It was a flying visit through Bauma for me this time, with too little opportunity to see most of the great stuff that there was on show. However, here is a quick snapshot of some of what you missed if you did not manage to get to Munich this week, or what you’ve probably already seen if you did.
First of all: a transparency disclosure. I was there courtesy of Liebherr, who take a special interest in social media. There is of course much to report on the Liebherr stand, but that will be the subject of a separate post. This is an account of some of what I saw when I managed to escape the clutches of Liebherr’s very warm and convivial embrace.
While Liebherr may have had the biggest stand, it did not have the biggest machine. As far as I could tell, that honour goes to this.
This month JCB celebrates the production of its 200,000th Loadall telehandler. Here we present a pictorial history stretching back 39 years.
The first JCB telehandler was launched in 1977 as the JCB 520 (above). It was a two-wheel drive machine with a 6.4-metre lift height and a maximum lift capacity of 2.25 tonnes. Until that time contractors had lifted materials with masted rough terrain fork lifts, backhoe loaders and loading shovels. Over the years the JCB Loadall range has expanded beyond recognition, to incorporate machines with working heights of up to 20 metres and maximum lift capacities exceeding six tonnes.
From that early two-wheel drive 520 model the range grew rapidly, with the addition of the heavier lift 525 in 1980 and the lighter second generation 520-2 and 520-4 in 1981, the latter introducing four-wheel drive and larger rear wheels for improved traction on construction sites. These models were also notable for the introduction of JCB’s Q-fit implement carriage, which allowed operators to work with a range of bucket and attachments, as well as pallet forks.
For anyone who thinks that tracking devices are just for getting reduced insurance premiums, here’s further evidence that they do actually get machines back home too.
Police on the trail of a stolen dumper tracked didn't just quickly track it down; they also found more nicked plant into the bargain. And the credit goes to the AMI Nexis plant tracking systems, it seems.
It all began with the theft of the 1-tonne Terex dumper, worth £15,000, from a construction site in Sheffield. Luckily, the equipment was protected against theft with an AMI Nexis battery-operated tracking device using GSM and RF technology. It was also registered with CESAR, the Construction & agricultural Equipment Security And Registration scheme. [Why don’t they call it CAESAR? –ed]
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.
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.