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  • The Legal Payload Debate

    by Francesca Martin | Jun 12, 2017

    JJE's Pat McGee delves into the legal payload debate:  “There has been a lot of talk about hydro vac trucks and a new found concern for payload.  While an awful lot of the buzz has been focused on ‘lightweight’ units, there is a great deal more to consider when looking at payload than just low tare weight.”

    Without fail, I get this question at least four times a week: “How many cubic yards can I carry?”  Now if you were dealing with a consistent material, such as concrete, this question is easily answered.  But the fact of the matter is that you have no idea what you will be facing when you leave the yard.  Depending on the composition of the soil and the amount of water required to do the job, the specific weight of the material per cubic foot varies wildly from place to place.  

    So really, the question should be: “How much weight of material can I legally carry while still having a machine that does the job?”  Some will try to tell you that a small tandem is the only legal truck - which quite frankly is an unmitigated lie.  A small truck might be an option, but if you’re in a “Big Dog” market it’s unlikely to satisfy your customers’ needs.

    Maximize Your Axle Efficiency

    If you take the smoke and mirrors away, we are basically left with dealing with a few simple issues - and here’s the biggie:  How do I distribute weight properly to take maximum advantage of my legal axle capacity for a given jurisdiction? 

    As we go to different jurisdictions, the amount of weight allowed per axle grouping varies widely.  However, with a properly engineered truck you can literally have your cake and eat it too.

    I’ve illustrated a very simple truck below to help you understand.  This applies to all trucks, not just hydro vacs. This issue is not new, the over the road trucking industry has been dealing with weight and weight distribution forever.  Given the proper design, you can maximize the efficiency capacity of the axles.  So let’s start by looking at a very simple configuration - a single axle truck.

    Maximize Your Axle Efficiency

    Now let’s just say that you operate in Ontario and you’re allowed to carry up to 10,000 kgs on your single drive axle and up to 9,000 kgs on your steering axle.  With most vacuum trucks it’s very easy to attain your maximum drive axle weight because, by nature of these machines, the debris body is at the rear so it can discharge the load.

    Regardless of the manufacturer, what often happens is that as the debris body is loaded it actually unloads the steering axle, which has the impact of reducing the amount of weight the vehicle can carry because you are not taking full advantage of the theoretical 9,000 kgs on the front axle. Without maximizing your axle efficiency it doesn’t matter how light you make the truck.

    So how do you do it?  By designing the load center (debris, water, and equipment weight) to sit correctly on the truck (signified by the star), to be able to transfer weight forward in order to maximize your steer axle weight.  It’s not as simple as just throwing more axles under a truck, because if you are not achieving axle load efficiency it’s not going to work - no matter how many or how few axles you have.

    You can still have a full-size truck with full-size performance and lots of legal payloads, but it requires proper engineering, maximized axel efficiency, and vehicle configuration.  An example of a truck engineered specifically for maximum gross weight in a specific jurisdiction is shown below.  It was designed and built to maximize legal load carrying capacity under Ontario’s very stringent Schedule 23 vehicle configuration.

    So if someone is trying to tell you that they have the only “legal” truck with a full load, ask the question:  “How many kgs or lbs of legal payload”?  If the answer they give you is in yards…walk away.

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  • Keep Your Crawler Rolling with Regular Cleaning

    by Francesca Martin | Jun 12, 2017

    Originally Published By Envirosight

    Purchasing a sewer crawler is a big investment, but maintaining one can also be just as expensive if you ignore regular cleaning and maintenance.

    We’ve all been there; after a long day of work, you just don’t have the energy left to give your crawler the full, owner’s manual-approved cleaning.  You reel in your cable, wipe down the crawler and stow it away.  It’s not a problem the first time you do it, or even the second time.  The problem is when it becomes a habit.  Then sewer muck starts rotting away seals, and the crawler stops pressurizing.  Now you’ve got Operators sitting on their hands when they need to be working.  The best way to ensure your sewer inspection crawler stays working when you need it is regular cleaning and maintenance. 

    Eventually, your sewer inspection crawler will need service of some kind; they get a beating in the sewer and that takes its toll. Don’t let service costs break the bank; performing regular maintenance only takes 10 minutes a day and keeps your crawler moving and your team working.

    Contact our Service Department for more information -  service@jjei.com

    Take advantage of our Cleaning and Maintenance Parts & Service Special today!  Contact us today for more information - service@jjei.com  |  1.866.648.7257

    Keep Your Crawler Rolling with Regular Cleaning


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  • Choosing the Right Sweeper for the Job

    by Francesca Martin | Jun 12, 2017
    Originally Published By Elgin

    When choosing a sweeper, you need to study the application first.  What materials are you sweeping?  What type of surface are you sweeping?  Determine your needs in terms of debris removal, maneuverability, transport speed and off-loading, then you can figure out which is the right sweeper for you.

