Trencher maintenance tips to increase efficiency on utility jobs

With proper routine maintenance, a smooth-running, peak-performance trencher can help you efficiently trench through tough ground conditions and increase productivity by promoting valuable uptime. Here are three key tips to achieve that.

Michigan invests over $958 million in lead service line removals

Since 2023, DWSD has completed over 5,300 excavations to determine lead line presence and replaced over 4,000 lines. Currently, lead service lines are being replaced in 15 of Detroit’s neighborhoods, with crews and contractors replacing over 150 lines a week.

Midwest Energy awarded $8.6 million for rural natural gas pipeline replacement, equipment

Midwest Energy has been awarded $8.6 million in grants for the improvement of rural natural gas infrastructure in Kansas' Barton, Russell and Ellsworth counties, and to purchase upgraded natural gas leak detection equipment.

CASE launches new construction equipment for utility contractors struggling with labor shortages

The new lineup of CASE machines includes three new Construction King backhoe loaders, a new 5-metric ton class mini excavator and an all-new, full-sized wheel loader that ups the ante on power and versatility.

Rehab spotlight: Lining systems

Discover leading solutions in sewer lining systems, including the Flow-120 Starter Package for compact spaces, the Bluelight LED CIPP system for faster curing, and MaxLiner's versatile CIPP technology. Explore the benefits of Reline America's thinner UV GRP liner and United Felts' top-tier CIPP liners and wet-out services.

Sanco Pipelines acquires two hybrid excavators to boost underground pipeline installation productivity

Powered by Komatsu's hybrid technology, the HB365LC-3 excavator offers comparable or superior performance to traditional models while achieving up to 20% fuel savings, depending on the application.

U.S. equipment rental industry expected to grow in 2024, American Rental Association reports

Last quarter, the year-over-year growth was expected to be 7.6% in 2023 and 3.1% in 2024. The most current projections indicate a 7.9% increase in 2024 totaling $77.3 billion in construction and general tool rental revenue.

Vanair introduces three multi-vehicle adapter kits for construction equipment

Each kit comes complete with all the necessary components and easy instructions to quickly and flawlessly modify any Start•All Jump•Pack, enabling it to serve construction and mining equipment and everything from 6-liter gas and 4-liter diesel engines to 16-liter diesels and vocational vehicles of all kinds.

John Deere introduces enhanced dozers for underground infrastructure industry

The new 1050 P-Tier dozer boasts an increase in engine power and a redesigned hood and front-end design. In addition, both the 950 P-Tier and 1050 P-Tier offer enhanced visibility and improved safety features, positioning them as an ideal solution for operators aiming to boost productivity and protection on the jobsite.

Aries Industries strengthens underground infrastructure equipment offerings with new Arizona dealer

Located in the heart of the Valley of the Sun, Short Equipment Inc. offers a broad range of top-brand municipal service vehicles. Its lineup includes sewer cleaners, hydro excavators, truck jetters, street sweepers and refuse collection trucks.

Volvo CE introduces two new compact excavators to North American market

The EC37 and ECR40 include a new elongated undercarriage for optimum stability in almost any environment.

United Rentals outlines sustainable practices to reduce equipment emissions

United Rentals released a white paper, "Roadmap to Low-Emission and Zero-Emission Jobsites," which shares four practical steps to reduce emissions and the tools and equipment to make sustainability strategies a reality on the jobsite.

New Products

Global water technology company Xylem released a new dewatering pump developed to significantly increase efficiency, cut costs, and minimize downtime for construction and mining customers.

United Rentals enhances fleet with HIPOWER EHR solar battery generators

Developed by HIPOWER in collaboration with United Rentals, the EHR Solar Battery Generator is a resilient, portable energy storage.

First look: First electric vacuum excavator introduced

(UI) — After the first lithium-ion battery hand tool for the building trades was introduced in 2005, a representative of a major distributor called it the most significant advance in tools in the last 20 years.

Yanmar celebrates 30 years of zero tail swing ViO excavators working safely in tight locations

(UI) — With the launch of the ViO series in 1993, Yanmar Compact Equipment popularized the zero tail swing excavator concept – revolutionizing the ability to work safely in confined locations.

United Rentals unveils Estimated Emissions digital dashboard for construction industry

The Estimated Emissions dashboard helps customers understand their equipment emissions and make data-based decisions to enact changes that will yield the most significant results.

Kellogg, Idaho deploys new Vactor truck to improve stormwater management

The Vactor 2100i is described as a “combination suction and sewer cleaning vehicle” that will keep city costs low while protecting critical infrastructure.

Hammerhead Trenchless unveils new liner for underground utility infrastructure

Heliam Scrim is a reinforced liner that minimizes longitudinal stretch and assures accurate inversion lengths.

New products

The Vermeer VXT600 vacuum excavator has undergone a complete redesign. Its load capacity has been increased for road use, and the component and technology reliability and serviceability have been optimized.

Caterpillar to develop hydrogen-hybrid power solution for off-highway vehicles

(UI) — Caterpillar has announced the launch of a three-year program to demonstrate an advanced hydrogen-hybrid power solution built on its new Cat C13D engine platform.

American Rental Association: US equipment rental industry growth will soften but still grow

Earlier in the year, the forecast predicted a recession that did not materialize. While the first two quarters of the year proved slow, third quarter revenues are very strong, and the quarter four projections appear that way as well.

Vermeer introduces new trailer vacuum excavator for underground utility work

The VX75 is designed for challenging utility work, including potholing, horizontal directional drilling (HDD) slurry management, and microtrenching dust containment.

Rent vs. buy: Which offers the best ROI for mini excavators?

(UI) — Mini excavators’ compact size and versatility make them a popular choice for the construction industry. There is a large variety of attachments available, allowing them to tackle almost any task on the job site. Although choosing from so many different models and configurations can be a challenge, one of the biggest decisions contractors may face is whether to rent or buy the mini excavator.

Mitsubishi delivers first major equipment shipment for ACES Delta hydrogen hub

The hub will initially be capable of converting 220 MW of renewable energy into almost 100 tonnes per day of green hydrogen, which will then be stored in two massive, underground salt caverns, having a storage capacity of more than 300 GWh of dispatchable clean energy.

CASE launches construction-grade mini track, small articulated loaders for underground contractors

Making their first appearance at Equipment Expo in Louisville, Kentucky, October 18-20, 2023, the new product lines from CASE will highlight how small contractors can overcome labor challenges and get more done with right-sized machines.

JCB to build new factory for underground construction equipment in San Antonio, Texas

The new facility will manufacture machines largely for customers in North America, the world’s biggest market for construction equipment.

Excavation workers hit gas line in La Pine, Ore., subdivision

(UI) — In La Pine, Oregon, an excavation crew working in a newly developed subdivision had an incident where they accidentally hit a two-inch natural gas line. This led to a gas leak that raised concerns among nearby residents, resulting in advisories to shelter in place and avoid outdoor open flames until the repairs were completed.

NUCA opens state-of-the-art trench rescue training facility in Urbandale, Iowa

(UI) — This state-of-the-art facility is set to play a crucial role in enhancing the safety of industry employees who work in subsurface excavations and help prepare those in the state who are leading the rescue at any accident scene.

Cat unveils next-gen 255 and 265 compact track loaders

(UI) — Caterpillar has introduced the next generation of compact track loaders with the Cat 255 and 265 models. These machines build on the success of the D3 series, featuring a complete redesign to enhance engine performance, lift and tilt capabilities, stability, operator comfort, and technology.