INDUSTRY INSIDER | April 18, 2024

Mecalac Introduces MR50 and MR60 Tiltrotators to the North American Market

NORFOLK, Mass.  Mecalac, a leading global designer, manufacturer and distributor of compact construction equipment for urban environments, introduces its MR50 and MR60 Tiltrotators to the North American market. The MR50 Tiltrotator is available as an option for the 9MWR and 11MWR wheeled excavators and the 10MCR crawler-skid excavator. The MR60 Tiltrotator is available for the 15MWR wheeled excavator and 15MC crawler excavator. Both tiltrotators come equipped with the twin CONNECT coupling system for the utmost compatibility with other Mecalac work tools. Known for their versatility, 360-degree compactness and innovative features, Mecalac excavators fitted with the new tiltrotators provide even greater jobsite productivity and finesse for utility, landscaping, sewer and water and a host of other applications.

The unique design of Mecalac’s fully integrated tiltrotator system is the latest generation of the company’s productivity-enhancing features. The system includes a tiltrotator fitted between two CONNECT quick couplers along with a grading bucket specially designed to match the machine and system. The Mecalac MR50 and MR60 Tiltrotators allow for 360-degree rotation in both directions as well as a 40-degree tilt left and right for various attachments, including hydromechanical tools such as grapples. The integration between the two quick couplers makes it possible to detach the tiltrotator when it’s not needed — for digging and lifting, for instance — and immediately resume work with another attachment, such as a loader bucket. Another great advantage is that the Mecalac tiltrotator, while extremely robust and among the most powerful in terms of torque, is also one of the lightest on the market, thus preserving the power of the machine.

“Placing a Mecalac tiltrotator between two CONNECT quick couplers is an innovative solution that further enhances the versatility and productivity Mecalac excavators are known for,” said Peter Bigwood, general manager for Mecalac North America. “Thanks to this new mounting, the operator can easily remove either the tool or the entire tiltrotator system to immediately resume work with a 4-in-1 or standard loader bucket.”

Mecalac wheeled excavators offer unrivalled stability, making them an ideal partner for the tiltrotator for grading, shaping, and placing materials. Mecalac positions the boom further back along the cab to act as a counterweight, providing optimal balance when weight is added to the end of the stick. The two-piece boom with offset kinematics allows the operator to position tools more precisely when used with the tiltrotator. The standard offset at the top of the boom, combined with the tiltrotator, further increases the 360-degree capabilities of Mecalac excavators. Operators can dig trenches parallel to and outside of the machine’s tracks, and the Mecalac tiltrotators add an extra dimension to the excavator’s unique capabilities — almost like having a human hand at the end of the boom. The combination offers almost infinite possibilities and means safer, faster work, more accurate results and less machine repositioning. 

The Mecalac MR50 and MR60 Tiltrotator options include dedicated multi-function joysticks, various tiltrotator configurations and settings as well as “Home” — return to operator preset position — and “Bucket Shake” — or pulse — functions to ensure material spreads evenly and quickly. To further meet the needs of customers, the Mecalac tiltrotators are available with or without a grab module. Acting as a gripper, the module allows objects to be grabbed and moved while keeping the tool mounted on the tiltrotator.

In the future, the Mecalac tiltrotators will be introduced for the 8MCR crawler skid excavator, followed by the 12MTX wheeled excavator loader. Mecalac tiltrotators come with a two-year manufacturer’s warranty.

Learn more about Mecalac’s full line of equipment at www.mecalac.com.