Contractors can choose between the three sizes (6, 8 and 10 ft. [1.8, 2.4 and 3 m]); air cooled and liquid cooled gasoline, diesel and propane fuel options, mechanical and electronic power steer, hydraulic drive, and a variety of performance and operator comfort features that ensure high productivity and excellent finishing results
Wacker Neuson offers a full range of ride-on trowels that meet the needs of small concrete contractors, who are expanding their line, up to large professional flatwork finishers. Designed and manufactured at Wacker Neuson's Menomonee Falls, Wisc., production plant, the full line of trowels has expanded over the past 20 years to provide contractors with additional machine choices and advanced technology that fit all concrete slabs sizes and conditions.
Wacker Neuson's nine models offer quality results, high productivity and operator comfort. Contractors can choose between the three sizes (6, 8 and 10 ft. [1.8, 2.4 and 3 m]); air cooled and liquid cooled gasoline, diesel and propane fuel options, mechanical and electronic power steer, hydraulic drive, and a variety of performance and operator comfort features that ensure high productivity and excellent finishing results.
The CRT line (Concrete Ride-on Trowel) starts with the CRT36 models. These mechanical steer units offer an integrated wheel set. Wacker Neuson is the first manufacturer in the United States to offer the factory installed wheel kit option providing easy transportation of the trowel around the job site and shop floor, according to the manufacturer.
When the machine is in operation on the slab, the wheels safely tuck underneath the unit and do not obstruct the operator's view. One person can easily raise and lower the wheels by a single jack. These units are powered by a Honda air-cooled gasoline engine. The CRT36 is an excellent choice for concrete contractors that are expanding their business and finishing more than 3,000 sq. ft. a day.
CRT48 mechanical steer models are available with a torsional assist steering system that is easy to operate and reduces operator fatigue. A rigid, heavy-duty frame leads to more responsive steering and excellent feedback from the concrete condition. The mechanical steer models include the CRT48-33-DF model. This unique dual fuel model offers a gasoline/liquid propane (LPG) option in one machine. The unit allows the operator to seamlessly change between gasoline and propane while the machine is running.
The CRT48 models are available in three different engine options available in air-cooled or liquid-cooled gasoline models ranging from 33 to 57-hp. The newest introduction includes a 37-hp Briggs & Stratton engine that includes the latest electronic fuel injection technology offering added power, speed and fuel economy.
The CRT48-PS models use an electronic steering system that combines hydraulics and electronics to create a true power steer unit. These Pro+ units bridge the gap between the professional/mechanical steer and super pro hydraulic steer models in the industry.
The CRT-PS power steer system was designed to produce the results of a hydrostatic machine matched with the responsiveness of a mechanical steer while improving operator comfort. Using simple joystick handles, the CRT-PS handles and performs like a lighter weight finishing machine, and at the end of the day, the operator sees superior finishing results without fatigue, according to the company.
These models are powered by either a 37-hp air-cooled or 57-hp liquid-cooled gasoline engine.
Wacker Neuson's largest trowel is the high performance 10-ft. CRT60. This professional trowel combines the high performance of a hydraulic drive unit with the Wacker Neuson signature electro-hydraulic steering system that includes the two mode steering controller (also part of the CRT 48-PS). This system allows operators to select joystick responsiveness to meet their preference and best suit the concrete conditions. The unit also features an engine power regulation system that constantly monitors engine speed and adjusts the hydraulic load. A built-in hydraulic wheel kit makes blade changes a one-person job by simply raising the unit up on the integrated wheels. The CRT60 is powered by a 74-hp Kohler diesel engine.
Operator comfort is a key factor when designing ride-on trowels and Wacker Neuson engineers have taken this challenge to new levels. The ride-on trowel market has matured significantly and users no longer find it acceptable to stop and stretch or take muscle relaxing breaks which was common five to 10 years ago. For example, the operator's station on all joystick operated models has been configured according to a very specific set of dimensions that maximize arm and shoulder comfort. The goal is to provide a machine that the operator can feel comfortable on for extended periods of time, thus improving productivity. Even on the mechanical steer units, steering efforts have been drastically reduced from the efforts required from the operators on older generation models. There are even creature comforts now such as cup holders and 12 Volts outlets for audio and cell phones. The color of the seat has even been changed from black to gray to keep it cooler in direct sunlight.