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November 13, 2012
By Peter Darbishire
Part of the “USA” package with Northland Trenching involves greater visibility and flexibility in cab placement. The business boom for contractors is driving drainage machine sales demand to levels not seen for decades.

The business boom for contractors is driving drainage machine sales demand to levels not seen for decades. Many companies report their order books are filled and some are booking orders for delivery in 2012 and 2013. Many trenchers and plows are being ordered with integrated GPS-based control systems and the other sought-after creature comforts.

Larry Neid, of Northland Trenching Equipment in Minnesota, says Inter-Drain machines are now being sold with its “USA” package as standard equipment. This includes a choice of several operator cabs:

  • Panoramic cab, traditional one-door, normally mounted the on left side of the machine, but can also be right-side mounted: available on all plows
  • XL cab, larger and taller than panoramic with front and rear doors, normally mounted on left side, can be right-side mounted: available on all plows
  • Big “3” Cab, mounted sideways across the width of machine. This cab has three doors so an operator can exit cab from either side: available on GP double-link plow models only.

Inter-Drain machines are now designed with sloping hoods to improve visibility and sound isolation materials have been added. Doors and panels are now lockable and seats are air-ride cushioned. Cooling fans can be reversed to clear trash and are also part of this package, and track rollers are over-sized. All machines have US-threaded hydraulic fittings. Other visual additions include chrome exhaust stacks.

Neid adds that the anticipated rubber-tired chain trencher has been delayed until 2012, due to the factory in Holland being at full capacity building pre-sold trenchers and plows.

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