This Weeks Dirt Track Loader Maintenance From The Professionals <p>If you’ve worked around <a href=";pcid=382831&amp;dlr=1&amp;ftr=1&amp;lo=4&amp;title=&amp;Cond=All&amp;catid=1072&amp;Manu=&amp;Keywords=" target="_blank">track loaders</a> for a long time, you’re probably pretty savvy when it comes to maintenance. You know what details matter most to keep your New Holland machine working smoothly with as little downtime as possible. But even veterans appreciate insights from others in the know. And if you’re new to the business, you can use all the inside advice you can get.</p> <p>So what do industry professionals have to say about maintaining <a href=";pcid=3511593&amp;dlr=1&amp;lo=1" target="_blank">compact track loaders</a>? We’ve pulled together tips from product managers at <a href="[sitetree_link,id=227]" target="_blank">New Holland</a> and several other manufacturers. Read on to find out how you can get the greatest productivity from your machine and get the greatest return on your considerable investment. </p> <h3>Protecting the undercarriage is critical</h3> <p><img class="move-left" src="" width="220" height="200" data-captiontext="" data-url="" data-thumbnail="" data-width="220" data-height="200" data-cssclass="left"></p> <p>If the tracks aren‘t working perfectly, the loader cannot do its job. It’s as simple as that. Our experts noted that undercarriage expenses represent the bulk of maintenance costs for track loaders.</p> <h3>Not too tight, not too loose</h3> <p>One thing the pros all agree on is the importance of track tensioning. They say poor tensioning is the single-most common cause of undercarriage problems. Just as over- or under-inflating tires can cause performance and wear problems, improper tension will cause premature track wear and diminished performance. It can also shorten the life expectancy of surrounding components including idler wheels, mid wheels, bearings and seals.</p> <p>Why? Too much tension accelerates wear on the bearings, rollers, and sprockets. The machine has to work so hard to turn the over-tensioned track, you can lose as much as 15% of your <a href="" target="_blank">fuel efficiency</a>. Too little tension accelerates wear on the tracks and all their associated components. Track loaders can actually lose their tracks in mid-operation.</p> <h4><em>What to do:</em></h4> <p>Add track tension to your regular preventive maintenance <a href="" target="_blank">checklist</a>, and check it weekly.</p> <h3>Cleanliness matters</h3> <p><img class="move-right" title="" src="" alt="L213 GRY 004" width="300" height="200"></p> <p>This may seem obvious, but it’s easy to overlook or deliberately skip “extraneous” tasks when the jobsite is busy. Nonetheless, the time investment required to keep things clean will be easily repaid in longer track and component life.</p> <h4><em>What to do:</em></h4> <p>Clear a path for your loader to protect the tracks from damage, by filling bumps or curbs with gravel and by removing debris such as concrete chunks, rebar, etc.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Inspect</a> the undercarriage every day, especially around the sprockets and between the roller and idler wheels, because it’s easy for material to build up in those spaces. Regular cleaning will protect undercarriage component seals and bearings and moving parts from premature wear.</p> <h3>Grease is the word</h3> <p>Does the suspension systems in your compact track loader include front and rear torsion axles? These must be greased every day to maximize load retention, reduce shock and vibration, and ensure a comfortable ride for the operator.  </p> <h3>Get more life from parts before replacement</h3> <p><img class="move-left" src="" width="299" height="240" data-captiontext="" data-url="" data-thumbnail="" data-width="299" data-height="240" data-cssclass="left">We all know that <a href="" target="_blank">parts</a> wear out, our goal is to help them last as long as possible without sacrificing performance. On loaders that have a rubber-track undercarriage, the track itself and the drive sprocket components see the most action so they are the most commonly replaced items. Roller wheels will eventually wear out and require replacement as well.</p> <h4><em>What to watch for</em></h4> <p>When it’s time to replace the track, look to see if sprockets also need replacement. The teeth wear on one side during forward movement and on the other side in reverse, but once you detect wear you can extend the life of drive sprockets by swapping them from one side of the machine to the other. It’s essentially the same as rotating the tires on your car.</p> <h3>Don’t ignore your maintenance schedule</h3> <p>If you follow these maintenance tips from the professionals, your New Holland track loader will last longer and save you money on service and future repairs. The key is sticking to your planned <a href="" target="_blank">maintenance schedule</a>, even when you’re busy. Preventive maintenance is always faster and less expensive than letting things go.</p> <p class="aligncenter"><a href=""><img class="left" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="" src="" alt="newholland cta 2" width="325" height="139"></a></p> <p> </p> Wed, 31 Jan 2018 09:10:50 -0600 Liebherr Scores Another Hit: the PR 766 Crawler Tractor <p>Looking for the Next Big Thing in big crawler tractors? Take a look at the new Liebherr PR 766. <a href="[sitetree_link,id=223]">Liebherr</a> has a deservedly strong reputation when it comes to producing successful crawlers, and the PR 766 will surely live up to expectations. This behemoth weighs in between 101,854 and 119,491 lbs., replacing the PR 764. It embodies innovative technologies that boost performance, efficiency, and fuel economy. The PR 766 has a <a rel="noopener" href="" target="_blank">422-hp V-8 engine</a> that exceeds Tier 4 Final compliance standards but does not use a diesel particulate filter. Liebherr uses a unique two-step process to accomplish this:</p> <ol><li style="list-style-type: none;"><ol><ol><li style="padding-left: 30px;"><img class="move-right" src="" width="390" height="260" data-captiontext="" data-url="" data-thumbnail="" data-width="390" data-height="260" data-cssclass="left">A common rail injection system and a specialized engine control (both proprietary technologies) optimize the combustion process to minimize particulates within the engine.</li> <li style="padding-left: 30px;">Selective catalytic reduction (SCF) is used to treat exhaust gases before they are released into the atmosphere.</li> </ol></ol></li> </ol><p>Proactive power adjustment (another Liebherr exclusive) detects current demand and automatically increases engine power as needed </p> <p>for short periods. The system monitors internal engine data and external machine parameters – for example, drive joystick deflection. This enhances torque output, performance capability and overall responsiveness.</p> <h4>The Liebherr PR 766 features hydrostatic drive</h4> <p>No other large crawler tractor has this type of travel drive, which uses <a href="[sitetree_link,id=83]">hydraulic motors and pumps</a> that are practically wear-free instead of traditional torque converters, multi-speed gearboxes, steering clutches or service brakes – components known for their high wear. The hydrostatic drive concept eliminates speed fluctuations, no matter the size of the required load. <a href="[sitetree_link,id=223]">Liebherr</a> designs all their essential drivetrain components internally, assuring optimal overall coordination and efficiency.</p> <h4>Got uneven terrain?</h4> <p><img class="move-left" src="" width="390" height="292" data-url="" data-width="390" data-height="292" data-class="" data-thumbnail="" data-cssclass=""></p> <p>The PR 766 Litronic also has an oscillating undercarriage, so the track rollers can adjust as they travel to changes in elevation or rocky ground conditions. Traction is better, and so is the ride. Impact loads are minimized, and the <a href="" target="_blank">undercarriage</a> components and steel structure all last longer.</p> <h4>ECO mode comes standard</h4> <p>Sometimes you need maximum performance. But when conditions are light to moderate, you’d rather capture maximum functional and fuel efficiencies. Liebherr’s ECO function allows the driver to choose. It’s available on all of the OEM’s Generation 6 crawler tractors, including the new <a href=";pcid=3590307&amp;lo=1" target="_blank">PR 766</a>.</p> <h4>The cab is roomy and driver-friendly</h4> <p>The PR 766 uses the same spacious cab found on the even-larger <a href=";pcid=3590307&amp;lo=1" target="_blank">Liebherr PR 776 model</a>. Operation features are designed to be simple and intuitive:</p> <ul><li style="list-style-type: none;"> <ul><ul><ul><li>One-lever operation of all driving and steering adjustments</li> <li>Ergonomic, adjustable controls for travel drive, blade and rear-mounted ripper</li> <li>Color touchscreen display</li> <li>A joystick for the rear ripper that allows 2-axis adjustment and also works as a handle for the driver to guide the ripping process</li> <li>Standard rear-view camera</li> <li>360<sup>o</sup> visibility, enhanced by downward sloping edges so nothing impedes line of sight to the blade, the rear-mounted ripper, or the ground</li> </ul></ul></ul></li> </ul><p>The driver can preset the desired travel speed range on the joystick for more precise control, especially at low speed. <img class="move-right" style="margin-left: 10px; margin-right: 10px;" title="" src="" alt="Liebherr Scores Another Hit the PR 766 Crawler Tractor 02" width="300" height="300"> The working environment is comfortable, too, with generous storage space, including a climate-controlled storage compartment. And as a <a href="" target="_blank">safety measure</a>, there is an integrated seat contact switch that automatically detects the driver. No manual safety actuation required.</p> <h4>Simplified maintenance</h4> <p>The PR 766 has centralized service points. Access is easy, thanks to the tilting cab and wide-opening engine compartment doors and flaps. They’re all standard, as is the lighting in the engine compartment. With regular monitoring of the hydraulic oil, <a href="[sitetree_link,id=83]">service intervals</a> for oil change can stretch as far as 8,000 hours.</p> <h4>And then there’s LiDAT, also standard</h4> <p>What would a new crawler tractor be without the latest fleet monitoring technology? <a href="" target="_blank">Liebherr’s LiDAT system</a> gathers comprehensive machine data and transmits it remotely, several times per day. Data can be accessed at any time from any web browser. The LiDAT system also provides safety and anti-theft protection such as geo-fencing with an automatic alarm. <a href="[sitetree_link,id=223]">Liebherr</a> even offers special options for crawlers that will be operating in low temperatures. Want to see it in action? Watch this video to <a href="">see the PR 766 on the job at an Austrian iron mine</a>.