Category: Utilities

Top 15 Considerations for Maintaining Undercarriage Health & Productivity

Undercarriage maintenance is critical to the overall productivity of a machine. It is the mechanism that gives tracked machines much of their power and stability. It also represents a high percentage of the total operating cost of the machine over its life.

Proper maintenance and operation play a critical role in controlling operating costs over the life of any piece of equipment. Here are the top 15 maintenance and operating considerations that will help you maintain the health and productivity of your tracked machine.

CASE Expands D Series with CX245D SR Minimum-Swing Excavator

CASE Construction Equipment has introduced the all-new CX245D SR minimum-swing radius excavator to its D Series lineup. Designed to provide increased digging and lifting power in confined work areas, the CX245D SR features a compact counterweight and modified boom placement that minimizes the machine’s footprint, resulting in a highly productive and maneuverable excavator that’s ideal for restricted conditions, such as road and bridge work, residential projects and urban construction.

With an operating weight of 60,400 pounds and a 160 HP Tier 4 Final engine, the CX245D SR offers increased bucket digging forces (up to 34,600 pounds) and lift capacity (up to 22,950 pounds) compared to the previous model.

Making the Grade: The Benefits of 2D Machine Guidance and Control Systems

When it comes to machine guidance and control technologies, most people think of large site prep and road building projects – but it’s not just for large dirt-moving applications. Whether it’s flatwork prep, trenching, foundation work or underwater dredging, a 2D precision solution can have an immediate impact on a contractor’s bottom line.

When discussing 2D machine guidance or control, it is first important to understand that 2D systems can involve a few different setups and operational considerations. Here is a quick review of those systems:

CASE Launches All-New Mini Excavator Line with Six New Models

CASE Construction Equipment introduces six new mini excavators: the CX17C, CX26C, CX33C, CX37C, CX57C and CX60C. 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 construction, landscaping, utility and rental markets.

The CX57C and CX60C provide greater power and performance than any previous CASE mini excavators, and offer best-in-class horsepower.

CASE Launches Dynamic Total Cost of Ownership Calculator

CASE Construction Equipment has launched an all-new Total Cost of Ownership Calculator at CaseCE.com that provides both prospective buyers and current equipment owners insight into lifetime ownership costs. Based on a broad range of operational factors covering the entire line of CASE equipment, the program calculates data in U.S. and Canadian currencies, as well as metric and imperial measurements.

The calculator – available at tco.CaseCE.com – is free to use and is applicable in the U.S. and Canada.

Excavator Provides Added Capacity and Production for E.R. Lewis as Construction Industry Rebounds in North Carolina

E.R. Lewis Construction Company, located in Pitt County, North Carolina, has been in business for more than 60 years. Starting out as a small, family-owned business with only a handful of machines, the company has evolved into a force that has tackled everything from agricultural development and subdivisions, to commercial work and highways. The company was founded in 1958 by Eldridge R. Lewis. In its early days, his son Harvey would go to school in the mornings and work for his father in the afternoons. It’s been a way of life for him ever since.

“If you do it in the dirt, we do it,” says Harvey Lewis, president, E.R. Lewis.

CASE SV340 Skid Steer Earns 2016 Innovative Iron Award

The SV340, CASE Construction Equipment’s largest, most powerful skid steer loader to date, has been honored with a 2016 Innovative Iron Award from Compact Equipment.

The awards are presented annually, highlighting the most inventive off-highway equipment, diesel engines, hand tools and OEM services and systems released to the market. According to the magazine, “with a serious shortage of skilled workers, contractors are specifically searching for the most innovative machinery to help offset workforce woes and increase production and performance.”

Wheel Loaders’ Low Operating Temperatures Boost Safety; Speed and Power Boost Productivity for Battle Lumber Company

Battle Lumber Company is a family-owned and operated international hardwood supplier headquartered in Wadley, Georgia. Located in what is commonly referred to as the Central Savannah River Area—or CSRA—Battle Lumber began as a small, local lumber mill in 1962 with a staff of only eight people. Over the last 55 years, Battle Lumber has grown into an operation with more than 400 employees, with customers all over the world.

Focused primarily on grade lumber, the facility produces upwards of 150-million board feet of hardwood lumber each year, and exports to 20 countries outside of North America.

2016 National Gas Rodeo Announces Relay Event Winners

The 2016 National Gas Rodeo, sponsored by CASE Construction Equipment, announced the winners for the two- and four-person team Relay events. Organized by the Midwest Energy Association, this year’s Rodeo was held at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds in Denver.

The 2016 overall Rodeo champion in the two-person team category was Late Start from Alagasco, Alabama. The four-person team winner was the Gas House Gang, from Laclede Gas Company in Spire-Laclede, Missouri, who are back-to-back Rodeo champions.

Ten Tips for Buying a New Excavator

When it comes to purchasing a new excavator, there are many important items to consider. Understanding the right specs and knowing what to look for will have the greatest impact on the productivity of your business. Here is a list of ten important considerations for buying a new excavator.

1. Operating weight/size, Application
It’s important to match the right size machine to the tasks at hand. Crawler excavators are generally grouped into three size-classes; compact/mini (0 – 6 metric tons; or <13,227 pounds), mid-size (6 – 10 metric tons; or 13,227 – 22,046 pounds) and standard/full-size (10 – 90 metric tons; or 22,046 – 198,416 pounds).

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