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Saving Money on permanent Sheet Piles
PVC sheet pile
Sheet piles are used for water-tight barriers, retaining walls, waterfront structures and bank protection. Two types of sheet piles are popular Steel and PVC. Due to the differences in physical and mechanical properties, each have their own advantages and disadvantages.

While estimating the total project budget, it is critical to consider all cost drivers and the pros and cons of each method available for project execution. 

Steel sheet piles are more expensive than PVC. Wherever permanent sheet piles need to be installed, PVC is the cheaper option. As PVC sheet piles cannot be re-used they are preferred…
Skid Loader Vs. Backhoe Loader
Are you unsure whether to go with a backhoe or a skid loader? Both skid steers & backhoes can remove & lift material, load tippers and haul materials over a small distance. Both also have a variety of attachments making them versatile earthmoving machines.

Let’s explore the differences between backhoe loaders and skid steer loaders to help you make an informed decision. We’ll discuss their advantages and limitations, and compare their operating capabilities, versatility, cost, and maintenance.
Backhoe Loaders

If you’re looking for a multi-utility machine a backhoe loader may be the right choice. Backhoe loaders are versatile machines…
Skid Loaders: Small, Mighty, Multipurpose
Skids are strong & versatile. They’re easy to manoeuvre. It’s no wonder Skid Steers have become so popular in construction applications.

What are they useful for?  From highways and farms to construction sites, skid steers are useful everywhere. Compact and incredibly useful, these little machines can do big jobs! 

Skids are small & compact version of heavy construction equipment with hydraulic lifting arms on each side. One of the things that makes this piece of equipment so useful in construction is its versatility. This comes largely from the different attachments that can expand a skid steer’s functionality. 
The term “skid”…
Why you need a Kaiser Spider Walking Excavator?

World’s no.1 spider excavator can walk on steep terrain & most slopes without winching and even steeper slopes when tied off with the integrated winch. Dual fuel tanks allow the spiders to work for 3-4 days without refueling, which is important when working on remote, steep or environmentally sensitive sites. The telescopic extending boom provides long reach which reduces the number of times the machine must move thereby reducing ground disturbance.
The spider excavator can work in water up to 2m depth and comes filled with biodegradable hydraulic oil to protect the environment in the event of a hose failure. 
Telematics can help you enhance your income
What is Telematics? Telematics systems utilise sensors placed on equipment to monitor their location and data on their use. Equipment owners and users can access the data online and via smart phone apps.

Over the last 10 years, construction has made a considerable leap forward in its recognition of technology and in driving up productivity, safety & eliminating downtime. Telematics can help rental companies, & contractors to generate higher efficiencies, improve savings and raise productivity.

Telematics systems use sensors placed on engines to provide intricate data on vehicle location and its use. It provides customers with the ability to know…
Amazing Attachments: Simex Cold Milling Planer
Technological advances are now resulting in highly efficient and productive road maintenance and reclamation equipment. These attachments mounted on a skid loader can mill the road surfaces on a smaller scale, suited to urban use or utilities works. These units are aimed at use on service roads, highway hard shoulders and also for smaller urban streets.

Simex, a world leader in these attachments, is expanding its range with the introduction of its new PL 2000 planer attachment. The unit is designed for use on skid steer loaders or compact tracked loaders with necessary high-flow hydraulic systems. This new model shares…
Rotary Cutter Heads: A very useful attachment
TF3100 in Gujarat
What excavators are capable of doing only gets highlighted by the attachments.  Out of the plethora of attachments in the market Rotary Cutter Head is one of the most useful. 

Rotary drum cutters are becoming increasingly popular with professional contractors all over the world due to their extreme versatility and high production rates. Low vibrations and smooth cutting capabilities make the TF series cutters of Simex particularly suitable for all job applications. This attachment ensures selective breaking of rock mass while keeping the surrounding structures intact.  

Simex has a huge range of Rotary cutter heads to fit…
Attachments Enhance Productivity and Profitability
Attachments increase the versatility and flexibility of the equipment you already own. Instead of buying more excavators or backhoe loaders, you can just buy attachments. There are several new generation attachments that do much more and highly precise jobs more efficiently and safely.

Attachments help increasing the carrier machine’s ability to do more jobs. Each attachment expands the type of works that a machine can do, without investment of crores in new equipment. 

Tackle manpower constraints

Labour shortages can seriously impact your project execution time and costs. Attachments reduce the no. of equipment required on the site and thereby reducing…
SIMEX patented continuous cutting milling heads are specifically designed for mounting on mini excavators and excavators up to 12 tons. They feature an innovative system without gaps at centre or side footprints and are ideal for finishing flat surfaces and trench excavation. Quiet and precise in the work zone, they do not intrude on the surrounding area. Versatile and performing, they can be used for crushing roots and stumps, milling asphalt and concrete, milling plaster (with lateral discs you have perfect control of the removed thickness).
TFC 50
width (cutting profile) 370 mm 15 inch
Weight 90 kg  Recommended
SIMEX launches Rumble Strips Planer for Highway safety
New RS 16 planer for creating rumble strips is an efficient alternative to costly specially designed machines or small manual equipment. Rumble strips created by intermittent milling of the wearing course offer the advantage of lower production costs and a higher durability than those made using elastoplastic adhesives - laminates. Compared to adhesives, rumble strips created by surface milling also have the important advantage of being indented and not raised, a characteristic that avoids accidental removal or damages.
Rumble on: the new RS 16 strip planer from Simex
The idea for the new Simex RS 16 triple-use planer for rumble…
Insights: Maintenance Advice for DiggaAugerDrive Attachments
Auger Drives are among the most common and productive attachments used in the construction industry. As with most types of construction equipment, proper maintenance is essential to ensure peak performance and safety. Various auger tools are available for drilling in soft to harder ground conditions, such as rock, clay, concrete, asphalt and more. When repairing or servicing the auger, remember to use only parts that meet the OEM standards and requirements.
  • Make sure that all nuts and bolts are in place and properly tightened and are performing their specified function.
  • Make sure that all hydraulic fittings are tightened and…
Most Powerful Rail Cutter in India
VTN RP2000 & RP4000 rail cutters have been designed and built for powerful continuous cutting of rails and tracks. Built to last and tough enough for breaking of large rails on a continuous basis. VTN rail cutters are successfully working in Indian conditions and performing admirably.

