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Nathan Medcalf

Articles by Nathan Medcalf

The Big, The Fast, and The Smelly

| Equipment used in composting applications can get really large. Some machines, such as Peterson Pacific Corp.’s 6700 grinders, have a footprint of 750 feet squared (63 feet by 11.9 feet). Other machines have really high capacities. The Scarab 27×11 A Frame windrow machine is capable of processing more than 15,000 tons per hour. The Biggest ... READ MORE

The Squeaky Wheel

| Fluids are essential to machine health but are too often overlooked and under-prioritized. Also, many only learn basic or general fluid maintenance information, and this, plus some misinformation, often leads to less optimal machine productivity and longevity and can lead to catastrophic failure. The Squeaky Wheel Gets the Grease “Oil is a very complex fluid ... READ MORE

Physical Gains from the Digital World

| The greatest productivity-enhancing features on new heavy equipment are digital—not mechanical. Machine size, attachment size, swing speed, travel speed…none of these changes have the potential to unlock productivity and efficiency in the same manner that digital technologies can. The technologies that have the greatest influence over heavy equipment production and use are machine control and fleet management. ... READ MORE

Site Clearing Success

| Site clearing can demand a lot of niche or application-specific equipment. Most equipment that serves in those applications has application-specific features, which makes it great at its intended use, but not very versatile. ... READ MORE

Achieving Optimum Traction With Specific Tires and Tracks

| Tires are wonderful things. They solved transportation and mobility issues for a lot of people throughout history, from wheel-mounted siege weapons to horse-drawn carriages to wheelchairs to cars to construction equipment. However, throughout history, people have been dealing with the shortcomings of tire technology. ... READ MORE

Site Clearing Success

| Site clearing can demand a lot of niche or application-specific equipment. Most equipment that serves in those applications has application-specific features, which makes it great at its intended use, but not very versatile. ... READ MORE

The Tracks of My Tires

| Tires are wonderful things. They solved transportation and mobility issues for a lot of people throughout history, from wheel-mounted siege weapons to horse-drawn carriages to wheelchairs to cars to construction equipment. However, throughout history, people have been dealing with the shortcomings of tire technology. ... READ MORE

’Cause Backing Up is Hard to Do

| There are several hazards when backing a vehicle—not just avoiding what is immediately behind the truck or moving into the pathway of the truck, but there may be inadequate clearance on the sides or top of the vehicle, and the truck’s blind spots hide objects whose presence can make it unsafe to back up. ... READ MORE

The New Swiss Army Knife

| When Takeuchi first introduced the compact excavator in 1971, some people scoffed and criticized that the machine was little more than a toy. Since then, the machine has become an integral part of the construction site, sometimes replacing other machines—and not only on general construction sites but in many other applications, too. ... READ MORE

Fire to Ice, Forest to Landfill

| Dozers are often seen in site preparation and the early stages of roadbuilding, but they may be much more versatile than you think. Other applications where dozer use is substantial include waste, forestry, fire, and disaster clean up. These niche applications put extra demands on the dozer, which manufacturers have met by customizing them into the ideal machines for these environments. Also, size matters. A lot of these markets prefer the bigger machines, but not all of them. ... READ MORE

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