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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’s at the double

Nick Drew : 23rd October 2017 5:00 am : DIGGER MAN BLOG
On a recent visit to see Hywel Mason’s classic Priestman Mustang 220 I was given a tour around the family owned quarry business where perhaps not unsurprisingly, Doosan kit dominates. Mason Brothers Quarry Products has been in business for 25 years, supplying a wide variety of stone, sand and other products across Pembrokeshire, Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire. Producing a top quality more »

40 years of JCB Loadall production celebrated

Nick Drew : 20th October 2017 6:10 pm : DIGGER MAN BLOG
JCB is today celebrating a major milestone in its long record of innovative machine design – the 40th anniversary of the Loadall telescopic handler. First launched on October 20th 1977 the machine mechanised lifting and loading tasks on building sites more usually carried out by a small team of men. The potential for the Loadall in agriculture was also quickly more »

“Rubber Duck” look back

Nick Drew : 20th October 2017 5:00 am : DIGGER MAN BLOG
Wheeled excavators, or as they are affectionately known in the UK “rubber ducks” are always an interesting topic, so I thought we would round off this week with this post looking back at wheeled excavators from the past. Many of the photos in this post are now owned by myself, having purchased them from well know plant & machinery author more »

First Volvo for Reid Plant Hire

Nick Drew : 19th October 2017 5:57 pm : DIGGER MAN BLOG
Reid Plant Hire of Kingussie in the Scottish Highlands has opted for its first Volvo compact excavator in the guise of an a zero swing ECR25D Tempting proprietor Neil Reid to finally opt for an alternative make from what he’s used to took a little while, after he’d appraised the machine for the first time at the 2015 Black Isle more »

Hyundai “Hat Trick” of new machines for Jarvie Plant Group

Nick Drew : 19th October 2017 2:00 pm : DIGGER MAN BLOG
Hyundai construction machinery dealer Young Plant Sales, based in Doune Scotland, has recently supplied three 14-tonne HX140 crawler excavators to Grangemouth based, Jarvie Plant Group.  The machines went straight out on hire and are working on various civil engineering projects across Scotland. Jarvie Plant has an impressive 1750 machines in its hire fleet ranging from Stihl saws, to dumpers and more »

Top operators on the CASE in Rodeo Final 2017

Nick Drew : 19th October 2017 5:00 am : DIGGER MAN BLOG
Some of the most skillful construction machinery operators in the world came face-to-face at the 2017 CASE Rodeo International Final in France on October 13th and 14th to determine who is best of them all. The annual competition brought together the top finishers from national CASE Rodeo competitions across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The competition took place as more »

German recycling specialist gets the Power from Liebherr

Nick Drew : 18th October 2017 4:00 am : DIGGER MAN BLOG
A new Liebherr wheel loader, the L 576 XPower, recently began operation for Hans Dömkes GmbH, a company rich in tradition.  The new L 576 XPower, together with a previous generation L 576 Liebherr wheel loader, feeds material into the crusher. Both machines then transport sieved and sorted building materials such as debris, sand and gravel for temporary storage into more »

Looking back at Excavators in the Pink

Nick Drew : 17th October 2017 5:00 am : DIGGER MAN BLOG
Back in 2014 I spent a thoroughly enjoyable 5 days in the seat of Havant based Cosham Plant Hire’s then new Pink Hitachi Zaxis 130LCN-5 which is available to hire with all profits from the machine going to the Breast Cancer Charity. I enjoyed my week on the pink machine, which I think it’s fair to say was getting a more »

Memory of the month the way things were. (Part Seventeen)

Nick Drew : 16th October 2017 5:00 am : DIGGER MAN BLOG
Continuing our series featuring the memoirs of retired plant man William (Bill) Peters, with period photos supplied by Bill and the Digger Man Blog archives. Canada No 2 When I started loading dumpers we were cutting through thirty feet of solid granite with four drilling rigs running day and night, there were no levels to work to so I asked more »

Rugby star gets to grips with his JCB 4CX

Nick Drew : 13th October 2017 5:00 am : DIGGER MAN BLOG
England International, British Lion and Wasps rugby union player James Haskell has always had a fascination with JCB’s apparently and has recently taken a brand new 4CX on loan to put through its paces. He’s James he’s 32 and his dad is definitely not Bruce Lee, but that hasn’t stopped the giant man’s obsession with diggers from escalating over the more »