Navigating Uncertain Ground Using the Right Equipment

Navigating Uncertain Ground Using the Right Equipment

Starting with specialization It started with one man and his pickup truck. Tom Banks’ then one-man operation was rooted in specialization. Formed in 2001, Banks Gas Services, Inc. quickly grew from one employee to nearly one hundred. Today the company is a...
Cradle Boring Machines Make A Comeback

Cradle Boring Machines Make A Comeback

Installing pipeline across the United States, once a booming business in the 1960s, slowed in the late ’80s and ’90s. Today, thanks to the discovery of shale oil and gas, it’s back — and so is the cradle boring machine. These long-distance jobs often call for about 50...
Auger Boring Safety

Auger Boring Safety

Boosting safety on your next auger boring job Anytime individuals are working around large equipment like auger boring machines — no matter the industry — there is always a risk for injury. Despite the best efforts of crews and contractors to instill a culture of...
Four Factors for Vacuum Setup

Four Factors for Vacuum Setup

Four factors to consider for a scalable vacuum setup.   These days, contractors are finding that getting to and from a project with a vacuum excavator that scales is a challenge in and of itself. Between harsher state and federal regulations and a shortage of viable...
Application is King in Vacuum Selection

Application is King in Vacuum Selection

Application is King in Vacuum Selection It’s no secret that vacuum excavators are a big purchase, and you’ll find out quickly if you made the wrong choice. Different jobs require different size and power characteristics. If we could stress only one thing about the...
Locating tips and tricks fall short without a quality locator

Locating tips and tricks fall short without a quality locator

We’ve spent the last month covering common locating mistakes and some tips for trouble-shooting tough locates. Avoiding mistakes and following tips is great, but if you don’t have a quality, effective utility locator, these precautions won’t do you much good.  ...
Common Locating Mistakes Part 2

Common Locating Mistakes Part 2

4 steps for troubleshooting a challenging locate   Last month, Cody Mecham — regional sales manager at McLaughlin — walked us through the most common locating mistakes he sees from both rookie and seasoned locators. Since April is Safe Digging Month, we’re...

5 reasons to forget the others and go with McLaughlin

The underground infrastructure is a crowded place and so is the market for industry equipment. This list should make your purchasing process a little easier. 1) Suite of equipment As the industry continues to change, one factor remains the same — any job that takes...

Combine locator technology, visual indicators for safety

Precautionary steps necessary for precise, safe locating With the growing utility demands of today’s world comes an ever-expanding network of infrastructure pathways necessary to support these services. Everything from sewer and water to natural gas and...

‘Missile’ helps contractor install utilities

Pneumatic piercing tools offer an alternative trenchless method for utility installations Horizontal directional drilling (HDD) has quickly become the preferred method of the underground construction industry. Travis Fields, owner of the Mole Inc., isn’t afraid to say...
Do you make these common utility locating mistakes?

Do you make these common utility locating mistakes?

The most frequent missteps in locating and how to correct them   More utilities are going in the ground every day — and that means the risk of a utility strike happening is going up. Many contractors refuse to take chances by relying on One Call and 811 records alone,...
Put Wage To Work Wednesday

Put Wage To Work Wednesday

From start to finish, from welding a skid to painting a tank, hands on management is the McLaughlin way. Here at McLaughlin painting our vacuum excavator’s is a three part process: starting in the wash down booth, to the epoxy primer, and  completed with a...
Providing Solutions in Australia

Providing Solutions in Australia

We spoke with Brian from Capricorn Pipe Cleaning & Maintenance to learn more about their new equipment and the company’s expanded capabilities. It was two years ago when Brian Barram met with Vermeer product specialist Anthony O’Grady to discuss purchasing a...
Custom Vacuum Excavator Trucks

Custom Vacuum Excavator Trucks

Check out how a customer customized their new Vermeer ECO80 Vacuum Excavator Built by McLaughlin. The custom truck features a compact core saw for quick and easy hard surface cutting keeping you prepared for any jobsite challenge! It also has dry spoil tanks allowing...
Get to know your Vacuum Excavator

Get to know your Vacuum Excavator

In the market for a new vac? Don’t miss these technical tips. While there are numerous applications for vacuum excavators, including locating underground utilities, cleaning up drill fluid on horizontal directional drilling (HDD) jobs and cleaning water valve boxes,...
Vermeer VX30 Gen3 Vacuum Excavator Built by McLaughlin

Vermeer VX30 Gen3 Vacuum Excavator Built by McLaughlin

New generation of vacuum excavators offers fresh features, same reliability Vermeer VX30 Gen3 by McLaughlin packs innovative tools in compact footprint GREENVILLE, S.C. —  Building on the successful introduction of the VX50 Gen3, McLaughlin is introducing the next...
Obama signes PIPES Act into Law

