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Debut for Doosan's reduced radius 24-tonner

Digger Blogger | 15:21, Tue November 24 2015

The UK’s first Doosan DX235LCR-5 excavator has been bought and put to work by JJ Mullins (CE) Ltd, based in Farnworth, Greater Manchester.

The DX235LCR-5 is Doosan’s new 24-tonne reduced-radius crawler excavator. It was supplied by local distributor Norwest Plant.

Doosan says that this model gives “superior digging performance together with flexibility, convenience and low operating costs in a compact design”.  But more significant than all this is the near-zero tailswing. It has been designed specifically to meet demand for reduced radius machines for working near buildings and in confined areas, which by all accounts is a growing market as developers look to build on ever more confined sites alongside roads and railway lines. The DX235LCR-5 has a minimum swing radius of 2310 mm.

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Church deploys Hitachi fleet for M3 upgrade [with video]

Digger Blogger | 09:59, Wed November 18 2015

Earthworks subcontractor MJ Church has put a fleet of 15 new Hitachi Zaxis-5 medium excavators to work upgrading a 13.4-mile stretch of the M3 through Hampshire and Surrey.

MJ Church is working on the M3 smart motorway project for Balfour Beatty, which was awarded the £129m main contract by Highways England back in July 2014.

The machines on the job are ten ZX210LC-5 excavators, four ZX130LCN-5s and a ZX350LC-5.

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British Opencast Coal: a photographic history 1942-1985

Digger Blogger | 16:14, Mon November 09 2015

The photo below shows Caterpillar tractors and LeTourneau scrapers at Tarmac’s Garden Lodge opencast site near Chirk in North Wales in 1946. The machines include 7M and 3T series D7s and 1H and 8R series D8s.

It comes from a new book called British Opencast Coal: a photographic history 1942-1985.

So you can forget your John Lewis telescope and your Eau de Sauvage from Boots. This is what every Digger Blog reader needs to be asking for this Christmas.

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Island contractor persuaded by Volvo

Digger Blogger | 11:41, Wed November 04 2015

On the Isle of Arran, off the west coast of Scotland, John Thomson Construction (JTC) plies its trade.

Founded in 1952 by the late John Thomson, it has been run by his sons Iain and Graham since 1988 and has grown to be one of Arran’s largest employers.

Among the varied workload of JTC, it operates Dereneneach Quarry on the island’s String Road near Shiskine. And it is here that the company’s latest investment has been put to work – a new 22-tonne Volvo EC220E crawler excavator has, for the time being at least, been put in charge of loading a mobile crusher.

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Some landmark machines in the history of JCB

Digger Blogger | 14:33, Thu October 22 2015

Okay, I hear you. It’s lovely all these photos of JCB factories and royals and stuff, but what you want is machines through the years. I get it. Here they are.

Well some of them, anyway. There is not an exhaustive list nor is it any indications of the ones I like or consider important. It’s just some favourite photos from the JCB 70th anniversary archives.

First up (above) is an iconic advert (it says here) from 1960 for the JCB 4 backhoe loader.

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