16 February 2017, 09:11
To stay competitive, you have to be versatile. And the tools you invest in should be able to adapt to the demands of the job as fast as you can. The new CM 3 Compact Modular Vacuum Lifting System from Vacuworx is changing the game for contractors who run compact equipment such as skid steers, track loaders, articulating wheel loaders and mini excavators on the job every day—now allowing them to handle materials such as concrete slabs, steel plates and pipe up to 6,600 lb (3 tonne) with ease!
The first vacuum lifting solution of its kind, the CM 3 brings heavy-duty material handling capabilities to larger capacity compact equipment such as skid steers and track loaders. With a unique modular design and lift capacity of up to 6,600 lb depending on the pad—or pads—used, the CM 3 is adaptable to a wide range of applications including concrete slab removal, road or trench plate placement and some pipe applications. The CM 3 with standard mounting plate weighs the same as a standard skid steer bucket, so it does not affect the lift capacity of the host machine.
The rugged all-steel unit is designed to accommodate single or double pad configurations interchangeably to be able to lift a variety of material weights and sizes. The adjustable spreader bar for double pads extends from 61” to 85” (measured from outside to outside of the seal channels). Flat and pipe pads are sold separately to fit your specific needs.
The CM 3 is operated by a hydraulically driven vacuum pump using the auxiliary hydraulics from the host machine (minimum 10 GPM required with maximum 3,000 psi). With quick-connect hydraulic hoses and a universal mounting plate assembly, the CM 3 can be attached to a variety of host machines in a matter of minutes. In addition, the unit is equipped with a factory pre-set flow control valve to ensure optimal performance with any equipment. Designed for both jobsite durability and practicality, the CM 3 comes with steel legs for storage, which can either be removed or rotated up when the system is in use.
With the help of the new CM 3, contractors have the ability to use less equipment and less personnel to complete jobs in record time. Vacuum lifting is a safer and more efficient alternative to traditional lifting methods such as anchors, hooks, slings and chains. And because the system can be attached to different host machines quickly and easily, it can go where it is needed most.