Backhoe Attachment Systems
Backhoe Tie Switcher
The Backhoe Tie Switcher system fits a wide range of manufacturers’ loader backhoes. The attachments are modular in design allowing them to be easily configured for various backhoe loaders. The system is designed to allow a standard backhoe loader to be configured to be able to change out a railroad tie in 2 minutes.
TIE SWITCHER SYSTEM COMPONENTS
The Tie Head is a combination robotic style 360° Rotating Tie Head with an integral Scarifier Blade. The Tie Head grabs ties in any position for extraction, insertion and placement. The built-in Scarifier Blade kicks the ties out and back drags ballast. For wood ties, the Tie Head opens to 10 inches and closes to zero. The ties are securely clamped and help with self-aligning tie pads. The tie pads are the same width of the amount the tie sticks out under the rail for precise placement. The tie head can be ordered with jaws for wood ties, concrete ties or rail.
The Rail Clamps are an integral part of the modular Rear Rail Gear. The Rail Clamps travel up and down with the rear Rail Gear. The backhoe can be clamp to the rail to stabilize the machine on rail and used in conjunction with the Parallel Linkage Stabilizers to lift the rail when removing railroad ties.
Parallel Linkage Stabilizers
The Rail Clamps are an integral part of the modular Rear Rail Gear. The Rail Clamps travel up and down with the rear Rail Gear. The backhoe can be clamp to the rail to stabilize the machine on rail and used in conjunction with the Parallel Linkage Stabilizers to lift the rail when removing railroad ties. The Patented Parallel Linkage Stabilizers jacks remain vertical and can be extended throughout the entire horizontal travel. Pivot Stabilizers moving in an arc forcing the rail out of gauge when trying to lift the rail. Using the Parallel Linkage Stabilizers is the only way to lift the rail vertical so the rail can be lowered to its original position to maintain rail gauge.
Front Rail Gear
The front Rail Gear is available in two different versions; Hydraulic operation or Mechanical Operation - Front Bucket Mount. With the hydraulic operation the standard machine counterweight has to be deleted from the machine and replaced with a special Mitchell Rail Gear counterweight. The Hydraulic operation must be used if any front loader arm attachments are to be used on rail. The Mechanical Operation – deployed and stowed by rotating the bucket.
Front Rail Gear
The rear Rail Gear raises and lowers vertically and has a built-in spring suspension for compensating for low spots in the rail and for traveling thru frogs and switches.
Additional Attachments Available
- Rotating Ballast Regulator Broom
- Non-Roating Ballast Regulator Broom
- Tool Circuit
- Spike Puller
- Spike Driver
- Front Bucket Mount Hose Reel and Tool Holder