</p> <p> </p> <p><a href="[sitetree_link,id=223]"><img class="left" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="" src="" alt="libherr cta 01" width="500"></a></p> Wed, 24 Jan 2018 10:05:45 -0600 Kobelco U.S. Facility Continues to Grow & Ramp Up Production <p>Talk about showing commitment to the US marketplace! Less than four years ago, Japan’s <a href="[sitetree_link,id=225]">Kobelco Construction Machinery Co</a>. had no manufacturing presence on American soil. Today, the construction equipment manufacturer has a US headquarters and parts distribution warehouse in <a href="" target="_blank">Katy, Texas</a>, plus a hydraulic excavator production plant that opened in Spartanburg, South Carolina, in June of 2016.</p> <p>[embed width=500 height=334 class=right thumbnail=][/embed]The first <a href="[sitetree_link,id=225]">excavator</a> to crawl off the assembly line in Spartanburg was a conspicuous guest of honor at the Grand Opening ceremonies. Since that day, the facility has continued to increase production of <a href=";pcid=3590235&amp;lo=1" target="_blank">SK210LC-10</a>, <a href=";pcid=3590235&amp;lo=1" target="_blank">SK260LC-10</a> Long Reach, <a href=";pcid=3590235&amp;lo=1" target="_blank">SK300LC-10</a>, and <a href=";pcid=3590235&amp;lo=1" target="_blank">SK350LC-10</a> excavators. Kobelco is currently on pace to produce 1,800 units per year.</p> <p>This past fall, the company planned to add production of the SK500-LC-10, and early this year it will add the SJ260LC-10 High &amp; Wide excavator. The models being produced today are all part of the company’s Generation 10 series. Overall, Kobelco designs and manufactures crawler excavators in classes from 3,000 lb. to 245,000 lb., with models for zero tail swing, compact, standard, long-reach, mass excavation, and <a href=";pcid=3590235&amp;dlr=1&amp;lo=1" target="_blank">demolition applications</a>.</p> <h3>State of the art manufacturing</h3> <p>In keeping with the company’s corporate commitment to helping customers boost productivity through innovation, the new manufacturing facility was patterned after their Itsukaichi facility in Hiroshima, Japan. The company says these plants are the “most modern, energetic, and high quality excavator factories in the world.”</p> <p>[embed width=634 height=298 class=left thumbnail=][/embed]The facility includes <a href="[sitetree_link,id=83]" target="_blank">fabrication</a>, <a href="[sitetree_link,id=137]" target="_blank">painting</a>, assembly, and warehousing. In its current configuration, it brings about 130 new jobs to Spartanburg and nearby Greenville. As a member of the <a href="" target="_blank">Association of Equipment Manufacturers</a> (AEM), Kobelco actively supports the organization’s <a href="" target="_blank">“I Make America”</a> campaign. This program promotes creation of skilled jobs in heavy equipment manufacturing.  </p> <p>Spartanburg was among almost 50 communities in eight states that competed to become Kobelco’s choice for the new excavator plant. The company says they were particularly impressed by the large tract of land available and its proximity to major domestic ports. The site is about 85 acres. The manufacturing facility incorporates a 156,000 square food production plant and a separate 17,000 square foot building devoted to administrative offices. There are also areas to park equipment and to demonstrate excavators in action.</p> <p>To complete the project – which took just one year – the company says it had to move 367,000 cubic feet of earth. That included 14,680 truckloads. But there is still plenty of additional space left over, enabling Kobelco to expand. </p> <p>As North American sales continue to increase, the company says the Spartanburg plant will see increased production of this machine and, eventually, most of the excavators in Kobelco’s lineup.</p> <p> <a href="[sitetree_link,id=225]" target="_blank"><img class="center" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="" src="" alt="kobelco cta 01" width="362" height="155"></a></p> <p> </p> Thu, 11 Jan 2018 08:16:06 -0600 2018 Paving Professionals Workshop Hosted by Tracey Road Equipment <p>For over 40 years Tracey Road Equipment has sold and serviced the leading brands of paving, milling and support equipment. The recent addition of <a href="[sitetree_link,id=228]" target="_blank">Roadtec</a> has opened the door on many new opportunities throughout NYS. With statewide coverage provided by our <a href="[sitetree_link,id=18]" target="_blank">7 locations</a>; offering machines <a href="[sitetree_link,id=75]" target="_blank">sales</a>, <a href="[sitetree_link,id=84]" target="_blank">parts</a> and <a href="[sitetree_link,id=83]" target="_blank">service</a>, Tracey Road Equipment is able to provide a complete solution for all of your road building needs.</p> <p> </p> <p><img class="left" style="float: right; margin-left: 15px; margin-right: 15px;" title="" src="" alt="paving professionals workshop graphics 06" width="300" height="300">As <a href="[sitetree_link,id=10877]" target="_blank">paving professionals</a> there is always more to learn, new technologies to understand, and more efficient practices to implement. For all of those reasons, this year Tracey Road Equipment has decided to host a <a href="[sitetree_link,id=10877]" target="_blank">Paving Professionals Workshop</a>. As the name implies, this workshop is for people who are in the road building, maintenance, and restoration business, whether they are working with a municipality or contractor.</p> <p> </p> <p>We have been asked by a good number of paving and milling professionals to provide more tips and information on how to handle the moments we all dread. Troubleshooting on the job can be difficult without certain knowledge, and knowing how to quickly solve problems that arise and get back to work is imperative. We have invited experts to come together for this Paving Professionals Workshop and share some of their knowledge and wisdom with us all.</p> <p> </p> <p>First, Richard Kramer, worked for a large paving contractor for 28 years, he started with a shovel and worked up to General Superintendent. He has been with <a href="[sitetree_link,id=228]" target="_blank">Roadtec</a> for 14 years and presented several times at The World of Asphalt and ConExpo.  Charlie Butler worked 10 years for one of the largest contractors in the world; 5 years as a field technician, and 5 years in shop management. Charlie worked on all types of paving equipment like milling machines, pavers, buggies, rollers, tack trucks, and brooms. He began with Roadtec as a technician traveling, all over the world servicing <a href="[sitetree_link,id=228]" target="_blank">Roadtec equipment</a>.  After 8 years he became a machine demo/startup specialist presenting equipment to customers and potential customers. He was later promoted to Product Training Manager, again working with customers and dealers across North America.</p> <p> </p> <p>Gary Motak, Moba Sales Manager, has 18 years of experience working with several Upstate NY paving contractors. He has been with Moba since 2007 working with several Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEM’s), as well as training technicians from road building contractors and dealers. Steve Forsley, NE Regional Manager, <a href="[sitetree_link,id=217]" target="_blank">E.D. Etnyre &amp; Co.</a> has been servicing customers and dealers in the North East since 1991 - he has a great deal of product knowledge and experience to share. The NE Regional Manager for <a href="[sitetree_link,id=231]" target="_blank">Sakai-America</a>, Mark Armel, will be on hand to meet attendees and answer questions on soil and asphalt compaction, oscillation and Intelligent Compaction.</p> <p> </p> <p>We are pleased to be able to facilitate this event, and work together to continuously improve our customers knowledge. The Paving Professionals Workshop will take place on Wednesday, February 7<sup>th</sup> at the <a href=";rlz=1C1GGRV_enUS752US753&amp;oq=New+York+State+Fairgrounds+in+Syracuse%2C+NY+directions&amp;aqs=chrome..69i57.3158j0j7&amp;sourceid=chrome&amp;ie=UTF-8" target="_blank">New York State Fairgrounds in Syracuse, NY</a>. To learn more and register for this event, please visit <a href=""></a>. Also follow us on social media for updates and more industry news.</p> <p> </p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><img class="left" style="vertical-align: middle; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="" src="" alt="PPW cta 01" width="329" height="141"></a></p> Mon, 08 Jan 2018 10:56:34 -0600 Utilizing The Latest Excavator Technology <p>It may be winter now, but in just a few short months your excavators will be back in action. If you hope to make 2018 a profitable year, you’ll have to make the most of every working moment. While <a href="[sitetree_link,id=225]">Kobelco</a>, <a href="[sitetree_link,id=223]">Liebherr</a>, and <a href="[sitetree_link,id=224]">Hyundai </a>excavators all incorporate their share of advanced technology features, the question is: are you using those features to maximum advantage?</p> <p>Machines outfitted with the latest technology and other upgrades are expensive. That means you have to squeeze more out of them to make money and capture a gratifying <a href="" target="_blank">return on your investment</a>. Operators have to know what all the options can do for them, and know how and when to use them. That takes <a href="" target="_blank">training</a>. Features that go unused are a waste of money, and failure to operate the machine as efficiently as possible costs money, too.</p> <h3>Lots of choice, but little standardization</h3> <p><img class="move-left" src=""> Training becomes even more of an issue if you’re running more than one brand of excavator, because each OEM does things at least somewhat differently. Different ranges of <a href="" target="_blank">features</a>, different nomenclature, different controls. Operating modes are sometimes defined by their performance traits (Power or Eco, for example) and sometimes by their physical function (Lift, Dig, etc.) Some manufacturers just use numbers or letters to identify modes, which requires operators to memorize what each letter or number stands for.