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John Deere Reminds you it makes bulldozer too

In Company News, Construction, News, Used Parts by Nikita

John Deere is best known for its mammoth green farm tractors and combine harvesters, but much of its growth potential is in the construction equipment market, taking on Caterpillar Inc (CAT.N) and Komatsu Ltd (6301.T). The brutal U.S. summer drought is killing large swaths of the nation’s corn crop, sparking concerns among investors that farmers could delay new machinery purchases. As the drought intensified in the past month Deere’s shares fell 2 percent. By contrast, shares of Caterpillar, which does not make agricultural equipment, gained 6 percent. Amid all the bad agriculture news, investors do not give Deere enough credit …

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Hitachi Wheel Loaders – Built for the Job

In Construction, International, News, Safety by Nikita

A recently opened new Recycling Facility located in Silverwater, Sydney are reaping the benefits of its Hitachi ZW250-5 wheel loader. Delivered in late November 2017, it is the first Hitachi machine for business owner Jason O’Sullivan at MET Recycling. The company specializes in haulage and disposal of all material classifications, ensuring that all materials are transported to suitably licensed tips or facilities which hold current D.A approvals. Equipped with a 4m3, the ZX250-5 has already clocked 500 working hours so far. The new wheel loader is utilized to load various materials such as brick, cement, clay and other acceptable tipping …

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Construction Renovation underway for Wrigley Field

In Construction, Design, News, Travel by Nikita

Standing majestically at 1060 West Addison Street on Chicago’s windy north side is where you’ll find Wrigley Field – in the same exact place it has always been since 1914. Its age lands “The Friendly Confines” among the top five oldest American sports venues still in use today, however with Fenway Park having opened in 1912, the home of the Cubs is for the time being firmly cemented as Major League Baseball’s second-oldest park. Both stadiums have been designated historic landmark status and renovated extensively, although Wrigley’s most recent update has it poised to remain baseball’s jewel for decades to …

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Dozer Safety Tips

In Company News, News, Safety by Nikita

While all John Deere equipment is designed with safety in mind, the design itself will not ensure 100% safe operation. The equipment operator can take several steps to ensure dozer safety before, during, and after operation. Here are some steps that should be taken by all dozer operators to ensure they’re kept safe while on the jobsite. Dozer Safety: Before Operation Buckle the seatbelt before starting the engine. In the case of a rollover, the seatbelt will keep you in place and will allow the ROPS to do its job. Make a quick check of the dozer’s operational controls. Doing …

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Kobelco to Double Production at U.S. Manufacturing Facility by 2018

In Company News, Construction, News by Nikita

KOBELCO USA is continuing its commitment to providing customers with quality products from its North American excavator production facility with plans to nearly double manufacturing capacity by 2018. Mass production at the Spartanburg, SC facility began in 2016 with conventional machines weighing 20-plus tons. Over the past year, KOBELCO has increased production capacity by threefold as the facility is ramping up to produce 1,800 units/year. Today, seven excavator models are being produced at the US manufacturing facility – the SK210LC-10, SK210LC-10 Long Reach, SK260LC-10 Long Reach, SK300LC-10, SK300LC-10 High & Wide, SK350LC-10 and SK500LC-10. KOBELCO will increase manufacturing capacity in …

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2017 Innovative Construction Industry Trends

In Construction, News, Travel by Nikita

The temperature outside wasn’t the only thing running hot this week in Louisville, KY. Attendees and exhibitors at ICUEE – the International Construction and Utility Equipment Exposition agreed that the show exceeded their expectations with specialized exhibits, hands-on test drives, innovative construction ideas and trends, interactive product demonstrations and lots of activity and leads in the booths. Commencing Oct. 3-5, the 2017 installment of the Demo Expo was the largest in the show’s history with 28-plus acres of exhibits (nearly 1.24 million net square feet) of the latest utility and construction equipment, products and technologies and more than 1,000 exhibitors, …

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The Importance of Final Drive Maintenance

In Company News, Construction, Used Parts by Nikita

Did you know that a general rule of thumb is that the life of your final drive gearbox is directly proportional to how frequently the oil is changed?  That’s why one of the important maintenance tasks for a final drive is to regularly check the oil on the planetary side. Ideally, you should check the oil level about once every 100 hours of operation, and change the oil out at least once a year.  In this article, we are going to talk about how to check the oil level and change out the oil in your final drive. Checking the Oil in a Final Drive …

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ICUEE hits record with 28 acres of exhibit space for upcoming equipment show

In Construction, Used Parts by Nikita

This year’s International Construction and Utility Equipment Exposition, better known as ICUEE, is heading into a record-size equipment show, with 28 acres of utility and construction equipment and products on display. More than 900 exhibitors have signed up to display their wares at ICUEE, and about 180 of those companies are new to the show, according to the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), which sponsors the event. Held every two years, ICUEE is geared toward the electric, telecommunications, cable, natural gas, water and wastewater sectors. The heavy equipment show organizers have also focused on improving education for industry professionals and …

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Global Infrastructure Market to Grow

In Construction, International, Travel by Nikita

The global infrastructure market is set to grow by 6.0% a year until 2020, according to a new report. A new report from Timetric’s Infrastructure Intelligence Center (InfraIC), Global Infrastructure Outlook, reveals that the global infrastructure market is expected to grow to $4.2tr in 2020, after reaching $3.1tr in 2016. The InfraIC is currently tracking over 12,700 public and private large-scale infrastructure projects worldwide — worth $14.2tr — from the initial announcement to the execution phase. Electricity and power projects dominate the infrastructure construction market with 6,171 projects in the pipeline, according to the report. Electricity and power is then …

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This Past April, 21 States Added Construction Jobs

In Construction by Amber

An Associated General Contractors of America analysis of Department of Labor data found that 21 states added construction positions between March and April, a four-state uptick compared to last month. Like March, 39 states added construction jobs year over year. The persistent skilled-labor shortage is still keeping employers from reaching their staffing goals. AGC Chief Economist Ken Simonson said in a release that there is plenty of work out there, so the lack of hiring is a result of the low labor supply. He said that unless the size of the workforce increases, employers will be forced to rework schedules …