Pete Marquis explains why he uses the Lehnhoff Variolock system.
Pete Marquis Contractors carry out Civil Engineering and Demolition Projects across the UK. They currently own 35 excavators ranging from 1.5 to 65 tons.
Six months ago Pete decided to invest in Lehnhoff Variolock Fully Automatic Quick Coupler Systems for their 20 ton excavators, which they predominantly use on their demolition projects. He was aware of other quick couplers on the UK market, but after looking at Lehnhoff he decided it was the best way forward.
The initial investment was a big consideration but he could see the future benefits would far outweigh this. Six months in, we visited Pete in Blackpool where he was on site demolishing an old TVR car factory. Here we saw the Lehnhoff in action and gave us an update of his views of Lehnhoff. Now, he can safely state that the Lehnhoff systems will have paid for themselves within 18 months.
To put this into perspective he explains his reasoning. If he is using three labourers and one machine driver on a job, it costs £25 to swap an attachment over from a selector grab to a shear. On average this means £25 in down time. If the driver swaps four times a day, this gives a saving of £12,000 a year. The system will definitely be paid back within 18 months.
Moving forward, Pete says that all his new excavators will be fitted with Lehnhoff. He estimates this to be six a year. Aside from the monetary savings, investing in Lehnhoff brings a raft of other benefits.
Changing quickly between tools means they can use the right tools for the job. Often to save time, demolition drivers use the wrong tools rather than spend 30 minutes changing tools. With Lehnhoff its simple – just 15 seconds to changeover tools from the safety of the cab.
Pete said: “This means no more bent selector grabs trying to dig out footings. No more broken teeth on buckets by trying to break concrete slabs instead of using a pecker. It’s simple – 15 seconds! No more oil wastage. No more broken fittings. No more broken pipes. It’s fantastic! The drivers are more appreciate the system too. There is no risk to Heath and Safely. They love it. We will always use Lehnhoff in future.”
Lehnhoff products are proudly represented by PRM in Australia. We look forward to sharing similar case studies of our own soon, with the first Variolock sold into Australia last month!