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www.rockproducts.com ROCK products • April 2019 • 25 lights. Since the operator doesn't have to hold a flashlight while doing checks, it's much easier to maintain three points of contact on the machine, helping our workers stay safe." Emissions Focus Adequate visibility isn't the only challenge that comes with working underground. Another key aspect is maintaining air quality – which made Hinkle's choice of a John Deere 944K Hybrid Loader all the more fitting. "Our air undergoes constant testing," said Mingus. "We cur- tain off certain areas and use a number of large fans and ventilation shafts to maintain air-quality levels. The 944K Hybrid Loader has a smaller power plant than most models of its size, so in addition to burning less fuel, the emissions are lower. If there's anything we can do to improve air quality for our people and the environment, we want to do it." Mingus first saw the 944K at the John Deere ConExpo-Con/ Agg booth in 2011 and wanted one immediately. And although he wasn't the first to purchase one, he's proud to be the first to use one underground. Once Meade Equipment, his local dealership, was certified to sell and service the 944K, Mingus ordered two. "Even as a brand-new model, I had complete faith in the product," he said. "All you have to do is walk the line at John Deere Davenport Works and talk to the people building the machine. The level of pride they take in their work inspires a lot of confidence in the end product." Of course, expectations and reality can differ – what's most important is seeing the rubber meet the road. "Meade jumped through a lot of hoops to make this machine pur- chase possible for us," said Mingus. "I can't say enough about that organization. We have more than 1,000 hours on the machine and have had no real issues. If they ever come up, I know our dealer, Meade Equipment is at the ready to keep us running." Hinkle Contracting Co. LLC is serviced by Meade Equipment, Louisville, Ky. Information for this article courtesy of John Deere.

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