Ohio law leaves motorists in the cold
When the temperature outside is in the single digits or subzero, I like to start my car and wait a few minutes for it to get warm and toasty before I get in to drive to my destination.
However, I just found out I may be left out in the cold with my plans.
According to the Ohio Revised Code 4511.661 for “Unattended motor vehicles,” it’s illegal to do so. Anyone who leaves a vehicle running unattended – even just to warm it up – is subject to a $150 fine and can be charged with a fourth-degree misdemeanor. If you’re caught twice within a year, the misdemeanor is moved up to a third-degree misdemeanor.
The law doesn’t specifically exclude private property from the statute, which means you might have to pay up with a fine for leaving a car running even in your own driveway.
“No person driving or in charge of a motor vehicle shall permit it to stand unattended without first stopping the engine, locking the ignition, removing the key from the ignition, effectively setting the parking brake and, when the motor vehicle is standing upon grade, turning the front wheels to the curb or side of the highway,” the Ohio Revised Code states.
According to a Cleveland Scene magazine report on this Ohio statute, the Ohio Insurance Institute suggests the law may have been instituted to deter car theft, though the report notes that environmental issues may also be a concern.
There may be a workaround. The statute’s wording is unclear as to vehicles that have been started with remote start devices would be exempt from the fine and legal charges since the vehicle’s engine is started without a key.
By the way, this law has been effective since Jan. 1, 2004 – almost a decade – and it’s the first I’ve heard of it. The law remains in effect until 2017.
That means a little more than three years to go before Ohioans can get into a warm car in the winter without risking a fine.
I understand the environmental ramifications and certainly don’t want to encourage car theft, but I also don’t want my poor children to be freezing as I take them to school or the store. For that matter, I don’t want my own rear-end to be freezing!
Proposed bill would raise federal gas tax by $0.15 for highway funding
Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) introduced into the House on Wednesday a bill that would nearly double federal fuel taxes as a means of funding highways, according to a report from our sister site Overdrive.
Blumenauer said the $0.15-per-gallon increase would be a short-term option to make up for shortfalls in the dwindling Highway Trust Fund (HTF) — which is projected to have a negative balance by 2015 — rather than a long-term funding solution.
The bill, known as the UPDATE Act, would begin phasing in fuel tax increases next year, index the tax to inflation and replace the gas tax with a long-term solution by 2024.
Overdrive points out that the ideas in the bill come from recommendations by the Simpson-Bowles report, the National Surface Transportation Policy and Revenue Commission and the National Surface Transportation Financing Commission.
According to Politico’s “Morning Transportation” on Thursday, the UPDATE Act is garnering support from groups such as the U.S. Chamber, AAA, the American Trucking Association (ATA) and unions.
And though the bill lacks a cosponsor, Politico notes that a GOP member has anonymously confirmed consideration of cosponsoring.
Politico adds that Blumenauer has a separate bill that would allow for a future VMT program. However, his current focus is on kick-starting reauthorization conversations.
Metro-North derailment demonstrates need for infrastructure investment, says LaHood
The southbound Metro-North train, which was carrying about 150 passengers, derailed in the Bronx around 7:20 a.m. on Sunday, killing four passengers and injuring 60 people, including the engineer, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal.
“The problem is we’re not first in infrastructure anymore,” LaHood said. “We’re 14th in the world, and at one time we were first in infrastructure.”
“It’s going to be up to Congress, it’s going to be up to the Administration, it’s going to be up to the people to decide that they are sick and tired of driving on crumbling roads, driving on bad bridges — dangerous bridges — and riding on 50-year-old transit systems that are in very bad need of repair,” he added.
LaHood said that although the Department of Transportation receives funding for infrastructure, it isn’t enough. In 2009, the DOT received a $48 billion federal stimulus from the $800 billion in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act; the money was to be used to fund transportation projects over two years.
“Rather than $48 billion it should have been $480 billion,” he said.
LaHood noted that, despite a lack of federal funding, some states have made investments when voters approved referendums that increase transportation funding and spending.
“In states where they have made the investments, they have good infrastructure,” he said.
He added that lawmakers in D.C. “are afraid to make these kind of investments.”
LaHood said “the message that needs to be delivered to Washington, D.C.” is that states are raising revenue for transportation investments because the people are voting for those referendums.
