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I’ve Scot two: Volvo duo for Bryan Contractors

Digger Blogger | 13:03, Tue October 24 2017

Scotland’s Bryan Contractors has added a pair of new Volvo excavators to its plant fleet for its general contracting and ground works business.

Mike Bryan started out as an agricultural contractor back in 1963, moving into plant and ground works 10 years later. The company today, based in Caputh, near Perth, is in agricultural and forestry contracting, road construction and maintenance, ground works for new buildings and hydropower construction.

It bought its first Volvo machine in 2007 and has just recently year added a new Volvo ECR88D reduced-swing excavator (pictured above) and a 14-tonne EC140E.

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I’ve Scot three: Hyundai trio for Jarvie

Digger Blogger | 13:01, Tue October 24 2017

Grangemouth-based Jarvie Plant Group has recently bought three 14-tonne Hyundai HX140 crawler excavators, which went straight out on hire and are working on various civil engineering projects across Scotland.

Jarvie Plant has an impressive 1,750 bits of kit in its hire fleet ranging from Stihl saws, to dumpers and rollers, up to 22-tonne excavators at the top end.  Within this fleet are 10 Hyundai machines, including fork-trucks, an R125LCR-9A, an R210LC-9A and – the largest excavator in its fleet – an R220LC-9A.

Managing director David Jarvie says: “The Hyundai machines are extremely reliable and offer excellent performance. The machines are of good build quality and meet the requirements and flexibility we need. They also offer a competitive whole life cost.”

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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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