Tracks in theSnow: Properly Equipped, Compact Track Loaders Can Excel at Winter Work

Kubota SVL95 compact track loader pushing snow

Compact track loaders extend seasons. During the wet weather months, these track machines can work earlier and later where skid steers can’t (because tracks have better flotation, so they don’t tear up surfaces or get stuck). In winter, heavier track loaders can gear up for snow removal too, even though traditionally many gravitate toward skid […]

Komatsu Excavators Summarized — 2018 Spec Guide

Komatsu PC88 excavator

  SIX COMPACT DIGGERS FEATURE ADVANCED SYSTEMS LIKE KOMTRAX AND CLSS Komatsu entered the compact excavator market in the mid-1990s. The company’s compact excavators have many of the same features as Komatsu’s larger excavators with the same built-in reliability and quality, including steel castings in high stress areas like the boom foot. In addition, design improvements […]

Komatsu at CEATEC JAPAN 2018: Displaying new technologies in the making of future construction jobsites

Komatsu autonomous hydra

Komatsu Ltd. (President and CEO: Tetsuji Ohashi) (hereafter “Komatsu”) is participating in “CEATEC JAPAN 2018” for the first time. In this four-day event held in Makuhari Messe from October 16 to 19, Komatsu is introducing new challenges taken up by its SMARTCONSTRUCTION under the theme of safer, more productive and smart construction jobsites of the […]

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 […]


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