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Favourite machines of a Latin American autocrat

Digger Blogger | 16:06, Wed August 24 2016

If you were a South American 'el presidente' destined for prison for corruption and human rights violations, what sort of construction machinery might you favour?

Well, thanks to the reminiscences of my colleague Phil Bishop, who looks after our daily news coverage here at The Construction Index, I can tell you.

Phil was clearing out a metaphorical attic the other day and came upon these photos that he took in October 1993 while on a journalistic assignment to South America.

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WD Lewis gets attached to Hill hitches

Digger Blogger | 09:11, Wed August 10 2016

Welsh civil engineering contractor WD Lewis has signed a deal worth more than £100,000 with attachment manufacturer Hill Engineering for 20 Tefra quick couplers and 60 Titan buckets.

Northern Ireland-based Hill Engineering has been supplying WD Lewis with Tefra for the last six years but these are its first Titan buckets.

Based in Mid Glamorgan, William D Lewis (Aberdare) was established in 1972 and today turns over more than £25m a year from its groundworks operations and the manufacture of concrete blocks.

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Crowds flock to see Cornwall's Man Engine

Digger Blogger | 16:03, Wed August 03 2016

This is the kind of eccentricity that makes this country great. The Man Engine is a great big mechanical puppet – the largest that the UK has ever seen, apparently – and he has been striding his way across Cornwall for the past couple of weeks.

His journey began in Tavistock on 25th July and ends 130 miles later at Geevor Tin Mine in Boscaswell on Saturday 6th August.

In procession he is folded over, but then he transforms to performance mode and walks tall at 10 metres high.

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Kobelco's latest heavyweight contender

Digger Blogger | 11:36, Tue August 02 2016

Here is the new SK300LC-10 from Kobelco Construction Machinery Europe.

It is powered by compliant Hino turbo-charged 7.68-litre engine, which is the same 186 kW engine in the higher 35-tonne operating class Kobelco. Bucket digging force is 209 kN and drawbar pull and swing torque are also designed to put it among the highest in class.

The Stage IV compliant engine makes full use of all our favourite acronyms – DOC, SCR and DPF to minimise DEF/AdBlue consumption.

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Acorn antiques? No they’re brand new!

Digger Blogger | 09:51, Thu July 21 2016

The village of Staplehurst, in the Weald of Kent, is home to Acorn Hire, a totally independent supplier of tools and machinery to local contractors and builders, as well as the DIY-ers.

The business was started in 2006 by Andy Glenie who had started his career as a builder. However, his trade was cut short 23 years ago when a serious accident pursing his passion for grass track motor racing left him paralysed.

“As a result, I started out helping my dad refurbish houses and then bought a beaten-up old Pel Job mini excavator and started hiring it out,” he says. “The business took off from there and we officially set up Acorn Hire 10 years ago and haven’t looked back since.”

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