    Year-Round Street Sweeping Mechanical Sweepers and Waterless Dust Control Sweepers  Year-Round Street Sweeping:  Mechanical Sweepers & Waterless Dust Control Sweepers
    Great for cold climates requiring year-round sweeping of sand, gravel, silt, salt residue and other materials.  Where dust is a problem (or where dried sand and salt may result in dust when sweeping), waterless sweepers with dust control are an excellent option.
     Spring Cleanup and Heavy-Duty Sweeping - Mechanical Sweepers Spring Cleanup & Heavy-Duty Sweeping:  Mechanical Sweepers
    Sand, gravel, silt and salt often accumulate in cold, Northern climates after a winter of reduced sweeping.  Mechanical sweepers are also ideal for conveying large quantities of heavy material. 
     Leaf Removal and Pine Cone Sweeping -  Mechanical Sweepers and Regenerative Air Sweepers Leaf Removal & Pine Cone Sweeping:  Mechanical Sweepers & Regenerative Air Sweepers
    When street gutters fill with leaves, pine cones and pine needles, the wide pick-up head, large diameter suction hose and ability to raise/lower the head hydraulically makes the regenerative air sweeper and mechanical sweeper great choices for this application.
     Catch-Basin Cleaning -  Regenerative Air Sweepers and Pure Vacuum Sweepers Catch-Basin Cleaning:  Regenerative Air Sweepers & Pure Vacuum Sweepers
    Street sweeping and catch-basin cleaning require the ability to lift leaves, silt, sand, gravel and litter out of the catch basin. Regenerative air sweepers and pure vacuum sweepers are perfect for combination sweeper and catch-basin cleaning if equipped with a boom-style hose or catch basin cleaning hose feature.
     Porous Pavement Cleaning and Maintenance - Regenerative Air Sweepers and Pure Vacuum Sweepers Porous Pavement Cleaning & Maintenance: Regenerative Air Sweepers & Pure Vacuum Sweepers
    Both regenerative air sweepers and high power vacuum sweepers can be used in a practical maintenance program for porous pavement.  A high-power vacuum sweeper is also recommended for porous pavement restoration projects.


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  • Looking For a Used Street Sweeper? Take a Closer Look.

    by Francesca Martin | May 17, 2017

    Question Why is a 2005 Eagle listed at $80,000 from a local dealer when I recently watched one sell at an auction for $40,000? Then I find another one listed in the classifieds for $60,000 from a broker?

    AnswerThey are not the same sweeper.

    Elgin Eagle

    Whether you are an established sweeping contractor or a construction company looking to add a sweeper to your arsenal of equipment, you must first look at your application. With several different types of sweepers currently in production, it is essential that you determine which would work best for your sweeping needs. Many people have made the mistake of purchasing a street sweeper without paying any consideration to what materials they will be picking up.  The reason there are different configurations of street sweepers is for different applications.

    Even though you think you are comparing apples to apples when it comes to comparing used street sweepers with regards to miles, hours and vintage, there is a lot more to consider.

    Once you have determined what type of sweeper will best suit your needs, now you are ready to go shopping.

    The all-mighty dollar is always a driving factor when you make any purchase but the main focus should be on value. Referring back to the opening question of “Why do prices vary so much for what appears to be comparable sweepers?”  It’s what you can’t see that makes all the difference.  Street sweepers may be one of the most maintenance intensive pieces of equipment you own.  There are a lot of mechanical parts and wear items and if they are not properly maintained, they could cost you a lot in downtime and repairs. There are a lot of sweeper owners that neglect the maintenance side of their street sweepers.  If the sweeper is running fine then they do not feel the need to invest in maintenance. This will definitely save the current owner a few dollars but could become your issue after purchasing one of the street sweepers.

    Many sweeper buyers pay too much attention to the cosmetics of the sweeper. There are some resellers that take advantage of this by advertising their sweepers as “refurbished” or “rebuilt” when all they have done is repainted the unit and added some new wear parts. As the saying goes "You can put lipstick on a pig"...

    Does the unit look like a great sweeper? Absolutely.  Does it perform like a great sweeper? Possibly.  Will it still be a great sweeper three or four years down the road? Maybe.

    Let’s review our three price point examples for a 2005 Eagle.

