Wirtgen launches compact milling machines
By Leila Steed31 January 2022
Roadbuilding equipment specialist Wirtgen has launched three new compact cold milling machine models in the one metre class for the European market.
Described as being “unique in this industry segment”, the new Wirtgen W100 Fi, W120 Fi and W130 Fi models offer working widths of 1.0m, 1.2m and 1.3m respectively.
All three models are equipped with a Stage V-compliant 265kW diesel engine from John Deere, which Wirtgen said “use significantly less fuel, even when delivering highest productivity and milling to a maximum depth of 330mm”.
The design of the new models has been based on the company’s larger F series machines and includes digital assistance systems that, according to the manufacturer, enable users to experience the same “high milling performance, efficiency and clear documentation” offered by its larger machines.
Key digital systems incorporated in the compact machines include Wirtgen’s Mill Assist machine control, which “increases milling performance and simultaneously reduces fuel, water and pick consumption and CO₂ emissions”.
Featuring ECO, Performance-optimised and Milling pattern quality operating modes, Mill Assist enables users to select the required milling pattern quality “on a scale from 1 (coarse) to 10 (very fine) at the press of a button”.
Wirtgen said, “Mill Assist also automatically controls the drive system. In conjunction with the diesel engine, an enormously broad spectrum of applications can be realised by reducing or increasing the milling drum speed.
“The low speed range enables significant reductions in fuel consumption and minimises pick wear. In the upper speed range, a high-quality milling pattern can be achieved, even in the case of higher area performance rates.”
Alongside Mill Assist, the new compact cold milling machine models also include the Wirtgen Performance Tracker (WPT) and the Level Pro Active levelling system.
The WPT automatically determines area performance rates, milling volumes and the fuel and water consumption of the machine in real time.
Operators of the W100 Fi, W120 Fi and W130 Fi models can access and email machine performance and consumption data reports via a 5-inch control screen inside the machines’ newly developed operator cab, which is available with up to five cameras for improved visibility of the machine and the area around it.