Simplicity prevails as Epiroc introduces the new ‘V’ cutterPublished 4/7 at 09:05
With its V shaped design, the latest drum cutter from Epiroc has been designed to set a new standard in trenching and quarrying. The company says it is a seemingly simple solution with extraordinary effectiveness that enables energy savings of up to 40%. In a world where advanced technology evolves at an unprecedented pace, it feels reassuring that some revolutionary product development is self-explanatory.
“The efficiency issues connected with trenching have been met with advanced, but expensive solutions. We’re pleased to present an alternative that will save time and money in virtually every aspect, from investment to energy and wear on the carrier. And it’s all achieved by the angles of the drum,” says Gordon Hambach, global business manager for Hydraulic Attachment Tools at Epiroc.
The reliability, robustness and ease of use of the Epiroc drum cutters have been taken to a new level with the VC 2000. Thanks to the V shaped design, that enables a cut with a flat base, no material is left untouched between the drums. Where a regular drum cutter must move side to side to create an even trench, an approach that causes extra wear on the carrier arm, the VC 2000 can achieve the same result by just going straight. It basically works like a bucket, which makes it easier to use, friendlier for the carrier and uses a lot less energy and is less time consuming. When taking the reduced downtime and maintenance into account, the efficiency savings are said to be even more attractive.
The distinguishing features of the classic Epiroc drum cutters, such as the robust spur gears, adoptable high torque gear motor and the ‘QuickSnap’ retaining system for fast and easy pick changing, are all to be found with the new VC 2000. It even comes with the ‘Pro’ bracket that leads all hydraulic hoses through the centre of the extension arm and out of harm’s way as standard. Mechanical and hydraulic rotatable brackets are also available as well as a dust preventing water spraying system. ‘Hatcon’, a monitoring system that keeps track of operating hours, location and service intervals and presents that data on virtually any screen via 'MyEpiroc', is another option that is designed to increase overall effectiveness.