New Developments in Single-Drum Rollers for the Australian Market

The leading Chinese construction machinery manufacturer Liugong is set to launch a new range of single-drum rollers onto the Australian market in 2013.  These new machines are notable for their use of premium international engine technology, advanced operator comfort, and a design that emphasis reliability and durability.

The Australian construction industry will receive a significant boost in 2013 with the introduction of a new series of single-drum rollers onto the market.  Leading Chinese manufacturer Liugong is bringing to Australia the new CLG6118H, CLG6120H and CLG6142H compaction rollers, which have been developed to the highest western standards, and are designed and built to work in a variety of demanding environments.

The three new models, with rated working weights between 16,800kg and 23,000kg, are notable for the excellence of their engineering, and feature a combination of leading international technologies: they are powered by Cummins QSB6.7-C190 diesel engines, include hydraulic pumps and valves from Sauer, and are fitted with ZF axles.  The operating width on all three models is 2100mm and there are three different drum diameters available - 1500mm, 1600mm and 1700mm.

These machines also feature a number of innovative design elements that represent significant developments in operator comfort and ease of maintenance.

They have a low overall height, and the cab is designed so as to give an operator 360-degree vision, aided by front and rear wipers, defrosting glass and an internal rearview mirror.  It is fitted with ROPS and has low noise and vibration insulation, and also includes air conditioning, a sunroof and a rotary Grammer seat.  The control assembly is well-located, as is the compaction meter, making the machine comfortable to operate for extended periods of time.  Further, there is a unique double vibration reduction system, meaning these rollers provide a quiet, smooth ride (and which also contributes to the lifespan of components).  Overall, the operator environment is designed very much with both safety and well-being at the forefront. 

Ease of maintenance has also been a primary concern in the design of these rollers, especially important in an Australian environment where worksites can be a considerable distance from workshops or service centres.

All three models feature a sleek, aerodynamic hood design with a self-lift bonnet that allows easy access for inspection and to perform routine maintenance tasks, and it is designed so as to provide both noise and heat insulation.  The hood design also allows maximum air flow and prevents water intake, which contributes to overall engine effectiveness and efficiency.

Additionally, all of the CLG61 series rollers have a rear-mounted engine in a fully-enclosed frame, while the radiator and hydraulic pump are also located at the rear of the cab, helping to minimise dust intake and to make access for the minimal daily maintenance that is required more straightforward.

Overall, this combination of internationally-renowned technology, a well-designed cab providing high levels of operator comfort, and a design that is geared towards reliability and durability while enabling ease of maintenance, means that these new machines look set make a significant impact on the Australian construction industry, and their arrival in this country in 2013 is being widely anticipated.