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Earthmovers Issue 104 December 2012

New Technology: Cat Hybrid Drive: The editor reports on surprising developments in Cat technology.
First Impressions: Terex Backhoe: Specification details of the latest UK-built backhoe loader from Terex
New Product: Hitachi EX 1200-6: Report on one of the Dash 6 versions of this popular mining excavator
Fleet Focus: Denis Moriarty: Komatsu machinery at work on one of Ireland’s largest wind farm projects
Industry Trends: Fuel From Waste: The potential demand for machinery in the waste recycling industry
Show Report: CETA: News from the recent technology show – plus an exclusive competition
Recycling: Sheehan Plant Hire: Oxford-based company opens a state-of-the-art aggregate recycling plant
Site Visit: Fairhurst Stone: A new Case CX700B excavator has achieved a planned increase in production
Fleet Focus: Norton Scrap: Fleet of machinery operated at S.Norton’s scrap metal berth at Southampton
Factory Visit: Wacker Neuson: New Austrian facility for excavators, dumpers, skid-steer and tracked loaders
Fleet Focus: Comrie Colliery: Where the world’s largest ADT’s and a rare excavator are found at work
Market Report: Trommels: The variety of designs and applications in the trammel sector of the market
Site Visit: Belfast Harbour: Working in a busy ferry terminal means maintaining tight time schedules
Euro Focus: Spanish Coal 1: First in a three-part series focuses on one of Spain’s largest coal companies
Machines Past & Present: History Of Moxy: Origins of the pioneer in the development of 6×6 articulated dump trucks
Transport: Truck Technology: Latest developments in driveline technology for construction sector trucks

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First Drive: Mecalac 10MCR: Is this the most versatile muck-shifting machine available in the industry?
First Impressions: Doosan DL350-3: The latest 20-tonne wheel loader from Doosan in the 3.5 cubic metre sector
Men & Machines: Antarctic Winter Crossing: The ultimate challenge of a mid-winter Antarctic crossing in two Cat D6N dozers
Euro Focus: Romontbos Quarry: Operated by ageing excavators and the only Terex/O&K RH120E in Belgium
Special Adaptions: WM Plant: Long reach excavator specialist offers UK’s first 18.5m Case CX250C
Technology: Telematics: Overview of the typical functionality and systems used by the big brands
Extreme Machines: Bucket Wheel Mining: Approaching the end to the reign of an ageing pair of bucket wheel excavators
Site Safety: Top 10 Tips: Graham Black calls for increased mechanization to improve site safety
Fleet Focus: Majestic Trees: The fleet of machinery operated by a mature tree supplier and installer
First Impressions: Volvo L250G: New 35-tonne wheel loader plugs the gap between L220G and the L350F
Site Visit: Land Reclamation: Andy Fogarty used his knowledge of plant to reclaim a steep hillside
Site Visit: Fenstone Quarries: A new 55-tonne Caterpillar 349E excavator replaces earlier Case machines
Recycling: Appleton Contracts: The machinery working at an Essex green waste recycling facility
Fleet Focus: Stockton Alliance: The latest batch of machinery includes a surprise at NZ’s Stockton mine
Machines Past: History of Hymac: Ups and downs of the company that built Britain’s first excavator

Earthmovers Issue 102 October 2012

First Impressions: JCB 3CX: In the cab of the latest incarnation of JCB’s iconic backhoe-loader
New Technology: Hybrid Drive: Graham Black visits the first hybrid-drive excavator at work in the UK
Site Report: Crossrail: Update of the progress with Europe’s largest infrastructure project
First Drive: Volvo EC220D: Time in the cab of an example of Volvo’s new D Series excavators
Extreme Servicing: Bucket Wheel Exchange: The Editor reports on how the front end of a bucket wheel excavator is changed
Extreme Machines: Dunbar Quarry: New fuel-efficient 200-tonne Japanese-built Komatsu PC2000-8 excavator
Market Review: Tracked Skid Steers: Details of new models from manufacturers of these versatile machines
Piling: Pro Drive: N.Irish piling specialist aims for the versatility provided by smaller machines
Health & Safety: Site Zone PWS: Ongrade’s site safety system warns operators of ground worker proximity
Fleet Focus: Maydencroft Rural: Benefits of the machinery operated by this Hertfordshire-based company
Factory Visit: STC Engineering: Dutch company’s range of specialist conversions enjoy wide acclaim
Market Review: Telehandlers: Latest developments in one of our industry’s most popular machines
Show Preview: CETA: Graham Black previews the second CETA technology showcase event
Special Adaptions: High-Reach Doosan DX7000: The latest high-reach demolition rig knocks ‘em down in Swindon
Demolition: 777 Group: Tasked to level the site at Harold Wood Hospital in Romford, Essex
Attachments: Steelwrist: Never used a tilt-rotator? You’ve probably no idea what you are missing
Training: College Round-up: An exciting new scheme for training within the construction industry