“The people are way ahead of the politicians on this,” LaHood said. “They know that their roads are crumbling, and they know that their bridges are unsafe. They know their transit systems need new infrastructure.”
“We need the leadership of people to stand up and say we’ve got to make the investments and spend the money correctly, put friends and neighbors to work and make America number one in infrastructure again,” he said.
25 Days of RollOuts: Cargill AccuBatch Automatically Measures Brine
Cargill Deicing Technology’s AccuBatch brine maker has an automatic brine concentration measurement sensor so there is no need to manually check and recheck brine concentration for optimum levels.
The brine maker has a plug-and-play design and a quick cleanout that can be completed by just one operator.
The brine maker is made from durable marine-grade fiberglass.
Editor’s note: We’re sharing all of our Top RollOuts throughout the month of December. To see them all, check out our 25 Days of RollOuts.
U.S. toll industry expected to be stable in 2014
Moody’s Investors Services announced Wednesday that it has updated its 2014 outlook on the U.S. toll industry, changing its outlook to stable from negative in its report “2014 Outlook — US Toll Roads.”
The negative outlook comes from the company’s research on traffic growth on toll roads as well as toll revenue. Moody’s says the outlook “expresses Moody’s expectations for the fundamental business conditions in the industry over the next 12 to 18 months.”
The rate of traffic growth is expected to continue to be slow in 2014, but Maria Matesanz, a Moody’s Senior Vice President, points out that the slower growth is becoming a trend.
“The rate of traffic growth is slowing down overall and so the slower, albeit more stable growth rates reflect a ‘new normal,’” Matesanz says.
Moody’s notes that a recession or rising gasoline costs could shift the outlook back to negative. The company also notes that it is not likely to “take a positive view of the industry in 2014.”
Here are some highlights from the report:
Moody’s expects a median growth of 1.5 percent on toll roads in 2014, a comeback from a nearly 3-percent decline in 2009.
The company expects toll revenue to increase by around 5 percent in 2013 and 2014, marking a slowdown from an 11.2-percent climb in 2012.
Moody’s anticipates toll traffic growth to be 2 to 3 percent below gross domestic product (GDP) growth.
To read the full report, click here.
States Aren’t Waiting Around for Federal Support
The nation’s infrastructure system can be likened to an economic circulatory system – giving us freedom, opportunity and mobility – and this should never be taken for granted, said former Kansas Gov. Bill Graves at the Infrastructure for the Future (IFF) Summit held in Washington, D.C., last month.
“We should never undervalue the greatness and freedom our nation’s roads provide,” says Graves, now president and CEO of the American Trucking Associations.
This means understanding highways and bridges aren’t free – and they certainly aren’t cheap. It also means there’s no solution to the transportation-funding challenge that will be free. Touching on the current two-year transportation bill, Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21), which expires at the end of September and the Highway Trust Fund’s impending insolvency in 2015, Graves quickly pointed out devolving to the states is not the answer.
With action lacking at the federal level, states stepped up to address the funding challenges by getting creative and taking action. Wyoming just increased fuel tax by 10 cents per gallon to fund the state’s infrastructure. This legislation passed, too, with a Republican-dominated state government. Pennsylvania Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell just signed a transportation bill in Pennsylvania, showing that states aren’t waiting around. However, the state Departments of Transportation might be setting a dangerous precedent. “Every state will tell you we need a federal [transportation funding] program,” notes Bud Wright, executive director of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO), at the IFF Summit.
Without a federal a component to work with the states, “we’ll have the most expensive gravel road ever built in America,” adds Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.), House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee chairman.
Instead of letting the problem fester and hoping it will go away, a long-term, sustainable solution needs to be developed at the federal level. David Abney, chief operating officer of the United Parcel Service (UPS), has done the math about how much it’s costing by not moving forward and the critical role transportation plays in our nation. It’s astounding.
UPS delivers nearly 16.3 million packages every day, except starting around Dec. 17, when that number rises to about 29 million packages. That’s a lot of transportation for a lot of packages and a lot of money for the economy. It’s 6 percent of the U.S. GDP and 2 percent of global GPD. Just five minutes of congestion costs UPS $105 million.
For a company that has evolved from a patchwork of hand-drawn maps to a true network with calculated logistics, UPS champions treating infrastructure with a holistic approach and not in state-segregated silos. “We may cross several states, but we need a holistic system connected in the best way,” Abney says.
