic Advantage Dealer partnerships yield benefits from initial spec’ing through the vehicle life cycle.


hen it comes to dealer support, not all light- and medium-duty vehicle dealerships are created equal. There are benefits to working with a dealership that understands your business demands and offers customized solutions. Ford, General Motors and Ram Trucks all offer variants of a commercial dealer program. General Motors offers its Business Elite dealers, Ram Trucks offers its Business Link dealers and Ford offers its Ford Commercial Vehicle Centers. All of these programs provide business owners added value through an experienced sales contact who understands your business. This sales contact is able to closely match and suggest product solutions to better meet your business needs. The commercial dealers offer after-hours product support to keep your business running seamlessly, with specially trained technicians, expedited parts availability and service facilities to handle larger upfitted vehicles. Training sets Commercial Vehicle Centers apart from other automotive dealerships. “It is training starting from the sales perspective on to parts and service,” says Paul Schlagenhauf, president, Badger Truck Center. Dealers certified to these programs must meet a minimum set of criteria defined by the manufacturer. But as we learned when we visited Badger Truck Center, a Milwaukee, WI-based certified Ford Commercial Vehicle Center, these dealers often exceed the minimum criteria and can become critical business partners vested in the success of your business. Only a fraction of the dealerships across the country are certified to the manufacturers’ commercial dealer program requirements. For instance, out of the more than 3,000 Ford store locations, 675 Ford dealers nationwide are specially trained and equipped to sell, service and finance Class 1 through 7 work vehicles under the Commercial Vehicle Center program. Badger Truck Center is not only a current Commercial Vehicle Center dealer, it has been a business dealer since 1965. The focus on the success of business fleets differentiates commercial dealers. “Everything boils down to customers’ needs,” says Schlagenhauf.” The vehicle serves as a tool to get the job done. “It can be anything from a pickup to a Class 7 truck. The secret is having it properly spec’d so that it will do the job, have minimum downtime and maximum uptime.”

PINPOINT THE BEST SOLUTION Dealership experience can help steer you to the best business solutions. “Sometimes

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customers think they need a kind of truck and they possibly need more or less of a truck,” says Ray Pannemann, general sales manager, Badger Truck Center. “They also have specific body needs and they might not realize they have options.” This is where the salesperson’s relationship with the customer is critical. “The salespeople will know the questions to ask of the customer. Commercial dealers often have unique tools to help pinpoint They get to know both the most appropriate vehicle solution. For instance, Ford utilizes a the customer and the software system called Commercial Vehicle Tools (CVT). It provides the application.” GVWR, payload, cargo volume, upfit and other vital specifications the The salesperson asks dealer uses to match a vehicle to your exact requirements. the customer what they are hauling, how they communication when a vehicle is in the are hauling it and other questions about the shop. “A customer can count on that salesapplications. “We ask all sorts of fact-findperson to be around,” says Pannemann. ing questions so we can get them into the proper truck,” says Brad Baker, Badger Truck “That relationship doesn’t stop after the sale. It continues throughout the life of the Center sales representative. vehicle.” Commercial dealers often have unique tools to help pinpoint the most appropriate SERVICE ON YOUR SCHEDULE vehicle solution. For instance, Ford utilizes a Commercial dealers usually offer extended software system called Commercial Vehicle hours and options to keep your fleet on the Tools (CVT). It provides the GVWR, payjobsite during working hours. “One of the load, cargo volume, upfit and other vital specifications the dealer uses to match a vehi- requirements [of Ford’s Commercial Vehicle Center] is your shop has to be open 55 hours cle to your exact requirements. a week,” says Schlagenhauf. “You need to “CVT is a program that allows us to spec have that type of service for your customers out trucks and provide a written quote to the because they are working with the truck durcustomer,” says Baker. “The specs, the pricing, ing the day. They need a place to bring it in all of the information is there in a nice, conduring the evening to be able to have somecise quote. You are able to go over that with thing tweaked or repaired and get it back out the customer on the phone or in person.” onto the jobsite the next day. If you are only LEVERAGE COMMERCIAL DEALER EXPERIENCE open eight hours a day, that is a problem.” Experience gained through interaction with “We do offer extended service hours to other commercial customers can prove benaccommodate our commercial vehicle cuseficial to your business. “When you select tomers,” says Steve Sell, service manager. “We a Commercial Vehicle Center, you are gethave 17 bays available for commercial vehicle ting the experience of the sales staff,” explains repair, with oversized doors to accommodate Pannemann. “We have been doing this the height of some of the vehicles. We have for more than 50 years. We are completely Ford factory trained and certified technicians focused on commercial vehicles and the comin the Class 5, 6 and 7 vehicles.” mercial customer. We have trained sales staff. Badger Truck Center has taken an extra We have people who have been here for up to step to get minor maintenance through 30 years.” the shop quickly. “We have a commercial Developing a working relationship Quick Lane so we are able to take care of with a trained salesperson in a commerquick, easy maintenance needs on light vehicial dealership can actually result in better cles up to the F-550,” says Sell. We have 20

