Making the Right Selection Pays Dividends . . .continued
The productivity and efficiency of the new wheel loader created the opportunity for Chamness to save somewhere between $17,570 and $30,120 in fuel savings per year .
Stephen Chamness, a wheel loader operator at Chamness Technology says:
Depending on how much drive time we do each day, we’re running around 3 to 4.5 gallons per hour. On our old loaders, it would be anywhere from 4.5 up to 6.5. We’re saving about 2 to 3 gallons per hour. Fuel is one of your largest costs for how high gas prices are nowadays. A gallon here, a gallon there – it adds up when you’re running a loader like we do every day.
The 921F wheel loader also features four programmable power modes: ECO for maximum fuel efficiency, Standard for quick loading, MAX for aggressive digging and AUTO for engine output that responds on the fly – further helping manage fuel economy.
“The four power modes really help. There’s no sense in me running full throttle for 500-feet when I can have it in ECO mode and get the job done just as well, if not better, while saving fuel.
The Right Partnership
When Chamness was looking for a wheel loader, another one of the top considerations was a loader that would provide them with a great warranty and proactive service. In case an issue arose, they wanted a reliable company to fall back on while receiving the help they needed.
Because of that, the company went to their local dealer, Titan Machinery in Des Moines, and learned about the ProCare package that came standard on their new 921F wheel loader.
I think what separated this loader versus the competitors was the service that Titan offered us through ProCare and the telematics
ProCare is an all-in-one heavy machine support program that comes standard on CASE full-size wheel loaders.
It includes a suite of product assurances including a three-year/3,000-hour full machine factory limited warranty, three-year/3,000-hour planned maintenance, and a three-year advanced SiteWatch telematics subscription.
Depending on the customer and application, ProCare can generally provide at least $7,500 in savings from planned maintenance costs alone over the first three years of the machine .
It makes sense as Chamness says:
With ProCare, they do all the oil changes and filters, and it’s all included with the purchase price. “By having them come down, they have their trained mechanics do the servicing themselves. That way, it’s done up to CASE’s standards.
Another useful service for Chamness Technology is CASE SiteWatch - a telematics, remote monitoring and data reporting solution that tracks machine maintenance, health and utilization so contractors can easily manage their fleets and optimize machine performance and utilization.
As the company says:
You can tell when the loader was on or if it’s been sitting. It will even send out an email warning if it were to have a low engine oil level. It will send you an email to whoever you would like!
Titan proved to Chamness that they were willing to do as much work as possible to keep their equipment at a high standard. That dealer-client relationship helps optimize uptime and productivity – not to mention overall satisfaction.
They’ve stopped by just to make sure everything is working right. They’ve had a service guy – we didn’t call him out – who was just in the area and thought he’d stop by just to make sure everything was good. That says something.