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Vermeer Introduces RTX250 Pedestrian Trencher for Rental Industry

Mon March 18, 2013 - National Edition
Construction Equipment Guide

Vermeer’s RTX250 is a rubber-tracked, steerable pedestrian trencher that is designed for the needs of rental businesses and utility contractors.

The RTX250 uses a 27-hp (20.1 kW) Kohler electronic fuel injected (EFI) gas engine that delivers power to dig 8-in.-wide (20.3 cm) trenches up to 48 in. (121.9 cm) in depth. This trencher is simple to operate with a two-handlebar VZ steering system that allows easy mobility and operation without the need for numerous joysticks or significant operator training. A dedicated platform means additional counterweights are not necessary in order for the unit to trench properly and maintain proper balance, according to the manfuacturer.

The dedicated rubber track system is designed to minimize ground pressure. The undercarriage is designed for traction in tough soil conditions while keeping speed and stability constant. The unit is 35.5 in. (90.2 cm) in width — a small footprint for maneuvering in tight areas, such as residential yards and congested job sites.

Vermeer has recently introduced the Kohler EFI gas engine platform into its utility product line. It has a number of benefits — as compared to conventional carbureted engines — such as lower fuel consumption, easier maintenance, improved starting due to the elimination of the choke and cleaner emissions. In the RTX250, the EFI engine provides potentially lower cost of operation over previous pedestrian trenchers and the power recovery needed to dig difficult trenches, according to the manufacturer.

The RTX250 unit is designed to trench in difficult conditions while maintaining optimal performance. It is designed for simplified maintenance with easy access to all serviceable components. The design means no tools are required to access certain maintenance points. The high mount-track design reduces sprocket maintenance. Outboard bearing support provides greater protection for the head shaft when the trencher meets rock and tough soil, which helps to lower the cost of operation.

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