RJS unveils hybrid end loadersThe world’s first hybrid-fuel end loaders have made their way to Superior. Last week, the first end loaders that operate on diesel fuel but have the ability to switch to electricity when idling or performing certain operations rolled off the line.
By: Superior Telegram, Superior Telegram
The world’s first hybrid-fuel end loaders have made their way to Superior.
Last week, the first end loaders that operate on diesel fuel but have the ability to switch to electricity when idling or performing certain operations rolled off the line.
And RJS Construction Group was at the John Deere factory in Davenport, Iowa, to pick them up.
This week operators are getting used to the new loaders as the company prepares to head to Walker, Minn., for a construction project for the the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
The two diesel-hybrid machines use a four-tier emission certified engine to generate power for the electrical systems. They are designed to operate using about 25 percent less fuel, making them more environmentally friendly.
For every construction job the company does, there is a line item for fuel, said Pete Weidman, president of RJS. He said when those costs are lower for the company, they are also less expensive for the builder using their services.
“This helps us save our customers money on their construction projects, Wiedman said. “We’re always looking for new ways to be efficient and pass those savings along to our clients. We’re proud to have the first equipment of this kind from Deere.
Hybrid technology is used with some larger equipment such as machines used in mining, but this is the first time hybrid power plants have been installed in end loaders the size of the John Deere’s 644K.
“Fuel costs are a significant expense for our construction customers,” said John Chesterman, a product marketing manager for John Deere. “We decided to build these loaders to help them lower operating expenses.”
While the cost of the machines are a little higher than standard fuel end loaders, but those costs are likely to be recovered within two years of operation.
Weidman said the new loaders will be used for projects such as roadwork and building site preparation.