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 www.digga.com 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?

THE BIGGEST INNOVATION IN PENDULUM DRILLING IN THE PAST DECADE. 

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.

Thursday, 26 April 2018

Digga launch spare parts website

If you're servicing or completing regular maintenance on your Digga machinery attachments, you may need to replace parts and components to keep your attachment. Our new spare parts section is easy to access and straightforward to use:
  • Find your attachment
  • Select your required part 
  • Get a quote from Digga
Visit our new spare parts section on the website here: www.digga.com/service-spares

Please note that only our current machinery attachments of our core products are currently listed. Updates are being made weekly to keep the system up to date.

Easily identify your parts.

With exploded view diagrams of all our machinery attachments, it is easy for you to identify the parts and components of our attachments. Each part and component is highlighted by a reference number so that you can pinpoint exactly what you require.

Australian manufacturing.

At Digga Australia, we manufacture our machinery attachments right here in Brisbane, Queensland. We have a high volume of parts and components readily available, off the shelf which means we can ship them to you quickly, with no waiting for overseas freight and delivery; getting you back to work as soon as possible.

Maintenance tips. 

Keeping on top of the basic maintenance for your Digga machinery attachments and managing your wear parts effectively will keep you working longer.

We have a number of hints and tips to keep you on site & avoiding costly repairs.

We have over 450 dealers across Australia. 

If you need any further information on parts and components for your Digga machinery attachments, contact your local Digga branch to locate your closest Digga dealer: 1300 234442

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Digga at The National Diesel Dirt & Turf Expo

What a weekend at the National Diesel Dirt & Turf Expo in Penrith!

The Digga team were extremely busy all last week fitting our site with products and information ready to greet customers.
Digga Diesel Dirt and Turf
The weekend arrived and the team were kept on their toes meeting new and existing customers - there were crowds queuing to get in on Friday morning!
Digga events - diesel dirt and turf
We exhibited a wide range of our products including new products and product concepts coming soon.


You can find further information on all our existing product range on display at the show here.

The Digga show special is available until 30th April 2018. Take advantage while stocks last: 


  • Get a FREE Diggatac chain upgrade when you purchase any size trencher with earth chain 
  • Get a FREE Tungten teeth upgrade when you purchase any earth auger

We had a number of new products and product concepts on display at the show, excited to gain insight and feedback.

The new General purpose bucket and Telehandler crane jib proved popular and we spoke to customers about the Digga Halo and new Digga Slasher due to launch mid-2018.

Digga Halo 


The Digga Halo aids vertical alignment when drilling and screw piling. It is still in development at our Brisbane facility but in this video, Anthony gives you a brief overview on the product:



Stay up to date with our Halo testing, development and launch dates by signing up to Halo communications here: Sign up for Halo updates.


Digga Slasher


If you visited our stand at Diesel Dirt and Turf you will have seen our latest Slasher development.

Again, this product is still in development but we want to make the Slasher, the best it can be -  as such looking for a Slasher 'wishlist'.

If you have any new features you'd like to see on the Digga Slasher, get in touch! Whatever the idea we'd love to hear from you.


Please email marketing@digga.com to have your say. 


If you would like to talk to the Digga team regarding any of the above or from the show please get in touch with us on 1300 234 442.


New product - telehandler lifting jib

Our latest product, the telehandler lifting jib is designed for transporting and placing heavy loads such as beams or frames.

It has a 6-tonne working load limit and available in two different sizes to increase the forward reach: 600mm and 1400mm reach.

This machinery attachment is currently certified for lifting with JCB machinery only. It can be used on other machinery but it is not certified for lifting at this time. Please contact us if you would like further information on this.

For more information on the telehandler lifting jib please click here to visit our website.


New product - general purpose bucket

New to our range of buckets is the GP or 'general purpose' bucket.

A general purpose bucket benefits from a lighter weight design over a 4 in 1 bucket thanks to it's simpler construction. This gives operators greater lifting capability with a greater option of bucket widths suitable for their machines lift capacity.

Suitable for grading, scraping, dozing dirt and spreading material the GP bucket is available for skid steer loaders.

