Rapid Window Cutter
Ductile iron mains are notoriously problematical because they cannot be broken out like cast iron; now there is a solution with The Rapid Window Cutter.
The machine was developed in collaboration with Wales & West Utilities, who identified the need for a faster window cutting technique to allow them to extend their use of Live Mains Insertion onto their ductile network.
The new design introduces a revolutionary alternative to established methods, typically cutting a window on a 100mm/4” ductile iron main in under 12 minutes. Customers report that this is 50% faster than traditional equipment.
The hand-held tool is designed for precise, fast cutting of windows in abandoned or inserted ductile mains, without damaging the previously inserted PE. Easy to operate, the cutter connects to an onsite compressor. The operative simply engages the trigger, lowers the blade and glides the unit along or around the main. The chassis pivots easily to change from circumferential to longitudinal cuts.
The Rapid Window Cutter won first place in the Best Gas Improvement Category at The UK Energy Innovation Awards 2015.
Benefits of the Rapid Window Cutter
- Fast: A typical size window is cut in less than 15 minutes – 50% faster than traditional equipment
- Safe: The cutting disc is mounted well away from the operator’s hand; automatic emergency cut-off on trigger handle
- Cost effective: Available to hire, purchase or carried out as a Contract service
- Easy to use: Compact, lightweight and simple to operate – one man operation
- Precise: Depth control discs prevent damage to inserted PE; Ideal for use in Live Mains Insertion and dead insertion projects
- Clean: No water is needed resulting in a cleaner trench
- Adaptable: Designed to be compact, no need to dig under main
- Air powered: Uses on-site compressor, avoiding need for extra power source
Technical Specifications of the Rapid Window Cutter
- Required clearance: Approx. 229mm (9″)
- Minimum pipe diameter: 76mm (3″)
- Maximum pipe wall thickness: 13mm (1/2″)
- Typical cutting time: 10 minutes per window
- Width: 200mm (8″)
- Height: 203mm (8″)
- Length: 230mm (9″)
- Weight: 7kg (15lbs)