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.
The future ownership of Genie is up in the air at the moment. Konecranes has agreed a takeover deal... sorry, I mean a merger of course, with Genie’s parent company Terex. Then the Chinese come along, in the shape of Zoomlion and pitch a rival offer. This was rebuffed. I guess we are just waiting for Zoomlion to come back with a better offer.
Meanwhile, the various operating divisions of Terex have to try and ignore the corporate shenanigans and get on with real life to maintain value in the business. Genie has been by far the brightest segment of the Terex empire in recent years, accounting for most of its profits, so it bears the brunt of the pressure to stay ahead of the game.
So what does Genie have in store for us? I can tell you that there will be four new Genie machines on the Terex stand at the Bauma trade fair in Munich next month, but so far I only know about the GTH-3007 compact telehandler, which is pictured here. This, says Terex, “combines efficient, full-featured capabilities with the most compact dimensions and lightest machine weight in its category”. Naturally, it also comes at “a market-beating price”.
Family-run CJ Holmes & Son has been providing groundwork services in the Skegness area for more than 20 years and has recently opened a plant hire operation.
Chris Holmes started out as a ‘one man one machine’ operation working mainly on caravan sites and grew from there.
With more companies approaching him for machines lately, Chris decided there must be a gap in the market for gap in the market in the Lincolnshire area. CJ Holmes Plant & Tool Hire opened for business in January 2016 with 12 machines in its fleet.
Here’s something to check out if you are visiting Bauma next month. Engcon is introducing its Quick hitch Standard Control (QSC) quick coupler locking system.
Today there are around 20 major excavator manufacturers, all of whom have well-functioning systems for operating quick hitches. However, the operation and location of the quick hitch lock buttons differ according to manufacturer and model.
Consequently, in situations where the excavator operator uses different machine types, there is a risk of incorrect operation. It's comparable to having different positions for brake and accelerator pedals depending on the make of a car, Engcon says.
Independent parts supplier Digbits is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.
That is its celebratory logo, above.
The company was set up by John Clay at the back end of 1990 and began trading in 1991.