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Digging in for happy campers

Digger Blogger | 11:21, Wed May 27 2015

According to Practical Caravan magazine, Grantown-on-Spey Caravan Park in the Scottish Highlands is “the number one campsite in the UK”.

I am not in a position to argue with that assertion, but what I do know – because the people at Volvo have told me – is that they’ve bought themselves a new digger to make the place even better. A Volvo ECR58D reduced swing radius compact excavator is helping with some remodelling works.

Over the past 28 years the park has been landscaped into one of the UK’s most popular caravan and camper van sites. The family run business, headed by John Fleming, has continued to develop facilities with the addition of static holiday homes and lodges.

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Engine curtains

Digger Blogger | 18:07, Wed May 20 2015

This was a new one for me: tarpaulin engine curtains.

We are all now very familiar with various kinds of plastics replacing metal bodywork – not just on our motor cars but on heavy duty construction machinery as well. But I believe that here is an example of this trend being taken to the next level.

This is a Liebherr LR 1250, a 250-tonne capacity crawler crane, on show at a recent customer day at the Nenzing factory in Austria. The engine cover is a curtain made of truck tarpaulin that simply folds back – or Seitenverkleidung mit LKW-Plane, as the locals say.

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O'Brien takes new dozer to Longbridge

Digger Blogger | 10:52, Tue May 12 2015

Groundworks specialist O’Brien Contractors has bought a new GPS-controlled Caterpillar D6T dozer and put it straight to work.

The new Cat D6T is being put to the test at St Modwen’s £100m town centre masterplan at the former MG Rover site in Longbridge. The development will feature the Midlands’ largest Marks & Spencer store comprising 150,000 sq ft, a six-floor multi-storey car park and an additional 45,000 sq ft of retail, restaurant and café space.


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Short radius swings it for Smith

Digger Blogger | 07:17, Wed April 29 2015

A Cumbrian owner-operator has bought the UK’s first Hyundai R125LCR-9A midi excavator.

Stephen Smith Plant Hire bought the machine from his local dealer Taylor & Braithwaite.

The R125LCR-9A is a 12.5-tonne midi crawler excavator with short tail-swing. It was officially launched in the UK at the 2014 Hillhead exhibition but is only now finally working on site anywhere.

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Walk around Cat's 313F LGC

Digger Blogger | 14:28, Mon April 20 2015

Caterpillar’s new 313F LGC tracked excavator is being targeted firmly at UK plant hire companies, with key features described as simplicity, reliability and minimum cost per hour.

There is a good article in the April issue of The Construction Index magazine by my colleague David Taylor, who was lucky enough to be on a recent press jaunt to Cat’s Mediterranean playground in Malaga. Armed only with a tube of factor 30 and a sharp-tipped pencil, he got the fully skinny on all kinds of innovations. Click here and turn to page 38 for details.

For those who prefer their information unfiltered and in video format, Cat dealer Finning has asked us to share this five-minute video in which Caterpillar global product application specialist Matthew Newman talks us through the features of the 313F LGC.

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