Earthmovers Issue 101 September 2012

First Impressions: Doosan DX300-3: Details of the latest emissions-compliant excavator from South Korea
Euro Focus: Heidelberg Cement: One quarry in Germany utilizes a small and rare bucket wheel excavator
Fleet Focus: Allman Contracts: Self-dependent Co.Kerry company diversifies into road building
First Drive: New JCB Minis: At the controls of two new conventional tailswing mini-excavators
Recycling: Isle of Dogs Skips: The problems of running a high-volume inner-city waste recycling facility
Demolition: Hitachi ZX870: Hitachi’s first in-house 40m demolition rig is looking for work in Belgium
Fleet Focus: Cheetham Hill Construction: Bury-based company’s recent acquisition of a fleet of 29 new Volvos
Product Launch: Giant Loaders: The Editor reports on a new range of compact wheel loaders/tool carriers
Product Launch: Volvo Pipe Layers: A look at the latest emissions-compliant pipe layer from Volvo.
Plant Security: Crime Stoppers: Review of the state of play in the continuing issue of plant theft in the UK
Extreme Machines: Hitachi EH3500ACII: A brief glimpse of giant Hitachi dump trucks at work in Israel’s Negev Desert
Forestry: Komatsu Forest: Swedish company supplies Ireland’s first excavator-based tree harvester
Product Launch: JCB Update: Report on the new generation of emissions-compliant JCB machinery
Crushing & Screening: K&B Crushers: One of the few enterprises that offers contract crushing at its core service
Show Report: Vertikal Days: The latest innovations in lifting and access kit on show at Haydock Park
Transport: Scott’s Plant Hire: New Digadoc trailer takes the uncertainty out of towing a mini-excavator
Machines Past: Inchgreen IG5: 50-year-old Scots-built backhoe-loader restoration unveiled in Northern Ireland

Earthmovers Issue 100 August 2012

Machines Past & Present: O&K RH 200: Last surviving behemoths of Britain’s surface coal mining industry
Plant Hire & Finance: JCB VIP Hirers’ day: First such event also provided an opportunity to launch new products
Product Support: Finsight Service: Graham Black reports on Finning’s new after-sales support system
Market Review: Made in China: China’s construction equipment industry focuses more on exports
News Special: Demolition World Exclusive! Modified Hitachi EX1200 works with a 17-tonne attachment at 32 metres
New Technology: Prolec PME: Prolec Machine Engine – the firm’s latest control and monitoring system
Show Report: Hillhead: Latest machinery on show at the Hillhead quarrying and recycling show
Demolition: Thompsons of Prudhoe: Demo specialist runs factory-built Komatsu high-reach excavators
Extreme Machines: Peabody Energy: The fleet of massive machinery at a giant American opencast coal mine
New Products: Manitou Group: New Gehl products include what’s said to be the world’s largest skid-steer
Alternative Technology: E.Quinn Contracts: Northern Irish planning specialist puts suction-type excavators to work
Recycling: A.A.L. Recycling: Graham Black reports on a new facility on the island of Jersey
Market Report: Crushing & Screening: Details of the ever-increasing variety of mobile processing equipment
Transport: Fuso 4×4: The Fuso division of Mercedes introduces a 4×4 version of the canter truck
Recycling: Wheeldon Brothers: Bury-based company is using a new post-trommel treatment for waste streams
New Products: Rockster: Newcomer to the UK’s mobile crushing/screening machinery market
Compact Equipment: Wayland Paving: Logic behind the use of compact crushers, excavators and wheel loaders
Fleet Focus: Pink Skips: Recycling specialist is delighted with its change to the Liebherr brand
Fleet Focus: Hughes and Salvidge: Demolition specialist’s Hitachi fleet wipes OS headquarters off the map
Euro Focus: PMI Excavators: Iconic Italian machines of the recent past are still easy to find today

