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Tue November 21 2017

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Komatsu's new wheeled 13-tonner

Digger Blogger | 12:10, Wed November 15 2017

Dealer Marubeni-Komatsu describes the new Komatsu PW118MR‐11 as a quick & precise tight-tail wheeled midi excavator.

It is a machine that has been designed for heavy duty lifting applications or simple excavating tasks in narrow alleys, on road works or sewer construction sites.

With operating weights ranging from 12.8 to 13.9 tonnes, the PW118MR‐11 is powered by a Komatsu SAA4D95LE‐7 engine, EU Stage IV compliant, with a net horsepower of 72.5 kW @ 2,050 rpm.

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Kubota's latest loader

Digger Blogger | 11:57, Tue October 31 2017

Here is the new R082 wheeled loader from Kubota.

“It’s a powerful machine that features excellent breakout force and superior manoeuvrability and stability to deliver outstanding performance and productivity,” says Adrian Mann, Kubota UK’s product manager for its construction equipment division.

It’s a 4.8-tonne machine with hydrostatic transmission. One key feature of the loader’s functionality is the tilt/parallel movement of the arm, keeping loads upright when raising or lifting the arm.

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The Select breakaway

Digger Blogger | 11:20, Tue October 31 2017

Explore Plant Hire has been spun out of Laing O’Rourke’s Select division.

With a remarkable absence of fanfare, Laing O’Rourke quietly sold its construction plant operations at the start of the year, leaving its Select Plant Hire subsidiary to focus primarily on tower cranes.

Laing O’Rourke sold its general plant business to Explore Plant Hire, a newly formed joint venture between Laing O’Rourke and WS Transportation.

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New 20-tonne Cats pile on the tech

Digger Blogger | 09:36, Thu October 26 2017

Caterpillar has taken the wraps of three next-generation 20-tonne class excavators.

The Cat 320 GC, 320 and 323 boast, as you would expect, across-the-board improvements in fuel usage, maintenance costs and operator comfort, with Cat Connect Technology for productivity gains.

While the Cat 320 GC is designed for low- to medium-duty applications, the 320 and 323 (pictured above) have all the tech – programmable grading, working area limiters, automation and telematics that talk to the office.

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I’ve Scot one: Currie favours Doosan duck

Digger Blogger | 13:05, Tue October 24 2017

Banffshire-based Currie Contractors Cullen Limited has bought the first Doosan DX210W-5 21-tonne wheeled excavator in Scotland.

The new Doosan has already worked on projects spanning the length of the UK.  Its first project was on a new solar power installation near Andover in Hampshire, where it worked alongside another Doosan DX225LC-3 excavator owned by Currie Contractors, before head back north to Scotland.

Located between Aberdeen and Inverness, Currie Contractors is a specialist in road construction and road recycling, but offers a wide range of other services, including mulching, forestry, snow ploughing and renewable energy. Currie has a range of plant and attachments, but likes its Doosans.

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