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New Holland E385C with 3D for Roth & Söhne

E385C excavator equipped with Trimble 3D positioning delivers controlled power with precision

ROTH & Söhne contractors, based in Ellwangen, Germany, have recently expanded their existing excavator fleet with a New Holland E385C crawler excavator. Designed primarily for heavy digging duties and handling bulk materials, the E385C offers powerful performance combined with low fuel consumption, which were key factors in Roth & Söhne’s purchasing decision.

Prior to delivery by New Holland dealers Böhrer Baumaschinen, the E385C excavator was equipped with a Trimble positioning system by SITECH West, distribution partners of Trimble Systems in Germany.


Matthias Meiser, CEO of Böhrer Baumaschinen, explained why Roth & Söhne chose the New Holland E385. ‘It’s highly reliable, it has a sturdy six-cylinder engine and an extremely sensitive and fast hydraulic system. With an operating weight of around 38 tonnes, engine power of 286hp and reinforced heavy-duty design, the E385C is a high-powered machine and is ideally suited to the needs of Roth & Söhne’s operations,’ he said.

‘This heavy crawler excavator is equipped with a powerful common-rail engine, which is extremely fuel-efficient while maintaining good performance, thanks to a new ECO working mode. This is very important when it comes to reducing customer costs in the long term. Of course, the New Holland excavator also meets the specifications of the EU exhaust emissions standard stage 3B, with its integrated CEGR system.’

Thomas Roth, CEO of Roth & Söhne, is convinced the new machine will offer competitive advantages over other machines, due to the combination of state-of-the-art excavator technology and precise 3D steering using GPS.

When first used in a restoration project in Ellwangen, the new E385C excavator with its 3D positioning system proved its worth. Here, the aim was to restore a section of the natural course of a tributary of the river Jagst. As a part of the landscaping project, an area of 10,000 square metres had to be remodelled.

Thanks to the GPS system, pegging out of the area by a surveyor was minimized, which meant substantial savings were achieved, not only on fuel, but generally across the whole project. Because the machine operator has all the relevant data at his disposal on the colour display in the cab from the start of operations, he can check the position of the excavator and equipment to the exact millimetre, allowing him to achieve the desired working height, digging depth and specified landform much more quickly.


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