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Grading & Excavation Contractor Weekly

I Hope It Doesn’t Happen Again

I Hope It Doesn’t Happen Again

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This week, the Morandi Bridge in Genoa, Italy, collapsed during a storm. At least 25 people were killed when 260 feet of the span came loose and dropped about 150 feet to the ground below. The search for survivors continues. The bridge is on a major highway that connects Italy  … Read More

Break-ups Are Often Necessary

Break-ups Are Often Necessary

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Socially speaking, I do my best to try not to talk to friends and family about their break-ups. I never have any sage advice. Each split is different. Each partner is to blame. Whenever someone has sought my advice or counsel about a break-up, I would blatantly state that I  … 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

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

Achieving Optimum Traction With Specific Tires and Tracks

Achieving Optimum Traction With Specific Tires and Tracks

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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

“Protecting Lives, Property, and the Environment”

“Protecting Lives, Property, and the Environment”

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At the time of writing, the Carr Fire burning in Shasta County, CA, has grown to more than 110,000 acres and is only 27% contained. So far it is the seventh most destructive wildfire in California state history. It started on July 23 and has destroyed more than 880 homes and  … Read More

Matching Generators and Compressors With Your Job Site

Matching Generators and Compressors With Your Job Site

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Adhering to a blueprint of key factors will help contractors choose the best compressor or generator for a job site.

When it comes to compressors, consider rated capacities, fuel consumption, emissions requirements, operating costs, and service costs.  … Read More

Boom or Bust

Boom or Bust

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You may have noticed that we’ve talked a lot about American tariffs on steel and aluminum imports in the last few months. Until recently, this talk was mostly just prediction and speculation, but no longer. US tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada, Mexico, and the European Union took  … 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

Keep Playing Around

Keep Playing Around

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When my kids were small, I remember wanting to get them their first set of Legos. It turned out to be a fairly difficult purchase because the Lego sets being sold in toy stores were much more sophisticated than the simple set of bricks of various sizes that I had  … Read More

Employee Engagement: The Key to Closing Construction’s Skills Gap

Employee Engagement: The Key to Closing Construction’s Skills Gap

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“In the US, 46% of employers are having difficulty filling jobs… For the seventh consecutive year, skilled trades vacancies are the hardest jobs to fill in the US. And for the fifth consecutive year, skilled trades are the hardest to fill globally.”  — Manpower Group 2016/2017 US Talent Shortage Survey

If  … Read More

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

This Seriously Can Kill You

This Seriously Can Kill You

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I usually try to get to this subject at the very start of summer and at this point, I feel I’m a couple of weeks late. But since it is the 4th of July, I’m assuming most of you have the day off and will be enjoying cold beverages and  … Read More



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