The company said that proven reliability and performance combined with reduced ownership costs were key reasons for picking the Case 1021 F to join its quarry and earthmoving fleet.
The Case 1021F will join an existing Case fleet of seven 921F wheeled loaders at Burlington’s Kirby-in-Furness quarry. It will work alongside Case CX350C and CX470B crawler excavators at the quarry face, loading the cut stone blocks onto trucks for transportation to secondary cutting, production, crushing and recycling facilities on site. To enable longer lengths of stone to be moved the 1021F has been fitted with tyre chains plus a V Profile special bucket.
“The Case 921E has been a great machine for us,” said Ian Kelly, quarry manager at Burlington Stone. “We’ve been using Case loading shovels for 17 years and they have proved to be reliable and robust enough to handle working in what is quite a harsh environment on our sites. We have always had good productivity with the Case machines through very little down time, and the power delivered by the machine is great for handling the large blocks of slate we extract.”
He added “Without the proven reliability the Case machines offer we didn’t feel the others we looked at offered the best value for money. For us it was the complete package of a good purchase price, plus good fuel consumptions figures and low maintenance costs. We also have a very good working relationship with Malcolm Mackay at Dennis Barnfield, which has been built up over the last 17 years. They are fairly local to us and if we have a problem or need to fit a service in around our planned operations they always do their best to help.”
Burlington’s machine operators have also been impressed with the 1021F especially the visibility offered by the new cab layout, and the joystick steering system, which is integrated into the left hand armrest and eases the control of repetitive loading duties. There is also the optional rearview wide-angle camera, which has a live feed to the colour monitor in the cab for additional security and improved safety on site.