Equipment Today June 2022

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Browse hundreds of excavator models and features.

PRODUCTS 22 Excavator Attachments

Find an assortment of tools to enhance the versatility of your excavators.

30 Road Building

Check out pavers, screeds and more.

43 Technology Trends

Discover tech to enhance jobsite efficiency.

46 Fleet Management

See the latest engines and components to keep your fleet running.


ONLINE EXCLUSIVES Breaking Records, Shattering Expectations at World of Asphalt

BETTER BREAKER PRODUCTION & RELIABILITY pg 20 Notoriously self-destructive hydraulic hammers require finessing manufacturers’ operating instructions to fit everchanging demolition working conditions where the difference between a job well done and misuse can be a matter of inches.


HOW CONCRETE PAVEMENT PRESERVATION SAVED $10 MILLION IN ROAD REPAIR pg 24 With repairs on concrete roads being performed infrequently, cities may face a learning curve when it comes to understanding the available repair tools.

DEPARTMENTS 4 Breaking Ground 6 Equipment Introductions 48 Profit Matters

Boldt Adds Tool to Lean Construction Toolbox

50 Running the Business Job Pricing in Today’s Construction Market


Can a Fully Electric Construction Jobsite Become a Reality?

Electrification is headed to a jobsite near you, and is expected to become a larger part of construction’s future. But to what degree might it be implemented in the U.S.? Here’s a look.

3 Construction Software Tools for Very Small Contractors


Small businesses can find big-company sophistication with new SaaS tools from a trio of startups.

Sodex, Built Robots and Unicontrol are among a growing number of insurgencies angling for a share of the growing market for excavator automation and guidance.

Most companies haven’t updated their security strategies despite rising crime rates. Here are five simple tips to make your construction jobsites, and your business, more secure.

A lot can happen in three years and World of Asphalt 2022 proved that you can’t stop progress. From the showfloor to the jobsite, here are the innovations headed your way.

Microgrids Help Deliver Projects on Time and Under Budget Contractors and customers alike are increasingly shifting to use clean energy to power jobsites.

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B RE AKI N G G R OU ND | By Marina Mayer

Marina Mayer / Content Director, AC Business Media

Improving. Innovating. Updating. Let’s Make Things Better, Together.



EARTHMAX SR 41 No matter how challenging your needs, EARTHMAX SR 41 is your best ally when it comes to operations that require extraordinary traction. Thanks to its All Steel radial structure and the special block pattern, EARTHMAX SR 41 provides excellent resistance against punctures and an extended service life. In addition to long working hours without downtime, the tire ensures extraordinary comfort. EARTHMAX SR 41 is BKT’s response to withstand the toughest operating conditions in haulage, loading and dozing applications.

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o change means to make something different. To alter something or modify something in one way, shape or form. To change also means to make something better. To improve, to innovate, to update. That’s exactly what we’re doing on Equipment Today. Improving. Innovating. Updating. Making things better. And, we’re doing so in all facets of the brand— print, digital, e-newsletters and more. For starters, nominations are open for our annual Contractors’ Top New Products award, which highlights the best new product introductions in the construction industry. However, instead of compiling this list by online pageviews like years’ past, we upped the ante, and are accepting online submissions for either an actual new product release or an enhancement to an already existing product, adding credibility, assurance and uniformity for all nominees. Visit https://eqtoday. co/sa7pez to learn more about the award, how to submit nominations and more. Submissions close July 5. Here’s what’s also new… QR codes. You’ll see them sprinkled throughout the issue. Feel free to hover your smartphone or other device over the QR code to read more about a particular new product, for example. Also be sure to check out and discover some new entities throughout, such as more emphasis on videos and podcasts, specifically Digging Deeper, and a slew of thought leadership pieces from some of the industry’s most notable industry experts. Let’s face it, no one really likes change. But, failing to embrace change is like not allowing the industry to grow, to evolve, to become better, faster, safer and more efficient. Without change, the industry will remain stagnant, operating the way it always has, without any innovation, technology or automation. Change is necessary, not just in the construction space, but in the B2B space, as well. I am the content director for AC Business Media, which owns Equipment Today, and I encourage you to join us on this journey of change, and work together to showcase your company’s new items, new products, thought leadership and more. Any questions, comments, feedback and more, please reach out. ET

EXPECT MORE FROM YOUR EXCAVATOR KOBELCO machines lead the field in performance specs for power and fuel economy – all while providing unrivaled operator control and comfort. The newest excavators in the KOBELCO family have been engineered to provide greater engine efficiency and productivity than you ever thought possible. Plus, they are backed by the service and support of the powerful KOBELCO dealer network. Visit to dig into all of the specs and see your local KOBELCO dealer to find the model built to help you Get More Done.


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, scan the QR codes. John Deere

Mulcher and Brush Cutter Excavator Attachments The ME36 and ME50 Mulchers and the RE40 and RE50 Rotary Brush Cutters are equipped with knife-style cutting teeth on a split ring rotor. The spiral, double helix tool pattern and tool shape allow for efficient cutting for mulch up to 5-inch material. A controlled and metered cutting depth allows the operator to maintain high rotor revolutions per minute (rpm) and a productive mulching rate. The teeth may be sharpened and flipped for a fresh cutting edge, extending the tool's life. The mulcher attachments are designed for right-of-way maintenance and fire/fuel reduction, clearing standing or felled trees and brush along fencerows, roadsides, waterways and other hard-to-reach places. The RE40 and RE50 brush cutters are designed for embankment and ditch management, over-fence brush management, rail right-of-way maintenance, and otherwise difficult to reach areas. Three swinging blades mounted to a blade carrier can fell and cut material up to 6 inches in diameter. A heavy-duty hinged debris shield retracts when the head is engaged with trees and brush, exposing the blades, and allowing for aggressive cuts.

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Rotating Telehandlers JLG Industries offers three new rotating telehandler models, the R1370, R1385 and R11100 with capacities from 11,00013,000 lbs. and maximum reach heights of 67-97 ft., with the R11100 being JLG’s highest reaching telehandler to date. With 3-in-1 machine capabilities, a telehandler, mobile elevating work platform (MEWP) and rough terrain crane, these machines offer horizontal and vertical lift-and-place capabilities. These models come with front and rear scissor-style outriggers with automatic leveling jacks, which enable the operator to position the machine and then level the frame up to 6 degrees to compensate for uneven terrain. The R1370 comes with a Perkins 134-hp diesel engine, while the R1385 and R11100 are equipped with 168-hp FPT diesel engines. All models feature a two-speed, stop-to-shift hydrostatic transmission.

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3D Machine Control for Cat Excavators Topcon's 3D Excavator System, which includes GPS technology, is now more compatible with Caterpillar's 2D excavator systems. Topcon's system works with Caterpillar factory-installed NGH sensors and Cat Assist features. Topcon's system is designed to provide real-time, dynamic, on-screen bucket location and design views, to cut grade faster and more accurately. The operator can create, cut and check designs from the cab. The automation features are also designed to reduce operator fatigue.

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AC 2.040-1 All-terrain Crane The AC 2.040-1 compact, two-axle crane has a fully-hydraulic boom with a fully-extended boom length of 115.5 ft. and the ability to telescope under load. The unit is capable of heavy lifts involving loads of up to 70,327 lbs. without requiring additional sheaves. Its IC 1 Plus control system includes automatic counterweight detection, a capacity radar and a work area display. The system determines the lifting capacity for every boom position as a function of the superstructure slewing angle, making use of the maximum available lifting capacity with any outrigger configuration. The Surround View camera system and IC 1 Remote telematics solution come standard.

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Lifting Dyno-Hoist OZ Lifting has launched a third lever hoist range, Dyno-Hoist, a dynamometer-equipped product from 0.75 to 9 tons capacity. The Winona, Minn.-based manufacturer is the first to bring a lever hoist that includes a dynamometer to the North American market. It is available in 0.75, 1.5, 3, 6, and 9 tons capacity, matching the ranges of the company’s industrial and overload protected lever hoist offerings. Dyno-Hoist gives users a real-time reading of the load (in kilograms or pounds) they are applying to the hoist, whether it be a lifting or pulling application. An overload alert is triggered at 126%; the American Society of Mechanical Engineers requires that when a hoist is repaired or recertified, it gets tested at 125% of the rated capacity. The net weight of the units (head only), is 16.5, 27.94, 45.1, 66, and 96.80 lbs. in order of capacity, while the effort to lift the safe working load (SWL) in each instance is 31.4, 49.5, 72, 76.5, and 81 lbs.

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Enhanced by its groundbreaking 10-Degree slope capability, the new JLG 670SJ Self-Leveling Boom allows you to drive, operate and get closer to your work quicker all from a class-leading platform height of 67-ft. Full height. Full functionality. Full speed ahead.



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PJ Trailers

Low-Pro Flatdeck with Duals (LD) PJ Trailers has added new updates to its Low-Pro Flatdeck with Duals (LD). The new LD includes same heavy-duty 25,000 GVWR as before, it now comes standard with upgraded features, including an all-new gooseneck design, coupler, frame design, suspension, and more. Many of the new standard features, like the Demco EZ Latch Gooseneck Coupler and TwistGuard frame design, make the LD ideal for hauling heavy loads. The ProBeam gooseneck is constructed from a single piece of steel and redistributes stress across the neck’s frame for fewer stress points. The TwistGuard frame design provides T-shaped intersecting pipe supports to reduce frame twist and improve torque control, with testing showing up to a 60% reduction in twist compared to non-torque tube trailer frames. Other features include the Dexter HDSS Adjustable Suspension, Monster Steps with a new retractable design, and new hold-down latches for the optional Monster Ramps, providing reduced noise and vibration while in transit.


P72.10Plus Telehandlers The P72.10PLUS is powered by a 115HP Perkins engine with Eco Power Drive (EPD). To improve efficiency, the EPD automatically controls and adjusts engine speed, hydrostatic pump flow rate and hydrostatic engine displacement according to operating conditions.

SPECS: ˜ Maximum load capacity is

15,800 lbs. ˜ The low pivot, no-flex boom has a lift height up to 31 ft., 3 in. ˜ Top load at full height is 9,000 lbs. ˜ Maximum reach of 17 ft., 1 in. easily manages 4,500 lbs. A load sensing hydraulic pump with flow sharing distributor is designed to supply the P72.10PLUS with efficiency, performance, and smooth operation. The machine includes hydrostatic transmission, 4WD, three steering modes and speed up to 25 mph.

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Road Widener’s


FH-R Material Placement Attachment

New 845-1 Forwarder Offers High Crane Capacity

Road Widener’s FH-R material placement attachment has a remote-controlled design that allows the operator of the host machine to control the attachment via remote control, improving safety by eliminating the danger of additional workers standing along the jobsite. The FH-R is for material placement, dispensing topsoil, gravel, asphalt, limestone and more, with an attachment compatible with common machines that contractors already own. The remote-controlled attachment easily connects to most skid steers, compact track loaders, road graders and wheel loaders, operating off the host machine’s engine and hydraulics.

With high productivity for thinning and light clear-cutting, the 12-metric-ton class forwarder offers several frame-length options. Designed for smooth and precise operation, the 845-1 has a long reach with lifting power and slewing torque. The forwarder specs include:

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˜ Gross load: 26,455 lbs. (12,000 kg) ˜ Power: 188 hp @ 1,900 rpm (140

kW @ 1,900 rpm) ˜ Tractive force: 38,218 lbs. (170 kN) Komatsu Comfort Bogie axles have a high portal offset and V-shaped frames for high ground clearance. Tier IV Final fuel-efficient engine and control system automatically adapt to changes in engine load. Productivity and comfort additions, including bunk wideners, rear- and front-view video cameras, computer touchscreen and electric fuel fill pump are available, as well as an optional heavy-duty stacking blade. Mounted with a high angle of departure for climbing obstacles, there’s no interference between blade, battery boxes or hood guard. A standard diesel heater system heats the engine coolant, hydraulic oil and the batteries to facilitate cold-weather starting on the 845-1.

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WHY DO OWNER-OPERATORS LOVE THEIR VOLVO EXCAVATORS? Because they’ve been influencing machine design for decades. Running a small business doesn’t mean you can’t operate top-of-the-line machines. Volvo puts thoughtful features — inspired by owner-operators just like you — into every excavator model they manufacture. These features work together to help you get more done, lower your operating costs, and keep you feeling like you’re ready to take on more throughout your day.

These are some of the operator-inspired features that make owning a Volvo excavator more productive and profitable: Work Modes – With Volvo excavators, engine RPM and work mode are integrated into one dial, not two. That makes operation easier and ensures you get maximum power with minimal fuel burn. Volvo Active Control – Automated boom and bucket movements make the digging process more efficient and more accurate with less effort. Shortcut Buttons – Functions such as wipers, cameras and auto-mute can be assigned a shortcut button on the joystick, giving you control over multiple functions without removing your hands from the joystick or your eyes from the job. Delayed Engine Shutdown – If your machine is turned off without proper idle time, the excavator will automatically run for a couple minutes before shutting down. Simply turn the key and walk away at the end of a productive day. In-Cab Assist Apps – Most Volvo excavators come with Dig Assist Start, which delivers incredible excavation accuracy in a fraction of the time that conventional methods require. Bluetooth and Audio – Bluetooth functionality in Volvo excavators allows for hands-free communication, music and more. And Volvo cabs are known for comfort — when you hop in and take a seat, you’ll quickly realize workdays are different when you’re running a Volvo.

GET MORE DONE FOR LESS Volvo excavators give you all the power you need, and they also give back. With Volvo, you can save money with lower monthly fuel costs, longer maintenance intervals and less downtime. Plus, you’ll have a machine with a high resale value when it’s time to turn it in. Volvo has put a lot of time and effort into ensuring your next excavator purchase is smart for your business.

Whatever you’re searching for in an excavator, you’ll find it in a Volvo.

If you’re curious which model is most affordable or what your monthly payments might be, we can help. Which Volvo excavator is right for your business?


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Using improvements to the Spool Stroke Control system, Case D Series excavators re-use hydraulic fluid whenever possible to automatically increase cycle times and efficiency. The operator experiences a more productive machine without losing the precision of the machine’s controls. The D Series also provides the operator with three working modes (Speed Priority, Heavy and Automatic) that help the machine conserve energy and exert only as much power as needed to complete the job at hand. Model 75X3 MSR 75X3 MSR Offset Boom 80X3 MSR Swing Boom 130X4 LC 130X4 DZ 145X4 LC MSR 145X4 DZ MSR 160X4 210X4 210X4 Long Front 210X4 HD 245X4 LC MSR 245X4 DZ MSR 250X4 250X4 Long Front 250X4 HD 300X4 300X4 HD 355X4S MSR 350X4 350X4 Long Front 490X4 Fixed Frame 490X4 Expandable Frame 750X4 750X4 ME

Net HP 54 54 54 102 102 102 102 112 160 160 160 160 160 177 177 177 207 207 205 268 268 362 362 512 512

Operating Weight (lbs.) 17,400 18,300 18,900 29,100 30,500 32,100 33,600 38,400 48,900 51,900 56,900 56,900 58,100 56,900 63,600 68,400 67,000 73,200 78,709 82,400 88,600 109,800 112,900 158,300 159,600

Std. Bucket (cu. yds.) .24-.71 .24-.45 .24-.71 .42-.98 .42-.98 .42-.98 .42-.98 .50-1.14 .58-1.75 .50-.98 .64-1.75 .61-1.75 .61-1.75 .76-2.43 .50-.95 .79-2.43 .76-2.43 .79-2.43 .79-2.43 1.08-2.93 .65-1.4 1.37-4.04 1.37-4.04 1.78-5.86 1.78-5.86

Breakout Force (lbs.) 12,800 12,800 12,800 21,400 21,400 21,400 21,400 26,500 34,600 14,600 34,600 34,600 34,600 39,570 17,300 39,570 42,780 42,780 42,780 56,160 29,000 60,700 60,700 75,090 82,280

Max. Dig Depth 15’ 2” 15’ 1” 15' 4” 19’ 1” 19’ 1” 19’ 9” 19’ 9” 21’ 4” 21’ 10” 39’ 5” 17' 3" 21’ 10” 21’ 10” 24’ 4” 39’ 5” 17' 3" 24’ 1” 18' 10" 24' 5" 26’ 9” 46’ 3” 30’ 2” 29’ 8” 32’ 4” 23’ 7”

Max. Reach at Ground Level 22’ 2” 21’ 10” 24’ 4” 28’ 4” 28’ 4” 28’ 3” 28’ 3” 30’ 3” 31’ 11” 50’ 10” 31'8" 31’ 9” 31’ 9” 34’ 1” 50’ 10” 33' 0" 36’ 0” 34' 4" 36' 4" 38’ 5" 61’ 3” 42’ 1” 42’ 9” 46’ 8" 37’ 6”


The advanced hydraulics on New Holland excavators are designed to be fast, precise, smooth and powerful and include standard auxiliary hydraulics on every model to enable use of many types of attachments. An Auto Shift traveling system automatically shifts between high and low depending upon load, and an Auto-Idle feature will automatically reduce engine rpm during inactivity to reduce fuel consumption and operator fatigue. Larger models include a Power Shift feature for jobs requiring an extra boost. Model E17C E26C E30C E37C E57C E60C

Net HP 15.8 23.2 23.2 23.7 65.1 63

Operating Weight (lbs.) 3,910 5,850 6,636 8,300 12,050 12,940

Std. Bucket (cu. ft.) 1.4 2.4 2.8 3.8 6.3 6.3

Breakout Force (lbs.) 3,490 4,740 4,520 6,900 9,550 9,190

Max. Dig Depth 7’ 9” 8' 8" 8’ 2 “ 11’ 3” 13' 4" 13' 1"

