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Kobelco brings over its one-tonne tiddler

Digger Blogger | 11:48, Wed May 10 2017

Kobelco Construction Machinery Europe (KCME) has introduced its diddiest excavator to the European market.

The Kobelco SK08 is a super-compact mini excavator with an operating weight of just 1,035kg. Target applications are back garden jobs, allotments, or anywhere where there’s no room to swing a cat. Kobelco is also punting it as an assist machine for working from the inside alongside larger diggers on demolition jobs.

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Stubby 26-tonner joins Case line up

Digger Blogger | 11:41, Wed May 03 2017

Latest new model in Case Construction Equipment’s D Series line up is the CX245D SR minimum-swing radius excavator.

Case says that the CX245D SR is designed to provide increased digging and lifting power in confined work areas.

You’ll see from the photos that it has a compact counterweight and modified boom placement that minimises the machine’s footprint for urban construction sites or working alongside roads or rail lines where space is restricted.

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60 years of Liebherr wheeled loader development

Digger Blogger | 09:42, Wed April 19 2017

On 11th April 2017 Liebherr delivered its 50,000th wheeled loader – providing a good excuse for a retrospective.

Hans Liebherr is most famously associated with the early development of self-erecting mobile tower cranes, with his first machine, the TK10, in 1949 but it wasn’t long before he was making excavators and loaders, and by as early as 1955 he had diversified into domestic refrigerators.

The very first Liebherr wheeled loader was the Elephant Type 90 (pictured above), designed and built as a prototype in Kirchdorf, Germany in 1954. It had a bucket volume of 1.25 m³, a 66 kW (90 HP) engine output and an operating weight of 12,000 kg. To steer, both pairs of wheels were braked in opposing directions, like on a skid-steer loader. However, the Elephant never went into series production and acted only as a test unit for further development. The Liebherr engineers developed a second, larger variant alongside the test vehicle, the Mammoth 90.

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Breaking up Sheerness steelworks

Digger Blogger | 15:36, Wed April 12 2017

DDS Demolition is using a trio of heavy-duty breakers to destroy reinforced concrete structures during a rebar mill clear-up at Sheerness Steel works on the Isle of Sheppey in Kent.

The breakers, supplied by Sandhurst, are Atlas Copco HB2200, HB3600 and HB4200 units. These immensely powerful breakers weighing two, three and four tonnes respectively were purchased to suit DDS Komatsu excavators working on the site: PC290, PC350, PC360, PC450 and a PC490.

DDS Dmolition, of Manston in East Kent, has a £3m contract for the Peel Port Wellmarsh tear-down and site clear-up, which is expected to take 52 weeks.

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Case's Minotaur – more beauty than beast

Digger Blogger | 15:22, Wed April 05 2017

In Greek mythology, the Minotaur had the head of a bull and the body of a man. At Case Construction Equipment it has the head of a bulldozer and the body of a compact tracked loader.

The DL450 compact dozer loader, also known as Project Minotaur, was launched as a concept machine by Case Construction Equipment at Conexpo 2017 in Las Vegas in March.

Case says it is the industry’s first fully integrated compact dozer loader and it has more than 30 new patents pending for it.

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