In the fashion stakes they may have gone the way of flared trousers and tie-dyed t-shirts. But when you have serious muck to move, there is still very little that can hold a candle to a towed or pushed scraper.

Check out this formidable unit from K-Tec Earthmovers. The K-Tec 1243 is designed for self-loading with a 50-ton, 500+ horsepower truck and features larger tires for better floatation, fast hydraulics, a heaped capacity of 32 cubic metres (43 cubic yards), and joy-stick scraper control.

The unit can also be push loaded by 40 ton, 400 horsepower dozer, shunting against the scraper’s unique roller push block that centres on the dozer blade for optimum performance. The structure of the scraper is resiliently manufactured, allowing it to work with any dozer up to and including the monster Caterpillar D11.