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Kubota unveils KX033-4 compact excavator at World of Concrete


Kubota Tractor’s newest member of the company’s KX compact excavator series, the KX033-4, debuted at the 2017 World of Concrete. The 3-ton-class excavator now shares many of the standard features of Kubota’s larger class machines, including a larger cab, dash-controlled presets for auxiliary circuits and a standard hydraulic diverter valve. It is available at dealerships this month.

Powered by a 24.8-gross-horsepower direct injection Kubota Tier 4 Final engine, the machine has adjustable hydraulics that allow the operator to program up to five different oil flow rates, controlled from a digital control panel. The engine rpms may be set to automatically idle when the control levels are in neutral for more seconds, giving the unit increased fuel efficiency and lower noise. The 8,138-pound conventional-tail-swing KX033-4 has a dig depth of 10 feet 6 inches, and replaces the KX91-3.

The standard diverter valve on the KX033-4 can be easily switched with the turn of a wrench.

The machine’s auxiliary hydraulic circuit is capable of a maximum oil flow of 15.8 gpm. The high-capacity hydraulic system powers a performance-matched boom, arm and bucket with a maximum bucket breakout force of 8,138 pounds and 3,867 pounds on the arm. The standard third-line hydraulic return system allows oil to return directly back to the tank without flowing through control valves, resulting in less back pressure and heat, and greater efficiency. “A standard diverter valve is located on the dipper stick, allowing two attachments, such as a thumb and a hammer to be hooked up at the same time,” says Jeff Jacobsmeyer, Kubota product manager. “After an operator is done with a breaker, for example, he can take a wrench and turn the valve so he can use the thumb.”

An accumulator clears residual pressure, allowing easier attachment changes, and helping lower front attachments when the engine is turned off. All hydraulic lines have been repositioned inside the dipper stick, moving them away from the sides and out of harm’s way. In addition, the LED light has been moved from the side of the boom, and is now positioned in the crook of the boom.

Angle blade features a reversible and replaceable wearing edge that can be flipped in 20 minutes.

Kubota uses a reversible and replaceable cutting edge on both its straight and optional angle blade. “Many people opt to use an angle blade because it makes it a lot easier to backfill,” says Jacobsmeyer. “And with the reversible cutting edge, you just unscrew eight bolts, flip it over, and you have another wearing surface in a matter of about 20 minutes.” The angle blade is operated by a single lever in the cab that controls the blade’s up, down and float movements; left and right angle positioning is made by a rocker switch on top of the lever. A standard float function allows for worksite cleanup and back dragging.

The reclining high-back suspension seat provides operator comfort and includes weight compensation and firm, adjustable wrist supports. A wider, updated digital display panel with push button operation lets an operator monitor critical controls, such as hydraulic oil flows. The Aux 1 operation switch is located on the right joystick control level and a two-speed travel switch is on the dozer lever. The machine automatically shifts from high to low in heavy dozing applications, and as a the load lessens, switches back to higher speeds.

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Soerens joins Walter Payton Power, Western Pacific Crane in product support role


Walter Payton Power Equipment (WPPE) and Western Pacific Crane & Equipment (WPCE) have named Dustin Soerens as their first product support specialist.

Soerens previously served as product manager for lattice cranes at Manitowoc Cranes. In his new role he will provide technical support to customers and crane specialists.

“WPPE and WPCE are excited to have Dustin join our team,” says Bryan Lynch general manager of WPPE. “His knowledge of Manitowoc Crawler Crane products adds a unique opportunity for our sales team and ultimately our customers.”

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Bandit Industries reaches $3 million settlement with EPA over engine supplier violations


Chipper and stump grinder manufacturer Bandit Industries has reached a $3 million settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) related to 2,552 alleged Transition Program for Equipment Manufacturers (TPEM) Federal Clean Air Act violations due to non-compliance of non-road diesel engines supplied to the company.

Bandit says the settlement comes after it voluntarily self-disclosed to the agency that it discovered one of its engine suppliers had shipped between 2012 and 2015 what the company thought were legally conforming engines.

The company states it has been in talks with the EPA regarding the issue since 2015 and reached the agreement in November 2016.

