Bradley Demolition owner Paul Johnson is so impressed by the Lehnhoff Variolock Quickcoupler System that he’s starring in a video to make some noise about it.
“I couldn’t believe it when I saw it,” he says. “You can change a work tool – pulveriser, grab, bucket, hammer, shear in just 15 seconds.”
Variolock enables the operator to change any tool including the hydraulic connection at the touch of a button without leaving the cab.
Birmingham-based Coleman & Company has bought a specially-made remote controlled excavator, developed by JCB.
It’s a 21-tonne machine that combines a JCB JS190 upper structure with a JS220LC undercarriage and rubber track pads.
The result, says JCB, is a machine powerful enough to deploy a four-tonne multi-processor attachment without exceeding a gross weight of 25 tonnes.
The new excavator is working 20 hours a day on the redevelopment of Birmingham New Street railway station and is likely to be there for the next nine months.
A new 28-tonne loading shovel has taken over as the prime mover at Suttle’s Swanworth quarry in Dorset.
Suttle went for a Volvo L180H, based on the more than satisfactory performance of its other Volvo machines over the years across its three operating sites. It becomes the largest Volvo shovel in the company’s fleet of seven machines.
Suttle went out to tender for new machinery for Swanworth quarry where it has also invested in a new crushing and screening plant for the site.
The annual Doe Show takes place for the 55th time next week, with a host of new machines on show.
There will also be a large selection of used machinery for sale, as usual, including ex demo machines, shop soiled equipment and some real bargains promised.
The 2015 Doe Show will be held on Tuesday 3rd, Wednesday 4th and Thursday 5th February at Ernest Doe & Sons in Ulting, Maldon Essex CM9 6QH. The show is billed as the largest construction, agricultural and groundcare dealer show in the UK. There will be more than 150 trade stands in all and more than 10,000 visitors are expected.
Another pre-Intermat sneak preview here, with the news that Doosan will be launching its 17-tonne DX170W-5 Stage IV compliant wheeled excavator.
The new DX170W-5 has 10% more engine power, 5% more engine torque and 5% more traction force compared to the previous generation model, Doosan tells us. The swing speed can now reach 10.8 rpm/minute and swing torque has been increased by 4%. Main pump capacity has increased by 9% and – thanks to the increased pressure in the new Negacon hydraulic system – there is a significant increase of 10% in the bucket force and 3% in the arm force.
It also has the new ‘CabSus’ cab suspension system, which reduces vibration by 20% and a cab noise by 4dBA, the brochure says.