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Hitachi excavators in GTL fuel trials

By Digger Blogger | 15:28 GMT, Wednesday, 20 November 2013 | 0 Comments

Interesting news from the continent, where Hitachi Construction Machinery Europe (HCME) is trialling the suitability of Shell GTL (gas-to-liquids) fuel in construction operations.

The latest range of Hitachi Zaxis-5 excavators is being used to test the innovative fuel as an eco-friendly solution at the Hitachi factory in Amsterdam. This follows tests in Norway earlier in the year in sub-zero conditions.

Shell GTL fuel is produced from natural gas in a chemical transformation process. The basic technology behind GTL is known as the Fischer-Tropsch process, which was developed by German scientists in the 1920s and refined by Shell’s proprietary technology. Firstly (it says here) the natural gas is converted into CO and H2, which are then combined in the Fischer-Tropsch process to form paraffins. These are refined through hydrocracking into various synthetic products, including GTL fuel.

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JCBs land in Philippines to support relief effort

By Digger Blogger | 14:24 GMT, Monday, 18 November 2013 | 0 Comments

Three JCB Loadalls have arrived in the Philippines to help clear up the devastation wreaked by last week’s typhoon.

The machines are part of an aid package from the UK that included a consignment of Land Rovers. JCB backhoe loaders are also on their way.

The C-17 aircraft from 99 Squadron touched down at Cebu Airport after a mammoth 25-hour trip from RAF Brize Norton.

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Demolition firm's new Doosan proves to be frugal with the fuel

By Digger Blogger | 15:46 GMT, Wednesday, 13 November 2013 | 0 Comments

Gloucester-based demolition contractor BB Enterprises has put its new Doosan DX140LC-3 excavator through its first couple of tests and found that it can work three days on a single tank of fuel.

This is the new Stage IIIB compliant 14-tonner from the Korean manufacturer.

On its first project, the new DX140LC-3 made short work of a demolition contract in Cheltenham (pictured above), working carefully between two Grade II listed buildings to take down a former office building.  The machine was then moved to Bristol (pictured below), where it helped to demolish an extension on a former care home in collaboration with BB’s smaller Doosan Solar 75V 7.5-tonne excavator.

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Little and Large

By Digger Blogger | 09:03 GMT, Friday, 08 November 2013 | 0 Comments

This image appealed to me.

No not that one. How did that get there? This one here, below.


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Biggest lift for Manitowoc flagship

By Digger Blogger | 14:31 GMT, Wednesday, 06 November 2013 | 0 Comments

There something about big Manitowoc crawler cranes. You don’t see many of them in the UK but they are very popular in their native USA, and wherever major US contractors work.

They are the Harley-Davidson of the crane world (and also made in Wisconsin). Only they are bigger. Much bigger.

The largest crane ever built by Manitowoc is the model 31000, which has a maximum rated lifting capacity of 2,300 tonnes and a cunning Variable Position Counterweight (VPC) system that minimises the crane's footprint.

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