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Snow Edition: Skid Steers Vs. Compact Track Loaders

The equipment industry is still moving notably from traditional skid steers (w/ rubber tires) to rubber-tracked compact track loaders (CTLs). The appeal of compact track loaders is undeniable — lower ground pressure, greater lifting capacities in a comparable footprint, smoother operation over varied terrain — but there are still some applications where skid steers hold an advantage. Dedicated snow removal is one of them.

It’s important to note: if snow removal is a secondary/seasonal job for you, and you’re using CTLs that you deploy for dirt work in the summer for snow work, they’re going to work just fine. But it’s the one thing that makes these machines different that gives skid steers the advantage.

CASE “CX700 Series” Wins EquipmentWatch Lowest Cost of Ownership Recognition in Large Excavator Category

EquipmentWatch awarded the CASE “CX700 Series” excavators with the Lowest Cost of Ownership award in the Large Excavator category as part of its inaugural Lowest Cost of Ownership Awards, announced at Traction 2017. According to EquipmentWatch: The winners in each category “represent the models, within their respective equipment types, with the lowest five year total cost of ownership and were identified using proprietary EquipmentWatch Ownership Cost data.”

The current CASE excavator in the “CX700 Series” is the CX750D, the largest and most powerful machine in the CASE excavator line. Operating at a best-in-class 512 horsepower, the CX750D is available in standard and “mass excavation” configurations. The mass excavation configuration features a shorter boom and arm that allow for greater breakout forces and faster cycle times, and is capable of handling larger buckets for added capacity.

CASE Extends Standard Full-Machine Warranty on Skid Steers, Compact Track Loaders

CASE Construction Equipment has extended its standard, full-machine warranty on all skid steers and compact track loaders to two years, 2,000 hours (up from one year, 1,000 hours). The new full-machine warranty applies to all models in both product lines, with skid steers ranging in operating capacity from 1,300 pounds up to 3,400 pounds, and compact track loaders rated from 2,700 pounds up to 3,800 pounds.

“The new standard warranty reflects several enhancements made to the product line to improve performance and reliability,” says John Dotto, brand marketing manager, CASE Construction Equipment, “It signals our commitment to quality as we continue to evolve both product lines.”

CASE Adds 650M Dozer to M Series Lineup

CASE Construction Equipment announces the 650M—the latest dozer in the M-Series lineup. Replacing the popular 650L, the 74-horsepower dozer has been updated with all of the hallmarks of the CASE M-Series dozers, including a Tier 4 Final FPT engine with Diesel Oxidation Catalyst (DOC) technology. The new 650M also features an enhanced undercarriage with improved track frame, idler, sprockets, rollers and extended-life SALT HD tracks, as well as a reinforced mainframe. Like all M-Series dozers, the 650M comes standard with CASE ProCare for added uptime protection.

CASE M-Series dozers also offer best-in-class drawbar pull, increased horsepower ratings, improved fuel efficiency, industry-leading visibility, customizable controls and pressurized isolation-mounted cabs for optimal comfort.

It All Started With a Backhoe

Jon Fye founded Fye Excavating in Sperry, Iowa in 1995 with only three employees. Incorporated in 1998, Fye Excavating Inc. now employs over 50 people. The company provides full-service excavation, site work, commercial, utility, and “plan and spec” work in Iowa, Illinois and Missouri—the majority of their work being within a 100-mile radius of the company’s headquarters.

The beginning of Jon’s story started with a backhoe. Out of high school, he began his career on the Burlington Northern Railroad as an electrician, stripping and rebuilding locomotives. In 1995, he was building a house for his family, and decided to purchase a CASE 580 Super E backhoe.

CASE and Michigan Dealers Donate Equipment to Team Rubicon and Habitat for Humanity for Urban Renewal/Recovery Project

CASE Construction Equipment, RPM Machinery, Southeastern Equipment, Habitat for Humanity of Kent County and Team Rubicon teamed up for a heavy equipment operator training and socio-economic improvement project—named Operation Fearless Mary—in the Roosevelt Park neighborhood of Grand Rapids, Michigan. RPM Machinery and Southeastern Equipment donated the use of several skid steers and excavators, while Team Rubicon brought in 72 volunteers and 20 new members from across the U.S. for the operation.

For Team Rubicon — an organization that unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams for disaster relief — this kind of training/community service operation prepares their volunteers for operating heavy equipment during deployments, and helps to solidify the humanitarian and relationship-building skills that are crucial in disaster response scenarios. A key component is Team Rubicon’s partnership with CASE, which provides both training and heavy equipment through its dealer network.

CASE Boosts C Series Line with All-New CX30C Mini Excavator

CASE Construction Equipment introduces the CX30C to its C Series line of mini excavators. With an operating weight of 6,020-pounds and a 24.8 horsepower Tier 4 Final engine, the CX30C boasts a bucket digging force of 4,520 pounds of force.

This new offering expands the CASE mini excavator lineup to its broadest range of sizes ever, and provides a more comprehensive and feature-driven compact excavator solution to the landscaping, construction, utility and rental markets.

CASE Launches All-New TV370 Compact Track Loader

CASE Construction Equipment introduces the TV370 compact track loader (CTL), a new 74-horsepower machine that combines a maintenance-free Tier 4 Final solution with the strength and reach of a large-frame CTL. The TV370 provides a 3,700-pound rated operating capacity and a vertical-lift design that makes it ideal for loading trucks, and lifting and placing heavier palletized materials.

“As the CTL market expands, there are no one-size-fits-all solutions,” says John Dotto, brand marketing manager, CASE. The new TV370 gives contractors a 74-horsepower option in a large-frame vertical CTL that provides a high capacity, low ground pressure and stable platform for earthmoving, load and lift applications, and heavy attachments while utilizing a maintenance-free after-treatment system.

The Operational Benefits of Combi Rollers

Asphalt compaction practices vary from contractor-to-contractor and region-to-region — larger asphalt paving projects generally rely on some combination of double-drum vibratory and pneumatic tire rollers to complete the work. The double-drum vibratory compactor provides the brute force of compaction while the pneumatic tire roller provides varied weight through ballasting, and a kneading action that results in excellent density, fewer voids and a well-sealed finish.

The continued adoption of combi rollers — a vibratory steel drum on the front and a sequence of pneumatic tires on the back — has provided another option for paving contractors that ultimately delivers the best attributes of each standalone design.

National Gas Rodeo Announces 2017 Winners

The 2017 National Gas Rodeo, held at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds in Denver, Colorado and sponsored by CASE Construction Equipment, announced the winners for the two- and four-person team events. Organized by the Midwest Energy Association, the National Gas Rodeo draws teams from utility companies across the United States, and has grown to include 54 teams (29 two-person teams and 25 four-person teams) and over 320 spectators attending the event. The two- and four-person teams compete in various skill tests focused on safe, time-efficient performance using construction equipment and other tools of the trade.

The 2017 overall Rodeo champion in the two-person team category was Lil’ Gas House Gang (Steve Bouse and Barry Hicks) from Laclede Gas Company in Spire-Laclede, Missouri. This is the Laclede Gas House Gang’s third back-to-back win—the first two being in the four-person category. The four-person team winner for 2017 was Intense Ignition (Korey Ross, Dylan Middleton, Jeff Smith and Justin Wald) from Missouri Gas Energy of Kansas City, Missouri.

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