City prepares for winter with new loader

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The City of Cranston took delivery of a new Caterpillar front-end loader last week as part of the city’s ongoing upgrades to its Public Works vehicle fleet. Mayor Allan Fung and Cranston’s Highway Superintendent John Corso were on hand to proudly present the new acquisition.

“The city’s strong finances has enabled Cranston to upgrade our fleet with new efficient vehicles that will save us maintenance and operational costs in the long run,” said Mayor Fung. “Our Highway Department’s fleet has become the envy of the rest of the state and we’ve been able to achieve this without incurring exorbitant costs. This new vehicle will ensure our snow removal operations go smoothly. When the city’s vehicles are in good working condition, we have experienced less downtime and rely on outside contractors less.”

The city saved money on the purchase price of more than $200,000 by trading in an old loader, reducing the final sale price of the new machine to $161,000. The city is using highway bond funds to finance the purchase.

“The new loader will be used during snow-removal operations to fill plows with salt and sand mix,” said Corso. “It will also be a useful tool for the Highway Department to remove debris and materials after major storms, floods and other emergencies.”

The loader produces dramatically lower emissions than the machine it replaces. It also includes new technology to reduce maintenance costs, such as the automatic greasing system equipped to ensure all hydraulic pistons are always lubricated and will greatly extend component life.

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