Wirtgen’s W 150 Sports ’Wasp Waist’ for Clear Edge View

Tue July 01, 2008 - National Edition
Construction Equipment Guide

The Wirtgen W 150 is a large but compact milling machine that can optionally be fitted with milling drums of 4 ft. (1.2 m), 4 ft. 3 in. (1.3 m) or 5 ft. (1.5 m) working width, letting the W 150 be used for a variety of different applications such as milling large surfaces, removing pavement layers at full depth or leveling. The W 150 cutting depth is 0 to 13 in. (0 to 33 cm) and the machine accepts the Level Pro, FCS and Flexible Cutter System Light (FCS L) systems.

The W 150 has replaced the W 1500 in the broad product range of Wirtgen Group, which markets cold milling machine models in all performance classes and for all types of applications.

The W 150 houses a powerful 6-cylinder Cummins turbo diesel engine with an output of 350 hp (261 kW), which complies with the stringent exhaust emission standards stipulated by the U.S. EPA (Tier III) and the EU (Stage III a).

The W 150 is equipped with a four-fold full-floating and height adjustment system as a standard machine feature. The system ensures that the machine aligns parallel to the road pavement automatically both during the milling operation and in transport mode. It also guarantees reliable traction of the W 150’s four crawler track units, enabling the machine to always adapt to ground conditions dynamically and ensuring permanent ground contact and precise adherence to the selected working depth during the milling operation.

The machine’s “wasp waist” — the specially shaped central part of the machine chassis — ensures that the operator has a perfect view of the milling edge, enabling him to steer the machine with pin-point precision from the individually adjustable driver’s seat. This free-view concept produces significantly better and more effective milling results without the need for time-consuming manual reworking, according to the manufacturer.

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