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...
Cutting Bold New Paths

Cutting Bold New Paths

        The Vermeer CS418B by McLaughlin is a purpose-built keyhole core saw designed to cut 4-18 inch diameter holes to help utility contractors safely locate and then hydro excavate underground utilities. Core sawing is cutting a bold new path in construction and...
2015 Year End Recap

2015 Year End Recap

The Annual Christmas lunch and year-end recap was celebrated today. It is the time of year that brings reflection – and reminds us how important it is to stop and celebrate our successes along with taking the time to thank all who work so hard day in and day out to...
CS418B Core Saw for Precise Positioning

CS418B Core Saw for Precise Positioning

  The Vermeer by McLaughlin CS418B core saw is designed to cut 4 – 18 inch (10 – 46 cm) diameter holes in hard surfaces, like asphalt and concrete, to help utility contractors safely locate and excavate underground utilities. The core saw is built on a...
No-Hassle Hose on Vacuum Excavator Saves Time, Energy

No-Hassle Hose on Vacuum Excavator Saves Time, Energy

This fall McLaughlin will introduce the next generation of its most popular vacuum excavator with an update that includes a no-hassle hose design that will help save crews time and energy, according to the company. The VX50 Gen 3 vacuum excavator features a hose that...
McLaughlin’s G2 Locator is the Solution

McLaughlin’s G2 Locator is the Solution

Leak and Detection  Problem: The trend was clear to R.B. Hinkle Construction, based in Sterling, Virginia, on the outskirts of Washington, D.C. The underground infrastructure was getting so crowded that crews had taken to calling it spaghetti. Utilities were...
Get to Know Your Vacuum Excavator

Get to Know Your Vacuum Excavator

Get to Know Your Vacuum Excavator –  A Better Understanding of Vacuum Excavators Will Serve Contractors Well as the Machine’s Use in Potholing Increases By Gregg Hennigan Vacuum excavators were born out of the necessity for increased safety during digging. There...
Tennessee 811 Locator wins at Locate Rodeo 2015

Tennessee 811 Locator wins at Locate Rodeo 2015

The 14th Annual International Locate Rodeo (Locate Rodeo) was held last weekend on the campus of the University of West Georgia.   The Locate Rodeo was hosted by Georgia 811 and the National Utility Locate Contractors Association (NULCA).   The Locate Rodeo is...
Dig Different: Understanding Locators 101

Dig Different: Understanding Locators 101

How they work and how they can benefit your company.  Locating underground utilities is becoming more of a challenge as the vast array of lines in the ground continues to increase. As the ground under our feet becomes more congested with utility lines, it’s vital to...
Do you know these utility locator best practices?

Do you know these utility locator best practices?

Utility locating is one of the most important steps in any excavation. It represents the pre-work that determines everything excavators need to know about the future job site. Without it, digging would be extremely dangerous, as it puts vulnerable underground utility...
What makes a great auger boring company

What makes a great auger boring company

At first glance, many utility installation companies more or less look the same. They offer similar services and often using common technologies applied for the installation being specified. The industry is competitive on price and quality. It’s not enough to be in...
The ultimate safety checklist for your next excavation

The ultimate safety checklist for your next excavation

Excavation can be dangerous business. Our industry maintains a high standard of safety because of the potential fallout that can occur as a result of an accident on a job site. While unfortunate incidents aren’t common per se, they do happen from time to time....
The One Rule Excavators Absolutely Need to Follow

The One Rule Excavators Absolutely Need to Follow

Excavation is a delicate process. Despite the physical work and heavy machinery involved, digging into the ground requires strategic planning and careful calculation. Whether you’re using vacuum excavation, auger boring equipment, or moleing, professionals need to be...
4 Tips For Planning Your Next Job

4 Tips For Planning Your Next Job

The first major goal of an excavation is always the same: locate the utilities. As you know, utility lines can be extremely dangerous if un-detected or ignored. From power outages to gas-caused explosions, the threat of striking a line during a job is real....
What You Need To Know About Utility Locators

What You Need To Know About Utility Locators

Arguably the most important part of any underground excavation job is always the same: locating the utility lines. While there may be other pre-work measures, work simply can’t begin until all of the major lines are identified. If you fail to do this, it’s akin to...
The key to avoiding a gas leak

The key to avoiding a gas leak

Massachusetts recently passed a law against an unlikely killer: natural gas.   Citing several dangerous or deadly gas-related explosions, the law requires speedier and safer repairs to gas leaks. For professional excavators, it’s a reminder that you should undergo...
Maintaining Gas Line in the Gateway City

Maintaining Gas Line in the Gateway City

Ask any underground contractor what is the most crucial element to a successful utility installation operation, and you will almost always be told to follow proper utility locating procedures. Best practices recommend “potholing” — using a locator augmented with a...
5 things you need to do if you hit a utility line

5 things you need to do if you hit a utility line

You don’t become a successful contractor without knowledge of utilities. As you know, digging on a job site requires an understanding of how they work, as well as their potential hazards. Emergencies aren’t common, but they do happen. A reliable utility locator can...
Trenchless International: Auger Boring Safety

Trenchless International: Auger Boring Safety

The dangers and challenges of an auger boring jobsite can often be tense topics of conversation. Despite the best efforts of crews and contractors to instill a culture of safety on a daily basis, accidents can happen. Nonetheless, any time individuals are working...

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