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Operator Sean Poyner experiments with the Discovery’s new remote-drive system, which uses the Freightliner’s Allison transmission and allows speeds to 7 mph. (Photos: George Pfoertner)

Local 150 operating engineers Sean Poyner and Chris Tomblin, long-time Gradall operators, offer their thoughts on Gradall’s new commercial-chassis...
Hydraulic excavators with operating weights of 60,000 to 80,000 pounds can take on varied big projects, yet are relatively easy to move site-to-site

(Construction Equipment photo.)

A beefed-up chassis puts the new truck between half- and three-quarter-ton pickups, but the star for now is Cummins diesel power
Concrete paver makers fought through an uncertain market with increased technology and versatility
The versatility of CTLs beats skid steers, but undercarriage costs beg proper maintenance and operation.
This new diesel from Kenworth and Peterbilt’s parent makes impressive power and torque, and it adds another product for buyers to consider
Loaders between 100 and 200 horsepower gain sales and features, but some OEMs find they’re taking a bite out of skid steers
Articulated dump trucks (ADTs) are the staple of many earthmoving fleets, but also find work in a range of applications
Strong hauling capabilities with a Cummins ISX15 powerplant highlight International demonstration drives at the company’s new 668-acre facility

Two expert operators spend time with John Deere’s new 1050K and offer opinions about the machine’s pushing power and operator amenities

Two expert operators spend time with John Deere’s new 1050K and offer opinions about the machine’s pushing power and operator amenities
Energy and telecommunications sectors keep drill manufacturers busy; crew needs keep them innovating
Model with forward-set steer axle has more bling in its nose, and it may be the nicest-driving Cat Truck yet  

The Titan hitched to this loaded lowboy could have used a lower axle ratio in starting out on an incline. Once underway, the D16 diesel and automated tranny ably propelled the 105,000-pound rig.

Smooth operation continues as tougher innards give the automated tranny extended life for construction duties
Manufacturers see trends toward heavier machines, more horsepower, machine control and telematics
But set-forward front axle doesn’t seem to come with the usual serious penalty in maneuverability
“Intelligent Compaction” (IC) models are designed for consistent results, higher production, and improved project quality
Low fuel prices boost purchases of the popular trucks as more diesels are readied
Volvo Heavy Duty model has its own styling but retains most of the comfort of better-known VN road tractors
Re-energized manufacturers offer new AWPs, scissors and safety features for demanding buyers
Asphalt paver manufacturers answer contractors’ calls for width options and productivity

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