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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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Tandem hoist for Ordsall Chord

Digger Blogger | 12:46, Fri June 02 2017

Here are some great photos from Liebherr showing three cranes in action back in February lifting a railway bridge into place in Manchester.

Scottish lifting specialist Weldex used a Liebherr LR 11350 and a LR 1750 crawler crane to complete a tandem hoist to position the Ordsall Chord bridge over the River Irwell in Manchester.

As we reported in our news section at the time, a joint venture of Skanska and BAM is main contractor for the £85m project, which will link the city's Piccadilly and Victoria stations and help ease a rail bottleneck. The steelwork was fabricated by Severfield, which managed the installation process.

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