How it started

The Grad Nero Group, known as a leading manufacturer of heavy-duty excavator buckets and the patented Go Max quick-change systems, operates another division specializing in the processing of challenging soils and rock formations in northern Spain. Primarily, these are large construction pits and trenching projects. This unique combination of demand, visionary spirit, and solid engineering knowledge drove the development of a completely new attachment for construction machinery to carry out these difficult projects faster and more efficiently. In early 2009, the first prototypes were deployed in various types of rock. Nonstop deployments and intensive testing from that moment on led to a 100% reliable, efficient, and maintenance-free attachment: The Xcentric® Ripper.

The economic and market demands call for increased performance and production in excavation and demolition. Simultaneously, customers demand lower maintenance costs and downtime, along with improved warranty terms. In 2009, Grado Cero developed a revolutionary attachment: The Xcentric® Ripper specializes in rapid material excavation and demolition at reduced costs with minimal noise!

The enclosed housing of the Xcentric® Ripper is impervious to external influences such as dust, water, dirt, etc. This allows for operations under the most challenging conditions such as tunneling, muddy and wet job sites, as well as all underwater work, e.g., in ports, canals, and open seas. There is no need for special, expensive, and complicated preparations for underwater use. These are the reasons why the Xcentric® Ripper drastically reduces maintenance and repair costs.

Advantages Xcentric Ripper

3 to 5 times higher production Minimal noise development Minimal maintenance effort No daily lubrication required Minimal need for wear parts Long lifespan of components and materials Less consumption per produced m3/ton Environmental protection (bio lubricants) Marine/underwater operations Simple operation Increased operational comfort Cost-effective alternative to "drilling and blasting"

Advantages compared to blasting

Higher safety No radiation emissions Less disturbance of the environment (noise/dust) No lengthy approval procedures required Improved due to smaller percentage of fines incurred More precision for separating rock layers