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Earthmovers Issue 163 November 2017

First impressions: Hyundai HL975 in the cab of the first example of this wheel loader sold in the UK
New product: Dressta TD15R the first in Ireland, together with the first LiuGong 930E excavator.
Site Visit: A50 Uttoxeter progress of the A50 project and a close look at a high-tech 22-tonner.
Men & Machines: Gaydon Family a true family-run building firm that operates a Takeuchi mini-excavator.
Trenching: Bruff BT4 machinery used by a Northern Ireland-based land drainage operator.
Extreme machine: Irish RH 120 The build process of the largest hydraulic excavator ever to work in Ireland.
Market review: Visibility & Detection the background and solutions available to operator visibility issues.
Technology: Engines report from Perkins’ Peterborough factory on the latest engine technology.
Attachments: Pile Cutters a new, safer and more productive method of cropping concrete piles.
Scrappers: Core Fleet believed to be the youngest fleet of scrapers currently working in the UK.
Fleet Focus: Covell Construction background of a small East Anglian firm and their machinery fleet.
Site Visit: Gort to Tuam the surfacing work being undertaken on this Irish motorway project.
Transport: Liebherr Mixer return visit to Grange Quarry and their latest concrete delivery truck.
Fleet focus: D E Spencer Wacker Neuson’s Vertical Digging System’s hit with this Gloucester firm.
Euro focus: Peatland Kit Finland’s Suokone has designed a monster high-horsepower tractor.
Machines past: Crawler Past review of large crawler-mounted draglines as used in opencast mining.

Earthmovers Issue 162 October 2017

First sale: Hidromek backhoes Plant hire firm takes probably the first of these Turkish backhoe loaders.
First impressions JCB JZ141 The latest reduced-tailswing tracked excavator from JCB under review.
Special adaptations: CAT D6T: A landfill dozer specially adapted for use by a one-armed operator.
Men & machines: James Mansfield Lincolnshire owner-operator has yellow paint running through his veins.
Demolition: Smithwicks brewery Clearing an historic brewery with the latest Liebherr 936 demo rig.
Product launch: Liebherr LR626 The Editor reports on the latest addition to the Liebherr tracked loader range.
Market guide: Midi-excavators The latest developments from manufacturers of midi-excavators.
Site visit: Daventry roads James King Plant’s Cat 777C trucks on a road project near Daventry.
Euro focus: Towed scrapers Probably the largest towed scraper combination in the Benelux area.
Interview: Wacker Neuson Priorities of sales, service, logistics and marketing manager Alexander Greschner.
Skills shortage: Chilcotts In conversation with the next generation of plant machinery operators.
Site preparation: Kype muir The initial stages of Banks Renewables’ wind farm development in Scotland.
First impressions: Gradall v series On site in Finland with the latest generation of Gradall excavator.
Plant hire: Wagner Our second visit highlights the latest addition to a mainly Volvo fleet.
Site visit: Cemex halkyn North Wales quarry recently commissioned a new 80-tonne wheel loader.
Extreme machines: Continuous miners The imminent end of an era for bucket chain and bucket wheel excavators.

Earthmovers Issue 161 September 2017

Scrapers: Komatsu D155 The old-school method for stripping sites is a scraper box and dozer.
Special adaptations: CAT 6015B A new benchmark for super high-reach demolition rig conversions in the UK.
Supplier update: Doosan Graham Black reports from the Czech Republic on the news from Doosan.
Running report: JCB 100C-1An owner-operator’s progress with his new JCB 100C-1 midi-excavator.
Attachments: Custom Geith The right attachment for a machine can lead to significant fuel savings.
Recycling: Mercian skip The fleet of Hyundai machinery at work in a waste transfer station.
Site visit: Keble college Where a special 26-tonne compact-radius Liebherr excavator is at work.
Machines past: Hasit Long-term equipment choices at a limestone quarry in the Czech Republic.
Site visit: Silverstone A look at he fleet of JCB machinery in use during the British Grand Prix.
Market review: Telehandlers The latest developments from leading manufacturers of telehandlers.
Men & Machines: Peter Knight At the age of 30, here’s one of the rising stars of the plant community.
Processing: Coal washing Banks Mining operation at Shotton boasts a new washing and screening plant.
Site visit: Kentucky Limestone Three Rivers Quarry is one of the largest in the American Midwest.
Technology: Roller systems Details of he latest developments in compaction management systems.
Euro focus: Scrapedozer Self-propelled muck-shifter that can double as a scraper and a dozer.
Plant hire: Selwood The history and current business of Selwood Plant Hire and Sales.

