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Earthmovers Issue 150 October 2016

First Impressions: Case 1021F: Believed to be the first loader to join a quarry fleet in the island of Ireland.
Technology: Topcon GPS: One firm is expanding its use of machine control and guidance technology.
Men & Machines: Owen Mays: Owner/operator relies on Classic Takeuchi mini-excavators for a living.
Site Visit: Shell Centre: McGee demolition project is one of the largest in the heart of London.
Special Adaption: Komatsu PC800: A China Clay mine in the Czech Republic runs some unusual machines.
Fleet Focus: M&H Groundworks: Dedication and the right machine choices lead to a first £1m contract.
Market Review: Hybrid Excavators: Our review of the latest developments in hybrid-drive excavators.
Extreme Machine: R994 Demo Rig: Giant Liebherr excavator takes on underwater demolition projects.
Recycling: Tippers R Us: Industry legend behind a new plant hire and recycling firm with ambitious aims.
Special Adaption: Hitachi 350: Could this possibly be the most versatile demo excavator in the UK?
First Impressions: Case CX370D: Scots plant hire firm’s new excavator makes a positive impression.
Men & Machines: Courtney King: Owner/operator has purchased his second generation of tilt-rotator.
Factory Visit: HSM Buckets: Here’s what it takes to build some of the world’s largest excavator buckets.
Transport: BAS Mining Trucks: Dutch truck dealer specialises in customised versions of Volvo haulers.
Show Report: Road-Railers: Developments in the road-rail sector of the market seen at the Bauma show.
Extreme Machine: RB 480W: 50-year-old 800-tonne walking dragline settles into work in a French quarry.

Earthmovers Issue 149 September 2016

First Drive: LIEBHERR L566 CVT technology is just one feature of this latest large wheeled loader.
First Impressions: DOOSAN DX 140LCR-5 A closer look at this new reduced swing radius 15-tonne excavator.
First Impressions: JCB JZ140 Reduced-tailswing model recently re-introduced to fill a gap in the range.
Demolition: HYUNDAI HX140 New state of the art 14-tonner in the fleet of a Scottish demolition contractor
Show Report: HILLHEAD 2016 The editors focus at the show was aimed at time and cost saving products
Site Visit: PIPE LAYING An Irish pipeline product that passes through a rather special forest..
Men and Machines: CRAIG BELL Wolves based BCE is one of the UK’s growing number of tilt-rotator users.
Euro Focus: SPANISH COPPER After over a decade the blast sirens sound over Spain’s largest copper mine.
Site Visit: JEREMY BISHOP HAULAGE Recycling facility employs male and female operators with a 67 year age gap.
Site Visit: CASE 1650M Case 18-tonne LGP dozer has recently been put to work in Cumbria
Extreme machines: HITACHI EX1900 The ‘’Daddy Grizzly’’ among several reworked excavators in a Belgian fleet.
Market Review: DIRECTIONAL DRILLS Our review of the latest developments in trenchless technology machines.
Technology: ELECTRIC DRIVE Clean, quiet alternative power source for a mobile materials handler.
Workshop Practise: CAT 775F REPOWER A cost-effective way to get a new lease of life from a quarry dump truck.

Earthmovers Issue 148 August 2016

First Drive: JCB JS131: New 13-tonne excavator is aimed fair and square at the plant hire sector.
New Product: Liebherr PR776: Liebherr launched its largest dozer so far at the recent Bauma show.
First Impressions: Bell B60E: Stage 4-compliant 55-tonne capacity ADT impresses in China Clay Pits.
Fleet Focus: Priority Construction: Irish civils firm continues to invest in plant for a diverse range of projects.
Extreme Machines: Rope Shovels: The last generation of mining machinery at the world’s largest copper mine.
Site Visit: Bournemouth: New Hyundai excavator HX520 is dedicated to major coastal defence work.
Market Review: Wheel Loaders: A look at what’s new in mid-range models from leading manufacturers.
Training: Tilt-Rotators: Report on recent developments in this fast-growing market.
Site Visit: JPS Contractors: Surrey-based contractor among the latest converts to tilt-rotators.
Cranes: Liebherr LR11350: Largest crawler crane in the UK in action on Scots motorway project.
Show Report: BAUMA: Part 1: Focus on pipe- and cable-laying equipment and piling rigs.
Extreme Machine: CAT 6090: The world’s largest hydraulic excavator finds a use as a backhoe dredger.
First Impressions: Hitachi 490-6: An early example of the latest Hitachi excavator at work in Ireland.
Euro Focus: Spanish Coal: Restoration work after closure of one of Spain’s largest surface mines.

