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Large backhoe loaders competently handle the basic tasks of digging, loading, and lifting—while an expanded selection of attachments and refined...
Specialized tractor expands Volvo’s Class 8 lineup to more customers
Higher engine rating and strong chassis allows a Ford SuperDuty pickup to become ‘half an 18-wheeler’
Overall design refinement assists in producing smooth mats and controlling costs
Front-discharge mixer moves fast, maneuvers nicely with cheap natural gas power
Manufacturers offer tips on when to choose them over crawler cranes and big telehandlers, what to consider before buying, and how to keep operating...
Lighter, more agile suspension supplements but doesn’t replace the venerable Camelback
Local 150 operating engineers Mike Evans and Zip Ackert evaluate Caterpillar’s new D-Series skid-steer design
Surging sales and new engine choices give fleet managers greater flexibility
Cost of emissions technology and buyer concern for greater efficiency cause a “fluid”—but still strong—market for 2,200-pound-plus skid-steer loaders
Ford’s big V-10 is strong and fairly quiet as it revs to make horses that feed on natural gas
OEMs note managers’ concerns on fuel consumption and operating costs while safeguarding productivity
Volvo’s AMT has capabilities for getting out of off-road holes, but the driver needs to know about them
We tested Caterpillar’s mobile device against its claims for construction usage
Automated transmission makes the right gear-change choices while saving fuel and work
Local 150 operators give this new hydrostatic crawler dozer an excellent rating overall, while offering a few suggestions for operator amenities
SCR technology, power train tweaks, and telematics preview what’s to come at Conexpo and beyond
Concrete-pavement industry moves cautiously ahead as it waits for a new highway bill
Single-Rear-Axle model is closer to medium than heavy-duty, but it’s still Mack-solid
Although this mature category may have lost some ground to skid steers and mini excavators, manufacturers are keeping backhoe loaders vital by making...

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