Strack Inc., a pipeline and site development business in Georgia, turned to its Cat dealer for equipment that would provide the best return on investment when it was time to replenish and expand its fleet.
The company, considered a major player in the trending pipeline business across the southeastern corner of the United States, began 65 years ago in Fairburn, Ga. Strack President Jonathan Strack turned to Yancey Bros. Co., its local Cat dealer, to help with its fleet replenishment and expansion initiative.
It soon determined the 336E and 374D excavators would provide the best return on investment.
“We wanted the fastest, best, and quickest machine, and the 374D gives us excellent cycle times for a machine its size,” Strack said. We can move the same amount of material per hour with the 374D than with other manufacturer’s larger machines.”
He added, “A huge difference we’re seeing already is the fuel costs for the 374D. We’re burning around 220 gallons keeping it busy, whereas before we were using 350 gallons a day with another manufacturer’s larger excavator. We’re getting the same results and moving the same amount of material with the 374D as with the other machine, and it’s saving us 130 gallons of diesel a day. If we were to take that out over the course of a year we would see a potential savings of $91,000 in fuel cost on this single machine.”
Strack Inc.’s decision to purchase its new Cat excavators was based on more than just the performance of the equipment during a demo. Having a local dealer with the necessary tools and resources was a major factor in its turning its fleet towards Cat.
“Caterpillar does the best job as a manufacturer as anyone, and Yancey Bros. Co. does the best job of a dealer as anyone,” said Strack. “No one has been able to help us manage our costs over time the way Yancey does.”