Earthmovers Issue 160 August 2017

Product Launch: Mecalac New products and the reasoning behind its purchase of Terex Coventry.
Show Report: Plantworx 2017 Key developments for the plant industry launched at the recent show.
Country Report: Ireland Report from the CQMS event on the state of the Irish construction industry.
Market Review: Hitches Latest developments across the wide variety of units that are now available.
Euro Focus: Erzberg Iron Austria’s largest mine relies on five Komatsu WA800 wheeled loaders.
Fleet Focus: Behan restoration extended recycling equipment is joined by a LiuGong wheel loader.
Site Visit: Norwich ring road relief road project is using the latest in muck-shifting technologies.
Recycling: Doosan DX235LCR-5 compact-radius tracked materials handler suits a new recycling yard.
Site Visit: Batavia limestone Conventional machinery at work in an underground limestone quarry.
Euro shows: Mansen Morinat Report from an unusual but popular machinery event held in Finland.
Men & Machines: Matt Thackray Experienced demolition excavator operator’s first year in his own firm.
Fleet focus: Wee Jim Landscapes Return visit to Royal Deeside to see this operator’s expanding fleet.
Demolition: Hitachi ZX870 A familiar high-reach Hitachi demolition rig benefits from a full makeover.
FACTORY VISIT: Sany One of Sany’s excavator factories is building new products for Europe.

Earthmovers Issue 159 July 2017

First Drive: Volvo A60H: Could Volvo’s largest ADT give the muck-shifting sector a shot in the arm?
Product Launch: Steelwrist & SVAB: The latest excavator technology from Scandinavia.
Technology: 3D GPS: Initial work with a high-tech guidance system.
Demolition: Sennebogen: An unusual but versatile demolition rig, based on a materials handler.
Site Visit: Foynes Port: A significant land reclamation project within Ireland’s key west coast port.
First Impressions: Hyundai R1200-9: Tiny Luxembourg is home to Hyundai’s largest hydraulic excavator.
Site Visit: Grange Quarry: Cat machines have just been put to work in the Scottish borders.
New Product: Eurocomac: A new brand of mini- and midi-excavators are available on the Irish market.
Show Preview: Some of the star attractions at the forthcoming Plantworx show.
Men & Machines: Ian Collick: Cornish owner-operator is pleased with his New Holland B110C backhoe.
Plant Hire: Kobelco SK75SR: A modified Kobelco midi configured for watercourse maintenance.
Fleet Focus: Ducon Concrete: Leading Irish quarry firm upgrades its processing and loading fleet.
Euro Focus: Lannen: Backhoe loaders are often labelled the Swiss Army Knife of the plant world.
Compaction: Liebherr: Bespoke compaction rig based on a Liebherr excavator and a BSP attachment.
Machines Past: Scrapers: The revival of towed scrapers in the global earthmoving community.
Best Practice: On the Road: Using and towing construction equipment on the road.
Extreme Machine: Tractomas: French maker eyes up the mining sector for the world’s largest semi-truck.