Max. Reach at Ground Level 12’ 11” 14’ 11” 14’ 10” 18' 20' 7" 20' 10"

John Deere is transitioning our excavators performance tiering, beginning with the 350 P-tier and 380 P-tier. These models offer standard LED work lights, optional SmartGrade precision technology, and an optional right, rear and left camera system with additional LED Surround Lighting, providing enhanced 270-degree visibility to the operator integrated into the main monitor. Electronic cooling fans provide 7% improved fuel economy compared to the G-Series. Central lubrication at the arm tip and improved pin and bushing designs simplifies greasing maintenance to aid in front joint life improvements. Model 17G 26G 30G 35G 50G 60G 75G 85G 130G 135G 160G LC 190G W* 200G 210G/210G LC 245G LC 250G LC 300G LC 345G LC 350 P-tier 380 P-tier 470G LC 670G LC 870G LC

Net HP 14.5 20 23 23.3 35.9 53 56.9 56.9 98 101 122 173 145 159 159 188 223 249 271 271 367 463 512

Operating Weight (lbs.) 3,790 5,780–6,110 6,850–7,220 7,760–8,135 10,560–10,847 13,250–13,620 17,952 19,244 29,601–30,801 31,500–33,920 39,526 43,431–45,300 45,789 51,061–52,097 56,170–56,830 56,100 69,223 78,710 80,985 85,462 112,916 154,103 188,716

Max. Dig Depth 7’ 2” 8’ 6” 9’ 2” 10'–11'4" 11' 7"–12' 7" 12' 4"–13' 6" 15’ 1” 14’ 10” 18' 2"–19' 9" 18' 4"–20' 19' 7"–21' 4" 19’ 2”–19'5" 21' 7"–23' 2" 21’ 11” 21’ 8” 21' 4"–25' 23' 8"–25' 10" 22' 8"–24' 10" 24' 3"–26' 10" 24' 3"–26' 10" 27' 2"–29' 11" 30'–32' 11" 31' 5"–39' 11"

Max. Reach at Ground Level 12’ 6” 15’ 2” 16’ 1” 17' 1"–18' 1" 19' 7"–20' 6" 20' 5"–21' 6" 22’ 2' 24' 9" 26' 11"–28' 5" 26' 8"–28' 4" 28' 7"–30’ 1" 30' 7"–30'10" 30' 5"–32' 1" 32’ 0" 32' 6" 31' 9"–35' 3" 34' 6"–36' 5" 34' 11"–36' 10" 35' 9"–38’ 3" 35' 9"–38’ 3" 40' 3"–43' 1" 44' 8"–47' 7" 48’ 0"–56' 11"



Made for America and backed by a fiveyear/5,000-hour warranty, SANY America’s excavators give operators comfortable cabs, smooth hydraulics, trusted components, precision engineering and intelligent systems. They come loaded with standard features and have fully plumbed auxiliary lines to the end of the stick. The aftersales support team is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Model SY16C SY26U SY35U SY50U SY60U SY75C SY80U SY95C SY135C SY155U SY215C SY225C SY265C SY265C LC SY365C SY500H

Gross HP 15 19.6 24.4 39 56.9 57.7 73 72 103.3 105 163.6 163.6 194.4 190.4 275 399.6

Operating Weight (lbs.) 4,023 6,085 8,499 11,684 13,448 16,050 19,401 20,238 32,783 35,274 51,919 54,013 59,525 69,446 80,910 120,152

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Std. Bucket Breakout (cu. yds.) Force (lbs.) N/A 3,597 N/A 4,994 N/A 6,110 N/A 6,085 N/A 8,267 N/A 9,240 0.41 10,476 0.41 10,476 0.65 21,480 0.65 23,380 0.78 26,665 1.81 28,330 1.34 28,772 1.19 35,520 1.43 35,520 1.38 42,489 1.88 45,411 1.63 45,410 2.3 55,303 2.3 55,303 3.06 64,295 4.04 72,838 4.57 89,699

Std. Bucket (cu. yds.) .04-.07 .04-.17 .07-.22 .09-.28 .12-.38 .12-.52 .10-.49 .12-.74 .24-1.06 .24-1.06 .55-1.85 .55-1.85 .64-2.09 .64-.80 1.07-3.17 1.23-4.05

Breakout Force (lbs.) 3,417 5,463 6,834 7,306 10,116 11,465 16,343 14,298 20,682 23,155 28,551 28,551 42,039 19,334 43,163 61,822

Max. Dig Depth 7’ 9” 9’ 3” 10’ 2” 11’ 3” 13’ 14’ 7” 14' 10.5" 14’ 2” 18’ 1” 17' 11" 21’ 8” 21' 10" 22' 43' 8" 23’ 11" 27’ 1”

Max. Reach at Ground Level 13’ 1” 15’ 11” 17’ 11” 19’ 3” 20’ 9” 21’ 4” 23' 11" 21’ 10” 27’ 2” 27' 4" 33’ 10” 33' 10" 33’ 7” 57' 9" 36’ 5” 41’ 2”



Takeuchi compact excavators feature spacious cabins with intuitive features that put the operator first. Models 5.7t and above feature three auxiliary circuits with high flow on the primary circuit, making them an ideal attachment platform. An industry-exclusive sideto-side boom on FR Series units allows operators to fully offset the boom to the right or left for greater visibility and maneuverability. The company’s mix of diesel/electric and fully-electric excavators provides emission-free, quiet operation and performance that match diesel-powered equivalents.

Caterpillar has made many major changes in its Next Generation excavators that make them easier and more comfortable to operate. It has redesigned the entire cab layout with new seats, programmable joysticks, a touchscreen monitor, more glass for better visibility and more. Electricover-hydraulic controls and smart valves and pumps make the machines fuel efficient and highly productive. Standard technology such as 2D Grade and Payload helps operators stay on grade better and prevents over- and under-loading of trucks. Operators and those around them are also kept safer using the E-Fence feature.

Model TB210R TB216 TB216H (hybrid)* TB20e** TB225 TB230 TB235-2 TB240 TB250-2 TB257FR TB260 TB370 TB280FR TB290 TB2150 TB2150R

Model 313 313 GC 315 315 GC 317 317 GC 320 320 GC 323 325 326 330 330 GC 335 336 340 340 (Straight Boom) 340 (Long Reach) 340 (Ultra High Demolition) 350 352 352 (Long Reach) 352 (Ultra High Demolition) 374 395 M314* M315* M316* M318* M319* M320* M322* 538 FM 568 FM

Net Operating HP Weight (lbs.) 11.7 2,535 15 3,900 14.9/14.2* 4,277 36.7 kWh + 8.7 kWh** 4,255 19.6 4,993 24.4 6,360 24.4 7418/7639ª 35.8 8570/8990ª 39 10,957/11,288ª 52.3 12,675/12,930ª 47.6 12,125/12,645ª 56.9 14,850 69.2 18,810 69.2 18,630 114 34,646 114 34,215

* Diesel/Electric

**Electric (kWh)

Std. Bucket (cu. yds.) 0.03 0.05 0.05 0.05 0.08 0.09 0.12 0.16 0.18 0.18 0.22 0.24 0.32 0.32 0.59 0.59

Breakout Force (lbs.) 2,518 4,250 4,250 4,250 4,339 6,471 9,127 9,959 10,430 10,431 12,756 14,613 16,335 16,565 22,256 22,256

Max. Dig Depth 5’ 9.1” 7’ 10” 7’ 10” 7’ 10” 8' 5.5" 9’ 3.6” 10’ 7.8” 11’ 4.4” 12' 4.8" 12' 9.4" 12’ 9.4” 13' 4.7" 14’ 11” 15’ 18’ 19' 9.4"

Max. Reach at Ground Level 10’ 6.8” 13’ 2.9” 13’ 2.9” 13' 2.9" 13' 11.3" 15' 5.4" 16’ 10” 17’ 9.6” 19' 7.6" 19' 11.4" 20’ 1.4” 21' 6.4" 23’ 1.4” 23’ 11.2” 28’ 1.2” 28’ 5.2”

a Canopy/Cab


Our new Gen. 8 line of excavators are now coming equipped with electric over hydraulic controls that further enhances the machine’s capabilities. We still offer four fuel efficient operator mode settings: sensitive (S), eco (E), power (P), and power plus (P+), each of which allows the operator to match the power of the machine according to the individual job. Our new generation of excavators also takes it one step forward, allowing the operator to change the working movements of the swing, travel, boom, stick and bucket with our new Modetronic feature. Modes include dynamic, efficient, fine and one custom mode, where the operator can adjust the movements to his own preferences. Model R914Compact R920Compact R918 R922 R924 R926Compact R926 R930 R936 R934 R936Compact R938 R946 R945 R956 R966 R976 A914 * A918* A920* A924* * Wheeled

Net HP 122 150 163 163 175 175 204 245 231 272 258 299 299 299 340 435 544 141 161 173 188

Operating Weight (lbs.) 36,000 42,880 44,750 51,480 53,460 57,760 60,630 70,550 74,031 80,470 75,650 85,770 91,700 95,800 124,000 155,540 194,450 35,000 41,000 45,700 56,900

Std. Bucket (cu. yds.) 0.42 - 1.05 0.40 - 1.25 0.72 - 1.50 0.72 – 1.96 0.72 - 2.16 0.72 - 1.96 1.50 – 2.29 1.63 – 2.81 1.30 - 2.80 1.31 – 3.27 0.72 – 2.81 2.48 – 3.92 1.31 - 3.92 2.48 – 3.92 2.16 – 4.58 2.16 – 7.19 2.62 – 8.89 0.22 – 1.14 0.22 - 1.37 0.72 – 1.57 0.72 - 2.16

Breakout Force (lbs.) 20,010 22,120 30,350 35,970 38,890 31,470 42,040 45,860 33,500 50,130 45,860 53,510 38,580 53,510 71,040 79,580 109,030 19,131 22,346 28,011 32,462

Max. Dig Depth 19' 19' 20' 22' 2" 22' 2" 22' 6" 22' 10" 24' 1" 23' 2" 24' 3" 23' 4" 24'11" 25' 3" 24'11" 28' 3" 32' 4" 34' 9" 18' 4" 19' 6" 21' 4" 21' 4"

Max. Reach at Ground Level 29' 4" 29' 4" 30' 2" 32' 5" 32' 5" 31' 10" 32' 10" 34' 9" 35' 1" 35'11" 35' 7" 36' 8" 37' 11" 36' 8" 40' 8" 47' 1" 46'1" 29' 2" 31' 32' 8" 33' 4"

Net HP 108 73 108 98 130 119 172 146 172 172 201 273 202 273 302 347 314 314 314 414 424 425 425 485 543 148 145 148 174 174 174 174 174 347

Operating Weight (lbs.) 32,200 32,200 35,700 34,000 40,200 38,100 49,600 49,200 56,200 62,600 57,900 69,200 67,300 80,000 81,200 82,700 87,900 96,700 122,400 105,100 114,500 128,800 143,300 162,900 207,400 39,683 39,680 36,400 43,980 41,890 46,740 52,911 69,030 108,690

Std. Bucket (cu. yds.) .27 - 1.33 .27 - 1.33 .27 - 1.33 0.69 0.99 0.99 .61 - 2.09 .61 - 2.09 .61 - 2.09 .72 - 2.08 .68 - 2.46 .75 - 2.3 .66 - 2.58 .68 - 2.58 2.97-3.53 2.97-3.53 2.14-3.08 0.61-1.61 1.23-3.33 2.44-4.05 1.24-4.04 0.61-1.61 1.24-4.04 2.88-6.02 3.0-8.5 .27 - 1.0 0.99 1.05 .46 - 1.19 1.19 1.28 1.56 0.72-2.08 1.23-3.33

Breakout Force (lbs.) 22,180 22,180 22,180 22,180 27,650 27,650 36,711 33,720 39,977 33,811 37,320 40,240 40,240 46,482 51,230 51,230 47,150 31,590 47,160 60,160 60,250 31,700 60,250 80,720 86,290 23,605 23,830 26,752 26,752 26,752 30,799 33,946 31,588 47,190

Max. Dig Depth 19' 10" 19' 10" 19' 8" 19.6' 21' 0" 21' 0" 21’ 9” 21’ 9” 21’ 9” 22' 0" 24' 6" 23' 10" 23' 10" 22' 11" 26' 11" 26' 11" 21' 10" 42'10" 19'9" 26'11" 26'5" 42'9" 18'9" 31'7" 35'2" 17' 4" 25'2" 19' 5" 18' 4" 20' 2" 21' 1" 21'10" 18'9" 26'1"

Max. Reach at Ground Level 28' 5" 28' 5" 28' 6" 28' 6" 29.6' 29.6' 32’ 0" 32’ 0" 32’ 0" 32' 1" 35' 2" 35' 1" 35' 1" 34' 11" 38' 7" 38' 7" 40' 6" 59'4" 42'4" 39' 10" 39' 9" 64'5" 43'6" 46'7" 53'4" 28' 5" 29'6" 30' 3" 29' 5" 31' 6" 32' 11" 33'5" 32'3" 38'4"

Breakout Force (lbs.) 11,400 11,400 11,400 11,400 17,990 24,900 24,900 19,300 25,405 25,405 19,300 25,405 25,405

Max. Dig Depth 13’ 5” 13’ 5” 13' 6" 13' 0" 18’ 4” 20’ 3” 24’ 5” 19’ 2” 22’ 0" 25’ 4” 18’ 5” 21’ 3” 24’ 7”

Max. Reach at Ground Level 24’ 11” 24’ 9” 24’ 11” 24’ 9” 27’ 3” 30’ 3” 33’ 9” 27’ 5” 30’ 6” 33’ 11” 27’ 3” 30’ 3” 33’ 9”



Gradall’s versatile full-tilting, telescoping boom uses overlapping sections to extend and tilt the boom and attachments. The design allows it to work under trees, bridges and other challenging job locations where conventional knuckle booms won’t fit. Powered by a high-pressure, load-sensing hydraulics system, the telescoping design delivers full power at any boom angle and through the entire dig cycle. That's a huge advantage over knuckle boom designs that suffer from a severe reduction in force at stick angles over 90°. Model D152* D154* D172* D174* XL 3100 V* XL 4100 V* XL 5100 V* XL 3200 V XL 4200 V XL 5200 V XL 3300 V* XL 4300 V* XL 5300 V*

Net HP 220 250 300 300 215 248 315 172 173 173 172 173 173

Operating Weight (lbs.) 32,200 34,500 32,200 34,500 40,930 49,684 57,670 39,240 46,862 54,452 39,295 43,580 51,216

Std. Bucket (cu. yds.) 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.5 0.88 1.13 1.6 0.88 1.13 1.6 0.88 1.13 1.6


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2022 VOLVO


Available as an option in the new Doosan -7 Series crawler excavators, a new 360-degree allaround view monitoring camera system enhances operator visibility. The system displays a full view of the machine’s surroundings, giving operators greater confidence when operating or positioning the machine in tight work areas. Five unique visual perspectives can be seen from the separate AVM monitor*: top view, rear view, top+right view, rear+corner view and 3D view. Model DX27Z-7 DX35Z-7 DX42-5K DX50Z-7 DX55R-7 DX62R-3 DX63-3 DX85R-3 DX140LC-5 DX140LCR-5 DX170LC-5 DX180LC-5 DX225LC-5 DX225LC-5 SLR DX235LCR-5 DX255LC-5 DX300LC-5 DX300LC-5 SLR DX350LC-7 DX420LC-5 DX490LC-5 DX530LC-5 DX530LC-5 SLR DX800LC-7 DX140W-5* DX190W-5* DX210W-5* SLR = Super-long reach

Net HP 24.7 24.7 42 48.8 48.8 58.6 58.6 58.6 109 109 127 127 162 162 181 185 267 267 280 338 373 373 373 539 124 168 186

Operating Weight (lbs.) 8,973 8,807 10,114 11,971 12,655 13,779 13,779 18,960 32,783 34,987 38,376 43,224 52,086 55,731 56,019 57,752 71,300 72,462 83,335 94,799 112,206 116,576 117,112 181,000 34,203 43,431 47,179

Std. Bucket (cu. yds.) 0.1 0.14 0.14 0.21 0.21 0.22 0.23 0.37 0.59 0.51 0.86 0.92 1.26 .27-.82 1.2 1.44 1.35 .27-.84 1.95 2.49 2.8 3.13 .67-1.84 5.1 0.73 1.05 1.12

Breakout Force (lbs.) 4,901 7,140 9,183 7,728 9,923 9,722 9,731 14,509 24,471 24,471 25,794 28,881 33,510 22,046 35,274 39,463 44,092 23,149 57,101 59,745 67,902 67,902 33,510 70,107 20,349 28,219 31,306

Max. Dig Depth 8' 8" 10' 8" 10' 4" 11' 5" 11' 10" 13’ 6” 13’ 6” 15’ 6” 20’ 1” 19’ 7” 19’ 11” 20’ 21’ 7” 38’ 2” 21’ 10” 22’ 4” 26' 45’ 2” 24’ 8’’ 25’ 4’’ 25’ 6” 24’ 49’ 7” 27' 5" 14’ 8” 18’ 9” 20' 6"

Max. Reach at Ground Level 14' 9" 17' 2" 17' 3" 19' 19' 6" 20’ 11” 20’ 5” 23’ 11” 27’ 11” 27’ 11” 28' 10" 29’ 7” 31’ 10” 50’ 31’ 7” 32’ 9” 36' 3" 57’ 35’ 11” 37’ 38’ 11” 37’ 6” 63’ 9” 42' 5" 24’ 2” 29’ 8” 32’ 9”



