While drills are our normal business, we are often approached by customers seeking our creative and innovative ability to design solutions. When hundreds of old creosote soaked piles had to be removed from the banks of the Fraser River an environmental challenge arose. Pulling all the piles over a short period of time would disturb the creosote contaminated mud and release it into the river threatening its world famous salmon estuary. The proposal was to clip the piles as close to the river bottom as possible and leave the remainder of the pile in the ground to deteriorate over time. In response to our customer’s request, we designed and built a powerful set of pincers operated by hydraulic cylinders multiplied by mechanical linkage to deliver enough force to easily and cleanly cut the 22” diameter piles at the mud line.