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Vermeer says landscaping trends drive introduction of new trenchers
David Rountree | August 15, 2016
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The RTX200, seen here in the rubber tire model, can also be equipped with tracks.
Photo: Vermeer

Vermeer as introduced two new pedestrian trenchers to serve the landscaping, irrigation, rental and utility markets. The RTX130 and RTX200 are available with 24- to 36-inch (61 to 91.4 cm) cutting booms and 6-inch (15.2 cm) 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 tree care, rental and landscape 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.”

Based on that trend and customer feedback, Vermeer says, the company has upgraded its line of pedestrian trenchers, giving the RTX130 and RTX200 track systems greater maneuverability and a more consistent cutting depth. In addition, the hydraulic system has been enhanced for improved productivity, the manufacturer says.

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The RTX130, seen here in the tracked version, is typically paired with a 24- to 30-inch trenching boom.
Photo: Vermeer

Both the RTX130 and RTX200 are available with track or rubber tire options.

“Many machines with tracks are sold to the rental market,” said Hutchinson. “Tracks provide lower ground pressure in soft ground conditions, and they work in a wider variety of weather conditions than rubber tires.”

The RTX130 has a 13-horsepower Honda gas engine and is typically paired with a 24- to 30-inch trenching boom. The more powerful RTX200 offers a 20-horsepower Kohler gas engine and can be paired with a larger 30- to 36-inch trenching boom.

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.

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