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Cat launches 986K loader with redesigned cab, STIC control


Calling the machine a “right-sized” loader, Caterpillar has introduced the 986K as a replacement to its legacy 988F.

The 986K weighs less and is shorter than Cat’s 988K loaders and the company says the machine is perfectly matched to load Cat 40- to 61-ton articulated and rigid-frame trucks. A new Aggregate Handler configuration features an 11-cubic-yard bucket with additional counterweight for high volume loading of highway trucks in fewer passes.

The machine also features a redesigned cab with Cat STIC steer and Cat’s Production Measurement system.

STIC steer and operation

Control of the 986K is carried out through Cat’s STIC steer control system. STIC steer combines directional selection, gear selection and steering into a single joystick and Cat says the system requires less operator energy output compared to steering wheel-based control and thus reduces operator fatigue.

The machine is powered by a Cat C15 ACERT engine delivering 373 horsepower. (More specs listed below.) The Tier 4 Final power plant features auto idle shutdown for increased fuel efficiency. Load sensing hydraulics optimize performance by directing hydraulic fluid flow only when needed.

In terms of operation, the loader features a Z-bar linkage and Cat says the machine delivers four-pass loading of the 740 and 745 articulated and 770 rigid-frame trucks. A high-lift configuration delivers five-pass loading of the 772 and six-pass loading of the 773 rigid-frame trucks.

New cab

Cat says the 986K’s completely redesigned cab will make operators more comfortable and productive. Entry is possible via left- or right-hand stairs that feature a reduced 45-degree angle. The STIC control armrest folds up for quicker entry.

Isolation cab mounts and an air suspension seat reduce vibration while the pressurized and sound-suppressed structure reduces noise.

The control interface has been designed to be simple and intuitive with ergonomic switch placement. Large front and side windows offer improved visibility.


The 986K comes equipped with Cat Production Measurement which offers real time payload measuring, allowing operators to reduce under- and overloading.

Meanwhile, Cat’s Product Link telematics offer remote monitoring of machine utilization, fuel consumption, payload summaries, scheduled service reminders and fault code alerts.

Fleet managers also have access to reports, analysis and histograms.

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JCB secures $13.2 million deal for gas-powered generators


JCB has made its first major entry into the gas-powered generator sector in England with a deal worth about $13.2 million.

JCB will partner with alternative electricity generating company AGR Group to supply 34.5 megawatts of gas-powered generator sets across five sites in England. AGR specializes in low-carbon energy generation for communities and businesses. JCB will also service the generators at the sites.

The 2.5-megawatt and 2-megawatt generators will be powered by MTU gas engines and will run 1,500 hours a year. Operations should start by the end of 2017, JCB says.

JCB Power Products’ dealer APE – Applied Power Engineering will install the generators.

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Asphalt hauler group seeks hours exemptions for member drivers


By Matt Cole

A group representing asphalt producers and haulers is seeking two hours-of-service exemptions for its members.

The National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) has requested an exemption to allow its member drivers to use on-duty waiting time to satisfy the 30-minute rest break requirement and an exemption to allow the drivers to use the short-haul record-of-duty status exemption but return to their work-reporting location within 14 hours instead of the usual 12 hours.

NAPA says asphalt is a “very perishable” product that hardens within two hours of being loaded into a truck, and drivers only typically drive for approximately one-third of their work day. Other time is spent waiting to load or unload, doing paperwork or cleaning their trucks after each load, the group says.

Additionally, NAPA says some of its member’s drivers are required to be on-duty longer than 12 hours per day and aren’t eligible for the short-haul exemption. The group says because the drivers are only driving a few hours each day, they do not face the same fatigue factors as long-haul truckers.

The exemption request is open to public comment, which can be made here on or before Oct. 10.

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What to see at ICUEE 2017: Condux Tesmec and Terex Utilities in Area L


ICUEE is preparing for record exhibit space for the Oct. 3-5 Demo Show at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville. In the run-up to the show we’ll be providing a series of sneak peeks to give you an idea of what to look for at the show. To check out the rest of the ICUEE 2017 preview articles, click here.

Here is a sample of some of the equipment ICUEE attendees will see in Area L:

Condux Tesmec, booth L180

Condux Tesmec Puller Tensioner

Condux Tesmec Inc. will display new puller tensioners and underground pullers. The company’s booth will include the ARS610, which provides over 10 tons of pulling force. It is designed for a variety of underground pulling operations, including power transmission, cable, telecom and fiber. The PT1250 and PT2450 puller tensioners will also be at the show. The machines feature negative self-acting hydraulic brakes, integrated hydraulic dynamometers, hydraulic cooling systems and advanced user controls.

Terex Utilities, booth L316

Terex Optima

Terex Utilities plans to launch several new products at ICUEE, including four models from its Optima Series of aerial devices. The series features lower travel height, better ground access and improved boom speeds. Terex will also announce improvements to its auger drills to make them easier to operate.

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Takeuchi expands US dealer network with Trenchers Plus


Takeuchi-US has selected Trenchers Plus in Burnsville, Minnesota, as a new dealer to sell and rent its full lineup of equipment.

