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Doosan digger adapted for extreme terrain

Digger Blogger | 11:00, Wed January 16 2019

This 22-tonne Doosan DX225LC-5 crawler excavator has been converted into a special all-terrain machine for working in and around the Wadden Sea in Germany.

The main working area for the machine is the approximately 11.3km long Hindenburgdamm embankment, which connects the island of Sylt with the German mainland, close to the Danish border. Around 8.1km of the Hindenburg embankment runs through the Wadden Sea.

The machine is owned and operated by the company Sven Jacobs Tief-, Garten- und Landschaftsbau, based in Tating in Schleswig-Holstein. The conversion was carried out by Olko-Maschinentechnik in Olfen (about 20 miles north of Dortmund) and the excavator was supplied by local Doosan dealer Atlas Hamburg.

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Another Kodak moment

Digger Blogger | 11:00, Tue January 15 2019

A couple of months ago I wrote about Rye Demolition bringing down the old Kodak factory in Harrow, north London. Here's more.

With the decline of print photography, the Kodak plant finally closed in December 2016. It is now being demolished to make way for redevelopment of the 30-acre site.

My previous post from this site focused on the five-tonne CI5000-R shear mounted onto a Hitachi Zaxis 490LCH excavator for grabbing and cutting material.

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Ridgway goes high rise

Digger Blogger | 10:00, Wed December 19 2018

Shropshire based Ridgway Rentals has added Komatsu PC210LCD-11 crawler excavators with elevating cabs to its fleet.

Ridgway prides itself on being able to supply bespoke plant machinery to meet customers’ needs. These modifications were done for a customer that is in the wood recycling business.

The conversion of these standard PC210LCD-11 machines into high rise cabs was carried out in partnership with Kocurek. The customer needed the high cab to see into the shredding machines into which they load wood waste. The hydraulically elevating cabs improve the operator’s vision on waste and recycling sites and ensure more efficient material handling. 

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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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