“When contractors are facing highly competitive conditions, the answer often lies in new ways to boost productivity and margins by adopting new technologies,” says CIVENEX organiser Frank Sticka.
“The ongoing challenging economic conditions mean that contractors in both the private sector and civil works need to keep ahead of technology to ensure their competitiveness is maintained to protect and increase their market share.”
This year, these innovations include the official launch of the GreenCare CoreMaster Xtreme Turf Aeration System, said to be the first new aerator design in 30 years. This equipment uses an aircraft-grade aluminium coring head and carbon-fibre drive system to achieve a perfectly vertical hole to 22.5mm deep and up to 4500 square metres per hour.
From Antonio Carraro comes the Mach 4, claimed to be a world first. This equipment is a combination of a track vehicle and four-equal-wheel tractor, with the addition of articulated steering. Its designers say its configuration makes it unique and provides the advantages of all three design concepts.
Its large footprint allows for maximum traction and minimal ground pressure of around 2.8 psi, however unlike a traditional track machine, the four individual tracks follow the contours of the ground. This allows it to work in uneven conditions, aided by an oscillating chassis that provides 15 degrees of rotation in the chassis behind the front axles in either direction.
On the rental scene, Kennards Lift & Shift is showing a tracked forklift, ideal for moving landscaping materials around wet or sandy sites and for work in tight areas.
The machine’s hydraulic-powered adjustable tracks can be opened out to a width of 1800mm to facilitate the lifting of a pallet of pavers, and then retracted to 1240mm to allow the load to be carried down a narrow passageway, through a doorway or around worksite obstacles.
While capable of lifting 1600kg, the unit is light enough to be towed on a trailer by most work vehicles, saving contractors delivery costs and providing them with more flexibility.
For roadworks, the 'Asphalt Zipper' harnesses the power and productivity of much larger self-powered reclaimers into a portable and affordable attachment, turning your loader into a high-powered reclamation machine.
Its makers say heavy patches, failed shoulders and full-width road base stabilisation are just a few of its many uses. The company says Asphalt Zipper's attachments make full-depth reclamation easy and affordable.
CIVENEX 2012 is on Wednesday, May 16 and Thursday, May 17 at the Sydney Dragway, Eastern Creek.
For further information, visit www.civenex.com.au