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Grading & Excavation Contractor Weekly

A Heavy-Equipment Manufacturer that Digs Sustainability

A Heavy-Equipment Manufacturer that Digs Sustainability

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I find that in talking to friends, family, or acquaintances, there are still a great number of people who, when they think of heavy construction equipment, think of black smoke streaming from tall exhaust pipes while engines thunder so loud that nothing else can be heard. And they think of  … 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

Give Infrastructure Some Credit

Give Infrastructure Some Credit

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Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria so far have caused damages totaling in the hundreds of billions of dollars. The fires in Northern California’s wine country have, so far, racked up a $3 billion tab. And for good measure, let’s mention the more than a dozen other hurricanes this past year,  … Read More

Estimating Earthwork Volumes

Estimating Earthwork Volumes

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Formulas and methods for determining the volumes and areas of regular shapes and surfaces go back at least as far as ancient Greece. Pythagoras and other mathematicians determined those formulas that are still used to calculate the volumes of spheres and pyramids, as well as the areas of curve conic  … Read More

A Caterpillar’s Metamorphosis—Part 2

A Caterpillar’s Metamorphosis—Part 2

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Last week, we started a conversation with Caterpillar’s Bob De Lange, the group president of construction industries, about CAT’s Next Gen excavators and other measures taking place at the company. This week, we cover Caterpillar’s electronic solutions, what the focus will be in 2018, doing business in current and future  … Read More

A Caterpillar’s Metamorphosis

A Caterpillar’s Metamorphosis

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Caterpillar recently announced the introduction of its Next Generation Excavators. The three new models are the CAT 320 GC, the CAT 320, and the CAT 323. The stripped down numeric designations signify a streamlining philosophy to work in conjunction with empirical data mined for the purpose of servicing Caterpillar customers.

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Compact Excavators and Their Advantages

Compact Excavators and Their Advantages

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Designed to fill the gap left by their full-size counterparts, compact excavators can be—and are—used in a wide variety of applications. “When space is limited or efficiency is the priority, compact excavators can handle any type of excavation job on a smaller scale, including trenching, grading, material handling, and operating  … Read More

Naming Names

Naming Names

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As a resident of California, I recently had to make a fairly significant change to my weekly gasoline budget due to the state’s new fuel tax (12 cents per gallon for gasoline, 20 cents per gallon for diesel). Vehicle registration fees are scheduled to go up in 2020, $25 to  … Read More

Get Organized: A Look at Comprehensive Tool Tracking

Get Organized: A Look at Comprehensive Tool Tracking

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If you’re like most contractors, you’ve invested a lot of money to ensure that your teams have the required tools for completing jobs. However, despite these large investments in tool assets, you might not be tracking their usage and location like you do with your big machinery. We get  … Read More

3D Space Race

3D Space Race

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In the Star Trek universe, a replicator is a device that can create just about any kind of inanimate matter. That includes food, materials, tools, etc. It works by (feel free to let me know if I’m sounding “nerdy”) rearranging subatomic particles to form molecules and then arranges those molecules  … Read More

When to Use Hydro or Air Excavation

When to Use Hydro or Air Excavation

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A good piece of vacuum excavation equipment in the fleet can make jobs easier, safer, faster, and more efficient. It can help a company cast a wider net for project opportunities.  … Read More



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