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Contractors World International Vol 7 No 5

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transmission with heavy-duty axles

with a locking front differential.

One of the first things White first

noticed with the machine was its

climbing ability. After dealing with sig-

nificant overflow, the company recent-

ly built ramps to improve on-site

stockpiling.

White says:

“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],”

White says.

“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.”

Operator Approval

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 ma-

terial 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.”

says Hudzinski.

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 op-

erators 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.

Case Construction