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Toyota unveils 2019 Tundra, Tacoma, 4Runner TRD Pro lineup


2019 Tundra TRD Pro

Toyota paid tribute to its off-road racing experience today during the unveiling of its 2019 TRD Pro lineup at the Chicago Auto Show.

The latest TRD Pro packages for Tundra, Tacoma and 4Runner, which go on sale this fall, will feature Fox internal bypass shocks tuned by TRD engineers.

“These are not some kind of off-the-shelf part, folks,” Jack Hollis, group vice president at Toyota Motor Sales, told reporters during this morning’s livestream reveal. “These are tailor made. Lessons learned in racing led to the technology that you’re going to see here today.”

Indeed, Toyota is no stranger to off-road racing. The OEM, which began offering performance packages in 1979, has been so involved in the Baja 1000 that during a video at today’s reveal it gave credit to the grueling race for inspiring the creation of its TRD Pro lineup.

(TRD supported off-road legend Ivan “Ironman” Stewart for 30 years on his path to multiple championships and race victories in Baja, U.S. off-road desert and short-course off-road races. TRD most recently celebrated CJ Greave’s 2017 Pro 4 Championship in The Off-Road Championship Series (TORC) and Martin Truex Jr.’s win of the 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship).

You can’t help but notice the all-new air intake snorkel on the 2019 Tacoma TRD Pro. Hollis explained it was designed to rise above the dust while off-roading. While Baja is known for its huge, lingering rooster tails, you won’t exactly find dust plumes like that rising from Georgia’s red clay or other such areas steeped in humidity. But, if you find yourself in deep water—no matter the region—a snorkel can come in handy. Just keep in mind that Toyota calls its snorkel a TRD Desert Air Intake and thus far neither Hollis nor Toyota has mentioned using its new hardware in water.

2019 Tacoma TRD Pro

“I’m pretty sure we’re the first to offer that,” Hollis said of the snorkel. “And I’ll call that innovation.”

The Tacoma’s snorkel will be joined to a 278-hp 3.5-liter V6.

Though the 2019 Tundra TRD Pro will not get a snorkel, it will get a hood scoop. Both trucks will get new black chrome exhaust tips.

For Hollis, the new suspension for the TRD Pro lineup was definitely a highlight. The entire TRD Pro family rides on 2.5-inch TRD Pro-exclusive, aluminum-bodied Fox Internal Bypass shocks.

Whereas off-road race vehicles traditionally have external bypass tubes on their shock bodies to fine-tune damping pressure, each high-tech Fox shock compactly incorporates bypass zones inside of the shock. These multiple bypass zones offer a cushioned ride during typical operation but get progressively stiffer through the shock stroke to provide improved bottoming resistance.

2019 4Runner TRD Pro

The front shocks are paired with specially-tuned TRD springs designed for ride comfort and to also produce additional lift, giving each TRD Pro a heightened stance for improved trail riding. A combination of high-temperature shock fluid and nitrogen gas pressure are employed inside each Fox shock to improve bump compliance and to help maximize seal life. Every TRD Pro model features rear 2.5-inch Fox shocks that utilize a piggyback reservoir to house additional oil volume, which assists in maintaining peak damping performance during extreme use.

Also, new for the 2019 Tundra TRD Pro pickup are Rigid fog lights and 18-inch BBS forged-aluminum, five spoke satin black wheels which shed a total of 13.4 lbs. They’re wrapped in Michelin P275/65R18 all-terrain tires.

Another change for Tacoma is the offset of the 16-inch TRD Pro black alloy wheels, which provides a 1-inch wider track both front and rear for added stability. Trail and pavement traction comes in the form of P265/70R16 Goodyear Wrangler Kevlar All-Terrain tires.

Each truck will be offered in three colors: Super White, Midnight Black Metallic or Voodoo Blue, the same color used on Toyota’s FJ Cruiser.

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Dynapac intros updated small tandem Asphalt Roller CC950


The new Dynapac CC950

Dynapac is introducing an updated version of its small tandem Asphalt Roller CC950.

It’s primarily for small-scale compaction work such as pavements, bicycle paths, small roads, parking areas and other places that need compaction but are difficult to reach with a larger roller.

The CC950 comes with an operating mass of about 1.6 tons and a drum width of 38 inches, Dynapac says.

The machine is equipped with a water-cooled, three cylinder, 4-stroke Kubota D722-E4B-KEA-2 diesel engine. It’s compliant with EPA Tier 4 and produces 20.3 horsepower. Together with the large drum diameter and drive motors connected in series, it contributes to excellent accessibility and hill-climbing capacity, the company says.

The CC950 has 4200 vpm (70 Hz) vibrations on the front drum only and a static rear drum. The rear drum is equipped with shock absorbers to minimize vibrations in the operator’s platform. The operator’s platform is offers plenty of space and ergonomically positioned steps.

