Month: April 2014

The Anatomy of a Waste Handler

Working in waste and recycling facilities may be one of the more heavy-duty jobs for the purpose-built wheel loaders that we call waste handlers. These robust machines are outfitted with a number of features and performance enhancers suited specifically for work in these applications. An extensive availability of attachments from forks and grapples to buckets with rubber cutting edges make these machines extremely versatile. The right machine for each application will depend greatly on the available operating space, the type of material being handled and the operational demands put on the machine. In this article we’ll examine key factors to consider when evaluating waste handlers and new technologies that may help your operation run more efficiently.

Understanding your Tier 4 engine options

The buzz of equipment manufacturers talking about Tier 4 engine requirements is growing to a deafening climax, but there are important things you need to know when considering waste handlers. There are two primary solutions available in this equipment category: Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) and Cooled Exhaust Gas Recirculation (CEGR). SCR is an after-treatment system that creates a chemical reaction by adding diesel exhaust fluid (DEF). This transforms NOx into nitrogen and water, which occur naturally in the atmosphere. CEGR operates differently: exhaust gases are cooled, blended with recirculated exhaust and returned to the cylinder, which lowers combustion temperatures and reduces NOx. Particulate matter (PM) levels are then reduced through the use of an after-treatment diesel particulate filter (DPF) system.

EZ-EH Controls Provide Advantages in Skid Steer Operation

You grew up on mechanical controls. We all did, and old habits die hard. Skid steer technology, however, has evolved – and EZ-EH (electro-hydraulic) controls are available on the entire line of CASE Alpha Series skid steer loaders. These systems use electronics and hydraulics to control machine function, and allow for new and more intuitive ways to dial in skid steer performance to the preference of the operator. Here are a few ways that electro-hydraulic controls help improve operator performance:

Reducing Operator Fatigue

Equipment Showdown: Equipment Combo vs. Integrated Backhoe

One could say it’s better to own a skid steer loader and a compact excavator rather than a tractor loader/backhoe alone. Another could say the opposite, arguing you only need a backhoe since it can do the work of a skid steer and compact excavator. Both are correct. The choice depends on more than just the machines themselves, requiring a closer look at application, business type, employee skills and operating capacities.

Skid steer/compact excavator combo advantages
There are distinct advantages to owning a skid steer/compact excavator mix versus owning only a backhoe. They are:

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