Gradall XL 3100 V Hydraulic Excavator Now Features the Tier 4-Final Compliant Volvo Penta Diesel engine

The Gradall XL 3100 V hydraulic excavator, featuring the Tier 4-Final compliant Volvo Penta diesel engine, meets the highest global standards including the demanding Stage IV (EU) and Tier 4 Final (U.S.) emission requirements.
The single engine, with fuel efficiency improved by up to 5 percent, is designed to power the excavator up to 60 mph on highways, or 5 mph for repositioning around job sites from the upperstructure cab.

The same engine also powers the upperstructure boom, including swing motions, and famous Gradall telescoping, tiling boom movements. The advanced hydraulic system has pressure-compensated, load-sensing valves with reliefs on all circuits. This system delivers the right amount of hydraulic power to the boom to perform conventional excavator digging, demolition and barrier placement as well as sloping, finishing, storm and canal cleanup, tree trimming, and many other jobs using a host of attachments.

Along with the new engine, the XL 3100 V hydraulic excavator includes an upgraded high-performance, high-reliability 24-volt electrical system, creating a better power source. An operator cab safety option provides rollover protection that meets safety test requirements and is integrated within the existing cab structure, without external support.
The XL 3100 V has a host of mobility advantages including highway travel speed capability up to 60 mph, eliminating the expense, time and manpower needed by excavators that require an extra truck and a lowboy trailer. At the end of the day, the XL 3100 V models also can be quickly driven back to the safety of the equipment yard.
At 40,930 lbs. (18,566 kg), the XL 3100 V model has a full-tilting boom with a maximum reach of 27 feet, 3 inches (8.3 m) at grade. The telescoping boom design maintains maximum boom force throughout the dig cycle, and the full boom tilt is able to position attachments exactly where they are needed without losing power. That’s a huge advantage over conventional booms that cannot deliver full power during the entire dig cycle, and sacrifice attachment power if they use a boom-end tilting mechanism.
Rated bucket force is 17,990 lbs (80 kN) while the telescoping boom crowd force is 21,940 lbs (97.6 kN). Maximum dig depth is 18 feet, 4 inches (5.6 m). Loading height maximum is 15 feet, 5 inches (4.7 m).
With the extra boom power, XL 3100 V models maximize their utilization of excavating buckets, trenching buckets, ditching buckets, dredging buckets, pavement removal buckets, fixed thumb grapples, boom extensions, tree limb shears, grading blades and more. As a result, governments and contractors are able to use one machine to complete work that used to require many machines.
Series V machines have almost 70 percent parts commonality, simplifying the task of maintaining inventories to complete common service functions. These machines also have longer routine service intervals, and most service locations can be reached from ground level. A global network of authorized distributors supports all Gradall excavators, supplying service advice and authorized Gradall parts.
For more information, contact an authorized Gradall distributor or call Gradall, located in New Philadelphia, OH, at 800-445-4752. Visit www.gradall.com for spec sheets, literature, video and case histories.
All Gradall excavators are designed, built and supported by Gradall Industries, Inc., with processes that meet ISO 9001-2008 standards. Gradall Industries is wholly owned by the Alamo Group.
XL 3100 V UNDERCARRIAGE BASIC SPECIFICATIONS
Horsepower                                               215 hp @ 2300 rpm
Engine                                                        VOLVO TAD571 VE, TIER 4-Final
Weight                                                        40,930 lb (18,566 kg)
Maximum Reach at Ground Level        27 ft., 3 in. (8.3 m)
Maximum Digging Depth                       18 ft., 4 in. (5.6 m)
Boom Tilt                                                    220° Continuous

DEWALT Updates Construction Saw Blades

DEWALT announces a new look and improved performance for their line of Construction Saw Blades.  For the first time is in 15 years, DEWALT is updating the look of their construction saw blades, eliminating the “yellow rim”, to show off ultra-sharp, construction-grade carbide.

When combined with the blade’s wedge shoulder design, DEWALT’s Construction Blades deliver impact resistance, easy cuts, and long life. In addition, the line’s 7-1/4” blades have a new, thinplate designed for cutting that requires less force, meaning easy cuts for the user. This thinner plate is already used on DEWALT Precision Saw Blades and contributes to the premium performance of those blades.

