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.
Plant dealer Ernest Doe’s annual show is coming up next month, on Tuesday 4th, Wednesday 5th and Thursday 6th February 2014 at Ulting, Maldon Essex.
It is billed as the largest dealer event in the UK and this is the 54th annual Doe Show.
A lot of the kit on show will be agricultural machinery but there will be plenty for construction too. Ernest Doe is a dealer for New Holland and it will be showing the new generation LM telehandler (pictured below). This model has a more powerful Stage IIIB engine, new powershift transmission, new headstock design and new boom design.
Digger Blog reader Richard Frogley has been following this blog for quite a few years now and wanted to share with us his tales of his family's Ruston Bucyrus 220RH excavator.
Some points are a little vague as he was only 10 or 12 years old at the time, but Richard believes that his grandfather bought the very last hydraulic excavator to come out of the old Ruston Bucyrus factory in Lincoln. (RB continued producing cranes there until around the turn of the 21st Century.) Richard's grandfather, Frederick Oliver Watts, ran a small quarrying & haulage company in Gt Leighs in Essex.
I have never operated one so cannot comment on the product with any great insight but I have always thought that Kramer’s construction machinery is just about the cutest on the market, which granted is not an adjective you hear used much in conjunction with construction plant.
There is something about the styling that is so uncharacteristic for a German manufacturer. They look more French or Italian to me.
Pictured above is a Kramer 680T, the latest of four Kramer wheeled loaders operated by West Midlands readymix company Accumix Concrete.
Here’s some news about a pair of new 21-tonne class excavators from Kobelco, which is still in the early phases since its split from Case New Holland at the end of 2012.
The SK210LC-9 and SK210NLC-9 are essentially the same machine but in standard and narrow track version. One is 3m wide; the other 2.8m.
Kobelco Construction Machinery Europe says these new Japanese-built diggers have “a host of new technical innovations”.