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the customer. We can ship them out or they can pick them up. “We can normally deliver a part within a couple hours and get it to their door,” says Halverson. “There are times when we will send an inside parts person out to make a rush delivery. We have even brought parts right to the jobsite where the customer is working on the truck.” Making sure the customer gets the right part is a priority. “The trucks change so much by serial number that we can’t just have them call up and give us a part number,” explains Halverson. “We look up the part number ourselves and make sure we get the right part number in a timely manner so we don’t have to go back out and they don’t have to wait for us to return with the correct part. “Some of my guys have been in this business

Dealership experience can help steer customers to the best business solutions, including proper sizing of the trucks for the specific task.

over 25 years and they know what the customer wants,” he continues. “They will ask questions to make sure they click something that he may not remember that he is going to need, just to keep him happy and get everything going as fast as we can.” One of Badger Truck Center’s customers is the largest utility in the state of Wisconsin. “We have approximately 2,500 pieces of equipment,” says Stan Bartol, fleet technician. Maintenance of this fleet is handled in-house at 22 service centers. “There are two guys like me at each one who maintain the equipment. I do all of the pats ordering, repair and maintenance.” For this customer, getting parts in a timely manner ranks among the most critical concerns. “That is difficult in some places, and with Badger Truck Center I never have an issue,” says Bartol. “My relationship is good enough that I can literally text them and tell them what I need. We don’t even need to have a conversation. That helps me a lot because it helps me get a lot more things done during the day. Typically, I expect parts within a day, normally sooner. It makes my job easier. They have everything I need and I couldn’t be happier.” It all boils down to time management. “Business people have very little time nowadays to mess around,” says Baker. “They just want you to take care of their needs and take care of them properly. Anything we can do to lessen the stress on the customer in this process is very much appreciated with them being so busy in their business. It lessens their time and investment, keeping their trucks on the road.” ET


technicians currently and are always looking to hire more. We are open Monday through Friday 7 a.m. until midnight in our main shop, and the commercial Quick Lane is open Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 7 a.m. until 3 p.m. We understand that time is money. We try to maximize time for our customers.”

GET PARTS WHERE AND WHEN YOU NEED THEM Badger Truck Center has a fleet of parts delivery vehicles, which are on the road all day. “The customers can either have the parts delivered or we also have an e-commerce website where the customer can order online from the comfort of their office or home,” says Craig Halverson, parts manager, Badger Truck Center. Customer uptime is a key focus. “We have a multi-million dollar parts inventory where we can keep the guys rolling,” says Halverson. “When their vehicles are down, it is costing them money so we need to keep them moving as fast as we can. We will bring parts right to

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L I F T E QU I P M E N T By Jenny Lescohier


of Aerial Equipment Training

Virtual reality promises to take aerial equipment training to a higher level of safety and efficacy.


veryone’s heard the term virtual reality (VR), but despite the relatively relatable state of the art, for many it still conjures up images of science fiction. In “reality,” the technology is becoming increasingly prevalent in our day-to-day lives. One area where this is particularly true is in equipment training. The nature of aerial equipment has traditionally presented unique challenges to safe and effective training. VR promises to play a prominent role in the movement toward getting users appropriate training, thanks in large part to the introduction of the MEWP Virtual Reality Training Simulator by

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Edmonton, Canada-based Serious Labs. It is working in partnership with Skyjack, United Rentals and Nationwide Platforms to develop its products and get them to the people who need them.

GETTING SERIOUS ABOUT TRAINING “Traditional, conventional training is somewhat flawed — and can be really boring,” says Jim Colvin, CEO of Serious Labs, which officially introduced its new simulator at the IPAF Summit in Miami, FL, in March. “Quite frankly, one reason people come into our industry is because they don’t like sitting in classrooms. They want to be physically engaged. “The workforce is changing,” he continues. “There’s such a lack of skilled training in the world right now.

How are we going to get through to young people about the workplace of the future unless we train them in the way they want to be trained? People learn by doing. It’s the best way to teach.” Simulators aren’t new; they have been used in the military and aerospace for decades, Colvin points out. But old school simulators weren’t very engaging or experiential, plus they were very expensive and not portable. This began to change about five years ago, when Palmer Luckey, a college student from Long Beach, CA, developed the Oculus Rift, a VR headmounted display that made the technology more accessible and easier to use. He ultimately sold his creation to Facebook for $3 billion. “They saw a massive revolution coming,” says Colvin. “And we’re just leveraging that. “We’re coming to a time where practical evaluation and assessment should move into

virtual reality. An airplane pilot would never be able to get into a jet unless he had extensive hours of experience,” Colvin states. “We believe the same thing is true for heavy equipment. Everybody has the right to come home the way they left. Everybody’s family relies on them. Our mission is to create a better world with 21st century technology.”

