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Liebherr's new pipelayer

Digger Blogger | 14:18, Wed March 08 2017

Here’s the new RL 56 Litronic pipe layer from Liebherr. They’ve skipped the fifth generation and gone straight from Generation 4 to Generation 6 with this model.

The RL 56 has a a lifting capacity of 72 tonnes and a Stage IV compliant Liebherr diesel engine with selective catalytic reduction technology (SCR) to eliminate the need for a diesel particulate filter (DPF).

The Liebherr diesel engines operate at a slow and steady 1800 rpm to keep fuel consumption and engine wear to a minimum. The load-sensing implement hydraulics are also designed to minimize fuel  consumption, supplying only the exact amount of oil that is needed.

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Beach work for Keyway

Digger Blogger | 10:34, Wed March 08 2017

Keyway Group is the proud owner of the first Hitachi ZW310-6 wheeled loader in the UK.

Keyway bought the loader from Hitachi Construction Machinery (UK) in July 2016 to use at its recycling facilities in Durnford, Avonmouth and Gloucester. However, it was diverted to an interesting one-off job last autumn – preparing the beach at Weston-Super-Mare for the annual motorbike race, which is described by the organisers as “the maddest, baddest and biggest event on the UK off-road calendar”.

Keyway’s Hitachi helped to construct the 15km-long track for HydroGarden Weston Beach Race, as part of a team of loaders, dozers and excavators moving and shaping 200,000 tonnes of sand and creating four-metre high obstacles.

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He used to make diggers; now he makes headlines

Digger Blogger | 15:32, Wed March 01 2017

Matt Rhead used to work at the JCB Earthmovers factory in Cheadle but is now a full-time footballer with Lincoln City.

You may have seen him making back-page headlines recently, after he was named man of the match in non-league Lincoln’s shock FA Cup defeat of Premier League Burnley.

Big Matt, 32, of Stoke-on-Trent, was a popular figure at the JCB Earthmovers factory where he worked before leaving to become a professional footballer in 2012. He made a return visit this week, camera crew in tow, and was given a rousing reception as he retraced his footsteps on the production line where he worked for almost a decade.

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Postcards from Samoter

Digger Blogger | 15:16, Wed March 01 2017

I went to Samoter once – years ago – the Italian plant show held in Verona. A lovely city, and one whose charms I am sure remain undiminished, but the machines on show at Samoter will certainly have changed rather more over the years.

I was not in Verona last week for the 2017 Samoter but I have been sent a couple of postcards that I am happy to share, from Kobelco and from Hyundai.

Kobelco showed off the SK55SRX-6 from its Series 6 mini excavator family. This has Kobelco’s Integrated Noise & Dust Reduction Cooling System (iNDr), as seen on many of its larger machines. It is designed to eliminate dust inside the engine compartment and reduce noise.

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Doosan unwraps one-tonner

Digger Blogger | 09:38, Fri February 24 2017

Another mini here… Doosan’s latest machine is the zero tail swing DX10Z.


Weighing in at a little over a tonne – 1176 kg, it has a maximum digging depth of 1.82 metres and when everything is retracted it is just 710 mm wide, allowing it to get through most doorways.

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