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  • Dust off your safety plan

    December 12, 2018By
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    Landscape contractors who work with hardscape materials are taking note of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Respirable Crystalline Silica standard, which affects the type of equipment and practices they use on the job site. Crystalline silica is a mineral found in materials like stone, concrete, brick, sand and mortar. Respirable particles are created from the crystalline silica when... read more

    John Deere redesigns compact wheel loader line

    December 12, 2018By

    John Deere redesigned its K-Series compact wheel loader models with the introduction of the 244L and 324L compact wheel loaders. Ideal for landscape/snow removal, ag material handling and construction tasks, the new models round out the full line of L-Series compact wheel loaders available from John Deere. “Our next generation of compact wheel loaders was designed to meet the needs... read more

    Commercial construction looks to advanced tech to alleviate workforce challenges, new study finds

    December 12, 2018By

    The Q4 2018 USG Corporation + U.S. Chamber of Commerce Commercial Construction Index  indicates that despite staunch concerns over labor shortages and skilled workers, three-quarters of contractors believe advanced technologies may improve labor productivity on job sites. According to the Q4 report, while just over half of contractors currently use technologies like drones, equipment tagging, wearable technology and augmented/virtual reality... read more

    FX Luminaire intros SD wall light

    December 5, 2018By

    FX Luminaire added the new SD wall light to its lineup. “The SD expands our offering in this fixture category, so customers have more choices for their lighting designs,” said Ryan Williams, senior marketing manager for FX Luminaire. The SD has a cylindrical drum design that complements a range of classic and contemporary applications while providing maximum optical control for... read more

    Case intros new motor graders

    December 4, 2018By

    Case Construction Equipment introduced C Series motor graders including the 836C and 856C. The two models are available in standard and all wheel drive (AWD) configurations. The series is ideal for grading solutions for municipalities, small- to midsize site prep, road maintenance and general construction, Case said. The standard models include an Ergopower transmission and torque converter and a 100... read more

    Cat adds new backhoe loaders

    November 27, 2018By

    Cat introduced two new backhoe loaders to its lineup: the 440 and 450. The center pivot models feature increased lifting performance and breakout forces and improved operating comfort, according to the company. The 440 boasts a 25 percent backhoe lifting improvement over the 430F2, as well as redesigned single-tilt loader arms, providing parallel lift and versatility in a multitude of... read more