North American Oil & Gas Pipelines

FEB 2017

North American Oil & Gas Pipelines covers the news shaping the business of oil and gas pipeline construction and maintenance in North America, including pipeline installation methods, integrity management innovations and managerial strategies.

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32 North American Oil & Gas Pipelines | FEBRUARY 2017 B efore an oil and gas pipeline can be installed, the right of way must first get a complete facelift in preparation for the job. Mulchers, grinders and other equipment take on the rugged task of clearing the land. North American Oil & Gas Pipelines reached out to some of the top manu- facturers of land clearing implements for the pipeline industry. Here is a selection of the tools contractors use to remove foliage and level the jobsite so that new infrastructure can be installed to deliver needed energy resources throughout North America. FAE PrimeTech PT-300 Industrial Track Mulcher Located in Flowery Branch, Georgia, FAE is known for manufacturing a va- riety of PTO- and hydraulic-driven cut- ter heads for the land clearing sector, as well as a full line of PrimeTech PT-series tracked carriers, such as the PT-300. The PT-300 delivers is designed to deliver higher power to the mulcher head compared to other same category products on the market. From day one, the PrimeTech was built to operate in the most demanding right of way land clearing and site prep conditions. With a highly maneuverable carrier, this FAE mulcher is built to withstand extreme stress and tough terrain. The PT-300 is among the top mulchers for large commercial applications. It also provides the best-in-class fuel efficiency, increased work productivity and among the lowest total cost of operation than any other equivalent product on the market. The PT-300 can be equipped with different head options, including a mulcher, stump cutter, subsoiler, rock crusher and asphalt grinder. The PT-300 is equipped with a 6.8-li- ter John Deere six-cylinder inline engine, which delivers 275 hp; a Berco D4 os- cillating undercarriage, with 32/in. low ground pressure shoe; Sauer Danfoss hy- draulic system, with a robust cooling sys- tem; a rearview camera for added safety and visibility; and a best-in-class com- fortable cab with maximized visibility. Multiple Cutter Head Options for the Jarraff Geo-Boy Brush Cutter Tractor The Geo-Boy Brush Cutter Tractor from Jarraff Industries is available with various cutter head options to meet spe- cific application needs. The Geo-Boy can be outfitted with cutter heads from mul- tiple manufacturers. Jarraff Industries president and CEO Heidi Boyum said the objective is versa- tility and productivity. "We really want to give end users the ability to best match their Geo-Boy to their particular applications," Boyum said. "Conditions can vary greatly from pipeline right-of-way management, for example, to seismic mapping or general land clearing for construction applica- tions. This way customers can select the cutter head option that best suits their needs and gives them the level of pro- ductivity that they want." In addition to multiple cutter head op- tions, the Geo-Boy is available in both wheeled and track configurations. Both models are ROPS and FOPS certified. The Geo-Boy also offers a number of safety features including full Lexan, No Mar windows and a rearview camera. The Geo-Boy has the ability to lift the cut- ter head approximately 11 ft high and can quickly and effectively clear brush and trees up to 12 in. in diameter. With two Tier III engine options, 220 and 260 hp, the Geo-Boy is more powerful, ma- neuverable and fuel efficient than other brush cutters in its class. John Deere Root Rakes The toughest land-clearing and ground-leveling jobs are no match for the new John Deere Root Rakes (RR72, RR78 and RR84), the latest additions to the ever-expanding lineup of Worksite Pro attachments. Optimized to work with John Deere G- and E-Series skid steers and compact track loaders (CTLs), and K-Series compact wheel loaders, these attachments get the job done quickly and can be a more economical option over dozer blades. The root rakes are ideal for land clear- ing, ground leveling and moving mate- rials away from buildings and obstruc- tions. These attachments were designed to easily gather rocks and debris, while allowing soil to sift through, for minimal LEVEL PLAYGROUND FAE PRIMETECH PT300 JARRAFF GEO-BOY

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