Cutter Heads


Rockwheel D20 trenching in West Virginia sandstone and blue rock…a microcosm on the paradigm shift in rock excavation

Apr 13, 2017
With winter finally coming to a close the construction season in the Mid-Atlantic region is picking up steam.  With this seasonal uptick we at Alpine Rockwheel are getting more and more calls as excavation contractors and engineers recognize the benefit…

Alpine D20 RockWheel for Rock Trenching: When is a RockWheel the best call?

Jun 12, 2015
With regard to trenching in rock, a frequent question I get from customers and equipment dealers is “When do I use a RockWheel vs. a hammer or ripper bucket?”  The answer is somewhat simple, the RockWheel is the best option…

How Deep into Rock Will a RockWheel Cut?

Apr 07, 2015
When you are placing a bid on an excavation project there are an abundance of factors that you are taking into consideration. There are concerns about the geographical location of the project site and the conditions you will potentially face…

Precision Concrete Scaling in Wet Conditions with a Rockwheel

Dec 15, 2014
One of the more challenging excavation site conditions is the removal of concrete in wet conditions. The presence of water can drastically reduce the efficiency of an excavation operation by severely limiting the capacity of equipment. To finish these projects…

How to Boost Rock Trenching Precision and Efficiency with a Transverse Cutter Head

Dec 01, 2014
Trenching and rock excavation projects are always tall tasks. The inherent uncertainty and variability of rock strength (measured in psi or MPa) and quality (degree and spacing of fractures) makes bidding these projects a challenge and predicting production rates even more…

Using a RockWheel for Limestone Scaling

Dec 01, 2014
Trenching and mass rock excavation projects come complete with a unique set of challenges. Each surface has certain qualities that make different cutter drums better equipped to accomplish the task.…

4 Reasons to Rent Concrete Demolition Tools

May 07, 2014
Since the construction industry started to rebound in 2011, contractors have started to rebuild their businesses back to larger operations to handle the increasing work load. This growth means contractors are using more excavators, and other concrete demolition tools. …

Does a Cutterhead Spin Towards the Excavator, or Away from it?

Mar 24, 2014
Cutterheads can have varying rates of production depending on the hardness of rock you are dealing with, but are especially efficient in soft to medium rock.utterheads are a useful product that can produce a significant impact on a variety of…

Tunnel Construction: What Productivity Rates Can I Expect from a Cutterhead?

Mar 21, 2014
The key to any good investment is starting with a clear objective of what you expect that piece of equipment to do. Once you have established your target, you can order priorities and begin narrowing your search. When you have…

Trenching Around Utilities in Urban Areas

Mar 17, 2014
It is one thing to execute a trenching project in undeveloped rural areas where there are few obstacles and considerations to account for — it is quite another to undertake a trenching project in an urban setting. No trenching project…

How Deep Will a Cutterhead Cut?

Mar 17, 2014
When you are placing a bid on an excavation project there are an abundance of factors that you are taking into consideration. There are concerns about the geographical location of the project site and the conditions you will potentially face…

Tunneling: What Equipment Can Be Outfitted with a Cutterhead?

Mar 11, 2014
During tunneling projects you are constantly faced with decisions about what equipment will enable you to work efficiently and effectively. Some jobs will be simple and straightforward while others may call for more sophisticated equipment to ensure that the work…

Cutterhead: The One Tool to Get the Job Done Right

Mar 11, 2014
Cutterheads are incredibly versatile and are well suited for several different applications. Designed to handle a wide variety of projects, cutterheads can be used to excavate soil, rock, asphalt, and concrete. They can also cut virtually any kind of rock. Despite…

3 Reasons a Cutterhead Cuts a Better Trench than a Hammer

Feb 13, 2014
If you have never completed a trenching project with the use of a cutterhead, you might be interested in knowing that you have been missing out. Cutterheads have a wide range of ability that makes them incredibly proficient tools for…