That’s what we need. The states have stepped up. Now it’s time for a holistic approach at the federal level.
The Last Word
Squats for train tickets
In exchange for knocking out 30 squats, you can score a free subway ticket – worth about a buck – at Russia’s Vystavochnaya station, west of Moscow, according to a Wired report.
Why the free fare?
The physical exertion in exchange for a free ride is aimed at getting people active and excited for the 2014 Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia, which begin in February.
For a video of people squatting for tickets, go to wired.com/autopia/2013/11/squats-train-ticket. (The video has no words but has captions in Russian overlaid on the video.)
Woman skydives into moving car
This is one way to travel: start by skydiving and end up in a moving car to get you to the next location.
Traveling between 20 to 40 mph in the air, 28-year-old nurse Katie Hansen from Northern California landed into a moving Mustang convertible as part of an extreme sports event in Norway, according to ThePostGame. The car was traveling at about 40 mph.
Hansen performed the car stunt this past summer, but a video of the stunt made its way to the AviatorShow channel on YouTube in early November.
Check out the video of the incredible stunt on AviatorShow’s YouTube channel: youtube.com/user/theav8tqr.
First coast-to-coast highway celebrates 100th birthday
The highway now is made up of “a patchwork of already existing roads,” says Kay Shelton, president of the Lincoln Highway Association and a Northern Illinois University professor told National Public Radio (NPR).
The route was intended to be the straightest possible shot between New York City and San Francisco, Shelton told NPR, but the highway was updated when newer, straighter or smoother legs of the roadway were found.
The idea of the Lincoln Highway came from Carl Fisher, who was also responsible for the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Miami Beach. The route, comprised of both existing and newly built roads following the most direct route possible, ran from New York to San Francisco, covering about 3,400 miles, according to The Lincoln Highway Association (lincolnhighwayassoc.org).
The Lincoln Highway Association was created in 1913 to promote the road using private and corporate donations.
Construction Law Update
Improper bid award results in unsuccessful bidder being allowed to pursue damages against the City of New Orleans
The requirements of public bidding laws are strictly construed against bidders who fail to comply with bid instructions and statutory requirements. Although minor deviations in a bid may be waived, material deviations may not be waived. The failure to comply with bidding requirements on a public works project — even if a mistake is clerical in nature — can be fatal to an otherwise low bidder.
In Command Construction Industries LLC v. City of New Orleans (Oct. 23, 2013), a Louisiana court of appeal held that a successful low bidder could not correct a clerical error after bids were opened, and therefore, the City of New Orleans should not have awarded the contract. As a result, an unsuccessful bidder was allowed to pursue a claim for damages against the city.
This matter involved a bid dispute arising out of a contract for the Harrison Avenue Streetscape Project. The city’s bid instructions included the warning that “[b]ids containing any conditions, omissions, unexplained alterations or irregularities of any kind may be rejected as informal.” The city’s bid documents further indicated that “[t]he prices should be expressed in words and figures … [and] [i]n case of discrepancy between the prices written in the bid and those given in the figures, the price in writing will be considered as the bid.” Modifications to bids were permitted before bidding was opened. These guidelines implied that once bids were opened, modifications were no longer permitted.
The form used by the bidders, a Louisiana Uniform Public Work Bid Form, requires a certification that each bidder will provide “all labor, materials, tools, appliances and facilities as required to perform, in a workmanlike manner, all work and services for the construction and completion of [the Project], all in strict accordance with the Bidding Documents.” The bid form then sought a “Total Base Bid” amount, which stated that it was for “all work required by the Bidding Documents (including any and all unit prices designated as ‘Base Bid’ but not alternates).” Immediately after the Total Base Bid, each bidder was to supply three alternates, each in a lump sum amount, for a “[c]ross walk,” “planting in median area” and “PVC sleeves and pull boxes.”
On July 10, 2012, the City of New Orleans received and opened bids. Three bids were received from FH Paschen Tectronics, Inc. (FHP), Durr Heavy Construction LLC (Durr) and Command Construction Industries LLC (Command). Although FHP submitted the lowest bid, FHP’s bid was not considered due to bid defects. Command submitted the next lowest bid of $2,793,046.00. Durr submitted a bid of $2,974,275.00.
