There are two types of wheeled off-road dump trucks: rigid and articulated. The technology incorporated into each is very similar. They both followed recent tech trends by adding operator enhancements and they all meet EPA Tier 4 Final/EU Stage IV emission standards, notes Kresten Binder, executive vice president for Hydrema US. “They basically have the same technology,” he... “Both articulated and rigid dump trucks do utilize similar technology, such as payload monitoring systems, telematics, and automatic retarders,” adds Joe Sollitt, product marketing manager, haul trucks and motor graders, for Komatsu America Corp. The technology is similar from an operational standpoint, states Maryanne Graves, product marketing manager, articulated dump trucks (ADTs), for John Deere Construction and Forestry. Both offer remote monitoring, traction control, downhill speed control, collision warning and, in mining, a birds-eye view. In addition, she says, there’s “not a lot of price difference at the lower end. “It’s all about the application,” insists Binder, adding.
That’s a balancing act even researchers harvesting test plots are challenged to meet. Today’s combines, however, are so well engineered that they can come darn close to those targets, provided you are willing to invest in the day-to-day diligence needed to evaluate your harvester’s performance and to fine-tune its operation to... Yield, loss, and capacity monitors wave checkered flags for peak performance. Plus, in-cab adjustments allow on-the-go tweaking, header height and angle corrections are now automatic, and hands-free steering permits you to focus on harvesting like never before. “All the advanced technology in the world should never replace a talented producer with a keen eye for the performance of the machine during harvest. ” states Kelly Kravig of Case IH. Caleb Schleder of AGCO adds, “Take time to understand all the different jobs a combine performs and how they’re all related to each other. ” That knowledge could prevent you making an incorrect adjustment that seemed right at the time. Without first checking to see what’s going on.