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Scottish contractor diversifies into recycling

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Scottish contractor diversifies into recycling

REMU L150 Dig A Screener
Client: D&J Reid

It's very pleasing to watch customer’s faces when we’ve put the bucket on and crush concrete, rubble, rebar or even better, granite

We purchased the smallest bucket in the family simply because we could make it work straight away with our current equipment

Scottish contractor diversifies into recycling

A family run construction & demolition company, based in Irvine, have purchased a 600 crusher bucket, allowing them to diversify into recycling

Brothers David & Jamie Reid started their company in 1980, as a natural extension to an existing agricultural concern, which over time, has diversified into land drainage, construction and finally into demolition.
Foolproof concept

The company tend to work locally, usually within 50 miles of their Irvine HQ, carrying out a wide range of projects that include concrete works, building construction, fabrication, plant hire, and demolition.

For a small company they are keen to utilise their equipment to the maximum. Having seen the Dig A Crusher bucket on the internet they realised it was not only a foolproof concept, but an idea that could offer a really unique service to their customers. Having identified the bucket’s potential, the brothers realised it was too good an opportunity to pass by, and immediately purchased a 600 crusher bucket.

The 600 is currently fitted to a JCB JS130HD 13 tonne tracked excavator and is processing a small mountain of C&D waste at Irvine when not out on hire.

David Reid said “Our current range of work suits the crusher bucket down to the ground. Any building waste generated can now be crushed and reused as sub base material. Excavation material doesn’t have to be moved off site now, but can be crushed and recycled. This is where the crusher really comes into its own.”

The company had previously used mobile crushers on the largest jobs but at £1250 a day + fuel it made crushing anything less than 1000 tonnes totally impractical and far too costly. The bucket has now enabled them to crush much smaller loads on site, at a fraction of the cost of the bigger plant. Many of the recent sites had very limited space so they are often having to crush small loads of 10 tonnes at a time, as they move round a project. However, by taking an excavator armed with both a conventional and crushing bucket, they can tackle the smallest and most awkward of sites with ease.

“It has certainly proved its worth and was a very good buy, we are getting a good 30 tonnes an hour, but we do put a wide variety of material through the bucket. We saved one customer somewhere between £12-14K in bought in material, simply by crushing all the demolition material on site!” said David. “It helps us on site because we can get started on demolition work much quicker. If we need to swap the buckets over, it takes minutes and makes the excavator extremely versatile. Not only does it utilise the machine much more, it helps with the site organisation. What was waste before, is now a cash product.” He continued, “On a recent job at Beith, we demolished a 40x15m brick built byre to make way for a new development. After demolition we put the Dig A Crusher to work to clear 800 tonnes of rubble, and­ recycled all the material into sub base for roads. At the end were just three skips of scrap, which was sold, two of timber which was recycled and one of asbestos which was safely reprocessed. The machine has proved very popular with all the developers we work with.”

23rd August 2012


Worsley Plant Ltd,Road Beta,Brooks Lane Industrial Estate,Middlewich,Cheshire,CW10 0QF


Ideal for smaller excavators
Allows recycling on small cramped sites
Perfect for recycling small amounts of C&D waste
Agricultural applications
Fast interchangeable bucket facility