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Digger Guard’s handrail system

New polymer ‘boxing ring’ system weighs-in to lighten the load for the construction machinery industry 

Construction equipment protection specialists Digger Guard have developed a unique lightweight polymer handrail system that solves problems and costs inherently associated with steel alternatives.

Being launched at Hillhead 2022, the new polymer ‘boxing ring’ system is up to 75% lighter than steel counterparts but with equivalent strength and does not corrode or need painting. The weight, durability, and extended life in service enhances machine utility and maximizes return-on-investment.

From as safety perspective, Digger Guard’s patent pending system does not interfere with 3D guidance systems, whilst the innovative design dampens vibration fatigue to limit failure points, helping operators to manage risk as well as reduce repair and insurance bills.

‘Our design team collaborated with Hitachi Construction Machinery, its customers and end-users to understand what could be done better, and how to add value,’ said Andy Leaver, head of product development for Digger Guard.

‘The outcome is an advanced product that’s cognisant of the needs of manufacturers, distributors, and operators. We’re helping to meet everyone’s goals across downtime, running costs, safety, and sustainability – there’s no room for complacency in the yellow goods industry and we’re here to deliver both confidence and competitive advantage.’

Digger Guard’s handrails follow in the footsteps of the company’s success with its patented vandal guards – an intuitive, secure, and durable cab-protection system utilizing a watertight and noise-reducing roof storage box. Both Digger Guard products were tested in extensive trials with customer Hitachi Construction Machinery (HCM).

‘Following successful tests and field trials, we’ve rolled out Digger Guard’s vandal guard and new handrail systems across a series of excavator models in our fleet,’ said a spokesperson for Hitachi Construction Machinery.

‘We’re continuously looking for ways to enhance our offer to our customers and operators, and working with Digger Guard on these ancillary products has helped us to achieve that.  Their new polymer handrail system is an exciting step forward. Feedback has been very positive, and we wish them every success with their launch.’

Separate independent testing by Lloyds British Testing Ltd has certified Digger Guard’s handrails as exceeding construction machinery industry standards in a series of pull-strength tests.

Digger Guard, who offer an on-site fit-test service and deliver parts to anywhere in the UK, invite discussions with construction machinery manufacturers and distributors. Attendees at Hillhead can arrange to meet with the team on the stand or, alternatively, can get in touch via: [email protected]; or by calling: 0191 274 4774.

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