James MacQueen Building Contractors Ltd is based on the Isle of Skye off the northwest coast of Scotland.
But from its operating base at Crossal in the middle of Skye, this third-generation family business works across the whole of the north of Scotland, providing new build work, building extensions and property renovations.
The company has recently taken delivery of a new Volvo ECR88D reduced swing compact excavator, which was delivered by Volvo Construction Equipment’s utility dealer for the north of Scotland, CSM Sales, based in Inverness.
Caterpillar will have its usual mega presence at this year’s Conexpo/ConAgg trade fair in Las Vegas.
With 40 machines on display in two different exhibit areas totalling 60,000 square feet, Caterpillar’s showing will be among the largest at the event — ranging from a skid steer loader to a 96-ton excavator.
Eight Cat machines will make their public debut at Conexpo and a half dozen more machines introduced recently will be on display for the first time at an equipment show. The newest Cat machines to be displayed include excavators, wheel loaders, a dozer, an articulated truck, a telehandler and cold planers. Caterpillar will also introduce new remote control technologies and connectivity technologies at the show.
Bobcat mini-excavators are proving just the machine for making mountain bike trails.
Derbyshire hire company UKD Diggers is in the news, having recently bought 18 new Bobcat mini excavators, from E10s up to E45s.
One of UKD Diggers’ customers is Clixbys Forest & Environment Contractors, based in Oakamoor in Staffordshire. Clixbys generally works within a 150 mile radius of Oakamoor, predominately in North Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire and Northamptonshire, but is increasingly further afield with projects as far apart as the Lake District, the West Country and Wales.
Diggerland USA is getting a new ride next spring – and they are calling it the Greased Beast.
Diggerland USA is in West Berlin, New Jersey, which is about half an hour from Philadelphia or 90 minutes from New York City. Like the original UK parks, there are all sorts of digger-related rides and hands-on opportunities. Most of the machines are JCBs.
Although based on the Diggerland concept that Hugh Edeleanu has developed here in the UK, the US park is owned by brothers Ilya and Yan Girlya, who also own the neighbouring Sahara Sam’s Oasis Water Park.
Matching heavy-duty Liebherr R 976 crawler excavators are extracting hard rock for Romania’s largest quarrying company.
For several years, SC Grandemar used crawler excavators with shovel loaders for its rock extraction but it has recently invested in two new Liebherr R 976 crawler excavators with backhoe attachments.
With identical configurations, the two R 976 crawler excavators are working in the Bologa and Morlaca quarries, near to Cluj. Following blasting, the machines load the mined diorite and andesite rocks into the buckets of the rigid dumper trucks that feed the crusher.