Cat® AccuGrade™ Continues to Grow. Must Be the Productivity.
It may be hard to believe, but the economic downturn had little impact on the steadily growing implementations of grade control technology on Cat® Dozers. “There has been steady growth in the adoption of grade control systems on our track-type tractors and motor graders since the downturn in 2009,” says Scott Schmidtgall, technology business development manager at Caterpillar. “We definitely see customers ordering a higher percentage of machines with AccuGrade™ Attachment Ready Options.”
The trend would indicate that grade control for dozers is not just paying for itself, but driving higher productivity and profits on a fast track. In a recession, a $15,000 or $20,000 investment in grade control for a 100- to 125-hp tractor has to send money to a contractor’s bottom line right away. Prices to automate dozer operation are about 1% to 6% of the dozer’s cost, depending on the size and cost of the tractor.
Cat AccuGrade technology helps save money almost immediately by reducing or eliminating staking costs, eliminating rework, reducing the amount of materials needed and reducing undercarriage wear. As more customers adopt systems, it becomes a competitive necessity to bring GRADE technologies into the operation.
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