On July 11, 2012 — the day after bids were publicly opened — Durr sent a letter attempting to revise its bid due to a “clerical error,” and substituted a revised base bid of $2,444,850.80. Durr’s initial bid was mistakenly comprised of the base bid plus the three lump-sum alternates. When the three alternates were subtracted from Durr’s total base bid, however, Durr’s base bid was $2,444,850.80, as stated in its July 11, 2012 letter. Thus, Durr’s revised bid of $2.44 million was approximately $350,000 lower than Command’s initial bid of $2.79 million. The city indicated its intent to award the contract to Durr, and Command protested by letter dated July 27, 2012.
On Aug. 17, 2012, Command filed a lawsuit requesting the court issue a temporary restraining order and injunction to prevent the City of New Orleans from awarding the contract to Durr. The trial court denied Command’s request. As a result, Durr filed an appeal.
The appeals court stated the main issue was whether Durr’s revised bid of $2,444,850.80 complied with the requirements of the Louisiana Public Bid Law, found at Louisiana Revised Statutes section 38:2212, et seq. Specifically, the issue was whether the city was required to consider only Durr’s initial bid of $2,974,975, or whether it could consider Durr’s entire bid packet (of seven pages) to determine the correct amount of its total base bid.
Command argued that even if Durr’s original bid contained a clerical, accounting error, Durr’s attempt after bid opening to substitute the first page of bid documents was improper. Command further argued the requirements in Louisiana’s Public Bid Law and a public entity’s bid documents may not be waived. Command maintained that Durr’s sole remedy for a clerical error in its bid was to withdraw its bid without forfeiting its bid bond.
The appeals court reviewed Louisiana’s Public Bid Law. Prior court decisions, including a decision by the Louisiana Supreme Court, made clear the requirements of the Public Bid Law, the advertisement for bids and the bid form shall not be waived by any public entity, regardless of whether they could be considered as informalities. In Louisiana, irregularities in bid forms, even if clerical errors or seemingly minor and inconsequential, may not be waived.
As a result, the court of appeals found Command was the lowest bidder, and the city improperly awarded the contract to Durr. Because the contract was wrongfully awarded to Durr and went forward, the court allowed Command to pursue its claim for damages against the city.
The Command Construction matter highlights the importance of carefully reviewing and double checking bids prior to submission for compliance with all bid requirements. In addition, it further illustrates the importance of carefully scrutinizing and promptly challenging, as appropriate, another party’s bid that is revised downward after bid opening. The Command Construction court noted if an unsuccessful bidder timely seeks legal relief, it may recover damages. Here, Command’s prompt legal challenge to Durr’s revised bid resulted in Command being allowed to pursue a claim for damages against the City of New Orleans.
For an archive of “In Court” articles, which includes web-exclusive columns, visit BetterRoads.com.
Better Roads 2013 Top RollOuts
Better Roads’ editors choose the year’s top products.
We receive hundreds of new product submissions each year. After careful reflection on the products covered and submitted both online and in print this year, these are the 25 that most caught Better Roads’ editors collective eye for their industry significance, ingenuity, filling of a market need and/or just plain ol’ coolness. This wide, innovative range of new equipment and products for the bridge and road construction and maintenance sectors ran in the print edition of Better Roads or BetterRoads.com to serve contractors and agencies.
Keeping the list to 25 is difficult. It takes a lot of talking, negotiating and decision-making. We had to examine and then re-examine our reasoning and our selections. This is a short list, and it may not match yours. Some of this list is subjective, but it is a way for us to acknowledge some of the industry leaders, companies, engineers and designers who did something special to bring the industry outstanding products. Here is our list, but we’d love to hear from you what’s on your list or how you’re using some of these products we’ve picked. For more details on all these products, including links to videos, specs and photos, visit BetterRoads.com and click on “Products.”
Chicago Pneumatic’s expanded line of light compaction equipment includes the gasoline-powered AR90G small articulated tandem asphalt roller, diesel-powered AR100 small articulated tandem asphalt roller, ART120 compact articulated tandem asphalt roller, SR130 small vibratory soil roller and SR130PD small vibratory soil roller.
Bomag’s Tangential Oscillation (TanGO) is an exciter system designed to improve power for vibration generation while reducing drive-belt maintenance requirements. The system is created for use on bridges and near buildings but can also be used for intermediate and finish rolling. TanGO’s horizontal placement allows it to maintain continuous ground contact.