</p> <p>Some <a href=";pcid=382831&amp;dlr=1&amp;ftr=1&amp;lo=4&amp;title=&amp;Cond=All&amp;catid=1031&amp;Manu=&amp;Keywords=" target="_blank">excavators</a>  are programmable, for as many as 20 different attachments, giving operators varying levels of control over the programming and/or manual override control. Even the control mechanisms themselves vary, from simple switches to new haptic controllers that electronically incorporate a sense of touch that is supposed to increase in-hand control precision.</p> <h3>Machine autonomy runs the gamut</h3> <p><img title="" class="move-right" alt="header image 3" src=""><a href=";pcid=382831&amp;dlr=1&amp;ftr=1&amp;lo=4&amp;title=&amp;Cond=All&amp;catid=1031&amp;Manu=&amp;Keywords=" target="_blank">Today’s excavators</a> range from models with no assistive features to machines that can be completely controlled using <a href="" target="_blank">Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS)</a> technology. Most, of course, fall somewhere in between, with varying levels of semi-autonomous control. Excavators aren’t necessarily the best candidates for semi-autonomous control, though, because their operation is much more complex than, say, a dozer.</p> <p>For example, for bucket operation, the system would have to recognize the teeth-to-bucket pin dimension for each bucket and then be able to monitor the <a href="[sitetree_link,id=806]" target="_blank">bucket’s</a> exact position as it curls or the boom or stick moves.</p> <h3>Monitors are growing, in size as well as popularity</h3> <p>Monitors are commonplace in excavator cabs now, and they’re getting better for easier visibility. Typical screens are now 7 or 8 inches. But they aren’t necessarily touchscreens. Construction is a dirty and sometimes-damp job, so some OEMs provide control buttons instead. Regardless, control mechanisms are moving away from the console and onto the monitor itself.</p> <p><a href=";pcid=3590307&amp;dlr=1&amp;lo=1" target="_blank">Liebherr excavators</a> have an automated central lubrication system that operators manage via the monitor. But operators must know what the icons mean in order to know how to respond (or if they need to do nothing while the machine does its thing).</p> <h3>Ergonomics can make a significant difference</h3> <p><img width="247" height="248" class="move-left" src="">Construction is tough work for <a href="" target="_blank">operators</a> as well as machinery. Excavator OEMS have worked for years to increase creature comforts that make the cab a more welcoming, less stressful working environment. That includes everything from upgraded HVAC and sound systems with mp3 and Bluetooth compatibility. The cabs themselves are designed to reduce shock and vibration as well as keep out dust and noise.</p> <p>But experts say it’s the seat that makes the most functional difference in reducing operator fatigue. What is recommended? Wrists should be held straight. Elbows should be at a 90<sup>o</sup> angle. The seat should be positioned so operators don’t have to move their shoulders at all to use the controls. One expert even suggests trying out the settings in “wrong” positions simply to see what that feels like. Ultimately, every operator is a different size and shape, so the best settings are truly individual.</p> <p> </p> <h3>Lights, camera, action!</h3> <p>OK, not exactly, but excavators come with a range of visibility options, too, from bigger windows and windshields to rear-facing cameras to 360<sup>o</sup> systems. <a href="" target="_blank">Hyundai’s All-Around View Monitoring</a> (AAVM) is an example. Hyundai also offers another option called Intelligent Moving Object Detection (IMOD) that detects and responds to motion and sounds that occur within 5 meters of the machine’s sensors. Operators can hear the sounds in the cab.</p> <p>Lights can make it easier to see the work area, and they also make it easier for workers to see the machine. Liebherr’s “Follow Me Home” feature keeps the lights when the operator exits the cab.</p> <p>With all the options <a href=";pcid=382831&amp;dlr=1&amp;ftr=1&amp;lo=4&amp;title=&amp;Cond=All&amp;catid=1031&amp;Manu=&amp;Keywords=" target="_blank">excavators</a> may have these days, there is obviously a lot to learn. And a lot to adjust. But if every tweak makes an incremental improvement to your excavator’s overall performance, just imagine how much that can add to your profitability come year-end 2018.</p> <p> </p> <p><a href="[sitetree_link,id=100]" target="_blank"><img title="" class="left" style="margin-right: auto; margin-left: auto; display: block;" alt="excavators cta 2" src=""></a></p> Thu, 04 Jan 2018 16:48:41 -0600 Hyundai's All New HL965 Loader <h1>Hyundai's All New HL965 Loader</h1> <p><a href=";pcid=382831&amp;dlr=1&amp;ftr=1&amp;lo=4&amp;title=&amp;Cond=All&amp;catid=1060&amp;Manu=&amp;Keywords=">Wheel loaders</a> are a popular commodity on many types of worksites, because they are so versatile. But one size does not fit all – literally, or in terms of performance characteristics. With that in mind, <a href="">manufacturers</a> keep coming up with new models, creating machines suited to just about anything, with features that please equipment operators and the bean counters, too.</p> <p>[embed width=350 height=233 class=right thumbnail=][/embed]Hyundai’s latest entry into the wheel loader marketplace? The all-new <a href=";pcid=3561467&amp;lo=1" target="_blank">HL965</a>.</p> <h4>Operator-friendly features</h4> <p>Ergonomics and amenities make a big difference when you’re sitting in a cab all day. The Hyundai HL965 packs in physical upgrades and <a href="" target="_blank">technology</a> that help operators work smarter, faster, and more comfortably:</p> <ul><ul><li>10% larger cabin</li> <li>Ergonomically-designed work space</li> <li>Fully adjustable seat</li> <li>ROPS/FOPS security</li> <li>Soundproofed – state-of-the-art noise reduction ensures in-cabin quiet even in extra-noisy working environments such as waste handling or quarries</li> <li>Beefed-up HVAC circulates air more efficiently</li> <li>New mirror placements for broader visibility</li> <li>Optional LED front, working and rear combination lights</li> </ul></ul><p>Operators can maneuver the boom, bucket and a third hydraulic line for <a href="" target="_blank">attachments</a> more efficiently, with less effort, using the electro-hydraulic (EH) joystick control lever. Optionally, fingertip control is available. And so is joystick steering wheel control.</p> <p style="text-align: left;">The <a href="" target="_blank">“infotainment”</a> system includes a bigger, easier-to-read 7” touchscreen on which operators can view and track equipment operation data. Using the EH control and touchscreen together enables operators to apply “soft end stop,” “bucket priority” or “boom bucket detent mode” controls. (The “soft stop” reduces shock at the end of each stroke for smoother, less wearing operation.)</p> <p>The infotainment system’s audio component includes a radio as well as Bluetooth hands-free operation for Wi-Fi connection. Operators can also connect their smartphone to the system.</p> <h4>[embed width=350 height=233 class=left thumbnail=][/embed]Functional features</h4> <p>Like all wheel loaders in Hyundai’s HL line, the <a href="" target="_blank">HL965</a> comes with standard on-board weighing system that offers both manual and automatic settings to monitor single and cumulative bucket load weights. What’s new is the new-and-improved bucket. It holds more and spills less, thanks to a wider opening, curved side plates and improved spill guard. Hyundai also incorporated highly wear-resistant steel in vital structural areas, increasing bucket durability.</p> <p>Cleaning and servicing the HL965’s engine is a lot easier, because the hood retracts (all the way) with just a flip of the electric switch. This is a first for <a href=";pcid=3561467&amp;dlr=1&amp;lo=1" target="_blank">Hyundai wheel loaders</a>.</p> <p>The air filter lasts longer, with help from a large-volume air cleaner outfitted with ab automatic dust-ejector. Optionally, you can add a three-stage intake air pre-cleaner.</p> <p>Vital statistics:</p> <ul><ul><li>44,313 lb. operating weight</li> <li>4.7 yd<sup>3 </sup>bucket capacity</li> <li>Cummins QSL9 electronically-controlled diesel engine (272 HP/2,100 rpm gross power)</li> </ul></ul><p>Want a longer boom to achieve larger dumping height? You can have that, too, in the <a href="" target="_blank">HL965 XT model</a>.</p> <h4>Rest assured that the HK965 isn’t <em>all</em> new</h4> <p>It’s made from the same premium-grade steel Hyundai is known for. And it has undergone the same battery of strenuous rigid cycle, heat, vibration, and shock load tests that all of Hyundai’s new models must pass. With flying colors. Hyundai says the HL965 will bring you longer up time, <a href="" target="_blank">lower operating costs</a> and greater productivity. What’s not to love about that?</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><img class="center" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="" src="" alt="learn more hyundai 01" width="345" height="148"></a></p> <p> </p> Tue, 21 Nov 2017 09:10:29 -0600 The Roadtec MTV-1100e Offers Better Visibility and Safety <h1>The Roadtec MTV-1100e Offers Better Visibility and Safety</h1> <p>In order to lay top-quality, smooth-surfaced asphalt, all the details have to come together just right. You need the right mix, at the right temperature. You need to keep moving because time is money. So you need a multi-talented material transfer vehicle. But there are numerous crew members moving around, too, so visibility is crucial to ensure <a href="">safety</a> as well as efficiency. You need the <a href=";pcid=3590305&amp;lo=1">Roadtec MTV-1100e</a>.  </p> <p>This machine was designed specifically for the demands of hot-mix asphalt paving, by the people that brought you the original material transfer vehicle, back in 1989. However, <a href="" target="_blank">Roadtec’s MTV-1100e</a> is entirely different from other Roadtec pavers, the result of decades of engineering experience plus direct input from customers.  </p> <p><span style="color: #11558b; font-family: roboto_condensedbold; font-size: 24px; text-transform: uppercase;"><img class="left" style="float: right;" title="" src="" alt="mtv 1100e 2" width="443" height="169">Roadtec MTV-1100e vital statistics at a glance</span></p> <ul><li>Length:  40' 10"</li> <li>Width:  9' 9"</li> <li>Height:  9' 10.5"</li> <li>Weight:  47,890 lbs. (35,035kg)</li> <li>Hydraulic Tank Capacity:  80 gallons (303 liters) </li> <li>Fuel Tank Capacity:  120 gallons (454 liters)</li> <li>Engine:  250hp Cummins QSB 6.7 Tier 4 Final</li> </ul><h4>More efficient design allows for continuous paving</h4> <p>This new material transfer vehicle has a low profile that enables the operator to see all around the machine and converse more easily with fellow crew members. The operator can also simultaneously lead the paver and signal <a href="[sitetree_link,id=]">truck dumps</a>. To keep workers from having to pass between machines at ground level, there are stairs with handrails located on each side of the machine.