Earthmovers Issue 158 June 2017

Product Launch Case: Our visit to Case’s training centre near Paris reveals the latest machines.
Safety Site Dumpers: Probably the safest forward-tipping site dumper currently in the UK.
New Products: Volvo excavators Report from a working demonstration on Volvo’s new wheeled excavators.
Materials Handler: Solomec Exp 5020 A dedicated timber materials handler purchased for its reliability.
Dredging: Hyundai HX220 A dredger-mounted excavator destined to work at Bridlington Harbour.
Attachments: Movax SG-75V Report on the use of state-of-the-art excavator-mounted piling attachments
Euro Focus: Amphibious The 45t WK300NG-5 is Dutch firm Waterking’s largest model to date.
Men & Machines: Rob Bool Details of a new excavator and attachments run by a fan of Kobelco machines.
Maintenance: Support Truck Converted Volvo A25C provides on-site service and refuelling support.
Market Review: Piling Rigs The latest developments in piling attachments and compact piling rigs.
Plant Hire: Lomond Plant Focus on the performance of JCB’s 13-tonne class JS131 Plus excavators.
Show Report: Conexpo Our second report from Las Vegas focuses on technological developments.
Demolition: Raf Marham Norfolk’s Anglian Demolition and Asbestos took the lead role in this project.
Site Visit: Pargas Limestone Report from an unusual limestone quarry located on a Finnish island town.
Factory Visit: SMP Report from the Ilsbo production plant of this Swedish tilt-rotator specialist.
Technology: JCB Dualtech JCB’s new transmission has been specifically designed for telehandlers.

Earthmovers Issue 157 May 2017

First Drive: JCB JS300: Report from the cab of JCB’s latest 241hp 30-tonne class excavator
Show Report: CONEXPO: Report from Las Vegas on the huge construction equipment show.
Product Launched: JCB In a surprising move, JCB is introducing a range of powered access platforms.
Show Awards: PLANTWORX: Graham Black reports on the results of the 2017 Innovation Awards.
Site Visit: GLENMUCKLOCH: Return visit to this surface coal mine to see a rather special Case excavator
First Impressions: HITACHI 135US-6: The latest reduced swing radius excavator to join the McCormick fleet.
Special adaptations: TRACKS: Prototype tracked conversion on a pivot-steer JCB TM320 telehandler.
First Impressions: Liugong 915E A prospective Irish customer assesses this Chinese-built 15-tonne excavator.
Market Review: HYDRAULIC HAMMERS: Latest products from the principal manufacturers of these attachments.
Special Adaptations: Shaft Excavator: A special Liebherr machine that is able to excavate down to 35m.
Operator Interview: Aimee Pooley: The experiences of a UK operator working in Sweden for the winter season
Underground Mine: Outokumpu Kemi: The EU’s only chromium mine in Finland has moved underground
Road Maintenance: Fisher Planers: J. Fisher and Sons operates across Britain’s road maintenance sector.
Machines Past: coppage fleet: Classic machinery run by one of Kentucky’s most progressive contractors
Servicing: Banks Mining: An in-depth look at what it takes to keep a large fleet of haulers on the road.
Site Visit: Scottish Demo Rigs: Central Demolition’s new straight boomed Cat excavators in action
Euro Focus: Extreme Trucks: A unique fleet of huge road-going trucks with side-tipping bodies
Factory Visit: Hammer: Report from Italy on a newcomer to the UK and Irish demolition market.

