Category: Utilities

Reduce Downtime and Maximize Productivity with Daily Maintenance of your CTL

Today’s high-performance compact track loaders (CTLs) can provide several productivity advantages on nearly any jobsite. However, these competitive advantages can be lost if a CTL isn’t running at peak performance, and there are several things that equipment owners can do to improve productivity and extend service life.

By taking the following steps each day pre- and post-operation, equipment owners and operators can help to prevent bad things from happening before they turn into costly downtime events, and will ensure that fleet managers can address concerns in equipment health and upkeep at times throughout the day with the least impact on productivity.

2019 Annual Report & Forecast Provides Optimism

CASE partners each year with Construction Equipment magazine to produce the Annual Report & Forecast, a quick recap of the year before and an in-depth look into industry confidence and intention heading into the new year. As Construction Equipment Editorial Director Rod Sutton comments in his opening article of the 2019 report, the industry anticipates positive movement in the new year.

“Transportation, nonresidential, and fleet managers scored last year as “very good,” and each forecast the same for 2019. The momentum begun in 2017 appears to be sustainable in these vocations. Home building and water infrastructure also expect 2019 to perform better, after each fell short of expectations in 2018. Respondents in the home building arena expect to move into “very good” territory this year; those in the water industry expect to move from an “average” 2018 to a “good” 2019.”

CASE TV370 Compact Track Loader Named to Construction Equipment Top 100

Construction Equipment magazine named the CASE Construction Equipment TV370 compact track loader to its list of Top 100 new products for 2018. The annual awards are selected by Construction Equipment editors as they take into consideration four key criteria related to new product introductions for the last year: “an advancement in technology, a new product line, offers significant improvements to existing products, or increases competition in its field.”

The CASE TV370 is a 74-horsepower compact track loader that combines a maintenance-free Tier 4 Final solution with the strength and reach of a large-frame CTL. The TV370 provides a 3,700-pound rated operating capacity (50 percent tipping weight) and a vertical-lift design that makes it ideal for loading trucks, and lifting and placing heavier palletized materials.

CASE Introduces New N Series Backhoe Loader Updates with PowerBoost, Direct Drive and Factory-Installed Thumb

CASE Construction Equipment is making numerous updates to its N Series backhoe loaders, including new industry-exclusive PowerBoost functionality, a new PowerDrive transmission upgrade with Direct Drive, and a factory-installed thumb that makes backhoe operation even more versatile. New CASE N Series backhoes also feature updates to loader controls, including a new declutch trigger, new roller/rocker switch for better attachment control, and an all-new F-N-R thumb switch for simplified operation.

CASE N Series backhoe loader updates for 2019 include:

CASE Introduces All-New TV450 Compact Track Loader

CASE Construction Equipment introduces the all-new TV450 compact track loader (CTL), a new 10,610-pound vertical-lift machine with a rated operating capacity of 4,500 pounds at 50 percent tipping load. The newest and largest CASE CTL ever built features an industry leading 9,188 pounds of breakout force, and optional high-flow (3,450 psi at 39.5 gpm) and enhanced high-flow (4,000 psi at 35 gpm) hydraulics for high-power attachments such as mulching heads, stump grinders and cold planers.

“The CASE TV450 provides lifting and earthmoving performance that will meet the demand of general contractors, landscapers, roadbuilders — and the 4,000 psi with enhanced high-flow makes this an excellent platform for attachments,” says Deborah Townsley, product marketing manager, CASE Construction Equipment. “It’s a powerful, large-frame loader that handles heavy materials and still provides the advantages of low ground pressure for jobsites where finished lawns and underground utilities may exist.”

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 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.”

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.

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