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The word is getting out. See our recognition in Construction Equipment Magazine. Alpine Rockwheels are the go-to tool for rock removal when conditions are too hard for ripping with a bucket yet not so hard that heavy hammer is needed. Rockwheel rock and concrete grinders are the right tool for the job between 1000 and 15,000 psi rock. In fracutred rock, they are exceptionally effective.
May 31, 2016 4:57:16 PM
An interesting project is underway in the State of Indiana in the USA. The contractor is using an Alpine D30 Rockwheel installed on a CAT336 excavator to precisely remove 4-ft of hard limestone shelf rock in order to place 96-ft long concrete box culverts in a river tributary. The job required rapid and precise rock removal as well as a smooth, flat finished surface. The D30 rock grinder was the ideal tool for this job. Hydraulic hammers were not an option because of the rough irregular surface they create and inability to cut accurately within inches to get the final grade right. A further benefit was the generation of ground rock which can be reused onsite rather than hauled away. Alpine Rockwheels are the go-to tool for rapid and precise rock cutting. See video: https://youtu.be/a1PdLC_feac
Jun 12, 2015 3:08:27 PM
With regard to trenching in rock, a frequent question I get from customers and equipment dealers is "When do I use a RockWheel vs. a hammer or ripper bucket?" The answer is somewhat simple, the RockWheel is the best option when the ground is too hard to rip with a bucket yet not so hard that a heavy hammer is required. There is a wide range of rock strength that falls within this RockWheel Zone as the figure below illustrates.
Of course we live in a world of nuances and gradients where the choice isnt always so easy so here are a few other pointers on when a RockWheel should be the tool of choice for a rock trenching job:
An Alpine D20 RockWheel was rencently employed for sewer line trenching in upstate, NY. The very hard shale was not rippable with the CAT 345 bucket with Tiger Teeth and becasue it was in a residential zone with concerns about noise, a hammer was problematic. Alpine installed a D20 RockWheel on a new LinkBelt 250X4 (Tier 4). The LinkBelt was easily programmed to allow three speed & torque settings for the RockWheel and the customer made rapid headway in the trenching job. When the rock was softer he went for faster drum RPMs and when harder rock was encountered, they went for lower RPMs but more torque in seconds. The result was a trench cut to the excact cross section without any overbreak or extra width at the top as is often the case when trenching with a hammer. Moreover, the milled rock made for perfect pipe bedding and backfill, saving the cost of bringing in this material.
Here are a few photos:
Topics: Cutter Heads
May 29, 2015 11:00:00 AM
Operationally, the Rockwheel is a simple tool: push the button and the drums spin, rock is engaged and it starts cutting. To help operators get optimal work out of a Rockwheel, we made a short video on how to hit the "sweet spot" while cutting. Check it out!
Apr 21, 2015 1:30:00 PM
This is debris direct from a RockWheel G5 cutting on a concrete block.
Quick cutting + usable backfill = $$$ saving
Apr 16, 2015 11:00:00 AM
Alpine RDC Robot equipped with G5 RockWheel excavating hard ground beneath a sensitive structure.
The RDC Robot was a zero emission solution and was the only machine suitable for working in the confined space that was limited to 60-inches of headroom.
Topics: Demolition Robot
Apr 14, 2015 10:30:00 AM
When you are placing a bid on an excavation project there are an abundance of factors that you are taking into consideration.
There are concerns about the geographical location of the project site and the conditions you will potentially face and what equipment and manpower will be necessary to complete the task to the customer’s highest level of satisfaction.
One piece of equipment that is extremely useful in a variety of excavation applications is a cutterhead.
Like most tools, cutterheads come in a variety of options, including specialized custom cutterheads available for particularly challenging or unique situations.
Cutterheads offer numerous advantages over simpler excavating products such as hydraulic hammers.
The enhanced functionality of a cutterhead will give you more precise control over the quality and structure of your excavation projects.
In addition to better overall performance, cutterheads also have the ability to lower costs and improve the efficiency of your project as well.
Today we’re going to look specifically at one aspect of cutterhead performance that is important to excavation projects, namely, how deep will a cutterhead cut?
The short answer is that cutterheads theoretically have the ability to operate at any depth, but they are dependent on the excavator or carrier machine they are attached to for reach and depth.
The power and rate at which a cutterhead operates should be constant, so the biggest restriction to a cutterhead’s ability to cut is how far the carrier machine can physically put the cutterhead into the ground.
This means the machine type will obviously have an impact on how the cutterhead performs. Knowing what excavator or carrier machine you have will affect the scope of your project.
Know beforehand what type of excavator or carrier machine you will be attaching your cutterhead to and you’ll be able to determine how deep your cutterhead will be equipped to cut.
Different machines have different capabilities, and even factors such as the machine’s weight and dimensions will change the way a cutterhead performs.
If you have any specific questions about an attachment or need help installing a cutterhead, feel free to contact one of our team members here at Alpine.
These include the specific type of cutterhead you select as well as the surrounding conditions of the project site.
The soil type and the surrounding landscape such as the presence of fault lines, utility lines, and any other obstacles will have a direct correlation to how deep the cutterhead can safely excavate.
Cutterheads have the capability to operate at any depth you need to get the job done, and most scenarios will need to be evaluated on a case by case basis.
Apr 7, 2015 11:28:44 AM
Every individual worksite comes with its own set of complications.
One challenge that can increase the complexity of your project is the presence of pollution or contaminants. When a site is known to be contaminated, it may be required to go through a process of remediation by law.
Remediation is the act of restoring soil to a safe, stable, and consistent state that is ecologically friendly. This can often be an expensive and time consuming process that adds difficulty to your project depending on the type of contaminant in the soil and the proliferation of contamination.
These factors influence the severity of contamination and can help you determine the best course of action to remediate the soil so that development can proceed.
Alpine provides a wide variety of soil remediation equipment that is designed to simplify the neutralization of contaminants. Our soil remediation equipment comes with options and customizations that provide you with the ability to select exactly the tools you need to complete the job.
If your project is a small one and you do not anticipate the need for your own soil remediation equipment, we also offer rentals. Whether you are looking to rent or buy, Alpine has the solution to your soil remediation needs.
One standard set of soil remediation equipment Alpine provides are powerful rock and concrete cutting tools that have been repurposed for soil mixing, remediation, and stabilization. These powerful tools are extremely useful for soil mixing which can help neutralize even some of the most volatile organic compounds.
These soil remediation mixing tools eliminate wasted time and make the process of soil mixing more efficient.
One of the best features of our soil remediation equipment is its level of customizability. Whatever your situation calls for, Alpine provides a variety of options and customizations to meet your needs. From transverse mixers and axial mixers, to drum lacing and mixing paddle layout, Alpine has it all.
Our company also has equipment for specific problems, such as container mixing or work in lined ponds or work areas where puncturing could be an issue. If puncturing needs to be avoided, soil remediation equipment can be paired with depth limiters and bumpers to ensure that puncturing does not occur.
Another special circumstance could call for the use of wet amendments. We provide soil remediation equipment with additive injection piping that is suitable for both wet and dry amendments.
The use of Alpine soil remediation equipment can greatly reduce your project cost by keeping soil remediation on-site. By removing the need for transportation, your project can proceed efficiently and cost effectively.
The majority of Alpine equipment can simply be attached to standard excavators, backhoes, and skid steer loaders which prevents the need to purchase any other special equipment. If your worksite is contaminated, contact Alpine today to find the right soil remediation equipment to take care of your contamination in situ.