Earthmovers Issue 156 April 2017

First Drive: Takeuchi TB2150: New 15-tonne class tracked excavator comes complete with an off set boom.
Show Report: Executive Hire: Show The editor reports on the latest developments in compact equipment.
Product Launched: JCB: In a surprising move, JCB is introducing a range of powered access platforms.
Site Visit: M74 Bridge demo return visit to the project to upgrade the M8/M73/M74 motorway.
Special adaptations: Doosan Forestry: Modified Doosan excavator converted to a timber-harvesting machine.
First Impressions: Liugong 915E: A prospective Irish customer assesses this Chinese-built 15-tonne excavator.
Machines Past: Cat 988: Fleet of wheel loaders plays a vital role in handling large granite blocks.
Materials Handling: Liebherr LH120M: An unusual dockside materials handler has entered service in the UK.
Market Review: Dozers: The latest developments in the tracked dozer sector of the industry.
Site Visit: Dalmacoulter pipeline: A new Hyundai HX330 excavator is the lead machine on this project.
Euro Focus: Gradall fleet: Designed in America during WWII, these excavators are a rarity in Europe.
First Impressions: Hooby LC90: Demonstration of the latest model of this watercourse maintenance excavator.
Demolition: 150-Tonne Rig Beelen’s latest rig is described as the best high-reach excavator produced.
Men & Machines: Dave Hockin: Devon-based owner-operator has made a name for himself over the years.

Earthmovers Issue 155 March 2017

First Impressions: Volvo EC750E The first of this latest generation mass excavator put to work in the UK.
Awards Preview: Plantworx Innovations ‘Czar’ Colin Evison on the upcoming awards scheme.
Components: Alliance tyres The latest developments in off -road tyres made by the Alliance Group.
Demolition News: Hitachi ZX870 Dutch firm Lek has acquired an impressive high-reach conversion.
Fleet Focus: Neville Civil Works The experiences of a user of Japanese made Airman mini-excavators.
Special adaptations: Demolition Unique demolition rig works as a crane, or provides a 57m pin height.
Fleet Focus: Woodmace Dorset-based civil engineering firm has returned to Hyundai excavators.
Technology: Dozer GPS Firms are beginning to add computer-aided design to their list of services.
Show Preview: Executive Hire Graham Black previews the 2017 event taking place on 8 & 9 February.
Transport: Heavy haulage Moving heavy machinery calls for specialist knowledge and equipment.
Extreme Machines: Terrafame A return visit to the reopened enormous nickel mine at in Finland..
Market review: Micro-excavators The latest models in this expanding and versatile sector of the market..
Product Launch: Case The latest developments from the construction division of CNH Industrial.
Site visit: Banks Shotton RJ Blasting causes the earth to move at this established surface mine.
Men & machinery: Daniel Hall At just 25 years old, meet one of the next generation owner-operators.
Euro Focus: John Deere 764HSD Only a handful of this high-speed dozer have been imported into Europe.
Site Visit: Galmoy Mine The first mine remediation project under Ireland’s tougher environmental code.
Factory Visit: Hydrema trucks Report from the Weimar, Germany factory of Danish-based Hydrema.

Earthmovers Issue 154 February 2017

First drive: HANIX N085uj An early example of the next generation of Hanix compact excavators.
Product Launch: Hitachi Graham Black reports from Amsterdam on the latest products from Hitachi.
Factory Visit: Komatsu Hanover Tour of the historic Hanomag plant and latest wheel loader test drive.
New product: Doosan DX 165W-5 DoosanÕs latest wheeled excavator isa compact radius 17-tonner.
Fleet Focus: Neville Civil Works The experiences of a user of Japanese made Airman mini-excavators.
Special adaptations: Demolition Unique demolition rig works as a crane, or provides a 57m pin height.
Fleet Focus: Wetlands reserve Machinery used and the excellent on-going restoration of their quarry site.
Extreme machines: Armstrong Coal Kentucky miner faces pressure on the viability of coal-fi red power stations.
First impressions: CAT 336F Hybrid McCabe EarthworksÕ latest hybrid excavator and state-of-the-art loader.
Site Visit: McKeon Stone A new Hitachi excavator has been put to work in a dimensional stone quarry.
Site Visit: Manchester Uni A tricky redevelopment phase of the universityÕs business centre.
Euro Focus: Kevitsa Mine Finnish contractor Hartikainen has acquired its first Komatsu PC2000.
Machines Past: Cat 992C 30-year-old wheel loader is still going strong at TarmacÕs Dunbar Quarry.
Demolition: High Ð Reach Liugong First Chinese excavator in the UK converted into a high-reach demo rig.
Site visit: Port of Liverpool HyundaiÕs 80-tonner currently workingon a major UK port expansion.
Men & Machines: Jan Mantingh Probably the worldÕs most experiencedland improvement specialist.

