There are clear “before tiltrotator” and “after tiltrotator” periods as regards drainage work for houses. Alexander Järder and Patrik Lundqvist aren’t in the least bit nostalgic for the old days.
“It’d be considerably harder to do this kind of work without a tiltrotator,” says Patrik, and Alexander agrees.
Drainage work is in progress at the back of a beautiful house in the Sjungande Dalen district of Skellefteå.
Alexander Jäder is operating a Kubota KX057-4 fitted with an engcon EC05B, and backfilling is taking place on this October day. Alexander has only worked for his employer, Cape Teknik AB, for five weeks, but he’s already on his third drainage job.
“Yes, there are lots of drains that have to be finished before the snow comes, and it feels as though it won’t be long now,” says Alexander, who’s alternating backfilling with getting down into the pit to help his colleague, Patrik Lundqvist, to secure insulation panels to the ground.
Patrik normally works as an excavator operator for Gräv & Energi i Skellefteå AB, but he’s been outsourced at present.
“We’re always under pressure just before the snow comes. That’s when everyone wants their groundwork completed,” explains Patrik, while Alexander climbs up out of the pit to carry on backfilling against the insulation panels that they’ve just put up on the basement wall.
Alexander deftly fills the bucket of his Kubota and carefully places the material against the wall.
“It’d be considerably harder to do this kind of work without a tiltrotator,” says Patrik, while Alexander methodically backfills the area, metre by metre.
Just a few minutes later, Alexander has filled all the way up to the top of the insulation and jumps down from the cab to carry on helping Patrik.
We carry on chatting about how this kind of work would be done without a tiltrotator on the excavator. Both of them think the tiltrotator makes the job 25–30% quicker, and that it’s completed with better quality.
“I agree with Patrik – backfilling is really easy because you can rotate the bucket and tip the material over the drainage pipes with incredible precision. We used to spill plenty of material down the slopes. The team down in the pit had to shovel it out of the way and use wheelbarrows,” says Alexander.
“Excavation is considerably easier now thanks to the tiltrotator, too,” he continues. “It’s so much easier to excavate along walls. Tunnelling under cables and pipes is relatively easy as you can rotate the bucket.”
Alexander Gärder, Cape Teknik AB och Patrik Lundqvist, Gräv & Energi i Skellefteå AB
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