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CASE, Titan Machinery Support Team Rubicon in Colorado Wildfire Cleanup

CASE Construction Equipment, and heavy equipment dealer Titan Machinery, donated the use of skid steers and compact track loaders for wildfire cleanup in Costilla County, Colorado as part of Operation Freedom Fire. The Spring Creek Fire spread to more than 100,000+ acres this summer — 70 Team Rubicon volunteers logged almost 4,000 service hours and saved the local community an estimated $115,000 in cleanup efforts.

“It’s been a particularly active wildfire season for Team Rubicon this year, and our dealers continue to step up to support the efforts and help these communities move back towards rebuilding,” says Michel Marchand, vice president — North America, CASE Construction Equipment. “The heavy equipment program with Team Rubicon continues to grow and evolve, and these efforts are invaluable to communities hit hard by disaster.”

CASE Construction Equipment Announces 2018 “Diamond Dealer” and “Gold Dealer” Award Winners

CASE Construction Equipment has named its 2018 “Diamond Dealer” and “Gold Dealer” award recipients as a part of its North American Construction Equipment Partnership Program. The awards recognize dealerships across the US and Canada for excellence in five categories including sales performance, marketing and communications, product support, parts support and training.

The 2018 Diamond Dealer award winners are: ASCO (Texas), Crawler Supply (La.), Groff Tractor (Pa., Md., N.J.), HiTrac (1974) (Winnipeg, Manitoba), J.R. Brisson (Ontario, Quebec), Kucera Farm Supply (Ontario), Longus Equipment Inc. (Quebec), McCann Industries (Ill., Ind., Mich.), Monroe Tractor (N.Y., Mass., Conn.), Nueces Power Equipment (Texas), Redhead Equipment (Saskatchewan), Sequoia Equipment (Ca.), and State Equipment (Ky., W. Va.).

Lil’ Gashouse Gang, Gashouse Gang Take Home National Gas Rodeo Championships

The 2018 National Gas Rodeo, organized by MEA Energy Association and sponsored in part by CASE Construction Equipment, held its annual two- and four-person team championship events September 13-15 in Kansas City, Missouri.

The 2018 overall Rodeo champion in the two-person field was Lil’ Gashouse Gang (Steve Bouse, Barry Hicks and Jeff Busch [alternate]) of Spire. Mercaptan ‘Merica (Joshua Jaskolski and Steve Scheffel) of Alliant Energy took second place, while the High Pressure Hitmen (Reece Graves, Andy Andrews, Caleb Overton [alternate] and Scott Overcash [alternate]) from Duke Energy/Piedmont Natural Gas took third place.

CASE CX145D SR Recognized by Equipment Today as one of “Contractors’ Top 50” New Products of 2018

The CASE CX145D SR excavator has been named one of the Contractors’ Top 50 New Products of 2018 by Equipment Today magazine.

“The products recognized by the annual Contractors’ Top 50 New Products awards represent what contractors are seeking most to boost profitability on their construction projects,” says Becky Schultz, Equipment Today editor. “The high level of interest they generated from Equipment Today readers and visitors to ForConstructionPros.com demonstrates that these are products contractors feel are capable of improving performance, efficiency and productivity on their jobsites.”

CASE, Southeastern Equipment Work with Team Rubicon on East Cleveland Blight Removal

CASE Construction Equipment, and heavy equipment dealer Southeastern Equipment, donated the use of compact track loaders and excavators for blight removal in East Cleveland, Ohio as part of Operation Ray Chapman. “The Beast”, a specially outfitted CASE SV340 skid steer, was also deployed on the operation with a forestry mulching head to assist in removing years of overgrown brush.

Equipment for the operation was supported out of Southeastern’s Brunswick and Mentor, Ohio locations.

CASE SiteWatch supports new AEMP Telematics Standard

CASE Construction Equipment announced that its CASE SiteWatch™ telematics portal is now aligned with the new Association of Equipment Management Professionals (AEMP) 2.0/ISO-15143-3 standard. The AEMP-compatible portal is populated with data provided by equipment manufacturers in a standardized format to ensure a practical and intuitive user experience for the contractor/equipment owner.

This allows owners of a mixed fleet to access the telematics data of all their AEMP 2.0 equipment in a single place, gaining efficiency in running their operation. CASE equipment owners can activate the new AEMP API from the CASE SiteWatch web portal, where they can now monitor more elements in shorter intervals, view more data, and monitor new types of parameters related to fuel, idle times, engine load and speed.

Building Efficiency with the Right Fleet

Sun Valley—a quiet resort town in Southern Idaho that offers everything from camping, hiking, and mountain biking to world-class cross-country skiing and other wintertime sports—is home to a multibillion-dollar tourist economy. The scenic mountain town has expanded steadily over the years—hotels, theaters and other commercial building projects continue to invigorate the valley, while condo developments and high-end luxury subdivisions continue up the hillsides unabated. Sun Valley is also home to Burks Excavation, LLC. Burks Excavation was founded in 1996 and has played a role in the development of this scenic mountain town ever since.

“We do a lot of custom homes, site work, commercial projects, subdivision work, water/sewer infrastructure, wetland projects,” explains Bo Burks, owner of Burks Excavation. “We also do site prep for paving and concrete work.”

Maximizing Profitability for Rental Companies through the Total Cost of Ownership Metric

True total cost of ownership (TCO) is determined by factoring in everything that goes into operating that machine over its lifetime: initial purchase price, fuel costs, maintenance costs, utilization, organizational overhead, resale value, etc.

When you talk about total cost of ownership for rental companies, it has to play into their rental rate calculation as well as the return on investment, or return on asset, more so than just the purchase price of the machine. So if one brand has an advantage—and it may be something as simple as Brand A’s oil change interval is 500 hours, and Brand B’s is 2,000 hours—if you start extrapolating that over the duration of ownership, that starts to add up. Specifically for the rental side, all of those costs have to roll up into a profitable rental rate. Then you look at taxes and depreciation and retail value, auction value, things like that.

Tips for Buying, Operating and Maintaining a Thumb Attachment for a Mini Excavator

A thumb attachment can dramatically increase the versatility and performance capabilities of a compact excavator. A relatively inexpensive investment, a thumb can allow an excavator to handle a variety of high-precision material handling, land clearing, utility and road building applications. Below are a few quick tips on buying, operating and maintaining a thumb attachment for a mini excavator.

Buying
In terms of buying and spec-ing a thumb for a mini excavator, the most basic and important thing to consider is that it has to match the bucket. It’s not as simple as taking a thumb and putting it on a machine with any bucket—they have to match. Depending on the size of the thumb and the size of the machine, thumb attachments for mini excavators typically have two tines.

CASE Announces North American Dealer Network Expansion, Additions

CASE Construction Equipment has announced several dealer territory expansions in North America as the company continues to strengthen its nationwide dealer network. Existing dealers have made significant developments in their presence in Connecticut, Indiana, Florida, Michigan and Mississippi, while a new CASE dealer has been activated in Northern Michigan.

2018 Mid-Year Distribution Expansions:

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