NOT REALITY BUT CLOSE A VR simulator is a completely immersive experience. “You feel like you’re on an actual work site; you can feel a visceral effect,” Colvin asserts. A simulator also lets you track what the operator is doing. “If you’re assessing someone from the ground and he’s up in a 150ft. lift, you don’t know where he’s looking. And how you judge compared to another instructor is not objective,” says Colvin. “A simulator is completely objective, however. It measures every way

Jim Colvin, CEO, Serious Labs, believes virtual reality should be mandatory in aerial equipment training to maximize safety and ensure operators get the handson experience they need without putting them in dangerous situations.

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the operator leans, everywhere they look, how they do things and in what order.” According to Wade Carson, director of business development, Serious Labs, VR-simulated training is uniquely collaborative, bringing people in different parts of the world together in one place. “We bring an avatar into a virtual space. It’s a network that goes to the cloud,” he says.

Brad Boehler, president of Skyjack, believes VR

or online theoretical training combined technology has great potential for aerial equipment with a practical portion performed on training. His company is partnering with Serious Labs to the actual equipment, which is followed by evaluation by the instructor. develop the MEWP Virtual Reality Training Simulator. While programs have come a very long way in recent years, there still has been solutions, it’s a comparison to today’s golf simulators. no perfectly safe way to ensure operaquestionable “Few of us have ever been on a true flight tors get enough hands-on experience how accessible VR simulator, but a lot more of us have been with machines to become truly proficient simulators will initially be to those with on a golf simulator,” he says. “Professionals before they hit the jobsite. fewer resources. are training on the $75,000 version, where “What if you could put people into According to Boehler, the evolution they can see the terrain of any golf course dangerous situations, and be able to track will follow the same pattern as other in the world. That same technology is used their behaviors in those situations, but not impactful technological advancements, on mobile apps today. You obviously don’t actually put them in danger?” Colvin asks. such as the smartphone, where technology get the feel of the golf club in your hands, “I personally believe VR should be manbecame less expensive as scale increased, but you can still go through that simudatory in aerial equipment training. It’s ultimately making it ubiquitous. lation to see what the course is like, and ludicrous to suggest a pilot would ever be “Volume will drive down the cost to a having that knowledge of the surroundings able to get into a plane without getting place where VR can be more readily availis very powerful. You don’t need the same enough seat time, and this is no different. able to everyone,” he says. “But I also see capital but you can still benefit from some The ‘just enough, just in time’ training the simulator of the future, which might of that knowledge.” philosophy doesn’t work.” be sort of a simulation of the simulator. It Bringing the benefits of VR to equipBrad Boehler, presiment operators everywhere is dent of Skyjack, which the ultimate goal. “It’s critical assisted Serious Labs in the that we make sure this proddevelopment of its new uct is available,” says Colvin. simulator, believes VR has “It can’t be an elite product; it great potential for aerial has to be a ubiquitous prodequipment training, but uct. By working with IPAF stops short of suggesting with its reach, and United it can replace on-machine Rentals with its United practical training entireAcademy, we have the ability ly. “I’m not sure if in five to get this out to the people years we’ll get to where VR — Giles Councell, director of operations, IPAF who need it.” ET will fully replace practical training. But for ongoing training purcould be something on your phone that’s Jenny Lescohier is the editor of Rental magazine, an poses, if we can actually look at what the used with a cardboard box and a pair of AC Business Media publication. This report combines operator’s skill set is in an actual operatgloves that you wear, but it will allow you discussions held during the Skyjack/Serious Labs joint ing environment, and evaluate how they to actually do the same thing. I see somepress conference at The Rental Show in February, and react in that environment, that’s pretty thing like that allowing the technology to at the IPAF Summit in Miami in March. Comments were invaluable,” he says. “I envision that as get to every corner.” the next step.” Bechtel echoes that statement with edited for space and clarity. Giles Councell, director of operations at the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF), says it’s important to keep in mind what the jobsite of the future will entail, including the real potential for remotely controlled or autonomous equipment. “When machines are controlled from the ground, simulators will be used even more,” he predicts. “The way to use it now is to put operators in really challenging scenarios on the actual machine without risk. That technology is here now, being used, and we need to look at how we can best use it in the short period of time we have to train operators — not just in the initial training but Brandt Hard To The Core guarding products have earned their throughout their career. reputation for delivering superior operator safety, machine protection, “One of the things simulation does is and maximum productivity. 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Serious Labs officially introduced its MEWP Virtual Reality Training Simulator at the IPAF Summit in March. Wade Carson, director of business development at Serious Labs, is shown here demonstrating the simulator, which was on display at the conference. “As long as you have somebody on the simulator, they can be in the same space at the same time.” Darren Bechtel, managing director, Brick & Mortar Ventures, which has invested in the development of the simulator, notes the value of this type of collaboration in the future of training. “We can actually simulate the exact scenario the operator will be operating in,” he states. “No longer is it a fictitious world. It can be the actual jobsite, so when the operator shows up to that situation for the first time, it’s familiar.” He adds, “We’re laying the groundwork for having not just simulated training environments... This takes us one step closer to where an equipment operator could be halfway around the world from the work site.”

