Toro’s new horizontal directional drills weren’t the only buzzworthy machines at its booth at ICUEE this morning. As part of its entrance into the underground utility market, the company also debuted its new ride-on trenchers today.
Particularly of interest was the RT1200. Though it won’t be available until next year, Toro had the machine on hand for contractors to demo as a bit of a sneak peek. The trencher is powered by a 121-horsepower Cummins 4.5-liter engine and features Toro’s planetary gear reduction system.
Also featured in Toro’s new HDDs, the planetary gear reduction system uses a flywheel, torsion shaft and planetary gear reduction system. The flywheel minimizes trencher stalls, the torsion shaft absorbs shock loads from the drive train, and the planetary gears multiply hydrostatic motor torque.
Contractors will be able to choose between tracks or tires on the RT1200 and several attachments will be available including a backhoe, six-way backfill blade, rocksaw, vibratory plow, reel carrier and trencher drive. Four-wheel drive and four-wheel steering will be standard.
The new RT600 is available right now. This smaller ride-on trencher is powered by a 4-cylinder, 65-horsepower Cummins B3.3 liquid-cooled diesel engine. The trencher features four-wheel steering and incorporates crab steering for better handling on slopes.
The RT600 also takes advantage of Toro’s planetary gear reduction system and the trencher comes standard with a six-way backfill blade and, in addition to the trencher, a backhoe loader, rock saw and vibratory plow attachments are available.