Attachments, Earthmoving Equipment, Road Building

Spreading made simple with Reptail Oy

With a significant pipeline of infrastructure underway in Australia, Finland’s Reptail Oy is looking to make its mark Down Under with an innovative solution to applying aggregate and other materials – the Reptail spreader attachment

For Esa Mäntynen, the founder of Finnish manufacturer Reptail Oy, it was the tedious process of using a loader bucket to spread chippings on a road construction site that first sparked the idea of developing a spreader to make the process quicker and more efficient.

After a couple of years of design works the first spreader, named MassMaster, was produced in 1993 and sold across Europe until 2002.

At this point, with Esa’s son Pasi Mäntynen joining the company and handling sales and development, the spreader was updated and renamed Reptail. Today, with Pasi at the helm as CEO, the spreader range has grown to cover three models – the Reptail MM, Reptail SM and Reptail LM as well as a wide range of accessories.

The design

Built in Finland by Reptail Oy from Hardox steel, the Reptail spreader is a box-shaped attachment that fits on wheel loaders, tractors, dozers and excavators and acts as a funnel for material being poured into it from the back of a tipper.

As the material enters the spreader, both the tipper and spreading machine progress along the route to be laid, with the Reptail containing the material within a set width and scraping the surface for an even application. For further smoothing of the surface, the wheel loader/tractor can return over the laid surface with the Reptail, using it as a grader.

The smallest of the three models, the Reptail SM weighs 3.5 tonnes, produces layer thickness of 0–300mm and a has working width of 2.74–4.36m. This is used for roads, railways, windfarms, forest roads, cycle paths and car parks.

The Reptail MM, with a weight of 5.5 tonnes, has an increased layer thickness of 0–400mm and a working width of 3.3–4.9m. With a joystick controller and telescope frame, this is for machinery over 15 tonnes and is used for larger-scale work.

The largest of the three, the Reptail LM weighs in at 7.5 tonnes, has a working layer thickness of 0–400mm and a working width of 4–5.5m. Designed for loaders and dozers over 25 tonnes, this is for heavy duty work.

All three models have options for double wheels for soft surfaces, expansions in working width and depth, 3D machine control, ultrasound automation for levelling and the ability to spread geotextile.

Reptail in Australia

The company’s reach has been expanding, with the first used Reptail spreader reaching Australia in 2019, joining PD Excavations’ fleet in South Australia. In July 2022 the first new Reptails were sold to Key Source Rail Ltd – a pair of Reptail MM units that are now working on Perth’s MELconnx railway project, headed by Laing O’Rourke.

With further units sold to Pilbara Rail Maintenance, we asked Pasi what it was about the Australian market that holds potential for a spreader product.

“Australia is very interesting market for us for many reasons,” he says.

“Due to the nature of your climate, infrastructure projects continue to be built throughout the year, which means there is stable demand. In Europe, winter is quiet and spring is very busy.

“Australian governments are also spending significant amounts on infrastructure over the coming years, which have to cover a large area. This means a lot of long roads being built, which opens up an opportunity for us and our spreaders.”

When asked how he saw the Reptail spreaders as standing apart from other brands, Pasi says that his company is offering a unique attachment that offers advantages over traditional methods using grader and bulldozers when spreading material, whether that’s for roads, railways or construction sites.

“With Reptail it is possible to save over 50 per cent on working costs, double working capacity and even save 20 per cent in the volume of aggregate used compares to traditional methods,” Pasi says.

“The price of a Reptail spreader is also a fraction of the cost of a new grader or dozer. Plus, the carbon footprint is much smaller due to the spreader having half the fuel consumption.”

Reptail is currently looking for distributors in Australia. For more information about Reptail spreaders, visit: www.reptail.fi

Top image: The Reptail is attached on the front of a wheel loader and funnels road base into position as it is tipped from a truck. Source: Reptail Oy

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