Full range of sizes available from 1450mm to 2200mm.

Features & benefits of the new Digga GP bucket 

  • It's super low profile design gives the operator clear vision of the bucket edges
  • A lightweight design offers a greater option of bucket widths suitable for the machines lifting capacity. 
  • Heavy duty wear strips across the front edge and bucket floor for added bucket life
  • Convenient steps for added safety and easy access to the cab 
  • Optional bolt-on cutting edges to extend the lift of your bucket floor
  • Design and manufactured in Australia from quality Australian materials by committed Australian workers. 
For more information visit our website www.digga.com 

Wednesday, 4 April 2018

The Digga team get ready for Diesel Dirt & Turf 2018


With less than 1 week to go until the show starts, the Digga team are almost ready to depart down to Penrith, New South Wales for Diesel, Dirt and Turf 2018.

Now in its third event, Diesel Dirt and Turf has quickly become the country's largest and most anticipated earthmoving event of the season and this year will be no letdown.

Find Digga on stand 46 to be one of the first to see our 4 new product concepts plus we have exclusive show specials and prizes to be won. We'll also have our technical experts on site to help you with any of your Digga product and application queries. 


Event details:
Diesel, Dirt & Turf
13th -15th April 2018
Friday & Saturday 9.30am - 5.00pm / Sunday 10.00am - 3.00pm
123 Mulgoa Road, Penrith, NSW 2750
The event is FREE entry and there is free parking on site.

View the map below to find the Digga stand (number 46).

Monday, 2 April 2018

Trencher wearparts

Keeping on top of your wear parts and prolonging their life will keep you working efficiently for longer.
In this video Anthony Wieckmann, Digga Sales Manager, explains how to tell if your teeth are worn and when you need to change them.


Thursday, 22 March 2018

Digga powder coating

A powder coat finish offers greater resistance to chipping, scratching, fading and general wear to the surface than other finishes.

All our attachments are powder coated which gives them better protection and durability. Powder coating can give a much cleaner coverage of the bucket than a standard wet coat paint. Here we tested that by sticking two buckets out in the weather for 4 weeks. We chose buckets because they have a lot of angles and are easily comparative when on display in dealer showrooms and yards.

So, we set up a test of 2 buckets. 


The experiment.

We chose 2 Digga buckets that were the exact same product only we powder coated one and gave the other a standard wet coat paint finish. To start with the buckets appeared pretty identical and it isn't obvious which finish is which.

We left the buckets outside for 4 weeks.

We didn't use them, we simply left them open to the elements of the Australian weather - similar to buckets left on display in the yard of a dealership.

We monitored changes to their appearance weekly and recorded the results.

The results.


Week 1
The powder coated bucket shows little to no change in appearance. 

Rust is beginning to form on the standard wet coat bucket.

Week 2
At the end of week 2, the powder coat bucket still shows little to no change in appearance.

While rust spots have become more apparent on the standard wet coated bucket. 

As week 3 progressed more rust developed on the standard wet coat finished bucket. The powder coat bucket continued to show little to no change in appearance. 


Week 4 
At the end of week 4, there is a significant difference in the two buckets despite being exposed to the exact same elements - no work just sun, wind and rain. 
Still, the powder coated bucket showed little change in appearance. 

Pins, linkages and bushes are showing heavy rust on the standard wet coat paint finished bucket.


Imagine if these buckets had been sat around for longer than 4 weeks? 


For the full story, watch our latest video:



A Digga powder coated bucket is durable and long-wearing. We want to provide you with tried and tested, reliable machinery attachments manufactured right here in Australia. 

For more information check out our Facebook page and other articles on our manufacturing facilites.

Wednesday, 7 March 2018

Reuben Excavations in Melbourne's south east choose Digga auger drive

Choosing a Digga auger drive

Business owner and operator Brad spoke to us about their Digga auger drive and decisions for choosing Digga.

They have owned a Digga PD4 auger drive and a number of differently sized augers for the last 5 years. They chose Digga because they wanted a well-known brand that produced a quality product range and with a good reputation.

Brad uses their Digga auger drive to drill holes for stumps and posts, deep piles to form anchors for historic buildings, light towers and fence posts.

