Utility Contractor

MAR-APR 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 41 Takeuchi Introduces TB235-2 Compact Hydraulic Excavator Takeuchi-US, an innovative global leader in compact equipment, has launched the all-new TB235-2 compact hydraulic excavator. Sharing the same design concept of the TB230, TB240, and TB260, the TB235-2 provides Takeuchi with a 3.5 ton offering in this competitive market classification. With the TB235-2, Takeuchi will be able to meet the needs of a wide range of customers including general contractors, landscapers, util- ity contractors and the rental industry. With an operating weight of 7,474 lbs, a dig depth of 10 ft, 7.7 in., maximum reach of 17 ft, 3 in. and breakout force of 9,127 lbs, the TB235 provides excellent working range and performance. Additionally, the TB235- 2 shares the 24.4-hp Yanmar engine with the TB230 and requires no additional exhaust after-treatment systems. Web: takeuchi-us.com. Trimble Introduces New Pipe Laser Trimble introduced a new green Dialgrade laser for the installation of gravity flow pipelines—the Spectra Precision DG613G pipe laser. The DG613G, with an ultra-visible green beam, has the same com- pact design and features as the DG613. The laser's short length is ideal when setting up in manholes with precast inverts and a tight radius. Both models have a grade range from -12 to +40 percent and are fully self-leveling over the entire grade range. The cross axis is also compensated providing quick set up and ensuring the laser will be level without having to manually rotate it in the invert. The DG613G has a 150 m (500 ft) working range providing a single setup to lay pipe from one manhole to another. The RC803 remote control provides full function control and utilizes infra-red communications when in the pipe at a distance of up to 150 m (500 ft). For "over the top" setups, the remote utilizes radio communications at a distance up to 130 m (430 ft). Web: spectralasers.com. Vac-Tron Trailer Vac Vac-Tron Equipment has released its new CS 1270 trailer vac. This new Compact Industrial Vac Series comes standard with a 1,200-gallon debris tank and 580 or 1,000 cfm. It is also available with a hydraulic operated opening and locking rear door, wet/dry filtration cyclone, 30-ft x 3-in. suction hose and tool, and 27 or 37 hp Kohler gas engine. Options include 24 hp Kohler diesel engine and reverse pressure. It is ideal for drill slurry cleanup as well as other projects that call for slurry removal. With the optional reverse pressure, you can collect the slurry, transport and offload it into another container or simply open the rear door and dump the material quickly. Web: vactron.com. Vermeer Introduces the D8x12 Navigator HDD Vermeer expands its line of utility installation equipment with the launch of the D8x12 Navigator horizontal directional drill. This new compact and highly productive drill is sized for working in tight spaces, features straightforward controls and delivers quiet operation. With two drill rod op- tions for added versatility, the Vermeer D8x12 is well suited for small service installations, including gas distribution, power, water and telecommunication networks. The Vermeer D8x12 horizontal directional drill is equipped with a 48 hp (35.8 kW) Kohler diesel engine and offers 1,000 ft-lb (1,355.8 Nm) of spindle torque and 7,850 pounds (34.9 kN) of thrust/pullback. It features basic hydraulic pilot joystick controls with only essential electrical components, simplifying operation and routine maintenance. With a low noise emission level of 85 dBA at the operator's ear and guar- anteed sound power of 104 dBA, the D8x12 is an excellent machine for working in urban environ- ments. It can fit through a 36-in. (91.4 cm) gate or onto a trailer with other jobsite essentials. Web: Vermeer.com

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