This 35-tonne Hitachi Zaxis-3 digger is being operated by Opoku Agyemang Clement in the Arigu Rock quarry, near Tamale in northern Ghana. And he likes it. A lot.
“I love working with the ZX350LCH-3G,” Opoku says. “It’s efficient and helps me to work quickly. It’s also very comfortable and reliable, which means I feel relaxed while I work. When I’m working with this excavator, I’m very happy.”
His machine is one of two Hitachi ZX350LCH-3Gs recently purchased by West African company Logistics Support Services (LSS). Both are working across the 45-acre quarry site to excavate granite materials for use in local road construction and concrete works. LSS acquired the quarry earlier this year. It reckons there is enough material there to sustain an operation for more than 50 years.
Wrexham-based concrete flooring specialist Knights Construction has a new Bobcat T770 compact tracked loader with some fancy attachments, including laser grader, six-way dozer blade, scarifier, and combination bucket and pallet forks.
Knights Construction does a lot of concrete floors for factories and warehouses and, increasingly, for farms – including cattle and poultry sheds and vegetable stores.
Contracts manager Danny Bradshaw says: “We have always aimed to push boundaries in the industry. We helped to implement the original laser controlled dozers 10 years ago for example. But I believe the arrival of the new Bobcat T770 tracked loader and laser grader is an epic moment for our business, allowing us to offer the most technologically advanced machinery within the concrete industry.
Hydrema UK has supplied Scottish specialist contractor Ground Developments Limited with a pair of 922D 6x6 chassis cabs fitted with bespoke lime spreading bodies from Streumaster.
Based in Livingston near Edinburgh, Ground Developments Ltd (GDL) specialises in earthworks, soil stabilisation and ground improvement solutions.
GDL has bought the new Hydrema trucks after good experience with a pair of standard 922D articulated dump trucks that it bought after initially hiring similar models.
There's a waste firm in Derbyshire that will buy nothing but Hyundai equipment and has recently added a new loader and excavator.
Hopkinson Waste Management, based in Staveley, Derbyshire was established in 1984 by David Hopkinson. The company is still a family run business more than 30-years later with the founder at the helm.
The group has a skip hire business and a 30-acre waste processing site at Slittingmill near Chesterfield. Skips of all sizes are delivered to and processed at this site together with wastes brought in by third party commercial operators and local authorities.