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Specialist aggregate handling and recycling company Land Recovery Ltd has continued the expansion of its plant fleet with the purchase of a new Komatsu PC 360 LC fitted with a new KINSHOFER C40HD-175 re–handling clamshell. The clamshell was delivered and installed by KINSHOFER’s independent dealer for the North West, MTK (Breaker Hire and Sales) Ltd.

The Heavy Duty clamshell, which has a 2.1 Cu M capacity, was specified with additional bolt-on horizontal and vertical wear blades to help reduce wear caused by material abrasion, a heavy duty 360 degree continuous rotation system and then fitted to the dipper end of the Komatsu PC 360 before being deployed at a Network Rail Recycling site in Cambridgeshire.

Managing director Dan Beecroft was very careful in his choice of manufacturer and the support service on offer. “Both need to be reliable” said Dan, “I cannot afford for the clamshell grab to stop the excavator working or visa-versa”. Dan had dealt with MTK in the past, so he knew they could be relied upon to provide him with the service required. “As a KINSHOFER – Demarec dealer, they arranged for a full assessment of the site and the application, calculating the optimum size of clamshell for the excavator I had in mind, …they then went one better by loaning me an attachment whilst mine was built to my specification”.

Among the key features of the C40HD clamshell is the wide pitch PCD ‘slew ring’ type rotation device for increased strength and stability, the use of high strength impact resistant materials which contribute to a low overall weight of the grab and the ‘flat bottom’ closing curve which prevents damage to railway wagons, boats and lorries. Bolt-on reversible Horizontal and Vertical wear blades protect surfaces vulnerable to abrasion, but also ensure rapid down time when being turned or replaced.