NEWS FROM DISTRICT II
Commisioner,Dist.2), Greg Lehrman, and Mark Barnes, attended a Motor Grader Class
on April 14th and 15th. The class was very informative with various speakers on
Safety, Proper Road Building, and Maintenance of Roadways. There were Representatives
in attendance from Volvo and Caterpillar with the newest Motor Graders on the
market. We had the opportunity to operate the new equipment and examine all of
the most advanced features in road building and maintenance equipment. While the
Volvo was set up (internal cab) like the John Deere's that we operate, it did
have more responsive controls, but lacked in hydraulic power.The Volvo also
required a much more intense, regular maintenance (carousel must be adjusted
As for the Caterpillar, the
in cab was completely different. There was no steering wheel and no levers. All
adjustments were made by using two joy sticks similar to those of a game box. The
entire machine is an electronic over hydraulic piece of equipment. While the
Caterpillar was the most Intriguing of the two Motor Graders, the bugs weren't
quite worked out.
Over all, the
demonstrations and hands on were very interesting and quite informative.
Definitely an event worth attending.