After witnessing first hand what the PowerTilt Tilting Coupler and the PowerGrip Multi-Purpose Jaw Bucket could do for a neighboring county’s public works department, Paul Stubbs, Road Supervisor with Idaho's North Latah County Highway District proposed the acquisition of PowerTilt and PowerGrip to his county commissioners. After receiving budget approval, Stubbs’ team procured the productivity-enhancing attachments they coveted, in the form of two PowerTilts and two PowerGrips for their CAT excavator fleet.
Every day poses new challenges for the North Latah County Highway District, and it was imperative to find attachments that could work to keep up with the skilled team maintaining the North Latah County infrastructure. On any given the team may need to widen roads, slope banks, clean ditches, replace culverts, remove brush or trim trees. PowerTilt and PowerGrip allow the highway district to move seamlessly between these tasks without skipping a beat. “With PowerTilt and PowerGrip we complete a variety of roadside maintenance and repair projects faster and with a better-finished appearance than before," said Stubbs.
Before using the PowerTilt and PowerGrip combination, clearing brush and trees with the cylinder-style swing coupler and thumb combination was cumbersome, lacking gripping capability when rotated and involved a significant disturbance to roadside vegetation, resulting in a less-than-tidy finished look. However, with PowerTilt and PowerGrip you can use the PowerGrip’s jaw functionality through the full range of PowerTIt’s rotation. Tree and brush removal is less invasive due to the ability to grab the brush at the base and pull it out instead of having to dig the root system out. Branches of trees can be snapped off with PowerGrip leaving the tree. This has garnered positive feedback from county residents.
Equipment operator Tom Carter agrees with Stubbs’ favorable impressions of Parker’s Helac attachments. The department switched to the PowerTilt and PowerGrip combination from their previous cylinder-style swing coupler and thumb set up and has been very pleased with the performance. PowerTiIt allows them to hold the PowerGrip Jaw Bucket at the perfect angle for sloping and ditching work without drift. PowerGrip’s multi-purpose functionality is a tremendous time-saver since it can seamlessly transition between grading with the smooth lip, clamming material to move it out of the way, to trenching like a conventional digging bucket and functioning like a thumb or grapple.
With the PowerTilt and PowerGrip combination and an excavator, an equipment operator can handle all steps of culvert installation or replacement more efficiently and safely than ever before. The operator angles the PowerGrip Jaw Bucket with PowerTilt and scarifies the road surface with the corner of the bucket. Then the operator simply digs out the weakened soil or substrate to the depth of the existing culvert or to the appropriate trench dimensions for the new culvert installation. When replacing an old culvert, Stubbs values the safety enhancements offered by PowerTilt and PowerGrip. “Previously, culverts were lifted and stood on end to clean them out with chains which created some potential hazards. We can now' grab the culvert with PowerGrip and rotate it with PowerTilt, dumping any loose material out, virtually eliminating the risk of an uncontrolled event," according to Stubbs. PowerTiIt and PowerGrip have quickly made their mark for the North Latah County Highway District and the team expects that their opinions of Parker's Helac attachments will only increase as they log more hours using them.
“The PowerGrip Multi-Purpose Jaw Bucket really impressed me and our team with the tremendous maneuverability of its gripping action relative to a hydraulic thumb. I would rate both PowerGrip and PowerTilt very high on all accounts."
Paul Stubbs, road supervisor
PowerTiIt is available for equipment up to 75,000 pounds in eight sizes with a standard rotation of up to 180 degrees. Each model is designed for a specific class of machinery and individually customized to fit the carrier. PowerGrip buckets are available for equipment up to 20 tons, in three sizes, with bucket width ranges from 24 inches to 48 inches in the trenching profiles and 48 inches or 60 inches in the ditching profiles.
Learn more about PowerTilt and PowerGrip on www.parker.com/cylinder
This article was contributed by Jessica Howisey, marketing communications manager and Daniel Morgado, applications engineer, Helac Business Unit, Cylinder Division.