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EC204, optimized for 2–4 ton excavators and can be fitted with integrated grab or extra hydraulic functionality. The EC204 has a tilt angle of 45 degrees and can be fitted with engcon’s proportional control system DC2, for stepless control with the highest precision and remote support via the mobile network.

The tiltrotator: Are supplied with hose, quick couplings and electrical installation for one machine. Top attachment point can be adapted to most machines.

  • Rotation ∞
  • ± 45° tilt  
  • Complies with European safety standards
  • Extra outlet as standard equipment, or double extra outlets (does not apply to models with grabs)

Quick hitch: We offer most types of hitches available on the market.

Control system: Choose between several different control systems based on your machine´s characteristics. The EC204 can usefully be fitted with Engcon’s DC2 proportional control system for infinitely variable high precision control and remote support via the cell phone network.

Electrical system: Standard 12-volt.

Accessory: Integrated gripper


  • Width A: 267 mm
  • Width B: 161 mm
  • Width C: 169 mm
  • Overall length D: 463 mm
  • Construction height E: from 310 mm
  • Weight: 116 kg
  • Tilt range: 2×45°
  • Recommended hydraulic flow SS5/SS10: 30 l/min
  • Recommended hydraulic flow SS9 tilt/rotation: 10/25 l/min
  • Max hydraulic pressure: 22 MPa
  • Standard mountings: s40
  • Max bucket width recommended by engcon: 1 000
  • Max tensile stress: 28 kNm
  • Base machine weight: 2–4 t

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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Why should I choose engcon in particular as a partner?

engcon is the only supplier who offers and manufactures a complete range of tiltrotators, control systems and tools for excavators in the 1.5–32 tonne range. This guarantees the best compatibility and function. engcon also takes full responsibility for the safety of all of its products and does not need to refer to external manufacturers or suppliers in the event support is needed.

engcon has a well-established network of dealers and service partners in many countries around the world. In new markets we take care of all matters using our own personnel.

engcon was founded in 1990 and our tiltrotator experience dates back to 1985, thus we have great expertise within the field.

engcon is a stable partner that has enjoyed great recognition and received many different enterprise awards over the years.

In other words, if you choose engcon you choose a safe, total supplier of equipment to make your excavator and operation more profitable.

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.

What kind of work is a tiltrotator best suited for?

A tiltrotator will make an excavator more efficient in most areas of application. A tiltrotator provides an excavator with entirely new flexibility and gives the operator the ability to perform operations without a constant need to move the machine. This means a smaller work area need be roped off and work proceeds more quickly. A tiltrotator means more types of operation can be performed by a single machine. Examples:

  1. Forklift frames for unloading goods from trucks or other vehicles
  2. Pipe-laying grapples
  3. Cable bucket for narrow gauge ditching
  4. Grading bucket for surface levelling
  5. Grading beam to finish levelling jobs
  6. Sweeper

 All of these reduce the need for extra machines or labour and thus increase profitability

What is a tiltrotator?

A tiltrotator is connected between the excavator's arm and the bucket and can be compared to a wrist that allows the operator to tilt (up to 45 degrees) and rotate the bucket or other tool infinitely in both directions. If you need extra help, you can select the grapple accessory that provides the tiltrotator with extra functions in the form of material handling. The hydraulic quick hitch beneath the tiltrotator allows you to connect any bucket or tool from the operator's position.

What is Generation II?

It's engcon's second-generation tiltrotator. The first generation was developed in the beginning of 1990 and continued (in part) right up to 2015. In 2008, the EC226 was launched – the first Generation II model (suitable for excavators up to 26 tonnes). At the time, EC 226 had trailblazing technology with lubrication ducts cast into the body to allow central lubrication without bundles of hoses that had to be led everywhere, and its bearing surfaces were increased. A cast body; stronger, sealed tilt cylinder brackets, hardened tilt cylinders prepared for load holding valves; robust hose protection to prevent chafing; factory-fitted for engcon's Q-Safe quick hitch with electrical swivel, 45 degree tilt angles and preparation for a rotation sensor for the machine control system, were just some of the innovative functions presented back then which remain current today.

As of 2016, the Generation II family is complete with models such as the EC204, EC206, EC209, EC214, EC219, EC226 and EC233

What does System engcon include?

The heart of System engcon is the tiltrotator. We have added the tools most frequently used used in 90 percent of the jobs normally carried out by an excavator in the weight range between 1.5 and 33 tonnes. In addition to tiltrotators, we provide quick hitches for excavators and a broad range of deep-dig, grading and cable buckets. Stone & sorting grapples, compactors, forklift frames, grading beams, rippers and asphalt cutters are also part of the total package under the System engcon umbrella.

What does EC mean in your product designations?

EC was engcon's first model designation and it means Engström Construction. It stands for engcon's founder, Stig Engström, who founded engcon in 1990.

How does the tiltrotator work?

The tiltrotator is connected directly to the excavator's arm or beneath the excavator's quick hitch. The tiltrotator is then connected to the excavator's hydraulics and electrical system. Depending on the excavator's extra hydraulics, control is adapted to suit different types of control system. The most common connection takes place via a single or double-acting extra outlet on the arm and the tiltrotator is controlled by a proportional control system known as DC2. The actual control unit is located in the cab (cab module) and the tiltrotator's functions are controlled using our MIG2 – joysticks with rollers that allow the operator stepless control of the tilt, rotation and grip functions if a grapple has been selected for the tiltrotator. Signals from the joystick and the control unit are received by solenoid valves on the tiltrotator thus controlling the function selected.

How does the tiltrotator make an excavator more profitable?

Our customers agree that a tiltrotator makes an excavator easier to use, more flexible and up to 50 per cent more efficient while also reducing the number of machine moves to a minimum, thus causing less ground damage. Reducing the number of machine moves also reduces the need to fence off areas; it means less machine wear and lower fuel consumption. Thanks to the inbuilt hydraulic quick hitch, many different tools can be connected to the excavator. What's more, because they can be tilted through 45 degrees and rotated infinitely, the excavator's areas of use increase dramatically.

How does EC-Oil enhance the excavator’s profitability and efficiency?

EC-Oil allows rapid switching between different hydraulic tools; the time saved is enormous as many tool changes take place in the course of one day.

It also makes it just as easy to connect or disconnect your tiltrotator. In the case of major soil removal jobs, or if space is too confined to work with the tiltrotator, it's possible to disconnect the tiltrotator just as quickly without having to leave the cab.

How do I know which tiltrotator suits my excavator best?

engcon has clear weight recommendations for all models and you can easily find the right tiltrotator for your excavator in our product guides on our website. You can also find the product guide here, where you can select your excavator's make and model and let us guide you to the right tiltrotator.

Can Q-Safe be used on all excavators? Together with other products from other manufacturers (e.g. buckets, tiltrotators etc.)?


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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