As we have previously discussed Yanmar are really driving a reduction in overall total cost of ownership (TCO) for their construction machinery.
A main way to reach this goal is to make the products more reliable, which will decrease the possibility of machine downtime and in turn increase overall productivity. The more work a machine can get done the more cost effective it becomes in simple terms.
Our Yanmar excavators have some of the best levels of cylinder protection on the market. The bucket, arm, boom and blade cylinders are completely protected (cylinder and rod) by a new design of reinforced steel plate. It is important these parts are well protected as it is common to see damages to these areas.
These steel plates are designed to allow for some spring which help absorb shocks as well as offering high levels of protection. Meaning that more intensive work can be completed using a hydraulic hammer for example, safe in the knowledge that intense vibrations or flying debris won't cause the damage it potentially could.
On the latest excavator models Yanmar have even extended their already large area of cylinder protection, for example the blade cylinder and rod on the new ViO50-6 and ViO57-6 has increased in size, once again aiming to reduce the possibility of damage and decrease the machines overall TCO.
The Cormidi C85 is a 810 mm wide, 800kg tracked carrier, complete with a high tip height of 1.5 meters and oscillating rocking rollers. This model was released in 2014 as improved version of the C80. Areas of improvement include; Engine, Electric System, Undercarriage, Hydraulic System, Design and Performance.
For example the C85 has a 15% larger skip capacity, 100mm more ground contact, 20% more speed and a reduction in vibration by 70% when compared to previous models.
As well as the standard skip on the Cormidi there is also the option to add on a number of attachments.
We recently had a C85 Hi tip with self loading shovel and concrete mixer attachment in the yard, other factory fitted options include crane and forks. All driven by a hydrostatic transmission.
Some key aspects of this machine are outlined below. Currently in stock, if you'd like more information on any of the Cormidi range then take a look at the specific page HERE, where you will find some specifications as well as the downloadable brochure or alternatively Contact Us.
Convenience and ease of handling are what separate outstanding vibratory rammers from those that are merely good.
The ACR 60 and 68 rammers from Ammann are ideally suited to handling different tasks and multiple operators.
Recent innovations to these machines has included:
Compaction work in narrow trenches or close to walls typically restricts the view around the machine and the operator’s manoeuvrability. The guide grip on Ammann ACR rammers has an especially open design to overcome these challenges. The operator can see the position of the foot from above at any time and accurately steer the machine.
A shortened grip accessible from all sides gives him full control over the machine. He can turn the rammer by 180 degrees – even in tight conditions in trenches and ditches – skilfully avoiding obstacles along the way. The new throttle makes stopping and starting the machine easy if an obstacle in its path has to be removed by hand.
The throttle replaces the petrol tap and also regulates the engine speed. Additionally, elastic grip bearings reduce the rammer’s hand-arm vibration to less than 7 m/s2. This contributes toward the operator’s health and also prevents early fatigue during operation.
The working height is individually adjustable to accommodate changes in working conditions or a change of operator. Minor corrections to the working height can be made during operation via the adjustable grip. This can be helpful, for instance, if the operator encounters different inclines when compacting trenches in landscape gardening. Changing the construction height of the rammer body provides even more room for manoeuvre.
The ACR 60 and 68 are equipped as standard with a 280 mm wide and 340 mm long foot respectively.
Four bolts make foot replacement quick and easy. An operator working in confined spaces _ for instance, in ditch and trench compaction _ can switch to the narrowest working width. By contrast, he can choose the wide variant if he wants to maximise surface coverage.
The operator can use the foot to compact substrate next to walls and curbs without having to incline the machine. Depending on the foot, the rammers can therefore achieve a considerable surface coverage of 325 m2 per hour with a compaction depth of up to 50 cm on non-cohesive substrates.
To coincide with the release of the Yanmar ViO57-6 excavator we answered the following questions set by Irish magazine, Machinery Movers. The full article is in the magazine itself (well worth a look!)
As you will see the questions set covered a range of relevant topics, including environmental conerencs and operator comfort.
Give it a read and if you would like further info on these excavators, including pricing and specifications then please give a member of our team a message on - email@example.com
Q: What innovations does the machine feature to address environmental concerns?
The ViO57-6 benefits from an improved powerline: the combination of the new more powerful Yanmar engine and hydraulic pump, gives 14% more power and a new control valve improve the cycle-times by more than 10 %.
