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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.

“Dig In” with C&O Construction

Nick Drew : 13th July 2018 12:24 pm : DIGGER MAN BLOG
Dorset based C&O Construction the local dealers for Wacker Neuson, Hidromek and Merlo are holding a Come and Drive event on Friday 20th and Saturday 21st offering visitors a chance to get hands on with some of the latest products in their portfolio. C&O Construction are part of Blandford based C&O Tractors Ltd a long established agricultural dealership whose history more »

Inspirational Bobcat

Nick Drew : 13th July 2018 4:00 am : DIGGER MAN BLOG
Life can present us with all sorts of problems, whether it be serious illness or simply dealing with horrible people in our day to day lives. But imagine how devastating it must be to suddenly become paralyzed and for everything to change in an instant. In 2007 Trevor Brown, who hails from Southern Manitoba, Canada, went into hospital for what more »

Impressive Loader

Nick Drew : 12th July 2018 4:00 am : DIGGER MAN BLOG
During the recent Volvo Days event held at the company’s Customer Centre in Eskilstuna we were able to see the new L350H wheeled loader in action during the demonstration show and later on the test drive plots. The largest wheeled loader in the company’s line up, the L 350H made for an impressive sight as it appeared over the top more »

Good idea or not?

Nick Drew : 11th July 2018 4:00 am : DIGGER MAN BLOG
There’s been a fair amount of discussion about this ADT/Scraper box combo on social media recently and I thought it was worth another look here on the Digger Man Blog. Now I’m no scraper man and don’t claim to be, but the K-Tec scraper attached to an ADT chassis just looks like an over complicated way of doing things to more »

Liebherr starts series production of new R 926 Compact crawler excavator

Nick Drew : 10th July 2018 2:14 pm : DIGGER MAN BLOG
In May 2018 Liebherr-France in Colmar began the series production of the new R 926 Compact excavator. This new model continues Liebherr’s compact excavator product line but with a Stage IV / Tier 4f emission standards compliant engine and other developments compared to its Stage IIIB model. The new R 926 Compact joins the ranks of Liebherr’s compact machines in the more »

Going Underground

Nick Drew : 10th July 2018 4:00 am : DIGGER MAN BLOG
The workings of an underground mine in a remote part of Cornwall is probably the last place you would expect to find a Wacker Neuson telehandler, but as I discovered one TH412 is carving out a bit of a niche for itself as part of an arsenal of kit used by an engineering & explosives specialist company. Somerset based Event more »

Pro Rail Services choose GKD Technologies RCI’s for new Doosan RRV fleet

Nick Drew : 9th July 2018 2:01 pm : DIGGER MAN BLOG
Pro Rail Services is a family owned and run rail project management business, established in 2012, based in Rudgwick, located in the heart of the West Sussex countryside.  Richard Rowell is the company’s Operations Manager, who is responsible for looking after the Plant & Haulage Division which includes RRV’s (Road Rail Vehicles), Civils Plant Equipment, OTP (On Track Plant) operators, more »

Dubai Customer Praises Bobcat Telehandler Reliability

Nick Drew : 9th July 2018 9:26 am : DIGGER MAN BLOG
A leading Bobcat telehandler customer in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has praised the high performance, reliability and durability of the Bobcat telehandler range.  The comments come from leading contractor, Fujairah National Construction Co. L.L.C (FNC) and are supported by their experience with a top-of-the-range Bobcat T40180 18 m telehandler. Purchased in December 2015 from Dubai-based Kanoo Machinery, more »

Digging It offer diversity with their 10-strong Hyundai fleet

Nick Drew : 9th July 2018 4:00 am : DIGGER MAN BLOG
Ben Boare is the founder and managing director of Digging It Groundworks Ltd– a multifaceted construction company based in Andover, Hampshire, who can offer plant hire, civil engineering services, bulk excavation and much more! Ben spent much of his formative years working in the groundworks industry, starting off like so many on the ground and making his way up through more »

Volvo EC140E goes to work on the farm

Nick Drew : 6th July 2018 10:58 am : DIGGER MAN BLOG
A new Volvo EC140E excavator has been delivered to a large, family run dairy farm near Portpatrick, Stranraer, in Dumfries & Galloway thanks to sound third-party references and a specification that impressed its new owner Kenneth McNeil. The new fourteen-tonne excavator replaces an older, competitive model and will be put to immediate use maintaining the ditches and general drainage on more »