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Vertical Digging System to Increase Compact Excavator Efficiency

Wed August 10, 2011 - National Edition
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Vertical digging system compensates for height differences on uneven terrain and quickly sets the operator in an upright position, greatly increasing productivity.
Vertical digging system compensates for height differences on uneven terrain and quickly sets the operator in an upright position, greatly increasing productivity.

Wacker Neuson added vertical digging system (VDS) to select compact excavators in 2011. The VDS compensates for height differences on uneven terrain and quickly sets the operator in an upright position, greatly increasing productivity, according the manufacturer.

This system enables operators to tilt the cab and boom of the excavator by up to 15-degrees with the push of a button, allowing the operator to compensate for slopes up to 27 percent. The excavator can then be used to dig more precisely in a vertical position, which significantly speeds up excavation and backfilling work, resulting in time and material savings of up to 25 percent. Operators can remain in an upright position, making it easier and more comfortable to operate. Increased stability is a further benefit, creating a safer environment for operators and across the construction site as a whole.

Benefits include:

• Greater productivity and improved efficiency: shorter digging times

• Up to 25 percent time and material savings when excavating and backfilling

• Up to 20 percent increased stability at full load

• Optimized swiveling performance and dumping height

• Normal sitting position for fatigue proof working conditions

Not many sites actually provide a level working surface, so Wacker Neuson’s VDS can be engaged in a variety of applications. These compact excavators with the VDS are ideal for such applications as digging on an embankment, straddling concrete curbs and digging in narrow areas. The VDS also allows for vertical holes to be dug on an incline with an auger and bit attachments, according to the manufacturer.