The 48.4 HP TNV engine is equipped with direct injection to create clean burning power. It has fully-electronic control to provide the ViO57-6 with total intelligent engine control. It is equipped with a turbo charger improving power, fuel efficiency and torque. This choice allows to reduce the rpm by 200 RPM and improves drastically the noise level for the operator and the bystanders.
The ViO57-6 is also equipped in standard with an Eco mode which effectively controls the motor speed, reducing it by 300 RPM, thus allowing a very low fuel consumption. The Auto-Idling device, also as standard, enables the engine to drop back to idle if the operator doesn’t touch the operating levers for 4 seconds. Environmental performance (noise and emissions) and fuel consumption are even more improved.
Q: As many operators spend their working day in the cab, how well is the driver catered for in terms of comfort and features inside the cab?
Inside the cab is an area that Yanmar have been putting plenty of work and improvements in. In the past year the 8 and 10 tonne machines have had an upgraded cab and now this is mirrored in the ViO57-6. Yanmar have called these developments the ‘Universal Design’ concept, which they state is focused on ergonomics such as door handles, handrails, wrist supports and control levers. Combined with increased leg room and work space, it improves the comfort and safety of the operator.
The air distribution and circulation in the cabin has been improved through the optimal location of six air conditioning vents. The defrost function ensures perfect demisting of the cabin. A fresh air / recirculation function has been added and both air filters are easily accessible. These changes improve greatly the operator’s comfort, especially in hot weather conditions.
On top of these the cab itself is mounted on specific vibration reducing mounts, not only does this reduce vibration levels but also the noise level inside the cab are lessened.
Numerous work positions are available and the operator can use the air suspension seat that is now standard to decide the best position for themselves. All of this increases comfort and in turn productivity.
Q: Are there any health and safety developments on this machine?
The all-around visibility has been drastically improved in the ViO57-6, leaving a minimal rear blind spot for the operator and enhancing the safety of workers around the machine. Each machine comes with three adjustable mirrors to aid visibility.
As with all cabbed Yanmar excavators the ViO57-6 has been designed to meet ROPS, FOPS and TOPS safety specifications. A further enhancement has been the addition of an LED working light to the boom. This LED technology provides a more powerful light whilst reducing energy consumption. When working at night or in poor light the operator will have a clearer view, with a wider angle of sight on what’s going on around the machine.
Q: In a highly competitive market, what sets the Yanmar brand apart from other global brands?
Being the inventor of the zero tail swing machines back in 1995, Yanmar pride themselves in creating the most compact and tightest turning zero tail swing excavators on the market.
Each excavator is fitted with a Yanmar engine, renowned for its low emission power output and reliability. On top of this, these machines come equipped with an innovative, powerful and progressive 3 Pump hydraulic system, known as VIPPS, fitted with; a variable-flow dual piston pump, a gear pump and a multiple combination directional control valve.
This technology is unique to the Yanmar brand, with the hydraulic circuitry design and load sensing pumps offering increased performance when utilising the boom, arm bucket and swing features. Key aspects to this improved performance include stability and lifting capacity.
As well as improved productivity and performance the VIPPS system offers users the ability to increase working speed, due to the cumulative capacity of the pumps, whilst also providing smooth and simultaneous operation of all the excavators’ features, even when travelling.
Q: What was the overall aim when you launched this new machine and when were they officially launched?
Simply put to be the most compact excavator in its class.
Officially launched at Bauma 2016, Yanmar see this machine as a true all-rounder, at home in tight urban areas as well as large open worksites. Improvements made to meet this criteria include the standard long arm boom still offering a dig depth of over 4 metres and 4420 mm dumping height. However the design has been re-modelled. The new design with a box structure has not only reduced the weight of the structure by 40kg but also increased lifting capacities by 10%. This design is more robust and durable too, decreasing likelihood of machine damages and downtime.
All cylinder tubes and rods still have the highest levels of protection thanks to a spring type steel plate covering them.
Q: Yanmar excavators as a brand have proven to be very popular in Ireland, why do you think this is?
The Yanmar dealer for Ireland, Ace Machinery have done a very good job in getting all manner of machines, from 1 tonne micros to 6 tonne swivel skip tracked dumpers, into the market.
Users are happy with the build quality and the reliability of the machines. They know that Yanmar have a large UK based parts department and the machines themselves perform well and productivity on the whole is very high.
Q: What unique features on the new machine make it a good choice for an owner, operator, hire company or contractor?
As mentioned the new boom design will increase the lifting capacities and also the robustness of the machine, again falling in line with Yanmar’s goal of reducing the overall cost of ownership.
