Komatsu graders have now been certified for use with Broons' ripper-mounted Graderoll roller attachment.
The Graderoll roller attachment provides added productivity to graders for gravel road compaction - and are available for sale through Komatsu branches.
According to Guy Bowden, Broons' Marketing Manager, Graderoll attachments incorporate a sleek, modern design, safe and easy coupling, and minimal daily maintenance requirements.
Designed and manufactured in Australia, a base unit Graderoll costs less than $40,000 and is available for all Komatsu grader models.
The latest development is a tilt attachment option. "With the simple flick of a switch, the operator can retract the roller right up out of the way, allowing the road to be ripped without having to unhitch the roller and all from the comfort of the cabin," said Guy.
"With the road surface ripped, the lowered roller can then compact while the blade spreads the material.
"Only Graderoll with tilt attachment allows this efficiency from a single grader," he said.
Easily and quickly attached to the grader's ripper frame, Graderoll uses a secure coupling system to eliminate any movement, while the heavy duty frame comes with an industry-leading 10-year structural warranty.
"Our new tilt attachment option also offers an improved turning circle on tight rural roads as well as safer highway travel by improving ground clearance," Guy said.
"Wear resistant polymer blocks and bushes are used throughout the Graderoll to eliminate routine daily greasing, leaving the operator free to do more grading and rolling."
Other features include optional solid filled tyres, recovery hitch, LED brake lights and brake-safe pressure release system have been designed to satisfy any work environment or risk assessment requirements.
Back at the yard, integrated "drop down" supporting legs allow the roller to free stand once detached.
One recent customer has been the rural Victorian City of Benalla, which purchased a Graderoll with its recently purchased Komatsu GD555-5 grader.
"Used to great effect in their gravel road maintenance program, the council has found the combination very user-friendly and effective," said Guy.