August 2018 Vol. 73 No. 8

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Trencor Update Strengthens 1400-Series Trencher Line

American Augers/Trencor, a Charles Machine Works company, released the first large-scale upgrade to its proven 1400-series trencher line. The new T14-54/617 offers an emissions-compliant engine, state-of-the-art electronics and customer-requested features.

“The T14 pays tribute to the venerable 1400-series with its name,” said Lee Drugan, marketing manager for American Augers and Trencor. “The 54/617 part of the nomenclature refers to its 54-inch-wide, maximum-cut capability and its powerful 617-horsepower, Tier 4 Final engine.”

Trencor 1400-series trenchers, including the most recent, T1460 model, have been the choice of pipeline, utility and surface mining operations for more than 20 years. Many of the first trencher models are still hard at work in the field, according to Jared Bird, Trencor engineering project manager.

The T14 rig’s new electronics package includes a digital operator display in the cab, upgraded software and state-of-the-art telematics package that enables the rig to gather, log and transmit real-time operating data used for predictive maintenance, reporting requirements or overall optimization of trenching operations.

Emission compliance is based on a Tier 4 Final Mercedes MTU6R1500 industrial/mining diesel engine. “It runs so cleanly that no regen cycle is required,” said Bird about the Mercedes engine’s many advantages. “That greatly increases reliability. Its wide rpm range of power output maintains full productivity in even the toughest conditions.” It also lowers the cost of maintenance and total cost of ownership.

While running at lower, quieter speeds, the engine generates torque rated up to 2,139 foot/pounds at 1,300 rpm. Lower rpm significantly reduces fuel consumption and noise levels. A new hydraulically driven, variable-speed cooling fan also contributes to improved fuel economy and reduced engine load.

A redesigned undercarriage features an innovative attachment method to a heavier, stronger mainframe. Improved hose routing and use of hard lines add to ease of service, require less frequent maintenance, and contribute to lower cost of ownership.

Safety enhancements include a new digging drive brake and optional cameras in the cab that increase operator visibility of the worksite.

American Augers/Trencor, (419) 869-7107,

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