Multitasking Machine

Combo hydroexcavator-valve exerciser makes a tough job easier for Iowa utility.

Multitasking Machine

The Anamosa Water Department’s three employees exercise all 672 valves in the city’s water system every year, a task that took twice as long before the department got its Hurco Spin Doctor 800 valve exerciser.

There was a time when excavating buried valve boxes and exercising main and water hydrant valves in the city of Anamosa, Iowa, was a laborious, time-consuming chore.

But that all ended about six years ago when the city’s Water Department invested roughly $50,000 in a...

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