Indiana Contractor Upgrades Equipment and Dealer Relationship

As his landscaping business grew, Andy Mulder knew it was time to upgrade his machine to something bigger and more productive. Mulder, owner and operator of Mulder Maintenance and Services of Hebron, Ind., turned to his partner of four years, McCann Industries of Merrillville, Ind. Jim McCann (L), president of McCann Industries, and Andy Mulder, owner of Mulder Maintenance and Services. McCann had sold him his first piece of equipment — a Takeuchi TL10V2 track loader. Next, he bought a TB230 mini-excavator, and the following year, McCann helped him upgrade to a Takeuchi TB240 mini-excavator. “We have purchased other machines from McCann Industries,” said Mulder. “I went to them and told them I was really interested in the Engcon Tiltrotator. They went through the process of becoming an Engcon dealer and then getting it set up on my machine.” Engcon’s EC204 Tiltrotator — sometimes described as “the ‘wrist’ between the arm of the machine and the tool at the end” — was designed for 2- to 4-ton excavators. The device has a 45-degree tilt angle and can rotate 360 degrees. It can be fitted with an integrated grab and many other hydraulic...

Wacker Neuson’s line of zero-emissions machines includes the new EZ17e mini excavator and AP1850e vibratory plate

Wacker Neuson’s line of zero-emissions machines includes the new EZ17e mini excavator and AP1850e vibratory plate The rise of electric and hybrid technologies is causing a bit of confusion in the construction industry, with some companies behaving almost schizophrenically – declaring the benefits of clean diesel one moment, and then launching fully-electric equipment the next. While diesel is feeling the squeeze of government regulations, electric power remains limited by current technology, so it can be difficult to know which one to back. As is so often the case, though, it would seem the answer lies somewhere in the middle. At present, 1 litre of diesel can provide the same usable energy as a 20 litre lithium-ion battery, according to Oliver Lythgoe of Perkins. Also, with their robustness and the high-torque they can deliver, diesel engines are particularly well-suited to heavy-duty construction applications. So, until a breakthrough is made in battery technology that dramatically increases their power density and the torque they can offer, the applicability of electric and hybrid technologies is primarily a question of scale for OEMs. On the one hand, it might make sense for...