“Bandit does not admit liability and Bandit expressly denies any intentional or deliberate TPEM non-compliance in the agreement,” Bandit Industries President Jerry Morey said in a statement. “The settlement will not affect Bandit’s ability to continue to operate or supply quality products and service to its customers. Bandit has not had any previous clean air violations and has put in measures to ensure all engines installed on their equipment comply with the Federal Clean Air Act.”

Here is the statement from the EPA regarding the violations:

Based on information disclosed by Bandit and obtained through an EPA investigation, EPA alleged that Bandit committed 2,552 violations of the Clean Air Act (CAA) due to non-compliance with the requirements of the Act’s Transition Program for Equipment Manufacturers (TPEM). Bandit allegedly sold certain non-road compression-ignition, diesel-fueled engines and equipment that were neither covered by the certificates of conformity required under Section 203(a)(1) of the CAA, nor exempt from that certification requirement because Bandit’s engines and equipment failed to meet the TPEM regulations. Additionally, at the outset of its participation in TPEM, Bandit allegedly ‘stockpiled’ prior model year engines in exceedance of normal inventory. The CAA prohibits stockpiling engines that meet older emission standards before a new emission standard takes effect.

To meet current diesel-fuel Tier 4 emission standards, equipment manufacturers generally modify their equipment designs to accommodate engines with additional and improved emissions control devices. In the TPEM program, EPA adopted transition provisions for equipment manufacturers to provide flexibility for equipment manufacturers to selectively delay compliance with current emissions standards for up to seven years. Bandit allegedly did not transition to the current emissions standards in time and sold equipment with older noncompliant engines, creating a competitive advantage over equipment manufacturers offering compliant products.”

The EPA says there is no public comment period on the settlement as there is no injunctive relief on the in the stipulation of judgment filed. More details on the settlement are available on the agency’s website here.

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Hilti’s DD250 features four speeds and starting mode for concrete surface drilling


Hilti DD 250, diamond coring tool

Engineered to drill holes with diameters from ½-inch to 18-inch in concrete, the new Hilti DD 250 Diamond coring tool features four gears for faster drilling speeds and better torque control.

Unveiled at the World of Concrete last week, the DD 250 also offers a “starting mode” so that the bit will track accurately into its kerf upon first contact with the drilling surface. The air-cooled, heavy-duty drive unit turns diamond-tipped bits at 240, 580, 1,160 and 2,220 rpm. It can be used to make accurate holes in concrete walls and floors for such things as service entries, ventilation ducts, and sanitation and plumbing pipes.

Because it is a wet drilling tool, the DD 250 is Table 1 compliant with the new OSHA 1296.1153 standard for respirable crystalline silica dust, due to become law in June.

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ACI convention set for March 26-30, 2017, in Detroit (VIDEO)


The American Concrete Institute (ACI) announced that its convention, Driving Concrete Technology, will take place March 26-30 in Detroit. ACI says the convention will provide an opportunity for networking, education and input on the concrete industry’s codes, specifications and guides. The technical and educational sessions offer attendees the latest research, case studies, and best practices, as well as an opportunity to earn Professional Development Hours.

Special events include a Student Lunch on Monday, March 27; An Evening with Mete: Celebrating the Educator, Mentor, and Researcher on Monday, March 27; Contractors’ Day Lunch on Tuesday, March 28; and the President’s Reception on Wednesday, March 29.

To register for the event, go to www.aciconvention.org. Pre-registration rates are available until Feb. 26. Online registration closes on March 16, after which interested parties will have to register onsite. Registration Fees through Feb. 26 are as follows:

  • Members, $518
  • Non-members, $678
  • 1-day member, $265
  • 1-day non-member, $362
  • Guest, $100
  • Student, $10

Registration fees after Feb. 26:

  • Member, $633
  • Non-member, $795
  • 1-Day Member, $380
  • 1-Day Non-member, $478
  • Guest, $100
  • Student, $20

For more information, check out the ACI Convention brochure.

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FHWA vehicle-to-infrastructure guidance aims to improve safety and mobility


The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has issued vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) guidance aimed at improving safety and mobility “by accelerating the deployment of V2I communication systems.”

The agency says the guidance complements the vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) proposed rule issued in December.

