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Introducing the Masterhitch Roto Wrist

Roto Wrist

It may be all about the Coronavirus for now, but we have the pleasure of introducing the Roto Wrist, which is exclusive to Masterhitch. As the world comes to a halt, at present the construction industry is still in action. Construction machinery can be useless if you haven’t got the correct tools for the job. If you haven’t already added the Roto Wrist to your list, then you need to, and here’s why… 

WHAT IS THE ROTO WRIST?

Roto Wrist

The Masterhitch Roto Wrist, also known as a Rototilt, is a hooker quick hitch attachment. It will give the operator a rotation of 360 degrees, and a rotating actuator which will tilt in every direction. This particular tool will be the difference between a job well done, and a job done with extreme precision. 

The Roto Wrist is generally used for grading and landscaping projects. A great example would be the renovation and reconstruction of a golf course. Due to the various gradients of the ground, it can be difficult to work with without the use of the Roto Wrist. 

The Masterhitch Roto Wrist is made as standard to fit the following machines:

  • MH08 – Will fit a PC80
  • MH15 – Will fit a PC138, PW160 and PC210-SLF (SR15)

The MH08 version can tilt up to 90 degrees each way, and the MH15 version can tilt up to 65 degrees in any direction.

ADVANTAGES OF USING THE ROTO WRIST

When the Roto Wrist is mounted onto an excavator, it will transform machinery into a flexible, well-equipped machine that is capable of undertaking the majority of construction tasks. It is a time efficient tool to have on any plant fleet, and therefore saving time for the operator as they will not need to keep swapping and changing machinery. 

Another advantage of the Roto Wrist is that it is capable of working on construction sites with restricted access. When an operator utilises the tilt and angling to its maximum ability, an excavator bucket or other relevant attachment will be able to reach into, and grade areas that may be quite tricky.

ABOUT H.E. SERVICES (PLANT HIRE) LTD

Here at Masterhitch, we work closely with our sister company H.E. SERVICES (Plant Hire) Ltd. They are the largest excavator hire company in the UK. With a fleet of over 3500 items of plant, you’ll be guaranteed a large choice of machinery for all types of construction work.

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Around the UK, Plant Hire customers have access to 10 depots stocking only the best brands including: JCB, Komatsu, Hydrema, Bomag and Manitou. Customers can also get a quote for delivery, as well as have any standard fit or bespoke excavator attachments and buckets made.  

ABOUT BUYADIGGER

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BuyADigger is the sales division of H.E. Group. Responsible for the sale of machinery used previously by Diggerland Theme Parks and H.E. SERVICES (Plant Hire) Ltd, a variety of construction machinery passes through their doors. 

BuyADigger have the following construction equipment in stock:

  • Mini and Midi Excavators
  • Long Reach Excavators
  • Tracked Excavators
  • Rollers
  • Dumpers
  • Telehandlers
  • Backhoe Loaders

Here at Masterhitch Europe Ltd, a variety of bespoke excavator attachments are made directly for BuyADigger customers, from Hydra Grapples to Riddle Buckets.

Have you got the machinery to operate with, before you purchase a Roto Wrist from Masterhitch? Contact the sales team today and get a quote.

ABOUT MASTERHITCH EUROPE LTD

Should you require a Roto Wrist for your projects, we can assist you here at Masterhitch. If you’re looking to buy any of our bespoke digger attachments, we stock them in standard sizes or you have the option to  have them bespoke made. All of our products are manufactured using the highest quality British Standard Steel to ensure long lasting and durable attachments. 

At present, our workshop does remain closed until further notice due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), but we can still provide you with a quote over email. If you’re looking to get a quote for a Roto Wrist or any of our other bespoke excavator attachments, contact us today via email.

 

Profile Cutting: Our exciting new plasma cutter machine

Profile Cutting - Digger Attachments

We love getting new toys at Masterhitch; they help us provide quality products to our customers. Profile cutting is an important part of plant engineering, and it is integral that we have a machine that is able to cut quickly and with great precision in order to keep up with our standard of work. That is why we are so excited to have our new Kerf RUR 2500 plasma cutter. In this post, we’ll cover what profile cutting is, the different methods that can be used, and what our new machine is capable of.

WHAT IS PROFILE CUTTING?

