| December 14, 2008
Compact field controller includes advanced software functions
Topcon Positioning Systems’ FC-120 field controller comes with TopSURV, Pocket Layout or Pocket 3D – Topcon’s survey, layout and 3Dsite management software packages. The FC-120 packs all the power of the FC-200 into a smaller data collector with a large array of features, including a color touch screen display, 64-, 128- or 256-MB memory and built-in wireless Bluetooth connectivity. The operating system includes Windows CE.Net 5.0 and a 520-MHz processor. Compact Flash and Secure Digital media card slots for memory expansion and connectivity options provide an access door so you can quickly change or add cards.
Pipelayers offer longer booms, higher hook height for better positioning
As one of five models in Volvo’s new pipelaying product class, the Volvo PL4611 provides 360-degree swing with full lifting performance and functionality at all radius positions – a task not found with conventional side-boom pipelayers. A wide gauge, lower center of gravity and lifting platform where the boom mounts inboard of the track frame supply stability and a higher lift capacity. Volvo’s D12D 329-horsepower Tier 3 engine powers the PL4611, which has a lift capacity of 155,000 pounds and a boom length of 30 feet.
Mulcher stays out of the mud with adjustable shoes for depth control
Caterpillar’s HM315 mulcher for skid-steer loaders and multi-terrain loaders features a 57-inch cutter head, 72-inch overall width and an axial pump hydraulic motor for reliable and durable operation. A high-speed rotor with 34 tungsten carbide teeth efficiently cut vegetation and three sets of counter-rotating knives mulch materials as large as 8 inches in diameter. The hydraulically operated front hood allows trees and dense brush to be processed, and the adjustable pusher bar helps control trees during felling. Chisel teeth for aggressively processing vines and soft woods are also available as a top level arrangement.
Fully enclosed case helps welder generator run cooler
Miller Electric’s Bobcat 225 gas engine-driven welder generator now has a fully enclosed case for added protection as well as quieter and cooler operation – especially when mounted on a truck with restricted airflow. The Bobcat 225 provides 10,500 watts of generator power and up to 225 amps of welding (stick, flux cored, MIG, TIG and air carbon arc gouging) output. It comes equipped with either a Kohler 23-horsepower or Subaru Robin 22-horsepower gas engine.
Minimize unnecessary service trips by reviewing mulcher data from afar
Fecon’s FTX440 crawler mulchers now feature remote connectivity so you can access system information from almost anywhere. Designed specifically for monitoring real-time performance, remote connectivity also helps reduce troubleshooting time and expense. The FTX440 with remote connectivity uses a SIM card and an antenna to transmit two-way data over GS cellular networks to the machine’s IQAN controller. Program updates can be uploaded to the machine without a service trip.
Digging chain resists wear and tear
The EarthPro Raptor Series low profile, 1.65-inch anti-backflex digging chain fits all makes of trenchers, and eliminates components such as spacers and spreader bars, which equals fewer parts to stock and service. The chain installs in minutes with hand tools and can be configured with an ABF four-pitch cup teeth spacing for smooth digging. It can also be reconfigured quickly to tackle various digging conditions.
GPR system eliminates unwanted signals for greater accuracy
Built from durable, weatherproof materials, Radiodetection’s RD1000 portable ground penetrating radar system allows users to locate utilities, including non-conductive materials such as plastic pipes. Weighing less than 50 pounds, the RD1000 operates in almost any terrain and displays a map of underground features on a high-contrast LCD screen so you can see a pipe or cable in its topographical context. The unit assembles in less than two minutes and dismantles for compact storage and safe transport.
Combihammer drills through-holes up to 6 inches in diameter
With a new 1,700-watt motor, the Hilti TE 80 ATC-AVR combihammer combines high power with Active Torque Control, Active Vibration Reduction and a theft protection system to handle heavy drilling and demolition. The TE 80 ATC-AVR makes light work of several demanding jobs, including hammer drilling in the 3/4- to 6-inch-diameter range in concrete, masonry and natural stone. AVR provides operator protection and a high level of working comfort, even during long periods of use. The ATC feature includes an electronic rapid cut-out system that disengages the tool drive if the drill bit sticks and the tool begins to rotate too quickly.
Long haul tire improves fuel efficiency and removal mileage
Continental’s HSL2 tire is the first in a series of fuel-efficient tires designed for long haul, over-the-highway use. The HSL2 features a new tread compound, which provides significant increase in removal miles, along with patented FlexLock technology to promote even tread wear and increase stability. Additional vertical sipes paired with FlexLock assist in the prevention of excessive heat build-up in the tire’s shoulder. Visual alignment indicators assist in identifying tire tracking irregularities within the first 5/32 inch of tire wear, so mechanical adjustments can be made to extend tire life.
Performance programmers cover newer model Dodge trucks
Superchips’ Cortex or Flashpaq performance programmers cover 2004-2007 4.7-liter Dodge Ram 1500 and Dodge Durango vehicles, allowing users to gain up to 18 rear wheel horsepower and up to 20 foot-pounds of torque, according to the company. Other features include enhanced throttle response, 87 Octane calibration, speed limiter adjustment, rpm limiter adjustment, data acquisition 1 and 2 and diagnostic trouble code read and clear capability. Free updates are available on the company’s website, so the programmers’ calibrations stay in line with new files released by OEMs.
Color-coded stakes make underground line identification easy
Designed for survey and construction sites, underground utility locating and reference points, Almetek Industries’ E-Z Smart Stakes eliminate guesswork to provide an alternative color-coded marking system. The stakes are manufactured of durable, weather-resistant UV-HDPE and deep stamped for long life. They can be installed using wooden stakes, 20 penny or masonry nails. Available in eight standard colors, the stakes include legends for electric cable, gas, oil, fiber optic cables, water and sewer lines. Custom colors, reflective finishes and custom legends are also available.