Lincoln-based ART Demolition has bought a JCB 220X for dismantling duties on its projects across the Midlands. Supplied by dealer TC Harrison JCB, the machine has been specially configured for the demolition work with the addition of cab protection and heavy undercarriage guards. The modifications were made by Newark-based MCB Brothers.
Art Demolition was incorporated by John Thurlby in 2013, although its roots date back to 1960. With John in his 70s, son Adam Thurlby took over as managing director in 2015. Adam’s brother Nick also works in the family business. As well as its excavator models, the company also operates JCB wheeled loading shovels, telehandlers, excavators, tracked and wheeled skid steers. The range of equipment is completed with a DustBoss suppression unit, static and mobile welfare units, low loader and bulker trailers, forklifts and dump trucks.
Of the latest addition to the fleet, Adam Thurlby says: “We choose JCB wherever possible as we are proud to support a great British manufacturer. The reliability is excellent and the back-up from our dealer is second to none.
“We know just how much detail has gone into this machine so we knew it was destined to be special. The finished version does not disappoint. I am a big fan of the existing JS models but this has been thoroughly overhauled and taken to the next level.”
The X Series machines have a 15% larger cab with integral ROPS structure, reduced noise levels, simple user interface and stronger side doors for greater strength and increased protection. They also benefit from a central main boom mounting for increased digging accuracy and durability, as well as a 200mm wider upper structure.
Machine operator Chris Bills adds: “We are mainly using the new JCB on secondary demolition applications and it is performing well with a range of attachments including a concrete pulveriser. I’ve already put the machine through its paces and I’m impressed. The cab layout is fantastic, the level of technology is incredibly sophisticated and I could not believe just how quiet the 220X is.”
The new 220X joins other JCB excavators in the ART Demolition fleet. These include the compact 86C-1, three JS220 models, a JS330 and two flagship JS370 machines, which weigh in at 42-tonnes after some similar heavy-duty modifications by MCB Brothers.