Link-Belt Precision Grade, powered by Trimble Earthworks, enables operators of all skill levels to create smooth, flat or sloped surfaces with less fatigue at the end of the day. While a less-experienced operator can’t generally handle the machine in the same smooth way as an experienced operator, Precision Grade helps newer operators complete their jobs faster, with greater accuracy and a higher level of confidence, saving significant time and money. Model CX17C CX26C CX30C CX37C CX57C CX60C CX75C SR CX80C CX130D CX145D SR CX160D CX210D CX245D SR CX250D CX290D MH CX300D CX350D CX490D CX500D ME CX750D

Net HP 16 23 24 24 65 63 55 55 102 102 112 160 160 177 177 207 268 362 329 460

Operating Weight (lbs.) 3,910 5,520 6,020 7,990 12,050 12,940 16,200 18,800 30,140 32,100 34,400 48,973 56,900 56,909 72,100 67,271 82,483 109,300 111,800 158,300

MH = Material Handler

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Std. Bucket (cu. yds.) 0.04 0.07 0.08 0.11 0.18 0.18 .21-.59 .24-.59 .32-1.12 .36-1.08 .32-1.12 .55-1.76 .65-1.2 .68-1.9 N/A .72-2.42 .88-2.72 2.03-3.37 2.03-3.37 2.47-5.91

Breakout Force (lbs.) 3,490 4,740 4,520 6,900 9,550 9,190 12,800 12,800 20,200 20,200 25,200 31,923 31,800 36,419 N/A 39,342 51,639 55,500 70,400 68,790

Max. Dig Depth 7’ 3” 7’ 11” 8’ 2” 10’ 3” 12’ 6” 11’ 9” 13’ 7’’ 13’ 9” 18’ 3” 19' 9" 19’ 11” 21’ 20’ 1” 22’ 8” 11’ 11” 23’ 4” 24’ 1” 25’ 4” 21' 4" 27’ 7”

Max. Reach at Ground Level 10’ 8” 12’ 4” 14’ 10” 14’ 11” 17’ 16’ 8” 20’ 7’’ 22’ 9” 26’ 10” 28’ 3” 30’ 4” 31’ 11” 30’ 1” 33’ 2” 16’ 5” 34’ 5” 36’ 38’ 6” 34' 7" 42’ 11”

The Volvo CE lineup of electric compact excavators grew to three models this year, now including the ECR25 Electric, EC18 Electric and ECR18 Electric short-swing. We have a 22-ton electric model in testing, as well. These machines unlock zero-emission opportunities for customers in addition to major cost savings on maintenance because there is no diesel engine. Operators will feel immediate torque from more responsive hydraulics and better jobsite communication with lower machine noise. Model ECR18E EC18 Electric ECR18 Electric EC20E ECR25D ECR25 Electric EC27D EC35D ECR40D ECR50F ECR58F EC60E ECR88D EC140E ECR145E EC160E EC200E EC220E ECR235E EC250E EC250E Hybrid EC300E EC300E Hybrid ECR355E EC350E EC380E EC380E Hybrid EC380E HR EC480E EC480E HR EC530E EC550E EC750E EC750E HR EC950F EW60E* EWR130E* EWR150E* EW160E* EWR170E* EW180E* EW200E MH* EW220E* EW240E MH*

Gross HP 16 N/A N/A 16 21 N/A 21 25 25 42 48 59 55 121 121 148 154 173 173 225 225 253 253 241 308 308 308 308 381 381 456 456 527 527 603 63 119 141 156 154 175 169 173 173

Operating Weight (lbs.) 3748 4,321 3,891 4,332 5,490-5,737 6,019 6,019 7,782-8,686 8,554-9,833 11,133 12,875 12,700-15,440 18,959-20,944 28,880-35,620 31,770-36,790 36,266-45,592 44,974-54,388 45,350-55,360 52,250-61,440 59,160-62,490 60,040-62,420 67,560-72,570 66,353 - 70,785 75,200-83,800 79,950 - 85,250 81,060 - 92,760 81,810 - 93,510 100,674 - 110,914 102,680 - 112,130 124,186 - 139,078 115,830-119,560 120,000-124,100 161,158 - 165,126 197,042 - 221,408 198,650 - 207,500 11,360-12,900 28,440-31,306 33,951-39,462 35,714-40,124 39,573-42,329 40,124-44,753 48,722-50,376 48,898 57,320

Std. Bucket (cu. yds.) .02-.07 0.2-.07 0.2-.07 .04-.1 .04-.16 .04-.14 .04-.16 .07-.2 .07-.2 0.19 0.19 .09-.35 .1-.44 .33-1.01 .33-1.07 .39-1.26 .36-1.44 .63-1.88 .47-1.88 .73-2.3 .73-2.3 .72-2.69 .72-2.69 1.24-2.69 3.2 3.7 3.7 6,614** 4.5 7,716** 3.14-5 3.14-6 8.5 8 (opt.11)** 5.1-10 .09-.35 .35-.86 0.95 1.02 0.9 1.14 -1.3 --

Breakout Force (lbs.) 2900 2,900 2,900 4,107 4,554 5,020 5,528 7,394 7,394 8,134 9,422 9,720 12,770 21,720 19,200 27,400 29,675 33,500 29,710 37,410 37,410 42,680 42,680 40,240 44,510 44,510 44,510 -51,615 -56,450 56,450 68,120 -76,660 9,730 18,435 24,392 28,325 28,326 30,574 -29,675 --

Max. Dig Max. Reach Depth at Ground Level 8' 0" 13' 6" 8'0" 13'6" 8'0" 13'6" 9' 4" 14' 9’ 9” 15’ 1” 9' 1" 15' 1" 10’ 2” 15’ 4” 12’ 1” 17’ 5” 12' 4" 18’ 8” 12' 4" 20' 2" 12’ 10” 20’ 6” 13’ 1” 20’ 6” 14’ 10” 23’ 7” 19’ 7” 29’ 20’ 2” 29' 10" 21’ 3” 30’ 8” 22' 3" 32' 3" 24’ 1” 33’ 7” 20’ 2” 29’ 5” 23’ 2” 33’ 4” 23' 2" 33' 4" 24’ 1” 34’ 6” 24' 1" 34' 6" 24’ 6” 36’ 8” 24'11" 36'10" 24'3" 36'7" 24'3" 36'7" -75'8"*** 25' 4" 39'10" -92'4" 25' 8" 40' 25' 3" 40' 27' 43'1" -118'1" (opt. 85'4")*** 29' 4" 46' 11’ 9” 20” 9” 16' 7" 24' 4" 18’ 9” 28’ 11” 20’ 5” 31’ 18’ 9” 28’ 11” 20’ 31’ 11” -33' 20' 31' 11" -36' 11"

*Wheeled **Max Tool Weight (lbs.) ***Max Tool Height (ft. in.)


The two new compact mini excavators in the LiuGong line, the 9018F and 9027F ZTS, have been optimized to improve operator comfort within their compact frame, allowing for greater access to small, tight areas. Meanwhile the 909ECR has an advanced hydraulic system to allow operators greater precision and control on the jobsite. Model 9018F 9027F ZTS 9035E ZTS 909E CR 915E 922E 925E 930E 936E 950E

Net HP 17.1 20.4 23.2 59 113 160 175 209 280 378

Operating Weight (lbs.) 4189 6,063 8,510 19,180 35,935 51,522 57,540 71,650 83,335 108,467

Std. Bucket (cu. yds.) 0.06 0.065 0.14 0.37 0.47 1.31 1.5 1.8 2.1 2.9

Breakout Force (lbf.) 3,597 4,496 6,744 14,163 21,784 34,171 40,241 45,636 56,651 59,125

Max. Dig Depth 8' 0" 9' 4" 10' 1" 14' 11" 19' 3" 21' 6" 22' 8" 23' 10" 24' 1" 25' 9"

Max. Reach at Ground Level 13' 3" 15' 7" 17' 3" 23' 3" 28' 3" 31' 7" 33' 3" 34' 4" 35' 9" 38' 9"

F E A R LE S S M O B I L I T Y. POWERED BY INNOVATION. Cramped, high-traffic jobsites create major challenges. All-new -7 Series mini excavators run circles around obstacles to dig, lift and push productivity to the max.

SCAN THE CODE Learn more about new -7 Series mini excavators.

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2022 JCB

Several advancements in JCB’s control systems have made the excavators more comfortable and easier to operate. For example, auto health check allows an operator to quickly verify the machine’s status from inside the cab, reducing downtime and increasing operator comfort. The addition of advanced tool select provides operators the ability to preload attachment hydraulic settings and makes switching between attachments as easy as the push of a button; add a hydraulic coupler and the operator would never need to leave the cab. Net Model HP 131X 74 (55) JZ141 74 (55) 150X 109 (81) JS160 125 (93) 220X 173 (129) 245XR 173 (129) 18Z-1 23.1 (17.2) 19C-1 23.1 (17.2) 19C-1E* Electric (19.8) 35Z-1 24.7 (18.4) 50Z 48.3 (36) 55Z 48.3 (36) 85Z-2 64.4 (48) 86C-2 64.4 (48) 90Z-2 73.8 (55) 100C-2 73.8 (55) Hydradig 110W** 109 (81)

Operating Weight (lbs.) 33,138 (15,031) 35,051 (15,899) 35,649 (16,170) 37,997 (17,235) 51,723 (23,461) 55,742 (25,284) 3,856 (1,749) 4,211 (1,910) 4,193 (1,902) 7,840 (3,556) 10,564 (4,792 ) 11,830 (5,366) 18,298 (8,300) 18,960 (8,600) 18,975 (8,607) 21,495 (9,750) 24,315 (11,029)

Std. Bucket (cu. yds.) 0.89 0.89 0.89 1.19 1.57 1.64 0.05 0.05 0.05 0.19 0.2 0.2 0.32 0.32 0.37 0.37 0.25

Breakout Force (lbs.) 20,794 20,682 23,043 26,100 33,721 33,272 4,047 4,047 4,048 7,284 8,543 9,442 12,837 12,837 12,837 16,231 13,535

Max. Dig Depth 19.11( 6.1) 19.10 (6.0) 19.11 (6.1) 20.7 (6.3) 22.0 (6.7) 21.9 (6.6) 8-0 (2.4) 8.5 (2.6) 8.5 (2.6) 10-6 (3.2) 11.11 (3.6) 12.7 (3.9) 12.2 (3.7) 14.10 (4.3) 15-10 (4.8) 16-8 (5.1) 14.6 (4.4)

Max. Reach at Ground Level 28.7 (8.7) 28.5 (8.6) 28.7 (8.7) 29.9 (9.1) 31.8 (9.7) 32.1 (9.7) 12-6 (3.8) 13-1 (4.0) 13.0 (4.0) 16-6 (5.0) 18.8 (5.7) 19.8 (6.0) 22.6 (6.8) 23.8 (7.2) 24-3 (7.4) 24-5 (7.4) 25.6 (7.8)

*Electric (kWh) **Wheeled


Performance and efficiency are always at the forefront of Yanmar’s design. One of the ways this is achieved is through a combination of balanced pressure and volume in the hydraulic system to give operators optimal breakout force, traction force, power and speed. Yanmar uses a “merged hydraulic circuit” that provides the needed hydraulic flow to run attachments more efficiently. This flow sharing design improves attachment performance and drastically decreases implement cycle time speeds. Model SV08-1D (PVR) ViO17-A (PR) ViO25-6A (PR) ViO25-6A (CR) ViO35-6A (PR) ViO35-6A (CRC) VIO35-6A (PRL) ViO35-6A (CRCL) SV40 (PR) SV40 (CRC) SV40 (PRL6) SV40 (CRCL6) ViO50-6A (PR) ViO50-6A (CRC) VIO50-6A (PRL) VIO50-6A (CRCL) ViO55-6A (PR) ViO55-6A (CRC) ViO55-6A (PRL) VIO55-6A (CRCL) ViO80-1A (CRC) ViO80-1A (CC) SV100-2A (CRC) SV100-2A (CC)

Net HP 10.3 13.5 20.4 20.4 24.4 24.4 24.4 24.4 39 39 39 39 39 39 39 39 47.6 47.6 47.6 47.6 56.9 56.9 72 72

Operating Weight (lbs.) 2,348 3,836 5,919 6,206 7,905 8,214 8,223 8,532 9,206 9,515 9,713 10,066 10,417 10,792 10,770 11,144 11,850 12,247 12,203 12,599 18,136 18,268 21,550 21,660

*Specs shown are without quick coupler

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Std. Bucket (cu. yds.) -

Breakout Force (ft.-lbs.)* 2,360 3,418 4,079 4,079 5,643 5,643 5,643 5,643 7,209 7,209 7,209 7,209 6,497 6,497 6,497 6,497 7,464 7,464 7,464 7,464 11,332 11,332 12,216 12,216

Max. Dig Depth 5'2.6" 7'7" 10'4" 10'4" 11'3.4" 11'3.4" 11'3.4" 11'3.4" 11'10.1" 11'10.1" 11'10.1" 11'10.1" 12'3.2" 12'3.2" 12'3.2" 12'3.2" 13'6.2" 13'6.2" 13'6.2" 13'6.2" 15'4.3" 15'4.3" 15'9.4" 15'9.4"

Max. Reach at Ground Level 8'11.5" 12'2.1" 15'9" 15'9" 17'3.5" 17'3.5" 17'3.5" 17'3.5" 18'0.5" 18'0.5" 18'0.5" 18'0.5" 18'10" 18'10" 18'10" 18'10" 20'2.4" 20'2.4" 20'2.4" 20'2.4" 23'11" 23'11" 24'10" 24'10"


The expanded technology on Komatsu’s newest update to intelligent Machine Control (iMC 2.0) helps make complex grading quicker, easier and more efficient. Two new key production improvements: bucket angle hold control maintains an operator set bucket angle automatically throughout the grading pass, and auto bucket tilt control automatically adjusts a tilt bucket cutting edge to the design surface, then returns it to level at the end of a pass for dumping. Model PC30MR-5 PC35MR-5 PC45MR-5 PC55MR-5 PC78US-11 PC88MR-11 PC130-11 PC138USLC-11 PC170LC-11 a PC170LC-11 b HB215LC-1 PC210LCi-11 PC210LC-11 PC238USLC-11 PC240LC-11 PC290LC-11 PC290LCi-11 HB365LC-3 PC360LC-11 PC360LCi-11 PC390LC-11 PC390LCi-11 PC490LC-11 PC490LC-11 c PC490LCi-11 PC650LC-11 PC650LC-11 SE PC1250LC-11 PC1250SP-11 PC2000-11

Net HP 24.4 24.4 38 38 68 68 97.2 97.2 121 121 148 165 165 165 177 196 196 269 257 257 257 257 359 359 359 436 436 758 758 1046

Operating Weight (lbs.) 6,836 8,324 11,001 11,618 17,814 19,224 28,219 37,547 43,115 38,720 51,745 52,639 52,639 55,660 56,061 71,396 71,396 83,894 80,320 80,320 89,940 89,941 107,945 110,220 107,945 145,284 143,257 272,600 265,900 445,054

Std. Bucket (cu. yds.) .07-.21 .07-.21 .07-.21 .07-.24 .12-.26 .12-.26 .34-1.00 .34-1.00 .48-1.24 .48-1.24 .66-1.57 .66-1.57 .66-1.57 .66-1.57 .76-1.85 .76-2.13 .76-2.13 .89-2.56 .89-2.56 .89-2.56 .89-2.91 .89-2.92 1.47-4.15 1.47-4.15 1.47-4.15 2.05-4.98 2.05-7.5 5.3 - 9.5 6.0 - 10.9 15.7-17.9

Bucket Digging Force (lbs.) 6,631 6,722 7,628 8,774 13,780 13,780 21,000 20,945 27,651 27,651 33,510 33,510 33,510 33,500 38,667 44,533 44,533 44,970 44,970 44,970 44,970 44,971 53,790 53,790 53,790 64,150 70,040 94,800 112,900 140,600

Max. Dig Depth 9’ 1” 11’ 4” 11’ 11” 12’ 4” 15’ 3” 15’ 18'0" 19’ 4” 20’ 6” 19'7" 21’ 9” 21’ 9” 21’ 9” 21’ 9” 24’ 23’ 8” 23’ 8” 26’ 10” 26’ 10” 26’ 7” 26’ 7” 26’ 7” 30’ 2” 30’ 2” 27’ 6” 33’ 7” 23’ 2” 38’ 25’ 11” 30’ 4”

Max. Reach at Ground Level 16’ 1" 18’ 1" 19’ 4" 19’ 11" 22’ 8" 23’ 5" 26'10" 28’ 3" 29’ 9" 28'10" 31’ 10" 31’ 10" 31’ 10" 31’ 10" 34’ 2" 35’ 2" 35’ 2" 38’ 6" 38’ 6" 38’ 6" 38’ 5" 38’ 5" 43’ 3" 43’ 3" 40’ 7" 47’ 4" 37’ 1" 56’ 2" 44’ 10" 50’ 3”

a Heavy spec b Std. spec c Var. gauge


Bobcat Company is continuing to revolutionize the compact equipment industry with the introduction of new electric prototype machines, including the E10e and E17e electric/hydraulic excavators. Equipment owners can achieve zero emissions, lower noise levels and comparable and sometimes better performance to diesel machines with fewer maintenance needs. A ruggedized lithium ion battery allows operators to get a longer run time between daily charge cycles, supplying steady power before recharge is needed. Model E10 E20 E26 E32 E35 E42 E50 E60 E88 E145 E165

Net HP 9.9 13.3 23.7 24.1 24.1 42 49 55 65 115 131

Operating Std. Bucket Weight (lbs.) (cu. ft.)* 2,593 0.3-1.5 4,306 0.5-3.1 6,489 1.3-7.1 7,340 1.6-7.1 7,699 1.6-7.1 9,830 1.6- 8.6 11,357 2.1-8.6 12,315 18,977 5.6-15.5 34,987 11.3-37.5 38,376


Breakout Force (lbs.) 1,865 4,684 5,652 7,284 7,284 9,601 9,511 10,261 15,130 21,471 25,794

Max. Dig Depth 6’ 8.5' 9.5' 10.2' 10.2' 10.4' 11.4' 13.1" 15.5' 19.6' 20"

Max. Reach at Ground Level 10.2' 14' 16' 16.3' 17.2' 17.3' 19.4' 20.5" 23.6' 27.9' 28.8"

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Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas offers a wide range of machines from large excavators and wheel loaders to compact excavators. They are ideal when grading and excavating various sized areas. The new A-Series machines are well equipped with many standard comfort features such as air ride seats, large touchscreen displays and Bluetooth hands-free calling.

