Southampton, UK, based Wessex Demolition and Salvage Ltd has fitted two of its machines with Lehnhoff VL250 Variolock automatic quick couplers and one of their first outings is on the demolition of a college building in Slough, UK, to make way for a redevelopment that will see residential housing built on the cleared site.
Supplied by UK dealer Worlsey Plant, the two couplers can use attachments normally run on 20-40 tonne machines, allowing for a smaller inventory of tools being required. Both provide five valve ports to allow the wide variety of attachments to be mounted, and on Wessex’s site, both were being put to good use swapping quickly from bucket to hammer to sorting grab.
The two storey steel framed building was put up in the 1970s to provide teaching and canteen facilities. Many of the fixtures and fittings were left in the building when the college was vacated, so Wessex first had to carry out a full soft strip prior to structural demolition commencing, with the resulting materials being sorted and recycled wherever possible.