FOR THE RENTAL MARKET – June 2009
By Canadian Rental Service
FOR THE RENTAL MARKET - June 2009
By Canadian Rental Service
Redesigned for the user
Weber Machine will unveil its newly redesigned CR 5 compactor for the Canadian rental market after its debut this spring at Intermat in Paris, France.
“This is a world premier! This is the first introduction in North America. The machine will be available this summer already,” says company president Peter Witt.
The new version of the CR 5 reversible soil compactor has been designed for the compaction of sand, gravel and crushed aggregates, as well as for the compaction of interlocking paving stones. The new compactor replaces the previous CR 4 and CR 5 and is user friendly through its ease of operation.
The soil compactor features superior operating characteristics due to a new setting on the machine parameters. In addition, the machine’s speed and climbing ability have been increased considerably. Great progress has also been made in reducing the hand/arm vibrations. This allows fatigue-free work for many hours.
The CR 5 offers even more comfort to the user. For example, the throttle control lever is within the operator’s field of vision and is easily accessible. A self-adjusting centrifugal clutch eliminates the need to re-tension the V-belt. The large lifting eye enables quick and safe loading. Finally, the noise level is considerably reduced by the engine cover in combination with the rugged protection frame.
The standard version is equipped with a Hatz Diesel engine with an electric starter and weighs 656 pounds. It is also available with a Honda gasoline engine weighing 600 pounds. Both options deliver an output of 10,125 pounds of centrifugal force. The working width of 22 inches can be easily extended to 28 inches with extension plates.
Environmentally friendly rammers
Wacker Neuson continues to succeed in its efforts to offer the most environmentally friendly rammers on the market. New updates to its BS-2i series of two-cycle rammers with the advanced injection system offer improved emissions, better fuel economy, easier starting as well as an updated branding appearance. “Wacker Neuson’s rammers are the greenest units available on the market,” according to Dave Schulenberg, compaction product manager for Wacker Neuson Corporation. “With an update to the engine cylinder, our engineers were able to further lower total emissions by 38 per cent!” This reduction in emissions places Wacker Neuson’s WM 80 two-cycle engine well below the Environmental Protection Agency’s emissions for both carbon monoxide (CO) and hydrocarbons and nitrogen oxides (HC+Nox) emissions.
Schulenberg says Wacker Neuson is the only manufacturer that has met and will continue to meet or exceed two-cycle EPA regulations and is the only manufacturer that offers a two-cycle rammer. In addition to lower emissions, the new cylinder also reduces fuel consumption by 15 per cent, lowering overall operator costs.
The company says the rammers have proven themselves on the job site for more than 75 years as productive and durable machines and now they offer features that protect the environment, as well as the operator, while advancing the oil injection system in two-cycle technology.
Closer to structures
Wacker Neuson’s rammers have recently been outfitted with a new muffler and carburetor. The new integrated muffler actually wraps around the curved shape of the engine, bringing the muffler an additional one inch further away from the outside edge of the rammer. This allows the rammer to compact closer to structures such as trench walls and footings plus protects the muffler from any damaging impact. The muffler outlet is nestled under the engine so there is less chance that it can get plugged during operation. Wacker Neuson has also introduced a new carburetor for easier, faster starting with less effort. The new carburetor features a purge bulb that allows the operator to purge air out of the carburetor and replace the fuel. This system results in improved starting and no risk of flooding the engine.
Wacker Neuson is introducing a new look to all its light equipment products. The facelift for the company’s popular rammer line includes a change from the familiar green bellows and silencer cover to grey bellows and a yellow silencer cover. The very visible front crank case showcases the company’s new WN symbol and the Wacker Neuson name will appear on the sides. This new branding is just one of over 250 light equipment products that will receive a new look after the merger of Wacker Construction Equipment AG (Munich, Germany) and Neuson Kramer Baumaschinen AG (Linz, Austria).
