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The new CTL rocks the isle of Man

Case helps keep the Isle of Man connected in Euro 27 million landmark promenade project

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The Isle of Man Government has embarked on a Euro 27 million investment project in its capital Douglas. The project, code-named MyProm, will see a complete overhaul of the popular promenade and the first reconstruction of the highway since 1935.

The initial stages are already underway by groundworks company Stephen Christian & Sons, involving the installation of a new utility system of electric, water, gas, telecoms and street lighting. At the heart of this activity is a Case Construction Equipment, TR270 Compact Track Loader, with Case T450 Rock Wheel attachment.

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1. Case Compact track loader on the Promenade on the Isle of Man

“This is a landmark project for the Douglas community – explains Richard Christian, Director of Stephen Christian & Sons. We’re trusted with a project that means a lot to the people who live here. It will drive additional tourism to this area and improve the livelihoods of those who work in our island’s capital. We’ve worked with Manx Utilities for many years and a big part of this longstanding relationship is the quality of our work and the reliability of our equipment”.

Stephen Christian & Sons has been a Case customer for over 30 years with a current fleet of ten Case machines. Case dealer Dennis Barnfield Ltd recommended the Case TR270 Compact Track Loader and the Case T450 Rock Wheel attachment.

“The Case Compact Track Loader is unrivalled when it comes to utilities work – explains Graham Barnfield, Managing Director, Dennis Barnfield Ltd. It may be compact, but it packs a punch when it comes to power and torque and it delivers consistent performance in the most demanding conditions.

We supplied a high-flow hydraulics package with this machine to deliver as much power as possible to the rock wheel. This package supplies 34% more flow than the standard hydraulics package and comes with a 14-pin electric plug socket to operate the attachment. This genuine Case Rock Wheel attachment gives the operator complete control while digging trenches with ease”.

2. The TR270 Case with rock wheel attachment

“Trenching is demanding on our operators – continues Richard Christian. They have to work fast against tight deadlines and that means long days. The Case Compact Track Loader performs consistently and reliably in these challenging conditions. The cab is quiet, spacious and comfortable, with full air conditioning and radio, so operators can work the long hours needed to get the job done without fatigue.

There is nothing else on the market quite like the Rock Wheel attachment. It’s a great tool for our utility contracts and cuts through the road with ease. On the Douglas promenade job, we’re cutting through 200 mm of reinforced concrete and 50 mm of asphalt with no problems.

The tool creates a consistent trench every time, cutting to the exact width of the wheel, which is perfect for the micro-trenching needed for telecom jobs. When you’re creating kilometres of trenching, the time savings add up. Put simply, the rock wheel saves us time and money while ensuring that we deliver a consistently high standard of work”.

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3. The T450 rock wheel attachment in action

The Case T450 Rock Wheel is also available for the new Case B-series range of Skid Steer Loader, launched in March 2020.

“Attachments only increase the versatility of Case compact machines – said Joseph O’Grady, Business Director Northern Europe, Case Construction Equipment. A landmark project like the redevelopment on the promenade in Douglas offers the ideal arena to showcase the power and flexibility the machines offer. We are delighted that it has been such a success and look forward to seeing how the works progress”.

Egidio Galano, Case Compact Line Product Manager, was asked two questions about the machine and its use at the Isle of Man construction site.

“Strade & Autostrade”: “What is the Case TR270 tracked skid steer loader aimed at and what are its main features?”.

“Egidio Galano”: “The Case Compact Track Loader range consists of five models: three with radial geometry and two with vertical geometry. Customers choose a compact track loader, compared to a machine that uses tires, because they are looking for greater buoyancy on uneven ground and greater stability. This was the case in Douglas, resulting in the use of the T450 wheel excavator.

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4. The new TV450B Case, presented in March 2020

This stability can be further increased by mounting two additional ballast weights on the side, which increase the machine’s nominal capacity. The radial geometry used by the TR270 is ideal for demanding applications as it has better breakout force and digging capacity, while the vertical geometry is more suitable for loading and unloading.

The TR270 comes with two hydraulic auxiliary circuit options: standard flow, which delivers 92 litres per minute and high flow, which brings the hydraulic flow to 123 litres per minute at 210 bar pressure. These two hydraulic options give the operator the possibility to use a very wide range of attachments with different characteristics and operating needs”.

“S&A”: “Would you like to talk in more detail about the equipment used on the Isle of Man site and its possible applications?”.

“EG”: “The Case T450 wheel excavator is specifically designed to work on hard or compact surfaces such as asphalt, concrete and rock.

The T450 is ideal for small excavations with a defined cross-section, such as for fibre optic cable routing. The advantage of using a wheel excavator, compared to other forms of excavation, are the total cleanliness of the excavation, the high cutting force and the maximum safety of use”.

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5. The new Case B Series

Stephen Christian of the Company of the same name, Client Case for over 30 years, instead wanted to motivate the choice of machines Case.

“S&A”: “How many Case machines to do you have in your fleet and when did you buy the Case TR270 Compact Track Loader?”.

“Stephen Christian”: “We have ten Case machines and we bought the machine in October 2018”.

“S&A”: “What were the were the operator’s impressions on the new machine? Did they influence the purchasing decision?”.

“SC”: “I myself tried the loader and think it’s a powerful, small machine & easy to operate. We have a long history of purchasing Case machinery & have no hesitation in continuing purchasing Case. We purchased a skid steer 25 years ago which is still in use”.

“S&A”: “Did you have any training from the dealer, or did the ease of use of the machine make it possible to get down to work immediately?”.

“SC”: “The operator has 40 plus years experience in operating machinery & therefore found it easy to operate. But I must admit it is easy to operate and very intuitive”.

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