Category: Construction Services

Cat D5, D6 and D7 dozers have now joined wheel loaders and excavators as Cat Command machines. Command for Dozing removes operators from the cab and gives them the ability to operate the machine using either a line-of-sight, over-the-shoulder remote console or a non-line-of-sight station. “We now have the broadest range of remote-control offerings in the industry between our product line and our two scalable offerings of the Cat Command station and console,” says Mike Lenzie, product marketing consultant. By getting operators out of hazardous environments, Cat says its Command system promotes safety, increases production and helps attract and retain skilled operators. “We can always replace the machine, but we cannot replace the person,” Lenzie says. Applications where Command could offer safety advantages include steep slopes, underfoot conditions that are so soft the machine could potentially sink into the ground, demolition — especially when there’s the chance of falling debris  and working around hazardous materials.  Using the Cat Command station, operators can switch between three different types of Command-enabled machines.CaterpillarBecause operators can easily switch between Command-enabled machines in the Cat Command

Two Martin Equipment locations named John Deere Certified Rebuild Centers Martin Equipment locations in Rock Island and Peru, Illinois have officially been named John Deere Certified Rebuild Centers. The rigorous certification process ensures large production class model machine rebuilds are executed at the highest level of quality. Martin Equipment is in the process of certifying more locations in this area. United Rentals Awarded for its Commitment to Hiring and Retaining Veterans United Rentals has been honored with multiple awards for its commitment to hiring veterans and supporting their careers. Awards include: HIRE Vets Gold Medallion: Awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor for the company’s commitment to veteran hiring, retention, and professional development. “Top Ten” Military Friendly® Employers: United Rentals ranked sixth overall among all companies. The company also received awards in the Military Spouse Friendly Employers, Military Friendly Company and Military Friendly Supplier Diversity Program categories.2021 Best for Vets Employers: The award from Military Times Magazine is based on a comprehensive annual ranking of the country’s best employers and organizations with military-connected employment programs, benefits and support efforts.Best of the Best

Takeuchi-US has named EquipmentShare locations in the Las Vegas and San Diego metro areas as dealers. The Las Vegas location will carry Takeuchi’s full line of compact excavators, wheel loaders and track loaders for sale and rental. The San Diego location will focus primarily on compact excavators and track loaders. Both locations will offer replacement parts and service for customers throughout Clark County, Nevada and Imperial County, California. Founded in 2014, EquipmentShare offers and supports multiple heavy equipment product lines. “We’ve had a consistently good experience with Takeuchi since we began working with them in the summer of 2020,” said Jabbok Schlacks, co-founder and CEO of EquipmentShare. “Takeuchi integrates quality into everything they do, from the equipment they manufacture to their customer and dealer support. Our customers have been very satisfied by the durability, comfort, and productivity they get from their Takeuchi machines. We’re looking forward to continued success with the Takeuchi line in the San Diego and Las Vegas areas.” “EquipmentShare is an outstanding company, and we’re very pleased that they are now representing the Takeuchi line at four

McCoy Group has purchased eight John Deere Construction and Forestry stores from Erb Equipment Co., expanding its organization into Missouri, Indiana and Kentucky. McCoy plans to retain the 200+ current Erb Equipment employees as part of the acquisition. Based in Dubuque, Iowa, the new McCoy Construction & Forestry locations will join an organization that is already home to six subsidiaries, including Midwest-based Freightliner dealerships Truck Country and Stoops, and bulk tank transportation companies, Foodliner, Quest Liner and W.W. Transport.> Vermeer Texas-Louisiana becomes Fecon dealer Vermeer Texas-Louisiana is now a Fecon dealer. With 13 locations throughout Texas and Louisiana, the company will sell and service Fecon’s line of forestry mulching tractors and attachments. The offering will complement their full lineup of Vermeer branded forestry equipment.  National Equipment Dealers LLC named Dynapac dealer National Equipment Dealers LLC is expanding its current footprint for Dynapac products into North and South Carolina. The expanded partnership with the compaction and paving equipment manufacturer creates access to new, used and rental equipment along with product support in the region. This will add to NED’s existing footprint

With a compact design and self-loading system, Liebherr’s new LR 1400 SX crawler crane is easy to transport and gets to work quickly, the company says. This weightlifter can handle up to 400 metric tons and requires no heavy tools for assembly and take-down. “The complete assembly is remote-controlled and can be carried out in a very short time,” says Mountain Crane Services CEO Paul Belcher.Furthermore, all crane movements can be done with the remote control.” The remote-controlled operation increases overall visibility, therefore increasing safety. Railings and platforms remain on the upper carriage during transport and can be folded out at the jobsite. The winch can be installed in the same easy manner – simply position it with the assembly cylinder and pin it from a secure distance with the remote control. Despite its size, the 46-ton LR 1400 SX has a wide range of applications.For barge operation, the available barge load charts for any configuration and any possible counterweight combination are crucial. The modular counterweight system is very good,” says Andreas Handel, head of mechanical engineering hydro construction at DepenbrockIf

