Concrete sawing is viable option for fast, effective removal. However, savvy contractors are finding that adding remote-control demolition robots to their sawing operation not only increases productivity and safety, but also allows them to reduce bid prices and maximize profits. Here’s how:
Using a remote-control demolition robot can cut the time in half. Rates vary based on machine, material and depth, but demolition robots are capable of extraordinary productivity – up to 5 cubic-meters per hour in some cases. To remove the same 32.8-by-9.8-foot wall, the contractor would still require perimeter cuts to avoid transferring vibration to surrounding structures. After that, though, the demolition robot and a single operator could quickly and effectively break up the concrete into small pieces that are easily cleaned up with a skid-steer loader.
Bank Vaults and other heavily reinforced concrete removal applications are another area where a demolition robot can reduce removal time by more than half. The robot works its way across the surface, exposing the rebar for cutting with a torch. This method greatly reduces diamond costs from standard methods such as core drilling, wire sawing, and wall sawing.
Additionally, demolition robots reduce the need for scaffolding on larger vertical demolition projects since some models can reach up to 16.4 feet. This can save up to a week before and after the project, allowing contractors to take on more revenue-producing jobs instead.
Perhaps the biggest safety advantage, though, is limiting the human element in the more manual aspects of concrete cutting. Using a demolition robot minimizes the need for handheld saws, coring equipment or pneumatic breakers. Working with these machines, some of which can weigh 40 pounds or more, can easily fatigue workers and the vibrations can lead to long-term injuries. Robotic demolition also creates more manageable rubble that is easily lifted and removed, further reducing strain on workers.
The possibilities go beyond concrete cutting, as well. In addition to crushers and breakers, leading remote-control demolition robot manufacturers offer a range of attachments for cutting pipes, taking down stud walls, sorting debris, digging, and even vacuum lifting slabs. A demolition robot with the right array of attachments can not only increase productivity, but also limit the need for additional support equipment on congested jobsites.
Demolition robots won’t replace concrete sawing, but as part of a versatile operation, it can easily open up doors – or bank vaults – to increased profits.