Monthly Archives: December 2012

Watch equipment operators play poker with skid steers

Ever want to play poker with a skid steer? Or, maybe you’d like to bash a pinata with a backhoe? How about using a telehandler to sling barrels at a giant stack of barrels?

I’m not making this up. The Discovery Channel on Sunday is launching a new reality series that pits three teams of equipment operators against each other in bizarre competitions that include the above and more.

The “Machines of Glory” series starts at 6 p.m. with a backhoe brawl where the teams will be pushing their skid steers to the limits in four challenges. At 7 p.m. crews will navigate a maze with the backhoes and launch projectiles from what’s billed as the world’s largest slingshot.

A third episode at 8 p.m. will have bulldozers flattening cars and excavators dropping bombs.

Twelve grand goes to the winning team.

Tune in or set your DVRs! Here’s a sample clip:

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Kenworth donates nearly 4 tons of food to NW Harvest


More holiday cheer.
Kenworth employees earlier this month collected so much food for Northwest Harvest that they needed one of their trucks — a medium-duty T270 — to deliver the goods.
The bounty of nearly 7,500 pounds of food was collected by nine Kenworth food drive teams in a friendly competition and delivered to Northwest Harvest’s warehouse in Kent.
Northwest Harvest is a nonprofit food bank distributor operating statewide to supply a network of more than 350 food banks, meal programs and high-need schools. It provides more than 1.7 million meals every month to its network.
Kenworth is part of Paccar.

Skanska loads up the sleigh (pickup) with toys

Construction giant Skanska earlier this month loaded up a pickup truck with toys to help out the Kiwanis Club with its toy drive on Vashon Island. Skanska is a sponsoring partner this year and is working with the Vashon Island School District.

Organizers of the annual toy drive expect to have enough donations to give three gifts of toys, clothes and other items to 225 children ranging from infants to teenagers.

Jolly good Skanska!


Recycling of Construction Materials Now Mandatory in Seattle

The Seattle Council recently approved changes to the city’s solid waste system, including a prohibition on recyclable materials from construction and demolition going to the landfill.  The new rules also require a waste diversion report for most sites and the certification of all construction waste recycling facilities.  Seattle Public Utilities and the Department of Planning & Development are in the planning process of how to administer the changes and more specific details will follow.

Seattle movers and shakers talk real estate

Spectrum is developing 12th & Yesler, the first private mixed-use development at Yesler Terrace.


Thanks partly to an ambitious expansion by, apartment projects in Seattle are going up at a dizzying pace: According to a recent CBRE study, 18,500 apartment units will be added over the next three years.

Are developers still on board with the apartment boom, or are they suffering anxiety over the surge in new units? Tim Overland of Security Properties tackles that question in the DJC’s Real Estate Marketplace Northwest special section.

Readers can also learn from local pros about what’s next in the office, industrial and retail markets.

Check it out!


DrillMaster could be a disaster

Harbor Freight Tools has recalled its DrillMaster model No. 96526 cordless drills due to overheating.

The recall affects about 108,000 units imported from China by Camarillo, Calif.-based Harbor Freight Tools. If the black trigger switch on the 19.2-volt drills overheats it can pose a fire and burn hazard to users. There has been one minor injury reported.

The drills sold for $27-$30 at Harbor Freight stores nationwide and online between April 2008 and May 2012. Models with a gray trigger are not included in the recall.

Drill owners should remove the battery, stop using the tool and contact the company for a free replacement. Here’s where to do that: toll-free at (800) 444-3353 (8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday); by email at; or online at