How to Select a Pile Cutting Machine
In recent times, the availability of concrete pile cutting machines has increased extremely.
Technology has played a major role in improvising cutting techniques. From jackhammers to advanced concrete choppers, the change has been tremendous.
The market is now filled with an array of options that cater to the needs of different types, sizes, and materials of pile foundation.
There is no ‘single pile cutter that fits all’. Hence, it is mandatory to invest in the right machine.
Tips to Buy a Cutting Machine
Before buying a pile cutting machine following points must be considered –
1. Cast-in-situ concrete piles can be challenging, especially with the strict site norms. It is advised to always check the reinforcement bar thickness and pile width before choosing the cutter. The right pile cutting machinery should have a specification of trimming your desired width.
2. In mega projects, thousands of piles are cast and required to cut timely and efficiently. Therefore, investing in a cutter that leaves a leading class finish, which is ready for final reduction to form level, is very important.
3. Pre-cast bars are usually cast in larger numbers and it becomes manually impossible to keep a check on every pile. The common mistake that buyers do is they invest in powerful machinery in order to perform tasks speedily which leads to damaged or broken bars. This increases the repair cost. It is suggested to invest in ‘softer’ cutters to avoid this loophole.
4. In the case of displacement piles the contaminated soil surrounds a pile column which makes it harder for the pile cutter to sit square. It struggles to penetrate the core and reinforcement cage. Extra research should be made for such projects to invest in cutters manufactured especially for such kinds of cases.
5. De-bonding of the reinforced bar should be adopted to increase the productivity of pile reduction.
6. Maintenance, downtime, and storage cost should be considered during budgeting before making an unnecessary purchase.
7. Product configuration for each pile cutter must be studied specifically to avoid further confusion and delays in the project.