British Steel’s huge Scunthorpe Steelworks in Lincolnshire was once the manufacturing hub for the UK’s prodigious production output in that sector. Today, the many structures that are spread across the considerable site represent a challenging demolition project for S Evans & Sons, one of the leading specialists in the field.
In order to facilitate that task the Widnes based company has invested in a new frontline LaBounty shear. Operating around the country on a number of high-profile and complex demolition and dismantling job, the company already ran a variety of shears in its extensive fleet, and that now includes a newly purchased LaBounty MSD4000, supplied by UK dealer BPH Attachments.
“We needed a new shear to tackle the heavy dismantling works we have programmed at Scunthorpe,” Operations Director Jordan Sumner explained, “We spoke to Matthew at BPH and both he and his team were very helpful in explaining the upgrades recently made to the US built MSD shear. We have some very heavy steel sections on our upcoming projects and the revised beak design with improved penetration and lower maintenance costs impressed us immensely.”
With an operating weight close to 10 tonnes, the MS4000 has been mounted to Evans’s 90 tonne Hitachi 870 excavator. Operated by experienced demolition ma,n Neil Durkan, the new shear has made an impressive start with him. “For such a heavy shear, it seems a lot smaller than our other 10t class models. It’s also very quick and cuts like a dream. We’ve got an older version of the shear on site but this new version is about 1.5m shorter making it far easier to handle.”
The MSD4000 boasts a jaw opening width in excess of 1m and a cutting force of over 1,800 tonnes, allowing it to handle the heaviest of steel sections found at the steelworks site. “We have been very impressed with the shear’s productivity so far.” Jordan comments “We’ve also been impressed with the service and the back up so far from BPH. They have met our operating cost and specification requirements, and nothing has been too much of an issue for them.”