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

Haver & Boecker launches new time-saving Split-Bucket Mounting System

Haver & Boecker’s new Tyler F-Class Dynamic Split-Bucket System offers operators simplified maintenance and, in turn, cuts service downtime in half.

Haver & Boecker has introduced its Tyler F-Class Split-Bucket Mounting System, which offers simplified maintenance and bearings change outs for operators and, in turn, cuts service downtime in half. The rubber mount housing, or split-bucket system, provides operators easy access to critical components, such as rubber mounts and body brackets.

Read More

Tags
Drilling & Foundations

Deep foundation equipment from Liebherr deployed by Hilti & Jehle GmbH

Rotary drilling rig type LB 44 from Liebherr on-site in Dornbirn, Austria.

The Austrian construction company Hilti & Jehle GmbH is relying on modern and high performance machines from Liebherr for complex deep foundation tasks. A rotary drilling rig type LB 44 is currently working on the construction of a factory building in Dornbirn. At the end of last year, Liebherr’s new piling and drilling rig LRB 355 celebrated its debut on one of Hilti & Jehle’s jobsites.

Read More

Get our newsletter
(it's Free)

Insight delivered weekly to your inbox

it's free!
Heavy Equipment Guide
Tags
Equipment Management & Maintenance

HYDREX hydraulic fluid gains exclusive commitment from McCloskey for North America

 HYDREX hydraulic fluids.

Petro-Canada Lubricants Inc., a Suncor business, has secured an exclusive commitment from McCloskey International Ltd. to use its newly reformulated HYDREX hydraulic fluids for manufacturing of machinery and as factory fill. As an early adopter of the new fluids, McCloskey’s two-tier endorsement includes product applications for its own machinery, as well as the approval to use HYDREX in the equipment they manufacture (OEM approval). Additionally, McCloskey will now be featuring HYDREX as part of its outgoing promotion and communication on their equipment.

Read More

Tags
Industry News

DEUTZ moves and expands value add production operation

DEUTZ Corporation recently moved its Value Add production operation from Norcross, GA to a facility with a larger, 60,000-square-foot production area in Pendergrass, GA. As a result, DEUTZ has been able to increase the number of Value Add production lines from one to three. While the company already manufactures thousands of engines annually through its Value Add operation, the expansion will allow DEUTZ to increase production and serve even more OEM partners.

Read More

Tags
Industry News

Yanmar to purchase Terex's compact construction equipment business

Yanmar Holdings Co., Ltd. has concluded a final agreement with Terex Corporation to acquire Terex's European compact construction equipment business for approximately US$60 million. Through this business, Terex carries out the production and sale of wheel loaders, midi/mini excavators, wheel excavators, and other products in Europe. Included in the acquisition are the manufacturing facility located in Crailsheim, Germany, and a parts distribution centre located in Rothenberg, Germany.

Read More

Tags
Trucks & Trailers

Limited edition Mopar ’16 Ram Rebel ready to hit the road this summer

The Mopar ’16 Ram Rebel will feature a limited production of just 500 vehicles (100 for the Canadian market).

The Ram Truck and Mopar brands has announced the introduction of the Mopar ’16 Ram Rebel, the most recent limited-edition vehicle created using a unique selection of performance parts and accessories from the service, parts and customer-care brand of FCA US LLC.

Read More

Get our newsletter
(it's Free)

Insight delivered weekly to your inbox

it's free!
Heavy Equipment Guide
Tags
Drilling & Foundations

Little Beaver heavy-duty geotechnical drill rig

Little Beaver offers a new Lone Star LST1G+HD heavy-duty geotechnical drill rig that achieves hollow stem auger drilling to 100 feet.

Little Beaver has introduced the new Lone Star LST1 heavy-duty geotechnical drill rig. The LST1G+HD drills to 100 feet with an optional 4.25-inch hollow stem auger. The new model offers enhanced power and capabilities when compared to Little Beaver’s smaller LST1G+ geotechnical drill. Little Beaver added a planetary reduction gearbox for more torque and a reduction mechanism for increased push/pull-back force over its standard geotechnical drill rig. It gives engineers and soil technicians an efficient, robust and dependable drill for standard penetration tests (SPT) and sampling soils for academic testing.

Read More

Tags
Attachments
Industry News

Watch this: Heavy Machinery Girl saves the day with Taguchi Kogyo's Guzzilla DS Cutter

These two new ads from Japan demonstrate some out-of-the-box thinking for attachments applications. In each episode of the series, Heavy Machinery Girl eagerly saves the day (depending on who you ask) with the Taguchi Kogyo Guzzilla DS Cutter. While the results of her demonstration of the massive shears don't impress everyone, Heavy Machinery Girl's sorry-not-sorry shrug will surely win over anyone who shares the desire to cause a little chaos with a massive cutting implement. The final two episodes will debut later this month.

Read More

Tags
Excavators

Cat 300.9D VPS mini hydraulic excavator offers flexible power options for emissions-sensitive operations

Caterpillar 300.9D VPS mini hydraulic excavator.

Caterpillar has added the model 300.9D VPS (Versatile Power System) to the Cat range of mini-hydraulic excavators. The versatile design of the 300.9D VPS benefits both the owner/operator and the rental company by allowing the machine – in conjunction with its separate hydraulic power unit – to work either with its diesel engine or from a remote electrical power source, with no loss of performance. Having an electrical drive system remote from the machine enhances utilization and rental options. The 300.9D VPS can be rented alone for regular applications – or with the hydraulic power unit when the job requires low noise and zero emission.

Read More