New Road Products
Better Roads Staff
For concrete crowns and cambered pours. And more
Lura Enterprises has developed the Trolley System for its Lightning Strike Concrete Roller Screed. The accessory completes bridge decks with crowns and cambered pours quickly and with minimal setup time, says Lura. Designed to handle challenging pours, the trolley system adapts to accommodate multiple projects. The system can handle bridge decks, radius pours, parapet walls, and pours with obstruction such as rebar. It features three adjustment points — one at each end and a third at the center CV joint — as it extends to cover pours as wide as 38 feet. It runs across pipes as large as 2.5 inches in diameter to easily maneuver across the jobsite. The frame body is constructed of 1/4 inch steel and supported by eight concave rollers capable of carrying as much as a metric ton each, allowing it to carry the screed, generator, lights or other equipment.
Updated wheeled machines
Caterpillar’s 4-cylinder M300D Series wheeled excavator models — M313D and M315D — have been updated. A new welded undercarriage allows a blade to be used either front or rear, with or without outriggers at the non-blade end — or the machines can be fitted with outriggers front and rear. The in-cab monitor is now the one used in Cat 6-cylinder wheeled excavators with a 40-percent larger display area and greater resolution. A new right-hand switch-panel module now houses the rotary-throttle dial, allowing the operator intuitive access to engine-speed control. New features to facilitate easy maintenance include rerouted coolant lines for unhindered access to service points and an easy-to-use shunt tank with redesigned filler neck and cap. In addition, new electrical connectors are used for the proportional pilot valves, the hydraulic tank incorporates new pressure and temperature sensors, as well as a new drain valve.
Compact, lightweight winch
Thern has introduced the Atlas II Series power winch, designed for a broad range of construction applications. With a cast aluminum body, the compact, lightweight winch boasts a 2-ton load capacity. Lifting handles built onto the frame facilitate easy attachment of lifting straps for additional convenience with worksite positioning and transport. Precision machine-cut gearing with an enclosed oil bath helps to reduce wear and provide long-lasting efficient operation.
Heavy-duty four-way skids
Knaack has improved the design of the skids used with its jobsite chests, cabinets and field station. The upgraded new four-way skids are made of heavy-duty, 7-gauge steel for enhanced durability and provide forklift access from all sides, as well as improved durability, and an easier method of attaching casters. The four-way skids, already included on the new Field Station (119-01), are now a standard feature on all Storagemaster chests, Jobmaster chests and cabinets, Knaack Classic storage chests, and the Monster Box series. The improved bolt/nut combination attaches the caster even more securely to the skid.
Customized tailgates life dump capacity
Philippi-Hagenbuch’s line of PHIL Autogate Tailgates are designed increase haul truck capacities by up to 20 percent, while also providing added safety and extended tire life, according to the manufacturer. The tailgates are customized to fit nearly any scope and size of articulated or rigid frame off-highway haul truck and can be installed through the OEM or retrofitted on-site. The three-piece tailgate construction allows for adaption to different bed widths. They do not use locks, cylinders, grease points or controls. As the body dumps, gravity naturally opens the tailgate to discharge material from the bed. The tailgate also provide maximum opening at the exact angle where material begins to move, ensuring optimized dumping speed.
Tough breakers for tough jobs
The Chicago Pneumatic RX hydraulic breaker line offers 13 models. With a service weight of 200 pounds, the RX 2 breaker fits carrier classes with weights ranging from 2,000 to 7,000 pounds. On the top end, with a service weight of 9,000 pounds the RX 53 is appropriate for carriers in the 88,000 to 154,000 pounds (40 to 70 metric ton) weight class. The CP Power Boost feature achieves greater breaking performance in tough applications without requiring additional hydraulic input. While the impact energy remains constant, the breaker increases the impact rate, resulting in enhanced percussive performance. The Power Stop function found on models RX 14 and up eliminates blank to reduce wear on the breaker and carrier.
