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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.

Lord Muck puts the X Series to the test

Nick Drew : 22nd March 2018 4:00 am : DIGGER MAN BLOG, Uncategorised
I recently discovered this fella on You Tube and to be honest, I can’t understand why I haven’t spotted him before, Kurt Mills aka Lord Muck as he calls himself is running a very successful channel attracting in excess of 8k subscribers. Kurt, also known as Podge Muck, was invited to JCB last week on the day they hosted an more »

Kellands have got Doosan covered

Nick Drew : 21st March 2018 3:32 pm : DIGGER MAN BLOG
Doosan Construction Equipment has appointed Kellands (Plant Sales) Ltd, based in Bridgwater in Somerset, as the new Authorised Dealer for London and South East England for the Doosan range of crawler, wheeled and mini/midi excavators, wheel loaders and articulated dump trucks (ADTs). The new appointment in London and South East England is an extension to the area currently covered by more »

Morris & Perry invest in new Volvo A45G

Nick Drew : 21st March 2018 2:58 pm : DIGGER MAN BLOG
Independent quarrying company, Morris & Perry Quarries Ltd, has taken delivery of a new Volvo A45G articulated hauler for its Gurney Slade facility near Radstock, in the heart of the Mendips. Looking to add another large capacity hauler as production output at Gurney Slade quarry increases, the company evaluated the marketplace. “We needed to add an articulated hauler, as opposed more »

Which machine is your #MyCatHero?

Nick Drew : 20th March 2018 4:00 am : DIGGER MAN BLOG
Caterpillar dealer Finning UK & Ireland have been running a competition where you are invited to post a photo of your favourite Cat machine and in return you can win exclusive prizes, but time is running out! We’ve all been there and experienced it, that one machine that has really impressed you and made every day you sat in it more »

Bringing on the young blood

Nick Drew : 19th March 2018 4:00 am : DIGGER MAN BLOG
Contractor and plant hirer James Currie from Cullen in the North East of Scotland has been in touch with the Digger Man Blog to tell us about his two digger mad sons 10 year old Jamie and 7 year old Jay, who are already following in their father’s footsteps. In this post James tells us about their development as operators more »

Trimble’s Earthworks System a real time saver

Nick Drew : 16th March 2018 4:00 am : DIGGER MAN BLOG
Advanced GPS systems are really the buzz word in the industry these days and the technology behind these systems is totally mind blowing especially to an old dinosaur like me! But it’s clear to see that this is the future and it’s here and now! As an industry in the UK we are often accused of being slow to embrace more »

40th Birthday celebrations begin for Miller at ScotPlant 2018

Nick Drew : 15th March 2018 12:20 pm : DIGGER MAN BLOG
Earthmoving attachments manufacturer, Miller UK have announced that they will be celebrating their 40th birthday and showcasing their latest product innovations at ScotPlant 2018. Miller will be celebrating 40 years of innovation when they return to ScotPlant, Scotland’s biggest construction equipment trade show next month. Visitors to Miller’s dedicated stand [Avenue B, Stand 6] will have the opportunity browse the more »

JCB launch the X Series in Style

Nick Drew : 15th March 2018 9:43 am : DIGGER MAN BLOG
Earlier this week, we were privileged to be among the first to see the new JCB X Series excavators at the official launch in Staffordshire, I will be giving my thoughts on the machine and my test drive in a future edition of Earthmovers, but in the meantime, here’s what the manufacturer told us about the game changing new models. more »

Poclain Lookalike Uncovered

Nick Drew : 15th March 2018 4:00 am : DIGGER MAN BLOG
Herve Exca the man behind the hugely successful Technique TP French machinery forum recently posted a picture of a machine he had found which looked very familiar in colour and signage to the fondly remembered French manufacturer. This machine is the L&T 300 built by a multi-faceted Indian company with a more Scandinavian sounding name, Larsen & Toubro. The L&T more »

Memories of Happy Days on a Hitachi

Nick Drew : 14th March 2018 4:00 am : DIGGER MAN BLOG
In the July of 1983 I had sadly been laid off from my first full time job with Wimpey after nearly 6 years as the company went down the sub-contractor route, this was a shock to the system, but as a young father I needed to find another job quickly, as it happened one came along pretty quickly in the more »