VTN Rail cutters derive its toughness from a structure wholly made out of Hardox.  Steel used to make the VTN rail cutter are of higher thickness, together with engineering that allows for significant reduction of shocks to the attachment during the cutting/breaking process. At the same time the typical deafening noise of a metallic…
Why a Skid Steer Loader is a most important equipment for your projects?

A skid-steer loader, or skid steer for short, is a small construction vehicle used for a variety of tasks. Skid steers typically include a bucket as the default attachment, but you can outfit them with many different attachments, allowing skid steers to assist with all sorts of construction, municipal and landscaping projects. 

The skid steer gets its name from the way it turns. The angle of the wheels is fixed, so they will only point straight ahead. The wheels on each side of the vehicle are locked in synchronization with each other and have their…
Skid Steer Loaders can easily be said to be a Swiss Army Knife of Construction Equipment. With their ability to easily connect a variety of attachments, these versatile machines can perform almost any job. Rather than having multiple machines, contractors can simply bring one skid steer fitted with a range of attachments that can be used to perform several jobs. 

As its name, the stump grinder attachment efficiently grinds the stumps of the treen after they have been cut. Attached to an Auger Drive, these stump grinders are extremely useful and cost effective.
Whether contractors are…
Preventative Maintenance Tips for Skid Steer Loaders
Operators must perform these daily checks:
·      Fluid levels (hydraulic fluid, fuel, coolant, engine oil) to make sure they are in the operating range specified in the owner’s manual
·      Fluid levels can have a significant effect on the machine’s performance and can lead to overheating, loss of machine performance, and downtime 
·      Check the filters (engine air filters as well as cab filters) Diligent Customers following filter change intervals are the ones who see the least amount of downtime. Using high-quality fuels, oils, and OEM filters, the owner can maximize uptime and productivity.
·      Inspect for leaks and look…
Plate Compactor Attachments: More Powerful than you think!
Proper soil compaction is critical for certain applications. Have you ever considered a compaction plate attachment on a mini excavator? It’s great for trench or hill compaction. It’s definitely safer than being inside a trench and offers good visibility from above with a nice long reach. 

Vibratory plate compactor is a great alternative to remote controlled or walk-behind compaction equipment. Plate compactor attachment offers a safer work environment, eliminating the need for the operator to be inside or near a trench to complete any work. The plate compactors also allow higher compaction in a much less time, increasing productivity and…
Tiltrotators: Why work hard when you can work smart?
Blood, sweat and tears are not enough anymore. With ever increasing demands to work faster, success and profits are not about working harder, but about smart solutions that get things done more efficiently. 
Tiltrotators are becoming more popular, and for good reason. Their ability to tilt and rotate an attachment 360 degrees delivers versatility in a wide range of applications, including grading, excavation, compaction and more.  Tiltrotator has ability to tilt 50 degrees right and left as well as rotating 360 degrees allowing the operator to work in any direction without having to move the machine. 
Tiltrotator can help you…

The RS 16 Simex are designed for the creation of "sound bands" (acoustic warnings on the road surface for traffic safety). They allow you to make grooves of different sizes and / or change the distance between the bands, according to the customer's requests (or government regulations). Constant size and spacing independent of feed rate can be achieved.
The oscillatory motion is transmitted to the milling body only, the structure remains fixed with respect to the machine
driving force. No transmission of vibrations (and wear) to the loader arm and to the operator.
Simex patented system can be easily converted…
Tire Talk: How to select & maintain tires of your construction equipment?
Different Tire Treads
Usually off road equipment manufacturers offer three tire options: Turf Tread Pattern, Industrial Tread Pat­tern and Radial Turf Tread Pattern. Turf tires are ideal for those wanting to mow a manicured lawn and are looking to minimize the possibility of turf damage or disruption. Industrial tires are a better alternative for those doing regular loader work, as it provides more traction and is most popular due to their versatility and are ideal for tougher jobs requiring more traction such as loader work. Radial Turf Tread tires are the perfect hybrid between other tire offering, allowing for lower…
1st Demolition Crusher developed by VTN

VTN Europe is the perfect example of a family business. Born in 1973 with the production of construction buckets, around the nineties the first crusher was launched and the first grapple in 1988) Today VTN exports more than 80% of its production.
Often to quickly understand the importance of the company, it is sufficient to show some significant numbers. Here are the numbers that matter:
• 165 between employees, collaborators and agents
• More than 100 partners and dealers around the world
• More than 5,500 end users across five continents
• More than…
In late 1990’s we became dealers of Ingersoll Rand and along with their range of Road building equipment, we got Bobcat’s to sell which IR had acquired from Melroe. I had seen these mini monsters being widely used in USA and was definitely excited to sell a world class product. 
Bobcat’s small size did not appeal the Indian customers who failed to realize its potential and we struggled to sell Bobcats in India. Fast Forward to 2022 and we now are getting enquiries for Skid Steer Loaders almost every week. 
Skid-steers are a low investment product that is extremely versatile…
Products: SIMEX Cutter Heads (TF)

The excavation was carried out during the winter in extreme weather conditions but necessary for the completion of the work. Very low temperatures that make the ground frozen in permafrost conditions, in fact, allowed the transit of heavy vehicles and the effective excavation of the ground.

During the spring thaw, the whole area turns into swamp, not passable by heavy machines. The Simex attachment could maintain productivity of 20 m³/h in extreme environmental conditions and at the same time guaranteeing high reliability, despite strong stresses and almost seamless processing.
Features of the drum…
Crush anything anywhere, be it hills, river banks, demolition sites, difficult to access regions with Mini Mobile Rubble Crusher.

