LaValley Industries, of Bemidji, Minnesota, recently celebrated the milestone of the manufacture of its 100th DECKHAND pipe handling attachment for excavators.
The DECKHAND product line, started in 2006, is powered by an excavator’s hydraulics and uses a variety of arm attachments to safely and efficiently load or unload all kinds of pipe, utility poles, road mats and other materials.
The DECKHAND’s modular design makes it easy to change out arms to accommodate different pole or pipe diameters, coating and wall thicknesses. Long-lasting, proprietary padding on the arms allows users to work confidently with coated pipe as well as a variety of other materials. The DECKHAND head unit is manufactured in several sizes allowing it to be easily used with any brand of excavator in the 18- to 75- metric ton range.
Featuring 360-degree rotation, tilt and shift functions provide precise load control and load placement. The in-cab display allows the operator to safely monitor and adjust all functions, pressures and volumes from inside the excavator cab. Proximity sensors inform the operator of correct positioning and load-hold prior to lifting. Load-locking valves ensure that pipe is never dropped, regardless of hydraulic pressure. Additionally, an optional stick-mounted camera allows the operator to see in even the most difficult spaces.
The DECKHAND was originally designed and engineered to provide safer, more precise pipe-handling in the oil and gas pipeline industry, but it has also received ready acceptance in the utility construction field for handling water, sewer and gas pipe, as well as utility poles. More information is available at lavalleyindustries.com.