There's a big new digger ripping up the Yorkshire Dales...
Tarmac’s Swinden quarry is just off the road between Skipton and Grassington in the Yorkshire Dales National Park. Until the turn of the century it was operated by Tilcon and caused a right old mess, chucking limestone dust around the place. There has always been lots of quarrying in these parts, as evidenced by all those dry stone walls. In recent years, Taramc has invested millions in improving the quarry, drastically reducing its impact, and this securing permission from the National Parks authority to expand operations.
The most recent investment is an ultra-large Hitachi EX1900-6 excavator as the site’s new primary mover, to reduce operational hours at the site by increasing productivity and efficiency.
Among the 20 or so new machines that Liebherr launched at Bauma earlier this year was a new series of mid-range hydrostatic-drive wheeled loaders.
These machines are now ready for market and the Liebherr factory in Bischofshofen, Austria, will begin deliveries before the end of September 2016, they tell us.
The new L526 (7.7 tonnes tipping load), L538 (9.5 tonnes) and L546 (10.5 tonnes) meet Euro Stage IV/ US Tier 4Final emissions regs (with claimed 25% fuel savings compared to the competition). They have been redesigned with reinforced steel structures and bigger axles, with automatic self-locking differentials for improved traction.
If you were a South American 'el presidente' destined for prison for corruption and human rights violations, what sort of construction machinery might you favour?
Well, thanks to the reminiscences of my colleague Phil Bishop, who looks after our daily news coverage here at The Construction Index, I can tell you.
Phil was clearing out a metaphorical attic the other day and came upon these photos that he took in October 1993 while on a journalistic assignment to South America.
Welsh civil engineering contractor WD Lewis has signed a deal worth more than £100,000 with attachment manufacturer Hill Engineering for 20 Tefra quick couplers and 60 Titan buckets.
Northern Ireland-based Hill Engineering has been supplying WD Lewis with Tefra for the last six years but these are its first Titan buckets.
Based in Mid Glamorgan, William D Lewis (Aberdare) was established in 1972 and today turns over more than £25m a year from its groundworks operations and the manufacture of concrete blocks.
This is the kind of eccentricity that makes this country great. The Man Engine is a great big mechanical puppet – the largest that the UK has ever seen, apparently – and he has been striding his way across Cornwall for the past couple of weeks.
His journey began in Tavistock on 25th July and ends 130 miles later at Geevor Tin Mine in Boscaswell on Saturday 6th August.
In procession he is folded over, but then he transforms to performance mode and walks tall at 10 metres high.