Benchmark Tool & Supply Hosts Topcon Roadshow

Wed September 03, 2014 - Southeast Edition
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Josh Kearns of Benchmark Tool & Supply goes over the Topcon Millimeter GPS technology with Larry McDowell of Larry McDowell Construction Inc. in Denton, N.C.
Josh Kearns of Benchmark Tool & Supply goes over the Topcon Millimeter GPS technology with Larry McDowell of Larry McDowell Construction Inc. in Denton, N.C.
Josh Kearns of Benchmark Tool & Supply goes over the Topcon Millimeter GPS technology with Larry McDowell of Larry McDowell Construction Inc. in Denton, N.C. Josh Kearns (L) of Benchmark Tool & Supply reviews the Topcon 3D-MC² System mounted on the John Deere dozers with Greg Beal of NC Beal & Sons in Sanford, N.C. The Topcon Millimeter GPS+ transforms GPS into the perfect tool for fine grading tolerance work, and is mounted on this John Deere 672GP motorgrader. Nathan Thomas (L) of Blythe Development in Charlotte and Charles Stuck of CK Contracting in Kings Mountain, N.C., check out the Sitelink 3D software that enables the user to keep up with the job from the office miles away. Bruce Zickafoose (L) of RJ Smith Construction in Richmond, Va., tries out the Topcon X63 system mounted on this Hitachi excavator with help from Chuck Harris of Benchmark Tool & Supply. The Topcon X63 enables the operator to see the machine’s exact position in relation to the site, enabling precise positioning. The Topcon 3D-MC² system enables more efficient use of this John Deere 750K dozer. This John Deere 550K LGP dozer has the Topcon 3D-MC² system mounted on it. Randy Black (R) of Topcon explains the Topcon PS Robot to Kevin Thornton of Thornton Land Survey’s in Gaffney, S.C., and Mike Byars of Mike Byars & Associates in Gaffney. Jay Matthews (L) of Matthews Construction in Rock Hill, S.C., and Chuck Harris of Benchmark Tool & Supply talk about the time and money saving features of the Topcon products. (L-R): Tom McCluster and Reggie Carroll, both of J.O. Flowe Grading in Midland, N.C.; Keith Lee of LeeBoy in Lincolnton, N.C.; Ronnie Rathbone and Jeff Fink, both of James River Equipment, attend the event. Robby Pugh of Benchmark Tool & Supply demonstrates Topcon products for Herb Catoe and Doug Mackey, both of Hoopaugh Grading in Charlotte. (L-R): Steven Perkins of Ace/Avant in Archdale, N.C., came to the demonstration to learn how the Topcon products could make his machines run more efficiently. Eldon Burgiss and Mookie Leftwich, both of James River Equipment answered all his questions.


On Aug. 20 and 21 Benchmark Tool & Supply hosted the Topcon Technology Roadshow in Charlotte. James River Equipment partnered with Benchmark and supplied John Deere machines.

Topcon is taking the show on the road with its 53-ft. (16.1 m) traveling truck, showcasing technology in the construction, survey, civil engineering, architecture and design industries. Many guests spent a few hours in hands-on demonstrations and valuable educational sessions looking over the technologies that can help with workflow and productivity.

Live demos and classroom presentations, plus hands-on experiences with the latest technologies and products, allowed many contractors to learn about the latest industry technologies in machine control, scanning, BIM and survey applications.

The Technology Roadshow was perfect for contractors, engineers and surveyors. Many contractors commented that times are changing and adopting new technologies to meet the growing demands of today’s world will enhance their businesses. During the event, Benchmark and Topcon showed what technology can do on the job site, and provided information that will help the guests decide what type of system or technology is the best for them.