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Oddball open day

By Digger Blogger | 11:18 BST, Friday, 06 June 2014 | 0 Comments

There’s an opportunity to get into the cab of the largest preserved walking dragline excavator in Western Europe coming up very soon.

On Saturday 14th June the Friends of St. Aidan's BE1150 Dragline are holding one of their periodic open days. The 1200-ton machine is at St Aidan's opencast coal site in Swillington, Leeds LS26 8AL.

All are welcome to go along and sit in the driver’s seat of the American-made giant and to check out the 25 cubic yard bucket.

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Cat in a china shop video

By Digger Blogger | 06:56 BST, Tuesday, 03 June 2014 | 0 Comments

Here’s episode three in the series of Cat’s ‘Built for it’ tests. We’ve seen giant Jenga and smartphone abuse; here’s the Cat 301.7 CR mini excavator proving that it is no bull in a china shop.

Apparently there’s $45,000 of fragile merchandise in there – 3,000 pieces of china, crystal and art work.

If you ask me, the star of this show is not the machine but the operator, Ryan Neal, who is Caterpillar’s senior demonstrator/instructor. After the first run through he said it was too easy and demanded the aisles be made smaller.

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Cliff stabilisation for long reach JCB

By Digger Blogger | 08:04 BST, Sunday, 01 June 2014 | 0 Comments

This JCB JS260 LC excavator with a long reach boom and dipper configuration is at work on a complex ground engineering project in St Helier, Jersey, stabilising an old quarry face.

Chesterfield-based Can Geotechnical specialises in solutions for failing rock faces, soil slopes and retaining walls. It specified this machine for its 18.3-metre reach and maximum capacity at the end of the dipper of 830kg.

Supplied by dealer TC Harrison JCB, it has been modified with high capacity auxiliary piping to power Can Geotechnical’s range of specialist drill rigs. It also has safety isolation switches to disable all machine operations while drilling. The excavator is also fitted with extra-wide 800mm tracks for added stability at full reach.

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Volvo's Lego plans for Hillhead

By Digger Blogger | 08:00 BST, Tuesday, 27 May 2014 | 0 Comments

Look at these. The new remote-controlled Lego Technic model of the Volvo L350F and A25F are on their way to the shops.

They should be generally available by the autumn but if you can’t wait that long to check them out, Volvo Construction Equipment is going to be showcasing them at the fast-approaching Hillhead exhibition in Derbyshire, 24-26 June.

I say them, but actually it is just one kit from which you can make either a Volvo L350F loading shovel or a 4 x4 model of the A25F articulated hauler. Or make a loader and then turn it into a hauler.

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No way to treat a phone

By Digger Blogger | 12:30 BST, Wednesday, 21 May 2014 | 0 Comments

Remember Cat’s Giant Jenga video from a few weeks ago? Well now the Cat film crew has been at it again, this time to prove how rufty-tufty their Cat-branded telephones are.

To see whether the B15 smartphone had “earned the right to sport the Cat logo” they dropped it from a great height into water and then drove a four-tonne Cat 277D multi terrain loader over them.

Did they survive? You’ll never guess…

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