McElroy’s TracStar® 500 Series 3 will butt fuse pipe sizes from 6” IPS to 20” OD (180mm –500mm). The fusion machine features a facer and heater that are indexer-mounted and powered by the TracStar 500. An Automatic version of the TracStar 500 Series 3 is also available. The fusion carriage can be removed and lowered into tight spaces for in-ditch fusion.
One of the major additions on the Series 3 is an economy throttle setting that saves fuel by throttling down when idle. McElroy also added hydraulic clamping as a standard feature, reducing operator fatigue and increasing productivity. Power for the heater is supplied by an on-board generator, while a hydraulic-pump system driven by the engine provides the power for the facer, dual-speed track system and more. Dual hydraulic pipe lifts help to load and unload the pipe into the carriage.