Profile cutting is the process of following an outline on a piece of material (usually metal) to cut out the shape of a product, or part. Much like you could trace your hand onto a piece of paper, the machine follows the outline from the design software to cut the shape from the sheet. It is a CNC  (Computer Numerical Control) machine, meaning a computer program controls the cutting process.  This ensures that the cut is as high quality as possible. Parts are cut in a 2D fashion out of large metal plates of varying thickness, but certain types of machines have to be used to cut larger thicknesses.  Masterhitch use profile cutting for many different buckets and attachments because of the high quality finish it produces.

OXY-FUEL CUTTING

Oxy-fuel cutting is one of the original methods of plate cutting, dating back to 1903 with the invention of oxygen-acetylene welding. It was shortly after this in 1904 that the first oxy-fuel cutting torch was born, and the process has remained largely unchanged to this day. The process uses an oxygen jet to cut through materials such as mild and low alloy steel, and can even be used for weld preparations. The process is as follows:

  • A fuel gas flame brings the material up to its ignition temperature (816oC for steel)
  • A jet of oxygen (at least 99.5% pure) is blown onto the heated spot
  • The oxygen jet oxidises the metal, and as the torch moves it creates a narrow cutting kerf, splitting the material

The quality of the cut depends on the surface condition of the material, cut velocity, and thickness of the plate. All low-alloy steel can be cut with this process, and an oxy-fuel torch can reliably cut any plate from a thickness of 3mm to 900mm; up to 900mm, there is no alternative to oxy fuel cutting.

Oxy-fuel profile cutting is a slow process, and takes a lot of time to make the cut. Thicker metal takes longer to cut due to its density. An extra cutting torch can be added as a “pre-heater”, which would speed up the cutting time relative to the angle of the cut, although this obviously requires more fuel to be used. 

PLASMA CUTTING

Profile Cutting - Kerf RUR 2500 Plasma Cutter

Plasma is the fourth state of matter. The first three are solid, liquid, and gas. The state of an element is dependent on how much energy it has. Take water for example: as a solid it forms ice, then when heat energy is added it becomes its fluid form, water. When more heat energy is added it becomes gas, or steam. It is when the steam is heated up that it becomes plasma. When water becomes steam, it is really becoming two separate gases: oxygen, and hydrogen. When heated further, the gases ionize and become electrically conductive. This conductive gas is plasma. 

HOW DOES IT WORK?

The plasma profile cutting process uses the conductive gas to transfer energy from an electrical power source through a cutting torch, to the material. The power supply is a constant current DC, usually between 240 – 400 volts. It is the output of the power source that determines the speed and cut thickness capability of the system. A plasma cutting system works using the following process:

  • Plasma gas flows in a swirl around the electrode inside the torch nozzle and then out through the orifice
  • The Arc Starting Console generates a high frequency spark, which then ionizes the plasma making it electrically conductive
  • The conductive gas now enables the current to move between the electrode and the nozzle, generating a pilot arc
  • When the pilot arc makes contact with the work piece, the current path shifts from electrode to work piece
  • The next step is to increase the DC current to the cutting amperage as required
  • The preflow gas is replaced with the optimum plasma gas for the material.
  • A shielding gas flows outside the nozzle and constricts the plasma to a neat column, to ensure a clean cut

Plasma cutters can cut through material from 0.8mm to 150mm in thickness, and thus are a lot faster than oxy-fuel cutters. They also require a lower heat input, and produce higher quality cuts than oxy-fuel cutters. This makes them incredibly efficient machines to have on hand, especially when cutting relatively thin plates.

OUR NEW MACHINE

Masterhitch’s new profile cutting machine is a Kerf RUR 2500 400W plasma cutter. It is a CNC machine, and takes its orders from a Burny 10 LCD Plus control system. The 400W model is top of the range, and is capable of cutting through steel plates up to 50mm thick. The RUR model is the best selling machine in its class. It’s already been in heavy use at Masterhitch, check out this video to see it in action.

ABOUT MASTERHITCH UK

Masterhitch Europe Ltd are engineering experts in digger buckets and attachments. They operate from a 70,000 sq. ft. factory in Strood, Kent, and are equipped with the latest technology. Masterhitch manufactures a variety of machines as standard to fit most machine sizes. We can even manufacture bespoke attachments to your machine’s specifications.

To get a quote for any of our products or services, call today on +44 1634 290022.

