Tag: rough grading

Cutting and filling of earth preliminary to the final work.

Project Profile: Reigning in Texas-Sized Challenges

Project Profile: Reigning in Texas-Sized Challenges

A real-life manifestation of the adage “everything’s bigger in Texas,” recently took place on a huge tract of farmland about 35 miles northwest of Houston. There, global air conditioning supplier Daikin Industries Ltd., has built the world’s largest tilt-wall structure to house all facets of its operation (manufacturing, distribution, and

For Skid-steer Loaders, Small Is Smart

For Skid-steer Loaders, Small Is Smart

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.

Increasing Machine Utilization With Attachments

Increasing Machine Utilization With Attachments

Industry experts agree: using a piece of compact ­equipment with multiple attachments turns that one machine into a multipurpose tool for road construction site preparation work that can help contractors complete their jobs more efficiently, bid on larger projects, create a more diversified portfolio, and work in all weather and

Graders Move Into the Mainstream

Graders Move Into the Mainstream

Traditionally, motor graders have been used for finish grading, leaving the preliminary rough grading to scrapers, bulldozers, and other heavy equipment. As a precise fine-grading tool, it’s designed for specific tasks. Commonly used for construction and maintenance of gravel and dirt roads, as well as preparation of the base of

Trimble Announces Machine Control System for Wheel Loaders

Trimble Announces Machine Control System for Wheel Loaders

SUNNYVALE, Calif., Feb. 11, 2016—Trimble (NASDAQ:TRMB) introduced today version 12.81 of its Trimble® GCS900 Grade Control System. The new version further expands the mix of machines supported to now include wheel loaders, demonstrating Trimble’s continued commitment to meet the contractor’s needs for construction technology across a mixed fleet and for

Connecting With Attachments

Connecting With Attachments

Industry experts agree: using a piece of compact ­equipment with multiple attachments turns that one machine into a multipurpose tool for road construction site preparation work that can help contractors complete their jobs more efficiently, bid on larger projects, create a more diversified portfolio, and work in all weather and ground conditions.

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Dozer Power for Projects

Dozer Power for Projects

When you think of dozers, you think of strength and power, and rightly so. They are the machines that have, literally, moved mountains, and you’ll find them in most contractors’ fleets of construction equipment. They tend to be the first machines running when a site must be cleared and flattened

Editor’s Comments: I’m Just Saying

Editor’s Comments: I’m Just Saying

About a year ago, I wrote a blog for the Grading & Excavation Contractor magazine website titled, “A Monumental Shift in Heavy Equipment Technology”. It was an April Fool’s day blog that imagined the emergence of a fictional equipment manufacturer named the “Butterfly Company.” I expanded the fiction with details

Setting Up for Precision With GPS and Lasers

Setting Up for Precision With GPS and Lasers

Although the terms accuracy and precision get tossed around interchangeably, contractors are wise to be aware of the difference. Precision refers to the repeatability or reproducibility of measurement, accuracy to the degree to which a specific measurement represents a true value. Precision is a function of the system. Achieving accuracy

Technology in Construction: The Three Gs of Digital Automation

Technology in Construction: The Three Gs of Digital Automation

Remember when moving earth meant lots of paperwork and still more legwork before you could even get to the site work? Well, the past is fading fast, and the industry is in a full-scale revolution, driven by the three Gs of automation and digital technology: GIS (geographic information systems), GPS

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