Vacuworx’s RC concrete road barrier lifter is designed to maneuver concrete road barriers in confined spaces and capable of handling loads up to 44,000 pounds or more, depending on vacuum-pad configuration. It can be operated with excavators, backhoes, forklifts, cranes or knuckle booms. Two changeable vacuum pads fit securely over the top of material. betterroads.com/vacuworx-rc
Bergkamp’s SP5, SP8 and SPT Spray Injection Patcher pothole patching solutions are compatible with Bergkamp’s InPave Pothole Patching Management System. The truck-mounted SP5 and SP8 Spray Injection Patchers feature a dual chamber (60/40) aggregate hopper that allows for distribution of two grades of aggregate, as well as an automatic operation option.
Introduced at the 2013 American Public Works Association show, Case Construction Equipment introduced its new CX75C SR mid-sized excavator, which features a first-in-class Tier 4 Final engine with a diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC)-only cooled exhaust gas recirculation (CEGR) system.
Handle precast barrier and curbing with the redesigned Barrier Lift from Kenco, which grabs and releases wall automatically from inside the cab. Integrated handles enable ground personnel to guide the lifter, and a rotating pad angles to conform to the wall’s shape. The Barrier Lift grips top wall widths from 6 to 12 inches, and lifting capacities range from 9,000 to 40,000 pounds.
John Deere Forestry and Construction’s 644K Hybrid wheel loader uses two sources of energy – diesel and electric – capturing regenerated energy as its being created and uses it to power the machine. Equipped with a PowerTech 6.8-liter Interim Tier 4/Stage IIIB engine, it runs at an operator-selected constant speed from 900 to 1,800 rpm and has a net 229 horsepower.
Bobcat’s asphalt preservation tools system has an infrared asphalt heater and an asphalt processor compatible with 12 Bobcat all-wheel, skid-steer and track loader models: A300, A770, S300, S330, S750, S770, S850, T300, T320, T750, T770 and T870. The 3,760-pound AH30 heater is 59 inches long, 84.4 inches high and 111.4 inches wide.
Wirtgen’s AutoPilot Field Rover, which won an innovation award at bauma 2013, eliminates stringlines using a GPS to guide paving machines. The device uses a computer integrated into the machine, GPS receivers mounted on the paver and a control panel. To create the stringline, the receivers communicate with a GPS reference station.betterroads.com/wirtgen-field-rover
Caterpillar’s four D Series skid steers, replacements for their B3, C and C2 Series predecessors, have a standard sealed and pressurized, one-piece modular construction cab. The series also has new lift arm design for improved sight lines, as well as increased engine performance. The D Series large-frame 246D and 262D models have operating capacities of 2,150 and 2,700 pounds, respectively.
Introduced at bauma 2013, Trimble’s Version 2.1 of the PCS900 Universal Total Station Paving Control System for milling machines – a 3D asphalt milling solution – is designed to help contractors mill a smoother surface. The portable 3D milling solution is CAN-based, which allows the system to communicate directly with factory-installed 2D systems from most milling machine manufacturers.
Dynapac’s soil compaction machines have a transversely mounted engine – a design move that makes almost the entire engine accessible to mechanics when the hood is lifted. The soil compactors range from 12 tons (CA 2500) to 15 tons (CA4000), feature an 84-inch drum and an active bounce control system of feedback that provides basic stiffness feedback.
Bomag’s BW138AD tandem roller is powered by a Tier 4 Interim 45.3-horsepower, water-cooled Kubota diesel engine, has the Bomag’s Economizer technology as an option. The Economizer uses an acceleration sensor to measure stiffness of the material across the compacted material and then displays the data using a series of 10 yellow LED lights on the roller’s instrument panel.
Volvo Construction Equipment’s DD110B asphalt compactor, which replaced the DD90, features larger drums, more amplitude, higher frequency, increased centrifugal force and more water storage than its predecessor. Volvo also included an operator system with a six-way adjustable seat, tilt steering wheel, instrument cluster and ROPS canopy. This compactor has three drum options: 2 amplitude high frequency, 8 amplitude high frequency and 8 amplitude high frequency and altitude.
Case Construction Equipment’s DV Series – DV23, DV26, DV36 and DV 45 – replaces the DV201, DV202 and DV204. The series is designed for applications such as paving parking lots, bike paths, tennis courts and other small- to medium-sized projects. The DV Series rollers have drum widths ranging from 39 to 54 inches and operating weights ranging from 4,960 to 10,295 pounds.
