Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Invention Saves Time, Work

Newspaper article Daily News (Warwick, Australia)

Invention Saves Time, Work

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Byline: Jonno Colfs

THEY say necessity is the mother of invention and for one Southern Downs man the old adage has rung true.

With one little invention, Allora mechanical engineer Joe Doepel made life a lot easier for one of his mates in the construction industry.

"I've come up with a twin- headed hydraulic concrete drill that clips onto the front of a bobcat," Mr Doepel said.

"The machine is used in construction for drilling starter bar holes into concrete slabs.

"Basically, when you are adding a new concrete slab beside an existing concrete slab, you need to tie the two together, and this is done by drilling holes into the existing slab, in which you place the starter bars which act like a foundation for the new slab."

Mr Doepel said these holes previously needed to be drilled by hand.

"That usually took a few blokes a few hours," he said.

"My mate owns Currumbin Concrete Designs and needs to do this task quite often, and I helped him do it a few times and after doing it for long enough we got to thinking there must be an easier way to do it. …

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