There are several design enhancements across Kato's lineup, especially the new V5 range of zero tailswing compact excavators. The biggest ease of use improvement is the relocation of various controls onto the joystick. All of the machines now have the two-speed travel and auxiliary hydraulic controls in the operator’s hand, reducing fatigue on the jobsite. Model 9VXB- Battery 9VXE- Electric** 17VXE-Electric** 17VXB-Battery HD17V5*** HD25V5*** HD30V5*** HD35V5*** HD35N4 HD50V5**** HD55N4 HD60V5*** HD85V5*** HD512LC-7 HD514MR-7 HD823MR-7

Net HP 48 volt 5 hp 15 72 volt 14 24 23 23 23 44 64 44 58 105 105 172

Operating Weight (lbs.) 2,375 2,060 3,583 4,215 4,261 5,938 7,084 8,082 7,979 10,830 12,447 12,351 19,595 28,429 31,085 54,050

*Baldor elecric motor **Rueland electric motor

Std. Bucket (cu. yds.) 0.03 0.03 0.06 0.06 0.06 0.12 0.12 0.14 0.14 0.17 0.26 0.17 0.32 1 1 1.5

Breakout Force (lbs.) 2,360 2,360 4,842 5,447 4,842 5,698 7,065 7,688 7,668 9,554 12,071 10,565 14,730 22,031 22,031 35,745

Max. Dig Depth 5’ 2” 5'2 7’2" 7’2" 7' 2" 8’ 9’ 9" 10' 11" 10' 4" 12' 7" 12’ 8” 13’ 3” 14' 2" 18' 4" 18' 2" 21' 1"

Max. Reach at Grade Level 9’ 9” 9'9" 12’ 4” 12’ 4” 12’ 6” 15’ 16' 11" 18’ 16’ 6” 20' 4" 20’ 1” 21’ 1” 23’ 4” 27' 3" 27' 9" 32' 7"

***New model version ****New size machine


Mecalac is known for designing and manufacturing tracked and wheeled excavators that redefine productivity and versatility on the jobsite: essentially, machines that can perform the job of excavator, compact loader, and material handler in one compact package, all without compromising performance. New for 2022, Mecalac is offering a fullyintegrated tilt-rotator system that will offer contractors incredible flexibility in positioning and manipulating attachments at the end of the arm.

Model 6MCR 8MCR 10MCR 15MC 7MWR* 9MWR* 11MWR* 15MWR* 12 MTX*

Net HP 74.3 74.3 74.3 134 74.3 74.3 74.3 134 114

Operating Weight (lbs.) 12,600-13,500 15,900-16,810 20,700-22,000 32,584-34,017 15,300-16,071 17,400-18,832 22,050-23,880 31,345-34,079 21.384

Std. Bucket (cu. yds.) .10-.64 .10-.69 .10-.98 .12-1.31 .10-.71 .10-.75 .10-1.07 .12-1.31 .10-.98

Breakout Force (lbf.) 9.100 11.460 14.600 18.370 9.100 11.460 14.600 18.370 13.820

Max. Dig Depth 11' 1" 12’ 1’’ 13’ 1’’ 16’ 4’’ 9'11''-10’ 10’’ 11’ 6’’ 12’ 6’’ 14' 11"-15’ 9’’ 13' 4"

Max. Reach at Ground Level 21'0 22’ 1’’ 24’ 7’’ 28’ 10’’ 20'5''-25’ 5’’ 22’ 24’ 7’’ 28' 7"-28’ 10’’ 23' 4"



XCMG excavators are flexible enough to cope with a variety of working conditions and types of work, including oil field, urban construction, irrigation and water conservancy and rapid repair. The size of the machine complies with road regulations and transportation requirements. Model XE18U XE27U XE35U XE55U XE80U XE155UCR XE225U XE250U XE300U XE360U

Net HP 15.8 20.7 24.4 41.2 73.2 121 173 194.5 232 338

Operating Weight (lbs.) 3,968 6,129 9,259 12,566 20,944 36,596 51,809 60,186 71,650 87,303

Std. Bucket (cu. ft.)* 0.05 0.08 0.16 0.21 0.46 0.85 1.57 1.57 2.1 2.2

Breakout Force (lbs.) 3,597 5,171 6,430 10,004 14,388 24,055 33,497 39,566 49908 60249

Max. Dig Depth 7' 6" 9' 2" 10' 11' 11" 13' 1" 18' 2" 21' 11" 22' 10" 23' 3" 24' 4"

Max. Reach at Ground Level 12'7" N/A 17' 1" 19' 7" N/A 26' 9" 32' 1" 33' 1" 34' 12" 36' 2"

Model R17Z-9A R25Z-9AK R30Z-9AK R35Z-9A R55-9A R60CR-9A R80CR-9A HX85-A HX130A LCR HX140A L HX145A LCR HX160A L HX180A L HX210A L HX220A L HX220A HW HX220A LR HX235A LCR HX260A L HX260A HW HX300A L HX300A HW HX300A LR HX350A L HX350A HW HX380A L HX480A L HX520A L HX900 R55W-9A** HW140A** HW160A** HW170A LCR** HW210A** *Canopy/Cab

Net HP 15.8 23.2 23.2 23.7 65.1 63 65.1 65.1 74 131 131 151 152 170 170 170 170 170 232 232 255 255 255 270 270 359 395 395 615 65.1 170 170 170 173 **Wheeled

Operating Weight (lbs.) 3,920 5,640/5,690* 6,380/6,625* 7,800/8,470* 12,570 13,450 19,290 20,608 29,640 33,580 34,020 41,390 43,610 50,460 51,500 54,540 54,720 54,140 58,860 65,760 70,151 76,980 72,910 77,184 83,950 88,053 112,520 120,704 206,570 12,240 35,053 38,910 44,181 46,690

Breakout Force (lbs.) 3,490 4,740 4,520 6,900 9,550 9,190 12,570 15,338 24,029a 25111a 25,133a 30,865a 30,865a 37100a 37100a 37,100a 18,740 37,100a 43,560a 43,560a 46,910a 46,910a 18,080 52,910a 52,910a 56,040a 60850a 68,780a 93,564a 9,546 25240a 28200a 28150a 36860a

Max. Dig Depth 7’ 2” 7’ 11” 8’ 2” 10’ 3” 12’ 6” 11’ 9” 13’ 7” 15' 3'' 18' 6'' 19' 9'' 19' 6'' 19' 9'' 19' 9'' 21' 9'' 22’ 1” 21’ 6” 38’ 7” 22’ 23’ 21' 9" 24’ 3” 23’ 3” 48’ 7” 24’ 2” 23’ 4” 24’ 8” 25’ 6” 25’ 31’ 6" 11’ 6” 16' 9'' 18' 5'' 17' 10'' 21' 1''

Max. Reach at Ground Level 12’ 7” 14’ 8” 15’ 3” 17’ 5” 20’ 2” 20’ 2” 22’ 10” 23' 11'' 26' 8'' 28' 4'' 28' 4'' 29' 1'' 29' 1'' 32' 8'' 32’ 9” 32’ 9” 50’ 32’ 6” 34’ 34’ 35’ 6” 35’ 5” 60’ 9” 36’ 7” 36’ 7” 36’ 7” 39’ 6” 39’ 6” 48’ 1” 20’ 2” 26' 6'' 28' 3'' 28' 8'' 32' 1''

a = Powerboost


Wacker Neuson’s newest excavators feature a standard hydraulic quick coupler with our Easy Lock system that makes changing buckets and attachments safe and simple, right from the operator’s seat. The programmable auxiliary flow settings on the full color display allows the operator to preset their attachments. Icons for each attachment can be assigned different flow rates and characteristics. Just change the attachment, select the attachment icon and continue working. Model 803 Dual power EZ17 ET20 EZ26 EZ36 ET42 EZ50 ET58 ET65 ET90 (mono boom) ET90 (triple boom (optional) EW65 (triple boom)* EW100 (triple boom)* ET145

Net HP 15.4 17.2 17.2 20.4 24.5 43.6 43.6 44.8 56.4 69.2 69.2 56.4 74.3 73.8

Operating Weight (lbs.) 2,392 3,637 4,420 6,008 8,303 9,345 11,109 11,562 14,055 19,202 19,614 16,928 22,027 33,489

* Wheeled

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Std. Bucket (cu. yds.) 0.05 0.09 0.1 0.14 0.24 0.24 0.37 0.37 0.65 0.80 0.80 0.95 0.95 1.2 1.2 1.2 0.68 1.05 1.41 1.41 1.66 1.66 0.68 1.88 1.88 2.12 3.41 3.41 5.6 0.24 0.80 1.11 0.80 1.05

Std. Bucket (cu. yds.) .01-.03 .03-.07 .03-.07 .07-.25 .07-.25 .14-.20 .14-.20 .14-.20 .11-.36 .13-.48 .13-.48 .11-.36 .13-.48 .33-1.05

Breakout Force (lbs.) 2,021 4,609 4,226 5,058 7,868 6,722 7,014 6,474 11,398 16,591 16,591 11,398 12,162 20,458

Max. Dig Depth 5’ 9” 8’ 2” 8’ 10” 9’ 11’ 6” 11’ 6” 12' 13' 1" 13’ 6” 15’ 2” 15'4" 12'9" 13'11" 18’

Max. Reach at Ground Level 9’ 11” 13’ 2” 13’ 10” 15’ 4” 18’ 6” 18' 3 19' 6" 20' 2" 21’ 24’ 7” 25'5" 22' 25'11" 28’


When digging is on your to-do list, Wacker Neuson is ready for action. From excavators with best-in-class breakout force to powerful skid steers and compact track loaders, and even a ground-engaging telehandler, we have the equipment you need to really dig into the task at hand.

Looking for ground-breaking solutions? Contact your local dealer today.


KOBELCO offers a full line of excavators to meet every challenge. In 2022, the newest Generation machines in the Mini, SR and Conventional family have been engineered to provide greater engine efficiency and productivity, plus operator controls and comforts. KOBELCO excavators are built to bring together superior performance and thoughtful design to help get the job done. Model SK17SR-6E SK25SR-6E SK30SR-6E SK35SR-6E SK45SRX-7 SK55SRX-7 SK75SR-7 SK75SR-7 Offset Boom SK85CS-7 SK130LC-11 SK140SRLC-7 SK140SRLC-7 Offset Boom ED160BR-7 Blade Runner SK170LC-11 SK210LC-11 SK210HLC-10 Hybrid SK230SRLC-5 SK260LC-11 SK270SRLC-5 SK300LC-11 SK350LC-11 SK390LC-10 SK500LC-10 SK850LC-10 SK210LC-10 High & Wide SK260LC-10 High & Wide SK300LC-10 High & Wide SK500LC-10 High & Wide SK500LC-10 Mass SK210LC-10 Long Reach SK260LC-10 Long Reach SK300LC-10 Long Reach

Net HP 14.5 19.7 23.1 23.1 37 37 70 70 70 96 105 105 105 123 160 160 160 178 160 265 265 270 369 510 160 178 252 369 369 160 178 252

Operating Weight (lbs.) 3,681 5,644 7,320 8,555 10,648 12,147 18,700 19,555 20,100 32,800 32,800 33,700 37,000 39,500 50,000 52,500 56,400 59,300 60,000 69,200 81,300 83,600 114,000 185,700 56,700 63,100 73,600 124,800 118,000 52,200 62,000 77,473

Std. Bucket (cu. yds.) 0.065 0.105 0.118 0.14 0.14 0.16 0.14 - 0.46 0.14 - 0.46 0.14 - 0.37 0.30 - 0.88 0.30 - 0.88 0.30 - 0.88 0.30 - 0.88 0.6 - 1.0 0.63 - 1.80 0.63 - 1.80 0.63 - 1.80 0.875 - 2.25 0.63 - 1.80 0.75 - 1.875 0.875 - 2.75 0.875 - 2.75 1.50 - 4.26 1.78 - 8.50 0.63 - 1.80 0.875 - 2.25 0.875 - 1.875 1.50 - 4.26 5.0 - 6.0 0.60 0.60 0.62

Breakout Force (lbs.) 3,417 5,203 6,230 6,250 6,992 11,128 15,900 15,900 15,900 24,818.9 24,800 20,900 24,800 28,300 35,300 35,300 29,700 42,000 35,300 46,760 54,900 56,200 65,600 90,598 35,300 42,000 46,800 65,600 68,600 19,783 20,500 22,700

Max. Dig Depth 7' 3" 9' 2" 9' 2" 11' 11' 3" 12' 9" 15' 14' 1" 14' 7" 19' 7" 19' 7" 17' 2" 19' 21' 4" 22' 22' 21' 7" 23' 21' 9" 23' 7" 24' 1" 23' 1" 25' 7" 31' 10" 20' 10" 21' 10" 22' 7" 24' 6" 21' 3" 39' 5" 48' 4" 48' 10"

Max. Reach at Ground Level 12' 3" 15' 3" 16' 6" 18' 6" 18' 8" 20' 22' 2" 20' 10" 24' 1" 28' 3" 28' 5" 25' 9" 28' 3" 30' 7" 31' 11" 31' 11" 31' 3" 35' 6" 31' 9" 35' 8" 36' 11" 36' 1" 38' 10" 46' 11" 31' 8" 30' 9" 34' 10" 38' 7" 34' 11" 51' 7" 60' 6" 62' 9"


Recent power source development has allowed Sunward’s already powerful mini-excavator line to go above and beyond expectations, and the company offers several models suited for North America. Model SWE18UF SWE25UF SWE35UF SWE60UF SWE90UF SWE155F SWE215F SWE365F

Net HP 18 20 24.8 49 62 121 173 338

Operating Weight (lbs.) 4145 5842 8490 12723 18522 33510 48061 78400

Std. Bucket (cu. yds.) 0.0515 0.104 0.1436 0.3401 0.3401 0.7971 1.3071 1.9606

Breakout Force (lbs.) 5103 5400 7100 10566 14275 22480 34845 56202

Max. Dig Depth 7'3" 9'4" 10'3" 12'2" 14'11" 18'2" 22'2" 24'6"

Max. Reach at Ground Level 12'11" 15'8" 17'8" 18' 23'10" 27'6" 32'7" 37'2"

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Hitachi recently debuted its factory-integrated Solution Linkage 2D and 3D Grade Control for select excavators. This allows an operator to set a grade and hold it without the risk of over digging. Essentially, the machine controls the boom and bucket while the operator handles the arm. This helps the operator and reduces the need for multiple passes to achieve the correct grade. Model ZX26U-5N ZX30U-5N ZX35U-5N ZX50U-5N ZX60USB-5N ZX210LC-6 HP ZX245USLC-6 HP EX1200-7B EX2000-7B EX2000-7E EX2600-7B EX2600-7E EX3600-7B EX3600-7E EX5600-7B EX5600-7E EX8000-7B EX8000-7E

Net HP* 20 23.3 23.3 36.3 53.1 160 159 760 HP 1,000 818 1,500/1,542 1,153 1,944/2,010 1,609 3,000/3,084 2,306 3,888/4,024 3,218

Operating Weight (lbs.) 5,556 6,680 7,584 10,560 13,382 48,722 55,997 257,951 429,901 421,083 566,588/570,997 22.2 to 25.5 815,710/809,097 28.8 to 31.4 1,210,338/1,219,156 44.5 to 50.4 1,856,292/1,851,883 56.2 to 68

*Horsepower and force measured per ISO

Std. Bucket (cu. yds.) 0.1 0.12 0.14 0.21 0.31 1.05 1.05 6.8 15.7 15.7 22.2 to 25.5 186,591 28.8 to 31.4 236,049 44.5 to 50.4 357,446 56.2 to 68 454,114

Breakout Force (lbs.)* 5,013 6,070 6,092 8,273 9,240 35,520 35,520 108,358 157,631 157,631 186,591 27' 1" 236,049 28' 4" 357,446 28' 11" 454,114 27' 7"

Max. Dig Depth 8' 6" 9' 2" 10' 11' 7" 12' 4" 21' 10" 21' 8" 30' 9" 26' 7" 26' 7" 27' 1" 52' 8" 28' 4" 57' 11" 28' 11" 63' 8" 27' 7" 70' 3"

Max. Reach at Ground Level 15' 2" 16' 17' 1" 19' 7" 20' 5" 32' 6" 33' 2" 49' 3" 48' 9" 48' 9" 52' 8" 57' 11" 63' 8" 70' 3"

NOTE: Shovel configurations can be found in the online spec guide


Kubota announced new additions to its robust excavator lineup this year that answer to the rental or professional customer who requires a compact excavator in the 0–1-ton range. The new excavators are ideal for tight, confined spaces on the job site. With the new K008-5 and U10-5, Kubota now has a broad offering of 13 compact excavator models across the 1-to-8-ton weight classes and features more flexibility among the conventional and minimal tail swing lines. All -5 generation models are solidly engineered and outfitted with more customization to keep customers working efficiently and comfortably. Model K008-5 U10-5 K008-3T4 U17 KX018-4 U27-4 KX71-3S KX033-4 KX033-4a KX033-4c U35-4 U35-4a KX040-4 KX040-4a KX040-4b U48-5 U48-5a U55-5 U55-5a KX057-5 KX057-5a KX080-4S2 KX080-4S2a a With angle blade

Net HP 10.3 10.1 10.1 15.2 15.2 20 24.4 23.9 23.9 23.9 23.9 23.9 40.9 40.9 40.9 40.4 40.4 47.6 47.6 47.6 47.6 62.3 62.3

Operating Weight (lbs.) 2315 2645 2,200 3,703 3,747 5,625 6,305 7,420 7,781 8,221 8,129 8478 9195 9545 9900 10850 11300 12, 250 12725 12350 12820 18,596 19456

b With 6-in-1 blade

Std. Bucket* (cu. ft.) 0.38-0.58 0.42-0.68 0.49- 0.9 0.78 - 1.5 0.78 - 1.5 1. - 3.4 1.9 - 4.25 2.3 - 4.25 2.3 - 4.25 2.3 - 4.25 2.3 - 4.25 2.3 - 4.25 1.9 - 6.6 1.9 - 6.6 1.9 - 6.6 3.0 - 8 3.0 - 8 3.0 - 8 3.0 - 8 3.0 - 8 3.0 - 8 6.5 - 13.5 6.5 - 13.5

c With extendable dipper arm

Bucket Digging Force (lbf.) 1014 lbf 1212 lbf 2,200 lbf 3,417 lbf 3,594 lbf 5,765 lbf 6,350 lbf 8,138 lbf 8,138 lbf 8,138 lbf 7,924 lbf 7,924 lbf 9,535 lbf 9,535 lbf 9,535 lbf 9,304 lbf 9,304 lbf 10,172 lbf 10,172 lbf 10,172 lbf 10,172 lbf 14,660 lbf 14,660 lbf

Max. Dig Depth 5 ft, 8 in. 5 ft, 8 in. 5 ft, 8 in. 7 ft, 8 in. 7 ft, 7 in. 9 ft, 3.6 in. 9 ft, 9 in. 10 ft, 6 in. 10 ft, 6 in. 12 ft, 2 in. 9 ft, 8.9 in. 9 ft, 8.9 in. 11 ft, 2.6 in. 11 ft, 2.6 in. 11 ft, 2.6 in. 10 ft, 8 in. 10 ft, 8 in. 11 ft, 11 in. 11 ft, 11 in. 12 ft, 9 in. 12 ft, 9 in. 15 ft, 1 in. 15 ft, 1 in.

