Curb cutter invented by UK contractor D-Drill

Published 18/12, 2014

The UK diamond drilling and concrete cutting company D-Drill, has invented a machine that can cut granite kerb stones an angle in situ to allow easy access by cars, bicycles and other vehicles. The Cyclpath, devised by D-Drill managing director Julie White and her father and former owner of the business, Peter, means that kerbstones can be cut and remain in place.

The machine was invented when a contractor creating a major new cycle path approached the company to see if it could angle-cut a kerb. There was nothing available internationally so the company came up with their own concept. The patented machine’s first job was to cut 20m of granite kerb just off Piccadilly Circus, Central London, on behalf of Westminster City Council.
The angled kerb was required because it was a drop-off point and the existing kerb was resulting in damage to vehicles. The Cyclpath machine produced the desired effect, and D-Drill also introduced a new vapour-blast machine, to provide an identical finish and texture in keeping with the rest of the street. Julie said that success had proved the capability of the new machines and has led to discussion over its possible use on the larger projects.
“When we were originally approached, I presumed there would be a machine on the market,” said White. “When I explored the UK and found nothing, I tapped into my contacts in the US and elsewhere in the world and everyone was drawing a blank. I didn’t want to turn down the opportunity and got talking to my father about it and I could see a sparkle in his eye as soon as I started to tell him. Within a couple of months, we’d got a working prototype and then the first ever Cyclpath which we have patented.”
The job in London proved to be the ideal example of how it can work because the 90° kerb was causing problems for vehicles dropping off passengers and needed a 45° chamfer. “But the council didn’t want to close that part of the road or dispose of 20m of expensive granite kerb to then replace it at considerable cost,” said White. “So by utilising the Cyclpath, our team could get the kerb cut in just a matter of hours and solve the problem. We cut the kerb while shoppers and tourists were able to go about their business uninterrupted, which makes a huge economic difference as opposed to closing off the area.
“We are really excited this new machine could lead to because it is perfect for cutting angled kerbs for cycle paths and there is now interest from councils and highway teams around the UK. We have proved that it works and we have proved the financial and environmental benefits. The potential both at home and abroad for these technologies is limitless.”

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