Austrian couplings and attachments company Josef Martin is a first time exhibitor at SED, presenting its range of buckets and mechanical and hydraulic couplers.

It will also debut new products including the MQuick quick coupling system said to allow even attachments with hydraulic hoses such as grabbers, tiltable ditch cleaning buckets, screening buckets to be coupled automatically to excavators from three tonnes. The excavator driver can change attachments at the push of a button and there is a fully automatic protective cover for the hydraulic clutch system, which also prevents contamination with dirt.

The Multigrabber is a new grab designed for demolition work and transportation of stone, wood, shrubs and bushes and even bulky materials, with a wide opening. Side plates and wear parts are made from Hardox steel and the design offers protection for cylinders and hoses to downtime. When used with the company’s 360 deg rotator, the Multigrabber can swivel hydraulically in all directions and is compatible with excavators from 3.0 to 15 tonnes.

Exac –One specialises in mini excavator attachments, many of which could help a landscaper get more out of his machine and spread operating costs further. Andrew Harker explains: “The Timberline 250 Tree Shear cuts up to 250mm hardwood and acts as grab for handling and processing cut timber. Designed for use on mini excavators from 2.5 tonnes upwards it operates from the excavator’s standard breaker circuit – and offers integral rotation for pruning and trimming work.

He continues: “The Diga-Bara is the ‘must have’ attachment for every mini excavator operator. A new concept in materials handling, it allows continuity of work without leaving the cab, so it is great for working in harsh weather conditions. Although it is strongly built, the Diga-Bara is light enough to be transported on a. pick-up truck or small trailer. The mechanical tipping mechanism can be operated by simply releasing the locking catch using the excavator’s bucket, or the operator may scoop out small amounts, of concrete for example with the excavator bucket.”

Other useful attachments include the Mini-Forest mower/mulcher for midi excavators from 5 to 10 tonnes which mulches material up to 250mm diameter and a post driver – for mini excavators from 1.5 to 10 tonnes, where digger mounting boosts positioning capability and control. The four-in-one Powergrip bucket for excavators from four tonnes upwards has no external rams but uses a hydraulic rotary actuator to enable jaw movement and is said to offer constant gripping force through the jaw’s arc of movement.

Bobcat is one mini excavator manufacturer offering a huge range of attachments for its machines. Items of particular interest to landscapers include auger drive units and different types of bits allowing Bobcat mini-excavators to drill holes with diameters from 1.52 to 9.15m (6 to 36 inch)

One or more auger drive units are approved for use on each of the excavator models from the 319 to the 442, depending upon the size of the carrier. The model 15C and 30C drive units feature a Bobcat-exclusive combination output shaft which accepts auger bits with either a hex or round drive.

There is also a range of trenching and grading buckets, an ejector bucket for the 442 with a mechanical metal plate to scrape out tacky materials such as clay and mud when the bucket is rolled out, and a tilt bucket said to be ideal for shaping holes and ditches as the operator can tilt the bucket left or right through 40deg.

The dipper stick mounted Hydraulic Clamp is used with a trenching bucket, and functions like a human thumb allowing the operator to grasp, lift and place broken concrete and asphalt, tree stumps, stone blocks and other objects, with speed and accuracy. When the clamp is not being used it can be retracted so it does not interfere with normal digging work

Bobcat also offers specialist couplings to allow the bucket to be tilted or rotated to reach awkward areas without moving the entire machine, increasing productivity.

Other items of interest to landscapers include a ripper to scarify hard ground, a chain trencher and the 80 series hydraulic breakers.

Scandinavian manufacturer Engcon’s products have a good fit with the environmental innovation theme of this year’s Intermat exhibition, explains marketing manager Sten Stromgren “In Scandinavia, almost all excavators between 1.5 and 32 tonnes are equipped with tiltrotators,” explains marketing manager Sten Strömgren. “A tiltrotator minimises the need to move the excavator around which saves fuel and reduces wear on the machine. It also reduces ground damage, thereby cutting restoration costs.”

The tiltrotator can be described as a wrist between the excavator and
the tool – for instance an Engcon grading bucket. An integrated control
system gives unlimited rotation and tilting of up to 40deg in two directions.
Engcon’s tiltrotators have a hydraulic quick hitch as standard, allowing the operator to change buckets and other tools quickly and easily without getting out of the cab.

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