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Equipment - Featured Headline
Diesel Fuel Prices Bottom Out
Nationwide fuel prices inched up in February but are still 41% lower than last year.


Caterpillar Is Quick on the Uptake
Cat invests in technology startup to bring new business intelligence and benchmarking to construction companies.

Courtesy Caterpillar Inc.

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03/10/15 Ford Struts Out F-750 Tonka Dump Truck

Attendees at this year’s Work Truck Show drooled over the special-edition model signaling Ford’s new 2016 medium-duty lineup.
03/10/15 Mercedes-Benz Debuts Midsize Metris Van

The company hopes to cut into a slice of the commercial-van market needing big capability in a smaller and less-expensive package.
03/10/15 As Cargo Vans Grow Taller, Roof Racks Address Safety

Fleets are increasingly pairing their rolling investments with accessories that boost versatility and reduce risk.
03/04/15 Equipment Makers De-Feature for Rising Rental Market

With the rental market still growing, major equipment manufacturers converged on the Rental Show in New Orleans.
02/26/15 Annual Orlando Equipment Auction Sells Record Lots

More than 10,500 pieces of heavy equipment and trucks—a record number of lots—exchanged hands.
02/26/15 Caterpillar's $250-Million Global Headquarters Takes Shape

Construction is expected to take the better part of a decade to build the entire campus.
02/24/15 Custom Launching Gantry Builds Over Busy NYC Railway

Italian launching girder system lets NYC developer build over Pennsylvania Station rail yard.
02/24/15 Lifting Experts Teach Online Course for Rigging Engineers

Rigging engineering is becoming high-risk work that requires knowledge transfer, experts say.
02/19/15 Is That Old Loader Worth More Than You Thought?

Fleet managers are getting smarter about how they buy and sell pre-owned machinery, and values for used iron are inching back up.
02/10/15 Hilti Rotating Laser Shoots True, Even After Bangs and Falls

Expensive precision instruments don’t always hold up to extreme use, but Hilti’s new PR 30-HVS rotating laser tries to solve that problem.
02/10/15 More Blind-Spot Sensors Make Jobsites Safer

Most work-zone fatalities are due to a heavy truck or machine striking a ground worker, and half of those deaths occur when a vehicle is backing up.
02/04/15 Stihl Introduces First Battery-Powered Concrete Saw

The TSA 230 Cutquik weighs about 7 pounds less than a gas-powered saw and runs on a 36-volt lithium-ion battery pack
02/04/15 Hilti Updates Breaker, Introduces 'Vampire Chisel'

Anticipating steady growth in the construction sector, Hilti has announced several new products at World of Concrete, including updates to its popular TE 1000 breaker.
02/03/15 Proximity Alarms Gain Ground on Construction Machines

Pulse-radar proximity alarms, which detect moving and non-moving objects, are slowly becoming available on new construction equipment.
02/03/15 Mack Makes Automatic Gearbox Standard on Construction Trucks

The mDrive HD is designed to be a more robust version of Mack’s existing automated manual transmission for highway tractors.
02/03/15 Kubota Introduces Skid Steer to Fill Out Compact Equipment Line

Responding to demand from their U.S.-based dealers and customers, Kubota Tractor Corp. has introduced two models of skid-steer loaders.
02/03/15 Caterpillar Adds Bluetooth App to Construction Line

Caterpillar has introduced a Bluetooth app that allows users to pair their smart phone or tablet with a machine to access its data feed, including fault codes.
01/30/15 Chinese Equipment Importer ICP Files Antitrust Suit Against Caterpillar, Komatsu and Volvo

Lawsuit alleges major equipment companies set up illegal barriers to Chinese equipment coming to America.
01/28/15 Caterpillar Forecasts 9% Sales Decline in 2015

Caterpillar Inc. predicts global sales will slide due largely to falling oil prices and continued softness in the mining industry.
01/26/15 Earnings Probe Delays Hertz Equipment IPO

Hertz Equipment Rental Corp. also plans to launch a new brand name in time for the separation.
01/26/15 Q&A with Lisa Farrar of Hertz Equipment

ENR sits down with Lisa Farrar, Hertz Equipment senior director of marketing and e-business, to talk about its pending spinoff.
01/23/15 Test Drive: 2015 Ram ProMaster City Compact Work Van

