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.

Low-viscosity oils are only the beginning; new EPA diesel fuel economy rules will significantly impact your future

Jun 24, 2015

Low-viscosity oils are only the beginning; new EPA diesel fuel economy rules will significantly impact your future

Earlier in June, Shell Lubricants went into great detail telling journalists about how the soon-to-come, low-viscosity diesel lube oil category will help heavy duty trucks improve fuel economy by roughly one percent. And while a one percent improvement in fuel economy ...

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TEST DRIVE: Freightliner’s 108SD, 114SD work trucks blend power, serious comfort on long haul through Texas hill country

Jun 17, 2015

TEST DRIVE: Freightliner’s 108SD, 114SD work trucks blend power, serious comfort on long haul through Texas hill country

What do you do if you’re Freightliner and your OTR market share numbers are in the stratosphere? You turn your attention to the vocational truck market, of course. Freightliner has always had a vocational presence. But about four years ago, the ...

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Are you ready for Tier 5 emissions regulations?

Jun 08, 2015

Are you ready for Tier 5 emissions regulations?

Is Tier 5 on its way to the United States? That’s up to the EPA, but if Europe is any indication it won’t be a big deal. One thing that clearly stood out at the Intermat trade show this spring is that ...

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Case CE intros updated 621F, 721F wheel loaders

May 25, 2015

Case CE intros updated 621F, 721F wheel loaders

Case has introduced updates to its 621F and 721F wheel loaders headlined by an upgrade to a Tier 4 Final engine. Available in both tool carrier (XT) and extended reach (XR) models, the machines are powered by a Tier 4 Final, ...

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Caterpillar unveils the CT680, a rugged work truck wrapped in style (PHOTOS)

May 21, 2015

Caterpillar unveils the CT680, a rugged work truck wrapped in style (PHOTOS)

The new Cat CT680 looks considerably different from previous versions of the company's vocational trucks and that's no accident. The bling, the styling; customers were asking for it, says Dave Schmitz, vocational truck product manager. A lot of owner-operators and fleets think ...

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Caterpillar intros 336F L XE hybrid excavator: smart pumps, boom work faster, burn less fuel (PHOTOS)

May 20, 2015

CAT 336E LH

Now we know. In 2012 when Caterpillar first unveiled it's 336EH hybrid excavator, the company spokespeople offered only vague notions about how and when they might deploy this new technology on other excavators. But at a press event last week in Tinaja ...

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Kubota reveals specs on new SSV65 and SSV75, company’s first skid steer loaders (PHOTOS)

Feb 05, 2015

Kubota reveals specs on new SSV65 and SSV75, company’s first skid steer loaders (PHOTOS)

  Some of the coolest cars in the world have gullwing doors. Kubota’s new entries into the skid steer market have something similar, a front entry door that doesn’t hinge on the side, but rather slides up and stores overhead, making ...

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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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