With the theme “One
Man, One Motion, One Machine” Hercules Machinery Corporation (HMC) is
showcasing the efficiency, cost and safety benefits of its Hercules Sidegrip
attachment at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2011. Mounting the Sonic Sidegrip
on an excavator enables a single operator to load, unload, separate, stack, place,
drive and extract sheet piles without ever leaving the cab. This effectively
eliminates the need for peripheral equipment such as cranes, loaders and lulls
and the accompanying manpower, said HMC.
According to Tom Dame,
national sales manager for HMC, the Sonic Sidegrip vibratory pile driver can
save contractors up to US$27,000 during the standard pile driving project,
including US$12,000 in labor, US$9,000 in equipment and US$6,000 in
mobilization costs. It can also cut days off the project timeline by
eliminating the need to swap out and set up equipment.
The Sonic Sidegrip also
improves safety on the job site by keeping constant contact with the piling. It
uses a high-frequency of 3,000 cycles per minute coupled with the crowd force
produced by the excavator to liquefy the soil and drive piles into virtually
any type of soil condition, said HMC.
The attachment mounts
onto an 18US ton (16.3tonne) or larger excavator using the same pins as a
bucket and comes in a variety of sizes.