Two Volvo EC700C excavators have been used to dismantle four clean water storage tanks near Doncaster in the north of England.
Demolition expert Skillings Crushing Construction – based in Burnley, Lancashire – is also drilling out the foundations to prepare the site for housing.
Its links with Volvo excavators go back to its first EC700, used for a job in London. It now has seven specially reinforced models in its fleet.
“It was a breakthrough,” said company owner David Skillings.
“The job went really well, and the machine never missed a beat. We then knew we had the firepower to sort anything out.”
Two of the larger excavators (EC700C and EC300E) have been working in unison, with the 70 t EC700C bringing down the walls while the EC300E crushes the concrete and separates the mangled steel reinforcing bars.
Both machines are fitted with quick-fit, hydraulic rotating pulverisers or ‘munchers’ that rotate 360°.