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
Attachments

ALLU to showcase Transformer Series at CONEXPO / CONAGG

The ALLU Transformer Series comprises of an excavator/ loader/ tractor mounted bucket which screens, crushes, pulverizes, aerates, blends, mixes, separates, feeds and loads materials. This results in the feed material being effectively transformed into highly valuable products, making your business more efficient, and more profitable. Catering for applications of all sizes, and capable of processing any material that can be screened and sorted, the ALLU Transformer Series comprises of the compact DL & D Series as well as the massive M Series.

Read More

Tags
Industry News

KOBELCO USA Plans Exciting CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017 Exhibit

KOBELCO Construction Machinery USA continues its commitment to quality and innovation with plans to highlight its latest advancements at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017, held March 7-11 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The exciting KOBELCO exhibit – located in booth N10002 – will feature a large selection of excavators, new and specialty models, and showcase the company’s exclusive technologies.

Read More

Tags
Lifting & Material Handling

Terex Cranes upgrades Demag all terrain crane for North American sales

Terex Cranes has “treated” its Demag AC 500-8 all terrain crane to an upgrade that has greatly enhanced the machine’s technical characteristics. The latest version of the crane complies with the United States’ Tier 4 emission standards, which means that the unit now has access to the US market. In fact, the first order from the USA has already been placed, and the new Demag AC 500-8 will be delivered mid year. As for the European markets, the crane also has  boundless access as it complies with Euromot 4 standards.

Read More

Tags
Concrete Construction

Doka Displays Formwork, Advances in Technology at CONEXPO

Park Avenue

Doka North America will be exhibiting demonstrating the latest in concrete formwork technology at CONEXPO. Doka will showcase wall, slab and climbing solutions and services ranging from engineering, field support, pre-assembly and project management. Additionally, Doka will display advances in technology, such as the Concremote sensors that enable contractors to strip formwork earlier than ever before. Concremote and Doka will also be featured in the new Technology Experience pavilion.

Read More

Tags
Aggregates
C&D Recycling

CDE unveils new sand washing plant at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017

CDE will once again participate in CONEXPO-CON/AGG where the company will unveil its latest innovation, the CDE M5500 wash plant that can produce up to 550 tons per hour of washed materials on a single chassis. A selection of Infinity screens, the company’s new development in screening technology, will also be launched on the North American market along with other technological surprises.

Read More

Tags
Trucking

Ontario operation earns N.A. Dealer of the Year from Mack

Mack Trucks named Vision Truck Group of Cambridge, Ontario, Canada its 2016 North American Dealer of the Year. Vision Truck Group achieved 189 percent of their sales goal in 2016, while also achieving 25 percent market share in their region. Vision Truck Group also made significant investments in facilities, services and people and celebrated 50 years in business in 2016. 

Read More

Tags
Aggregates
C&D Recycling

Secondary belt cleaner designed for quick installations

Superior Industries, Inc., a U.S. based manufacturer and global supplier of bulk material processing and handling systems, is expanding its line of Exterra Belt Cleaners with a new secondary model. Designed for straightforward, quick conveyor installations, the Exterra Secondary Belt Cleaner will debut at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017. Trade show attendees will be able to view the cleaner from March 7-11 at Superior’s booth (#C31955) in Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center. 

Read More

Tags
Construction Technologies

New Cat Connect hardware and software debuting at CONEXPO-CON/AGG

At CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017 Caterpillar will launch new Cat Connect hardware and software to enable equipment managers to connect all of their assets—from the largest earthmover to the smallest generator, and including both light and heavy-duty trucks and utility vehicles. New Cat Product Link technologies connect any brand and type of equipment, powered or non-powered, and all report through a single system, VisionLink.

Read More

Fifty years of motor grader innovation commemorated at CONEXPO-CON/AGG

To commemorate 50 years of the articulated motor grader at CONEXPO-CON/AGG in Las Vegas, John Deere will display a restored JD570 model that was reconditioned by two retired John Deere Dubuque Works employees, Don Bagby and Jerry Bode. Introduced in 1967, the JD570 pioneered many of the innovations and developments seen on motor graders today, including articulated frame steering, hydraulically controlled machine functions and the rollover protective structure (ROPS). 

Read More

Tags
Asphalt
C&D Recycling

Pitbull 2300B Screener new option for small- to mid-sized contractors

Lake Erie Portable Screeners introduces a portable box screener as a smaller, economical alternative to the Pitbull 2300. The Pitbull 2300B has no conveyors and features a smaller frame, allowing it to boast the durability, portability and screening rate of the 2300 at almost half the cost. The new model is simpler, lighter and more compact than the larger version, yet delivers high outputs with a wide range of materials, including topsoil, mulch, gravel, stone and asphalt. The combination of low price and high performance makes the machine ideal for rental centers and small- to mid-sized contractors in industries such as landscaping, construction and excavation.

Read More

Tags
Industry News
Maintenance & Management

Case offers online Total Cost of Ownership calculator

CASE Construction Equipment has launched an all-new Total Cost of Ownership Calculator at CaseCE.com that provides both prospective buyers and current equipment owners insight into lifetime ownership costs. Based on a broad range of operational factors covering the entire line of CASE equipment, the program calculates data in U.S. and Canadian currencies, as well as metric and imperial measurements. 

Read More

New diesel engines offer up to 800 kVA for gensets

Volvo Penta is launching two new diesel engines – one of which has the highest power density engine per liter of displacement in its class. The TWD1645GE and TWD1644GE engines extend Volvo Penta’s competitive range and reinforce the company’s commitment to international genset customers.  

Read More

Tags
Earthmoving

Volvo to push boundaries at CONEXPO/CON-AGG 2017

Showcasing a total of 28 machines, including new models and industry-changing concept vehicles, Volvo is offering visitors to CONEXPO-CON/AGG multiple interactive experiences to see how it is pushing boundaries of conventional machine design and technology. Visitors will interact with new intelligent operator systems, machine monitoring technologies, can visit the 3D theater and even pan for gold with the stars of Discovery Channel’s Gold Rush. A range of new technologies and services will be unveiled, the most notable of which are ActiveCare Direct and Dig Assist.

Read More