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Key demolition job for waste-spec JCB Hydradig

JCB Hydradig

French Contractors LLP purchase 110W model for its versatility and proven performance 

RUGBY-based French Contractors have taken delivery of a new JCB Hydradig 110W, which is being used to assist in the strengthening and rebuilding of Swanswell Viaduct – located between junctions one and four on the A4053 ring road in Coventry. 

Supplied by dealer Watling JCB, the Hydradig has been in high demand on the project since day one because of its high mobility, all-wheel-steering, hydrostatic drivetrain and maximum road speed of 40km/h.

The 100W model also maximizes an array of attachments, including a Powertilt tilting hitch, a full range of buckets and a set of pellet forks. It has also been equipped with a Northerntrack hydraulic concrete pulverizer to undertake the removal of bridge abutments.

Working in very small lane closures, the compact dimensions of the JCB Hydradig come to the fore. Thanks to the TAB boom and a rear overhang of just 120mm, the machine is able to squeeze in to tight locations to remove the abutments and parapet walls with ease.

David French, a partner at French Contractors, said: ‘Being able to provide a solution that exceeds our customers’ requirements has long been a part of our offering. The ability to undertake specialist applications has always helped us stand out for our clients. The JCB Hydradig does just that; bolstering our fleet and bringing a versatile dimension to operations from mobility and excavating to materials handling and demolition jobs.’ 

Powered by a fuel-efficient, low-emission JCB EcoMax 444 diesel engine, the 11.5-tonne Hydradig 110W can easily rotate its upper structure within a single highway lane. The machine’s all-wheel steer chassis provides a compact turning radius of less than 4m and the Hydradig can travel at up to 40km/h where permitted, for rapid relocation on site.

French Contractors are no stranger to JCB equipment and their fleet already includes: mini- excavators; wheeled and tracked excavators; backhoe loaders; rollers; forward and swivel-tip dumpers; compactor plates; and auger bits.

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