Earthmovers Issue 99 July 2012

New Technology: Caterpillar 966K-XE: The editor reports on the first CVT-driven construction/quarrying machine
First Drive: Komatsu HM300-3: Take a spin in this third generation truck to arrive on the UK market
Site Visit: Silvermines Remediation: The latest phase of works in this extensively mined area of Tipperary
Show Preview: Hillhead 2012: From 19-21 June, this year’s event covers an area of 140,000 sq.m
Machines Past and Present: Letourneau: The demise of a trio of these monster loaders at a Belgian quarry
First Drive: Caterpillar 320E: Latest Stage 3b-compliant 20-tonne class excavator is put through its paces
Site Visit: Irish Salt Mines: Where the working environment is as tough on machinery as it gets
Market Review: Working Giants: Excavators, rope shovels and draglines over 100 tonnes operating weight
Extreme Machine: HRD88: The world’s tallest demolition rig is back in action after more modification
Factory visit: Komatsu Mining Germany: Dusseldorf factory produces the company’s giant mining excavators
Show Review: Scotplant: The Editor reports on highlights from Edinburgh’s plant and machinery show
Health & Safety: High Risk: Examining the dangers of using excavators for lifting operations
Running Report: D&E MacKay: Aberdeen-based company takes delivery of its third Cat backhoe
Running Report: Doosan DL420: Graham Black reviews Doosan’s 4cu.m loader, first tested 18 months ago
Employment: Volvo apprenticeships: Volvo Construction Equipment’s policy of attracting new blood to the industry

Earthmovers Issue 98 June 2012

Product Launch: Komatsu DASH10: Graham Black reviews the next generation of British-built excavators.
Site Visit: Drax Power Station: Where a fleet of new Cat motor scrapers is kept busy earning its keep.
Site Visit: Ward and Burke Construction: Completing the final phase of flood protection for Clonmel Town.
Fleet Focus: Raymond Brown Group: Machinery choice for the diverse operations of this Hampshire company.
Site Visit: Oceana Gold: Reefton’s 150-year opencast gold mine on New Zealand‘s South Island.
Show Report: Intermat: New model launches and highlights from the Paris-Nord exhibition.
Fleet Focus: ECL Civil Engineering: Bedfordshire-based company has acquired a taste for JCB machinery.
Extreme Machine: Hitachi EX8000: Monster 811-tonne hydraulic excavator with a price tag of €10 million.
Market Review: GPS Guidance: Peter Anderson reviews the latest machine guidance and control products.
First Drive: Komatsu D65WX: Geoff Ashcroft spends some time in the cab of Komatsu’s latest dozer.
Site Visit: C.A.Blackwell: Civils contractor at work on a section of Europe’s largest wind farm project.
Demolition: High-reach Liebherr R984: Technical Demolition Services’ modified excavator can stretch up to 67m.
Used Equipment: L.Jackson & Co: Providing an alternative source of supply for muck-shifting machinery.
Machines Past: Bucyrus History: Insight into the rich heritage Cat has gained with its latest acquisition.

