The village of Staplehurst, in the Weald of Kent, is home to Acorn Hire, a totally independent supplier of tools and machinery to local contractors and builders, as well as the DIY-ers.
The business was started in 2006 by Andy Glenie who had started his career as a builder. However, his trade was cut short 23 years ago when a serious accident pursing his passion for grass track motor racing left him paralysed.
“As a result, I started out helping my dad refurbish houses and then bought a beaten-up old Pel Job mini excavator and started hiring it out,” he says. “The business took off from there and we officially set up Acorn Hire 10 years ago and haven’t looked back since.”
Here’s a machine that we don’t see much of in UK construction applications – the Weidemann compact wheeled loader.
One has been bought recently by Lovell Stone Group for its recently acquired Hartham Park underground quarry in Corsham, near Bath.
Weidemann has been producing compact Hoftracs, wheel loaders and telehandlers for more than forty years. Since production first started, more than 95,000 loaders have been produced in the main factories in Diemelsee and Korbach. I am told they are popular with farmers and landscapers in Central Europe. Weidemann was taken over by Wacker Neuson in 2005.
Who is this reckless daredevil? Why, it’s Hugh Edeleanu. And while after this display there may be trouble ahead, as the song goes, I suspect he will be happy to face the music and dance.
Sadly I was not able to make it to HE Services’ family open evening last Saturday (25th July) but word is out of this controversial stunt pulled off by the boss at this event, pictured both above and below. There was no shortage of witnesses, m'lud.
This excavator bucket weighs 45 tonnes and has a capacity of 35 cubic metres. It is thought to be one of the largest ever made in the UK.
Hi-Spec Manufacturing (HSM), part of the MST Parts Group, manufactures buckets for all sizes of excavators. Operating from a former shipyard in Pallion, Sunderland, on the banks of the River Wear, HSM has supplied bespoke digging and material handling solutions since 1998.
HSM has recently been involved in supplying two of the world’s biggest dredging companies with a selection of bespoke buckets, designed to be used on pontoon-based backhoe dredgers with operating weights topping 1,000 tonnes. The smallest of the four buckets has a capacity of 22 m3.
David Einig bought his first excavator at the age of 17 and four years later in 2008 set up as David Einig Contracting Limited, offering agricultural contracting and earthmoving services across Oxfordshire and beyond.
Since then, David Einig Contracting (DEC) has developed a fully-fledged plant hire fleet, including excavators up to 60 tonnes, dumpers, shovels, crushers, screeners and road sweepers.
In fact, the company has rapidly become one of the leading earthmoving contractors and plant hire firms in the region. It has more than 100 staff working on contracts ranging from waste management facilities to large scale recycling projects. In the year to 31st May 2015 DEC practically doubled its annual turnover to £12m, making a very tidy £200,000 after-tax profit in the process.