    The Price Point Review

    $40,000 from a local auction house may be a great deal or a great big lemon. You can find municipal surplus, financial repossessions and contractor units at auction. With a wide variety of vendors you will also receive variable consistency with condition. Your low purchase price point could be blown out of the water after you get the unit home and get a closer look. Some makes and models have an unstable history or may even be obsolete making it difficult (and sometimes very expensive) to locate parts.  Sometimes the low price point at an auction can be attractive but without doing your homework you could end up making a poor investment.

    This brings us to our $60,000 price tag for our 2005 Eagle sweeper.  What happened to the last unit that you decided not to buy at the auction? You may be looking right at it with a fresh paint job and some new brooms and not even know it. There are a lot of dealers and brokers in the marketplace today who pick-up inventory at auctions.  Some of which do a great job at remarketing them at fair prices and adding value to be passed on to the end user.  Unfortunately there are many dealers and brokers who are simply flipping equipment to make a quick buck.  We hear stories all the time of that sweeper that looked to be in perfect condition and was a great price and they just couldn’t pass it up.

    It is important to have confidence in where you are purchasing your street sweeper from.  If your sales person can’t answer simple questions about the machine, there is a good chance the technician that completed the “rebuild” or “refurbishment” doesn’t know either.

    Finally we get to our $80,000 price point.  Now that we have seen the rest and done our homework this should be our best investment, right?

    Hopefully.

    There is a good chance that you have found the best value when you purchase a unit from a dealer that has experience with street sweepers.  They should be able to provide you with some insight on the unit’s history as well as what mechanical work has been completed.  They may also offer training and manuals that will provide you with some extra value for your money.  Most reputable dealers will also provide you with some form of assurance with regards to the sweeper’s performance after the purchase.

    In these cases the initial purchase price may seem higher than other options going in, but lowering your life-cycle costs over the course of ownership is a solid investment.  We would encourage you to do your homework in this case to ensure that you are dealing with a reputable company.

    As with every part of your business there are risks and rewards.  As a business manager you make risk / reward decisions on a daily basis.  You can minimize those risks by doing your homework and making your next sweeper purchase from a reputable dealer.

    Click here to view a full list of used sweeper inventory.

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  • An Interesting Read From Envirosight: Stop Sinkholes Before They Start

    by Francesca Martin | May 03, 2017

    Originally published by Envirosight

    From Envirosight, the best-in-class manufacturer of sewer cameras: "Sinkholes can be both costly and deadly. The US Geological Survey estimates that sinkholes cause approximately $300 million in damage per year. Sinkholes form in Karst terrain, areas with bedrock that can be dissolved by groundwater, typically salt beds, limestone, or other carbonate rock."

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    Florida, with its mostly limestone bedrock is particularly susceptible to sinkholes. They form when acidic water dissolves the bedrock, forming pathways and channels which are then filled with “overburden”, an upper layer of rock and soil. There are three main types of sinkholes:

    Dissolution

    With a thin layer of overburden covering the bedrock, the water wears the rock away, leaving a depression which often fills with water leaving a pool or marsh.

    Envirosight Dissolution











    Cover-subsidence

    Where there is a thicker layer of overburden covering the bedrock, the underlying bedrock wears away, carrying the overburden with it, leaving a depression. These occur most often when the overburden is mostly sand.

     Envirosight Cover-subsidence




    Cover-collapse

    The most abrupt and catastrophic type of sinkhole, this occurs when the overburden is mostly made of clay. Groundwater wears away the bedrock and pulls the overburden into the remaining space, leaving a void above it. Over time, the void grows upward until the roof finally collapses, creating a sudden and dramatic sinkhole.

    Envirosight Cover-collapse






    While most sinkholes occur due to mining and irrigation, sinkholes—particularly the cover-collapse variety—are a large risk for wastewater utilities with leaking pipes. The first step to preventing a sinkhole due to leaking pipes is a strong sewer inspection program.

    Consider the case of Macomb County, Michigan’s 15 Mile interceptor, which experienced its third collapse last year, creating a sinkhole which led to the evacuation of 23 homes on Christmas Eve. Inan interview with the Detroit Free Press, James Heath, a retiree from the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) stated, “It’s a systemic problem with communities that fail to perform inspections like they should.” According to the article, the pipeline was first installed in July 1972 as Macomb and Oakland counties were connected to Detroit’s wastewater treatment system. After the installation, the pipeline was left uninspected for seven years until it collapsed in 1979. Though DWSD pledged to reinspect the pipeline every two years, the pipeline collapsed again in 2004, two years after Heath retired, leaving a sinkhole behind. This collapse prompted the transfer of the sewer system to Oakland and Macomb counties in 2009. However, after an inspection near the location of the ‘04 collapse in 2009, the interceptor was again left uninspected until the discovery of the most recent sinkhole in 2016.

