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Earthmovers Issue 92 December 2011

First Drive – Caterpillar 329E: Working impressions of one of Cat’s latest generation of excavators.
Euro Focus – Carrara Marble: Man and machinery at work in Italy’s world-famous marble quarries.
Special Adaptations – Pat Foley: Diversification has driven this Irish company into forestry applications.
Men & Machines – Craig Pope: Graham Black visits the owner of Pope Plant at a sand quarry in Kent.
Fleet Focus – Stokey Plant: On-going operations at this West Midlands-based plant hire company.
Product Launch – Wacker Neuson: Graham Black reports from Munich on a new range of tracked dumpers.
Dealer Review – Molson Group: Report from this prominent equipment dealer’s recent open days.
Extreme Machines – McKinley Mine: History & machinery at one of the USA’s largest surface coal mines.
Market Review – Articulated Dump Trucks: Review of the latest developments in these essential muck-shifters.
Operator Competitions – Case Rodeo: Graham Black reports on the European finals of the 2011 competition.
Demolition – Despe, Italy: Credited with shaking up and modernising Italy’s demolition industry.
Machines Past & Present – Hyundai: How Ernest Doe became the South Korean manufacturer’s first UK dealer.
Men & Machinery – J.A. Baker & Son: Mid-Wales family business has run Liebherr machinery for over 20 years.
Manufacturer Focus – Bell Loaders: The growing success of the latest entrant to the UK wheel loader market.
Transport – Hino Trucks: Winning market share through keen prices, reliability and availability.
Industry Interview – Medical Guidelines: Draft guidance document on the fitness requirements for plant operators.

Earthmovers Issue 91 November 2011

First Drive – Caterpillar 308DCR: At the controls of what’s proving to be a popular midi here in the UK.
Euro Focus – Sennebogen 860R-HD: Built in Bavaria, working in Switzerland and operated by a Dutchman.
Product Launch – Doosan: Graham Black reports on the launch of new emissions-compliant machinery.
Special Adaptations – L&M Keating: Owners of Ireland’s first amphibious long-reach excavator conversion.
Show Report – RWM Exhibition: The latest waste handling and recycling machinery on show in Birmingham.
Market Review – Quick-Hitches: The latest developments in quick-hitches for construction machinery.
Product Launch – Caterpillar: Graham Black reports from Spain on the latest products from Caterpillar.
Extreme Machine – Nordic Giant vs Wodan: Two giant Liebherr P995-based dredgers at work extending Rotterdam Port.
Men & Machines – Ollie Drewitt: Groundworks specialist bought his first midi-excavator at just 21 years old.
Attachments – BluePool Products: One owner operator’s answer to the job of compacting waste in skips.
Demolition – John Tinnelly & Sons: Irish specialist offers a complete range of demolition and recycling services.
Show Report – SALTEX: Graham Black reports from Windsor on the latest compact equipment.
Fleet Focus – JK Ashbrook: Operating a fleet of around 1000 machines from micros to 32t excavators.
Technical Training – James Brown: Award-winning mechanic is still learning his trade at Lloyd of Dumfries.
Access Equipment – Terex AWP: News of the latest raft of rough-terrain & telescopic access equipment.
Technology – Hybrid Drive Trucks: RCV manufacturer Dennis trials a BAE Systems hybrid drive on its chassis.

