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Vermeer introduces new D23X30DR S3 Navigator horizontal directional drill

The new Vermeer D23x30DR S3 Navigator horizontal directional drill, integrates dual rod technology into a compact machine design to efficiently maneuver through rock in congested cities, busy neighborhoods or tight jobsites. Featuring a class-leading narrow footprint and a weight of 16,500 pounds (7484 kg), the Vermeer D23x30DR S3 is the lightest rock drill on the market and is well suited for fiber, electrical, gas and water installation in hard rock, as well as other challenging ground conditions.

Westech Coyote hydrovac a compact and cost-effective solution

Westech Vac Systems, a provider of rugged, high-quality vacuum truck-mounted solutions, introduced the compact Coyote hydrovac for utility, municipal and contractor customers in Canada. The mid-sized unit was designed as an ideal option for customers working in urban and metro environments who need maximized legal payloads and who value a rugged, durable and industrial-grade hydrovac truck that can easily maneuver in tight, confined spaces without compromising productivity, performance or legal payload.

Data and GPS capabilities now offered on Subsite UtiliGuard locating system

Subsite Electronics has introduced the UtiliGuard 2, a new multi-frequency utility locator based on the popular UtiliGuard system. Available in Standard and Advanced models, UtiliGuard 2 takes all the proven performance-boosting features of the original UtiliGuard and adds several important new capabilities including an all-new user interface, integrated data capture, and GPS positioning.

Xylem's new Godwin S Series smart pumps feature new generation of cloud-based Field Smart Technology

As digital technologies continue to produce powerful value for water managers and the communities they serve, global water technology company Xylem Inc has launched the new Godwin NC100S and CD100S Dri-Prime dewatering pumps, the third and fourth pumps in the Godwin S Series of smart pumps. Equipped with interchangeable, application-specific impellers and a new generation of cloud-based Field Smart Technology, these new 4-inch surface-mounted centrifugal pumps deliver enhanced levels of control and flexibility for the toughest dewatering applications. While each is ideal for the application described below, the pumps enable the operator to switch from a NC100S to a CD100S, and vice versa, due to the interchangeable impellers on both models, thereby providing a ‘two in one' solution for each pump to increase the application range and removing the need to invest in multiple fleet models.

Digging different: an in-depth report on hydro excavators

Underneath the traffic jams that snarl Canadian city streets, there is another type of congestion faced by municipalities and contractors: kilometres and kilometres of utilities that criss-cross one another in a growing tangle of pipes and conduits.

What lies beneath? Locating tools take the mystery out of buried utilities and underground obstacles

Utility locating tools and GPR systems are vital pieces of equipment to aid contractors in mapping out buried utilities and underground obstacles. We asked experts from Subsite Electronics and Vermeer MV Solutions what to look for when choosing a utility locating tool or GPR system so that you can have the most accurate information the next time you dig.

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Preventing damage to buried utilities

When you start up an excavator or a backhoe and begin to dig, do you ever consider the risks? Just beneath our feet are hundreds of thousands of kilometres of pipes and cables, that crisscross the country and provide the essential services that we rely on every single day. This underground infrastructure is a crucial component for the comfort, productivity and safety that we expect in our day-to-day lives: it distributes electricity, natural gas and clean drinking water, as well as cell service and internet – facilitating both electronic communication and financial transactions. Striking a buried utility line can result in inconvenient outages for entire neighbourhoods, and even cause harm to yourself or others. A damaged utility line will require expensive repairs and can result in fines, penalties and litigation.

ICUEE 2019: What to see at the demo expo, part five

ICUEE, the International Construction & Utility Equipment Exposition, will take place October 1-3 in Louisville, Kentucky. ICUEE is the utility industry's largest trade show, covering 28+ acres of indoor and outdoor exhibits, and bringing together more than 18,000 utility professionals every two years.

ICUEE 2019: What to see at the demo expo, part one

ICUEE, the International Construction & Utility Equipment Exposition, will take place October 1-3 in Louisville, Kentucky. ICUEE is the utility industry's largest trade show, covering 28+ acres of indoor and outdoor exhibits, and bringing together more than 18,000 utility professionals every two years.

Vanair to display over 22 mobile power units at ICUEE

Vanair Manufacturing plans to highlight its latest advancements at ICUEE 2019, held October 1–3, at the Kentucky Exposition Center. The exciting Vanair exhibit – located in booth L417 – will feature several new and enhanced products as well as showcase the company's exclusive technologies. 

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5 things you can do to make safety training stick

At 20 years old, Regina McMichael's husband died after falling off a roof at a jobsite where he was working. That was the day her safety career started. Thirty-three years later she is still laser-focused on making the industry safer by improving the way we teach safety training. Her energy, humor, and engaging style as a speaker and trainer has earned her rave reviews throughout the industry. She recently shared five key ways to change your safety training to make it more effective.

Toro announces new underground construction business strategy

The Toro Company  is realigning the organizational structure for its underground construction businesses to better serve customers, maximize synergies and streamline costs. The company intends to combine certain aspects of the Ditch Witch, American Augers and Trencor businesses, all of which were part of the Charles Machine Works acquisition announced earlier this year. This realignment supports a streamlined approach to the marketing, sales and service functions of those businesses to more effectively support end customer needs.

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New Cutmaster Black Series plasma cutting consumables last 60% longer

Thermal Dynamics, an ESAB brand, has launched its new Cutmaster Black Series of enhanced performance plasma cutting consumables, which extend operating life by 60 percent compared to standard life electrodes. They are featured on the SL60QD 1Torch, which comes with the Cutmaster 60i handheld air plasma cutting system. Coupled with internal enhancements on the Cutmaster 60i, the new electrode design increases the unit's rated cut and piercing capacity to 3/4 in., a 16.6 percent improvement. The Cutmaster 60i can sever metal up to 1-1/2 in.

LOOSE-N-IT 4-in-1 lubricant now available from LUBE-A-BOOM

The LUBE-A-BOOM team is proud to introduce LOOSE-N-IT. Customer service and satisfaction is LUBE-A-BOOM's top priority, along with providing dealers superior lubrication products. After speaking with several industry leaders, a lubrication niche not being adequately satisfied by competing brands was identified: a product that allows technicians and parts managers to quickly remove old, stripped, and/or rusty bolts from equipment. The LUBE-A-BOOM team found that many times these crucial bolts and screws had become so worn and stripped that removing them was a time-consuming process. To alleviate this service-related pressure point, LUBE-A-BOOM set to work to develop a product that could easily be used in the field to assist in the removal of old and worn bolts. Thus, the LOOSE-N-IT product came to fruition. 

Quanta Services sets new HDD operators up for success through valuable training

The rise in underground utility projects is good news for contractors across the country. However, whether it be due to fiber build-out or aging infrastructure replacement, this growth requires underground utility contractors to find and employ more horizontal directional drill (HDD) operators. This demand has resulted in a shortage of qualified, skilled and confident operators in the underground construction industry.

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