Swedish company Scandia-Hus has been operating in the UK 40 years, supply timber frame houses for the self-build market.
After analysing what it was spending on hiring machinery, the East Grinstead-based UK operation has just bought its first excavator – a reduced tail swing Bobcat E85.
The eight-tonner was supplied by southeast dealer Bobcat of London and is now working on its first project, a new Scandia-Hus housing development in West Sussex.
You don’t often get to see construction plant driving around the inside of Canterbury Cathedral. Apparently the Archbishop’s not keen. It is, after all, a Unesco World Heritage site.
However a rubber-tracked boom lift was able to do a necessary job of work while managing to satisfy the cathedral authorities.
The cathedral needed an up-close survey of its stonework and stained glass in preparation for some restoration and conservation work. Work is planned on the nave roof and west towers, on the stonemasonry to the upper nave buttresses, and on the nave’s stained glass windows.
A recurring theme here recently has been emissions-free machines for indoor work, and here is another.
The RM45 is the smallest hydraulic breaker in the Globram product range. It was developed in 2013 specifically for use with the electric powered Sherpa Eco 100 mini loader to work on indoor demolition projects with no fumes.
The Globram RM45 is designed to deal with lower hydraulic flow and pressure but retain power to get the job done. With the help of a quick-coupler system, the mini loader can be fitted with a bucket to dump the debris at container height.
Sheet piling specialist Suttle Projects is looking for work for its remote controlled submersible excavator.
Suttle converted a conventional Kubota mini excavator last year for underwater use. They removed the cab and engine to operate it remotely by hydraulic cables. They reckon it is the only one of its kind in the world.
The Little Mermaid, as they call it, was developed in response to a scour protection project for main contractor Osborne. The river bed needed to be dug out and replaced at the River Colne, near Staines in Surrey. The deep, fast-flowing water and low headroom of a bridge meant that traditional sheet piling techniques were not viable. The headroom was too low for a standard mini excavator to be used on a pontoon with an operator sitting in the cabin. And the water was too deep to over pump the channel or divert flow to create a temporary dry work environment. Therefore, with Osborne’s cooperation, Suttle came up with this solution.
Wacker Neuson’s dual power 803 mini-excavator has won the gold award for innovation in the construction equipment category of the 2015 Intermat innovation awards.
The Wacker Neuson 803 has a regular diesel engine but can also be plugged into a HPU8 electro-hydraulic unit for emissions-free operations with no loss of performance, which can be handy indoors but just watch out for those cables.
The accolade is well enough deserved but I find it slightly strange that a product first presented at Bauma 2013 is still eligible for Intermat’s prizes two years later.