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Digger’s day out at the Royal Cornwall Show (Part Two)

Continuing with my look around the plant and machinery trade stands at the Royal Cornwall Show 2018 which took place last week in Wadebridge, Cornwall.

As ever the PES (Plant & Engineering Services) stand was a hive of activity and once again was dominated by kit from the Volvo Construction Equipment stable. Our good friend Tony Wagner of Wagner Plant had another Volvo EC140E on display which will be an upgrade for an outgoing older model on the fleet.

Due to an ever-increasing workload Champion Groundworks continues to invest in new kit and on this stand, we saw the largest piece of construction machinery at the show, a Volvo A30G articulated hauler. The A30G features payload capacity of 32 tonnes and a heaped body volume of 23.3 yd3. Power comes from a 355hp Volvo D11L Tier 4 Final/Stage IV emissions compliant engine. This machine was without doubt the show stopper at this event.

Here is a brief walkaround video from the PES stand.

In their familiar spot Kellands Plant Sales had an extensive display of kit for visitors to check out. Judging by the number of machines on all the stands at the show, business must be booming in the region and that fact was clearly evident on this stand. Long term Doosan fan Alan Oaten from Somerset who started out many years ago as a one-man band and now operates a large fleet of machines was represented with a new 8 tonne class DX85R midi excavator.

Taking centre stage on the stand was another new Doosan DX300LC-5 which has been purchased by Liskeard based Steve Hoskin Construction (SHC). Tipping the scales at 30,900kgs this 30-tonne class excavator takes its power from Doosan’s own DL08 engine which is Tier 4 Final/Stage IV emissions compliant and produces 271hp @1800rpm. This like many other machines on the stand was already emblazoned with the operator’s name on the door (Lee) ready for delivery to site straight from the show.

Kellands are now also selling the Mecalac range of products following the French company’s takeover of the Terex brand and displayed a TLB890 backhoe loader sporting the Mecalac livery. With a number of Volvo backhoe loader owners in the region wondering what to opt for next now that option is no longer available, these maybe one to consider in the future.


CASE dealership M&M Plant Sales were once again in their usual prime spot just across from the BBC Regional Television’s base. It is on one of the busiest thoroughfares through the showground and is always busy especially on the final day which is really a family affair. As per the script the stand is dominated by two excavators this time CX250D’s with the first one being in the colours of Steve Hoskin Construction (SHC).

The second CX250D will be heading for Champion Groundworks and will be the 100th excavator on the fleet. This milestone was marked by a decal on the counterweight which informed visitors to the show just when the company was first founded.

A first for M&M Plant Sales on the stand was a new CASE 1650M dozer which the company will be making available for demonstration or self-drive hire going forward.

Check out my video from the stand where you will also see Wacker Neuson kit on display which is also included in M&M’s sales portfolio.

Lookout for the last instalment of my show round up over the coming days.

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