Osborn breaks into the civil construction market

Osborn breaks into the civil construction market

Johannesburg-based Osborn has its sights set on improving market penetration with the BX and BXR hydraulic rock breaker range that it sells and markets in South Africa for Canada-based sister company BTI.

Osborn will showcase a BTI Rockbreaker System at bauma Africa.  The company can be found at stand D.10 in the outdoor area at bauma Africa, which takes place at Gallagher Estate, Johannesburg, from September 18 to 21.

Opportunities abound in the construction industry, states product sales manager Casper Booyse, and Osborn’s latest strategy for BTI breakers in South Africa is to explore these prospects - from the strong foundation of the success that the robust range has enjoyed in the mining industry over more than a decade, he explains.

Booyse elaborates: “Since 2001, Osborn has been supplying hydraulic rock breakers from BTI - which is also a member of the Astec Industries Group of companies - into the African mining, construction and aggregate industries. We have achieved substantial growth of BTI’s business in the region, and demand in underground and other mining applications is continuing to grow. The next step in our strategy for these exceptional machines is to capitalise on opportunities in the construction and demolition markets, where there is potential for quality hydraulic rock breakers.”

He explains that for construction and demolition applications, the BTI breaker can simply be fitted, as an attachment, onto a suitable hydraulic carrier – from excavators and mini-excavators to TLBs, skid steers and loaders. There are two ranges of BTI breakers – each offering different energy ratings and designed for use on different size carriers. The BX Hydraulic Breaker series includes eight models ranging from an energy rating of 550 Joules for the BX4 to 5 400 Joules for the BX40. They can be fitted onto smaller equipment – carriers up to 20 tons.

The larger BXR Series includes six models ranging from an energy class for the BXR50 of 6 800 Joules to the mighty BXR160 with an energy class of 21 500 Joules.  This series is suitable for 20 – 100-ton carriers.

The machines boast a host of features that enhance speed and efficiency for construction site applications like foundations, trenching and demolition.

A BTI unique feature on the hydraulic breakers is the narrow nose design which enhances visibility as well as minimal over-breaking in trenching applications. “The oversized, full length, oval retainer pins on the BX10 through BXR160 have excellent resistance to blank fires and expansive load transfer area to front head. The large tool diameters deliver longer life and superior transmission of impact energy,” says Booyse.

“All of the BTI hydraulic breakers feature a high strength alloy plate steel construction with abrasion resistant plating which allows for continuous duty in harsh environments. The noise dampening material used throughout the breaker eliminates metal-to-metal contact, reducing wear and noise. 

“Every BTI breaker is fitted with top and bottom isolators to absorb recoil energy. The cryogenically enhanced, heat treated alloy pistons and precise tolerances deliver high breaker efficiencies. The short length, large diameter tie rods with integral vibration dampeners provide an exceptionally strong structure.”

The remote air breather is positioned above the main control valve on the BX10 through BXR160 models, and Booyse explains that this provides easy access and clean air intake and a connection for underwater operation when required.

On the BX10 through BXR160 there are remote grease line connection and hydraulic porting on the power cells that allow for easy accessibility for use with carrier or breaker mounted greasing systems.

Looking specifically at the BX Series, Booyse notes that these all have breaker mounted manual high/low stroke selector (BX8-BX40) which improves production capability and the long stroke piston design provides high levels of constant blow energy. 

The pressure balanced piston optimises blows per minute (BPM) and blow energy, while the anti-blank fire on/off selector on the BX8 through the BX40 models alternates modes when operating in varying rock conditions.

On the BX6 and larger models, BTI offers an optional sound dampening to further reduce noise levels, which is especially pertinent in high density population areas. 

The BXR Series models are equipped with a two speed hydraulic pilot power control. This controls blow energy in varying material conditions. 

The BRX oil regeneration system increases BPM without decreasing energy in harder material applications and the high volume nitrogen charged accumulator provides constant blow energy and recoil absorption.

The button nose piston design maximises energy transfer to the tool and the anti-blank fire interlock protects front head and retainer pins.

The BXR Series uses recoil sensing technology with operator actuated two-speed control and an oversized piston. “This combination maximises blow energy and BPM under varying rock conditions,” Booyse notes. “For example, in hard rock conditions, the BPM is increased providing up to 80% operating efficiency versus 50% efficiency of a conventional breaker. This translates into maximum production and minimal costs,” he stresses.

Local customers purchasing BTI equipment throughOsborn can have peace of mind knowing that it comes with Osborn’s 24/7 after-sales service, back-up and spares. “As BTI’s official sub-Saharan African distributor, we have engineers dedicated to the BTI range. They will assemble and commission a customer's machine, offer operator training, service and back-up. We also hold spares, to minimise downtime and ensure that our customer can be back in business as quickly as possible. In addition, Osborn engineers are able to undertake on-site repairs," he concludes.