Product feature: Attach2 grab bucket


James Sokalski JPS EARTHMOVING James Sokalski James Sokalski JPS EARTHMOVING
JPS EARTHMOVING The A2 grab bucket enabled fast sorting to ensure the hardfill portion could be easily recycled JPS EARTHMOVING
JPS EARTHMOVING 1 The Zaxis 160 with an A2 grab bucket helped in taking down the building quickly JPS EARTHMOVING 1
JPS EARTHMOVING 2 More than 100 tonnes of material was removed from the site JPS EARTHMOVING 2
JPS EARTHMOVING 3 Before. A breeze block building and large tin shed were quickly dismantled. Careful attention was paid to the buildings beside them during the demolition as the gap between them was only half a metre. JPS EARTHMOVING 3
JPS EARTHMOVING 4 After. A breeze block building and large tin shed were quickly dismantled. Careful attention was paid to the buildings beside them during the demolition as the gap between them was only half a metre. JPS EARTHMOVING 4

The Zaxis 160 with an A2 grab bucket has helped JPS Earthmoving in their latest demolition job

Carterton, a small town in the Wairarapa, boasts some superb views of the Tararua Range, which is where JPS Earthmoving’s latest demolition job has taken them. An old 1950’s era gas station was dormant for the last few years until a local supermarket purchased the land to make way for additional car parking.

Demolishing the old service station provided some challenges to James Sokalski, owner of JPS Earthmoving. The site plan provided by the council was out of date and did not account for additions and changes made over the years, particularly the possible inclusion of a waste oil collection container underground that needed to be found if there was one.

Additionally, before pulling it down, an external company specialising in the removal of asbestos was required to make the site safe and confirm there were no outstanding hazardous materials on-site.

James says, "The preparation of the site was the longest part; from the time we set up the site to the completion of the job was just four days. We dropped the buildings in just four hours on a Saturday morning.

Taking the buildings down was quick. We worked through the site, and I sorted the material as I went, saving time later when the trucks came to collect it. They weren’t heavily constructed buildings, so the Zaxis 160 with an A2 grab bucket made quick work of it.

"We removed probably more than 100 tonnes of material from the site; 14 of those truckloads was concrete that’s going to be recycled and reused, which is over half of the material removed."

James has been using Attach2 gear since he started in the industry and has a considerable selection of attachments to complete any number of jobs, including a unique ‘winch bucket’.
"The tilt buckets and grab buckets are my favourite, there’s just nothing as good that I’ve used," says James.

"We already had a five-tonne A2 Grab, and I’ve been wanting to get a 20-tonne one for the larger jobs we do. Getting this job meant I had a good reason to, and it’s paid for itself already."

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