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Contractors World International Vol 6 No 4

Australia

Excavator And

Auger Combo

Boosts Piling

Capability

Victoria’s holiday coastline from Geelong

down to Lorne is one of the State’s most

popular locations, so it’s no surprise that

many people are building their retirement

dreams and holiday getaways to be close to

beaches and coastal forest.

Builders commonly specify piling that

needs to be sunk deep into the sides of

hills that overlook the beaches and valleys.

Drilling and piling contractors, such as

Jed Willman, are kept fully booked, as

construction of housing remains buoyant

in this high demand area.

With a busy workload and looking to

expand into screw piling, Jed had already experienced

considerable success with his Takeuchi TB145 excavator.

The high torque specifications for screw piling meant

he needed more hydraulic power, so he invested in a new

Takeuchi TB260 excavator equipped with a Digga PD15

auger drive. Jed has run up to a 900 mm diameter auger

bit with a drilling depth of over 4.5 metres.

Hydraulic flow needed to be increased to deliver

the 15,000 Nm torque required for screw piling, so the

Takeuchi distributor, Semco, installed a switch that links all

the hydraulic pumps on the TB260 excavator to increase

hydraulic output for maximum flow.

A visual pressure gauge within the cabin of the excava-

tor allows the operator to monitor the hydraulic pressure

that is being delivered to the auger drive.

SEMCO

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