BP Mitchell opts for Lehnhoff Variolock Quickcoupler system

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Waste management specialist, BP Mitchell has invested in the Lehnhoff Variolock Quickcoupler System for their Volvo excavator.

BP Mitchell was started with just one truck back in 1990 by its founder Brendan Mitchell. Today the company operates 80 vehicles and offers site clearance and muck shifting, including demolition and groundwork waste. It also offers demolition services, skip and plant hire, ready mix concrete and concrete pumping.

Over 90% of site clearance waste is reported to be recycled and it’s only the clay-based material that BP Mitchell can’t reuse.

With waste being such a valuable commodity for the company, Brendan Mitchell said he wanted to look at ways to improve the changeover time for his attachments. His operators were using multiple tools from one excavator – breakers, buckets, grabs and magnets. According to Mitchell, not only does the Lehnhoff Variolock Quickcoupler System allow the operator to change between attachments in just 15 seconds, it means no damage to pipework and no broken hoses. Added to this are the improved health and safety benefits of the driver not needing to leave the cab, and encouraging the use of the right tool for the right job.

Worsley Plant installed the Lehnhoff system onto the company’s 33 ton Volvo 300D. Four attachments were adapted for use with it – a bucket, a rotar grab, a hammer and a magnet. Installation was carried out on site within one and a half days and it was only the bucket that was sent to the workshop as the adapter plate had to be welded onto it. Worsley Plant’s engineers carried out on-site training for the operators after installation and testing was complete.

Brendan Mitchell said: “The Lehnhoff Variolock system has allowed the operator much more scope in the tasks he can perform and it’s proving much more productive than previously.

"The operator can perform a variety of tasks, with the right tools in a fraction of the time, without leaving his cab. Previously changing tools was a dirty and time consuming job and also a cold one at this time of year. It’s a much safer and more comfortable environment for them to work in now," added Mitchell.

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