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The video below is a classic example of an operator flying to close to the sun. Or, in this case, driving too close to the power lines.

Based on the way this whole thing plays out, it seems like this wasn’t a case of this crew underestimating the height of the lines or the driver not seeing them. By the way the driver is operating the truck and how hard he’s trying not to hit the lines, we’re led to believe he really thought he could not only lift the bed from this spot, but also run the load out as well.

He could not. And the result is a fireworks display this crew likely won’t forget.

Dump truck gets electrocuted by powerlines - YouTube

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A prototype of The Sitevision augmented reality viewer as shown at the Bauma trade show in Munich, Germany. The system gives you an augmented reality/virtual reality view of yet to be built designs in the field as well as as-builts and underground utilities. Photo: Tom Jackson

Trimble Sitevision augmented reality viewer uses satellites and Trimble Catalyst GNSS for position and location; plus it uses your Android phone (another BYOD system) for the viewing screen to give you 3D, augmented reality views in a 360-degree. The GPS/GNSS antenna locates your phone to within a few centimeters accuracy.

“You use it to see what you’re going to build on site,” says Scott Crozier, general manager of Trimble’s civil engineering and construction division. “If you want to see progress you can set it up so the model that is loaded is the work you’re expecting to have done by a certain date.”

The Sitevision AR viewer as shown in a Trimble promotional video. Credit: Trimble

With it you can better visualize complex plans, visualize underground utilities and proposed infrastructure, find design conflicts early in the process. And perform cut/fill checks. You’ll also be able to tap on elements visualized on the screen and get a pop up box with detailed information about those components.

“We see it being used in the civil environment, but also across a cross section of all kinds of construction applications,” Crozier says.

Trimble says the SiteVision augmented reality viewer is not on the market yet, but it is discussing it with prospective customers. For a short video on the system, click on the link below.

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Inside Caterpillar’s Bauma booth last month. Photo: Wayne Grayson

Caterpillar has set a 10-year “aspirational target” to double its parts and service revenues from 2016 levels. That means that the company intends for all service, aftermarket parts and other service-related sales to be at the $28 billion mark by 2026, up from $14 billion in 2016, according to Jim Umpleby, Caterpillar chairman and CEO, speaking at the company’s 2019 Investor Day.

“We believe tremendous opportunities exist to continue to grow service revenues by working with our dealers to find new ways to increase the value we provide to customers,” Umpleby said, pointing to Cat’s now two-year-old Operating & Execution model as undergirding this anticipated growth.

This service growth will not be a straight trajectory, Umpleby warns. “When market demand is high for new equipment, services tend to be 30 percent of our machine, energy and transportation sales,” he said. During down markets, that percentage moves closer to 40 percent.

Cat estimates that 95 percent of the service opportunity comes after a machine has already accumulated 5,000 hours, said Bob De Lange, group president of services, distribution and digital.

Cat Financial, although not counted in the anticipated service sales growth, will still play a key role in this effort, assisting as the company transitions from customer service agreements to what it calls “customer value agreements.” These CVAs will take advantage of Cat’s machine telematics – the company says it will have close to 1 million connected assets by the end of 2019 — and digital capabilities.

Dealers now have access to several digital tools, including Cat’s Service Information System, Parts Inventory Optimization Tool, and its recently introduced Remote Flash and Remote Troubleshoot, which allows dealer technicians to access live machine diagnostics and remotely identify problems.

“Cat Financial is actually one of the greatest marketing tools we have,” De Lange said, adding that the division has more than 11,000 direct customer contacts per day. And CVAs can be included in the Cat Finance monthly payment.

“We have a very large installed base, over 2 million active assets in the field,” De Lange said.

This base gives Cat engineers critical information when designing the next generation of equipment.

One example: Cat’s coming next generation air filter, designed to have double the service life of the standard filter. “The air cleaner body is equipped with temperature and pressure sensors to provide the operator with an accurate measurement of the remaining useful life of the filter element,” said Denise C. Johnson, group president of resource industries. “And it does it in real time. The filters are launching now, Johnson says, and will be “available in full force on our next generation machines in 2020.”

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Most popular machine in terms of units sold in the Northeast Region: Kubota SVL75-2 compact track loader.

Financed new equipment sales in the Northeast Region of the U.S. dropped by 9 percent during the first quarter of 2019, compared with the same period last year, according to an analysis of UCC-1 filings as reported by EDA. The number of new units financed went from 3,154 in 2018 to 2,896 in 2019 during the first quarter.

