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1000L of fuel in the komatsu. look at the scale, the fuel barrels are a bit over half as tall as the person on the rake end of the dozer. as the guys backaway on a fairly big bulldozer you can see the scale of the komatsu.

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Orlando, FL
Auctioneers on Monday announced sales of more than $190 million at a large heavy equipment auction held in Orlando last week.

The five-day auction, which ended Feb. 23, beat the company's previous record of $172 million netted at the same site a year ago. More than 6,000 people from 71 countries registered to participate either in person or on the Web to bid on equipment ranging from more than 340 hydraulic excavators to 180 forklifts, according to a news release.

HK, China
HONG KONG: China Railway Construction Corp, a major builder in China, plans to raise up to $5.4 billion from its Hong Kong and Shanghai initial public offerings despite recent market volatility, a person familiar with the deal said on Monday.

China, aiming to ease bottlenecks caused by its surging economy, earmarked 1.25 trillion yuan for railway infrastructure investment in its five-year plan through 2010, nearly quadruple the levels under the previous five-year plan.
The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) and ISO today announced a strategic alliance to significantly increase the insurance industry's impact on equipment theft. Through the alliance, the databases of National Equipment Register (NER), a member of the ISO family of companies, will be made more widely available to law enforcement through NICB's network of agents working with law enforcement agencies throughout the country.
JERSEY SHORE — Borough police are looking for two young men who took a front-end loader for a brief joy ride Friday morning before crashing the construction equipment into a parked car and a garage.

Officers say they have a pretty good idea who the thieves are, thanks to a fresh coat of snow and a surveillance camera in a nearby convenience store.

“We’ve had several phone calls since the photo was aired on Channel 16. We’re pretty sure who they are. We’re trying to find them at this point,” Jersey Shore Police Detective Daniel Hull said Friday afternoon as he talked about the incident and the clues left behind.
Bridgewater, Mass. - Thieves find a flourishing market for stolen heavy construction equipment
Ronald Bussiere figured his company’s construction equipment was too big to steal. Then someone swiped a skid steer loader — commonly known as a Bobcat — from a Lynn demolition site eight years ago.

Bussiere expected to be one of the thousands of business owners with construction equipment stolen that would never be found.

Oman-based Octal Petrochemicals has announced the initial set-up of the heavy equipment for its new PET resin plant, a key element in the company’s drive to establish Oman as a global powerhouse in the plastic packaging industry.

CRYSTAL LAKE, Ill - VIPAR Heavy Duty announced the parts network’s expansion into the commercial vehicle equipment market. The new entity will be known as VHD Equipment Network, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of VIPAR Heavy Duty. VHD Equipment Network will focus on the $9 billion North American commercial vehicle equipment market that represents over 1,700 companies that distribute, install, buy, sell and repair truck-mounted equipment.
DUBAI: The Gulf’s booming construction industry is feeling the heat of soaring materials costs and labour shortages amid concern that supply pressures coud delay the completion of projects.
The economy minister of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), whose construction and real estate sectors contributed 23 percent of the economic output in 2007, has warned that supply constraints might slow construction in the area.

“Regional and international factors that could unexpectedly cause a recession (in construction) should be watched, Sheikha Lubna al-Qassemi told an industry conference in Abu Dhabi earlier this month.

List ranks Deere high as corporate citizen
Deere & Co. has achieved its highest rank ever in the annual “100 Best Corporate Citizens” list.
The yearly evaluation, compiled by CRO magazine, scored Deere fourth among more than 1,000 publicly traded, large-cap U.S. companies. The publication is a journal of The CRO, a membership organization for corporate responsibility officers.

Among the categories considered, the Moline-based Deere scored well in climate change and human rights. It also had strong scores for philanthropy, environment and financial performance.

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Leasing Heavy Construction Equipment
Despite an ever-changing economy, equipment leasing might provide a simple solution to grow your business. Think: Fair Market Value Lease, Dollar Buy Out Lease and Commercial Leasing.
Capital is key in order to operate a successful business, especially when the economy is as fickle as it is today. The heavier your cash flow, the greater amount of growth your company will experience. This is especially relevant in the construction industry. For all types of construction, the goal is to complete projects in accordance with plans and specifications, on time, within budget, and at the lowest possible cost. A construction company's success and failure could very well depend on adding a fourth crane to your garage.


Spacewalkers move heavy equipment - Damage also could be inspected
On the mission's third spacewalk today, astronaut Stanley Love will function like a human forklift, holding three massive -- but weightless -- pieces of equipment while attached to the space station robot arm.
Love will begin the spacewalk at 8:35 a.m. by stepping into the footrests on the robot arm.

Going Once ... Going Twice ... Sold! Thousands to Bid for Equipment - Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers to sell thousands of big items this week.

