Winter weather is harsh on all construction equipment, even the trusty backhoe. Last year, low temperatures and treacherous weather across the nation led to an increase in calls from customers who could not start their machines. In order to avoid damaging the equipment and experiencing downtime, it’s important for contractors to properly prepare their backhoes for the cold months.
A group of Clemson University civil engineering students stepped outside the classroom recently for some hands-on learning in underground construction thanks to a neighbor who happens to be an expert in the field.Employees of McLaughlin Group Inc., a leading manufacturer of trenchless construction equipment, gave the students a demonstration in identifying and marking underground utilities, vacuum excavation and the use of pneumatic boring tools.
Visit www.nuca.com and follow the convention link for registration fees, schedules, events, accommodations and our 50th Anniversary Celebration. The first 25 registrants* will receive a signed hardback copy of Keynote Speaker Jim Lovell’s novel Apollo 13, Anniversary Edition (only 25 books are available).
Two hundred thousand miles from Earth trapped in a tiny computerized spacecraft, Captain Jim Lovell and his Apollo 13 crew faced almost certain death when their oxygen system failed. Boldly confronting the problem, accepting the need for change and providing sound leadership, Lovell modified the lunar module into an effective lifeboat — conserving both electrical power and water in sufficient supply for the crew’s safe return to Earth.
We don’t want to sound greedy. Sure we’d love turtle doves and lords a leaping, but let’s face it, we’re machine enthusiasts here over at Utility Contractor. The past year has brought some great products to the marketplace and we’ve had our eyes on quite a few that would be ideal for utility and excavation contractors.