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Backhoe Maintenance 101

While backhoes are a staple in many large fleets where they are cared for by a full-time fleet manager, they are equally – if not more so – widespread among owner/operators and smaller businesses where the person operating the machine is also the one performing maintenance on it, hauling it, site foreman, lunch gofer, etc.

Even in those large fleets, where they may have “a guy” who performs all the maintenance, there are actions that operators can take in their day-to-day activities that will have a long-term effect on the health and performance of the machine.

Tomahawk Wisdom: Top Tips from Tomahawk

CASE is passionate about our customers, and no one in the organization spends more quality time with them than the professionals at the CASE Customer Center in Tomahawk, Wisconsin. A state-of-the-art facility sitting on about 500 acres in the North Woods, the CASE Customer Center offers hands-on personalized training, product demonstrations and maintenance training opportunities to customers from all over the world.

Here are their thoughts on some of the most frequently asked questions in Tomahawk.

Fluid Analysis Trends Upward in Construction Fleet Management

While the practice of fluid analysis has been around for some time, it has become more and more important in recent years due to the proliferation of advanced engine, transmission, hydraulics and fluid technologies in today’s construction equipment, which place much higher demands on fluid performance.

While this trend is primarily due to the high tolerances and extended fluid change intervals of today’s advanced machine systems, fluid analysis is a tried-and-true machinery management practice that can play an important role in a contractor’s business, regardless of whether the equipment is late-model or high-hour. Analyzing engine oil, fuel, hydraulic fluid and coolant can provide valuable insight into the condition and overall health of the engine, transmission and hydraulic systems, and can be used to diagnose potential issues before they become a problem on the job site.

CASE Unveils the Tier 4 Final 521F Wheel Loader

CASE Construction Equipment introduces the new 521F wheel loader that meets federal Tier 4 Final emissions standards using Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) technology. The new machine delivers best-in-class 131 net peak horsepower with an FPT Tier 4 Final-certified engine that also provides quick throttle response and impressive torque. The 22,948-pound wheel loader has a bucket breakout force of 19,303 pounds with 2.3-cubic-yard bucket capacity.

The SCR technology allows the machine to handle inconsistent engine loads while running at peak performance without compromising power. This is accomplished with a faster throttle response and acceleration, all while maintaining lower exhaust temperatures and improving fuel efficiency.

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: 

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.

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