Sure, Central Florida has roller coasters and water slides, but from Tuesday through Saturday, for thousands of people from all over world, the biggest attraction will be Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers.

During those five days, bidders will vie for more than 6,100 pieces of equipment, including everything from dump trucks to cranes.

Ritchie Bros. has no idea of how many people to expect, said Doug Tverstol, office manager for the company, located at 700 Ritchie Road in Davenport, but the company has advertised in countries around the globe. An auction in February of last year attracted more than 5,800 bidders from 63 countries.


Deere profit up 55% on global demand

Farm-equipment maker Deere & Co., citing what it called 'strongly favorable conditions throughout the global farm sector, topped analyst forecasts by reporting a 55 percent jump in fiscal first-quarter earnings Wednesday.
For the quarter ended Jan. 31, the Moline manufacturing giant said net income climbed to $369.1 million, from the year-ago $238.7 million, or 52 cents a share.


International sales boost Deere & Co. profits by 54%

Deere & Co., one of the world's largest producers of farm equipment, said on Feb. 13 that fiscal first-quarter profits increased 54 percent as the heavy equipment maker posted strong international sales.

Father, son brought heavy equipment to help save trapped Union students

Randy Campbell felt scared stiff as he worked in a trackhoe to pull students from collapsed buildings on Union University's campus the night of Feb. 5 tornado.
"I was scared I'd make a mistake and break a slab or hit the (trapped) boys," said Campbell, 49.
Firefighters and rescue personnel also dug at the debris with their gloved hands to reach students.While on the scene, officials requested Campbell, a former longtime Madison County firefighter, to bring his trackhoe to help with rescue efforts.
"The machine was able to move the heavy stuff that they would have had to break up into pieces to move," Campbell said Saturday. "It just made things go so much faster."


Indonesia`s United Tractors January heavy equipment sales up 60 pct
Indonesia's PT United Tractors said Friday its "Komatsu" heavy equipment sales rose 60 percent to 491 units in January from 306 a year earlier, led by sales to the mining and agriculture sectors.

The "Komatsu" heavy equipment grabbed a 55 percent market share in Indonesia during the month, the company told Thomson Financial.

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It's happening over there too :(
Heavy mining equipment stolen
THIEVES broke into Edwinstowe's Thoresby Colliery earlier this week stealing 20 brass connector blocks from a compound area at the Ollerton Road site. Police are now investigating the incident which happened overnight between 28th and 29th January.

Insp Andy Ghan, local area commander for Sherwood, says the brass connector blocks were newly delivered heavy mining equipment.

Hyundai Heavy's Profit Soars 79 Percent
SEOUL, South Korea - Hyundai Heavy Industries Co. said Thursday its profit soared 79 percent in the fourth quarter of 2007, rounding out a record earnings year for the world's largest shipbuilder.

Hyundai Heavy Industries earned 512.9 billion won ($546.8 million) in the three months ended Dec. 31, the company said in a statement. It posted net profit of 286.9 billion won in the same quarter a year ago.

Sales during the quarter rose 18 percent to 4.25 trillion won ($4.53 billion) from 3.6 trillion won a year earlier.

When construction slows, workers turn to snow
Heavy equipment sits silently at an excavation site, one of many such job sites around Central Oregon where winter snow means work slows or grinds to a halt.

The operations manager says they have to wait out the snow, and while it's interesting to see it collect atop mounds of material, the weather is putting many local construction workers out of work.

"Vacation is not an option this year," concrete worker Ken Dority said Wednesday.

Snow equipment can handle heavy storm
Road commission equipment is able to remove large quantities of snow.

Would Lenawee County be paralyzed for nearly a week by another storm of the magnitude of the 1978 blizzard?

Lenawee County Road Commission equipment would still be pinned down while heavy snow is falling and being whipped by 60 mph winds. But a break in the weather would give drivers a chance to push snow faster and farther with the equipment the agency is stocked with today, said road commission officials.

Big machines to vie at Rodeo Grounds
The Tucson Rodeo Grounds will be the site of the third annual Heavy Equipment Rodeo involving dump trucks, graders, and backhoes Saturday.
City and county transportation departments will provide the heavy equipment and operators competing in maneuvering the big machines through a maze of cones and barricades.

Caterpillar upsets some Methodists
Methodist renewal advocate Mark Tooley says United Methodist Church officials are urging church agencies and members to divest their holdings in Caterpillar Incorporated, for doing business with Israel.

Tooley, who directs the United Methodist Committee at the Institute on Religion and Democracy, says the UMC has about $15 million of Caterpillar stock in its pension fund. But he says the United Methodist General Board of Church and Society has unveiled a proposal to divest from Caterpillar ahead of the church's governing General Conference in April. Several United Methodist regional conferences have endorsed anti-Israel divestment, according to Tooley.