Earthmovers Issue 147 July 2016

Extreme Machine: O&K RH200: This 520-tonne face shovel has been rebuilt in the UK.
New Products: Large ADTs: Two large newcomers are designed to compete with small rigid quarry trucks.
Show Report: Bauma Compacts: The latest in compact machinery launched at Germany’s Bauma show.
Technology: Komatsu PC7000: Bauma offered a rare opportunity to tour the workings of this giant beast.
Show Report: Bauma Prime Movers: Mining excavators launched at Germany’s premier machinery exhibition.
Dealer News: Buntons: UK distributor for Turkish construction machinery manufacturer Hidromek.
Special Adaptions: Drainage Boards: Two different approaches to providing additional reach for excavators.
Euro Focus: Czech Hauler: Tatra’s T163 Jamal truck is a popular choice in a quarry environment.
Technology: Engines: EARTHMOVERS’ update on the latest off -road diesel engine technology.
Show Preview: Hillhead 2016: Our preview covers the likely highlights of this popular biennial show.
Site Visit: Gort to Tuam: The fleet of new machinery on Ireland’s largest motorway project.
Recycling: Jersey: Channel Island served by a state-of-the-art green waste recycling facility.
Show Report: Scotplant: The latest excavators and attachments on show at this biennial event.
Site Visit: Ballymun: The saga of the town’s regeneration programme draws to a close.
Market review: Blast Hole Drills: The latest advances in drill rigs for the mining & quarry industries.
Euro Focus: Peat Loader: Peat bogs are the home to unusual machines but this takes some beating.
Site Visit: Brassington: Rare Hyundai R800 recently started work in a Derbyshire quarry.
Machines Past: Le Tourneau: Part two centres on electric scrapers, wheel dozers and wheel loaders.
Fleet Focus: M&N Groundworks: Irish Case aficionado has recently put Cat & Volvo machines to the test.
Factory Visit: Miller Attachments: Significant investment in new machine tools calls for a second visit.

Earthmovers Issue 146 June 2016

New Product: JCB Hydradig: JCB’s new 110W compact wheeled excavator is ideal for tight job sites.
New product: Bobcat E57W-5: Report on the latest midi wheeled excavator from Doosan/Bobcat.
Site Visit: M7 Motorway: Resurfacing one of Ireland’s busiest motorways calls for organisation.
Special Adaptions: Atlas 150W: A pair of unusual wheeled excavators join the fight against flooding.
Euro Focus: Spanish Copper: Return visit to the Cobre Las Cruces site and its Liebherr R984 excavators.
Technology: Suction Excavator: Probably the most sophisticated variant currently working in the UK.
Machines Past: Le Tourneau: The first of three articles on early R. G. Le Tourneau earthmovers.
Market Review: Demo Crushers: The latest developments in mobile crushers used on demolition sites.
Men & Machines: Lionel Whitnell: The life and times of one of the industry’s larger-than-life characters.
Site Visit: Fulham Demo: High-reach, reduced-tailswing Hyundai at work in the heart of London.
Site Visit: Fylde Coast: A pair of the latest generation of Case excavators on sea defence work.
Factory Visit: Xcentric: Spanish-made Xcentric Ripper provides an alternative to blasting.
Site Visit: Leod Quarry: vThe latest large Doosan excavator working in the N. Irish quarry sector.
Site Visit: Wessex Pipeline: The men and machines undertaking a pipeline project for Wessex Water.
Second Impressions: JCB 1CXT: Is it a mini? A skid-steer? No, it’s a tracked mini backhoe/loader.
Machines Past: Weserhutte: Danish quarries employ two of these classic German.

