Products in the News

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Allen Engineering Corp. power buggy (right)

The AT16 track drive 16-cu.-ft. power buggy from Allen Engineering Corp., Paragould, Ark., has hydraulic dump action with 6 in. of ground clearance when fully dumped. The buggy is powered by a 27-hp Kohler gas engine, and has rubber tracks for extra load capacity and traction, the company says, with a payload of up to 2,500 lbs.



Diversified Products grapple

The RigEm&Roll remote-controlled grapple from Diversified Products, Waco, Texas, attaches to the load line of a crane for safely grabbing and picking large limbs, the company says, eliminating the need to go out on the limbs to set chokers. The 500-lb.
grapple is independently powered by a self-contained 24V battery and hydraulic system and has a lifting capacity of 5,500 lbs. The grapple jaws close using 1,000 psi of force for grabbing limbs up to 20 in. in diameter.

Takeuchi skid-steer loaders

The TS Series skid-steer loaders from Takeuchi-US, Atlanta, range in operating weight from 6,500 lbs. to 8,600 lbs. and have a rated operating capacity ranging from 1,500 lbs. to 3,000 lbs. Customers can choose from radial and vertical lift path options, and a two-speed transmission is optional, providing travel speeds up to 12 mph. Standard features include pilot operated joystick controls, boom float with detent, mechanical attachment coupler, pressure releasing hydraulic quick connects, one-piece main frame, front and rear work lights, 12V outlet, top view window, rear window and backup alarm.

Topcon Positioning Systems robotic total station

The PS-AS series of robotic total stations from Topcon Positioning Systems (TPS), Livermore, Calif., are specifically designed and configured for the construction market. The company says the new instruments are designed for applications such as stakeout and as a component of a local positioning system, which is used for 3D machine control. The series is available in one- and three-arc second interval versions. The standard kit includes two batteries, dual-tray battery charger, USB flash drive and accessories.

Vermeer pneumatic piercing tool

The Hole Hammer pneumatic piercing tool from Vermeer, Pella, Iowa, is available in 2-, 2½- and 3-in. sizes. Two head assembly designs are available — standard replaceable or moving-head assembly — as the user move among different ground conditions. The company says the moving-head design provides full striking force of the piston to the head of the tool, pulverizing stones into the surrounding soil. The residual energy generated is then used to help the tool body travel through the compacted bore path. The tool also incorporates an air-on quarter-turn reverse function, allowing the operator to reverse the tool quickly, even with the air on, to eliminate the need to shut the tool down to reverse direction, the company says. The tools are manufactured by McLaughlin Group, Greenville, S.C., and distributed by Vermeer dealers.


Wenger Corp. staging

The StageTek™ staging from Wenger Corp., Owatonna, Minn., is designed to be assembled without tools or folding frames. The StageTek legs store inside the decks, which the company says makes the storage footprint up to 50 percent less than conventional staging and carts. Standard deck sizes include 3 ft. by 3 ft.; 3 ft. by 6 ft.; 3 ft. by 8 ft.; 4 ft. by 4 ft.; 4 ft. by 6 ft.; and 4ft. by 8-ft. Custom deck
sizes also are available.