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New home for knackered old 54RB

Digger Blogger | 13:59, Wed March 23 2016

I have a report here from the Construction Plant-hire Association and its support for the Vintage Excavator Trust, which I am very happy to share.

It concerns the rescue of this rather well-worn 54RB excavator.

To help mark its own 75th anniversary, the Construction Plant-hire Association (CPA) has made a donation to the Vintage Excavator Trust (VET) to help cover the cost of the transportation of this 1957 Ruston Bucyrus excavator from the now closed Snibston Discovery Museum near Coalville in Leicestershire to the VET’s home at Threlkeld Quarry in the Lake District.

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Hinowa's Bauma plans

Digger Blogger | 16:09, Tue March 22 2016

Hinowa is expanding its range of compact crawler-mounted mini-dumpers.

At Bauma 2016, Hinowa will launch a petrol powered version of its HS701. This is a stand-on, 0.29m³ and 700kg capacity dumper with a mast-type hi-tip feature, enabling it to load skips or trailers up to 1.35m high. At just 758mm wide, it can pass through standard doorways and garden gates.

The HS701 was originally launched in 2014 with a Kubota diesel engine. Hinowa is now adding two models with Honda petrol engines. The 9HP version has manual start – which the manufacturer says is an industry first for this type of product. The 13 HP version has electric start and a heat exchanger, meaning it is designed for more intensive use. Both are available with standard dumper or self-loading dumper.

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Liebherr gets ready for Bauma

Digger Blogger | 10:59, Tue March 15 2016

The Liebherr stand at Bauma covers 14,000 square metres and will have about 60 machines and a pair of large three-storey pavilions.

New machines being exhibited at the fair next month include the 100-tonne LR 1100 crawler crane from the Nenzing factory in Austria and from Ehingen in Germany there will be a prototype eight-axle all-terrain telescopic boom crane.

There will also be what Liebherr describes as “the world’s first infinitely variable hydrostatically driven crawler tractor in the 70 tonnes category”, which is the PR 776.

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Restored JCB at Paddy's Day parade

Digger Blogger | 14:23, Fri March 11 2016

If you are taking part in, or planning to watch, this Sunday’s St Patrick's Day Parade in London, keep a look out for this 1963-vintage JCB 3 that has been restored to showroom condition.

It was found in a dilapidated condition, rotting in a field in Kent

Thanks to the efforts of a JCB product marketing manager Julian Carder (below), it is now as good as new. This is the fifth JCB machine that he has restored over the past five years and he is regularly approached for his expertise with vintage diggers.

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Genie's new compact telehandler

Digger Blogger | 11:20, Tue March 08 2016

The future ownership of Genie is up in the air at the moment. Konecranes has agreed a takeover deal... sorry, I mean a merger of course, with Genie’s parent company Terex. Then the Chinese come along, in the shape of Zoomlion and pitch a rival offer. This was rebuffed. I guess we are just waiting for Zoomlion to come back with a better offer.

Meanwhile, the various operating divisions of Terex have to try and ignore the corporate shenanigans and get on with real life to maintain value in the business. Genie has been by far the brightest segment of the Terex empire in recent years, accounting for most of its profits, so it bears the brunt of the pressure to stay ahead of the game.

So what does Genie have in store for us? I can tell you that there will be four new Genie machines on the Terex stand at the Bauma trade fair in Munich next month, but so far I only know about the GTH-3007 compact telehandler, which is pictured here. This, says Terex, “combines efficient, full-featured capabilities with the most compact dimensions and lightest machine weight in its category”. Naturally, it also comes at “a market-beating price”.

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