August 2009 Vol. 64 No. 8



August Newsline: Senate panel cuts EPA budget, update on sewer debt crisis

<a href="">Senate panel cuts EPA budget</a> <a href="">Oversight panel sought to end sewer debt crisis</a> <a href="">EPA admonishes Ohio to fix sewer overflows</a>

Bobcat historical records sent to Smithsonian

Bobcat Co, West Fargo, ND, which is known for its skid-steer loaders, announced the donation of company records to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

IPS acquires Sheehan, forms new EPC arm

Integrated Pipeline Services Inc. announced July 1 that it had completed the acquisition of Sheehan Pipe Line Construction Company.

John Deere Executive Testifies on Green Transportation

Domenic Ruccolo of John Deere recently testified before the U.S. House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming on the benefits of efficient construction equipment.

Michels Celebrates 50th Anniversary

The Michels' family is shown celebrating Michels Corporation’s 50th Anniversary at a reception and dinner near the company headquarters in Brownsville, WI.

Web Exclusive

CEU Webinar on Steel Pipe Design from STI/SPFA

The Steel Tank Institute/Steel Plate Fabricators Association (STI/SPFA) is hosting a 90 minute webinar training program on the design of steel pipe.

CGA’s DIRT Report Finds Underground Utility Damages Declining

The Common Ground Alliance (CGA) announced findings August 25 from its comprehensive Damage Information Reporting Tool (DIRT) Report.

Operation Santa Claus Gets Boost from Godwin Pumps

Bridgeport, N.J.-based Godwin Pumps teamed up once again in 2009 with Sunoco Philadelphia to participate in Operation Santa Claus, a gift drive organized by the Office for Youth and Young Adults of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.


5th Annual Western Regional No-Dig Conference & Exhibition

Come to beautiful Oahu – The Gathering Place – to learn about the latest in Trenchless Technology from experts in the field through an informative technical program and product exhibit area.

Alternative Fuel Choices Limited For Construction Equipment

Alternative fuels, including petroleum based diesel and gasoline with additives, are perceived by many to be a key element in reducing world dependency on oil.

August Rental Update: Rental Hall of Fame, Heavy Equipment Rentals, new site for RSC, and more

<a href=""> Nominations open for Rental Hall of Fame</a> <a href="">Heavy Equipment Rentals supports Cops for Kids</a> <a href=""> RSC launches updated used equipment Web site</a>

Get Ready For UCT 2010!

Registration for <a href="" title="Register now">UCT 2010</a> is now open. If you aren’t familiar with Underground Construction Technology International Conference & Exhibition (UCT), you’re in for an amazing education!

HDD Helps Producer Tap Gas Reserves Under DFW Airport

The Barnett Shale is among the nation’s fastest growing natural gas fields. The formation encompasses more than 5,000 square miles and stretches from Dallas to Fort Worth, TX.

Simulator Provides Effective – And Fun – Training

John Deere's Excavator Training Simulator, introduced about in 2008, has proved to be effective and popular, and the innovative training concept has been expanded to cover other machines.

Slide Rail System Keeps Lift Station Project On Time, Budget

Evans Construction Co. of Jackson, WY, recently installed a new eight-foot diameter lift station in the suburbs near Jackson Hole.

UCTA Presents: WaterWorks 2009

On October 26-27, find out how to get the solutions for your H20 transmissions. October 26-27, 2009

WESTT No-Dig Travels To Oahu - The Gathering Place

Honolulu, Hawaii will be the host of the 5th Annual Western Regional No-Dig Conference & Exhibition to be held Sept. 10-11, at the Sheraton Waikiki Resort located on Waikiki Beach in Oahu.

New Products

Bobcat Compact Excavators: E32, E35

Bobcat’s new, M-Series compact excavators are re engineered to deliver increased performance in a lighter machine.

Bobcat Introduces New Designs, Models

Though Bobcat Company officials are well aware the economy is struggling to recover from a world-wide recession, they recognized the need for continued product improvement.

Bobcat M Series Skid-Steer Loaders

Since inventing the skid steer loader more than 50 years ago, Bobcat has constantly improved loader design to make operators more productive and comfortable.

Bobcat's E60, E80 Excavators

When Bobcat engineers began work on the E60 and E80 excavators, they committed to a completely new design that set a high standard by increasing service intervals, operator comfort and durability.

Caldwell C-Hook Pipe Lifter

Caldwell’s Leveling C-Hook Pipe Lifter lets you place and position concrete pipe up to 8 feet in length in one operation.

Capital Safety/DBI-SALA Ultra-Lok lifeline

DBI-SALA, a Capital Safety brand, has developed a self retracting lifeline (SRL): the Ultra-Lok RSQ SRL with Rescue.

Cretex Specialty Products SealGreen Manhole Sealant

The newest addition to Cretex’s product line of manhole sealing products is SealGreen Manhole Sealant.

InnoTek tunneling boring machine excavation inserts

InnoTek has developed special tools for tunneling boring machine (TBM) excavation that feature carbide inserts necessary for advancing the mechanical cutter.

