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Mon October 23 2017

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Hawk's Hydradigs on the M6

Digger Blogger | 15:42, Wed October 11 2017

Contractors on the M6 motorway have been exploiting JCB’s innovative rubber duck.

Hawk Plant Hire has added six JCB Hydradig wheeled excavators to its operated plant fleet to meet the needs of contractors working on major motorway contracts.

Four of the machines have been put to work on the M6 J16-J19 smart motorway project. The Carillion Kier joint venture is installing traffic monitoring technology on a 20-mile section of the M6 motorway, between Crewe and Knutsford, for Highways England. The £274m project will convert the existing motorway into an 'all lane running smart motorway', with variable speed limits to manage traffic flow.

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Long hours for Shorts' Volvos

Digger Blogger | 09:54, Tue October 10 2017

Berkshire-based Shorts Group has added a fourth Volvo ECR235 excavator to its machinery fleet.

Shorts Group has two Volvo ECR235s at its waste transfer stations in Ascot and Aldershot, and two others being used for its demolition and site clearance operations.

“Around 12 years ago, we first looked at the ECR235 as a replacement for other short radius excavators on our fleet and we’ve never looked back,” says transport manager Steve Meade. “Our operators like them. They are a compact, powerful and very stable platform, and they are ideally suited to what we do.”

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Clamshell telescopic arm

Digger Blogger | 15:10, Tue October 03 2017

The first Hitachi ZX350LC-6 with clamshell telescopic arm in Europe has been working on a high-profile project in Gothenburg.

It was used to excavate 10,000m³ of earth from 11 metres below ground in preparation for an extension to a children’s hospital in Sweden’s second city.

The Drottning Silvias Barnsjukhus (Queen Silvia’s Children’s Hospital) is being enlarged and its new facilities are due to be completed in 2021. The work carried out by the Hitachi excavator, owned by Kolvikens Gräv AB, will make way for tunnels that will link the existing and new hospital buildings, and pipe systems for sewage, water supply and rainwater.

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Hydradig is not just for digging

Digger Blogger | 14:33, Tue October 03 2017

Hadley Recycling & Waste is one of the first customers for the Wastemaster-spec Hydradig.

At its waste transfer station just outside Theale in Berkshire, Hadley Recycling & Waste processes approximately 1000 tonnes a week of mixed waste including mixed construction and demolition waste, wood, plasterboard and green waste. The first machine to touch it is a new JCB Hydradig 110W, playing a key role in keeping the throughput flowing at the busy site.

“The JCB Hydradig fits our front-end pre-sort process perfectly,” says operations director Paul Lock. That’s him, above.

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Liebherr notches up 75,000 baggers

Digger Blogger | 15:10, Tue September 26 2017

Liebherr has celebrated the production of its 75,000th wheeled excavator by commissioning special paintwork for it from Claudia Walde, otherwise known as MadC, who is apparently a celebrated German graffiti artist.

The landmark machine was an A 918 Compact Litronic wheeled excavator, which has now been despatched from the Liebherr-Hydraulikbagger factory in Kirchdorf to join the fleet of Liebherr Rental Services. It might be hard to miss if you ever find yourself on the same site as it.

Hans Liebherr began producing construction machinery in 1949. Five years later, in 1954 he produced his first wheeled excavator, the L 300, a 25hp six-wheeler weighing in at 7.5 tonnes. Although the drive was still mechanical, it was Europe’s first hydraulic digger, Liebherr says. Other aspects of its design were also unique for the time: the operator's cab, the boom and the combined shovel/backhoe bucket appeared for the first time on a construction machine. The slewing ring was developed and produced in-house.

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