Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24water for applications such as blasting through rock, steel pipe or excavating in hard-to-reach areas where excavators could not gain access. Key members of the Degen Excavating team include Joshua Barhorst, vice president; and Dustin Ingle, Brian Wireman, Scott Wiremen and Jeff Hardesty, project superintendents. “Ninety percent of our work is in industrial facilities— refineries and chemical- and fuel-producing facilities,” said Josh Barhorst, VP and project engineer. “The PC228 has a tight turning radius and a shorter stick. We don’t need a lot of reach, and it has a lot of power. We can set the box in a tight space and sling a lot of pipe in a tight area. It’s perfect for what we do.” Degen Excavating‘s history with Komatsu and Columbus Equipment Company goes back a long way. “We bought one of the first Komatsu excavators brought into Ohio,” Degen recalled. “Everyone shamed us because it was Japanese.” However, there was positive attention too, including Komatsu representatives who came from Japan to see what Degen Excavating thought of the machine and what suggestions we had for improvements. The Komatsu excavator proved to be of high quality, and Degen Excavating‘s relationship with Komatsu and Columbus Equipment Company has grown over the years. Today, the company owns a variety of Komatsu equipment, including eight excavators (mostly in the 200-class), three WA250 wheel loaders and a D61 dozer. “Komatsu equipment is extremely reliable,” Degen said. “With a good maintenance program, they seem to run for- ever. It is not a problem to get 8,000 or 9,000 hours out of them before we have to do any engine work.” In fact, until recently, the company owned a PC120-3 that “has to be 30 years old,” Degen said. Its fleet includes a PC220-3 with more than 20,000 hours on “Komatsu equipment is extremely reliable. They seem to run forever. It is not a problem to get 8,000 or 9,000 hours out of them before we have to do any engine work.” Bill Degen; President, Degen Excavating Co. Inc. Since equipment versatility is a key requirement in Degen Excavating’s world, the company purchases and/or rents a variety of machines— including this Takeuchi TB285 compact excavator—beyond their fleet of Komatsu equipment, across its various projects. “The PC228 has a tight turning radius and a shorter stick, and it has a lot of power. It’s perfect for what we do.” Josh Barhorst, VP and project engineer Degen Excavating Co. Inc. 6