As you know, track loaders are not being used so much for demolition today. I have captured some demolition videos which have now been deleted from their video hosting sites.
The quality of these first few is not very good, since it is only recently that HQ uploads have been possible, and these are several years old.
Here is a Cat 953 ripping into a barracks:
These are two videos of a 963 destroying a house in Florida:
These 3 are from the Italian YouTube site (Di Niro=In Black) and shows an older Fiat Allis 745C attacking a brick/concrete wall/building:
Much better quality follows. These are recent, but were only on the video hosting site a few days; fortunately I was able to download them.
This is a 963 with a 4-in-1 bucket and ripper wrecking a bar:
Another 963 crunches a house:
The following were sent to me by the original posters via DVDs. Both are still up on YouTube, but both have been greatly sped up there and the audio is only music.
These are just brief excerpts from one DVD (unfortunately, it must have been shot through a screen) and shows an unusual CAT 977 with ripper and a grapple bucket. This DVD goes on for about 1 hour and 45 minutes:
These snippets are from an 18-minute DVD which I had to purchase, since the owner of the house is a professional photographer/videographer in Dallas. I purchased with the understanding that it would not broadcast commercially, thus the notice:
If anyone has any interest in seeing more, or viewing longer versions of the latter, please leave a message. I have many more videos I could post to Photobucket if there is interest (and do not exceed the limits of the free account).
Thanks for posting those video links, they were an interesting watch. There was a point in time that a track loader was the king of demolition since the excavator wasn't around to provide an alternative.
I have taken a few structures down with my 953 but to be honest a track hoe is a better machine for demolition. However, I also think it takes a higher degree of finesse to take a structure down with a loader, especially a 2 story structure, than a track hoe.
The problem with using a loader to take a house down really comes down to $$$. It's harder to sort and separate the materials as the structure is coming down and during the load-out phase with a loader than an excavator. You end up getting more mixed, heavy loads that cost more to dispose of with a loader. You can sort your inert debris better with an excavator and thus dispose of this material separately, saving money on dump fees.
Now with that being said, I have a bid in on a 4K sf 1 story commercial building to demo and if I get it, I'll be using the 953 since the biggest excavator I currently have is a Bobcat 334.