Cat 6015 Modified With Special Boom, Stick, and Big Shear

Jan. 30, 2023

A Cat 6015 has been modified with a Fortress 145FS Series Mobile Shear and a custom-designed and built Pierce Pacific 3-piece boom/stick to enhance the machine's capabilities.

Cat dealer Cleveland Brothers Equipment partnered with its customer Independence Excavating (DiGeronimo Companies, Independence, Ohio) to create a one-of-a-kind demolition machine capable of tearing down, wrecking, cutting, and processing the harshest materials in the most difficult to reach places.

Independence Excavating’s demolition maintenance manager, Ryan Lebeau, visited the Cleveland Brothers Murrysville facility for the machine's very first test run; cutting apart and processing an old concrete trailer slated to be scrapped.

“This machine produces over 300 gallons per minute in hydraulic flow at the end of the stick, resulting in a 10-second cycle time for our shear,” he said.  “Its performance is impressive.”

LeBeau says that his team chose to partner with Cleveland Brothers because of their close relationship and previous experience purchasing Cat 6015s from them. “About 85 percent of our fleet is Cat machines,” he said.  “Because we have contracts across the country, the nationwide serviceability and parts that Cat [Caterpillar] offers are key.”

This build concept was crafted with the demolition of decommissioned power plants and steel mills as its intended use.  As projects come up, Lebeau said the machine will most likely be traveling the United States.

“The Independence Excavating team is excited that we were able to work with Cleveland Brothers to build this.” Lebeau said. “It's going to continue to put us in a league of our own. Pushing the limits of the machine through innovation is how we set ourselves apart from other demolition companies."

Source: Cleveland Brothers Cat

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