Compact Equipment

JAN 2019

Compact Equipment is a magazine dedicated to equipment owners and operators of small, nimble, tool-carrying construction, landscape and ag equipment — such as skid steers, mini excavators, compact tractors, generators compressors and beyond.

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Page 18 of 59 19 ment panel inside a compact excava- tor's cab to track the precise location of the bucket teeth as the bucket, boom and arm moves. Laser-compati- ble systems can be calibrated to a spe- cific machine as well. These types of systems can offer ac- curacy within a half inch, eliminating the need for excavator operators to stop the machine to enter and exit a trench for physical measurements. It also helps to minimize over-digging and under-digging and the costs and time associated with backfilling and compacting fill material to finalize depth or grade. Another offering in the excavation and grading category is a dual func- tion clamp system for compact exca- vators. Excavators can benefit from one clamp attachment that offers both an adjustable standard tool and reversible grading tool. As a standard tool, the adjustable design allows it to be pinned in positions that provide ei- ther traditional grabbing performance or at a point that opens the jaw wider for handling bigger material such as larger-diameter utility pipe, boulders and logs. The dual functionality of this type of attachment occurs when the tool is pinned in the forward position where it can provide a smooth cutting edge on the bottom of a trench, eliminat- ing the need for a second smooth lip bucket. In this reverse position, the grading tool provides a clamshell function against the bucket to aid in spoil cleanup, which can reduce man- ual shoveling requirements on a job. Precision and Versatility for Loaders Sonic/slope and laser grading sys- tems are grading attachments that are compatible with loader control technologies. When used properly, these automated grading solutions can deliver grade accuracy within one-quarter inch to provide precision in utility installations and paving projects. When mounted on compact track loaders or skid steer loaders, the housings of most laser receivers are designed with indicator lights to in- form the operator if the blade is too high, too low or right on grade. In machines that offer instrumentation, the system significantly increases effi- ciency because the operator does not need to exit the machine's cab to manu- ally raise or lower either the laser receivers or the laser transmitter. Taking this technology one step further, the development of integrated sonic tracer and slope sensor systems provide an alternative method of automatic grade control on hilly jobsites not suited to lasers. When mounted on a grader blade, these systems provide many of the same capabilities as large road grad- ing equipment for rough and finish grading. As an integrated system with an instrumentation program, the grade control system is designed to follow the contour of nearly any terrain and eliminates the need for a control panel on the grader attachment.

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