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Earthmovers & Excavators Issue 314

Earthmovers & Excavators is the earthmoving and civil construction industry’s most important business tool, with the multi-platform media brand relied upon as the No.1 place to search, compare, buy and sell construction machinery, new and used.

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Australia
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Bauer Media Pty Ltd
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13 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
paving the way

The ShoulderMaster, an Aussie developed and made road widening and repair attachment for skid steer loaders, has been officially launched at a Sydney event attended by members of parliament, council representatives, machinery dealers and road safety representatives. The machinery was developed by Wauchope, NSW-based road maintenance contracting company Stabilcorp and is being manufactured by Total Manufacturing Services in Newcastle. ShoulderMaster managing director Peta Pinson says the product allows for quicker and more cost-effective repairs to be made to dangerous, narrow roads and crumbling edges, enabling councils and private businesses to save money, cut repair time, minimise disruption to traffic and reduce fuel consumption. “A report to the Federal Government in May 2015 identified that half of crashes on regional roads are single-vehicle run off road crashes, which have been attributed to dangerous or…

1 min.
on the tools

The new JCB 409ZX wheel loader is a versatile tool carrier that combines compact dimensions with an operating weight of 5.8 tonnes and a loader capacity of 1.6 cubic metres. Designed for both agriculture and construction applications, the 409ZX is fitted with a turbocharged 2.5-litre, four-cylinder, Italian-built ‘JCB Diesel by Kohler’ engine which pumps out 74 horsepower (55.4kW) at 2,200 rpm and 300Nm of torque at 1,500 rpm. It meets Tier 4 Final/Stage-3B emissions regulations using a diesel oxidation catalyst (DOC) rather than a diesel particulate filter (DPF). This, JCB says, makes servicing and running costs cheaper than the outgoing Tier 3 models. “This loading shovel is the perfect tool carrier,” JCB CEA national product manager Greg Sealey says. “It’s compact, which gives it versatility on a range of sites, as well as…

1 min.
the wheel thing

Using traditional rock-breaking equipment on urban construction sites is becoming increasingly difficult due to strict noise limit regulations and work safety requirements, so German rock-cutter manufacturer Rokla is putting forward its Rockwheel twin header attachments as the quieter, safer alternative. Twin headers can be attached to a variety of excavation equipment depending on the task required. They typically produce a more accurate trench or face profile than traditional rockbreakers. Rokla Rockwheel twin headers can work through tough material such as reinforced concrete with a compressive strength of up to 110 MPa. Operators have reported that, when using a Rockwheel, machine vibration is substantially reduced and impact noise transmitted through the ground is much lower than when using a traditional rockbreaker. This helps construction companies adhere to local noise restrictions and protect the hearing…

1 min.
torque show

Auger Torque has introduced the new XHT Series of torque heads specifically designed for foundation screw pile applications. The new torque heads, which are designed and manufactured in-house at Auger Torque’s UK facility, suit machines from as little as 24 tonnes all the way to 50 tonnes. “Of course Auger Torque’s range of Alignment and Torque Monitoring devices are compatible with the XHT torque heads, giving you a state of the art combination when it comes to installing foundation screw piles,” the company says. Auger Torque says that both service life and workplace safety have been improved through the use of integral oil conditioning and the company’s proprietary Non Dislodgement Shaft. “Standard with the XHT150 and XHT225 and unique to Auger Torque, the Non-Dislodgement Shaft is a single-piece drive shaft assembled top down and…

1 min.
premium grade

A John Deere 772GP motor grader is proving to be the standout machine in a civil works fleet developing coal seam gas (CSG) projects in Queensland’s Surat Basin. GD Engineering and Construction’s project works include the installation of wells, tie-ins to water power, steel works, development of field control stations, gas and water pipe installations, and interconnections to main gas lines. Its fleet includes a number of John Deere machines, which CEO Chris Rodgers says are playing a critical role in the development. “This project has been a major test for the John Deere equipment, which has performed well and has been very reliable,” he says. “The machines have performed through all of the challenges and scored highly with our operators.” The 772GP boasts larger-than-usual articulation joint roller bearings, big-displacement wet sleeve diesel engines…

1 min.
form shifter

AFinnish REMU Crossover excavator bucket is allowing Pothole People QLD to screen and crush waste material excavated from job sites — usually broken asphalt, road-base and other base materials — for recycling as road base. Previously the material had been dumped into landfill at considerable cost, according to Pothole People QLD executive director Greg Quince, a third-generation civil construction contractor in South East Queensland. “We immediately started saving money when we commissioned the REMU XO,” he says. “As we previously paid to dump the waste material this cost has been almost eliminated. By screening, crushing and blending the waste material into a viable road base it can be re-used, reducing the cost to ourselves and our customers.” Premier Rock Machinery (PRM) says the REMU XO is a bucket frame which can be connected…