“It saves me so much time and manual labour, I can’t imagine life without my tiltrotator!” jokes Cian Rooney, an owner/operator near Sligo on the west coast of Ireland
Cian hasn’t looked back since replacing his old Skid Steer loader and Kubota mini digger with a Kubota KX057-4 compact excavator equipped with an Engcon EC206 tiltrotator, S40 quick hitch and integrated gripper. CIan’s system is also one of the first in Ireland to be fitted with fully proportional control. John Craig, Engcon’s service partner at JCC Engcon Group in Stirlingshire, guided Cian through the process of choosing the right system for his needs. Cian comments: “I can’t praise John enough for his expert help. He really knows his stuff when it comes to Engcon.“
Cian finds his Engcon equipment, which also includes a grading bucket, sorting grab and pallet forks, invaluable for tackling a wide range of jobs, from groundworks and landscaping to fencing and agricultural contracts. “I work mainly on my own and Engcon has helped transform my business. This one machine does the work of my two old ones” he claims. “I now work more efficiently, safer and faster – and that’s good for my profits and for my customers because I can do a great job for them in less time. Even simply moving deliveries that have been left in the wrong place is made easy with the pallet forks.”
With no previous experience of tiltrotator systems, Cian visited the Engcon stand at Bauma and also used social media to find out what other people were saying about the concept before making an investment. Although posts on Twitter and YouTube videos of systems in action were useful, Cian says he couldn’t have done it without John Craig’s support. “John made the process hassle-free and I was amazed at how quickly he was able to travel to Ireland and get my Engcon system up and running.”
Cian’s state-of-the-art set-up also includes track steering, fitted by John Craig through the system’s hydraulics. This allows Cian to steer the machine from the joysticks rather than using the foot pedals. “This is a huge benefit when you’ve got muddy boots which can make it difficult to get a grip on the pedals.” explains Cian. “Track steering gives me more precise control over machine movements and improves safety on site. It’s all part of the many benefits you get when you choose Engcon.”
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