If you happen to be driving on a logging road deep in New Hampshire’s North Woods there’s a good chance it’s one built by Jonathan Lane, owner of JML Trucking & Excavating out of Errol, NH.
Lane is a 2012 Contractor of the Year finalist in our sister publication, Equipment World, and when EW’s Senior Editor, Mike Anderson, tracked him down for an interview, the road builder and site-prep expert was refueling a wheel skidder from his 2010 Ford F-150 STX 4×4.
“I live out of my pickup and work in remote areas up here,” says the New Hampshire native. “The only upgrades I’ve done is to install business radios, a refuel tank and cross-bed tool box. The factory General Grabber A/Ts work good for what I do. No winch. If I get stuck, I just radio one of my crew to pull me out with the big iron.” (Photo by Mike Anderson)
Northwest Survey Crew
When Mitch Hartman and Luke Foss head into the field as surveyors for MacKay & Sposito, Inc. (M&S), Vancouver, WA, they never know what they’ll run into. Their job is to inspect every mile of utility company transmission lines while traversing some of the roughest terrain the Pacific Northwest has to offer.
That’s why Hartman’s company 2011 Chevy 2500 4×4 is equipped with a four-inch lift, Toyo Open Country M/T mud terrain tires, Warn Gen II Trans4mer brush guard, Warn 9.5cti winch, and a truck cap with custom-built cabinets for organizing gear.
Trailered behind the Chevy is a Yamaha Rhino, which also sees plenty of off-road action as the Washington contractors keep a close eye on the big power lines that help run our country. (Photo by Larry Walton)
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