Ten Hitachi short-tail swing excavators have been working on the M3 smart motorway project in Hampshire and Surrey.
Eight ZX135US-5 and ZX225USLC-5 excavators owned by Skyland Drainage Contractors, and a further two ZX225USLC-5s owned by Davey Civils, have been employed on the subcontractors’ drainage works.
Skyland Drainage Contractors is part of the M O’Brien Group, which has more than 150 mini, medium and large Zaxis excavators at its disposal.
Manchester’s Excel Excavations has taken delivery of the first Hyundai HX300 L excavator in the UK.
Excel Excavations was founded in 2012 by Allan Sice and now has a fleet of 13 Scania trucks and four Hyundai excavators. As well as the new 30-tonne Hyundai it has a little 3.5-tonne R35Z-9 zero tailswing excavator, a 14-tonne R140LC-9A excavator and a 22-tonne R220LC-9A.
Until this year it relied on hiring in machinery, but it started buying its own equipment on the back of a good relationship with the local dealer HES Enterprise.
You may have read the news about JCB’s new 3CX Compact backhoe loader. We’ve more details and publicity photos here.
JCB says that having pioneered the compact backhoe loader with the 2CX, it is now “taking the concept to a new level, to meet the demands of the construction sites of tomorrow”.
Key features include its compact dimensions of 1.9-metres wide and 2.74m high. (The 2CX is 1.85m wide and 2.72m high.) Top speed is 40km/h with hydrostatic transmission, which is 17% faster than the 2CX. The hydraulics deliver 19% more flow, at 100 litres/min.
Following its launch at this year’s Plantworx exhibition in June, the first fourteen-tonne Volvo EC140 E series machine has been delivered to Stafford-based LRD Plant Hire Ltd.
LRD specialises in the construction of concrete flooring for large industrial and agricultural buildings along with the associated works for ground preparation.
Looking to add another machine to his fleet, owner Lindsey Dickin had the opportunity to operate the larger EC220E at a Volvo open day event earlier in the year. “I was particularly impressed with the controllability and gradeability of the machine,” says Mr Dickin. “These features are very important for the work we undertake in getting the groundwork absolutely correct and level prior to laying concrete. Since it was time to add another machine to my fleet and having run Volvo excavators for the last eight years I was happy to stick with what I know best so opted for the new EC140E.”