Thursday, 15 November 2018

How do I avoid damage to the drive hood?

In order to avoid damage to your auger drive, it is important to follow the correct drilling procedure. We recently saw a damaged hood with the lid peeled back as a result of incorrect operation.

Drilling with the cradle resting against the drive unit coupled with side load can create enough force to bend the hood or peel the lid off.

Therefore, it is essential to perform the drilling operation without resting the drive cradle against the drive unit, as shown in the picture above.

The drive unit is a pendulum hung attachment designed to swing freely left right, forward and back, which is why, when drilling correctly, the cradle should be positioned up and away from the drive unit allowing the drive and auger to swing freely, as shown below.

To find out more about the correct drilling procedure, consult our manualIf you are having trouble, need replacement or service to your Digga products, please contact our service and spares department.

Monday, 12 November 2018

Digga Recognised with a Gold Coast Business Award

On Saturday night, Digga Australia were awarded “Gold Coast Manufacturer of the Year” at the annual Gold Coast Business Excellence Awards.

Digga manufactures over 70 different types of machinery attachments such as auger drives, trenchers, augers, brooms and pallet forks for skid steer loaders, tractors and excavators. Digga’s products are exported to over 50 countries and sold through a network of 450 dealers and distributors worldwide.

“We're honoured to be presented with this award, it recognises the hard work our staff put into keeping Digga at the forefront of product innovation and quality, while supporting local manufacturing and helping keep jobs in Australiasaid Alan Wade, Digga’s CEO.

Digga employ over 230 staff and operates 5 facilities around the world with its head office and main manufacturing facility based on the Gold Coast. The 12,500sqm purpose built factory features one of the largest state-of-the-art machine shops in Queensland which supplies the majority of the componentry used by the other facilities.

Over the past 12 months the company has continued to invest in new manufacturing technologies to further improve production efficiencies and product quality. Digga have also released new products into Australian, European and US markets.

See our Gold Coast facility here:

For more information on the Gold Coast Business Excellence Awards visit their website.

Wednesday, 25 July 2018

Digga DR range of augers

Digga's dedicated rock augers (DR) require constant maintenance to remain effective. The teeth must be free to rotate inside the pocket. Teeth that stop rotating will be inefficient and wear out faster causing damage to the tooth pockets and flights.

In the video below, Queensland Sales Manager Anthony Wieckmann talks to you in detail about our dedicated rock augers – the tool you need if you’re drilling into hard fracturable grounds.

Tips when drilling in rock

When drilling in rock for extended periods of time air is trapped in the hole creating an “oven”. This can cause the face of the rock to glaze over and become even harder. For this reason, you should stop drilling and allow fresh air back in the hole approximately every 5 minutes.

As you stop drilling, bring the auger to the surface and allow fresh air back down the hole. Remove any spoil from the auger and inspect the teeth and pilot for wear and that they can turn freely in their pocket.

For more information on drilling in rock click here or download our dedicated rock auger manual.

The Digga auger range

Digga manufactures a range of augers for all ground conditions. Whether you're drilling in soft earth or clay or heavy rock, Digga has the right tool so you can get the job done.

We also manufacture core barrels for extreme rock drilling. Click here for more information.

For more information check out our YouTube channel or click here.
New to the industry or not sure what the standard terms are for different machinery and attachments? We got you covered, just take a peak at our graphic below.

Monday, 16 July 2018

Custom builds to meet customer requirements

Hypower Hydraulics are a Digga reseller from New South Wales. They specialise in hydraulics, but they often have a customer requirement for drilling and screw anchor drives with high power and high torque – although never the ‘standard’ requirements.

Manual Geldes, the business owner, explained that his customers often call up for the “weird and wonderful” and it is his long-standing relationship with Digga Australia and his trust in our manufacture that allows him to meet their requirements.

