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Toyota enters construction truck segment with debut of Hino XL7, XL8


Toyota jumped feet-first into the heavy truck market at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis Wednesday with the debut of the Hino XL Series.

“Entering Class 8 [is] arguably something no OEM has done successfully in the last 50 years,” says Hino Director of Marketing Dominik Beckman.

Assembled in Mineral Wells, W.Va., the Class 7 XL7 and Class 8 XL8 will be available in wheelbases of up to 304 inches and both will be powered by Hino’s 8.9-liter A09 engine – an engine that has been in global production for more than a decade and, according to Hino Vice President of Customer Experience Glenn Ellis, has logged more than 15 billion miles the world-over.

“Our focus is to provide safe, economical and sustainable transportation to the world,” adds Yasuhiko Ichihashi, Chairman of Hino Motors.

The engine features a range of 300-360 horsepower and up to 1,150 lb.-ft. of torque.

The XL Series will be offered in several straight truck and tractor configurations ranging from a GVWR of 33,000 to 60,000 pounds and a GCWR up to 66,000 pounds.

Wednesday’s debut of the trucks was the fruit of more than 500,000 hours of engineering, which saw the unit sketched and conceptualized from the ground up.

Even though Hino’s design process was what Beckman called “white board,” the company has relied heavily on major trucking component manufacturers. Both the Class 7 and Class 8 truck come standard with Dana axles and drivelines, Wabco brakes and Hendrickson suspension.

Tractor configurations come standard with Wabco’s stability control platform and the company’s OnGuard Active is available as an option. Hino Insight, the company’s telematic platform, will be standard as will LED headlights.

Inside, the truck features an automotive grade interior with a larger split-bench seat and cockpit-style dash.

Hino’s conventional lineup debuted in North America in 2004, followed by its cabover line in 2011. Hino closed last year with 235 dealer locations, 20 of which were Certified Ultimate, and dealers can place orders for the trucks during the last quarter of this year. Production of the 4X2 models is expected to kick off early next year, followed by 6×4 models mid-year.

The evolution of Hino’s lineup isn’t expected to stop with its entry into the upper end of the market. Hino Trucks President Yoshinori Noguchi says over next three years the company will provide dealers with a revamped truck lineup. Once the Class 7 and 8 units hit the road in 2019, he says the company will then set its sights on redesigning current models.

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Case DV45CC’s compact size, maneuverability a good fit for smaller jobs


At the World of Asphalt show in Houston last week, Case Construction Equipment showed its new DV45CC combination vibratory roller.

Displayed alongside the new SV212D, the DV45CC is powered by a 40.8-horsepower Tier 4 Interim engine delivering high centrifugal forces and frequencies at low rpms, Case says. The machine features standard dual amplitudes of 0.01 and 0.21 inches and dual frequencies of 2,700 and 3,420 vpm.

The DV45CC compacts with a front offset drum and smooths with rear pneumatic tires. The drum’s tapered edge and high curb clearance allows operators to perform precise compaction in tight spaces. Like other DV Series compactors, the DV45CC has a tight turn radius for high maneuverability and quicker compaction times, Case says.

Case says the DV45CC also features adjustable scrapers, an automatic vibration control system and a pressurized water system.

The operator platform is iso-mounted for minimized vibration while a standard lateral-sliding seat provides high visibility to the drum edge on both sides of the machine.

The machine weighs in at 10,296 pounds and has a drum width of 54 inches.

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Dana debuts new lighter-weight axles for construction


Dana this week introduced the Spicer S172 series single drive axle and Spicer D172 series heavy-duty tandem axle, each weighing 60 pounds less than their S170 and D170 predecessors.

The Spicer S172 axle has a rear ratio range from 3.07 to 6.14 and is suited for 4×2, 6×2, and 8×2 applications up to 25,000 pounds GAWR. The high-strength pinion bearings allow for greater lifespan under heavy loads, improving durability and overall performance.

The Spicer D172 tandem axle is suited for construction, heavy-haul and severe-service applications.

Both axles feature High-Power Density AdvanTEK gearing to maximize strength and reduce weight. In addition, both use a passive lube management system requires less lube while utilizing a patented meter to optimize the amount of lube flow to the high-efficiency bearings.

The axles will be available beginning in the second quarter of 2018.

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Construction sees largest jobs gain in 11 years in Feb.


The U.S. construction industry added 62,000 jobs in February, the single largest monthly addition of jobs the industry has seen in the last 11 years, according to preliminary data from the Labor Department. The previous high mark for gains was set in November 2015 when 52,000 jobs were added.

February’s jobs gain brings the industry’s total employment to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 7.173 million Americans and extended construction’s streak of monthly gains to seven. July 2017 was the last time the industry shed jobs.

February’s jobs total is 3.7-percent higher than the February 2017 total.

The industry’s unemployment rate rose for the fourth straight month in February and now sits at 7.8 percent.

The February report also adjusted January’s employment gain upward. The industry added 40,000 jobs in January, up from the previously reported 36,000.

The U.S. economy added a total of 313,000 jobs in February, far exceeding what analysts had expected. The country’s unemployment rate was flat at 4.1 percent.

Construction employment since Jan. 2008

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Record-breaking 2018 World of Asphalt/AGG1 had more than 8,300 attendeesa, sold-out show floor


The 2018 World of Asphalt Show & Conference and AGG1 Academy & Expo had a record number of attendees – more than 8,300 – and a sold-out show floor in Houston March 6-8.

Attendees came from all 50 states, 10 Canadian provinces and 50 other countries.

