Epiroc says VC 2000 cutter uses 40% less energy
By Jenny LescohierJune 08, 2022
Epiroc’s new VC 2000 is its latest drum cutter designed for trenching and quarrying. The company said its V-shaped design enables energy savings of up to 40%.
“The efficiency issues connected with trenching have been met with advanced, but expensive solutions. We’re pleased to present an alternative that will save time and money in virtually every aspect, from investment to energy and wear on the carrier. And it’s all achieved by the angles of the drum,” said Gordon Hambach, global business manager for hydraulic attachment tools at Epiroc.
The V-shaped design of the VC 2000 allows a cut with a flat base, no material is left untouched between the drums. Where a regular drum cutter must move side to side to create an even trench, an approach that causes extra wear on the carrier arm, the VC 2000 can reach the same result by just going straight.
It basically works like a bucket, which makes it easier to use, friendlier for the carrier and with a lot less energy and time. Taking the reduced downtime and maintenance into account makes the calculation even more attractive, according to Epiroc.
The distinguishing features of the classic Epiroc drum cutters, such as robust spur gears, adoptable high-torque gear motor and the QuickSnap retaining system for fast and easy pick changing, are all incorporated in the new VC 2000. It also comes with the Pro bracket that leads all hydraulic hoses through the center of the extension arm and out of harm’s way, as standard.
Mechanical and hydraulic rotatable brackets are also available as well as a dust-preventing water spray system. HATCON, a monitoring system that keeps track of operating hours, location and service intervals and presents data on virtually any screen via MyEpiroc is another option that will increase the overall effectiveness.