This was a new one for me: tarpaulin engine curtains.
We are all now very familiar with various kinds of plastics replacing metal bodywork – not just on our motor cars but on heavy duty construction machinery as well. But I believe that here is an example of this trend being taken to the next level.
This is a Liebherr LR 1250, a 250-tonne capacity crawler crane, on show at a recent customer day at the Nenzing factory in Austria. The engine cover is a curtain made of truck tarpaulin that simply folds back – or Seitenverkleidung mit LKW-Plane, as the locals say.
Groundworks specialist O’Brien Contractors has bought a new GPS-controlled Caterpillar D6T dozer and put it straight to work.
The new Cat D6T is being put to the test at St Modwen’s £100m town centre masterplan at the former MG Rover site in Longbridge. The development will feature the Midlands’ largest Marks & Spencer store comprising 150,000 sq ft, a six-floor multi-storey car park and an additional 45,000 sq ft of retail, restaurant and café space.
A Cumbrian owner-operator has bought the UK’s first Hyundai R125LCR-9A midi excavator.
Stephen Smith Plant Hire bought the machine from his local dealer Taylor & Braithwaite.
The R125LCR-9A is a 12.5-tonne midi crawler excavator with short tail-swing. It was officially launched in the UK at the 2014 Hillhead exhibition but is only now finally working on site anywhere.
Caterpillar’s new 313F LGC tracked excavator is being targeted firmly at UK plant hire companies, with key features described as simplicity, reliability and minimum cost per hour.
There is a good article in the April issue of The Construction Index magazine by my colleague David Taylor, who was lucky enough to be on a recent press jaunt to Cat’s Mediterranean playground in Malaga. Armed only with a tube of factor 30 and a sharp-tipped pencil, he got the fully skinny on all kinds of innovations. Click here and turn to page 38 for details.
For those who prefer their information unfiltered and in video format, Cat dealer Finning has asked us to share this five-minute video in which Caterpillar global product application specialist Matthew Newman talks us through the features of the 313F LGC.
Some readers may recall my post here about the Liebherr HS 8300 HD Hybrid Drive duty-cycle crane when it was launched two years ago at Bauma 2013. Well, I now have more news. The first unit is finally at work on site.
The stand-out feature of this machine is the Pactronic hydraulics system first seen on Liebherr Nenzing’s harbour cranes but not previously in the construction sector.
A large cylinder running along the side of the carbody is an hydraulic accumulator that collects hydraulic power every time the load is lowered – although you can't see it in the photo above; it's on the other side. Surplus energy is stored and subsequently regenerated, thus increasing the material handling capacity while at the same time reducing fuel consumption.