Rusch rises again

25 October 2013

The three Rusch RS 4500s awating delivery (Courtesy of Helene de Bruijn Photography)

The three Rusch RS 4500s awating delivery (Courtesy of Helene de Bruijn Photography)

One of the more innovative suppliers to the demolition sector has returned with a bang. Rusch received an order for three of its impressive RS 4500s in September this year, with delivery required by the end of October.

The customer concerned ordered an RS 4500 H knuckle boom using a Hitachi 870 carrier with a reach of 42 m (138 ft) carrying a 5 tonne tool, an RS4500 C knuckle boom on a Caterpillar 385 LRE carrier with a similar reach and tool weight and an second Cat based telescopic boom with a reach of 60 m (197 ft), again with a 5 tonne tool capacity.

Rusch worked 5,000 hours over a four week period in three shifts to complete the machines to meet this tight timeline. This was to allow the machines to commence work within the tight time constraints of the contract that limited the work to between November 2013 and January 2014.

The RS 4500s were ordered by Saudi company SBG and will be working on the MATAF Holy Mosque extension project. They will work on phase 2 of the project this year and then again on phase 3 at the same time next year.

They gained TUV certification at the end of last week and are on the way to Jeddah at this moment, with arrival scheduled for 8 November along with four Trevi Benne HC 50 crushers and a Furukawa FRX 45 also purchased by SBG. A special crew has been assembled to use the machines in the field consisting of two supervisors, two mechanics and eight operators - six Dutch and six British – who will travel to Saudi Arabia and the beginning of next month.

D&Ri hopes to report more fully on the machines at work early next year.

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