Month: September 2014

Right on Target: Intelligent Compaction Drives Quality and Productivity

Compaction equipment is about as straight forward as it gets: weight, movement and vibration are used to compact construction materials (soil, gravel, asphalt) to required specifications. But there is a science to that compaction, and intelligent compaction technologies – ranging from simple meters to automated systems that adjust machine performance for the operator – help simplify operation and allow contractors to improve productivity by getting work done right the first time. 

Getting it done right the first time is the most important factor at play here: most agencies require the contractor to come in and repair improperly compacted surfaces at no cost. This is where intelligent compaction provides the greatest benefit, allowing you to move forward on paid work versus doubling back and working for free.

F & P Construction Increases Productivity by 3,500 Yards/Day with CASE CX700B

Randy Pitts, owner of F & P Construction in Reno, Nevada, is no stranger to the challenges of mass excavation. His current project in the Tahoe-Reno Industrial Center called for moving more than a half-million yards of rocky soil to prepare a pad for a 703,000 square-foot warehouse.  Pitts needed to break through about 6 feet of sun-baked hardpan and deal with many large boulders and cobble embedded in the soil.

Initially, Pitts relied on a dozer/wheel loader combo for moving material, but Pitts aimed to increase his productivity by adding a mass excavation unit to the site. To do so, he brought in the 463-horsepower, 153,400-pound CX700B from CASE Construction Equipment – an excavator with a 5.91 cubic-yard bucket. The overall speed and power of the machine has allowed Pitts to increase his productivity by 46 percent –without adding any additional equipment.

Beyond the Bucket: The Amazing, Versatile and Incomparable Backhoe

Dig with one end – load and carry with the other. It’s that basic functionality that drives the initial purchase of a backhoe loader. For the owner/operator starting a business, it’s the perfect combination in a single machine. But that machine can grow with a contractor’s business and add greater functionality as needed – often forgoing the need to add extra pieces of equipment (and the associated owning and operating costs).

Read on for a few thoughts on options to consider when specifying a new backhoe loader for added functionality, and then stick around for a few examples of backhoe flexibility beyond digging and loading.

Proper Care and Maintenance Maximizes Wheel Loader Uptime and Productivity

As seen in Pit & Quarry Magazine.

Wheel loaders take a pounding. They work in material that wears away at the very steel they’re built from. They lift and carry enormous loads across uneven terrain for hours on end. They fight dust that is determined to go places it shouldn’t. But the burden on wheel loaders is lessened when owners and operators practice proper maintenance. Here are a few considerations to help maximize your wheel loader’s uptime – and ultimately improve productivity and extend its service life.

Waste Handling Success: Not Optional

As seen in Waste Advantage Magazine.

Waste handlers work in harsh environments that pose unique challenges to construction equipment – rather than working with materials that are consistent in nature (soils, aggregates, etc.), these machines toil in varied work environments with material that is inconsistent in size, substance and weight. That waste material can work its way into just about anything. As such, outfitting a waste handler with specific performance and guarding features can go a long way in providing optimal uptime, machine performance and operator satisfaction.

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