WOLFE
HEAVY EQUIPMENT
TRENCHERS

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POWER PROFILE: Wolfe Trenchers
POWER PROFILE: Wolfe Trenchers

Power in the Trenches

Trenchers

In 1953, John Wolfe started a drainage contracting business with a new wheel trencher. After 14 years of successful operation, he sold the company and formed Wolfe Heavy Equipment to manufacture and supply parts for all types of trenching equipment. In 2012, Veeke Inc. purchased Wolfe, moved it into a modern manufacturing facility and implemented new systems and processes to enhance the overall customer experience. Over the years, Wolfe acquired other manufacturers and distributorships and began supplying products across Canada and the United States. With its machines covering a broad geographic area, the company encountered a wide range of soil types, climatic conditions and special applications — always responding with equipment updates and technological advances to meet those needs.

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PRODUCT OVERVIEW

  • With the challenge of identifying an engine solution for its wheel trenchers, drainage plows and dewatering trenchers that would meet Tier 4 Final emission standards without sacrificing equipment performance, Wolfe needed support. Cat® dealer Tomomont stepped in and a new relationship was formed. 
  • Toromont brought the Wolfe and Caterpillar design teams together — and the two groups collaborated on a solution that is delivering optimal results despite the tight engine compartment space.
  • Cat C15 and C18 engines, providing horsepower ranging from 475 hp to 630 hp, not only enable Wolfe’s trenching equipment to meet Tier 4 Final emission standards, but also help the company ensure those products hold grade in even the toughest conditions.
  • Another selling point in the selection process — Cat engines have a strong brand reputation and name recognition with customers.
  • Worldwide support with the Cat dealer network was another factor in Caterpillar's favor, and Wolfe's equipment is global and requires reliable global support.

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Cat® Engine Overview

Cat C15

  • The Cat® C15 industrial diesel engine is offered in power ratings up to 580 hp (433 kW) and peak torque 2655 Nm (1959 lb-ft) with transparent regeneration technology built into every Cat C15, operators can continue to be productive without ever having to wait.
  • The C15 engine features a 5,000-hour DPF service interval and DEF capacity of 93.7 liters, giving machine operators the opportunity to spend more time on the job site and less time in the shop.
  • The Cat C15 offers a fully-configurable engine across a wide range of power nodes, flexible aftertreatment mounting options and the ability to install the engine's IPU straight from the factory, so OEMs can keep installation time and costs to a minimum.
  • Aftertreatment can either be shipped loose and installed remotely for maximum flexibility or factory installed and engine mounted for easier installation. The engine was developed to optimize fluid consumption based on a wide range of operating cycles and applications.
  • Global engine is dual certified U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final and EU Stage V and has similar ratings for markets where Tier 4 Final or Stage V certification are not required. And with 500-hour maintenance intervals, owners can keep parts and service costs low.

 

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Cat C18

  • 6-cylinder, 18.1 liter industrial engine is offered in power ratings up to 800 hp (597 kW) and peak torque 3710 Nm (2736 lb-ft) and provides a compact, flexible and quiet engine system that's ideal for your equipment application.
  • The Cat C18 is designed for optimal power and torque with a proven aftertreatment reducing the cost of installation and ownership while providing maximum uptime.
  • Common core engine shared with other Cat industrial engine models offers common machine interfaces and controls architecture. Allows customers to develop commonality in products, parts and service among equipment in their fleets.
  • Engine is designed for low parts and labor maintenance requirements reducing overall cost of ownership.
  • The modular engine platform offered by the C18 engine complements a global customer base while providing factory solutions to reduce equipment manufacturers' design and installation costs.

 

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CUSTOMER:

Wolfe Heavy Equipment

PRODUCT:

Trenchers

LOCATION:

Ontario, Canada

SCOPE OF ENGINE USE:

Cat® C15 and C18 Tier 4 Final, 
EU Stage V Industrial Engines

CAT DEALER:

Toromont Cat

INNOVATION HAS LONG DRIVEN WOLFE HEAVY EQUIPMENT’S SUCCESS

Founded in 1953, the company delivered its first prototype self-propelled drainage plow in the late 1970s, and for the last two decades has manufactured completely hydrostatically driven track and rubber-tired equipment. In 2012, Veeke Inc. purchased Wolfe, moved it into a modern manufacturing facility and implemented new systems and processes to enhance the overall customer experience.

Thanks to this ongoing focus on anticipating and responding to customer needs with equipment updates and technological advances, Wolfe has been able to greatly reduce machine downtime and operating costs while increasing output in agricultural and municipal drainage, oil and gas pipeline and dewatering applications across North America.

Continuing to deliver those benefits while meeting U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final emission standards presented a challenge, however. Space constraints made it difficult for Wolfe to identify an engine solution for its wheel trenchers, drainage plows and dewatering trenchers that would reduce emissions without sacrificing equipment performance. To tackle the problem, Cat dealer Toromont brought the Wolfe and Caterpillar design teams together — and the two groups ultimately collaborated on a solution that is delivering optimal results despite the tight space.

Cat® C15 and C18 engines, providing horsepower ranging from 475 hp (354 kW) to 630 hp (470 kW), not only enable Wolfe’s trenching equipment to meet U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final emission standards, but also help the company ensure those products hold grade even in the toughest conditions. The combination of selective catalytic reduction (SCR) technology and diesel particulate filter (DPF) systems delivers clean power without compromising durability or uptime.

Paul Veeke, a project manager for Wolfe, has been impressed with the durability, longevity, fuel efficiency and total cost of ownership of Cat industrial engines. Worldwide support is another factor in Caterpillar’s favor, particularly given the wide reach of Wolfe’s equipment. “We’ve never had to try to sell someone on our equipment using a Cat engine,” Veeke says.

Wolfe doesn’t need to be sold on the value of Cat dealer support, either. According to Veeke, Toromont doesn’t just provide the service he expects from the Cat brand — the dealership goes above and beyond to help Wolfe succeed.

In addition to bringing the Wolfe and Caterpillar design teams together to solve the U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final emission standards challenge, for example, Toromont also supplied a sample U.S. EPA Tier 4 Final engine for Wolfe’s 2017 CONEXPO-CON/AGG booth. “Toromont has been excellent to work with,” Veeke says. “They do what they say they will.”

“WE’VE NEVER HAD TO TRY TO SELL SOMEONE ON OUR EQUIPMENT USING A CAT® ENGINE.”

 

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