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Kit: Remu Big Float

What is your product?

The RemuBig Float is an amphibious excavator ideal for aquatic environments like shoreline, rivers, swamp, reservoirs, waste ponds and canals.

It comes in three sizes: BF 800, can hold an 8-tonne machine; BF 1400 can hold a 14-tonne machine; BF 2200 can hold a 22-tonne machine.

How does it work?

The Remu Big Float pontoon undercarriage is a platform that creates a safe working environment in otherwise unsafe locations.

It is easy to transport from one jobsite to another: simply retract the pontoons to driving width, drive the Big Float onto the lowboy using the tracks, and then retract the pontoons to transportation width. No special arrangements are necessary.

The platform is totally floating. However, if operating the machine in open water deeper than 1.5 metres (5 ft), it requires additional pontoons and anchoring legs.

Where would it ideally be used?

It can be used for recycling natural materials in aquatic environments, clearing waste materials and excavation works in challenging terrains, including open water.

Big Float is suitable for various applications such as dredging the shore line and removing stones and other waste materials; cutting aquatic vegetation; dredging and cleaning canals and rivers; empting industrial waste ponds; building infrastructure by recycling naturally occurring materials at watersides; use on opencast sites for dewatering, damming and as a support for pumps.

How is it different?

The Remu Big Float is a unique patented design benefiting from: better outreach compared to working from a barge; tracks and chains similar to a normal excavator, and a strong, proven quality; pontoon structure with baffle sections guarantee safe floating.

Where has it been used?

The Big Float has been used for dredging shallow water areas down to nine metres, removing mud or stones, transforming river banks and clearing waste materials and sediment.  It has been used to cut down aquatic vegetation growing in lakes and rivers or at the side of waterways where it is usually impossible to get cutting equipment to. 

Big Float can be helpful in opencast mines. It has been used to assist water pumps and other dewatering and damming jobs.  It has also been used in hydro power plants to keep sufficient flow for the plant’s operations but keeping channels and reservoirs clear.

What is its life span?

The lower carriage track parts have an approximate lifetime of 5,000 to 10,000 hours according to conditions of use, roughness of terrain and amount of maintenance. Upper carriage parts are according to the base machine manufacturer.

How is it future-proofed?

Remu Big Float components are less likely to become outdated fast, as they don’t include high technology.

How much does it cost?

Prices depend on the model required and additional requirements but start from €127,000. (£104,348)

How many have you sold and where?

From 2004 to 2012 Remu Big Floats have been delivered to the following locations: five to Africa; 36 to Europe (including Russia and Ukraine); five to North and South America and one to Oceania and Australia.

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