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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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Wacker Neuson moves into heavy-duty loaders

Digger Blogger | 11:00, Tue November 13 2018

New from Wacker Neuson is the 10-tonne WL95, the largest wheeled loader that the German manufacturer has produced to date.

It is a significant addition to Wacker Neuson’s articulated wheeled loader line-up, which currently starts at the 3.4-tonne WL32 and extends to the 5.9-tonne WL60.

The WL95 becomes the eighth model in the series, at the top end.

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Recycling yard reaps quick hitch benefits

Digger Blogger | 10:55, Tue November 13 2018

Quick coupler systems are more often associated with demolition jobs, but a busy construction waste recycling yard in Birmingham uses two to great effect, and has a third on order.

Parkway Recycling, just off the M6 in Birmingham, recycles concrete, hard core, brick and utility arisings. It is owned and run by Paul McGowan, who also operates Paul McGowan Grab Hire, offering contract grab and tipping and muck away services.

Between the two companies he operates more than 100 vehicles, with 45 grab and tipper lorries on the road, three crushers and two loading shovels working in the yard, along with various other excavators and pieces of equipment.

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Faster Caterpillar! Dig! Dig!

Digger Blogger | 10:00, Tue November 13 2018

Caterpillar has renewed its excavator offering in the 30-tonne class.

No one, to my knowledge, brings out a new excavator and declares it thirstier and more sluggish than the machine that came before. So you will not be surprised to hear that Caterpillar’s latest 30-tonne diggers boast ‘increase operating efficiency, lower fuel and maintenance costs, and improved operator comfort compared to previous models’.

Much of the improved performance of the Next Generation Cat 330 and 330 GC comes from the technology on board.

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Rail contractors introduced to the Articulator 5000

Digger Blogger | 09:00, Tue November 06 2018

Sandhurst, better known for its breakers and demolition attachments, has produced a new manipulator for mounting on excavators and tool carriers.

The Articulator 5000 can manipulate, manoeuvre and rotate sections, poles, masts and posts up to 20 metres long and 500 kg in weight. It has four adjustable feet and telescopic legs to cope with different types of loads, including tapered or of varying diameters.

Target applications include railway contractors in particular and Rail Alliance headquarters in Stratford-upon-Avon hosted a demonstration last month.

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