Earthmovers Issue 145 May 2016

First Drive: Menzi M515: Maybe the answer if youÕre seeking the ultimate 14-tonne tracked excavator.
Product Launch: Avant: AvantÕs new products and plans to increase capacity.
New Product: Hydrema MX14: Owner-operator Rob Taylor is very impressed with his Danish duck.
Site Visit: CAT D10T2: Scottish quarryÕs latest prime mover is required to rip, doze and carry.
Site Visit: Fethard Water: A challenging project in a visually and environmentally sensitive area.
Plant Hire: McGeoghan: Old-school plant man runs a 69-strong fleet of Hyundai excavators.
Demolition: Extreme Fleet: Three large triple articulated boom demo rigs working side by side.
Extreme Machines: Estevan Coal: One of the largest concentrations of draglines in the world.
Plant Hire: AB2000: Chinese excavators get a baptism of fire from one Scottish hire fi rm.
Fleet Focus: T&A Civil: The machinery choices made by this growing Co Cork-based civils firm.
Site Visit: Hendre Quarry: A pair of 80-tonne Liebherr excavators at work in a N. Wales quarry.
Men & Machines: James Dance: A young entrepreneur with an obvious love of Hitachi machinery.
Site Visit: Shotton: Banks MiningÕs opencast operation invests in a new coal hauling fleet.
Rehandling: Liebherr LH24M: New materials handler is making some positive early impressions.
Special Adaptions: JCB JS145: A very special excavator recently joined the fleet at ABBA Plant Hire.
Euro Focus: Zermatt Glacier: A high-altitude glacier is the playground for a pair of Cat excavators..

Earthmovers Issue 144 April 2016

First Impressions: Hyundai HX520: The first in long-reach configuration has started work in Ireland.
First Impressions: JCB 51R-1: One of four new minis between four and six tonnes operating weight.
New Product: Kaiser S12: 12-tonne Allroad ‘walking excavator’ variant makes its UK debut.
Extreme Machine: PC7000: Factory tour reveals the massive components of Komatsu’s new PC7000.
Product Launch: CAT: Reports on the background to Cat’s latest developments
New Product: Doosan DX210W-5: The first of its kind to be sold in the UK at work 600 miles from home.
Plant Hire: PC138US-10: Komatsu’s latest long-reach excavator features a short-tailswing base.
Euro Focus: Laarakkers: Three 90-tonners head the fleet of this Dutch demolition contractor
First Drive: Hyundai R17Z-9A: Report from the canopied seat of Hyundai’s latest mini-excavator
Forestry: Svetruck: Fermoy Sawmill has replaced its largest log handler with a rare machine.
First Drive: CAT D6N: A dozer operator’s life is made much easier by a host of electronic aids
Market Review: Tyre Management: An overview of the latest developments in tyre management systems.
Factory Visit: BKT: Indian off -road tyre factory produces around 150 tonnes a day.
Machines Past: Soterex: French contractor’s two rare draglines continue to pile on the hours.
New Technology: CAT Assist: Working with Caterpillar’s latest Assist excavator functionality.
Product Launch: JCB: A summary of the latest innovations from JCB.
Fleet Focus: Maveric: High-tech Irish contractor relies on GPS and quick-hitch technology.
Fleet Focus: Andrews Plant: Dorset-based plant hirer’s fleet is dominated by machinery from JCB
Euro Focus: Cameco: Classic machines provide the grunt to pull modified scraper boxes.
Site Visit: Lynemouth: The last machines loading coal at this Northumbria power station.

