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Grading & Excavation Contractor Weekly

Child Prodigies En Masse

Child Prodigies En Masse

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Have you ever seen ten year olds taking a golf lesson? So many of them are quick to develop a beautiful, fluid, picture-perfect swing. Try to each an adult that same swing, and it could take years, if it ever happens at all.

I know a few people who grew up  … 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

Motor Graders: Machine Control, Telematics, and GPS

Motor Graders: Machine Control, Telematics, and GPS

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When you look around a job site at a group of equipment operators, usually it’s pretty easy to pick out the people who drive the motor graders … they’re the guys with the salt-and-pepper hair. Why? Because their machine requires more experience and finesse than most anything else on the  … Read More

The Machines Are Thinking for Themselves

The Machines Are Thinking for Themselves

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There exist numerous items that we use in everyday life that were originally developed for military use. The first one to come to my mind is GPS. There’s also the Jeep, microwave ovens, freeze drying, and possibly the best and most useful one of all, duct tape.

Of course, technology like  … Read More

Finding the Right Trailer to Haul Your Equipment

Finding the Right Trailer to Haul Your Equipment

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Grading and excavation contractors have plenty to worry about. They need to make sure that they are bidding fairly on jobs, offering a solid price but not shorting themselves needed profit at the same time. They need to offer proper training to their crewmembers and make sure that they are  … Read More

“There Is a Problem With the Story: It’s Not True”

“There Is a Problem With the Story: It’s Not True”

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As we look back on 2016, we’ve certainly had an interesting year.  Before we close the books on 2016, let’s revisit Grading & Excavation Contractor’s  top posts for the year.

This blog post was our most read in 2016.
One of the Best Environmental Comeback Stories Ever, Isn’t True
A couple of years ago I wrote  … Read More

The Expanding Role of Compact Equipment

The Expanding Role of Compact Equipment

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Compact equipment is in greater demand today, and more widely used than ever before, particularly in the North American market. “It’s following in the footsteps of the skid steer,” believes John Comrie, product manager, mini excavators and compact wheel loaders, Volvo Construction Equipment. “It has become the ‘Swiss Army Knife’  … Read More

Not Necessarily Tongue Tied

Not Necessarily Tongue Tied

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My wife and I recently hosted a party for a group of our close friends. One of the games we played during the party was called “Speak Out!” If you’ve never played or even heard of the game, it entails putting on a mouth piece that stretches out your lips  … Read More

Selecting a Soil Compactor

Selecting a Soil Compactor

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Choosing the right size compactor is critical to every compaction project, points out Tim Hoffman, rollers product manager for the Atlas Copco road construction equipment division. “Using one that’s too heavy or too light can have a huge impact on productivity and costs,” he adds. “If it doesn’t have enough  … Read More

Choosing an Articulated Vs. Rigid Dump Truck

Choosing an Articulated Vs. Rigid Dump Truck

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There are two types of wheeled off-road dump trucks: rigid and articulated. The technology incorporated into each is very similar. They both followed recent tech trends by adding operator enhancements and they all meet EPA Tier 4 Final/EU Stage IV emission standards, notes Kresten Binder, executive vice president for Hydrema  … Read More

I’m Not Neo, But I Am Here

I’m Not Neo, But I Am Here

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Today I’m going to let you spend the bulk of your time watching a video. What is it about?

Let’s start with the current state of technology in grading and excavation. We have state-of-the-art telematics and machine control; we’re developing autonomous and semi-autonomous machines; we have entire worksites and projects being  … Read More

Safety: Management Systems

Safety: Management Systems

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Too often, safety managers are perceived as risk-averse, action-stopping do-gooders, says Tom Slavin, a Chicago-based safety consultant. But if a safety manager can create opportunities for project managers and supervisors to communicate safety programs to employees—and get the entire organization involved with safety­—then safety adds value by preventing injury and  … Read More



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