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Grading & Excavation Contractor Weekly

What Happens in Vegas Isn’t Staying in Vegas

What Happens in Vegas Isn’t Staying in Vegas

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Today I’m blogging from the floor of the Las Vegas Convention Center as I attend World of Concrete. You may be asking why a “dirtmoving” magazine is interested in concrete. The short answer is that much of the equipment and technology used in the concrete construction industry is used on  … Read More

Cable-Location Equipment and Applications in Utility Line Identification

Cable-Location Equipment and Applications in Utility Line Identification

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In this expository series that combines vacuum excavation applications and utility locator technologies, author Carol Brzozowski discusses the site specific conditions that help determine the choice between hydro versus air vacuum excavation. Follow this series below as such conditions as frozen soil and brittle utilities are evaluated in determining vacuum  … Read More

Key Advantages of Using Laser and/or GPS Equipment Guidance

Key Advantages of Using Laser and/or GPS Equipment Guidance

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The advantages of using laser and/or GPS equipment guidance systems are many. With an advanced system, contractors can increase productivity up to 50% compared to traditional methods. This is accomplished by removing expensive reworking of the site and the need for most operational surveying. In doing so, material use is optimized, and the  … Read More

Strides in Safety Technology for Equipment Operators

Strides in Safety Technology for Equipment Operators

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Caterpillar endeavors to help contractors address safety challenges and mitigate risk via various means, notes Eric J. Herron, global technology marketing consultant, Construction Technology & Solutions–Caterpillar.

Those solutions center on making operators and pedestrians aware when people are in jeopardy of being struck by equipment and alerting operators to conditions that could  … Read More

Don’t Go to College

Don’t Go to College

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Don’t go to college. Just saying it doesn’t sound quite right. I have teenage children and I don’t think I have or ever will say it to them. It just seems to be counter-intuitive as a parent. And that might be one of the main reasons why the construction industry  … Read More

Win $150,000—How Hard Could It Be?

Win $150,000—How Hard Could It Be?

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“That one right there looks like one of those giant heads from Easter Island.”

“There’s one that looks exactly like my cat, Henry.”

We’ve all played that game in which we stare at the white puffy clouds in the sky and decide what the clouds look like. It was an exercise in  … Read More

Precision and Safety: Advantages of Vacuum Excavators

Precision and Safety: Advantages of Vacuum Excavators

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There are three ways to dig a hole, points out Brian Metcalf, CEO of Ring-O-Matic.

“You can dig it by hand, you can dig it with a mechanical method, or you can utilize vacuum excavation,” he says. “Vacuum excavation obviously is significantly safer and is a completely different approach to digging  … Read More

Skid-Steers vs. Compact Track Loaders

Skid-Steers vs. Compact Track Loaders

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The skid-steer and the compact track loader (CTL): two powerful little workhorses designed to perform the same basic functions—so what’s the difference? Hint: the difference is based on the working conditions each is best suited for.

“It all comes down to wheels versus tracks,” sums up Ashby Graham, product manager for  … Read More

What Is the State of Our Union?

What Is the State of Our Union?

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Later tonight, the President of the United States is going to deliver his last State of the Union address. We are also on the heels of the passage of the Highway and Transportation Funding Act of 2015, the PATH Act of 2015, and the Trade Promotion Authority. I know that  … Read More

All About Vacuum Excavation

All About Vacuum Excavation

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It’s simply good business to hire or buy a vacuum excavation unit to look for utilities. When you investigate utility conflicts by digging with a vacuum excavation truck or trailer-mounted unit, you know beyond a doubt what’s down there. But deciding on the type of equipment you’ll need is not  … Read More

Choosing the Right One for the Dig – Part 1

Choosing the Right One for the Dig
– Part 1

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Excavators come in all sizes and configurations. How are we supposed to know which one will be best for us? Other than the opinions which other, experienced contractors give you, the best information probably comes from the manufacturers. Let me start with some wise, unprejudiced words from one manufacturer. “Before  … Read More



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