Crushing at altitude

By Lindsay Gale08 January 2014

In an unusual application, an MB BF90.1 crushing bucket, supplied by UK dealer Worsley Plant, is being used by McGowan Outdoor Access to provide aggregate from local rock sources. Since 2009, McGowan has been providing low impact, environmentally sensitive methods of construction to create roads, paths and bridges across rural Scotland, with clients including private estates, National Parks such as Loch Lomond, and government bodies such as the Forestry Commission.

Using the crushing bucket, McGowan is able to crush the rock down to 60 mm (2.4 inch) and then transport it to where it is needed using site dumpers. With many of the locations where the company works being located high up in the Scottish mountains, access issues mean that the user of larger crushing plant is unfeasible.

Managing director Ross McGowan commented on the new attachment: “Using the crushing bucket has saved us considerable time, as well as transportation and material costs. The nature of our work and the difficult access to many jobs means that recycling materials not only makes the job more cost effective, but also helps us to achieve our aim to provide environmentally friendly methods of building roads, pathways and bridges in rural areas thus protecting the natural environment and reducing our carbon footprint.”

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