EPA to clean up underground storm sewer system in Michigan

EPA’s cleanup plan involves excavating and removing six manhole vaults and a 2,110-foot segment of concrete pipe along with stone bedding and backfill materials.

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.

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.

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.

Vermeer enhances performance of VXT600 vacuum excavator with redesign

(UI) — Vermeer has announced that its VXT600 vacuum excavator has undergone an upgrade, with boosted road load capacity and optimized component reliability and serviceability. In addition, this new design packs performance-enhancing features that promise to revolutionize the productivity of vacuum crews.

Three new Hyundai compact excavator models now available throughout North America

(UI) — HD Hyundai Construction Equipment North America today announced the immediate North American availability of three new models in its HX-A series of compact hydraulic excavators.

North America’s first CASE electric mini excavator quietly gets to work in Illinois

(UI) — The CX15EV mini excavator is the first model available from the new CASE EV lineup, with the CX25EV mini excavator and electrified small articulated loader launching in 2024.

Swift completion of New Orleans sewer repairs ends release of raw sewage into Mississippi River

(UI) — The New Orleans Sewerage & Water Board has successfully ceased the discharge of untreated sewage into the Mississippi River after accomplishing vital repairs to a 60-year-old, 60-inch sewer force main situated in the St. Roch neighborhood.

Cities prioritize water main replacement, neglecting buried lead pipes

Around the country, utilities have been leaving lead pipe in the ground even when it is easiest to remove during water main work. Worse, they have been removing sections, disturbing the pipe and leaving the rest, which can spike lead levels, causing harm that will last a lifetime, an investigation by The Associated Press has found.

Critical repairs underway in Idylwood, Va., to avert Shreve Road sewer pipe collapse

(UI) — Prior to the discovery of the hole in the sewage line, plans were already in place for a trenchless cured-in-place pipe rehabilitation of the sewer line, a non-invasive method of repairing pipe lining without the need for excavation.

Choosing the right trencher: Benefits, configurations, performance optimization

(UI) — Many contractors use excavators to handle the bulk of trenching work because they already have them in their fleet. However, excavators aren’t always the optimal machine for the job, especially in challenging ground like rock and hard clay.

Heavy machinery maker Caterpillar's profits soar on US infrastructure spending surge

(UI) — The Biden administration's increased infrastructure spending in the United States has resulted in higher demand for excavators, bulldozers, and trucks from heavy machinery manufacturer Caterpillar Inc., which reported a 31% rise in profits in the first quarter of the year.

CASE introduces new 580SV Construction King backhoe loader

(UI) — CASE Construction Equipment has announced the expansion of its backhoe loader line with the launch of five additional new backhoe loader models, including the all-new CASE 580SV Construction King.

Common Ground Alliance: 55% of underground utility damage caused by professional contractors

The most common root cause of these damages was “no notification made to the 811 center,” meaning the damage could have been avoided if excavators contacted 811 to have utility lines marked prior to breaking ground.

RodRadar signs $1.4 million deal with Sitech Tejas

(UI) — RodRadar, developers of groundbreaking imaging technology for detecting underground utility infrastructure during excavation, has entered into a $1.4 million agreement with SITECH Tejas, a HOLT company. The deal will see the North American dealer add RodRadar’s debut product, LDR Excavate, to its portfolio of heavy civil construction solutions.

Ditch Witch’s new W12 truck vac maximizes productivity, uptime on excavation projects

(UI) — The W12 brings increased capacity, versatility and performance to jobsites with 1,200 gallons of fresh water and a 12-cubic-yard debris tank. With 5,000 cubic feet per minute and a 27-inch Hg of vacuum power, coupled with the extensive storage capacity, crews can take on bigger jobs and maximize time of the jobsite, which will reduce time spent dumping debris.

DEVELON introduces new mini excavator to U.S. and Canadian markets

The new DX89R-7 mini excavator replaces the DX85R-3 and packs many of its predecessor’s features with enhancements such as greater lifting capacity and more horsepower.

Norfield Development Partners introduce next generation mobile app for excavators and utilities

The technology is intended for excavators and utilities to create, transmit and manage excavation requests on any device from anywhere.

Vermeer introduces QuickDig nozzle for hydro excavation

(UI) — The Vermeer QuickDig nozzle helps vacuum excavation crews maximize their efficiency while potholing and daylighting utilities, hydro/slot trenching, and digging pile holes. The Vermeer QuickDig nozzle is up to 35% more efficient than a traditional rotary nozzle because of its 18-degree cone rotation and laminar flow design.

John Deere debuts new planting technology, electric excavator at CES 2023

(UI) – During John Deere’s CES 2023 keynote address, the company revealed its new planting technology and an electric excavator, that will help Deere’s customers be more productive, profitable, and sustainable.

Vermeer introduces new water kit option for vacuum excavators

(UC) — Vermeer expands the capabilities of its popular CS GT vacuum excavators with an optional water kit, the company announced on Dec. 14. Now horizontal directional drilling (HDD) crews and light-duty vac operators can soft dig (pothole) utilities, as well as power wash equipment and hard surfaces with this economic vac system.

Cat rolls out new 352 hydraulic excavator equipped with smart technology

(UC) — The new Cat 352 hydraulic excavator combines more power and a heavier counterweight to work with larger tools. The result is greater production for more profit potential.

Cat unveils new hydraulic excavator

(UC) — The new Cat 340 Hydraulic Excavator features a more powerful engine, wider track, and 7.5-ton counterweight to increase productivity by 10% over the 2020 model year Cat 336.

John Deere debuts new large sized P-tier excavator models

(UC) — John Deere has announced the addition of three new P-tier Excavator models to its line of large-size equipment. The 470 P-tier, 670 P-tier, and 870 P-tier models offer enhanced visibility features, making them an ideal solution for operators looking to increase productivity on the job.

John Deere, Wacker Neuson enter agreement to design and develop excavators

John Deere has entered a global agreement with Wacker Neuson, a leading manufacturer of compact and construction machines, to design and develop 0-9-metric-ton excavators, the company said on Tuesday.

Doosan introduces next-generation mini excavators in North America

Doosan Infracore North America has introduced its all-new line of next-generation -7 Series mini excavators in the U.S. and Canada, which includes four models, with more mini excavators to be announced in the coming months.

John Deere Launches SmartGrade Technology for Excavators

John Deere introduces a new line of SmartGrade technology excavators.

CGA & PCCA Held Excavation Safety Summit

The Common Ground Alliance and the Power & Communication Contractors Association held the Evacuation Safety Summit in Naples, FL on March 6.

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