Ditch Witch partners with Utilicor to develop coring technology

Ditch Witch has entered into the coring market following the establishment of a partnership with coring technology leader, Utilicor Technologies.

Ditch Witch, a Charles Machine Works Company, said the partnership with Utilicor meant it would be able to bring the benefits of advanced keyhole technology and reinstatement to contractors, municipalities and utilities around the world.

Keyhole coring is a less-costly, safer and less-disruptive approach to underground roadway and sidewalk utility repairs than traditional large excavation techniques.

The technology means that utility contractors don’t need to bring heavy and physically demanding equipment, like jackhammers and backhoes, for every utility maintenance project that required asphalt or concrete repairs.

Instead, they can operate a construction-grade Ditch Witch mini skid steer fitted with the new Utilicor MTC100 coring attachment to perform repairs, without rerouting traffic or exposing large areas of open excavation.

“Our partnership with coring technology leader, Utilicor, gives our organisation a strong point of entry into the coring market,” said Ditch Witch Vice President of Product Strategy Randy Rupp.

“The new MTC100 coring attachment will complement our portfolio of mini skid steers and vacuum excavation equipment for work under paved surfaces, and it gives cities and utilities a quick, money-saving advantage.”

Speaking on the partnership Utilicor President and CEO Marshall Pollock said, “Utilicor is pleased to partner with the industry-leading Ditch Witch organisation, allowing us to expand the reach of our coring and reinstatement technology through their highly-respected, global Ditch Witch dealer network.

“Both of our companies have spent years developing customer confidence in our brands, and we’re fully committed to providing exceptional support and service to our customers. This agreement reaffirms that commitment.”

The MTC100 was developed in partnership with Utilicor as the first product entry into the coring market for the Ditch Witch organisation.

Designed to work exclusively with the SK line of mini skid steer units – the SK800, SK1050 and SK1550 – the MTC100 can quickly and accurately cut a hole up to 18 inches (457 mm) in diameter and 22 inches (559 mm) deep, minimising surface disruption.

Vacuum systems are then used to excavate down to the utility for maintenance that can be performed from the road surface using special long-handled tools.

Once the underground work has been completed, the original core is bonded back into the pavement as a permanent pavement repair for minimal surface disruption without the need for patching or repaving.

Coring techniques offer significant cost and time savings, costing approximately 50 per cent less than traditional excavation repairs and disposal removal.

Roads can also be reopened to traffic within 30 minutes of completion of the repair.

Mr Rupp said the use of coring technology was a more efficient form of excavation, adding, “It comes down to using smaller, more precise tools and a more localized approach. The result is less disruption and faster repair.”

In addition to the MTC100 coring attachment, Utilicor provides the market-leading reinstatement material Utilibond™. Capable of supporting up to 50,000 lbs (22,680 kg) in just 30 minutes, this pavement-bonding compound results in a permanent pavement repair that reduces public inconvenience, requires no additional paving materials and is field-proven to be effective for more than 10 years.

Ditch Witch said it is constantly adapting and looking to be at the forefront of innovative equipment and jobsite solutions, such as keyhole coring technology.

For more information visit the Ditch Witch website.

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