Operators, dealers get first taste of intelligent Machine Control at Komatsu Demo Days

Komatsu PC360 excavator

Before unleashing the 100 or so attendees to test out Komatsu’s latest earthmoving products, the company demonstrated how its PC360LCi excavator and D51PXi dozer could work in tandem, to simulate building a retention pond. After the operator shifted the excavator to intelligent control, the dozer was sent on its way. The event demonstrated how the […]

Best Practices for Fleet Management

Your fleet is the lifeline of your business. Proper maintenance is essential to keeping your costs low and getting the best return on your investment. Here are six simple best practices for managing your fleet to maximize productivity. 1. Be Proactive with Equipment Maintenance Don’t wait for your machine to break down. Perform routine maintenance, and fix […]

Buy, Borrow, Rent, or Lease: 4 Tips to Minimize Risk

Your investment in equipment is critical to your business. Whether a single machine is rented, leased, bought, or borrowed can make or a break a company in a matter of years. Particularly for small businesses, looking over contracts, future net profit, and utilization schedules for new gear has become a second language of construction. IT’S […]

Clean Fuel Extends Heavy Equipment Engine Life

Dirt and dust can reduce engine life by 50% if they get into your fuel system. Even tiny amounts can grow into damaging and potentially costly obstructions. In fact, such contaminants account for more than 85% of all fuel system failures. And newer engines’ high pressure fuel injectors are even more susceptible. The tiniest of particles […]

Machine Advancements Help Combat Operator Fatigue

The Komatsu D39PXi-24 reduces the constant adjustments an operator must make to the dozer blade.

By Craig McGinnis | Tuesday, August 14, 2018 Construction equipment cabs have come a long way during the past 30 years. Gone are the days of bare-bones workhorses with rigid seats and very few features. Today’s machines are more akin to an on-highway pick-up truck, with heated leather bucket seats, satellite radio and navigation systems. […]

New Tax Law Brings Big Deductions for Buying Used Construction Equipment

2018 section 179 chart

Contractors buying used construction equipment in 2018 and over the next five years will reap some hefty tax breaks, including one that was previously only available for purchases of new equipment. The tax breaks come in two forms, section 179 and bonus depreciation, both of which now allow contractors to deduct 100 percent of the […]

How Komatsu is Increasing Safety Through Innovation

Komatsu has been providing the mining industry with innovative technologies to enhance safety for the better part of a century. Standard-setting developments include the company’s Autonomous Haulage System (AHS) and personal proximity detection system. Since it became commercially available 10 years ago, Komatsu’s AHS has had zero system-related safety incidents. The surface mining system combines driverless […]

Construction Employment Reaches 10-Year High as Industry Adds 19,000 Jobs in July and 303,000 for the Year; Industry Unemployment Sets Record Low

Construction Officials Say Firms Would Likely Have Added More Workers if they Could Find Them, Urge Education Officials to Do More to Encourage Students to Consider High-Paying Construction Careers Construction employment increased by 19,000 jobs in July and by 303,000 jobs over the past year, reaching a 10-year high, while the industry’s unemployment rate and […]

OSHA to Offer Safety Training and Educational Grants

OSHA will now offer a total of $10.5 million in grant funding for nonprofit organizations including community and faith-based organizations, employer associations, labor unions, joint labor/management associations, Indian tribes, and colleges and universities. The Susan Harwood grant program supports the development of quality training and educational programs that focus on identifying and preventing workplace hazards. […]

Neste aiming to use waste plastic as a raw material for fuels and plastics

Neste, the world’s leading producer of renewable diesel, is now exploring ways to introduce liquefied waste plastic as a future raw material for fossil refining. The aim of the development project is to proceed to industrial scale trial during 2019. The company’s target is to process annually more than one million tons of waste plastic […]

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