Among the recently introduced group of compact commercial vans, Ram introduces a new small model that casts a big shadow.
01/20/15 Nissan Blurs Lines Between Light and Heavy

Nissan wants to fill a major capability and price gap with its Cummins-equipped 2016 Titan XD.
01/13/15 Contractors Get Reprieve At the Pump

For construction equipment managers, low oil prices offer short-term cost savings but make long-term plans tough.
01/13/15 Test Drive: 2015 Chevrolet Colorado

Though fuel economy was not as high as expected, the 2015 Chevrolet Colorado is a truck that most anyone in construction can drive without much effort.
01/06/15 Crane-Age Limits: Anti-Dumping Bans Disguised as Safety?

Regular inspection and maintenance, it concluded, can make a crane of any vintage structurally fit for duty, says Haag Engineering Co.
12/29/14 Year in Review: Pickup Truck Wars

The Big Three battled it out in 2014, and fleet owners will be better off for it
12/19/14 Equipment Forecast: Fleets To Add Capacity in 2015

Most construction equipment categories are set to grow next year, with a few exceptions.
12/16/14 Rentals Rising in China

Softening construction demand is forcing Chinese construction firms to gradually shed their traditional preference for owning equipment.
12/15/14 Around the World With Ron DeFeo

Five minutes with the chairman and CEO of Terex Corp.
12/10/14 At Bauma China, Soggy Times for Machinery

As rains soaked last month's exhibition, uncertainty hovered over global equipment markets.
12/05/14 Chinese Producers Hope 2015 Brings Better Times

Five Minutes with Su ZiMeng, Secretary General of the China Construction Machinery Association.
11/25/14 Ford F-150 Ups Economy Bar for Full-Size Pickups

Latest Ford F-150 is now the most efficient full-size gasoline pickup.
11/25/14 At Bauma China, Machine Producers Suffer From Excess Inventory

Chinese companies are now feeling the effects of a slower economy that has left them with excess manufacturing capacity and large numbers of unsold machines.
11/25/14 Komatsu Bringing Intelligent Excavators to North America

Sensing that the heavy equipment market is ready to move from machine guidance into full machine control, Rolling Meadows, Ill.-based Komatsu America has introduced the PC210LCi-10, the first intelligent hydraulic excavator in North America.
11/18/14 Volvo Shifts Motor Grader and Backhoe Loader Production to SDLG

Volvo shifts production of motor graders and backhoes to SDLG in China.
11/18/14 Link-Belt Gives Crane Owners Telematics Data

Crane owners are gradually seeing the benefits of telematics for managing what is a capital intensive and risky business.
11/11/14 Super Boom Shootout: 180-Foot Telescopic Lifts

ENR puts the world’s tallest telescopic boom lifts, the Genie SX-180 and JLG 1850SJ Ultra Boom, through a rodeo of tests.
11/11/14 Electronic Laser Meter Quickly Measures Difficult Distances

The Hilti PD-E laser meter is designed for outdoor use and has a range of more than 650 feet.
10/28/14 With Boom Lifts Reaching New Heights, JLG Expands Training

Previously used in place of scaffolding or ladders, newer aerial work platforms are reaching extreme heights that may require additional training.
10/28/14 Test Drive: Ford Reinvents Tough By Switching to Aluminum

Design and engineering teams at Ford Motor Co. have taken what might be thought of as a radically conservative approach to the new 2015 Ford F-150.
10/21/14 New GM Midsize Pickups Clock In for Work

Driving the new 2015 Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon small pickups reveals that General Motors has put to good use its three years away from the segment.
10/13/14 South Africa Energy Raises Demand for Heavy Machinery

Energy construction in South Africa has created new opportunities for heavy equipment suppliers, especially crane companies.
10/10/14 Overturns and Falls Lead Aerial-Work-Platform Deaths

Overturns and falls from height were the two leading causes of aerial work platform fatalities globally in the first half of the year, according to new accident data.
10/09/14 Tight Squeeze: Left Coast Lifter Clears Tappan Zee Bridge

Giant crane passes beneath the Tappan Zee Bridge with only a few feet to spare.
10/08/14 Left Coast Lifter Arrives at Tappan Zee Bridge

