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Liebherr makes plans for Steinexpo quarrying show

By Digger Blogger | 13:38 BST, Friday, 18 July 2014 | 0 Comments

This is the Liebherr R970 SME, the latest crawler excavator from Liebherr for the quarrying industry.

This 80-tonne Super Mass Excavation machine is going to be officially launched at the Steinexpo trade show in Germany, 3-6 September. It has a wear-protected 4.5m³ bottom-dump bucket, equipped with the new Liebherr Z-type self-sharpening teeth.

The R970 SME replaces the SME version of the R964 C. It is capable of tear-out forces of up to 370kN and penetrating forces of up to 500kN. It uses undercarriage elements from the larger R976 and the increased ballast weight increases its stability, Liebherr says. In this way, it can be operated with bucket sizes of up to 5m³.

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Kubota dealer says come and have a go

By Digger Blogger | 12:19 BST, Friday, 18 July 2014 | 0 Comments

West Country Kubota dealer MST is holding a second open day soon to give potential customers the opportunity to test drive a range of mini excavators.

MST held its last ‘Dig and Drive Day’ in May and was sufficiently excited by the response from the construction and plant hire industry that it is planning another one already.

This will be held on  Thursday 2nd October at the Bicton Arena near Exmouth in Devon. (Note change of date: previous publicity material advertised it for 11th August.)

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Bobcat hits a million

By Digger Blogger | 09:46 BST, Thursday, 17 July 2014 | 0 Comments

It took Bobcat 43 years to make half a million machines. In the past 11 years they have made half a million more.

Yes, this is the year that Bobcat is making a song and dance about hitting the million machine landmark.

Bobcat claims credit, perhaps justifiably, for creating the compact plant industry with the development of the original three-wheeled Keller loader, the predecessor of the Bobcat skid-steer loader, in 1958.

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Everything must go at biggest Donington auction yet

By Digger Blogger | 10:36 BST, Wednesday, 09 July 2014 | 0 Comments

Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers are set to hold their largest Donington Park auction to date next week.

On Tuesday 15th July more than a thousand items of construction equipment will go under the hammer. As usual, there will be no reserve prices or minimum bids; everything must go on the day.

On-site and online bidders will be able to bid on a variety of used and unused items, including more than 210 excavators, 130 boom & scissor lifts, 19 loaders, 60 compactors, 49 telescopic handlers, 89 dumpers, 12 dump trucks, six crawler tractors and many more items. The auction also features a large selection of unused hydraulic hammers, buckets, generator sets and other smaller items, which will be sold exclusively in online timed auctions.

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Dumper makes great return

By Digger Blogger | 10:19 BST, Wednesday, 09 July 2014 | 0 Comments

What’s this picture all about? You’ll have to scroll down for that. Suffice to say, this machine has proved itself to be a nice little earner

It was on duty at the inaugural Fairfax Plant Hire charity golf day. I was delighted to be invited but sad not to be able to attend. However, I hear it was a roaring success.

The Selby-based firm held the event at The Oaks golf club near York. The main trophy was won by a team from Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering, which pipped Brenbuild and Case CNH.

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