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New lubrication system for Viby buckets

By Digger Blogger | 12:22 GMT, Friday, 14 March 2014 | 0 Comments

Danish bucket manufacturer Viby Attachment is introducing a new single-point lubrication system that it says will reduce downtime and simplify the task of daily greasing.

The system developed by Viby means that plant operators now need only to add lubrication to their attachment at one central greasing point rather than at multiple points.

The technology behind this new lubrication system ensures that the grease reaches all key areas instantly from just one central point, the company says. An equivalent automatic version, which is operated via the machine’s own auto lubrication system, is also available.

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Kitten rig refurbished back to full purring glory

By Digger Blogger | 09:09 GMT, Wednesday, 12 March 2014 | 0 Comments

Those of us who write about construction plant get fed a lot of great material about the latest shiny new machines, but actually it’s the old stuff that continues to do 99% of the work across the industry.

Regardless of what your friendly local equipment dealer may tell you, it is always better to keep existing machines running well than simply trading them in for the latest model every couple of years – even if new machines are more fuel efficient and have new whizzy features that you never knew you needed.

So I was interested to hear about the work Chris Monk has been doing at Fairway Plant Services in Wellingborough.

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Dancing digger time

By Digger Blogger | 12:12 GMT, Thursday, 06 March 2014 | 0 Comments

A staple favourite of every major plant show is the famous JCB dancing diggers display. And this year at Conexpo is no different.


Every hour of every day demon fiddlers scrape their fiddles and the diggers dance up a storm, drawing crowds in their thousands.

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Manitowoc extends use of innovative counterweight system

By Digger Blogger | 10:27 GMT, Thursday, 06 March 2014 | 0 Comments

More from the Conexpo show in Las Vegas and news here from Manitowoc, that iconic American heavy machinery brand.

Manitowoc makes crawler cranes but, as I’ve said before, doesn’t sell much in the UK. Contractors here have gone from favouring NCK and Ruston Bucyrus to Japanese machines for smaller and mid sizes and German ones at the upper end. However, in much of the world Manitowoc remains synonymous with lattice boom crawler crane, so it is always interesting to see what they are up to.

And at Conexpo they’ve got two new machines using the new Variable Position Counterweight (VPC) system first seen on its top-of-the-range 31000 model (2,300-tonne capacity).

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It's Conexpo week

By Digger Blogger | 11:52 GMT, Wednesday, 05 March 2014 | 0 Comments

This is the first time I've missed Conexpo since 1996 but I shall endeavour to bring you tasters from Las Vegas nonetheless.

Of course, all the important stuff for UK and European buyers happens nearer to home. The Bauma fair in Munich is a much bigger deal – more machines, more people, more everything. Except possibly fun. Las Vegas knows how to do that rather well.

Both Bauma and Conexpo take place evey three years. As Bauma was last year, Conexpo is the biggest international event in the construction equipment calendar this year.

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