 

Using the Hooker Quick Hitch on your Plant Equipment

Hooker Quick Hitch attached to excavator

Attaching buckets and tools to plant equipment can be a tedious, and sometimes dangerous task. It wastes a lot of man-hours and leads to longer downtime of machines. More importantly can put operators in harm’s way when changing over attachments. This is where quick hitches can save a lot of time when it comes to attaching plant equipment to machines.

What is a Quick Hitch?Hooker Quick Hitch

A quick hitch, sometimes called a ‘quick coupler’ is a plant accessory that stays attached to a machine, and allows for the attachment of different plant equipment without having to use a specific adaptor for each tool. Quick hitches allow for buckets and other attachments to be fixed from inside the cab. The only exception is in cases where the tool requires a hydraulic line to be connected as well.

What benefits do they have?

Quick hitches are an extremely useful plant accessory, and can help to increase the efficiency and safety of your workforce. A traditional mount will require an attachment to be installed manually from the outside of the cab. Quick hitches allow tools to be attached from inside the cab using the bucket tilt and lift functions. This maximises efficiency and reduces the number of man-hours manually attaching plant equipment by hand.

Using a quick hitch is also much safer for operators than attaching tools manually. There are many dangers on a construction site, and the cab of an excavator is sometimes the safest place to be. Getting out of the cab can leave operators exposed to the dangers of the work environment. This could include tricky terrain, or other heavy machinery that may still be operating around them. Equipping the attachment from the safety of the cabin ensures that the operator will be protected from any risks.

Quick hitches can also save you money when it comes to plant equipment. Attaching a quick hitch to your machine means it can use any attachment with the same machine, without having to buy a specific adaptor for forks, buckets, etc. A quick hitch can perform any task with the equipment you already have, rather than having to buy specialised machines.

The Masterhitch Hooker Quick Hitch

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If you want to maximise your workforce’s efficiency and keep your employees safe, the Masterhitch Hooker Quick Hitch is the option for you. It’s built to last with high quality British Standard steel, making it durable and suitable to negotiate even the toughest tasks. The lifting points have been designed specifically for UK and European markets, and it is fully CE certified and ISO 130031 compliant.

In terms of safety, the Hooker Quick Hitch comes out on top, and has been named the “safest quick hitch in the world”. It is much easier, not to mention safer, to remain in the cab and let the heavy machinery do the work for you.

With our Masterhitch quick hitch, you can attach and detach buckets and tools without having to leave the safety of the cab. Thanks to the unique safety features of the Hooker Quick Hitch, it is impossible for the attachment to accidentally detach from the machine. It also has an audible warning alarm within the cab when attaching/detaching plant equipment. Combine this with the unique high capacity spring in the hooker’s hydraulic ram, and it’s easy to see how we’ve made the safest quick hitch in the world.

About H.E. SERVICES (Plant Hire) Ltd

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At Masterhitch we work closely with our sister companies, including H.E. SERVICES (Plant Hire) Ltd. They are the UK’s largest plant hire company with 10 depots around the country, and a fleet of 3500 plant machinery including:

  • Excavators
  • Dumpers
  • Telehandlers
  • Tractors
  • Rollers
  • Backhoe Loaders

We manufacture a lot of bespoke parts for H.E. SERVICES (Plant Hire) Ltd, and can arrange for attachments to be made for hire machinery.

About BuyADigger

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BuyADigger deals with the sales of second hand plant equipment and machinery. They sell used plant equipment that was previously purchased for H.E. SERVICES (Plant Hire) Ltd and Diggerland.

They have a wide selection of machinery available of varying ages, so customers are sure to find something to suit their budget. BuyADigger even ships internationally, so if you’re overseas, you need not worry!

About Masterhitch Europe Ltd

Here at Masterhitch we manufacture and stock Hooker Quick Hitches of all sizes to fit 2.5 – 50 tonne machines. We also offer a bespoke service for all our attachments, meaning that if you need a size that is bigger or smaller than our standard stock, we can manufacture these to your specifications. 

We offer a wide range of attachments including riddle bucketsbreakers and tree shears, all available to fit either quick hitch or on pin applications.

For a quote, call us today on 01634 290022, or email our team.

