The first time Brian Dietz used his new engcon equipment on a job, one of the inspectors at the site commented, “You can tell he’s been running that for a while.” Not exactly. It was, in fact, his first time.
DIetz originally thought there would be a big learning curve to using the engcon tiltrotator, “But I was happily surprised,” he said. “All of our operators took to it quickly. The ergonomic design with the hand rest makes using different fingers to move rollers and buttons very easy…our operators love using the engcons.”
That first job was a city sewer and water hookup in the street. “The road was closed, and several other crews were working up and down the block doing gas line work. I think there were about 7 small excavators, all different makes,” he remembered. “But within an hour all the crews made their way over to watch the engcon do its thing. Seeing how smoothly it was able to navigate around and between utility crossings was impressive.”
In 1975, Brian’s father started the excavation company Bob Dietz and Sons in New Paltz, New York, with a used John Deere 350 track loader and a second-hand 6-wheel-dump truck.
Dietz remembers that he and his older brother Tony, and younger brother Joe, practically grew-up on job sites.
“Since we were able to walk dad would bring us out to jobs. I remember spending years riding on the armrest or behind the seat of dozers, or standing in the doorway of an excavator.”
His father was always showing them how the work was done, DIetz remembers, “See how the rocks go in the bucket easily if I do this,” he’d say, or “See how the dozer can push more if I do this?” Dietz remembers how his father’s enthusiasm and philosophy of quality work doing over just making money rubbed-off on them. His father, recently retired, left the business in his sons’ good, calloused hands. Dietz first saw engcon at CONEXPO (North America’s largest construction trade show) in Las Vegas in 2011. “It was one of the things you see and instantly realize the potential,” he remembers. They talked with salesmen and watched engcon’s growth on social media over the years, and after Con Expo 2020 decided it was time to dig in.
“At first, when you start running an engcon, you have the bucket dancing all over the place. You look for every opportunity to dig sideways and backwards. But quickly you realize you have wasted a lot of time putting on a show,” he said. “An excavator is a well-engineered piece of equipment; however, excavators have limitations and in those situations that is where the engcon shines and will blow your mind. It is incredible how quickly you begin to rely on it.”
We met Brian recently when he was clearing a wooded lot of 80-90 foot-tall trees near Poughkeepsie, New York, where an office and storage facility will be built. The rotation capabilities of the engcon saves time sorting the treetops and branches from the logs. “The grapple is much faster than a bucket and thumb,” he explained.
“When feeding the branches into the chipper, having the ability to tilt and rotate allows you to get the perfect angle and speeds up the process, with less resistance the chipper runs at peak performance,” he said. “Something you have to experience to fully appreciate.”
One of the greatest benefits of buying engcon is the service that comes with it.
“The service is awesome,” Dietz says. “When I’ve had an issue, I am able to call or text and get a real person on the line. Parts are available and quick shipping makes getting it up and going smooth.”
The other reasons he has for purchasing engcon include the capabilities of the tiltrotator to make any challenging job quick and easy, the safety of being able to do so much with just the machinery and fewer workers on the job site, and the flexibility of attaching and detaching buckets quickly. “Not leaving the cab to switch from bucket to plate compactor or from log grapple to ripper keeps you moving, saving time and money,” he said about the EC-Oil Automatic Quick Hitch system.
Dietz has used his engcon equipment under all kinds of conditions and on all kinds of grades, making what would otherwise have been labor intensive projects more feasible and economical.
“When you add an engcon to an excavator, there isn’t much you can’t do with it,” he said.
John Deere 85G with following engcon equipment:
Automatic Quick Coupler with EC-Oil (Connect hydraulic tools remaining the seat)
EC209 Tiltrotator with EC-Oil
Hydraulic tools with EC-Oil – Log grapple, Plate compactor
Mechanical tools - Grading bucket, tooth bucket, grade beam, ripper tooth, asphalt (pizza) cutter, cable bucket.
And the same EC-Oil setup on a John Deere 60d (possibly the first one in North America)
Brian Dietz, Bob Dietz and Sons
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