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Grading & Excavation Contractor Weekly

Call it “Machine Intelligence” – Totally Not Scary

Call it “Machine Intelligence” – Totally Not Scary

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“Listen and understand. That terminator is out there, it can’t be bargained with, it can’t be reasoned with, it doesn’t feel pity or remorse or fear, and it absolutely will not stop…EVER, until you are dead!” –Kyle Reese

That line is from the movie The Terminator. The story is set in a post-apocalyptic  … Read More

Yes or No? A Tax on Gas or a Tax on Mileage?

Yes or No? A Tax on Gas or a Tax on Mileage?

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Get ready to cast a “yes” or “no” vote.

A couple of weeks ago, I was in Seattle, WA for a conference. I lived there for nearly a decade, so I spent a few extra days visiting old friends. In doing so, I travelled a considerable amount on everything from federal  … Read More

Here’s How to Help Rebuild After Hurricane Harvey

Here’s How to Help Rebuild After Hurricane Harvey

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The last number I heard when it comes to the amount of destruction wrought by Hurricane Harvey was in the neighborhood of $160 billion. As the damage continues to be assessed, officials are already beginning to organize the rebuilding effort. True to form, Americans are stepping up to bring relief  … 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

Job Site Support Equipment

Job Site Support Equipment

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Grading and excavating sites typically bring to mind big iron, but it also takes a lot of support equipment to complete a job—and even to begin one. The typical job site is home to job trailers for the foreman’s office long before utilities arrive. Trailers are filled with power-hungry systems.  … Read More

Estimating Earthwork Volumes

Estimating Earthwork Volumes

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Formulas and methods for determining the volumes and areas of regular shapes and surfaces go back at least as far as ancient Greece. Pythagoras and other mathematicians determined those formulas that are still used to calculate the volumes of spheres and pyramids, as well as the areas of curve conic  … Read More

Intelligent Compaction Technology Boosts Bottom Line

Intelligent Compaction Technology Boosts Bottom Line

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Material level and paver speed both play a significant role in deter­mining pavement quality. The two most important factors for laying a quality mat are all about consistency: consistent head of material in front of the screed and consistent paving speed.  … Read More

Electricity is in the Air

Electricity is in the Air

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The electric revolution in heavy equipment continues to move forward. The latest offering comes from Caterpillar and its new electric drive 988K XE wheel loader. It uses what Cat calls its switched reluctance technology. The wheel loader still has its C18 engine, mechanical drop box, driveline, and axles. In the  … Read More

Increasing Machine Utilization With Attachments

Increasing Machine Utilization With Attachments

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Industry experts agree: using a piece of compact ­equipment with multiple attachments turns that one machine into a multipurpose tool for road construction site preparation work that can help contractors complete their jobs more efficiently, bid on larger projects, create a more diversified portfolio, and work in all weather and  … Read More

The Essential Role of Compaction on Grading and Excavation Job Sites

The Essential Role of Compaction on Grading and Excavation Job Sites

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Compaction is an essential part of the grading and excavating process because it is the component of the process that provides stabilization for the rest of the project, points out Ed Brenton, brand marketing manager, CASE Construction Equipment. “Without proper compaction, a job will fail in the future,” adds Brenton.  … Read More

The Anonymous Autonomous Lifesaver

The Anonymous Autonomous Lifesaver

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Autonomous vehicles are designed and programmed to carry passengers and/or cargo from point A to point B. New and the first of its kind, autonomous technology has been created to disrupt cars and trucks traveling between those two points. To be more precise, the vehicle was made to get between  … Read More

How Technology Boosts Excavator Productivity

How Technology Boosts Excavator Productivity

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Digging graves is a serious business, and no one takes it more seriously than Cody Taxacher, owner of Taxacher Specialties, an excavation contracting business based in Connellsville, PA, 50 miles southeast of Pittsburgh.  … Read More

Machine Control and Telematics for Backhoes

Machine Control and Telematics for Backhoes

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Contractors turn to a host of machines when they’re taking on grading and excavation projects. But few machines are as handy as the backhoe.

Brian Hennings, product marketing manager for backhoe loaders with John Deere Construction & Forestry, refers to the backhoe as the Swiss Army Knife of the construction industry. “The different attachments  … Read More

The One Thing That Unites Our Increasingly Divided Country

The One Thing That Unites Our Increasingly Divided Country

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If I remember it correctly, it goes like this: If you’re standing on your porch naked and the neighbors can’t see you, it’s rural. If you’re standing on your front porch naked and the neighbors call the cops, it’s suburban. And if you’re standing on your front porch naked and  … Read More



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