The more productive a machine is the greater the perceived value of it becomes. The following features will make it a popular choice for all manner of fleets:
Easy operation – the control levers are located for high movement precision. Two auxiliary hydraulic circuits are operated via a proportional control located on the joystick which adapt the flow and the direction of the oil flow. Additionally each circuit has an easy-to-operate potentiometer which adjusts the oil flow to the optimal requirement for each and every attachment.
Ease of maintenance – Five large opening hoods allow fast access for maintenance points, including daily checks or servicing.
Excellent Stability – a new X-frame undercarriage design not only increases stability, especially side stability, but also makes the undercarriage more durable and increases service life. This is thanks to all the components being upgraded compared to previous models.
Last week our marketing man spent a week in the South Asian country, Singapore. This sovereign state is a place that is growing almost in front of your eyes, with buildings growing into the sky and the subway system sprawling further and further.
Clearly in a city where space is limited the machinery working needs to be compact, powerful and offer precise movements. Therefore it was no surprise to see Yanmar ViO excavators working right across the city.
The machine ability to work right up against obstacles such as walls and other machinery, whilst still rotating within the width of the tracks was often on show. In fact on more than one occasion a Yanmar ViO excavator was hard at work with other machines with a conventional tail swing were parked up.
In the UK as well we are seeing the popularity of the zero tail swing excavators rising. This is expected to grow further with the introduction of the new and improved ViO50-6 and ViO57-6. It's not just urban areas where these machines are found working of course. You may remember this story from last year where a ViO57 was working in forestry, an area where the strong lifting capacities of Yanmar are key.
Yanmar, the originator of the zero tail swing concept are putting a lot of work into this range and the new -6 machines show real improvements for both the hire and owner operator markets.
To see the whole range of zero tail swing Yanmar's or to find details on machines and pricing then please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or use the form on the Contact Us page. We look forward to hearing from you
Vibratory plates need to be ready for a wide range of applications in garden construction and landscaping, as the tasks change on a daily basis. Today, the paved courtyard entrance needs compacting, while tomorrow it might be the drainage ditch and the day after the freshly laid asphalt path.
The Ammann APF 1240 Vibratory Plate is a light compactor suited for small to medium-sized surfaces. The petrol version has a compaction force adequate for a depth of up to 15 cm. The diesel version can even reach depths of up to 18 cm.
This plate is 40 cm wide and therefore compact and very easy to manoeuvre. Making it easier to use in very tight confines – for instance, when garden fences, curbs, house walls or flowerbeds restrict the path of movement. When an obstacle is encountered, the operator can easily compact up to and around the obsatcle before guiding it away. There is no need to try to manhandle the machine in a different direction.
An optionally available vibration reducing handle reduces hand-arm vibrations to 1.9 m/s2 so the vibratory plate is easier to guide with even less effort.
The area to be compacted is not always large. It is often the small areas a few metres apart that operators find particularly annoying. Anyone who has to strenuously drag a machine from left to right has only himself to blame. After all the APF 1240 comes with the option to add permanently installed wheel kit, where the operator can simply lower the two integrated wheels and conveniently push the plate from A to B.
Optional features extend the compact vibratory plate’s scope of use. For instance, fitting a Vulkollan foot improves efficiency when compacting paving stones and slabs. The hard-wearing plastic add-on protects the slabs and prevents the surface from cracking. The APF 1240 has an infinitely adjustable vibration frequency of up to 98 Hz for careful compaction.
An optional sprinkler system that includes a water tank is a very helpful tool when working on asphalt substrates. Keeping the base plate consistently wet prevents the asphalt from sticking. With a capacity of 10 litres, it is adequate for small- to medium-sized road repairs.
The compact vibratory plate has yet another convenient feature for when the work is done: simply fold the grip or take it off and load the APF 1240 into the boot of the car.
This plate, like all of the Ammann APF forward moving compaction plates is a very handy piece of equipment for all manner of areas. We often get told how there are more jobs than first imagined where a plate gets used.
Yanmar are now offering factory fitted solutions for a wide range of applications. Included in that is Steelwrist tiltrotators, an excavator fitted with a tiltrotator delivers performance, precision and safety needed for all jobsites.
In fact you may have seen at Hillhead 2016 on the Steelwrist UK stand was a 10 tonne Yanmar SV100 with the 2 piece boom, fitted with a complete Steelwrist system.
The 45° tilt angle and rotation system of the tiltrotator enables the operator to do excavation work with more speed, all the while keeping the machine in the same position.