    Upon inspection after the first collapse and sinkhole in 1979, Jenny Engineering recommended inspecting the pipe every year until no changes were observed, and then no less frequently than every three years. Despite this recommendation, the history of sinkholes and the prevalence of sinkhole prone ground, inspections fell by the wayside.

    And, the potential for injury and cost of repair aren’t the only problems caused by sinkholes. A central Florida sinkhole caused contaminated wastewater to leak into a main source of drinking water for the state in September of last year. Sinkholes can have a ripple effect on watersheds and wastewater and stormwater systems around them. Regular, thorough inspection is vital to preventing catastrophic collapses. Sewer inspection equipment can assist in identifying and logging cracks, corrosion and sagging that may indicate a system failure and sinkhole, making it easier, less time-consuming and more cost effective.

    For more information on sewer inspection equipment and how it can help you and your crew identify and evaluate sewer line issues and prevent sinkholes, visit our website.


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  • Take A Look At Envirosight's CleverScan

    by Francesca Martin | May 03, 2017

    In just 2-3 minutes the CleverScan performs a comprehensive, fully-automated assessment of a manhole’s condition.  With tens of millions of manholes in the US & Canada, it’s no wonder that municipalities and contractors are focusing on them.

    Envirosight CleverScan Manhole Scanner












    Manholes are a critical part of every sewer system – but there are many manholes that are seriously decayed, damaged, or in need of immediate rehabilitation or replacement.  The CleverScan provides you with the most precise information to determine what condition the manhole is in.  It captures visual and dimensional data, and presents the user with three powerful deliverables:

    •  A flat scan with detailed image data covering every inch of the manhole wall
    •  A dense point cloud for 3D visualization of the manhole structure and easy CAD integration
    •  A virtual view inside the manhole, where an Operator can pan, tilt and zoom to areas of interest

    How It Works

    CleverScan’s compact, lightweight design travels anywhere and deploys in minutes with a single Operator.  The Operator sits the CleverScan over an open manhole, and with the press of a button the system’s probe descends into the manhole, capturing image data using five HD cameras and building a dimensional profile using an array of four lasers.  An onboard rangefinder controls descent and determines when the scan is complete.  Scan data is immediately transferred to a laptop running CleverScan software, where it can be viewed, annotated and shared.

    Tackle any manhole inspection with the Envirosight CleverScan Manhole Scanner today – Call today to set up a demo.


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  • LoadMan Now Shipping CARTel Scales for Organics Totes and Trailers

    by Victoria Tabaczewska | Sep 26, 2016
      









    Gathers intelligence on organic pick-ups enabling reduced food waste and lower costs.

      RENTON, Wash. – Aug. 25, 2016 – Creative Microsystems, Inc., a global leader of on-board truck scales and developer of LoadMan® weighing systems, is now shipping its newly-designed CARTel™ Weigh-in-Motion on-board scales for five popular organics totes and trailers automating the weighing of bulk organics.

    LoadMan’s new CARTel on-board scale system for organics totes and trailers are all equipped with Weigh-in-Motion technology and available with sophisticated data management software tools. CARTel scales are customized for five popular makes and models of organics totes and trailers including:

    • Brown Industrial
    • Martel
    • Walinga
    • Summit
    • Travis Body and Trailers

    Food waste is the number one component dumped in the growing landfills across the United States. As reported by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), 40 percent of all food is wasted and accounts for losses of over $170 billion a year. Thousands of grocery retailers in the United States have committed to the EPA WasteWise Sustainability Program for organic recycling, diversion and zero waste. Many industries are following suit including:

    • Restaurants and commercial kitchens
    • Schools and campuses from K-12 to colleges and universities
    • Corporate campuses
    • Food processing companies
    • Military bases

    “Zero-waste programs make environmental and economic sense for any large organization,” states Larry Santi, CEO and founder of Creative Microsystems, Inc. “Our CARTel solution is designed for servicing organizations committed to reducing the flow of organic material to MSW landfills. Decreasing greenhouse gas emissions by implementing zero-waste programs are increasingly mandatory for municipalities, schools and universities, corporations and military bases. Our goal is to help make that transition as seamless as possible.”

    Roger Edberg, senior superintendent of ground services at the University of California, Santa Cruz, adds, "The potential for a reduced tipping fee in dumping compostable materials is significant in providing operational cost savings.”

