In the fast-paced world of today, there’s a lot of modern-day necessities we tend to take for granted. Things like running water, indoor heating and cooling, and perhaps one of the most important to our overall health and wellbeing: solid waste management (A.K.A. your trash, recycling and bulk item disposal).
As the health and safety of our communities becomes a higher priority than ever before, the importance of the City of San Antonio’s Solid Waste Management (COSA SWMD) department can’t be understated. Serving more than 360,000 customers and growing, they depend on over 800 pieces of equipment to keep their operation running safely and efficiently.
“Our department’s number one priority is to keep San Antonio safe and clean through trash and bulk waste collection pick up as well as other various programs the city offers,” David Newman, Director of the Solid Waste Management Department says. “In order to do that, we must have reliable and efficient machines that can take the years of heavy wear and tear we put them through.”
Having the right equipment for the right job matters and when COSA’s SWMD team needed a new heavy-duty grinder to turn their more than 100,000 tons of brush and other debris—that would have otherwise ended up in a landfill—into mulch, they chose the Cat® C32 powered HogZilla tub grinder.
“HogZilla machines are built incredibly well, but we also wanted something with an engine that could stand up to the tough tasks we put them through. When we saw the HogZilla featured the C32 and how incredible the torque and horsepower was when compared to other machines’ engines, we were hooked. I’m positive this engine will exceed our expectations for quite a while,” says Newman.
Since COSA’s SWMD has had the HogZilla, they’ve already seen it outperform some of its previous competitors. “Before we were using HogZilla, we had another unit’s frame crack in about a year. It really got the attention of some of the decision-makers in our division and showed everyone that not all machines are created equal.”
With four truck centers servicing 1,300 pieces of equipment and one off-road shop designed specifically to service, repair and maintain 770 off-highway machines (including 52 pieces of Cat equipment) for the entire city of San Antonio, having machines and components you can trust and rely upon is crucial. And when part of your team’s duties include servicing your own machines—as well as other departments’ equipment—it’s important to be as efficient as possible.
“Caterpillar really thinks about the service techs when they’re designing products, because they’re always engineered with the foresight and importance of upkeep and maintenance,” says Newman. “Cat and Cat powered machines are among our favorite to work with, because we’re not likely to have to do any large repairs. And if we do have to make repairs and can’t get to them quickly enough the support we get from our local servicing dealer, Holt Cat, has been extraordinary. They know time is money, and they show it through their thoughtful, efficient repairs and quick turnaround.”
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