Big digger for Christchurch demo

22:56, Sep 07 2011
This 208 tonne digger is set to change the way demolition is done in Christchurch. The third biggest excavator in the world will arrive in Christchurch at the end of the September.
This 208 tonne digger is set to change the way demolition is done in Christchurch. The third biggest excavator in the world will arrive in Christchurch at the end of the September.

A demolition firm carrying out work in earthquake-stricken central Christchurch is bringing in the big guns.

Nikau Contractors has bought one of the biggest demolition excavators in the world.

The 208-tonne machine, with a 65-metre reach, is set to change the way deconstruction is done in Christchurch.

Nikau senior project manager John Paul Stil said the machine would speed up the demolition process in the cordoned inner city.

''There will be less need for slower cutting and craning the building, which will speed things up tremendously,'' he said.

''The machine is extremely precise and sensitive. It's so accurate you can literally pick a painting off the wall.''

The machine will arrive at Lyttelton at the end of the month and will take up to six days to assemble. It is expected to be operating by October 12.                                        

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