How to pick the proper piece of construction heavy equipment for a particular job takes proper planning and training. A panel of heavy equipment experts at CASE Construction Equipment recently created, Measuring Up: Factors for Sizing Equipment from Backhoes to Bulldozers, which is a terrific guide for how to pick the best machine for each job. For many companies, spending time choosing the best piece of equipment is an afterthought and they operate with the mentality that bigger is always better. According to the heavy equipment experts at CASE, that isn’t always the case.
“We’d all love it if we could justify owning and operating the biggest equipment – just to have it in case certain jobs come up that may require that added capacity,” the CASE collaboration of experts write in their guide to Sizing. “But it’s not practical in terms of owning and operating costs, and zoning in on equipment size ranges that best complement your work will make the most sense for your business in the long run.”
When the experts at CASE speak, it is to your benefit to listen. The company is built on a foundation of innovation that dates back to the first threshing machines that Jerome Increase Case built in 1842. The need for more advanced road construction equipment grew as the United States and the rest of the world became more modernized, and CASE responded with powerful engine-driven equipment such as motor graders and steamrollers. CASE has established itself today as a leading full-line construction equipment manufacturer. From its humble beginnings in Racine, Wis. CASE has risen to an international icon in the construction equipment industry.
In the guide, the CASE heavy equipment experts wrote that there are many factors involved in picking the correct equipment. Picking incorrectly can lead to poor production times and/or cost overruns because of a variety of factors. However, choosing correctly will help the job to be completed on time and on budget.
The CASE Sizing Guide is in depth, but for each piece of heavy equipment there is a snapshot of key sizing factors. Here is a review of what the CASE heavy equipment experts believe to be most important factors in sizing a variety of heavy equipment. To read the entire guide, click HERE.
Main Sizing Factors
Backhoes–Digging depth and reach, lifting capacity
Skid Steer Loaders and Compact Track Loaders–Operating capacity, size/physical footprint
Wheel Loaders–Operating capacity, size/physical footprint
Excavators–Bucket capacity, boom length, tail design
Dozers–Blade capacity, physical size/footprint
The North America Heavy Equipment Training Services offers complete training options which include Training ToolKits and other ground breaking processes that educate your teams to do the best and safest jobs possible. The CASE expert sizing guide is a nice addition to any training course for your people. Feel free to contact us at NAHETS with any questions or to schedule your training.
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