COULD VR REPLACE PRACTICAL TRAINING METHODS? Currently, the best aerial equipment training programs consist of classroom


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The S-80 high float (HF) and S-85 HF telescopic booms are engineered to “float” on soft or delicate surfaces in sensitive ground conditions. • S-80 HF offers an 86-ft. working height with 68 ft. 6 in. of outreach and the S-85 HF has a 91-ft. working height with 72 ft. 6 in. of outreach • Dual lift capacity of 600 lbs. unrestricted and 1,000 lbs. restricted • Automatic envelope control enables lift to automatically retract as boom reaches its operating envelope • Load sense cell continuously checks platform weight and limits operating envelope to match the load chart • 74-hp Tier 4 Final diesel engines

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Bobcat V723 Telescopic Tool Carrier The 17,155-lb. V723 is in the 7,000- to 8,000-lb. size class and is powered by a side-mounted, 100-hp turbocharged diesel engine that doesn’t require a diesel particular filter for Tier 4 compliance. • 22-ft. 10-in. maximum lift height and 13-ft. 5-in. maximum reach • Front-wheel, all-wheel and crab steering modes • Travel modes include a two-speed option, speed management and inching control • Boom cushioning and ride control cushioning suspension systems • Asymmetric cab design with a wraparound rear window and a split door provide 360° visibility • Power Quick-Tach mounting system

Designed for the 512-56 and 514-56 Loadall telehandlers, the DualTech VT is a dual technology transmission that combines power shift and hydrostatic drives in a single housing. • Enables a 25-mph top speed for the 145hp 514-56 S Energy Master models and 18-mph top speed for 74-hp machines • Hydrostatic drive provides fine stepless speed control up to 12 mph on the S models and 5 mph on the 74-hp models • Automatic switching to electronically modulated three-speed powershift for higher speed operation • Models provide lift capacities of 12,000 and 14,000 lbs. to a maximum lift height of 56 ft.

Caterpillar TH514D Telehandler The TH514D has a rated load capacity of 11,021 lbs. and a maximum lift height of 45.5 ft. • 100-hp C3.4B Tier 4 Final diesel engine and 4F/3R powershift transmission • Updated closed center, load-sensing hydraulic system with variable displacement axial piston pump and flow-sharing valves • Four-wheel-drive system uses heavy-duty axles with planetary reduction hubs, front limited-slip differential and dual-axle braking • Ride control system dampens boom movement during travel and a boom float system allows the boom to automatically follow terrain contours • Single multi-function joystick

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

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Liebherr LTM 1090-4.2 Mobile Crane The 110-ton LTM 1090-4.2 four-axle mobile crane can travel with an axle load of 22,050, 26,400 and 35,300 lbs. • 197-ft. telescopic boom with optional 31- to 52-ft. folding jib or 6.6-ft. assembly jib and rooster sheave • Carries 19,400 lbs. of ballast with a 26,400-lb. axle load • VarioBallast enables operation with a 12.4-ft. or 15.5-ft. ballast radius • 449-bhp Liebherr six-cylinder Tier 4 Final diesel engine • ECOdrive and ECOmode provide lower fuel consumption and noise emissions

JLG Upgraded LRT Scissor Lift Series

Forever-ODM 32/15 Scissor-Boom The 32/15 Scissor-Boom combines a scissor lift’s low cost, easy operation advantage with a boom lift’s outreach capability. • Large working platform with a single joystick control • Tight site maneuverability • Easy transportation • Model 32/15 designed for industrial and municipal application • Model 45/22 designed for construction is expected to be introduced in 2019

Reachmaster Bibi 26-BL Compact Scissor Lift The 4,400-lb. Bibi 26-BL compact scissor lift is mounted on a track-based chassis, enabling it to drive on sloped and soft surfaces. • 25-ft. 11-in. working height and 550-lb. basket capacity • Comes with a 220V electric motor and a Honda GX930 gasoline engine • Bi-leveling chassis enables up to 25° gradeability and adjustable tracks can accommodate a 21° side slope • Features include proportional controls, single door/gate access, electrohydraulic brakes and adjustable tracks

The upgraded LRT rough-terrain scissors feature refined platform control joystick operation for smoother machine repositioning, as well as improved drive control proportionality. • Left and right steer functions received renewed digital inputs for a higher level of functionality and improved response • Leveling jack with integrated dedicated leveling function within current lift/drive switch • 530LRT model uses proportional lift valves for upper and lower lift cylinders for controlled proportional ascent/descent • Include Tier 4 Final diesel engines, multifunction digital indicator (MDI) display and new mufflers that lower sound level by 5%

