With its V-shaped design, the latest drum cutter from Erkat is a smart challenger to the chain cutter that sets a new standard in trenching and quarrying. A seemingly simple solution with extraordinary effectiveness – enabling tremendous savings in energy consumption and maintenance time.
“The efficiency issues connected with trenching have been met with advanced, but expensive solutions. We’re pleased to present an alternative that can match the performance of a chain cutter but with 40% fewer picks and no need for overhauling. By changing the angles of the drums, we managed to increase uptime and user-friendliness substantially, all while lowering the investment cost by 25%, compared to a chain cutter, says Glenn Illingworth, Business Development Manager Business Partners
The reliability, robustness and ease of use of the Erkat 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, a method that causes extra wear on the carrier arm, the VC 2000 can reach the same result by just going straight. The approach is similar to the way a chain cutter works but the solution has several advantages: lower weight saves fuel, simpler construction and less picks reduce maintenance – by up to 50% – and there’s no need for overhauls. The risk of oil contamination is eliminated and it’s very easy to operate.
The efficiency gains and user-friendliness combined with the economic benefits provided excellent business opportunities.
The distinguishing features of the classic Erkat drum cutters, like the robust spur gears, adaptable high torque gear motor and the QuickSnap retaining system for fast and easy pick changing, are all to be found in the new VC 2000. It even comes with the Pro bracket, which 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 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 will increase the overall effectiveness.
“Providing solutions that can help our customers reach new levels is rewarding, not the least when it comes to energy-saving and sustainability. They inspire us to constantly rethink all aspects of our offer, and VC 2000 is certainly a result of that,” concludes Glenn Illingworth, Business Development Manager Business Partners.
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