With the quick coupler, the driver can change the attachment without even having to leave their cab. Thus meaning ground degradation is radically reduced and time re fitting attachments saved.
The Steelwrist enables users to carry out more tasks within the given time frame, whilst using less staff and giving optimal profitability of the mini-excavator.
Control and Precision
The tiltrotator allows digging in all directions from the machine. It is particularly useful for applications with banks. Thanks to the slope and rotation commands of the bucket, the operator digs quickly with flexibility, optimising the excavators strengths. Precise control is gained through the proportional control, where even the smallest of movements can be smoothly controlled using the right joystick.
Steelwrist tiltrotators are ideal for landscaping and jobs in densely built up areas. They are intended for a wide range of applications such as; cable laying, water sewerage, gas piping work, urban renewal, grading and landscaping. I fact any job you can think of where an excavator will be used becomes easier with a tiltrotator.
The below video will give you further insight into this promising partnership and show you just how compatible these two products are together.
We have plenty of further information and work closely with Steelwrist in the UK if you do require further assistance when looking into fitting a tiltrotator onto a Yanmar excavator.
Ammann's Pneumatic Tyre Rollers or PTR's their most popular worldwide model, with many units working across the globe, particularly in up and coming countries where the need for roads and other asphalt surfaces is constantly growing.
Tayside Contracts, a commercially based local authority contracting organisation provide catering, cleaning, roads maintenance, vehicle maintenance and winter maintenance throughout the Tayside area of Scotland. They have recently added another Ammann APH240 PTR to their fleet of current Ammann compaction machines, provided by Ness Plant of Kinross.
Ness Plant's sales representative, Graham Fletcher told us how Tayside decided to expand their range of Ammann's because of the quality and reliability of their current machines, particularly the PTRs. They also praised the help and support offered by Ness Plant, making it an easy decision to stay with Ammann. A prime example of this is the way that A&Y and Ness Plant worked together in ensuring the machine was delivered within the deadline, meaning it was out working and earning money as soon as possible.
How Does the PTR Work?
Simply put, the pneumatic roller kneads the hot mix asphalt, working each of the oscillating tires into the asphalt mat. Not only does this achieve denser compaction, but it also drives the bigger aggregate in the mix down, and brings the fine aggregate to the top, actually sealing the asphalt better to eliminate voids and preventing water intrusion. Hence why its often described in terms of kneading dough.
Many contractors use PTR's as the kneading effect also brings the oil up to the surface. It gives it that really nice, rich, black finish, which is what many like to see.
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This sale is an important one for Ammann and Ness Plant, which shows the growth of Ammann machines across Scotland. For further details on any of the Ammann range please Contact Us
You may have seen the below images of an ARX26 tandem roller being delivered to RTC Plant Services and also working on a local building site. These 120 mm rollers are a popular model, especially in small to medium sized sites.
The machine is designed to provide the operator with exceptional drum views, making the work close to obstacles and obstructions far easier.
When operating on soil but particularly asphalt then a smooth stop and start is essential, in order to not leave marks on the surface. The ARX 26 comes with an electric drive lever as standard allowing for smooth operation and full control of the machines speed. This lever is found on all tandem rollers across the ARX range and is widely regarded as the best drive lever on the market.
Also situated on the lever is the control for the vibration and sprinkler system, allowing the user full control from these functions from one lever. It is an option to add a 2nd travel lever on the left hand side of the operating platform as well as the right.
The operators platform, including the seat, steering column, travel lever and floor are isolated from vibration. Being situated on a specific vibration reducing mounts has led the ARX 26 to having the lowest hand arm vibration levels for rollers this size. Making longer work shifts more comfortable which should in turn increase overall productivity.
Also situated on the operators platform is the throttle, with it's three positions, Low Idle (900 rpm), Work (2100 rpm) and High Power (2400 rpm). This allows the rollers to vibrate at different frequencies, creating different centrifugal forces, depending on the material being compacted.
You will find these rollers in a number of hire fleets across the country and one piece of feedback we often receive is how the latest models larger water tank has aided users. This allows longer work periods before having to re fill the tank. A clear gauge shows the current water levels and a large opening aids fast drainage.
Each drum on the ARX26 comes with an easily adjustable scraper bar as well as jets for the sprinkler system. Scrapers not only keep the drum clean of material build up, they also hold the water in between the scraper and the drum to keep it lubricated, essential when working with asphalt.
This model of roller, like all the other tandem ARX have many more benefits. To find out more information please Contact Us