- March 23, 2019
- Posted by: khawaja senan
- Category: Heavy Equipment
When it comes to buying a new excavator, there are many important elements to consider:
Understanding the appropriate specifications and knowing what to look for will have the greatest impact on the productivity of your business.
Here is a list of ten important aspects to buying a new excavator.
1. Weight / Operating size, application
It is important to match the right size machine with the tasks you need to address. Caterpillar excavators are generally grouped into three size classes; compact / mini (0 to 6 metric tons; or <13,227 pounds), medium size (6 to 10 metric tons; or 13,227 to 22,046 pounds) and standard / full size (10 to 90 metric tons; or 22,046 to 198,416 pounds).
Knowing the applications, the specifications requirements for the job (bucket capacity, etc.) and the size of the machine you need is the first step in making a purchase decision.
2. Hydraulic system
Consider the accessories you plan to work with and know the hydraulic flow required for each one. Equipping the excavator with the right accessories will give you versatility to get the most out of the investment. Also, be sure to ask about the coupling options of the machine. This often helps determine the range and variety of accessories that can be used with the machine.
Regarding the way the central hydraulic system increases the performance of the machine, the D series excavators include the CASE intelligent hydraulic system (CIHS), a larger control valve and new solenoid valves, which help increase the force of detachment, increase the lifting force and improve the response capacity, allowing the machine to work faster during the entire work cycle. And the D series also comes in standard form with the no-swing function that allows the body to turn freely while operating the boom and arm, which allows greater control when using the crane, during pipe laying or when lifting off-center charges.
3. Access / transport
When buying a new machine, transportation is always an important aspect. Depending on the current fleet, a larger trailer may be needed to transport the new excavator. Perhaps you should also consider the displacement on roads and bridges with a weight limit, as well as the necessary certification for drivers.
Buying the excavator of the right size for your application and your region is essential, since there are complementary costs of transport and ownership / operation that go with the purchase of a new machine and that vary from one state to another.
Keep in mind the needs of the operator when acquiring a new excavator. Most operators have a strong preference between ISO or SAE control patterns. To make things easier, many new excavator models include the CASE D series; They offer a simple control pattern selector that allows the operator to adjust the machine to their preference.
5. Operator comfort and ergonomics
When you are in the cab of the excavator for ten hours a day, comfort and ergonomics are essential for productivity. Look for features in the cab that keep operators comfortable and focused on the job.
The CASE D series provides the most space in the cabin of its class, plus an optional fully adjustable seat with heating and air suspension, with adjustable armrests independently, adjustable lumbar system and 65 degree tilt, adjustable pedals, Bluetooth stereo and a climate control system that responds to sunlight.
6. Caterpillars and running gear
It is important to know the many caterpillar options available, as well as the impact they can have on the productivity of the machine. Most compact excavators come in standard form with rubber tracks, which are designed to minimize surface damage during travel and operation in residential applications, on the street and inside buildings where they are frequently used. Rubber tracks wear more quickly than steel, so there is a wide variety of spare track types available with different widths and tread depth.
The medium and full size excavators are usually equipped with steel tracks and also come in various sizes, widths and depths. When analyzing caterpillar options with the equipment distributor, be sure to take into account the ground conditions and the type of applications where you plan to use the machine. The wider caterpillars with deep claws offer the greatest traction for heavy excavation in soft soil conditions.
Also, be sure to look for a robust undercarriage with features that facilitate cleaning and maintenance. The undercarriage in the CASE D-Series excavators is larger than its predecessors, providing greater durability and an innovative caterpillar tire with slope to the side that ensures less material build-up between the frame and the chain. the Caterpillar. This design also allows the material to easily slide out in one direction, which saves time when cleaning the undercarriage.
7. Tier 4 solutions
The current Tier 4 Final loaders are equipped with a variety of engine types and after-treatment technologies, and knowing the differences, as well as the impact they can have on your operation, is essential when making a purchase decision.
CASE has adopted Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR) technology for use in D Series excavators. SCR technology reduces harmful emissions through a simple chemical reaction by introducing diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) into the exhaust stream. These systems do not require any type of regeneration, filter replacement or other maintenance practices necessary in other systems. The SCR allows the engine to run at maximum performance, which provides a faster throttle response while maintaining lower temperatures and improved fuel efficiency compared to other solutions. It also helps the engine run at lower temperatures, which ultimately extends the life of the engine components.
You can ask the equipment dealer about the benefits and maintenance procedures associated with different types of Tier 4 Final engines.
8. Additional features
Excavators today have many additional functions, so make sure you keep in mind what is available to you when you decide to make a purchase. Features such as selectable power modes and automatic idle can have a real impact on fuel economy and overall operating costs.
Look for available options such as LED lighting equipment and rear and side view camera packages. It is also important to see where the access points are for daily maintenance procedures; CASE D series excavators are designed to provide easy access from the ground to service ports and other key service items.
Finally, keep in mind advanced technologies such as telematics and machine control. Some manufacturers, including CASE, now offer telematics hardware in standard factory form on new models. If you are interested in a machine control system, it will be more cost effective to have it installed as part of the initial purchase instead of putting the machine out of service for installation at a later date.
9. Selection of the correct distributor
Selecting a distributor should be a long-term commitment. The distributor is who you will trust throughout the life of the equipment whenever you need spare parts, service and repairs.
Look for a reputable distributor with a solid service department that is associated with manufacturers that have reliable parts distribution networks. The best manufacturers provide periodic training for the technicians and sales staff of their distributors and have training resources available at all times.
10. Maintenance contracts / Guarantees
When you are ready to buy your new excavator, be sure to talk to the dealer about the machine warranties and extended maintenance contracts that are available. When it comes to buying new equipment, protecting your investment is one of the most important considerations. Most manufacturers offer standard warranties on their equipment, but a premium service / maintenance program will have a considerable impact on the overall cost of ownership.
All D series excavators come standard with CASE ProCare, the most complete heavy machinery maintenance and assistance program in the industry, which includes a 3 year / 3000 hour factory warranty for the complete machine, a planned maintenance contract 3 years / 3000 hours, plus a 3 year subscription to Advanced SiteWatch.