Volvo makes trench work safer with new pipelayer kit for excavators

Volvo Rotating Pipelayer

Volvo Construction Equipment has a new attachment kit that allows its 14-ton excavators to be converted into rotating pipelayers and also improve trench safety.

The pipelaying boom can be attached to the excavator’s main boom in about an hour. With a rated load of 7,300 pounds, pipes up to 20 inches in diameter can be handled.

When used in tandem with Volvo excavators’ rotating superstructure, the kit gives the operator more maneuverability and control when placing pipe without having to reposition the tracks. It is also designed to be ready for transport within minutes.

“The kit was developed in response to customers’ safety concerns about lowering pipes into trenches using standard excavators,” the company says. “And unlike a traditional side boom pipelayer, Volvo’s patented rotating superstructure means the machine is far more maneuverable, with no need to constantly reposition its tracks. All this versatility in a single machine means operators can get the job done easier, quicker, safer and at a lower cost.”