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Excavator Size Classes: Defined

There are many standards for construction equipment manufacturers. Naming and size classification is not one of them.

Each OEM has a different nomenclature and way of categorizing equipment. Our goal here is to break through the clutter and add definition to excavator size classes. Also, we’ll provide a few tips for sizing your next excavator.

Wheel Loader Helps Contractor Achieve Sustainability

With 27 years in business and a mission statement of “Bioservices to grow on,” Chamness Technology focuses on capturing organic matter and converting it into something of value.

With four compost sites located throughout the Midwest, the company takes commercial and industrial organic streams of material and converts it into soil-enhancing compost. For Chamness, the idea of sustainability goes beyond just its end product – the company puts the same principles into its equipment buying decisions, working to match productivity goals with equipment that proves efficient in terms of fuel use and emissions standards.

The 411 on SCR and DEF

With the introduction of D Series excavators, CASE has further established itself as the leader in implementing Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) technology into its equipment. Six major product lines – excavators, dozers, wheel loaders, backhoes, skid steers and compact track loaders – now feature SCR as a solution for meeting Tier 4 Final emissions standards.

SCR is new for many – and it provides a number of advantages and benefits. Here’s the 411 on DEF and SCR: 

Top 6 Reasons to Consider Remanufactured Parts

On the construction jobsite, equipment uptime and cost management are big priorities. In order to maintain these goals, remanufactured parts can provide owners what they need to keep their machines running smoothly and economically.

Remanufacturing is a process that starts with a worn component, known as a core, and restores it to “like new” condition in terms of performance and reliability. Each component is assembled to match OEM specifications, and then 100-percent tested to ensure it performs like new.

Steele Knows Dirt: Natural Gas Boom Grows Contractor’s Earthmoving Business

With a name like Steele in Pennsylvania, you’d expect Steele Construction, Inc. owner Bill Steele to specialize in structural steel construction, or to own a foundry. Instead, he’s recognized as one of the premier builders of timber-framed homes in the state. As new housing starts dipped during “The Great Recession”, Steele further grew his business on the strength of the Marcellus Shale natural gas boom. 

“We were lucky enough to get into a gas contract, and now our company is pretty much evenly split between the building of heavy timber frame and moving dirt,” says Steele.

Important Tips For Buying a Backhoe Loader

When buying a backhoe loader, it’s important to understand and differentiate between the specs offered with each machine. Knowing what’s most important to you and the work required will help your new backhoe loader be most productive in the long run.

Tip 1: Ask the Right Questions

Four Business Considerations for Telematics

Though its only recently gained popularity in the last two to three years, telematics has been around much longer than people think. A web-based system that is compatible with all current computers and can be accessed from any standard device that’s used to access the web, telematics is simple and cost-effective.

The system provides owners and operators a handful of benefits that include equipment utilization, machine maintenance, equipment security, and billing and estimating. This article details just how contractors can use this technology to better manage equipment, boost profitability and improve how business gets done.

Backhoe Evolution = Practical Innovation

Necessity is the mother of invention. An old proverb, but completely accurate as it relates to backhoes and how they’ve evolved over time.  The original 1957 backhoe loader was born from a need for a solution that was integrated from the factory and warranted by a single OEM, as contractors were retrofitting farm tractors with loaders and backhoe arms.

That necessity/invention pattern has continued. The extendahoe option on backhoe loaders wasn’t just a great idea – as regulations in northern climates dictated that water pipe had to be placed deeper and deeper to avoid freezing problems, there was a need to dig deeper. It also helped contractors digging around trenches perform that work while having the machine positioned further away – helping maintain the integrity of the trench and the safety of the operator.

Shop Talk: Maintenance Practices for Lowering Owning & Operating Costs

The construction industry continues to grow as the economy improves; more jobs are out to bid – yet contractors still find themselves in a competitive environment where it’s important to find every edge possible. One area where contractors can get more competitive is in lowering the owning and operating costs of equipment – and one of the greatest opportunities for lowering those costs is in fleet management/maintenance practices.

In this article, we’ll look at three areas where fleet managers can help keep owning and operating costs down: remanufactured parts, planned maintenance contracts and telematics. 

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