Altus Positioning Systems
Precision excavator digging control
Altus Positioning Systems’s DigPilot 3D excavator control system uses an onboard Altus APS-3 compact, lightweight, portable 136-channel RTK receiver attached to the excavator arm. The APS-3 transmits position data in real time via a proprietary wireless format to an in-cab display monitor so the operator can position the shovel to cut and fill the earth to meet a computerized model of the design specifications for the project. The unit is completely configurable from the data collector via Bluetooth to operate with the internal UHF radio or for network rover operation with the internal quad-band GSM/GPRS modem. Its removable 2GB SD memory card enables plug-and-play of raw data transfer for post processing.
Brake washer — no electricity
The Oil Eater professional brake washer from Kafco allows users to clean brake parts without using electricity. It is made of industrial-grade HDPE plastic and includes a heavy-duty air pump with adjustable regulator, flow-through brush with adjustable solution valve, dual filtration systems and four swivel casters, two of which lock. The washer’s cover also functions as a catch basin. It is designed for use on alignment lifts/ramp lifts or on the floor and can also be used as a portable parts washer. Fluid capacity ranges from 8 gallons to 12 gallons. The basin is 20 inches wide by 24 inches long and 7 inches deep.
Apps for construction management
The suite of new mobile applications from HCSS for collecting and reviewing data on construction field operations can be run anywhere using iPhones, iPads and Android-based phones and tablets. Contractors can record an entire time card including diaries, photographs and cost-coded employee and equipment hours, as well as production quantities. These apps integrate with HCSS’s back-end databases, which allow them to integrate with more than 40 accounting systems. Field personnel can compare actual job costs against the budget on a daily basis from anywhere at any time. Photographs get transmitted into appropriate job folders by simply taking the photograph and clicking “send.”
Snow TechNologies/Resolute Rubber
Dump truck tires to snow plow blades
Snow Technologies and Resolute Rubber are bringing new life to old tires as snow plow blades. In a former life, the plows were 10-foot tires from mining dump trucks. The blades adjust instantly to changes in surface, provide easy alignment because there’s no rolled rubber distortion, and allow for multiple uses because of slotted holes, says the company. Because they’re rubber, they don’t chip curbs when hit or harm asphalt parking lots, says the maker. “Instead of putting [the tires] in a landfill, we are repurposing them,” Chad Van Laecken, president and CEO of Snow Technologies, tells Better Roads.
An engine for heavy-hauling jobs
The new Cat CT15 engine offers Cat CT660 vocational truck customers greater horsepower and torque The CT15 joins the CT11 and CT13 as the third engine option for the versatile Cat CT660. The 15-liter engine is available with as much as 550 horsepower and 1,850 pounds per feet of torque, which will power the Class 8 truck through heavy-hauling jobs and demanding terrain. The CT15 also offers an engine brake rated at more than 600 bhp.
Asphalt Drum Mixers (ADM)
Single-drum counterflow plant
The Excalibur Series asphalt plants from Asphalt Drum Mixers (ADM) with single-drum counterflow technology (separate drying and mixing zones to achieve the maximum level of heat transfer and fuel efficiency) produce 100 to 425 tons per hour are capable of processing high percentages of recycled asphalt pavement (RAP). According to the manufacturer, boast the longest aggregate drying and mixing times in the industry. The asphslt plants are available in portable or stationary versions and meet all federal and state specifications.
Active vibration reduction system
The new Hilti TE 700-AVR Demolition Hammer weighs in at 17.4 pounds with 8.5 feet per pound of impact energy while the Active Vibration Reduction (AVR) system keeps vibration to a minimum for increased comfort and productivity, according to Hilti. An active cooling system reduces wear and tear, the three-chamber sealing helps keep dust out of the tool and the brushless SR motor eliminates the need to replace carbon brushes. The result is longer intervals between service and twice the expected tool life. The demolition hammer also features a lockable switch, a reduced hammering button that resets when unplugged, and a side handle with full radial and axial adjustments provides a secure grip in virtually any position. An optional TE DRS-B Dust Removal System also is available.
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