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Bobcat hits a million

By Digger Blogger | 09:46 BST, Thursday, 17 July 2014 | 0 Comments

It took Bobcat 43 years to make half a million machines. In the past 11 years they have made half a million more.

Yes, this is the year that Bobcat is making a song and dance about hitting the million machine landmark.

Bobcat claims credit, perhaps justifiably, for creating the compact plant industry with the development of the original three-wheeled Keller loader, the predecessor of the Bobcat skid-steer loader, in 1958.

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Everything must go at biggest Donington auction yet

By Digger Blogger | 10:36 BST, Wednesday, 09 July 2014 | 0 Comments

Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers are set to hold their largest Donington Park auction to date next week.

On Tuesday 15th July more than a thousand items of construction equipment will go under the hammer. As usual, there will be no reserve prices or minimum bids; everything must go on the day.

On-site and online bidders will be able to bid on a variety of used and unused items, including more than 210 excavators, 130 boom & scissor lifts, 19 loaders, 60 compactors, 49 telescopic handlers, 89 dumpers, 12 dump trucks, six crawler tractors and many more items. The auction also features a large selection of unused hydraulic hammers, buckets, generator sets and other smaller items, which will be sold exclusively in online timed auctions.

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Dumper makes great return

By Digger Blogger | 10:19 BST, Wednesday, 09 July 2014 | 0 Comments

What’s this picture all about? You’ll have to scroll down for that. Suffice to say, this machine has proved itself to be a nice little earner

It was on duty at the inaugural Fairfax Plant Hire charity golf day. I was delighted to be invited but sad not to be able to attend. However, I hear it was a roaring success.

The Selby-based firm held the event at The Oaks golf club near York. The main trophy was won by a team from Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering, which pipped Brenbuild and Case CNH.

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The Terex Boom Booster

By Digger Blogger | 09:28 BST, Friday, 04 July 2014 | 0 Comments

Here’s some canny thinking from the crane designers at the Terex Demag factory in Germany.

Their CC 8800-1 crawler crane is a 1600-tonne capacity, which makes it a pretty big beast in the crane jungle but not that special any more. When it first came out more than 10 years ago now it was quite a thing, but heavy lifting technology is a fast moving world, driven by demand for ever bigger wind turbines and the desire to fabricate ever bigger petrochemical and oil refinery installations on the ground and then lift them into place.

So in 2010 Terex came up with the CC 8800-1 Twin, using two lattice booms in parallel – here's the Twin, picture below.

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Maclennan's first Doosan goes to work on wind farm

By Digger Blogger | 16:39 BST, Wednesday, 02 July 2014 | 0 Comments

This 34-tonner is the first Doosan excavator that Fraser Maclennan (Contractor) Ltd has ever bought.

As soon as it was delivered by Inverurie-based dealer Balgownie, the new DX340LC-3 was put to work on the Stroupster wind farm development in Caithness, just four miles south of John O’Groats. 

Company owner Fraser Maclennan, who is operating the new excavator on site, says:  “I recently tried out a Doosan excavator and was so impressed I decided to buy one for the company for the first time. The new DX340LC-3 model provides everything we need in our work – high performance, comfort, dependability and fuel efficiency.” 

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