Sakai finishes the job in style
Published: September 16th, 2013
Compaction equipment provides the finishing touch to every road construction project, be it major motorway or a private access. It’s hard to imagine what the country’s infrastructure would be like without them. Good compaction is the key ingredient for any successful roading project and Sakai, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of vibratory compaction equipment, has shown it has the products to suit New Zealand conditions. When it comes to challenges, there’s nothing bigger than the Christchurch rebuild.
New Zealand distributor AB Equipment says Sakai rollers have been prominent in the area where they are used to help make Christchurch roads safe and to assist with the restoration of industrial car parks and driveways that have been severely damaged by the earthquakes. Sakai rollers range from 1.3 to 13 tonnes. Certain models also boast oscillatory vibration in tandem with standard vibration making them ideal for thin lift and thick layer compaction. The Sakai TW502 is fitted with a water-proofed, cooled engine, hydrostatic drive and flat rubber tyres. It is a popular model and its size and weight make it easy for transportation around various sites, without compromising its compaction capabilities.
Operability, functionality, safety and driver comfort are key design areas that Sakai prides itself on when attempting to reduce the increasing concerns of operator fatigue, particularly in the operation of compaction equipment. From the driver’s point of view, this equates to excellent vision from either side of the seat, operator-friendly controls and a standard ROPS frame complete the safe operating procedures. Another popular model seen on New Zealand roads is the Sakai GW750-2. It is a vibratory pneumatic tired roller, with a base weight of 9240kg. Four variable amplitude settings provide an equivalent compaction effort of a 25,000kg static PTR, achieving the required density and high productivity for both large and small projects, plus the ability to manoeuvre in tight city streets and parking lots. With its 9240kg light weight, as compared to a 25,000kg PTR, savings in transport and fuel costs are significant, benefiting the owner considerably. Also with a reduction in CO2 gases, compared to a larger roller the carbon footprint is minimised.
“Sakai products have always had a great reputation and with the TW750-2 and the GW750-2 in its stable of compaction equipment, its high volume of sales is set to continue,” says AB Equipment’s sales and marketing manager — construction products, Rob Fuller. “AB Equipment is the sole New Zealand distributor for Sakai compaction equipment and currently has in excess of 50-percent market share for compaction rollers,” says Fuller. “This is largely due to Sakai’s esteemed reliability and overall cost effective ownership.” Sakai was founded in Japan in May, 1918, for the manufacture and repair of diesel locomotives and their engines. Since then, the company has evolved and grown to an annual production of over 4000 vibratory compactors per year.