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Grading & Excavation Contractor Weekly

The Day of Infamy, Operation K, and Elvis

The Day of Infamy, Operation K, and Elvis

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With the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States, there has been, and continues to be, widespread speculation as to what the future holds for various industries. Of course, one of the more sizeable elephants in the room is infrastructure. There has been no argument from either  … 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

A Fresh Look at the Wheels vs. Tracks Debate in Skid-Steer vs. CTLs

A Fresh Look at the Wheels vs. Tracks Debate in Skid-Steer vs. CTLs

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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 JCB.

“Skid-steers are tired machines, whereas  … Read More

A Gentle Blast From the Past

A Gentle Blast From the Past

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A year from when I turned the editorial reins over to Arturo, he asked if I’d like to do a guest blog sometime knowing full well that I pined for the chance to return, however shortly, to my favorite editorial stomping ground. So after due consideration of the many topics  … Read More

Excavators and Robotics

Excavators and Robotics

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Many owners of grading and excavation contracting companies concur: finding enough skilled employees to execute jobs continues to be difficult.

The answer to that challenge may lie in more robotic-like machines. Machines that do more on their own—without human intervention—will require fewer employees. On the other hand, robotics may even attract  … Read More

Drones for Construction Sites and Infrastructure Inspection

Drones for Construction Sites and Infrastructure Inspection

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In recent months, drones have been making their debut on such projects as asphalt production and road paving, used to track job progress and conduct site surveys. It takes less than 20 minutes to fly a 60-acre site, and less than a minute to track progress. Each three-dimensional (3D) model  … Read More

Are We Gonna Fly Now?

Are We Gonna Fly Now?

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The movie Rocky is, by far, my favorite of all time. The film was released on November 21, 1976. You can bet I observed the 40th anniversary of the 1977 Oscar winner for Best Picture by giving it a complete, start-to-finish viewing, reciting all the lines that I have memorized,  … Read More

Compact Excavators for Small- to Mid-Sized Jobs

Compact Excavators for Small- to Mid-Sized Jobs

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If you’re a contractor working on mid-size to smaller projects, there’s good news to be found in the growth of the compact excavators for small- to mid-sized jobs. All the major manufacturers continue to provide the industry with a wide variety of choices in both size and attachment options—especially in  … Read More

Why It’s Called “Yellow Brick Road”

Why It’s Called “Yellow Brick Road”

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A lot of things confuse me. Logarithms are confusing. How some video game players are considered athletes is confusing to me. People who celebrate a birthday “month” really confuse me. And then there’s the issue of infrastructure. This doesn’t just confuse me: it confounds me, dumbfounds me, and stuns me  … Read More

Improvements in Laser and GPS Technology Result in More Precise Paving

Improvements in Laser and GPS Technology Result in More Precise Paving

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People have an amazing ability to adapt to and even become blasé about technological wonders. Things that we take for granted (flying, television, cell phones, the Internet) would seem like something out of science fiction to anyone 100 years ago. Now we can’t imagine what life was like without them.  … Read More

Cable-Location Equipment and Applications in Utility Line Identification

Cable-Location Equipment and Applications in Utility Line Identification

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Vacuum excavation applications and utility locator technologies are discussed along with site specific conditions that help determine the choice between hydro versus air vacuum excavation. Conditions as frozen soil and brittle utilities are evaluated in determining vacuum excavation methods and why nothing beats an experienced operator and reliable equipment.  … Read More

Our Post-Election Future (With Video)

Our Post-Election Future (With Video)

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Now that we have a new President of the United States, I guess we’ll all go back to what we’ve been doing sans the political social media battles and dinner table arguments with your conservative/liberal uncle. As we return to normalcy and focus on the dirt moving industry, should there  … Read More



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