Equipment focus: Case CX210C excavator
A 21-tonne CX210C is the latest in a long line of Case excavators to be used by Drouin South Excavations to conquer the rough and rugged Australian bush.
Andy Kemp, the second-generation owner of the contracting company based in Victoria’s Gippsland region, says the Case CX210C is used "for just about everything".
"We use our Case heavy excavator for clearing trees, for ripping up concrete or for whatever else we need when we are doing excavation work," Kemp says. "The CX210C does the job without any hassles at all."
The trees Kemp is talking about are huge 30m gum trees with trunk diameters of close to 2m.
The basis of the CX210C’s power is a Tier IV Isuzu 4HK1X common rail engine which combines fuel efficiency and low emissions with increased power — 157 horsepower (117kW). Case says a power-boost feature delivers added muscle required to operate through tough conditions.
Fuel savings are increased through the use of advanced hydraulic control and exhaust gas recirculation (EGR). Three working modes match power and speed to every application.
"The engine is very economical," Kemp says, "and as a former mechanic, I find it easy to access and work on it if I need to. Case has really put some thought into the design of the CX210C’s engine."
Maintenance is also simplified by the use of a structured component layout, ground-level fluid checks and extended service intervals. For example, the use of a Super Fine synthetic filter allows up to 5,000-hour hydraulic oil change intervals.
Case says the redesigned boom and dipper arm on this earthmover increase strength and durability, while all electronic components have waterproofed connectors for improved reliability. Hose burst control valves are standard on boom and dipper cylinders.
"Designed to get more load in each bucket, the Case CX210C lifts faster, dumps cleaner and backs off from a 2.5m high truck without stopping to retract the bucket," Case says, "which is a great help for improving productivity."
On the operator’s side, a single window to the right of the cabin offers a clear view to the tracks and across the machine. The operating console has been made easier to read, and there are now shorter, ergonomically designed joysticks with one-touch idle and one- or two-position mode selectors.
"This is my fifth Case machine and my second CX210C — if I didn’t think they were any good, I wouldn’t keep buying them," Kemp says. "I’ve used my Case for 8000 hours straight without a problem."
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