“It was a good show; it’s always nice to see your competitors – see their new innovations and the progress they’ve made with their products,” says Larry Brown, a paving product specialist from Wheeler Machinery, which is a Caterpillar dealership in Salt Lake City, Utah.

He was there with coworkers Cody Rhoades and Aaron Benz. Benz, a paving product support specialist for Wheeler Machinery, has joined Brown in attending many equipment trade shows. And Benz says this was the most equipment that he’s ever seen on a show floor.

Held at the George R. Brown Convention Center, both World of Asphalt and AGG1 hosted a sold-out show floor that broke size records and spanned a combined 174,000 net square feet of exhibits.

More than 460 exhibitors, including more than 160 new to the shows, displayed their latest products and technologies for the aggregates, asphalt, and pavement maintenance and traffic safety sectors. Among those with a presence at the show were the Women of Asphalt Council, which had booths and a forum.

“These outstanding numbers emphasize the value of the convention and AGG1,” says said Joel Galassini, CEMEX regional president and AGG1 Academy & Expo chair. “This really is the best time for anyone in our industry to connect with peers, examine business issues that affect our operations and get energized for the future.”

Attendees and exhibitors conducted business and discussed issues affecting future growth including infrastructure funding and work-zone safety. Industry experts shared best practices during a wide range of education sessions that ranged from setting up safe work zones to intelligent compaction to pavement preservation topics.

Education was an integral component of the event, with attendees purchasing more than 10,000 tickets for the shows’ signature learning programs: People, Plants and Paving Conference from the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) and AGG1 Academy from the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA), officials say.

“This was one of our best events ever that delivered it all for industry professionals: product innovations, focused education and quality networking,” says Kevin Kelly, president of Walsh & Kelly and World of Asphalt 2018 chair. “It is always an incredible opportunity to come together and learn from each other, and we thank all participants for their continued support.”

The mood at the show, according to Benz and others, was positive.

“The economy’s going good and in Utah, we’ve only got 3.5 percent unemployment,” Benz says. The only dampener, he adds, was also the biggest buzz at the show: How will the industry find enough skilled labor to do the work?

While he and colleagues checked out plenty of heavy equipment, Benz also pointed to the intelligent compaction technology that was on featured at the show. “Technology’s what really seems to be driving the market right now,” says Benz.

Mark calendars for 2019; show planning under way

The next World of Asphalt Show & Conference and AGG1 Academy & Expo will be held Feb. 12-14, 2019, at the Indianapolis Convention Center in Indianapolis.

Exhibit space sales are open to companies, with space assigned on a first come, first served basis.

The shows are held annually except in CONEXPO-CON/AGG years, when that show spotlights the exhibitors and products of AGG1 and World of Asphalt.

Strong industry support from across the globe

Industry support amplified the shows’ networking and knowledge sharing. More than 25 allied groups from the United States, Canada and worldwide participated as official supporting organizations.

The shows are industry-owned and managed. World of Asphalt is owned by AEM, NAPA, and NSSGA, and produced by AEM. NSSGA owns and produces AGG1.

AGG1 Academy & Expo focuses exclusively on the aggregates industry as its leading exposition and education resource, also co-located with the NSSGA Annual Convention.

World of Asphalt Show & Conference is the largest education conference and exhibition focused on the asphalt, pavement maintenance and traffic safety industry sectors.

Learn more about the shows at and

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VIDEO, PHOTOS: N.Y. sends out army of snowplows to combat nor’easters


New York’s state and local agencies have been pulling out all the stops to keep roads clear after two nor’easters pounded the state in one week, dumping as much of 26 inches of snow in some areas.

They’ve been deploying tow plows, which can plow two lanes at a time.

They’ve also been sending plows in unison down highways in a process called echelon plowing. The process can be irritating to drivers who want to pass, but the New York State Department of Transportation says it’s the fastest, most efficient way to clear the roads. It also “prevents snow from being pushed back and forth between lanes as traffic hits it,” David Smith, NYSDOT Region 3 director, tells Spectrum News.

Here are some views from NYSDOT and other transportation agencies’ social media showing what it’s like to be a snowplow driver in New York:

Life in the plow

Here’s what it’s like inside a NYSDOT plow truck.

Plow drivers have a lot going on. Give them space to work and #DontCrowdThePlow

— NYSDOT (@NYSDOT) March 7, 2018

#Snow plows in action on #NY110 and #NY25A in @HuntTownHall

— NYSDOT Long Island (@nysdotli) March 8, 2018

What does plowing through 12-18 inches of snow look like? Let our New York Division show you. This video was taken during the heart of the nor’easter Wednesday afternoon near I-87 exit 16 (Harriman). #DontCrowdThePlow #BlackTop

— NYSThruwayAuthority (@NYSThruway) March 8, 2018

Scenes from the road

A tow plow in action

Echelon plowing

A view from the cab

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‘Dozer Dave’ from TV’s Gold Rush, signs asphalt slab funding petition at World of Asphalt (VIDEO)


Dave Turin, “Dozer Dave” from Gold Rush, signs asphalt petition at AGG1/World of Asphalt.

Dave Turin, “Dozer Dave” from the hit TV show Gold Rush, offered his support for infrastructure funding by signing an asphalt slab petition at the World of Asphalt and AGG1 show last week in Houston. “My heart and my passion is building roads. I grew up building roads and my family still builds roads,” Turin said before signing the petition. “We want to send a message to Washington that we need to concentrate on our roads and build some roads.”

The slab, which gathered many more signatures alongside Turin’s, will be sent to Washington, D.C., Turin explained, with the hopes that it will be seen by President Donald Trump.

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