Among a raft of LiuGong excavators the Squibb Group has recently taken delivery of, is a new 50 tonne class 950EDM High Reach full demolition specification excavator.
The machine has been put straight to work on a phased project in Birmingham, where it is involved in the demolition of the former MG motor car plant in Longbridge. The project involves the demolition and major asbestos removal of 30 acres buildings and structural steel most of which is being undertaken by high reach excavators running various attachments. The materials are brought down to ground level for processing on site by smaller excavators like this LiuGong 928E with selector grab. Concrete and rubble will also be crushed on site for reuse at a later development stage.
The demolition is being carried out next to part of the car production facility which is still producing vehicles so Squibb Group are utilising large dust extraction units to keep dust release to a minimum in order to provide a clean environment next to the car paint shops.
The LiuGong 950EDM is powered by a Cummins EU Stage V emissions compliant engine which produces a power output rating of 282kw (378hp) @2,100rpm. The machine features a 30m high reach boom designed and manufactured by Ipswich based specialists Kocurek, who also widened the track frame and increased its length by 800mm which gives the machine an excellent footprint on the ground for increased stability.
The machine features all the usual demolition spec additions like heavy duty side impact guarding, full ROPS & FOPS cab protection and fall from height guarding.
Talking about his new mount operator Nick Smith said, “It’s a nice smooth machine with plenty of power, I also find the machine a lot more precise than earlier models, something that is very important when you are engaged in precision work like demolition, all in all it’s a good machine”.
Checkout our video as Nick Smith puts the machine to work in Longbridge.
By Nick Drew