The company decided to opt for a slightly larger model that would also increase productivity as well as providing reliability, together with a more comfortable operator environment.
The 321E is equipped with many of the features of the larger models in the Case range. The new machines will work as part of the company’s ground improvement fleet on sites across the UK supporting Roger Bullivant’s vibro stone column rigs. One loader will be allocated per rig depositing stone into a bore created by a vibrating poker attachment.
Prior to choosing Case machines, Roger Bullivant undertook market research into what was available before opting for the 321Es, which it considered met the brief of durability and productivity, as well as having potential to provide a cost saving.
Andy Street, ground improvement manager from Roger Bullivant said: “After a review of the plant available we short-listed two machines, plus the Case 321E, which initially was not deemed to be a serious contender. Everybody was expecting one of the others to be the loader of choice, but this changed during the next review stage.” The two other machines were dismissed, one due to cost as it was considered to be far too expensive. The second machine, in Bullivant’s opinion, appeared not to be as robust as the Case 321E.
“The Case 321E offered better value and was better equipped, that said, it was the final stage of decision-making that swung it for Case,” said Street. “It’s quite simply a better built machine and seems to be built for the job at hand. Whilst the second machine we considered looked good, when you got up close it didn’t seem to be as robust. In fact every Case user I spoke to was over the moon with their Case product, and could not speak highly enough of them. Cost was of course important, but for us the overriding factor was build quality. It’s a machine which looks and feels like it will last on site.”