Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

OCT 2018

LC/DBM provides landscape contractors with Educational, Imaginative and Practical information about their business, their employees, their machines and their projects.

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Above The importance of an accurate grade before adding base and finishing materials is hard to overstate. Without it, contrac- tors have to compensate by using more aggregate, concrete, asphalt, etc. thereby increasing their over- all project costs. In more severe cases, materials already put down have to be removed and replaced. Grade control technology is de- signed to prevent this by helping ensure a more precise grading job. October 2018 41 for a for a Brighter Brighter Future Future by Mike Dahl, LC/DBM This technology is available for the big roadwork machines like dozers and scrap- ers but more and more it is being inte- grated into the machines that landscape contractors favor such as skid steers. For example, Sean Mairet, John Deere's product marketing manager, grade con- trol, told LC/DBM that onboard grade indication has just become available on the company's large-frame, G series skid steers and track loaders. "Through the integrated monitor, you can quickly review your machine grade in real time," relates Mairet. "The versa - tile system provides both cross slope and mainfall information using either a locally referenced surface or a level plane. The locally referenced surface option is useful for altering grade on an existing surface: for instance, if you wanted to put a two percent slope on top of an already existing

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