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How Plantworx went down: exhibitors and visitors respond

Digger Blogger | 11:37, Tue June 20 2017

An interestingly diverse array of opinions about the organisation of Plantworx 2017 can be found online.

The Construction Equipment Association, which owns and runs Plantworx has gathered together many positive comments about the event and itself sums up the show as: “A successful event – despite biblical weather conditions.”

But you'll not have to look far for a harsher perspective – like on LinkedIn, for example, where several have commented on the organisers’ inability to anticipate rain and its impact, and its inability to react appropriately to it despite the presence at the show of leading trackway companies such as TPA who could have, but weren’t, called on. The CEA says it would have been expensive.

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Postcard from Plantworx 2017

Digger Blogger | 10:50, Wed June 14 2017

Did you enjoy all that rain, mud and sunshine at PlantWorx 2017? We did.

Here is our photo album of the event, which took place at the Bruntingthorpe Priving Ground in Leicestershire, 6th-8th June 2017.

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70th birthday surprise for Leyburn operator

Digger Blogger | 10:44, Wed June 14 2017

One of the UK’s oldest digger drivers has been given a brand new limited edition JCB to operate to mark his 70th birthday.

John Storey has been operating diggers for more than 45 years and has no plans to stop yet.

To mark his 70th birthday his bosses at the Leyburn-based Biker Group in North Yorkshire have given him a limited edition JCB 3CX backhoe painted in 1970s JCB livery to operate – a machine produced specially to mark JCB’s own 70th anniversary.

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JCB unveils new mini family

Digger Blogger | 12:25, Wed June 07 2017

Plantworx 2017 sees the wraps come of three new mini excavators from JCB.

With operating weights of 1.6 tonnes to 1.8 tonnes, the line-up includes the conventional tailswing 16C-1 (pictured above), aimed at rental companies, and JCB’s first zero tailswing 1.7-tonne model, the all-new 18Z-1 (below). The 18Z-1 is designed to meet the changing requirements of mini excavator users in all industry sectors, JCB says.

 

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Wandle weir removed

Digger Blogger | 12:54, Fri June 02 2017

Land & Water has recently completed a marine demolition job, removing a half-tide weir on the River Wandle for the London Borough of Wandsworth.

The project is designed to improve water flow into the River Thames to help restore a wildlife habitat measuring roughly a hectare in size that has the potential to become a spawning area and nursery for young fish.

Removing all the sludge and silt that has built up over the years will hopefully restore a thriving habitat for aquatic flora and fauna.

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