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One of the first things White first noticed with the machine was its climbing ability. After dealing with significant overflow, the company recently built ramps to improve on-site stockpiling.
The 1021F is unbelievably able to climb grades that you wouldn’t assume it would. We berm it up good and we’re stacking it up… that’s been a big improvement. Its traction is phenomenal compared to other wheel loaders.
Significant Fuel Savings
In such an active environment, fuel efficiency was also important.
Compared to [a competitive machine], we’re using almost 870 litres (230 US gallons ) less a week of diesel fuel doing the same job. Actually, it’s not really a good comparison because we’re doing more now than we did [with that machine]
When we first had them here side-by-side, we were deciding which loader to use. The Case not only was more fuel efficient, but it seemed to have more power using less fuel. It was a no-brainer.
Each operator also focuses on cycle time and efficiency. Charles Hudzinski, loader operator, Scott Construction, noted that the loader helps him easily transition from dumping to loading functions with the return-to-dig and return-to-travel features.
When I’m backing away from the truck, I push the lever all the way ahead to lock it in and it’ll come down to a certain height from the ground and stop on its own, so that I can talk to the truck driver or whatever I have to do without my hands on the control at the time.
Hudzinski also noted the ease of transition from forward to reverse, which is critical in shortening cycle times in loading applications.
The Importance of Ride Control
Scott Construction loads out 25,000 – 30,000 tons of material each week, plus the 4,000+ tons they run through the plant and stockpile each day.
The 1021F boasts ‘Case Ride Control’, which provides a cushioned ride that can handle a large volume of material at increased speeds.
The 1021F is a lot faster and smoother with Ride Control on it. It rides smoother than the [other machine we had], so we were able to increase speed and volume.
Comfort and Visibility for Long Days
A typical day for Scott Construction starts at 6 a.m. and goes until 8 p.m. or later.
Working those long hours can wear on operators if they’re not comfortable.
The 1021F wheel loader features one of the largest cabs in the industry, and an iso-mount cab design to create a clean, quiet operating environment.