</p> <p style="text-align: left;"><img class="left" style="float: left; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" title="" src="" alt="mtv 1100e 5" width="524" height="351">Trucks can unload quickly, thanks to the MTV-1100e’s high-capacity front hopper. There is a vibrating plate in the bottom, which keeps material from building up, and there are heavy-duty, swiveling support casters underneath the hopper to assure smooth movement.</p> <p>The MTV-1100e incorporates special anti-segregation technology that maintains material in optimal condition throughout the <a href="[sitetree_link,id=]">paving process</a>. Final segregation correction takes place in the dump hopper, where a 22” triple-pitch segmented auger lightly re-blends the material before it moves to the paver. This reintegrates any larger aggregate that may have shifted to the sides of the conveyor, and it reheats any portions of the mix that may have cooled. The operator controls the dump hopper from the main platform.</p> <p>Because the MTV-1100e provides a smooth, continuous process from truck dump to material distribution, the machine and paving itself can keep moving efficiently. That eliminates bumps that typically result from starting and stopping the paver or trucks that must back up to a stopped paver to unload. The result is a higher quality mat.</p> <h4>Maintaining the MTV-1100e is also more efficient</h4> <p>Each conveyor has hydraulic clean-out doors, and fluid fill points, grease points, the <a href="">DEF tank</a> and the main electrical power box are all accessible from the ground. No one has to crawl under the machine or open the hood to perform <a href="">regular inspections or service</a>.  </p> <p><a href=""><img class="left" style="vertical-align: middle; display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="" src="" alt="roadtec cta 01" width="300"></a></p> <p> </p> Thu, 02 Nov 2017 15:20:27 -0500 Hyundai’s New Tandem-Drum Roller <h3>Hyundai Construction Adds Third Tandem Drum Roller to their Compaction Line</h3> <p>Hyundai recently added a <a href="" target="_blank">third tandem-drum roller</a> to its Series 9 line of compaction rollers. The new <a href="" target="_blank">HR26T-9</a> is compact in size, but tough and reliable for paving and road maintenance jobs. It is an excellent choice for road construction, public works, utilities, and military use.</p> <p>Hyundai also makes two other tandem-drum compaction rollers aimed at the asphalt paving and maintenance market, and the company manufactures four single-drum models, primarily for soil and aggregate applications. So what’s so great about the new HR26T-9?</p> <h4>You need a tandem-drum roller that can get the job done</h4> <p><a href="">[embed width=1050 height=952 class=left thumbnail=][/embed]</a></p> <p>That requires power and versatility. The <a href="" target="_blank">Hyundai HR26T-9</a> has you covered here. It weighs in at 6,393 lbs. (2,900 kg), with 47.2-inch (1,200 mm) drum width and 12.08 kg/cm linear drum load. It comes equipped with an air-cooled Duetz D 2011 L2 I diesel engine that is both durable and fuel-efficient as well as large fuel tanks.</p> <p>The HR26T-9 provides:</p> <ul><li>Quiet, fuel-efficient operation</li> <li>Hydrostatic drive and hydrostatic vibration system on both drums</li> <li>Automatic (double/single) vibration mode</li> <li>Spring-loaded braking on both drums</li> <li>Front and rear scrapers eliminate material build-up on the drums</li> <li>55-gallon water-spray system that sprinkles the drum surface as well as the pavement surface, at intervals controlled by the operator</li> <li>Largest drum in its weight class</li> </ul><h4>Maximum productivity also requires operator-friendly features</h4> <p>The Hyundai <a href="" target="_blank">HR26T-9 tandem drum roller</a> has you covered here, with convenience boosters that make the work go easier and the day go faster:</p> <ul><li>An adjustable steering wheel that enables each operator to work comfortably</li> <li>A noise and bearings console lever</li> <li>ROPS roll bar</li> <li>Spring-mounted operator’s compartment</li> <li>A slide-able, laterally adjustable seat</li> <li>Armrests and safety belt on the driver’s seat</li> <li>Touch-sensitive manual emergency stop switch the operator can operate at the seat</li> <li>Four headlights</li> <li>Lockable dashboard</li> </ul><p>Like all of Hyundai’s compaction rollers, the HR26T-9 gives operators 360<sup>o</sup> visibility. Its compact size also helps operators clearly see the machine itself as well as the surroundings, even in small or narrow working areas.</p> <h4>[embed width=300 height=300 class=right thumbnail=][/embed]You want a tandem-drum roller that ensures maximum uptime</h4> <p>That requires efficient serviceability. The Hyundai <a href="" target="_blank">HR26T-9</a> has you covered here, too. The hood opens to 270<sup>o</sup>, allowing easy access from the front and sides for service and repairs. It’s easy to access the air filter, the lines are conveniently layered, and the battery’s easy-open compartment makes for quick replacement. The articulated joint requires no maintenance.</p> <h4>Hyundai even has you covered with an industry-leading warranty</h4> <p>The <a href=";pcid=3561467&amp;lo=1" target="_blank">HR26T-9</a> is covered by Hyundai’s standard 3-year, 3000-hour full machine <a href="" target="_blank">warranty</a> as well as a lifetime warranty that covers articulation joints. Buyers can choose to add Hyundai Extend, an extended warranty that can be customized.</p> <p> <a href="" target="_blank"><img class="center" style="display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;" title="" src="" alt="learn more hyundai 01" width="448" height="192"></a></p> Wed, 18 Oct 2017 08:27:39 -0500 Tips on Maintaining your Hydraulic hoses <p>Your <a href="">hydraulic equipment</a> works hard. It’s designed to do that, but even the toughest machine can’t perform well – or long – without proper <a href="">preventive maintenance</a>. Taking good care of your hydraulic hoses is an essential part of any regular service program.</p> <p>There are three types of problems that can sideline hydraulic hoses. If you address each of these issues during regular inspections and maintenance, you can avoid failures that cause unnecessary expense and downtime.</p> <ol><li><strong>Site damage</strong></li> </ol><p><img width="250" height="188" class="alignright size-full wp-image-9170" alt="Hydraulic Hoses" src="">Hydraulic hoses are exposed, so there is always the possibility of environmental damage. Construction sites, <a href="">scrap yards</a>, and similar worksites are especially hazardous to hydraulic hoses. Colliding with jagged rock, concrete, steel, or rebar, hoses can become abraded, get crushed, or be slashed or severed.</p> <p><em>What to do?</em></p> <p>Examine hoses carefully during regular inspections, looking for external wear or cuts. Replace hoses as soon as you find damage, to avoid more serious problems. If the machine spends a lot of its working time in a particularly damage-prone environment, it may be more cost-effective to cover the hose assembly with a metal sleeve or protective textile.</p> <ol><li><strong>Wear and tear</strong></li> </ol><p>Normal wear and tear occurs over time, but exposure to the elements also causes wear and tear on the hose assembly’s exterior. Ultraviolet light degrades the protective outer covering, causing it to harden, crack, and eventually break off. When this happens, the steel wire reinforcement is exposed. It can rust, and that will damage the hose. Hydraulic hose assemblies are designed to last a specific number of system cycles. They will fail if that number is exceeded.</p> <p><em><img width="300" height="203" class="alignright size-medium wp-image-9171" alt="Hydraulic Hoses" src="">What to do?</em></p> <p>Create a checklist to use during routine maintenance, so nothing is overlooked. Include photos or illustrations as needed. Look for:</p> <ul><li>Loose clamps that allow hoses to rub</li> <li>Moisture behind the ferrule</li> <li>Oxidation or rust on fittings</li> <li>Cracked or missing coverings</li> <li>Exposed reinforcement wire</li> </ul><p>Replacing hose clamps and brackets when performing <a href="">regular maintenance</a> ensures the assembly remains fully protected and is not exceeding the recommended number of cycles.</p> <ol><li><strong>Contamination </strong></li> </ol><p><img width="300" height="200" class="alignright size-medium wp-image-9172" alt="Hydraulic Hoses" src="">Oil pressure drives hydraulic hoses, so if the oil becomes contaminated, failures will follow. Oil contamination generally results from problems elsewhere in the system. If a part starts to break down, it can slough off fragments. They may be tiny enough to pass right through the oil filter units, but they will still be able to abrade the inner hose liner. For that matter, simply opening the hydraulic system to add oil can allow damaging particles to get into the system.</p> <p><em>What to do?</em></p> <p><a href="">Every manufacturer</a> defines the expected lifecycle of components and recommends intervals for replacing oil and filters. Follow those recommendations. Institute an oil sampling program to ensure oil cleanliness and allow early detection of problems. The sooner you identify and fix those problems, the least intrusive and costly they will be. Consider adding a backup filtration unit.</p> <p><strong>Who’s doing the work?</strong></p> <p>If you’re using an <a href="">outside vendor</a> to care for your hydraulic hose assemblies, be sure you’ve chosen a top-quality company, because how they do their work can directly affect the performance and lifespan of your hoses. They should use only hoses and fittings that match yours – either from the same OEM or an appropriate combination. Randomly mixing and matching products without proper testing may cause premature failures. Fittings should also be impulse tested according to SAE requirements.</p> <p>Be sure <a href="">your vendor</a> is not using a saw, metal blade, or an abrasive wheel to cut your hydraulic hoses. These tools generate a considerable amount of heat, in turn creating metal particles and rubber dust – contaminants that will stick to the hose tube as it cools. Instead, they should employ multiple contamination control measures.