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Powering Battersea’s development

Digger Blogger | 09:00, Thu March 23 2017

A fleet of new JCB excavators has shifted more than 50,000 cubic metres of earth as part of the £8bn Battersea Power Station development in London, JCB reports.

MPB Structures, a concrete frame specialist, bought three JCB JS220LC and two JS130LC models specifically for the contract.

The five new JCB tracked excavators are digging the foundations for new residential, retail and office buildings at the former Battersea Power Station site. They are working adjacent to the existing power station building, digging to a depth of 8.5 metres and removing 56,000 m3 of earth in total. Following the complex excavation process, which includes temporary props to retain earth, MPB Structures will insert pile walls to create the basement area for the new development.

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Telehandler tradition at Jarvie Plant

Digger Blogger | 10:45, Thu March 16 2017

John Jarvie, chairman of Jarvie Plant Group, took delivery of Scotland’s first ever telescopic handler in 1960. And now he has the country’s biggest rotating telehandler.

The Magni RTH 5.35 has a reach of up to 35 metres, some 5 metres more than industry standard, and can lift loads or personnel up to 1,000kg using its extended boom lift.

It is pictured above in action on Scottish Power’s South West Scotland Renewables Connections Project in New Cumnock.

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Liebherr's new pipelayer

Digger Blogger | 14:18, Wed March 08 2017

Here’s the new RL 56 Litronic pipe layer from Liebherr. They’ve skipped the fifth generation and gone straight from Generation 4 to Generation 6 with this model.

The RL 56 has a a lifting capacity of 72 tonnes and a Stage IV compliant Liebherr diesel engine with selective catalytic reduction technology (SCR) to eliminate the need for a diesel particulate filter (DPF).

The Liebherr diesel engines operate at a slow and steady 1800 rpm to keep fuel consumption and engine wear to a minimum. The load-sensing implement hydraulics are also designed to minimize fuel  consumption, supplying only the exact amount of oil that is needed.

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Beach work for Keyway

Digger Blogger | 10:34, Wed March 08 2017

Keyway Group is the proud owner of the first Hitachi ZW310-6 wheeled loader in the UK.

Keyway bought the loader from Hitachi Construction Machinery (UK) in July 2016 to use at its recycling facilities in Durnford, Avonmouth and Gloucester. However, it was diverted to an interesting one-off job last autumn – preparing the beach at Weston-Super-Mare for the annual motorbike race, which is described by the organisers as “the maddest, baddest and biggest event on the UK off-road calendar”.

Keyway’s Hitachi helped to construct the 15km-long track for HydroGarden Weston Beach Race, as part of a team of loaders, dozers and excavators moving and shaping 200,000 tonnes of sand and creating four-metre high obstacles.

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He used to make diggers; now he makes headlines

Digger Blogger | 15:32, Wed March 01 2017

Matt Rhead used to work at the JCB Earthmovers factory in Cheadle but is now a full-time footballer with Lincoln City.

You may have seen him making back-page headlines recently, after he was named man of the match in non-league Lincoln’s shock FA Cup defeat of Premier League Burnley.

Big Matt, 32, of Stoke-on-Trent, was a popular figure at the JCB Earthmovers factory where he worked before leaving to become a professional footballer in 2012. He made a return visit this week, camera crew in tow, and was given a rousing reception as he retraced his footsteps on the production line where he worked for almost a decade.

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