Utility Contractor

NOV-DEC 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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26 Utility Contractor | November/December 2018 Hyundai HX220L Excavator Hyundai Construction Equipment Americas incorporates a variety of technological innovations in its full line of HX series crawler excavators, including the 25-ton class HX220L model popular among utility contractors. The Hyundai HX220L excavator is powered by a Tier 4 Final-certified Cummins QSB6.7 engine, delivering 173 net hp (129 kW) at 1,950 rpm. With an operating weight of 51,500 lb (23,360 kg), the HX220L has a standard bucket size of 1.2 yd3 (0.92 m3) and ISO bucket breakout force of 37,100 lbf (16,830 kgf). Hyundai HX series excavators are designed for easier operator accessibility and control, and better overall ergonomics. The operator can view the status of all major components and functions through the Hyundai interactive, adjustable, 8-in. full color touchscreen monitor, the industry's largest such monitor. The monitor's multi-media capability accommodates the storage and display of user manuals, training information and other documentation. It also features a USB port for data input and downloading. Ditch Witch JT20XP Directional Drill The Ditch Witch JT20XP horizontal directional drill (HDD) package is designed to provide industry-leading power for mid-sized and larger utility-installation jobs without compromising jobsite footprint. The package combines a JT20XP drill with an XP44 mixing system for an industry-first, full 118-hp solution that channels all on-board horsepower for thrust and rotation. The drill is powered by a 74.5-hp Tier-4 Deutz diesel engine for superior power and productivity. It offers 56 percent more mud flow than competitive units and provides improved spindle torque and spindle speed over its predecessor. The XP44 mixing system is powered by a 44-hp Tier 4 Yanmar diesel engine, offering mixing capabilities as powerful as a stand-alone unit. The full JT20XP drill package is compact and allows contractors to move in and around jobsites with ease. And, like all Ditch Witch drills, the unit includes comfortable seats, ergonomic controls, an LCD display and electronic strike indicators (ESID). DL280-5 Wheel Loader Doosan Infracore North America LLC extended its wheel loader lineup in 2018 with the new DL280-5 wheel loader. The new DL280-5 is part of the popular category of 3- to 4-cubic yard wheel loaders. The Doosan DL280-5 is designed to provide operators with enhanced performance and comfort as well as increased uptime protection when working in general construction applications. The 172-hp DL280-5 is manufactured with a standard Z-bar lift-arm linkage and is ideal for scooping, loading, carrying and general construction tasks. Operators requiring additional dumping capabilities into trucks and hoppers will benefit from the high-lift Z-bar configuration available on the DL280-5. The high-lift iteration provides an additional 18 in. of dump height, making it especially beneficial in construction. Cherne Pipe Plugs The new I-Series Test-Ball, I-Series Muni-Ball, Air-Loc & Remo Plugs from Cherne are industry leading in quality, consistency and durability. They have improved performance and safety through optimized design. Mechanical bonding of premium natural rubber and end plates eliminates failures from chemical bonding, and has superior back pressure at 15 psi (1 bar). These plugs are premium in performance and aesthetics and are lightweight, short and flexible. The future in pipe plugs is now!

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