The Panel Boss® is an attachment for the Caterpillar® excavator that is designed to lift, transport and position rail track panel.
The traditional technique for installing track panels, which can be labor-intensive and slow, involves ground crews attaching the panels to chains that are suspended from an excavator, wheel loader or sideboom.
The Panel Boss® eliminates the need for the ground crew and chains. The excavator operator controls the Panel Boss® directly from the cab of a specially modified excavator. The operator places the Panel Boss® on the panel and activates pins on the side of the device. The pins extend into the rails on the panel, providing a secure grip. With the device’s pins in place, the excavator can lift the panel, rotate it to any angle, and place it exactly where it needs to go. This means track panels can be lifted and placed more quickly, precisely and safely than ever before.
Anyone who has worked with railroad contractors knows that the most important part of an excavator is the person at the stick, the operator. Hulcher’s operators are railroad specialists. They have received training in railroad applications, are current in safety and security certification requirements for all Class I railroads, and have spent years perfecting their craft in rail yards and maintenance-of-way environments.With their extensive railroad experience, our operators can work seemlessly with your rail gangs.
The Panel Boss® is deployed with the Caterpillar® excavator. Click here to learn more about the Caterpillar® excavator.
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Whether your project involves loading or unloading track panel, stacking panels around the rail yard or laying new track on the right-of-way, the innovative Panel Boss® delivers efficiency, safety and control that no other approach can match. Call Hulcher today at 800-637-5471 to learn more about the Panel Boss® or to schedule it for your next project.
Photos of Panel Boss® Track Panel Installation