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17 September 2008
ONCRETE products manufacturer Technicrete and Mondo Paving and Retaining Walls have partnered in the introduction to South Africa of the latest mechanical paver-laying technology which has already proven itself on large and small sites around the world.
The Toro H88 mechanical paver – which can install up to 1 700m² of paving per day and with better final quality standards than manually laid pavers - was introduced to local industry at a combined launch hosted by Technicrete and Mondo.
“The Toro will pave on any surface with high speed and simple operation,” says Mondo’s owner Sean Dowds. “It’s small, powerful, and so versatile that it can be used to pave the smallest corner as effectively as a large factory parking lot. Installation can be done from the comfort of the Toro’s cockpit, leaving the rest of the paving team time to cut in blocks and finish off the paving without interrupting the installation rate.”
An exceptionally high-quality finish to a paving job is one major advantage of mechanical paving, Dowds says. “Many aesthetic problems are encountered when blocks of different heights have not been compacted in place sufficiently, or where blocks of different sizes from different moulds cause lines to be skewed. Because mechanically installed pavers can only be installed in the exact positions that they are manufactured, these quality problems just don’t exist.”
Speed of installation and lower overall cost are additional benefits of mechanical paving, Dowds adds.
“While mechanization usually means reduced manual labour costs, the employment factor is fully compensated for by greater on-site skills required using the new technology. In this case, advanced skills development and capability goes hand-in-hand with this new and advanced form of paving and Mondo has put in place skills development processes.”
The Toro H88 will make its formal debut when work gets under way on one of Technicrete’s latest paving supply projects at the Festival Mall at Kempton Park, where about 10 500m² of Concor 60mm Double-Zig-Zag interlocking pavers and some 7 000m² of 80mm of the pavers are to be used for parking and pedestrian areas. The first 3 000m² of the 80mm Concor Double Zig-Zag pavers are to be laid by hand while the rest will be laid by machine.
.A practical demonstration of the Toro’s capabilities was given at the launch of the new technology at the Sunset Boma functions centre in Midrand.