(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.
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.