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Dealer Profile: PacWest Machinery Helps Enable Continued Construction Growth in the Pacific Northwest

In a region known for its dramatic coastline, snow-capped mountains, lush forests, productive farmlands, and vibrant towns and cities, PacWest Machinery is helping fuel the continued growth in the construction and related industries in Washington and Oregon.

End-User Spotlight: Rock Solutions

When it comes to rock removal on all kinds of terrain, Rock Solutions LLC is the company to turn to in the four-state area of Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama and Indiana. Located in Tompkinsville, Kentucky, Rock Solutions provides drilling and blasting services on a wide range of projects, from quarries to highways and civic projects to utility lines and more.

TEFRA Auto Couplers Bring Added Safety and Productivity to Job Sites

The hydraulic coupler addition for excavators was developed a few decades ago. The purpose: to enhance the utilization of the excavator to becoming a “tool carrier.” Doing so allowed the contractor to use one machine for multiple job functions by making attachment changes quick and efficient—and to do so with an absolute minimum of machine downtime making the changes.

Dealer Profile: Maqcen

Maqcen opened its first branch in the northern part of Mexico in 1990 to cater to the construction and mining industries. Its second branch followed in 1998 in Aguascalientes in central Mexico. Since then, Maqcen has grown to include six branches and serves as a distributor for a wide range of equipment brands, including HIAB articulated cranes, MOFFETT truck mounted forklifts, IGSA Generators, FRD USA and more.

Rock Drill Spotlight on the Southeast

The Southeastern United States is a hot region and FRD USA is right in the middle of it, providing sales and service support for FRD USA Rock Drill equipment from its facility in Spartanburg, South Carolina. The Southeastern Sales and Service Facility supports all of South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia and Virginia.

Mono-Block Design Can Help Lower Breaker Life Cycle Costs

Hydraulic breakers involve a heavy piston striking a working steel, creating energy and using brute force to break material. That means breakers have to be strong, reliable and durable to stand up to the many stresses and harsh operating conditions they face. No matter how durable a breaker is, the repeated impacts they endure over time will lead to wear and eventual rebuilds, or in the worst case, the need for a new breaker.

New Dealer Spotlight: Global Machinery

After 24 years of serving the utility and forestry segments of the construction industry, one of Global Machinery’s largest customers—explosives supplier Buckley Powder—suggested the company look into becoming an FRD USA dealer. Global Machinery became a dealer in 2018.

Choosing the Right Size Breaker for Your Carrier

Whether you have a compact utility loader or skid steer up to a full size excavator, there’s an FRD USA hydraulic breaker that’s the right fit for your carrier.

Choosing the proper size breaker to handle the job starts with the material to be broken. A larger breaker is typically better suited for really hard or thick material because it has more power to handle the material and can do the job faster. There is no universal industrial standard, but the size of the breaker can be measured by weight ratio, impact energy level, working steel/piston diameter and more.

Where are Hydraulic Breakers Used?

Hydraulic breakers have one job, and that’s to break stuff apart. They are used for a variety of demolition applications to break concrete, asphalt, rock and other materials. Breakers are primarily used on construction sites, and at mines and quarries.

Dealer Traces its Roots to Rebuilding World War I Surplus Equipment

When World War I ended, there was a surplus of equipment that came back to the United States. Equipment Corporation of America (ECA) was formed in 1918 to remanufacture this post-war equipment.

ECA spent the first part of the century providing and rebuilding World War I surplus equipment, such as boilers, steam locomotives, steam hammers, hoists and derricks. As electric and diesel supplanted steam, ECA shifted its equipment lines to stay current.

What is DTH Drilling?

Down-the-hole drilling (DTH) essentially involves a drilling hammer at the bottom of a drill string. It relies on three elements for drilling holes: bit loading (weight), rotation and air. These active elements combine to be efficient at crushing rock.

What Problems Can Happen When Drilling into the Earth?

Drilling holes into the earth for mining, rock excavation and more can present many challenges, regardless of the purpose of the drilling (blastholes, construction, exploration, oil and gas, foundation, etc.). Even when using high-performance, reliable rock drilling equipment, problems can still arise.

What is the Best Tool for Breaking up Concrete?

