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Waste handling grapple

Digger Blogger | 10:28, Fri June 27 2014 | 0 Comments

Further to my previous post, I am informed that there’s a new attachment from Caterpillar.

The Cat G315B WH waste handling grapple is designed for hydraulic excavators with operating weights ranging from 15 to 22 tonnes.

The new grapple is an addition to the Cat G300 Series and – according to Cat – is designed to handle large volumes of low-density material, such as plastic and foam products.

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Plantforce finds lucrative niche

Digger Blogger | 13:11, Wed June 25 2014 | 0 Comments

Bristol-based Plantforce reports that its attachments division is going from strength to strength after its first year of operations.

With an investment of £1 million, Plantforce Attachments opened in April 2013, headed up by Sam Mercer. Within six months it was rapidly apparent that the initial range of 75 attachments was not enough to meet customer demand, especially in the demolition sector. So in September 2013 they invested another £500,000 to boost the attachment fleet beyond 100 items. The  inventory includes hydraulic breakers, grabs, grapples, shears, munchers, crusher buckets, riddle buckets, ripper teeth, pallet forks and more.

Sam Mercer says: “The attachments have enabled us to fully satisfy our customers’ requirements and deliver the complete service. Our close relationship with our customers has helped us to develop the company around them and the quality of the attachments we can now offer, coupled with our personal service has proven to be a real success.”

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Truck-mounted scaffolding

Digger Blogger | 12:46, Fri June 06 2014 | 0 Comments

Here’s an interesting piece of improvisation. Who needs a scissor lift when you can build a mobile scaffold on the back of a truck instead?

JR Flat Roofing, based in Redruth in Cornwall, does a lot of work for Moto Hospitality, the motorway service station company. It is just about to start on a £150,00 contract at Trowell services on the M1 near Nottingham to put a new roof on the pedestrian footbridge over the motorway.

To carry out the work, JR Flat Roofing has designed a special scaffolding to sit on a truck – carnival float style – that will be parked up in a closed off motorway lane

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Oddball open day

Digger Blogger | 11:18, Fri June 06 2014 | 0 Comments

There’s an opportunity to get into the cab of the largest preserved walking dragline excavator in Western Europe coming up very soon.

On Saturday 14th June the Friends of St. Aidan's BE1150 Dragline are holding one of their periodic open days. The 1200-ton machine is at St Aidan's opencast coal site in Swillington, Leeds LS26 8AL.

All are welcome to go along and sit in the driver’s seat of the American-made giant and to check out the 25 cubic yard bucket.

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Cat in a china shop video

Digger Blogger | 06:56, Tue June 03 2014 | 0 Comments

Here’s episode three in the series of Cat’s ‘Built for it’ tests. We’ve seen giant Jenga and smartphone abuse; here’s the Cat 301.7 CR mini excavator proving that it is no bull in a china shop.

Apparently there’s $45,000 of fragile merchandise in there – 3,000 pieces of china, crystal and art work.

If you ask me, the star of this show is not the machine but the operator, Ryan Neal, who is Caterpillar’s senior demonstrator/instructor. After the first run through he said it was too easy and demanded the aisles be made smaller.

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