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Ditch Witch Australia and Utilicor launch MTC100 coring attachment

Ditch Witch Australia and Utilicor launch MTC100 coring attachment

Ditch Witch Australia and Utilicor Technologies have launched the MTC100 coring attachment, advancing keyhole coring technologies that are currently available on the market.

Contractors continually seek better solutions for their customers and, in an effort to help, Ditch Witch Australia is constantly adapting and looking to be at the forefront of innovative equipment and jobsite solutions, such as keyhole coring technology.

Keyhole coring technology has been widely welcomed by public works managers in the US as a less costly, safer and less disruptive approach to underground roadway and sidewalk utility repairs than traditional large excavation techniques.

Hence, Ditch Witch Australia is pleased to announce its partnering with Utilicor to bring the benefits of advanced keyhole technology and reinstatement to contractors, municipalities and utilities to Australia.

Utility contractors no longer need to bring heavy and physically demanding equipment like jackhammers and backhoes for every utility maintenance project that requires asphalt or concrete repairs.

Instead, they can now operate a nimble, construction grade Ditch Witch mini skid steer fitted with the new Utilicor MTC100 coring attachment to perform repairs, without rerouting traffic or exposing large areas of open excavation.

The new MTC100 coring attachment complements Ditch Witch Australia’s portfolio of mini skid steers and vacuum excavation equipment for work under paved surfaces, and it gives cities and utilities a quick, money-saving advantage.

Both Ditch Witch Australia and Utilicor have spent years developing customer confidence in their brands, and are fully committed to providing exceptional support and service to their customers.

The MTC100 was developed in partnership with Utilicor as the first product entry into the coring market for the Ditch Witch organisation.

Designed to work exclusively with the SK line of mini skid steer units (the SK800, SK1050 and SK1550), the MTC100 can quickly and accurately cut a hole of up to 450 mm diameter and 550 mm depth, minimising surface disruption.

Vacuum systems are then used to excavate down to the utility for maintenance that can be performed from the road surface using special long-handled tools.

The SK1550 fitted with the MTC100 attachment.

Once the underground work has been completed, the original core is bonded back into the pavement as a permanent pavement repair for minimal surface disruption – no patching or repaving required.

Coring techniques offer significant cost and time savings. Today, keyhole coring technologies are approximately 50 per cent less costly than traditional excavation repairs and disposal removal.

Smaller, more precise tools and a more localised approach result in less disruption and faster repair; roads can be reopened to traffic within 30 minutes of repair completion.

In addition to the MTC100 coring attachment, Utilicor provides the market-leading reinstatement material Utilibond™.

Capable of supporting up to 22,500 kg in just 30 minutes, this specially engineered pavement-bonding compound results in a permanent pavement repair that reduces public inconvenience, requires no additional paving materials and is field-proven to be effective for more than 10 years.

The first Utilicor units arrived in the country early September and are available immediately through Ditch Witch Australia.

The MTC100 coring attachment was also displayed at No-Dig Down Under 2017 at the Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre.

The Ditch Witch and Utilicor brands of equipment are distributed exclusively in Australia and New Zealand by Ditch Witch Australia and its subsidiary Ditch Witch New Zealand.

With seven full service locations around Australia and New Zealand, contractors can rely on a single specialist provider of underground utility construction equipment wherever their work takes them.

For more information visit the Ditch Witch Australia website.

If you have a product you would like featured in Trenchless Australasia contact Managing Editor Nick Lovering at nlovering@gs-press.com.au

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