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Wed December 16, 2009 - West Edition
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The Bobcat E32 excavator has a dig depth of 10 ft. 3 in. (3.2 m) and a dump height of 11 ft. (3.3 m).
The Bobcat E32 excavator has a dig depth of 10 ft. 3 in. (3.2 m) and a dump height of 11 ft. (3.3 m).

The recession hasn’t slowed Mark Wanke of Franklin Construction, San Antonio, Texas. The company recently closed on a construction contract that will keep its crews busy well into 2010. In response to the growing demand, Mark Wanke is adding Bobcat compact equipment to his fleet.

Wanke has been in the construction business for more than 20 years and has extensive experience with operating Bobcat equipment. The company owns a Bobcat S330 skid steer loader and a variety of attachments. Rather than hire subcontractors or continue renting compact excavators, Wanke bought one of the first M-Series E32 excavators from Bobcat of San Antonio. He immediately put the machine to use to complete utility sleeving and drainage tasks on multifamily residential construction job sites.

When asked about some of the differences between other compact excavators and his new E32, this is what Wanke had to say.

“I noticed right away that the machine runs a lot smoother,” he said. He cited the following example of the improved digging performance. “I worked on a project last year where we previously did some excavating, and I dug in the same area with the same general conditions. We’re in a heavy drought right now, and the ground dries out and gets very hard. It’s almost like digging in rock when we don’t have any moisture in the ground. I tried to dig 30 inches deep and the last six inches were really hard to get through and cut. It drained the machine. The E32 cut through it without any problem; it operated a lot smoother.”

Auto Idle

Another benefit of the new E32 that stood out to Wanke was the auto-idle feature, which automatically idles the engine after four seconds.

“You don’t have to turn the throttle down because it automatically does it for you,” Wanke said. “Then, it goes right back into the power, where you had it set previously, once you start operating the equipment again.”

This saves fuel, lowers noise levels, and improves job site communication, according to Wanke.

Smoother Turns While Moving

The new auto-shift feature on M-Series excavators was one more perk that Wanke recognized.

“When I’m moving in high speed, I don’t have to take it out of that mode to make a turn,” he said. “The excavator automatically downshifts … I don’t have to manually go into the low range.”

This story was reprinted with permission from Bobcat WorkSaver Magazine, Fall 2009 Issue.

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