Max. Reach at Ground Level 9 ft, 11 in. 10 ft, 11 in. 9 ft, 11 in. 12 ft, 8.4 in. 12 ft, 9 in. 15 ft, 4 in. 16 ft 16 ft, 10 in. 16 ft, 10 in. 17 ft, 10 in. 16 ft, 11.3 in. 16 ft, 11.3 in. 17 ft, 9 in. 17 ft, 9 in. 17 ft, 9 in. 18 ft, 4 in. 18 ft, 4 in. 19 ft, 7 in. 19 ft, 7in. 20 ft, 1 in. 20 ft, 1 in. 23 ft, 6.3 in. 23 ft, 6.3 in.

AT TACHM E N T S | By Larry Stewart

Hydraulic Hammer Operators Make the Difference in Breaker Production Caterpillar Inc.

Atlas Copco

Get good at finding cracks near the edges of things to set the breaker point on. If the target doesn’t break, reposition at another spot closer to the edge. Atlas Copco


anufacturers offer plenty of instruction for operating their hydraulic breakers, but their intense forces, range of materials broken, work conditions and carrier machines chosen, make production without sacrificing attachment’s life as much finesse as it is science. Any machine built to hit hard enough to break granite boulders will be hard on itself and anything connected to it. Even when they’re used as designed, they create punishing levels of vibration, dust and heat. Your excavator or loader’s hydraulic system is subject to those conditions, too. Tips in the operator’s manual are correct, but the difference between a job well done and misuse that accelerates the selfdestruction of two machines can be a matter of inches.

1. BREAKER POSITIONING Setting the moil point in the middle of a big chunk of concrete or boulder usually invokes the classic breaker double-whammy – it’s not only less

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productive, it’s also harder on the machines. Operators need to look for cracks they can take advantage of, particularly near the edges of objects they’re trying to break. Position the tool at a 90-degree angle to the work surface, lean some of the carrier’s weight on the tool point and hit it with short bursts. If the material breaks, move the tool inward. If the target doesn’t break, reposition the breaker laterally and try another spot closer to the edge. Scoring along an edge can get the job done. After 15-30 seconds of hammering without penetration on one spot, you’re no longer breaking, you’re trying to drill, which is not what breakers are made for. It can generate a lot of dust and heat (there’s a reason recommended breaker grease is rated for 500° F). Burrs around the tool point’s edges will start to mushroom. You can also get damage at the opposite end of the tool, where the piston impacts it. Severe failure risk escalates, which could lead to piston or breaker damage.

2. DON’T FIRE BLANKS Anytime you lift the breaker off the surface to be broken, disengage the hydraulics. It requires a little skill. Hammer operators should hone their sense for the change in vibration and sound when material fractures and their reaction speed quickly getting off the hydraulic system to minimize blank firing or dry firing. Some is inevitable, but firing the hammer when the tool is not pressed onto something to be broken delivers 100% of the piston’s energy to the tool steel, which transfers it into the breaker’s bushing and housing.

3. NO PRYING Prying with a breaker’s tool point can bend or break the tool, and it can misalign the tool steel in its bushing. Sometimes that misalignment is permanent, but even when it’s temporary, the potential for expensive damage to the breaker is great. If the piston doesn’t make solid contact with the head of the tool steel as designed, breaking productivity drops off and lateral forces of the impact can damage the piston and/or the cylinder. That can be the most expensive repair a breaker will ever need. The piston and cylinder are like a hydraulic valve in that wherever they interface, they are close-tolerance, mirror-finished surfaces lubricated by hydraulic oil. Controlled impact at extreme force exceeds the valve metaphor and makes proper alignment crucial when the breaker is working.

4. MATCH HAMMER TO CARRIER Precision tolerances in the breaker’s piston make any kind of contamination a dangerous enemy. The cleanliness imperative demands care when swapping attachments on site. When exchanging a bucket for a breaker, make sure the hydraulic hoses are properly capped to keep dirt and dust out of the fittings. Quickdisconnect couplers are a common cause of unexpected hammer failure. Contaminants that can accumulate in a bare fitting can be, with just a few repeated attachment swaps, enough to damage the breaker and the carrier’s hydraulic seals and valves. Use the attachment change to inspect hydraulic hoses and couplers, and keep a clean rag handy to wipe fittings.

If you’re sharing the breaker between carriers, make sure all the carriers are properly sized for the tool.

5. GREASING IS ESSENTIAL Hydraulic breakers need lots of high-quality grease, typically every two hours, but that can vary depending on operating conditions. Grease’s equally important roles are to reduce friction between the working tool and its bushing and carrying dust and debris out of bushing as it melts down the tool. Breaker makers recommend high-moly grease with a working temperature above 500° F. Molybdenum tends to bond to the bushing and tool steel for persistent lubrication after the oil additives break down. The right amount of grease is just as important as the right type. The two-hour intervals is just a rule of thumb, and it’s not enough for the biggest breakers. There should be enough grease to keep the tool-bushing area filled and to minimize friction. In many applications, you simply cannot supply enough grease by hand to keep a breaker in the 3,000 ft. lb. and larger classes lubricated. That’s where auto-lube systems come into play. Properly-maintained autolube systems will constantly provide shots of grease into breakers. But don’t let them lull you into complacency. The operator should watch for the signs of a properly-lubed hammer, and should manually check the grease cartridge or supply lines from the carrier’s auto-lube every two hours. ET Read more at:

EXCAVATOR ATTACHMENT ROUNDUP Products Loftness Battle Ax Excavator Mulching Attachment

Caterpillar H190 S and H215S Performance Series Hammers

The Battle Ax mulching attachment for 4.5- to 20-ton excavators features a rotor with unique depth gauges to maximize the productivity of both knives and carbide cutting teeth. • Two-stage cutting chamber capable of processing material more thoroughly by cutting material twice • Powerful direct drive with a variable displacement piston motor capable of turning the rotor between 1,600 and 2,500 rpm • Staggered spiral tooth pattern with single-bolt tooth mounting for easily reversing or replacing cutting teeth on the jobsite • Adjustable skid shoes for cutting up to 1.5 in. below grade

The H190 S and H215S fit in the 13,000- and 18,000-ft.-lb. impact energy class and deliver 370 to 530 and 300 to 520 bpm, respectively. • Switchable power mode from high frequency/low power to low frequency/high power to fine tune power to the material being broken • Buffering material dampens vibration feedback to the carrier • H190 S sized for use on 349 through 374 excavators and the larger H215 S is designed for the 374 and 395 • Auto Stop instantly terminates hammering when tool breaks through material, preventing damage to the carrier and hammer

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Oriel Attachments Heavy-duty Excavator Buckets These buckets are built for heavy-duty applications with a main body built using AR 450 wear-resistant steel in all critical areas. • Designed to maximize capacity and reduce drag, extending the life of the bucket • Folded top section gives greater structural strength and allows a greater opening for ease of loading and unloading material • Available in a range of widths and capacities for excavators from 4,500 to 112,000 lbs. • Manufactured to the relevant safety standards with high-strength steels for quality and performance

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Bobcat Grading and Trenching Buckets

Solesbee’s Excavator Stump Puller

Redesigned trenching buckets and new grading buckets are available for Bobcat E26 through E85 compact excavators. • Grading buckets available in 36-, 48- and 60-in. widths and equipped with waffle plates to add extra strength and rigidity to the bottom • Trenching buckets come in 12-, 16-, 18-, 20-, 24-, 30- and 36-in. widths with replaceable cutting edge or toothed versions available • Optimized to fit the standard clamp and optional Pro Clamp System • Easily interchanged using the X-Change attachment mounting system

The excavator Stump Puller ("Stumper") fits 15- to 40-ton excavators and is designed for efficient stump removal and land clearing. • High-strength alloy steel and replaceable wear tips for extended service life • Can increase production by as much as 30% percent • Two shanks cut through roots to enable removal with minimal soil disruption • Shank’s curved design increases breakout force for slicing through tough surfaces when extracting forestry material • Can be paired with the company's excavator thumbs and is compatible with Solesbee’s Quick Coupler

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MB America MB-L 160 Designed for a skid steer or backhoe, the MB-L 160 model offers a production rate up to 25 tons per hour. • Jaw Crusher • Separate concrete from rebar • Adjustable output from 2 to 0.5 in. minus • Crush material from concrete to granite • Weight: 3,000-lbs. • Goes onto a 3.8 ton excavator • Low maintenance

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Werk-Brau PowerGrip Bucket

Epiroc CB 5500 and CB 7500 Concrete Busters

This multi-purpose bucket has 120° of enhanced clamping force that is consistent throughout the jaw's full range of motion. Its design includes an enclosed rotary actuator hinge in a cross-tube. There are no exposed cylinders or other external moving parts. The unit is available in various sizes and widths to fit up to 50,000-lb. machines with customization options available. Two different cutting edges allow the operator to switch between ditching and digging without changing buckets. High-strength steel is used throughout the weldment and hardened, greaseable bushings are utilized at all pivot points. Tapered side plates reduce wear on bucket sides and allow easier dumping. A variety of tooth options or bolt-on cutting edge are available.

The CB Concrete Busters have wide jaw openings and high cracking forces suited for demolishing thick foundation walls and cracking girders and heavy concrete at extreme heights. • CB 5500 and CB 7500 suited for carriers in the 50 to 85 tons weight class and for use with high reach or long front carriers. • Two powerful hydraulic cylinders deliver virtually continuous closing force • Offer cracking forces of up to 190 tons depending on the model • Two moving jaws with cutting blades • 360° endless hydraulic rotation

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ROAD B U I L D I N G | By Kevin Harvill The diamond grinding operation. Courtesy Kevin Harvill, City of Baytown, TX

CASE STUDY: How Concrete Pavement

Preservation Saved $10 Million in Road Repairs C

oncrete roads are durable and long-lasting, requiring only targeted rehabilitation and diamond grinding every 25 years or so. With repairs on concrete roads being performed infrequently, however, cities may face a learning curve when it comes to understanding the available repair tools. When the City of Baytown, Texas, faced ride-quality issues on its North Main Street in 2015, the Public Works and Engineering Department needed to find a cost-effective repair strategy that would perform well, considering the unique properties of the street’s pavement. By working with educational institutions and industry experts, the department identified challenges and came up with a solution that resulted in a project that was

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dramatically lower in cost—by 80%—than initial estimates. North Main Street is a concrete road that was installed in the 1980s. It serves as a major right-of-way in the Houstonarea City of Baytown, with two lanes in each direction, as well as a turn lane. It’s also a truck route that serves nearby industrial areas. The aggregate used in the original construction was river rock, an exceptionally hard material. Measurements from hardness tests on the North Main Street aggregates were an 8 on the Mohs scale of mineral hardness (diamonds measure at 10). Some of the ride-quality issues that had developed on the roadway were due to the wearing away of the cement paste layer and consequent exposure of the rock.

On the section of street in need of repair, located between Baker Road to the north and State Highway 146 to the south, pavement condition index (PCI) measurements averaged 43, with four sections being in the low 20s to mid-30s. The PCI scale is based on a 100-point range, with 0 representing the worst conditions and 100 representing the best. Reconstruction was considered, but with an estimated cost of $12-13 million, the city didn’t have adequate funding for a project of that scope. Through word of mouth, the Public Works and Engineering Department learned that concrete pavement preservation (CPP) was an option.

MEETING WITH EXPERTS Because the City of Baytown had no experience with a CPP

program, one of the first steps was to meet with experts to learn more. The Public Works and Engineering Department consulted with states who had experience with CPP, including Minnesota and Kansas.


A photo of one of the manholes reset followed by diamond grinding.

Full-depth repairs of the concrete road. Courtesy Kevin Harvill, City of Baytown, TX

contractor based in Faribault, Minn. who performs work nationwide) was selected to perform the CPP, that company also became involved at an early stage, with project manager Nathan Sirek visiting the city

and consulting with department officials prior to the start of work. Together with Interstate Improvement and with the IGGA, the city identified the proper repair procedures for individual distressed areas.

THE WORK DONE Construction began in 2020 and was completed in spring 2021. The City of Baytown replaced approximately 20% of the road surface on the North Main Street section, with work including: ˜ Full-depth panel replacement ˜ Approximately 47,000 sq. yds. of diamond grinding, at 1/8 to 1/4 in. ˜ Dowel-bar retrofit (using 300 dowel bars) for transverse cracks ˜ Cross-stitching (using 2,500 deformed rebars) for longitudinal cracks and joints ˜ Replacement and resetting of manholes ˜ Crack repair and sealing The project was a success by all measures. Cost savings were enormous, with CPP treatments being completed for $2.2 million—less than 20% of the cost of reconstruction—saving the city approximately $10 million. PCI measurements improved to an average of 75-80. Department officials and residents were pleased with the rideability of the finished road surface. In the upcoming 2022 construction season, the City of Baytown expects to continue its successes with CPP. Work will be performed on several residential streets, with approximately 1,200 dowel bars being placed to repair transverse cracks and 3,500 dowel bars used to crossstitch longitudinal cracks and joints. The city will optimize its return-on-investment by ensuring that involved personnel receives the proper training and by selecting future projects using lessons learned on the North Main Street project. For example, considering the hard aggregates used on many of the city’s concrete streets, project sizes will be limited due to the fact that grinding goes more slowly on hard surfaces. Projects will also be timed to occur when PCI scores are in the 50s-70s, thereby controlling the scope of repairs needed and keeping the project in line with pavement

Courtesy Kevin Harvill, City of Baytown, TX

The Public Works team took online training classes through Iowa State University, whose National Concrete Pavement Technology Center (CP Tech Center) offers courses delivered via webinar, video and other channels (cptechcenter. org/webinars-and-videos). The department also worked with the International Grooving & Grinding Association (IGGA), a trade association that serves as a technical resource for pavement preservation and restoration. The relationships the department formed were maintained throughout the North Main Street project and guided the CPP process from its earliest phases through to project completion. During project planning, IGGA experts and Baytown officials conducted an in-person inspection of the roadway, confirming that the pavement showed adequate structural integrity and was a good candidate for CPP. They then worked together to develop specifications, gleaning insights from the states with detailed specifications already in place, and collaborated during the contractor search and bidding processes. When Interstate Improvement (a highway

WHAT IS CONCRETE PAVEMENT PRESERVATION? Unlike overlays, CPP fixes underlying sources of pavement distress. It consists of targeted treatments such as full- or partial-depth panel replacement, dowel bar retrofit, cross-stitching, crack repairs, and more. By addressing problems at their source, CPP prevents ongoing deterioration, reducing the need for more costly repairs in the future. Pavement condition after CPP is close to or better than that of the original.

