There are times when taking a machine out to a site demonstration just isn’t feasible.
That’s where Dan Spence steps in.
The Thompson Machinery demonstration operator runs a 140M motorgrader simulator, which recently made an appearance at the grand opening of the CAT Rental Store in Nashville, Tenn.
“Between the transportation costs and clean up of an actual machine after a demo, it gets expensive to carry around a 140M motorgrader,” Spence said. “So we thought it would be more effective to build a simulator and take it on the road.”
The simulator allows potential buyers to feel what it’s like to control the motorgrader with two joysticks and no steering wheel.
“You have to give prospects a way to get a feel for how this thing works,” he said.
Spence recently took the simulator out to western Tennessee for six county highway superintendents and their operators, who were able to get familiar with the controls before a “live” demonstration in the field.
“It makes it a lot easier to familiarize yourself with the controls in the simulator before an actual run of the machine,” he said.
At one demonstration, Spence recalls 15 people standing around watching operators take turns in the simulator’s cab. “Everyone gets a good laugh if someone runs into something or does something wrong.”
The simulator is based on one that can be found at Cat’s headquarters in Peoria, Ill. It has been installed in a trailer instead of a classroom to make it mobile.