Be it a NHAI project or a PMGSY or PWD, Rubble Crusher is a perfect solution for crushing and processing rocks and stones. Contractors looking for higher productivity, speedier project execution, ease of machine transportation cannot ignore Rubble Crusher. They can get crusher material not only for their own project but they can also generate additional revenue by selling excess material in the market.

Contractors undertaking road construction and other infra projects in hilly regions, difficult to access areas can gain…
Wheel Loaders for Snow Removal

When the weather turns cold and the snow starts to fall, wheel loaders move from construction sites to snow-covered areas. These high-capacity, high-reach, high-visibility loaders have shown their great worth in snow removal applications. Wheel loaders can be more productive, safer and easier on fuel and tire wear.

With the operator sitting higher and looking down on the attachment and the areas surrounding the machine, they are able to more easily manoeuvre the machine and avoid possible obstructions.

With a high operator cab, articulation or all-wheel drive and a quick-attach hook up system to utilize attachments, wheel loaders can change…
Dr.Digger’s trench & slope compaction technology
Dr.Digger-Simex plate & wheel compactors are designed to compact any surface. Vibrating plate compactors are an excellent solution for achieving a solid, even and well compacted trench bottom that will never give way. Our compactors deliver high impulse force with superior performance through hydraulically-operated eccentric action. Greater vibration forces generate stress waves in loose soil, removing the soil's air and voids and compacting the particles closer together. This greater impulse action works with the carrier's downward forces to cohesively compact clay-type soils. 
Built Tough 
Our compactors are built for the very demanding job sites - featuring heavy-duty direct drive motors…
Dr.Digger VTN plus line of new demolition tools
Dr.Digger-VTN has launched a plus line of primary and secondary demolition tools that incorporates booster technology. The booster is a system which multiplies the input hydraulic pressure and increases the power supplied to the hydraulic cylinder to enhance the cutting force of the tool.
Booster.. how it works?
During the closing of the jaw of the tool, the device automatically starts working at higher force, as the pressure supplied by the operating machine increases as per the the booster ratio.
Booster.. advantages?
+ Increased cutting and crushing strength
+ Faster work cycles
+ Optimal use of the operating Machine
Winter has come and so has Snowblower for Skid Steers
Dr. Digger is introducing in India, M3 snowblower attachment that will help in handling snow very effectively at a fraction of a cost. Ideal for clearing pathways, driveways parking lots, sidewalks and pavements, this snow blower attachment is a very useful tool. Increased intake height and bigger auger to draw more snow into the blower, operators will be able to clear more flakes in lesser time. A discharge distance of 15m helps in removing snow clear of the path.

 Dr Digger snowblower attachments are your best friend during the winter can last up to several years. This snow blower is…
Focus on Asphalt Milling with New Granulator Buckets
Recycling of broken / ripped asphalt and a reduction in transport costs are becoming increasingly important factors in road construction and for special demolition and recycling products. Asphalt and demolition debris need to be reduced in size on site so that they can be reprocessed or are easier and cheaper to transport thanks to the smaller volume. Simex has thus chosen to focus on the recycling of asphalt milling, more correctly called today bituminous conglomerate granulate by the legislation (RA or RAP – Reclaimed Asphalt Pavement) beginning from its expertise in the field of crushing and screening waste…
Utility of Trencher Attachments

Manually digging a trench is a back-breaking job involving shovels and picks and post pandemic the manual labour has gotten scarce.  Thus, mechanization is here for good and installation of municipal utilities is now much easier than it ever was.
Trencher attachments are very useful in a variety of applications from construction to landscaping. They are ideal tools for quickly and efficiently installing gas, sewer and water lines, telecommunication and fibre-optic cables and irrigations systems.  

Skid steer loader, Backhoe loader or a mini excavator trencher attachments consist of a boom, chain, spoil auger and hydraulic motor. Wear items include chain…
Kaiser Spider Excavators for Rock Anchoring
Rockfalls and landslides can be catastrophic, putting people and infrastructure in potential danger. Therefore, it’s critical to understand the techniques for remediation.

Breaks in the rock mass due to erosion, blasting, breaking, causing weakness to the slope can cause the land slides. In layered rock slopes, we often see toppling failures – where the failure is initiated at the slope toe, commonly caused by undercutting of erodible layers. The most prevalent failure, however, are wedge failures. Understanding the mode of failure will provide insights into the best mitigation techniques. The location, scope of failure and geometry of the slope also…
Grapple attachments can convert your excavator into a material handler!
Excavators were designed to dig, but they can also save you time and money by executing several other jobs using attachments. Material handling grapple is one of them
You can lift a variety of items such as rocks, curbs, wood beams, trees, as well as infrastructure items like water boxes, pipes and sewer connections. Do site clean-up operations by moving scrap metal and concrete and even move tools like jackhammers, plate compactors or other tools and tackles. Excavator provide a good, stable base to lift and move materials on a jobsite and to help our customers, we provide a wide…
Attachments: Future of construction
Attachments make an equipment versatile, make them do much more. India is now waking up to the potential of the attachments

Advancements in attachments technology and its acceptance by the industry will see the construction equipment attachment market expand multi fold in the next decade.
Growing urbanization and industrialization leading to rapid implementation of infrastructure has raised the demand for excavators, Backhoe loaders and skid steer loaders, which directly affects the growth of the attachments market.Attachments not only facilitate performing jobs which otherwise an excavator cannot do, but also speed up the project execution.

Furthermore, an increase in the number…
Flexibility and power of Simex cutter heads
by Marco Garofalo, engineering geologist at Simex Application Dept
Simex cutter head range has two different product lines: on one hand the double-drum cutter heads, on the other chain cutters with continuous cutting.

