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Grading & Excavation Contractor Weekly

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

Whose Job Is It Anyway?

Whose Job Is It Anyway?

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I recently saw something on a reputable news website that has me appalled. There allegedly is some wheeling and dealing going on, and I would like to hear from you. But first a heads up, I’m going to keep the names of people and businesses out, in an attempt to drop  … Read More

Dozer Operating Made Easy

Dozer Operating Made Easy

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On construction sites, few machines are as important—or as challenging to operate—as dozers.

Just ask dozer operators who have struggled to hit grade on their job sites. How many extra passes do operators make to hit the right grade levels on a project? The mistakes of dozer operators can cost contractors  … Read More

How Software Can Make the Work Site More Efficient

How Software Can Make the Work Site More Efficient

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“Project Management” is defined as the art and science of “initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing the work of a team to achieve specific goals and meet specific success criteria.” Historical examples include literally every engineering and architectural project in the history of mankind, from the pyramids to the Great  … Read More

Tools for Compaction

Tools for Compaction

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Soil compaction is the removal of air voids from soil by applied force in such a way that it conditions or compacts soil beneath or next to the construction, resulting in a denser soil with the ability to hold greater weight, points out Fred Paul, Wacker Neuson sales engineer and  … Read More

Breathe Easy

Breathe Easy

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The California state legislature recently passed a major infrastructure bill that would raise $52 billion over 10 years to repair the state’s roads and bridges. The bulk of the funding will come from a 12-cents-per-gallon increase in the gas tax, as well as additional vehicle registration fees. There will also  … Read More

For Skid-steer Loaders, Small Is Smart

For Skid-steer Loaders, Small Is Smart

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For a growing number of grading and excavation contractors, skid-steer loaders aren’t an option, they’re a necessity. Here’s a look at how these amazing machines can pay off, as well as some tips for buying the one that’s just right for you.  … 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

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

Where Do You Stand on the Right to Repair Debate?

Where Do You Stand on the Right to Repair Debate?

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As a journalist, I truly appreciate the “Right to Repair” debate. There are two sides to the story and both have strong, legitimate arguments. If you haven’t heard of it, put simply, owners feel they should be allowed to fix their equipment, and manufacturers don’t want to release company secrets.  … Read More

How to Promote a Strong Safety Culture

How to Promote a Strong Safety Culture

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I’ve been in the garbage business for more than 50 years. I’ve never seen a safety incentive program that has worked beyond the initial phase, although there may be some out there. Safety incentive programs usually can’t sustain for a few reasons.  … Read More

A Primer on Building Information Modeling (BIM)

A Primer on Building Information Modeling (BIM)

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Building Information Modeling (BIM) is the culmination of a millennium of human efforts to graphically represent building projects. Architects have always required graphical representation of their buildings. This technology makes these designs come alive.  … Read More



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