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Crowds flock to see Cornwall's Man Engine

Digger Blogger | 16:03, Wed August 03 2016

This is the kind of eccentricity that makes this country great. The Man Engine is a great big mechanical puppet – the largest that the UK has ever seen, apparently – and he has been striding his way across Cornwall for the past couple of weeks.

His journey began in Tavistock on 25th July and ends 130 miles later at Geevor Tin Mine in Boscaswell on Saturday 6th August.

In procession he is folded over, but then he transforms to performance mode and walks tall at 10 metres high.

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Kobelco's latest heavyweight contender

Digger Blogger | 11:36, Tue August 02 2016

Here is the new SK300LC-10 from Kobelco Construction Machinery Europe.

It is powered by compliant Hino turbo-charged 7.68-litre engine, which is the same 186 kW engine in the higher 35-tonne operating class Kobelco. Bucket digging force is 209 kN and drawbar pull and swing torque are also designed to put it among the highest in class.

The Stage IV compliant engine makes full use of all our favourite acronyms – DOC, SCR and DPF to minimise DEF/AdBlue consumption.

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Acorn antiques? No they’re brand new!

Digger Blogger | 09:51, Thu July 21 2016

The village of Staplehurst, in the Weald of Kent, is home to Acorn Hire, a totally independent supplier of tools and machinery to local contractors and builders, as well as the DIY-ers.

The business was started in 2006 by Andy Glenie who had started his career as a builder. However, his trade was cut short 23 years ago when a serious accident pursing his passion for grass track motor racing left him paralysed.

“As a result, I started out helping my dad refurbish houses and then bought a beaten-up old Pel Job mini excavator and started hiring it out,” he says. “The business took off from there and we officially set up Acorn Hire 10 years ago and haven’t looked back since.”

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Underground quarry opts for Weidemann loader

Digger Blogger | 09:22, Thu July 07 2016

Here’s a machine that we don’t see much of in UK construction applications – the Weidemann compact wheeled loader.

One has been bought recently by Lovell Stone Group for its recently acquired Hartham Park underground quarry in Corsham, near Bath.

Weidemann has been producing compact Hoftracs, wheel loaders and telehandlers for more than forty years. Since production first started, more than 95,000 loaders have been produced in the main factories in Diemelsee and Korbach. I am told they are popular with farmers and landscapers in Central Europe. Weidemann was taken over by Wacker Neuson in 2005.

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Hugh's that man!

Digger Blogger | 10:55, Tue June 28 2016

Who is this reckless daredevil? Why, it’s Hugh Edeleanu. And while after this display there may be trouble ahead, as the song goes, I suspect he will be happy to face the music and dance.


Sadly I was not able to make it to HE Services’ family open evening last Saturday (25th July) but word is out of this controversial stunt pulled off by the boss at this event, pictured both above and below. There was no shortage of witnesses, m'lud.

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