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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.

Sisters are ringing the Bells of investment

Nick Drew : 19th November 2018 4:43 pm : DIGGER MAN BLOG
Sisters with a plant hire heritage, Hollie and Ruby Finnegan, have chosen to make investments that chime with their family’s proven business success, as the two young business-women from Leicestershire realise profits from hiring their Bell Equipment B30E ADT machines to clients. The sisters, whose family operates Midlands’ hire company JoinPoint, have both worked for the reputable firm; and through more »

Getting up close and personal with the Cat 992K

Nick Drew : 19th November 2018 4:00 am : DIGGER MAN BLOG
Last week I had the pleasure of visiting a massive new Caterpillar 992K which has been delivered to the Aggregate Industries Torr Works Quarry in Somerset. Incredibly the 992 has been in the Cat wheeled loader line up since it was first introduced way back in 1968 and has become something of a benchmark for large wheeled loaders working at more »

Brøyt goes walkabout

Nick Drew : 16th November 2018 4:00 am : DIGGER MAN BLOG
The Norwegian built Brøyt excavators were strange old machines by any stretch of the imagination and while researching around the internet about them I came across this video of a fully restored X21 Series 2 model. Built in the early 1980’s the X21 Series 2 was a 13-tonne class machine which like many of the company’s models was totally undriven more »

Heavy Line KATO’s coming soon…

Nick Drew : 15th November 2018 4:00 am : DIGGER MAN BLOG
KATO IMER have been making a big impact into the mini excavator market in the UK since launching earlier this year and it can only be a matter of time before they are able to offer the market some of their larger excavators, like the HD514 reviewed in this video by our old mate down under Ron Horner. It may more »

Moving Marble

Nick Drew : 14th November 2018 4:00 am : DIGGER MAN BLOG
A visit to a working marble quarry is an incredible experience, I was lucky enough to visit one in Turkey some years ago during a visit with Hidromek. Pondering about the time I spent at the Ozcinar marble quarry in Isparta this weekend, I took to the internet to look for videos featuring these places which make for an incredible more »

Electric atmosphere as Cat reveal new D6 models

Nick Drew : 13th November 2018 4:00 am : DIGGER MAN BLOG
American giant Caterpillar chose last weeks Trimble Dimensions event in Las Vegas to reveal its latest all new D6 models. A gathering of high-profile customers, end users, press and well-known North American plant and machinery social media influencers were invited to the Trimble Dimensions Conference last week in Las Vegas, Nevada and while there they were treated to an exclusive more »

Training meets technology with new Simulation Zone at Plantworx

Nick Drew : 12th November 2018 4:26 pm : DIGGER MAN BLOG
Simulation technology as a training tool is a proven concept in various professional fields – for example F1 drivers, pilots and astronauts have already benefited from simulation-based training for many years. It’s only recently that immersive technology has seen rapid growth within the construction sector. Advanced simulator development for construction site machinery is being implemented by many leading construction businesses, who more »

Brothers in Arms

Nick Drew : 12th November 2018 4:00 am : DIGGER MAN BLOG
S. J. Willis & Sons Ltd is the archetypal definition of a true family business, I popped along to a site where one of their machines was working for a chat with the youngest member of the family Josh Willis. Based in the Mid-Devon town of Crediton S. J. Willis & Sons Ltd is headed by Steve Willis who established more »

JCB digs deep for Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal

Nick Drew : 10th November 2018 2:43 pm : DIGGER MAN BLOG
We will remember them… JCB has paid its final tribute to the World War I generation by presenting a cheque for more than £30,000 to The Royal British Legion’s Poppy Appeal. The company, which hosted Staffordshire’s Poppy Appeal launch at JCB World Headquarters, Rocester, donated a unique poppy-liveried mini excavator which was then auctioned to kickstart the Centenary appeal. The more »

Mini Digging Alternative

Nick Drew : 9th November 2018 4:00 am : DIGGER MAN BLOG
Last week I posted a photo on our Facebook group featuring a mini excavator that I had not seen before, it prompted an interesting discussion about the merits of the machine, so I thought I would do some digging, (pun intended) to find out more. The machine turns out to be a MB-1500 model and is apparently manufactured by German more »