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Novelquip Pitting Head Attachments

Novelquip pitting heads: The ULTIMATE pitting head for commercial forestry. Select the pitting head option to fit your equipment or operation. Novel Pitting Heads are available in 5 Variations:

General Information

Suitable Carriers:
Excavator: 4 Ton to 8 Ton (5.5 Ton ideal)
Agriculture Tractor: Single head: 35 kW; Twin head: 65 kW
Three-Wheeler like Bell or Hintec
Skid Steer Loaders

Hydraulic requirements:
30 lpm per head at 160 to 250 Bar pressure

Pit size:
350 mm across and 350mm deep, centre of pit 400mm deep. Excellent soil retention in pit.

Tine types:
Tungsten tipped centre auger
Replaceable tip (banana tine)
Tungsten-chip hard-faced for rocky conditions

Double Flange tine carrier:
The Novel double flange is patented, unique and extremely rigid and reliable.

Hydraulic motor and Gearbox:
Delivers 3000Nm of torque at low rpm to stir the soil to a perfect tilth

Typical productivity:
From 2000 pits per day to 3500 pits per day (8 hour shift and depending on operator)

Typical Fuel consumption of carrier:
With Volvo EC 55B Pro figures vary from 2.8 lphr to 3.2 lphr.

Novel Pitting head: Option 1: Multipit R-S-E Precision

Our premium pitting head – this is the future of forestry. Hundred percent accuracy and quality without requiring marking and supervision. This machine operation requires very low levels of supervision as the quality and precision of the operation is continuously electronically controlled.

Full (PLC) electronic quality and quantity control of the operation. Sends data e-mails to designated addresses, GPS every standing position of the carrier (enabling site mapping), informs the operator on completion of every pit – hence optimised productivity, and a GPS grid system with 38mm accuracy for mapping pit locations.

We recommend the Volvo EC55B Pro excavator or similar as the optimum carrier.

Warrantee: 1000hrs on motor, gearbox and electronic systems.

Novel Pitting head: Option 2: Multipit R-S Electronic

This is the well-known NOVEL Multipit head fitted to more than 30 pitting machines in the South African forestry industry. Full (PLC) electronic quality and quantity control of the operation. Sends data e-mails to designated addresses, GPS every standing position of the carrier (enabling site mapping). Informs the operator on completion of every pit, hence optimised productivity.

We recommend the Volvo EC55B Pro excavator or similar as the optimum carrier.

Warrantee: 1000hrs on motor, gearbox, DF (Double Flange) and Electronics.

Novel Pitting head: Option 3: Multipit R-S Counter

Gearbox, double flange, centre auger and tines, protection to motor and gearbox, and mechanical pit counter to record production (decreased supervision required).
Warrantee: 1000hrs on motor, gearbox and DF.

Novel Pitting head: Option 4: Multipit R-Shock

Gearbox, double flange, centre auger and tines, protection to motor and gearbox. This option is strongly recommended above MULTIPIT One.

Warrantee: 1000hrs on motor, gearbox and DF.

Novel Pitting head: Option 5: MULTIPIT One

Base model: Gearbox, double flange, centre auger and tines. This is a straight forward budget pitting head (no shock protection).

Warrantee: 250hrs on motor and gearbox. 1000hrs on DF.

Pitting Machines (Agriculture)

AGRIPIT AGRICULTURAL PITTING MACHINE

General information

Suitable Carriers:
Excavator
Agriculture Tractor
Tractor Loader Back-actor (TLB)
Skid Steer Loaders

Hydraulic requirements:
60 lpm per head at 160 to 250 Bar pressure

Pit size:
200 mm to 600 mm across and up to 1200mm deep. Auger removes soil from pit.

Tine types:
Auger
Tungsten tipped

Novel Hydraulic Drive:
Delivers 5000Nm of torque to auger. (Up to 15000Nm available on request)

Typical productivity:
Dependant on pit size and soil type.

Uses:
Post holes, organic fertilizer application.

