Summer approaches, bringing with it warmer temperatures, elevated sun exposure, and drier work conditions. Summer is typically a busy season for the construction industry. The increased workload, combined with the onset of warm weather conditions, presents a specific set of maintenance and operation challenges for heavy equipment owners. Additional heat and humidity subjects equipment to greater stresses, causing it to run hotter and break down faster.
Good preventative maintenance and careful monitoring of your machinery are key in preventing potential breakdowns and avoiding the cost of unexpected repairs. Here is a list of tips and tricks to ensure your equipment stays operational during the hot summer months.
Excavators are one of the most popular and effective pieces of equipment used to move large volumes of dirt for construction projects and other similar projects. If you have an upcoming job that requires dirt removal and you need to estimate how long it will take, you may be wondering, “How much can an excavator dig in a day?”
An excavator could be used to dig anywhere from 350 to 1,000 cubic yards per day, depending on a number of factors including bucket capacity, type of ground, operator skill and efficiency level, and more.
Construction Equipment Guide recently sat down with Eagle Power Sales Representative Mike Lutz as he marked one year with our organization. Mike reflected on what it has been like to establish himself to customers in Bucks and Montgomery Counties, many of whom have depended on Eagle Power for decades:
“Eagle Power has a rich history of relationships with a lot of customers in this area, so my job is taking hold and building on those contacts in my territory,” Lutz said. “I also need to continue cold calling a lot of the smaller companies out there to grow the territory. There are many owner-operator customers that we deal with every day — the small construction companies and landscapers — that are a big part of my business.”
Mike’s background and professional drive has proven to be a tremendous addition to Eagle Power & Equipment.
Lutz had built an outstanding resume working in the industry for other firms in the region and he was a slam-dunk hire for the dealership.
Before coming to Eagle Power, he had spent the previous six years in the crane industry in New Jersey and New York for JK Crane, a small rental company, building an expertise in working one-on-one with contractors, company owners and municipalities.
Selling Case and Kubota products is obviously different from what he was doing before, but many of the customer service skills he developed before joining Eagle Power have applied nicely in his current position.
“What I did at JK Crane and what I had done previously in the construction rental and sales business totals up to more than 15 years now,” he said. “The customer interaction on construction sites and in offices now is like what I have been doing for a long time. Obviously, it is different equipment, but the customer base is similar. I have a lot of customers that use both dirt equipment and aerial equipment in cranes, so there is a lot of overlap.”
Read Mike’s article right now on Construction Equipment Guide’s website or on Page 20 of their Northeast Print Edition (2/16/2022)
PSSR Emeritus Tom Kelly takes us on an in-depth walkaround of the CASE 580 Super N Wide Track Backhoe. With the complete combination of fit and features this machine will help you rule every jobsite you work on.
Contact Your Eagle Power Sales Rep or Parts and Service Sales Representative (PSSR):
About The CASE 580 Super N Wide Track:
With a more powerful engine and at nearly 102 inches wide, the 110-hp 580 Super N Wide Track takes our most popular backhoe loader to a whole new level. It provides greater strength and stability, and houses a spacious, upgraded cab with intuitive fingertip controls. More high-performance features that contractors want come standard, including the responsive PowerDrive transmission, fierce PowerBoost function, fuel-saving ECO Mode, ProControl and SiteWatch™ Telematics. It can also be configured with Comfort Steer for truck-loading tasks, selectable Auto-Ride Control and more.
Not only does this wide track model provide better flotation, lower ground pressure and enhanced stability, it packs more power with bucket breakout of over 15,000 lb., the N Series’ highest full-height loader lifting capacity of 8,425 lb. and a backhoe lifting capacity of 3,761 lb. (w/PowerLift). A revamped PowerDrive direct-drive 6-speed transmission with limited-slip front differential gives greater acceleration and gradeability, and at the touch of a button, PowerBoost provides a burst of increased digging force.
Other high-performance features include the boom-swinging precision of ProControl, a speed-selectable Auto-Ride Control, Comfort Steer to save time during loading or stockpiling work, a universal backhoe coupler, factory-installed thumb and SiteWatch Telematics to monitor and maximize your machine’s productivity.
