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An Overview of the Construction Industry

The construction industry, a high-hazard industry, which includes a far-reaching amount of activities that involve repair, alteration, and construction. The construction industry is responsible for over $1.7 trillion in annual revenue in the United States alone. With nearly three-quarters of a million construction companies in operation in the U.S., the construction industry is an enormous factor in the health of our national economy.

Clutch and transmission services and parts for machines in the construction industry.

The Four Main Construction Industry Sectors

There are four main construction sectors: heavy industrial, institutional and commercial, new home building and renovation, and civil engineering.

Heavy Industrial Construction – This construction sector is responsible for the construction of industrial facilities.

Institutional and Commercial Construction – Institutional and Commercial Construction is the sector responsible for the building of commercial buildings such as various business buildings, stadiums, hospitals or schools.

New Home Building and Renovation Construction – This sector includes the remodeling, renovation or building of homes, condominiums and apartment buildings.

Civil Engineering Construction – Various engineering projects like water and sewer lines, highways and dams are included in this constructions sector.

K&L Clutch and Transmission Serves the Construction Industry

With our many construction industry-specific products and services, K&L Clutch and Transmission is proud to serve this large and continually growing industry. K&L Clutch and Transmission has offered construction equipment transmission and clutch products for the construction industry since 1983.

Construction Equipment

With a detailed and inclusive product line of heavy machinery transmission parts used in the construction industry, we are the go to company for many construction companies. K&L Clutch and Transmission is incredibly selective of the brands we service and sell, which are often considered industry leaders in the construction industry.

Construction cranes are large machines that include chains, wire ropes or hoists and can be utilized to lower and raise materials to move them in a horizontal fashion. These machines are primarily utilized to lift incredibly heavy items that need transporting to different areas.

Rough Terrain Lift Trucks
Rough terrain applications require crane-mounted machines that feature an undercarriage with rubber tires. These machines are specifically designed for pick and carry type operations.

Wheel Loaders
Wheel loaders refer to heavy equipment machines that are used to move or lift materials like asphalt, snow, minerals, demolition debris or any type of large and heavy items. A type of tractor, these machines can either come with wheels or tracks.

Primarily used for digging trenches, these heavy machines are also useful for the laying of cables or pipes. Trenchers come in many different sizes from a smaller walk behind type of models all the way up to heavy equipment sized machines.

These large machines are used in the construction industry to create flat surfaces during grading processes. These large machines contain a long blade and usually contain three axles and the cab and engine are typically situated above the rear axles.

Heavy construction excavators consist of a cab, boom, stick and bucket, which are located on a rotating platform, also referred to as the “house.” They are used to dig trenches, building foundations, demolish structures, heavy lifting and more.

Clutch and Transmission Parts for the Construction Industry

In the simplest terms, well-working brakes are necessary to halt motion and to operate heavy equipment properly. Brakes create heat by converting kinetic energy from friction.

Caliper Brake
Low Inertia Clutches and Brakes
Water Cooled Brakes

Power Take-Offs
Also referenced to as PTOs, power take-offs are responsible for garnering power from an operational power source. Through this process, power take-offs are able to supply power to machines that are separate from the power source.

Twin Disc – Rockford PTO
Twin Disc PTO

Torque Converters
These products are able to multiply torque in the event of a great differing of input and output speed. The primary job of a torque converter is to transfer moving power from an electric motor to a rotating driven load.

Twin Disc Torque Converter
Allison Torque Converter
Clark Torque Converter
Manitowoc Torque Converter
National Torque Converter

Please contact K&L Clutch and Transmission for all of your construction related repairs and product needs!

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Repairs and National Service

Since 1841, the oil industry has been the beneficiary of an amazing set of products from National Oilwell Varco. NOV manufacturers some of the most powerful oil and gas collection systems in the world, and in 1949 they debuted their individual National brand to provide the rest of the industrial world with their versatile torque converters. Torque converters are relatively basic devices that must be used by nearly every heavy-duty machine with a transmission. These components essentially move power from the engine to whatever the engine powers, and no industrial machine can be considered fully automatic without them. K&L Clutch has seen the premium quality provided by National products, so we gladly stock a wide range of National torque converters, and we offer comprehensive National transmission service and repair.

Why are Torque Converters Important?

Torque converters are found in nearly all large-scale machines, and they are considered indispensable technology. Most torque converters are simply hydrodynamic fluid couplers that connect and distribute power from the engine to the driven load. Perhaps the most important function of a torque converter, however, is that it steps up the input rotational power when a higher output is needed. Many converters can even lock to the engine when they match speeds. This process prevents faults and generally holds efficiency at a high level.

National Premium Quality

National did not initially start off making torque converters, but they began to do so when they realized that few third-party components could stand up to the harsh challenges presented in the oil industry. Using their tremendous experience, they designed and manufactured a line of torque converters that perfectly suited their needs, so they decided to make those durable products available to the world. Since then, National torque converters have influenced many industrial fields, including:

  • Mining
  • Crane Operation
  • Drilling
  • Pumping
  • Draglines

These are just a few of the applications where National shines above all else. K&L Clutch understands the importance of using the most powerful components available on the market, and we proudly offer full service National transmission repairs, rebuilds, and more.

A Brief Inventory List

K&L Clutch carries an impressive line of National torque converters, and we can install, service, repair, and maintain any National transmission system. We’ve included below a sample listing of the National torque converters we carry, but this list is by no means exhaustive.

  • C-195-64
  • C-195-125
  • C-245-64
  • C-245-125
  • C-300-64
  • C-300-125
  • C-345-64
  • C-345-125

For a full list of the inventory offered by K&L Clutch, contact us here. Our helpful, professional staff will happily answer any questions you may have about our services, and they can assist in scheduling a consultation.

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