Earthmovers Issue 97 May 2012

First Impressions: Caterpillar 938K: Cat’s new all-singing, all-dancing range of utility wheel loaders.
Special Adaptions: Hitachi ZX350LC-3: In the cab of M.O’Brien Plant Hire’s clamshell telescopic arm excavator.
Site Visit: Moorlands Specialist Excavations: Owner-operator Eddie Warrener’s latest tilt-rotator-equipped excavator.
Fleet Focus: Kelly Earthmoving: Specialised attachments are key for this NI muck-shifting enterprise.
Show Preview: Scotplant: The Editor previews the major machinery attractions on show at Edinburgh.
Factory Visit: New Holland: Graham Black reports from Fiat Industrial’s giant factories in Turin.
Fleet Focus: FGS Plant Hire: Reviewing the fleet of machinery operated by this Kent-based company.
Extreme Machine: O&K/Terex/Cat RH400: Meet the undisputed world heavyweight hydraulic excavator.
Site Visit: DSM Demolition Group: Remediation as an alternative to sending contaminated soil to landfill.
First Drive: JCB 457ZX: New flagship loader more powerful, more efficient and more sophisticated.
Product Launch: Caterpillar: Graham Black previews new or revised products due for launch at Intermat.
Site Security: Theft Prevention Services: Systems to the market to prevent theft & construction site vandalism.
WORLD EXCLUSIVE New Technology: Road Train Dump Truck: Sneak preview of the first prototype of the ETF multi-wheeled haul truck.
Site Visit: Howard Equipment: New range of compact screening buckets uses flexible star disc technology.
Attachments: Mantovanibenne: Italian maker of some of the largest demolition attachments in the industry.
Legal Matters: Ticket to Ride: We review the rules on operating construction machinery on the road.

Earthmovers Issue 96 April 2012

First Drive – JCB JS130:At work with JCB’s latest 13-tonner, powered by a Dieselmax engine.
Euro Focus – Euro Demolition: Part two of our profile sees the Dutch demo specialist at work in France.
First Impressions – Takeuchi TB016: On site with a mini-excavator that has remained unchanged for 10 years.
Product Launch – JCB : Ahead of Intermat, Graham Black reports on the latest models and news.
Market Guide – Hydraulic Breakers : A-Z of main manufacturers supplying the UK with hydraulic hammers.
Fleet Focus – Kelston Sparkes Group: Volvo and Cat are the choice of one of the UK’s oldest muck-shifting firms.
EXCLUSIVE REPORT Demolition – Christchurch Earthquake : Surrounded by devastation, demo rigs stand idle awaiting new contracts.
Plant Hire – Finning Rental: A growing force in the hire of machinery in the UK has some 350 items of plant.
Fleet Focus – Solent Stevedores : Machinery used to shift a mix of materials at Southampton Docks.
Site Visit – A46 Dual Carriageway: Major Midlands road building contract employs a fleet of Wirtgen mixers.
Materials Handling – United Metals : Machinery investment by a new venture in a rare Irish growth sector.
Technology – Hydraulic Oil : Review of the latest innovation by Chinese manufacturer Sany.
Site Visit – Safedem : Award-winning Scots demo firm prefers heavyweight muscle to big bangs.
Operator Competition – New Holland Challenge : The first round of this year’s European challenge at February’s Doe Show.
Show Report – Executive Hire Show : Review of the top six products launched at the show.

Earthmovers Issue 95 March 2012

First Impressions – First Impressions – Hyundai R1200-9: Korean 120-tonne excavator on long-term evaluation in New Zealand.
Drilling & Blasting – Sandvik D1550: The first example of this down-the-hole drill rig at work in the UK.
News Special: Graham Black reports on Finning’s acquisition of the Bucyrus franchise.
Waste Recycling – Anaconda Screens: Latest Northern Ireland – built kit to go into a recycling application.
Materials Handling – Liebherr LH120C: Familiarity breeds success in the scrap for metal and wood recycling.
Fleet Focus – Chunnel Group: Kent-based muck shifter takes its machine ownership very seriously.
Health & Safety – Mobile Crushers: The Editor’s take on the latest safety guidance notes for operators.
Technology – Oil Analysis: How tests are performed and the significant benefits analysis provide.
Site Transport – Mercedes-Benz 4X4: The latest off road Sprinters, Unimogs and load-lugging Actros and Zetros.
Demolition – Cat 5110B: Sneak preview of a monster machine that crushes everything in its path.
Show Preview – Intermat 2012: Paris show runs from 16 to 21 April and looks set to be a must-see event.
Special Adaptations – Abco Marine: Continuing a long tradition of marine construction companies in N.Ireland.
Market Review – Backhoe Loaders: Pre-stage IIIb/Tier4 models may offer strong residuals in years to come.
Euro Focus – GINAF Trucks: Specially-modified trucks help to drive down muck-shifting costs.
First Impressions – Terex PT60: Suspended Posi-Track system makes for a versatile, all round skid-steer.
Men & Machinery – Terra Services: Irish irrigation specialists turn their hand to cattle watering systems.
Plant History – Bobcat: Graham Black reviews the company’s 25-years history in mini-excavator sales.

