Dragon Equipment flying solo at the EHS for the first time

Following a fantastic 2020 Executive Hire Show accompanying engine manufacturer Briggs & Stratton on their stand, this time Dragon Equipment is flying solo.

For the 2022 show, stand K10 will be home to two British-built machines – the CR300 Crusher and the newest fleet member, the LF1000 Lifter.

Reduce, reuse, recycle

The CR300 Crusher is challenging the crusher industry with its size and capabilities. Its abrasive-resistant jaws and unique crushing mechanism effortlessly crushes up to 6 tons of concrete an hour into reusable hardcore - a productivity comparable to much larger machines.

Its compact design and proportional track control provides excellent manoeuvrability and site accessibility. Its 700mm width provides access through standard doorways and around tight corners making it easy to use on sites with restricted access and for ease of transport the CR300 will fit in the back of most medium and large vans, small trailers and 4x4 bucks, plus with a weight less than 780kg, it is under most payload limits too.

Designed to be environmentally, cost and time-efficient, crushed concrete reduces the required skip space, it can also remove the need for a skip altogether. The resulting crushed concrete is perfect hardcore size, removing any waste, and the cost associated with disposing of waste and purchasing new hardcore. With an optional conveyor attachment, the resulting hardcore can be deposited into barrows or directly where it’s needed.

Simple controls make the CR300 Crusher easy to operate. It’s easy to switch from crush to track allowing you to complete the job faster. Built-in safety features disable crushing automatically while the machine is mobile. Simply switch back to crush when you are in the next location.

Powered by the Vanguard 400, 14HP petrol engine that operates with extended service intervals (double industry standard) and includes both an integrated cyclonic air filtration and Vanguard’s patented TransportGuard system. The machine is fuel-efficient and ideal for arduous working environments.

Hybrid revolution

Dragon Equipment is the first plant manufacturer to launch a compact hybrid version of its CR300 Crusher that is not only powerful enough for the toughest of jobs, but also functional and easy to operate. The powerful jaws of the CR300H are capable of crushing up to 7 tonnes an hour into reusable hardcore and the hybrid machine was recently shortlisted for a World Demolition Award.

Where access is restricted, the CR300H is safe to take through a residential property, given that it can track entirely on battery power, so no hazardous fumes are emitted. Inspiration for the hybrid machine was taken from the automotive industry; which is leading the way with hybrid technology. This proven technology was then applied to the crusher to achieve the desired output. The hybrid powertrain gives the CR300H precise power for the job at hand while optimizing fuel efficiency and reducing emissions.

The Vanguard 400 single-cylinder, 14 Gross HP petrol engine acts as the primary power source, combined with a 15kW E-Machine and lithium-ion battery. Innovative programming of the engine control unit (ECU) ensures the right source and amount of power at all times.

The hybrid technology dramatically reduces the emissions produced while crushing and caters to the fact that many jobs are not in wide-open spaces. Air pollution can be a real concern, especially for jobs in built-up areas, or those near schools and hospitals. The built-in dust suppression system also helps to alleviate these concerns.

Taking the strain

Alongside the CR300 Crusher, the Dragon Team will be showcasing their newest fleet member – the LF1000 Lifter. Built entirely in the UK, the versatile and compact machine is designed to make transporting materials around site quicker, easier and safer - whether moving logs, bags of sand or pallets of slabs.

The LF1000 can easily, and safely lift and transport up to 1,000kg. Built with safety at the forefront of the design, the machine has a front stability foot, which doubles up as a load stabiliser when tracking. It also features a raised platform for the operator to stand on to ensure optimum operating visibility – but is not required as a counterbalance.

The lifting arm can quickly and easily have additional attachments added, such as a cruciform for carrying large bags of material, a log grab or post hole borer, etc. - with new attachments coming soon. Regardless of which attachment is being used, the simple, universal, and robust controls make the machine easy to master.

All-terrain tracks allow the LF1000 to be used in all conditions on any building site or home-based project. For ease of transport, the machine weighs under 630kg, and will fit in most trailers or vans. At just 840mm wide it is perfect for jobs where access is narrow or restricted.

Available with the Vanguard© 400, 14HP petrol engine from Briggs & Stratton or the Hatz 1B50 Diesel engine.


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