    “Without the ability to log and report individual customer weight data using LoadMan, haulers must estimate each customer’s load weight when tipping multiple loads at organic recycling centers,” said Santi. “On-the-fly estimates are highly inaccurate as organics have so many different weight variables including moisture, age of material and fats. LoadMan removes the guess work and provides autonomous weighing collection – letting the driver focus on driving.”

    With LoadMan On-Board Scales, each customer can generate an accurate report of all of their bulk organic pick-ups on a daily, weekly, monthly or quarterly basis – all from LoadMan’s Load Management web software. This software combined with LoadMan’s SpotLight™ software provides automated deep-data analytics, flexible reporting and better management of truck routes and individual customers.

    CARTel scales also provide haulers with the ability to track weights, density, GPS coordinates or RFID of each customer tote. Cart intelligence gathered through the LoadMan solution informs food waste stream behavior with outcomes that reduce waste while increasing a hauler’s pick-up efficiency. With LoadMan, organic weight loads are highly accurate, typically achieving accuracy within one to two percent on every lift, regardless of the lift weight. Initial product installation and calibration takes as little as four to eight hours.

    The LoadMan CARTel On-Board Scales for Travis, Brown, Walinga, Summit and Martel dump totes and trailers are available now through LoadMan’s network of certified VARs. LoadMan also has the ability to customize for other models based on customer needs.

    About LoadMan

    Creative Microsystems, Inc. is a global leader in on-board truck weighing systems with its flagship LoadMan product line. In business for nearly three decades, the company has more than 20,000 LoadMan installations worldwide providing solutions for various applications and industries including waste and recycling, construction, defense, mining, public works, steel and timber. Its road-tested products provide complete solutions with patented loadcell technology, sophisticated electronics and load management software, and is backed by a global network of certified dealers and value-added resellers.

    For more information, contact Randy Massen.

    Randy Massen
    Refuse Equipment Sales
    226.377.7145
    rmassen@jjei.com
    www.loadman.com



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  • Trackless Introduces New MT7

    by Angela Watson | Aug 05, 2016

     

    Trackless Vehicles Ltd. launches new Series 7 municipal tractor

    Reprinted with permission from Trackless Vehicles Ltd.

    Over the last 45 years there have been hundreds of changes and improvements which have increased equipment performance, operator comfort and safety features while reducing fuel costs, noise levels and downtime. The MT7 now takes us to a whole new level.

     

    The new MT7 is being well received by all customers who have had the opportunity to test drive , check out all of the design enhancements and learn how all of the value added features benefit and reduce cost for their various departments.

    A 74 hp John Deere 4.5 LT Tier 4 final diesel engine powers the MT7. Rather than a smaller 2.8 to 3.3 LT engine, we chose the larger displacement engine for higher torque and longevity. Although the horsepower is less than our prior model MT6, it is very close to our MT3, MT4 and early model MT5s which were produced for many years and cleared snow from sidewalks, loaded trucks with our larger snow blowers and powered our largest mowing equipment. The 74 hp pto driven snow blower handles the toughest sidewalk snow conditions as did our prior, similarily powered models. The only difference an operator will notice vs the higher HP MT6 is the time required to load a truck with the snow blower. It may take up to an extra minute now. However, due to the time it takes to place a truck in position to load, pull away when loaded and position another truck in its place to continue loading, we have been told by customers that adding another 60 seconds per load will not have a significant impact on their overall snow loading operation.

    Another reason for choosing this engine was to be ahead of the mandated regulations from EPA, CARB and NRC. Since the Tier 4 interm engines are only a short lived engine, which many if not most manufactures decided to just skip past and go straight to the Tier 4 final, it did not make sense to produce a small number of tractors with a Tier 4I (interm) engine, for obvious reasons.

    Two things we wanted to avoid with the Tier 4 final engine and all customers that we consulted with agreed, was having to run urea and parked regens. Therefore, we incorporated an engine package that does not require urea and utilizes passive regens, basically meaning the regen takes place automatically while operating the tractor.

    A new joystick design for the MT7 automatically programs itself for whatever attachment is being operated by the tractor. It can now move both mower wings or folding plow wings at the same time. Forward, neutral and reverse is achieved by a simple flick of a switch on the joystick. The design and function of the new joystick is both ergonomic and extremely easy to learn and operate.

    The new digital dash illustrates all tractor and engine functions, switches to a backup camera screen when in reverse, allows access for maintenance personal to retrieve information and displays all on board self diagnostics. The self-diagnostic feature functions continuously and advises what error codes along with what the ECU has diagnosed to be the cause.

