CASE Construction Equipment introduced the 4-wheel drive W9 in 1958 — today the brand offers a full range of compact and full-sized wheel loaders for everything from road building to recycling centers, from urban construction to quarries.
CASE Construction Equipment celebrates the 60th anniversary of its wheel loader production this year. It all started in 1958 with the introduction of the W9, the first CASE integrated 4-wheel drive wheel loader. At first, they were made in the tractor plant in Racine, WI. Then gradually, when the production increased, the line went first to Rockford, Illinois, then a brand-new plant in Terre Haute, Indiana, and finally moved to Wasau in Wisconsin. The engine, frame, bucket and loader The W10 and W12 four-wheel drive models and the front-drive W5 loader soon followed.
In 1963, CASE presented its first 4-wheel drive “Series B” loaders, the W7 and the W9B. Between the 1960s and 1970s, the W series range grew, including the mammoth 15-ton W26, introduced in 1968. It was CASE’s first articulated loader and the largest wheel loader offered at the time. The W series loaders all featured cabs mounted on the front half of the machine.
With the introduction of Model 621 in 1987, the entire CASE loader line graduated into the 21 Series, a more rugged design that featured modern rear-mounted cabs. The 21 Series models were developed under a new streamlined, cross-functional, concurrent process that became the guide for the rest of the company as it moved into the 21st century. Major innovations in productivity, serviceability and operator comfort continued into the new century. Several new models were added to the 21 Series, including a new line of compact wheel loaders.
The latest wheel loader offering from CASE — The F Series — span 131 to 320 horsepower, with bucket payload ranging from 3.2 to 8 tonnes and bucket volume from 2 to 4.40 m3.
“CASE wheel loaders deliver uncompromising leadership in fuel economy and performance in a wide range of applications, from construction sites to quarry and aggregate operations,” said Neil Woodfin, CASE Brand Leader in Asia Pacific. “Our wheel loaders have successfully served our customers generation after generation, reflecting the practical innovation CASE builds into its equipment. Since 1958 our commitment has been to constantly improve the quality of our products, investing in innovation and in superior customer service”.