Brad's comments on the Digga auger drive:


I use the auger drive on our 3.5-ton excavator and I can trust our PD4 and I can trust the support from Digga Australia.
Digga wants to be there for the customer long after you’ve purchased it. When the time came to give our drive a service and going over, the staff at Digga were more than helpful- they shared the knowledge they had about other customers experience and shared tips on best practice and what to do to prolong the PD4s life.
I’d recommend a Digga auger drive to anyone looking to purchase one. It’s durable, proven itself in the field and developed, built and supported by Australians right here in Australia.



Reuben Excavations

Brad is the business owner for Reuben Excavations. Reuben Excavations of Melbourne’s south-east are a small excavation and earthmoving contractor providing services to all trades within the building and civil sectors.

Rocky's Excavations review the Digga Slasher

Rocky's Excavations and the Digga Slasher

Rocky Toohey and Bregan Lockett business owners at Rocky's Excavations explained, their most used Digga attachment is the Slasher - for land clearing, grass and weed slashing.  
“The slasher is always impressing our customers with just how much it can slash and the different types of weeds and lantana it removes so quickly.
The Digga slasher removes small trees cutting them up to nothing. Working on acreage properties in the summer the Digga slasher is our most requested attachment for land maintenance, fence line clearing and acreage upkeep.”

 Benefits of the Digga Slasher

  • Built for slashing and clearing grasslands and low-level shrubbery the Digga Slasher is the introductory offering in the Digga range of forestry and vegetation management attachments. 
  • It is perfect for smaller property maintenance, clearing light scrub, tidying fence lines, general landscaping, roadway maintenance and parks maintenance. 
  • Available to suit mini loaders, skid steers, excavators and tractors the Digga Slasher is available with 3 different width options depending on your machine and access limitations. 
  • Benefitting from a twin blade, dual rotation single cutting bar it comes complete with hoses and couplers.

Rocky's Excavations

“We would definitely recommend the Digga Slasher to anyone looking for an easy way to remove grass and weeds. It has stood the test for some stubborn weeds and trees and is still going strong”. 
Rocky’s Excavations from Canungra have built their business around the Gold Coast, Scenic Rim, and Brisbane area, servicing all aspects of earthmoving and excavation works. They also service local farms and acreage owners for land maintenance, horse arenas and general property maintenance.

You can find more information about their business on their Facebook page

For more information on the Digga Slasher check out our website or review our other blog posts: 


Sunday, 4 March 2018

Features & benefits of the Digga 2 speed auger drive

In our latest video, Queensland Sales Manager Anthony Wieckmann talks to us about the benefits of using the Digga 2 speed drive unit.



For more information on the Digga 2 speed drive unit have a read of our other blog posts:
Alternatively, visit the Digga website www.digga.com 

Thursday, 22 February 2018

Digga Morning Teal Event for Ovarian Cancer

Ovarian Cancer Awareness month

February is ovarian cancer awareness month and a cause very close to home for the team at Digga Australia.

Yesterday (22.02.2018) the Digga community raised over $15,000 for Ovarian Cancer Australia following a full day of fundraising activities at their facilities in Yatala, Queensland.

Digga would like to thank the entire Digga community for getting involved and taking part in this amazing cause - we could not have done it alone.

Ovarian Cancer Australia

Ovarian Cancer Australia provides vital services for women living with ovarian cancer and raises awareness of the disease. Every year thousands of Australian women are diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer, the deadliest form of cancer. Contrary to what many people believe, a pap test will not detect ovarian cancer, there is currently no early detection test.

Digga Morning Teal

The team at Digga initially decided to organize a Morning Teal for staff with a gold coin donation and the proceeds would be donated to Ovarian Cancer Australia. However, a morning tea quickly became a sausage sizzle and before long we had gifts being dropped off from suppliers and dealers to hold a raffle.

By the day of the event, the Digga team had received over 70 prizes donated for a raffle and auction with a value upwards of $4000. The team also saw cash donations in excess of $5000 on their fundraising page from our amazing suppliers, dealers, and local businesses.

