Look at these. The new remote-controlled Lego Technic model of the Volvo L350F and A25F are on their way to the shops.
They should be generally available by the autumn but if you can’t wait that long to check them out, Volvo Construction Equipment is going to be showcasing them at the fast-approaching Hillhead exhibition in Derbyshire, 24-26 June.
I say them, but actually it is just one kit from which you can make either a Volvo L350F loading shovel or a 4 x4 model of the A25F articulated hauler. Or make a loader and then turn it into a hauler.
Remember Cat’s Giant Jenga video from a few weeks ago? Well now the Cat film crew has been at it again, this time to prove how rufty-tufty their Cat-branded telephones are.
To see whether the B15 smartphone had “earned the right to sport the Cat logo” they dropped it from a great height into water and then drove a four-tonne Cat 277D multi terrain loader over them.
Did they survive? You’ll never guess…
The latest company to discover the capabilities and benefits of a Remu screening bucket is Remada, a specialist remediation contractor and geoenvironmental consultant based in the Midlands.
Remada was formed in 2011 as a joint venture between Scientus Consulting and GJP Contract Services to clean up contaminated land. It has a soil treatment facility (STF) near the NEC National Exhibition Centre, offering an alternative to landfill disposal for contaminated soils. It has completed many soil and groundwater remediation projects under both contractor and turnkey appointments.
One of its current projects involves site clearance and soil remediation for a house-builder on a site near Leeds. The land was previously used for a coach and haulage depot and has old diesel fuel tanks both underground and above ground. The previous buildings have been demolished by other contractors down to the slab level. As a result, all relic foundations are in place but need be removed and processed on-site as part of the remediation work.
There are many anniversaries that are considered milestones worthy of celebration. Ten years, 20, 25, 50 and of course 100 are commonly celebrated with due fanfare.
Less common is 45, but that it the anniversary that plant hire firm GAP Group has decided to celebrate. It is 45 years since Gordon Anderson opened his first depot in Linwood, next to Glasgow Airport, in 1969. Today the company has close to 100 locations across the UK and 2013/14 revenues are expected to be up around 20% from £98m last year to something close to £120m.
Apparently 45 is a sapphire anniversary and so, to celebrate, GAP has specified a bunch of new machines in sapphire blue livery. A Kubota KX080-4 excavator, Terex TA9 dumper, Bomag HD12 VV Roller, Atlas Copco XAS-47 DDG Compressor and Rammer BR777 Pecker will be travelling to construction sites across the UK throughout the year.