AMS-AIRO Mobile Elevation Work Platforms AIRO Mobile Elevation Work Platforms include scissor, vertical mast stock picker, spider, telescopic and articulating models for indoor or outdoor use. • 18 models with heights ranging from 39 ft. 4 in. to 75 ft. 5 in. • Most available in diesel or electric power • Rough-terrain versions available across model lines • Standard features (depending on model type) include oscillating axles, control panel with joystick on platform, ground control panel with diagnostic display and four-wheel drive

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Snorkel SR5719 Compact Telehandler The 10,360-lb. SR5719 is capable of lifting up to 5,732 lbs. with a maximum lift height of 19 ft. and a maximum forward reach of 10 ft. 4 in. • Features full-time four-wheel drive, a fully enclosed cab, power-assisted steering and proportional joystick controls • 70.3-hp Yanmar Tier 4 Final engine • 10-ft. 8-in. outside turning radius • Overall width of 6 ft. 2 in. and height of 6 ft. 4 in. • 13-ft. 3-in. length to fork face


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J OB S I T E S O LUT I O N S By Curt Bennink

3D System Increases Excavator Efficiency Trimble Earthworks allows Landmark Construction’s excavators to semiautonomously reach grade quickly and accurately.


harleston, SC-based Landmark Construction is one of the leading contractors in the Southeast U.S., with an emphasis on industrial, concrete, site work and utility contracting. It ranks in ENR’s top 10 for the region, and employs approximately 400. “We were at 45 people eight years ago,” recalls Mike Marshall, survey superintendent. “A lot of [the growth] has to do with technology.” The success of this family-owned business, started in 1965 by Fredrick Mixson and his wife Ann, is partially due to its willingness to embrace the state of the art. Landmark Construction uses GPS and 3D modeling technology during each project; its project superintendents and foremen are experienced in their use and implementation. As a result, the company cuts costs, accelerates project schedules, improves accuracy and delivers a higher quality project for its clients. The company has over a decade of experience with 3D modeling and GPS grade control, with all modeling done in house. “We typically run Trimble products,” says Marshall. This includes machine control systems on dozers, excavators and motor graders, as well as rovers used by field engineers, foremen and supervisors. The investment provides measurable ROI. “Anything in the world of 3D technology pays for itself pretty fast on all of the machines,” says Marshall. “Those systems pay for themselves in the first two years. The technology is good for six to eight years before it renders itself obsolete in need of an upgrade. So, you pay for it for the first couple years, but then you get the benefit of it for the next six.”

MAXIMIZE EARTHMOVING EFFICIENCY Earthmoving efficiency is critical to the success of Landmark Construction. “Nearly half our company is involved in earthmoving operations,” says Marshall. Currently, every dozer in its almost 30-unit fleet is equipped with 3D grade control. “The worst scenario we can get into as a company is when we are moving material from our excavation to fill and we don’t have a good grade control system in that fill,” says Marshall. “So, we always have a dozer running there with 3D.” Equipping more machines with grade control is changing

the way projects are set up. “A typical excavator operation is paired with a bulldozer with 3D on it that is keeping the grade,” Marshall notes. When he was hired eight years ago, one of his assigned tasks was to equip a couple of the fleet’s excavators with 3D grade control. “This allowed the excavator operator to pretty much dig to grade without the constant assistance of a 3D-equipped dozer and operator.” The increased independence has earned favorable acceptance. “The operators in an excavator love it because they don’t have that extra bulldozer there keeping grade for them,” says Marshall. “The key here is eliminating the extra cost of operation with the dozer/ operator.”

EARTHWORKS AUTOMATES PROCESS Last year, Landmark Construction purchased a Trimble Earthworks Grade Control Platform for Excavators system that allows the excavator to reach grade semi-automatically. When in automatic mode, the user controls the stick and Trimble Earthworks controls the boom and bucket to stay on grade. “We have one Trimble Earthworks excavator at the moment,” says Marshall. “We’ve had it close to a year. It is a very new technology compared to the other systems that we have been running.” The biggest advantage to the system has been how user friendly it is for the operators since it draws on tablet technology. “Our company typically has iPads and some Android devices, so employees are familiar with that operating system,” says Marshall. “When they get in [the cab], it is pretty easy for them to log on and pretty much go straight to work. “We have four operators run it. All four of them had about 30 minutes of training overview,” he comments. “The automatic part is so intuitive.” A major advantage of the Trimble Earthworks with automatics is how it prevents operators from over-digging. “You cannot actually go below grade, which is really significant when it comes to dressing up the slopes,” Marshall points out.

Landmark Construction has over a decade of experience with 3D modeling and GPS grade control, with all modeling done in house. This includes machine control systems on dozers, excavators and motor graders as well as rovers used by field engineers, foremen and supervisors.

