What Equipment is Used in Demolition?

Every industry has its own tools of the trade, and this is certainly true of the demolition industry. However, if we were to make a completely exhaustive list of every tool used on our job sites, this would turn into a very long blog. That being said, we’ll just stick with a high level look at the most essential tools we typically use.

  • Long Reach Excavator- Since a lot of demolition jobs involve tall structures, High reach excavatorit’s really handy to have a machine that can reach 150 feet in the air. A long reach excavator is built just like a run of the mill excavator, but with an extra 20 feet built into the arm. These lanky machines are used all the time on demolitions sites.

  • Material Handler- Once the structure is knocked over, something has to pick up all the mess. This is where the material handler comes in. They can be mobile, shutterstock_153824216tracked, or stationary. The cabs are specially made to give the operator better vision. The booms have a long reach and the rotating grapples have protected hydraulics.

  • Scrap Shears- These bad boys are shutterstock_522279811 (1)-minbasically giant hydraulic powered scissors that can cut through just about anything. These are used mostly to cut up steel beams and other large pieces of metal. Scrap shears are mounted on either an excavator or material handler.

  • Hydraulic Hammer- The purpshutterstock_553602898ose of a hydraulic hammer is to break rock, concrete, and stone. These are very versatile and can be mounted on booms, loaders, excavators, backhoes, and even skid steers.


  • Wrecking Ball- While the wrecking ball might be the most iconic image of the shutterstock_124717120demolition industry, they’re not used as much as most people typically think.When they are used, most wrecking balls are now more pair shaped than the fully round shape used in cartoons. This shape helps the ball not get stuck in the structure.

  • Pulverizer- Maybe the scariest looking piece of equipment on the job site, these massive jaws, attached to an excavator, can eat through concrete slaps like it’s butter. The impact of the jaws crushes the concrete clear off the rebar, making it easier to separate the rebar from the rubble.