Kershaw 44-2 Rotary Scarifier

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Kershaw 44-2 Rotary Scarifier


Progress Rail’s Maintenance-of-Way (MOW) division was born out of the movement toward mechanization in the railroad industry and introduced the first Kershaw Ballast Regulator in 1945.

Today, Progress Rail supplies Kershaw MOW equipment, providing machines to all Class I railroads, transit and short lines and contractors around the world.

The Kershaw 44-2 Rotary Scarifier is a self-propelled machine designed to remove ballast, wood chips, and other debris from the cribs where old ties have been removed.


Technical Details


Frame: The frame is off all welded construction using structural channel and formed plate.


Weight: 18,000 pounds.


Engine: Caterpillar C4.4 Tier III, 127HP


Propel System: 3” (76 mm) diameter solid axles with chain drive from separate hydraulic motors driving both axles. Travel speed: 20 mph (32 km/hr). Two (2) propel drive motors for quicker response in work mode. #100 drive chain with hardened tooth sprockets. Heavy duty axle bearings.


Wheels and Brakes: 16” (406 mm) cast steel wheels. External, individual composite brake shoes applied directly on centerline of wheel tread. Service brakes are air applied, spring released. Emergency/parking brakes are spring applied, air released.


Electrical System: 24VDC negative ground. System maintained by engine driven alternator. Color coded and numbered wiring.


Hydraulic System: Pressure compensated piston type pump direct coupled to engine. Hydraulic oil is filtered through a 100 mesh (145 micron) suction screen and 10 micron return line filter. Manifold-type stack valves for improved serviceability. Electric emergency pump.


Capacities: Fuel: 70 gal, Hydraulic: 60 gal.


Air System: A 12 cfm (.34 m3/min) @1,250 rpm air compressor, engine oil lubricated, air-cooled; pressure - 110-120 psi (758-927 kPa), 613 cubic inches (10 liter) air tank.


Cab: Large enclosed cab with 99.5 cubic foot capacity. Ergonomically designed seat. Large front windshield with unobstructed view of operation. Hydraulic pilot-pressure bottom-ported joystick controls on operator seat with heat shields. Self-contained hydraulically driven air conditioner/heater/pressurizer unit mounted on rear wall of cab (roof mount optional).


Options: Non-insulated wheels, Rotary head extension, yard work head extension, tie inserter winch with sweeper/ kicker, rock axle kit, rear rubber padded bumpers.


Dimensions: Length: 21 feet, 10 inches; Width: 11 feet, 6 inches; Height: 8 feet, 9 inches.