Earthmovers Issue 153 January 2017

SECOND IMPRESSIONS: JCB HYDRADIG: One of the first pair of these wheeled excavators working in Scotland.
SPECIAL NEWS REPORT: TILT-ROTATORS: The first public appearance of a prototype of a new British-built tilt-rotator.
MACHINES PAST & PRESENT: TAKEUCHI: The history of the mini and a review of Takeuchi’s latest full-sized machine.
NEW PRODUCTS: SK140SR-5 & HW140: First examples of three unusual excavators have been put to work in Ireland.
FIRST IMPRESSIONS: HITACHI ZW370: Somerset quarry upgrade is in response to strengthening demand.
EURO FOCUS: SVAPPAVAARA IRON ORE: Production is about to start at a trio of mines in the north of Sweden.
DEMOLITION: BOLAND’S MILL: The set-up of a hired-in extreme demolition rig in the middle of Dublin.
SHOW REPORT: CAT MINEXPO: Reporting on Caterpillar’s latest surface mining machines and technology.
EXTREME MACHINE: P&H 4100XPC: The Aitik copper mine is home to Europe’s only AC-powered rope shovel.
MARKET REVIEW: ARTICULATED TRUCKS: Our review of the latest developments with articulated dump trucks.
FLEET FOCUS: RAPIDGRID: Fleet owner knows what plant he needs and how much to pay for it.
SITE VISIT: GORT TO TUAM: The M17/M18 motorway forged a route through challenging conditions.
ATTACHMENTS: LEHNHOFF: Contractor invests in a system allowing safe and quick attachment changes.
SITE VISIT: PONESK: Banks Mining is restoring the former surface coal mine at Ponesk.
SITE VISIT: MARKER WADDEN: A new 250-hectare landmass is soon to appear on maps of the Netherlands.
FACTORY VISIT: LIEBHERR COLMAR: In-house arrangements to produce special adaptations of excavators.

Earthmovers Issue 154 February 2017

First drive: HANIX N085uj An early example of the next generation of Hanix compact excavators.
Product Launch: Hitachi Graham Black reports from Amsterdam on the latest products from Hitachi.
Factory Visit: Komatsu Hanover Tour of the historic Hanomag plant and latest wheel loader test drive.
New product: Doosan DX 165W-5 Doosan’s latest wheeled excavator isa compact radius 17-tonner.
Fleet Focus: Neville Civil Works The experiences of a user of Japanese made Airman mini-excavators.
Special adaptations: Demolition Unique demolition rig works as a crane, or provides a 57m pin height.
Fleet Focus: Wetlands reserve Machinery used and the excellent on-going restoration of their quarry site.
Extreme machines: Armstrong Coal Kentucky miner faces pressure on the viability of coal-fi red power stations.
First impressions: CAT 336F Hybrid McCabe Earthworks’ latest hybrid excavator and state-of-the-art loader.
Site Visit: McKeon Stone A new Hitachi excavator has been put to work in a dimensional stone quarry.
Site Visit: Manchester Uni A tricky redevelopment phase of the university’s business centre.
Euro Focus: Kevitsa Mine Finnish contractor Hartikainen has acquired its first Komatsu PC2000.
Machines Past: Cat 992C 30-year-old wheel loader is still going strong at Tarmac’s Dunbar Quarry.
Demolition: High – Reach Liugong First Chinese excavator in the UK converted into a high-reach demo rig.
Site visit: Port of Liverpool Hyundai’s 80-tonner currently workingon a major UK port expansion.
Men & Machines: Jan Mantingh Probably the world’s most experiencedland improvement specialist.