Simex TF double-drum cutter heads are ideal for trenching, profiling rock and concrete walls, tunneling, quarrying, demolition, dredging, finishing operations and underwater works. They are effective where conventional excavation systems are too weak and percussion systems have little effect, due to material characteristics. Their quiet operation allows them to be put to work near sensitive areas such as residential zones, bridges and infrastructures.

Simex cutter head…
Grass & Bush Cutters: How to Select, Operate and Maintain a Forestry attachment
If you need to clear the land of thick bushes, weeds, wild grass and trees quickly, a grass cutting mulcher should be your go-to attachment. These mulchers can cut the overgrowth into useful mulched material, allowing you to clean out the land as needed. These attachments are very useful for utility work, road side overgrowth, site preparation and general land maintenance. They’re also being used for wildfire prevention and invasive pest control.

If you’re considering a mulcher purchase, you need to check the attachment’s flow and pressure requirements to ensure that your mini excavator or backhoe loader is capable of…
Tilt & rotate coupler is a great innovation that allows a contractor to complete excavation work 30–40% faster, work in confined areas and also use a bigger machine. Tilt & Rotate coupler also helps in change of attachments in 10 seconds!! Add twist, flexibility & efficiency to your excavator & backhoe loader
Increasing productivity is always the main criteria when purchasing equipment or attachments. Tilt & Rotate coupler has been popular for decades with great success in Europe & North America, just for that reason.

Allowing an excavator operator to tilt and twirl any attachment 360 degrees, the tiltrotator delivers…
Kaiser Spider Walking Excavator, takes you where nothing else can!

Kaiser Spider excavator is able to roll or ‘walk’ on steep terrain up to 85% slopes without winching and steeper slopes when tied off with the integrated winch. Dual fuel tanks allow the excavator to work for 4 days between refueling, which is important when working on remote, steep or environmentally sensitive sites. The telescopic extending boom provides long reach which reduces the number of times the machine must move thereby saves time & reduces ground disturbance.

Kaiser Spider excavator can work in water up to 2m depth and can do a whole lot more when mounted with following Attachments: 
How Total Cost of Ownership data can help you make an informed equipment procurement decisions

Buying excavators, backhoe loaders, road equipment and attachments and keeping them operational can be costly. Usually, the largest capital expense for a project is the equipment. Procurement managers are supposed to study the initial investment, operation cost and calculate a return on investment. However, concept of Total Cost of Ownership is still alien to the Indian context.

Understanding the total cost of ownership (TCO) for each equipment or asset class is essential to making sound, data-driven procurement decisions that will positively impact your bottom line. These decisions include what brand to purchase,  purchase new or used, operational costs over the…

If you want to increase the returns on your backhoe loader, investing in attachments is what you must consider. Attachments allow your machine to do more by accomplishing more tasks on a jobsite with one machine or by taking on jobs across multiple industries. Here are five attachments beyond the standard bucket that can increase the RoI of your machine. 

Using a backhoe to cut a trench is an efficient alternative for jobsites requiring cutting a trench for laying cables or pipes instead of using a separate trenching equipment or doing it manually.  Having a trencher attachment increases jobsite…
Stump Grinders from Suretech
Suretech is known for their expertise in specialty attachments for excavators, Backhoes and Skid Steers and they have built up a trusted name over more than three decades. 

The Dr.Digger stump grinder attachment mounted on a Digga Auger Drive makes stump removal work much more efficient and up to 10 times faster than traditional stump grinding options. 

Dr.Diggers' Stump Grinder drills through stumps and roots to almost 500mm deep into the ground. The ground remains of chipped wood can be used as fertilizer and there is no need for additional clean-up on logging and land clearing sites. Once the work…
Construction Equipment Industry desperately needs a Steve Jobs!

Who could have imagined that 29th June, 2007 would go down in history! Steve Jobs launched the iPhone and changed the way people would use their smart phones for times to come. A year later Elon Musk did the same with electric cars. No one could have imagined that EV's would take over the world. Today,  Tesla is making 500,000 cars a year and is valued higher than the top six car manufacturers combined.

Steve Jobs & Elon Musk have caused disruption in their respective industries like no other. When will construction equipment industry get their own Steve Jobs? Just…
EIK Amphibious Excavator: "Floats like a butterfly" by Michelle Slater
New addition: Arthur the Loy Yang A floating coal ash excavator with its namesake Arthur Grazotis

LOY Yang A has developed an innovative way to improve work and safety at the power station ash ponds with the help of a 65-tonne floating excavator officially named “Arthur”.

The Caterpillar 336 excavator has been the result of a four-year problem-solving exercise to find equipment capable of operating on the ash pond soft surface.

AGL chief operating officer Markus Brokhof said the excavator would be a huge benefit for Loy Yang workers.

Mr Brokhof said Arthur was named after a long serving RTL…
Mahindra Backhoe Loaders Provide you Higher Productivity & Lower Fuel cost

A perfect combination of an excavator and a wheel loader in one machine, Mahindra SX Smart backhoe loader highly capable of digging, lifting, carrying, breaking and lots of other using various attachments. With its ability to tackle all those tasks, you just cannot ignore Mahindra SX Smart

“Mahindra SX Smart are great multi-purpose earthmoving machines,” according to Anwar Ali of Jilani Earthmovers. “They are best suited for any project that needs power and speed. “We use Mahindra backhoe loaders for digging ditches and trenches, backfilling, lifting heavy materials and moving loose material” adds Anwar Ali. Mahindra SX Smart backhoe loaders…
Auger Cast Pile for Solar installations
An auger cast pile is a most popular method to create a foundation for solar panels. Auger cast piles are installed by drilling a hollow shaft auger into the soil to the specified depth. As the auger is slowly extracted, drilled soil and rock is removed and concrete or grout is pumped through the hollow shaft. Reinforcing steel is then added to the wet concrete according to the pile specifications. Auger cast piles are both end bearing and friction based. 