Common-Sense Fuel Efficiency
The 580 Super N WT is counted on for its strength, so it needs as much power as it can get. That’s why the Tier 4 Final FPT engine uses SCR-only technology (Selective Catalytic Reduction) to meet emission regulations. As an after-treatment system, SCR lets the engine breathe easier and run at peak performance, and there’s no excess fuel burn for regeneration. Simply add DEF (Diesel Exhaust Fluid) at fill-up. Other fuel-saving standard features include ECO Mode, engine Auto-Idle and Auto-Off, which can have their timing adjusted to your preference.
CASE Comfort & Visibility
Cab options keep operators comfortable with a hands-free Bluetooth radio, USB input, premium hand-stitched seat with heat and lumbar support, and more. A low-profile hood allows for greater sightlines to the loader bucket and cabs have floor-to-ceiling windows and opening rear-quarter windows for exceptional visibility, airflow and communication. Backhoe pilot controls and armrests are fully adjustable and loader joysticks feature fingertip controls for intuitive functions such as self-leveling, return-to-dig as well as an FNR switch on PowerDrive models so operators can quickly shift directions without letting go of the steering wheel. An LED light package is also available for enhanced nighttime visibility with lower power drain.
On the 580SN WT, you can check engine oil, transmission fluid or coolant, and fill-up the fuel and DEF tank, all from one ground-level spot. Swing-out coolers and a flip-up hood provide easy service access to vital systems, and the Extendahoe® has externally adjustable wear pads for tightening dipper tolerances using simple tools – no shop necessary. Standard battery disconnect and jumpstart terminals provide added security and convenient access, and with SCR, there’s no particulate filter to maintain.
Minimize Lead Times • Lock-In Current Pricing • Book Pre-Season Inspection
It may feel like wishful thinking when you are operating your machine in sub-zero temperatures or scheduling your crew to plow during the next snowstorm but planning for spring really has begun. It’s amazing how quickly the rush is on once the ground thaws for excavation and long planned projects get the green light. Up time during these critical first weeks of the construction season are critical and doing a bit of prep work now can make all the difference.
Placing Orders Now Minimizes Wait Times
Larger or custom sourced parts and attachments, from tires, tracks, bucket teeth, windshields and other items may have a backorder wait to have in stock. Placing your order with Eagle Power & Equipment gets you in line to minimize any disruption and gives you the best chance to have what you need ready to go when the calendar flips to march.
Lock-In Current Pricing
With price increases likely to continue this year it makes sense to stock up on high consumable items, most of which we have in stock right now, at the lowest possible cost. In most cases ordered parts are protected from pricing increases by the manufacturer even if they are backordered, further reason to consider acting sooner rather than later. Your Eagle Power & Equipment parts representative will help guide.
Know You’ll Be Slow? Book Your Next In-Shop Service
Take advantage of jobsite downtime to get your latest service interval or yearly inspection taken care of. Not only does this check some things off your to-do list but our factory trained technicians can spot concerns before they become disruptive problems.
Who Are Your PSSRs?
In all cases your Eagle Power & Equipment Service and Parts departments to help set your operation up for success. We will always present you with all the options to consider and keep you informed every step of the way.
You can also count on your Parts and Service Sales Representative (PSSR) to help you maximize your be your immediate touchpoint as any challenges come up. Their responsibility is to help you protect your investment and minimize costly downtime.
- Tim Sherman (267-643-1299) is your PSSR if your company is in Bucks, Montgomery or the eastern sections of Philadelphia County.
- Chris Boxler (302-218-1160) is your PSSR if your company is in Chester, Delaware, western Philadelphia counties in Pennsylvania or New Castle County in Delaware.
As always, the team at Eagle Power & Equipment is here to help you. What does your company need to succeed? Let us know!
The Delaware Valley’s CASE and Kubota Construction Dealer is Committed to Helping Their Customers Get the Most Out of Their Equipment.
(Montgomeryville, PA) Eagle Power & Equipment has announced the hiring of Tim Sherman as the company’s newest Parts and Service Sales Representative (PSSR).
Tim will work with Eagle Power’s customers throughout Bucks, Montgomery and eastern Philadelphia counties to make sure they get the most out of their Eagle Power machine purchase. He joins fellow Eagle Power PSSR Chris Boxler who is responsible for Chester, Delaware and western Philadelphia counties in Pennsylvania as well as New Castle County in Delaware.
