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Monday, April 15, 2024
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Hydraulic pile croppers set to generate attention at ScotPlant 2024

National Pile Croppers’ Airdrie depot

CONTINUING growth, the opening of a dedicated Scottish office, expansion internationally, and the increasing use of its pile croppers on major infrastructure and housing projects in Scotland, will see National Pile Croppers exhibiting once again at ScotPlant 2024.

The firm aims to support its service and operations depot in Airdrie, through exhibiting a range of customer-focused pile cropping solutions from its extensive range.

“The decision to attend ScotPlant was based on the increasingly warm reception our pile cropping solutions have received in Scotland and the UK,” explained National Pile Croppers UK sales manager, Scott Fitchett. “Given that ScotPlant is such a well targeted show, with its visitor base being high quality trade, we have decided to exhibit a cross section of our offering.

“Hydraulic pile croppers are becoming the ‘must-have’ equipment on sites and projects throughout the world and that includes Scotland. The equipment we aim to exhibit is bound to generate a great deal of attention and we look forward to discussing how we can help companies throughout Scotland.”

One of the reasons National Pile Croppers has chosen ScotPlant to exhibit is to help familiarise Scottish construction businesses with the pile cropping technology in general, and the company’s offering in particular. A pile cropper (also known as a pile cutter or pile breaker) is a very precise hydraulic shear with defined angles of deflection and points of contact ensuring a clean cut of the excess that does not interfere with the efficacy of the remaining pile.

There are a breadth of different types and sizes of available, depending on the task at hand. For example, augured, bearing, contiguous, secant, CFA, trench and helical displacement with croppers are available from National Pile Croppers in varying sizes ranging normally from 300mm to 1,200mm in diameter.

Mounted on a 360O excavator via quick release fittings, pile croppers have proven their versatility and effectiveness in all sectors of the construction industry, from housing to commercial, public to private, utilities, road and rail. When lowered onto the concrete pile, the hydraulic system operates the jaw(s) which allows the pile cropper to cut a de-bonded pile and cause the concrete to break away leaving a horizontal finish as a result. In doing this, the chisels penetrate in a precise direction up to the rebar to make the fracture. On bonded piles, the chisels will penetrate further, and due to the shape of the chisels and the reaction forces of the rebar, the concrete will break in pieces and can easily be lifted off the pile enabling recycling of the cut away concrete.

In recent years precast concrete piles have been used for various civil engineering and construction structures, with common applications ranging from small housing developments to major inner city renovation, construction and infrastructure projects, such as HS2.  These mass produced piles are customisable length wise and are suitable for a huge range of applications and ground conditions.

ScotPlant 2024 is being held at The Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh, from April 26-27. The National Pile Cropper stand will be located at: Avenue 12, Stand No. 5.