ABC’s Construction Backlog Indicator Rebounds in 2017, Gains in All Categories During First Quarter

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today reported that its Construction Backlog Indicator (CBI) rose to 9 months during the first quarter of 2017, up 8.1 percent from the fourth quarter of 2016.  CBI is up by 0.4 months, or 4 percent, on a year-over-year basis.

“This was a terrific report,” said ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu. “For the first time in the series’ history, every category—firm size, industry and region—registered quarterly growth in CBI. Among the big winners were firms in the western United States and those with annual revenues between $30 million and $50 million per annum.

“However, some contractors have expressed concerns regarding construction conditions in 2019 or 2020,” said Basu. “These concerns are rooted in a number of factors, including the already lengthy duration of the economic recovery, evidence of saturation in certain commercial real estate markets, weak momentum in numerous public spending categories and tightening monetary conditions. However, first quarter 2017 CBI strongly suggests that rumors of the business cycle’s demise are exaggerated, at least thus far.

“Because of these and other emerging concerns, ABC’s CBI measure is arguably more important than usual,” said Basu. “Backlog is a leading indicator, and meaningful declines in CBI could potentially confirm fears that the current construction spending expansion cycle is winding to a close.”

Highlights by Region

  • Surging financial markets helped support activity in financial centers like New York, Philadelphia and Boston. Expanding cyber-security and life sciences activity supported markets as geographically diverse as Washington/Baltimore; Austin, Texas; Silicon Valley, Calif., and Seattle.
  • Though backlog is slightly lower in the South on a year-over-year basis, it continues to report the lengthiest backlog, at 9.8 months. A number of markets remain extraordinarily active with respect to commercial construction, including Atlanta and Miami and Tampa, Fla. Distribution center construction also continues to be active due to a combination of busier seaports and the ongoing online retail boom.
  • Backlog in the West was up by a remarkable 26 percent during the quarter.  Part of this was due to statistical payback after a surprisingly weak fourth quarter. However, this is also a reflection of the rapid commercial growth in Seattle, Denver, Silicon Valley, San Diego, Phoenix and other population growth hotspots.
  • Higher oil and natural gas prices helped to drive CBI higher in the Middle States. Backlog in the region expanded by a more-than-respectable 10 percent during the first quarter, and now stands at a healthy 8.5 months.  Chicago continues to be a weak spot, however, registering slow job growth relative to other major U.S. metropolitan areas in recent quarters.
  • Backlog in the Northeast rose to 8.7 months during the first quarter. Backlog is up by almost precisely half a month over the past year. The New York and Boston metropolitan areas remain particularly active.

 

Highlights by Industry 

  • Backlog in the commercial/institutional segment rose by more than 11 percent during the first quarter, and now stands at nearly 9 months. Backlog also expanded in the heavy industrial and infrastructure categories during the first three months of the year.
  • Average backlog in the heavy industrial category rose to 5.88 months, but remains well below levels registered during much of the history of the series.  Excluding the fourth quarter of 2016, this represents the lowest reading since the fourth quarter of 2014. There are many forces at work, including slowing auto sales, downward pressure on prices in a number of key manufacturing segments and soft exports.
  • Backlog in the infrastructure category expanded during the first quarter and remains above historic levels. Actual infrastructure spending has been unimpressive in many categories recently, including wastewater, water supply, dams/levies and highway/street. Available survey data hint at a bit of a pickup in activity during the quarters ahead.
  • Commercial/institutional backlog expanded to 8.9 months, matching its highest level since the third quarter of 2014. Though there are growing concerns regarding overbuilding in a number of metropolitan areas, and retail stores continue to close in large numbers, increases in office and hotel construction are helping to propel this category forward.

