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Wayne Grayson is the Online Managing Editor for Equipment World. He keeps the website fresh with news and opinion on both heavy equipment and the construction industry from the experts at the magazine and also manages the publication's social media accounts. He's a technology geek as well and serves as the magazine's tech writer.

Komatsu profit up 5.5 percent in 3Q

Jan 29, 2015

Komatsu profit up 5.5 percent in 3Q

  Helped by a weakening of the yen against the U.S. dollar as well as increased equipment sales in the Americas and Europe, Komatsu posted gains in both profit and sales during its fiscal third quarter. For the quarter, which ended December 31, ...

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Caterpillar full-year earnings dip with bad 4Q; 2015 doesn’t look good either

Jan 27, 2015

Caterpillar full-year earnings dip with bad 4Q; 2015 doesn’t look good either

For a second consecutive year, Caterpillar sales and profit have fallen. And in addition to the slump in demand for mining equipment that has plagued the company for the last two years, Cat is now contending with falling oil prices, ...

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Most U.S. contractors optimistic about 2015; plan new hires and purchases

Jan 23, 2015

Most U.S. contractors optimistic about 2015; plan new hires and purchases

After finishing 2014 with employment at nearly a six-year high, hiring within the construction industry is expected to expand at an even faster rate in 2015, according to a new survey and forecast from the Associated General Contractors of America. According to ...

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VIDEO: Wheel loader rescues excavator buried cab-deep in mud

Jan 16, 2015

VIDEO: Wheel loader rescues excavator buried cab-deep in mud

In most “stuck videos” that we’ve seen, when a machine gets in trouble, an excavator comes to the rescue. But what if it’s your excavator that’s stuck? Typically, you bring in the dozer and pull the sucker out. But in the ...

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Komatsu launches PC290LC-11 long-arm hydraulic excavator

Jan 13, 2015

Komatsu launches PC290LC-11 long-arm hydraulic excavator

Komatsu has introduced an update to its PC290LC long-arm hydraulic excavator. The new PC290LC-11 replaces the -10 model, is outfitted with a Tier 4 Final engine and boasts fuel economy, hydraulic system and cab improvements. The machine has an operating weight ...

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Caterpillar to lay off 240 workers at Illinois mining plants

Jan 12, 2015

Caterpillar to lay off 240 workers at Illinois mining plants

Caterpillar will lay off 240 workers across two of its Illinois plants as the company continues to cope with a global decline in demand for mining equipment. The company told the Chicago Tribune it will begin the layoffs January 19 at its Decatur ...

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John Deere’s new 300G LC excavator cranks up the power

Jan 12, 2015

John Deere’s new 300G LC excavator cranks up the power

By EPA mandate, almost every new machine introduced today includes a Tier 4 final emissions reduction system. So what really sets a machine apart from the competition is everything else they throw into the package, which for the new Deere ...

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Construction spending drops in November

Jan 05, 2015

Construction spending drops in November

Increases in homebuilding in both the private and public sectors were not enough to offset a decrease in government nonresidential as construction spending fell 0.3 percent in November. According to preliminary estimates from the Commerce Department, construction spending in November fell to a seasonally ...

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A hard hat that comfortably incorporates protective eye wear

Dec 29, 2014

A hard hat that comfortably incorporates protective eye wear

Wearing safety glasses with a hard hat can sometimes be a pain. As soon as you’ve got the hard hat adjusted just right, adding a pair of glasses can start the adjustments all over again. 3M says it has the solution: ...

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Hitachi mining trucks and excavators to share same 360º cameras and motion detection as Nissan cars and trucks

Dec 22, 2014

Hitachi mining trucks and excavators to share same 360º cameras and motion detection as Nissan cars and trucks

Future models of Hitachi Construction Equipment’s mining trucks and large hydraulic excavators will soon be much easier to park and much safer to operate on busy mining sites. Nissan has agreed to license the same 360-degree camera and Moving Object Detection ...

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Sand saves a construction worker’s life

Dec 16, 2014

Sand saves a construction worker’s life

Florida is known for its white sandy beaches, and one construction worker will likely look at that sand with a whole new appreciation after an accident this past weekend. In Shalimar, a worker part of a crew on a project at ...

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Insight on $300 million worth of heavy equipment stolen in 2013

Dec 05, 2014

Insight on $300 million worth of heavy equipment stolen in 2013

Nearly $300 million worth of construction and other heavy equipment was stolen in 2013 with only 21 percent of it recovered, according to the latest theft report from the National Insurance Crime Bureau and the National Equipment Register. The majority of thefts occurred ...

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