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Italian machines for gods and heroes

Digger Blogger | 13:34, Tue April 05 2016

Italian manufacturer Dieci has been making telehandlers since 1983 and has all its newest models on display at Bauma 2016 in Munich.

With series names like Apollo, Zeus, Samson and Hercules these are clearly machines meant for gods and heroes, although maybe one should beware the Icarus, since we all know what happened to him.

The Hercules is Dieci’s heavy-duty series. New at Bauma will be the Hercules 190.10 (pictured above) which can lift a maximum of 19 tonnes and has a maximum lifting height of 10.2 metres. Possibly bigger than required for general construction site applications, this beast is aimed at quarries, mines, ports and oil industry installations.

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New home for knackered old 54RB

Digger Blogger | 13:59, Wed March 23 2016

I have a report here from the Construction Plant-hire Association and its support for the Vintage Excavator Trust, which I am very happy to share.

It concerns the rescue of this rather well-worn 54RB excavator.

To help mark its own 75th anniversary, the Construction Plant-hire Association (CPA) has made a donation to the Vintage Excavator Trust (VET) to help cover the cost of the transportation of this 1957 Ruston Bucyrus excavator from the now closed Snibston Discovery Museum near Coalville in Leicestershire to the VET’s home at Threlkeld Quarry in the Lake District.

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Hinowa's Bauma plans

Digger Blogger | 16:09, Tue March 22 2016

Hinowa is expanding its range of compact crawler-mounted mini-dumpers.

At Bauma 2016, Hinowa will launch a petrol powered version of its HS701. This is a stand-on, 0.29m³ and 700kg capacity dumper with a mast-type hi-tip feature, enabling it to load skips or trailers up to 1.35m high. At just 758mm wide, it can pass through standard doorways and garden gates.

The HS701 was originally launched in 2014 with a Kubota diesel engine. Hinowa is now adding two models with Honda petrol engines. The 9HP version has manual start – which the manufacturer says is an industry first for this type of product. The 13 HP version has electric start and a heat exchanger, meaning it is designed for more intensive use. Both are available with standard dumper or self-loading dumper.

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Liebherr gets ready for Bauma

Digger Blogger | 10:59, Tue March 15 2016

The Liebherr stand at Bauma covers 14,000 square metres and will have about 60 machines and a pair of large three-storey pavilions.

New machines being exhibited at the fair next month include the 100-tonne LR 1100 crawler crane from the Nenzing factory in Austria and from Ehingen in Germany there will be a prototype eight-axle all-terrain telescopic boom crane.

There will also be what Liebherr describes as “the world’s first infinitely variable hydrostatically driven crawler tractor in the 70 tonnes category”, which is the PR 776.

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Restored JCB at Paddy's Day parade

Digger Blogger | 14:23, Fri March 11 2016

If you are taking part in, or planning to watch, this Sunday’s St Patrick's Day Parade in London, keep a look out for this 1963-vintage JCB 3 that has been restored to showroom condition.

It was found in a dilapidated condition, rotting in a field in Kent

Thanks to the efforts of a JCB product marketing manager Julian Carder (below), it is now as good as new. This is the fifth JCB machine that he has restored over the past five years and he is regularly approached for his expertise with vintage diggers.

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