Vermeer releases new pedestrian trenchers

August 16, 2016 -  By

Vermeer introduced two new pedestrian trenchers for the landscape and irrigation markets.

The RTX130 and RTX200 are available with 24- to 36-inch cutting booms and 6-inch cutting widths to help landscape contractors install irrigation systems, drainage tile and outdoor electrical lines more efficiently.

“Homeowners are investing more into the installation and use of outdoor living spaces,” said Matt Hutchinson, product manager for the tree care, rental and landscape division at Vermeer. “People are investing in lighting for their hardscaping and landscaping, installing drainage systems to protect their investment in patios and hardscapes, and installing gas lines for outdoor barbeques. This is driving the need for landscape contractors to own pedestrian trenchers—or rent them more frequently.”

The RTX130 and RTX200 track systems have enhanced maneuverability and offer a more consistent cutting depth, the company said.

“We’ve optimized the trencher drive motor to better utilize the available power of the machine and made enhancements to the VZ steering system, which provides operators more control in difficult ground conditions,” said Hutchinson.

Additionally, the RTX130 and RTX200 are both available with track or rubber tire options.

The RTX130 has a 13-hp Honda gas engine and is typically paired with a 24- to 30-inch trenching boom, while the RTX200 offers a 20-hp Kohler gas engine and can be paired with a 30- to 36-inch trenching boom.

In addition, Vermeer manufactures different boom chain configurations to accommodate a variety of soil conditions. For example, a full cup-type chain can be used to move light material when working in loose, sandy soils, while individuals working in more difficult ground conditions can select a combination chain with both cups and shark teeth.

Both the RTX130 and RTX200 feature the Vermeer VZ steering system and operator presence system. The VZ steering system enables operators to steer the machine using only the handlebars and provides additional leverage when operating the pedestrian trencher in difficult terrain, Vermeer said. For added protection, the operator presence system stops the trencher chain and ground drive if the operator lets go of the handle.

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