Keyhole coring technology has been widely welcomed by public works managers in the USA as a less-costly, safer and less-disruptive approach to underground roadway and sidewalk utility repairs than traditional, large excavation techniques.

Ditch Witch Utilicor MTC100.

Hence, Ditch Witch Australia has partnered with Utilicor Technologies, Inc. to bring the benefits of advanced keyhole technology and reinstatement to contractors, municipalities and utilities in Australia.

Utility contractors no longer need to bring heavy and physically demanding equipment like jackhammers and backhoes for every utility maintenance project that requires asphalt or concrete repairs. Instead, they can now operate a nimble, construction-grade Ditch Witch mini skid steer fitted with the new Utilicor MTC100 coring attachment to perform repairs, without rerouting traffic or exposing large areas of open excavation.

The new MTC100 coring attachment complements Ditch Witch Australia's portfolio of mini skid steers and vacuum excavation equipment for work under paved surfaces, and it gives cities and utilities a quick, money-saving advantage.

Both Ditch Witch Australia and Utilicor have spent years developing customer confidence in their brands, and are fully committed to providing exceptional support and service to their customers.

The MTC100 was developed in partnership with Utilicor as the first product entry into the coring market for the Ditch Witch organisation.

Designed to work exclusively with the SK line of mini skid steer units (the SK800, SK1050 and SK1550), the MTC100 can quickly and accurately cut up to a 450mm diameter hole and 550mm depth, minimising surface disruption. Vacuum systems are then used to excavate down to the utility for maintenance that can be performed from the road surface using special long-handled tools. Once the underground work has been completed, the original core is bonded back into the pavement as a permanent pavement repair for minimal surface disruption - no patching or repaving required.

Coring techniques offer significant cost and time savings. Today, keyhole coring technologies are approximately 50% less costly than traditional excavation repairs and disposal removal. Smaller, more precise tools and a more localised approach result in less disruption and faster repair. Roads can be reopened to traffic within 30 minutes of repair completion.

In addition to the MTC100 coring attachment, Utilicor provides the reinstatement material, Utilibond. Capable of supporting up to 22,500kg in just 30 minutes, this specially engineered pavement-bonding compound results in a permanent pavement repair that reduces public inconvenience, requires no additional paving materials and is field-proven to be effective for more than 10 years.

The first Utilicor units arrived in the country early September and are available immediately through Ditch Witch Australia.