How the MB-G grapple has become the ‘hands’ of operators in demolition work
Hand precision but tears and disassembles like a machine, said three of our customers—operators of earth-moving equipment who demolished buildings. All had the same objective – to demolish and recover as much material as possible in total safety – and with the same type of equipment: an MB Crusher sorting grapple.
Demolishing a 1940s farmhouse, which is unfit for use and unsafe, involves complexities. Michele Foglia of Effe Emme Edilizia is well aware of this. Instead of the classic demolition grapple, he chose an MB Crusher MB-G900 grapple. He mounted it on a Kobelco to demolish the structure from start to finish. Rather than knocking it down, he dismantled it piece by piece and, with the MB Crusher grapple. He immediately recovered all the materials – floors, beams – to be disposed of. And still managed to recover the limestone to be reused for constructing a new building. The MB-G grapple grasped the materials with extreme delicacy and agility, allowing work to be safe both on the building site and on the street side. “We had a great time: it was exact in dismantling the structure, and it worked nimbly. We are amazed that we managed to demolish an entire house with a grapple!”
Secures and disassembles
The claws’ high clasping force allows recovery without destruction, thus safeguarding materials that can be reused. This detail prompted Gianluca Venturuzzo of the Venetian company Trevisan Carlo &C. to use MB Crusher’s MB-G1200 for several jobs, notably the demolition of a prefabricated building with insulated panels and iron and a 1950s farmhouse. “It is a very practical piece of equipment, simple and quick to use. It has very intuitive controls for opening and closing the claws and rotating the equipment itself. For example, in the disassembly, I could take several wooden beams at a time, making the work considerably faster.
Like in a science fiction film
Roberto Chiappelli from Friuli also chose the MB Crusher MB-G900 because it allows him to do precise work quickly. “It allows you to grab materials just like a hand. It is as if before I was reduced to having one finger. Now I have the feeling of having two fingers and therefore being able to grasp what I want.Having been in the business for many years, I can testify that a long time ago such equipment would have been pure science fiction.
The fact is that dismantling the structures piece by piece already sorts and separates the materials that can be recycled, those that must be disposed of, and those that can be reused on the construction site. This saves time and, consequently, cuts costs.
If versatility, safety, and speed are the motto on the job site today, then having an extra ‘hand’ makes everything easier. All MB Crusher’s MB-G grapple models are equipped with a safety valve (which keeps the grapple closed in the event of a leak in the oil circuit). Some are also fitted with the silent block that allows the grapple to be used even in areas where noise needs to be under control, i.e. on all those construction sites in city centers or densely populated areas.
The MB-G grapple can also be equipped with various accessories that make it even more versatile and easy to use. And there is one for every model and size of operating machine, from the smallest to the largest.