Red Clay Enterprises increases efficiency with a Komatsu D51PXi-24 intelligent Machine Control dozer
Growing up on a farm taught Mark Campbell the value of hard work and how to operate heavy equipment. Using that experience, he founded Red Clay Erosion Control Inc. in 2004. Now, Campbell and his childhood friend and business partner Ryan Ellerbee operate the business as Red Clay Enterprises.
With a staff of about 20 people, the company provides turnkey solutions and takes residential and commercial sites from bare ground to graded pads ready for slabs. Recently, Red Clay Enterprises moved about 32,000 yards of dirt when they completed sitework for a 10,000-square-foot building, as well as spaces for boat and RV storage.
For that big job, Red Clay Enterprises utilized a fleet of Komatsu equipment, including a D51PXi-24 intelligent Machine Control (iMC) dozer. Campbell was initially hesitant to add a GPS-equipped dozer, but he now views it as an invaluable tool.
“On smaller commercial jobs, we’ve been impressed by how quickly we’re able to complete work because of the increased productivity from the D51i,” noted Campbell at the time of the project. “We had a model built for the job site and haven’t had to use any stakes to check grade. We don’t have to second-guess while we’re moving material, which means every blade counts. The D51i has the power to move large quantities of material but the finesse to reach final grade. We can utilize it in a variety of ways. That allows us to complete jobs in a couple of days that would take a week without the D51i.”
Excellent visibility with slant-nose design
Campbell also appreciates the design of the D51PXi-24.
“The visibility for the operator is fantastic because the design puts them in the center of the machine,” said Campbell. “The slanted nose allows them to see the blade and any objects in front. They’re good-looking machines that also allow you to work more efficiently.”
**The opinions expressed here are from the end users who are quoted.