Auger cast piles are best suited to areas which have clay, gravel, dense sand and low water tables, where the…
New Simex Wheel Saws Cut Deep & Wide for Optical Fiber Installation
Simex RWE100 Whee saw

Designed to be mounted on excavators, RWE series Wheel saws are designed for precise cuts on hard and compact surfaces, such as asphalt, concrete and rock. Two high-displacement radial piston motors on the largest model RWE100, in direct drive guarantee a high torque and maximum cutting force. ​Ideal for cut and break demolitions, optical fibre installations and underwater works upto a depth of 30 meters.

To help power and fiber-optic cable contractors reliably and efficiently use micro-trenching for cable installation, Simex has introduced the RWE series of Wheel saws.  With the RWE Wheel saws, operators can…
DIGGA: Your most trustworthy drilling and trenching companion

Digga Australia is a leading manufacturer of a wide range of attachments for the earthmoving, construction, forestry & agricultural industries. Digga’s has been continuously logging YoY huge growth with robust demand for their trenchers, augers, sweepers and other attachments suitable for machines such as excavators, skid steers, backhoes and telehandlers. 
Digga Auger drives, their highest selling product, can be used to drill holes with diameters ranging from 150mm to 2000mm upto a maximum depth of  around 18 metres. This however is subject to the reach of the excavator it is mounted…
Simex TF drum cutters: trusted alternative to conventional excavation methods

Shanghai Construction Group is involved in urban improvement works: infrastructures, construction, industrial plants and underground utilities. They used a Simex TF 850 double-drum cutter head within excavation works for laying underground drainage pipes along Shanghai subway.

Shanghai is a densely populated city and construction companies are looking for new excavation methods as alternative to traditional ones like the hydraulic breaker which is very noisy and causes huge vibrations, to the detriment of the surrounding residents. High frequency vibrations caused by hydraulic breakers may also lead to asphalt cracks and…
VTN 360 degree rotating handling grapples: Most powerful tool in the market

5 different jaws

VTN handling grapples can be extremely useful for any job- site. One grapple that can be fitted with 5 different jaws to facilitate smooth, efficient and better working.  
Thanks to their particularly solid design and different available jaws shape, the VTN MD series Grapple is well suited for various different handling applications on the job site. These grapples are extremely effective for sorting and loading a variety of different materials.
With the considerable gripping force and above all the 360° hydraulic rotation, these grapples can be used in the most precarious conditions, ensuring greater productivity without requiring…
Maintenance Advice for Digga Auger Drive Attachments
co-authored by Ajit Dabke, GM, Technical, Suretech
Auger Drives are among the most common and productive attachments used in the construction industry. As with most types of construction equipment, proper maintenance is essential to ensure peak performance and safety. Various auger tools are available for drilling in soft to harder ground conditions, such as rock, clay, concrete, asphalt and more. When repairing or servicing the auger, remember to use only parts that meet the OEM standards and requirements.

·      Make sure that all nuts and bolts are in place and properly tightened and are performing their specified function.
What is Soil Stabilisation and why it is needed?
Soil Stabilization is the alteration of soils to enhance their physical properties. Stabilization can increase the shear strength of a soil and/or control the shrink-swell properties of a soil, thus improving the load bearing capacity of a sub-grade to support pavements and foundations.
Soil Stabilization can be utilized on roadways, parking areas, site development projects, airports and many other situations where sub-soils are not suitable for construction. Stabilization can be used to treat a wide range of sub-grade materials, varying from expansive clays to granular materials. This process is accomplished using a wide variety of additives, including lime, fly-ash, and…
Why choose a 2-speed Auger drive over a single speed one?
Power of an Auger drive is a combination of speed and torque. You need a lower torque and higher speed when drilling in soft soil and a high torque and low speed when digging in a hard soil. Auger drives generally come with a single speed / torque configuration, which can however be changed controlling the oil flow to the drive. This is easier said than done and may take a while and a flow meter to carry out the adjustment. 
Working with multiple sized auger bits or often in different ground conditions can increase the expense and waste of…
How & why to recycle old asphalt?
Limited availability of fresh natural aggregate supplies with increasing processing costs have led to use various reclaimed/recycled materials from old roads as a source of road construction material.  Use of recycled materials for building roads, pavements, footpaths is increasing all over the world due to their cost effectiveness and environmentally sustainable aspects. Recycled Asphalt, stabilised with cement binders has been reported to perform satisfactorily in sub-base layers.
Asphalt Recycling Process

Asphalt is reclaimed when an existing hot mixed asphalt (HMA) layer is removed for reconstruction or resurfacing. The two methods generally used for reclamation are (i) cold milling and (ii)…
Building Infrastructure in the Swiss Alps
Around the mountains of the Swiss Alpine Club (SAC) there are mountain construction sites with special demands on people and materials. How do such projects succeed?

On construction sites in the Alpine region, it is part of everyday life that unforeseen difficulties arise. Heavy rain, snow, falling rocks. Weather influences and the topographical location make it necessary to plan construction phases with a foresight. It is important to optimally design the construction program for the short construction period in summer and to synchronize all project steps in order to be able to implement them promptly. But even with experienced planners…
Simex celebrates three decades of attachment manufacturing
Simex is celebrating 30 years since the attachment manufacturer first started its assembly lines. 

Simex was founded in 1991 in San Giovanni in Persiceto, Italy. Since its creation, Simex has continued to develop new attachments suitable for various fields of application. Today, the company holds dozens of patents applicable to roadworks, infrastructure and utilities, as well as demolition, construction and quarrying.

From its first assembly lines, which allowed the company to tackle the majority of its processing in-house, to the new headquarters in 2003, Simex has continued to grow.  Production facilities have expanded in order to accommodate a wider product…
Efficient Cleaning of Construction Machinery
Cleaning is very necessary for all construction equipment. Clean equipment lasts longer and protects your investment. Cleaning heavy equipment is an underappreciated chore. It’s messy and often delegated to an unskilled worker who sees this job as just hosing down dirty machinery. Well, there’s far more to effectively and efficiently cleaning construction equipment than meets the eye.

