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Quick tool changeover boosts productivity

2000 worsley bp mitchell lehnhoff variolock

Welwyn Garden City-based BP Mitchell offers site clearance and muck shifting, along with recycling services, and has invested in a Lehnhoff Variolock quickcoupler system for its Volvo excavator.

Hardcore, concrete and washable soils are brought in while 6F2 recycled capping, type 1 sub-base, 40, 20 and 10mm washed material and sharp sand are among the materials that leave the yard.

More than 90% of site clearance waste is now recycled and only clay-based material cannot be reused. But company founder Brendan Mitchell wanted to make the processes even more efficient, and save time and manpower.

A demonstration of the Variolock fully automatic system was arranged by Worsley Plant, which installed the system on to the company’s Volvo. Four attachments were adapted for use with it: a bucket, a Rotar grab, a hammer and a magnet. Only the bucket was sent to the workshop because the adapter plate had to be welded to it.

The system not only allowed the operator to change between attachments in just 15 seconds, but it did not damage pipework or hoses. Added to this were the improved safety benefits of the driver not needing to leave the cab and encouraging the use of the right tool for the right job.

Mitchell said: “Our operators love it. Changing tools used to be a dirty and time-consuming job – it’s a much safer and more comfortable environment for them to work in now.”

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