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CONSTRUCTION: Streets Ahead on E Cape Roads


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DUE to the proliferation of increasingly remote construction and mining work in southern Africa, the demand for mobile crushers is growing exponentially and High Power Equipment Africa’s (HPE) Extec mobile crushers are proving themselves countrywide.

“There is a good demand for our Extec mobile crushers,” says HPE MD Alan Grady.

“They are reliable and durable machines and their overall performance in a variety of applications and conditions has been outstanding.”

A contract where the Extec has proved itself is the multi-million rand rehabilitation project of road DR08043 in the Mnquma municipal area of the Eastern Cape.

The road, just north of Butterworth, links Idutywa in the east with Nqamakwe in the west.

The contract is part of the inaccessibility programme where the government is providing special funds to make rural areas more accessible.

The Eastern Cape has been allotted R100 million for this programme and the Mnquma district R6.4 million of this.

According to PLM Plant hire executive and site manager for Area Wide Roads maintenance projects for the Mnquma district Municipality, Vernon Terblanche, the Extec mobile crusher has been performing well.

“We anticipated approximately 650 cubic metres per day and some days we have produced more than 1 000.”

He says it is not only the quantity that has been impressive.

“This contract requires excellent control of the size of material as size consistency means a longer lasting road.”

“This aspect of this contract has been a huge success for us.”

The Extec C10 Plus offers a unique mix – formidable crushing technology and true mobility in one machine.

A development from the highly successful C-10, improvements include a new compact chassis, along with the powerful Cat C6.6 engine.

Grady says one of the features of the machine is that it rises and rests on its own hydraulic legs, which not only facilitates the cleaning and servicing of the tracks but also, and importantly, allow for the machine to stand absolutely level no matter what the condition of the terrain.

“This is especially important on this contract where it is working in difficult terrain and where it is not easy to find level ground, which is essential for the crusher to work at optimum efficiency.”

The Extec is a versatile machine suitable for a wide range of applications including: granite, slate, bricks, limestone, recycling and demolition, rock crushing in quarries, asphalt crushing and concrete crushing in recycling yards, demolition sites or construction sites.

With respect to the processing of concrete, an over band magnet ensures the removal of any reinforcing bar during crushing, while the large 1000 x 650mm feed opening allows the jaws to give high production with minimal bottlenecking of crushing.

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