Heavy equipment washing requires specialized equipment like high pressure washers. And then there’s the safety factor to consider. Heavy construction equipment like excavators, loaders and gravel trucks are large, complicated machines presenting hazards to operators and those tasked to clean them on a…
Get Digging with a Trencher Attachment
Digga trencher on a mini excavator

Trencher attachments are the perfect tools for cutting through the soil, asphalt or concrete with precision and ease. They help everyone from contractors and landscapers to maintenance crews and municipalities in digging narrow trenches from 100-300mm, for installing irrigation systems, power and water lines and even performing road repairs or general construction tasks. Trencher attachments can be used on backhoe loaders, mini excavators, hydrostatic compact loaders and skid steer loaders. 

Trenchers are very useful for digging trenches for utilities such as irrigation, plumbing and electrical, as well as for foundations in construction. Some of…
Various attachments that can extend the reach of your excavator
Excavators are the most versatile construction equipment and can be adapted for use in various sites, jobs & applications. One of the major handicap a contractor faces is when he finds that his excavator is just falling short of reach required to do a job. Addressing this need, several manufacturers have developed various types of reach extenders for various different applications and situations. Below are some of the popular reach extenders:
EIK Long Arm
Long Reach attachment: Long reach is the most popular reach extender and is now also offered as a factory fitted option by almost all the…
An excavator for the hills: story of Kaiser spider walking excavator
Kaiser AG ranks amongst the world’s leading manufacturers of mobile walking excavators today. The first prototype was produced in 1965.
The MUK 2000, prototype of the Kaiser walking excavator, built in 1965

In the mid-1960s, Josef Kaiser developed a special excavator for deployment in steep terrain. This was a “single-axle” excavator, later to become known as a “walking excavator”. The defining feature of this type of excavator was the absence of a separate travel drive. Instead, the vehicle propelled itself forwards using the boom and bucket as its front foot.

This was nothing new. Similar models were already on the…
Do you need a mini excavator?

Mini excavators in India have been undergoing robust growth. From an industry size of around 500+ in 2014, it has now grown to around 1400 units a year. The annual growth rate has been around 15% and is now expected to jump up to 25%

Major demand of mini excavators comes from agriculture, plantation, waterways construction and general construction segment. Kerala has pioneered the mini excavator revolution which can be seen from a very good demand in agriculture and plantation segment. Hilly terrains also play a key role in customers adopting mini excavators. 

Besides this, the government focus on the…
Simex Cold Milling Planer can help you in economical road repairs
The effect of adverse weather on the road is a major problem that deserves increased attention and organized efforts to reduce its impact. Choosing the right machine, therefore, becomes very important.

Routine road maintenance can save you a lot of money. Monsoons elevate the need for proper road repairs. Regular maintenance is the key to preserving strength and quality of the road. Repairs need to be systematically carried with the right equipment. The selection of the right road repair equipment is pivotal to an economical and lasting repair

Simex Cold milling planer is the answer: Due to the finite nature…
Forgotten inventors of the backhoe
Wain-Roy’s first backhoe in 1948. Photo credit: digrock.com/Leading Edge Attachments, Inc

Though many associate the first backhoes with Case Construction Equipment and JCB, a new book gives the credit to two men in Hubbardston, Massachusetts, with developing the world’s first backhoe.

The authors of “Wain-Roy and the Invention of the Backhoe” attribute the revolutionary construction equipment’s creation to Vaino J. Holopainen and Roy E. Handy Jr. Their 1947 invention “could dig and load by swinging side to side” and was “the world’s first all hydraulically actuated and controlled machine for digging,” according to a news release from authors…
Mahindra Earthmaster Backhoe Loader makes you MORE Money
Mahindra Backhoe loader: preferred choice of National Disaster Response Force

Before you buy any equipment, you need to consider investment, resources, net profit, break even etc. Any business needs a proper planning so that all the pitfalls can be checked and setbacks are avoided
Backhoe loaders comes with a running cost with them. If running cost of any machine is not taken care of, than the contractor should be ready for surprises. The cost of running a backhoe loader can be termed as “Total Cost of Ownership”. Total cost of ownership can be divided into four major factors which…
100+ Years of Innovation. 100 Years of Kaiser AN EXCAVATOR FOR THE MOUNTAINS

Kaiser AG based in Schaanwald is a typical Liechtenstein company. Thanks to its capacity to innovate, the company has developed from its beginnings as a small workshop to become a niche player on the world market for mobile walking excavatorsand sewer cleaning vehicles.

Kaiser S12 Allroad, 2013. The latest generation of mobile walking excavators for deployment in particularly difficult terrain.

The mobile walking excavator is not an excavator in the conventional sense of the word. Its strengths come into their own in areas where others are unable to compete. Whether deployed on steep slopes in Alpine regions, in an…
Transform your Excavator / Backhoe into an Allrounder

Excavators have traditionally been used only for excavations and digging in India while it used as a multi-purpose tool all over the globe. Customers have been quite inflexible in their thinking and resist using the excavators for anything other than digging and rock breaking. However, ever reducing margins have compelled them to look at better utilization of their equipment. Another reason for a change of heart could be immense success of QUICKCOUPLERS which enable change of attachments in minutes instead of hours, very easily and efficiently.

We have brought into India several attachments for increasing productivity and profitability of our…
Simex Planer — Milling without compromise

Simex offers Planers that are ideal tools for minor road repairs and maintenance. In order to establish its footprint in the Indian market, the company has chosen Suretech Infrastructure Pvt Ltd as its partner

India as a potential market

Italian firm Simex s.r.l. was established more than 20 years ago and today it is one of the leaders in the world for cold planer machines. The company believes that Indian market has got a very huge potential, but it needs to be pushed to create a kind of knowledge and culture.

