Archive | June, 2012

Volvo EW180D, EW210D Wheeled Excavators

Volvo has added two models to its D Series wheeled excavator line: the EW180D and EW210D, weighing 19.9 and 25.1 tons, respectively. Upgrades include 173-horsepower Tier 4-Interim Volvo engines that work in harmony with intelligent, advanced hydraulics and well-matched components, Volvo says. A new ECO mode and an automatic idling and shutdown system aid fuel […]

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Kubota Encourages Customers to Hang Up Their Cell Phones and Avoid Tractor Distractors

It is common knowledge that texting while driving a car increases your risk of an accident; even talking with a hands-free device requires the brain to multitask and can be risky behavior. The same goes for driving a tractor or using other heavy equipment. Today's tech tools – like cell phones, music devices, or tablets […]

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New Technology in the Excavator Industry

Over the last 18 months there have been numerous new excavator launches in Europe and North America in response to Stage IIIB (Europe) and Interim Tier 4 (US) regulations on exhaust emissions. The laws now apply to diesel engines from 56 kW to 560 kW, which translates to excavators from 10 tonnes to over 100 […]

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Ritchie Bros. Conducts Massive Alberta and Texas Auctions Last Week

Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers sold millions of dollars of heavy equipment and trucks at its unreserved public auctions last week, including a CA$50 million (close to US$49 million) auction in Edmonton, Alberta  (June 13 & 14) and a US$41 million auction in Houston, Texas (June 12 & 13), as well as a grand opening auction in Chehalis, Wash. […]

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In-cab Backhoe Attachment for Skid Steers Increases Productivity

The design of the new EDGE In-Cab Backhoe for skid steers allows the operator to remain in the comfort and protection of the cab, operate all of the backhoe functions including vertical stabilizers, side-shift, boom extension, swing, dipper and bucket, as well as the ability to move the machine as needed. Without ever leaving the […]

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Cat 120M2 and 12M2 Motor Graders

The Cat 120M2 and 12M2 motor graders – with their all-wheel-drive (AWD) counterparts, the 120M2 AWD and 12M2 AWD – are equipped with low-emitting, fuel-efficient engines meeting Tier 4 Interim emission standards and are designed for a broad range of tasks, including heavy blade work, road maintenance, snow removal and precision-finishing. Clean, powerful engines The […]

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Caterpillar Bulldozers: Power and Performance for Generations

For many decades, Caterpillar track-type tractors have been a standard of excellence in the construction, forestry and mining industries. Throughout their existence, Caterpillar bulldozers have been a source of support, both in war and in peace. In reality, the success of Caterpillar crawler tractors comes from their model range and their innovative design. From the […]

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Doosan Upgrades the DL420 Wheel Loader

Doosan announced a number of enhancements to accompany interim Tier 4 (iT4) compliance on the Doosan DL420 wheel loader. This 5.5-cubic-yard wheel loader boasts a breakout force of 47,210 pounds, a full-turn tipping capacity of 35,310 pounds and a rugged design built for a variety of material handling applications — such as quarries, mines, road […]

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Kobelco Introduces SK170 Mark 9 Excavator

Kobelco Construction Machinery America introduced the SK170 full-size, high-performance excavator to the Kobelco Mark 9 excavator series. These new Tier 4 models include the SK210, SK260, SK295, SK350 and SK485 Mark 9 excavators. The versatile SK170 Mark 9 delivers up to a 10-percent improvement in both fuel efficiency and productivity, and provides more power and […]

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Tips for Staying Profitable in the Construction Industry

Lee Smither offers invaluable information to construction companies in a presentation to Mountjoy Chilton Medley LLP. The presentation was titled Adjust, Adapt, Act: Winning Stories for the Post-2007 Construction Industry. Mr. Smither shared success stories of companies that have managed to stay profitable during hard times, revealing their secrets. The following are some great takeaways […]

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1963 Mack B813 Truck Restoration

Mack trucks were first used in Britain during World War I to move troops and supplies to the front lines. The trucks took on their K-9 trademark in 1917 when British soldiers, impressed with the trucks’ ruggedness, used the British mascot as inspiration, calling the pugnacious vehicles “Bulldog Macks.” Eventually becoming America's workhorses, Mack trucks […]

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Fiat Industrial Suggests Merger with CNH

CNH Global‘s Board of Directors received a proposal from Fiat Industrial regarding a combination transaction between the two companies that would form a combined holding company. The proposed merger was suggested in a letter sent on May 30 by Sergio Marchionne, chairman of Fiat Industrial S.p.A., to the Board of Directors of CNH. The Board […]

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