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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.

Tiltrotator’s from a North American perspective

Nick Drew : 21st September 2018 4:00 am : DIGGER MAN BLOG
Although a common feature on machines in Scandinavia for over 25 years, tiltrotators are still a fledgling attachment in North America, however as we have seen in other regions, across Europe especially, a number of high profile, forward thinking trailblazers are continuing to invest in these game changers in America and Canada and are already changing people’s perceptions of the more »

A SharpGrade first in the UK

Nick Drew : 20th September 2018 4:00 am : DIGGER MAN BLOG
The first New Zealand manufactured SharpGrade attachment has been delivered to a trailblazing customer in Wales and around this time last week we were in Llandyfan to see Wil Jenner of Beacon Arenas get hands on with his latest investment. It was also a real delight to meet the designer and owner of the business that bares his name Rodney more »

Poetry in motion with Champion Groundworks

Nick Drew : 19th September 2018 4:00 am : DIGGER MAN BLOG
We recently had the pleasure of visiting a couple of sites with Liskeard based Champion Groundworks for a forthcoming feature in Earthmovers Magazine, but as a taster I thought I would put together a blog post featuring some videos of the machines in action. The Doosan DX340LC-5, operated by long serving operator Andy Crabb was one of the star attractions more »

Volvo and Rototilt in a native setting

Nick Drew : 18th September 2018 4:00 am : DIGGER MAN BLOG
My Swedish friend and fellow member of the forum Alexander Lipkin aka BM1113 is always out and about in Northern Sweden catching machines on camera and I thought I would share this one with you all. Many contractors in Sweden are engaged in ditch cleaning duties during the summer months. Many roads and tracks have large V style ditches more »

New Doosan DL580-5 Boosts Productivity at Creeton Quarry

Nick Drew : 17th September 2018 4:00 am : DIGGER MAN BLOG
Creeton Quarry, 10 miles north of Stamford in Lincolnshire, has purchased the UK’s first top-of-the-range Doosan DL580-5 wheel loader. The DL580-5 was supplied and is supported by Doosan dealer, Filtermech Plant Sales Ltd, based in Wakefield in West Yorkshire. Equipped with a 6.2 m3 quick hitch mounted bucket, the DL580-5 is providing a significant increase in productivity for material-handling applications more »

Thwaites 4.5 tonne Power Swivel Dumper fits the bill for Boss Plant Hire

Nick Drew : 14th September 2018 11:35 am : DIGGER MAN BLOG
Leading UK site dumper manufacturer Thwaites have been in touch with the Digger Man Blog about a recent sale by their distributor Lister Wilder, of a 4.5-tonne Hydrostatic Power Swivel Dumper to the Ovenden Group. One of the first to be sold in the UK. Thwaites distributor manager (south) Paul Rodwell commented. “The 4.5 tonner has long been a very more »

Dog gets a paw up thanks to Cat grader

Nick Drew : 13th September 2018 4:00 am : DIGGER MAN BLOG
Every now and again a “feel good” fun video wings its way into my inbox and it’s a pleasure to share it with the Digger Man Blog readers. Many of us over the years have had the pleasure of taking our dogs to work with us, although with all the current health and safety regulations on bigger sites its becoming more »

Bobcat Presents New Solutions at GaLaBau

Nick Drew : 12th September 2018 4:11 pm : DIGGER MAN BLOG
Alongside its extensive range of machinery and attachments for use by horticultural and landscaping companies, Bobcat is premiering the company’s brand new TL43.80HF telehandler at the GaLaBau 2018 Exhibition in Nuremberg in Germany from 12-15 September 2018. International Premiere of new TL43.80HF Telehandler The new high performance Bobcat TL43.80HF telehandler is having its world premiere at this year's GaLaBau. Thanks more »

Return to Volvo for George Russell Construction

Nick Drew : 12th September 2018 3:00 pm : DIGGER MAN BLOG
George Russell Construction Ltd of Denny, Falkirk, has rekindled an old acquaintance with Volvo Construction Equipment products with the purchase of two 22-tonne EC220Es.  George Russell Construction is no stranger to owning and operating Volvo equipment having operated EC210 and the larger EC240 models in the past. “We have a good experience with operating Volvo excavators going back many years,” more »

New JCB X Series is a masterpiece for A.R.T. Demolition

Nick Drew : 12th September 2018 9:05 am : DIGGER MAN BLOG
A Lincolnshire contractor has bought one of the first demolition specification JCB X Series excavators – praising its durability, technology and quietness. Lincoln-based A.R.T. Demolition has purchased the new generation JCB excavator for dismantling duties on its projects across the Midlands. Supplied by dealer TC Harrison JCB, the JCB 220X model has been configured for the arduous demolition environment with more »