Matt Rhead used to work at the JCB Earthmovers factory in Cheadle but is now a full-time footballer with Lincoln City.
You may have seen him making back-page headlines recently, after he was named man of the match in non-league Lincoln’s shock FA Cup defeat of Premier League Burnley.
Big Matt, 32, of Stoke-on-Trent, was a popular figure at the JCB Earthmovers factory where he worked before leaving to become a professional footballer in 2012. He made a return visit this week, camera crew in tow, and was given a rousing reception as he retraced his footsteps on the production line where he worked for almost a decade.
I went to Samoter once – years ago – the Italian plant show held in Verona. A lovely city, and one whose charms I am sure remain undiminished, but the machines on show at Samoter will certainly have changed rather more over the years.
I was not in Verona last week for the 2017 Samoter but I have been sent a couple of postcards that I am happy to share, from Kobelco and from Hyundai.
Kobelco showed off the SK55SRX-6 from its Series 6 mini excavator family. This has Kobelco’s Integrated Noise & Dust Reduction Cooling System (iNDr), as seen on many of its larger machines. It is designed to eliminate dust inside the engine compartment and reduce noise.
Another mini here… Doosan’s latest machine is the zero tail swing DX10Z.
Weighing in at a little over a tonne – 1176 kg, it has a maximum digging depth of 1.82 metres and when everything is retracted it is just 710 mm wide, allowing it to get through most doorways.
Kubota has high hopes for its new KX027-4, which it is looking to go down a storm in the UK plant hire market.
At 2590kg (2520kg in canopy version), it replaces the KX061-3 in the Japanese manufacturer’s mini excavator family and boasts several design improvements.
Collins Earthworks Group, based in Kirkby in Ashfield, has been managing earthmoving projects for more than 10 years. It has more than 250 employees and 130 excavators. Last year it set up Collins Demolition, run by new recruit Scott Craddock.
Collins Demolition has excavators ranging from six to 75 tonnes and a wide range of Rotar grabs, shears and pulverisers.
Although Scott Craddock had been in the demolition industry all his working life, the Rotar attachments were new to him. He’d heard of them but he’d never used them before. When he joined the Collins group to set up the demolition arm of the company, he had his first insight into the Rotar range and was impressed with their versatility and performance.