NOVEL SINGLE AND TWIN-HEAD PITTING MACHINES (FORESTRY)

NOVEL SINGLE AND TWIN-HEAD PITTING MACHINES (FORESTRY)

Features and advantages of the Novel MPAT manufactured by Novelquip Forestry Pty (Ltd)

Pitting

  • Average of 2500 pits per shift overall (including transport time)
  • Up to 3500 pits per shift (burnt compartments)
  • Consistent pitting – all uniform in quality
  • Pit size 350mm across and 350mm deep with 400mm center
  • Tungsten chip hard faced tines or agriculture reversible tines
  • Tungsten center auger
  • Excellent tilth
  • No side wall glazing
  • 3000Nm of torque through planetary gear system (strong & reliable)
  • Patented design
  • Depth sensing (log only completed pits)

(Best quality and highest productivity pits in the industry)

Carrier

  • Volvo EC55B Pro excavator 5.5 tons, compact excavator
  • Kubota engine – 38KW
  • Fuel consumption 2.8 to 3 l/hr.
  • 380mm ground clearance (best in class)
  • Rated to work slopes up to 32 degrees (tested to 23 degrees for pitting)
  • Babcock light rate to Multipit customers (Reputable company)
  • Reach 4 rows from any static position (3m between lines)

Electronics

  • Standard PLC system
  • GPS module (GPS every standing position for pitting)
  • GPS Guidance grid system optional (38mm pitting accuracy)
  • Very reliable and stable
  • Pit only recorded on completion – quality assurance
  • Graphs of shift progress
  • Direct e-mail to manager (designated mail address) and USB port for data download
  • Provide for three shifts per day
  • GPS data can be used to draw 3-D map of area

Hydraulics

  • Use auxiliary circuit
  • Decreased pressure for reliability
  • Over size motor for reliability
  • Two-way shock-load protected
  • Quick release couplings

Multiple Uses

  • The standard bucket can be attached in a few minutes.
  • The Multipit pitting head can be fitted back in a few minutes.
  • A small conversion to accept also the GIERKINK felling Grapple from Afrequip is also possible
  • Fitment of a timber or sugar cane grab
  • Novelaxe for breaking up stumps

Ergonomics and Safety

  • Fully ROPS / FOPS certified
  • Excellent operator comfort and cab noise below 80dB
  • Comfortable and safe instrument placement
  • Ergonomic placement of all controls
  • Excellent traction and slope stability
  • A Slope-watch that measures slope is available to alert operator when the slope implies a safety risk. (optional)
  • Safety seat and harness
  • Safety entrance / exit and emergency exit
  • Air conditioned

Environment

  • Low emissions – TIER 3 engines (Excellent fuel economy)
  • Low soil densification
  • Minimum soil disturbance
  • Low noise pollution

NOVEL PROPIT S (AGRICULTURE TRACTOR BASED WITH SLEW-BOOM) AND PROPIT (TWIN HEAD)

Features and advantages of the Novel ProPit S and ProPit manufactured by Novelquip Forestry Pty (Ltd)

Pitting

  • Average of 2500 pps (pits per shift) overall (including transport time), single head. Twin head average 4000pps.
  • Single-head up to 3500 pits per shift (burnt compartments). Twin-head up to 6000ppd.
  • Consistent pitting – all uniform in quality
  • Pit size 350mm across and 350mm deep with 400mm center
  • 3m between rows
  • Tungsten chip hard faced tines or agriculture reversible tines
  • Tungsten center auger
  • Excellent tilth
  • No side wall glazing
  • 3000Nm of torque through planetary gear system (strong & reliable)
  • Patented design
  • Depth sensing (log only completed pits)

(Best quality and highest productivity pits in the industry)

Carrier

  • Most Agriculture tractors, BELL or Hintec  Loaders, TLB’s
  • Required output: 50KW
  • PTO Gearbox, hydraulic pump and oil tank or standard on-board system
  • Fuel consumption: dependent on carrier
  • Ground clearance: dependent on carrier

Electronics

  • Standard PLC system
  • GPS module (GPS every standing position for pitting)
  • Very reliable and stable
  • Pit only recorded on completion – quality assurance
  • Graphs of shift progress
  • Direct e-mail to manager (designated mail address) and USB port for data download
  • Provide for three shifts per day
  • GPS data can be used to draw 3-D map of area

Hydraulics

  • Use PTO system or on-board system
  • Requires 30lpm per head
  • Over size motor for reliability
  • Two-way shock-load protected

Multiple Uses

  • Tractor can be used for towing purposes and other carriers for original intent by removing heads unit.

