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CASE Construction Equipment Announces SiteControl CoPilot System for Select M-Series Dozers

CASE Construction Equipment introduces the all-new SiteControl CoPilot powered by Leica Geosystems. Available factory-installed or as a retrofit on select CASE M Series dozers, the CoPilot system bridges the gap between automatic and indicate-only systems and offers a cost-effective entry into 2D and 3D machine control technology.

The CASE SiteControl CoPilot system is the result of a global partnership with Leica Geosystems, and is comprised of an inertial measurement unit, wiring harness and in-cab display. The easy-to-use system allows operators to set a desired slope/grade reference, and automatically holds that slope/grade without the need for lasers, masts or GPS—regardless of underfoot conditions—enabling both seasoned and less-experienced operators to easily achieve and maintain a smooth surface, slope or grade throughout the work area.

Earthmoving Contractor Beefs Up Construction Fleet To Tackle Larger Land Improvement Projects

Wilcoxen Construction is an earthmoving and demolition company based in Avon, Illinois. The business was founded in 1991, but Richard Wilcoxen has been moving dirt since he was a young man. “When I was a kid I used to run around with the tractor and loader and try and build and fix wash-outs and dry dams,” he explains. “Then I got a bulldozer and just got bigger and bigger. I just like being outside and playing in the dirt.”

Wilcoxen owns a fleet of earthmoving equipment including dozers, excavators, CTLs and backhoes, and as an owner-operator he covers a lot of ground. “We do lot of farm work, [earthen] dams and terraces. We’ve built quite a few ponds this year. We’ve done room additions. We’ve done large building demolition. We do septic tanks. We pour some concrete—a little bit of everything.”

Three CASE Earthmovers Win 2016 Road & Bridges Contractor’s Choice Awards

CASE Construction Equipment’s dozers, backhoes and a motor grader were all recognized as part of the 2016 Contractor’s Choice Awards from Roads & Bridges magazine. The awards were decided by the magazines’ subscribers, who electronically voted on the best equipment in the industry.

The voting takes several months to complete and starts with obtaining equipment nominations. Road & Bridges subscribers, who are contractors and producers, then vote on the best products via email. Only professionals that actually use the equipment and products are allowed to vote.

Power, Dirt & Intelligence

The contractor-dealer relationship can be the tipping point between success and failure for many construction companies – especially as it relates to equipment management. The growing adoption of telematics by heavy equipment owners is making it easier for contractors and their dealers to work together to ensure optimal uptime and efficient operation of each machine.   

Joey Coogler Jr., owner and operator of Coogler Construction in Columbia, S.C., is a recent believer in the power of remote monitoring. He founded Coogler Construction in 1994 with help from his father and brother Chris, who is now the vice president of the company. They started with a backhoe and a track loader and have since grown to 100 pieces of equipment spread across South Carolina.

From Scrubland to Farm: Farmland Conversion Consultants Tackles Massive Land Clearing Project

Farmland Conversion Consultants, located in Aiken, S.C., likes big, collaborative projects. That’s just what they got when they took on a project converting 1,900-acres of trees and scrubland into a fully functioning vegetable farm.

The company, which is focused on growing agriculture throughout the state of South Carolina, recognized that there is a shortage of open land for farming. Fresh vegetable costs in the region are higher due to the lack of locally grown produce – much of it is imported. Though the soils in the state are particularly attractive to different types of growers, there’s an overgrowth of timberland – some of which is well managed, some not.

Unheralded Equipment Features that Simplify Earthmoving

Horsepower is an excellent measure of a machine’s power. Every equipment manufacturer touts the design, comfort and visibility of its cab – and barrels of ink and digital space have been spent on Tier 4 engine information.

But what are some of the other features, specs and advances that are available on today’s machines that don’t get the same publicity as others, and serve to improve earthmoving applications for operators?

The 411 on SCR and DEF

With the introduction of D Series excavators, CASE has further established itself as the leader in implementing Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) technology into its equipment. Six major product lines – excavators, dozers, wheel loaders, backhoes, skid steers and compact track loaders – now feature SCR as a solution for meeting Tier 4 Final emissions standards.

SCR is new for many – and it provides a number of advantages and benefits. Here’s the 411 on DEF and SCR: 

Dozer Undercarriage Health and Maintenance Drives Total Machine Performance

As featured in Aggregates Manager. Fact: approximately 20 percent of the purchase price and 50 percent of the maintenance cost of a dozer sits in its undercarriage. That’s a lot of money tied to one component. Of all tracked machines, a dozer undercarriage experiences more force, abrasion and resistance than any other piece of equipment. Keeping that undercarriage in good working order will go a long way towards reducing maintenance costs and optimizing your working hours. In this article we will cover tips on how to prevent and minimize undercarriage wear, maximize undercarriage life and lower owning and operating costs.

We’ll follow that up with The Dozer Health Checklist. As with all equipment, it’s often the small stuff that can trip you up. Daily maintenance and upkeep is critical to overall machine health. Follow these important steps to ensure overall machine health – and see how new technologies can help you keep track of your service demands.  

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