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Earthmovers Issue 171 July 2018

First Impressions: Case 2050M Case is making in-roads into the dozer market with its latest M Series.
New Product: Kobelco High-Reach Europe’s first example of the new SK550D-10 high-reach demo excavator.
First Drives: Kato Minis The arrival of a new range of Japanese-built mini-excavators in the UK.
Show Preview: Hillhead Some of the main highlights to see at the upcoming biennial quarry show.
Site Visit: Hope Cement Report on the latest excavator used at Breedon’s Hope cement works.
Demolition: Colonial House Goody is dismantling the former Colonial Mutual Life HQ in Chatham.
Show Report: Intermat Product launches at this year’s largest trade show did not disappoint.
First Impressions: Liebherr HS8130HD The first dragline version of this crane is saving its new owner a fortune.
Show Report: Scotplant The Royal Highland Centre held the first outdoor plant show of the year.
Plant hire: Moore transport The latest developments from well-known ADT hirer Moore Transport.
Used Machines: Alan Sinnott High-spec used machines help a Co Wexford firm to increase versatility.
Euro Focus: German Power Report from the world’s most efficient hard coal-fi red power station.
Plant Hire: Rocket Rentals The growing fleet of an innovative Gloucester-based hire company.
Factory Visit: Atlas Reports from its factories in Germany on the firm’s 100-year anniversary.
Extreme Machine: CAT 6015B Impressive excavator line-up headed by a monster conversion of a Cat 6015B.
Men & Machines: Ben Boare An Andover-based firm that focuses on plant hire and concrete crushing.

Earthmovers Issue 170 June 2018

Product Launch: Bobcat A brand-new range of minis in the 2.5- to 3.5-tonne sector of the market.
First Drive: JCB X Series Report from the cab of JCB’s new 220X 22-tonne tracked excavator.
Owner- Operator: Ciaran Kelly An owner-operator with a high-spec Komatsu reduced-tailswing excavator.
Attachments: Car Recycling We report on a Powerhand attachment for end-of-life vehicle recycling.
Extreme Machine: CAT 5130B One of Europe’s heaviest demolition rigs has started work in the USA.
Market Review: Dust Suppression Water-misting systems used to suppress dust in a wide range of applications.
Snow Moving: Pistenbully PB600LTD snow groomer working at the UK’s best-known ski resort.
Euro Focus: Liebherr Road-Rail Report from the Czech Republic on a rail network maintenance fleet.
Site Visit: JCB 8010CTS Carrock Design and Build’s JCB micro-excavator at work in Cumbria.
Fleet Focus: DSW We report on the machinery run by the Cornish demolition firm DSW.
Site Visit: Banks Mining Report on the purchase of three new Komatsu WA470-8 wheel loaders.
Fleet Focus: Takeuchi We take a look at the first TB2150R at work for a Chester-based civils company.
Technology: Tracked Haulers Rubber-tracked vehicles do all the hauling at a Dutch wetland area.
Transport: Stralis X-Way Construction truck range offers higher payloads and gas-powered engines.
Classic Plant: Rope Shovels The background and operation of today’s large electric mining shovels.

Earthmovers Issue 169 May 2018

Product Launch: JCB Graham Black reports on new products, including the first X Series excavator.
Special news report: Increasing demand The editor warns of projected shortages of products in Europe.
Extreme machine: Komatsu PC3000-6 Japanese-built face shovel is Banks Mining’s first Komatsu prime mover.
Demo days: Doosan Report from the Czech Republic on a variety of new Doosan excavators.
Plant hire: Guy Nicholls Familiar name returns to the industry to launch a new plant hire company.
Site visit: Selsey The fleet of machinery employed on a south-east coastal defence project.
Demolition: DSM CAT 6015B A 20-storey tower block is the first up for this ultra-high-reach machine.
Fleet focus: DOW An early adopter of Chinese Sany excavators, working in a variety of applications.
Market review: Hydraulic hammers there’s a wide choice of this attachment for compact equipment.
Fleet focus: O’Connor the fleet of a Cheltenham plant hire and civil engineering operation.
Site visit: Scout moor quarry the latest Liebherr 80-tonne excavators to be put to work in the UK.
Site visit: Dublin light rail Report on some of the work required to link Dublin’s two tram lines.
Forestry: JCB 325T on site with the Forest master version of a tracked JCB skid-steer.
Technology: Walking draglines each manufacturer developed its own system of machine propulsion.

Earthmovers Issue 168 April 2018

Recycling: Case CX290D MH: John Wade Group’s fleet of the latest Case CX290D material handlers.
Extreme Machine: Irish RH120: Huge face shovel is proving its worth at Hudson Bros’ Blessington Quarry.
Technology: Steelwrist: The UK’s first Steelwrist X Control tilty factory-fitted on a JCB Hydradig.
Site Visit: Holman Mine: The last place you would expect to find a telehandler hard at work.
Editorial Comment: Tilt-Rotators: The Editor’s views on the increasing uptake of tilt-rotators in the UK.
Market Review: Tilt-Rotators: The variety of makes and models of tilt-rotators currently available.
Fleet Focus: Geoff Cooke: East Midlands plant hire firm’s pair of Volvo EC140s with Rototilt tilt-rotators.
Men & Machines: Willie Coyne: The latest JCB 4CX backhoe in the hands of a very experienced operator.
Site Visit: York Drainage: A pair of new excavators put to work to help to prevent flooding in York.
Market Guide: Tilting Couplers: A more versatile alternative to the use of traditional tilting buckets.
Factory Visit: Engcon: Graham Black reports from Engcon’s tilt-rotator factory in Sweden.
Attachments: Atlas Copco: Construction and mining attachment ranges rebranded to Epiroc.
Factory Visit: Thwaites: Graham Black reports on the operation of this long-established factory.
Euro Focus: Gravel Diggers: Dutch machinery at work on a river-widening project in Belgium.
Fleet Focus: Hilltop Quarries: The latest machine choices of a leading Irish crushing and screening operation.
Classic Working: Scrapers: Sometimes the tried-and-tested methods of muck-shifting are the best