Hypower Hydraulics request custom drives for different ground conditions or specific screw anchoring applications. They most recently called upon Digga when they needed a drive with a specific gear ratio that would allow their customer to achieve the desired speed and torque output to complete a job. In this instance, they opted for a custom drive which features a custom gearset configuration tested to achieve the specification.

In the past, they have relied on the team at Digga for variable speed drilling drives. A variable speed gearbox is ideal for the operator that wants more than just two speeds. The variable speed drive ensures that the ideal speed and torque are maintained from the start of the bore to the end. It is the perfect drive when drilling with a variety of diameter augers and the drive will automatically sense the optimum change time dependent on the ground conditions and resistance when drilling.

As Digga manufacture and assemble our own planetary drives and gearsets, a custom configuration of gear set to suit bespoke requirements can be achieved within time frames and budgets and fully supported by our expert team for application knowledge and insight.

“We have a good relationship with some key people in the Digga business. Their knowledge base and industry experience understand what myself and customers need and they can custom build drives with the application in mind.”

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Digga Halo development continues...

The Digga engineering team have been conducting further tests on our latest product development, Halo.

Designed to aid vertical alignment when drilling or screw piling, the team needed to asses the durability of the product.

Durability testing

To do this, an experiment was set up to replicate the vibration and shock loads the drive would be subject to when working in extreme ground conditions. This would reveal any weakness in the lighting system as well as the endurance of its required internal components.

The video below shows a small snippet of our testing:

Sensitivity testing

A second part of the recent testing phase was product sensitivity. The sensitivity of the product encompasses 2 areas:

  1. Application sensitivity
    Ensuring Halo can handle different ground conditions and effectively recognize true vertical alignment. For example, when drilling in rocky grounds, the knocks and jerks of the auger could impact the sensitivity of the light indicator if not programmed and tested correctly. 
  2. Light sensitivity
    When we attended Diesel Dirt and Turf 2018 a number of customers asked us if you would always see the Halo light bar in really bright lights. We ran some programming tests to ensuring the light bar is visible in super bright daylight and sunshine to confirm this. 

Stay tuned for more information on the launch of Halo coming soon, or take some time and read up on the product here: 

Thursday, 5 July 2018

The Digga auger range

The right auger for the right ground condition is key to working productively. Here we have a brief overview of the 3 different 'standard' auger ranges Digga manufacture.

'A' or 'earth' range of augers

Digga's A augers are efficient in cutting through earth, clay and soft ground as it uses flat teeth to peel up the layers. Our A augers have 3 teeth options within the range to aid wear; the standard earth tooth, flat carbide tooth or raised carbide tooth option. 

'RC' or 'rock combo' augers

Digga's RC range of augers uses a tapered tooth which can be used on rocky/ earthy grounds. The tungsten tipped teeth helps to rip into the ground. 

'DR' or 'rock' augers

Dedicated rock augers are ideal for bursting into material such as shale or rock. They use a pick tooth to break and fracture into the ground. 

Watch our latest video of Anthony giving a brief overview of the range here: 

For more information on the Digga range of augers visit our website or check out some of our videos on YouTube

Thursday, 28 June 2018

Factory tour with Digga NZ

Last Friday we were visited by John Neilan, GM of Digga NZ.

Digga have been exporting to Digga NZ since 1997 and offer a wide range of construction attachments for the earth moving industry of New Zealand.

Their team are fully supported by our Australian facility to ensure customers receive only the toughest machinery attachments the market has to offer!

Thursday, 14 June 2018

The city mourn a champion.

Extract taken from the Gold Coast Bulletin, 15.06.2018

Installing fences with Digga machinery attachments

Fencing of any kind; whether you’re installing a security fence, garden privacy fence, flagpole or replacing old fence posts, will need you to dig out post holes.

Using a shovel is time-consuming and labour intensive; you will possibly make your hole larger than you need and most probably do your back in.

Digga has a range of attachments and tools to make digging post holes easy when fencing. Suitable for attaching to a mini loader, tractor, skid steer or excavator whether you’re in a garden, on the farm or on building site – we have the attachment for you and/or your team.
Don’t have a machine? We have a one-man post hole digger.