States showing the largest declines in the number of new machines financed were Rhode Island (down 40 percent) and New Hampshire, (down 24 percent) compared with the first quarter of 2018. Maine, however, saw a 12 percent increase in new financed machine counts and Pennsylvania remained flat. (For a state-by-state review, go to the State Breakdowns section.)

The U.S. Census Bureau defines the Northeast Region as Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Northeast Region 1Q financed sales by type of construction equipment

Source: EDA.

In part because of their lower initial cost, compact machines tend to dominate in terms of unit sales.  Compact track loaders (CTLs) and compact excavators were the most popular machines sold in the region, almost tying for first and second place: 734 CTLs were sold in the region (25.3 percent of total machines), compared to 731 compact excavators (25.2 percent). Skid steer loaders, at 372, or 13 percent of total machines, came in a distant third. (We compiled this data on May 20th; EDA continually updates this data.)

Source: EDA

In terms of units sold, the Kubota SVL75-2 CTL, at 96 machines, topped the most popular model list. Looking at machine brand, nearly 24 percent of the number of new machines financed in the region were Cat, while Bobcat and Kubota tied for second place at 16.8 percent each.

Machines in this report include backhoes, dozers, articulated haulers, excavators, compact excavators, skid steers, compact track loaders, wheel loaders and toolcarriers, asphalt and concrete pavers, scrapers, graders and single and double-drum compactors.

State breakdowns

Here’s a state-by-state breakdown of the construction equipment financed during the 1Q. (Percentages are rounded.)

Connecticut

Total number of machines financed in the first quarter: 167 (down 13 percent from 1Q 2018)

Top models: Cat 259D CTL (6 machines); Komatsu WA270-8 wheel loader (6 machines); Bobcat S570 skid steer (5 machines).

Top three machine types: CTL (46 machines); compact excavator (45 machines); wheel loader (26 machines)

Top financed brands: Kubota (31 machines, 19 percent of total); Bobcat (29 /17 percent); Cat (22/13 percent); Deere (17/10 percent)

Massachusetts

Total number of machines financed in the first quarter: 367 (down 19 percent from 1Q 2018)

Top models: Cat 259D CTL (22 machines); Kubota SVL75-2 CTL (10 machines); Cat 725C-2 articulated truck (8 machines).

Top three machine types: Compact excavator (100 machines); CTL (94 machines); skid steer (52 machines)

Top financed brands: Cat (115 machines, 31 percent of total); Bobcat (72/20 percent); Kubota (50/14 percent); Deere (35/10 percent)

Maine

Total number of machines financed in the first quarter: 142 (Up 12 percent from 1Q 2018)

Top models: Kubota KX040-4 compact excavator (9 machines); Bobcat S550 skid steer (8 machines); Kubota SVL75-2 CTL (6 machines)

Top three machine types: CTL (39 machines); compact excavator (29 machines); skid steer (27 machines)

Top financed brands: Bobcat (34 machines, 24 percent of total); Cat (33/23 percent); Kubota (24/17 percent); Deere (21/15 percent)

New Hampshire

Total number of machines financed in the first quarter: 144 (Down 24 percent from 1Q 2018)

Top models: Deere 310SL backhoe (15 machines); Cat 305E2 CR compact excavator; Cat 305.5E2 CR compact excavator

Top three machine types: Compact excavator (37 machines); CTL (23 machines); wheel loader (21 machines)

Top financed brands: Cat (37 machines, 26 percent of total); Kubota (25/17 percent); Deere (19/13 percent); Bobcat (18/13 percent)

New Jersey

Total number of machines financed in the first quarter: 396 (Down 14 percent from 1Q 2018)

Top models: Kubota SVL95-2s CTL (16 machines); Kubota SVL75-2 (13 machines); Kubota KX040-4 compact excavator (9 machines)

Top three machine types: CTL (91 machines); compact excavator (89 machines); excavator (54 machines)

Top financed brands: Cat (97 machines, 25 percent of total); Kubota (67/17 percent); Bobcat (60/15 percent); Deere (59/15 percent)

New York

Total number of machines financed in the first quarter: 746 (Down 2 percent from 1Q 2018)

Top models: Komatsu WA270-8 wheel loader (27 machines); Cat 289D CTL (20 machines); Bobcat T770 CTL (18 machines)

Top three machine types: Compact excavator (203 machines); CTL (169 machines); skid steer (115 machines)

Top financed brands: Cat (174 machines, 23 percent of total); Bobcat (130/17 percent); Kubota (113/15 percent)

Pennsylvania

Total number of machines financed in the first quarter: 830 (Flat compared to 1Q 2018)

