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Amy Materson is the Managing Editor of Equipment World. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the Culverhouse College of Commerce and Business Administration at the University of Alabama, and has been a member of the Equipment World staff since 2006. Materson’s responsibilities include managing the flow of content for the magazine and providing coverage on a variety of topics that include new product information and safety.


A guide to staying safe while working with a small or short-handed crew

Nov 07, 2014

A guide to staying safe while working with a small or short-handed crew

One of the lingering effects of the construction downturn is the difficulty contractors now face finding skilled workers. Whether construction workers have found other jobs, moved to a new city or left the industry altogether, skilled workers can be hard to ...

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Volvo CE announces C-Series motor graders

Oct 28, 2014

Volvo CE announces C-Series motor graders

  Designed to handle a range of grading applications, Volvo has introduced its new C-Series motor graders, including the G930C, G940C, G946C (AWD) and G960C. The series has Volvo’s D8J engines, which deliver a savings of up to 5 percent in fuel ...

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LED light balloons are a durable, cost-effective way to illuminate a jobsite

Oct 06, 2014

LED light balloons are a durable, cost-effective way to illuminate a jobsite

Illuminate the jobsite in any environment with 8:12 Illumination’s energy efficient LED light balloon, which handles all types of weather year-round. Designed for construction, road work, landscaping applications and more, the balloon is available in 200- and 400-watt models that can ...

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Safety plan: How to protect temporary workers

Oct 02, 2014

Safety plan: How to protect temporary workers

So, your safety plan is up to date, you conduct frequent, targeted training and your workers have bought into and contribute to your safety culture. What more is there to do? Think about your temporary workers. You may not hire them every ...

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New work zone training program to be offered in 2015

Sep 30, 2014

New work zone training program to be offered in 2015

The Associated General Contractors of America will put $135,000 in grant money to good use in 2015, using the funds to implement safety training classes on highway work zones. According to both federal safety data and AGC survey results, work zone ...

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Komatsu’s HM300-5 articulated dump truck offers combination of efficiency and performance

Sep 23, 2014

Komatsu’s HM300-5 articulated dump truck offers combination of efficiency and performance

Komatsu focused on reducing operating cost with the development of the company’s HM300-5 articulated dump truck, which features an EPA Tier 4 final SAA6D125E-7 engine that delivers 324 net horsepower. With integrated Selective Catalyst Reduction, the engine reduces NOx emissions using ...

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New ARTBA awards program to highlight good works

Sep 19, 2014

New ARTBA awards program to highlight good works

Construction firms intent on giving back to their communities may now be honored for their good works. The Transportation Development Foundation, an American Road and Transportation Builders Association foundation that promotes research, education and public awareness, is launching the Helping ...

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Takeuchi launches TW65 Series 2, TW80 Series 2 compact wheel loaders

Sep 10, 2014

Takeuchi launches TW65 Series 2, TW80 Series 2 compact wheel loaders

Takeuchi had enhanced machine performance and operator comfort in mind when launching the company’s newest compact wheel loaders—the TW65 Series 2 and TW80 Series 2. The Tier 4 Final-compliant machines feature a compact design for maneuverability on tight jobsites, and provide ...

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PHOTOS: Caterpillar launches M318F, M320F wheel excavators

Sep 10, 2014

PHOTOS: Caterpillar launches M318F, M320F wheel excavators

Caterpillar has launched two new wheel excavators—the M318F and M320F—which the company says incorporates the best features of predecessor models with improvements based on customer input. The resulting machines provide reliability and durability combined with low operating costs. Both excavators deliver ...

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How to become a more productive highway construction worker

Aug 26, 2014

How to become a more productive highway construction worker

“Work smarter, not harder.” How many times have you seen that quote? Over time, the idea that your best performance is a result of how you work, not how long you work, has become widely accepted. Studies have shown that the last employee ...

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Komatsu launches more fuel-efficient WA200-7 wheel loader with Tier 4 Interim engine, parallel z-bar linkage

Aug 15, 2014

Komatsu launches more fuel-efficient WA200-7 wheel loader with Tier 4 Interim engine, parallel z-bar linkage

Komatsu America has launched the new WA200-7 wheel loader, which provides a 3-percent reduction in fuel usage compared to the previous model, the WA200-6. The 126-horsepower loader, which weighs between 25,342 and 26,070 pounds, replaces both the WA200-6 and WA200PZ-6. The ...

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Volvo launches new L110H and L120H wheel loaders; reduce fuel usage 18%

Aug 04, 2014

Volvo launches new L110H and L120H wheel loaders; reduce fuel usage 18%

  Volvo has launched its new 18- to 22-ton-class L110H and L120H wheel loaders, delivering 256 and 268 gross horsepower, respectively. Designed to handle applications such as material handling, road construction and utility work, the loaders offer bucket capacities between 3.2 and ...

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