Once thought of as a product category with limited interest in North America, CASE Construction Equipment has showcased the power and versatility of compact wheel loaders for applications as wide ranging as landscaping yards to snow removal and everything in between.
Since the introduction of the first CASE F Series compact wheel loaders in 2014, the market has grown significantly and CASE has continued to innovate the product category — and that trend continues at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2023 with a sneak peek of the all-new electrified CL36EV electrified compact wheel loader, and enhancements to its compact wheel loader line.
The CL36EV compact wheel loader is designed to deliver all the benefits of electrification in a machine with a small footprint that will excel in applications such as supply yards, large-scale building renovations and construction where indoor operation may be required, and any other operation that may require less noise and no emissions. The compact loader will help simplify maintenance and lower lifetime total cost of ownership through the elimination of the diesel engine.
“A loader of this footprint, especially one used in yard applications, where it stays there and has regular access to primary power, is the perfect application for electrification,” said Andrew Dargatz, product manager, CASE Construction Equipment. “The CL36EV delivers the same power and performance as comparably sized diesel-powered loaders and can be matched with a full range of attachments for additional versatility.”
The CL36EV is a 3.6 metric ton machine with a hinge pin height of over 10 feet. Additional product information and commercial availability at CASE dealers in North America for the CL36EV will be announced at a later date.
Also on display at CONEXPO 2023 was a newly enhanced 321F compact wheel loader with an all-new 7-in. display, updated electro-hydraulic controls that perform and react with more of the premium settings and functionality that you see in CASE full-sized wheel loaders, and new axles that allow for travel speeds up to 25 miles per hour (mph) for easy roading. A new Smart Mode also provides better fuel economy without impacting productivity.
The updates also include all-new collaborative fleet management capabilities with the introduction of the CASE SiteConnect Module. That module is being integrated into many CASE products to enhance the overall fleet management experience. It improves telematics data transfer, and allows for remote access and software uploads to bring together fleet managers, their CASE dealer, and CASE HQ for optimal proactive equipment management and service to prevent downtime.
These updates to CASE compact wheel loaders will be introduced later in 2023.
“The enhancements improve the operator experience with greater adjustability and customization from within the cab, and they will experience greater performance with faster travel speeds — all while reducing fuel use,” says Dargatz. “And the addition of the CASE SiteConnect Module brings big fleet management capabilities to one of the most dynamic compact wheel loaders on the market today — helping operators get even more out of an already extremely productive and efficient machine.”