Anthony O’Connor Revolutionises High Reach

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Bespoke High Reach ExcavatorAnthony O’Connor & Sons Ltd (AOC) set to expose their avant-garde Excavator at the notorious Hillhead Exhibition.

December 2013 saw the beginning of AOC director, Jon O’Connor’s discussion to revolutionise demolition excavators, transforming the industry and taking the company to new heights – quite literally. Just six months later, the new AOC excavator is complete and ready to take demolition to a whole new level.

Prerequisites included a machine that would be no greater than 50 tonnes, with a 3 tonne attachment and 34m reach. Footprint could not surpass the previous Komatsu pc450 high reach demolition excavator and therefore an extending crawler was required. Additionally, the machine had to be transportable and fully rigged with a gross weight of no more than 80tonnes. It needed to have its own mechanically driven dust suppression system, a telescopic arm to allow for greater versatility and stability at lower heights. Furthermore, all around CCTV for extra safety was essential.

Pre-purchase, it was with zero hesitation that AOC directors, Jon O’Connor and Luke Roche contracted Kocurek Excavators to modify their base machine before it was even selected. After the 50 tonne excavator market was thoroughly scoured, the directors elected the LeibherrR956 as their base machine. A slightly more expensive decision, however offering a stronger, better engineered and more powerful platform, this machine offered attributes like no other in its class; a machine that would warrant the notion to produce a High Reach like no other in the world.

Post purchase, the Liebherr was then taken on a journey of development with the assistance of Kocurek’s expertise and experience. Design and construction produced a High Reach matching the ability of a 70 tonne class machine with the convenience of a 50 tonne class combined. Furthermore, benefiting the environment which is always high on AOC’s priority list, the transformed Liebherr has vastly reduced fuel consumption and carbon emissions.

Jon O’Connor comments “Liebherr’s representatives made the deal easy and painless, working through issues with a pro-active and consummately professional approach and attitude.”

Set to take the world by storm, AOC are the proud owners of the world’s first functional 50tonne class telescopic ultra-high reach demolition excavator. Reaching an impressive 18 storeys high, this extraordinary and bespoke excavator will be unveiled at the infamous Hillhead exhibition 24th-26th June 2014. Visit ECY Haulmark at stand D15 to catch a glimpse of this revolutionary piece of equipment.

Jon O’Connor concludes “It is the most capable and versatile high reach Excavator in the world today and with Liebherr’s superior build quality and Kocurek’s engineering witchcraft it’s probably the best looking also.”