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Currently every dozer in the Landmark Construction has almost 30-unit fleet is equipped witnessed a jump in production with the Earthworks-equipped with 3D grade control. excavator. With the previous generation 3D systems being used in its operations, the operator has to look at the grade control screen and coordinate the bucket in the proper position to achieve grade. “The operator still has to put a lot of mental thought into where the bucket is, even though the machine has guidance on it,” Marshall explains. “In the automatic mode, he does not have to put that thought in there as deeply. He is able to move a lot faster.” Take earthworks on a pond, for example. “When you are digging a pond, you dig from the slopes to the middle and you create this bench that your machine sits on,” Marshall describes. “When you are loading that bucket, 50% of the time the bucket is underneath the tracks. Even if you have 3D with the screen, you still have to focus on the screen and leave extra material. And you have to work your bench quite a bit farther back so you can see what you are doing.” The semi-automatic feature no longer requires the operator to focus as much attention to the screen. “With the automatics, you can carry the grade 100% of the time underneath the machine where the operator cannot see,” says Marshall. “Now when he is pulling the bucket to him, he can see where it is being loaded and when he picks it up, he knows he is on grade that entire load because he is in automatic. “That almost doubles his production,” he states. “That caused us to have to add trucks on the haul. The operator normally had to have two or three trucks; we had to have four because he is moving that much faster.” That was with a 4-yd. bucket on a Volvo 360. “Now the operators want a 5- or a 6-yd. bucket.” INCREASE UTILITY PRODUCTION Earthmoving is not the only application that has benefited from an investment in 3D excavator technology. “We have been very successful on some deep sewer work where we use 3D,” says Marshall. “The trick to deep sewer is when you pull the trench box. It is big and a lot of times it is double stacked. If that trench is not perfect, you cannot pull it. The operator tells me when he is digging with that 3D system, it is very easy for him to dig a very straight trench so he can pull that box in one shot. That is the time saver in sewer with 3D — moving that box.” The result is increased productivity. “We were getting an extra two to three joints a day, which added up to a significant amount of money,” Marshall recalls. “It is not so much digging to grade at the bottom as it is moving that trench box one time straight. It also helps with getting to grade because we don’t have to put people in the trench. “The safety factor is very big in utility work,” he continues. “You don’t have someone down in that hole verifying the elevation until you have completed the dig and the trench box is actually moved. Everything all happens in one big step. You basically backfill where you are at, dig and then pull that trench box and finish digging to grade before you ever put a man down there.”

FLEXIBILITY IS A KEY REQUIREMENT Landmark Construction is involved in many construction disciplines and often moves technology and machines around to best suit the jobsite demands. “We do a lot of things with excavators,” says Marshall. “We just finished doing three miles of electrical conduit last month on a

project and we rented a small excavator because most of our fleet is very big. We rented a 200 Series zero tailswing machine and basically installed 3D on it temporarily. We did what we call a soft install.” The results on the project dramatically outpaced expectations. “The owners on that project couldn’t believe what we were doing,” says Marshall. “We were doing 600 to 800 ft. a day and the most they had ever seen was 300 to 400 ft. a day. They thought we were going to be there for six months and we were there for two and a half.” To accomplish this type of success, equipment must be adaptable. “I tend to move things around a lot,” says Marshall. As newer technology is introduced, the existing GPS technology can be shifted to where it can best be utilized. “Everything is interchangeable in this world. So, if I want... I can take it out of the excavator and put it over to a motor grader; maybe it requires a couple of different sensors. My No. 1 goal is to get 100% utilization on every component.” The technology needs to be mobile since the machines in the fleet are also turned on a regular basis. “Most of the dozers that we have been getting lately are integrated machines right at the factory, so that works out pretty good,” says Marshall. “Typically, we will do a two-year lease on a machine, sometimes four. There is nothing in our track fleet that is over four years old.” Even though Landmark Construction tries to use the most up-to-date technology available, it also carefully tracks macro trends. One of these is the pending availability of more satellites with the European Union’s Galileo system coming online. This has caused a brief halt in the acquisition of newer grade control products. “Most of the receivers that we have right now are not capable of picking up those satellites,” says Marshall. “Anything we purchase moving forward, we are going to want to make sure it has that capability. Every technology evolves probably in the eight- to 10-year range. I feel we are in that cycle. Moving forward, everything that we purchase will be Trimble Earthworks.”