Highlights by Company Size

  • Backlog for each of the four company size categories increased to start the year.  Firms with revenues of $30 million to $50 million, many of which are in the commercial/institutional segments, were the clear outperformers in terms of expanding backlog during the first quarter of 2017. Backlog for this group of firms expanded by more than two months, indicating growing confidence among developers and other purchasers of construction services
  • Backlog among firms with annual revenues of less than $30 million increased by 5.3 percent during the quarter. Over the course of time, the nonresidential construction recovery has broadened enough to encompass many of the smallest firms.
  • The largest firms, those with annual revenues above $100 million and which are disproportionately represented in the infrastructure category, report the lengthiest backlog at 11.8 months. This was up by more than 9 percent during the quarter.  Backlog for this group is approaching the one-year mark, which is considered to be a sign of significant health.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CBI is a leading economic indicator that reflects the amount of construction work under contract, but not yet completed.

CBI is measured in months, with a lengthening backlog implying expanding demand for construction services. More charts and graphs are available on abc.org

Standard ASCE 7-16 Is Published

Minimum Design Loads and Associated Criteria for Buildings and Other Structures, Standards ASCE/SEI 7-16, provides the most up-to-date and coordinated loading standard for general structural design.

This new edition of ASCE 7, which supersedes ASCE/SEI 7-10, describes the means for determining design loads including dead, live, soil, flood, tsunami, snow, rain, atmospheric ice, earthquake, wind, and fire, as well as how to assess load combinations.

Significant changes in ASCE 7-16 include the following:

  • new seismic maps reflecting the updated National Seismic Hazard Maps;
  • new wind speed maps, including new Hawaii maps, that result in reduced wind speeds for much of the United States, clarified special wind study zones, and separate Risk Category IV from Category III;
  • new snow load maps incorporating regional snow data for areas that previously required site-specific case study zones;
  • updated rain duration provisions that align design requirements with International Plumbing Code provisions for drainage;
  • entirely new chapter covering tsunami design provisions, which are important to Alaska, Hawaii, California, Oregon, and Washington; and
  • new appendix provisions for fire design.

Standard provisions are accompanied by a detailed commentary with explanatory and supplementary information developed to assist users of the standard, including design practitioners, building code committees, and regulatory authorities.  Structural engineers, architects, and those engaged in preparing and administering local building codes will find the structural load requirements essential to their practice.

About the American Society of Civil Engineers

Founded in 1852, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) represents more than 145,000 members of the civil engineering profession worldwide and is America’s oldest national engineering society. ASCE’s mission is to provide essential value to our members and partners, advance civil engineering, and serve the public good.

To purchase online visit the ASCE Bookstore.

www.asce.org/pubs / www.ascelibrary.org

Quick Start Guide, an overview of the ASCE Library

ABC Comments: President Trump’s Apprenticeship Expansion Helps All Americans Build America

Associated Builders and Contractors applauded President Donald J. Trump on today’s executive action on apprenticeships, which is an important step toward building new career opportunities for all Americans.

If fully implemented, the order will allow industries to build innovative workforce development systems that address glaring skills gaps in our workforce.  With the construction industry currently facing a workforce shortage of as many as 500,000 jobs, this order is an important first step to allow more entryways into becoming a construction professional.

“Associated Builders and Contractors looks forward to working with the secretaries of labor, commerce and education to implement the executive order and develop new, innovative and effective models to train an expanding American workforce,” said ABC President and CEO Mike Bellaman.  “With our industry in need of half a million workers today and even more in the future, we need to expand upon current apprenticeship methods that have left us with a worker shortage and embrace an all-of-the-above training approach to meet the needs of a 21st century workforce. ”

ABC and its 70 chapters are doing their part to train construction professionals using state-of-the-art and flexible learning models like “earn while you learn,” just-in-time task training, competency-based progression, work-based learning and government-registered apprenticeships to build a safe, skilled and productive workforce.

In addition to an annual investment of $1.1 billion dollars into work-based training by ABC member companies, ABC local chapters and affiliated training centers offer more than 800 apprenticeship, craft, safety and management training programs around the country, including Department of Labor-approved apprenticeship programs.  In partnership with the industry-recognized curriculum and credentials developed by NCCER, a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) education foundation, ABC offers this training at over 1,400 locations across America.

ABC is looking forward to working with President Trump and Secretaries Acosta, Ross and DeVos to craft industry programs that expand the U.S. Department of Labor’s definition of registered apprenticeship and offer all Americans the opportunity to achieve their dreams and build a fulfilling career.

Learn more about how ABC is building the people who build America at workforce.abc.org.