McLaughlin V500

The V500 low-profile vacuum excavator is designed to provide easier access to confined spaces.

Radius Pro HDD Tools

The Radius HotShot rock bit helps small rig/short shot boring contractors make the shot and make a profit.

Seatek Co. VT-270 Vee-Twin

The VT-270 Vee-Twin is the simple, safe and fast way to strip cables from 5/16 to 2 1/8-inch O.D.

Spectronics BIB-150P UV lamp

The new and improved high density self-ballasted Spectroline BIB-150P UV lamp is ideal for nondestructive testing, quality control, leak detection, UV curing and countless other industrial applications.

Star Diamond Tools Slurry Trap

The Slurry Trap is a 20-gallon closed system that vacuums concrete/asphalt slurry, traps it in a reusable filter bag, and then pumps the filtered water back to the bit / blade for cooling.

Thompson Pump & Mfg. Vacuum-Assisted Solids Pump

Thompson Pump’s 6-inch, vacuum-assisted solids handling pump, the 6V, boasts a 3-inch solids handling capacity, and is versatile enough to handle sewage bypass pumping and general construction dewatering.

Winning The War On Wear In The Trenches

J. C. Lee Construction & Supply specializes in drainage projects, primarily the installation of cross‐pipes and under‐drains, for the highway‐heavy construction industry.

Editor's Log

The Price Of Free Money

I read recently that a bipartisan group of lawmakers is proposing to raise about $10 billion a year for the rehabilitation of sewer and water systems. The funding sources?


August Business News: American Augers, Godwin Pumps, Caterpillar and more

<a href="">American Augers</a> <a href="">Godwin Pumps</a> <a href="">Caterpillar</a>

Case Throws Rockin’ Block Parties, Win A New Case Skid Steer

In celebration of its 40th year manufacturing skid steer loaders, Case Construction Equipment is launching the Case Rockin’ Block Party campaign.

Michels’ Ranking Rises Among Top Contractors

Michels’ is now celebrating its rise from 64 to 53 on Engineering News-Record’s (ENR) Top 400 Contractors.

New Officers At PPI

Donna Stoughton of Charter Plastics Inc. has been named the chairman of the board of directors for the Plastics Pipe Institute (PPI) Inc., a trade association representing all segments of the plastic piping industry.

Washington Watch

Congress Closer To Approving SRF Boost In 2010

The Senate Appropriations Committee is likely to approve a $3.6 billion for the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds in fiscal 2010, which begins Oct. 1.

Equipment Spotlight

Skid-Steer Loader Attachments: Caterpillar

Caterpillar Backhoes are ideal for demolishing concrete when paired with Caterpillar H45/H50/H63 hammers.

Skid-Steer Loader Attachments: John Deere Worksite Pro

The Worksite Pro line for skid steers and compact track loaders include two “dozer” blades, five vibratory rollers, four cold planers, two tillers, and two hydraulic breakers (also works with compact excavators).

Skid-Steer Loader Attachments: McLaughlin M-4500

The M-4500 series hydraulic boring attachments are available in three distinct configurations: M-4500, M-4500SS and M4500MS.

Skid-Steer Loaders & Attachments: Bobcat M-Series

The Bobcat M-Series skid-steers feature the S630 at a rated operating capacity (ROC) of 2,180 pounds and an operating weight of 7,707 pounds.

Skid-Steer Loaders & Attachments: Caterpillar C-Series

Four Caterpillar C-Series skid steer loaders B 246C, 256C, 262C, 272C B feature electro-hydraulic joystick control of the hydrostatic drive system and electronic torque management for smooth operation and high productivity.

Skid-Steer Loaders & Attachments: CNH 400 Series

The new Case 400 Series 3 skid steers feature radial- and vertical-lift configurations, redesigned cabs offering more room and better visibility, and superior serviceability for increased uptime.

Skid-Steer Loaders & Attachments: Ditch Witch SK650

The SK650 mini skid steer is equipped with a 31-hp Kubota turbo diesel engine, directing 20 net hp to the attachment.

Skid-Steer Loaders & Attachments: John Deere Model 325

The Model 325 skid-steer loader is equipped with a 70-hp turbocharged 5-cylinder Deere diesel engine that delivers 35 percent torque rise.

Skid-Steer Loaders & Attachments: Komatsu SK815-5

The SK815-5 skid steer loader is equipped with Komatsu’s patented Automatic Power Control, HydrauMind hydraulics and a standard two-speed transmission.

Skid-Steer Loaders & Attachments: Vermeer S400TX

The new Vermeer S400TX mini skid steer, designed for rental and landscape contractors, features a 23-hp gas engine which produces 15 percent more horsepower than competitive models.

Skid-Steer Loaders & Attachments: Volvo CE MC60B, MC70B, MC80B, MC90B, MC110B

Models MC60B, MC70B, MC80B, MC90B, MC110B have operating capacities from 1,400 to 2,400 pounds and engine power from 45 to 80.5 net hp.