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Brilliant day at the Rototilt Demo.

 

Plenty of kit to try, experienced operators with their setups and I got to scratch a few itches in terms of machines I’d hoped to catch up with.

 

Rototilt not shy with the catering or goodies for anyone attending, and fair play to them for putting on such a great event.

 

If you can get tomorrow, well worth it.

 

Takeuchi Tb225 was actually bigger than I’d somehow anticipated, was handling the Rototilt R1 with ease, even though this version had the removable gripper cassette installed.

 

Running off the twin auxiliary circuits of the Takeuchi, with a changeover from Tilt to Gripper, it represented a brilliant towable package, and I liked it.

Main downside is the expanding undercarriage that requires straight beams to function and this reduces clearance dramatically over traditional X frame undercarriage design.

 

Big machine that slims down to 1100mm and clearly capable of some serious work.

The Rototilt adds another dimension, and credit to Takeuchi it was brilliantly controllable via the standard pipework and proportional rollers in the joysticks.

 

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Eddie.

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Some nice setups, the Komatsu Pc30 is absolute full spec, Tracking and Blade functions are on the joysticks via proportional rollers.

 

Kubota Kx57 just as quick as ever.

 

Couple of lovely Volvo Ec140’s

 

Big one for me was the Takeuchi TB290 with Two piece boom and Tiltrotator.

Fair setup, way faster and much smoother than I remembered the Kubota, good power and huge cab.

However it’s all just too much for it, I had my machines, cut, lengthened and widened in the track frame and fitted with 900mm tracks.

I was able to use all the performance through 360 degrees, this would even pick itself up over the end if provoked, and cross carriage wouldn’t be for everyone.

Goes under the has all the potential, needs a trip to Scotland to unleash its full potential!

 

 

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The bit you never see, but this is where the money goes, the worm drive.

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Eddie.

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1 hour ago, LGP Eddie said:

Brilliant day at the Rototilt Demo.

 

Plenty of kit to try, experienced operators with their setups and I got to scratch a few itches in terms of machines I’d hoped to catch up with.

 

Rototilt not shy with the catering or goodies for anyone attending, and fair play to them for putting on such a great event.

 

If you can get tomorrow, well worth it.

 

Takeuchi Tb225 was actually bigger than I’d somehow anticipated, was handling the Rototilt R1 with ease, even though this version had the removable gripper cassette installed.

 

Running off the twin auxiliary circuits of the Takeuchi, with a changeover from Tilt to Gripper, it represented a brilliant towable package, and I liked it.

Main downside is the expanding undercarriage that requires straight beams to function and this reduces clearance dramatically over traditional X frame undercarriage design.

 

Big machine that slims down to 1100mm and clearly capable of some serious work.

The Rototilt adds another dimension, and credit to Takeuchi it was brilliantly controllable via the standard pipework and proportional rollers in the joysticks.

 

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Eddie.

Nice setup- but slew ring looks tiny on that TB225, wouldn’t say it was any bigger then on my TB216... 

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That’s the Turret not the ring, it could be kept narrow to enable it to get back down to 1100mm wide with tracks retracted.

No saying it doesn’t flare out at the ring to give a larger bearing surface.

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It’s all in the details and despite this being the most popular way of installs in Scandinavia and seen over here on Loader Tractors for some time they haven’t really caught on yet.

 

However with the cost of fully automatic quick couplers like Ec-Oil and Oil Quick plus the ridiculous price of parts for them, this Multi-X coupler offers a real alternative to getting your Tiltrotator unit off in seconds with no drama.

 

It was able to be disconnected and connected with the machine running, only the electrical plug above to complete the task.

 

It did set me thinking what a difference this could make to the usual Arb/De-Veg setups, where residual pressures in pipes and leaking fittings can produce all sorts of hassles.

Going from Shear to Grab could be seconds of a job with no hassle whatsoever.

 

Shaun is absolutely delighted with the upgrade and it’s made a real difference.

 

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Bloody good point Eddie. I've been cursing my rotator every time I try to put it back on. I was about to buy one of those pipe coupling tools, but this looks handy and I've used them on loaders as you say.

 

Any idea on price, and do they do them in DN08? Could only find DN10 online. Or does it not really matter?

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They do loads of sizes/options, and even electrical kits.

 

Personally I’d be doing a bit of legwork and seeing who’s doing them in Scandinavia, as they really do utilise these an almost every install.

They’re readily available and I’ve seen stands full at the shows in Sweden.

 

Been a bit of behind the scenes push back going on in terms of the current ridiculous pricing of parts from Tiltrotator manufacturers, what a bit of Google, e mail and a few calls can achieve is staggering!

 

WWW.CEJN.COM

 

 

Eddie.

 

 

 

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It’s all in the details and despite this being the most popular way of installs in Scandinavia and seen over here on Loader Tractors for some time they haven’t really caught on yet.
 
However with the cost of fully automatic quick couplers like Ec-Oil and Oil Quick plus the ridiculous price of parts for them, this Multi-X coupler offers a real alternative to getting your Tiltrotator unit off in seconds with no drama.
 
It was able to be disconnected and connected with the machine running, only the electrical plug above to complete the task.
 
It did set me thinking what a difference this could make to the usual Arb/De-Veg setups, where residual pressures in pipes and leaking fittings can produce all sorts of hassles.
Going from Shear to Grab could be seconds of a job with no hassle whatsoever.
 
Shaun is absolutely delighted with the upgrade and it’s made a real difference.
 
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Eddie.
That would be a godsend as I'm always having a fight when swapping from grab to shear to flail even when I've made sure to drop the pressure before changing
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According to Shaun Rototilt UK are Dealers for the Multi-X range.

The setup shown is around £500, and it sold well into double figures of couplers at the Demo which shows what people are thinking of it.

 

I know from bitter experience one single screw in 3/4 port in my Ec-Oil connection block is £300 a pop to replace!

 

 

Eddie.

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