Utility Contractor

SEP-OCT 2018

As the official magazine of NUCA, Utility Contractor presents the latest information affecting every aspect of the utility construction industry, including technological advancements, safety issues, legislative developments and instructional advice.

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Utility Contractor 39 PRODUCTS TRENCHERS Ditch Witch HT275 Trencher Designed for heavy-duty trenching, the Ditch Witch HT275 trencher prioritiz- es productivity and increases year-over-year return on investment (ROI) on water, sewer, gas, power and underdrain installations, pipeline distribution and other large trenching tasks. While it adapts to a broad range of trenching jobs, the unit is op- timal for utility installations up to 10 ft deep and 26 in. wide. A Cummins 275-hp (205-kW) Tier 4 engine powers the HT275 through diverse jobsite environments with ease. And the unit's hydrostatic trencher-chain drive with an infinitely variable displacement motor enables operators to quickly adjust chain speeds to acclimate to soil conditions. Four hydraulic quick-disconnect blocks and a modular design allow for rear attachment changes without heavy lifting equipment and reduce the time it takes to change attachments from days to hours. Web: ditchwitch.com Toro RT1200 Riding Trencher Cab Assembly Toro recently introduced an optional cab assembly specifically engineered to be factory in- stalled on the Toro RT1200 riding trencher. The cab assembly provides a number of features focused on accessibility, safety and operator comfort. In terms of accessibility, the cab features doors on both sides of the trencher for simple entry and exit to and from the operator's station, regardless of jobsite obstacles or challenging terrain. Various safety features have been incorpo- rated into the cab assembly including front and rear windshield wipers for maximum visibility in less-than-ideal conditions, and a pressurized cab that virtually eliminates dust and debris from entering the operator's station. The pressurized cab also reduces noise from outside the cab, to help minimize operator fatigue. Web: toro.com Vermeer Introduces RTX1250i2 Ride-On Tractor The new Vermeer RTX1250i2 ride-on tractor boasts intelligent controls and interchangeable attachments to help maximize productivity for utility installation work. Based on the prior RTX1250 ride-on tractor design, the RTX1250i2 ride-on tractor features the latest in technology to make it more convenient to operate, be more efficient on the jobsite and reduce the amount of time it takes to swap out i2 attachments. Features include the optional self-leveling auto tilt to help maintain a vertical trench by adjusting the rear tractor axle. The Vermeer RTX1250i2 is also Vermeer Fleet-ready, which allows the contractor to monitor the machine's engine operating hours, idle hours, fuel usage, fault codes and location, as well as geo- fencing capabilities. Equipped with a 127 hp Deutz diesel engine, the RTX1250i2 ride-on tractor offers efficient power for high load installs in difficult ground con- ditions. Web: Vermeer.com VACUUM EXCAVATORS Hi-Vac X-8 The X-Vac Model X-8 is so weight conscious it has advanced the utility hydro excavation market to point of "no overwieght tickets." With an 8 cubic yard debris tank, a 360-degree rotating boom, and a 4,000 CFM 27-in. Hg vacuum system, the X-8 delivers performance in a fully scalable package. The insulated sound deadening enclosure contains noise while preventing freezing and providing an ergonomic operation and storage package. Reliable transfer case drive system eliminates complicated hydraulic controls and a "hard wired" electrical system makes field servicing a reality. For over 40 years Hi-Vac has provided prod- ucts and systems that tackle some of the toughest infrastructure, maintenance and clean-up challenges in the world. Web: hi-vac.com

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