Cardiff Demolition Co Ltd doesn’t normally buy Volvo but it has decided to make an exception.
It has recently purchased a new Volvo EC380E, pictured above, rigged for secondary demolition duties.
More typical of its fleet is the Komatsu PC201LC shown in action below.
The heavy storms of earlier this year are starting to seem like a distant memory now but there are still tales to relate of sterling work carried out by all kinds of folk.
In Scotland, for example, Fraserburgh-based David Smith Contractors played a vital role in helping to save the historic Abergeldie Castle.
Set alongside the River Dee, the 16th-century tower house teetered on the brink of collapse when unprecedented heavy rainfall caused the river to burst its banks, sweeping away around 20 metres of the banking and leaving the building in a precarious position.
Pete Marquis decided six months ago to fit Lehnhoff quick coupler systems to his 20-tonne excavators, which are mostly used for demolition projects, and he has not looked back since.
Pete owns Pete Marquis Contractors, which is based in Preston and carries out civil engineering and demolition projects across the northwest. Starting out in 1991 with two staff, he has expanded the company and currently own 35 excavators ranging from 1.5 to 65 tonnes.
He was aware of other quick couplers on the UK market, but after looking into the Lehnhoff Variolock fully automatic quick coupler system he decided it was the best way forward.
This is the machine that won the Bauma 2016 Innovation Award for Machinery. It is the Kramer 5055e, billed as the world’s first full-electric wheeled loader with all-wheel steering.
It won the prize ahead of two other shortlisted contenders: Ammann’s fully automatic vibratory plate; and a mobile battery mould from Weckenmann Anlagentechnik. (Apparently it’s a system for making big precast concrete elements on site.)
Kramer says that there are no other fully electric wheeled loaders on the market in the size class of the 5055e (five tonnes with 0.55 cubic metre bucket capacity). Being both emissions free and quiet, it is marketed at indoor applications.
Canadian off-highway tyre specialist Camso, formerly Camoplast Solideal, makes rubber tracks that wrap over the tyres of skid steer loaders to give them extra traction in rough terrain.
Its new over-the-tyre OTT HXD tracks have the benefit of extra flotation properties, Camso says, and they can be put on or taken off in just 20 minutes.
An embedded iron core and an engineered wing profile keep the tracks securely attached to the tyres. An internal traction rib maximises the fit between the track and the tyre tread, preventing slippage and without too much wear on the tyre tread or sidewall, Camso says.