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Southern Plant Spares bring the new UNI-TUSK X1 to the EHS

January 23, 2017

Filed under: Latest News — Louise @ 10:26 am

The UNI-TUSK X1 combines a tooth and blade in to one system with no sharp edges.

Following months of consultation with the plant hire industry and utilities contractors, Rhinox identified that many contractors are insisting that buckets are now used without any teeth fitted to reduce the chance of cable strikes.

It is estimated that 60,000 underground cable strikes occur every year, which puts the machine operators at serious risk of injury or death, and can cost businesses millions of pounds in associated damages and compensation.

Rhinox recognised the importance of protecting lives but also identified another issue that plant hire companies were facing; using buckets without teeth was causing maintenance costs substantially increase!

The UNI-TUSK X1 combines a tooth and blade in to one system with no sharp edges. This reduces the risk of penetrating underground cables and pipes. The large surface area of the UNI-TUSK X1 also increases the digging efficiency.

Because the UNI-TUSK X1 is designed like a sidecutter style tooth, it locks the side plates and the lip plate. increasing the structural integrity of the bucket.

The UNI-TUSK X1 is made from a cast steel which is hardened to 550HB (i.e. incredibly hard!). This means that the overall life time of the blade is considerably extended. Early trials show that the UNI-TUSK X1 can increase a buckets life time by at least 4-6 times.

Additionally, the UNI-TUSK X1 is a fully replaceable part. This means that instead of replacing the full bucket, you can just replace the tooth – making it the much more economical option.


• No sharp edges – Reducing the risk of utility strikes.

• Large surface area – Large surface area means very efficient digging.

• Maximises strength – Sidecutter style tooth locks the side plates and the lip plates together.
• Heat treated – Heat treated cast steel extends the life of the tooth considerably.

• Fully replaceable – Bolt-on / bolt-off design means you can quickly replace the tooth instead of replacing the full bucket.

Southern Plant Spares will be attending the ‘EXECUTIVE HIRE SHOW’ on the 8th & 9th of February 2017! Drop by the stand  to claim your free football and chat to the sales team regarding the UNI-TUSK X1, or any of SPS other products.  The UNI-TUSK X1 is an Innovation Trail finalist.

The Executive Hire Show takes place on 8th & 9th February 2017 at its established Ricoh arena home.  Registration is open – and it’s FREE!