EARTHMOVERS BACK ISSUES 2018
FREE Forestry Machinery magazine
NEW PRODUCTS: FORWARDERS & HARVESTERS: A round-up of the latest forestry forwarders and harvesters that have been recently launched in the market
EVENT PREVIEW: APF SHOW 2018: When, where, and what to see at the leading British forestry show, scheduled to take place in Warwickshire from 20-22 September.
GROUND PREPARATION: AHWI MULCHER: Forestry Machinery went to see this heavy-duty tracked mulcher being used to prepare land for planting on a country estate in Essex.
RUNNING REPORT: IRISH HARVESTING: Operators give their verdicts on four timber harvesters working in Ireland, including EcoLog, John Deere, Komatsu and Ponsse.
CONVERTED EXCAVATOR: VOLVO EC140: A leading UK owner-operator shows us around his customised forestry-spec excavator.
WINCHING SYSTEMS: ECOFORST T-WINCH: We report on the use of a T-Winch on a tricky project in Scotland.
SITE VISIT: TOTTENHAM TIMBER: The developing trend of exporting Irish pulpwood to mainland UK.
CLASSIC FORESTRY: TIMBER SKIDDER: Roadless Logmaster was the world’s first fully hydrostatic timber skidder.
||Earthmovers Issue 176 December 2018
NEW PRODUCTS: Doosan DL420CVT-5: Report from Prague on machines at this year’s Doosan Quarry Days event.
GPS TECHNOLOGY: Hitachi Report from Amsterdam on Hitachi’s new integrated GPS machine control system.
NEW PRODUCTS: Caterpillar report from Malaga on the next range of 30- and 36-tonne excavators.
OPERATOR FOCUS: Blair Hughes: 17-year-old operator and JCB’s 220X create two new kids on the block.
TECHNOLOGY: K-TEC Scrapers: A modern approach to specifying and running towed scraper combinations.
SITE VISIT: Tong Moor Quarry A new Case 1021G wheel loader has impressed owner Clive Hurt Plant.
SHOW REPORT: Finnmetko Forestry Finnish event showcased a broad spectrum of dedicated forestry equipment.
SITE VISIT: Wacker Neuson ET18: Upper-structure levelling systems are also very useful on mini-excavators.
FORESTRY: Tigercat LH855E: Canadian-built tracked timber harvester is the first at work in the UK.
EURO FOCUS: Syn Trac: Austrian firm is developing what is described as the ultimate tool carrier.
FIRST IMPRESSIONS: John Deere 1170G Working with this new all-round Eight-wheel drive timber harvester.
FLEET FOCUS: Fred Champion The latest on Champion Groundworks’ ever-increasing machinery fleet.
Men & Machines: Alex Kelly Rose from trainee to works manager at the Euclid/Terex factory, Motherwell.
Fleet Focus: FDS Cambridgeshire firm has just switched to Takeuchi compact excavators.
PLANT HIRE: E.CORR: The machinery choices over the years of this plant hire company.
CLASSIC PLANT: Haulers the rapid growth in dump truck capacity in the 1960s and 1970s.
||Earthmovers Issue 175 November 2018
NEW PRODUCT HIDROMEK HMK640WL Turkish 26-tonne wheel loader, the first to work in the south of England.
SPECIAL ADAPTATION ATLAS 150W Modern, more user-friendly duck adapted to work on Dublin’s canals.
FLEET FOCUS FAIRHURST STONE Quarry owners deploy the first UK Case CX750D in mass excavation spec.
EXTREME MACHINES KOMATSU WA900 Long-serving fleet of Komatsu quarry machines are still on their original engines.
MARKET REVIEW SITE DUMPERS EARTHMOVERS reviews the latest trends in the site dumper sector.
FIRST IMPRESSIONS DOOSAN DX85R-3 High-spec midi-excavator fitted with a machine guidance system.
PLANT HIRE H.E. SERVICES In conversation with company founder and chairman Hugh Edeleanu.
FLEET FOCUS T&A PLANT & CIVILS Examples of JCB’s all-new X Series excavators are appearing on Irish sites.
SITE VISIT BINGHAM SCRAPERS Graham Black reports on a large mixed fleet of scrapers working in the UK.
OPERATOR FEEDBACK CAT 352F Positive initial feedback received on a 50-tonne class Cat excavator.
FACTORY VISIT CUMMINS DARLINGTON New Stage 5 emissions-compliant engines are on the assembly lines.
SITE VISIT BANDON FLOOD RELIEF Completion of the long-awaited Bandon flood prevention scheme.
FLEET FOCUS BRACE CIVIL ENGINEERING Hyundai’s HX140 has been an eye-opener for this Herts-based business.
CLASSIC PLANT CAT 950 Vintage wheel loader was saved from the gas axe and put back to work.
||Earthmovers Issue 174 October 2018
FIRST DRIVE: JC MAC 888: Fledgling firm has plans to enter the UK construction machinery market.
NEW PRODUCT: HYUNDAI HX130LCR: One of the first compact-radius Hyundai excavators to be sold in the UK.
