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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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Debut demolition for Liebherr R 960

Digger Blogger | 12:44, Wed February 03 2016

Here’s the new Liebherr R 960 Demolition crawler excavator on its very first job.

The excavator is made at Liebherr’s Colmar factory in France. Fittingly, therefore, it was launched at Intermat 2015 in Paris and the first customer was French demolition and earthmoving contractor Helfaut Travaux.

Our picture shows Helfaut using its new R 960 to demolish a silo near Frévent last December.

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Doosan set to feature Dash-5 midi machines

Digger Blogger | 12:17, Wed February 03 2016

Bauma 2016 will see the premier of Doosan Construction Equipment’s new mid-size dash-5 series excavators and wheeled loaders, meeting the Euro Stage IV emissions regulations.

The arrival of the mid-sized machines follows on from the larger -5 models and they share the same kind of styling.

Of the new mid-size machines, Doosan plans to have these ones on display in Munich in April:

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