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Product focus: Takeuchi rear-mounted rippers

When confronted with hard, concrete-like surfaces the best course of action is usually to break it up with a ripper attached to a compact track loader, such as the Takeuchi rear-mounted ripper which lets you get to work without stopping to change attachments.

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Contractor Aaron Willis of Crookwell, New South Wales specialises in construction of farm sheds, dams, access roads, landscape and other construction sites, and often comes across hard, highly compact clay soils that provide a challenge to dig and level.

He recently bought a Takeuchi TL10 compact track loader and says the rear-mounted ripper attachment makes sense for his business.

“Having the right tools to deal with the variety of jobs we encounter is very important for us,” Willis says. “It also makes sense to use our track loader for as many tasks as possible and to select the attachments that will at the greatest efficiency to our business.”

The attachment can be raised by releasing a pin when not in use. Even when in use, the height of the ripper forks relative to ground level can be adjusted using the same mechanism. This allows for custom dig depths depending on the job.

“When we’re not using the ripper bar, it’s easy to pull the pin and fold it up out of the way behind the loader, so we can work normally with the bucket and engage the ripper bar whenever it is needed,” Willis says.

“It is a lot easier than using the old front mounted rippers that had to be changed over from the bucket.”

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