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Leica PowerDigger Lite Guidance System Increases Productivity

Thu June 09, 2011 - National Edition
Construction Equipment Guide

Leica Geosystems’ Leica PowerDigger Lite is its new entry-level single-slope guidance system for all types of excavators.

Designed with single slope applications in mind, PowerDigger Lite is ideal for mini-excavators and backhoes. It increases machine productivity by eliminating stakes over-excavations, according to the manufacturer.

Leica PowerDigger Lite is the newest addition to the PowerDigger line — the result of 12 years experience with excavator guidance systems. With PowerDigger Lite operators have the flexibility to work from different references, including the existing surface, hub, stringline or laser reference, and can offset their reference surface.

The system, based on PowerDigger hardware platform, is targeted at single slope applications such as trenching, grading and pipe-laying, and can be mounted on any excavator. The PowerDigger Lite is 100 percent waterproof, so no special sensors or cables are needed for underwater use.

Easy-to-Use Machine Control

Quickly installed, PowerDigger Lite’s heart is the rugged control panel with a full-color 3.5-in. graphical display, enabling accurate single slope and depth control. The simple menu structure provides an intuitive user interface for quick learning and increased productivity.

All functions are logically placed for straight forward operation. To start work, operators simply choose a height reference and enter the desired slope; both are presented on the graphical display. Final grade and the offset from the bucket edge also are displayed on the screen.

High Productivity in Many Applications

Leica PowerDigger Lite offers basic functions for single slope standard applications. It can be used for foundations, embankments, pipe trenches, grading, and even for underwater work, as the user can always see the bucket position relative to target grade on the display. By eliminating over-excavation and working faster, contractors will save time, money, fuel and materials costs.

Safety Features

Leica PowerDigger Lite also removes the need for grade checking increasing safety on busy construction sites. Additionally, when working in potentially dangerous areas such as under bridges and power lines or inside buildings, the operator can preset a maximum working height or depth and be warned when the excavator arm or bucket reaches the critical height. Leica PowerDigger Lite also features the integrated buried service detection warning. An EZiDIG cable detection sensor can be interfaced directly to the PowerDigger CAN connection. The operator will be alerted of buried services while digging by an audio alarm and a multi-level bar on the PowerDigger Lite display.

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