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Tandem hoist for Ordsall Chord

Digger Blogger | 12:46, Fri June 02 2017

Here are some great photos from Liebherr showing three cranes in action back in February lifting a railway bridge into place in Manchester.

Scottish lifting specialist Weldex used a Liebherr LR 11350 and a LR 1750 crawler crane to complete a tandem hoist to position the Ordsall Chord bridge over the River Irwell in Manchester.

As we reported in our news section at the time, a joint venture of Skanska and BAM is main contractor for the £85m project, which will link the city's Piccadilly and Victoria stations and help ease a rail bottleneck. The steelwork was fabricated by Severfield, which managed the installation process.

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Screening bucket makes sense for 365

Digger Blogger | 12:40, Wed May 31 2017

365 Concrete, a concrete supply company based in Shepperton, Surrey, has just taken delivery of a new Remu 3160 screening bucket for its Volvo loading shovel.

365 runs a volumetric batching plant operation and at its site in Shepperton, it loads trucks with the ingredients ready to go out to customers’ sites.  

To process recycled materials, the company has tried various screeners and a static crusher.  However, they decided they probably needed a screening bucket as the other kit took up lots of room and resource.

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JCB links for flag-flying start-up

Digger Blogger | 12:54, Tue May 30 2017

There is a new player in the construction machinery hire business in the West Midlands, Brit Plant Hire, offering an all JCB fleet.

Brit Plant Hire was incorporated in March 2017 in Lichfield, Staffordshire, with equal co-owners Bradley Edwards, 32, and Glyn Douglas, 39, as directors.

Not only are all of the machines JCBs, they’ve also benefited from support from JCB PR & marketing consultants for their launch, branding and website too.

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Doosan goes tighter than zero tail swing

Digger Blogger | 11:02, Wed May 24 2017

Here’s the DX17Z, Doosan’s latest 1.7-tonne mini-excavator, aimed at rental markets and urban construction sites with limited space.

The Doosan DX17Z is described as a zero house swing mini-excavator, or ZHS, offering easy transportability and even more functionality than a zero tail swing (ZTS) mini-excavator, in that ZHS fully protects the front upper structure corners within the swing circle as well as the tail.  As a result, ZHS functionality provides 320° of free rotation while working close to any object.

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Long-reach Hyundai takes to the sea

Digger Blogger | 08:54, Thu May 18 2017

A bespoke 22-tonne Hyundai HX220LR long reach excavator is working on board a new-build dredging vessel in Bridlington harbour.

The boat was commissioned by Bridlington Harbour Commissioners, which has been without a dredger for 20 years and been relying on contractors. It decided it was time to get its own vessel again and called in Marine Design International to help out. A specification went out to tender and the contract was won by to Ardmaleish Boatbuilding Company, based on the Island of Bute.  

Build on the new vessel, the Gypsey Race, began in April 2016. Within the contract there was a provision for Ardmaleish to purchase a second-hand excavator for the new dredger.  Ardmaleish managing director Ewan Ferguson says: “I did some extensive research on excavators online and got in contact with Leigh [Dalgleish] from Young Plant as I knew that the Hyundai excavators were one of only a few machines that could be fitted to a dredger without major alteration.”

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