How to choose demolition equipment

Demolition Equipment - 15/11/2023

The choice of demolition equipment is fundamental to the success of building projects. Each demolition is unique and the use of the wrong equipment can result in delays, increased costs, and potential risks.

In this article we explore how to choose the most suitable demolition equipment according to the demands of your work.

The choice of the right demolition equipment is a fundamental step that influences the success of your building projects. Before procuring the necessary instruments it is important to carefully consider certain factors including the specific requirements of the job, safety, budget, and the versatility of the equipment itself. A wise decision can help you save time and money, ensuring safe and efficient demolition.

We will now look in detail at demolition equipment and what it is used for, the five steps for choosing the most appropriate instruments, and finally some example devices and their specific features

Demolition equipment: available devices and applications

Demolition devices are specialized machines designed to knock down, shift, and remove buildings and other structures. This equipment is essential during the various stages of building projects, serving for:

  • Rapid elimination of obsolete or dangerous buildings
  • Preparing ground for new constructions 
  • Controlled demolition of sections of an existing structure.

Demolition equipment plays a central role is various processes in the building and construction sector:

  1. Safety: Demolition of buildings and structures is dangerous. The use of specialized equipment ensures the safety of workers and passers-by, reducing the risk of injury and collateral damage.

  2. Efficiency: This equipment enables faster, more efficient work compared to manual methods. This can save time and money during construction projects.

  3. Limited demolition: Specialized equipment enables controlled demolition with elimination of specific parts of structures without damaging the elements that need to be left intact. This is especially valuable when renovating old buildings or when it is necessary to conserve features of historic or artistic value.

  4. Reducing waste: The use of dedicated demolition equipment can improve sorting of recyclable materials from waste, helping to limit environmental impact.

  5. Preparing ground: Demolition equipment is often used to prepare terrain for new constructions by removing old foundations and structural elements.

  6. Urban regeneration: In urban contexts this equipment are essential for the regeneration of urban spaces and suburbs, enabling the elimination of unused buildings to make space for new constructions or public green areas.

Five steps for choosing the most appropriate demolition equipment

Successful demolition depends on the correct selection of equipment. The necessary considerations for selecting the best equipment to suit your needs are set out below.

1. Assess the type of demolition work

First of all, it is necessary to fully understand the type of demolition work to be carried out. Some of the key factors to consider include:

  • Size and type of structure: the necessary equipment will vary considerably according to the size and complexity of the structures to be eliminated. For example, a small residential building requires different equipment from a large commercial structure.

  • Partial or total demolition: decide whether you intend to demolish an entire structure or only specific parts. Partial demolition requires different equipment from total demolition.

  • Materials to be demolished: consider the materials comprising the structure, like reinforced concrete, wood, steel, etc. Some equipment is more suited to specific materials.

2. Assess site access and available space

Carefully inspect the work area. Restricted space, uneven ground, and obstacles like trees or electrical cabins and cables can influence your choice of equipment. Some machines require open space and easy access, while others are more versatile in restricted areas.

3. Safety is always a priority

The safety of workers moving around the work site and passers-by must not be compromised. Ensure that the demolition equipment is compliant with safety standards and that your operators are adequately trained. The choice of safe equipment reduces the risk of accidents and injuries.

4. Take budgeting and efficiency into account

The work budget is another crucial factor. Purchase or hire costs vary considerably for different types of equipment. Consider the cost of the equipment in relation to the value that it brings to your project. The efficiency of the equipment is equally important, since a more expensive but more efficient machine can save time and money over the long term.

5. Plan for the future

Take your future requirements into consideration. If your demolition work is just the start of a larger building project, consider how the demolition equipment could also be useful in the subsequent stages of the project.


Examples of demolition equipment

Depending on your needs you could choose from among the following equipment:


hydraulic breakersHydraulic breakers
Perfect for breaking up medium-hard materials. The ITR range of hydraulic breakers includes two main product lines, the NitroWhite hammer, and the MonoBlack hammer. The first is the ideal demolition hammer when you want good value for money performance and reliability; the second is designed as a mono-block structure, ensuring safe, quick, and easy maintenance.

demolition crusherDemolition crushers
Excellent for demolishing steel reinforced concrete structures. ITR demolition crushers are made in Hardox® and Weldox® steel. They are equipped with PRV (Pressure Relief Valve) systemsto protect them from pressure peaks by releasing excess hydraulic fluid directly into the reservoir. The use of demolition crushers considerably reduces vibration, noise, and the risk of uncontrolled structural collapse.


hydraulic rotating pulverisers 1Hydraulic rotating pulverisers
Ideal for breaking up and separating demolished materials. ITR hydraulic rotating pulverisers are made in Hardox® wear-resistant steel and equipped with regenerative circuits to enable rapid opening and closing of the jaws when empty. Furthermore, 360° hydraulic rotation enables precise positioning of the pulveriser in any operating conditions.

grapple 2Grapples
Suitable for demolishing brick and wood structures, while also enabling selection of demolished materials for improved recycling.
ITR grapples are made in particularly
wear-resistant steel and equipped with hydraulic cylinders synchronized with a rod drive system that ensures even movement.



shear 2Shears
Ideal for demolishing steel structural elements, pipes, and storage tanks. ITR shears are made in Hardox® and Strenx® steel to ensure high cutting strength for quick and efficient operation in all circumstances. They are also equipped with reverse-mounted hydraulic cylinders and regenerative valves, which increase productivity by up to 30%.


The ITR range of demolition equipment also includes Multikit crushers with interchangeable end units. This makes it possible to customize your own crusher with a crusher kit, shears, or other tools. In addition to financial savings, Multikit crushers also ensure flexibility and versatility.





All ITR demolition equipment is manufactured in Italy and certified to the relevant safety standards. More information about ITR demolition equipment is provided in our catalogue, which can be downloaded from this link.


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Finally, once you have selected the most suitable equipment, be sure to follow all the rules for safe demolition work!

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