With its V-shaped design, the latest drum cutter from Epiroc offers energy savings of up to 40 percent.
“The efficiency issues connected with trenching have been met with advanced, but expensive solutions,” said Gordon Hambach, global business manager for hydraulic attachment tools at Epiroc. “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.”
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 reach the same result by just going straight. It basically works like a bucket, which makes it friendlier for the carrier and a lot less energy and time consuming, the manufacturer says.
The distinguishing features of the classic Epiroc drum cutters, like the robust spur gears, adoptable high torque gear motor and the QuickSnap retaining system for fast pick changing, are all offered in the new VC 2000. It even comes with the Pro bracket, that leads all hydraulic hoses through the center 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 designed to 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," said Hambach.