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Big Hitachi helps Crossrail muckaway operation

By Digger Blogger | 06:10 GMT, Friday, 07 February 2014 | 0 Comments

A new Hitachi ZX470LCH-5 has been rented by the Dragados Sisk Joint Venture (DSJV) from Flannery Plant Hire to work at Crossrail’s Limmo Peninsular site.

The large Zaxis excavator was delivered directly to a wharf on the River Thames last month by Hitachi dealer, HM Plant, to work 24/7 at the hub of the project’s earthmoving operation.

DSJV is the main contractor at Limmo Peninsular until all of the tunnelling works are complete at the end of 2015. The tunnelling work began in late 2012 with two of Crossrail’s 1,000-tonne, 150m-long tunnel boring machines (TBMs) engaged on this site.

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Dancing digger time

By Digger Blogger | 12:03 GMT, Thursday, 06 February 2014 | 0 Comments

A staple favourite of the big trade shows is the JCB dancing diggers, of course, and they've been at it again at Conexpo this week.

Every hour, the fiddlers saw away at their fiddles and the diggers dance up a storm, attracting crowds in their thousands.

It's a sure fire hit every time!

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10 JCB backhoe loaders for Farwell Plant

By Digger Blogger | 10:58 GMT, Wednesday, 05 February 2014 | 0 Comments

Dorset-based Mark Farwell Plant Hire & Contracting has ordered more than £1 million of JCB machinery - including a fleet of 10 3CX Sitemaster backhoes.

Farwell Plant runs more than 80 machines in total from its premises in Blandford Forum, Dorset. The latest fleet additions also include tracked and midi excavators.

Owner Mark Farwell says: “We’ve operated JCB machines for 32 years and they’ve always been a good machine. We’ve never had a bad one and they’ve always been reliable.” 

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Hitachi looks to marine markets

By Digger Blogger | 10:35 GMT, Wednesday, 29 January 2014 | 0 Comments

More dredging here… and it's Hitachi again. The Japanese manufacturer has long been making big excavators for the mining industry. Now it is finding a market in dredging projects for these beasts.

The excavators are mounted on to pontoons, which are stabilised in the water with spud legs.

Hitachi says it was the first manufacturer in the Japanese market to produce an excavator for use on a pontoon. It has supplied approximately 240 excavators for this sort of application, mainly in Japan, working on port construction or maintenance projects. Some have been involved in recovery operations following the 2011 tsunami.

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Compact Volvo wins over Devon’s Draper

By Digger Blogger | 09:54 GMT, Wednesday, 29 January 2014 | 0 Comments

This is Tony Draper. He runs his own plant hire firm in Combe Martin, North Devon.

It’s a family business that’s been going for 20 years and does a lot of work for Western Power Distribution (WPD).

After much deliberation, he has recently bought his first Volvo machine, an EC27C compact excavator, and so far he seems chuffed to bits with it.

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