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Yanmar unwraps eight-tonne ZTS midi

Digger Blogger | 12:00, Tue December 11 2018

Yanmar Construction Equipment Europe has added the ViO82 zero tail-swing midi excavator to its line-up.

With neither the counterweight nor the upper frame overhanging the unit’s tracks, this 8,200 kg model is a true zero tail-swing excavator for operations in tight urban spaces or single carriageways.

The X-shaped undercarriage design spreads the weight and provides the stability and torsional stiffness for enhanced lifting capability, while the boom has been designed to swing up to 60° on both sides.

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In praise of motor scrapers

Digger Blogger | 09:40, Wed December 05 2018

You don’t see so many motor scrapers around these days, but there are still some at work.

Since their heyday in the 1970s, motor scrapers have slowly disappeared from the UK to be replaced by articulated dump trucks (ADTs) and excavators. The once prevalent behemoths were on every opencast and road job and were seen as the most cost efficient and fastest way of moving spoil from A to B.

While the majority of motor scrapers have until recently been confined to power station coal stockpiles, there are still a handful of older examples operating on smaller projects. What has been changing is the rise again in towed boxes, mainly behind crawler tractors and, in some cases, pulled by large agricultural tractors. There is talk of large scrapers making a comeback for HS2, for which vast quantities of material has to be moved. But these machines require an experienced operator, and these are becoming scarcer by the year.

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McGee's compact special

Digger Blogger | 07:00, Wed December 05 2018

A bespoke compact high-reach demolition machine is being used by McGee Group in London.

McGee Group is working on the Park Royal project for the HS2 Skanska Costain Strabag (SCS) joint venture team undertaking large-scale demolition.

McGee needed a smaller high-reach machine than usual due to the space-restricted inner-city location. Liebherr came up with a bespoke solution based on its R 926 Compact base machine.

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Premium 14-tonner gets to work on Somerset flood defences

Digger Blogger | 12:00, Wed November 28 2018

Ken Marsh set up his own plant hire and ground working business 13 years ago in the Somerset Levels with a Volvo EC160B excavator. He has now returned to the brand with a new EC140E.

His choice of Volvo for the 14-tonner was down to not just machine performance but also the support he has experienced with the UK distributor SMT GB.

“In 2005, I decided to venture forth on my own and was offered a very good deal on Volvo’s 16-tonne machine,” he says. “I really liked my Volvo but when it came to changing, I went elsewhere at the time.

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O’Keefe monster munches through Shoreditch office block

Digger Blogger | 14:00, Wed November 14 2018

O’Keefe Demolition has been using a high-reach excavator with a special concrete-munching attachment to dismantle a large four-storey office building in central London.

The 1970s-era building, on the corner of Tabernacle Street and Bonhill Street in Shoreditch, close to Old Street roundabout, was originally occupied by the Financial Times newspaper, whose presses were located in the double-storey basement.

The site is being redeveloped by The Max Barney Estate to provide Grade A office space. But first the existing building must be demolished and the site cleared. O’Keefe won the main contract for demolition and took possession of the site on 1st June 2018. It has since won the enabling works contract, which it has now started. The main contract for construction of the new building has yet to be confirmed.

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