    The fuel saving from the work mode / travel mode is similar to our prior series 6 tractor. Customers have reported that they reduce their fuel consumption by approximately 50% when plowing, sanding, sweeping or roading the tractor in travel mode. Only when operating an attachment such as a snow blower or mower that requires full engine rpm for the pto is it necessary to run in work mode. The fuel cost saving over the life of the vehicle is up to $ 25,000. based on today’s fuel cost. Since most purchasing departments today evaluate life cycle costing instead of simply who is low bid, Trackless is most often deemed the most cost effective choice.

    Other efficient features include auto/run. When auto mode is engaged, the sander temporarily shuts off automatically every time the tractor stops or is shifted into reverse. This saves considerable time from having to refill less often during a shift. The Mt7 also has an adjustable flow rate switch as standard equipment.

    To decrease maintenance costs, the MT7 comes equipped with an automatic reversing engine fan to always keep the radiator and oil cooler clean. All hoods including the top hood lift off in 2 minutes, without the use of any tools, for quick easy access. However, there are still access doors on the left side panel for daily checks. The cab and hoods are all steel due to the abuse they encounter, hitting poles, scraping walls, fences, etc. However, we did switch to aluminum for the top hood to make it lighter for lifting.

    Hydrostatic lock, a type of cruise control, is now standard equipment. An Electric locking front differential is still optional. A new feature that customers are very impressed with is our anti- bounce ride control. It eliminates the bouncing after hitting a bump or pothole in the road. To accomplish this, the tractor ECU obtains the hydraulic pressure used to lift the attachment. From that it calculates what the weight of the attachment is. When the tractor hits a bump the computer calculates the speed the tractor is travelling at impact, the force of the impact together with the weight of the attachment and calculates within a logarithm how much the attachment has to move to counteract and deaden the bounce of the tractor. It all happens in milliseconds. The system does not eliminate the initial bump but it eliminates the after affect which many times can be up to ten bounces.

    Want to schedule a demo? Contact your nearest JJE location

  • Trackless Introduces New MT7

    by Angela Watson | Aug 05, 2016

     

    Trackless Vehicles Ltd. launches new Series 7 municipal tractor

    Reprinted with permission from Trackless Vehicles Ltd.

    Over the last 45 years there have been hundreds of changes and improvements which have increased equipment performance, operator comfort and safety features while reducing fuel costs, noise levels and downtime. The MT7 now takes us to a whole new level



    The new MT7 is being well received by all customers who have had the opportunity to test drive , check out all of the design enhancements and learn how all of the value added features benefit and reduce cost for their various departments.

    A 74 hp John Deere 4.5 LT Tier 4 final diesel engine powers the MT7. Rather than a smaller 2.8 to 3.3 LT engine, we chose the larger displacement engine for higher torque and longevity. Although the horsepower is less than our prior model MT6, it is very close to our MT3, MT4 and early model MT5s which were produced for many years and cleared snow from sidewalks, loaded trucks with our larger snow blowers and powered our largest mowing equipment. The 74 hp pto driven snow blower handles the toughest sidewalk snow conditions as did our prior, similarily powered models. The only difference an operator will notice vs the higher HP MT6 is the time required to load a truck with the snow blower. It may take up to an extra minute now. However, due to the time it takes to place a truck in position to load, pull away when loaded and position another truck in its place to continue loading, we have been told by customers that adding another 60 seconds per load will not have a significant impact on their overall snow loading operation.

    Another reason for choosing this engine was to be ahead of the mandated regulations from EPA, CARB and NRC. Since the Tier 4 interm engines are only a short lived engine, which many if not most manufactures decided to just skip past and go straight to the Tier 4 final, it did not make sense to produce a small number of tractors with a Tier 4I (interm) engine, for obvious reasons.

    Two things we wanted to avoid with the Tier 4 final engine and all customers that we consulted with agreed, was having to run urea and parked regens. Therefore, we incorporated an engine package that does not require urea and utilizes passive regens, basically meaning the regen takes place automatically while operating the tractor.

    A new joystick design for the MT7 automatically programs itself for whatever attachment is being operated by the tractor. It can now move both mower wings or folding plow wings at the same time. Forward, neutral and reverse is achieved by a simple flick of a switch on the joystick. The design and function of the new joystick is both ergonomic and extremely easy to learn and operate.

    The new digital dash illustrates all tractor and engine functions, switches to a backup camera screen when in reverse, allows access for maintenance personal to retrieve information and displays all on board self diagnostics. The self-diagnostic feature functions continuously and advises what error codes along with what the ECU has diagnosed to be the cause.

