I just looked at a map and never really realised quite how far off the Scottish coast Shetland Island is. It is almost as close to Norway as it is to the British mainland.
So I can only imagine that anyone buying machinery there will put quite a premium on reliability, because no matter how much your supplier prides itself on customer service, logistics are always going to be a little bit trickier there than for those in Glasgow or Birmingham, for example.
I was interested to hear, therefore, that Lerwick-based Tulloch Developments has been choosing Volvo lately. It has just taken delivery of its fourth Volvo excavator, a new 25-tonne class EC250D. This machine has been put to work as the prime mover at the company’s Staney Hill Quarry on the outskirts of Shetland’s capital.
Over in Galway, local firm Maveric Contractors reports good results with Caterpillar’s machine control and guidance system, Cat AccuGrade.
It has been using the system on the construction of a new research and development building for Hewlett Packard.
Maveric Contractors has two Cat 330DL hydraulic excavators and a Cat D6R XW crawler tractor fitted with the Cat AccuGrade control system. They are preparing the groundwork on the 90,000sq ft site.
Plant dealer Molson loves everything to do with dirt, it seems. Not just big diggers that move it, but also motor bikes that race in it.
That is why it has been involved once again in this year’s Garmin Arenacross tour, a series of indoor dirt bike races taking place at big shed arenas in Belfast, Newcastle, Liverpool, Birmingham, Sheffield and London’s Wembley Arena.
The Molson-sponsored SR75-Molson team are the reigning Arenacross team champions but they are trailing a distant fourth this year, with just the final round to come at Wembley next month, on 1st March.
The floods continue and another company striking while the iron is hot... or wet… or underwater… is Worsley Plant.
Worsley is promoting the Remu Big Float as just the thing for aquatic environments like shoreline, rivers, swamps, waste ponds and canals.
Finish company Remu has been making amphibious excavators for 10 years now. Its Big Float is an excavator mounted on a patented pontoon undercarriage that can be narrowed to make it easier to transport on roads.
A new Hitachi ZX470LCH-5 has been rented by the Dragados Sisk Joint Venture (DSJV) from Flannery Plant Hire to work at Crossrail’s Limmo Peninsular site.
The large Zaxis excavator was delivered directly to a wharf on the River Thames last month by Hitachi dealer, HM Plant, to work 24/7 at the hub of the project’s earthmoving operation.
DSJV is the main contractor at Limmo Peninsular until all of the tunnelling works are complete at the end of 2015. The tunnelling work began in late 2012 with two of Crossrail’s 1,000-tonne, 150m-long tunnel boring machines (TBMs) engaged on this site.