Wheel loaders serve a key role in Illinois' snow and ice removal program, loading salt into spreader trucks. During snow and ice storms, one wheel loader may load as many as 40 trucks during two 12-your shifts. The prime concern when selecting wheel loaders is reliability. Versatility is also a concern, since in addition to winter salt loading the wheel loaders handle asphalt and aggregates and load and unload various equipment and material to and from trucks. Other concerns in selecting wheel loaders include ease of operation, operator comfort, capacity, breakout force, maneuverability, and reach and dump heights. As part of its 1988-89 equipment procurement program, the state purchased 28 Dresser PAY (registered trademark) loaders, which included 24 515Bs and four 510Bs. The Illinois Department of Transportation's Bureau of Maintenance is currently implementing an equipment management program that will help the state minimize equipment operating costs by gathering and analyzing data. The Bureau's continuing goal is to procure equipment to do the job cost-effectively and reliably.

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    Public Works Journal Corporation

    200 South Broad Street
    Ridgewood, NJ  United States  07451
  • Publication Date: 1990-4

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  • Features: Photos;
  • Pagination: p. 56-57
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  • Accession Number: 00493640
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 30 1990 12:00AM