New Equipment

July 2017

ARDCO

ARDCO introduces a new AMT pipe trailer attachment for the articulating multi-purpose truck (AMT). The trailer offers adjustable lengths and exceptional load capacity, making it ideal for off-road transport in pipeline or utility construction applications. Built specifically for the ARDCO AMT 600, it easily attaches to the truck using a supplied hitch mount with conventional fifth wheel connection. The trailer features a flexible-load rear frame with 45-degree swivel capabilities, trailer axles with available braking system, and various tire options. To protect against damage to pipes or other products, the load surface is constructed of oak timbers and the side pole surface is Teflon-coated. The trailer offers a load capacity of 50,000 lbs. Trailer length can be adjusted from a maximum of 35 feet, 8 inches to a minimum of 22 feet, 2 inches. The AMT 600 includes a Dana 6-speed power shift transmission with twist grip shifter and AxleTech rigid planetary axles with driver- controlled differential lock. www.ardcomfg.com

Ditch Witch®

Ditch Witch®, a Charles Machine Works Company, released a compact VP30 vibratory plow to help operators install a variety of residential utility products in tight spaces and with minimal surface disruption. From fiber to small irrigation pipe, the unit is the ideal, cost-effective solution for product installation beneath residential properties. The VP30 is powered by a 31-hp (23-kw) Briggs & Stratton engine for optimal performance, making the compact machine the most powerful in its size class. The VP30 has a maximum 12-inch (304.8-mm) plow depth and a 4.1-psi (0.28-bar) ground pressure for minimal lawn disruptions and reduced restoration work. This makes the machine a solution for residential, fiber drop work and small irrigation pipe installation up to 1 inch (25.4 mm) in diameter. The VP30 is equipped with two new adjustable blades – the pull blade and feed blade – which can be adjusted between 6 inches (152.4 mm) and 12 inches (304.8 mm) to meet fiber installation-depth requirements in various areas. www.ditchwitch.com

PipeLine Machinery International

Engineered for reliable production in the toughest conditions. The PL61 pipelayer (sideboom) high horsepower and rugged components are designed for tough and varied working conditions. This sideboom offers the reliability and durability expected from Cat pipelayers. The PL61 pipelayer features electronically independent power and control of each track for fast acceleration, infinitely variable speed control and on-the-go direction changes for each track. When soil conditions are sandy or muddy, the pipelayer maintains proper track tension, extending the system life of the pipelayer and reducing operating costs at the same time. The purpose-built undercarriage gives added stability on uneven ground. www.cat.com

McElroy

The Acrobat™ 180 is a versatile machine designed for butt fusion of 2-inch IPS to 6-inch DIPS pipe and fittings. The machine offers consistent butt fusion joints — providing a cost-effective alternative to electro-fusion — in an economical, reliable package. The Acrobat is ideal for in-ditch work. It will convert from four to three jaws to create a more compact unit and will go even smaller by removing the base plate so that it fuses more easily in confined areas — reducing excavation time. The fusion carriage is powered by a robust Hydraulic Power Unit (HPU) that is also lightweight and easily portable for quick jobsite setup. This HPU allows the operator to pre-set the facing, heating and fusing pressures individually without having to make adjustments between operations which greatly streamlines the fusion process. www.mcelroy.com

Dynatrol

Originally developed for areas where pumps could not be used, the Dynatrol® Red Goose uses product velocity to sample petroleum products from pipelines at flowing conditions. There are no moving parts during operation and no pump is needed for gasoline, diesel fuel, jet fuel or other refined petroleum products. Its latest improvement focuses on easy maintenance; there is no need for removal during pipeline maintenance. The Red Goose v2 has been designed with a through-valve mounting that allows complete maintenance or removal, totally independent of pipeline operations. Combined with the Density Cell v2 to obtain double-sealed protection against leaks, it comes with specifications including pressure ratings of 1,000 psi and 1,480 psi, double-sealed protection against leaks and a temperature rating of 0-250°F. www.dynatrolusa.com

Terramac 

The Terramac RT14R is a rotating crawler carrier designed for off-road, heavy-duty material hauling with increased efficiency and enhanced operator safety. The carrier boasts a 28,000-lb. carrying capacity for hauling materials on and off rights-of-way and is built with a 360° rotating upper frame to offload materials at any angle or on the go. With a ground pressure of just 7.9 psi, the RT14R travels easily through sensitive terrains to reach remote pipeline projects. Due to the unit’s rotation, operators can maintain a face-forward position at all times while the ergonomically designed cab includes upgraded features such as wide access doors, windows on all sides and large mirrors for increased visibility and safety on pipeline projects. www.terramac.com