Archive | August, 2013

The Origin of Motor Graders Produced by Caterpillar Began 110 Years Ago

The origin of Caterpillar's involvement in the motor grader industry can be traced back to 110 years ago. In 1903, Richard Russell and Charles Stockland built their first horse-drawn elevating grader and formed a partnership - the Russell Grader Company- in a little town called Stephen, Minnesota. Richard Russell applied for a patent for this […]

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Understanding Attachments Best Suited For CTLs

Successful skid steer loader and compact track loader (CTL) operation depends largely on the type of terrain you are operating on. For example, concrete, asphalt and rocky surfaces are typically best suited to skid steers, while softer, more sensitive surfaces are better suited for compact track loaders.  But a closer look at attachment use with […]

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John Deere Adds 204K and 304K Models to Compact Wheel Loader Line

Designed specifically for lower-clearance applications, John Deere introduces the 8-foot tall, economical 204K and 304K Compact Wheel Loaders. Both machines include features to increase productivity, visibility, versatility, and lower daily operating costs. "The 204K and 304K are the next generation of John Deere compact wheel loaders designed on feedback from various landscape and agricultural customers," said Doug […]

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CAT TH514C Telehandler has New Engine, Unmatched Versatility

Powered by a new 101-horsepower (76 kW) Cat® C3.4B engine that meets U.S. EPA Tier 4-Interim emissions regulations, the Cat TH514C telehandler has an operating weight 24,890 pounds (11,290 kg), a rated load capacity of 11,000 pounds (4,990 kg), and a maximum lift height of 45 feet (13.70m) with stabilizer down. The new telehandler is […]

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Western Star and Klein Products Develop High-Capacity Water Tank Truck

Western Star Trucks, Inc. announced the availability of a 6,500 gallon water tank truck for the 4900XD. Developed in collaboration with Klein Products, Inc., the truck features a Klein K650 water tank to provide a more efficient road dust control operation for construction, quarry, and mining applications. Ontario, Calif.-based Klein Products is a worldwide manufacturer […]

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Tires vs. Tracks: Which Type of Loader is Best for You?

When it comes to landscaping, the acquisition of a quality compact loader can be one of the smartest investments you’ll make. If chosen strategically, a quality skid-steer, all-wheel steer or compact track loader will become more than just an auxiliary piece of equipment. If you commit to effective utilization, loaders can provide a high return […]

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Visit Rock & Dirt at "The Best Show in Public Works"

“The Best Show in Public Works” is what they call the American Public Works Association’s International Public Works Congress & Exposition which is slated for August 25-28, 2013 in Chicago, IL.  Rock & Dirt will be among the 400 companies exhibiting in the 90,000+ square feet area of McCormick Place.  Please stop by the Rock […]

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RoadBuilders Machinery's New Used Parts Department

Huge Used Parts Inventory! Now filling more orders, faster than ever! • Parts for any brand, any model, any age machine • Nationwide used parts network to find any part quickly • Our inventory is constantly changing as we break down machines • We buy salvage equipment Parts in Stock • Undercarriage parts • Arms […]

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For 21 New Liebherr Cranes in Fleet, the ALL Family of Companies Will Provide a Full Year of Manufacturer Training

The ALL Erection & Crane Rental Corp. Family of Companies is committed to having the best-trained operators and technicians, and they ensure it by providing a technical training program that surpasses industry requirements. It includes ongoing, skill-enhancing classes—including manufacturer-led training—for employees at all of its 34 branches in North America. Such is the case with […]

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Eight Things to Consider When Specifying Rollers for Compaction

There are a number of variables that determine the right roller for each compaction job. The most obvious is whether you’re compacting soil or asphalt. Other factors are the width of the area to be compacted, the final density required, the grade of the area to be compacted, the type of asphalt mix, soil type, […]

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2013 Great American Trucking Show

The 2013 Great American Trucking Show will be at the Dallas Convention Center August 22-24, 2013.  Rock & Dirt will be exhibiting at booth # 24089 distributing free copies of Rock & Dirt and demonstrating RockandDirt.com – Stop by and see us. The Great American Trucking Show is the nation’s second-largest trucking trade show and […]

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The Los Angeles Aqueduct was Built with the Help of Holt's Caterpillar Tractors

The Los Angeles Aqueduct was constructed during 1908-1913 to transport water via a concrete-lined tunnel from the Owens River to Los Angeles, California. The Caterpillar tractors hauled rock, cement, supplies and other machinery from the railroad to the Los Angeles Aqueduct. Loads weighed as much as 50 tons and the machines traveled up to four […]

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