MAINTENANCE CONSIDERATIONS Simple maintenance that can be performed in house can be a true time saver. “The Trimble Earthworks system has really simplified the cables to the sensors,” says Marshall. “The typical excavator system has kits that are pre-wired and you run those wires up through the boom, stick and bucket, around the cab and so on. Those are generically put together to handle various sizes of machines. So you end up with long coils of cables that all have different connectors. It is a lot of cabling to figure out.” Trimble Earthworks for excavators uses Deutsche connectors throughout the wiring harness, which greatly simplifies maintenance. “You just buy a roll of cable and cut to fit. If you need a 3-ft. cable, you just cut off 3 ft. and put two connectors on it,” says Marshall. “The removal and installation of the systems is going to be much simpler moving forward,” he adds. “There is a lot less chance of rubbing cables and downtime. And if the connector does have a little bit of trouble or pulls apart, it is easy for the maintenance guy to fix without having the SITECH dealer or Trimble folks involved. ET

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

Model-based Estimates HALVE CONTRACTOR’S COSTS Estimating software integrated with BIM slashes take-off time, re-estimates after design revisions and allows easy estimate reformatting.


fourth-generation Chicagobased contractor, Pepper Construction is one of the larger in the Midwest, and is viewed as an innovation leader, pioneering virtual, lean and sustainable construction methods. The company works in markets such as healthcare, education, manufacturing and light industrial, environmental remediation, data centers, entertainment, hospitality and retail.

the Revit model via Vico so the respective increase or decrease in quantity is automatically updated. “Since most of the quantity revisions are automatic, this has drastically sped up our ability to make changes. This is what makes Vico a very powerful communication tool.” With these tools, Pepper Construction can design takeoffs and estimates that are more accurate and transparent to owners and design partners. “Our clients see every component of our work, which means that the building owner can have a strong assurance that projects can be completed on time and on budget,” says Dougherty. And with the Trimble Office Suite, Pepper can format an estimate that details whatever information an owner requests.


Pepper Construction management uses Trimble modeling software in the early stages of a construction project, easily recalculating estimates to give owners cost context for design changes.

For its digital takeoff and estimation, the company relies on Trimble GC Estimator Suite, which includes Trimble’s WinEst and Vico Office programs. “WinEst is a powerful and flexible spreadsheet program that generates estimates. Vico Office is a communication tool that links the WinEst database to the Revit models,” says Keith Dougherty, vice president of preconstruction, Pepper Construction. “With Revit, we create a 3D model of the project and it provides the majority of our project quantities. “Vico Office also helps us track when a design revision is made,” he continues. For example, if a change is made in which carpet is replaced by tile, WinEst estimate communicates with

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Model-based takeoffs and estimation have cut the time to create takeoffs nearly in half. “On a $20 million project, we used to spend 80 to 100 hours doing manual quantification, either via an electronic takeoff program or even just hand takeoff. Whereas, with Trimble, we can accomplish the same work in 40 to 60 hours and get information that is a lot more accurate,” says Dougherty. Usability features offer flexibility and help speed up the process. The GC Estimator Suite automatically cross-formats between old CSI, new CSI and Uniformat construction coding, eliminating human error. “The software also has the flexibility to add as many codes as we need,” says Dougherty. “No other program has that flexibility.” Custom codes allow field operations to charge the slab and grade work to a very specific code, allowing the company to

check labor productivity, for example, for specific functions against the estimate. “We had some preestablished codes that go back 25 years, and they don’t always match the new CSI format,” says Dougherty. “So we had to take the database as we built it and, from Trimble, take the typical concrete line items then assign all these other codes that support our job cost system so the custom cost codes match our legacy codes. “We can now break projects down into whatever component the owner asks for,” he continues. “Gone are the days of a $20 million project turning into one $20 million number. It’s not uncommon now for that to be broken down into five to eight components — such as site work, the enclosure, the finishes, etc. — so the owners can really see where their dollars are being spent and where the big impacts are on the project.”

MODEL-BASED ESTIMATING By linking WinEst with Vico Office, the team can calculate 4D and 5D quantities and bring those directly into the scheduling component of the preconstruction process very early. “We use model-based estimating all the way through the construction process, so we want to get out of the manual shop drawing process; we want it all to be electronic; and we want everything to live in the model,” says Dougherty. “Everything is

By linking WinEst with Revit models, a project team can calculate 4D and 5D quantities and bring those directly into the scheduling component of the preconstruction process very early. coordinated in the model and everything is built in the model.” The company currently uses 4D BIM, which is just a threedimensional BIM plus the element of time. It plans to start using 5D BIM in the near future. “A 5D BIM injects cost into it,” explains Dougherty. “We have a video program that connects all of them together. The video shows the building actually getting built — the foundations going in, the structure going up and the cladding going on. Across the top of this video is the project schedule so you can jump to any date of the schedule as planned and it will show you in the model how far along the building is built. Then, if we have the cost element built in, we could pick a date using this program and see that the building is 67% complete, for example, and see that 67% of the cost has been expended. “By using 5D, we can prove to the building owner that not only do we have the right estimate for the project, but we have the right schedule,” he adds. “We can give them assurance that we have everything covered and that their costs are not going to escalate at a later date.” ET

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Vermeer D40x55DR S3 Navigator Horizontal Directional Drill The D40x55DR S3 Navigator features dual rod technology using an inner rod to provide torque to the drill bit and an outer rod for steering capability and rotation torque for reaming. • Supplies up to 40,000 lbs. of thrust/pullback and 5,500 ft.-lbs. of rotational torque • 140-hp John Deere diesel engine • Can carry 500 ft. of drill rods onboard • Includes a carriage speed of 115 fpm, low guaranteed sound power rating of 104 dBA and similar controls and components to the company’s other drills

