RUGGED ATTACHMENTS INCREASE MACHINE UTILIZATION IN DEMOLITION
More and more construction companies are growing their businesses by offering demolition services to their customers. Adding attachments (purchased or rented) to your fleet can quickly increase machine utilization and more than double your productivity. Every incremental improvement in productivity allows you to run your business more profitably. Whether you’re looking to add attachments to skid steer loaders or large excavators, you want to be sure you’ve created the optimal pairing with your machine.
What to know before you go
The attachment experts at your equipment dealer or rental store will be able to give you the best recommendation if you come prepared with the information they’ll need to make solid recommendations. Here’s a good starting point for what you need to know before you head out to shop work tools:
- Material—What kind of demolition project is it – residential buildings? commercial buildings? concrete structures and pads? It’s important to know what types of materials you’ll have to break up, cut and sort.
- Attachment Tasks–How will the attachment be used? At what height? At what angle? Is the force required unusual in some way? For example, in road construction, demolition crews often recycle a lot of the asphalt. There are broom attachments designed to sweep and collect which saves time.
- General Machine Specs—You should have the equipment model numbers, configuration, tipping load, lift/weight capacities and any other basic information for all machines that may work with the attachment. Also make note of each machine’s optional, retrofit or specialized features (e.g., changes to hydraulics, tires, engine, etc.).
- Hydraulic Capabilities—If your attachment requires hydraulics, find out your machine’s hydraulic flow (gpm) and pressure (psi) output capabilities. Also, understand the auxiliary hydraulics. Not all machines have a 3rd or 4th hydraulic function capability, but many attachments require this.
- Mounting Ability—If you have a quick coupler, know the brand and model, and bring the coupler’s serial number if it is available. Sometimes it’s really helpful to bring a photo for reference.
Having all this information accomplishes two things: 1) it ensures that you’ll get the most productive attachment matched to your equipment, and 2) it will safeguard people and equipment on your job site because you’re using the right attachment with the right machine configuration.
Other machine considerations for demolition
The environmental conditions when working a demolition job can be more demanding that other types of construction applications. In addition to the machine and attachments, consider these types of features:
- If your machine does not have guarding, consider extra protection.
Demolition tends to be tough on equipment. Find out what kind of extra guarding options are available to better protect your radiators, axles and cab.
- Get the right tires for conditions.
In damaging underfoot many contractors use hard tires, but those aren’t the only option. Puncture proof tires (like Cat® Flexport™ tires) have specially shaped sidewalls that deliver more comfort to the operator and extended tire life.
- Check air filtration to the cab.
Demolition can really muck up the air around machines. Make sure filtration is set up properly to protect your operators.
Not sure what you need? Rent.
When in doubt, using the rental avenue is a good way to decide the best attachment option. Rental allows you to experiment with different attachments or attachment-machine combinations and see what yields the most efficiency gains. You may also discover that a single machine with multiple attachments will cost less than two machines on the job.
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