The construction boom in Western Washington spawned many new entrants to the construction business. The leaders of the pack availed themselves of the right tools needed to provide quality workmanship on time, every time. Thomas Construction Company, located in Maple Valley, WA, fully understands the importance of having the right tools for the job. That's why they switched from a cylinder-style tilting bucket to a Helac PowerTilt Tilting coupler PowerTilt allowed the Thomas Construction Company to double their productivity on a host of heavy construction projects that required 1:1, 2:1 and 3:1 slopes for retention ponds and roads.
PowerTiIt has been an important tool for Operations Manager, Dennis Gilkinson’s team at Thomas Construction Company. In the hands of a skilled operator, PowerTilt yields incredible time-savings.
"With the PowerTilt, I accomplished twice as much work on the job site. PowerTilt allowed me to simply tilt the bucket instead of repositioning the entire machine. When the PowerTilt was in the shop for service, I was forced to use a standard bucket and the job took me twice as long to complete.”
CAT 330 Equipment Operator, Kelly Kazaro
Increasing the speed at which projects were completed was only half the battle for Thomas Construction Company. Using their cylinder-style tilting bucket while working on rough uneven roads proved difficult and required significant care, time and attention to detail to achieve the quality finished product that they are known for. A cylinder-style tilting bucket forced the equipment operator to put extra dirt on the uneven road under the tracks of his excavator to level the machine in order to build a smooth, consistent 1:1,2:1 or 3:1 slope that the customer demanded. A switch to PowerTilt allowed them to deliver consistent quality without all the hassle and time inefficiency of a tilting bucket.
The cylinder-style tilting bucket did not have the adequate range nor rotation necessary to complete slope work efficiently. The construction company found that they had to reposition the excavator far too frequently, resulting in wasted time spent moving the machine instead of doing productive work. PowerTilt turned out to be the perfect solution to bridge this productivity gap.
The greater rotation of 134 degrees side-to-side swing rotation provided by PowerTilt addressed problems with the tilting bucket. With PowerTilt the need to reposition the machine far less frequently resulted in dramatically increased productivity. Without the PowerTilt, it was very difficult to build a consistent, smooth, finished slope. PowerTilt allowed operators to make small subtle adjustments that saved a tremendous amount of time and improved the quality of the finished product on the job site.
PowerTilt uses Parker’s innovative sliding-spline operating technology to convert the linear piston motion into powerful shaft rotation. Each actuator is composed of a housing and two moving parts — the central shaft and piston. As hydraulic pressure is applied, the piston is displaced axially, while the helical gearing on the piston's outer diameter and housing's ring gear causes the simultaneous rotation of the piston. PowerTiIt’s end caps, seals, and bearings all work in tandem to keep debris and other contaminants out of the inner workings of the actuator, prolonging product life and reducing required maintenance.
Over a decade of research, innovation and engineering have gone into making PowerTilt an integral solution for worksite efficiency. PowerTiIt is specifically engineered to work with a variety of attachments to enhance machine versatility and productivity. PowerTilt's inherent flexibility allowed Thomas Construction Company to keep PowerTilt on their machine 100 percent of the time, year-round. PowerTilt is available for equipment up to 75,000 pounds in eight sizes with a standard rotation of up to 180 degrees. Each model is engineered for a specific class of machinery and individually customized to fit your machine.
To learn more about PowerTilt, visit our PowerTilt website.
This article was contributed by Jessica Howisey, marketing communications manager and Daniel Morgado, applications engineer, Helac Business Unit, Cylinder Division