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Letter from the President – 4/15/14

Just because you asked…

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has developed the Tier 4 Interim (Tier 4i) Diesel Emission Standards regulations for 2008-2015. Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) of Front End Loader / Backhoes need to change allowable particulate emissions to comply with Tier 4. Forward thinking OEMs, instead of simply retrofitting existing machine designs, have updated machine design to respond to the upward trend in the construction business. This means more fuel-efficient, streamlined machines that are more versatile, durable and maneuverable. The machine chassis is smaller, and now has greater cab visibility so that the operator is better able to see hazards, blockages, crack in pipes, etc. while trenching.

The OEMs have made hydraulic innovations for the Front End Loader / Backhoe which include usage of variable drive pumps rather than gear pumps. This means that the machine’s engine can perform at lower RPMs, thereby reducing fuel handling. It also means that these variable drive pumps can allow higher pressures, enabling increased rear wheel breakout force, while allowing more precise machine movement. Further, the OEMs have initiated use of more electronic controls to enable the operator to obtain additional operational data in the cab, as well as making it possible for remote, instantaneous, diagnostic maintenance.

Thanks to the addition of available, numerable attachments, the Front End Loader / Backhoe has become the “Swiss Army Knife” of construction equipment. The owner / operators of these machines can now apply them to many different types of construction and development jobs.

Total Equipment Training can provide an innovative training program for these latest smaller machines which will include all OSHA safety regulations to better prepare operators to use the newest types of Front End Loader / Backhoes for peak efficiency in the workplace.

Call us today at 610-321-2679. I would be happy to help and I hope to hear from you soon.

Stay safe, stay up to date.

Barb Fullman,



About Barb

Barbara Fullman, CEO of Total Equipment Training.