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Operator Comfort

The Working Environment

When using a Street Trencher, the working environment for the operator is much different than when operating a road saw.

Road Saw Operating Conditions Compared to Street Works Operating Conditions

  • No need for rubber boots
  • No need for rain gear to stay dry on a sunny day
  • No need for hearing protection
  • No need for breathing protection
  • No need for long water hose being pulled around the job site
  • No need for large volumes of water saw cutting and slurry santos smallSaw Cutting Requires Good Hearing Protection Click to Enlarge
  • No need for small pump maintenance and potential for their failure
  • No need for multiple fuel types on support truck
  • No need for saw slurry containment systems
  • No need for slurry clean-up from the road surface
  • No need for special disposal of collected slurry
  • No clouds of dust when traffic drives over dried cutting slurry
  • The operator is not directly exposed to traffic

Operator Working Conditions in the Street Works Street Trencher

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  • ROPS/FOPS cab
  • Air-conditioned and heated cab
  • Pressurized cab
  • AM/FM radio
  • CB radio
  • Tilt steering wheel
  • Pilot-controlled hydraulics for easy effort
  • No blades to get stuck in pavement / If the drum stops, simply back up and start again
  • Durable fabric seat with armrests
  • Built-in beverage holder
  • Tinted windows
  • Cruise control for cutting
  • Sun visor

These two lists clearly illustrate the different working conditions when comparing the Street Trencher to a road saw.

Street Works Cab Specifics

roof mounted sterio smallNo hearing protection needed. Click to Enlarge The Street Works Street Trencher has a pressurized cab, so dust exposure is nonexistent. The fully heated and air-conditioned cab also includes an AM/FM stereo radio.

We are all aware that getting the blade stuck in the cut creates a good deal of extra work. With the Street Trencher, the most difficult cutting conditions are simply overcome by backing up slightly and then continuing on. No rubber boots or rain suit pants are needed. No water hoses are spread out and pulled along the length of the trench to be cut. No hearing protection is needed. No hard hat is required when in the ROPS/FOPS cab. The operator sits in a bucket seat with an armrest on both sides. The controls are low-effort, pilot-control joysticks and buttons. Not a lever to be found. While cutting, the operator sets the cruise control to match the travel speed with the machine's cutting speed. Cutting bits are changed using simple hand tools. The cutting bit holders are secured with one bolt, minimizing the need for field welding. Assuming the area is clear of structure like manholes or railroad tracks, bit maintenance is a random task. Bit wear varies based on the silica content and PSI of the material being cut.