Line maintenance: Loftness Specialized Equipment has released a new version of its Kwik-Trim compact mechanical tree trimmer for right-of-way maintenance work. Featuring an upgraded chassis and powertrain, the new unit offers more horsepower, increased stability and easier maintenance than the previous model.
Equipped with a turbocharged 47.6-horsepower diesel engine, the Kwik-Trim meets tier 4 compliance without requiring diesel exhaust fluid (DEF). In addition to producing more power, the updated engine provides superior fuel efficiency.
Compared with the previous Kwik-Trim model, the new unit is approximately 800 pounds heavier with an operating footprint that is 7 inches wider and 7 inches longer, helping to maximize stability on difficult terrain. Despite the increases in size and weight, the unit is still compact enough to access tight jobsites and light enough to be towed behind a pickup, unlike large-scale mechanical trimmers, which typically require semi trucks with specialized trailers. To further ease road transport, a new hose reel mount eliminates the need for external boom support during transport.
Other new features include easier access to hydraulic components, in which the operator is no longer required to tilt the cab. Furthermore, the winch has been moved to a more convenient location at the front center of the machine. The winch now has its own hydraulic circuit, so it is ready to be operated from inside the cab whenever needed.
Similar to the previous model, the Kwik-Trim has a fiberglass-reinforced plastic (FRP) boom that telescopes to 53 feet, allowing the machine to handle the vast majority of trimming needs along right-of-ways. At the end of the boom is a 24-inch, carbide-tipped saw blade, which operates at 3,000 RPM. An advanced hydraulic system allows the operator to make precise boom adjustments from the comfort of a climate-controlled cab that meets ROPS, FOPS and OPS certifications.
Loftness manufactures the VMLogix line of vegetation management equipment, which includes hydraulic oil coolers and high-performance mulching heads for a variety of equipment, ranging from skid steer loaders to 400-horsepower prime movers.