Earthmovers Issue 94 February 2012

First Impressions – Liebherr L586: Giant wheel loader keeps its marbles developing a new Italian quarry.
Cultural Corner – Northumberlandia: Unique muck-shift is likely to become a favourite for machinery enthusiasts.
Fleet Focus – Mid Cork Group: Irish family company’s diversification into road recycling operations.
Euro Focus – EPSA: Spanish contractors big Liebherr excavators dig for rich copper ore sites.
On-Site Transport – Sleipner wheels: Nordic solution to moving heavy excavators around a UK quarry site.
Men & Machinery – George Evans: At 92, this JCB 8008 owner-operator is believed to be the UK’s oldest.
Euro Focus – Hitachi EX1900-6: 200-tonne excavator designed to excavate unblasted China Clay and Silica sand.
Site Visit – Hitachi EGR110R: Swivel-tip tracked dumper at work on river defence project in East Anglia.
Legal Issues – New Towing Regulations: The Editor reviews the implications relating to goods vehicle Operator Licences.
Show Preview – Executive Hire Show: New and improved kit on display at the Ricoh Arena on February 8 and 9.
Demolition – 777 Group: Demo project uses an innovative means of protecting adjacent buildings.
Alternative Technology – Frutiger: Swiss Scrapedozer muck-shifters are in their element on short hauls.
Site Visit – Holcim Cement: Swiss giant looks to revolutionise production at its New Zealand subsidiary.
Special Adaptions – Condor: Rotterdam Port’s monster Cat 385 features a massive reach of 46 metres.
Cranes & Lifting – Liebherr LTM11200: Ireland is home to three of the world’s largest telescopic boom cranes.

Earthmovers Issue 93 January 2012

Site Visit – Netherton Mine: A mix of old and new machinery is extracting low sulphur coal in Ayrshire.
First Impressions – Hitachi ZW550: One of the first Hitachi 50-tonne-class wheel loaders to break cover in Europe.
First Impressions – Volvo Backhoes: Redesigned BL71B at work on the fleet of general builder G. D’Amore.
Machines Past & Present – Agripower: Bucks firm prefers elevating motor scrapers to excavators and dump trucks. Charity Event – Recovery Challenge: Dragged out after 16 years – a bogged O&K RH4 raised €15,300 for charity. Machines Past – The Story of JCB: New exhibition at JCB‘s Staffordshire HQ displays classic muck-shifters.
Charity Event – Dean’s Digger Drive: Cardiac Risk in the Young charity benefits from marathon digger drive.
Extreme Machines – Bear Run Mine: Machinery fleet at a new Indiana coal mine, the largest in the eastern US.
Market Review – Site Dumpers: The latest news from manufacturers of wheeled, ride-on site dumpers.
Demolition – Brokk 180: A remote-controlled excavator in an unusual demolition application.
Materials Handling – Liebherr R954C: The latest machine to service the Liverpool and Manchester Ship Canal.
Fleet Focus – Downey Plant Hire: North Tipperary family company concentrates largely on local projects.
Site Visit – Birchfields Ross Mining: Large machinery fleet digs for gold in this New Zealand operation.
Plant Hire – Bison Plant Hire: Serious investment in compact equipment brings a change in direction.
Fleet Focus – James Jamieson Construction: Family-run firm is passionate about its business and Cat equipment.
Extreme Machine – Albatros: One-off floating marvel on breakwater duty at the Belgian Port of Ostend.
Factory Visit – Caterpillar, Desford: Primary source of Cat backhoe production hands over 250,000th model.