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!
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.”
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.
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.
Some of the most interesting kit is not to be found in the showrooms of the big plant dealers but has been specially developed for niche applications.
And one such machine, this amphibious long-reach excavator belonging to plant hire firm Land & Water, came to the rescue of a Suffolk village last month when the heavens opened and the seemingly endless deluge began.