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No one would come up with the idea of switching the placement of the gas and brake pedals in a car, as it would be directly lethal. Today, quick hitch controls, on the world’s excavators, are completely different depending on the make, model and market. With QSC, Quick Hitch Standard Control, engcon sets a completely new standard. With QSC, we put the controls for the excavator’s and the tiltrotator’s quick hitches on one and the same panel that is always mounted in the same place in the cab, on the right hand side, diagonally in front of the operator, regardless of the excavator’s make or model. The panel works with all types and makes of quick hitches and excavators*; QSC gives the operator a control with standardized placement and maneuvering of the hitches’ lock functions.

Independent control system

QSC is a completely independent control system for the excavator's or tiltrotator's quick hitch and replaces the excavator's built-in coupler lock system.
The system has its own keypad with a button to activate the excavator's quick hitch and one button to activate the tiltrotator's quick hitch. The lock buttons on the panel are clearly marked with easily recognizable symbols. This means that the operator always recognizes and uses the same method, regardless of the excavator’s or the quick hitch's make.

engcon takes responsibility

With the quick hitch locking system, QSC, engcon takes another step forward in their continuous safety efforts. A system that minimizes the risk of activating the wrong button or function when releasing the excavator’s bucket or other tools.

* QSC combined with the Q-Safe quick hitch, provides full functionality

  • Slew and/or lift restriction, as well as sound & light alerts – with an incorrectly coupled bucket.
  • Sound and light alerts - with an incorrectly coupled bucket.
  • Ground pressure function - where a bucket or other tool must have ground contact to be able to be detached from the quick hitch. Other types of quick hitches only come with the ground pressure function.
  • Controls both the machine’s and the tiltrotator’s quick hitch with a single control panel.
  • Standardizes all lock functions.
  • Compatible with all excavators, regardless of make or model.
  • Also compatible with quick hitches of other makes *

System engcon

What is most important for you?

  • Profitability

    System engcon, centred around the tiltrotator, saves both time and fuel.

  • Safety

    Fewer machine transits and less need for manual work increases safety at the workplace.

  • Flexibility

    The tiltrotator's ability to tilt and rotate makes the machine a good all-rounder that carries out most tasks with greater precision.

  • Efficiency

    Fewer machine movements and faster jobs mean less wear on the machine.

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What should I consider when deciding my excavator specification?

Despite the increasing popularity of tiltrotators, many excavator manufacturers do not yet sell 'tiltrotator-ready' machines on certain markets. There are two main considerations when buying a new excavator for use with a tiltrotator - dipper length and hydraulics. Ideally, a shorter dipper should be chosen to take into account the build height of the tiltrotator. For example, if the standard dipper length is 2500mm, choose one 2000mm long so that the extra reach resulting from the addition of the tiltrotator still falls within the manufacturer's safe working range and that there is no chance of the bucket or other attachment hitting the cab when fully crowded.

The standard machine hydraulics can often be used for tiltrotator operation, but the machine controls may not be sufficiently sophisticated to fully exploit the capabilities of the attachment. Tiltrotators are usually supplied with so-called fully proportional control systems. These allow the hydraulic power to be gradually increased according to the needs of the attachment and the task to be completed, for example when pouring type 1 or concrete into a narrow area or using grabs or pallet forks. Non-proportional, or on/off systems which are generally button-operated do not allow the delicacy of control necessary for many tiltrotator operations.

If the excavator has two dual-acting proportionally controlled hydraulic circuits, then basic tiltrotator operation should be possible using the excavator's controls. A third, non-proportional circuit will be required for the tiltrotator hitch. Where a single, dual acting circuit is fitted, it is often more cost-effective to use engcon's DC2 control system which manages the hydraulic switching and flow proportionally within the tiltrotator, rather than have additional circuits fitted.

Can I use my existing buckets?

The pin geometry on your existing buckets is unlikely to be compatible with the S-type coupler fitted to standard tiltrotators. Choosing a Unisafe/PUP coupler to allow you to use your existing buckets is likely to be a false economy for the simple reason that tiltrotator (s-type) buckets are designed for tiltrotator digging. Not only is the angle of the bucket optimised for tiltrotator use, but the bucket geometry (shape, size, etc.) is specific for rotational and angled digging and grading. The saving you make by choosing the S-type coupler can be re-invested in top bracket adapters to convert your existing buckets and other attachments.

If you are running hydraulic tools, you can also purchase adapter brackets EC-Oil ready, or pre-fitted with EC-Oil and thus convert your current hydraulic tools with ease for the S-type coupler.

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