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Epiroc HB 4100 hydraulic breakers best choice for a complex infrastructure project in Gran Canaria, Spain

January 21, 2020

On the Spanish island of Gran Canaria, work is being carried out on a new section of the GC-2 motorway in the northwest of the island. The new section, from El Risco to Agaete, requires the construction of 8 km of safe fast road on complicated terrain. For the difficult excavation work required, the subcontractor Perforaciones Trujillo is using Epiroc HB 4100 hydraulic hammers mounted on crawler excavators. The Manager, Ignacio Trujillo, and the Director, Juan Monagas, explain that Epiroc hammers represent the best option for the work, thanks to the saving in time and cost that they offer, as well as the total cost of ownership of the equipment, a factor that was also taken into account.  

A development much appreciated by the local population

Epiroc HB 4100 hydraulic breakers best choice for a complex infrastructure project in Gran Canaria, Spain

The new stretch of motorway, which replaces the old GC-200 regional motorway, will include eight tunnels, two viaducts and three junctions. Only the tunnels amount to a total of almost 5.5 kilometres. The subcontractor faces a complex situation, since the project is located on a mountainous terrain with numerous ravines and cliffs, and the geological formations of the excavation areas are mainly rock and basalt stone. For the local residents, the new motorway is a very welcome development, since the old GC-200 was a dangerous route, which experienced constant landslides that often left the village of La Aldea cut off from the rest of the island.


According to the Technical Director of Perforaciones Trujillo, Jacinto González, the best feature of the Epiroc HB breakers is its extraordinary performance which, in turn, allows high levels of productivity to be achieved. He also points out that its high availability and long service life allow for low operating costs. 

The IPS system increases productivity and uptime

The Epiroc HB range of hydraulic breakers offers nine models that are suitable for carrier machines from 22 to 140 tonnes. The exclusive intelligent protection system or IPS - which combines the well-known Epiroc AutoControl and StartSelect functions - automatically adapts the behaviour of the hammer to any working condition. 

The IPS system allows the hammer to be positioned more quickly and accurately, thanks to the centering effect, as well as preventing the occurrence of blank firing that can cause damage to the tool. The uptime of the equipment increases due to the fact that the IPS system does not require any type of intervention on behalf of an operator, meaning that there is no interruption of the work process.  

Other functions that save time and cost

Epiroc HB 4100 hydraulic breakers best choice for a complex infrastructure project in Gran Canaria, Spain

Epiroc HB breakers also incorporate the Contilube II automatic greasing system, the PowerAdapt pressure control valve that offers maximum equipment protection, the Vibrosilenced Plus system that reduces noise and vibration levels, recovering energy to increase the efficiency of the equipment, and the DustProtector II protection system to prevent against the ingress of dust.

"Both the IPS system and the rest of the functions make the Epiroc HB 4100 the best option in relation to the total cost of ownership of the equipment," says the Manager, Ignacio Trujillo, and the Director of Perforaciones Trujillo, Juan Monagas."

A company known for its versatility

Perforaciones Trujillo S.L. is a company located in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria that is dedicated to drilling, rock excavation and earthworks, both in quarries for the extraction of materials and in public works and construction in general. The company has a long history in its sector, where its projects and experience spanning many years have earned it recognition as a contractor with the ability to perform any type of work in the area.

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