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Changeover in 15 seconds

Garvey demolition

Shropshire-based Garvey Demolition has made the switch to Lehn­hoff products, benefiting from just a 15-second changeover between hydraulic attachments.

Garvey has invested in four Lehnhoff fully automatic Vario­lock quickcouplers for all its 22-tonne machines, and adapted 18 attachments: a mix of pulverisers, munchers, buckets and grabs. It has also added a Rotar rotating grab and an RDP32 pulveriser for its 50-tonne machine.

Oliver Barby, contracts and safety director, said he compared Lehnhoff with other quickcouplers available. His key consider­ations were safety, 15s changeover and no more broken pipes.

Variolock turns an hydraulic excavator into an all-round specialist machine by the easy and frequent changes of tools. Each attachment is ready for safe use in a matter of seconds, with the operator changing any tool, including the hydraulic connection, at the touch of a button from his cab.

Fully automatic changing of attachments offers a variety of benefits, such as increased efficiency by saving time and manpower; more efficient working as tool changes are viable even for short working cycles; safety and comfort for the operator; less contamination of the hydraulic system; and prevention of hydraulic hose failure.

Barby added: “Our 22-tonne machines make up about 40% of our fleet. We plan eventually to add Lehnhoff to our 14- and 50-tonne equipment as well. It is a big investment for us but, based on the quality of the product and the back-up from Worsley Plant, we are looking forward to reaping the future benefits.”



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