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Hitachi’s new hybrid

Digger Blogger | 10:01, Wed September 20 2017

Hitachi says that its new hybrid hydraulic excavator combines proven technology with future innovations.

The ZH210-6 has been unveiled for the first time in Europe this month at the Matexpo biennial international trade fair.

Owners and operators in the UK, as well as in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany, are currently taking part in user tests for the new model, so keep your eyes peeled. These trials will continue until early 2018.

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Torsion axles for new Bobcat T870

Digger Blogger | 13:36, Tue September 12 2017

Bobcat has launched a new version of its top-of-the-range T870 compact tracked loader with a new torsion suspension undercarriage replacing the roller suspension system of the older version.

The new undercarriage has torsion axles that dampen vibration, combining the comfort of roller suspension with the stability of a solid mount undercarriage, Bobcat says. The new suspension system not only makes life more comfortable for the operator, it says, but also reduced wear and tear on the machine.

In addition, the new version of the T870 offers 10% more lift capacity than the previous roller suspension model and comes with a range of standard and optional features.     

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Plant hire goes beyond construction

Digger Blogger | 12:51, Wed September 06 2017

With summer coming to an end, many plant hire companies are looking back on a season where their equipment spent almost as much time at festival, fêtes and sporting events as they did on construction sites.

Hiring equipment and facilities to the events sector is big business these days. A-Plant bought EIB Event & Infrastructure Branding in December 2014 to put it into the temporary staging business. And GAP launched an Events Services division a couple of years back, providing fencing and barriers.

Power and lighting, and portable welfare facilities and toilets are also routinely supplied to big sporting events and pop festivals by companies more usually associated with construction plant hire.

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Case renews top-of-the-range excavator offering

Digger Blogger | 11:25, Wed August 30 2017

Case Construction’s new 70-tonne class CX750D excavator replaces its CX700B and CX800B models, taking their place at the top of the company’s digger line-up.

Case reports that an electronically controlled hydraulic pump and larger control and solenoid valves boost breakout forces, increase lifting strength and improve responsiveness. The Intelligent Hydraulic System with four integrated control systems make the best use of the machine’s hydraulic power and momentum, resulting in added strength and fuel efficiency, Case says.

Operating at 512 horsepower, the CX750D is available in standard configuration with a 335 kN bucket digging force (with Power Boost), and mass excavation configuration with a 366 kN bucket digging force (with Power Boost). It has a shorter boom and arm that allows for greater breakout forces and is capable of handling larger buckets for added capacity.

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Cat introduces its first electric drive loader

Digger Blogger | 15:54, Wed August 23 2017

Caterpillar has brought out a version of its 986K wheeled loader with an electric drive system.

The new Cat 988K XE is the first wheeled loader from Caterpillar with electric drive. It makes use of switched reluctance (SR) technology – which is an electric motor that runs by reluctance torque, Wikipedia tells me.

The C18 ACERT engine, mechanical dropbox, driveline and axles from the 988K all remain in the electric drive version.

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