    The fuel saving from the work mode / travel mode is similar to our prior series 6 tractor. Customers have reported that they reduce their fuel consumption by approximately 50% when plowing, sanding, sweeping or roading the tractor in travel mode. Only when operating an attachment such as a snow blower or mower that requires full engine rpm for the pto is it necessary to run in work mode. The fuel cost saving over the life of the vehicle is up to $ 25,000. based on today’s fuel cost. Since most purchasing departments today evaluate life cycle costing instead of simply who is low bid, Trackless is most often deemed the most cost effective choice.

    Other efficient features include auto/run. When auto mode is engaged, the sander temporarily shuts off automatically every time the tractor stops or is shifted into reverse. This saves considerable time from having to refill less often during a shift. The Mt7 also has an adjustable flow rate switch as standard equipment.

    To decrease maintenance costs, the MT7 comes equipped with an automatic reversing engine fan to always keep the radiator and oil cooler clean. All hoods including the top hood lift off in 2 minutes, without the use of any tools, for quick easy access. However, there are still access doors on the left side panel for daily checks. The cab and hoods are all steel due to the abuse they encounter, hitting poles, scraping walls, fences, etc. However, we did switch to aluminum for the top hood to make it lighter for lifting.

    Hydrostatic lock, a type of cruise control, is now standard equipment. An Electric locking front differential is still optional. A new feature that customers are very impressed with is our anti- bounce ride control. It eliminates the bouncing after hitting a bump or pothole in the road. To accomplish this, the tractor ECU obtains the hydraulic pressure used to lift the attachment. From that it calculates what the weight of the attachment is. When the tractor hits a bump the computer calculates the speed the tractor is travelling at impact, the force of the impact together with the weight of the attachment and calculates within a logarithm how much the attachment has to move to counteract and deaden the bounce of the tractor. It all happens in milliseconds. The system does not eliminate the initial bump but it eliminates the after affect which many times can be up to ten bounces.

    Want to schedule a demo? Contact your nearest JJE location

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  • Employees Raise $6,000.00 for HSF at JJE 6th Annual Charity Golf Tournament

    by Victoria Tabaczewska | Jun 30, 2016






    Our 6th annual Charity of Choice golf tournament was a hit! This year, all proceeds were donated to The Heart & Stroke Foundation. The JJE team came out swinging to support the cause at Innisbrook Golf Course on Saturday June 25th. We met and surpassed our goal of $5,000.00, raising over $6,000.00!

    For more than 60 years, the Heart and Stroke Foundation has been dedicated to preventing disease, saving lives, and promoting recovery. The Heart and Stoke Foundation is one of Canada’s largest and most effective health charities, and JJE is proud to support their efforts. “Together we will make it happen.” A heartfelt thank-you to all of our sponsors and prize donors.   

    Click here to see images from the tournament.


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  • Next Stop, AORS - Sturgeon Falls, ON!

    by Joe Johnson Equipment | Jun 02, 2016
    It has been a productive and travel-filled spring for our team. Exhibiting at several shows across North America has been a great opportunity to connect with our customers and share innovations in industrial and municipal work equipment firsthand. Here are some of the shows we attended this spring:

    Atlantic Heavy Equipment Show
    NEOPWO Tradeshow
    North Eastern Ontario Public Works

    ORFA Expos
    Ontario Rec. Facilities Association
    SWANA (Northern Lights)
    Solid Waste Association North America

    Western New York Superintendent's Show
    MEOA's 50th Anniversary Show
    Municipal Equipment Operators Association

    CATT Roadshow
    Canadian Association for Trenchless Technologies
    NARCE
    North American Rink Expo and Conference 

    AORS Public Works Trade Show
    Association of Ontario Road Supervisors 
    APWA North American Snow Conf.
    American Public Works Association 

    Visiting AORS on June 1st & 2nd? Drop by booth # 191 inside, or outside at booth #s 316, 317, 318 and 319 to see Joe Johnson Equipment's exclusive displays.

    See you there!
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  • Get the News on Used

    by Joe Johnson Equipment | May 25, 2016

    Our used equipment division, Q-Equips puts each piece of equipment through a full diagnostic check and report process. 

    We then invest thousands of dollars to enhance the used piece of equipment using OEM parts and factory trained technicians to ensure the unit is in work ready condition and can be purchased and operated with confidence. Please contact your used equipment representative here.

