What we have here, I am reliably informed, is the prototype of Hyundai's forthcoming baby.
This 17Z-9A is set to replace the 16-9 as the smallest mini-excavator in Hyundai range.
The photo was taken during a visit to the factory in Korea. Our correspondent reports that mass production of the final product is likely to begin in Korea as soon as next month, with an introduction to the UK market in December. "Could shake the mini market up a bit," our man predicts.
More demolition here, as Sandhurst Equipment Rental has been in touch with news from the northeast.
Morpeth-based R Thornton Demolition is using a 5.8 tonne breaker supplied by Sandhurst on a dock extension project near Hartlepool.
Able Seaton Port (ASP) is on the northeast coast close to the mouth of the River Tees. It covers 51 hectares, including a 10ha dry dock, and is said to be one of the largest in the world.
The reinforced concrete radar station at RAF Boulmer was designed to be bomb proof during World War II. But against modern demolition machinery, defence is futile.
Durham-based demolition and asbestos removal specialist MGL Demolition is using a Rotar RDP42 pulveriser to take it apart. The building, which used to have a 57-tonne radar on top, is two stories high, with 600mm-thick roofs and floors and 1m-thick walls.
The work is part of one of eight contracts that MGL is undertaking on behalf of Carillion Enterprise.
I finally have some results to report from the big Ritchie Bros. auction of a couple of weeks ago.
On 15th July Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers held its largest UK auction yet at its Donington Park site in the East Midlands.
More than 1,280 lots were sold. According to the auctioneers, there were more than 800 registered bidders, including 490 online.
This is the Liebherr R970 SME, the latest crawler excavator from Liebherr for the quarrying industry.
This 80-tonne Super Mass Excavation machine is going to be officially launched at the Steinexpo trade show in Germany, 3-6 September. It has a wear-protected 4.5m³ bottom-dump bucket, equipped with the new Liebherr Z-type self-sharpening teeth.
The R970 SME replaces the SME version of the R964 C. It is capable of tear-out forces of up to 370kN and penetrating forces of up to 500kN. It uses undercarriage elements from the larger R976 and the increased ballast weight increases its stability, Liebherr says. In this way, it can be operated with bucket sizes of up to 5m³.