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Steve Vick Intl. Pipe Handler
The Pipe Handler easily attaches to an excavator to pick up and maneuver PE pipe on site.
The Pipe Handler is also designed to insert PE pipe into a host pipe quickly and safely. The equipment is attached to the quick hitch or bucket pins of the excavator. The operator is then able, from the safety of the cab, to grip the PE, position it in the excavation and insert the pipe in one straightforward, efficient operation.
Once attached to the excavator, The SV Pipe Handler’s swivel head allows the operator to grasp the pipe in its jaws and manoeuvre it into position. If required, the operator can then push the PE into a carrier or host pipe using the hydraulic power of the excavator.
There is just one-set up operation for the entire insertion procedure and all actions are safely handled from the cab. Insertion speeds of ten metres per minute are typical and long lengths of pipe can be inserted in one operation. The design of the gripping jaws prevents damage to PE pipe and there are built-in pilot check valves for hydraulic safety. The model currently available handles pipe diameters of 250mm up to 355mm, for use with a typical backhoe excavator. Lightweight aluminium shell inserts are available to suit all pipe sizes. 01225 480488; www.stevevick.com