PSSRs coordinate directly with Eagle Power’s sales team during equipment deliveries and walk arounds. They help guide customers as they familiarize themselves with their new machine, understand how to take full advantage of their warranty options, and stay on top of maintenance schedules to help minimize down time and maximize retention of their equipment investment.
Tim Sherman joins Eagle Power with nearly a decade of commercial vehicle sales experience. He brings an outgoing, dedicated, and customer driven focus; understanding how a customer’s relationship with a dealership’s service and parts departments is critically important to keeping their operations running.
“I’m really excited to be starting the next chapter of my career at Eagle Power” said Tim Sherman. “I’m looking forward to the opportunity to get out into the field and introduce myself to our customers, getting to know what their challenges are and presenting them with the solutions to help get the job done.”
“It’s a substantial investment our customers make when they purchase equipment, not just in that machine itself but the trust they are placing in us as the dealer” said Jim Lutz, Sales Manager of Eagle Power and Equipment. “Tim joining our PSSR team will mean our customers are getting a great resource to help them from day one and a renewed commitment that Eagle will stand behind that machine throughout its entire operational life.”
For more information, please contact Eagle Power & Equipment at 215-699-5871 or visit www.eaglepe.com.
About Eagle Power & Equipment
Eagle Power has been the Delaware Valley’s construction equipment leader for over 25 years. Proudly representing leading manufacturers like CASE, Kubota, Toro, Avant, Eager Beaver Trailers, Rammer and more. With locations in Montgomeryville, PA, New Castle, DE, West Chester, PA and Doylestown, PA, Eagle Power is committed to providing customers with an exceptional equipment sales, rental and service experience.
The key to any aerobic composting operation is how efficiently can you turn your tonnage of material into usable product. It comes down to how much usable soil you can bring to market or use in your operation at the right production cost. As you look to enter or expand your operation’s use of aerobic composting its best to look for ways to augment your existing equipment.
Eagle Power & Equipment has recently helped CASE Wheel Loader customers get the most out of their composting acreage using self-contained composting aerators from Brown Bear.
Our featured video shows how CASE 621F Wheel Loader running a Brown Bear aerator turns over acres of collected leaves to create rich compost. When you run the numbers, you can see how this attachment delivers serious production capability to your operation!
Reflecting on a Legacy
The township has been utilizing a CASE 621B Wheel Loader to handle snow removal, road maintenance and other development projects across the community for over a quarter century. This day saw a changing of the guard as the team said goodbye to their trusted 621B and took delivery of a their new CASE 621G Wheel Loader.
Eagle Power & Equipment is proud to provide this dedicated team the tools they need to serve their community for years to come!
About The CASE 621G
The CASE 621G combines powerful breakout forces, fast cycle times and extreme operator comfort and control to deliver all-around performance — whether as a primary mover or as a support loader in larger operations. And now, with new adjustable electro-hydraulic controls, an all-new touchscreen display and all-new collaborative fleet management technologies, the 621G delivers a powerful combination of productivity, efficiency and uptime.
Professional landscapers often expand their business offerings to include commercial property maintenance, providing snow and ice removal through the winter months. Although winter seems evasive lately, you know it’s eventually going to snow this year.
Before you invest time and materials into adding snow removal services to your business model, though, make sure you’re strategic in gaining contracts that help cover the costs of any snow removal equipment you invest in, as well as its maintenance.
You’ll want to get annual contracts, preferably with commercial properties where your margins are going to be higher than those from residential. Read further for tips on how to get snow removal contracts.
Telematics fleet management can improve your operations and it’s predicted that telematics will be fully integrated into vehicles and machines by 2025. Technology is changing the landscape of fleet management, helping businesses monitor their vehicles and equipment for efficiency and to increase productivity and customer service.
CASE SiteWatch comes standard for three years on all CASE heavy equipment with ProCare, standard on all CASE backhoes, and is available as an option throughout the entire CASE equipment line. As a leading CASE dealer in Philadelphia County and the surrounding tri-state area, Eagle Power & Equipment is proud to supply our customers seeking new CASE heavy equipment.
Kubota offers similar telematics capabilities through KubotaNOW Telematics and myKubota. Read further to learn more about telematics for construction fleet management.