Since 1988, Trenchers Plus has served the underground equipment industries with sales and rentals of trenchers and directional drills. Though specializing in underground equipment, the dealer also sells and rents construction and landscaping equipment nationwide.

The dealer will offer all Takeuchi equipment, including excavators, skid steers, and track and wheel loaders.

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Road revenue gap worries transportation officials


Photo courtesy of Pam Dingman, Lancaster County Engineer.

Despite vehicle miles traveled reaching a record high, collections for the federal Highway Trust Fund have been flat for the last 10 months of the current fiscal year, according to the AASHTO Journal of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.

The fund, which is composed of federal gas taxes and taxes on commercial trucks, trailers and truck tires, is used to pay for federal highway and transit programs.

AASHTO’s Board has called on Congress and President Donald Trump to fix the trust fund as part of a new infrastructure investment package. AASHTO cites a recent Federal Highway Administration report that vehicle miles traveled on all U.S. roads increased 1.6 percent during the first six months of 2017 for another all-time high.

AASHTO Executive Director Bud Wright says the fund’s current revenue structure can’t keep up with the infrastructure needs. “Instead,” he says, “we are losing ground as trust fund receipts lag while the system faces more and more demand.”

Survey indicates Americans OK with higher taxes, tolls

In a separate report released Monday, HNTB Corp. says 70 percent of Americans are willing to pay higher taxes and tolls for road improvements and maintenance. That percentage rises to 84 percent if the revenues are guaranteed to only be used for infrastructure, according to the HNTB’s “Paying for Infrastructure – 2017” survey.

The survey also says 80 percent support adding tolls to existing highways.

The survey polled 1,027 Americans over age 18 between July 14 and 16.

HNTB provides design, engineering, construction management and other services for public and private infrastructure projects.

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Texas firm wins $36 million contract to replace historic Okla. bridge


An Oklahoma Department of Transportation rendering of the future replacement for the James Nance Bridge between Purcell and Lexington.

Webber LLC of Woodlands, Texas, has won a $36 million contract to replace the historic James C. Nance Bridge between Purcell and Lexington, Oklahoma.

Webber was the lowest of three bidders to build the four-lane span for U.S. 77/State Highway 39 over the South Canadian River, according to the Oklahoma Department of Transportation.

The work is expected to take two years, and Webber has $2 million in incentives to finish the work early.

The 80-year-old bridge was closed in 2014 for repairs and later reopened. The structure was built with manganese alloy instead of steel. The metal is not found on any bridges in the state and can crack when welded upon, ODOT says. The bridge handles more than 10,000 vehicles a day.

The new bridge will be built beside the current structure, which will be torn down. The ODOT says the new bridge will include some esthetic elements of the historic bridge, including some of the original railing on the top of the bridge. A sidewalk alongside the bridge will be included.

The ODOT said it fast-tracked the project, which was ready for bid in three years instead of 10. Part of that fast-tracking involved designing the bridge while it underwent environmental permitting.

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Fla. continues toll-road suspensions as Irma evacuees return


Florida Gov. Rick Scott tours Irma-damaged Bonita Springs.

All road-toll collections in Florida remain suspended following Hurricane Irma, as evacuees make their way home.

Gov. Rick Scott directed the Florida Department of Transportation to suspend the tolls ahead of the storm so residents could access hurricane supplies and evacuate faster. Now, the same measure is being implemented to allow for safe return. The governor reported that all interstates and turnpikes were opened as of Monday afternoon.

However, the governor is also cautioning residents to check with local authorities before returning, to make sure their communities and homes are safe to re-enter.

The FDOT reports heavy traffic on eastbound Interstate 10 and southbound Interstate 75, as residents return to their homes.

Gas stations in the state have reported shortages, and the governor says as of September 12, the state’s three major fuel ports have been reopened and are allowing in fuel tankers. The Florida Highway Patrol is escorting fuel trucks to stations throughout the state.

Meanwhile, travel restrictions remain in effect for the Keys, where bridges are undergoing inspections.

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USDOT announces availability of $500 million in TIGER grant funds for 2017


Although many feared that the Trump administration would put an end to the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant funds, on the U.S. Department of Transportation has announced that it is now taking applications for $500 million in TIGER grant funds now available for state and local infrastructure projects, American Shipper reports.

Grants will be awarded for infrastructure projects that will have a significant impact on national, regional or metropolitan areas. Requests may not be for less than $5 million, except in rural areas, or for more than $25 million.

According to the news agency, the DOT says the 2017 TIGER grant program will give special consideration to infrastructure projects that “emphasize improved access to reliable, safe, and affordable transportation for communities in rural areas, such as projects that improve infrastructure condition, address public health and safety, promote regional connectivity, or facilitate economic growth or competitiveness.”

Applications for TIGER grant funding must be submitted to the DOT by Oct. 16.

Approximately $5.1 billion has been awarded for capital investments in surface transportation infrastructure through the TIGER grant program.

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