Customer case

K-Tec Earthmovers scraper redesign pulls in massive efficiency gains

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Case details

Product Hardox® 450
Country Canada
Company K-Tec Earthmovers
Industry Yellow goods and construction
Brand prorgam Hardox® In My Body

If you want to improve payloads, get better fuel efficiency, and maximize product uptime and lifespan, demand Hardox® wear plate in your heavy equipment. That’s what K-Tec Earthmovers did. A pioneering Canadian manufacturer of earthmovers, the company gains massive advantages from using Hardox® wear plate and being a member of the Hardox® In My Body program.

World’s largest earth-moving scraper features light-weight distribution system

In fact, K-Tec has built the 1263 ADT – the world’s largest dirt-moving scraper – largely from Hardox® wear plate. The company has achieved a bigger market presence, too, in a highly competitive market by leveraging its long-standing collaboration with SSAB and its image as a premium brand thanks to its membership in the program

With the help of Hardox® steel, K-Tec was able to refine the scraper’s design. The result was a durable yet lightweight solution with a weight distribution system that enables the scraper to move massive amounts of dirt without the need for excessive horsepower and fuel.

Because of the enhanced strength characteristics of the steel and the machine design, the company is able to offer a 3-year structural warranty – something extremely valuable for any construction contractor. Additionally, the use of high-tensile Hardox® wear plate has enabled the company to build the lightest scraper per cubic-yard capacity on the market. This way, contractors can haul around less iron and more dirt, and enhance their profitability.

Yellow colored scraper

For brand strength as strong as steel

The year 2018 marked the 10-year anniversary of K-Tec’s membership in the Hardox® In My Body program. In fact, K-Tec was the first scraper manufacturer to become a member of SSAB’s highly coveted brand program in the heavy construction industry.

The Hardox® In My Body sign on a product verifies that it is manufactured using genuine Hardox® steel. It is also a sign of a premium product that delivers superior resistance to wear, dents and cracks even under the harshest conditions. Only leading manufacturers whose products meet SSAB’s strict quality requirements for the welding, design and manufacturing processes are granted licenses to put this logo on their products.

Within the span of their longtime membership, the company has seen its market presence expand in additional countries. Thanks to the mutual collaboration between K-Tec and SSAB, and backed by the brand strength of Hardox® In My Body, K-Tec has been able to shorten the time it takes to establish itself in new markets.

A Hardox® in my body sticker

Hardox® steel improves resale value

For those who buy or sell heavy equipment, especially in large quantities or for entire fleets, there’s a lot at stake. It’s a huge financial investment, and equipment owners need to get the best value and make their investments last well into the future. Selling equipment at top value that is no longer useful is important so that additional items can be acquired easily.

The condition of the equipment is a major factor that determines its final selling price. A high-quality vehicle with little wear and tear, together with strong brand recognition, will help it retain its value for years to come.

K-Tec has found that their pull scrapers made from Hardox® steel command the highest resale prices on the secondary market for pull scrapers. In fact, every K-Tec scraper ever manufactured is still in working condition to date.

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