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OAT Diesel Engine Coolants Formulated for Tier 4 Engines Provide Operational, Service Benefits

Tier 4 diesel engine technology has changed the way many construction equipment systems run – and that includes engine coolant. Tier 4 engine advances generally create higher combustion temperatures and cylinder pressures. Coolant must resist deposit buildup and other issues that can occur rapidly under these conditions.

As a result, manufacturers have begun shipping Tier 4 Final machines factory filled with Organic Acid Technology (OAT) coolant (a form of extended life coolant, or ELC). By way of example, CASE began shipping select machines with this coolant in December 2013 and will expand it across further product lines through 2016. All CASE Tier 4 Final machines with FPT engines in the ≥ 56 kW emissions category will have OAT coolant when they leave the factory. The factory will phase-in OAT coolant at varying intervals through other emissions categories.

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.

Extra Mile Landscape Gets Control with CASE Alpha Series Skid Steers

A true four seasons state, Wisconsin landscapers must diversify in order to remain profitable year-round. For Aron Rodman, owner and founder of Extra Mile Landscape in West Bend, Wis., there may be no more important piece of equipment in allowing him to do this than his skid steer.

“As the economy changes, we’ve found the skid steer loader is more and more important,” Rodman explains. “One skilled operator can use it for just about anything—putting new lawns in during the spring, mulching garden beds, drilling holes for trees, tree spades and brush cutting in the fall. Come winter, we rely on skid steer loaders for plowing snow and loading it into trucks. I can move more snow in eight hours with a skid steer loader than I can in 20 hours with a truck.“

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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