“Simex, being a manufacturer with a progressive technology, niche…

COSBEN was founded in 1976 and company has since become an international leader in the Teledipper arms and other equipment that it makes.COSBEN’s strong points are their untiring commitment,innovative capacity and the inpaccable quality of their products. Today COSBEN is supported by numerous dealers around the world,operating both on the European market and in many areas beyond, including Latin America,the USA,and Asia. The company’s personnel conduct constant market research to ensure increasingly successful sales, so much so that “COSBEN” has become a byword for quality and reliability .All COSBEN attachments are made in extremely high strength steel. Each production stage…
Drill more, earn more with your excavator

Excavators are described as “a power driven machine for digging, moving, or transporting loose gravel,sand, or soil” yet they are so much more than that. Excavators can be used to dig holes, install screw piles,trench, slash grass and mulch trees.

Digga Australia is helping to change the way excavators are perceived and used with the release of drilling attachments designed to expand the earning capabilities of excavator owners. “Increasing the versatility of machines opens new opportunities foroperators,” “The more jobs they can do the more money they can earn for the owner,” he continued.

Instead of just moving digging, operators…
Do you need to sell your soul to sell your product?

I have been selling construction equipment for last 27 years and have seen the evolution of the industry over the years. Whereas the products, quality, competition have all improved, the attitude of the sales people have gone hurtling downhill. It is difficult to say where this change came about? Was it being driven by the manufacturing companies, degradation in education and values inculcated by the peer group or simply the need to get ahead at whatever the cost.

The professional ethics and healthy respect for each other though are still visible in the developed world, it sadly has just disappeared…
Do hard N(ego)tiations really get you a best deal?

Negotiations have been practiced ever since the advent of humanity. Spouse negotiates to get that something extra, a child negotiates with parents to get a toy or a sweet. Relationships have always thrived on negotiations and compromise.

Negotiation evolved as an art and is being taught as a skill in the corporate world to extract that something extra, an additional benefit for yourself. Though negotiations are supposed to be a win win for all stakeholders involved, it is seldom so in practice. Ever mounting performance yardsticks and greed to get more has reduced negotiations to being a mere tool of…
Simex Screening Bucket VSE 40 wins the day in Siberia

A Simex VSE 40 screening bucket is delivering successful results in Siberia on the “Power of Siberia” gas pipeline, which will transport Russian gas into China.

Power of Siberia” is the natural gas pipeline constructed and managed by Gazprom (the Russian energy giant performing extraction and distribution of petroleum products) which will bring the gas of Sakha Yakutia, a region of Eastern Russia, all the way to China. When completed, the pipeline will enable 38 billion cu m to be supplied each year. By the end of 2018, a 2220 km section will be finished, serving to transport…

The undercarriage of tracked heavy equipment, such as crawler excavators, consists of many moving components that need to be maintained regularly. If the undercarriage is not routinely inspected and cleaned, it can cost you heavily in breakdowns, reduced undercarriage life and above all, considerable amount of money

By following the tips given below you can get better performance and better life out of excavator’s track undercarriage:

Tip №1: Keep the Undercarriage Clean

At the end of each workday, excavator operators should take time to clean out dirt and other debris that may lead to undercarriage muck buildup. Shovels and pressure
Give you Excavator a Twist!
VTN Tilt & rotate coupler is a great innovation that allows a contractor to complete excavation work 30–40% faster, work in confined areas and also use a bigger machine. Tilt & Rotate coupler also helps in change of attachments in 10 seconds!!

The VTN Tilt-rotator is a hydraulic coupler mounted on an excavator and it allows the bucket or any attachment to be rotated 60 degrees and tilt 5 degrees to each side. A reason for increase in pro­ductivity is easy manoeuvrability into tighter areas and working precisely or for creating slopes any­ where from one to 45 percent. Earlier…
What it takes to be the Best Backhoe Loader in India?

ackhoe loaders — this machine has been the superstar of construction equipment as well as the material handling industry since quite a long time. Ever thought what makes the backhoe loader so popular? It is its versatility! In an era when Indian equipment manufacturers are designing machines to do as many jobs as possible or trying to follow the ‘Swiss-army-knife’ approach, the backhoe loaders with its versatility are winning hearts. The machine is at once a dedicated trenching unit as well as a front-end loading tool.

Be it building sites, roadwork areas or places where earth-moving is required, backhoe…
Simex Drum Cutters excavating inside the glacier

(Icelandic for “long glacier) measures 953 sq. km, 50 km in length and 15–20 km in width, and is the second largest in Iceland, smaller only than the colossal Vatnajökull.Situated some 200 km northeast of Reykjavik and at an altitude of 1,450 m, the glacier has a maximum thickness of about 580 m and extends over a large system of volcanoes Because this natural phenomenon is so unique and is relatively difficult to reach from the part exposed to the southwest, Langjökull has long been a destination for hikers from all over the world.

In 2010, Baldvin Einarsson and…
Effective Equipment Maintenance

Equipment failure can cost you thousands of rupees every day that they’re under breakdown. That’s why it’s important to have a construction equipment maintenance as per schedule. Prioritizing equipment maintenance can prevent larger costs in the future.

The biggest reason to conduct scheduled maintenance is that it controls costs. Well maintained vehicles and equipment minimize repair and downtime costs. Timely maintenance allow you to know ahead of time if something needs to be replaced before it becomes an issue. Regular maintenance also helps to lengthen equipment life, and control service intervals. With that in mind, it’s important to plan how…
Operator training can save you lakhs!

If you are a fleet owner, you will be having different operators with different skill levels, operating your equipment. Equipment operated by one operator could be witnessing more breakdowns than others. Of course, this could be due to equipment fault as well, but if this operator works on another equipment and even that starts breaking down, then you have to work on this operator.

The operator running the machine can significantly impact your total cost of ownership. That means deciding to invest in operator training should be as simple a the decision as to purchase a superior machine. Here are…
Compact Hydrostatic Loader or a Skid Steer? Which one should you consider?

