Digger Blog reader Richard Frogley has been following this blog for quite a few years now and wanted to share with us his tales of his family's Ruston Bucyrus 220RH excavator.
Some points are a little vague as he was only 10 or 12 years old at the time, but Richard believes that his grandfather bought the very last hydraulic excavator to come out of the old Ruston Bucyrus factory in Lincoln. (RB continued producing cranes there until around the turn of the 21st Century.) Richard's grandfather, Frederick Oliver Watts, ran a small quarrying & haulage company in Gt Leighs in Essex.
I have never operated one so cannot comment on the product with any great insight but I have always thought that Kramer’s construction machinery is just about the cutest on the market, which granted is not an adjective you hear used much in conjunction with construction plant.
There is something about the styling that is so uncharacteristic for a German manufacturer. They look more French or Italian to me.
Pictured above is a Kramer 680T, the latest of four Kramer wheeled loaders operated by West Midlands readymix company Accumix Concrete.
Here’s some news about a pair of new 21-tonne class excavators from Kobelco, which is still in the early phases since its split from Case New Holland at the end of 2012.
The SK210LC-9 and SK210NLC-9 are essentially the same machine but in standard and narrow track version. One is 3m wide; the other 2.8m.
Kobelco Construction Machinery Europe says these new Japanese-built diggers have “a host of new technical innovations”.
Huntsmans Quarries, based in Naunton near Stow-on-the-Wold, is a little independent that competes in an industry of multi-nationals.
Huntsmans has recently bought a new Atlas Copco HB 5800 breaker for primary breaking in its Cotswolds quarry. The breaker is at the forefront of the operation so uptime is vital. The breaker is expected to work approximately 1500 hours a year with regular service intervals to ensure its reliability.
The quarry has been operating since 1918 and now employs more than sixty people. It mainly produces building stone, aggregates and agricultural lime for use in the local construction and farming industries.
Devon plant operator Simon Brooks, who trades as RJ Brooks & Son, is clearly a Volvo man.
He has just taken delivery of his third Volvo mini excavator, an ECR28, to join his three-year-old EC18C model and an older second-hand Volvo ECR58.
“The EC18C has and continues to be a cracking machine,” he says, “but we just needed something that could provide a little extra in terms of reach and capacity yet remain compact for the type of work we are undertaking and opted to add the ECR28 to the fleet and so far it’s ticking all of the boxes.”