Many of the prizes, including a Lenovo tablet (donated by Fuse recruitment), 4x AFL tickets for the Brisbane Lions (donated by CC Amatil) and 3x Bauer media magazine subscriptions (donated by Bauer Media) were raffled in a lucky dip prize draw.

Top prizes from Bohler, Castrol, Total Steel, ARK Parts, Hastings Deering Cat, Eaton, Westpac, JCB, and R& J Batteries were auctioned off in a silent auction. Some of the prizes included were a V8 Supercar driver experience, corporate seats to the Titans vs Broncos and a very sought after 70l hot pink Caterpillar esky. Staff were bidding until the last second to get their hands on some of the prizes!

If you would like to donate to Ovarian Cancer Australia, visit our fundraising page here.

Thank you to our suppliers, dealers & local businesses

All of the raffle and auction prizes came from our generous suppliers, dealers, and local businesses and we would like to thank them all for being a part of our Digga community fundraising efforts:

Bohler
Castrol
Total Steel
Bauer Media
Parker
Hastings Deering Cat
Bauer Media
Eaton
Westpac
ARK parts
JCB
R&J Batteries
Akzo Noble
Corporate travel partners
Fuse Recruitment
CC Amatil
Blackwoods
Aquaduck
Shearer's Arms Tavern
Mad Ink
Preferred car care
Beenleigh Butchery
Office Choice
Norfolk Tavern
Coral Cay Resort
Jamberry pamper
Gotzingers
Murray Bros - Jeremy Poole
Gold Coast Titans
Zena Wolfenden
Peter Bare Arsed Mechanical
Stone & Wood
Gabrielle Craddock

Monday, 12 February 2018

Maintenance for you Digga drive unit


Digga drilling drives.

Digga's range of premium drilling auger drives are the ultimate is performance, quality and cost effectiveness.  Ideally suited to drilling and auguring applications in most ground conditions, the Digga drive range is completely manufactured and assembled by Digga in Yatala, Queensland.

Maintenance for your Digga drive unit.

In this video, Mark talks you through the maintenance checks you can make to your Digga drive unit.

Before each use you should check the following:

  • Make sure all nuts and bolts are in place and secured tightly
  • Make sure all other fasteners are in place and secured 
  • Check all hydraulic connections are tight and that there are no leaks 
  • Ensure all your safety signs are in place and visible 
  • Check externally for oil leaks 
  • Check the pins, bushes and linkages for wear and tear

If you need to make any repairs or maintenance to your drive unit please refer to your user manual for guidance or contact your local Digga dealer. 


Checking your oil. 

There are no provisions to check the level of your gearbox oil on your Digga drive. 
All Digga drive units are dispatched from the factory filled with the correct level of oil. Unless there are clears signs of external oil leakage there is no reason to have to top up or change your oil between service intervals.

Moderate operating conditions 

If you are working in moderate operating conditions you should change your oil at 3 months or after 50 hours of use; then every 500 hours or 12 months, whichever comes sooner. 

Severe operating conditions 

If you are working in severe operating conditions you should change your oil at 30 hours months; then every 300 hours.

Digga recommend an ISO 320 grade mineral oil for your gearbox. 


Changing the oil. 

If you're unable to book your drive unit in for a service you can change the oil in your drive as per the recommended service intervals. 
To change the oil in your gearbox follow these steps, refer to our video and your user manual. 
  1. Lay the drive down with the bung facing up (we also refer to this as the 12 o'clock position) 
  2. Using an 8mm allen key, remove the bung. 
  3. To drain the oil, you need to turn the drive unit so that the bung is facing down and the oil can drip out. You will need a drip tray to collect the old oil. 
  4. Rotate the drive unit until the hole is facing 60 - 70 degrees, or the 2 o'clock position. 
  5. Using a funnel, slowly fill your gear case with oil. 
  6. When you have the hole facing the 2 o'clock position you will be able to see the oil at the bottom of the hole thread. Shining a torch light into the hole will help you see this. 
  7. If the oil level is still too low to reach the thread, repeat the steps 4 - 6 until your drive is full. 

