Product Spotlight - February 2021

Product Spotlight - February 2021

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Pipelayers are useful tools, but aren’t necessarily a tool that a contractor uses all the time. However, they are a major investment, so when they aren’t in use, that means they are costing you money. Volvo Construction Equipment recently introduced an attachment kit that allows 14-ton excavators to be converted into rotating pipelayers, offering a simple solution for users who don’t want to buy a dedicated pipelayer.

“The pipelayer attachment kit is aimed at customers placing pipe in cities and municipalities where space is at a premium,” says Todd Cannegieter, product manager, Attachments and Special Applications, Volvo CE. “Our 14-ton excavators are the right size for this type of work, so pairing the kit to these machines made sense.”

The rotating pipelayer kit fits conventional Volvo CE 14-ton crawler excavators, as the pipelaying boom simply attaches to the main boom of the excavator, converting from excavator to pipelayer (or vice versa) in about one hour. The components can safely handle pipes up to 20 inches, with a rated load of 7,300 pounds. Max working height is 24 feet and max working depth is 50 feet. When it comes to transport, excavators with the pipelayer kit can be readied for transit in minutes: just load and go — no crane or extra people required, saving time, money and hassle.

Unlike a traditional side boom pipelayer, the rotating superstructure solution means the machine is more maneuverable, with no need to constantly reposition its tracks. The short-swing radius excavator can perform pipelaying work on busy two-lane streets while leaving one lane open for traffic, making it ideal for pipelaying in urban areas. Unlike a side boom, the operator will always face the load, helping to reduce fatigue. This pipelayer configuration has almost all components in common with a standard 14-ton excavator, so it’s simple to find parts and keeps maintenance costs low.

The kit was developed in response to customers’ need for a simpler solution to lower pipes into trenches. Now they can easily switch from a use-anywhere excavator to a dedicated pipelayer, and back again.

“If you’re not lowering in pipe regularly, it can be hard to justify the investment in a dedicated pipelayer or side boom,” says Cannegieter. “We wanted to give customers another option.” 828-650-2000;


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