Obama signes PIPES Act into Law

The United States has the largest energy pipeline network on the globe, more than 2.6 million miles of pipelines are underneath U.S. soil, this powerhouse of utilities could wrap around the world about 86 times. Therefore as the congested underground continues to be...
Employee Spotlight- Jason Manasco

Employee Spotlight- Jason Manasco

Jason Manasco has been with McLaughlin for about 7 years and been in the manufacturing industry for close to 10 years. “I’m the auger boring guru” he says, “any and every question comes to me.” As the supervisor of the trenchless boring department he keeps the back in...
Verifier G3 Providing Solutions Across the Nation

Verifier G3 Providing Solutions Across the Nation

The newly released Vermeer Verifier G3 by McLaughlin utility locator was very busy providing solutions all over the United States last week. For quick and easy inductive locates the G3 provides the operator a user-friendly experience complete with automatic depth...
Vacuum Excavation on a Fiber Project in Charlotte, N.C.

Vacuum Excavation on a Fiber Project in Charlotte, N.C.

Like locating a utility, it would be irresponsible to judge Victory Construction on the surface. Among the visible, obvious facts: the company was founded less than a year ago, and it is small, by some standards, running just one crew. Digging a little deeper, though,...
Auger Boring Flights – How its made

Auger Boring Flights – How its made

Troy Guhr has been with McLaughlin for 26 years designing any and everything Auger Boring. Needless to say his knowledge is invaluable. He took an afternoon to discuss the technique behind the tested and trusted auger boring flights. Before we dig in there are some...
Providing Solutions in Spain

Providing Solutions in Spain

Contractors around the world face various jobsite conditions that require innovative solutions. From space constraints, to traffic management, to inclement weather – regardless productivity on the job is paramount. This is why a contractor in Spain teamed up a Vermeer...
New McLaughlin Vision LX

New McLaughlin Vision LX

New features make precise locating practices faster GREENVILLE, S.C. — McLaughlin is introducing a new utility locator, Vision LX that combines trusted precision with a simple, user-friendly interface. Contractors face congested underground conditions, unmarked...
7 Tips for Better Locating

7 Tips for Better Locating

Utility Locating School: Equipment and Technique By Kyle Rogers June 2016 Appeared in print as “Equipment and Technique” Cleaner Magazine. Successful utility locating requires good equipment and better technique. When problems arise, fault most often lies...
The World is One Big Wire

The World is One Big Wire

Little did you know Queen Victoria was a pioneer in the first cable wiring of the world. In 1850, British engineers made a copper-wire cable, insulated it with gutta-percha (a rubberlike Malayan tree sap), and laid it across the English Channel. Soon came a cable...
From the Expert – John Archambeault

From the Expert – John Archambeault

John Archambeault, an industry expert is retiring after 28 years with McLaughlin. He was regional manager for the Midwest where he established himself and McLaughlin a lasting reputation. He was steadfast through the good and the bad times –but through and through...
Tested. Trusted.

Tested. Trusted.

This week one of our sales team was on site for a startup to install a 24″ gravity sewer line on grade. The contractor decided to use a MCL30/36  boring machine with a 24″ On-Target steering head and control station. Once complete the bore will end up...
McLaughlin’s History

McLaughlin’s History

The McLaughlin (historically spelled McGlaughlin) name has been active in providing solutions for the underground industry for an extremely long time.  Before establishing his own manufacturing company Joseph McLaughlin Jr. was drafted for World War I. He was a...
The Core Sawing Trend Continues …

The Core Sawing Trend Continues …

The Vermeer CS418B by McLaughlin was on site this week  in Michigan and Charlotte demonstrating why contractors should follow suit in the core sawing trend. A safer and less intrusive technique, core sawing is cutting a bold new path in construction and...
CRADLE BORING MAKES A COMEBACK

CRADLE BORING MAKES A COMEBACK

Installing pipeline across the United States, once a booming business in the 1960s, slowed in the late 80s and 90s. Today, thanks to the discovery of shale oil and gas, it’s back – and so is the cradle boring machine. In fact, there has been a dramatic increase in...
The Vac-Ex Files

The Vac-Ex Files

Productivity Points: Proper water use, re-verifying utilities and efficient removal of hard surface material are three areas important to productivity. When digging, only use the amount of water pressure and volume necessary to agitate the soil enough to be sucked up...
Which vacuum excavator application is right for you?

Which vacuum excavator application is right for you?

There is no one-size-fits-all solution for every excavation job. Luckily, the utility excavation industry has a variety of options to choose from to get the job done right. Understanding ground conditions and job site requirements will help you select the right...

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