Europe’s first Kobelco Generation 10 excavator is now at work on site in the Netherlands.
Kobelco Construction Machinery Europe (KCME) has delivered the first machine from its new range to Kok Lexmond, a civil engineering contractor that specialises in roads, waterways and groundworks.
Kok Lexmond’s Kobelco SK210LC-10 excavator will work in conjunction with a SK350LC-9 that it purchased in July this year. These two recent acquisitions follow previous experience with Kobelco machinery before the Japanese manufacturer's return to direct sales on this side of the world in 2013 and the establishment of Kobelco Construction Machinery Europe BV in 2013.
Ten Hitachi short-tail swing excavators have been working on the M3 smart motorway project in Hampshire and Surrey.
Eight ZX135US-5 and ZX225USLC-5 excavators owned by Skyland Drainage Contractors, and a further two ZX225USLC-5s owned by Davey Civils, have been employed on the subcontractors’ drainage works.
Skyland Drainage Contractors is part of the M O’Brien Group, which has more than 150 mini, medium and large Zaxis excavators at its disposal.
Manchester’s Excel Excavations has taken delivery of the first Hyundai HX300 L excavator in the UK.
Excel Excavations was founded in 2012 by Allan Sice and now has a fleet of 13 Scania trucks and four Hyundai excavators. As well as the new 30-tonne Hyundai it has a little 3.5-tonne R35Z-9 zero tailswing excavator, a 14-tonne R140LC-9A excavator and a 22-tonne R220LC-9A.
Until this year it relied on hiring in machinery, but it started buying its own equipment on the back of a good relationship with the local dealer HES Enterprise.
You may have read the news about JCB’s new 3CX Compact backhoe loader. We’ve more details and publicity photos here.
JCB says that having pioneered the compact backhoe loader with the 2CX, it is now “taking the concept to a new level, to meet the demands of the construction sites of tomorrow”.
Key features include its compact dimensions of 1.9-metres wide and 2.74m high. (The 2CX is 1.85m wide and 2.72m high.) Top speed is 40km/h with hydrostatic transmission, which is 17% faster than the 2CX. The hydraulics deliver 19% more flow, at 100 litres/min.