Category: Non-Residential Construction

Measuring Up: Factors for Sizing Equipment from Backhoes to Bulldozers

What size machine does it take to get the job done? It’s a question with varied answers dependent on the type of equipment, the application, methods of transportation and the environment you work in. And it’s an important question: too small of a machine could leave you short of your production needs, and too large of a machine could prove inefficient and costly related to owning and operating costs.

Consultation with your local equipment dealer will help nail down the right machine, but having a basic understanding of the following factors related to size will give you a good start as you begin to look at renting or purchasing a new piece of equipment. In this article, we’ll make connections between size/weight and capacity, and take a look at five key product categories: backhoes, dozers, excavators, skid steer loaders/compact track loaders and wheel loaders.

13 Reasons to Add Machine Control to Your Existing Fleet or Next Construction Equipment Purchase

Machine control technology has grown exponentially in scope since first introduced, and if you haven’t yet added it to your fleet, you may be missing out on significant advantages. Machine control technology makes it possible to finish projects faster, at a lower cost and with much higher accuracy. It’s an investment that will typically pay for itself after the first few jobs and will save considerable time and money over the lifetime of the machine. In an increasingly competitive market, it may just be the advantage you need as you bid and spec out your next job.

This article will look at 13 reasons to consider adding machine control technology to your current fleet or your next purchase.

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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