Ergonomics and Safety

  • ROPS / FOPS dependent on carrier
  • Other characteristics dependent on Carrier.

Environment

  • The correct selection of carrier will enhance environmental friendliness.

NOVEL MULTI-HEAD PITTING MACHINES

Four-head pitting machines are available as a special product. The range was discontinued due to the South African policy of inter-stump pitting (No inter-row pitting).

General information

Suitable Carriers:
Agriculture Tractor: 65 kW minimum requirements

Electronic Control:
PLC, fully automated machine, operator ONLY responsible to steer machine.

Process: Align machine, activate – four pitting heads start simultaneously, but work independently until all four pits completed, heads back to home position, machine engage forward and stop at appropriate place for next pitting sequence. The process is revolving until deactivated.

Hydraulic requirements:
120 lpm at 160 to 250 Bar pressure. PTO pump.

Pit size:
350 mm across and 350mm deep, centre of pit 400mm deep. Excellent soil retention in pit.

Tine types:
Tungsten tipped centre auger
Replaceable tip (banana tine)
Tungsten-chip hard-faced for rocky conditions

Double Flange tine carrier:
The Novel double flanges are patented, unique and extremely rigid and reliable.

Hydraulic motor and Gearbox:
Delivers 3000Nm of torque at low rpm to stir the soil to a perfect tilth

Typical productivity:
From 6000 pits per day to 10000 pits per day (8 hour shift)

Typical Fuel consumption of carrier:
Dependant on carrier type and output.

NOVELTEQ ATTACHMENTS (SINGLE HEAD)

General information

Suitable Carriers:
Skid Steers

Hydraulic requirements:
30 lpm at 160 to 250 Bar pressure.

Pit size:
350 mm across and 350mm deep, centre of pit 400mm deep. Excellent soil retention in pit.

Tine types:
Tungsten tipped centre auger
Replaceable tip (banana tine)
Tungsten-chip hard-faced for rocky conditions

Double Flange tine carrier:
The Novel double flanges are patented, unique and extremely rigid and reliable.
Hydraulic motor and Gearbox:
Delivers 3000Nm of torque at low rpm to stir the soil to a perfect tilth

Typical productivity:
From 2000 pits per day to 3000 pits per day (8 hour shift)

Typical Fuel consumption of carrier:
Dependent on specific carrier

NOVEL AUTOMATED PLANTING EQUIPMENT

NOVEL ProPlant

The NOVEL ProPlant machines are machines that Pit, Fertilize, Plant, Firm up and Gel / Water the seedling in a single operation.

It is a precision machine dedicated to plantation establishment. Quality of every activity is electronically controlled and a single operator is required. The precision of the operation ensures precision of investment and hence an optimized return to the land owner.

ProPlant machines are machines with up to 8 heads per machine catering for an espacement of 3m or 3.5m between the rows and 2m, 2.5m, 3m or 3.5m within the row. High productivity ensures cost effectiveness and precision ensures optimum yield per hectare.

A ProPlant was successfully developed and tested during 2015 and Novelquip Forestry is in the process of commercializing the ProPlant machines.