For easier maintenance aimed at saving time and money, the Dynapac CC950 has longer service intervals. Both the steering hitch and steering cylinder are maintenance free.

The few remaining service points are easily accessible, the company says. The instrument panel has an hour meter, horn switch, warning lights for brake, battery charging indicator, engine oil pressure indicator and glow plug for aiding engine start at cold temperatures.

The CC950 also sports the company’s switch to a new color scheme of red, white and grey colors from yellow.

As part of its acquisition by the Fayat Group, Dynapac took on a new visual product branding. The company says red has always been a significant color for the brand.

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PressureStat remotely monitors Bridgestone OTR tires


Bridgestone’s PressureStat allows remote monitoring of tire pressure and temperature on off-the-road tires with a mobile device or computer.

The company says the system improves tire performance, increases jobsite safety and reduces unplanned downtime. Knowing tire pressure can help ensure vehicle weight is evenly distributed and prevent uneven tire wear.

Bridgestone has offered a tire pressure monitoring system for giant radial tires and has now expanded it to OTR tires in the construction, quarry, underground hard rock and port industries.

The system comes with valve stem sensors that are installed on the tires. The operator receives onboard alerts of potential issues. Through Bluetooth, real-time tire pressure can be monitored remotely. The system also provides instant inspection reports for the entire fleet on desktop or mobile device, the company says.

Bridgestone’s TreadStat software provides instant analysis and forecast reports for tire and rim conditions.

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New VP Vatter brings sales expertise to Elliott Equipment Co. of Omaha


Tom Vatter joins Elliott Equipment Company

Tom Vatter has joined Elliott Equipment Company of Omaha as vice president of sales and marketing.

Vatter brings more than 25 years’ experience in several vocational body and chassis industries.

He began his career at McNeilus Companies, which later transitioned to become part of Oshkosh Truck Corporation. There, Vatter was instrumental in bringing the Autocar Xpeditor chassis back into prominence.

He then became vice president of Environmental Solutions Group (ESG), a Dover Corporation company that specializes in the manufacture and sale of waste equipment into private, public and municipal markets.

Vatter helped reenergize ESG’s sales and marketing and establish it as industry leader – while overtaking a lead built up by its largest competitor.

“I am looking forward to Tom utilizing his experience and knowledge to help us drive our company to the next level,” says Jim Glazer, president of Elliott Equipment Company.

Elliott Equipment Company manufactures and sells a complete line of truck-mounted material handling aerial work platforms, cranes and digger derricks. Elliott products are customizable and backed by a lifetime structural warranty.

Headquartered in Omaha, Elliott manufacturer equipment that’s built to increase safety and productivity.

Source:: Equipment world

Trump to unveil details of infrastructure plan today


President Donald Trump today is set to unveil details of his long-awaited infrastructure plan. It’s designed to use $200 billion in federal money to generate $1.5 trillion for fixing the nation’s infrastructure by leveraging local and state tax dollars and private investment.

His plan relies heavily on private investments and funding from state and local governments.

Sunday in San Diego, during a reception for the National Asphalt Paving Association, some state DOT officials noted that it may be difficult for some states to raise those funds – especially if the funding split is reversed from 80 percent federal and 2o percent from the states, to become vice versa.

They question whether some states can generate enough private investment for the projects they need. They also expressed concerns that some rural areas and states may be left out of infrastructure funding.

Trump says he’s pushing for investments in rural infrastructure projects. He wants to streamline the permitting process down to two years, and he’s calling for more training for skilled laborers.

Since the president’s January 30 State of the Union address, many lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have also voiced doubt about whether there will be viable funding for the states – and the transportation and infrastructure improvements they need to repair and rebuild a crumbling infrastructure.

The president’s plan for the federal government to provide $200 billion in direct investment is in the White House’s budget proposal for fiscal 2019, which also will be released today.

A senior White House official told reporters in a February 11 background briefing that the administration will be “quite flexible” toward finding ways of achieving its main infrastructure goals, according to published reports.

The Trump administration plans to offset the $200 billion by cutting other programs such as mass transit and the grants known as Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery, or TIGER, grants, the reports say.

Since 2009, Congress has dedicated nearly $5.1 billion for eight rounds of the popular TIGER grants to fund projects that have a significant impact on the nation, a region or a metropolitan area, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy is among skeptics of the administration’s plan. His state is facing severe funding problems for critically needed transportation projects, according to the governor and Connecticut DOT officials.

“Despite big promises of a massive infrastructure package, it has become clear that the Trump administration has no plans to make real investments in our transportation system,” Gov. Malloy stresses in a recent press release.

“Other states have realized that they must take matters into their own hands, and we must do the same to ensure the viability of the Special Transportation Fund.”

