Demolition Hydradig proves revolutionary for French ContractorsPublished 3/7 at 12:58
The versatility of JCB’s Hydradig has landed the machine a role in a demolition application in Coventry City Centre. Purchased by Rugby based French Contractors LLP, which is carrying out the project on behalf of Jackson Civil Engineering, the Hydradig 110W model is being used to assist in the strengthening and rebuilding of Swanswell Viaduct.
Supplied by dealer Watling JCB, the Hydradig has been in high demand on the project. Aiding its versatility the model has been equipped with an array of attachments including a tilting hitch, buckets, pallet forks as well as a Northerntrack hydraulic concrete pulveriser to undertake the removal of bridge abutments. Working in the tight conﬁnes of lane closures, the compact dimensions have come to the fore, with it TAB boom with a rear overhang of just 120mm, enabling it is able to squeeze into the tight locations to remove the abutments and parapet walls with ease.
French Contractors LLP Partner David French said: “Being able to provide a solution that exceeds our customers’ requirements has long been a part of the oﬀering here at French Contractors. Our ability to undertake specialist applications has always helped us stand out for our clients. The JCB Hydradig does just that, bolstering our ﬂeet and bringing a versatile dimension to operations, whether that be through mobility, excavating, materials handling or proving hugely capable in a demolition application too. It’s manoeuvrability and visibility are also very helpful on conﬁned jobs such as this one.”
Operator Ian Ellery said: “The stable machine handles the pulveriser exceptionally well. We would have had to use a larger wheeled excavator if the Hydradig wasn’t available to us. This would have meant a larger attachment, occupying more of the road and additional closures necessary. Quite simply, the JCB Hydradig has made this job far easier for everyone.”
Powered by a fuel eﬃcient, low emission JCB EcoMAX 444 diesel engine, the 11.5t Hydradig 110W can easily rotate its upper structure within a single highway lane. The machine’s all-wheel steer chassis provides a compact turning radius of less than four metres and the Hydradig can travel at up to 40km/h where permitted, for rapid relocation on site.