No two jobsites are created the same. The ground conditions, climate and regulatory standards differ drastically from West Salem, Ohio to Sydney, Australia and at every jobsite in between. This presents pipeline construction professionals with difficult challenges to overcome. While there are no easy solutions for these challenges, knowing that your equipment can handle your jobsite conditions while meeting regulatory standards is a great start.
Newly equipped with the CAT C18 engine, the Trencor T14 trencher can help pipeline construction professionals improve efficiency and decrease costs on each jobsite. Compared to the previous T4F engine offering, this CAT C18 engine offers substantially more horsepower with an increase from 613hp to 755hp. This significant 22% increase in gross power allows operators to tackle large-diameter pipeline installation projects and tough ground conditions.
Due to this CAT C18 engine being rated above 750hp, it is able to avoid the diesel exhaust fluid (DEF) and AdBlue regulations, eliminating a customer maintenance point and the potential service needs associated with DEF systems, contamination and reliability. This enables operators to spend more time on the jobsite and less time on machine maintenance.
Additionally, the C18 engine allows for the T14 to be compliant with both EPA Tier 4 Final and European Union Stage 5 requirements. Meeting these high regulatory requirements means that the machine can be used on more jobsites around the world.
The engine also features a simple aftertreatment system, pusher fan and easy-to-use pump drive. As well as removing the lower power take-off (PTO) shaft to direct mount the pump to the PTO and incorporating the high-speed chain kit into the standard unit. Each of these enhancements helps to improve the ease of use, operator experience and machine power.
“At Trencor, we understand the challenges that come with pipeline installation, and they are top of mind when we make changes and improvements to our machines,” said Steve Seabolt, Trencor product manager. “That is why we made the decision to equip the T14 with a CAT C18 engine. This engine has the needed horsepower, meets emission requirements and provides operators with the necessary features to get the job done efficiently.”
The updated machine packages the engine, transmission, pumpsand cooler all together onto one modular skid that can be more easily installed in or removed from the unit. This simplifies repairs, but also makes all of our inventories more flexible. For example, if operators encounter a situation where a T4F unit is in stock, it can be reconfigured into a T3.
The size and weight of this machine eases transportation time and costs. Based on the configuration of the T14, pipeline construction professionals have the ability to transport the machine in fewer parts. This improves efficiency, productivity and cost by the reducing time needed to disassemble and reassemble the machine, while decreasing the number of vehicles needed for transportation.
Regardless of jobsite location, time of day or machine specifications, there is no time to wait on a jobsite when machine assistance is needed. Equipment operators need access to quick and reliable equipment. That is why Trencor has a global dealer network to provide world-class parts, service and support to all underground construction professionals at each and every stage of the machine’s lifecycle. Visit the Trencor website to learn more about how the T14 can help you efficiently complete your job and find a dealer near you.