Chris Nichols is the general manager at AIM Attachments, a company that manufactures attachments that can be used in the construction and demolition industry. Grapples made by the firm are suitable for any number of demolition, recycling, excavation or salvage operations. According to Nichols, the AIM HD grapples are available in several sizes for excavators in classes ranging from 25,000 to 100,000 lbs.
Designs offer both 2-over-3 tine and wider, 3-over-4 tine configurations. AIM grapples feature AR400 steel tines, a reinforced solid box body design, and a mounting bracket with three working positions. The design features a four-bolt flanged hinge that maintains the linkage of the grapple for easier and more efficient installation times. A configuration that can be set up to work with machines that have quick couplers installed is also available.
Nichols explained, “Over the last several years, excavator usage has surpassed wheel loader usage in many jobsite applications and accordingly, excavator grapple usage has increased. These grapples are used widely by demolition contractors and C&D recyclers. They increase the ability to pick and choose the material that is being handled, and are especially useful in controlled demolition applications. Contractors strive to get as much out of their attachments as possible. While demolition grapples are specifically designed to be stronger so that they can handle primary and secondary demolition tasks, they are also capable of many lighter jobs as well, making them a versatile tool.”
According to Allied Construction Products, LLC (ACP) president and CEO Ed Turner, the focus at ACP is finding solutions for client problems. ACP is an international manufacturer of hydraulically actuated construction tools and attachments.
“Our products save time, money and energy, and so deliver on your investment. We offer the broadest line of breakers in the market and other construction products sold under the Allied and Rammer brand names,” Turner said. He believes that ACP is better prepared to meet the changing market challenges than it has ever been. “In order to achieve our goals,” said Turner, “we must think globally and act locally. We do have great products but more importantly, we have great people.” Allied has a strong dealer network, efficient customer service and all orders are shipped the same day. “When customers call, they need their order filled quickly and accurately. Our job is to meet or exceed their needs at all times,” Turner stated.
ACP’s AMS Series mobile shears are specifically designed and built for scrap processing, industrial contracting and demolition applications. Using maximum tons of cutting force and available in four models, the AMS Series improves scrap and demolition production with increased cutting and piercing ability. Turner stressed that durability and reliability are built into every AMS Series model using the highest quality materials while undergoing the toughest factory testing for quality control.
ACP also offers three new, state-of-the-art Rammer small range breakers – the BR555, BR777 and BR999. Designed without tie rods and incorporating a unique Constant Blow Energy (CBE) plus operating system, Turner said that all three of the breakers are powerful, reliable and easy to maintain, regardless of the application. They are a long-term solution to any breaking application for carriers between 7,500 and 27,600 lbs.
NPK Construction Equipment serves the needs of the construction, demolition, quarrying and mining industries. “We currently manufacture extensive lines of hydraulic breakers, material processors and primary/secondary crushers to serve the C&D recycling market, as well as a complete line of hydraulic and mounting kits to fit your carrier,” stated Steve Kubish, marketing support.
NPK offers 17 models of hydraulic breakers, from the GH06 with an impact class of 150 ft. lbs. all the way up to the gigantic GH50 at 20,000 ft. lbs. These machines fit carriers from 1.2 up to 120+ tons and are fitted with shock absorbing mounting brackets to absorb shock, recoil and impulse vibration, and an idle blow sensor to virtually eliminate blank firing for long hammer life.
The company’s material processors are available in 4 models; the M-20 with a crushing/piercing force of 77-91 tons; the M-28 with 115-133 tons; the M-35 with 125-127 tons; and, the M-38 with 143-170 ton crushing/piercing force. All models include 360° free power rotation, fit carriers from 20 to 55 tons and 4 interchangeable jaw sets are available – the S Jaw, ideal for cracking, the G Jaw for pulverizing, the K Jaw for shearing and the C Jaw combo-cutter which serves a variety of demolition and recycling applications. They are the most versatile attachments of their kind in the industry, Kubish said.
The machines are also equipped with NPK’s exclusive Hydraulic Intensifier System, which boosts power by amplifying hydraulic cylinder pressure when the jaws meet resistance.
NPK’s material processors are an efficient solution for concrete, steel and rebar processing, building and bridge demolition and recycling. When processing potentially hazardous materials, the product eliminates workers’ exposure to toxic emissions.
Three primary/secondary crusher models offer full 360° free power rotation coupled with NPK’s exclusive Hydraulic Intensifier System. The U-21J with 73 tons crushing force, the U-31J with 130 tons and the U-45JR with 142 tons crushing force fit carriers in the range of 21 to 55 tons. The crushers have lower profile teeth on the sides, a high profile center tooth, and a high strength steel center cutter that slices through rebar and light steel structures.
“Our comprehensive and competent dealer network enables us to maintain a high level of customer satisfaction. Our knowledgeable service staff provides educational training and technical assistance and our engineering and design staff offers years of industry experience,” Kubish noted.