The Cat Paving Products Guide to Soil Compaction released as a companion to the Cat Paving Products Guide to Asphalt Compaction, giving agencies and contractors a combination of fundamental lessons and real-world jobsite tips. The book also features more than 100 photographs and illustrations and provides information on soil types and classifications, application and quality control.
Wirtgen’s Hamm H251 VC combination concrete/asphalt milling drum with a vibrating roller – a.k.a. “crusher drum” – destroys material underfoot while on the move. Applications for the crusher drum include breaking or pre-crushing rock, breaking up concrete, crushing and compacting mixed soils, compacting cohesive soils, compacting during cold recycling and stabilization.
After a halt in production, Terex Roadbuilding rolled out its FD5000 “Great Lakes” Front Discharge mixer truck. It has a 2013 EPA-compliant engine (MTU DD13 diesel engine), which can be configured to provide 350-, 380- or 450-horsepower. The mixer truck on display has a 450-horsepower diesel engine with 1,550 ft.-lb. torque and 197-inch wheelbase, an increase compared to previous five-axle models.
Flink’s FXP snowplow expands from 11 to 14 to 17 feet without an operator needing to leave his or her seat. The plow is independently activated from the left and right side. The hydraulically operated plow does not have pins to hold sections in place or pivot points to bend out of shape. The plow is placed out for visibility, safety and control. It has no wings out to the side and no body scrapers behind the plow. For extremely heavy, wet snows, vibrators can be added to assist the cleaning of the blade and aid in snow and ice disbursement. The plow is able to navigate city streets and toll booths. betterroads.com/flink-fxp
Doka’s Super Prop is a strong, yet lightweight prop that is fully compatible with the Doka Truss Table system. With a generous adjustment range for each individual prop, the aluminum prop maximizes leg spacing for standard shoring and minimizes overall re-shore requirements. The prop uses the highest capacity to weight ratio to maximize jobsite efficiency.
Cargill Deicing Technology’s AccuBatch brine maker has an automatic brine concentration measurement sensor so there is no need to manually check and recheck brine concentration for optimum levels. The semi-automated system produces brine by the batch – up to 800 gallons per batch. The brine maker has a plug-and-play design and is made from durable marine-grade fiberglass.
Henderson Products’ BlackBelt Maxx truck body can perform jobs such anti-ice applications, deicing applications, pre-wet applications, salt-slurry generation, material hauling and high-volume material conveying. Features include load sense belt tensioning, a 54-inch-wide pure belt design, a planetary drive system, a low working center of gravity, 71-degree sloped walls, a high-capacity hopper, high-capacity anti-ice liquid tanks and controlled load management system.
Komatsu America’s WA270-7 wheel loader lowers fuel consumption by up to 10 percent compared to its predecessor, the WA250-6. A Tier 4 Interim SAA6D107E-2 engine powers the 28,836-pound machine and delivers 149 net horsepower. The wheel loader features Parallel Z-bar loader linkage, which delivers a 10-percent increase in lift force and offers a parallel lift linkage and high-tilt forces.
Caterpillar’s hybrid excavator, the Cat 336EH, is the first in a line of hybrid excavators launched in April 2013 at bauma. Cat’s hydraulic hybrid technology allows the new 336EH to get 25-percent greater fuel efficiency than the standard 336E and 50-percent greater fuel efficiency over the Cat 336D. betterroads.com/new-road-products-28
Liebherr’s R 9XX 40-ton prototype electric hybrid excavator features an electric hybrid driveline and is powered mostly by a standard diesel engine, though it also uses an electric storage device known as supercaps and a hydraulic pressure accumulator. The hybrid system on the R 9XX can supply short-term peak power at up to twice the rated output of the diesel engine.
Want more? For the 2012 Top Products, go to betterroads.com/better-roads-2012-top-products.
For the 2011 Top Products, go to betterroads.com/twenty-that-will-make-a-difference.
VIDEO: This concrete buffer is nearly unstoppable
Today, our sister site Total Landscape Care shared a video of a concrete buffer going crazy.
The machine seems to be unstoppable, and the onlookers’ commentary is hilarious.
The YouTuber who posted the video notes that his dad (who seems to be one of the onlookers) said of the video, “We’re glad that nobody was injured in this potentially hazardous situation. If my memory is correct we bought lunch for some of the participants.”
Watch the full video below.
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