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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.

Hitachi UH61 anyone?

Nick Drew : 28th June 2017 5:00 am : DIGGER MAN BLOG
Many of us will have great memories of time spent on the old UH series Hitachi excavators, while doing some research the other day I came across a video featuring a veteran UH61 model that is still running. The UH series Hitachi excavators were the stuff of legends, when many of us were used to Hymac’s, Priestman’s and JCB models, more »

Baby Bavarian Dozer

Nick Drew : 27th June 2017 5:00 am : DIGGER MAN BLOG
Looking back at another of my articles which first appeared in Earthmovers Magazine last year and bringing it to life here on the internet. On the Liebherr stand at Bauma last year the theme was “Be Part of Something Bigger” and while there were a lot of big machines to be seen on the massive plot that has become an more »

Aimee twists & turns on the style on the Engcon stand

Nick Drew : 26th June 2017 5:00 am : DIGGER MAN BLOG
Our good friend Aimee Pooley was once again the star on the Engcon stand at this year’s Plantworx and has documented her demonstration experience in a new video on her Duckgirl 86 You Tube account. Highly experienced “rubber duck” operator Aimee Pooley has become something of a regular on the Engcon stand at the various shows in the UK these more »

PowerLatch Tilt coupler goes down a storm at Plantworx

Nick Drew : 24th June 2017 11:55 am : DIGGER MAN BLOG
The new Miller PowerLatch Tilt coupler made a big impression on the thousands of visitors who braved the summer storms to attend the 2017 Plantworx Show. The biannual construction machinery show took place at Bruntingthorpe proving grounds, Leicestershire and for earthmoving attachments manufacturer Miller UK, this year’s show was the biggest and best yet. The show opened and closed to more »

JCB reveal new 1 tonne + class mini excavators

Nick Drew : 23rd June 2017 5:00 am : DIGGER MAN BLOG
In the run up to Plantworx 2017 JCB revealed a raft of new products which were to make their UK debuts at the show, among the new machines were the company’s latest mini excavators in the one tonne + class, the Digger Man Blog was invited along to take a look.  With operating weights of 1.6-1.8 tonnes, the line-up includes more »

Classic Cat collectors

Nick Drew : 22nd June 2017 5:00 am : DIGGER MAN BLOG
I came across this video recently and figured it would make an interesting topic for the pages of the Digger Man Blog. Doug Veerkamp Engineering Inc has been in business for over 30 years. The company who are based in Placerville, California, perform major excavation and earthmoving works, civil engineering including the building of retaining walls and asphalt paving. The more »

A Touch of Class

Nick Drew : 21st June 2017 5:00 am : DIGGER MAN BLOG
As requested by a number of blog readers in this blog post I re-visit my article on JCB's new MTU powered JS300LC hydraulic excavator which first appeared in Earthmovers Magazine.  Although not as surprising as JCB’s entry into the powered access sector the news that the Staffordshire based manufacturer had chosen to use Tier 4 Final engines from MTU in more »

A machine for all Reasons

Nick Drew : 20th June 2017 9:23 am : DIGGER MAN BLOG
GAR Contractors Ltd of Highbridge near Bridgwater in Somerset continues a long tradition of owning and operating Volvo machines with the addition of a new twenty two tonne EC220E crawler excavator. Setting himself up in business precisely twenty years ago proprietor Gary Reasons started out offering plant for hire besides carrying out general ground working contracts.  Since then the company more »

Bell rings the changes in ADT usage with UK launch of the B20E

Nick Drew : 20th June 2017 5:00 am : DIGGER MAN BLOG
Positioned as a leading manufacturer of off-road earth moving machinery for over thirty years, Bell Equipment has announced the UK release of its acclaimed B20E 6x6 ADT, a highly durable twenty-tonne articulated truck designed for ease of operation and high production results. Physically smaller than its internationally successful relations, the B25E and B30E, this latest addition to the Bell family more »

Keeping up with the Joneses – another seven new Hyundai’s for E&TL Jones.

Nick Drew : 19th June 2017 12:04 pm : DIGGER MAN BLOG
Carmarthenshire based civil engineer and construction contractor E&TL Jones has revamped its existing fleet with a host of new Hyundai excavators.  The Llandeilo company has swapped seven of its existing machines with brand new excavators from Hyundai’s latest HX range. These include five Hyundai HX140L crawlers and two new HX220L excavators. The firm took a raft of new Hyundai crawlers more »