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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.

Doosan “All Terrain” excavator goes to work in Germany

Nick Drew : 17th January 2019 2:58 pm : DIGGER MAN BLOG
A new 22 tonne Doosan DX225LC-5 crawler excavator has been converted into an ‘all-terrain’ machine for contracts being carried out in the Wadden Sea in Germany, by the company, Sven Jacobs Tief-, Garten- und Landschaftsbau, based in Tating (Schleswig-Holstein). The conversion of the Doosan excavator supplied by local Doosan dealer, Atlas Hamburg GmbH, was completed by OLKO-Maschinentechnik GmbH from Olfen more »

That Sinking Feeling

Nick Drew : 17th January 2019 4:00 am : DIGGER MAN BLOG
This video has been doing the rounds on the various social media platforms for a while now, so I figured it was worth a post here on the Digger Man Blog. This floating excavator using a Caterpillar machine on the upper-structure was being demonstrated by one of the Turkish bodies responsible for water and waterway maintenance. A crowd of senior more »

Hyundai appoints Agritrac Exports as new construction equipment dealer for Scotland

Nick Drew : 16th January 2019 6:21 pm : DIGGER MAN BLOG
Hyundai is pleased to announce that Agritrac Exports has been appointed as the new Hyundai Construction Equipment dealer for Scotland as of January 2019. Hyundai’s Regional Sales Manager for UK and Ireland, Tony Reeves, commenting on the appointment said, “As part of HRN Tractors, Agritrac offers a well established network of depots across Scotland which will offer our Hyundai customers more »

Bigger KATO’s are coming

Nick Drew : 16th January 2019 4:00 am : DIGGER MAN BLOG
There’s a buzz in the air and its all about KATO, well known in the UK for the crane side of the business and more recently through KATO IMER for the mini excavators, it won’t be long before the heavy line of KATO excavators are available too. KATO excavators have a had a strong presence in many other parts of more »

World-Leading JCB Cabs Factory Project Forges Ahead

Nick Drew : 15th January 2019 7:37 pm : DIGGER MAN BLOG
Construction work on the new £50 million JCB Cab Systems factory is forging ahead as it targets a summer opening. The shell of the 350,000 sq ft plant next to JCB Heavy Products and the World Parts Centre at Uttoxeter is on course to be completed slightly ahead of schedule ready for high-tech production line facilities to be installed from more »

Cat climbs out the canal

Nick Drew : 15th January 2019 4:00 am : DIGGER MAN BLOG
Short video clips are the way to go these days on the ever-evolving social media scene, anyway, I thought for the rest of this week, I would pop up a few shorter videos on the blog and see how it goes. Its quite incredible what can be achieved with an excavator and although what this guy is doing isn’t amazing, more »

Different strokes for Duck Girl

Nick Drew : 14th January 2019 4:00 am : DIGGER MAN BLOG
Duck Girl aka Aimee Pooley has been spending a bit of time on a different machine, its one that she has always fancied getting hands on with, a Menzi Muck A91. We will let Aimee explain in her own words what’s going on, “Making good use of sometime between my more regular commitments this interesting little job came across "my more »

Molson Young Plant Sales: A new name for the same great team

Nick Drew : 11th January 2019 1:59 pm : DIGGER MAN BLOG
Following a year of fast paced growth which included the opening of a new Depot in Inverness and the addition of several new brands, Young Plant Sales has been renamed Molson Young Plant Sales as part of a re-branding exercise being completed by Molson Group. After a year that saw significant expansion in the breadth and depth of the Molson more »

PRODEM Launches PSB Rotary Screening Buckets

Nick Drew : 11th January 2019 10:13 am : DIGGER MAN BLOG
PRODEM, a leader in the excavator attachments market, has launched their new range – the PSB Rotary Screening Buckets to the construction industry. The competitively priced but high quality PSB-R series is ideal for waste material selection on demolition sites, aggregate recovery on construction and building renovation sites, organic waste separation in landfill sites, filling containment cages, covering pipes in more »

Dynamic D’AVINO

Nick Drew : 10th January 2019 11:49 am : DIGGER MAN BLOG
Yesterday I was invited along to get up close and personal with the latest addition to the Buckhurst Plant Hire fleet, the Italian D’AVINO D12 dumptruck. Buckhurst have recently invested in two of these smart looking dumptrucks with more to follow as the UK market continues to embrace the fully cabbed dumper concept which offer a safer and more comfortable more »