“Bobcat equipment is quite versatile. The machines are wanted and they’re needed badly. You don’t see them sitting around very often. They work a lot, some of them work 24 hours a day, six days a week.”
— Mark Hagel, Ames Construction
With its combination of skid-steer loaders, compact track loaders, compact excavators and attachments, Ames Construction crews are helping the project stay ahead of schedule.
Hagel says the equipment is critical to the project’s success.
“The Bobcat® machines are always on the
site doing something,” he says. “Some of the fi rst models we purchased have well over 2,200 hours on them.”
Why compact track loaders?
A majority of the loaders on site are of the compact track variety … 13 to be exact, including three M-Series T650s. Hagel says the ground conditions are one of the biggest reasons for selecting loaders with a rubber track undercarriage.
“Flotation and low ground pressure are important to us, especially when we’re building walls and we’re working in rock,” he says. “The compact track loaders fl oat across the rock. In that application, we have to have them. We do a lot of topsoil and curb and gutter work, where we just don’t want to disturb the ground.”
On sites where compact track loaders are working side by side with much larger
equipment, Hagel says his Bobcat loaders hold their own.
“Our Bobcat loaders take the place of a small wheel loader,” he says. “They’ll do quite a good job. We use the loaders to fi ll 10-wheelers; they’re moving the material to the backfi ll areas. All of our Bobcat compact track loaders have been excellent machines.”
For being in the industry as long as Hagel has, he’s worked with many brands and has compared Bobcat compact track loaders to other models. He says Bobcat loaders are far superior.
Throughout the construction project, Hagel has developed a strong working relationship with his local Bobcat dealer, Intermountain Bobcat. The Salt Lake City-based dealership provides three- fold assistance to Hagel: service, parts and rental.
“Service-wise, Intermountain Bobcat has technicians on the jobsite daily,” he says. “They check the equipment and service it according to the recommended intervals. They keep track of that for us.”
Genuine Bobcat parts are important to Hagel, which is why he uses only
Bobcat parts for the machines. “They (Intermountain Bobcat) keep us supplied. I don’t even have to talk to the dealer about it; they keep a supply readily on- hand.” A trailer full of parts is kept near the jobsite in a secure area.
As the need for additional machines arose, Hagel called upon his Bobcat dealer again for support. He’s rented nearly a dozen compact excavators and compact track loaders to supplement his current inventory.
“You’re not just buying a machine, it’s the parts, service and support you get from the dealer,” Hagel says. “We know who we can go to. If you can’t get the support, then a machine is no good to me.”
On an infrastructure project of this magnitude, Bobcat compact equipment and attachments have been instrumental in helping Hagel and Ames Construction and PRC crews stay on schedule, even get work done earlier than planned. Bobcat machines, coupled with unmatched dealer support, have proven their trademark durability that sets them apart.
Read more about the I-15 CORE project online at www.udot.utah.gov/I15CORE
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Bobcat compact excavators complement larger construction equipment along the I-15 project near Provo, Utah. Bobcat excavators help with numerous underground installations, backfi lling and grading projects.
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