Top models: Kubota SVL75-2 CTL (42 machines); Kubota SVL95-2s CTL (26 machines); Cat 259D CTL (21 machines)

Top three machine types: CTL (249 machines); compact excavator (195 machines); excavator (106 machines)

Top financed brands: Cat (174 machines, 21 percent of total); Kubota (161/19 percent); Bobcat (119/15 percent); Deere (119/8 percent)

Rhode Island

Total number of machines financed in the first quarter: 49 (Down 40 percent from 2018)

Top models: Bobcat T870 CTL (4 machines); Bobcat S540 skid steer (3 machines); Bobcat T770 CTL (2 machines)

Top three machine types: Compact excavator (15 machines); CTL (12 machines); skid steer (8 machines)

Top financed brands: Bobcat (17 machines, 35 percent of total); Cat (12/25 percent); Kubota (2/12 percent)

Vermont

Total number of machines financed in the first quarter: 55 (Down 10 percent from 2018)

Top models: Kubota KX040-4 compact excavator (5 machines); Cat 289D CTL (4 machines); Cat 305E2 CR (3 machines)

Top three machine types: Compact excavators (17 machines); CTL (11 machines); skid steer (9 machines)

Top financed brands: Cat (22 machines, 40 percent of total); Kubota (9/16 percent); Bobcat (6/11 percent); Case (5/9 percent); Volvo (4/7 percent)

About the source

EDA, a division of Equipment World’s parent firm Randall-Reilly, tracks UCC-1 filings used by lenders when a machine is financed.

Depending on the type of machine, financed machines can represent 40 to 75 percent of the total number of machines of that type sold in the United States. While machines can also be bought by cash or letter of credit, which are not tracked by EDA, buyers of higher priced equipment (for example, a large excavator) tend to use financing. EDA continually updates its data.

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When the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) was audited recently, Auditor General Eugene DePasquale discovered that more than $4.25 billion in Motor License Fund money that was supposed to go toward the repair, construction, reconstruction, and maintenance of roads and bridges had been transferred to the state police, beginning in the 2012-13 fiscal year, Transportation Today News reports.

The General Assembly, reportedly, has not put a cap on the amount of money being transferred to the state police, having transferred $789.6 million during the 2017-18 fiscal year.

“More than 2,800 state-maintained bridges across Pennsylvania are structurally deficient, and our bridges average over 50 years in age—beyond what they were designed to last,” DePasquale said, according to the news agency. “That $4.25 billion could have cut that list in half, and if PennDOT could use all of the gas tax money for roads and bridges, we could get that number to zero in about five years.”

Pennsylvania’s gas tax is 57.6 cents per gallon of gas, the highest in the nation, but people are frustrated with paying that much and not seeing the roads and bridges being repaired.

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2020 Sierra Elevation Crew Cab

While the latest Sierra 1500 carries on the design language introduced for the 2019 model, several updates for the 2020 model year might make this a more attractive truck for some customers.

For 2020, GMC is expanding the availability of certain premium features to a wider swath of its Sierra 1500 lineup, while also bringing over trailering technology previously only found on its Heavy Duty trucks.

We’ll start with the powertrain where GMC is expanding the availability of its 10-speed automatic transmission. On the 2019 model, the 10-speed was only offered with the 6.2-liter and 3.0L Duramax diesel engines. For 2020, GMC is now making that gearbox available with the 5.3L gas V8. GMC says the 10-speed will be standard on the Sierra Denali and the Sierra AT4 and will also be an available option on all four-wheel-drive Sierras with the SLE trim level and above.

GMC is also expanding the availability of the 3.0L diesel to the CarbonPro Edition of the Denali and AT4 models. The engine will also be available on the regular Denali and AT4 models as well as the SLT trim, Elevation and SLE models.

Carried over from the HD trucks to the 2020 1500 lineup is the ProGrade Trailering System. The system delivers up to 15 unique camera views to the center console, including a transparent trailer view to provide a better view around what’s in tow. The system constructs this transparent view by stitching together images captured by cameras mounted on both the tailgate and on the rear of the trailer.

2020 GMC Sierra Available Transparent Trailer Rear Camera View

The system also includes an in-truck trailering app with a trailer light test, trailer electrical diagnostic, trailer tire pressure and temperature monitoring, pre-maintenance reminders and a departure checklist.

Further updates on the 2020 Sierra 1500 include:

  • Adaptive cruise control now available
  • Elevation model is now offered in Crew Cab configuration.
  • New trailer tow mirrors are available as a free-flow option.
  • 8-inch-diagonal infotainment system is now capable of supporting SiriusXM with 360L2 (if equipped).

