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Doosan goes tighter than zero tail swing

Digger Blogger | 11:02, Wed May 24 2017

Here’s the DX17Z, Doosan’s latest 1.7-tonne mini-excavator, aimed at rental markets and urban construction sites with limited space.

The Doosan DX17Z is described as a zero house swing mini-excavator, or ZHS, offering easy transportability and even more functionality than a zero tail swing (ZTS) mini-excavator, in that ZHS fully protects the front upper structure corners within the swing circle as well as the tail.  As a result, ZHS functionality provides 320° of free rotation while working close to any object.

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Long-reach Hyundai takes to the sea

Digger Blogger | 08:54, Thu May 18 2017

A bespoke 22-tonne Hyundai HX220LR long reach excavator is working on board a new-build dredging vessel in Bridlington harbour.

The boat was commissioned by Bridlington Harbour Commissioners, which has been without a dredger for 20 years and been relying on contractors. It decided it was time to get its own vessel again and called in Marine Design International to help out. A specification went out to tender and the contract was won by to Ardmaleish Boatbuilding Company, based on the Island of Bute.  

Build on the new vessel, the Gypsey Race, began in April 2016. Within the contract there was a provision for Ardmaleish to purchase a second-hand excavator for the new dredger.  Ardmaleish managing director Ewan Ferguson says: “I did some extensive research on excavators online and got in contact with Leigh [Dalgleish] from Young Plant as I knew that the Hyundai excavators were one of only a few machines that could be fitted to a dredger without major alteration.”

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Kobelco helps German contractor cement a reputation

Digger Blogger | 16:19, Tue May 16 2017

A couple of Kobelco excavators have shown their worth on the construction of a business park in Germany.

Monheim is a picturesque town on the Rhine, 25km south of Düsseldorf in Germany. What was once a 250,000m² refinery site has been under redevelopment since 2010 as a business park, attracting substantial blue-chip inward investment into the area.

Although only founded in 2016, Wezendonck Tiefbau GmbH from Oberhausen has already been making a name for itself in the local construction industry thankls to its work on the redevelopment of the Monheim business park, and in particular, in the earthworks.

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Digger's dirty great Plantworx preview

Digger Blogger | 12:29, Mon May 15 2017

Here's a not-so-brief guide to what to look out for at Plantworx 2017, the construction event of the year.

The third biennial Plantworx exhibition takes place 6th to 8th June and the Bruntingthorpe Proving Ground in Lutterworth, Leicestershire.

There will be even more to see this time than there was in 2015, the last time it was held, with 140,000 square metres of exhibition space.

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Football legend buys a digger

Digger Blogger | 09:36, Thu May 11 2017

Trevor Francis, England’s first million-pound footballer, has gone and bought himself an excavator – a Volvo ECR50D, to be precise, supplied by SM Plant Sales.

“This Volvo digger would make a cracking central defender,” says Trevor. “It looks like it could easily destroy the others on the pitch.”

Brian Clough paid a then record-breaking £1m to take Trevor Francis from Birmingham City to Nottingham Forest in 1979 – money repaid when Francis scored the winning goal in the European Cup final that year. He went on to play for England, scoring 12 goals in 52 appearances.

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