Versatile scraper built for variable soil conditions
Swan Hill-based Murray Valley Lasers has responded to farmers’ and earthmoving contractors’ need for a versatile scraper with its new O’Bryan HD Highlift Scraper ideal for work in different environments.
The machine features a half a metre lift both front and back that allows it to work in various ground conditions from sand to heavy loams for a wide range of projects including dam and bank construction or road and flood irrigation layouts.
Murray Valley Laser founder and designer Colin O’Bryan says the back lift is best for working in sandy ground, for trim work or where the material has poor flotation characteristics.
The front lift on the other hand, according to O’Bryan, is suited for road formation, dam or bank construction work.
"Another new feature is the side cutting edges on the front of the machine that make it easier to make a cut into the surface and to progressively deepen the excavation within the side walls," he says.
"There is another benefit here that the tractor tyres are less likely to be damaged by scuffing or abrasion on the side walls of a cut."
O’Bryan adds his Highlift Scraper is also a viable and cost effective alternative to the traditional elevating scraper.
"It also complements the much larger horsepower tractors now available to farmers and contractors," he says.
The O’Bryan HD Highlift scraper with a 4.5m working width was demonstrated to about 30 farmers and contractors at a preview day at Swan Hill recently sponsored by Murray Valley Lasers and William Adams.
Contractors noted that the two front hydraulic cylinders act as a cushion hitch when the 14 cubic metre bowl and scraper is lifted giving the tractor operator a much softer ride when empty or loaded.
Moulamein NSW irrigation rice farmer and earthmoving contractor Matthew Russ has bought the first machine from Murray Valley Lasers for works on his own property and for local Shire contracts and other construction projects.
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