05|03 Bomag’s multi-purpose compactor perfect for South Africa’s soils
Developing construction projects for townships is the speciality of François N. Bakkes. His company Kwa Mhlanga Construction (PTY) LTD in Ruimsig near Johannesburg has a reputation for innovation and reliability. He often looks after up to ten construction sites at any one time. So, for this method of operation the management, equipment and manpower on-site must all be perfectly attuned.
So François N. Bakkes operates with high personnel and machine costs, with 80 tampers in his plant fleet. But coordination is difficult, for example when up to ten workers with tampers are in a trench, where the need for coordination slows progress, making consistent compaction quality difficult to achieve.
"There had to be a better compaction solution", said François Bakkes to himself. "So I did some research and together with Clifton Roberts, the regional sales manager for BELL EQUIPMENT SALES SA LTD in Cape Town, we found the solution with the remote-controlled multi-purpose BMP 8500 compactor from BOMAG."
The BMP 8500 is ideally suited to the silty soils found over large parts of South Africa. The profiling of the drums optimises the compaction of cohesive subsoils and the operating widths of 610 to 850 mm are ideal for trench work. For jobs such the sites where François Bakkes works this roller offers unbeatable benefits:
- One BMP 8500 replaces about ten tampers
- High volume output of 40 m³/h (clay/loam soils) on the recommended layer thicknesses of about 0.5 m
- High output
- Uniform high-quality compaction results
- Low service costs
- Easy, convenient and safe operation with remote radio control
- High power diesel engine
Impressed by the technical features of the BMP 8500, Bakkes added a Bomag multi-purpose compactor to his equipment fleet in spring 2014. The machine proved itself for the first time on a site in Zandspruit, about 30 kilometres north of Johannesburg where KWA MHLANGA Construction is developing a township with around 800 houses on an area of some 10 hectares.