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Stafford firm takes first EC140E

Digger Blogger | 09:59, Tue September 08 2015

Following its launch at this year’s Plantworx exhibition in June, the first fourteen-tonne Volvo EC140 E series machine has been delivered to Stafford-based LRD Plant Hire Ltd.

LRD specialises in the construction of concrete flooring for large industrial and agricultural buildings along with the associated works for ground preparation.

Looking to add another machine to his fleet, owner Lindsey Dickin had the opportunity to operate the larger EC220E at a Volvo open day event earlier in the year. “I was particularly impressed with the controllability and gradeability of the machine,” says Mr Dickin. “These features are very important for the work we undertake in getting the groundwork absolutely correct and level prior to laying concrete. Since it was time to add another machine to my fleet and having run Volvo excavators for the last eight years I was happy to stick with what I know best so opted for the new EC140E.”

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Hitachi high-reach shows its Pedigree [with video]

Digger Blogger | 12:37, Wed August 26 2015

The UK’s first Hitachi ZX350LC-5 high-reach demolition excavator has shown it’s got the right stuff pulling down an office block at a Wolverhampton brewery.

The special application machine was used earlier this summer to pull down a four-storey building at Marston’s brewery, home of Pedigree pale ale.

The excavator has a maximum tool weight of 3,000kg and a 23-metre reach, which is as good as it gets from standard OEM machines.

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Compact Loadall is 'ab fab' says house-builder

Digger Blogger | 10:09, Thu August 20 2015

The new 516-40 Loadall, JCB’s smallest telehandler, is going down well with a Cotswolds house-builder, the manufacturer reports.

Stratford-upon-Avon-based Johnson & Johnson has taken delivery of one of the first of the newly introduced compact telehandlers off the production line and has used it on a series of housebuilding sites in the Midlands.

Johnson & Johnson director Martin Johnson says: “We bought our first new JCB telescopic handler 15 years ago and have used them ever since. This nippy new model is absolutely fabulous. Performance is very good all round and its ability to get palletised building materials into the most confined areas on site makes a massive difference for us.”

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Rubble Master proves a game changer for demolition firm

Digger Blogger | 14:58, Wed August 19 2015

Changes in how demolition contractors have to dispose of waste has prompted Norfolk-based Anglian Demolition & Asbestos to invest in a mobile crushing machine.

The majority of Anglian Demolition’s contracts consist of social housing, single buildings and commercial properties. It explored options such as crushing buckets and traditional jaw crushers but soon decided its best solution was a compact mobile impact crusher that could be transported easily and did not take up too much space on its smaller sites. It took a demonstration Rubble Master compact crusher on trial from ECY Haulmark and found it a perfect fit.

As a direct result, Anglian Demolition & Asbestos has bought a Rubble Master RM70Go!, pictured above, from ECY Haulmark.  

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From Pierce-Arrow to Bell loaders

Digger Blogger | 11:02, Wed August 12 2015

Grundon is one of the leading suppliers of sands and aggregates to the UK construction industry from its five quarries across southern England.

The business began in 1929 when Stephen Grundon bought a First World War era Pierce-Arrow truck, fitted it with hydraulic tipping gear and set up as an aggregate supplier. The family had a horse-drawn bus business in London but this was its first dalliance with the internal combustion engine.

Wikipedia tells me that the Pierce-Arrow Motor Car Company was an American manufacturer based in Buffalo, New York, and active from 1901 to 1938. In its latter years it was owned by the Studebaker Corporation. Although best known for its expensive luxury cars, Pierce-Arrow also made commercial trucks, fire trucks, camp trailers, motorcycles, and bicycles.

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