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Tips for getting the most out of asphalt milling machines

Asphalt milling has become an integral way in which roadway owners can extend the lives of their infrastructure. Stripping worn surfaces and replacing with freshly laid asphalt keeps motorists moving on smooth roads, and saves money in the long run.

Caterpillar updates cold planers to reflect milling customers' feedback

New product updates to the Cat PM620, PM622, PM820, PM822 and PM825 half-lane cold planers include numerous improvements based on customer feedback to ease operation and lower owning and operating costs. Five years ago, Caterpillar brought a fresh line-up of cold planers to the market and have been continuously working on improvements to the product line ever since. The 2021 product release marks the third update to these models since they were first introduced.

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New Trimble guidance system provides flexibility for virtually any machine type

Trimble has introduced the Trimble GuidEx Machine Guidance System, an advanced machine navigation solution intended to quickly and efficiently guide machines along route corridors or to specific target areas, while providing local awareness using customer provided mapping or engineering data to create exclusion and inclusion zones. 

Hitachi rolls out grade control technology options for select excavators

Hitachi Construction & Mining Division has rolled out options for its grade control technology on select excavators, including 2D Grade Control and Solution Linkage 3D Grade Control, which allow an operator to set a grade and hold it. The new factory-integrated technology increases efficiency while also lowering daily operating costs by enabling operators to spend less time getting the grade right the first time. 

John Deere expands grade management solutions with slope control for K-Series dozers

John Deere has debuted Slope Control as a factory option for its K-Series dozers, including the 450K, 550K and 650K models. With Slope Control, John Deere provides an entry-level integrated grade control solution. Slope Control assists operators in grading smooth planar surfaces and is ideal for applications such as small site development, road building, forestry and agriculture. 

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