This ad will close in 15 sec

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
Aggregates Equipment
Industry News

Windmill Developments, The Minto Group and ZZEN Group of Companies team up for a more responsible aggregate sector

Windmill Developments, The Minto Group and ZZEN Group of Companies sent notice to the Cornerstone Standards Council (CSC) that they will preferentially purchase certified aggregate materials if other factors like price, quality and availability are equal. This announcement is an important step towards a building industry that recognizes aggregate sites that voluntarily operate under more stringent requirements than law.

"I am pleased to say that when offered the choice of a product made with CSC certified material we will choose that product over other similar products," said Rodney Wilts, Partner at Windmill Developments. "With the Cornerstone certification leaders in the aggregate industry are stepping up and challenging themselves to operate in a more responsible way. Windmill Developments applauds this type of initiative and encourages our partners in sustainable development to choose certified aggregates whenever possible."

Read More

Tags
Asphalt Equipment

Roadtec Presents Autotracking Package for Material Transfer Vehicles

The Autotracking package for the Roadtec Shuttle Buggy Material Transfer Vehicle automates the Shuttle Buggy allowing it to operate at a continuous speed with a paver. This new option enables the paver to set the speed for the Shuttle Buggy preventing any defects in the mat associated with stopping and starting the paver.

Currently, MTV operators have to continuously monitor and adjust their speed to keep their distance from the paver constant; with the Autotracking package, that constant worry is eliminated. The speed of the Shuttle Buggy is automatically adjusted up or down to maintain a set distance from the paver. This option seamlessly links the paving train and improves operation by eliminating inconsistencies with speed and distance.

Read More

Tags
Crawler Dozers

Komatsu America Corp. introduces the new D65PXi-18

Komatsu America Corp., has introduced the new D65PXi-18, the latest addition to its next generation of intelligent machine control and dozer technology.

The long track, low ground pressure D65PXi-18 excels in soft or wet conditions and offers exceptional stability for finish grading applications. It features a stronger, 217-horsepower, SAA6D114E-6, EPA Tier 4 Final emissions certified engine . Komatsu claims that its engine solution is environmentally friendly and provides high levels of performance while reducing fuel consumption and operating costs.

Read More

Tags
Industry News

Vermeer announces Ultimate Crew contest semifinalists

Ulmer Contracting, from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Ulmer Contracting, from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Vermeer Corporation has introduced the Ultimate Crew contest semifinalists. Eight crews from across North America are one step closer to winning a trip to the International Construction & Utility Equipment Exposition (ICUEE) 2015 where they will compete for the grand prize package — which includes the use of a Vermeer D24x40 Series II Navigator® horizontal directional drill for 12 months and the chance to be featured in future Vermeer marketing efforts.

Vermeer congratulates the eight semifinalists.

Crew: Chase Boyer, Colby Boyer, John Boyer, Scott Boyer and Steve Boyer

Crew: Mike Millner, Neal Vatnsdal and Jedd Von Ende

Crew: Elena Bisognin, Nathan Shalay, Paul Stancic and Chuck Ulmer

Crew: Ivan Hershberger, Justin Hershberger, Marvin Hershberger, Reuben Hershberger and Raymond Mast

Crew: Tim Beyerink, David Hildreth, Tom Hildreth and Shannon Pierce

Crew: Orin Blackmore, Ron Cole, Rodney Gilliam, Terry Gorsuch and Frazier Yazzie

  • M3 Contracting, from Monticello, Minnesota

Crew: Colby Mavencamp, Dave Mavencamp, Mike Muir and Matt Schneider

  • Precision Underground Inc., from Bismarck, North Dakota

Crew: Tyler Blauert, Delbert Maruska and Sara Ryckman

Read More

Join our mailing list

Latest headlines
delivered to you weekly

Heavy Equipment Guide
Tags
Excavators

LBX excavators do it all on solar projects

Lawrence Knapp saw the light soon after the government of Ontario introduced programs to encourage solar development in 2009. He quickly went to work building a new equipment fleet to provide specialized construction services to solar operators.

Site prep

Read More

Tags
Industry News

RMT Equipment Moves Headquarters to Blainville, Quebec

Company President Marc Lefebvre and Hugo La Riviere, VP Sales & Operations welcome visitors to their new offices.
Company President Marc Lefebvre and Hugo La Riviere, VP Sales & Operations welcome visitors to their new offices.

RMT, a leading North American distributor of onboard weighing and backup camera systems specially built for heavy equipment, has opened its new 6,000 sq. ft. head office and warehouse facility in Blainville, Quebec, near the international transportation hub of Montreal.

Designated as the North American headquarters for global manufacturing including VEI Loader Scales, TRACK-VISION Safety Backup Camera Systems, SciTronics belt scales and metal detectors, and BRT onboard truck scales, the Blainville facility integrates a wide range of resources for parts and service support, factory training and product development.

Read More

Tags
Crawler Dozers

FIVE YEARS IN THE MAKING

The 1050K Crawler Dozer is the largest, most powerful dozer ever built by John Deere. Utilizing years of research and extensive customer feedback, the 1050K has all the qualities needed for mining, quarrying, road building and other large-scale applications.

“Customer feedback was vital in developing this game-changing dozer,” said Mark Oliver, crawler dozers product marketing manager, John Deere Construction & Forestry. “This is a Deere designed machine that is fully supported by John Deere dealers and it’s unlike any crawler dozer our customers have ever seen in this size class. The 1050K is a new generation of crawler dozer that provides the uptime, low daily operating costs, and productivity needed on today’s jobsite.”

Read More

Tags
Demolition
Excavators

Liebherr R 960 demolition excavator features new demolition control system

Liebherr’s R 960 demolition excavator replaces the R 954 C demolition and is available in two versions: a 28-metre boom length and a 34-metre boom length. Operating weight is a maximum 93.5 tonnes. Its diesel engine complies with Tier 4 Final standards and returns 240 kW/326 hp.

Attachment tools with a weight of up to 3.5 tonnes can be used to achieve high breaking force.

Read More

Tags
Asphalt Equipment

Roadtec RX-600e Tier 4 Final Transition

The RX-600e cold planer offers a unique combination of power, balance, and efficiency. Previously meeting Tier 4 interim compliance, the new RX-600e is powered by a Cummins QSX 15 Tier 4 final engine with a maximum power of 675 hp (496 kW) @ 1,850 engine. True to the Roadtec way, the machine remains extremely accessible and operator-friendly with simplified controls.

The tier 4 final version of the RX-600e comes with a number of updated components including back lit ground controls. In order to provide additional safety and operator comfort, a dust extraction system is now a standard feature on the RX-600e. This system pulls dust from the primary conveyor and ejects the particles into the dump truck alongside the secondary conveyor.

Read More