Digga ramdrills:

If you’re working with a tractor, Digga manufactures a range of ramdrills. Digga ramdrills use the 3 point linkage at the rear of the tractor to connect and each option offers different levels of power suited to the different levels of usage and requirement;

Digga manufacture 3 options of ramdrill:

  • PHD ramdrill - the safest most powerful planetary auger drive attachment for tractors. The hydraulic gearbox gives you the greatest power for drilling with maximum down pressure. This model is recommended for larger diameter holes and hard ground or, if you are drilling a lot of tree holes, fence posts holes or general boring with the tractor.
  • PTO ramdrill – uses the tractors PTO to drive the auger through a gearbox and clutch system and it ideally suited to 50 and 75hp tractors. A hydraulic ram provides down pressure for efficient drilling.
  • 3 point linkage drill – the 3 point linkage drill is Digga’s starting model. It is best suited for the farmer who drills the occasional post or tree hole. The borer features a heavy duty frame and uses gravity to penetrate the ground. No hydraulic connections required.

One man post hole borer:
The Digga one-man post hole borer is a practical option if you’re working alone. It collapses into 5 sections to store easily and transport in the back of the ute. With rubber tyres, it is also easy to maneuver and wheel about when you’re on site. Powered by hydraulics to give you power, its anti-kickback feature promotes safety when operating and will stop you being thrown about when in use. Similarly, it has been uniquely balanced to aid operation on the uneven ground and the handlebars can be shifted for better control when close up digging.

Digga's auger drive and cement mixers:

For skid steers, excavators, mini loaders or tractors with loader arms, Digga manufactures a range of front mounted auger drives and augers for all ground conditions. From earth augers to dedicated rock augers you will be able to drill post holes up to 4m deep when coupled with one of our auger extensions*.

What’s more, once you’ve drilled the hole with your Digga auger and drive, swap your auger for our mixer bowl and mix concrete to fix your fencing posts without the need to buy or hire a dedicated cement mixer.

Go from drilling to mixing in under 2 minutes. Click here to find out more about the Digga cement mixer.

*4000mm auger extension available for 30t machines and over only.

For more information on our product range ideal for fencing visit the Digga website or watch more videos on our YouTube channel. Alternatively get in touch and we will put you in contact with your local Digga dealer.

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

Change from drilling to mixing in under 2 minutes – how to attach you Digga cement mixer

The Digga cement mixer is a valuable attachment to own thanks to its versatility - doubling up your Digga drive unit. It attaches simply to your Digga drive in a matter of minutes so you can switch from drilling to mixing quickly and easily.

How to attach you Digga cement mixer:

  1. With your Digga auger drive attached to your machine, remove any Digga augers from the auger drive unit. 
  2. Secure the drive cradle onto the frame using supplied pin.
  3. Place mixer bowl on the drive unit.
  4. Fasten pin and lynchpin to secure mixer bowl.
  5. Set the angle to 45 degrees and the unit is now ready for use.
This video shows the Digga mixer being attached to one of our drive units to install posts. 

If you have any queries or concerns regarding the fitting or operation of your Digga mixer, contact your local Digga dealer.

EOFY savings

Save this EOFY with Digga and the ATO’s $20k instant asset write off.

Who could benefit:

  • You’re an Australian business with a turnover of less than $10million/ year and,
  • You purchase eligible assets that cost less than $20,000 before the 30th June 2018

You could save thousands this EOFY.

If you’re working in earthmoving, agriculture, landscaping, screw piling or general earthworks you could purchase any Digga machinery attachment with a value less than $20k and benefit from the ATO’s instant asset write off provision. You can write-off as many individual items as you like, provided they are less than $20,000 and you claim the deduction through your tax return, in the year the asset was first used or installed ready for use.

What are you waiting for? View the Digga range of machinery attachments here.