Earthmovers Issue 167 March 2018

First Drive: Takeuchi TB2150R Eagerly-awaited conventional-boom version of Takeuchi’s 15-tonner.
First Impressions: JCB teleskid Wheeled loader is likely to be joined by a tracked model in the near future.
Show Preview: Executive hire Graham Black highlights exhibits at the first trade show of the year.
Technology: Komatsu PC210i-11Latest intelligent excavator comes complete with a smart tilting bucket.
Market Review: Telehandler Access the latest rules and developments in Telehandler-based access platforms.
Forestry: Justin Kingwell Specialised site clearance kit includes a rather special Hyundai excavator.
Euro Focus: Cableway One of the longest quarry cableways still operational in Europe.
Men & Machines: Sam O’Brien what he lacks in years, Sam more than makes up for in enthusiasm.
Extreme Machine: Hitachi EX1900 an incredible excavator developed by the Dutch specialist firm Snijder.
Attachments: Steelwrist A pair of Welsh tilty wizards whose mounts are Steelwrist equipped.
Fleet Focus: Allman Contracts a Co Kerry contractor that has expanded to tackle a large road project.
Factory Visit: Cat Dortmund a factory with a long association with the UK surface mining industry.
Men & Machines: Richie Collett JCB’s Be Your Own Boss scheme nurtures a successful new business.
Classic Plant: Liebherr Draglines a German contractor with seven classic Liebherr draglines on their fleet.

Earthmovers Issue 166 February 2018

First drive: Kobelco SK210H-10: In the cab of the world’s first hybrid featuring a lithium-ion battery.
Product launch: Doosan DL420-5: The latest manufacturer to offer a wheel loader with a CVT transmission.
Site visit: Wacker Neuson EW65: The first Wacker Neuson EW65 wheeled excavator to be sold in the UK.
Running report: Liebherr L586 X-Power versions of this loader feature a continuously variable transmission.
Site report: Cliffe hill quarry The next generation of thinking when managing machines, people and sites.
Product launch: Case skid-steers: We report on the latest generation of American-built skid-steer loaders.
First impressions: Komatsu D475A-5 Fife Silica Sands’ new 115-tonne Komatsu D475A-5 dozer in action.
Special adaptations: STC HD140 Dutch demolition firm Vlasman’s extreme version of Hitachi’s ZX890.
Transport: Rail hub An old-fashioned alternative to the transportation of bulk aggregate.
First impression: Hydrema MX14 We report on the latest purchase of a Hydrema wheeled excavator.
Running report: JCB JS220 PLUS The latest addition to the fleet of a family-run Irish plant business.
Factory visit: Arrowhead We report on an innovative British manufacturer of hydraulic breakers.
Euro focus: Towed scrapers An unusual towed scraper at work, the Bos-made ejector-bodied Giga.
Attachment: Xcentric ripper An alternative to a heavy-duty hydraulic hammer in a quarry application.
Extreme machine: Bucyrus 8750B Canada’s largest coal mine is home to the heaviest dragline in the world.
Site visit: Padstow The fleet of classic and modernmachinery tasked with sand removal..

Earthmovers Issue 165 January 2018

Product: Liebherr: Graham Black reports on the latest products, including new telehandlers.
First drive: CAT 320: We are the first to operate the next generation Cat tracked excavators.
Show report: The ploughing: New and unusual muck-shifting kit on display at this show in Ireland.
Extreme machines: Coal restoration: The progress made towards restoring the former Rusha surface coal mine.
Techniques: Installing fibre cable A classic application for the much under-valued skid-steer loader.
Euro focus: Grensmaas: The River Maas gravel extraction fleet includes a 170-tonne dragline.
Site visit: Pmc civil engineering Hyundai machines are preferred by this Dorset based civils company.
Attachments: Nox tilt-rotator EARTHMOVERS visits one of the UK’s first users of a NOX tilt-rotator.
New product: Bell B20E: The first pair of these 20-ton ADTs at work on a Scottish golf course.
Demolition: Bristol footbridge: The deconstruction of an elevated footpath and its associated structures.
Fleet focus: Duneaton quarry: The fleet of machinery owner and operated by the Hodge Plant Group.
Extreme machine: Hitachi EX1200: Christened Grizzly, this big Hitachi cut its teeth on a car plant demolition.
Classic plant: Moxy 5222B: Classic dump truck works together with a Terex 970 backhoe loader.
Used equipment: CAT 320B: A tip-off leads to the purchase of an ex-Army bomb disposal excavator.