2020 GMC Sierra Denali CarbonPro Edition

The new trucks also feature:

  • Available CarbonPro Box: A carbon fiber box that GMC calls “the most durable pickup box in the segment,” offering “best-in-class dent, scratch and corrosion resistance” while cutting 62 pounds from the weight of the truck over the steel version.
  • Multi-Color Head-Up Display: A hologram-like projection on the truck’s windshield measuring 15 inches diagonally that displays customizable vehicle data.
  • Rear Camera Mirror: Offers the driver a greater field of view than a conventional rear view mirror. It uses a rear-facing high-resolution camera and high-resolution display to create a view that “can help the driver’s view around potential vision obstructions such as occupants or cargo.” You can even tilt or zoom the view the mirror displays.
  • MultiPro Tailgate: Standard on the Sierra SLT and Denali, this tailgate features six functions and positions:
    1. Primary Gate: Your regular old open tailgate that activates with the touch of a button on the gate or the key fob.
    2. Primary Gate Load Stop: With the gate open, a compartment near the top opens outward from the inside serving as a load stop for securing long objects being hauled in the bed with the gate open.
    3. Easy Access: With the gate open, the inner portion of the top of the tailgate folds down, creating a D-shaped opening in the gate allowing you to get closer to whatever you’re pulling out of the bed.
    4. Full-Width Step: From the Easy Access position, the gate folds downward even further, creating a large step for hopping up into the cab. The step can hold up to 375 pounds.
    5. Inner Gate Load Stop: With the gate closed, folding down the portion of the gate that creates the Easy Access opening when the gate is closed now opens out, with a portion flipping upward to act as a load stop for longer, loads situated higher in the bed.
    6. Work Surface: With the gate closed, flipping down the Easy Access portion of the gate creates a work surface tall enough to act as a standing desk of sorts.

Here’s a video of how all the functions work.

GMC's new MultiPro tailgate has 6 unique functions - YouTube

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2020 Sierra Elevation Crew Cab

While the latest Sierra 1500 carries on the design language introduced for the 2019 model, several updates for the 2020 model year might make this a more attractive truck for some customers.

For 2020, GMC is expanding the availability of certain premium features to a wider swath of its Sierra 1500 lineup, while also bringing over trailering technology previously only found on its Heavy Duty trucks.

We’ll start with the powertrain where GMC is expanding the availability of its 10-speed automatic transmission. On the 2019 model, the 10-speed was only offered with the 6.2-liter and 3.0L Duramax diesel engines. For 2020, GMC is now making that gearbox available with the 5.3L gas V8. GMC says the 10-speed will be standard on the Sierra Denali and the Sierra AT4 and will also be an available option on all four-wheel-drive Sierras with the SLE trim level and above.

GMC is also expanding the availability of the 3.0L diesel to the CarbonPro Edition of the Denali and AT4 models. The engine will also be available on the regular Denali and AT4 models as well as the SLT trim, Elevation and SLE models.

Carried over from the HD trucks to the 2020 1500 lineup is the ProGrade Trailering System. The system delivers up to 15 unique camera views to the center console, including a transparent trailer view to provide a better view around what’s in tow. The system constructs this transparent view by stitching together images captured by cameras mounted on both the tailgate and on the rear of the trailer.

2020 GMC Sierra Available Transparent Trailer Rear Camera View

The system also includes an in-truck trailering app with with a trailer light test, trailer electrical diagnostic, trailer tire pressure and temperature monitoring, pre-maintenance reminders and a departure checklist.

Further updates on the 2020 Sierra 1500 include:

  • Adaptive cruise control now available
  • Elevation model is now offered in Crew Cab configuration.
  • New trailer tow mirrors are available as a free-flow option.
  • 8-inch-diagonal infotainment system is now capable of supporting SiriusXM with 360L2 (if equipped).

