RJS dozes at high speedSuperior’s RJS Industrial Services Group, a division of Reuben Johnson & Son, has become just the second construction company in the world to add a first-of-its-kind, high-speed dozer (HSD) to its operations.
Superior’s RJS Industrial Services Group, a division of Reuben Johnson & Son, has become just the second construction company in the world to add a first-of-its-kind, high-speed dozer (HSD) to its operations. A contractor in the state of Virginia is the only other company besides RJS to have begun using the newly-developed John Deere 764 HSD, which finish grades and dozes up to twice as fast as traditional crawlers.
To enhance productivity on the job site, RJS has equipped its new dozer with the world’s most advanced GPS machine-control system – the new Topcon 3D-MC2. It provides more than 100 blade-position checks per second, increasing speed and accuracy up to 200 percent over existing 3D systems.
Together, the high-speed dozer and machine control system allow workers to do smooth and accurate grading on the first pass, rather than needing repeated passes and frequent adjustments, meaning one grader can now do the work of two in the same amount of time.
“RJS has always been committed to increasing efficiency to help our customers reduce expenses, and our new high-speed dozer and 3D GPS system have given us another modern way to do that,” said Dave Lemke, vice president of the RJS Industrial Services Group. He said the dozer is now being used northeast of Grand Rapids, Minn., on a rail spur project that will serve the Essar Steel facility.
Among the other features of the John Deere 764 HSD are an 11-foot wide blade and rubber tracks that allow it to traverse concrete and asphalt with no damage to roadways.
Reuben Johnson & Son was founded in Superior in 1956 as a regional construction company specializing in commercial, industrial and highway/heavy projects. The company’s diverse holdings now include the RJS Construction Services Group LLC; RJS Industrial Services Group LLC; RJS Real Estate Group LLC; RJS Transportation Group LLC; Johnson Materials Company; Fraser Shipyards; and Northern Engineering Company, all located in Superior. It also owns Energy Systems Company of Omaha, Neb. Call (715) 394-7771 or visit www.rjs5300.com for more information.