Pre­ci­sion­screen Scor­pion Pug­mill does it all

Equip­ment com­pany RD Wil­liams and its sub­sidiary Queens­land Rock Break­ers think they’re onto some­thing with the new Allu Trans­former bucket, When we sell a rock breaker we ask 10 ques­tions, when we sell an Allu we ask 110 ques­tion.

Earthmovers & Excavators - - Contents - writes Har­ri­son Hunkin

Are­cent trip to Queens­land led me to RD Wil­liams (RDW), a Bris­bane-based earth­mov­ing equip­ment com­pany that be­lieves it has a rev­o­lu­tion­ary new prod­uct to un­leash down un­der. The prod­uct is the Allu trans­former and it’s a hy­draulic bucket at­tach­ment for wheel load­ers, ex­ca­va­tors and skid steers, mak­ing it ex­tremely ver­sa­tile.

From Fin­land, the Allu trans­former is de­signed to screen, crush, pul­verise or aer­ate ma­te­ri­als, re­mov­ing the need for mul­ti­ple ma­chines, and can be used not only in earth­mov­ing but also in the min­ing and agri­cul­ture sec­tors.

Orig­i­nally brought in for the pipe­line in­dus­try, RDW and its sub­sidiary Queens­land Rock

Break­ers (QRB) has de­cided to ramp up aware­ness of the Allu trans­former.

“Allu is re­ally exciting, we can see a lot of po­ten­tial for this prod­uct,” QRB’s Nick An­gus says. “Af­ter look­ing into the Allu trans­former, we found there are so many more ap­pli­ca­tions it can be used for.”

QRB is the Aus­tralian dis­trib­u­tor for the Allu trans­former and its pro­ces­sor at­tach­ments and are cur­rently fo­cus­ing on the pipe­line and screen­ing jobs, with plans of mov­ing into com­post and waste then the agri­cul­ture sec­tor. While ex­cited about the busi­ness op­por­tu­ni­ties the Allu will bring, the crew at RDW and QRB are wary of sell­ing it to just any­one, opt­ing to sell the Allu to cus­tomers who gen­uinely re­quire the prod­uct.

“We are very up­front with cus­tomer,” An­gus says. “We tell the cus­tomer we can sell them an Allu, but it has to meet a spe­cific ap­pli­ca­tion.”

“When we sell a rock breaker we ask 10 ques­tions, when we sell an Allu we ask 110 ques­tions,” QRB’s Arthur Lewis adds. “We ask ques­tions like: what are you look­ing to achieve? What does your job com­prise? We re­ally have to dig deep to find out if the Allu is right for them.”

HOW IT WORKS

Like a usual bucket at­tach­ment, the op­er­a­tor will

fill the Allu trans­former with its spe­cific ma­te­rial, the top screen­ing blades will then spin be­tween screen­ing combs, pro­cess­ing the ma­te­ri­als to a se­lected size — de­pend­ing on the type of blades and spac­ing be­tween the combs.

De­pend­ing on the blade set the Allu will pretty much crush any­thing, but the lads at RDW and QRB as­sure me it’s not just a crush­ing bucket,

“it’s a pro­cess­ing bucket”.

“Peo­ple have a men­tal idea that crush­ing means you can just throw lumps of con­crete into the bucket and it will crush it down to ag­gre­gate – so we like to stay away from the term crush­ing as much as we can; it’s a screen­ing, pro­cess­ing and trans­form­ing at­tach­ment,” Lewis says.

With so many dif­fer­ent blades for dif­fer­ent lines of work, An­gus harps the im­por­tance of get­ting the cor­rect blade set.

“The TS screen­ing blade set is your gen­er­alpur­pose blades – so a lot of aer­a­tion, soil and com­post work, pipe­line work­ers also love them,” An­gus says. “When they are dig­ging the pipe­line and they lay the pipes, they have to then cover the trench back up with soil which has to be at a cer­tain den­sity and weight.

“The TS screen­ing blade set al­lows the Allu to do that,” An­gus says. “The TS also never clogs up,” Lewis chimes in.

OTHER USES

RDW and QRB tri­alled the Allu in a re­cy­cling en­vi­ron­ment, us­ing the Allu to process glass bot­tles into smaller and finer par­ti­cles.

The Allu breaks up the glass bot­toms (which means they don’t have to be sep­a­rated and dis­posed of), and by-prod­ucts like plas­tics re­main in the bucket af­ter screen­ing, which can be sep­a­rated from the pri­mary prod­uct —re­mov­ing the cost of hav­ing mul­ti­ple ma­chines.

QRB’s first ship­ment of the Allu trans­former has al­ready sold out, even though it is still yet to ar­rive on Aus­tralian shores —high­light­ing the ex­cite­ment for the prod­uct. QRB as­sures read­ers that this piece of equip­ment is the real deal.

“There are prod­ucts on the mar­ket that do sim­i­lar things, but not like the Allu, not with the same con­fig­u­ra­tion and set-up and not with the sim­plic­ity of the de­sign” An­gus says. “They might look the same but they def­i­nitely are not the same.”

Let’s just hope QRB gives us the op­por­tu­nity to test out the Allu some­time this year – stay tuned.

Founded in 1988 by Rod Wil­liams and Dick Kar­re­man, RDW of­fers an ex­ten­sive range of new, re­con­di­tioned and used parts, as well as ma­chin­ery, at­tach­ments, re­pairs and ser­vic­ing so­lu­tions.

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