Earthmovers Issue 143 March 2016

First Drive: New Product: Forestry Volvo: Owner-operator Ben Miller’s high-spec tracked excavator at work.
New Report: Omatsu PC7000: A new German-built 700-tonne monster miner plugs a hole in the range.
Show Preview: Executive Hire: The editor previews exhibits at the 10th annual Executive Hire Show.
Men & Machines: Wee Jim: Owner-operator Jim Anderson’s JCB mini is ideal for logging tasks.
Extreme Machines: CAT 589: Relocating extensive conveyor belt runs makes for fascinating viewing.
First impression: Volvo EC220E: Working with Volvo’s latest 22-tonne Stage 4-compliant excavator.
Technology: Drones: Graham Black reports on the latest developments in drone technology.
Site Visit: Aberdeen Bypass: The longest road construction project currently underway in the UK.
Technology: Machine Control: Collins Earthworks realises the financial benefi ts of GPS systems.
Machines Past: Forest Roads: Preventive maintenance is paramount in achieving machine longevity.
Market Review: Compact Access: The latest news from the compact access platform sector of the market.
Mining: Flandersbach: Europe’s largest limestone quarry is due to renew its machinery fleet.
Site Visit: Immingham Docks: A pair of tractor and towed scraper boxes on a dockside muck-shift.
Site Visit: Val Thorens: High-altitude project improves facilities at Europe’s largest ski resort.
Euro Focus: Zbraslav: A leading force in the Czech Republic’s aggregate and concrete sector.
Attachments: Strickland: UK engineering and manufacturing are very much alive and well.

Earthmovers Issue 142 February 2016

First Drive: Kobelco SK210: 21-tonner is among the first Generation 10 Stage 4 Kobelco excavators.
First Drive: Sunward SWE40UB: Report from the cab of this Chinese-built zero-tailswing mini-excavator.
Product Launch: Kubota: Report on the new range of compact wheel loaders and tracked dumpers.
Technology: Telematics: The early experiences of a user of remote data management systems.
Used Machinery: Liebherr: Buying used machinery can be a good way to upgrade an ageing fleet.
Extreme Machines: Glensanda: Giant loaders and haulers work at Aggregate Industries’ super quarry.
Fleet Focus: Scrapers: Working in the right conditions, motor scrapers can be very productive.
Market Review: Short Tailswing: Reviewing the latest news on large reduced-radius tracked excavators.
Men and Machines: Shane Moore: As the recession ends skilled Irish operators start to return home.
Fleet Focus: Wagner: Tony Wagner believes in traditional values, but with a modern outlook.
Euro Focus: Combi Grader: A new machine that is able to work both as a scraper and as a grader.
Site Visit: Sumburgh Airport: A retrospective look at the installation of sea defences for a runway in Shetland.
Factory Visit: Bobcat: Exclusive tour of the Bobcat European R&D centre.
Machines Past: Trenchers: The history of large trenching machines, with a special focus on Texas.
Training: CTA: The UK’s first training centre to embrace the tilt-rotator revolution.

Earthmovers Issue 141 January 2016

First Impressions: Doosan DL550-5: Doosan’s latest large wheel loader comes under close examination.
First Drive: JCB 90Z-1: The latest model to join this expanding range of midi-excavators.
First Impressions: Sunward SWE210M: 21-tonne excavator from the latest Chinese maker to set up shop in the UK.
New Product: Liebherr Loaders: A preview of the next generation of wheel loaders.
Operator Test: Case Rodeo: A great weekend for the UK team at the finals of the Case Rodeo event.
Site Visit: A556 Knutsford: GPS machine guidance is speeding up this road improvement project.
Factory Visit: Komatsu: Earthmovers reviews the latest in British demolition rig technology.
Extreme Machine: O&K RH200: 520-tonner is the largest hydraulic excavator still at work in the UK.
Euro Focus: Les Deux Alpes: A fleet of large muck-shifters is at work high in the French Alps.
Plant Hire: Potter: Giles Potter recognises the benefits of machine control technology.
Mining: Reclamation: The final stages of muck-shifting at the Lodge House opencast coal site.
Machines Past: Danish Chalk: Three classic earthmovers provide the muscle at a Danish chalk quarry.
Demolition: Volvo EC700: Modified 70-tonne Volvo is designed to work at height and underwater.
Fleet Focus: Moriarty: Rock work is meat and drink for the latest Komatsu Dash 10 excavators.
Attachments: Hewden: Novel attachment system will save time and money over the long term.
Site Visit: Kiwi Tunnelling: Report on one of the largest TBMs used in the Southern Hemisphere.