Contractor finds Champion C60 motor graders provide ideal solution

Floyd Brothers Construction specializes in building new parking lots from scratch, including all infrastructure and site work, beginning with earthmoving and site preparation, laying of the underground utilities, putting down the base and curbs and gutters, and then finish grading and paving. It’s a full-scale operation that requires the right kind of dependable and durable equipment to get the job done. After experimenting with a variety of graders over the years, including small tandem machines, the Floyd brothers settled on single axle Champion C60 Motor Graders to get the job done right, on time and within budget. Today, they have six of these units in operation.

“Our Champion C60 Graders are long enough to give us the required grading on the parking lots we construct. They’re also compact and mobile enough to let our operators maneuver the tight turns they need to make around curbs and islands when they are doing finish grading,” says Sam Floyd. “We prefer the single axle because when you twist with one axle versus two you have much less stress on the framework of the machine and it enables the operator to articulate the grader comfortably resulting in smoother grade work. For about 90% of the work we do, our operators would rather use the C60 model than the larger graders any day. The C60 single axle model is the perfect fit for our type of work.”

One option that all of their Champion C60 Motor Graders come with is Diamond Tread on their tires, which provides better “cleating” on the sandy subgrades in the Pensacola area. The Diamond Tread enables the graders to track better and it leaves a smaller footprint than regular tractor tires. “We’re one of the few regions that use this type of subgrade for grading and it’s a good case of knowing the nature of the job well enough when you’re specing your equipment. The Diamond Tread works best with our type of application” says Tim Floyd.

“Blue-top Operators” Love Their Champion C60 Graders
Most of the company’s motor grader operators are “blue-top operators” with years of experience on graders of all sizes. According to the Floyd brothers, their operators can switch effortlessly between the company’s larger graders and the Champion C60 Series models because of the industry standard controls on all Champion Graders. “Some of our grader operators come from other companies where there were only big graders. But once they get into one of our Champion C60 Graders, they realize it is a compact grader with a big grader feel,” says Tim Floyd.

“Our guys really like the visibility and articulation on the C60 Graders,” says Sam Floyd. “They get the finish they want faster and easier. As a result, all six of our C60 machines are running every single day. Our larger graders are now mostly used only for large roadwork applications.”

“In regard to cost versus production, our C60s have definitely proven themselves to be much more cost efficient than our larger graders,” says Tim Floyd. “With their single axles and big tires, the Champion C60 Graders really are our workhorses. They just run and run and run and never give us any problems.”

Floyd Brothers Credit McCoy for Success of Champion C60 Graders
The Floyd brothers bought their first Champion Motor Grader in 1995 from Herman McCoy, Branch Manager at Joe Money Machinery in Pensacola and a long-time fixture in the local heavy equipment business. Thirteen years later it still works everyday alongside the other machines they have bought since then – the latest being last year. The Floyd brothers credit McCoy with having drawn their attention to the Champion C60 model as the right piece of equipment for their parking lot construction application.

“Herman came to us and said ‘Guys, I’m going to put a single axle Champion C60 on demo here and I want you to give it a try. I think you’re going to be pleased with it,’” recalls Sam Floyd. “We weren’t sure about it at first, but after the demo, he sold us on it, and we’ve never looked back. Herman’s been great. He has a wealth of experience and knowledge of construction equipment and we’ve developed a lot of respect for him over the past thirteen years.”

“Herman has been more than just a sales representative to us,” says Tim Floyd. “We have developed a personal relationship with him and we often turn to him for advice on all of our equipment.”

Herman McCoy recalls how his knowledge of the Champion product line and of the parking lot application the Floyd brothers had in mind convinced him that the single axle C60 was their right equipment choice. “I knew this machine was the right fit for what these boys had in mind in terms of length, blade down pressure, maneuverability and cost” says McCoy. “It’s a well built compact grader with big grader features and durability.”

“We’ve tried other small graders and various attachments on skid steers and wheel loaders, but without much success,” says Tim Floyd. “Now if we’re going to get a grader, it’s going to be a single axle Champion C60.”

“Our grandfather and father were both in the earthmoving business, so we’ve been around earthmoving equipment all our lives. We know a winner when we see one – our Champion C60 Motor Graders are definitely winners,” says Sam Floyd.

About Champion
Champion engineering and manufacturing, based in Charlotte, NC, are dedicated to the production of compact and Production Class motor graders that assure customers of the same productivity and quality standards they expect from the best in full-size construction machinery. The Champion line-up now includes seven basic models with operating weights from 12,000 to 24,000 lbs., featuring the full range of single-axle, tandem and all-wheel 4x4 and 6x6 drive systems. Champion continues to develop a growing range of specialized equipment for the road maintenance and paving industry. 

