More from Tom Jackson

Tom Jackson is the executive editor of Equipment World magazine and has been writing about construction and related fields for 26 years. A 1979 graduate from the University of Alabama, Jackson is also a U.S. Army veteran and a father of two.

PHOTOS: Liebherr debuts two new Generation 6 dozers

Nov 19, 2014

Liebherr has expanded its Generation 6 dozer line to include two new models in the 30 to 40 ton class, the PR 746  and PR 756 Litronic. If you were at the 2013 Bauma, the big construction trade fair in ...

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MEN VS. WOMEN: Who are the better heavy equipment operators?

Aug 06, 2014

MEN VS. WOMEN: Who are the better heavy equipment operators?

Many people assume that operating heavy construction equipment is a man’s job. After all, these are big, powerful machines. Grease on the hands, mud-caked boots and the smell of diesel in the morning are just part of the job. No ...

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John Deere to offer telematics with PowerSight program

Mar 19, 2014

John Deere to offer telematics with PowerSight program

What do you do for an encore when Tier 4 Final is an established part of of the engine business? For John Deere Power Systems, the answer is telematics. Most big OEMs that make their own engines for their own equipment integrate ...

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Natural gas saves the day after hurricane Sandy

Nov 06, 2012

Natural gas saves the day after hurricane Sandy

The New York Times reports today that residents and businesses of that city that use natural gas for heating, cooking or electrical power generation are up and running, while many who rely on electrical power are still in the dark. This is ...

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Bridges are singing in the rain

Oct 25, 2012

Bridges are singing in the rain

Scientists at Brigham Young University have discovered a way to measure defects in bridges by listening to the sounds they make when impacted by drops of water. Echo location is the basic principle at work here, a technique used for all ...

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Educating employees in a construction environment

Oct 25, 2012

Educating employees in a construction environment

In today's construction environment, you can train employees in-house, or just give up and pretend you don't need to train at all. Trouble is, those companies that don't train run the risk of  falling behind those that do in terms ...

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A tire that maintains its own pressure

Oct 16, 2012

A tire that maintains its own pressure

Nothing so ruins a day as having a flat on a truck carrying 60,000 pounds of anything.  Goodyear has taken a big leap forward in developing a solution to this problem with its self-inflating technology for commercial tires. Unveiled at a German ...

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Pay for mining school grads beats Harvard

Oct 01, 2012

Pay for mining school grads beats Harvard

Who makes more money after graduating from college? Students from Harvard, or graduates of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology? The 259 students that graduated from that little mining technology program in flyover country recieved an average starting salary of ...

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Pay for mining school grads beats Harvard

Oct 01, 2012

Pay for mining school grads beats Harvard

Who makes more money after graduating from college? Students from Harvard, or graduates of the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology? The 259 students that graduated from that little mining technology program in flyover country recieved an average starting salary of ...

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HHP Summit: The safety of LNG

Sep 27, 2012

When the average person views Liquified Natural Gas as a dangerous, toxic fuel, liable to explode at the slightest spark, what's an LNG provider to do?  Try wielding beakers and balloons much like Bill Nye the Science Guy might.  That's how Erik ...

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HHP Summit: ‘Natural gas will become a significant replacement for diesel’

Sep 27, 2012

The keynote speaker for the official beginning of the High Horsepower Summit was John Somerhalder, chairman, president, and CEO of AGL Resources, an Atlanta-based energy services and holding company and a member and past director of the board of the ...

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Mike Rowe sends Obama, Romney a letter

Sep 17, 2012

Mike Rowe sends Obama, Romney a letter

And guess who responds? The host of TVs Dirty Works show Mike Rowe sent President Obama a letter four  years ago about the shortage of skilled labor and the importance of manual labor in the United States. Obama never replied. So he ...

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