In the latest stunt from its creative team, Caterpillar has built the world’s biggest sand castle.
On a beach in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil, seven Cat machines helped seven sand sculptors to build a rather sophisticated edifice standing 12.69 metres in the air.
It has officially been verified by the people from the Guinness Book of Records as a new world record.
With every expectation of another wet winter, it looks like specialist contractor Land & Water is going to remain up to its eyeballs in work for quite a while yet.
Land & Water is one of the country’s leading names when it comes to flood defences. It boasts the largest fleet of specialist long reach excavators, dredging equipment and floating plant in the UK.
We reported in our news section recently how some of Land & Water's new JCB JS145 long reach excavators had been put to work on flood prevention schemes on Somerset Levels on behalf of the Environment Agency (pictured below).
Having tried out another make, Scottish plant hire firm and quarry operation A&L McCrae has continued its association with Bell Equipment with the purchase of two B30E articulated dump trucks.
A&L McCrae ran trials with another manufacturer’s ADT but decided it couldn’t match the performance and reliability it had already experienced with Bell.
A&L McCrae owns and operates the Barrachander Quarry, in Argyll, while also running a plant hire and haulage division. It uses ADTs to transport rock armour from the quarry up and down the west coast of Scotland, as well as carting rock from local borrow pits on road lines.
A year after buying a new Volvo EC220D crawler excavator, Essex-based SRC Aggregates has gone back for more.
The latest deal includes a pair of 30-tonne A30G articulated haulers, an L120H and L150H loading shovels, another EC220D and the slightly larger 25-tonne EC250E crawler excavators.
These machines have gone to work at SRC Aggregates Crown Quarry sand and gravel extraction facility near Colchester and at Highwood Quarry near Great Dunmow.
Quick coupler manufacturer Hill Engineering looks to be strengthening its association with Japanese excavator manufacturer Takeuchi.
In 2013 Hill supplied Takeuchi with around 150 of its Tefra hydraulic quick coupler units. This year that figure has topped 500 units.
And further growth is expected next year... “With Takeuchi’s strong performance in the excavator market place we fully expect to retail in the region of 700 couplers next year,” says Mike Roby, Hill Engineering’s sales director.