The giant floating crane was fitted with fresh wire rope and tested this summer to prove that the rig was ready to tackle the project’s heaviest modules.
10/06/14 Palfinger Introduces 335-Foot Aerial Lift for Wind Maintenance

The truck-mounted lift costs $2.75 million to buy but sets up in as little as 15 minutes.
10/06/14 Lampson International Builds 3,000-Tonne Crawler Crane

Lampson’s latest heavy-lifter has been updated with hydraulically-operated hoists.
10/01/14 Bendix Collision-Mitigation Technology Stops Vehicles in Their Tracks

A new collision-mitigation technology available next year from Bendix will be able to respond to stationary objects in the path of a heavy truck.
10/01/14 Crane Operator Testing Will Continue, Examiners Say

Crane operator exams will continue to be administered, though possibly at a slower pace, while OSHA re-examines its crane rules.
09/25/14 OSHA Delays Crane Operator Testing By Three Years

Operators will now have until Nov. 2017 to obtain a valid certification to run a crane on U.S. construction sites.
09/23/14 Test Drive: 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 2500 CNG

For an extra $9,500, GM offers bifuel versions of the heavy-duty Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra.
09/23/14 Global Safety Audit Finds Spotty Rigging Practices

Two-year review in Japan uncovers errors with wedge sockets on construction cranes.
09/12/14 Equipment Rental Company Neff Files $100-Million IPO

Neff executives believe that its earthmoving equipment focus positions it to capitalize upon future growth.
09/09/14 First Drive: Ford 2015 Super Duty Work Trucks Up the Ante

ENR drives the 2015 Ford Super Duty pickup lineup.
08/26/14 Bridge Builder Hooked on GPS-Guided Gantries

Crews in Florida are using GPS to control two of the largest rubber-tired gantry cranes ever to work on a U.S. highway project.
08/12/14 Human Error Caused Superstorm Sandy Crane Failure, Expert Says

New book on crane accidents says workers tied down the Sandy crane, preventing it from weathervaning.
08/12/14 Synthetic Hoist Rope Is 80% Lighter Than Steel

Manitowoc has teamed with Samson Rope to create the first-ever synthetic hoist rope for mobile cranes.
07/29/14 Manitowoc Gains Edge in Sany Patent Case

The U.S. International Trade Commission made an initial ruling that Sany violated Section 337 of the Tariff Act by infringing on one of Manitowoc's crawler-crane patents and misappropriating trade secrets.
07/22/14 Navistar Sold Faulty Engines, Truckers Allege in Lawsuits

?Navistar International Corp. faces civil lawsuits over alleged problems with its MaxxForce diesel engines, which used a controversial method to scrub exhaust pollutants.
07/22/14 Hybrid-Diesel Generator Provides More Juice for the Gallon

A new hybrid generator operates off its battery pack, starting up the diesel engine only to recharge its batteries or to work under high loads.
07/22/14 Milwaukee Expands Shockwave Lineup of Impact-Rated Drill Bits

As more contractors add impact drivers to their toolboxes, manufacturers are offering ever-expanding lines of bits and accessories rated for the higher-torque duty.
07/22/14 First Look: 2015 Ram ProMaster City Van

The all-new 2015 Ram ProMaster City compacty work van promises to brings best-in-class payload and cargo volume to the Class-1 commercial van segment.
07/09/14 New Makita Tools Balance Comfort and Speed

We try out Makita’s new 36-volt cordless circular saw and 1-9/16-in. corded rotary hammer.
06/30/14 First Drive: 2015 Ford Transit Work Van

The 2015 Ford Transit work van is a modern, fuel-efficient antidote to the old-school E-Series, which for decades received only minor updates and guzzled fuel.
06/11/14 Test Drive: Ford's Natural Gas F-150 Pickup Has Dual Personality

Ford now offers a factory-prepped F-150 that delivers impressive fuel economy on natural gas.
06/10/14 Milwaukee Tool Acquires Empire Level

In a deal that unites two of the oldest toolmakers in the upper Midwest, Milwaukee, Wis.-based Milwaukee Tool Corp. announced June 2 that it has acquired Mukwonago, Wis.,-based Empire Level.
06/03/14 Test Drive: 2014 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel Goes the Distance

Ram accelerates fuel economy with the half-ton EcoDiesel, but the higher price tag may eat into ROI.
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