Features and Advantages

Features and advantages of the Novel ProPlant manufactured by Novelquip Forestry Pty (Ltd)

PLANTING

  • Planting cycles of between 17- and 22 seconds translates into 7680 seedlings planted per 8-hour shift (assuming a 30 second cycle) for an 8 head machine.
  • Ground level sensors determine the completion of the pit and the quality of the planting.
  • Consistent pitting and planting – all uniform in quality
  • Pit size 350mm across and 350mm deep with 400mm center
  • Planting depth fully adjustable to optimize your operation
  • Tungsten chip hard faced tines or agriculture reversible tines
  • Planting jaws are hard-faced for durability
  • Deposit fertilized on both sides of seedling
  • After planting of seedling the seedling is firmed up and fertilizer pushed into the soil.
  • No J-roots possible
  • No air pockets – hence low mortality
  • Gel / water addition around root plug
  • Seedlings are kept moist on machine – prevents transplant shock
  • Tungsten center auger
  • Excellent tilth
  • No side wall glazing
  • 3000Nm of torque through planetary gear system (strong & reliable)

(A PERFECT PLANTING EVERY TIME)

Multipurpose Silviculture Carriers

Novel T12 and Novel T20 Multipurpose Silviculture Carriers

The NOVEL Carrier is designed and ratified by an ECSA Engineer and manufactured in-house to be a versatile carrier, but also specifically suitable and designed as an automatic planting machine for forestry seedlings.

These vehicles are 4X4, 4WS, Crab-steer with an overall length of 6.2m and 8.2m respectively with an overall width of 2.4m and a ground clearance of 450mm. The carry capacity of the T12 is 12 tons and that of the T20 is 20 tons. Deutz-Weichai engines of 95kw and 199kw are used.

These rough terrain vehicles are used for bulk water, spray booms, secondary watering of seedlings, carriers for equipment or silviculture accessories.

Two models are available; a 12 ton and a 20 ton.

  • Standard PLC system
  • GPS Guidance grid system (38mm pitting accuracy) (can override)
  • Very reliable and stable
  • Planting only recorded on completion – quality assurance
  • Graphs of shift progress
  • Direct e-mail to manager (designated mail address) and USB port for data download
  • Provide for three shifts per day
  • GPS data can be used to draw 3-D map of area

Hydraulics

  • Dedicated Linde system for drive and auxiliary
  • Load sensing for efficiency
  • Quick release couplings at front and rear for use of other implements with 3-point linkage

Multiple Use (of Carrier)

  • Pitting only
  • Planting (all functions)
  • Bulk water carrier
  • Firefighting unit
  • Secondary watering and fertilizing
  • Spray-boom operations
  • An assortment of attachments to the 3-point linkage either at the front or the rear

All year round utilization is a reality.

Ergonomics and Safety

  • Fully ROPS / FOPS certified
  • Excellent operator comfort and low cab noise
  • Comfortable and safe instrument placement
  • Ergonomic placement of all controls
  • Excellent traction and slope stability
  • A Slope-watch that measures slope is available to alert operator when the slope implies a safety risk. (optional)
  • Safety seat and harness
  • Safety entrance / exit and emergency exit
  • Air conditioned

Environment

  • Low emissions – TIER 3 engines (Excellent fuel economy)
  • Low soil densification
  • Minimum soil disturbance
  • Low noise pollution

Specialized Forestry Machine Design & Build

Cape Fire and Silvics Products available through NOVELQUIP FORESTRY

NQF is a registered agent for Novel CNC Pty Ltd:

Trailers (Dedicated)

Trailers designed for the specific purpose and use of a customer such as the transportation of specific equipment like the Novel MPAT.

Forestry Fire Truck Wet-ends

Dedicated wet-ends are manufactured according to customer specifications. All valves are pneumatic-electronic controlled from the Cab, crew-cab or the rear of the vehicle for ease of operation. The water canon is remote controlled from the vehicle cab.

Slope-watch

The Slope-watch is an electronic device installed in any vehicle to warn the operator regarding the slope on which the equipment is used. The limits are pre-determined and entered into the CPU. A blinking green light indicates functionality and that the Slope-watch is “on”. When 75% of allowable slope is reached, either up / down or side-slope, an amber LED will light up and an intermittent busser will be activated. If the operator proceeds to exceeding the set limit, a red LED will light up and the situation recorded for time of and duration of the infringement. A 4 second alarm will also be set off for the warning of the operator.

The record of infringements will be stored on the on-board memory and shown on the HMI (screen) of the Slope-watch. The stored information can be downloaded and printed for the records of the owner of the equipment.