Cost savings were enormous, with CPP treatments being completed for $2.2 million— less than 20% of the cost of reconstruction— saving the city approximately $10 million.

preservation (as opposed to full roads in good structural condireconstruction). Streets targettion and ensures durability for ed for CPP will ideally require decades to come. For cities look10% or less in panel replaceing to stretch their budgets, ments and panel settlement will achieve sustainability benchbe corrected with panel lifting marks, and have high-quality prior to grinding. When deterroads, CPP is a wise approach. ET mining the number of panels needing replacement, crews will Kevin Harvill is the assistant perform surveys by walking the director for the Public Works and project, since exposed aggregates Engineering Department of the can make cracks difficult to see. City of Baytown, Texas. Finally, while the North Main Street project conducted some Read more at: half-lane repairs to save time and money, in the future, wider repairs will be performed because they impart greater consistency to the finished surface. Project scheduling is also critical to success. Dowel bar retrofit should begin at least a week before grinding is scheduled but it’s equally important to have grinding We’re proud that Dominion Rubber Tracks are the work completed in a timely manner, to maintain good ride quality for the public. CPP provides a cost-effective repair option for concrete streets while returning the pavement surface to a like-new condition and DEPPARTS.COM 800-365-7260 improving ride quality. It keeps


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onditions are pushing asphalt paving contractors to adopt automation widely in order to meet federal mandates, cope with a labor shortage and complete the volume of work that will come as a result of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). The IIJA increases the national investment by 55% over and above the 2015 Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act baseline, and the National Asphalt Pavement Association projects that each state will receive more than $1 billion total in Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) funding to repair and improve roads and bridges. Within the IIJA is the Surface Transportation Reauthorization Act of 2021, that allocates a record amount of highway and bridge funding. These dollars will be heavily loaded toward repair of existing assets, making blacktopping and resurfacing core disciplines that will be in demand. The IIJA also includes verbiage that makes clear work


performed under the bill should use advanced construction technologies: “The Secretary shall establish and implement a program under the technology and innovation deployment program established under paragraph (1) to promote, implement, deploy, demonstrate, showcase, support, and document the application of advanced digital construction management systems, practices, performance, and benefits … The goals of the accelerated implementation and deployment of advanced digital construction management systems program established under subparagraph (A) shall include-(i) accelerated State adoption of advanced digital construction management systems applied throughout the construction lifecycle (including through the design and engineering, construction, and operations phases) that-(I) maximize interoperability with other systems, products, tools, or applications; (II) boost productivity; (III) manage complexity;


(IV) reduce project delays and cost overruns; and (V) enhance safety and quality;” Even before passage of the IIJA though, longstanding guidance from the FHWA advocated for the use of automated screed control whenever possible on thin hot-mix asphalt overlay. Recent requests for proposals for highway projects at all levels of government are increasingly also mandating use of pavers with automatic screed controls and sensors on both sides of the paver. The controls, according to some of these mandates, should sense the grade from an outside reference line, sensing the transverse slope of the screen and provide automatic signals that operate the screed to maintain the desired grade and transvers slope within plus or minus 0.1%. What this means is that 2D automated screed control is almost a no-brainer, as each time you adjust the screed manually, it takes several paver lengths to get to the new level. And the

operator may not get it right at first, and some titration up and down causes waves in the pavement, which in turn results in expensive grinding and rework. 2D screed control on asphalt pavers has become commoditized, and in order to differentiate themselves, paving contractors may need to adopt even more advanced technology that limits waste and reduces labor requirements as inputs are constrained and rising in cost. Asphalt binder costs have increased 100% between 2020 and 2021, even before the current embargo of Russian oil sent crude prices well over $100 per barrel. A 2021 U.S. Chamber of Commerce study found that 88% of contractors are facing a labor shortage, forcing them to pull back from projects they otherwise would accept.

3D PAVING AUTOMATION IS THE ANSWER 3D stringless paving is one way asphalt contractors are going one better than their field of competitors, while cutting

costs and shaving days off the project timeline. 3D paving is now reliable and mainstream, with the technology having been proven in earthworks and then seeing early adoption on highvalue paving projects in the early 2000s. In a 3D paving environment, an array of total stations typically lock onto receivers on 3D paving-equipped machines—pavers, rollers and milling machine— through a prism mounted on each machine. 3D paving controls on each machine contain a digital model of the job, enabling the equipment to deliver on the model automatically, including slope, crossfall and even compaction density. The trailing gate of the paver is also typically sensored, automating as-built inspection and reporting. “2D grade control is now relatively common,” Trimble General Manager of Civil and Specialty Solutions Kevin Garcia said. “Asphalt paving contractors come to us now to learn about 3D … there is a big

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differentiator between 3D and things past. With 3D, we are talking about variable depth paving, and it can very quickly change the depth of the pavement and conceivably the cross slope if needed, if you are going into a superelevated curve. It does not require paint markings on the ground and is taking the human error of that process out.” 3D paving will become the standard on large or high-value paving projects, according to Flores Automation and Machine Control Vice President Jason Hogue. “We see it now on big and small projects, just depending on the application,” Hogue said. “Some airports have asphalt 6 inches deep—so in that setting, square footage may not be that great, but accuracy is everything in the world. We are also seeing 3D paving mentioned in RFIs. I have taken calls from a number of DOTs about specifications of our accuracy—some states are thinking about stating these in their state standard provisions. We have already seen

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this done in a couple projects in Minnesota, but they are only the first. There will be more.”

3D PAVER OPTIONS Paving contractors have a few options when it comes time to outfit their paving, compaction and milling equipment for 3D paving. Topcon Positioning Systems has a line of 3D automation tools that can be moved from one machine to the other. Their Millimeter GPS GNSS technology, combined with a land-based laser and the PZS MC compact sensor on the paver toe arm, provide vertical accuracy within a few millimeters. The Topcon 3D-MC machine control unit attaches to pavers, compactors and other equipment and the 3D-MC Milling system to millers for grinding or cold planing. Topcon’s C53 System intelligent compaction system captures stiffness, temperature and pass count. When using multiple pavers, millers and compactors on a site, the units connect to the Sitelink 3D product, which

captures cumulative pass count data on all rollers on the project to streamline the workflow and ensure multiple operators do not inadvertently over-compact. The Trimble Roadworks 3D Paving Platform, meanwhile, combines automated 3D screen control accessed through the Trimble TD520 Display and PCS900 3D with the Trimble SPS930 Total Station. Trimble Roadworks transfers 3D designs from the office to the machine via the cloud so the operator is always using the latest design. Trimble Hot Spot automatically transfers control from one total station to another, preventing stops as a paving line moves along the linear project. Productivity data collected from the machine is automatically synced back to the office. Paving and compaction machine performance data can be seamlessly transferred to front office applications with the SNM941 Connected Site Gateway, passing on design updates, GNSS corrections, production reporting and enabling in-field support.

Leica Geosystems originated 3D mobile control for paving in 1999, and goes to market in North America through Flores Automation & Machine Control, (FAMC), which maintains a sales and technician network nationwide. The Leica MCP80 machine control panel pairs with a Leica MDS docking station that stays with the machine and retains all machine-specific performance data. So even if the MCP80 is moved from one machine to another, the data for the specific machine remains segregated for later analysis, reporting and decision support. All 3D machine control software solutions are compatible with the MCP80 panel, which serves as the universal interface across all 3D machine control applications, making it interchangeable between any heavy construction machinery. Machine-specific data such as calibration values and hydraulic parameters are stored in the docking station. In this way, the panel can be used on any other machine without the risk of losing machine data even as the MCP80 is moved from one machine to the other. This also means operators need to be trained only on one interface. Availability of the hardware for 3D paving seems to be fairly good, despite current supply chain challenges. “I make sure we are ordering a quarter to a quarter-and-a-half ahead to make sure we are ready to meet demand,” Hogue said. “If someone calls right now and wants 200 units, which might be a challenge, but for most orders, we can fulfill them and schedule installation for one or two weeks out.” “Prior to the problems we are seeing now, lead time to delivery was five to 10 days,” Garcia said. Now it is in weeks or longer—a lot of people are placing orders to get in line. Fortunately, most components are ready, so install could be 80% complete and then just wait for final hard-to-find components. And our biggest challenge has not been chips, radios or displays, but connector ends—the simple connector at the end of a cable.”

LOWER COST, HIGHER QUALITY What 3D paving does, and why it’s appealing to both contractors and project owners like


federal and state governments, is enable a paving contractor to increase quality, increase margin, lower cost and shorten the timeline simultaneously. “Most of the time, the hourly rate of an asphalt paving crew is a shockingly high number,” Garcia said. “Every little hiccup is costing you a lot of money— and it takes a lot of coordination to get the paving train moving at the right pace. That includes the plant loading out the mix at the right rate, the trucks coming at the right intervals and not having to stop and park so the mix cools off or getting segregation.” The goal is to keep the paver moving at a consistent rate as part of a smooth and stable process. “You want to avoid stops as much as possible and changing speeds is nearly always better than stopping,” Garcia said. “The screed floats but a stop lets it sink, driving out the air voids with the weight of the screed. Every time you stop there is a discernable bump in the road. Oftentimes, you will have to come back and grind that bump—bring out the diamond grinder and grind a high spot, particularly if it is next to a low spot. These are incurred costs that you may not have budgeted for and may cause you to exceed your buffer.” The compactor’s job would seem simpler, but also benefits from 3D technology to monitor the number of passes, degree of compaction and temperature of the asphalt. Too little compaction and the asphalt will contain air pockets, which lead to premature erosion. Too much compaction, as can happen when an operator loses track of the number of passes they have completed, leading to the operator completing more than is necessary in order to be thorough, can crush and break down the aggregate in the asphalt. Overcompaction also, according to Garcia, can have a knock-on effect, where the paver pulls further and further ahead of the compactor, which must do its job when asphalt is at the correct temperature. This causes the paver to stop, which again results in uneven spots that must be milled out.

DIFFERENT 3D PAVING STROKES FOR DIFFERENT FOLKS While 3D paving gives the contractor a great deal of control over quality, it also puts them in the driver’s seat when it comes to how they go about bidding and planning the job. And exactly how this control is leveraged depends on a number of things, including how a contractor is incentivized. “It differs depending on whether a contractor is responsible for their own mix,” Hogue said. “If you are the sub purchasing the asphalt, you can use 3D paving to keep the general contractor honest. You have the capability to shoot elevations and grade before you pave— killing any argument on the volume of the job.” “Is this a pay-by-the-ton job or is there a different incentive on this job?” Garcia said. “What sort of technologies do your crews already deploy? And what is the most important thing for your paving crew to achieve when you are on the job site? Do you need to meet the specs of the project, maximize margins on the bid— people tend to act like those things are mutually exclusive, but they don’t have to be. You can still do a really good job and put money back in your pocket if you are deploying things in the right way.” But Garcia stresses that the contractor should consider their own needs, as well as those of the project owner. “Is this a pay-by-the-ton job, and if so, what is the max allowable overrun?” Garcia said. “You want to design for the exact tonnage. You want to maximize pay and not place tonnage you will not get paid for. If you produce your own asphalt, maybe want to maximize tonnage.” Often, exceeding smoothness criteria can bring financial incentives that by themselves can make the technology attractive—over and above other incentives for maintaining the timeline. “On the job site you have huge savings in the timeline, which is important because you cannot go over without paying a huge penalty,” Hogue said. The biggest no brainer is in smoothness. If you

are getting your ride numbers, you are saving time and dollars for not having to grind after the fact. The second no-brainer is yield—keeping that yield below or under budget.”

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4 Ways Mobile Analytics Tools Drive Better Workflows Mobile analytics makes advanced data easily accessible, editable and shareable on virtually any mobile device in real time, regardless of location. risks—all of which leads to profit fade. Among contractors who have become increasingly comfortable with more modern construction data and workflow solutions, many have yet to harness the power of the connected construction software suite, where the combination of a hosted cloud environment and a single source of shared data across the organization can open the door to advanced data capabilities. Chief among these are mobile analytics, which makes advanced data easily accessible, editable and shareable on virtually any mobile device in real time, regardless of one’s location.


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onstruction projects have no shortage of data. From jobsite data collected in the field by wearables, mobile applications and sensors on equipment, to project management, accounting, job progress and HR and payroll data, most contractors are drowning in information. With multitudes of data on hand, many contractors are sitting on an untapped gold mine of information with the potential to find more efficiencies and profit. Yet, because they don’t have the right software and workflow tools to parse and analyze the data in meaningful ways, many contractors are still struggling with consistent rework, project delays, data errors and other

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The ability to access alwaysupdated data on projects means a much more connected construction operation, with data and collaborative communication flowing fluidly between the back office, field and extended project teams. Analytic solutions, mobile technologies and cloud-based software applications can provide a clear, real-time picture of what’s going right and wrong across projects. With more data at their fingertips, contractors can make smarter decisions that lead to stronger profit margins. For contractors unsure about the benefits of mobile analytics, here are four key ways they are improving construction workflows: 1. Instant Access to Data and Reports. In addition to real-time access to data, mobile analytics solutions give users the ability to compare and contrast

data to gain the specific insights they need to better understand their projects and roles. Real-time data and connected project workflows provide project stakeholders with an accurate look at the latest information. Furthermore, data can be viewed in formats relevant to specific end users, from comprehensive reports to simple data comparisons to graphics and dashboards. 2. Democratized, Self-serve Data. Mobile construction analytics tools help democratize data and decision making by expanding access to data across the entire construction organization and making it easy to retrieve and understand. This is especially helpful for empowering teams in the field with the data tools they need to work smarter. Instead of complicated Excel sheet management, consistent calls between field and backoffice teams or drawn-out emails and memos, project teams in the field can visualize project information, tasks and workflows and directly pull the data most relevant to their roles. 3. Stronger Data Security. One of the problems with construction data flowing through many channels and formats is that critical business data is ripe for security breaches. By operating in a connected, hosted cloud environment, today’s mobile construction analytics solutions not only deliver more powerful data insights in easily digestible slices, but the data and subsequent workflows can be securely shared and executed, all backed by the latest data security technologies. Connected cloud construction suites and analytics

solutions standardize and encrypt data while providing stronger permissions capabilities to ensure the right people have access to the right data at the right times. 4. Work Smarter, Saving Time and Money. Access to advanced data analytics helps contractors identify areas for improvement to automate even more processes. For instance, an equipment manager in the field can pull up data on a mobile device to see the average use of the company’s dozer fleet over the past six months and compare it to a sixmonth period from a year ago to view maintenance schedules. Or the manager can use data to set up alerts when certain usage numbers are triggered, without having to manually pull the data from each machine, enter it into a spreadsheet and compare figures.

MOBILE CONSTRUCTION ANALYTICS REQUIRES THE CLOUD Today’s projects require realtime reporting, accurate data, quicker project cycles and other demands that make real-time data a necessity. However, tapping into the value of advanced construction analytics applications can’t be done without connected cloud technologies that power real-time data collection, standardization, access and sharing. Those who haven’t moved to the cloud will soon be outpaced by competitors with updated technology. ET Jenn Said is a freelance writer who covers the construction industry. Read more at:

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ontractors may be realizing the data that underpins their projects and businesses holds real value, but are still aligning their systems, processes and staffing to take advantage of it with analytics, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (machine learning) programs. Attendees at the Advancing Construction Analytics 2022 conference in Denver said they had not moved much further toward a mature analytics program since

the last time they attended the event or previous events that like this one, convened in person. The event focused specifically on data analytics for the construction industry, with topics such as how to get buy-in from workers in the field, how to get started with artificial intelligence and overcoming technical roadblocks and challenges. Other topics included digital twin applications and data verification. Attendees on stage during panels and over appetizers

discussed the challenges of identifying which problems to solve, how to ensure data is structured and well-understood enough for analysis, staffing a data science department and the relative benefits of home-grown skunkworks projects versus packaged software.

GETTING BUY-IN Getting both senior management and front-line workers to buy into analytics programs is one of the first hurdles in implementing programs to leverage


the tremendous amounts of data a construction contracting organization creates on a regular basis. “There is more and more data coming in from the field,” Mortenson Construction Manager of Data Analytics and Insights David Grosshuesch said in a presentation on getting senior management buy-in. “We are still learning what stands out to people—what makes that light bulb go on.” Grosshuesch said contractors should “focus on the business problems that matter—which is harder than it sounds. Grosshuesch said his efforts have benefitted from regular feedback and communications from Mortenson’s senior leadership. They have as a result prioritized hot button issues like safety, internal metrics and competencies, finance and process improvement. In estimating, for instance, they have been able to uncover insights that help estimators test their assumptions about where project elements should be priced.” Sometimes though, buy-in comes after the technology proves itself. One presenter described an experience where a top executive at his company doubted the efficacy of the algorithms behind the AI trial the company was going through. The model proved that it could perform similarly to that same executive in the identification of high-risk projects. “People don’t care how you get to conclusions in analytics projects,” Jones Brothers Construction Chief Information Officer Kevin Tuberville said. “Just find a balance on how much insight people want. And that is often a personal preference rather than something that is role-based.”

audience on the desirability of growing your own analytics applications in-house versus buying a proven, packaged product. Presenters tended to represent construction contractors rather than software vendors, which may explain the preponderance of DIY use cases. But Turner Construction Lean Manager Chris

Davis shared the stage with his vendor, OpenSpace, to lay out the benefits gained from implementing that company’s computer vision and analytics solution. The application combines a 360-degree camera affixed to a hardhat or helmet with analytics and artificial intelligence tools for reporting, and AI tools to compare the images with

the building information modeling (BIM) model, report on work completed and track durations and productivity. “One area we have been able to benefit is in inventory management,” Davis said. “Visual inventory can settle months-old disputes. We had an electrical contractor that owed us 46 lift charging stations.

MAKE VERSUS BUY A number of the contractors presenting were engaged in their own analytics projects, relying on in-house data science teams to construct beta projects. Robert Long, senior consultant at CPAIXCOM, presented on how contractors could construct proof-of-concepts using open source AI applications available for free online. “There are a couple ways to do a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) proof of concept,” Long said in a discussion with ForConstructionPros prior to the event. “You can send them to an underlying open source system to see if that is good enough—at least if their data pipeline is decent and if they have someone in there that wants to learn this. If you have a data scientist on board, he is probably already doing something similar.” Vendors at the event meanwhile had standardized software offerings for construction analytics, adding tension to the make versus buy debate. During one presentation on AI, Newmetrix CEO Josh Kanner presented a question from the

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ABOVE: This Safety Monitoring dashboard from Newmetrix helps safety managers and executives identify up-to-date risk conditions that require attention. A construction-trained AI acts as a “virtual safety manager,” automatically detecting safety hazards on jobsites. TOP LEFT: Attendees of the Advancing Construction Analytics conference in Denver participate in Speed Networking, rotating to a new table to meet new people at the sound of a bell. BOTTOM LEFT: Attendees learn about tartificial intelligence at the conference. Charles Rathmann.