Ammann has included semi-automatic “dead man’s handles” as a safety feature on its vibratory plates. The new Safe Touch feature is touch-sensitive and reacts directly to the operator’s touch on the split handlebar. Electronic sensors register when the operator lets go of the handle and it brings the vibratory plates to a halt, and the machine to a complete standstill.
“Operator safety and comfort are important guidelines for all engineering and product development at Ammann, particularly on our hand-guided machines,” says Peter Price, Ammann area sales manager, Canada. “The optional Safe Touch feature on our vibratory plates addresses these two design philosophies.”
In the interests of productivity and fuel economy, the engine continues running after the operator lets go of the handle. It does not need to be restarted when the machine has come to a halt. “If the operator sees an obstacle, he releases the handle, the machine stops, he removes the obstacle and then after grasping a hold of the handle he continues the job,” says Price.
According to Ammann engineer, Andreas Webster, “The system cannot be manipulated. With or without gloves, with just one finger or one hand, the system immediately influences the exciter via the hydraulics. Neither moisture nor cold will interfere with the sensors, which are securely embedded. The capacitance sensor technology used on this dead man’s handle only reacts to the mass of the body.”
“Safe Touch offers additional safety for every compaction assignment, but it is especially suitable for construction sites with limited space and trench work tasks,” adds Price. “Rental houses are finding this particularly helpful as some of the operators are not as familiar with the equipment as general contractors.”
The Safe Touch dead man’s switching device is available as an option on Ammann vibratory plates models with E-Start, AVH 5020, AVH 5030 and AVH 6020.
Up to the edge
Also new from Ammann is its AV 70 X4 and AV 75 X4 tandem rollers that allow excellent compaction right up to the edge, due to its segmented drum and continuously selectable crab steering offset.
A direct drive system with two independent hydraulic pumps guarantees exceptional driving properties, while the rear-mounted Cummins BTAA3.3-C80 engine insulates operators from heat and vibration and allows for safe and convenient maintenance.
“These versatile machines are designed for compacting asphalt base, binding and surface layers, as well as gravel and soil,” says Peter Price, Ammann area sales manager, Canada.
A number of performance-enhancing and safety options are available on the new X4 models, including an open ROPS cabin with handrails and anti-vandal protection, and an asphalt temperature measuring instrument. “The new X4 rollers offer contractors maximum versatility and performance on compaction surfaces,” says Price.
Finger Tip Steering
In addition, the company’s new twin-articulated roller, the AV 70-2, features three steering modes – front, rear and crab, combined with an excellent turning radius and segmented drums to follow the tightest curves without damaging the uppermost surface.
Along with its leading edge manoeuvrability, its design allows the drum width to be extended through offsetting. Hydrostatic propulsion is featured on front and rear and the AV 70-2 also offers double vibration with two vibration modes (0.6 / 0.33 mm).
“The AV 70-2 is the successor to the AV 75 model,” says Peter Price, Ammann area sales manager, Canada. “Not only is this machine excellent for compacting asphalt layers, it is equally effective on mixed surfaces, sand, gravel and stabilizing layers.”
A unique operating element of the AV 70-2 is its Finger Tip Steering (FTS) feature. Offering an unrestricted view of the material, as well as the drum surfaces and edges, Finger Tip Steering (FTS) allows operators to do continuous and accurate work without tiring.
On the spot compaction
Uniquip Canada has introduced the new RPC line of reversible plates from Belle Group.
The company says this new range of reversible plate compactors is setting new higher performance and reliability standards throughout the world.
Belle Group has 11 machines in its reversible plate line, from 154 through to 522 kg machine weight with Honda, Robin gas engine or Hatz diesel engines. Some models are available with electric start.
The versatile range of RPC is ergonomically designed to suit all applications and is very easy to operate and maintain. Extremely comfortable to operate with very low hand arm vibration to the operator, these robust machines provide quality compaction.