</p> <p>With the right hose provider and a maintenance program that includes the above tips, you can expect your hydraulic hose assemblies to deliver top performance and a long life.</p> Fri, 08 Sep 2017 16:10:12 -0500 Tips on getting the most out of your wheel loader <p>One of the most popular attributes of <a href="">wheel loaders</a> is their versatility. That certainly makes them more valuable, but it can also make your purchasing decision more complicated. It would be easy to select the ideal machine if it only had to perform one task. But to get the most productivity from your multi-tasking wheel loader requires some trade-offs.</p> <p><strong>The more your wheel loader works, the more it earns</strong></p> <p class="move-right"> </p> <p class="move-right"><img width="300" height="200" title="" class="left" alt="Kawasaki 2 300x2" src=""></p> <p>Uptime equates directly to return on your investment, so you want to choose <a href="">the machine</a> that can do the most for your construction firm. That depends on the kind of jobs you do, working conditions, etc. but the most important consideration is loading. In a perfect world, you’d finish loading <a href="">a truck</a> just as the next one arrives.</p> <p>Loader efficiency depends on the number of passes required to <a href="">load a truck</a>. And that depends on bucket size, loader travel distance/cycle time, truck capacity and frequency of <a href=";MdlX=Contains&amp;LiftGate=All&amp;Cond=Both&amp;keywords=TRACEY+ROAD+EQUIPMENT&amp;sortorder=2&amp;SCF=False" target="_blank">truck availability</a>. A general rule of thumb is 3 or 4 passes to load an on-road truck, but what is optimal for your jobsite depends on all four of the variables mentioned.</p> <p><strong>Ideal bucket capacity depends on the material  </strong></p> <p>Choosing a bigger bucket does not necessarily mean your <a href="">wheel loader</a> will be able to perform more work, faster. Different materials have very different densities, and that affects bucket fill. For example, the density of clean, washed, ½-inch aggregate might be 2,500 lbs./cu. yd. In general, washed material has a wheel loader bucket fill factor of around 90%-95%. On the other hand, the base material is likely to contain a high percentage of fines, so its density could be 3,000 lbs./cu. yd. Base material typically has a high bucket fill factor – around 110%-120%.</p> <p>These differences directly affect payload. Therefore, experts suggest you’ll get the greatest productivity and longevity from your wheel loader if you identify your ideal bucket size first, based on material density and consistency. In some applications, <a href="">wheel loaders</a> work with the same type of material all the time. In other applications, materials vary. Understanding the trade-offs is critical, because exceeding the manufacturer’s recommended targets for loading cycle and working payload will reduce efficiency and machine life.</p> <p>To choose the best bucket size, you should consider:</p> <ul><li>What kind of per-day production you want to achieve</li> <li>How many tons of material that equates to</li> <li>Material density</li> </ul><p><strong>Then you can choose the optimal wheel loader</strong></p> <p class="move-left"><img width="300" height="200" title="" class="left" alt="Kawasaki 1 300x2" src=""></p> <p>Truck flow is a key consideration as you’re evaluating your “typical” loading operation. Do you usually have a steady parade of trucks to be filled, or – as if often the case – is there lag time between trucks? On some jobsites, you may not have control over truck flow. Is this a permanent working site, or temporary? If temporary, what kinds of conditions will your <a href="">wheel loader</a> face most often over time?</p> <p>You want the largest loader that can comfortably perform the work at hand. As noted earlier, over-working a loader with an overly large or routinely over-loaded bucket will be counter-productive. On the other hand, the bigger the machine, the higher its operating costs will be. It will use more fuel. Its tire will cost more. Will its increased production capacity pay for all that?</p> <p>A <a href="">smaller wheel loader</a> may be more cost-effective. When wheel loaders have to perform a variety of functions under different conditions, versatility and speed can give you more options. If machines have to travel between stockpiles or have to work on sloping terrain, increased agility may provide greater productivity.</p> <p>Understanding the trade-offs and how they impact your day-to-day operations will help you choose the best wheel loader and get the most from it long term.</p> <p> </p> <p><a href="[sitetree_link,id=226]"><img width="300" title="" class="left" alt="CTA Kawasaki Xtreme" src=""></a></p> Mon, 24 Jul 2017 16:18:13 -0500 RC Liebherr Excavator provides demo with shears and breaker <p>If you’re considering a new purchase for your <a href="">heavy equipment fleet</a>, you want to know what that machine can do. Understanding that need to see for yourself, <a href="">Liebherr</a> created a series of photos showing their <a href="">960 excavator</a> using shears and a breaker. But wait – is that a giant whose feet you see in the background?</p> <p>Nope. The person looks gigantic because the <a href="">Liebherr excavator</a> is just a model. But apart from its diminutive size, that excavator is the real thing.</p> <p>Several <a href="">construction equipment manufacturers</a> now use scaled-down, radio-controlled models to demonstrate actual jobsite features and capabilities. In our Liebherr example, the company built a pint-sized RC mini 960 excavator and used it to demolish an equally small (but to scale) concrete swimming pool using a breaker and shears.</p> <p>It makes sense. Beauty shots – those gorgeous professional photos <a href="">from the manufacturer</a> that show equipment in posed positions — have a certain amount of sex appeal. But you need more than another pretty face to build your construction or similar business. You need machines that work hard and work efficiently, in the kind of conditions your projects present. Sure, you can read the specs and the write-ups, but what you really want is to see that new machine running through its paces.</p> <p> </p> <p><iframe width="560" height="315" id="er-3BPWzuMQ" src=";" frameborder="0"></iframe></p> <p> </p> <h3><strong>And that’s where models come in</strong></h3> <p>Kids have been playing with model construction equipment for decades. With the advent of far more sophisticated models, especially the addition of remote radio control, adults have gotten in on the action, too. Who doesn’t love operating your own fleet of mini-equipment, whether by hand or with a joy stick? But it’s no longer all about <a href="">playing in the dirt</a>.</p> <p>Manufacturers are using their models to create slide shows and even videos. And they’re putting on live demos at trade shows (where the midget fleets usually steal the show).</p> <p>Meanwhile, <a href="">construction equipment models</a> have taken on a larger life of their own, filling a niche in the collectors’ marketplace. Whereas you may have had a few tiny trucks, graders, or cranes on your desk or a shelf in your office, you can now collect those far-more-fun RC models. They’re bigger than shelf-size, just right to take on location to dig a trench, move some earth, or – yes – tear down a dollhouse size structure.</p> <p>Collecting RC model construction equipment is so hot right now, even people not otherwise connected to the industry have joined the party. Will you be next? Fun as collecting might be, <a href="">Liebherr and other OEMs</a> are hoping you’ll consider their full-size machines, too.</p> <p><a href="[sitetree_link,id=806]"><img width="300" height="160" title="" class="left" alt="CTA Allied Demo 01 300x160" src=""></a></p> Fri, 30 Jun 2017 16:16:44 -0500 Tracey Road Equipment, Inc. Announces its Newest Location: Queensbury, NY <p><strong>Tracey Road Equipment, Inc. Announces its Newest Location: Queensbury, NY</strong></p> <p><strong> June 9, 2017:</strong></p> <p><img width="250" height="250" class="alignleft size-full wp-image-9007" alt="queensbury_social-06-06" src="" title="">“We look forward to being a strong support network for the Northeastern logging and forestry industry with our <a href="">Western Star product line</a>,” says Tracey. He also adds, “New York Truck &amp; Equipment (formerly Loggers Equipment) has been providing industry leading parts, service, and sales for many years. We look forward to continuing to build strong customer relationships as well as provide Elite customer service to both existing as well as new customers in the future.”</p> <p><a href=""><img width="300" height="203" class="alignright size-medium wp-image-8979" alt="Tracey Road Equipment" src="" title=""></a>Established in 1976, Tracey Road Equipment now boasts 7 locations spanning the state of New York. Today, the main <a href="">corporate office</a> and its state-of-the-art facilities are situated on 38 acres in East Syracuse, New York and serves the Central New York district. The 6 other established locations which span New York State, are conveniently located in <a href="">Albany</a> (serving the Capital region), <a href="">Batavia</a> (serving the Western NY region), <a href="">Binghamton</a> (serving both the Central NY &amp; Catskill region as well as the Hudson Valley region), <a href="" target="_blank">Queensbury</a> (serving both the Adirondack &amp; Capital District regions), <a href="">Rochester</a> (serving both the Western NY and the Fingerlakes regions), and <a href="">Watertown</a> (serving both the Central NY and Adirondack regions). Facilities at each location are among the biggest and best of the heavy-duty truck and construction equipment dealerships anywhere. The company has made vast investments in building and maintenance at each of its facilities allowing it to represent the highest quality of products, provide second-to-none sales support, and maintain New York States largest independently owned rental fleet. This is all complemented with a highly trained staff which includes a knowledgeable parts team, and sustaining a trained, committed service department, with master level technicians.</p> <p>Through an extensive certification process, Tracey Road Equipment, a <a href="">Freightliner</a> and <a href="">Western Star dealer</a>, has achieved <a href="" target="_blank">Daimler’s Elite Support</a> status at 4 of their 6 locations (Syracuse, Rochester, Watertown and Binghamton) and is in the certification process at the remaining locations. Elite Support is designed to provide rapid diagnosis, responsive turn-around time, consistent communication, robust parts availability and superb customer service – all provided by highly trained staff.