 

Company Info

Latest News

Tags
Forestry

Upgrades to John Deere L-Series Skidders Increase Power and Performance

John Deere has updated its full line of L-Series Skidders. The L-Series models now boast best-in-class horsepower, a more impressive power-to-weight ratio, an improved engine aftertreatment system, and new grapple and boom options. Most notable are the upgrades to the engines to increase horsepower, offering customers more pulling power and faster multifunctioning capabilities. The 648L, 748L, 848L, and 948L models offer the maximum horsepower for each size class, with the 300 HP 948L Skidder boasting highest horsepower on the market. Enhancements to the 648L and 748L improve pulling power during skidding activities, and the 848L and 948L have better multifunctioning capabilities for increased handling performance. 

Read More

Tags
Earthmoving

New lighting options for Liebherr XPower wheel loaders: adaptive working lighting and key with remote control

Liebherr has released new innovative lightingoptions for it's  XPower wheel loaders:   Adaptive working lighting is an intelligent light controlsystem. It reacts intuitively to the lift arm position and articulation angleof the wheel loader using modern LED light sensors. This means working areasare always evenly lit. The adaptive working lighting also makes irritatingglare or reflections from steel machine parts a thing of the past. The Liebherrkey with remote control opens the driver's door at the push of a button andactivates the cab lighting. This illuminates the entire entry area and ensuresthe driver can get into the operator's cab safely.

Read More

Tags
Lifting & Material Handling

Four new models of Merlo telehandlers

The Merlo Turbofarmer range of telehandlers from Manulift is made up of four models: TF35.7, TF33.9, TF30.9 and TF33.7. These telehandlers are equipped with a Deutz TCD Tier 4 Final engine generating 115 or 122 hp. A new engine hood has an air suction point well above ground for maximum protection against dust. A Fan Drive system allows users to change the rotation direction of the fan to help clean the radiator. A patented Class 1 hydrostatic transmission maximizes performance.

Read More

Tags
Telematics
Maintenance & Management

Volvo to offer free ActiveCare Direct for one year on new purchases

Originally debuted at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017 with a limited-time enrollment offer, ActiveCare Direct is now available free for one year on new purchases of a wide range of Volvo Construction Equipment models. With ActiveCare Direct, Volvo provides customers with 24/7/365 active machine monitoring, as well as monthly fleet utilization reports to allow customers to spend more time making informed fleet management decisions and less time sorting through data and alarm codes. When a machine requires attention, Volvo alerts the local dealer so they can respond quickly — and the customer's operation continues to run smoothly.

Read More

Tags
Trucking

Volvo makes Active Driver Assist standard on VNR and VNL series

Volvo Active Driver Assist is now standard equipment on the new Volvo VNR and VNL series, improving safety not only for truck drivers, but all motorists. Volvo Active Driver Assist includes Bendix Wingman Fusion, a comprehensive, camera- and radar-based collision mitigation system that is fully integrated with Volvo's Driver Information Display. Volvo is the first heavy-duty truck OEM to offer Bendix Wingman Fusion as standard equipment. 

Read More

Tags
Earthmoving

Cat D6T and D8T dozers

The Cat D8T operated remotely using optional Cat Connect COMMAND for Dozing.

Caterpillar has taken dozer work to new levels with the D6T dozer. These include easier operation, higher performance, a wealth of standard and optional machine-assist and machine-control systems, and significant fuel savings. 

Read More

Tags
Construction Technologies

Trimble to distribute Propellor Aero UAS analytics platform

Trimble is collaborating with Propeller Aero to distribute its Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) analytics platform. Propeller, based in Sydney and Denver, is a leader in the advanced collection, visualization and analysis of data from UAS. Propeller's simple automated ground control targets, cloud-based visualization and rapid analysis platform will also be integrated with Trimble Connected Site solutions to bring an end-to-end cloud-based UAS solution to civil engineering and construction contractors.

Read More

Tags
Earthmoving
Industry News

Volvo celebrates 75,000th hauler

More than half a century after they invented the concept, Volvo Construction Equipment recently celebrated the production of the 75,000th articulated hauler. Having produced more than half of the articulated haulers ever made, a staggering 50,000 Volvo haulers are still in regular use around the world.

Read More

STRAIGHTLINE HDD Expands Hole Opener Lineup

StraightLine HDD recently expanded its hole opener offering with the introduction of the XL-I Series. Designed from the ground up for horizontal directional drilling, the XL-I Series is positioned as a cost-effective alternative to "split-bit" hole openers.

Read More

Tags
Industry News

Volvo makes a splash in Colorado

Nestled in the Animas River Valley, surrounded by the San Juan Mountains is the city of Durango, Colorado. The region's evergreen forests and babbling creeks are adored by locals and nature enthusiasts alike; attracting a steady flow of holidaymakers throughout the year. With tourism the leading driver of Durango's economy, maintenance on local attractions, such as the Durango Whitewater Park, is necessary.

Read More

Prinoth adds Company Wrench as new Ohio dealer

PRINOTH, one of the world's leading manufacturer of tracked vehicles, continues to grow its dealer network across North America and as such is announcing a new dealer for the State of Ohio. As such, Company Wrench will now represent PRINOTH for the PANTHER vehicles line-up.

Read More