The first hydraulic excavator in America was built before 1900, but it was another half century before the machine was wheel-mounted and popularized. When tractor-mounted backhoes and then purpose-built excavators did arrive, utility contractors surely exulted. Digging trenches for water lines and undertaking other municipal projects suddenly wasn’t backbreaking work.
A new year typically brings millions of resolutions, many dealing with losing weight or getting healthier. However, many people are left alone in their quest to drop a few pounds or a pants size — but this doesn’t have to be the case. By adding a company-wide wellness program, employers can help their workers take charge of their well-being while making their business better in the process.
A mechanic’s and equipment service technician’s safety is sometimes overlooked. Ask yourself: When was the last time your company focused on providing safety training for mechanics and service technicians in the equipment maintenance shop or in the field with the mechanics truck? What about the shop?
2014 will usher in a new generation of Tier 4 Final (Tier 4f) engine-equipped air compressors as manufacturers make these new units available to the marketplace. Tier 4f-compliant products are being introduced to meet regulations for reduced air emissions established by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for machines ranging from 25 to 74 hp.
Excavators are some of the hardest-working machines on any jobsite. Throughout the spring, summer and fall, these workhorses perform a variety of tasks, from digging to placing pipeline. When the weather turns cold, a new set of challenges face excavator owners and operators. Like most diesel-powered equipment, excavators need special attention for wintertime use and storage.
Whether needed for site preparation, digging, trenching, installing or site cleanup, backhoe loaders are handy to have on any underground utility project. Public and private utility companies often use backhoe loaders, over dedicated machines, when it comes to installing new or repairing existing underground utility lines as a way to save time and money.
Another year has flown by here at the Utility Contractor headquarters, and it was another busy one for our crew. Between covering tradeshows (like the behemoth that is bauma) and understanding exactly who was doing what to reach Tier 4 Final deadlines, we’re ready for a little R&R over holiday break.