Landing with a hefty thud on my desk comes this substantial 440-page coffee-table tome from digger-enthusiast turned photo-journalist David Wylie, called 'Earthmovers in Scotland'.
The book is published by Old Pond Publishing, the same people that brought us – among various other digger and tractor books – Keith Haddock’s British Opencast Coal: a photographic history 1942-1985, which was reviewed here this time last year.
Wylie’s book is less history and more a contemporaneous account of various earthmoving sites he has visited in recent years, and the people . This is because the book is, in fact, a collection of 32 articles that he has had published in the trade press since he switched tracks from vehicle engineering to journalism in 2010. As such, it can be a strange read at times; reportage making frequent use of the first person pronoun generally works better in newspapers and magazines than books such as this. However, it is a style that lets Wylie inject personal perspective into his writing.
Kubota dealer Walsh Plant Services has renovated an original KH10 mini-excavator, Kubota’s first ever model back in 1979, to celebrate the milestone of the Japanese manufacturer selling its 50,000th excavator in the UK and Ireland this year.
Director James Walsh and his team spent three months stripping down the KH10 model, refurbishing each individual component and rebuilding the machine in its entirety. The result is a mini-excavator that has been restored to full working order, using the original engine and pump.
In addition to restoring the KH10, Kubota UK also produced a ‘special edition’ gold painted KX-71 machine, considered to be the modern day successor of the KH10. This machine was donated to construction industry charity The Lighthouse Club, which then raised £26,000 by auctioning the machine at its summer ball.
After nearly 50 years in business, Andrews Plant Hire remains one of JCB’s most loyal customers.
Peter Andrews, pictured above, started operating construction machinery in the 1960s. It is said that he was the first person to operate a JCB 6C tracked excavator when it was launched in 1968. It was delivered personally to his then employers, Brooks Diggers in Poole, Dorset, by Joe Bamford himself.
A year later in 1969 Peter struck out on his own and set up Dorset-based firm Andrews Plant Hire with a second-hand JCB backhoe loader. From these beginnings he now has a fleet of 38 JCB machines including a brand new 457 wheeled loader (below). The new JCB 457 is operating at pits owned by Imerys Minerals where it extracts sand and loads it into screeners.
In this short video, Paul, one of Worsley Plant's engineers, gets enthusiastic about how easy it is to maintain the Lehnhoff Variolock Quickcoupler.
GOS Tool & Engineering Services has just bought its 100th Doosan excavator for adapting to road/rail working.
Based at Blaenavon in South Wales, GOS specialises in converting OEM machinery for railtrack working to meet Network Rail, London Underground, Irish Rail and other worldwide engineering specifications, standards and approvals.
The arrival of a new 17-tonne Doosan DX170W-5 wheeled excavator (pictured above) coincides with the company’s 50th anniversary. Adapting this 100th Doosan machine is the latest development in a relationship between GOS and Doosan that stretches back to the days of the Daewoo range, which was the forerunner to the current Doosan excavator range. As well as the DX170W-5, GOS also makes products based on the Doosan DX140LCR-5 15 tonne crawler excavator.