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kkirkland
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« on: October 13, 2012, 04:40:12 PM »

D11R & D10R with scrapers.wmv

D11R & scraper

D11R & scraper

D11R & 651 with D10R & 641 scrapers


McAninch Construction, based out of Iowa, has a unique approach to moving earth..They find it more cost effective to use tractor pull scraper systems for the soil conditions they encounter in the area their projects are located..All their tractors, D11's D10's D9's and Challenger tractors are custom ordered directly from Catepillar, their scraper pans, 651's, 641's and 463's are custom built in their shop facilities...

No haul roads to maintain, less fuel consumption due to no twin engine scrapers, or push tractors used to load scrapers (no additional assest on the books, less labor, maintence, repair etc), the most important thing is, they are able to move earth in ANY TYPE OF SOIL CONDITION, even where tire scrapers can not they can still run their operation and get the project done under schedule under budget...
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Gavin84w
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« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2012, 05:05:31 PM »

Nice first up post, certainly a different philosophy they have and up to a certain haul distance the advantage is clear but you would have to set your whole job up around the tools at your disposal, not too different to most contractors i guess but with the spread they use i would think the window for error is a lot smaller. I reckon they could be even cheaper again if they cut towards the fill as it looks like they are not in the first vid.

You sound like you know of them first hand, what are they up to these days as i have seen some of there D11,s and 651 pull scrapers for sale in the last year or so.
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kkirkland
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« Reply #2 on: October 31, 2012, 09:05:41 PM »

Hello Gavin, my apologies for the delayed response;

To answer your question's yes in 2009 and 2010 due to the economic conditions, McAninch and other major contractors here in the midwest were forced to down size.  B&V Construction based out of Wixom, Michigan closed their door's after 42 year's of business, they were the largest earthmoving contractor here in Michigan, they were heavly invested in the private sector and did very little state bid work, just like McAninch their main market was earthmoving and site utilities, no ashphalt, concrete, trenching or bridge construction, they capitalized on what they did best, earthmoving..

Here is a website link to their current equipment and logistic's plus insight on who they are and services they provide:  http://www.mcaninchcorp.com/equipment.asp

At this time here in the midwest their's very little heavy civil engineering projects taking place as opposed to the western United States and Canada.  The project size here are smaller and the goal is to get in and out as quick as possible reguardless of conditions especially when your dealing with a 8 to 9 month working cycle due to the heavy winter conditions in Iowa, Kansas and Nebraska.

I first ran across their operation while on vacation in the Smokey Mountains just outside of Hickory NC, working on a project for NCDOT relocating and widing Route 16, they had no problems dealing with the southern heavy red clay soil conditions encountered in the southeast, which is very similar to the conditions they encounter in the midwest, especially Iowa.

Yes their haul distance and cycle times are setup around the pull tractor scraper beyond that they resort to mass excavator and ADT system.. The main point here is their's more ways to move earth than the normally trend..

Enclosed is some links to article's giving insight on project's they have accomplished using their approach to moving earth and their operations.

http://www.constructionequipmentguide.com/McAninch-Makes-Over-Missouris-Route-60/5919/
http://www.constructionequipmentguide.com/McAninch-Takes-on-Airport-Site-Prep-in-Branson-Mo/10171/
http://www.constructionequipmentguide.com/GPS-Makes-the-Grade-for-McAninch-Corporation-in-NC/5735/   

Project Pictures of their Tractor Scrapers;
http://www.heavyequipmentforums.com/showthread.php?1397-McAninch-pull-type-scrapers
http://www.modot.org/central/major_projects/July2006photos.htm
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