Vermeer RTX1250 Deftly Traverses Soft, Sandy Soils

Fri September 26, 2008 - National Edition
Construction Equipment Guide

Vermeer Manufacturing Company has introduced the Vermeer RTX1250 ride-on trencher with a quad-track design. This application of the quad-track concept delivers traction and stability with flotation ability in soft or sandy soils.

The quad-track design enhances the performance of the standard dual track system. For example, the RTX1250 has relatively no break-over point, which improves operator comfort and control. In addition, the quad-track design maximizes tractive effort and stability by maintaining constant four-point ground contact and providing full power to all four tracks. The ground drive features available on rubber-tire units, such as axle oscillation, four-wheel steer and crab steering, also are functional with the quad tracks.

The undercarriage system with suspension can handle either rubber tires or tracks, depending on ground conditions and application needs.

Vermeer has an exclusive agreement with Loegering Manufacturing Inc. for the RTX1250 track design.

In addition to its quad-track design, the unit features a 120 hp (89 kW) Cummins turbocharged and charged air-cooled engine that delivers a more aggressive torque curve. This results in a 5 hp (4 kW) power bulge that allows the RTX1250 to run at maximum horsepower in work mode. The RTX1250 is capable of trenching depths up to 72 in. (183 cm), and widths up to 18 in. (46 cm) and pulling plow blades up to 36 in. (91 cm) deep.

All attachment controls on the RTX1250 trencher’s operator station are located within easy reach on the right side of the tractor. The operator’s station rotates 90 degrees, allowing the operator to select unlimited positions and the attachment controls rotate with the operator. The RTX1250 also features automotive-style steering, a servo-controlled ground-drive system and standard planetary axles.

If the operator leaves the seat with the attachment or ground drive engaged, an operator presence system automatically shuts down the machine.

The RTX1250 attachment options include a center-mounted trencher, hydrostatic plow, rockwheel and backhoe. A joystick control featuring a float position for a six-way backfill blade allows smooth backfilling and finish work.

Standard backhoe remote controls permit the operator to precisely reposition the machine without leaving the backhoe operator’s station.

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