Brazil: an HP 4000 FS hammer making progress in São Paulo

The hammer was used to help complete the city's huge ring road

18 April 2019

For more than two decades, Brazil has been building the ring road known as the Rodoanel Mário Covas or SP-21, stretching 176 km around the Greater São Paulo area, connecting all ten major highways leading into the city’s metropolitan area. Its name is a tribute to Mário Covas, governor of the state of São Paulo who died in 2001, a year before the first section of the Rodoanel was completed. The remaining sections were then completed in phases, except for the northern section, which is expected to be completed by the end of 2019. Once completed, the project aims to facilitate traffic flow within the city and improve connections between the eastern and western sections of the ring road, helping to connect up Guarulhos International Airport with the port of Santos. During the course of the job, an Indeco HP 4000 FS hydraulic hammer was used, recently purchased by the R3CICLO demolition company, which specializes in the management of waste materials for recycling. The hammer, mounted on a HITACHI ZX350 excavator, did about 200 hours of work on-site, removing rock at a rate of 150 m³ per day and helping to build new stretches along the 47.6 km which included the northern section of the ring road. Further confirmation of Indeco products’ efficiency, rewarding the choices made by the R3CICLO group, which became an Indeco Brazil customer last year.