</p> <p>Tracey Road Equipment Queensbury is now open Monday through Friday, from 7:00 am until 6:00 pm, and 8:00 am to noon on Saturday.</p> <p>For information regarding the new Queensbury location, visit <a href=""></a> or call (518) 793-9688 or (800) 872-2390.</p> Fri, 09 Jun 2017 08:03:14 -0500 Kobelco Provides Excellent Dig Depths with New Compact Excavator <p>What could a new <a href="">Kobelco compact excavator</a> do to boost your productivity this summer? A lot, if your projects require <a href="">zero tail swing radius</a>, long reach, and/or deep digging. The <a href="">Kobelco SK 17 and SK25</a> are designed specifically for rugged use and maximum maneuverability in constricted areas.</p> <p>Both machines come with roomy cabs, excellent visibility, large travel pedals, and boom light. A travel alert boosts safety by letting anyone nearby that the machine is on the move. And there’s a pattern changer with a blade cutting edge, so operators can customize operation to their preference.</p> <p>Tier 4 Final engines ensure you’ll have plenty of power and hydraulic performance to handle full size jobs, with budget-friendly operating efficiency. Both can dig, swing, and load at full boom swing in close conditions. <a href="">Zero tail swing radius ensures</a> the work can be performed safely as well as efficiently.</p> <h3>Kobelco SK17</h3> <p>This <a href="">smallest model in Kobelco’s</a> extensive crawler excavator line isn’t new, but it has been improved to provide even better power and performance. Its vital statistics:</p> <ul><li>3,836 lbs</li> <li>7’3” digging depth</li> <li>2,833 lbs digging force</li> <li>12’2” digging reach</li> <li>4’6” front minimum swing</li> <li>5 rpm swing speed</li> </ul><p>The self-cleaning hydraulic side frames can extend up to 50 inches or retract to just 37 inches, so the machine offers reliable stability as well as ability to tuck into tight spaces. The dozer blade is designed for quick coupling and detachment, and its width can be easily changed and secured.</p> <h3>Kobelco SK25</h3> <p>This model is the <a href="">newest addition to the Kobelco fleet</a>. It is both powerful and versatile, designed for heavy-duty digging and lifting as well as loading, placing, and dozing in many types of applications. Its vital statistics:</p> <ul><li>5,930 lbs</li> <li>9’2” digging depth</li> <li>456 lbs digging force</li> <li>15’7” digging reach</li> <li>5’5” front minimum swing</li> <li>10 rpm swing speed</li> </ul><p>The <a href="">SK25</a> comes with standard backlit display panel that enables the operator to continuously track operating details and machine status. Options include canopy or ROPS/FOPS cab and either steel or rubber track shoes.</p> <p>Need to work smoothly along a wall? Ease through gates or around obstacles? Or dig side ditches? <a href="">Kobelco’s SK17 or SK25</a> could be your best investment in a more productive and profitable 2017.</p> <p><a href=""><img width="300" height="160" class="aligncenter size-medium wp-image-8975" alt="Kobelco Mini Excavators" src="" title=""></a></p> Thu, 08 Jun 2017 07:58:57 -0500 Lower Total Cost of Ownership With Hydraulic Systems Maintenance <p>Every step you take to lower the total cost of ownership of your <a href="">construction fleet</a> directly benefits your bottom line. Regular inspections and <a href="">maintenance</a> are a big part of that, to keep machines in tip-top condition and operating productively on the job. Surprisingly, however, hydraulic systems are often overlooked when it comes to routine maintenance.</p> <h3>If hydraulic systems don’t work, machines can’t work</h3> <p>A daily walk-around is a great way to catch small leaks and double-check the oil level. But it takes more than that to ensure your hydraulics are ready and able to perform. To fully protect your system, you need to focus on oil and filtration, but you also need to consider the system as a whole.</p> <h3><strong>Not just any oil</strong></h3> <p>One of the worst ways to approach lowering total of ownership is by purchasing the <a href="">cheapest parts and supplies</a> you can find. You may save money in the near term, but you’ll pay down the road. For example, using poor quality hydraulic oil – or a product other than what the <a href="">OEM recommends</a> – can eventually damage your hydraulic system. Those few bucks you saved on products? They’ll be erased many times over when you have to replace the axial piston pump half-way through its expected lifespan.</p> <p><img width="300" height="297" class="alignright size-medium wp-image-8959" alt="Hydraulic Systems" src="" title="">A given piece of <a href="">equipment</a> may need different hydraulic oil depending on where (or when) it’s working, too. Just as with engine oil, viscosity matters, so the <a href="">manufacturer</a> may specify one oil for hot operating conditions and another viscosity for cold weather operations.</p> <p>And don’t assume that one wheel loader will require the same hydraulic oil as another brand. Manufacturers’ engineers spec products based on each machine’s design. For this reason, additives matter as much as viscosity. Among other factors, the oil/additive package your OEM recommends is based on:</p> <ul><li>The machine’s typical operating psi</li> <li>Shear stability (how well viscosity is maintained under operating stress)</li> <li>Oil and water resistance</li> </ul><p>Proper storage ensures hydraulic oil does not degrade or become contaminated before it even enters <a href="">your equipment</a>. Dust and moisture can enter the container any time you open it, so oil should always be stored in a clean, dry place.</p> <h3>Change that filter (and use the right one)</h3> <p>Manufacturers specify a particular <a href="">oil filter</a> as well as intervals for replacing the filter. Again, that can vary by OEM and by machine. Failure to follow the recommended timeline or using the wrong filter can drive up total cost of ownership in several ways. A clogged oil filter restricts oil flow, and it can allow contaminants to pass through. This reduces day-to-day jobsite performance, and it puts seals, spools, and valves at risk of failure. Repairs will be expensive, as will the downtime.</p> <h3>A holistic approach to hydraulic systems maintenance</h3> <p>Properly addressing your equipment’s oil and filtration needs puts you on the road to lower total cost of ownership. But there’s more you can and should do:</p> <ul><li><img width="300" height="200" class="alignright size-medium wp-image-8960" alt="Hydraulic Systems" src="" title="">Fix small leaks before they get worse. Even a tiny leak wastes oil, and multiplied by multiple “tiny” leaks, that can add up significantly. The system needs all its oil to operate efficiently without damage. Furthermore, anywhere oil can leak out, dust or other contaminants can sneak in. Low oil plus contaminants equals premature wear and tear. Because the machine has to work harder, operating temperatures can rise, reducing overall performance.</li> <li>Incorporate fluid sampling and analysis into your regular <a href="">maintenance plan</a>. Yes, this is a cost, but the return on your investment can be invaluable because you’ll be able to detect and head off costly problems before they put your equipment out of commission.<br> Make sure the human factor is working in your favor. When operators control the hydraulics smoothly and efficiently, they’re getting optimum performance with least wear and tear. Sloppy powering that allows cylinders to bang against the piston or stock is tough on cylinder pins, hydraulic pins, bushings, the release valve, and the entire pump system.</li> <li>Consider duty cycles when scheduling regular maintenance, because how the machine is working – and the frequency of repetitive cycles – affects its need for servicing.</li> <li>Keep your equipment clean. Grime conceals problems. And in the eyes of your customer and the general public, filthy equipment doesn’t reflect well on your construction firm, either. Keep your <a href="">attachments</a> clean, too, so they don’t introduce contaminants into your hydraulic systems.</li> </ul><p>Above all, set and keep an appropriate maintenance schedule for every machine in your hydraulic fleet. You’ll lower total cost of ownership, and if you ever have a <a href="" target="_blank">warranty claim</a>, you’ll be able to prove you’ve been doing your part to <a href="">protect your equipment</a>.</p> <p><a href=""><img width="300" height="150" class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-2590" alt="Hydraulic Systems" src="" title=""></a></p> Fri, 26 May 2017 15:31:30 -0500 Tracey Road Equipment Announces New Location In Batavia, NY <p>March 1, 2017: Jerry Tracey, CEO of Tracey Road Equipment, announces the opening of a new location in <a href="">Batavia, NY.</a> As a result of our increasing success, our continual commitment to customer service, and a growing customer-base, Jerry set sights on expanding the Tracey Companies throughout New York State. The New Tracey Road Equipment location, formerly “Boyles Motor Sales Inc.”, will allow Tracey Road Equipment to now serve Western NY including Buffalo and the surrounding areas.</p> <p>Just like our additional <a href="">locations</a>, Tracey Road Equipment Batavia will have both Truck and Equipment <a href="">sales</a>, <a href="">parts</a>, <a href="">service</a> and <a href="">rentals</a>.</p> <p>Tracey says, “We’re looking forward to continuing to serve the current customers of Boyles Motor Sales, as well as an exciting opportunity to develop new relationships around the greater Buffalo and Western New York areas”.</p> <p><a href="">Established in 1976</a>, Tracey Road Equipment will now have 6 locations spanning the state of New York. Today, Tracey’s Corporate Offices, contemporary shop, and beautiful facilities are situated on 38 acres in East <a href="">Syracuse</a>, New York. Combined with our 5 additional state-of-the-art facilities spanning New York State that are located in <a href="">Albany</a>, <a href="">Binghamton</a>, <a href="">Rochester</a>, <a href="">Watertown</a> and now <a href="">Batavia</a>, our facilities are among the biggest and best heavy-duty truck and construction equipment dealerships in the region. We have invested in building and maintaining the finest facilities, representing quality products backed by an insightful sales team, developing an immense rental fleet, staffing a knowledgeable parts team, and sustaining a trained, committed service department.