2020 GMC Sierra Denali CarbonPro Edition

The new trucks also feature:

  • Available CarbonPro Box: A carbon fiber box that GMC calls “the most durable pickup box in the segment,” offering “best-in-class dent, scratch and corrosion resistance” while cutting 62 pounds from the weight of the truck over the steel version.
  • Multi-Color Head-Up Display: A hologram-like projection on the truck’s windshield measuring 15 inches diagonally that displays customizable vehicle data.
  • Rear Camera Mirror: Offers the driver a greater field of view than a conventional rear view mirror. It uses a rear-facing high-resolution camera and high-resolution display to create a view that “can help the driver’s view around potential vision obstructions such as occupants or cargo.” You can even tilt or zoom the view the mirror displays.
  • MultiPro Tailgate: Standard on the Sierra SLT and Denali, this tailgate features six functions and positions:
    1. Primary Gate: Your regular old open tailgate that activates with the touch of a button on the gate or the key fob.
    2. Primary Gate Load Stop: With the gate open, a compartment near the top opens outward from the inside serving as a load stop for securing long objects being hauled in the bed with the gate open.
    3. Easy Access: With the gate open, the inner portion of the top of the tailgate folds down, creating a D-shaped opening in the gate allowing you to get closer to whatever you’re pulling out of the bed.
    4. Full-Width Step: From the Easy Access position, the gate folds downward even further, creating a large step for hopping up into the cab. The step can hold up to 375 pounds.
    5. Inner Gate Load Stop: With the gate closed, folding down the portion of the gate that creates the Easy Access opening when the gate is closed now opens out, with a portion flipping upward to act as a load stop for longer, loads situated higher in the bed.
    6. Work Surface: With the gate closed, flipping down the Easy Access portion of the gate creates a work surface tall enough to act as a standing desk of sorts.

Here’s a video of how all the functions work.

GMC's new MultiPro tailgate has 6 unique functions - YouTube

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JCB’s TLT 25 LPG Teletruk

JCB has expanded its Teletruk forklift lineup with two models that run on liquid propane gas for working in emission-sensitive areas.

The TLT 25 LPG and TLT 30 LPG models have lift heights of 13 feet 1 inch and forward reach of 4 feet 8 inches and are powered by 59-horsepower Tier 4 Final Kubota LPG engines. They join the Teletruk 35D, which runs on diesel fuel.

The LPG models both feature a telescopic boom, which requires half the space for loading and unloading as conventional forklifts and allows the operator to unload an 8-foot-wide trailer from one side, the company says. It also eliminates the forklift mast for better visibility. JCB calls them “the world’s only telescopic counterbalance forklift.”

The main difference between the two LPG models is their lift capacity—the TLT 25 at 5,500 pounds and the TLT 30 at 6,600 pounds.

The forklifts can operate on a 16 percent gradient with full load and are compact enough to fit into a standard shipping container for easier unloading. They are equipped with JCB’s LiveLink telematics system.

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NPK Construction Equipment (NPKCE) has bought Genesis Attachments (USA), Genesis Holdings (Germany) and Genesis GmbH (Germany).

“Genesis has a great distribution network and an incredible group of dedicated employees,” says Dan Tyrrell, NPKCE president, in a release. “The expertise, the experience, the culture and the company spirit of both businesses will benefit all our customers and dealers, both nationally and globally.”

Founded in 1997, Genesis Attachments is based in Superior, Wisconsin, and has 117 U.S.-based employees manufacturing scrap processing, demolition and material handling attachments. In 2002, Genesis founded Genesis GmbH as its European licensee and exclusive sales partner.

NPK says it will leave the Genesis business model in tact, with plans to “continue improving the experience for our dealers and end users alike.”

NPKCE’s parent firm Nippon Pneumatic Mfg. was founded in Japan in the early part of the 20th century and has been manufacturing construction equipment attachments since the late 1950s. NPKCE, established in 1985 to provide distribution and product support for the Western Hemisphere, manufactures hydraulic hammers, crushers/pulverizers, sheers, pile drivers and pedestal boom systems.

Under a 2013 agreement, NPKCE also serves as as the exclusive distributor of Paus mining vehicles in the United States and Canada, leading to the creation of NPK Mining Equipment in 2018.

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Three GT Mid Atlantic locations in New Jersey—Freehold, Totowa and Vineland—now carry Liebherr excavators, wheel loaders, dozers, crawler loaders and material handlers.

Sean Collins, senior vice president of business development for GT Mid Atlantic parent company Groff Tractor Holdings, will oversee the Liebherr business.

“Expanding our presence with Liebherr beyond our footprint of central and Eastern Pennsylvania enables us to invest in additional products and people to promote the Liebherr brand and further support our customers,” Collins says.

Key GT Mid Atlantic personnel include Justin Howard, product and technical specialist and Justin Howard, product and technical specialist, along with factory trained service technicians.

GT Mid Atlantic sells, services, and rents construction and road building machines and equipment in Maryland, New Jersey, Delaware and the Philadelphia area. The company carries about 20 brands of equipment and is an entity of Groff Tractor Holdings.

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