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.
Here is the new SK300LC-10 from Kobelco Construction Machinery Europe.
It is powered by compliant Hino turbo-charged 7.68-litre engine, which is the same 186 kW engine in the higher 35-tonne operating class Kobelco. Bucket digging force is 209 kN and drawbar pull and swing torque are also designed to put it among the highest in class.
The Stage IV compliant engine makes full use of all our favourite acronyms – DOC, SCR and DPF to minimise DEF/AdBlue consumption.
The village of Staplehurst, in the Weald of Kent, is home to Acorn Hire, a totally independent supplier of tools and machinery to local contractors and builders, as well as the DIY-ers.
The business was started in 2006 by Andy Glenie who had started his career as a builder. However, his trade was cut short 23 years ago when a serious accident pursing his passion for grass track motor racing left him paralysed.
“As a result, I started out helping my dad refurbish houses and then bought a beaten-up old Pel Job mini excavator and started hiring it out,” he says. “The business took off from there and we officially set up Acorn Hire 10 years ago and haven’t looked back since.”
Here’s a machine that we don’t see much of in UK construction applications – the Weidemann compact wheeled loader.
One has been bought recently by Lovell Stone Group for its recently acquired Hartham Park underground quarry in Corsham, near Bath.
Weidemann has been producing compact Hoftracs, wheel loaders and telehandlers for more than forty years. Since production first started, more than 95,000 loaders have been produced in the main factories in Diemelsee and Korbach. I am told they are popular with farmers and landscapers in Central Europe. Weidemann was taken over by Wacker Neuson in 2005.