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Rotar pulveriser 1, Bomb shelter 0

By Digger Blogger | 09:42 BST, Sunday, 27 July 2014 | 0 Comments

The reinforced concrete radar station at RAF Boulmer was designed to be bomb proof during World War II. But against modern demolition machinery, defence is futile.

Durham-based demolition and asbestos removal specialist MGL Demolition is using a Rotar RDP42 pulveriser to take it apart. The building, which used to have a 57-tonne radar on top, is two stories high, with 600mm-thick roofs and floors and 1m-thick walls.

The work is part of one of eight contracts that MGL is undertaking on behalf of Carillion Enterprise.

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Buyers from home and abroad snap up auction bargains

By Digger Blogger | 08:16 BST, Sunday, 27 July 2014 | 0 Comments

I finally have some results to report from the big Ritchie Bros. auction of a couple of weeks ago.

On 15th July Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers held its largest UK auction yet at its Donington Park site in the East Midlands.

More than 1,280 lots were sold. According to the auctioneers, there were more than 800 registered bidders, including 490 online.

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Liebherr makes plans for Steinexpo quarrying show

By Digger Blogger | 13:38 BST, Friday, 18 July 2014 | 0 Comments

This is the Liebherr R970 SME, the latest crawler excavator from Liebherr for the quarrying industry.

This 80-tonne Super Mass Excavation machine is going to be officially launched at the Steinexpo trade show in Germany, 3-6 September. It has a wear-protected 4.5m³ bottom-dump bucket, equipped with the new Liebherr Z-type self-sharpening teeth.

The R970 SME replaces the SME version of the R964 C. It is capable of tear-out forces of up to 370kN and penetrating forces of up to 500kN. It uses undercarriage elements from the larger R976 and the increased ballast weight increases its stability, Liebherr says. In this way, it can be operated with bucket sizes of up to 5m³.

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Kubota dealer says come and have a go

By Digger Blogger | 12:19 BST, Friday, 18 July 2014 | 0 Comments

West Country Kubota dealer MST is holding a second open day next month to give potential customers the opportunity to test drive a range of mini excavators.

MST held its last ‘Dig and Drive Day’ in May and was sufficiently excited by the response from the construction and plant hire industry that it is planning another one already.

This will be held on Thursday 11 August at the Bicton Arena near Exmouth in Devon.

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Bobcat hits a million

By Digger Blogger | 09:46 BST, Thursday, 17 July 2014 | 0 Comments

It took Bobcat 43 years to make half a million machines. In the past 11 years they have made half a million more.

Yes, this is the year that Bobcat is making a song and dance about hitting the million machine landmark.

Bobcat claims credit, perhaps justifiably, for creating the compact plant industry with the development of the original three-wheeled Keller loader, the predecessor of the Bobcat skid-steer loader, in 1958.

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