Skid Steers are gaining popularity in India but so are Compact Hydrostatic Loaders. Considering the Indian conditions and the various applications the contractors put their machines to, we need to understand and evaluate the utility of both equipment. Here we compare an entry level skid steer loader with Eimco Elecon AL120 Compact Hydrostatic Loader

Bucket capacity

An entry level SSL has a bucket capacity of 0.9 m3 while AL120 CHL has a bucket capacity of 1.4 m3 giving almost 50 % more bucket capacity and tipping load.

Advantage: AL120 Compact Hydrostatic Loader

Travel Speed

AL120 compact hydrostatic loader is a…
Single type of grease does not work for all applications

It may be tempting and convenient to use one type of grease for all your equipment. If you are taking care to extend the life of your equipment, you’ll need to operate with different types of grease depending on the machine and the specific jobsite conditions.

Also, different parts of a machine may require different types of grease, depending on their operating temperature.

What is NLGI

NLGI stands for the National Lubricating Grease Institute and is the institution that certifies grease. Grease can range from NLGI #000 to NLGI #6, but the most common is NLGI #2 because it can…
Why a Centralised Lube system a Must?

Some of the reasons which make it difficult to lubricate manually every day are:

weather conditions: rainy, chilly weather can be daunting for operators
production needs: meeting project deadlines if given priority over maintenance.
safety issues: the operator has to climb over the machine

logistics: manual lubrication equipment are not always available

time consuming: Bucket & boom pins need to be lubricated in more than one position

• Diligence:
not all operators perform lubrication properly

Failure to grease every lubrication point, on every machine, every day, can negatively affect schedules, maintenance costs…
At VTN, our job is almost artisanal, product customization, necessary to satisfy the specific requirements of the user, which often varies from customer to customer. Our concept is not just a standard product line with mass production. We believe that our  being 'artisans' is a + Plus that cannot be found in other manufacturers and that allows us to be a niche player when it comes to product customisation. We provide the contractors the possibility of enjoying customised and high quality solutions that is guaranteed due to 'made-to-measure' design of the equipment. 

Understanding the needs of customers from various markets…
Simex Cold Milling Planers: A cost effective way of resurfacing roads
Time is always of the essence when it comes to road building. Regardless of whether you are shutting down a municipal road through the middle of city or a major highway linking two cities, road restrictions from construction are expected to be as minimal as possible. Delays can lead to  penalties if timing is not met and roads have to stay shut longer than anticipated. 

The Simex Planers, distributed through Suretech, are a two in one machine which is able to perform both milling and stabilising applications for the complete rehabilitation of roads and streets.  With a maximum width of…
Founded in 1991, Simex  has continued to develop new attachments suitable for various fields of application: dozens of patents applicable to roadworks, infrastructures and utilities, as well as for demolitions, constructions and quarrying.

The year 2020 was marked by numerous challenges, some more difficult than others, which Simex boldly addressed by investing further in facilities and logistics, increasing its R&D efforts and, last but not least, focusing on developing its human capital. Today, 30 years since its inception, Simex boasts a state-of-the-art production department, capable of producing up to 500 units per month during peak demand periods

Simex continuous…
Using a Telescopic Arm for Deep Excavations
The Telescopic Arm has been developed for working on underground and/or underwater down to 40 meters of depth (sixteen story below ground!). The slim construction of the Telearm is ideally suited for foundation works, narrow excavation shafts, metro stations, underground parking, underground renovations, canal clearance, and much more.........
UNDERGROUND WORK; digging work, block handling, slurry wall, underground parking

UNDERWATER WORK, (salt n’ fresh water); gravel handling, boulders n’concrete block handling, removing and/or cutting trees

WIDE RANGE OF ATTACHMENTS; clamshell bucket, orange peel, log grab, harvester head can be attached to the Telescopic Arm

Suitable for any excavator from any brand…
Mahindra RoadMaster Motor Graders a champion of Rural Roads

Around 94% of the roads In India are small and medium (rural and district) roads. As India is a highly populated country there is already some form of road connectivity available in most parts and the further development of these roads will be more of upgradation / development than a new construction.
The current motor graders available in India today except RoadMaster are   unaffordable for use by the small contractors. RoadMaster motor graders on the other hand give the lowest cost per spreading and grading not only when compared with conventional motor graders but also with manual labour, making it…
High Performance SIMEX Double Drum Cutter Heads with direct drive

Simex TF cutter heads are ideal for trenching, profiling rock and cement walls, tunneling, quarrying, demolition, dredging, finishing operations and underwater works. They are highly effective where conventional excavation systems are too weak and percussion systems have little effect. Their quiet operation allows them to be put to work near sensitive areas (residential zones, hospitals, schools, bridges and infrastructure). Especially recommended for finishing operations, where high precision, minimum disturbance and optimum aesthetic result are required.

• Precise cut
• Low vibrations
• Milled material reused on site
• Suitable for underwater works

High performance
Low noise…
Demolition & Recycling Technologies
Buildings and  structures and their uses differ greatly, so must the equipment used to demolish them. Demolition is the taking down of building exteriors, followed by the demolition of its floor slab and foundations. Explosive demolition might be required for larger and immediate bringing down of a structure with equipment brought on site to clean up the debris. For the demolition of structures, there is an incredible array of machinery and technology on the market to get the job done.

Demolishing concrete is hard, time-consuming, potentially hazardous work, regardless of jobsite conditions. it is a highly skilled job due to…
Brief intro of popular Heavy Infra Machinery
Heavy construction equipment are designed for executing construction tasks, involving earthwork or other other large infra jobs. There are different types of heavy equipment each having different application and required for different construction activities.

Given below is a list of the most used heavy infra equipment 


The modern range of Excavators come with factory fitted Advanced Telematics to providing real-time access to the operational activity and work report of your fleet of machines. It is the most in-demand heavy equipment because of its functioning terminology consisting of a boom, arm, bucket and cab on a rotating platform known as…

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