Wirtgen’s compact and powerful milling machine

Asphalt milling, paving & compaction / April 25, 2024 1 minute Read
By Mike Woof
Wirtgen’s new W 150 Fi milling machines offers performance in a compact package

Wirtgen is introducing its W 150 Fi planer, a mid-sized machine that now benefits from technology first seen in the firm’s larger mills. Power comes from a 9litre John Deere diesel delivering 313kW that meets the Tier 4 Final/Stage V emissions requirements.

The machine is designed to cut a 1.5m width to a depth of 330mm, though it can be fitted with different width drums as well as a range of tooth patterns to suit the needs of the customer and the work being carried out.

Key features of this new generation mill are the enclosed cab option and sophisticated Mill Assist package, both of which are already proven on the larger planers in the range. The advanced Mill Assist system is of particular benefit as it has been shown to help optimise performance and a spokesperson for the firm said, “Now we’ve put it into the compact machine too.

The spokesperson explained that the new performance tracker capabilities of this machine also allow the user to monitor the area being cut, tonnage of material being removed and the quantity of material going into each truck. “The performance tracker takes care of all that job data. We can see live data from the machine at the site and its performance on our smart phones.”

He added that the planer is highly versatile and with its new John Deere engine, offers a better integration of power and torque to machine performance, delivering a 30% gain in efficiency. Meanwhile dual fans ensure efficient cooling and make it quieter in operation, while the improved efficiency in the cutter drum means it uses less water in operation, allowing paving to be carried out closer and sooner afterwards.

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