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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.

“Diggers for Dummies”

Nick Drew : 25th May 2018 4:00 am : DIGGER MAN BLOG
I came across this video recently and thought it would be a good one to share with the Digger Man Blog masses! While many of us will look at this video from “Dirt Monkey” and find it mildly amusing, I’m sure many youngsters out there who are keen to get involved in the plant and machinery game will find the more »

Big Komatsu is the king of the coal heap

Nick Drew : 24th May 2018 4:00 am : DIGGER MAN BLOG
One of Denmark’s newest large dozers, a Komatsu D375A-8 has been put to work in a coal powered power station. There are a number of Komatsu D375A’s working in Denmark, but I think I am right in saying that this one is the latest one to be put into service at a powerplant in Nordjyllandsværket, Aalborg. And you have to more »

3 Kings, 3 Classic Cats

Nick Drew : 23rd May 2018 4:00 am : DIGGER MAN BLOG
Taking a look back at one of my previously published articles in Earthmovers with this one from last year. Although sometimes seen on road building jobs in Central European countries, it is very rare to see 100 tonne class rigid dump trucks deployed to work on a muck shifting job in the UK. However, when ground conditions looked favourable on more »


Nick Drew : 22nd May 2018 1:58 pm : DIGGER MAN BLOG
JCB is in pole position to play a vital role supporting Williams Martini Racing, as the team tours the top European Formula One circuits. A convoy of JCB machinery has left Staffordshire on a 9,000-mile summer road trip to help the JCB-sponsored team in the build-up to race days and, this weekend, it sets up camp at the historic Monaco more »

A&Y Equipment add Bergmann to its portfolio

Nick Drew : 22nd May 2018 1:35 pm : DIGGER MAN BLOG
Stratford-upon-Avon based A&Y Equipment LTD are to become the sole UK & Ireland importer and distributor for the Bergmann Series 3000 and 4000 of dumpers. The deal, signed at last month’s Intermat show expands A&Y’s product portfolio further giving them coverage in the excavator, compaction, telehandler and dumper markets. The newly remodelled Bergmann ADT150 wheeled dumpers will lead the new more »

“In’t Thick of It” Dig Day a Big Success

Nick Drew : 22nd May 2018 4:00 am : DIGGER MAN BLOG
JCB dealers TC Harrison put on a Dig Day last Friday and Saturday at Maltby in South Yorkshire, named the “In’t Thick of It” Dig Day the event went down a storm apparently and one attendee, the well-known rubber duck owner operator Ollie Kitchin has shared some photos from the day with us here on the Digger Man Blog. The more »

Building Giant Mining Excavators. (Blog Post Re-Visited)

Nick Drew : 21st May 2018 4:00 am : DIGGER MAN BLOG
Taking a look back at a blog post I first wrote in 2012, after I was contacted by Otto Strasser, who had kindly sent in some old period photos of his experience building P&H Mining Equipment which had been delivered to Wimpey Mining. Otto Strasser worked as a field service engineer for the American, Milwaukee based P&H (Pawling & Harnischfeger) more »

GKD Technologies to show SensorSafe Rail Range at Rail Live exhibition

Nick Drew : 19th May 2018 1:29 pm : DIGGER MAN BLOG
GKD Technologies design, develop and produce height, slew and load safety control systems for Road Rail vehicles (RRV’s) and general construction equipment such as excavators. The company will be exhibiting at the forthcoming Rail Live exhibition 20–21 June 2018, Quinton Rail Technology Centre, Warwickshire, showing the very latest in related technology. 3RCi+ Road Rail, Rated Capacity Indicator Visitors to the more »

New Heavy Duty Loader from Hyundai

Nick Drew : 18th May 2018 1:32 pm : DIGGER MAN BLOG
Hyundai has recently launched a brand new heavy duty wheeled loader – the HL960 HD. This new addition to the Hyundai range offers the very best in wheeled loader technology, and has been designed with the waste handling and recycling industries in mind, which are experiencing a high growth rate in Europe and North America. The new HL960 HD has more »

All roads lead to Stockholm

Nick Drew : 18th May 2018 4:00 am : DIGGER MAN BLOG
The next big plant and machinery show is looming on the horizon and its set to be another extra special event for me as I visit the Svenska Maskinmässan Exhibition in Solvalla, for the first time. Having visited the MaskinExpo exhibition many times previously, I am excited at the prospect of attending this Maskinmässan show which now takes place on more »