Several models are available. The RPC 30/40 and 30/50 are the most compact machines in the range, with a centrifugal force of 30 kN at an amplitude of 95hz. A choice of two base plates separates these two machines, the 30/40 has a base plate of 40 cm and the 30/50 has a slightly heavier width base plate of 50 cm.
The RPC 45/60 is the next largest machine giving higher productivity with an impressive centrifugal force of 45 kN. It has two removable extension plates that are each 75 mm, giving it an overall base plate size of 60 cm. The RPC 60/80 design produces the maximum output to meet and exceed the most stringent operator standards worldwide while offering maximum operator comfort and control.
Providing 60 kN of centrifugal force, the RPC 60/80 is delivered as standard with two extension plates that are each 75 mm for an overall base plate size of 70 cm. The machine can have a base plate of 80 cm with two optional extension plates that are each 125 mm. All models not only compact in forward and reverse but also perform “on the spot” compaction.
No pipes, no sprinklers to clean
Dynapac has launched a new series of LF forward plates with unique features for improved speed, flexibility and performance. They are easily convertible from soil to asphalt work and a specially engineered bottom plate and a unique system for water distribution without pipes or sprinklers provide unequalled results for all types of asphalt jobs.
The Dynapac LF series for asphalt jobs comprises three models between 75 and 100 kg, available with a number of options to customize the plates. The new Dynapac LF forward plates are approximately 20 per cent faster than their predecessors. The plates are easily convertible from soil to asphalt version, simply by hooking on/ off a water tank. The large removable water tank allows longer stints, quicker refill and more output per day.
The Dynapac LF 75 (weight class 75 kg) is available with either a Honda or a Robin engine. It is available in two different plate widths of 420 or 500 mm.
The LF80 (weight class 80 kg), also available with Honda or Robin engine, has a working width of 420 mm.
The LF100 (weight class 100 kg) is available with three different engine options for petrol or Diesel and features a 500-mm-wide bottom plate.
With Dynapac’s new LF-series the entire bottom plate contact surface is watered uniformly. This is due to a unique patented water distribution system, integrated into the bottom plate. There are no pipes, and no sprinklers to clean. The water consumption is easily optimized by means of a flow adjustment valve, easily reached by the operator.
A large removable water tank, with a secured cap, makes refills swift, simple and less frequent. The bottom plate is the most critical component of a forward plate for asphalt compaction. The new Dynapac LF series bottom plate has a unique design with edges giving a well-defined contact surface that will leave no marks on the surface.
For tight and complicated spaces the handle is aligned with the centre of the plate for effortless manoeuvrability, and it can even be raised to a vertical operational position. It is easily folded for transportation and storage.
All units have a wide array of optional equipment such as a protection frame suitable for rental applications, lifting handles, block and paving kits making it possible to tailor-make the machine.
Well balanced, hard hitting
Doosan Infracore Portable Power features three models from its light compaction equipment line of RX-Series upright rammers. The RX-Series is built for the compaction of materials ranging from mixed and cohesive soils to heavy clay.
The company says these models are designed to provide compaction solutions for a wide array of applications, including backfilling and narrow trench compaction such as utility work, trenching, curbing, drainage work, and foundation and masonry base preparation.
The models in the RX-Series are the RX-264H, RX-304H, and RX-344H. This line comes standard with Honda recoil-start, four-cycle engines.
Impact force is applied to the compacted material by a durable wooden foot-reinforced with a heavy steel plate for extended life. The average impact per blow varies on the RX-Series, ranging from 2,600 pounds on the RX-264H to 3,000 pounds on the RX-304H, to 3,400 pounds on the RX-344H. The RX-Series operates at 600 – 750 blows per minute.
Featuring a low-profile, lightweight design, and a low centre of gravity, the RX-Series self-balances, providing greater manoeuvrability and control around jobsite obstacles. A four-point isolation and vibration-reducing grip, standard on the RX-Series, minimizes operator fatigue and prolongs the life of the rammer components.
