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Plant hire goes beyond construction

Digger Blogger | 12:51, Wed September 06 2017

With summer coming to an end, many plant hire companies are looking back on a season where their equipment spent almost as much time at festival, fêtes and sporting events as they did on construction sites.

Hiring equipment and facilities to the events sector is big business these days. A-Plant bought EIB Event & Infrastructure Branding in December 2014 to put it into the temporary staging business. And GAP launched an Events Services division a couple of years back, providing fencing and barriers.

Power and lighting, and portable welfare facilities and toilets are also routinely supplied to big sporting events and pop festivals by companies more usually associated with construction plant hire.

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Case renews top-of-the-range excavator offering

Digger Blogger | 11:25, Wed August 30 2017

Case Construction’s new 70-tonne class CX750D excavator replaces its CX700B and CX800B models, taking their place at the top of the company’s digger line-up.

Case reports that an electronically controlled hydraulic pump and larger control and solenoid valves boost breakout forces, increase lifting strength and improve responsiveness. The Intelligent Hydraulic System with four integrated control systems make the best use of the machine’s hydraulic power and momentum, resulting in added strength and fuel efficiency, Case says.

Operating at 512 horsepower, the CX750D is available in standard configuration with a 335 kN bucket digging force (with Power Boost), and mass excavation configuration with a 366 kN bucket digging force (with Power Boost). It has a shorter boom and arm that allows for greater breakout forces and is capable of handling larger buckets for added capacity.

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Cat introduces its first electric drive loader

Digger Blogger | 15:54, Wed August 23 2017

Caterpillar has brought out a version of its 986K wheeled loader with an electric drive system.

The new Cat 988K XE is the first wheeled loader from Caterpillar with electric drive. It makes use of switched reluctance (SR) technology – which is an electric motor that runs by reluctance torque, Wikipedia tells me.

The C18 ACERT engine, mechanical dropbox, driveline and axles from the 988K all remain in the electric drive version.

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European debut for 120-tonne Hyundai R1200-9

Digger Blogger | 15:07, Wed August 16 2017

Hyundai’s new 120-tonner has been showing what it can do on a demolition project in Luxembourg.

Démolition et Terrassement XL from Nidderkuer in Luxembourg has been using its Hyundai R1200-9 excavator in the financial heart of Luxembourg City since March 2017, preparing the site of the new offices of the Bank of China. This is the first Hyundai machine of this size to be sold in Europe.

At the junction of Boulevard Royal and Rue Notre Dame, the excavator is breaking reinforced concrete foundations with a 7-tonne hydraulic breaker. The first task to complete is a 35-metre-deep, six-storey underground parking structure.

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Komatsu PC390HRD‐11 high reach demolition excavator

Digger Blogger | 10:05, Thu August 10 2017

The PC390HRD‐11 is the latest in Komatsu’s range of heavy duty demolition machines.

Komatsu says that it brings “best in class” working power to the 50-tonne machine sector. It can be configured in six different working arrangements, can carry a 2.5-tonne demolition tool up to a height of 26 metres, and can also work with a 4‐tonne demolition tool up to 15 metres. Komatsu says that it removes the need for multiple machines in the demolition process.

It was designed and developed, using customer feedback, by Komatsu UK in Birtley. As the standard PC390HRD‐11 is put together there, the whole machine works together as one complete system.

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