Here’s some canny thinking from the crane designers at the Terex Demag factory in Germany.
Their CC 8800-1 crawler crane is a 1600-tonne capacity, which makes it a pretty big beast in the crane jungle but not that special any more. When it first came out more than 10 years ago now it was quite a thing, but heavy lifting technology is a fast moving world, driven by demand for ever bigger wind turbines and the desire to fabricate ever bigger petrochemical and oil refinery installations on the ground and then lift them into place.
So in 2010 Terex came up with the CC 8800-1 Twin, using two lattice booms in parallel – here's the Twin, picture below.
This 34-tonner is the first Doosan excavator that Fraser Maclennan (Contractor) Ltd has ever bought.
As soon as it was delivered by Inverurie-based dealer Balgownie, the new DX340LC-3 was put to work on the Stroupster wind farm development in Caithness, just four miles south of John O’Groats.
Company owner Fraser Maclennan, who is operating the new excavator on site, says: “I recently tried out a Doosan excavator and was so impressed I decided to buy one for the company for the first time. The new DX340LC-3 model provides everything we need in our work – high performance, comfort, dependability and fuel efficiency.”
A host of stuff to tell you about from the Hillhead show, and that’s just on the JCB stand.
JCB had a new 457 wheel loader, the JS300 tracked excavator and a new series of midi excavators.
The JCB 457 (pictured below) is the first machine with the new CommandPlus cab, engine cover and rear counterweight design, all of which are designed to improved visibility, lower noise levels, increase internal space and generally improve they daily life of the operator. This new ROPS structure has A pillars that have been moved out to the same width as the rear of the cab, providing a larger interior with a panoramic front windscreen. It uses JCB’s Command Driving Position, with revised pedals, new adjustable steering column and seat-mounted hydraulic controls. JCB says that the 193kW MTU engine in this machine gives around 16% fuel savings compared with the previous model.
Further to my previous post, I am informed that there’s a new attachment from Caterpillar.
The Cat G315B WH waste handling grapple is designed for hydraulic excavators with operating weights ranging from 15 to 22 tonnes.
The new grapple is an addition to the Cat G300 Series and – according to Cat – is designed to handle large volumes of low-density material, such as plastic and foam products.
Bristol-based Plantforce reports that its attachments division is going from strength to strength after its first year of operations.
With an investment of £1 million, Plantforce Attachments opened in April 2013, headed up by Sam Mercer. Within six months it was rapidly apparent that the initial range of 75 attachments was not enough to meet customer demand, especially in the demolition sector. So in September 2013 they invested another £500,000 to boost the attachment fleet beyond 100 items. The inventory includes hydraulic breakers, grabs, grapples, shears, munchers, crusher buckets, riddle buckets, ripper teeth, pallet forks and more.
Sam Mercer says: “The attachments have enabled us to fully satisfy our customers’ requirements and deliver the complete service. Our close relationship with our customers has helped us to develop the company around them and the quality of the attachments we can now offer, coupled with our personal service has proven to be a real success.”