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May 04, 2017   |  


Top 10 Pieces of Equipment Used in Rebuilding America's Infrastructure

The proposed $2 trillion national public works program to upgrade our nation’s infrastructure will call into action the nation’s fleet of contractors small and large and their tools of choice are nearly all reliant on diesel technology, because of its unmatched combination of power, performance, efficiency and durability.

They will be busy revitalizing, refurbishing and renewing the nation’s built environment that facilities our mobility and economy. But what does upgrading infrastructure look like in practice? It’s the hard and disruptive work of repairing or replacing old roads and crumbling bridges, dredging harbors, upgrading wastewater treatment systems and much more. Envision workers and heavy-duty machines and equipment like cranes, road graders, bulldozers and dump trucks working in concert to move dirt, haul materials, rig overhead structures, dig trenches, lay pavement, pour concrete and more.

Seeing this hard-working equipment will start to be an everyday occurrence so here are the top 10 pieces, why their work is so critical and why the latest clean diesel technology will deliver more infrastructure improvements in less time with reduced emissions while saving fuel.

1. Backhoe Loader

One of the most popular and versitle heavy earth moving equipment in the market today from the huge commercial sites to the smaller ones, you are bound to find a backhoe loader on every job site around the world. Backhoes are used to prepare the work site foundation and dig access for water, sewer and electricity. #dieselatwork

2. Asphalt Pavers

Used to distribute asphalt on roads, bridges, parking lots and other such areas. It lays the asphalt flat and preps the material before it's compacted by a roller. #dieselatwork

3. Soil and Asphalt Compactors

Used to compact soil, gravel, concrete, or asphalt to ensure the proper layer of thickness that is required in the construction of roads and foundations. #dieselatwork

4. Motor Graders

Grading in construction work is the work of ensuring a level base, or one with a specified slope such as a foundation, the base for a road or a railway, or surface drainage. A motor grader uses a long blade used to create a flat surface during the grading process. Motor graders are also critical for maintenance of unpaved roads. #dieselatwork

5. Cranes

Cranes will literally do the heavy lifting to rebulid infrastructure. It is used to lift and lower materials and to move them horizontally but it is mainly used for lifting heavy things and transporting them to other places. #dieselatwork

6. Scrapers

Used for earthmoving, it cuts into the soil with its sharp horizontal blade, collects the soil and then can transport its load to the fill area where it is dumped. There are several varieties including a pull type scraper that uses agricultural tractor, articulated dump truck, or bulldozer to pull. #dieselatwork

7. Wheel Loaders

A wheel loader is used to collect piled materials like asphalt, dirt, snow, demolition debris, gravel, rock salt, sand, wood chips etc. and loading onto an awaiting dump truck for transportation. #dieselatwork

8. Articulated Hauler

A very large heavy-duty type of dump truck usually used to transport soil and aggregate, (such as sand, gravel, or crushed stone that, along with water and cement, are an essential ingredient in concrete) over rough terrain. The vehicle consists of two basic units: front tractor section and rear hauler section. #dieselatwork

9. Work Trucks

Diesel power makes these trucks durable and ready to work. Used in a variety of applications on a work site including contractor vehicles. #dieselatwork

9. Work Trucks

Water trucks vital part of mining & construction ops for dust control, adding moisture to soil to make it easier to compact. #dieselatwork

9. Work Trucks

A concrete mixer combines cement, aggregate such as sand or gravel, and water to form concrete. A typical concrete mixer uses a revolving drum to mix the components. #dieselatwork

10. Hydraulic Excavators

Does the digging for excavation and demolition purposes but with its many attachments it can also be used for cutting steel, breaking concrete, drilling holes in the earth, laying gravel onto the road prior to paving, crushing rocks, steel, and concrete, ditch cleaning, removal of debris from channels to prevent bridge damage, and tree removal. Excavators range in size from the tiny to the enormous. #dieselatwork


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