Chevy has unleashed the Beast. Debuting at SEMA, the 650-horsepower desert runner is built on a Silverado chassis and features tubular doors, a lightweight clamshell-type front end and a widened 91-inch track supported by high-performance suspension. “The Chevy Beast concept takes the popularity of high-performance off-road trucks to the next level,” said Jim Campbell, GM U.S. vice president of Performance and Motorsports. “It’s a vision for a new dimension of Chevrolet Performance capability from a brand that’s been pioneering performance and supporting customer personalization for more than 50 years.” Engineers started with the chassis of a Silverado short-bed model and modified it for high-speed desert running. The frame was shortened. A custom-designed, 4130 chromoly tubular safety structure was integrated, while the modified chassis was wrapped with a custom, lightweight body. A Chevrolet Performance LT4 6.2L supercharged V8 that’s rated at 650 horsepower is bolted to a 10L90 10-speed automatic transmission that sends torque to a two-speed transfer case and distributes it to 37-inch-tall off-road tires mounted on 20-inch beadlock wheels. The concept also includes the Chevrolet Performance Big Brake Upgrade

Work is set to begin next year on a three-year, $446 million widening of Interstate 17 north of Phoenix. The project, which includes 15 miles of widening and 8 miles of new flex lanes, would alleviate congestion and improve safety, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation. ADOT recently awarded the contract to design, build, operate and maintain the expanded roadway to a joint venture of Kiewit Infrastructure West and Fann Contracting. The DOT says the 23-mile section of I-17 between Anthem Way and Sunset Point carries 1 million travelers a year, with most traffic on weekends. Along with road widening and flex lanes, the project involves two bridge replacements, one bridge deck replacement and the widening of 10 bridges. A map of the 23-mile project area to widen and add flex lanes to Interstate 17 between Phoenix and Flagstaff, Arizona.Arizona Department of TransportationThe 8 miles of flex lanes would be used during peak travel times and in emergencies. Drivers would pass through a gate to enter the lanes, which would be separated from the main highway lanes by a

Aimed at contractors for residential and commercial construction, including grading, trenching and fencing, LiuGong has introduced two new excavators to the North American market. The LiuGong 9027F is a true zero tail-swing, 2.7-metric-ton excavator, and the 9018F represents the smallest of the company’s F-series The 9027F enables operators to dig parallel to the dozer blade, which is advantageous for operations close to walls and backfilling. It pushes 2,698 psi through the slew circuit.  The excavator’s main hydraulic pump delivers 23.8 gallons per minute main and uses a proportional control valve for better management of hydraulic flow to attachments. Operators can engage the flow rate for the hammer-shear and hydraulic thumb from the monitor. Hydraulic control for travel, boom swing, arm and bucket are engaged through travel pedals and joysticks. Auxiliary hydraulic functions are controlled by electrical proportional solenoids for precise control. 9027F Specs: Operating weight (with cab): 6,063 poundsT4F Yanmar engine: 20.4 horsepower Max pump flow rate: 23.8 gpm Max pressure: 3,133 psi Standard bucket capacity: 0.065 cubic yards Bucket/cutting width: 15.75 inches. Bucket breakout force: 4,496 foot-pounds Arms digging

When the Toro Dingo line of compact utility loaders was first introduced, it was about the smallest machine anyone could have imagined. But that didn’t stop contractors from enthusiastically embracing the machine and the concept. (These machines are also called mini skid steers and utility track loaders.) The latest version of the machine, the 1,300-pound-rated-operating-capacity Dingo TX 1300 was unveiled at the American Rental Association show in October and brings more power, reach and control to the popular platform. “This is designed for contractors who need increased power and reach,” says Jay Thaker, marketing manager, Toro. The TX 1300 features what the company calls its Intelliscope loader arm with SmartLoad technology, giving the operator an additional 26 inches of reach. With a hinge-pin height of 109 inches, the telescoping loader arm allows material to be lifted over the side of a Dumpster or truck, giving you the same kind of versatility you would get from a skid steer or compact track loader. Toro integrated the hydraulics and loader arm functions into one thumb-operated controller for easier, more natural operation. One hand

Work has begun on what will eventually become an outer loop around Lubbock, Texas, starting with transforming a two-lane rural road into a six-lane freeway. The entire seven-phase project, expected to take 20 years to complete, has been in planning for more than 10 years, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. On November 8, the department held a groundbreaking on the first two construction phases, covering 4 miles of the planned 36-mile loop. Phases 3A and 3B are expected to take up to five years to complete at a cost of $155 billion. Sacyr Construction USA of Miami won the construction contract. The project involves transforming FM 1585 into a freeway with frontage roads, bridges and ramps. The current road handles about 50,000 to 60,000 vehicles a day, and the loop is designed to handle future traffic for the growing city. Crews will begin work by creating retention ponds at four locations before beginning work on an underground drainage system, according to TxDOT. The DOT plans to keep one lane of traffic open in each direction throughout construction. Phases