Lebanon Reporter

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August 21, 2013

County finds cheaper option for highway excavator

By overlooking 800 pounds, the Boone County Highway Department was able to save $74,000.

After reviewing bids for a wheeled excavator, Highway Superintendent Rick Carney noticed that only one company had a machine, made by Caterpillar, that met all of his specifications.

But that machine cost $265,000.

A Volvo machine being sold by Rudd Equipment, Indianapolis, came with a counterweight that was 800 pounds under the four-ton specification.

It cost $191,007.

The Volvo also came with a four-year warranty, while the Caterpillar had a one-year warranty.

“To me, the four-year warranty is worth a bunch,” Carney said.

The Boone County Commissioners agreed, and voted Monday to accept Rudd’s bid.

The summer road program should conclude this week, weather permitting, Carney told the commissioners.

By using recycled asphalt, he was able to convert about nine miles of gravel roads into pavement.

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