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Welcome to Digger Man Blog by Nick Drew


Nick Drew has been operating plant for over 35 years both as a self-employed operator and owner operator. Nick is passionate about machines both new and old and via the blog he reviews the latest construction plant & machinery, shares photos from jobsites around the world and takes a look back at classic kit from the past. Nick is also a regular contributor to Earthmovers magazine.


Magnifique Mecalac

Nick Drew : 18th August 2017 5:00 am : DIGGER MAN BLOG
The launch event of Mecalac’s stylish and innovative MWR range earlier this year was a truly international affair which was attended by over 300 people flown in from around the globe,including customers, dealers and the worlds construction press. In this blog post I thought I would share a few more previously unseen photos I took from the event. On arrival more »

Another rare old Hymac uncovered

Nick Drew : 17th August 2017 5:00 am : DIGGER MAN BLOG
I recently came across some video footage of what I believe to be an old Hymac 1080 which in all fairness looks to have seen better days at least cosmetically. Information on this old machine is very sketchy to say the least, but I suspect that it is located somewhere in Sweden a country that was a good market for more »

Swedish revolution on the American market continues

Nick Drew : 16th August 2017 5:00 am : DIGGER MAN BLOG
Swedish tiltrotator manufacturer Engcon is continuing its assault on the American market with a number of high profile social media end users investing in the game changing attachments. It’s incredible really that for such a technologically advanced nation American attitudes to excavator attachments still lag behind many other countries. For decades the thumb attachment has been king in the States, more »

Plant man’s pics from the past

Nick Drew : 15th August 2017 5:00 am : DIGGER MAN BLOG
In the early years of this blog it was very common for me to receive photos from readers on a regular basis and it was something that I and other readers enjoyed a lot, these days though due to the rise in social media platforms we don’t get sent that much anymore, so it was with great delight that I more »

Doosan gears up its ADT range

Nick Drew : 14th August 2017 6:00 am : DIGGER MAN BLOG
Doosan Bobcat EMEA has been in touch with the Digger Man Blog to tell us about a wide array of new standard and optional features for the company’s articulated dump truck (ADT) range. I suggest you grab a coffee as there is so much news, this may take a while to read!    The first of the new standard features more »

Renaissance: Why JCB is the Apple of the digger world (Book Review)

Nick Drew : 14th August 2017 5:00 am : DIGGER MAN BLOG
I was delighted last week when a new book arrived back at base in which well-known journalist and the man behind such titles as Demolition News and Diggers and Dozers, Mark Anthony, makes an interesting comparison between Apple and JCB. As I feverishly opened the packaging the first thing that struck me was the feel of the cover, by spooky more »

Liebherr expands Generation 6 crawler loader range and premieres new LR 626

Nick Drew : 11th August 2017 3:09 pm : DIGGER MAN BLOG
News reaches the Digger Man Blog from Liebherr about the expansion of their Generation 6 crawler loader range and the premiere of the new LR 626. The new LR 626 is successor to the successful LR 624 crawler loader. It was developed and constructed at Liebherr's Telfs plant in Austria and has an operating weight of between 16,130 and 18,600 more »

Its a bridge too far for an excavator! (Blog Post Re-Visited)

Nick Drew : 11th August 2017 5:00 am : DIGGER MAN BLOG
Taking a look back at one we featured way back in 2013, featuring a spectacular fail!  I think this incident took place somewhere Belgium. During the demolition of a river bridge, for some unknown reason the team behind the job figured it would be a good idea to have a machine actually sat on the deck of the structure, anyway more »

Hyundai’s first 120-tonne excavator sold in Europe goes to work on large demolition job

Nick Drew : 10th August 2017 1:57 pm : DIGGER MAN BLOG
Démolition et terrassement XL Sàrl from Nidderkuer, Luxembourg, has been using the largest capacity Hyundai excavator, the R1200-9, which has an operating weight of 120 tonnes, on a major demolition site in the financial heart of Luxembourg City since March 2017. This is a first for a Hyundai machine of this size to be sold in Europe. The gigantic work more »

Plant is the name of the game for ABBA

Nick Drew : 10th August 2017 5:00 am : DIGGER MAN BLOG
Taking a look back at one of my articles which first appeared in Earthmovers Magazine and bringing it to life on the internet. One normally associates the name ABBA with the Swedish pop group from Stockholm who rose to superstardom after winning the Eurovision song contest in 1974. It’s unclear whether the founder of ABBA Plant Hire was a fan, more »

 

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