stay in con­trol

State-Wide cre­ates fine work with an EasyGrade grader at­tach­ment and Top­con LPS ma­chine con­trol

Earthmovers & Excavators - - Equipment Focus -

An earth­mov­ing con­trac­tor in Tas­ma­nia is achiev­ing fine tol­er­ance re­sults with an EasyGrade grader at­tach­ment and to­tal sta­tion ma­chine con­trol tech from Po­si­tion Part­ners.

Stade-Wide Earth­works is based in Brighton, Tas­ma­nia and spe­cialises in road con­struc­tion and re­con­struc­tion, stormwa­ter up­grades, coun­cil work, veg­e­ta­tion con­trol and de­mo­li­tion for clients across the state.

Re­cently the com­pany ac­quired an EasyGrade grader at­tach­ment and Top­con LPS au­to­mated ma­chine con­trol sys­tem for use on its Cat 259D skid steer loader. State-Wide says this setup suits the busi­ness bet­ter than a tra­di­tional grader.

“We find the EasyGrade setup is ideal for the work we do, which is of­ten on 200-300m stretches of road,” State-Wide man­ager Rob Do­bie says. “A stan­dard-size grader gave us too much over­spill over the kerbs, dam­age to ex­ist­ing in­fra­struc­ture and was gen­er­ally too cum­ber­some in tight, built-up ar­eas.

“The box sys­tem, on the other hand, just picks up the ma­te­rial and car­ries it where it needs to go so there’s less waste and tidy up,” Do­bie adds.

“We also find we can con­struct new roads with­out hav­ing to close them as the EasyGrade is small and ac­cu­rate enough to be able to work in one lane us­ing traf­fic man­age­ment.”

The at­tach­ment is guided by a Top­con lo­cal po­si­tion­ing sys­tem (LPS) ma­chine con­trol unit which uses po­si­tion­ing info from a ro­botic to­tal sta­tion nearby, rather than from a GPS sys­tem. LPS can pro­vide greater ac­cu­racy than GPS in ar­eas with­out con­stant open sky cov­er­age.

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