A mixed fleet of intelligent Machine Control and standard equipment keeps this contractor moving

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Before earning his high school diploma, Kelly Fulfer was an experienced operator who had chosen a career path in construction. As a teen, he worked part time for a contractor and was running a backhoe by his junior year.

“During my senior year I had only a couple of classes, so I worked during the day, too,” recalled Fulfer. “If the project was close to the school, I would just drive the backhoe between there and the jobsite.”

Today, Fulfer spends less time on machinery and more on overseeing his business, Superior Construction & Excavating, which is a full-service sitework company that also has its own gravel pits. The business typically runs 12 to 15 jobs at once. Recent assignments included a subdivision that called for excavating a pond with close to 270,000 cubic yards of dirt that was kept on site and spread for fill and grading. 

Spot-on accuracy in all materials

Spot-on accuracy in all materials

Superior Construction & Excavating operators used Komatsu intelligent Machine Control (iMC) D61PXi-23 and D61PXi-24 dozers to construct the ponds, build subgrade for roads and level lots.

“The accuracy is spot-on, no matter the application,” said Operator Justin Bollinger. “I love that there are no masts and cables to deal with. Set up is easy. Once a model is downloaded, it’s a matter of getting in the machine, doing a quick calibration and letting it do the work. If you have an area to fill, it will place the materials as fast as the truck drivers can dump them. The blade holds grade no matter how fast I push or what material I’m placing.”

Fulfer acquired the iMC dozers not long after he started using standard Komatsu equipment in his fleet. He now has more than 20 machines, including excavators, dozers, wheel loaders and articulated dump trucks.

“We had hydraulic component issues with another brand and that led to a need to rebuild several engines in a short time, so we took a look at Komatsu,” said Fulfer. “[Our distributor] put together an impressive package of machines. Equally important is service. [They] have been excellent to work with.”
Operator Justin Bollinger fine grades dirt with a Komatsu intelligent Machine Control D61PXi-24 dozer.
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