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Tips How The Equipment Has Changed 2021

There are many different opinions as to what

machines should actually be classified as earth

moving equipment.  There are many different types

of equipment that fall in this category, such as

excavators, backhoe loaders, dump trucks, and 

even loaders.

Other machinery that falls in between are articulated

trucks, wheel and track tractors, and even 

scrapers.  The thin line is normally drawn at 

motor grades, which are more than capable or light

duty excavation, although they are mainly used

to level lots and grade roads.

If you take a glance at any equipment literature

from leading companies such as CAT, Komatsu, or

Case, you'll see right away that they believe the

biggest and most important change over the last

several years is increased productivity.  This is

normally followed by greater comfort and safety.

The increase in productivity is the result of

many different advancements.  CAT (Caterpillar)

cites that more powerful engines with a faster

rise in torque which allows machines to respond

faster to increased power demands.  Even though

this new generation is far more powerful, it

has a reduced impact on the environment as well.


Most of the newer machines have electronic 

control systems that will optimize both engine

and transmission performance, as well as fuel

consumption and hydraulic system performance.

Take for example the CAT mid sized G series

wheel loaders that feature electronically controlled

powershift transmissions.  Each and every 

transmission offers autoshift capabilities that

ease the pressure on the operator, and an 

electronic clutch pressure control that smooth

shifts the gears for longer life.  


In the industry, good operators are getting harder

and harder to find.  Manufacturers find themselves

stressing that operator comfort and convenience

need to be taken into account not only to make

the job easier, but also more efficient and 

productive as well.

The new cab designs offer better visibility, 

reduced noise and vibration, and improved comfort

as well.  The new control systems will require low

operator effort while also improving the control

of the machine for both the experienced as well

as the in-experienced operator.

Easier maintenance

Almost all new machinery offers electronic 

monitoring systems that will provide constant

information on the health of the machine for the

operator.  These types of systems provide information

to technicians, including service modes that will

help them to diagnose conditions quickly.

Now days, machines are designed to make routine

maintenance easier.  With CAT's wheel loaders, 

regular service points are easy to access from

ground level, with site gauges making it easier

to check the fluid of the radiator, hydraulic oil,

and transmission - without having to use dipsticks.

Changes for the better

If you compare the excavation equipment of today 

with the machines of the past, you'll notice that

the changes are better.  The machines of the past

relied more on operator skill and technique, as

very few of them had electronic features.

Today, almost all types of heavy machinery offer

electronic features.  Electronics are a great

thing, as they can make the life of an operator

easier than ever.  You don't need to get out and

check the fluids anymore, as all you need to do

is take a look at your instrument panel, which can

help to save you a lot of time.

Operators who have a lot of experience know first

hand that machines of the past can't begin to

compete with machines of today.  With technology

always getting better, it just makes you wonder

what is in the future for heavy machinery.  Years

from now, one can only begin to wonder just great

heavy machinery will get - and what other features

will make the life of an operator even easier than

it is now.


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