Bauer launches BCS 185 cutter system for confined jobsites

Bauer has introduced its new BCS 185 cutter system, which can cut trenches up to a depth of 90 m. The company said the innovative design of its BCS systems combines proven technology with a vast variety of other useful features as well as the necessary modularity for today’s ever stricter transport requirements.

“Our multi-functional MC duty-cycle cranes are used for a wide range of applications, first off as base carriers for our cutters and grabs, but also for lifting work or dynamic soil compaction,” explained Leonhard Weixler, head of the diaphragm wall division at Bauer Maschinen. “For anyone who doesn’t require this multi-functionality but needs equipment that is specially optimised for trench cutting, we have extended our BCS portfolio with the newly developed BCS 185. And the feedback from our customers is excellent.”

The BCS 185’s base carrier is a Bauer MT 185, which offers high stability and comprehensive HSE features, including a rear-view camera, integrated service platforms and an ergonomic, comfortable cab layout. The inner workings of the cab are identical to the Bauer duty-cycle cranes. Various electronic assistance systems (integrated into the latest version of the Bauer B-Tronic system) support the operator effectively and increase productivity at the same time. The MT 185 is equipped with a fuel-efficient Volvo engine that complies with all different emissions standards worldwide.

The BCS 185 is also available with the Bauer Turning Device, which allows this cutter to work in extremely confined construction sites and will still be able to ‘cut the corners’. “This is making the difference in today’s cutter operations,” said Mr Weixler. It enables the cutter to be twisted between -50 and +95 degrees from its normal position to reach every corner in the excavation pit without a problem. Together with the overall compact dimensions of the BCS 185, the range of efficient cutter applications under restricted space conditions is further enhanced.

Another highlight is the arrangement of the hose drums in the boom, thanks to which the cutter system delivers a highly streamlined impression overall. The 30 t winch has been specifically designed for use in the mid-sized range. With a maximum hook load of 43 t, the BCS 185 can be equipped with a wide selection of Bauer cutters allowing trench widths of up to 1,500 mm. According to Bauer, this cutter system is not subject to crane permit regulations, hence any requirements for the operators are eliminated.

The new BCS 185 cutter system already started its operation in the south of China, revealed Bauer. It had been shipped to the construction site beginning of June and was assembled in a record time of only 22 hours. The first unit in Europe will soon travel to the French city of Toulouse.

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