Tie Shear


Key Features

The Tie Shear includes the following key features:

  • Single-operator climate-controlled, enclosed cab
  • Two scissor-style workheads for cutting ties into pieces
  • Two integrated tie kickers to push the tie pieces out to the side
  • John Deere turbo-charged, six-cylinder Tier IV engine; Cummins engine option available
  • Four-wheel, dual-axle, hydraulic drives
  • Spring-appllied, air-released brakes, wtih Cobra brake shoes
  • 24 VDC, circuit breaker-protected, electrical system
  • PLC electrical control system
  • Dual, pressure-compensated, hydraulic pumps
  • Steel manifold-mounted, electrical control valves
  • Cab-controlled locks on all cylinders
  • Joystick controls
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Allows for easy removal of damaged ties

The Tie Shear is ideal for use when obstructions or close adjacent tracks make horizontal removal of a full tie difficult or impossible. The Tie Shear uses two scissor-style workheads to cut the ties into pieces, allowing for easier removal of the shorter tie sections.

After the cut takes place, the operator can opt to:

  • Have the center tie section automatically drop back into the crib
  • Propel the machine forward and drop the center tie section in another location

Integrated tie kickers

The integrated tie kickers can push out either or both of the left and right tie pieces, allowing greater control in obstructed or constricted areas. Intuitive controls allow the operator to easily select between left, right, or both direction kicks. During the kicking process, the center tie section is lifted, creating space for the sections on either end to be kicked out.

Rail clamps hold the rail structure firmly in place during the shearing and kicking operations.

Adjusts for different tie depths

Simple potentiometer settings allow the operator to quickly adjust for different tie depths. In addition, the maximum cut depth can be easily set as well.

Stock fewer maintenance parts

Since the Tie Shear uses many of the same components as other Nordco machiens - in particular, the Cribber and the TRIPP Tie Remover/Inserter - you can stock fewer maintenance parts on your parts wagon.

Category Specification Value
General Weight 39,500 lbs.
  Length 36'
  Width 11'
  Height 11'6"
  Travel speed 23 mph (maximum)
Capacities Fuel tank 120 gallons
  Hydraulic tank 2 @ 85 gallons
Engine Make/model John Deere 6068T, Tier IV, turbo-charged, six-cylinder, 185 HP @ 2350 rpm; (Optional) Cummins QSB6.7, Tier III turbo-charged, six-cylinder 190 HP @ 2350 rpm
Hydraulic System Pumps Oil Gear PVG piston pump
  Control valves Ductile manifolds with Vickers valves
Electrical System Battery 24 Vdc (dual 12V DC batteries), 1150 cold-cranking amps
Axle Drive System Drive type Dual-axle, chain-drive, hydraulic
Brakes Type/style Pnuematicallyl-applied (air) service brakes, spring-applied (air release) parking brakes, four-wheel Cobra style


Category Option Type Description
Cabin Cabin accessories Cab window shades, vandal guards (protective screens over cab windows)
Engine Engine upgrade Cummins Tier IV diesel engine
Repair & Maintenance Lubrication system Air-powered grease lubrication system (35# pail & 32' hose)
  Drive axles Cab-selectable insulation by-pass for drive axles
  Electric hydraulic tank fill system Allows quick filling of hydraulic tank
  Spare hose tree Stores extra hoses on the machine
  Remote coolant filter loops Allows quick filter maintenance
  Schroeder KF 30 case drain return filtration Filters oil to remove engine wear-related metal filings
Other Accessories Miscellaneous "Danger Live Track" retractable belt, DOT reflective tape, extra parts/operations/maintennce manuals, rail sweeps, two bar with D-handle hitch pins, windshield waster fluid tank and nozzles
  Gauges and alarms Fuel level site gauge, hydraulic reservoir temperature guage, low hydraulic oil level/high hydraulic oil temperature alarm
  Lighting and mirrors Heated outside mirrors, perimeter lighting package
  Storage Additional book storage box, track tool box


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