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Liebherr lets rip with latest tunnel digger

Digger Blogger | 14:58, Wed July 15 2015

Here’s a beast ... maybe not the biggest, weighing in at 45 tonnes, but certainly fierce-looking for all that.


It’s the new R 950 Tunnel crawler excavator from Liebherr-France. Produced at the manufacturer’s Colmar facility, it’s designed to be compact to get inside tunnel construction sites and tear away at the rock face. It is the successor the R 944 C Tunnel, with improved breakout forces naturally, and can work in tunnels that are between five and eight metres high.

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This little Bobcat went to market

Digger Blogger | 11:27, Tue June 30 2015

A Bobcat S550 skid-steer loader hired from MTS Plant Hire & Sales is part of the fleet of equipment being used by Portsmouth-based Hughes & Salvidge Demolition to demolish Sheffield’s Castle Market.

Castle Market was for many years a local landmark in Sheffield. It was built in 1928, with later additions being made in the 1960s and 1970s.  The history of the site goes back much further, however. It was constructed on the ruins of Sheffield Castle, which was built in 1270 and destroyed in 1648 by Parliamentarians after the English Civil War.

The indoor market finally closed its doors for good in November 2013, to coincide with the opening of Sheffield’s new Moore Market in the same year.

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A walk around those Volvo wheeled loader updates

Digger Blogger | 09:51, Thu June 18 2015

Last year Volvo overhauled its L350F wheeled loader to improve operator comfort and safety. It's time to take a closer look.

When introduced in 2007, the L350F represented a complete redesign of the Volvo wheeled loader range. Production of the updated machines began in February 2014, and the new additions complement this original design, which introduced lock-up torque converters and boom suspension for load and carry operations, as well as industry-leading maintenance access.

The new ‘heavy-duty operator’s seat’ (and I think that’s the seat that’s heavy-duty, rather than the operator, but it might easily be either) offers air suspension, a high back and head rest, and can be heated. There are more seat adjustment possibilities than previously – including colour-coded height adjustment and separate adjustment for the seat cushion.

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Next best thing to Boon and Otter?

Digger Blogger | 15:10, Tue June 16 2015

Here’s another one of those fun Caterpillar promo videos.

We’ve seen Giant Jenga and Cat in a China shop. Now here we are on the golf course – or at least, a strange makeshift mobile golf course in the Arizona desert.

As you will see, two Japanese golf pros take the sport to a whole new level as they tackle a course made entirely of moving Cat equipment.

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Postcard from Plantworx

Digger Blogger | 16:40, Tue June 09 2015

Here are some photos from Plantworx 2015, which took place in Leicestershire last week.

Despite high winds and hard rain on the first day, the organisers are proclaiming the event a storming success. With 14,000 visitors over the three days, traffic was up 18% on the inaugural 2013 event.

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