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by Nick Drew  |  Tue 18 Jun 2013

More Coles Plant Cats in action

I have had a number of emails and texts from readers who have enjoyed the recent article about Coles Plant in issue 111 of Earthmovers Magazine. A number of those who contacted me have asked if I have any more photos to share from the shoots at various locations in the South West. Well I aim to please, so here is another batch for your enjoyment.

More Coles Plant Cats in action
On the site in Hooe Lake, the team encountered some really hard rock, as they progressed through the site, preparing the ground for the future development. During my visit, I witnessed two of Coles machines engaged in breaker work ahead of the new Cat 320E. The first machine was this very tidy Cat 320D model, which was busy “peckering” away! The brand new Cat 320E was busy loading away the hammered material, with Steve Coles in the seat of his new mount. The material was being loaded onto a couple of Coles Plant’s John Deere 7530 tractors, with rear dump trailers. Here, we see Matt Coles in the seat, backing up to receive his first bucket load from Steve. As mentioned in the article, Coles Plant have had a long term association with tracked loaders over the years. This latest model Cat 953D was busy at work stockpiling the broken out material ahead of crushing. Always great to see these machines in action, despite the dust he was kicking up all over my camera! This cracking Cat 315DL machine was parked up on the day of my visit, have to say I wouldn’t mind spending a shift or two on this. Nice sized bit of kit! At the other end of the site, one of Coles cat 325DL’s was in hammer action, with what appeared to be a Rammer breaker. Meanwhile on one of the sites I have been working on recently, I have been loading some of Coles Plant’s new FMX tippers on muckaway duties from a site in Teignmouth, in Devon. This one is driven by long serving driver “Jimbo”, who was excited about the prospect of appearing in the magazine, but sadly didn’t make the cut. I hope these two shots on the blog make up for it Jim! Finally in this post, a couple of shots featuring one of Coles Plants Volvo A25D’s in action on a site in Okehampton. The Volvo ADT’s are Coles’ favourite choice when it comes to articulated haulers. There is talk that the current D series models could be up for an upgrade to the new F series later this year. With work seeming to pick up nicely in our neck of the woods, I wouldn’t bet against it happening. I’m hoping to get hands on with Coles Cat D6T for a test drive in the not too distant future, another great post to look out for!  

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