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Digga combats serious skills shortage

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Internationally acclaimed manufacturer Digga Australia is battling to overcome a shortage of skilled workers. The Australian-owned Yatala-based company now employs 250 people, Australia-wide, but Digga Chief Executive Officer, Alan Wade, says the operation desperately needs another 20 more skilled workers to meet with the high demand for the Digga product, both for the domestic and international markets. "At a time when unemployment in Queensland is running at more than 7%, we desperately need more qualified fabricators, boilermakers, laser and press operators and CNC machinists. In recent months, we have really stepped up our recruitment efforts but there is a national shortage in the number of qualified and skilled tradespeople... Outside of our normal recruitment efforts, we have placed posters at TAFE colleges and shopping centres, advertised via online and social media platforms and used multiple employment agencies. We have also been posting on community pages on Faceboo

Help Us Raise Funds for Ovarian Cancer Research

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As a proud supporter of Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation, Digga is raising funds to help the Hudson Institute to take an important research project to the next phase.  Read more to find out more about why we’re so passionate about this and how it could help Ovarian Cancer patients finally receive the treatment they deserve. Digga’s Involvement – Matching donations up to 60K by the EOFY Digga is a proud supporter of Ovarian Cancer Research. Our team lost a much-loved leader to ovarian cancer in 2018, making this a personal cause for us. Over the last few years, we’ve donated over 160K towards various research programs and in particular towards the development of an early detection test.  Digga is passionate about improving the outcomes of women with Ovarian Cancer and that’s why we’re matching donations up to 60K until the end of June. The raised funds will go towards the Precision Medicine Project.  Ovarian Cancer only has a 5-year survival rate, the lowest of any cancers. One of the

Digga Tips - Which Auger to Choose for What Ground Conditions

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When drilling in different ground conditions you need the right speed and the right cutting system on the auger to suit the different ground conditions. So which auger should you choose for your application?For efficient drilling on any machine requires power (torque) and down pressure. Digga augers perform better at an optimal RPM against the ground conditions they are against. Similarly the auger diameter will perform better at certain speeds. For example: the larger the hole and harder the ground conditions, the slower you will need to drill. The smaller the hole and softer the ground conditions, then more speed is required.  As a general rule we recommend the following RPM/speeds: 55-65 RPM for general earth conditions. 45-55 RPM when drilling in heavy earth, clay or shale.  20-45 RPM when drilling in rock. Results will depend on rock hardness, type of auger being used and machine down force.  Digga recommends the following for attachments for the different ground conditions:

How to Replace DR Auger Rock Picks (Dedicated Rock Augers)

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Rotating rock picks, are the auger teeth used on our Digga dedicated rock augers (DR) for drilling from soft rock to hard fracturable rock. Here are some things you can observe to determine whether the rock picks are worn: The teeth need to rotate while drilling to maintain an efficient cutting tip. The tungsten tip and tooth should be evenly pointed. Poorly maintained teeth reduce cutting efficiency and wear out faster costing time and money. We recommend you replace worn teeth immediately! Tip: the outside teeth (C) will wear the fastest as they are travelling the greatest distance so will need replacing more often. Try swapping the outer tooth for an inner tooth to keep the wear even. Always use your best teeth on the outside pockets. Here are some examples or rotating rock picks in various states of wear. Tooth A has not been rotating in the pocket and as a result the tooth is uneven and will cut poorly. We recommend changing this tooth. You may also notice if the tungsten tip has

Why buy Australian-Made Machinery Attachments?

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Let’s face it, we’ve all been there: weighing up buying a cheaper imported product rather than purchasing from an Australian-owned brand. But is it worth the risk? There are some great reasons why you should be buying Australian made products where you can. Especially, when it comes to larger investments like machinery and construction equipment that is utilised on a daily basis.  Your choice to purchase Australian made has a far-reaching affect which goes beyond simply keeping a company like Digga in business.  While buying local means you are getting a quality product which has been built for our conditions and support is close by should you need it - it is the knock-on effect on our economy which isn’t so apparent at first sight. Supporting Local Manufacturing, the Economy and Jobs in Australia  Take Digga as an example, employing over 200 people in our Queensland manufacturing facility is just the start of your contribution when you purchase Digga. With branches also in NSW, VIC an

How To Replace Tapered Auger Teeth (Earth/Rock Combo Augers)

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Our Digga tapered auger teeth are defined by their tapered shape and are used on our earth/rock combo range of augers (RC). Tapered teeth will wear most on the edges above the carbide tip. You may notice the teeth scalloping out around the edges and forming a crease around the tooth.  Please remember that it becomes essential to change the tooth as soon as you notice the carbide tip is either gone, chipped, damaged or cracked. If you notice excessive wear on a single tip carbide tooth and its pocket – we recommend replacing it with a double tip carbide tooth. Removing Tapered Auger Teeth Tapered auger teeth are found on our earth/rock combo augers. Follow these first steps to remove them. 1. Place a pin punch or centre punch in the hole at the base of the tooth holder. 2. Ensure the rounded side of the punch is facing the bottom of the pocket and the flat side against the base of the tooth. 3. Use a hammer to tap the punch into the hole to dislodge the tooth. 4. Remove the tooth. Insta

How to Replace Bladed Auger Teeth (A-series Augers)

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If your A-series auger teeth look anything like the below you should replace them rather sooner than later. The tungsten tip A-Series Auger tooth will wear most on the leading edge of the tungsten. You should see a valley type pattern on the underside of the teeth. In the following, you will find a guide on how remove and install worn auger teeth for A-series augers. If you need to install tapered teeth or rotating rock picks check out our blog. In the meantime, you can also watch our video .  Removing Bladed Auger Teeth Bladed teeth are found on all A series earth augers. Follow these first steps to remove them. 1. If a nylon pin (Pinloc) is in place, remove it using a hole puncher or by breaking the pin. Pinloc is available on A4 augers only. 2. Place a punch in the groove on the back of the tooth, Tap on the back of the punch with a hammer to dislodge the tooth. This should also release the Rubberloc, if used. 3. If the tooth is jammed or difficult to remove, a pin punch or centre