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.

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 Schultz, 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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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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