There were 132 exhibitors in attendance this year and over 70 new product launches to be seen by the visitors, of which there was a steady stream throughout the opening day on Wednesday. Our first point of call was the Ammann Equipment Ltd stand, where I was delighted to see one of Ammann Yanmars latest offerings in the zero tail swing mini excavator market, the Vio 33 Universal, powered by a 18.1kw/24.6hp Yanmar engine and which weighs in at 3375kg when fitted with rubber tracks and full cabin.
Also on display were other examples of the mini excavator range, including the Vio17 Universal and the micro SV08, which was displayed with its bucket in the skip of a Cormidi tracked dumper, which looked resplendent in its Ammann yellow paint work.
Over at the Doosan Infracore stand, there was a nice example from the Bobcat brand, in the shape of the E26 compact mini excavator, which once again is another zero tail swing machine with an operating weight of 2,695kg. The machine certainly looked like a well engineered piece of kit.
Talking of quality engineering it was good to see the latest hydraulic quick coupler from Geith, which is designed to fit mini excavators from 2 – 4 tons. Featuring many of the designs that have been so popular on the larger Geith quick hitches over the years, including the front safety lock, which retains the attachment in case of misconnection, and the safety seat, which is the secondary safety feature and is backed up by two powerful springs which retains the attachment rear pin in case of a cylinder failure.
Rollers now with a visit to the Bomag Fayat Group stand. There cannot be many sites going where you don’t see a Bomag roller in action at some point during the contract, they seem to have been a dominant force in compaction equipment for as long as I can remember. The company displayed one of its latest models from the Dash-5 generation of light tandem rollers, the BW80-5, which was making its very first appearance at the Executive Hire Show.
Finally in part one of our look at the plant & machinery highlights, we take a look at some of the latest machines from Finnish company Avant Techno. The Avant 630 compact loader is an example from the recently introduced and revised 600 series of machines, and features the new spacious DLX cab which is designed to enhance the operator’s environment. The 1,350 Kg machine is powered by a 28hp diesel engine, has a lift height of 2.8m and a top speed of 17km/h.
One of the company’s smaller offerings was also displayed, in the form of the Avant 220, a rear wheel steer 4 wheel dive compact loader/tool carrier which was equipped with a snow clearing blade and towable salt distribution hopper behind it. Very appropriate when one considers the weather some areas of the country has been suffering recently!
I will continue our look around the Executive Hire Show in part two, with a few little treats in store including a new silent range of breakers from Takeuchi.