Coupling the PROQUICK way!
BPH Attachments is one of the UK’s most respected suppliers of high quality hydraulic excavator attachments. As the sole importer of PRODEM products, they can offer a solution to all aspects of your demolition and construction needs. Since 1972, BPH have specialised in providing plant hire companies, construction industry, civil engineering, demolition and recycling/waste contractors with a market-leading hydraulic attachment product range and an unrivalled nationwide service.
The newly launched Proquick hydraulic quick coupler, available exclusively through BPH Attachments, will allow operators to make those changes in as little as 15 seconds, and all from the safety of the cab. In addition to the obvious time savings, the latter has important safety considerations – the less time an operator spends away from the protection of his seat the better. This, of course, is the guiding principle of the hydraulic quick coupler concept, and a feature of all of the systems that you will presently find on the market, but this German designed and built product departs from some of its peers in a number of crucial regards. Perhaps most significantly, this particular system offers the ability to pick up standard buckets and attachments without any adaptations, as the operator on the Bridport demolition site where we witnessed the Proquick in action was ably demonstrating.
West Sussex-based Dorton Group is a regular customer of BPH and had already made light work of tearing down two buildings in Beckenham using PRODEM attachments, together with the same manufacturer’s quick coupler. It was now the turn of a former Magistrates’ Court in Bridport, Dorset to feel the force and efficiency of these demolition tools, and it is perhaps a testament to the Proquick’s simplicity that the operator on the day was wholly unacquainted with the system prior to that morning.
Once attached, no other device can match the Proquick for performance. Because the oil flow in the connecting elements of the system is optimised in the flow, it means the device works with excavators up to a mammoth 240 tons in size. In addition, the integrity and cleanliness of any hydraulic system is vital to its operation. Only a relatively small amount of debris is enough to wear components, and ultimately impact on performance, but PRODEM has addressed the issue with its own patented solution. Not only is the Proquick as fast as its name would suggest it is also secure, because a fully automatic protective cap on the carrier and on the attachment provides 100 per cent protection against dirt. The covers open and close automatically and are only open of the moment of the attachment and quick coupler on the excavator come together. Moreover, the system requires no regulation and will couple under full working pressure. The PRODEM range is, of course, about much more than just a hydraulic quick coupler. The PRB Series of hydraulic hammers, of which the PRB200 in evidence on the Dorset site is a part, are fully silenced for jobs where noise is an issue. In addition, there are a number of features designed to increase power and durability. The PRODEM Pro-Speed Dual Speed Control allows blow frequency to be adjusted according to the material. Vital routine maintenance is also facilitated by an Auto Greasing Kit which automatically dispenses lubricating paste. The PRB 200 that was making light work of breaking through the concrete slab of this former public building is also fitted with a high pressure accumulator, as are all the hammers in the PRB series from 200 upwards. This system eliminates pressure fluctuation, increasing the impact power available to the heat treated and high grade steel working tool.
BPH Attachments now has a nationwide dealer network for the PRODEM range. The recent opening of a new depot in Coalville, Leicestershire increases the company’s coverage across the midlands and north and the whole PRODEM range can be installed on-site by experienced field engineers. Now with a UK and Ireland dealer network, a supplementary stock facility in Belgium and sales spreading in to overseas markets, BPH Attachments are proud to provide such a high quality coupler system with such huge industry improving potential.