For full terms and conditions visit the ATO's website.  It is important for you to seek professional tax advice from a licensed agent before you make any financial decisions. This tax deduction may not be suitable or beneficial for all businesses.

Digga gear oil - now available!

Do you need to service your Digga drive but not located near one of our service centres?

You can now purchase Digga gear oil in 1l, 2/5l and 5l bottles so you can service your Digga attachments from the convenience of your yard or shed.

The oil in your drive unit is independent of your machines hydraulic system. As a result, your auger drive requires regular oil changes to remain in its optimal working condition - just like your car or motorbike. Failure to change the oil will reduce the life of your attachments.

Digga gear oil is specially designed for Digga gearboxes; tried and tested with Digga attachments working in earthmoving applications, in the diverse Australian climate. Our 320 extreme pressure gear oil is now available to purchase in 1l, 2.5l and 5l bottles.

Changing the oil is simple. Just follow our step by step video guide: 

While there are no provisions to check the level of your gearbox oil on your Digga drive; if you are working in moderate operating conditions you should change your oil at 3 months or after 50 hours or use and then every 500 hours or 12 months (whichever comes first). If you are working in severe operating conditions you should change your oil at 30 hours, and then every 300 hours.

Contact your local Digga dealer today to purchase your Digga gear oil today!

Recommended further reading: 

Sunday, 10 June 2018

Suzie Wright, 1968 -2018

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the recent passing of Suzie Wright, CEO and Managing Director of Digga Australia. As you may or may not be aware, Suzie had been fighting a battle with a rare form of Ovarian Cancer for the last 15 months and sadly lost this battle late afternoon on Friday 8th June 2018.

Digga has lost a vigorously passionate and intelligent woman, the Australian manufacturing community has lost its greatest advocate and the world has lost a compassionate and amazing human being.  No words can adequately express our sadness at Suzie’s death or our gratitude for the opportunity to work with her over the past 21 years.

Born and raised on the Gold Coast, Suzie worked in her Father’s contracting and construction business for over 15 years gaining hands-on experience in construction piling and general construction.

Working for Digga Australia since the mid-1990’s, Suzie was initially involved in the company’s marketing activities. As the business grew globally, Suzie’s role became more pivotal; her passion for the business never faulted and she was announced Chief Executive Officer in 2004 at the age of 35. Based in Australia, she was heading a global company in what was, predominantly, classified as a man’s industry. Inspiring women globally, she paved the way for other females at Digga and throughout the industry to take on roles that were traditionally male stereotyped.

Leading the company for over a decade, Suzie was responsible for several successes including the consolidation of its Australian operations; rescuing and successfully integrating Kanga Loaders into the Digga business; establishing a large manufacturing plant in the US and rebuilding the head office facility in Yatala, QLD following a factory fire in early 2016.

In what she would say was undeniably her greatest achievement, Suzie made Digga her family and built a workplace centred around its employee community. It wasn’t just the 200+ employees who worked for Digga; it was the 200 families she helped support which meant the most to her. Her friends and family would describe her as the most generous and caring soul imaginable.

Passionate about Australian manufacturing and supporting local jobs, Suzie helped build strength and respect within her workforce that has helped to place Digga into the best shape of its 37-year history. Suzie was also very passionate about our customers and suppliers with whom she also had great relationships. She made it a priority that we value and respect our customer and supplier relationships and they became part of the extended Digga family.

Succession and strategic planning began not long after her first being diagnosed and she ensured we have a very clear vision going forward. Her executive team have been leading the business successfully over the past 15 months while she fought cancer with her trademark bravery and resilience. True to her vision the past 15 months has seen exceptional growth across products, markets and customers.

The business will remain 100% Australian and family owned. Stewart Wright, the company’s founder, will remain as chairmen of the board. Alan Wade, with over 25 years’ experience within Digga will step into the CEO position of the Digga Group. Peter Moody will remain as COO for the group.

Suzie leaves her team at Digga with heavy hearts but with a solid foundation for the future. We appreciate your support over the years and look forward to our continuing prosperous relationship.