One day, me and the guy helping me do captures went and did captures at this site. As you are walking you can take a picture and field note—detailed photos of lift charging stations. You can see everywhere there are charging stations. On another job, we had too many lifts on the site. We took a snapshot of lifts across the job site to get a detailed, granular picture of

the lifts, who owns them and if there was someone in there and when they would be needed, according to the schedule. Only 33% were in use. We could go back and tell our subcontractors about the quantities and the overall situation. The next day, we had a dozen lifts waiting to be picked up at the loading dock.” In a briefing with ForConstructionPros later that day, Toric CEO Thiago Da Costa suggested there was a natural progression from home-built analytics solutions. “There are different talents required of a contractor once there is packaged software,” Da Costa said. “From my experience, there is always going to be the need for people to take on the initiative internally, and for vendors to take on the technology, as there is a lot to build in common across companies. The buy versus build decision is a common topic in data analytics. At some point, commercial software overtakes internal software and it makes sense. It used to make sense for people to build their own distributed storage system. Now, if you’re not using a cloud storage provider you are wasting money — just save that and spend it on analysis instead.” In order to get to this crossover, where commercial software becomes consistently more desirable than homegrown tools, may come as contractors want to consistently rely on their analytics tools and see the value in always-on support of a product from a vendor. “In construction, contractors are still learning what vendors are providing and what are the right tools for them,” Da Costa said. “It is still a learning curve—some of the internal initiatives we see today started five to six years ago, and will continue to evolve. The difference between internal tools and vendor tools is that internal tools don’t have to work all the time, while vendor tools have to work all the time. That is why venture capitalists are investing so heavily in construction software companies.” ET Read more at:

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TE C H N OLOG Y T R EN D S | By Charles Rathmann

3 EMERGING EQUIPMENT AUTOMATION and Guidance Technologies to Watch For

Sodex Innovations


hile Trimble, Leica and Topcon own much of the market for equipment automation, these startups are offering novel or more affordable technologies that may either push the boundaries of construction equipment autonomy or enlarge the addressable market for equipment automation. As more government infrastructure projects call for construction equipment automation, contractors involved in other types of work are attracted

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to the efficiencies delivered by technology that makes earthmoving and other equipment easier to use, captures production data or increases safety. In some cases, these technologies are fresh off the drawing board, still nailing down distribution in the United States, or are just coming to market. But today and increasingly in the months and years ahead, contractors interested in equipment automation will have more choices with a broader swath of capabilities than they do today.

SODEX EXCAVATOR AUTOMATED MEASUREMENT An Austrian company, Sodex Innovations, came to market in March 2022 with an automated measurement tool targeted at small excavators. The company’s technology automates the surveying, documentation, and billing of excavated material on construction sites through continuous measurement of the three-dimensional terrain. To accomplish this, Sodex combines a camera and laser technology with several sensors to record

and measure the environment in the excavator’s working area, georeferencing all measured points through a GNSS/GPS system to determine their absolute position. This creates a digital record of volume of material removed or inserted in a format that other software applications can use for billing and real-time analysis. The SDX-4DVision is designed as a retrofitting solution that can be directly upgraded to any excavator regardless of brand, size, or age without major conversion work. Contractors can integrate the SDX-4D Vision System with conventional GNSS systems, such as those from Leica Geosystems, to automate production recording and billing. According to Sodex Research and Development Hardware Engineer Markus Haftel, the product is in distribution in Europe but Sodex is looking for distributors in North America, including rental organizations that can retrofit their fleets as a differentiator in the market. “If a distributor already has a fleet of excavators, they can mount our system on it and rent them out,” Haftel said. “It is also possible the distributor can sell our product independently to the fleet owner and mount it into the excavator. But in the rental channel, we anticipate they will be renting the excavator with our system installed. Our current distributors focus on small excavators between 2.5 and 15 tons. Sometimes we can retrofit larger excavators, but our main use case is in landscaping and sometimes in quarries.”


RIGHT: The automation delivered by an excavator equipped with Built Robotics technology helps the robot know what it needs to produce, so the technology enables ingestion of a design, along with GPS coordinates so the excavator can know its position and localize on site. Built Robotics

SMALL BUT GROWING Sodex, founded in 2021, employed about a dozen at the time of ForConstructionPros’ discovery call with them. The firm at that point was primarily focused on formalizing its European distribution through a team of partner organizations and then establishing a foothold in North America. In both geographies, their ideal customer is the same. “We are looking for customers who are medium-sized excavation companies interested in retrofitting their excavators,” Haftel said. Installation, according to Haftel, takes about 10 hours of shop time. “You need not that high a level of skill, but some basic mechanical skills and skills in electronics,” Haftel said. “You have to mount the contour cabinets to ensure everything is connected correctly—not just physical mounting of some sensors.” Many of the new companies in construction equipment automation and technology are venture-funded, which

can make a company vulnerable to investors’ wish for a liquidity event at some point. Sodex benefits from two principals who are invested long term—both of whom have capital from the sale of the Austrian Shpock resale app. Sodex has also received investment from the Austria Wirtschaftsservice (AWS), through the AWS Capital Initiative. This long-term funding should provide Sodex with added stability to scale its operation.

SODEX TECHNOLOGY STACK While technology is coming to market to automate functions of excavator operation, Sodex focuses on data capture, measuring the dimensions of surrounding material around the excavator and detailing the volume of material moved. “Our users get a detailed map afterwords of the surrounding area, including scans by time. The camera can see below grade, and based on the changing dimensions, can calculate the volume of earth moved. The technology can perform a billing calculation based on this data,

based on the volume excavated, along with documentation of the work.” A machine operator would still need to provide documentation on the type of earth moved—gravel, sand, topsoil or other material. But the technology eliminates the need for surveying for invoicing, and harnesses automated data capture on productivity to streamline the billing process further. What Sodex is offering is a licensed software and hardware product, centered around an 800,000-points-per-second laser scanner capable of creating a very detailed and continuous map of the ground surrounded by the excavator. “The worker inside will still dig, and can focus on his or her digging work and not the billing or surveying or other things,” Haftel said. “They don’t have to worry about the documentation of the work.” Currently, the Sodex technology does not communicate with the cloud, connecting instead to a tablet computer in the cab through Bluetooth. “We are developing a cloud

solution so you can have an app and look up the data on the excavator,” Haftel said. “Right now, everything is stored locally and just a fraction will be sent frequently to the connected computer. Not all the data is sent. Our sensors are directly connected to the control cabinet and the tablet is connected by Bluetooth. Features on the product roadmap include additional integrations with third party software that can consume the data and AI tools for differentiating various types of subgrades. In time, more and more data will be exposed and make consumable by external systems dedicated to tracking productivity, including enterprise resource planning (ERP) software.

BUILT ROBOTICS AUTOMATED EXCAVATION Funded by a who’s who of construction venture capitalists, San Francisco-based Built Robotics has aftermarket solutions to automate 15- to 60-ton excavators, and in April secured an additional $64 million in Series C funding in a round lead by Tiger Global. The company

in 2019 announced a partnership with Sunstate Equipment designed to funnel automated light excavators into the rental channel. But in a briefing call with ForConstructionPros in March, Built Robotics Vice President Guarav Kikani suggested equipment in the rental channel seemed a ways off, despite a partnership with a major rental industry player. Instead, the company seems to be pursuing trenching on large infrastructure projects including solar farms. “Today, most of our work is direct with the customers,” Kikani said. “We are working with large contractors who run a lot of equipment and have large fleets. That has been the most expedient way to go to market and to build the operational playbook. As we grow, our partnership with Sunstate Equipment and other equipment rental houses will become a critical part of our strategy to scale.” While eventually automation technology from Built Robotics could be offered by OEMs, the focus into the foreseeable future will be aftermarket installation

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ABOVE: Unicontrol Chief Commercial Officer Ehsanullah Ekhlas said the company is offering a software-centric approach that makes using excavators, wheel loaders and backhoes more intuitive. Unicontrol

due to the long timeframe it takes for equipment already in the field to turn over. The tech will automate both electronically and pilot hydraulic systems. But since electronic controls are standard on more current equipment since about 2018, and since that is the direction the industry is going, installation will get easier and easier going forward. Fueled by venture capital, Built Robotics has built a team of about 35 people in San Francisco and Australia. About a fifth of that staff is devoted to

customer success, indicating a growing ability to ensure customers realize value on an investment in Built Robotics technologies. Another 50% to 60% of the team is software and robotics engineers— creating new features and tools based on feedback from the field. That team will work initially with major engineering, procurement, construction (EPC) contractors and smaller contractors focused on utilities and trenching—anyone, according to Kikani, focused on digging trenches with excavators. “We are also seeing interest in our tech outside of the contractor community,” Kikani said. “Developers are interested in this tech—and we could see more of a mandate for their contractors to use automation like this. But when we think longer term, I see us working directly

with rental companies and OEMs to integrate our automation technologies with equipment.”

BUILT ROBOTICS TECH STACK The company has raised $112 million in venture funding to date, and according to Kikani, this is necessary to fuel the company’s ongoing research and development efforts. This in turn will pay dividends to investors as the technology matures, becoming more useful in redevelopment and urban environments. “First, even if we just do greenfield projects like we are now, that is still a massive market,” Kikani said. “Our focus now is getting the technology out there, into customer hands, and then building that operational playbook. There is a lot of work to be done. We do intend to





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handle more corner cases and urban environments, but for now we are pursuing the safest and more prudent projects. This is not just a science experiment, we have been driving customer value since Day One. So yes, we are doing trenches now, but getting into site-level orchestration of job sites in the future.” The automation delivered by an excavator equipped with Built Robotics technology first of all helps the robot know what it needs to produce, so the technology enables ingestion of a design, along with GPS coordinates so the excavator can know its position and localize on site. A series of sensors collect information on its orientation in space, including tilt and velocity. “The excavator takes all of these data points and uses them to pinpoint the end effector—the tip of the bucket teeth— by knowing exactly where it is digging, comparing it to what it knows about the site,” Kikani said. “It can turn the existing world into the design it has been given.” An edge computing device on the excavator runs the algorithms that direct production, collecting insight from the environment including resistance from the ground and track slip as it goes that results in modified tactics and approaches. Built Robotics also includes camerabased machine vision, used primarily for pedestrian detection. High fidelity radar meanwhile helps the excavator avoid buried infrastructure. Roadmap items include capabilities for backfill and compaction and loading trucks, which has been a challenge for researchers working to help an automated wheel loader identify the truck where material is to be deposited, resulting in efforts to teach the machine learning algorithm using videos of scale models. “There are some sophisticated, yet reliable, ways to do that,” Kikani said. “I would argue one of the harder things to do is not recognizing the hopper but to see the material to scoop. Spoil piles change as you move them. That requires a lot of sophistication.” Also on the roadmap, according to Kikani, are capabilities for pile driving— in demand due to the construction of solar power infrastructure, and grading.

MOVING TOWARD COMMERCIALIZATION While still addressing specific and repetitive use cases, Built Robotics is securing sales and shipping product. They will not disclose unit numbers sold but are according to Kikani finding some commercial success. And at the time of Kikani’s debriefing call with ForConstructionPros in March, hardware was available and installations were scheduling about a week out. “Last year was huge in that we did ship a lot more units and handed them off to customers,” Kikani said. “Now, it is about getting more numbers out there.”


To help the company scale from a sales perspective, and to streamline installations, Built Robotics is assembling a channel and service partnerships. “Installation, if it is customer owned, takes one to two hours to do the hardware and another hour to do calibration,” Kikani said. “Today, Built Robotics does the installation. Over time, we will provide training and certification to make sure customers and workers can successfully operate automated equipment. We are partnered with International Union of Operating Engineers to train their members on how to run robots in the field. We have a couple already certified.”

sense tilt. Also included is a GPS receiver and control box, GPS antennae and tablet display. Operators can share design files between multiple machines equipped with Unicontrol3D, orient and execute a design with GPS guidance or operate in 2D mode when not connected to GPS by zeroing out the height of the bucket each time the machine is moved. Unicontrol3D is a product for

companies or individual owner-operators who want the ability to dig more effectively and collect productivity information for billing without plunking down the pile of money required for automation. “The contractor is asking for help because they have to document everything they are doing,” Ekhlas said. “Some need GPS to get the job. For them, getting into a bigger brand has been quite expensive

and quite complicated. They may be afraid of machine control.” While Unicontrol does not automate production, it does automate data collection for production reporting and as-builts. This, along with eliminating the cost of a third-party surveyor or flag man, makes for rapid ROI. “We help operators avoid rework, avoid surveyors telling you where to dig,

ROOM FOR GROWTH Some end customers who have experienced Built Robotics’ technology in the field report that the excavators still require a good deal of oversight and stop frequently due to conditions in the site. The robots also exclusively rely on cell signals for communication, apart from a USB port for updates and loading models. In time, other communication modalities, including satellite, could be added to the product. “For updates, we can do it the oldfashioned way with a USB stick,” Kikani said. “Connectivity is very helpful for streaming video feeds and other nice features, like pushing data to the cloud. But all of the computation happens on the edge and on these robots—that is where the data hungry stuff happens.”

UNICONTROL MACHINE GUIDANCE Founded in 2018 in Odense, Syddanmark, Norway and with boots on the ground in North America as of early 2022, Unicontrol has launched Unicontrol3D, a straightforward guideon-the-side interactive tool to make excavation easier. In a March call with ForConstructionPros, Unicontrol Chief Commercial Officer Ehsanullah Ekhlas described how the company is offering a software-centric approach that makes using excavators, wheel loaders and backhoes more intuitive, putting technology in the hands of small contractors and potentially making equipment easier to use.

AFFORDABLE EXCAVATOR TECHNOLOGY While dominant excavator technologies focus on automating operation of components including the arm, dipper arm, bucket cylinder and that swing gear that controls the turret—plus forward motion of the vehicle itself—Unicontrol is focused on improving operator effectiveness and efficiency, eliminating the need for site surveyors because the operator can see the project plan superimposed on represented on a screen in the cab. The Unicontrol3D system includes sensors for the boom, dipper arm, swing arm and on the bucket to

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all in machine,” Ekhlas said. “This is a tech they know they need to use. If they don’t do it, they will not survive.” While Unicontrol does not automate the machine itself, it’s more affordable than applications that do, coming in at around $3,000 per machine, including installation “At the moment we are only guided, we are not in the automation space,” Ekhlas said. “We show where to dig and how deep, but the ability to control the machine is on our roadmap. A lot of operators are not happy with those construction equipment automation systems, they are working way too slowly for them. The biggest difference is simplicity.” Unicontrol is also open to multiple non-proprietary file types when it comes to project models, including XML and DXF files.

FAST-GROWING STARTUP The company employs about 40 and has its technology on about 700 pieces of equipment and is setting up distribution in North America. The company has 11 employees dedicated to customer success, and according to Ekhlas, there is a reason such a small complement can support so many systems in the field. “The way we go about doing this is rather different,” Ekhlas said. “But we have built it differently, we see ourselves essentially as a software company, and most of our developers are in fact also somewhat customer facing. We go to market direct only in Denmark, and in the rest of the world rely on distributors to do the first and second level of support,

and we train them. That is why there are not more customer success people. Our product does not require much, and then we go to market with others who sell and work directly with the customer.” “Our system is built by equipment users for equipment users,” Ekhlas said. “Other systems are built by surveyors for surveyors. When we started, we reached out to equipment operators at all levels and got feedback and implemented that within short time cycles. We believe that is the right way to go.” The technology offered by Unicontrol is designed precisely to make operating easier—not by automating the productive capacity of the equipment but by enabling the operator to see how what they are doing with the machine conforms to the BIM model, improving quality and consistency. Unicontrol also should prove economically sustainable as they are already profitable and have internal funding “We have three founders who got some soft money and then we brought two business angels onboard in April of 2020,” Ekhlas said. “And then we have another element that will help us—our technology is designed for mass customization.

The system for U.S. is not the same as what we may sell in Australia, Poland or Denmark—we have a lot of features that distributors choose that determine how the system will operate—what screens you are seeing and what functionality is available.” The tablet application is updated from a cloud application running on AWS. “At the start, we were updating every two weeks,” Ekhlas said. “Now, we are on a cadence of every two to three months. The bigger we get, the more features that will change, leading to more frequent updates.” The cloud application also enables the operator to upload projects, and the computer guidance technology then assists the user in executing against that project plan or model. There is also a diagnostic tool

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Founded in 2018 in Odense, Syddanmark, Norway and with boots on the ground in North America as of early 2022, Unicontrol has launched Unicontrol3D, a straightforward guide-on-the-side interactive tool to make excavation easier. Unicontrol

that enables the Unicontrol to support team to see operational data from the last 30 days—a valuable trouble shooting tool. “Based on that, can see if there is a cable loose, or what the root of a problem is,” Ekhlas said. “About 95% of challenges are solved from the office.” To be clear, Unicontrol3D includes both hardware that collects data from the equipment and the software, which is their main focus, but they source the hardware components. And the fact that the hardware is not proprietary may help them deliver products during a time in history characterized by supply chain constraints. “We are not manufacturing,” Ekhlas said. “We are an open system. So while we deliver the full system, we are working with those that deliver the hardware. What that means is that we can deliver— more so than some other people. With the standard components, you get the luxury of double or triple suppliers of the same part, which makes it more available in the market.”