NEW PRODUCT: DUAL VIEW DUMPER: Report on the next eneration of safe six to 10-tonne site dumpers.
OWNER OPERATOR: KEITH BREEN: Now on his third generation of 14.5t reduced radius Case excavator.
FIRST IMPRESSIONS: TAKEUCHI TB225: Report from the cab of Takeuchi’s latest 2.5-tonne class mini-excavator.
EXTREME MACHINES: KOMATSU HD1500-8: The first batch of 142-tonne haul trucks to be put to work in Europe.
FLEET FOCUS: HILLHOUSE QUARRY: Quarry group’s fi rst Caterpillar 730C2 ADT in action in a sand and gravel pit.
SUPPLIER PROFILE: BKT TYRES: Celebrating a decade of its Earthmax tyre and looking to the future.
MARKET REVIEW: TYRE MANAGEMENT: Current developments in off -road tyre management systems.
SPECIAL ADAPTATIONS: JCB JS370HRD: Report on a Kocurek-converted high-reach JCB demolition excavator.
TECHNOLOGY: GPS & TILT-ROTATOR: Excavating with both 3D GPS machine guidance and a tilt-rotator.
SITE VISIT: SWANSWELL VIADUCT: The multi-tasking abilities of a JCB Hydradig at work on a road project.
FLEET FOCUS: GARRIOCK BROS: The remarkably diverse achievements of this Shetland-based fi rm.
CLASSIC PLANT: EARLY HAULERS: Off -road dump trucks of the 50s were world record holders of their day.
||Earthmovers Issue 173 September 2018
FIRST DRIVE: VOLVO ECR355E: Report from Sweden on Volvo’s latest 35-tonne compact radius excavator.
NEW PRODUCTS: VOLVO: We report from Sweden on a range of new products and high-tech services.
PLANT HIRE: NEXT GENERATION CATS: The first major plant hire deal for Cat’s next generation of excavators.
MARKET REVIEW: CRUSHERS & SCREENERS: The latest developments in crushing, screening and recycling equipment.
MEN & MACHINES: MIKE PARROT: A modern excavator set-up has transformed WE Plant’s workload.
FLEET FOCUS: GREEN BUILD: One firm’s early experiences with Chinese-built excavators from Sany.
FLEET FOCUS: DONAL WALSH: The move from classic draglines to excavators has benefited this Irish firm.
EURO FOCUS: CALAIS PORT: Dutch firm’s two modified excavators build a new breakwater at Calais.
DEMOLITION: KOMATSU PC390-11HRD: The first high-reach demolition spec model to be put to work in the UK.
FLEET FOCUS: WW BOWEN: The fleet of machines run by this established Mid-Wales utilities contractor.
TRANSPORT: KOMATSU WA800: A new extreme wheel loader delivered complete to a customer in Ireland.
DEALER OPEN DAY: PV DOBSON: Kendal-based machinery dealer’s improved facilities opened to the public.
FACTORY VISIT: VOLVO R100E: First report from the cab of Volvo’s new 100t-class rigid dump truck.
TECHNOLOGY: REMOTE-CONTROL DRILL: Believed to be the first and largest remote-controlled drill rig in Europe.
CLASSIC PLANT: WRECKING BALL: Attached to a 50-year-old crane it brought down the top of a silo complex.
||Earthmovers Issue 172 August 2018
FIRST DRIVE: KUBOTA KX030-4: Kubota’s latest mini-excavator was designed in Japan but made in Germany.
FIRST IMPRESSIONS: KOMATSU PC4000-11: EARTHMOVERS reports from the cab of a 400-tonne class face shovel.
NEW PRODUCTS: MECALAC DUMPERS: Coming soon: new UK-built six- and nine-tonne capacity site dumpers.
DEMOLITION: BATH PRESS: The challenges and solutions working on a site of architectural importance.
NEW PRODUCT: LIUGONG 939E: Their first Stage 4 35-tonne LiuGong excavator to go into service in Ireland.
SPECIAL ADAPTATIONS: HITACHI ZX85US: One man’s midi-excavator benefits from having an Engcon tilt-rotator.
FLEET FOCUS: NRI CIVILS: First fleet of cabbed JCB site dumpers at work on house building sites.
EURO FOCUS: HOUTRIBDIJK: Reinforcing the 25km-long road dike that spans Holland’s largest inland lake.
FLEET FOCUS: QUINN GROUNDWORKS: The machines on the fleet of a start-up business run by a father and son.
SITE VISIT: AYRSHIRE POWERLINES: Hodge Plant Group’s work on a new high-voltage powerline project.
SHOW REPORT: MASKINMASSAN: Highlights of Sweden’s biannual dealer-organised machinery fair.
MARKET REVIEW: MACHINE GUIDANCE: The latest developments in machine guidance systems for excavators.
MATERIALS HANDLING: LIEBHERR LH120: Speciality steel producer Liberty House Group’s new materials handler.
EXTREME MACHINES: ROPE SHOVELS: Current mining shovels and recent developments within this niche market.
CLASSIC PLANT: TOWED SCRAPERS: Cat dozers equipped with 3D guidance pulling classic scraper boxes.
||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.