Source:: Equipment world

Illinois Tollway’s massive I-90 project wins a top construction industry award


The Illinois Tollway has won Construction Industry Service Corporation’s 2017 Project of the Year Award for the $2.5 billion Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90) Rebuilding and Widening Project.

The four-year project involved more than 540 firms, including 415 construction companies and 125 professional engineering services firms.

More than 200 of those firms were identified as disadvantaged, minority- and women-owned business enterprise firms and veteran-owned businesses. The project employed about 650 construction workers, according to a tollway spokesman.

The award was presented February 9 during CISCO’s annual Pride in Construction awards gala in Schaumburg.

The award recognizes top quality union construction projects in six categories. The I-90 Rebuilding and Widening Project was selected as the top project in the infrastructure category because of its quality of construction, design features, safety record and positive impact on the community, according to CISCO Executive Director Dan Allen.

“The I-90 Rebuilding and Widening Project was a great team effort, and we are honored to be recognized by an industry group that promotes the workers who were instrumental in delivering this vital project for the region,” says Illinois Tollway Board Chairman Bob Schillerstrom.

“The success of the I-90 Project demonstrates the value the Illinois Tollway provides customers and communities through its investments in infrastructure – improving regional mobility and opening access that drives economic growth.”

The I-90 Rebuilding and Widening Project covered 62 miles of roadway in each direction between the

(I-294) near O’Hare International Airport and I-39 in Rockford, as well as improvements to 16 interchanges and more than 100 bridges.

“We are proud to recognize the Illinois Tollway’s I-90 Rebuilding and Widening Project and its project team with this prestigious award,” says CISCO Executive Director Dan Allen.

“Our Board had the difficult task of choosing one winner in each category, but what put the I-90 Project over the top was its impact on economic development, attracting business expansion and relocations along the corridor. The I-90 Project perfectly illustrates that the union construction industry produces the best product anywhere in the world.”

The I-90 project is part of the tollway’s 15-year, $14 billion capital program, Move Illinois: The Illinois Tollway Driving the Future.

The I-90 corridor serves nearly 1 million travelers per day between Rockford and downtown Chicago via roadway travel and public transit, including CTA and Pace service, according to the tollway.

In addition, to the rebuilt roadway, the new I-90 features flexible infrastructure and technology that allows the tollway to add new “smart” features as needed.

It introduced the region’s first SmartRoad, communicating real-time roadway and traffic information to drivers and delivering a 21st century corridor. Additionally, the project accommodates Flex Lanes for transit and direct access for the public to Pace Bus service for the first time in the agency’s history, according to a spokesman for Illinois Tollway.

Improvements on I-90 are projected to save drivers up to 30 minutes on the average trip from Rockford to O’Hare Airport, tollway officials say.

It’s also projected to save drivers 27 minutes on the average trip from Elgin to the Kennedy Expressway.

Source:: Equipment world

Parker tapped as 2018 chairman of NAPA


Craig Parker, 2018 NAPA chairman

Craig Parker is being sworn in today, February 12, as 2018 chairman of the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) during the association’s 63rd Annual Meeting in San Diego.

As chairman, Parker is responsible for guiding NAPA’s efforts to support the asphalt pavement industry.

Parker is executive vice president of Silver Star Construction, based in Moore, Oklahoma. The company operates one asphalt plant and offers paving and related construction services in the Oklahoma City area.

Parker takes the gavel at a time of optimism for the industry, with market conditions continuing to expand in most geographical areas of the country.

Among topics being taken up at the annual meeting today is the state of the asphalt industry, with a focus on the different material segments used in the production of asphalt.

As the annual meeting got under way in San Diego Sunday, Parker extended a special welcome to new members and first-timers to the meeting, encouraging them to take advantage of educational seminars being offered through Wednesday.

Worker safety and quality pavements are among his priorities for his term, Parker says.

“Roadbuilding is a dangerous job, and we need to find ways to make it a safer work environment for all of our employees,” he says.

“With its training and education programs, NAPA is focused on worker safety, and we are committed to seeing companies put innovations into place to make what we do safer and more efficient.”

Parker will also work with NAPA’s professional staff on the need for infrastructure investment and a stable funding stream for construction, maintenance, and improvement of the nation’s infrastructure.

Parker has been an active member of NAPA, serving seven years as the state director for Oklahoma, as well as providing oversight of NAPA-directed research into asphalt’s performance and environmental characteristics.

He also served on the task group overseeing revisions to the Diamond Commendations program, which recognizes asphalt plants, terminals, and paving crews for adherence to best practices and a commitment to quality.

Parker takes over for outgoing chairman Dan Gallagher of Gallagher Asphalt Corporation in Thornton, Illinois.

Source:: Equipment world



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