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.
More than 20 NUCA of Colorado members, including family members, volunteered to do light repairs and heavy cleaning at the 45-room Ronald McDonald House in Aurora, Colo., on Nov. 9. Ronald McDonald House Charities provide a “home-away-from-home” for families so they can stay close by their hospitalized children at little or no cost.
For the fourth year, NUCA of Ohio sponsored a Battle of Ohio event, featuring the state’s north-south football rivalry between the Cleveland Browns and the Cincinnati Bengals. Fifty participants from all over the state had a great time, even though the Browns (Utility Contractor’s hometown team) lost to the Bengals 20-41.