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Digger Blogger | 11:48, Thu December 08 2016

Diggerland USA is getting a new ride next spring – and they are calling it the Greased Beast.

Diggerland USA is in West Berlin, New Jersey, which is about half an hour from Philadelphia or 90 minutes from New York City. Like the original UK parks, there are all sorts of digger-related rides and hands-on opportunities. Most of the machines are JCBs.

Although based on the Diggerland concept that Hugh Edeleanu has developed here in the UK, the US park is owned by brothers Ilya and Yan Girlya, who also own the neighbouring Sahara Sam’s Oasis Water Park.

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Liebherr excavators working Romanian quarries

Digger Blogger | 10:39, Wed November 23 2016

Matching heavy-duty Liebherr R 976 crawler excavators are extracting hard rock for Romania’s largest quarrying company.

For several years, SC Grandemar used crawler excavators with shovel loaders for its rock extraction but it has recently invested in two new Liebherr R 976 crawler excavators with backhoe attachments.

With identical configurations, the two R 976 crawler excavators are working in the Bologa and Morlaca quarries, near to Cluj. Following blasting, the machines load the mined diorite and andesite rocks into the buckets of the rigid dumper trucks that feed the crusher.

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From Japan to Europe: Hitachi's latest Six Series models

Digger Blogger | 09:51, Wed November 23 2016

Here’s news of Hitachi’s latest Zaxis-6 excavators and ZW-6 wheel loaders.

Hitachi Construction Machinery (Europe) – HCME –boasts that the new Stage IV compliant models are designed to be reliable, durable and versatile.

HCME general manager Burkhard Janssen says: “We are proud to introduce the latest phase of -6 machines to our customers. These models have been developed to perfection in Japan, using market-leading technology, to meet the needs of the European construction industry and offer the lowest possible cost of ownership.”

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'Earthmovers in Scotland' by David Wylie

Digger Blogger | 15:10, Wed November 16 2016

Landing with a hefty thud on my desk comes this substantial 440-page coffee-table tome from digger-enthusiast turned photo-journalist David Wylie, called 'Earthmovers in Scotland'.

The book is published by Old Pond Publishing, the same people that brought us – among various other digger and tractor books – Keith Haddock’s British Opencast Coal: a photographic history 1942-1985, which was reviewed here this time last year.  

Wylie’s book is less history and more a contemporaneous account of various earthmoving sites he has visited in recent years, and the people . This is because the book is, in fact, a collection of 32 articles that he has had published in the trade press since he switched tracks from vehicle engineering to journalism in 2010. As such, it can be a strange read at times; reportage making frequent use of the first person pronoun generally works better in newspapers and magazines than books such as this. However, it is a style that lets Wylie inject personal perspective into his writing.

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Kubota restoration marks 50,000 sales landmark

Digger Blogger | 12:33, Wed November 09 2016

Kubota dealer Walsh Plant Services has renovated an original KH10 mini-excavator, Kubota’s first ever model back in 1979, to celebrate the milestone of the Japanese manufacturer selling its 50,000th excavator in the UK and Ireland this year.

Director James Walsh and his team spent three months stripping down the KH10 model, refurbishing each individual component and rebuilding the machine in its entirety. The result is a mini-excavator that has been restored to full working order, using the original engine and pump.

In addition to restoring the KH10, Kubota UK also produced a ‘special edition’ gold painted KX-71 machine, considered to be the modern day successor of the KH10. This machine was donated to construction industry charity The Lighthouse Club, which then raised £26,000 by auctioning the machine at its summer ball.

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