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While the primary goal right now is for Unicontrol to penetrate the North American market, they also have additional solutions waiting in the wings. “We are trying to work on different solutions and have a solution in addition to the excavator and wheel loader. We have a handheld GPS solution coming to expand our product portfolio. We know that there is a large market for dozers in the United States, and we are working on that, as well as a skid steer and a grader solution.” ET

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FL E E T M AI N T E N A N C E | By Jeremy White

You’re Probably Not Doing Enough to Deter

CONSTRUCTION THEFT Here are five simple tips to make your construction jobsites, and your business, more secure.


he last two years have thrust the construction industry into one of its most challenging times, facing lockdowns, new restrictions and government regulations and project interruptions. While some of these obstacles are finally easing up, others are persisting with no end in sight, such as staff and supply chain shortages. With sites being left unattended for longer periods of time and fewer eyes on costly items

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such as tools, heavy equipment and raw materials, companies in the construction industry are more vulnerable to crime and its impact than ever. Are construction professionals doing enough to protect their sites and valuable assets within by deterring preventable theft? According to new research from Pro-Vigil, they might be missing the mark. In a survey of nearly 120 business operations leaders, nearly half of whom were in

the construction industry, 28% reported that physical security incidents increased in 2021, up from only 20% reporting an increase in 2020. Even more concerning, the overwhelming majority (57%) said they haven’t updated their security strategies, despite escalating crime. These gaps in security strategy and protection can cause significant damage to construction companies. In addition to the costs related to replacing stolen

items, there’s also the financial and reputational hit construction companies take due to forced project downtime while they wait for replacement parts to come in.

FIVE TIPS TO COMBAT THEFT So, what can construction leaders do to prevent theft, vandalism and other damage to their property, projects and assets? Here are five simple but effective tips you can take now to make


With sites being left unattended for longer periods and fewer eyes on costly items, construction companies are more vulnerable to crime and its impact than ever. ACBM staff




points and gates, and conduct a fencing check, taking care to repair holes or weaknesses right away. Be sure to leave fencing up until a project is completed and all valuable property is removed. Also, create enough space between fencing and items inside of it, like storage containers, so that thieves can’t easily steal through the fencing. Anchor heavy equipment: Secure valuable heavy equipment by attaching it to a chain or cable after hours or anytime it is unattended for long periods. Consider lowering blades and buckets as an additional measure to help station and secure larger equipment. Take out the batteries: Battery theft is a common and ongoing problem, so detaching the battery’s wires or removing batteries from machinery altogether is a good idea. This way, even if thieves are able to purchase a cheap master key online, they can’t drive away with any large equipment. Make it bright to leave criminals in the dark: Darkness gives thieves an advantage, so light up your site as much as possible

during times of low visibility. Set timers so lights automatically turn on and off at certain times. Solar-powered lights are great for those more remote areas.

BEYOND CONSTRUCTION SECURITY Compounding the fact that many construction leaders aren’t updating their security strategies to meet growing incidents and threats, the survey also showed that 35% don’t use any video surveillance at all, compared to just 4% of car/truck/boat/dealership leaders stating the same. A lack of video surveillance leaves a significant hole in the protection of your business, and construction professionals could be missing out on even more than crime prevention. Leaders across many industries are maximizing their use of smart video surveillance for more than security to help gain insight into other areas of business operations. Some examples include realtime information about worksite conditions (e.g. weather), employee performance, whether deliveries are made on time, and beyond. It can also provide important legal validation in the case of liability claims, such as

slips and falls or even vehicleto-vehicle or vehicle-to-person accidents on your site. There’s no doubt that construction crime is still on the rise. But putting these quick and easy security tips into action will go a long way toward deterring theft and keeping your site, your project and your business safe. ET Jeremy White is founder of ProVigil. Read more at:

Leaders across many industries are maximizing their use of smart video surveillance for more than security to help gain insight into other areas of business operations. Pro-Vigil

your construction business more secure today and in the future. ˜ Minimize on-site materials: Some materials and equipment will always need to remain on the project site, but whenever possible, aim to store only essential building materials there. Less inventory means fewer targets for thieves. ˜ Protect your perimeter: At the end of every shift, make it a habit to lock all entry

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Milwaukee Tool PACKOUT Modular Shop Storage Milwaukee Tool expanded their PACKOUT Modular Storage System to include 20+ Shop Storage solutions. Users can customize their storage with wall plates, hooks, tool racks, tool holders, and a cabinet that connect with all PACKOUT solutions. The Wall Plates feature Quick Alignment Tabs on all sides, making installing rows and columns of multiple plates easy. Available in two sizes, the Large Wall Plate features a 150-lb. wall-mounted capacity, and the Compact Wall Plate features a 50-lb. wall-mounted capacity. These hooks, tool racks, and holders provide the Most Secure Mounting when paired with PACKOUT Wall Plates. These solutions allow users to maximize their efficiency in the shop by featuring Quick Access Functionality. They include five different hook styles and sizes that are metal reinforced to maintain their shape when loaded. A wide variety of tool racks and holders, including M18 and M12 battery racks, compact shelf, organizer cup, tool rack, screwdriver rack, roll holder, tool station, long handle tool rack, and two sizes of bins, providing users with endless customization options.

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Camso CWL 532 Compact Wheel Loader Tire The CWL 532 bias tire offers dependable off-road performance and optimal traction for compact wheel loaders operating on mixed and soft surfaces. • Void guard tread protection provides more rubber to reduce risk of impact-related punctur • Impact guard and rim guard enhance sidewall and rim flange protection • Enhanced tread depth with curved lugs ensure traction and great durability • Stepped tread design improves tire cleanout and traction in offroad conditions • Offered in 12.5/70-16 (ply rating 6 or 8) and 15.5/60-18 (ply rating 8)

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Westport Hydrogen HPDI Fuel System Westport Fuel Systems recently unveiled its H2 HPDI fuel system, which enables heavyduty trucks to operate on bio-methane (renewable natural gas) and natural gas with the same power, torque, efficiency and performance as diesel engines, and with better results running on hydrogen, while meeting global emissions regulations. Specifications: • Power and torque: 20% higher power and torque than the base diesel engine • Efficiency: 5% to 10% better thermal efficiency than the base diesel engine • Turbocharged 13 liter, in-line six-cylinder engine • Fuel: Hydrogen, with pilot ignition • Four-cycle, compression ignition, direct injection

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BKT AIROMAX AM 27 Mobile Crane Tire The AIROMAX AM 27 radial tire is especially suited for cranes that travel on roads and highways that require high resistance to wear and tear. • Also maintains optimal traction and resistance on more aggressive and uneven terrain • Casing and belt constructed in steel layers to ensure robustness • Side and tread compounds highly resistant to cuts and tears • Resists high temperatures and dissipates heat created during high-speed road movements • Available in 385/95 R 24, 385/95 R 25, 445/95 R 25, 505/95 R 25 and 525/80 R 25 sizes in speed indices “E” and “F”

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DENIOS Lithium-Ion Battery Charging and Storage Cabinets DENIOS Lithium-Ion Battery Charging and Storage Units are designed for contractors using lithium ion (Li-ion) batteries in their work. There are many safety risks associated with Li-ion batteries, including fire and burning. The cabinets are equipped with a transport base to quickly remove Li-ion batteries from a building. Each unit features solidly-welded construction and a triple hinge door, safety elements assembled outside the storage compartment for increased protection against corrosion, scratch- and impact-resistance and an easy to clean surface. Lockable doors with a permanent self-closing function keep the contents safe from unauthorized personnel.

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FleetWatcher Escalating Idle Alert Feature FleetWatcher’s Escalating Idle Alert informs managers when equipment has been idling for too long, allowing immediate corrective action to be taken. This can help slash idle time, and thus elongate equipment life span. • FleetWatcher monitors rpm over time, and alerts managers with text or email when a pre-set threshold has been reached • The parameters and alerting structure are completely customizable by the user • Data can be integrated with other business systems such as accounting, estimating • Tracks multiple data points including cycle times, productivity and downtime, equipment utilization and underutilization, exact location of each piece of equipment, project status, budgets, shop costs, rental expenses, and trends and behaviors

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Evolution Wheel EWRS-HS Hard Surface Skid Steer Tire Evolution Wheel engineered the EWRS-HS series for severe-duty applications where tire wear is the biggest concern. To do this they redesigned the tread pattern to maximize surface area. The EWRS-HS doubled the surface area of the EWRS-AT Series to 66% to spread the weight of the machine out. This lowers the pressure per square inch on the concrete, while extending its wear life significantly. Additionally, the EWRS-HS series has deep tread, measuring at 52/32”. The core geometry in these segmented tires allows them to compress like a pneumatic tire without the bounce.

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Boldt Adds Tool to Lean CONSTRUCTION TOOLBOX TouchPlan helps teams visualize workflows in ways that cut manpower peaks and fix schedule drift, plus it simplifies identifying process improvements. ©Blue Planet Studio –


he Boldt Co., which performed more than $1 billion in work last year, attributes a large part of its success to the company’s commitment to adopting a continuous improvement approach. This approach includes implementing TouchPlan, an enhanced management software system that allows project managers at the company to have improved access to data that keeps projects on schedule, while reducing labor demands and increasing efficiency. The software aims to provide project transparency to improve team communication and allows teams to manage projects from one place. “Our focus has been on executing projects more successfully; by making our plans visible to more project stakeholders, problems come to the surface faster and help our teams focus on what will make the project better and improve every day,” said Nick Loughrin, group manager of project delivery services at Boldt.

TECHNOLOGY SUPPORTS STANDARDIZATION, IMPROVEMENT Boldt has been a member of the Lean Construction Institute

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since that organization’s early days. The company’s focus on improving production led to merging its experience with Lean principles to create The Boldt Production System with its roots in the Last Planner System. “The Boldt Production System starts with a master schedule and progresses to the development of production strategies per phase. Each phase will then have a make-work-ready plan that leads to the weekly, daily and production tracking levels of project execution,” Loughrin said. The contractor’s efforts for improvement are, as they say, continuous. “One of our main strategic initiatives within our growing company is to develop better standards based on our best practices within our company. We know we will have successful outcomes if we are rigorous and disciplined in our approach to implementing the Boldt Production System. We see TouchPlan as a technology to help us with that.” At the end of 2021, TouchPlan officially became a part of the standard technology used within the Boldt Production System, the company’s process for planning and

managing projects. Boldt has about 30 projects already using TouchPlan, and the company has ample knowledge of its value. Loughrin relayed how applying the software to an ongoing Wisconsin project corrected schedule-drift. “The team would have probably found a way to finish on time, but it would have cost exponentially more by working overtime and adding resources,” he said. “Working with the team to develop a production strategy based on flow, we were able to capture the plan in TouchPlan to further analyze and level out the resources and make the plan more efficient. We finished the project on time and with a lot less hours.”

SMARTER DATA AND EFFICIENCIES Boldt’s commitment to TouchPlan is a step toward smarter project management data—not just “are we ahead or behind schedule,” but also production and performance data that brings the project to the current schedule status. “What we've traditionally done is taken our master schedule, captured in P6 or Microsoft Project, and added layers of detail per phase that is hard for the team to follow

and understand, or we create a separate Excel file that can become disconnected from the master schedule,” he said. “Then, we manage constraints in a separate file or board as they are identified by the team. All of these different platforms to manage the schedule and constraints creates a cumbersome process and adds non-productive time to the project teams' already busy days.” It's a process that works on any given project, but each project is its own silo of stand-alone data and inefficiencies. “Now, using TouchPlan, we are able to tie our master schedule and the production strategy together in a clear and visual way that the team understands, and constraints identified are able to be captured and tied right to the plan. It takes less time to manipulate the schedule for updates and changes. Another benefit we are starting to realize is the performance data we are able to see across all of our projects. TouchPlan makes it easier and faster for us to share best practices and problems from one project to another.” ET Read more at:

By Paul Robinson | BRIDGING THE GAP

Experienced equipment operator opens eyes to simulator technology opportunities.


hen it comes to training, today’s complex equipment requires an equally sophisticated learning environment. And while younger, tech-savvy workers are generally quick to embrace simulation-based training as an effective tool, many established operators remain convinced that nothing can replace on-the-job field training. As a construction worker with more than two decades of experience under his belt, Gary James’ view of training simulators was tainted with a skepticism not uncommon among veteran equipment operators. He saw simulators as overly simplistic and unrealistic, only useful for novices, and in no way a reflection of actual jobsite conditions. Throughout his career, James has operated a range of construction equipment and has trained others. Like many in the industry, his career literally began from the ground up. While slinging dirt with a shovel, an unexpected opportunity provided quick entry into the world of heavy equipment operation. “One day an equipment operator showed up in let’s just call it a ‘less than ideal’ condition,” he commented. Long story short, the company was suddenly in need of an operator and James seized the chance. Unfortunately, the training he received was less than ideal. “It was a classic example of baptism under fire,” he noted. “I was handed a shirt with a pocket and a receiver to keep in it. As I sat behind the controls, my supervisor walked me through the process shouting step-by-step loading instructions in my ear. This went on every day for weeks until I was able to operate the equipment on my own.”

This experience directly influenced James and his approach to training. “I learned in the exact wrong way. It was nerve-racking, intimidating and excessively long,” he said. “When I began instructing equipment operators, I knew that there had to be a better way.”


MAKING THE CHOICE Today, this self-described cynic has come to see the light and is a leading advocate for simulation-based training. In addition to measurable improvements with operator productivity and safety, James cites savings related to fuel consumption, equipment maintenance and employee screening. Contractors can save $60,000 to $80,000 or more each year in accident avoidance. As James can personally attest, it’s better to learn lessons virtually than on the jobsite. “I’ve personally been responsible for thousands of dollars in equipment losses,” he admitted. “Simulators allow students to make mistakes without associated dangers or costly consequences.” ET

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Job Pricing in Today’s Construction Market

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Economy in flux requires fresh look at businesses. Many contractors may not be accustomed to this economic climate, especially when it comes to bidding and completing work that produces positive cash flow. ©mrmohock –


here is little doubt that the economic trends of inflation, stagflation and deflation will be with us for some time. Every expert source I read—and I follow these issues on a daily basis—supports that conclusion. Many contractors may not be accustomed to this economic climate, especially when it comes to bidding and completing work that produces positive cash flow. If you recall, I constantly harp on two principles, both of which are applicable to any business. And they are: 1. Cash is king. 2. Every dollar of sales requires additional capital. I suggest you make a copy of these two tenets—a large copy—and put it on your desk where you will see it every day. When I mention “cash is king,” I mean keeping a positive cash balance to cover your cash needs throughout the year, regardless of seasonal peaks and dips. This is more important than ever if you consider current risks associated with incoming costs. To remain successful, you should be producing a daily cash report with a recap of what you deposited and what you spent. This means producing reports to cover account receivables due, as well as a payable report noting when bills are owed and a daily process to follow up with these variables, so you can be certain where you stand from a cash position. In previous articles, I’ve mentioned capital requirements, and in this environment, it’s as important as ever. The normal timing of business revenues and business expenses is one where bills are due and paid before receivables are collected, thus creating a gap, which in turn eats up your cash, which in turn creates demand for additional capital in the form of bank debt or a personal capital infusion. There are examples out there where a company acquires a significant increase in new profitable business, only to go bankrupt because they could not fund the additional capital to run the business. So, at the end of each week when you review your current cash position and your projected cash position for next week, you will find that your changes in cash result from current work being completed according to plan, or not being completed according to plan. On the other hand, the level of work may be producing demands for cash you currently cannot cover. In other words, generating a profit does not guarantee positive cash flow.

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That brings us to pricing our products and services when most financial metrics are up in the air. Pricing a job today is tough. And with input prices being what they are, you can: ˜ Option 1. Bid a job knowing you are going to eat some inflated costs, hoping conditions change sooner rather than later. ˜ Option 2. Bid a job using current costs, as well as any further price increases that may come about. Neither choice is good for you or your business. With Option 1, you lose money and could weaken your cash position. Option two may cost you a lot of work, since there is always someone out there who will produce a bid without being fully aware of the marketplace. Option 2 will also deplete cash, because fixed costs need to be paid. Option 3 is somewhere in the middle, where you reduce overhead and fixed costs, while at the same time compress your billing process to speed up collections. Improving worksite efficiency would also be part of this process. You may wish to review what work you are performing to ensure you are doing what you do best and give the other work to those more able to get the work done more effectively. It is no secret that the construction world is taking steps to reduce the cost and time it takes complete a contract. Review the new systems available to you to achieve this result. Finding a way to achieve this goal would allow you to use Option 1, because reduced costs can offset most cost increases you are experiencing. If you are comfortable with your ability to manage cash, you can price your work for a profitable outcome and take the work you can get using reasonable contract terms to adjust pricing as agreed to between the customer and contractor. If you are in a tight cash position already, and have tapped out bank resources, you really cannot eat cost increases. If you can reduce internal costs and better manage worksites to offset price increases, you may break-even. One area all parties can review is equipment cost, which is now in the 30% range of total job costs. This cost was once in the 17% range, so it’s important to make sure your owned equipment is adding to your bottom line. The game plan for the balance of this year is as follows: ˜ Know your cash position. ˜ Do not over invest in inventory unless you are 100% sure you can afford it. ˜ Know what your field personnel are doing. ˜ Speed up the billing process and make sure it is 100% correct. ˜ Invest in the systems to help streamline the process. ˜ Do more with less; find a way to do it. ˜ Manage based on your cash position. ˜ Do what you can do and nothing more. ˜ Do what you do best. ET Read more at: To access previous Running the Business columns, as well as additional business management information, visit

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