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Watsons' personal flavour

Digger Blogger | 11:10, Wed August 20 2014 | 0 Comments

This is Sir Malcolm, a 22-tonne Doosan DX225LC-3 crawler excavator recently added to the fleet of Barnsley-based Watsons Groundworks Ltd (WGL).

Company owner Carl Watson names all his machines after friend, family or staff, and this new machine is named in honour of Malcolm Reynolds, who at 71 years young is the most experienced plant operator in the Watsons team. Malcolm is currently driving his namesake machine on site.

WGL has also bought a Doosan DX62R-3 and a DX85R-3 to meet rising demand. The new 8-tonne DX85R-3 (called Ollie, after a mate of Carl’s) is one of the first to be delivered in the UK and follows on from the purchase of five of the 6-tonne DX62R-3 excavators by Watsons at the end of last year.

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Lynch lays on the fun

Digger Blogger | 09:33, Tue August 19 2014 | 0 Comments

The plant operator event of the year. That’s how Lynch Plant Hire is advertising its upcoming family open day.

The Lynch 2014 Family Plant Show & Operator Open Day takes place on Sunday 31st August at Codham Hall Farm in Warley, Brentwood CM13 3JT.

The event will give operators the chance to test and show off their skills by taking part in several challenges.

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Seven beam lift

Digger Blogger | 08:32, Thu August 14 2014 | 0 Comments

I don’t know much about this photo except that it shows some very impressive rigging, with seven spreader beams in combination.

It’s clearly an Ainscough crane but I am not sure whether it is an LTM 1750-9.1 or the massive LTM 11200-9.1. If the latter, it is the UK’s largest telescopic crane, able to lift 1200 tonnes at 2.5 metre radius.

I gather the photos shows a very recent heavy lift at the National Waterways Museum. That’s all I can tell you at this stage, I’m afraid, but I was sufficiently impressed by the photo that I thought it worth sharing.

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New ZW-5 wheeled loaders from Hitachi

Digger Blogger | 15:43, Wed August 13 2014 | 0 Comments

News from Hitachi, and the arrival in Europe of a pair of new wheeled loaders in the 12-tonne class.

Hitachi Construction Machinery Europe (HCME) has introduced the ZW140-5 and ZW150-5.

Like the older models introduced five years ago, they have hydrostatic transmission but whereas the old machines were 96kW and 107kW respectively, the new models both have a 5.2-litre four-cylinder water-cooled turbo engine rated at 113kW and use less fuel, Hitachi says.

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Rhino buys UK’s first Bobcat S450 skid-steers

Digger Blogger | 15:28, Wed August 13 2014 | 0 Comments

Rhino Plant Hire, based in Brentwood in Essex, has bought the first two Bobcat S450 skid-steer loaders in the UK.

And one of these little marvels has been proving its worth helping to bring down the physical pillars of government propaganda.

Rhino is looking to up the numbers in its skid-steer loader fleet and now has approximately 50 units, including several Bobcat S70 and S100 skid-steer loaders. 

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