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Case Debuts New Iron at Its Tomahawk Experience Center

Wed July 12, 2006 - National Edition
Construction Equipment Guide

Case Construction Equipment out of Racine, WI, recently revealed expansions and enhanced modifications to its long line of light and heavy equipment. The additions and modifications emphasize Tier III compliance standards, ease of equipment maintenance and service, improved operator ergonomics and visibility improvements.

On the 500-plus acre grounds of the Case Tomahawk Experience Center located near Tomahawk, WI, Jim Mischke, product demonstrator of Case took a run with all of the new pieces of equipment to demonstrate many of the latest features designed into them.

All new designs on the modified equipment include improved engine serviceability.

Easy tilt cab access and side panel removal provide quick accessibility to critical service points including oil, hydraulic and transmission fluids, according to documents provided by Case staff.

Easy servicing increases machine usage and lowers maintenance costs.

“The easier it is to perform daily maintenance and service, the more likely it’s going to get done,” explained David Wolf, Case brand marketing manager.

Proper maintenance decreases the chances of equipment break downs and keeps the machine running longer, explained Joe Gimbel, product manager, of the Parts and Service division of Case Construction Equipment.

Or, as Jim Hughes, Case brand marketing manager, succinctly remarked during a field demonstration, proper maintenance leads to “getting more time in the dirt.”

Case 420 CT and 440 CT

Case Construction Equipment expanded its compact loader line from two to four machines. The Case 420 CT and the 440 CT, rated at 56 and 82 hp respectively, join the Case 445 CT and the 450 CT models.

The four models of compact track loaders now complete a full line of track equipment to maximize productivity with dozer style undercarriages, large displacement and high-torque Case 40 Tier II engines, according to Case.

These features combined with low-effort servo controls, robust chassis design and easy service points are customer driven, noted Hughes.

“We designed our compact track loaders based on customer input and our experience with undercarriages from the Case dozer line,” Hughes explained.

Case E Series Wheel Loaders

Along with easy service and maintenance modifications, Case Equipment designers revised the new Case E Series wheel loaders; the 721E, 721E/XT and the 821E to feature a new cab for enhanced operator comfort and Tier III Case power.

Features include floor-to-ceiling glass and a rear sloping engine providing maximum visibility for the operator along with improved air circulation. A standard single lever loader control and forward-neutral-reverse joystick with a transmission button puts all the controls at the operator’s fingertips, remarked Wolf.

Other improvements include variable power and work modes, a mid-mount cooling module to increase efficiency, an improved bucket for increased productivity and longer wear and a common rail fuel injection system for a cleaner burn.

Case 1850K and 1150K Crawler Dozers

Engineers upgraded both the 1850K and 1150K crawler dozers to Tier III compliance. The 1850K hydraulic controls provide fingertip control with a single joystick lever.

“Now you can operate the blade with one control instead of two, meaning there’s a lot less effort required,” Hughes explained. Also, the undercarriage oscillates “to allow the tracks to follow the terrain to get outstanding traction, stability and blade control.”

Along with improved cab ergonomics, the 1150K crawler dozer has hydrostatic transmission, low effort electronic blade control and high performance hydraulics for blade speed, superior blade force and precise control, Hughes said.

Case 327B and 330B

Ditto for the Case 327B and 330B Articulated trucks. Along with a Tier III engine upgrade, the four stroke, turbocharged, air-to-air cooled diesel engines use unit injectors to increase the pressure of fuel entering each cylinder, Wolf said.

Again, ease of maintenance is easily seen in these trucks with the “Case exclusive swing-out fenders, flip forward hood and a tilt cab that gives service technicians outstanding accessibility so preventive maintenance checks require minimal effort,” Wolf said.

And, Wolf added, the wider bottom of the trucks provides a lower center of gravity for more stability. The design allows the dump cylinders to be housed inside the frame to give them more lift power and protection from the elements.

New E-Series Compact Loaders With New Versa-Boom Design

Bucket rollback on the new 21E, 221E and 321E compact loaders was increased to provide better material retention and increased productivity, Wolf said.

The new Versa-Boom design offers better visibility to the coupler and attachments throughout the lift cycle for precise positioning of the loader.

Other improvements on the loaders include a hydraulic skid steer-compatible quick coupler system to adapt to a number of Case 400 Series skid steer attachments, two speed hydrostatic transmission and an articulated frame to give a tight, 41 degree turning radius.

Upgraded Case CX330 Excavator Is Stronger, More Durable

Again, engineers emphasized ease of maintenance and serviceability on the Case CX330 excavator. Other upgrades include a Tier III Isuzu fully electronic engine and a common, high-pressure rail system to provide a 5 percent boost in horsepower and 10 percent improved fuel economy.

Along with stronger front idlers, a fuel filtration to four microns will increase the uptime of the Case CX330 Excavator, according to Case documents.

Case Equipment also supports its customers through a variety of insurance and maintenance plans to help maintain cash flow for the contractor who may have to finance major equipment repairs.

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