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Collett's on his way

Digger Blogger | 09:34, Thu November 23 2017

Newark-based Collett Plant Hire looks like it is on its way to being a model success story of the ‘JCB Your Own Boss' scheme.

Richard Collett took advantage of the JCB offer in 2015 and now, at the age of 32, already runs a fleet of eight machines – all JCBs, naturally.

In March this year Collett Plant Hire was incorporated as a private limited company

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Komatsu's new wheeled 13-tonner

Digger Blogger | 12:10, Wed November 15 2017

Dealer Marubeni-Komatsu describes the new Komatsu PW118MR‐11 as a quick & precise tight-tail wheeled midi excavator.

It is a machine that has been designed for heavy duty lifting applications or simple excavating tasks in narrow alleys, on road works or sewer construction sites.

With operating weights ranging from 12.8 to 13.9 tonnes, the PW118MR‐11 is powered by a Komatsu SAA4D95LE‐7 engine, EU Stage IV compliant, with a net horsepower of 72.5 kW @ 2,050 rpm.

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Kubota's latest loader

Digger Blogger | 11:57, Tue October 31 2017

Here is the new R082 wheeled loader from Kubota.

“It’s a powerful machine that features excellent breakout force and superior manoeuvrability and stability to deliver outstanding performance and productivity,” says Adrian Mann, Kubota UK’s product manager for its construction equipment division.

It’s a 4.8-tonne machine with hydrostatic transmission. One key feature of the loader’s functionality is the tilt/parallel movement of the arm, keeping loads upright when raising or lifting the arm.

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The Select breakaway

Digger Blogger | 11:20, Tue October 31 2017

Explore Plant Hire has been spun out of Laing O’Rourke’s Select division.

With a remarkable absence of fanfare, Laing O’Rourke quietly sold its construction plant operations at the start of the year, leaving its Select Plant Hire subsidiary to focus primarily on tower cranes.

Laing O’Rourke sold its general plant business to Explore Plant Hire, a newly formed joint venture between Laing O’Rourke and WS Transportation.

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New 20-tonne Cats pile on the tech

Digger Blogger | 09:36, Thu October 26 2017

Caterpillar has taken the wraps of three next-generation 20-tonne class excavators.

The Cat 320 GC, 320 and 323 boast, as you would expect, across-the-board improvements in fuel usage, maintenance costs and operator comfort, with Cat Connect Technology for productivity gains.

While the Cat 320 GC is designed for low- to medium-duty applications, the 320 and 323 (pictured above) have all the tech – programmable grading, working area limiters, automation and telematics that talk to the office.

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