</p> <p><img width="300" height="196" class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-8551" alt="Front End Alignment" src="" title=""><a href="">Elite Support</a>: We pride ourselves on exceptional customer service and support. Through an extensive certification process, Tracey Road Equipment, a Freightliner and Western Star dealer, has achieved Elite Support status at 4 of our 6 locations (Syracuse, Rochester, Watertown and Binghamton) and is in the process of certification at our other locations. In general, Elite Support is designed to provide rapid diagnosis, responsive turn-around time, consistent communication, robust parts availability and superb customer service – all provided by highly trained staff.</p> <p>For information regarding the New Batavia location, visit or call (800) 872-2390.</p> <p> </p> <p><a href=""><img width="405" height="162" class="aligncenter wp-image-8943" alt="cta-batavia-PR-01" src="" title=""></a></p> Fri, 19 May 2017 11:24:08 -0500 Fleet Maintenance | Should You Outsource Service or Do It In-House? <p>One of the issues truck fleet managers have to periodically re-evaluate is the maintenance program. Is it better to handle repairs and maintenance in-house, or <a href="">outsource service</a>?</p> <p>This decision to outsource or not is becoming ever-more complex. <a href="">Newer machinery</a> comes with <a href="" target="_blank">onboard technology</a> that gives drivers more behind-the-wheel information about the truck’s performance and <a href="" target="_blank">telematics</a> that communicate data directly to fleet managers and service techs. All that additional data is useful, but the electronics can significantly increase the cost of maintenance. The value of outsourcing also depends on the size and make-up of your fleet.</p> <h3>Advantages of an in-house shop</h3> <p>With a shop right at your facility and service techs on staff, you don’t have to send your vehicles elsewhere to get the work done. That’s faster and more efficient.</p> <p><img width="300" height="200" class="alignright size-medium wp-image-8888" alt="Fleet Maintenance" src="" title="">For many <a href="" target="_blank">fleet managers</a>, however, it can be a matter of scale. Due to the increasing complexity and expense associated with service and repairs of newer, more sophisticated equipment, firms with smaller fleets find they can save money by outsourcing. In some cases, they are still retaining the most basic work such as oil and filter changes in-house.</p> <p>Likewise, managers of large fleets are also choosing a combination of in-house and outsource service, although they tend to retain more preventive maintenance and repair work, saving outsourcing for the largest, most complex jobs. Some large fleets continue to handle everything in-house under normal circumstances, but rely on outsourcing to handle “overflow” when their own facilities have too much work to complete quickly.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">Fleet managers</a> have to consider capacity and costs not only for routine service and mechanical repairs but for also for physical repairs and rebuilds, including body work and work on specialized components such as refrigeration or lift gates.</p> <h3>In many cases, it’s smarter to outsource service</h3> <p>Maintaining facilities and parts inventory is expensive, as are labor-related costs for service technicians and administrative support. These costs increase if your fleet includes vehicles from <a href="">multiple OEMs</a>.</p> <p>And while regular maintenance requirements may be predictable, each vehicle in the fleet is on a different schedule, depending on its type, age, and usage. Further, unforeseen problems and repairs are, by their very nature, not predictable. When you outsource service, the shop is always ready and properly equipped when you need them. A top-quality shop can provide on-site repairs in many cases, keeping downtime to a minimum and eliminating transport hassle and costs.</p> <p><a href=""><img width="300" height="206" class="alignright size-medium wp-image-8889" alt="Fleet Maintenance" src="" title="">Your dealer’s</a> service technicians are the first to receive training from manufacturers, when it comes to <a href="">new equipment</a> and technology, so they are always up to speed on the latest techniques and best practices. With an in-house operation, every time you purchase a new truck for your fleet the service learning curve starts over – or at least backs up – while your techs get the training they need to perform regular maintenance and detect, analyze, and address problems. Training is expensive and time-consuming, and it’s ongoing.</p> <p>And it’s not just training. To accomplish fleet maintenance work and repairs on newer machinery, you need specialized tools and a different <a href="">array of parts</a>. That increases both capital investment and operations expense. Your dealer’s shop has all the necessary equipment and supplies at hand. They’re part of a comprehensive <a href="">parts network</a>, so they have fastest access to any parts that might have to be ordered.</p> <p>As an Elite service location for <a href="">Freightliner</a> and Detroit, our shops at Tracey Road Equipment can access data from a vehicle’s <a href="" target="_blank">Detroit Virtual Technician diagnostic system</a>. This provides in-depth information that makes streamlines and speeds service.</p> <p>Each company’s fleet and finances are different, so determining whether in-house or outsource service is a truly individual decision. It comes down to finding the right balance of tooling, training, and facility capacity that will keep your fleet on the road and also achieve long-term financial goals.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><img width="300" height="150" class="aligncenter wp-image-2589 size-full" alt="Fleet Maintenance" src="" title=""></a></p> Thu, 04 May 2017 15:01:49 -0500 Plan Ahead With Spec’ing Your Next Truck To Manage Fleet Costs <p>It seems as if most everything is a trade-off. In the case of downspeeding, torque is both a positive and a potential source of concern. But downspeeding is here to stay, so when it’s time to <a href="">spec your next truck</a>,  a clear understanding of the <a href="">torque-downspeeding</a> relationship will help you manage fleet costs by making the most productive and efficient choices.</p> <p><strong>Downspeeding is a dream on the highway</strong></p> <p><img width="300" height="169" class="alignright size-medium wp-image-8852" alt="Manage Fleet Costs" src="" title="">Fewer rpms means <a href="">lower fuel consumption</a>. If your truck will mainly cruise at highway speeds, you can save substantially. But of course it’s not that simple. It takes horsepower to keep your truck moving forward, and torque to move it uphill. The less you have to shift – especially downshift – the more efficiently your truck can function.</p> <p>Today’s engines are designed to produce peak torque at lower rpm, typically in the <a href="">1,000 to 1,400 rpm range</a>. That gives you a few hundred rpm of “breathing room” before you have to downshift, if you’re loaded and driving at 65 mph (just slightly above peak torque). Given the modest terrain changes of most highways, you may not have to shift at all. Maximum efficiency. Major fuel savings.</p> <p><strong>However . . .</strong></p> <p>When your engine has to <a href="">operate at low rpm</a> and in a low gear – at launch, when hooking up a trailer, under heavy load, on steep grades, any time wheel slip could occur — <a href="">downspeeding requires</a> a lot of torque. A lot. In lower gears, the transmission multiplies torque, to the point where it can damage your driveline. That’s because the transmission is multiplying the shock transmitted through it by every cylinder firing. Every component along the way is subjected to tremendous force – torque spikes that can reach almost 25,000 lb-ft in low gears.</p> <p><a href=""><img width="300" height="163" class="alignleft size-medium wp-image-8853" alt="Manage Fleet Costs" src="" title="">According to Meritor</a>, “the time it takes an engine to go from idle at 700 rpm to peak torque at 1,000 rpm is now measured in tenths of a second, whereas it may have taken a second or two in earlier, pre-2010 engines.”</p> <p>And there’s more. The rear axle produces a multiplier effect, too. Torque increases as the driveshaft’s rotational speed decreases. So torque experienced by the driveline is actually higher than the engine’s published torque rating. With all that, it’s easy to see why downspeeding can cause faster component wear and tear, not to mention total drivetrain failures.</p> <p>So it’s a trade-off. You have to manage fleet costs to protect your bottom line. The fuel economies downspeeding offers can be significant. But you run the risk of higher maintenance and repair costs and related down time, all of which erode profitability.</p> <p><strong>What to do?</strong></p> <p><a href="">Spec’ing your next truck</a> requires some careful thinking and priority-setting. Downspeeding isn’t the automatic choice, because <a href="">these powertrains</a> are not the right option for every application. If your intended truck will be an 80,000-pound gross combination weight vehicle and will spend most of its time cruising the Interstates without much terrain change, it is in the sweet spot. Downspeeding will bring efficiencies as advertised.</p> <p>But many companies like to <a href="">manage fleet costs</a> by using trucks for more than one purpose. And here it can get tricky. If your truck will also see duty in P&amp;D operations, for instance, spec’ing a downsped powertrain will not generate the fuel savings you hope for. And you will be at risk for serious drivetrain damage.</p> <p>So you have to assess your application(s) with an eye toward the trade-offs – adequate torque for startability and gradeability versus ability to negotiate hilly terrain under heavy load without causing damage to <a href="">the drivetrain</a>.</p> <p>One option is to spec a calibration that limits the amount of torque that passes through the engine under certain circumstances or at particular speeds when the truck is in a low gear. You can also spec your driveline differently – <a href="">choosing among axles</a> and drive shafts specifically designed to optimize direct drive, downsped powertrain function. Newer axles offer higher torque-bearing capacity.</p> <p>Perhaps the best plan is to talk with your local dealer. Here at <a href="">Tracey Road Equipment</a>, we understand your challenges as well as your options, so we can give you custom-tailored advice to spec your new truck <em>and</em> manage fleet costs.