Sitting in the seat and having the opportunity to experience the ease of use and power that is the new Topcon X-53x auto excavator often ends with a huge smile and the uttering of "Wow, that is incredible!"
That, and the chance for companies to share best practices and network with each other, is why Benchmark Tool & Supply is always excited to host product demonstrations like the two held on Nov. 19 in Greensboro, N.C., and Nov. 21 in Charlotte, N.C., in conjunction with James River Equipment.
"We were fortunate enough to have Topcon reps and James River Equipment reps join our sales and training staff on site for all three demo days while customers took their turn behind the sticks and had the opportunity to dig perfect slopes and flat pads in half of the normal time, the true value of this software," said Benchmark Marketing Manager Mike Blazek.
For owners and operators to see first-hand how easy digging a slope or flat pad is, they start to see how even an inexperienced operator can look and function like a seasoned pro and finish projects more quickly and with a higher level of accuracy. The X-53x is perfect for turning a novice operator into a good one and a skilled operator into a near-perfect one. CEG
The many guests were looking forward to learning how to increase their operating performance by utilizing the new Topcon technology.
(L-R): Fate Lawing of Sugar Hill Contractors in Marion, N.C.; Jeff Keilen and Scott Holloway, both of Siteworks in Charlotte; and Ted Doran and Kell Cleeland, both of James River Equipment.
Ted Doran (L) of James River Equipment and Chris Hohhman of CK Contractors & Development in Kings Mountain, N.C.
Tommy and T.J. Johnson, both of Johnson Utility & Grading in Statesville, N.C., and John Mooney of Benchmark Tool & Supply.
(L-R): Donald Dawson, D.J. and David Whitesell, all of Whitesell Trucking in Rock Hill, S.C., were impressed with the Topcon FC-500.
Seth Farthing (in cab) of Centerline Contracting in Monroe, N.C., learns about the productivity enhancements when using the Topcon X-53x from Thomas Etheridge of Benchmark Tool & Supply.
Working on a typical project application, the guests enjoyed the opportunity to test out the Hitachi 300 excavator equipped with the X-53x Topcon system.
Discussing how well the Topcon systems help with grading productivity (L-R) are Raul Cruz and Crater Lewis, both of Jimmy Lewis & Sons Grading in Roxboro, N.C., and John Mooney of Benchmark Tool & Supply.
From the left are Bryce Hennings and Dusty Lindsay, both of Hennings Construction in East Bend, N.C., with Warren Cutts and Brocke Walker, both of James River Equipment.
Discussing the productivity enhancing capabilities of the Topcon X-53x are Michael Matthew (L) of Benchmark and Eddy Wray of Branch Civil in Roanoke, Va.
Bret Arnold (L) and Mark Sutton, both of Yates Construction in Stokesdale, N.C.
Ronnie Rowe (L) of James River Equipment welcomes Rick Sowers of Sowers Construction Co. in Mount Airy, N.C.
Kory Strader (seated) of KBS Earthworks in Julian, N.C., listens to Thomas Ethridge of Benchmark as he goes through how to use the X-53x Topcon system on the Hitachi excavator.
Keith Taylor (L) of D.H. Griffin Infrastructure in Greensboro, N.C. and Adam Leviner of Benchmark.
Mark and Bailey Doggett of Doggett Construction Co. in Summerfield, N.C., listen as Mike Blazek of Benchmark goes over how the Hitachi excavator functions with the Topcon X-53x
The guests were able to operate the Hitachi 300 excavator equipped with the X-53x Topcon system.