If you have any queries or concerns please consult your users manual or make contact with your local Digga dealer. Alternatively you can contact us at any of our three branches in QLD, NSW or VIC on 1300 4 DIGGA.

Have a look at the effects of a gear where it has not been serviced and the oil has not been changed, here. 

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Level Cut Excavations approve the Digga PD12 drive unit

Level cut excavations

Doug Sparkes is the owner of family run business Level Cut Excavations in Hastings, Victoria. His company can do any kind of earth moving or excavation and specialise in screw piles and bored piers.


Doug uses the Digga PD12 fitted with a standard double pin hitch connected to his 5.5 tonne Kubota excavator. To install screw piles to a max torque of 11,268Nm Doug had the Digga ECV retrofitted to his drive.

Digga ECV

Also known as the swoosh valve, the ECV turns a standard auger drive into a screw anchor drive.
In doing so, it protects the gearbox and motor in your drive from the rapid decompression of oil and pressure build up after achieving required torque. 

By the time installation torque is reached and the operator stops the machine, the screw pile has built up rotational energy - similar to a rubber band on a wind up model aeroplane. This can cause the pile to momentarily 'kick back' and force the energy back up the screw pile through the drive shaft, the gear box and the hydraulic motor. This action effectively turns the motor into a high speed pump, generating cavitation of the motor which causes motor failure and potentially expensive replacement costs. The valve allows this energy to release, avoiding the build-up and protecting the drive unit. 


Read more about the Digga Energy Control Valve here.


 Customer approved

As Doug is using this auger drive regularly in residential builds the PD12 fitted with the ECV was a practical and cost effective solution for him.  

We spoke to Doug about his Digga PD12 drive. He explained, 
"I use the Digga unit all day every day and it just keeps on going with full power. Its strength is in its reliability. I chose Digga because it’s a well-known brand, and this drive hasn’t let me down. I would definitely recommend Digga to other people looking for earth moving and machinery attachments, particularly the PD12”.

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Australia Day Playlist !

Australia's top 100 songs will help you celebrate Australia Day in style. Enjoy over 6 hours of Aussie classics including Cold Chisel, Angels, INXS, Hunters, Paul Kelly, Australian Crawl, ACDC and more. Digga is a proud Australian Manufacturer employing over 200 people.

Here's to Australian Made!

Monday, 22 January 2018

Australian manufacturing means quality, reliable products

For Digga Australia, keeping manufacturing in Australia and continually developing jobs and trades within the country is key to our success.

We believe that Australian manufacturing means quality made…

We understand the importance in supplying you, our customers, with the tools you can put to work day in day out and strive to continually supply reliable, durable and Australian manufactured products.

Being familiar with the diverse Australian landscape means we understand the power you need. We know how to engineer our attachments so that they work for you. 

But don’t just take our word for it, read what some of our customers have to say:

“It’s the peace of mind in knowing that the guys at Digga are local and helpful and totally dedicated to their products and services” - Mitch Wetton, Summit Landscapes
“Digga products are engineered for the Australian job site - from the steel used to manufacture the buckets to the overall quality of the manufacturing”- Mick Sheldon, Ace Rental
“Digga products are manufactured to be easy to use and versatile” -  David Savic, Savic Plant Hire
“The real benefit with the Digga PD12 is having the confidence to put the drive to work every day without the worry of failure or malfunction” -  Brodie Houghton, Solidity PTY Ltd
“I use my Digga PD12 to install screw piles for residential homes and commercial factories. Its key feature is reliability – it just keeps going with full power all day every day” - Doug Sparks, Level Cut Excavations

Australian manufacturing.

With 85% of all parts and components for our earth moving attachments and planetary gearboxes machined and manufactured in-house at our 12,500 sqm factory in Yatala, Queensland, we see every bit of your attachment through its manufacture. We use some of the most technological advanced manufacturing machinery in Australia and work to stringent quality checks.

You can see for yourself on our Facebook and Instagram pages – our customers share their experiences with their Digga machinery attachments daily. 


For more information on our manufacturing process and range of machinery attachments visit our Facebook videos. Alternatively contact your local Digga dealer or Digga sales representative. 

