In a bid to show the strength of the front towing hook of Volvo’s FMX construction truck, Claes Nilsson, president of Volvo Trucks, decided to turn stuntman.
He spent nearly two hours standing on the front panel of an FMX construction truck that had been hoisted more than 70 feet above the water in Gothenburg harbour for the shooting of a promotional film. That's him there in the photo above, and below looking rather nervous before his ascent.
As part of a fleet expansion programme, L Lynch Plant Hire has bought 20 Volvo D series excavators for its fleet.
The new models include 14 EC140D and six EC220D excavators, taking the total number of Volvo machines in the Lynch fleet to over 200, sitting alongside A25, EW140, EW210, EC290 and EC360 models.
“We have been buying Volvos for the last 10 years,” says Merrill Lynch, operations director with L Lynch Plant Hire. “There is no doubt that it is a solidly built, premium product, which always rewards us with strong residual values. Our operators and our customers’ operators like them too – and they’re very good on fuel and deliver excellent productivity.”
The first Hitachi ZW-5 wheel loader in Europe has been delivered to Norwegian company
Farbu & Gausen, which specialises in road and railway construction projects. The new ZW220-5 has already been dispatched to a limestone quarry that its owner rents from Hall Farm, close to its base at Kjerknesvågen, located along the Trondheimsfjord on the Inderøy peninsula.
Farbu & Gausen has had a licence from the local government to extract 400,000m³ of materials from the site since 2003. The limestone is blasted periodically and then the company’s Hitachi ZX225USRLC-3 is used to break up larger rocks before the materials are further reduced by a mobile crusher.
Hitachi has designed the new wheel loader to satisfy the requirements of its European customers for machines with an exceptional level of comfort, as well as excellent productivity, advanced technology, and a range of features for enhanced sustainability, safety and easy maintenance.
Hitachi Construction Machinery presented the new ZW220-5 wheel loader at Bauma.
Comfort was one of the most important considerations for the design of the new ZW220-5. The cab is more spacious than the previous model, because the heated air-suspension seat can slide further back, providing more leg room. The tilting telescopic pop-up steering column has also been repositioned to create additional space.
Long-reach excavators are more usually seen working alongside rivers and waterways, but there’s at least one of them at work in the centre of London on the Crossrail project.
Lynch Plant has supplied a long-reach JCB JS220 for excavation work at Farringdon Station. The Crossrail station being built here is split into two worksites - the Eastern Ticket Hall (ETH) and the Western Ticket Hall (WTH), both surrounded by residential and commercial properties and typically congested London streets. The JS220 is working at the Eastern Ticket Hall removing spoil.
Groundworks have already been completed by Laing O’Rourke/Strabag joint venture and construction work is now being carried out by BFK, a joint venture of BAM Nuttall, Ferrovial Agroman and Kier Construction.