Hitachi has designed the new wheel loader to satisfy the requirements of its European customers for machines with an exceptional level of comfort, as well as excellent productivity, advanced technology, and a range of features for enhanced sustainability, safety and easy maintenance.
Hitachi Construction Machinery presented the new ZW220-5 wheel loader at Bauma.
Comfort was one of the most important considerations for the design of the new ZW220-5. The cab is more spacious than the previous model, because the heated air-suspension seat can slide further back, providing more leg room. The tilting telescopic pop-up steering column has also been repositioned to create additional space.
Long-reach excavators are more usually seen working alongside rivers and waterways, but there’s at least one of them at work in the centre of London on the Crossrail project.
Lynch Plant has supplied a long-reach JCB JS220 for excavation work at Farringdon Station. The Crossrail station being built here is split into two worksites - the Eastern Ticket Hall (ETH) and the Western Ticket Hall (WTH), both surrounded by residential and commercial properties and typically congested London streets. The JS220 is working at the Eastern Ticket Hall removing spoil.
Groundworks have already been completed by Laing O’Rourke/Strabag joint venture and construction work is now being carried out by BFK, a joint venture of BAM Nuttall, Ferrovial Agroman and Kier Construction.
If, like me, you are starting to slightly tire of BBC’s Top Gear, as it lapses from perfectly-acceptable puerility into the unforgivable realms of repetition, please give it one more chance this Sunday, 4 August 2013.
In a fit of patriotism (possibly 13 months behind the arc of the London Olympics, or maybe on cue for the royal baby), our greying funsters have organised a parade down the Mall of 150 different vehicles that have been made in the UK.
While your Jags, Astons, Rollers and Nobles lead the way, followed by black taxis and ice cream vans, the really meaty stuff brings up the rear.
Augers look set to take over from buckets on Network Rail electrification projects.
TXM Plant is erecting stanchions for overhead cabling on the Manchester-Liverpool railway line. It needs to make holes three metres deep by a metre wide, into which the concrete foundations are then poured. It started out by experimenting with a mix of hydraulic breakers, rock wheels and clamshell buckets. This worked just about well enough, more or less, but it proved to be slow and expensive work. There had to be a better way.
And there was...
Barry Walsh has been in touch from Youghal in County Cork to tell us about his new JCB. It is the first JS145 LC with the new engine to be sold in Ireland.
Barry – that’s him above on the on the right – set up Barry Walsh Civil Engineering Ltd eight years ago. His work is varied from proper construction stuff like excavation, drainage and general groundworks to sports pitches and golf course construction.
The guy on the left, by the way, is Conor O'Lomasney from the local dealer, ECI JCB Cork.