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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.

Bringing 180 tonnes to a full stop!

Nick Drew : 18th January 2018 5:00 am : DIGGER MAN BLOG
Looking around You Tube last weekend I came across this video taken by Earthmovers Editor Graham Black during a trip to Malaga in 2009 and thought it was worth taking another look at here on the Digger Man Blog. The Caterpillar 777F is not the largest rigid dumptruck in the world by any stretch of the imagination, but it is more »

Old Euclid/Terex “Green Lizard’s” get fired up

Nick Drew : 17th January 2018 5:00 am : DIGGER MAN BLOG
If you love motor scrapers and enjoy the sound of old Detroit Diesel engines you are going to love this video I came across over the weekend. This video and photograph come to us courtesy the Daily Diesel Dose You Tube channel and features some ageing Terex S-24 motor scrapers being run up after a long period of inactivity. The more »

LiuGong shoots and scores

Nick Drew : 16th January 2018 5:00 am : DIGGER MAN BLOG
I’m back on the road in the early stages of this week heading north to catch up with the guys from LiuGong dealers CPMS (Construction Plant & Machinery Sales) checking out their new Northern depot and visiting some of their new customers in the area. One of the first customers we will be visiting is Cheshire based Kaill Plant who more »

Fiat-Allis Workshop Manual Request

Nick Drew : 15th January 2018 5:00 am : DIGGER MAN BLOG
An email has winged its way to me via our editor in the Earthmovers Magazine office, Graham Black, who received the following from a reader in Australia called Ron Single. Ron is a member of a group dirt bike riders from Queensland called VMX Whitsunday. They have recently acquired a Fiat-Allis 4WD articulated loading shovel and they are desperately trying more »

Cat & Poclain classics in one photo

Nick Drew : 12th January 2018 5:00 am : DIGGER MAN BLOG
While trawling the social media plant pages the other day I came across an excellent photo which I wanted to share with the Digger Man Blog readers. The saying that a photo is worth a thousand words is very true and in this instance, I am very glad of that fact, as there are no real details on where this more »

Get the job Finnish-ed with ALLU

Nick Drew : 11th January 2018 5:00 am : DIGGER MAN BLOG
Finnish attachment manufacturer ALLU have been manufacturing processing attachments for over 30 years and its not hard to see why their products are always in demand. Based in Pennala Finland, ALLU produce a wide variety of attachments for excavators, wheeled loaders and tractors which are suitable for screening and processing a vast range of materials in addition to its soil more »

Kiwi operator has the gentle touch

Nick Drew : 10th January 2018 5:00 am : DIGGER MAN BLOG
In the UK female heavy equipment operators are still a relatively rare breed for some reason, but in other parts of the world they are very much embraced by an industry that is much more liberated in terms of gender equality. It’s a regular occurrence to see female plant operators in countries in the Nordic territories like Sweden, Norway, Finland more »

Kubota to launch new 3 tonner at the Executive Hire Show

Nick Drew : 9th January 2018 10:40 am : DIGGER MAN BLOG
Kubota UK will be using the Executive Hire Show 2018 as the ideal platform to officially launch its new KX030-4 mini-excavator – a powerful machine with a number of innovative features to maximise operational performance. The KX030-4 features two hydraulic variable pumps, along with a gear pump, which allows smooth, synchronised digging and dozing operations for improved output and productivity.  more »

Ringing the Bell for South African machinery manufacturing

Nick Drew : 9th January 2018 5:00 am : DIGGER MAN BLOG
At the annual Earthmovers Christmas gathering I was chatting with our editor Graham Black about various company’s around the world of interest to our readers and amongst them was Bell Equipment, the South African based manufacturer of ADT’s, but I quickly discovered there is a lot more to this company than first meets the eye and I was inspired to more »

JCB Hydradig impresses Finnish entrepreneur

Nick Drew : 8th January 2018 5:00 am : DIGGER MAN BLOG
Our friend Olli Paivio recently visited an early adopter of JCB’s Hydradig wheeled excavator for the plant, transport and machinery magazine Koneporssi and he has kindly shared the video with us here on the Digger Man Blog. Demand for JCB Hydradig continues un-abated, especially overseas where the compact wheeled excavator concept has long been a favourite choice of machine, performing more »