The release of the TracStar® 1200 brings the largest pipe fusion capability to date in McElroy’s popular line of self-propelled, track-mounted fusion machines.

The TracStar 1200 has many of the same benefits that make its smaller models work so efficiently on jobsites, but there are some major upgrades as well. It features an advanced emission control engine that burns ultra-low-sulphur diesel to meet the EPA’s latest Tier 4 standards. The cowling has also been redesigned so that technicians have better and quicker access to the engine for maintenance.

"The TracStar line was quickly embraced when it was launched 18 years ago and its design continues to improve based on the input we receive from the field," said president Chip McElroy of McElroy. "The ability to propel the machine from joint to joint has always been a major selling point and this feature will help meet the growing demand for fusing large-diameter pipe."

The TracStar 1200 butt fuses pipe from 16in OD to 48in OD (450mm to 1,200mm) and can traverse most any terrain; mud, loose soil, snow and grades up to 30%. It is self-contained with an on-board generator for powering the hydraulic pivoting heater and facer. The three or four-jaw convertible carriage is easily removable for in-ditch use.

Other new features include hydraulic outriggers for machine stability and levelling, an ergonomic operator platform and remote engine stop / start capabilities.