BOMAG’s exclusive Economizer system helps contractors complete compaction jobs quickly and effectively, saving time, fuel and money. The Economizer system is a standard feature on the BOMAG BPR100/80D reversible vibratory plate compactor. It is an option on the BPR45/55D series, BPR55/65D and the BPR65/70D.
The company says the Economizer system provides continuous, real-time feedback of soil stiffness by means of an LED display on the engine hood. The display indicates to the operator the level of compaction achieved and also highlights any soft spots in the material. The Economizer consists of a vibration sensor, together with a computing and display unit. This allows jobs to be completed more quickly by avoiding unnecessary passes, reducing passes by as much as 25 per cent.
The system not only saves labour costs, but also reduces fuel costs and machine wear. It also helps avoid over-compaction.
More importantly, the Economizer system helps the operator ensure the job is complete. It displays soft spots in the soil, allowing contractors to identify any problems in the sub-grade to ensure the job is done correctly.
No oil bath
CM Equip has developed a 66 kg Vibratory Plate that does not have an oil bath. The company says it is lubricated by grease so oil changes are not needed. The plate compactor will be equipped with CM’s engine or a Subaru Robin engine. The warranty for this plate is one year for the vibratory plate, two years for the exciter and three years for the Subaru Robin engine.
Takes the strain out of compaction
Multiquip’s three new MTX-Series rammers take the tough work, the fatigue, and the strain out of compaction. Each model incorporates an exclusive anti-vibration system (AVS), which significantly cuts vibration to the user for greater productivity on the job site while reducing the risk of injury caused by operator fatigue.
The MTX-60, 70, 80 and MTX-90 gasoline-powered models deliver up to 3,710 pounds of impact force for effective compaction of cohesive and mixed soils. Each rammer excels in trench work, around retaining walls, when solidifying bases for concrete slabs and footings and in confined areas.
The MTX-60 delivers 3,060 pounds of impact force on 645-695 blows a minute. Fueled by a three-horsepower Honda GX100 engine, this model weighs 141 pounds.
The MTX-70 generates 3,350 pounds of centrifugal force and is driven by a 33-horsepower Honda GX100 engine. The rammer weighs 165 pounds.
The MTX-80 generates 3,510 pounds of centrifugal force and is driven by a 3.5 horsepower Robin EH122D engine. The rammer weighs 183 pounds.
The hardest hitter in the series is the MTX-90 which generates 3,710 pounds of impact force on 660-700 blows per minute. It weighs 196 pounds and is also powered by a Robin EH-122D engine.
High yardage compaction
Sakai America has introduced its 12 ton class soil rollers, the SV610-III Series, to help site-prep, roadbuilding and earthmoving contractors compact more material faster.
The SV610-III Series comes in three model variations: the SV610D-III smooth drum model, weighing in at 27,555 lbs and designed for rock and granular materials; the SV610T-III 27,710 pound padfoot roller, for cohesive materials, silts and clays and the SV610TF-III model that weighs 32,560 pounds and includes a padfoot-smooth drum combination. The padfoot drum in the SV610TF-III is encased within a bolt-on smooth drum shell that can be removed when working on cohesive soils. This series comes with an 84-inch drum width and is designed for high yardage compaction jobs on a wide range of soils and rockfill applications – highway and airport subbases, embankments, dams, reservoirs, and large commercial tracts.
The SV610-III Series compactors are powered by a fuel efficient, Tier III, Cummins QSB4.5, 148hp water-cooled, turbocharged diesel engine. This engine fully complies with current EPA/CARB emission standards and is mounted on rubber isolators to provide added vibration protection.
All models come standard with dual amplitude. The SV610TF-III offers amplitudes up to 0.06 inches while the SV610D-III and SV610T-III offer amplitudes up to 0.09 inches. All three models also offer high centrifugal forces up to 58,450 pounds. These features enable the SV610-III Series to make quick work of compaction on a variety of soils.
