Manufacturers Continue With Business Dexterity
In a buoyant market, Motor Graders, manufacturers are offering higher capacity machines to meet demand for higher producƟvity, and enable owners earn beƩer profit margins, especially with project compleƟon schedules geƫng Ɵghter. P.P. Basistha reports.
The current upswing in road construction has seen the size of the motor grader market rise from a modest 830 units in 2016 to 1000 units in 2017, with an anticipated 1200 units in 2018. Demand is being seen across both the heavier (170-180-200 hp) and lighter class (140-150 hp) of motor graders. The higher-powered machines are generally used for grading requirements of 160200 cum/hr, while the lighter units are for grading requirements of 100-120 cum/hr. A major chunk of the demand is coming from subcontractors.
In the process, CASE New Holland (CNH) is offering its 845 B dual 150-173 hp, 15-ton grader and the variable 865 B 195-205-220 hp grader. “The high hp graders with higher drawbar pull enable higher productivity. Fuel consumption is optimized by automated load sensors. The right weight of the machines ensures stability in undulated conditions. The CASE Inida's patented mold board design provides little resistance during grading, and optimizes fuel consumption to a great extent. The machines come with a standard air-conditioned cabin for operator comfort, while the ROPS, FOPS and blade pitch adjustment inside the operator
cabin enhance safety,” says Shalabh Chaturvedi, Head of Marketing, CASE India.
CASE India provides, ripper, scarifier and dozer blade attachments as an option, and imports its graders from the Brazil facility for the Indian market.