New Models Deliver Power, Economy, Comfort

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LAS VEGAS, Nevada – (March 1, 2011) – Case Construction Equipment yesterday launched its new Alpha Series line of skid steers, introducing nine models. The new Case machines deliver best-in-class horsepower and breakout force.

The engines in the new Alpha Series skid steers 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.

“Case skid steers have always been known for power and productivity,” said Curtis Goettel, Case marketing manager. “Our new Case Alpha Series skid steers deliver industry-leading bucket breakout force—up to 8,585 pounds. When comparing 1,750-pound rated operating capacity machines, the industry’s highest-volume class, the Case SR175 has more than twice the bucket breakout force of 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. The Case Alpha Series includes six radial-lift skid steers, the SR130, SR150, SR175, SR200, SR220 and SR250, and three vertical-lift models, the SV185, SV250 and SV300.

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 Alpha Series cabs are ideal for the long, hard days operators spend in equipment,” Goettel said. “An increase of 25 percent makes a world of difference.” He added that test operators really appreciated the extra room and improved visibility provided by the new design.

The Case 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 eight to 10 hours without refueling.

Improved stability
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. The new Case skid steers feature a front/rear weight distribution of 30/70. Combined with the longer wheel base, this keeps the center of gravity from moving when the loader arms are raised.
Goettel explained, “Productivity with the Case Alpha Series improves because operators feel stable using their machines.”

Goettel pointed out that 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,” he said.

The Case SR130 and SR150 skid steers are well-suited for rental customers, as well as for landscaping applications. They are easy to transport with a trailer. Both models have an extremely low overall height, at 75 inches (190 cm), making it easier to clear overhead obstacles. Plus, they feature a smaller chassis.

Easy maintenance
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 at the rear of the machine.

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. “In Case operator clinics, customers say easy access and ease of service translates into more uptime and productivity,” Goettel said.

Attachments add versatility
Case skid steers offer extreme versatility in dozens of applications. More than 70 attachments are available, including augers, rakes, grapples, pallet forks, brooms, dozer blades and hammers, to take on the toughest construction, landscaping and agricultural jobs.

Skid steer operators can see and operate the new Case Alpha Series equipment at more than 700 Case and Case IH dealers across North America. In addition, operators can visit to learn about the Case Triple Threat Rodeo, which provides the opportunity for expert operators and their sponsoring companies to win a new Case compact track loader and pickup truck.

For additional skid steer product specifications, customer testimonials, competitive comparisons, finance offers and more, please visit For a Case skid steer demonstration, see your local Case dealer.


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