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Digbits' silver jubilee

Digger Blogger | 15:23, Wed February 17 2016

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.

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From port to pad side: biggest blades delivered

Digger Blogger | 14:00, Tue February 16 2016

Not much to do with digging, here, but any fan of big machinery cannot help but be impressed by this operation carried out by heavy transport specialist Collett & Sons.

With approval granted for the phase three of Muirhall Wind Farm in South Lanarkshire, Collett was called on to deliver 18 components for three GE 2.75-120 145-metre wind turbines.

Among the components were the UK’s largest onshore turbine blades, measuring 58.7 metres long. In full load combination, the overall transport length was 63.35 metres.

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New type of skid steer goes into production

Digger Blogger | 15:58, Mon February 15 2016

Tobrocco Machines has been manufacturing Giant construction and agricultural equipment in the Netherlands since 1996 and now has a new ride-on skid steer loader.

Tobrocco currently turns out approximately 2,000 of its distinctive wheeled loaders and telehandlers a year, using substantial Kubota and Bosch Rexroth componentry, plus a further 4,500 attachments.

Giant unveiled its first skid steer loader during a factory open day in October 2014. After more than a year of further development and testing, this little Giant was ready for production. A new production line has been specially built for it at the factory in Oisterwijk, and as of last month it is now in full production.

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Italian action for Genie roto handler

Digger Blogger | 13:08, Wed February 10 2016

This is the Genie GTH-5021 R rotating telehandler supporting a tunnelling project in southern Italy.

Joint venture contractor Caposele needed a machine with the ability to take on a variety of lifting and handling tasks, including transporting two-tonne pallets of steel girders, piping, and other heavy materials to and from the storage yard over the rough sloped ground leading to the tunnel entrance.

The new tunnel, called the Pavoncelli Bis, is being built to replace the original early 20th century Pavoncelli Tunnel, that was closed following damage caused by the 1980 earthquake that hit the Campania region surrounding Naples. Like the original, the new tunnel will capture spring water at its source in the mountains and take it south, via the main Apulian aqueduct, to the 1.3 million inhabitants of the Puglia region. Construction of the new tunnel first started in 1985, but was never finished. Caposele has since been commissioned to complete the project.

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Endon digger school keeps it in the family

Digger Blogger | 16:03, Fri February 05 2016

Training machine operators is a family business at Staffordshire Operator Training. Based in Endon, near Stoke-on-Trent, the business is headed by Frank Williamson, a former JCB demonstrator.

Since Frank started the business in 2002, more than 1,000 trainees have passed through his doors. Working alongside him are his eldest son Ben as an instructor/tester and Ben’s partner Sarah Addison who is company secretary. There is also Frank’s son-in-law, Tom Cowley, who is an instructor and an NVQ Assessor. That's them in the photo above, left to right, with Frank Williamson himself on the right.

Frank, Ben and Tom have all worked for JCB in the past and have just bought a 13-tonne JS130 tracked excavator made at JCB Heavy Products in Uttoxeter.  This is the fourth JCB machine they have bought in the past three years.

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