Moving the Earth: The Workbook of Excavation

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For more than 30 years Moving the Earth has been the standard reference on every type of excavation, hauling, and grading equipment, along with the different jobs and ways in which machines are used. Created specifically for contractors, foremen and operators, this big, third edition contains new sections on lasers, automatic grading machinery, paving with asphalt, concrete and soil cement, blacktop manufacture, hydraulic systems and excavators, hydrostatic drives, controlled blasting, chain saws, tree chippers and cutlers, and much more. Over 3,200 individual drawings, photos and graphs make every description and procedure crystal clear.

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"The most comprehensive source of basic excavation information available." -- Construction Methods & Equipment

Since 1955, Moving the Earth has stood as the standard source of practical expertise for the excavation and construction industries. Geared to the needs of those who do the actual earthmoving, this is a book as massive as the tasks it details -- an all-encompassing guide that covers every aspect of site preparation and management, and that details every machine and vehicle needed to perform each task.

This fifth edition completely updates readers on the latest advances in equipment and operating techniques, as well as important new safety, regulatory, and environmental methods.

From clearing the land to tunneling beneath it ... from old-fashioned hand leveling to highly accurate laser alignment ... from freeing a tractor from the mud to basic bookkeeping to keep your costs from bogging down ... this book explains how to do it correctly and efficiently. For the small contractor, the supervisor, and the operator—as well as the engineer, the architect, the superintendent, and the student -- Moving the Earth is a professional accessory as indispensable as your hard hat.

    THE WORK
  • Land Clearing & Controls
  • Surveys & Measurements
  • Rock, Soil, & Mud
  • Basements
  • Ditching & Dewatering
  • Ponds & Earth Dams
  • Landscaping & Agricultural Grading
  • Roadways
  • Blasting & Tunneling
  • Pit Operation
  • Costs & Management

    THE MACHINES

  • Basic Information
  • Revolving Shovel & Excavators
  • Conveyor Machinery
  • Tractors & Bulldozers
  • Front-End Loaders
  • Scrapers & Trucks
  • Grading & Compacting Machinery
  • Compressors & Drills
  • Auxiliary Equipment

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"The down-in-the-dirt standard work for the excavation industry." —- Military Engineer

"Helps solve the thousands of problems that face the earthmoving contractor. Complete, well-illustrated." -- Construction Equipment

About the Author:

Herbert L. Nichols, Jr., has devoted most of his business and professional life to earth-moving and heavy equipment. A longtime private consultant, he owned his own excavation and grading business in Connecticut for many years. In addition to his widely translated benchmark work Moving the Earth, he is the author of Excavator Operation, Heavy Equipment Repair, and numerous other books and manuals in the field. He is a member of the American Association of Cost Engineers, the American Institute of Mining Engineers, and the American Welding Society. He lives in Roswell, Georgia.

David A. Day, P.E., is a consultant with ABCO Engineering Corporation, with nearly 50 years of experience in civil engineering and construction. A graduate of Cornell University and the University of Illinois with a master's degree in construction and structures, he is the author of Construction Equipment Guide. Mr. Day is also a Life Member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, where he helped start the annual Underground Technology Conference (UTC), and a Life Member of the National Society of Professional Engineers. He lives in Centennial, Colorado.

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