Utilities and underground industry contractors have a new tool to increase productivity with the launch of Toro’s new directional drill operating system, TDOS-1 with SmartTouch. The new system allows pipe handling functions to be performed using a single input on the joystick in SmartTouch operating mode.
Aquajet Systems has introduces the world’s smallest hydrodemolition robot, the Aqua Cutter 410V. The model combines the compact size of the Aqua Cutter 410A and the innovative mast system of the Aqua Cutter 710V, giving it versatility to work in tight spaces with extended reach in horizontal, vertical and overhead applications. The 410V’s design makes it suitable for a wide variety of concrete removal tasks, such as renovation and bridge and road repair.
Liebherr's A 918 Litronic wheeled excavator compliant with the latest emission stage Tier 4f / Stage IV has an operating weight between 38,800 – 43,600 lb (17,600 and 19,800 kg) and engine power of 163 HP /120 kW , the A 918 is the ideal machine both for standard earthmoving and road construction, as well as drainage and pipeline work.
The new ECO Series from Vermeer answers the utility market’s demand for a compact truck-mounted vacuum excavation system with a focus on improved performance and fuel efficiency and reduced maintenance. The 4-inch (10.2 cm) line of ECO truck vacuum excavators uses properly sized engines to power components and reduces excess fuel consumption. The Tier 4 – compliant 49-horsepower (36.5 kW) Kubota “sips” fuel at 2.75 gallons (10.4 L) per hour, providing significant operating cost savings when compared to powering a 4-inch (10.2 cm) system off of a 270-horsepower (201 kW) truck engine. The ECO Series can be powered by Kubota 49-, 85- or 99-horsepower (36.5, 63.4, 73.8 kW) auxiliary engines and matched with 500- to 1200-gallon (1892.7 to 4542.5 L) spoil tank capacities, which can be mounted on a new or used truck chassis, and off-road carrier chassis for access to difficult projects. www.mclaughlinunderground.com
Con Cast Pipe, a manufacturer of precast concrete drainage products including concrete pipe, manholes, catchbasins, and box units, as well as a wide range of bridge and specialty precast products in Canada, has announced the recent purchase of Hy-Grade Precast Concrete in St. Catharines, Ontario. Due to their outstanding reputation in the Niagara community, Hy-Grade Precast Concrete will continue to operate under the Hy-Grade name and become the third Ontario manufacturing facility for Con Cast Pipe.
StraightLine HDD, Inc. announced the implementation of an upgrade to its popular Performix Mud Mix System. At the heart of the Performix System is the centrifugal pump, which generates the best laminar flow in the industry. The performance pump now features an upgraded silicon-carbide shaft seal. Compared to traditional ceramic seals, the new seal represents a considerable advancement in resiliency when subjected to the highly abrasive elements present in mud mixing. In field testing, silicon carbide seals improve service life by a factor of three,over ceramic seals.
McLaughlin launched its biggest machine to date at the CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017 trade show. The McL-60 Workhorse is a 60-inch (152.4-cm) auger boring machine designed with operator convenience in mind. The low-profile engine design, remote control operation and Rabbit Travel help water, sewer and pipeline contractors install large-diameter casings at a lower cost than directional drilling
McLaughlin introduced the groundbreaking Steerable Rock System (SRS) at the CONEXPO/CON-AGG 2017 trade show. The SRS is the auger boring market’s first steerable head designed to navigate not only solid rock but difficult fractured rock conditions as well. Engineered to operate in rock up to 25,000 psi, the SRS allows operators to maneuver auger boring machines even in the toughest ground conditions for an on-grade bore.
Miller Electric Mfg. Co. has expanded its ArcReach remote control technology to engine-driven welder/generators. ArcReach is now available on Big Blue 400, 500 and 600 Pro models, providing complete control of welding parameters at the point of the weld — without the need for a control cord.
multiVIEW Locates Inc. a professional services firm that specializes in locating and mapping buried infrastructure has announced the opening of its’ fourth office location in Kitchener, Ontario. The new location will allow multiVIEW to quickly deploy to deliver private and public utility locating services across the city and surrounding area, bridging the gap between the company’s existing Mississauga and London-based offices.
The Volvo EW60E is a highly capable machine that is well-suited to a variety of applications. Its design provides outstanding traction, swing force, breakout force and tear-out force in a compact size class that allows for convenient road travel and excellent maneuverability in confined spaces.
To increase productivity and improve ROI on fiber jobsites, the Ditch Witch organization, a Charles Machine Works Company, has introduced the MT16 microtrencher. The cost-effective microtrencher creates an ideal trench in a single, quick and efficient pass when working with the Ditch Witch RT55 or RT80 ride-on trenchers, and the FX65 vacuum excavator.
Micro Trenching is one of the installation methods being utilized by contractors to bring fiber networks to consumers. Micro Trenching is an installation method in which a narrow and relatively shallow trench is cut, usually on an asphalt roadway. Trench dimensions can range from .75 to 2.24 inches wide and 8 to 16 inches deep. While cutting, a vacuum system connected to the cutter wheel cleanly diverts and transports debris away from the worksite. Once the conduit is laid, the trench is backfilled with a grout compound. Advantages of Micro Trenching include minimal cutting width that boosts installation production, reduce costs of backfill, shallow depth placement which helps avoid encounters with existing utilities and jobsite cleanliness thanks to the vacuum spoil that removes debris.
At CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017, Caterpillar will add Productivity Services to its portfolio of technology enabled Cat® Connect Services. Caterpillar and the Cat dealer network have provided technology enabled services for years, including Equipment Management and Safety Services. With the launch of new Productivity Services, Caterpillar and Cat dealers will bolster existing services while helping customers further streamline operations, control costs and reduce risk.
Vermeer has bolstered its line of HDD tooling and accessories with the addition of the Silver Series drill rod. Building on the tradition of it's acclaimed Firestick drill rod, Silver Series drill rod gives contractors a quality aftermarket drill rod at an economic price.
JCB’s 3CX Compact Backhoe is designed for confined jobsites. Its 6-foot-wide by 9-foot-high footprint makes it 35 percent smaller than JCB’s standard 3CX backhoe model without sacrificing performance and durability. Pod-mounted, ergonomically designed excavator pilot controls are standard. It has a 74-hp Tier 4 Final engine, three-speed hydrostatic transmission, 25-mph top speed and four equal-size tires with four-wheel steering.