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Fri May 25 2018

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New base for West Country Case dealer

Digger Blogger | 10:15, Wed May 23 2018

Case Construction Equipment dealer M&M Plant has opened of a new purpose-built £1 million head office and depot in Launceston, Cornwall.

The investment follows the dealership’s eastwards territory expansion last year to Yeovil and Bridgwater in Somerset. The new base, which is on Trethorne Business Park in Launceston, close to the Devon border, covers 4,000m2 in total. It includes new offices and showroom, stores and parts reception, plus a 550 m2 workshop with five bays. The site also provides the option for future expansion.

M&M Plant director Mark Gregory said: “This is an exciting time for our business and the investment in this new site is all about having the right tools in place to further grow the business. The new showroom will enable us to expand our machines sales offering, and with a significantly increased workshop capability and a dedicated service/parts store we are confident we will meet all of our customers’ requirements and ensure we deliver the highest levels of aftersales efficiency. We are also looking to expand the workforce by recruiting an additional engineer.”

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Arocs slot into Burcombe Haulage fleet

Digger Blogger | 09:25, Thu May 17 2018

I don’t often write about lorries here but obviously they are a crucial piece of the armoury and deserve coverage, so here’s some new from a Cornish haulier, Burcombe Haulage, which has just bought its third Mercedes-Benz 8x4 Arocs ENA.

The manoeuvrability is essential in the narrow lanes of Cornwall and it boasts a payload advantage of around 150 kg over the similarly configured Volvo.

Family-owned Burcombe Haulage is based in St Dominick, near Saltash. It was founded by Richard and Maxine Batten more than 30 years ago, and focused initially on providing haulage services to the local agricultural community.

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Komatsu's new wheelies

Digger Blogger | 12:28, Tue May 15 2018

New from Komatsu are the PW148-11 and PW180-11 wheeled excavators that UK distributor Marubeni-Komatsu will have at the Hillhead exhibition.

 

Marubeni-Komatsu will also be showing the WA480‐8 wheeled loader and the 118-tonne PC1250-11 crawler excavator.

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Eurocomach shows battery-powered excavator

Digger Blogger | 14:14, Wed April 25 2018

One of the lesser-known names to grab my attention at the Intermat fair in Paris this week was Eurocomach, part of the Italian Sampierana group, whose all-electric ES12X mini excavator was shown in concept form.

Sampierana has been making crawler tracks and undercarriages for companies such as Liebherr for many years. It set up Eurocomach in 1992 as a brand for its own line of complete machines. (Eurocomach stands for ‘European Construction Machinery’.) It produces mini excavators, skid steer loaders and backhoe loaders.

It is represented in the UK by Total Plant Solutions, which also goes by the name of Exc@v8, which is presumably meant to be pronounced as ‘excavate’.

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Collins’ knock-out combination

Digger Blogger | 16:24, Wed April 18 2018

Midlands-based Collins Demolition has recently bought a pair of Volvo EC700 excavators and both came equipped with the OilQuick automatic quick coupler system for changing attachments.

The machines are currently working in the  Birmingham area on the site of the former Hams Hall power station, a structure built in the 1920s. It was completed in three stages – 1927-9, 1949 and 1958 – and once boasted 13 cooling towers and some interesting early power-generating machinery. Collins has the contract to complete the ground remediation.

A variety of hydraulic attachments are available on the site for the EC700 machines, both of which have had the OilQuick OQ90 quick coupler and attachment brackets installed by ECY Haulmark, the Warrington-based attachment specialist. The attachments in use on the site include a 3.8-tonne VTN MD610 selector grab and a 8.7-tonne VTN FP70 rotating concrete processor, also supplied by ECY Haulmark, as well as a variety of hydraulic breakers and buckets.

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