Thursday, 11 January 2018

Understanding Digga excavator hitches

Digga manufacture a range of excavator hitches for machines up to 90 tonne. All our hitches are custom made to your machines requirements and vary in suitability depending on your use.

In this article we will outline the key advantages of each of our excavator hitches and explain how to submit an order.

Digga excavator hitches

Choosing from Digga’s range of excavator hitches will vary based on the application and attachment, and your machine. Below are 4 of Digga’s excavator hitches which are fully engineered and manufactured at our Yatala facility in Queensland. 

Digga single pin hitch


The single-pin hitch is suitable for excavators using smaller drives. It is a light weight, non-bulky option for smaller machines. This hitch can be used to fit Digga PDD to PD3 drive units on micro or mini excavators up to 3 tonne.Its weight and size make it easy to transport, fit and offers a financially economical option.
Excavator hitch Digga

Digga double pin hitch


Our standard configuration, double-pin excavator hitch. It can be used on all excavators as it has the option to choose loose or fixed pin.
The double pin fixtures make it ideal for augering and screw anchoring in all ground conditions. It is suitable for all drive unit ranges from PDD to PD50, Supa Drives, Mega Drives, Ultra Drives and Xtreme Drives.
Digga Excavator hitch

Digga cradle hitch


The excavator cradle hitch was designed to provide a simpler connection to augers and piles and make it easier to manoeuvring around work sites safely; giving you better control when moving around the job site as the cradle supports the drive.
It is available with loose pin or fixed pin options and suitable for PDD – PD50 drives. There is more information on the benefits of using the Digga cradle hitch, here.
Excavator hitch

Digga piling hitch


The piling hitch was designed to handle the torsional loads of anchors and screw piling. It has a fully engineered, extra heavy duty design and manufactured from premium grade steel.
The piling hitch cradles the drive in 3 different positions to give better control and manoeuvrability when moving around the job site as well as easier connectivity to augers and screw piles.
As it has been designed for screw piling, it is suited to larger drive units from PD12 – PD50, Supa Drives, Mega Drives, Ultra Drives and Xtreme Drives.
There is more information on the benefits of using the piling cradle hitch, here.
Digga Excavator Hitch

Ordering your excavator hitch and supplying the correct measurements


When you’re ordering a hitch for your attachment it’s important you supply the correct details to ensure your hitch fits the machine and application.
You will need to take some measurements of bucket and supply: machine make and model and your Digga attachment part number.
To order your excavator hitch you can complete the details on the Digga website, here.
See the reference diagrams below. These are also available within the online order form and highlight where to take the measurements from.

Double pin hitch reference diagram

A. Distance between pin centres
B. Back pin diameter 
C. Front pin diameter
D. Distance between back ears 
E. Distance between front ears

Single pin hitch reference diagram

C. Front pin diameter
E. Distance between front ears

If you would like further information on anything to do with the Digga range of excavator hitches leave a comment below with the details and we will get back to you. 

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Digga tips: drilling in clay


When you’re drilling in clay it can be difficult to remove the spoil off of the auger.

It’s tempting to alternate the drive from forward to reverse to flick the clay off, but this can cause serious torque related stress on the drive gearbox which will lead to premature failure and subsequently expensive repairs.

Hitting the auger against the ground can also create side load on the shaft which could in turn damage the shaft seal and gear box.

In our previous blog post we explain the best way to remove spoil from your auger; using a forward, stop, forward, stop control pattern. This can often take a long time when working in clay and time costs money…

Here are a number of tips to help remove the spoil from your auger when drilling in clay:

  1. Drilling another hole with the clogged auger and then reversing out of the hole will remove soil from the flights
  2. Using a single carry flight auger to avoid the clay becoming compacted between the flights
  3. Choose a steep pitched auger flighting so that the soil can slide off easier
  4. Wet the auger before it goes into the hole, WD40 and soapy water can also work well.
For more information on the different teeth configurations for the most effective drilling in different ground conditions check out this blog post: Digga tips – attachments for drilling in different ground conditions

For more Digga tips, click here.

If you have any tips for drilling in different ground conditions, leave us a comment below...