Kind Regards from all our team here at Digga,

Stewart Wright. Chairman of the Board                     
Alan Wade, Chief Executive Officer                              
Peter Moody, Chief Operating Officer 

Thursday, 7 June 2018

Go from drilling to mixing in under 2 minutes with the Digga mixer attachment.

Installing a new fence or refitting fence posts? Don’t buy or rent a dedicated cement mixer when you can turn your auger drive into a cement mixer! 

The Digga mixer attachment is a practical tool for the farm, building site or general maintenance. Whether you need to mix cement, post fix, fertilizer or mulch; with the Digga cement mixer, you can change from drilling to mixing in under 2 minutes.

It’s popular thanks to its ease of connection to your Digga auger drive - simply pin the cradle into your existing auger frame and add the mixer bowl. It will attach to all Digga drives, post-2017 manufacture.

Available in 2 size options to give you a max struck capacity of 4 cu ft/ 112 litres the Digga mixer bowl can add real value to your fleet – saving you time and money. 

See the change over in action here

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

Get your fencing in line.

From one-man post hole diggers, augers and cement mixers suitable for tractors, telehandlers and skid steer loaders; take advantage of Digga's range of fencing solutions before the start of the season.

Whether your fences are containing livestock, subdividing your land or keeping your neighbours out, Digga fencing attachments will take the hard work out of installing strong, stable fence post holes.

Monday, 4 June 2018

Halo - operator benefits

The Digga Halo has been designed and engineered to make life easier for operators when drilling and screw piling.

  • The operator can see the alignment light indicator of Halo from the machine cab, removing the need for an extra person to hold a level to align the drive. With nobody standing under the drive and boom, Halo increases safety and also saves on labour costs.
  • Halo helps to avoid side loading on the auger drive and auger thanks to the alignment light indicators. Sideloading of the drive and auger can lead to expensive repairs.
    You can find more information on the importance of vertical alignment here.

If you have any queries or feedback on the Digga Halo please leave your comments below or send us a message on Facebook

Wednesday, 30 May 2018

Halo - testing and development stage 1

If you're drilling or screw piling with any size auger, the Halo is being developed for you. Halo is currently in development with our engineering team here in Brisbane. 

We wanted to show you some of the testings we’re carrying out on it to ensure it is fully tried and tested and ready for the Australian market.

If you have any queries or feedback relating to Halo, please leave us your comments below or send us a message on Facebook

Digga Halo - what is it?


Halo uses Digga engineered technology to indicate vertical alignment of the pendulum drive using our patented light system. This is a huge benefit for the earthmoving and piling industry; assisting in correcting drilling procedures.

It has been designed to save operators time and money:
  • Halo is Digga's revolutionary new product for earthmoving operators who auger and/or screw pile.

  • When in use, green lighting indicates drive alignment. Amber or red lighting is used to indicate the directional movement required to achieve alignment.

  • It is made up of 4 components: 1x light ring, 1x battery pack, 1x cable set and the CPU/sensor.

  • The light ring is visible all the way around the drive by the operator. The battery pack is magnetic so easy to attach to the boom or auger drive. The CPU & cables will be fitted in the hood of the drive.

  • Halo will be available as a built-in option on our range of auger and screw anchor drives. A retrofit option will be available late 2018 for existing Digga drive units.

If you have any queries or feedback relating to Halo, please leave us a comment below or send us a message on Facebook

Thursday, 10 May 2018

Digga Halo - coming soon !

The biggest innovation in pendulum drilling in the past decade, the Digga Halo launches mid-2018.

If you're drilling or screw piling, the NEW Digga Halo is for you. Using our patented light system Halo indicates vertical alignment of the pendulum drive, helping you correct drilling procedures and prevent side loading on the auger and drive.

This is a huge benefit for operators using drilling drives in the earthmoving and piling industry.

Follow the link below to learn more about Halo and to receive updates on the testing and product development prior to launch.