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Grading & Excavation Contractor Weekly

Infrastructure: It’s Presidentially Debatable

Infrastructure: It’s Presidentially Debatable

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The months are now mere weeks until the Presidential Election. The first of the Presidential debates was just held. This election season has elicited a lot of discussion on immigration, national security, and foreign policy, among other things. None of those will be put under scrutiny here. But I will  … Read More

GX—Reader Favorites

GX—Reader Favorites

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Listed below are the top Editor Blogs, Reader Favorite articles, and Grading & Excavation Contractor magazine articles for you to enjoy. This list is curated based on reader views, search traffic, e-mail click-through, and most commented articles.  … Read More

When to Choose a Trencher

When to Choose a Trencher

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Trenchers and excavators each have their place, but, obviously, one is better suited than the other in certain circumstances. This article addresses the kind of projects or circumstances that dictate the use of trenchers.

According to Chris Lynch, sales manager, Mining and Pipeline Group for Vermeer, excavators are still prevalent on  … Read More

Checking In on the Future

Checking In on the Future

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One equipment manufacturer has recently voiced its commitment to the constant evolution of the technology of its machines. Volvo hosted a press event to announce new products that are not going to be rolled out for ConExpo, or in the coming weeks, months, and even years. What it announced last  … Read More

Construction Job Site Safety: Fear the Fine

Construction Job Site Safety: Fear the Fine

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Editor’s note: This article first appeared in the March/April 2015 edition of GX.

No contractor wants to make headlines because of a trench collapse. When a collapse results in the death of a laborer? That’s tragic, and the resulting fines and lawsuits could be enough to put even large contractors out of business.

But it doesn’t  … Read More

Advanced Compaction Machines for Intelligent Compaction

Advanced Compaction Machines for Intelligent Compaction

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Temperature mapping provides the operator with a temperature “map” showing the path of the compactor overlaid with the last recorded surface temperature.

The Density Direct system’s calibration screen enables the user to set the project’s target density. Once fully calibrated with data specific to the application, the Volvo Intelligent Compaction with  … Read More

They Look Human, Only Smaller

They Look Human, Only Smaller

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This week I am in Eskilstuna, Sweden for an equipment manufacturer’s technology press event. While I’m spending a few days hearing about the latest technological innovations for dirt moving machines, I have no doubt that every now and then my mind will wander to an island about 1,200 miles west  … Read More

14 Mistakes Contractors Make in Site Preparation and Tool Selection

14 Mistakes Contractors Make in Site Preparation and Tool Selection

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Your company has successfully bid a job, and it’s time to examine the site for land clearing. What equipment will be essential? What is the process in tool selection for land clearing site preparation? How will the tools’ capabilities fit into that process, and throughout the project? How can common  … Read More

Get Off The Pot

Get Off The Pot

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I was speaking to a handful of Millennials recently, including two who had migrated from Denver, CO. Since I had lived in Denver for a few years, I asked those two what was their favorite thing about Colorado. One of them immediately answered, “It’s legal to smoke marijuana!” The other  … Read More

We’re All Victims of This

We’re All Victims of This

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This week I’ll be brief. All I require is a few minutes of your time. Sometimes I worry about the men and women who have labored in building and/or maintaining the nation’s roads, highways, and bridges. I worry because the fruits of their labors are often abused, thus negating the  … Read More

Avoiding Hazards in Directional Drilling

Avoiding Hazards in Directional Drilling

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Editor’s note: This article first appeared in the November/December 2004 edition of Grading and Excavation Contractor.

Horizontal directional drilling (HDD) has dramatically changed the way underground contractors place underground utility lines, from gas and electricity to water and television cable. Relative to trenching, HDD often offers greater productivity, less surface disruption,  … Read More

Preventing Electric Shock Requires the Right Procedures to Identify Hazards

Preventing Electric Shock Requires the Right Procedures to Identify Hazards

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Hitting gas or electric lines scares us more than anything, because they can bring the noises and flashes of death or serious injury. With electricity, preventing electric shock by avoiding underground electric lines is especially important because death can be instantaneous.
“Striking an electric line presents hazards to the drill operator,  … Read More



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