Pete Marquis decided six months ago to fit Lehnhoff quick coupler systems to his 20-tonne excavators, which are mostly used for demolition projects, and he has not looked back since.
Pete owns Pete Marquis Contractors, which is based in Preston and carries out civil engineering and demolition projects across the northwest. Starting out in 1991 with two staff, he has expanded the company and currently own 35 excavators ranging from 1.5 to 65 tonnes.
He was aware of other quick couplers on the UK market, but after looking into the Lehnhoff Variolock fully automatic quick coupler system he decided it was the best way forward.
This is the machine that won the Bauma 2016 Innovation Award for Machinery. It is the Kramer 5055e, billed as the world’s first full-electric wheeled loader with all-wheel steering.
It won the prize ahead of two other shortlisted contenders: Ammann’s fully automatic vibratory plate; and a mobile battery mould from Weckenmann Anlagentechnik. (Apparently it’s a system for making big precast concrete elements on site.)
Kramer says that there are no other fully electric wheeled loaders on the market in the size class of the 5055e (five tonnes with 0.55 cubic metre bucket capacity). Being both emissions free and quiet, it is marketed at indoor applications.
Canadian off-highway tyre specialist Camso, formerly Camoplast Solideal, makes rubber tracks that wrap over the tyres of skid steer loaders to give them extra traction in rough terrain.
Its new over-the-tyre OTT HXD tracks have the benefit of extra flotation properties, Camso says, and they can be put on or taken off in just 20 minutes.
An embedded iron core and an engineered wing profile keep the tracks securely attached to the tyres. An internal traction rib maximises the fit between the track and the tyre tread, preventing slippage and without too much wear on the tyre tread or sidewall, Camso says.
Kubota UK has achieved the landmark sale of its 50,000th excavator in the British and Irish market.
This is a major milestone for the company that pioneered the concept of mini-excavators in the UK in 1979. Back then, with no products of this kind on the market, there was some serious scepticism about the introduction of mini-excavators and the value they could provide to building projects. In fact, just 41 Kubota machines were sold in 1979, with one of the first being the classic KH10 mini-excavator model, a machine that can still be found working 37 years later.
Pictured below is the very first model to come off the production line in Japan.
Liebherr describes Bauma as a double-home fixture. Its roots are in Bavaria and Germany still accounts for 20% of group sales. Many companies invest hugely in success at major trade shows, but none invest as much as Liebherr at Bauma.
Liebherr’s investment in Bauma extends way beyond the 60+ machines exhibited, a third of which were making their market debut at Bauma 2016. It also flies in customers and guests from all over the world, putting them up in hotels that are, for one week only, made criminally expensive.
Among these guests was your correspondent, one of a dozen or so ‘social media representatives’ ranging from hardened hacks to amateur bloggers. For many of the bloggers it was the first time that a major equipment manufacturer had invited them inside and given them the media treatment usual reserved only for accredited press. It should go down as a landmark moment in the evolution of construction industry media relations.