“In addition to improving safety, vehicle-to-infrastructure technology offers tremendous mobility and environmental benefits,” says FHWA Administrator Gregory Nadeau. “We took a big leap forward today by starting a national conversation about these topics, the future of V2I technologies and some of the bigger challenges facing us, such as privacy, security and interoperability.”

FHWA says it developed the V2I guidance as a means of helping transportation system owners and operators employ V2I technology, as well as assist transportation agencies “understand what a decision to deploy V2I technology could mean to their region, prepare for emerging V2I/V2V technologies and leverage federal-aid funds to deploy them.”

Topics covered in the guidance include:

  • Connected vehicle applications, programs and software
  • Planning for V2I activities for MPOs, local public agencies, transit operators and states
  • National Environmental Policy Act and National Historic Preservation Act
  • Interoperability among modes of transportation and on a national level
  • Evaluation of effectiveness, benefit/cost and user satisfaction
  • ITS equipment capability and compatibility for V2I integration and overlay
  • Hardware/software device certification
  • Reliability of deployed equipment
  • Use of right-of-way following current regulations and funding eligibility
  • Allowance of private sector use to maximize the possibility of private investment for deployment and operations
  • Design consideration for facilities to accommodate installation of v2i roadside equipment
  • Use of existing structures and infrastructure as long as its use has a public benefit and does not create potential safety issues
  • Use of public sector fleet to install and use components that enable v2i applications
  • Procurement process to enable consistent, secure, and interoperable implementations
  • Legacy system and devices to be retrofitted, replaced or supplemented by v2i applications
  • Communication technology that is consistent with application interoperability across the nation
  • Dedicated short range communication (dsrc) service licensing
  • Data connection and latency to ensure reliable data transfers between vehicles and infrastructure at appropriate transfer speeds
  • Connected vehicle privacy principles
  • Connected vehicle security
  • Data access, assigning data ownership or limiting access to data
  • Manual on uniform traffic control devices and its application to the design and content of message displayed on a traffic control device or sent to a driver
  • Using public-private partnership (P3s) and other commercial relationships for deployment

More details on the V2I guidance is available at http://www.its.dot.gov/v2i.

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Ohio Turnpike partners with Waze Connected Citizens Program


The Ohio Turnpike has partnered with crowdsourced traffic and navigation app Waze on the Connected Citizens Program.

“Information supplied in real time by our customers will add to the eyes and ears of Turnpike staff already out on the road and at our facilities,” says Ohio Turnpike Executive Director Randy Cole. “Waze users will greatly enhance our ability to provide up to the minute and accurate traffic data to travelers.”

Waze will provide the Ohio Turnpike with real-time user-generated data, such as incident reports, construction, weather data and road reports directly from drivers across the 241 miles the turnpike serves.

“With 53 million customer trips on the Ohio Turnpike, we’re excited to welcome the Ohio Turnpike and its customers to the Waze community,” says Waze New Business Manager Adam Fried. “No one knows more about what is happening on the roads than Wazers and the Ohio Turnpike can now harness the power of these insights to improve the customer travel experience. For Wazers, the Ohio Turnpike will provide critical road closure and construction information, helping citizens drive more safely and save time on their trips.”

More details about the Waze Connected Citizens program are available at https://www.waze.com/ccp. The Waze app is free and available for iOS and Android platforms at http://www.waze.com.

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Colorado DOT fires director of audits amid embezzlement allegations


The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has fired Chris Wedor, its director of audits, amid embezzlement accusations, according to a report by The Denver Post.

The newspaper says a Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) investigation into Wedor could involve the use of purchasing cards CDOT employees use to pay expenses related to travel an office supplies. The Denver Post cites a source indicating the amount could be “tens of thousands of dollars.”

Wedor was fired Dec. 29. He received a salary of $112,000 per year, according to the report. He had served in the position since April 2016 and had previously worked in the city of Denver’s auditor’s office.

“Our internal controls caught it. Very disappointing,” CDOT Executive Director Shailen Bhatt is quoted as saying in the report. “They came to me and said we’ve got questionable credit card charges. Started looking into it. Realized it got to a threshold where we had to involve CBI.”

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