News from Hitachi, and the arrival in Europe of a pair of new wheeled loaders in the 12-tonne class.
Hitachi Construction Machinery Europe (HCME) has introduced the ZW140-5 and ZW150-5.
Like the older models introduced five years ago, they have hydrostatic transmission but whereas the old machines were 96kW and 107kW respectively, the new models both have a 5.2-litre four-cylinder water-cooled turbo engine rated at 113kW and use less fuel, Hitachi says.
Rhino Plant Hire, based in Brentwood in Essex, has bought the first two Bobcat S450 skid-steer loaders in the UK.
And one of these little marvels has been proving its worth helping to bring down the physical pillars of government propaganda.
Rhino is looking to up the numbers in its skid-steer loader fleet and now has approximately 50 units, including several Bobcat S70 and S100 skid-steer loaders.
What we have here, I am reliably informed, is the prototype of Hyundai's forthcoming baby.
This 17Z-9A is set to replace the 16-9 as the smallest mini-excavator in Hyundai range.
The photo was taken during a visit to the factory in Korea. Our correspondent reports that mass production of the final product is likely to begin in Korea as soon as next month, with an introduction to the UK market in December. "Could shake the mini market up a bit," our man predicts.
More demolition here, as Sandhurst Equipment Rental has been in touch with news from the northeast.
Morpeth-based R Thornton Demolition is using a 5.8 tonne breaker supplied by Sandhurst on a dock extension project near Hartlepool.
Able Seaton Port (ASP) is on the northeast coast close to the mouth of the River Tees. It covers 51 hectares, including a 10ha dry dock, and is said to be one of the largest in the world.
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.