</p> <p><a class="broken_link" href="http://http//"><img width="300" height="135" class="aligncenter size-medium wp-image-7943" alt="Manage Fleet Costs" src="" title=""></a></p> Wed, 29 Mar 2017 15:24:10 -0500 Understanding J&J Dump Body Types | SE, UL & MH, What Does It All Mean? <p>To anyone not familiar with <a href="">heavy equipment</a>, one <a href="">dump truck</a> seems pretty much like another one. But professionals who actually use these vehicles on jobsites know there’s a lot more to. There are different types of dump truck bodies, each designed to serve a specific purpose. <a href="" target="_blank">J&amp;J dump bodies</a> offer sophisticated choices that allow contractors to spec the best fit for their type of projects. That boosts both productivity and profitability.</p> <p>J&amp;J dump bodies are designated SE, UL and MH. Let’s take a look at what that really means in terms of capabilities and best-fit applications.</p> <h3>SE stands for Semi-Elliptical</h3> <p>J&amp;J Body Armor provides abrasion- and impact-resistance and ensures long-term durability for this steel dump body. The <a href="" target="_blank">SE is built</a> to haul high-volume loads, day in and day out, so it’s a top choice for hauling big rock or other aggregate payloads.</p> <h3><img width="300" height="191" class="alignright size-medium wp-image-8840" alt="J&amp;J Bodies" src=""></h3> <h3>UL stands for Ultra-Light</h3> <p>The <a href="" target="_blank">DynaHauler LightWeight Crossmemberless option</a> – the UL, for short — is the most versatile among J&amp;J dump bodies. It’s your choice when hauling needs vary from one job to another – asphalt, rock, gravel or other types of aggregate. Constructed of steel, the UL competes with aluminum in terms of weight. That makes it a cost-saving alternative to traditional side post dump bodies while ensuring the tougher abrasion- and impact-resistance only steel provides.</p> <h3>MH stands for Material Hauler</h3> <p>Do your projects call for hauling materials such as asphalt, sand, gravel or coal? The <a href="" target="_blank">DynaHauler Material Handler</a> provides plenty of hauling power and performance, in an economical package that does not skimp on ruggedness or reliability. You can choose aluminum, steel or stainless dump body construction. The aluminum model is lightweight and corrosion-resistant – it’s the top-seller among J&amp;J dump bodies.</p> <p>No matter which of the <a href="">J&amp;J dump bodies</a> you choose – SE, UL or MH — you can be confident you’re getting the highest quality materials and workmanship from an ISO-certified manufacturer.</p> <p><a href=""><img width="300" height="135" class="aligncenter size-medium wp-image-8110" alt="Heavy Duty Truck" src=""></a></p> Fri, 17 Mar 2017 15:35:23 -0500 Take These Steps to Avoid Hydraulic Component Failure <p>Contaminated fluid causes 80% of hydraulic system faults. Obviously, then, it is essential to protect <a href="">your equipment</a> (and your wallet) from this common problem. What can you do?</p> <h3>Understand the causes of hydraulic fluid contamination</h3> <p><img width="300" height="210" class="alignright size-medium wp-image-8788" alt="Hydraulic Component" src="" title="">Fluid can become contaminated by air, water or solid particles. When this happens, moving parts tend to stick and they wear prematurely. Several things can cause air or water contamination:</p> <ul><li>The suction pipe leaks, causing inadequate suction</li> <li>The system hasn’t been bled properly</li> <li>Poor valve or reservoir design</li> <li>Insufficient oil level in the reservoir</li> </ul><p>Solid metallic or non-metallic particles can also sneak into the system. These could be anything from sand and soil to soot, ash, dust or grinding particles. Even tiny, cast off threads from cleaning cloths can cause problems.</p> <h3>Know – and watch for – the symptoms</h3> <p>If your system is suffering from air or water contamination, you may see any of these symptoms:</p> <ul><li>Noisy operation or sluggish response</li> <li>Cloudy oil</li> <li>Erosion of pump components – or even complete pump failure</li> <li>Damage to cylinder seals, the suction hose or <a href="">pump and valve components</a></li> </ul><p>If your problem is contamination from solid particles, you may see symptoms such as:</p> <ul><li>Excessive component wear and tear</li> <li>Internal leaking</li> <li>Blocked valves</li> <li>Increased oil aging or presence of sludge in the oil</li> <li>Control inaccuracies</li> <li>Complete pump failure</li> <li>Sudden engine breakdown</li> </ul><h3>Take steps to reduce your risk</h3> <p>Adhering to your truck’s recommended <a href="">preventive maintenance schedule</a> is the most important – and easiest – thing you can do to prevent hydraulic fluid contamination. Neglect even a tiny leak, and it will eventually cost you dearly. If you lose one drop per second, you will lose 4 ml per minute. By the end of the day, you will have lost 5.5 liters of hydraulic fluid. After an entire month, that adds up to 154 liters of fluid.</p> <p><img width="300" height="200" class="alignright size-medium wp-image-8789" alt="Hydraulic Component" src="" title="">But proper <a href="">regular maintenance</a> is just the beginning. You can do more. Protect your ports and fittings, by:</p> <ul><li>Leaving port plugs on <a href="">components and hoses</a> until you’re ready to use them</li> <li>Remove port plugs carefully – otherwise, the plastic can shear off into the threads</li> <li>Check for dents and contamination around porting – and make sure fittings to be installed are clean, too</li> <li>Regularly service fluid</li> <li>Regularly clean tanks and your reservoir</li> </ul><p>Protect your components, by:</p> <ul><li>Drying them off before use, if they have been stored where it’s cold – condensation is likely to occur as they warm up</li> <li>Keep hoses capped until you’re ready to install them</li> <li>Handle exposed cylinder rods gently to avoid scratching or denting them</li> <li>shield splines from dents and chips</li> </ul><p>Protect your hydraulic fluid itself, by:</p> <ul><li>Keeping it free of contaminants</li> <li>Keeping all surfaces that could come into contact with the fluid clean and dry</li> <li>Observing proper storage protocol to prevent water from collecting on the top and seeping in through the plug – choose a cool, dry space without sudden temperatures, and store the drum on its side</li> <li>Keeping the drums full to reduce the risk of condensation build-up</li> <li>Cleaning nozzles and caps before filling, and securing caps snugly after use</li> </ul><p>Just because contamination causes 80% of hydraulic system breakdowns doesn’t mean you have to be part of that statistic. Following these steps will help you keep your fluid – and <a href="">your equipment</a> – in tip-top shape.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank"><img width="291" height="143" class="aligncenter wp-image-2619 size-full" alt="Hydraulic Repair" src="" title=""></a></p> Wed, 15 Feb 2017 15:47:04 -0600 Truck Driver Survey Gives Insight To Over-The-Road Favorites With Freightliner On Top <p>Are you an “average” over-the-road truck driver? Every year Atlas Van Lines conducts a <a href="" target="_blank">detailed survey</a> among their long-haul drivers. They want to learn how drivers feel about everything from food and accommodations to driving details to their life on the road.</p> <p>Atlas drivers know what they’re talking about. Respondents to the most recent survey come from 37 states and 7 Canadian provinces. Nearly half have been on the job at least 10 years – 30% 16 years or more. And they’re on the job a lot. A quarter of the drivers say they spend 40+ weeks per year on the road.</p> <p>You can read more about the survey <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>, but we thought it would be fun to recap some of the key results.</p> <p><strong>What’s their favorite ride?</strong></p> <p>More than a third of the drivers specified <a href="">Freightliner</a> and <a href="">Western Star</a> as their OEM of choice.</p> <p><strong>Drivers gotta eat.</strong></p> <p>With Dunkin Donuts and Subway listed as driver food and beverage faves, it’s probably no surprise that Tums are very popular, too. But don’t get the wrong idea. The survey actually shows the average driver – the average <a href=";gclid=COrv9_jButECFVWHswod_IMOkQ" target="_blank">Atlas driver</a>, at any rate – chooses a pretty healthy diet. The top-rated snack is fresh fruit (48%), with mixed nuts and jerky in a tie for second place at 30%.</p> <p><strong>Drivers gotta sleep.</strong></p> <p>About 32% of the drivers said they stay in a hotel at least once a week while traveling for work. Only 8% of the drivers said they never do. The vast majority said adequate access and parking is their number one concern, followed closely by price. Their favorites? Super 8, Days Inn, Best Western, and Motel 6. And when it comes to truck stops, favorites are Flying J, Pilot, TA (Truckstops of America), and Petro.</p> <p><strong>Drivers love their job. Mostly.</strong></p> <p>The best part of being a van operator?</p> <ul><li>57% say freedom of the highway (as opposed to being stuck in an office)</li> <li>53% say meeting/working with people from across the country</li> <li>46% cite the ability to own their own business</li> <li>15% like being part of the trucking community</li> </ul><p>On the other hand, life on the road presents unique challenges. The most difficult aspects, say Atlas drivers, are eating right (65%) and getting exercise (35%). Some complained about regulations and paperwork, and almost a quarter said it’s hard to stay in touch with their family back home.</p> <p>For exercise, 73% said the work itself provides plenty. Of course Atlas drivers also work as furniture movers. Twenty-one percent said, “Who has time for exercise?” Others said they walk, run, and do push-ups and sit-ups.</p> <p><strong>Drivers are nice guys (and gals).</strong></p> <p>Of course, we already knew that. But here’s statistical proof. Three-quarters of those responding to the Atlas survey said they have stopped to assist another motorist at least once in their career.</p> <p>“Given that the majority of our professional truck drivers spend more than 30 weeks out of the year on the road, this survey is a great way to let these seasoned road warriors share their knowledge and preferences with the rest of us,” explains Glen Dunkerson. He’s chairman and CEO of Atlas World Group.</p> <p>How does the latest Atlas driver survey match up with your experience?</p> <p><a href=""><img width="300" height="135" class="aligncenter size-medium wp-image-7943" alt="Freightliner" src="" title=""></a></p> Wed, 11 Jan 2017 14:37:39 -0600