What to Consider when Buying Plant Accessories

Plant accessories - Digger buckets

Feeling overwhelmed by the large selection of digger attachments available on the market? Here at Masterhitch we want to help make your decision a bit easier. To avoid wasting your time and money on plant accessories, it is essential to thoroughly understand what is needed to get the job done. We will take a look at the difference between buying new and used plant equipment, how to choose what company to use, and what digger attachments are available at Masterhitch.

New or Used Digger Attachments?

Deciding whether to opt for brand new attachments or save some money on used digger attachments can be difficult. New and used plant accessories can be viable options but offer different benefits.

Benefits of New Digger Attachments

If you choose to buy plant accessories from Masterhitch you will benefit from:

  • No wear and tear
  • Saving money in the long run
  • Digger attachments that are made to your specification
  • 12 month warranty on all buckets and attachments, and 6 months for breaker cradles
  • Direct relationship with manufacturer

Benefits of Used Digger Attachments

If you’re looking to buy used digger attachments for a short term project, you will save yourself money. However, due to already being used the wear and tear will mean that they will not be suitable for a long term solution.

 

Digger Attachments available at Masterhitch

There are a variety of individual digger attachments currently on the market, perfect for jobs big and small. Knowing which attachment is fit for the job at hand will not only save you time it will also save you money. At Masterhitch we have a range of digger attachments available including:

RippersRipper - Digger Attachment

This tooth-like attachment is the perfect tool for excavating hard materials such as rocks and tree roots to name a few. Make the most of this tool for jobs such as site preparation and land clearing. The ripper attachment is perfect for excavating thanks to its powerful design. 

Digging Grab

The Digging Grab is popular for a plethora of projects, due to the versatility of the attachment. Handling rocks and concrete comes easy when using the Digging Grab.

Hydra Grapples

Clearing can take an extensive amount of time for any building project. We would highly recommend investing in Hydra Grapples. This unique digger attachment is necessary for any site. It can even help pick up materials around a quarry site.

Concrete Pourer

The Concrete Pourer is perfect for pouring concrete, as the name suggest! Other than concrete this pouring attachment can precisely pour a cubic metre of fluid material. For example, you could use this one of a kind attachment to distribute gravel on your driveway.

Tree ShearsTree Shear Digger Attachment

Have you got trees and shrubs on your building site? The Tree Shear attachment is efficient in removing anything unwanted.  Masterhitch Tree Shears are made as standard and fit 13 tonne and 20 tonne machines. The Tree Shear attachment has the capacity to cut through trees that are 12 inches/300mm in diameter.

Digger Breakers

Get down to business with our Digger Breakers. This power plant accessory is great for road repairs, use on quarry sites and even breaking up tough pieces of ground.

 

Choosing a Dealer

Research

Before investing in used plant accessories make sure you carry out your  research before hand. Be sure you know what size digger attachment you need to fit your machine. Doing this avoids a flood of disappointment and the project can commence straight away.

Seller reputation

Ensure you look into the background of any seller. Checking social media channels can help you get a sense on how reliable the seller is. Using trusted review sites such as Trust Pilot will highlight any previous complaints, if any.

Photos and Videos

Once you’ve decided on digger attachment specifications, and found a trustworthy seller remember to request photos! Or even better videos of the attachment in action to make sure it is in full working order. 

Do you require Delivery?

How will the digger attachment get to your destination? Certain sellers may offer to cover delivery or include it in your quote. If this is not the case you will need to find a price for a 3rd party delivery service.

 

About BuyADiggerBuyADigger logo

Masterhitch digger attachments are extremely versatile but they are useless without a digger. We work closely with our sister company, BuyADigger, who deal with the sales of used machinery. With a range of various aged machines, customers will be able to find something to suit their budget. 

If you’re overseas that’s not a problem at all. With the assistance of trusted transport companies, BuyADigger can accommodate delivery for international customers, including the transportation of our Masterhitch plant accessories.

 

Buy your Plant Accessories from Masterhitch Europe Ltd

Masterhitch offers an exceptional service so look no further. We offer all the above plant accessories plus many more. Not only do we stock a large range of digger attachments, we  can also offer a bespoke service for any special attachment and bucket requirements. All of our excavator attachments are made using British Standard Steel, and the best quality components. 

Our experienced machine welders and engineers are always on hand should you require any assistance or have any questions. 

Give us a call today on: 01634 290022 or email us for a quote.