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Grading & Excavation Contractor Weekly

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

“She’s Smart, She’s Efficient, and She Handles Like a Dream”

“She’s Smart, She’s Efficient, and She Handles Like a Dream”

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It doesn’t have axles. Each wheel has its own electric motor. The hydraulics are electric driven. Its small diesel engine charges the battery energy storage system. 98% of its parts are new and it’s a fundamentally new design. Volvo CE has been field testing the LX1 hybrid wheel loader since  … 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

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

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

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

Do the Words “Direct Neural Control” Scare You?

Do the Words “Direct Neural Control” Scare You?

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For my money, the movie the Terminator is one of the best science fiction films ever. And I reference it again because we’ve taken another step closer to having that fictional “Skynet” take over all the machines and wage war on humankind. In Balfour Beatty’s latest paper, “Innovation 2050 –  … Read More

Training: To Each His Own

Training: To Each His Own

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Vehicle simulators aren’t new; they’re in widespread use for teaching potential license holders how to become proficient on everything from passenger cars to trucks to well, buses. So widespread that about four years ago, I was asked to take a look at the state of the art of simulators in  … Read More

Safety: Excavation and Trenching Dangers

Safety: Excavation and Trenching Dangers

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Workplace safety solution professionals: How many times do we see excavation and sewer workers working unprotected in trenches? Trenches are literally filled with a variety of potential safety and environmental hazards. Cave-ins are perhaps the most feared trenching hazard as one cubic yard of soil can weigh as much as a car. Asphyxiation due to  … Read More

A Big Thing in a Small Package

A Big Thing in a Small Package

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For years I’ve been fascinated with the progression and evolution of telematics packages in heavy equipment. First in individual pieces of iron, and then to include fleets and job sites. The bigger and more expansive the telematics, the better. Now another telematics device has captured my attention. But this isn’t  … Read More

Making Dozers More Versitile

Making Dozers More Versitile

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Kansas farmer James Cummings and draftsman J. Earl McLeod designed the first bulldozer in 1923. When they filed for a US patent, they described it as an “attachment for tractors” used to plow fields. Large, powerful, and on tracks that gave it mobility through rugged terrain and grip in muddy  … Read More

Finding Balance in Construction Lending and Debt Structure

Finding Balance in Construction Lending and Debt Structure

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Almost every contractor with a significant equipment fleet knows the company must balance working capital and cash flow requirements with the need to invest in a new and more efficient construction fleet. The contractor is often caught in a tug-of-war between their surety and their bank on one side, and  … Read More

You Didn’t Hear It From Me

You Didn’t Hear It From Me

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I’ve mentioned to you that American infrastructure is ranked number 11 in the world. I have said many times over that the state of our infrastructure impacts not only our industry, but also the ability of our industry to do business and compete with the companies and countries around the  … Read More



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