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Wed May 01, 2013 - Southeast Edition
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(L-R): Jason Riffle and Jason Pleasants of Kenneth West Inc. in Apex, N.C., arrive to demo three machines.  Brian Metcalf of RW Moore explains the benefits of the Deere 750K LGP machine.
(L-R): Jason Riffle and Jason Pleasants of Kenneth West Inc. in Apex, N.C., arrive to demo three machines. Brian Metcalf of RW Moore explains the benefits of the Deere 750K LGP machine.
(L-R): Jason Riffle and Jason Pleasants of Kenneth West Inc. in Apex, N.C., arrive to demo three machines.  Brian Metcalf of RW Moore explains the benefits of the Deere 750K LGP machine. (L-R): Mike Gaillard, Robbie Pugh and John Mooney of Benchmark Tool & Supply program the Topcon rover. (L-R): John Mooney and Josh Kearns of Benchmark Tool & Supply and David and Brian Cody of Darrell Cody & Sons Grading in Gold Hill, N.C., discuss the Komatsu 210 excavator equipped with the Topcon X63. (L-R): Tracy Skipper of Benchmark Tool & Supply demonstrates the Topcon 3D-MC2 systems mounted on the John Deere 750K LGP dozer to Rick Sowers, Sowers Construction in Mt. Airy, N.C., and Leo Wambald of James River Equipment. The Komatsu D61PX redesign involved moving the fan and radiator to the rear, the exhaust stack and pre-cleaner were moved to the side, a sloping hood was added to increase operators’ visibility, and the seat was moved 20-in. forward. The machine is Contractors enjoy the opportunity to evaluate all three machines including the John Deere 750K LGP with a Topcon 3D-MC2. Dale Mason (L) of Benchmark Tool & Supply evaluates the Topcon Hyper G.A. GPS rover with Zachery Almond of Almond Enterprises in Concord, N.C. (L-R): Josh Kearns and Chuck Harris of Benchmark Tool & Supply; Brian and David Cody of Darrell Cody & Sons Grading in Gold Hill, N.C.; and Paul Carpenter of Carolina Cat participate in the demo. The Cat D6K XL from Carolina Cat equipped with the Topcon 3D-MC2. Ron Schwieters (L) of Komatsu and Chris Brazel of Linder Industrial Machinery redesigned the Komatsu D61PX dozer for the demo. The operator of the Cat D6KXL from Gregory Poole Equipment Company is able to see the Topcon 3D-MC2 in use. (L-R): Mike Gailard of Benchmark Tool & Supply; Wayne Taylor of Carolina Environmental Contracting in Mt Airy, N.C.; and Ed Hooks of Gregory Poole Equipment Company await the demo. The Komatsu D61PX operates with the Topcon 3D-MC2. The cab view from the Komatsu excavator equipped with the Topcon X63. Randy Sloan (L) of Linder Industrial Machinery receives feedback from Wayne Taylor of Carolina Environmental Contracting in Mt. Airy, N.C., about the Komatsu D61PX dozer. The John Deere 750K LGP provided by RW Moore with the Topcon 3D-MC2 attachment. (L-R): Ed Hooks of Gregory Poole Equipment Company with his Cat D6KXL dozer; Brian Metcalf of RW Moore and his John Deere 750K LGP dozer; Robbie Pugh and John Mooney, both of Benchmark Tool & Supply, providers of the Topcon products; Rob Leavel of RW Moor

Benchmark Tool & Supply held a demo day in Raleigh, N.C., on March 26 and in Concord, N.C., on April 2. The company installed its Topcon 3D-MC2 systems on comparable dozers a John Deere 750K LGP from RW Moore and James River Equipment, Komatsu D61PX from Linder Industrial Machinery and a Cat D6KXL from Gregory Poole Equipment Company and Carolina CAT. The evaluation was designed to show how its systems could increase operator efficiency and productivity. Linder Industrial Machinery provided a Komatsu equipped with a Topcon X63 system.

A 3D-MC2 can change the role a dozer plays on a typical site and in some cases eliminate the need for a grader. It allows more efficient use of a dozer. Along with an increase in speed, 3D-MC2 means fewer passes resulting in more work done in less time. Less time equals less fuel and less machine wear.

The 3D-MC2 utilizes Topcon’s GX-60 control box, GPS+ antenna, MC-R3 receiver, and new 3D-MC2 sensor and pairs with advanced controlling software to provide position updates up to 100 times per second. The MC2 sensor combines a gyro, compass and inertial sensor to measure the X, Y & Z position as well as the roll, pitch, yaw and acceleration of the dozer.

Topcon’s GX-60 interface contributes to ease of use, enabling less experienced operators to perform near the level of their skilled operators, according to the company.

Topcon’s G63 and Z63 3D grade control systems feature Topcon’s GX-60 touch sensitive control box. Light and compact with a full-color LCD touch sensitive screen, Topcon’s GX-60 is a fully functioning Windows computer that provides the operator with real-time grade information and control. It is constructed of a strong cast housing and sealed internals.