The SV610-III Series is equipped with a two brake, three-way failsafe system. A hydrostatic service brake is located at the forward-reverse lever. Switching of the wet disc, spring-applied, hydraulically-released (SAHR) parking brake switch is located on the instrument panel. An emergency brake foot pedal activates both the hydrostatic and the SAHR brakes that will automatically apply in the event of an engine or hydraulic system failure.
Attachments for compaction
CEAttachments has several products for compaction applications. The company says compaction jobs get a smoother finish with the EDGE Vibratory Roller. Equipped with a choice of smooth or padded drums, skidsteer operators can quickly compact everything from clumpy, clay-type material to asphalt, dirt, sand, gravel or backfills.
It has a specially designed scraper to ward off material buildup so there is no need to slow down. For optimum performance and minimum maintenance the heavy duty motor is mounted outside the drum. Additionally, a flow-control valve is standard equipment to prevent over-speeding of the eccentric shaft and extend bearing life. All models feature universal skidsteer loader mount, hoses and hydraulic flat-faced couplers. The vibratory roller is available in 73 and 84 inches sizes.
The company’s Compaction Wheel reduces the time it takes to backfill and pack down loose soil by doing it all at once. It does not require hydraulic hook ups and uses a rolling application to thoroughly compress soil while the hole is being backfilled.
The company says its high-strength, heavy-duty sealed bearings and hardened bushings allow long-lasting, productive operation in even tough soil conditions while its trouble-free design includes bars between the wheels to prevent the buildup of mud. The attachment is ideal for mid-size to larger compact excavators or backhoes.
Packs soil down tight
Another product called the EDGE Plate Compactor packs loose soil down tight with little effort. It features a powerful direct drive gear motor to deliver maximum vibratory force on backfill lifts up to four feet, even on inclines. Its heavy-duty rubber mounted baseline isolates vibration while a four-corner suspension system reduces wear and tear on the attachment. It is available in vibratory force ranges from 2,500 to 11,350 pounds and base plate widths from 11 to 27 inches to work effectively with any size compact excavator or backhoe up to 5,300 pounds. The Plate Compactor can be used for a variety of other jobs such as driving piles, fence posts, I-Beams, guardrails or pipe.
The Terex TV1000 and TV1200 Tandem Asphalt Rollers offers a host of standard features for exceptional productivity. A “6-in-1” joystick is well positioned to allow the operator to easily select all operational functions.
This unit’s dynamic braking system can be engaged when the joystick in neutral or when the unit is shut off. Plastic fuel, water and hydraulic tanks reduce condensation and are encased in steel for maximum protection. All tanks are removable for cleaning and positioned to avoid vandalism. The TV1000 has an operating weight of 5,644 pounds (2,560 kg), a centrifugal force of 5,397 pounds (24.0 kN) and a static linear load of 71.7 pounds/in (12.0 kg/cm).
The TV1200 has an operating weight of 6,382 pounds (2,895 kg), a centrifugal force of 6,776 pounds (30.4 kN) and a static linear load of 77.5 pounds/in (13.9 kg/cm).
Allied Construction Products, LLC has announced the addition of the Skid-Pac Model 1000 to its full product line of attachments.
The company says it has taken its Ho-Pac vibratory compactor technology and put it into “motion.” Mounted on a skidsteer, the Model 1000 now travels quickly over soil in flatwork, delivers more impact energy, has an errorless four-function valve and maintenance-free oil splash bearing lubrication.
The new extreme Skid-Pacs include a larger eccentric with mass further away from shaft centerline to help increase impulse and compaction force. A nine foot square base plate covers the outside width of the skidsteer tires to eliminate marks in the soil; and an oil splash to provide maintenance-free (no greasing) bearing lubrication.
The Skid-Pacs fit on all skidsteers in the 4,000 to 14,000 pound weight range that use the universal mounting quick-change couplers.