If you have concrete that needs to be broken, there are several types of concrete hammers that might do the job and a number of factors to consider when choosing the right tool. By analyzing the job and having a plan in place, you can save time, effort and money.

End-User Spotlight: Luck Stone

Luck Stone, one of the largest family owned and operated producers of crushed stone, sand and gravel in the United States, has been using FRD USA breakers for the past 15 years for secondary breakage.

FRD USA Announces New President

Furukawa Rock Drill USA (FRD.USA), a leading manufacturer of rock drills, hydraulic breakers and various other attachments for compact utility loaders, skid steers, mini excavators, backhoes and excavators, announces the appointment of Manabu “Michael” Sato as president.

FRD USA Boosts Dealer and End-User Efficiency with New F-Check Instant Identification System

Furukawa Rock Drill USA (FRD.USA), a leading manufacturer of hydraulic breakers and vibratory plate compactors designed for all types of carriers and of blast-hole drills, introduces the industry’s first QR code system to optimize dealer and end-user operations.

FRD USA Appoints George Hample to Regional Sales Manager, Rock Drill Division

KENT, OHIO – March 14, 2018 – Furukawa Rock Drill USA (FRD), a leading manufacturer of blast hole drills, hydraulic breakers and various other attachments for compact utility loaders, skid steers, mini excavators, backhoes and excavators, announces the appointment of George Hample to regional sales manager, Rock Drill Division.

FRD USA Launches New Web Site; Provides Easier Access to Information on the Company’s Rock Drills, Breakers and Attachments

KENT, OHIO – August 1, 2018Furukawa Rock Drill USA (FRD), a leading manufacturer of blast hole drills, hydraulic breakers and various other attachments for compact utility loaders, skid steers, mini excavators, backhoes and excavators, announces the launch of its updated web site at www.frdusa.com. The newly designed site makes it easier for visitors to learn about FRD USA’s complete line of products for construction and quarry sites.

Furukawa Rock Drill USA Introduces HCR1100-ER Drill; New Product Drills Larger Diameter Holes While Offering Enhanced Operator Control

KENT, OH – September 20, 2016 – Furukawa Rock Drill USA, a leading manufacturer of blast hole drills, hydraulic breakers and various other attachments for skid steers, mini excavators, backhoes and excavators, is introducing a high performing blast hole drill that delivers better penetration than its predecessor with increased impact – all while offering enhanced fuel efficiency. The HCR1100-ER’s innovative platform is also an all-around homerun for operators – recognizing their need for better output, easier operation and on-the-job safety.

Furukawa Rock Drill USA Introduces Fx225 Qtv Hydraulic Breaker with Redesigned Internal Routing, Dust Intake Prevention System and Qtv Box Modifications

KENT, OH – September 1, 2016 – Furukawa Rock Drill USA, a leading manufacturer of blast hole drills, hydraulic breakers and various other attachments for skid steers, mini excavators, backhoes and excavators, is introducing its newest hard hitting, large-series model, the Fx225 Qtv hydraulic breaker. The hammer is designed to help improve day-to-day performance, providing less maintenance and downtime, smoother operation, superior strength and the highest level of reliability.

Furukawa Rock Drill USA Introduces Fxa Small Series Breakers with Redesigned Piston, Cylinder Liner and Seal Retainer for Improved Impact

KENT, OH – July 28, 2016 – Furukawa Rock Drill USA, a leading manufacturer of rock drills and attachments for skid steer, mini excavators, backhoes and excavators, is introducing its newest line of small series breakers – the Fxa Series. The Fx15a/25a/35a Series and the Fx45a/55a Series incorporate design innovations to three internal components – the piston, cylinder liner and seal retainer – for harder-hitting, improved performance.

Furukawa Rock Drill USA Releases New Medium Series Hydraulic Breakers

KENT, OH  – Furukawa Rock Drill USA, a worldwide leader in construction and mining machinery, has released a new mid-size hammer perfectly suited for backhoes and mini excavators in the 10- to 15-ton carrier range. With two unique configurations, the Fx125 series is engineered to handle larger and more demanding jobs than ever before. Whether it is on roads, bridges, rocks or utility work, the Fx125 series is designed for reliability and ease of use.