Grundon is one of the leading suppliers of sands and aggregates to the UK construction industry from its five quarries across southern England.
The business began in 1929 when Stephen Grundon bought a First World War era Pierce-Arrow truck, fitted it with hydraulic tipping gear and set up as an aggregate supplier. The family had a horse-drawn bus business in London but this was its first dalliance with the internal combustion engine.
Wikipedia tells me that the Pierce-Arrow Motor Car Company was an American manufacturer based in Buffalo, New York, and active from 1901 to 1938. In its latter years it was owned by the Studebaker Corporation. Although best known for its expensive luxury cars, Pierce-Arrow also made commercial trucks, fire trucks, camp trailers, motorcycles, and bicycles.
This is Freddy Vaudrey, who at the age of 26 has already bought his third JCB.
It was only a year ago that Freddy set up in business as Laser Civil Engineering & Plant Hire Limited on the back of attending the inaugural JCB Your Own Boss event. This is a scheme enables individuals to buy a new JCB backhoe loader with a deposit of just 10%.
Based in Thornham Magna in Suffolk, Freddy's business – which started by offering a JCB 3CX model for hire – went from strength to strength during its first 12 months. So much so, that the company has now bought another backhoe loader – a JCB 1CXT – and an 8016 mini excavator.
Titan International’s new low sidewall (LSW) tyre is on trial at two quarry sites and initial reports seem positive.
The LSW tyre has entered the UK market with claims of a more stable and smooth off-highway ride. It has a lower aspect ratio and smaller sidewall than a standard tyre, resulting in an increased wheel diameter with no increase in the outside diameter of the tyre.
This concept has already proved successful in the automotive market, but Titan has adapted it for more demanding construction machinery applications. The result, according to Titan, is less side-to-side movement and thus improved vehicle stability.
Suffolk’s BSP International Foundations (BSP) is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of hydraulic hammers and piling attachments.
Piling hammers don’t come much bigger than BSP’s CGL590. Free hanging, it stands 12 metres high and has maximum impact energy of 584 kNm. It is the biggest that BSP has ever produced
With its 40-tonne dropweight and pile sleeve, it weighs in at 82 tonnes. It can drive concrete and steel piles up to two metres – or larger, when fitted with special attachments.
Japanese manufacturer Yanmar has made its first excavators with two piece booms.
The SV100-2 crawler excavator usually only has a single joint but Yanmar has produce a double-jointed version, which will get its first public viewing in September at a trade show in Germany, the NordBau in Neumünster (9th-13th September 2015).
Yanmar says that the additional joint enhances the mobility of the 10-tonne excavator’s arm and thus increases the flexibility of its usage.