Toro DD2226 Directional Drill The DD2226 delivers 2,600 ft.-lbs. of rotational torque and 22,000 lbs. of thrust and pullback, allowing the machine to pull back and turn larger reamers in tough ground conditions. • Dual rear stabilizers provide additional stability in uneven terrain • Quad-pinion carriage design with a dualsided rack and cam-style pipe loading system • Capacity for 400 ft. of 10-ft. pipe • 72-hp Yanmar Tier 4 Final, 3.3L engine requires no diesel exhaust fluid • Next-generation TDOS-1 Operating System software includes the SmartTouch control mode


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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.

Time to Invest, Time to Manage or Both? Position yourself to take advantage of the construction boom without placing your business at risk of going bust.


like to read to stay current on what is happening in the construction industry, which could turn into a full-time job if I let it. So, I select publications that cut to the chase while providing the knowledge I seek, believing what they are telling me makes sense. Right now, we have a lot of moving parts in the industry. What you do and where you do it can be a major factor in how well you perform compared to similar contractors in different regions. To help put things into perspective, I listened to commentary by Steven Moore, a renowned economist heard on many TV and radio venues, who happens to be highly ranked in the Trump camp and who may soon become his chief economist. Moore stated that we are currently in the biggest construction boom this country has even seen, which will carry on for years to come. This is not hard to believe in many parts of the country, and for the sake of argument, let’s say that this statement is 90% correct. If even remotely true, the “great construction boom” can be both a good thing and a bad thing, depending on where your company is in the normal life cycle of a contracting operation. If you are a well-managed company with a strong balance that is able to manage a job properly and produce an industry standard gross profit, I would say a robust market is a good thing. But if your company is in the early stages of development, this robust market could lead you down a harmful path where you overextend yourself to the point where you run out of cash at the first sign of a reduction in business activity.


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˜˜ There is a big opportunity out there with my name on it.

˜˜ I am going to need more equipment and

people. ˜˜ Aggressive pricing will be the norm because of the normal and “new” competitors in my market. And what do you think I would say about that? The answer is: ˜˜ I agree the work is out there. ˜˜ Don’t get too crazy and load up on fixed debt or lease payments. ˜˜ Spend your money on good estimators and project managers who can bring the job in on budget. ˜˜ Before running out to take advantage of the new tax benefits related to new and used equipment purchases, rent most of what you need to get a feel for the market before making significant investments. Let’s face it folks — if you load up on 60- to 72-month note obligations to obtain equipment, it better be able to generate 60 to 72 months of work. If you think about it, you may be kidding yourself. Hopefully, you don’t push the risk envelope to the point of no return and then have to return all your hard-earned equity to the bank.

DON’T BUY BASED ON TAX BENEFITS The last article I picked up this week analyzed the new and used equipment markets, spelling out the virtues of the tax breaks available from Section 179 and Bonus Depreciation. The article spelled out how the tax benefits lower your purchase price of the equipment — which only works out if you get to keep the equipment and sell it for a reasonable residual value six to seven years down the road. I’m not saying you shouldn’t take advantage of the tax breaks. But they are much more complicated than you think and deserve some time spent with a tax person who knows the game. I actually wouldn’t make a purchase decision based on taxes, because it only works if you are making a ton of taxable profit in the year of the purchase, and are assured to do the same in the following three to four years so you can use up the tax benefits at a meaningful tax rate. In summary, I say: ˜˜ Take advantage of your market. ˜˜ Do not overextend yourself. ˜˜ Rent what you need. Only consider buying if you can’t rent it. ˜˜ Do what you do best. ˜˜ Stay on top of your work in process. ˜˜ Make a buck that puts you in the top tax bracket. To wrap up and keep things in perspective, what comes after the “biggest construction boom” ever? If you’ve been paying attention, you should know the answer. ET

Next, I picked up John Mauldin’s Thoughts From the Frontline weekly economic newsletter. It is an informative publication expressed in a manner that we can all understand and be able to make use of the data. If you don’t currently read John’s publication, you should sign up for it. The price is right — no charge. The title of the August 18 issue was “The Good News Economy”, where Mauldin summarized all the good things happening in the economy that have led to the “biggest construction boom” noted above. In short, when the small- and mid-sized companies believe that business expansion is in the making, they have to plan to expand their business to take advantage of the situation by investing in new plants, equipment and people. I think it is fair to say that Mauldin reinforces Moore’s statement about the construction boom. But even though I agree with them, I must refer you to the caveat above about being prepared and able to expand the business while avoiding catastrophic outcomes. I realize there is risk in all we do, but risk must be managed and kept at a manageable level, especially when planning out business expansion. How does this impact your business? I bet a lot of you have already or To access previous Running the Business columns, as well as additional are in the process of thinking: business management information, visit

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