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  • Making Moves

    by Joe Johnson Equipment | May 19, 2016

    A spotlight on our newest product addition, the Deloupe Moving Floor Trailer. Explore detailed specs, and take a virtual walk around our first Deloupe trailer.

    Please find the spec sheet here.
    A spotlight on our newest product addition - The Deloupe Moving Floor Trailer. Explore detailed specs, and take a virtual walk around our first Deloupe Trailer.

    Click Here For Specs & Images
    A spotlight on our newest product addition - The Deloupe Moving Floor Trailer. Explore detailed specs, and take a virtual walk around our first Deloupe Trailer.

    Click Here For Specs & Images
    A spotlight on our newest product addition - The Deloupe Moving Floor Trailer. Explore detailed specs, and take a virtual walk around our first Deloupe Trailer.

    Click Here For Specs & Images
    A spotlight on our newest product addition - The Deloupe Moving Floor Trailer. Explore detailed specs, and take a virtual walk around our first Deloupe Trailer.

    Click Here For Specs & Images
    A spotlight on our newest product addition - The Deloupe Moving Floor Trailer. Explore detailed specs, and take a virtual walk around our first Deloupe Trailer.
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  • Choosing a Sweeper?

    by Joe Johnson Equipment | May 12, 2016

    Clean streets and surfaces are vital to air quality, water quality and overall community health and safety. This quick reference guide will ensure you choose the right Sweeper for your job.

    Elgin Crosswind
    -efficiently cleans large flat paved areas such as streets, parking lots, and airport runways
    -Hopper Capacity Volumetric: 8.0y, 6.0m
    -Water Capacity: 240 gal, 908 L

    Elgin Eagle
    -equipped with a no-jam conveyor or the optional elevator squeegee system, wide sweep path and a trouble-free variable height lift system
    -Hopper Capacity Volumetric: 4.5y, 3.4m
    -Water Capacity: 360 gal, 1,363 L

    Elgin Pelican
    -Maneuverability, economy, serviceability and single lane dumping with a sweep system that easily handles heavy compacted dirt and bulky debris
    -Hopper Capacity Volumetric: 3.6y, 2.8m
    -Water Capacity: 220 gal, 832 L

    Sweeper Quick Reference Guide



    Clean streets and surfaces are vital to air quality, water quality and overall community health and safety. This quick reference guide will ensure you choose the right Sweeper for your job.
    Clean streets and surfaces are vital to air quality, water quality and overall community health and safety. This quick reference guide will ensure you choose the right Sweeper for your job.
    Clean streets and surfaces are vital to air quality, water quality and overall community health and safety. This quick reference guide will ensure you choose the right Sweeper for your job.
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  • Atlantic Heavy Equipment Show

    by Joe Johnson Equipment | May 05, 2016

    Thursday and Friday, April 7th and 8th at the Moncton Coliseum Complex, The Atlantic Heavy Equipment Show celebrated its 30th anniversary with a record setting 14,700 visitors in attendance!
     
    JJE was pleased once again to take part as an exhibitor at the show, which included a diverse display of equipment from across a number of different industries including roadbuilding, logging, and forestry. Please click here to view photos.
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  • Ontario Manufacturer Meets Demands of Ontario Municipality

    by Joe Johnson Equipment | May 02, 2016

    The Township of South Frontenac has made the switch to the Trackless Vehicles municipal tractor (MT)to meet many of the township’s equipment needs. Read the full article here.
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  • Joe Johnson Equipment Receives Exclusive Distributorship Appointment in Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta for Deloupe Waste Trailers

    by Krystal Johnson | Mar 07, 2016
      Please click on the following link and read the press release. 

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  • Winter Maintenance

    by Joe Johnson Equipment | Dec 31, 2015
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    The season of scraping windshields, cold interiors, short daylight, and long hours is here. Before heading out in any equipment to clear roads, sidewalks, parking lots, or generally getting rid of the white stuff, we all know we need to be prepared.

    Read the complete article here. 
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  • Save Money with the De-OX Ice Making System

    by Shanise Ling | Dec 31, 2015
     JJE_De-Ox It's been the buzzword in the energy departments of numerous arenas this summer: "De-OX", an ice making system that delivers on significantly lowering a rink's energy consumption.

    Read the complete article here.

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  • Product Focus: De-OX Ice Making System

    by Joe Johnson Equipment | Dec 30, 2015
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    The De-OX Ice Making System is designed to achieve maximum efficiency.  It is a complete water treatment system for all artificial ice rinks, and is both economical and ecological - all without the need of chemicals.  It produces ice which is harder, faster and more durable, while substantially reducing facilities energy costs.

    More information...

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