The operators snip and chew their way through the building's exterior and skeleton - sorting as they work. Steel is placed over here. Roofing there. Stone has its place. Loaders and smaller excavators process and move the piles into further classifications ready for recycling, selling and waste.
Dan Clark noted that continual attachment improvements have helped make the job easier. Today's demolition attachment requires less lubrication, less maintenance and less blade replacement. They are stronger - yet lighter. "We're using LaBounty rotating steel shears, pulverizers and grapples - as well as Genesis demolition attachments," noted Clark. "The Volvos are configured to need very little modification. For extra capacity and strength, we've got the shear attached directly to the boom - not at the end of the stick."
With this configuration, the Volvos can easily cut through 24" steel beams with 1" thick webs. When you make your bread doing demolition, it's nice to cut through everything like butter.
Made for this stuff
Full-scale demolition contractors like North American Dismantling Corp. rely on tough equipment every day. This isn't constructiongrade equipment fitted with a few extra grates. Everything is battle tested for the rigors and demands of demolition. The Volvos feature higher volume, demolition-grade hydraulics and high oil cooling capacity to handle the high pressure flow.
NADC has primarily been a Cat customer, due to its reliance on Cat ultra high demolition machines. That is starting to change. "We demoed the Volvo and liked it," stated Dan Clark. "Now we're starting to hear about Volvo's offering of ultra high reach machines. We're interested to see if they perform as well as the Volvos we have now."
"Wolverine has been great at keeping us running," added Ivan Bain. "Parts and service is great. We're also impressed with the useful info we are able to download from the machine computer readouts, helping us compare and improve."
It ultimately comes down to performance for Dan Clark, but he likes the Volvo excavator for its other key values: dependability, cost of ownership - namely fuel efficiency, followed by machine cycle life. "We want the strength and performance that we expect," said Bain. "The Volvo capabilities have impressed us. And its fuel efficiency goes a long way when fuel is $4 per gallon."
NADC operators have also noticed the difference in Volvo comfort. "The Volvo machine is now preferred due to comfort," continued Bain. "We're running 10-hour shifts on this job, and we're seeing some competition for who gets to run the Volvos."
Building the business by tearing it down
North American Dismantling Corp. started out in 1984. Since then, the business owned by Rick Marcicki has grown in scope and sales to become a leading, full-scale demolition contractor. Based in Lapeer, Michigan, the company's revenue figures rose to $27 million in 2007. Services include demolition (total, controlled and selective), emergency response, critical lift/pick, tank removal, site clearing and recycling.
Specializing in heavy industrial and commercial demolition, there really is no limit to the scale of jobs NADC will take on. From factory demolitions like the one in Indiana to picking up the rubble remains in the wake of a tornado's aftermath to aiding in the search and recovery efforts following the World Trade Center collapse, NADC comes prepared.
"North American Dismantling does it all the right way - from their demolition techniques to their on-site scrap sorting to recycling," said Dave Sinay from Wolverine. "And let's face it, they are using very specialized attachments in very unique applications. Not every contractor expertly wields a 10,000 pound shear with a 360° rotating head to pick apart an enormous building. I'm proud to say Volvo helps NADC do what they do best."
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