(L-R) are Mike Chason, Pine Bush Equipment; Mike Gorr, R & H Gorr Inc.; and Todd Houghtaling, Rototilt operator.
R & H Gorr Inc., a trucking and excavating company based in Callicoon, N.Y., was established by Ron and Herbert Gorr in 1961 and is currently operated by Ron’s son, Mike Gorr. While the trucking portion of the business is mainly stone and black top with a fleet of six tractor trailers and six tri-axles, the excavating work includes, but not limited to, residential and commercial site prep and clearing, foundation and pads, retaining walls, septic and drainage systems, and driveways and ponds.
Gorr’s current excavator fleet includes a Komatsu PC78, a Kubota KX121, a Kobelco 210 and a Komatsu PC210 equipped with a Rototilt attachment.
After watching Rototilt in action at ConExpo in 2014, Mike Gorr purchased a Komatsu PC210 equipped with a Rototilt model RT60B attachment from Mike Chason of Pine Bush Equipment. Rototilt also supplied a universal ditching bucket, a general purpose digging bucket and a multi-use by-pass type grapple. The grapple is used primarily for land clearing and stone placement for building retaining walls.
The Rototilt attachment allows the continuous rotation and 40-degree side tilt of buckets, grapples or other tools. It also comes equipped with a hydraulic coupler to allow quick change between any attachments, making the excavator a truly flexible tool carrier. Rototilt is available in six models covering excavators up to 33-ton (30 t) capacity.
Mike Gorr and operator Todd Houghtaling have noticed numerous benefits with the Rototilt attachment.
“Most excavating work can be done 20 to 30 percent faster and generally with one less laborer on site. Backfilling and ditching or sloping is much faster and easier.”
They also noticed a big benefit in wet ground conditions where they can spread and place the material with the excavator with minimal machine movements rather than pushing material with the dozer.
“The universal ditching bucket supplied by Rototilt is on 80 percent of the time and we seldom use the dozer now.”
As a result of the versatility of the Rototilt attachment, the utilization of the Komatsu PC210 is more than double what they would normally see on an excavator, according to the company. Based on the results of its first Rototilt equipped excavator, R & H Gorr Inc. is now looking at purchasing a second, smaller Rototilt model on a Kubota KX080 from Pine Bush Equipment.