With the RTx SC3, the operator remains out of the trench, away from the dust and noise of the machine, but must keep a line-of-sight from the controller to the receiving eye at all times.
Wacker Neuson is introducing a new and improved version of its RTx trench roller including the addition of a new engine option. The line-of-sight infrared remote control (SC3) not only offers a safer remote controlled trench roller compared to radio frequency controlled units; the RTx now comes with a third receiving eye on the top of unit which ensures continued smooth operation along the trench without interruption as it travels under shoring cross bars.
Wacker Neuson’s RTx SC3 (Smart Control 3) was designed with both operator and jobsite safety in mind. With the RTx SC3, the operator remains out of the trench, away from the dust and noise of the machine, but must keep a line-of-sight from the controller to the receiving eye at all times. This control technology eliminates dangerous blind spots should the unit move behind obstacles and other obstructions, or should the operator get distracted, keeping the job site and workers better protected. Radio frequency controls do not safe guard against these blind spots potentially endangering others on the job site. RTx SC3 has additional built-in safety precautions. The machine will stop moving and vibrating if the operator comes within 3 ft. (.9 m) of the roller’s sensing eyes or releases the controller’s joysticks, making sure that the operator is always at a safe distance from the machine.
Wacker Neuson’s infrared remote control features a 16-channel transmission, which allows for multiple machines to be used on the same job site without the threat of interference with one another. The infrared system is not subject to radio interference from other jobsite systems such as cranes, boom pumps and other radio control equipment. The infrared remote control box is easy to operate with two joystick levers and is fully enclosed protecting it from moisture and dirt.
New Engine Option
Wacker Neuson’s popular trench roller is now available with a choice of engines. The new RTKx is powered by a 20.7-hp Kubota diesel engine. The RTLx is powered by a 19.8-hp Kohler diesel engine. Whichever engine option is chosen, contractors will find the same features and performance results. The RTx was the first articulated trench roller with the industry preferred below the axle exciters that allow efficient transfer of compaction energy to the soil. A compact design with low center of gravity, high and low compaction force, plus the ability to change the drums from 32 to 22 in. (81 to 56 cm) provides flexibility on the job site, according to the manufacturer.
Wacker Neuson’s RTx is not only a safer and more productive trench roller. It also comes with a maintenance free lower end that saves time and money and increases uptime. The lifetime lubricated bearings and drive gears with lube free exciter means there is no oil that needs to be changed.