Work started back in January 2013 deep in the Romont chalk quarry in the east of Belgium. The new EX1900-6 was being put through its paces with Ciment Belge Reuni (CBR).
The Hitachi excavator is the largest of its kind in Belgium, it’s not only helping to enhance productivity on the 30 hectare site, but is also a key part of the company’s environmental efforts.
A rare foray into cranes again here, for one of those jobs that makes me glad that we digger boys don't have to do these sort of things.
The historic town of Carcassone in the south of France is a Unesco world heritage site. It is basically a medieval fort that has change little over the centuries. It’s not the kind of place that you want to be creating any damage. So driving a crane through its streets sounds like a job to be avoided.
Fortunately grutier (‘crane driver’) Fabrice Bresson was up to the task, aided by the compact dimensions of his Liebherr LTC 1045-3.1 and the frantic signalling of the two marshals he brought with him to guide him through the 800-year-old town.
Neil Whatling started his working life at Mirrlees Blackstone as an engineering apprentice at 16 and left with a HNC in mechanical engineering.
In 1987 Neil founded Neil’s Plant. His first machine was a Cat 3C Backhoe Loader, which he operated himself. Expansion followed a few years later when he bought his first tracked machine, a second hand Cat 215 followed by a 428 Backhoe Loader.
For the third year running, Doosan has staged the company’s Quarry Days event close to Prague in the Czech Republic, to demonstrate the complete range of Doosan Heavy products.
Quarry Days offers customers and prospects from across Europe, the Middle East and Africa the opportunity to drive and test any product from the Doosan range, supported by Doosan demonstrators and product specialists. All participants are able to fully try out the machines of their choice under the safest conditions, but in a setting that matches those in real life, including working on hard, rocky surfaces such as granite and basalt or driving in mud and on other difficult terrains.
When AJC Civils proprietor Jamie McLean was looking to renew his Volvo ECR88 Plus, he decided to stick with what he knows and replaced like for like.
That's him above, on the left, taking delivery from Volvo’s regional business manager Charlie Flaws.
Based in Campbeltown in Argyllshire, Jamie has had five good years operating his previous ECR88 Plus. “Bearing in mind our location it’s vitally important we operate reliable equipment and to be honest I cannot fault the ECR88,” he says.