AP Air

November 2020 Issue 199


FIRST DRIVE: CATERPILLAR 432: Latest backhoe loaders mark 35 years of production at the Desford factory.

SPECIAL NEWS REPORT: FUEL CELLS: The Editor reports on the first hydrogen cell-powered construction site in the world.

INITIAL IMPRESSIONS: HITACHI 690LCR-7: First Dash 7 version of this 70-tonne excavator to go to work in Europe.

NEW PRODUCT: KOBELCO SK350-10: The latest Kobelco excavators to enter the fleet of ECL Civil Engineering.

EURO FOCUS: KOMATSU D475A-8: The latest Dash-8 version of the world’s largest dozer is working.

MARKET GUIDE: GPS TILT-ROTATORS: Latest news in the integration of GPS systems with excavator tilt-rotators.

SITE VISIT: LIEBHERR LR634: Tracked loading shovel is ideal for moving muck around a site efficiently.

TECHNOLOGY: LEICA MC1 DOZER: A mature dozer operator discusses his encounter with machine guidance.

FLEET FOCUS: KINGSHEATH LIUGONGS: Report on the fleet of excavators run by Kent-based Kingsheath Construction.

FLEET FOCUS: BROPHY BROS: County Kilkenny contractor prefers the productivity of a 37-tonne excavator.

INTERVIEW: NIALL FRASER: Opinions from a major contractor on some of the challenges facing the industry.

FLEET FOCUS: LUKE FURSE: A Kobelco SK130-11 excavator joins the fleet, which includes a Liebherr dozer.

EURO FOCUS: BUCKET LADDER DREDGER: An alternative continuous working method to extract sand and gravel.

CLASSIC PLANT: RUSTON BUCYRUS 10-RB: Parking a 1943 restored classic takes careful judgement, nerve and skill.

EXTREME MACHINES: CAPTAIN MINE: Massive mining equipment, including the world’s biggest stripping shovel.

TECHNOLOGY: WOLFF MINING: Semi-autonomous dozer tech could be applied to blast hole drills.

PLANTMOBILIA: CAT 797F: Review of the latest behemoth replica from Diecast Masters, a caterpillar 797F hauler in 1:50th scale.