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Grading & Excavation Contractor Weekly

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

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

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

Machine Control: The New Normal

Machine Control: The New Normal

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Mike Bowman, president of M & C Excavating in Fountaintown, IN, has used machine control technology in his business for some time. “If you’re going to be competitive, you will have to get into this,” he says. “I don’t think you’re going to have a choice. It’s a big player  … Read More

Methods to Handle Organic Waste: Compost and Kilowatts

Methods to Handle Organic Waste: Compost and Kilowatts

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In 1915, a tragic farm accident reported in The Fruit Grower and Farmer was a mere footnote of local news. Patients from the State Hospital in Athens, OH, whose job was “to tramp down the silage comprised of corn stalks and leaves” were found asphyxiated in a tower silo. The report says  … Read More

California Work Dreaming

California Work Dreaming

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The State of California is on track to take in an estimated $52 billion more to help pay for the state’s transportation needs for the next decade. It will come largely from a 12 cent increase in the base gasoline tax and higher vehicle registration fees that are based on vehicle  … Read More

Geosynthetics for Roadway Construction

Geosynthetics for Roadway Construction

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Ever since the Romans used palm fronds and other plant fiber matting to reinforce the sub-bases of their famous roads, fabrics have been used to improve road longevity and performance. Modern road construction methods rely on a family of materials called geosynthetics to achieve the same results. But these more sophisticated materials can  … Read More

Like a Ton of Bricks… In a Good Way

Like a Ton of Bricks… In a Good Way

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The first thing I’d like you to do is watch the beginning of a short clip from the movie, Tomorrowland. It shows a boy trying to avoid robots as they print a skyscraper in a futuristic world where the brightest and smartest people have come to live. You don’t need  … Read More

Tire Technologies for Special Applications

Tire Technologies for Special Applications

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While local people in the Amazon rainforest were well aware of the “trees that dripped tears,” rubber as we know it now, was so named because it was discovered to “rub out” pencil marks off paper. But it was not always the commodity it is today. European industrialists began exploring  … Read More

Where the Sun Won’t Shine

Where the Sun Won’t Shine

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Coming up on Monday, August 21, a solar eclipse will travel coast to coast, across the United States. For many, it will be a “total eclipse” depending on where you are. As it moves across the country, the area of the sun that will be completely blocked out by the  … Read More

Articulated Versus Rigid Dump Trucks: Conditions Determine Choice

Articulated Versus Rigid Dump Trucks: Conditions Determine Choice

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Traditionally, the choice of dump truck type has almost always been due to the application or the environment. “The two types are not really competing against one another,” says Rob McMahon, product marketing manager for Komatsu. “Rigid trucks are best on improved roads: paved or with good gravel and good  … Read More



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