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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Utility Contractor 27 Komatsu WA200-8 Wheel Loader The parallel-lift linkage and impressive breakout force on Komatsu America's WA200-8 wheel loader make it a versatile jobsite tool. Useful in virtually any application—from pallet handling to hard digging—fuel consumption drops by up to 4 percent in V-cycle as well as load-and-carry applications. The WA200-8's change-on-the-fly coupler lets you move from pushing into a pile with ease, to a set of forks, to running the power broom. The fourth-generation hydrostatic drivetrain with variable traction control and S-mode provides excellent traction control to reduce wheel spin. The WA200-8 is equipped with Komatsu's pioneering KOMTRAX telematics system to monitor key machine metrics, including KDPF status and DEF-level data, fuel consumption, and more. RAMVAC AX-4000 Air Excavator RAMVAC by Sewer Equipment brings you the AX-4000 air excavator series. This truck series offers a simple, single engine design with 12-volt electrical controls and manual hand valves for ease of use, while also providing operators the ability to excavate with both air and water effectively using only one truck. This series offers payload capacities from 5,000 to 12,000 pounds, while the hydraulic rear door allows operators to dump spoils quickly and easily. The AX-4000 allows you to customize your blower to achieve the results you need in any applications, with capacities of 18" or 27" hg, 1400 or 3000 CFM and hose diameter of 6" or 4". All water systems are contained within a single heated enclosure for cold weather applications, while also offering the most cubic feet of standard tool storage on the market. RAMVAC designs its trucks from the ground up to be simple, powerful and the most maneuverable in the industry. Takeuchi Tl6 Compact Track Loader The TL6R's compact dimensions allow it to get into areas with limited space such as garages and chicken houses. The CTL is agile, easy to transport and features outstanding stability and performance. The undercarriage components are model specific with larger bearings resulting in slower shaft speeds for longer component life. All rollers are permanently sealed, with metal face seals to keep dirt and other contaminates out for greater durability. For starters, the TL6R features a newly designed cabin with an overhead 5.7-in. multi-information display and backlit rocker switches that control a variety of machine functions. A large front door and rear window provides great visibility to the attachment edge. A color monitor and rear-view camera offers even further visibility around the machine. The TL6R comes standard with a quiet track design with flotation pads. This reduces vibration, noise levels and improves ride quality. Oxford Plastics LowPro 23/05 Composite Modular Plate System Savvy utility contractors have discovered the newest innovation for the temporary covering of trenches. The HS20-44 rated Oxford LowPro 23/05 Composite Modular Road Plates eliminates the need to apply anti-skid, the need for ramping with cold patch, the need for heavy lifting equipment, and noise complaints are a thing of the past! Utility contractors are increasing safety and bringing more to their bottom line by incorporating the LowPro 23/05 plate system within their fleet. Handling of the Oxford LowPro 23/05 RoadPlate inner sections are now more ergonomic with the new EasiLift handles. Storage and transportation of the modular sections are now easier with the new Stillage. It provides safety to the workers, better fleet management, allows for easy inspection, has both hoist and fork lift access, and is stackable.

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