RACINE, Wis. (Feb. 09, 2011) – Case Construction Equipment has launched its new Alpha Series line of skid steers and compact track loaders, introducing nine skid steer models and three compact track loaders. The new Case machines deliver best-in-class horsepower and breakout force.
Case engines in the new skid steer family range from 46 hp (34 kW) to 90 hp (67 kW) with rated operating capacities ranging from 1,300 lb (590 kg) in the new class-size SR130, to 3,000 lb (1360 kg) in the SV300.
The new Case compact track loaders deliver 74 hp (55 kW) in the TR270 and 90 hp (67 kW) in both the TR320 and TV380. Rated operating capacities range from 2,700 lb (1226 kg) to 3,800 lb (1723 kg).
“Case skid steers and compact track loaders have always been known for power and productivity,” said Curtis Goettel, marketing manager. “Our new Alpha Series skid steers deliver industry-leading bucket breakout force – up to 8,585 pounds. When comparing all 1,750-pound rated operating capacity machines (the industry’s highest-volume class), the Case SR175 has more than twice the bucket breakout force than the current best-selling model in this size class.”
The Alpha Series includes both radial-lift and vertical-lift models. The radial lift machines (designated with an R in the model name), are engineered for digging, prying and pushing, while the vertical lift models (designated with a V), excel on lift-and-carry applications.
Radial-lift models in the Case Alpha Series include six new wheeled skid steers – the SR130, SR150, SR175, SR200, SR220 and SR250 – and two compact track loaders – the TR270 and TR320. There are four vertical-lift models – the SV185, SV250 and SV300 skid steers and the TV380 compact track loader.
Comfortable cabs, larger fuel tanks
Improved visibility, operator comfort, climate management and operator controls define the new Case Alpha Series machines. To begin, the skid steer cabs are 25 percent larger – the widest in the industry. They feature a revolutionary ultra-narrow wire side-screen design that improves operator visibility. Plus, the glass surface was increased to provide 360-degree visibility.
“The spacious cabs are ideal for the long, hard days farmers spend in equipment,” Goettel said. “Twenty-five percent larger makes a world of difference.” He added that operators noted the huge difference and extra visibility provided by the new design.
The Alpha Series cabs also provide a superior climate management system. The sealed cab significantly reduces the amount of noise and dust. A new heating and air conditioning system creates a comfortable environment year-round. Goettel said, “A comfortable environment helps the operator be more productive, which ultimately improves the bottom line.”
The Alpha Series models also feature larger fuel tanks. Thanks to improved fuel efficiency and new 16- to 25.5-gallon (60.6 to 96.5 l) fuel tanks, Case skids steers can easily run for 8-10 hours without refueling.
The new Power Stance chassis design features a longer wheelbase. This added stability means that operators will be able to lift and haul more material. A front/rear weight distribution of 30/70 and the longer wheel base keep the center of gravity from moving when the loader arms are raised.
Goettel explained, “Productivity improves when operators feel stable using their machines.”
Electro-hydraulic (EH) switchable controls are available on all Alpha Series models. “This is especially helpful when you have two or more people running the equipment. Operators can easily switch between control patterns based on preference,” Goettel said.
The Case SR130 and SR150 skid steers are designed for landscape and agricultural use. In addition, they are easy to transport with a trailer. Both models have an extremely low overall height, at 75 inches (1900 mm), making it easier to clear overhead obstacles.
As in the earlier 400 Series 3 models, the new Case compact track loaders feature a dozer-style undercarriage, engineered to hold fast on steep slopes and take command of muddy or sandy terrain. The undercarriage has a rigid track frame with fewer moving parts, so it is more durable and easier to maintain than suspension track systems.
Easy access to filters and engine fluids makes maintenance on the Case Alpha Series models a breeze, Goettel said. The regular maintenance points are grouped in one area so operators do not need to walk around the machine to find specific service points. Maintenance points, such as the radiator, fuel filter, battery terminals and engine oil fill are easy to find under the engine compartment cover and door.
A removable side panel provides access to the engine oil filter and environmentally friendly drain. Additionally, the oil cooler and radiator tilt out for easy cleaning.
“This easy access and ease of service provided on the Case Alpha Series machines means farmers can keep these machines producing,” Goettel said.
Skid steer and compact track loader operators can see and operate the new Case Alpha Series equipment at more than 700 Case and Case IH dealers in North America.