Initial Impressions | XR82 At Work
One of our customers in the pile and dredging industry was searching for an excavation tool that could be deployed for a three-month project which included the removal of more than 40,000 yards of basalt from a shoreline to make way for a new harbor and breakwater for incoming marine traffic. The superintendent saw video of the new Xcentric Ripper Mining Series working online and decided to give the new more powerful version of the hydraulic ripper a chance to prove it belonged in their arsenal of excavation tools. “We have the XR82 model working on one machine and a clam shell bucket for dredging on the other,” he said. “We needed a tool that would work well under water and the XR82 has performed to our expectations so far. I see it proving valuable as an asset in our equipment fleet and working really well on some of our more specialty projects.”
Mining Series Design Improvements
While the working technology is based on the standard series, the new Mining Series has been reinforced with a remodeled working platform, which delivers a much higher energy impact force to the work tool with a lower frequency. Larger and heavier eccentric gears are now machined from a single billet of steel and precisely designed to allow for equal weight distribution side-to-side and direct impact energy vertically. The lower pivot arm and housing is reinforced to limit wear where the ripper typically encounters material, and the ripper arm or beak has been remodeled and reinforced with Hardox® steel. The XR Mining Series also has a narrower body profile, making it ideal for tunneling or operating in confined areas.
Designed to increase production, at lower operating costs and reduced noise levels, the all new XR Mining Series is a revolution for high volume rock excavation. Like the regular series that came before it, the Mining Series will be an invaluable tool for frozen ground excavation, rock excavation, quarrying, surface and underground mining, oil sands excavation, utility project installations, pipeline trenching, demolition, slag recycling, dredging, and even underwater applications.
Visit the Xcentric Ripper page to learn more and watch video of the Xcentric Ripper® Mining Series in action.