May 2017 Vol. 72 No. 5

New Products

McElroy Introduces Acrobat 180 Butt-Fusion Machine

The McElroy Acrobat – a hydraulic butt-fusion machine originally designed for the plumbing and mechanical industry – is now available for the underground construction market.

Priced competitively, the Acrobat 180 is ideal for those interested in a reliable, easy-to-use machine. It butt fuses two-inch IPS to 6-inch DIPS HDPE pipe and fittings with a variety of pressure ratings. While its light weight means it can be carried from joint to joint, it maintains the same rugged reliability of any equipment from McElroy, the industry leader in the science of joining thermoplastic pipe.

The Acrobat 180 is the perfect tool for in-ditch work and tie-in fusions, and provides a cost-effective alternative to electrofusion which requires the purchase of additional fittings. It functions in tight work spaces by removing the base and converting the carriage from 4 to 3 jaws. The top jaws can even be removed for easier manipulation around pipe and fittings.

“While the capabilities of the machine are impressive, it is not intimidating. It was engineered from the user’s perspective, to meet the demands of the job,” said Jason Lawrence, director of product development.

Two Hydraulic Power Unit (HPU) options are available to provide fusion pressures up to 800 PSI or 1,500 PSI. Both HPUs allow the operator to easily pre-set the carriage, facer and heater pressures – eliminating repetitive adjustments between operations. The HPUs offer a smart design so that both the heater and facer plug into the HPU, allowing the entire machine to draw power from only one receptacle.

The Acrobat 180 is also compatible with the DataLogger for joint reporting and quality assurance, which is a growing requirement on job sites today. (918) 836-8611,

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