Earthmovers Issue 90 October 2011

First Drive – New Holland C-Series: Last month shovels – this month it’s the latest excavators from New Holland.
Demolition – Greenwich Redevelopment: 777 Group’s high-reach Hitachi EX1200 duo switch to a mass-excavation role.
Site Visit – Cliffsend Underpass: Four-tonne Takeuchi minis expedite excavations for a tunnel in Kent.
Running Report – JCB 3CX Eco Backhoe: Does this latest classic British muck-shifter live up to the marketing hype?
Site Visit – Conwell Contracts: Installation of the largest diameter pipe in Ireland by an auger boring crew.
Factory Visit – Liebherr Ultra-Class haulers: History and future developments of these massive mining dump trucks.
Extreme Machines – Armstrong Coal: Born again walking draglines power Kentucky’s revitalised coal mines.
Market Review – Materials Handlers: Where there’s muck there’s money – dedicated materials handlers reviewed.
Opencast Machinery – Wheeled Dozers: The UK market for these versatile machines seems confined to surface mining.
Euro Focus – Port of Ostend: Machinery at work on the port’s expansion and protection project.
Running Report – Wray’s Micro Crusher Hire: Exploiting a niche in this hire sector is beginning to pay dividends.
Machines Past & Present – Monster Park: Roll up, roll up – book your slot to play with some serious earthmovers.
Recycling – Rubber Track Disposal: An innovative and environmentally-friendly way to dispose of an old problem.
Forestry – Harvesting Trees: Visiting a New Zealand farmer’s fleet of timber harvesting machinery.

Earthmovers Issue 89 September 2011

First Drive – New Holland C-Series: Say hello to the first three of a new seven-model range of wheel loaders.
First Impressions – Liebherr LH120CHR: Modern and mobile alternative to a static crane ticks all the right boxes.
Site Visit – R. A. O’Neill Plant Hire: Irish dredging specialist brings in Belfast’s Lagan River project on time.
Plant Theft – Dodgy Diggers: If the price of a machine looks too good to be true then it probably is.
Show Report – Vertikal Days: Haydock Park was host to some of the latest lifting and access equipment.
Product Launch – JCB Waste Day: New Wastemaster-spec handlers, telehandlers and (hint, hint) a backhoe?
Attachments – OilQuick: The Editor outlines the advantages of this Swedish quick coupling system.
Extreme Machine – Massive Miners: Update on the giant machinery operating on Canada’s largest coal mine.
Market Review – Skid-Steer Loaders: The latest developments in this important sector of the tool carrier market.
Fleet Focus – BP Mitchell: Herts company’s multi-million-pound plant and haulage fleet upgrade.
Euro Focus – Hitachi EX355: Three classic excavators at work on Holland’s biggest greenhouse project.
Technology – Scanlaser PowerDigger 2D: Hands-on comparison between traditional and laser-controlled digging.
Machines Past & Present – Cat D7G/Birtley Scraper: Rare combo shows that traditional muck-shifting is still economical.

Earthmovers Issue 88 August 2011

First Drive – Kubota Dash 4 Minis: Japanese maker looks set to dominate the competitive 1.5-tonne class.
Men & Machines – K. Coghlan Plant: Isle of Wight groundworks company remains loyal to JCB machinery.
New Products – Volvo Days: New emissions-compliant machinery from Volvo revealed in Sweden.
First Impressions – Wacker Neuson 6503: Unusual midi wheeled excavator is among an upgraded waste handling fleet.
Market Review – Crusher Buckets: What’s new among these important attachments in the recycling sector?
Extreme Machine – Liebherr R9800: Latest 800-tonne excavator is fair-dinkum for Australia’s mining industry.
Demolition – Case CX470BHRD: New Sumitomo-built high-reach demolition rig makes its UK debut.
Reader Report – JCB CB60 Crusher Bucket: Komatsu rubber duck owner-operator Ollie Kitchin’s collection of attachments.
Site Visit – University of Limerick: Creating sports facilities on a river flood plain called for tactful planning.
Technology – CETA Show: Graham Black reports from the inaugural event at Uttoxeter racecourse.
Used Equipment – Euro Auctions: The effects of recent changes in demand on the prices of used machinery.
Product Launch – BSP Piling Hammers: New British-built attachments designed for use with road/rail excavators.
Operator Competition – Case Rodeo: The Editor reports on the UK events and gets to see the latest Case machinery.
Machines Past & Present – Classic Extravaganza: Classic muck-shifters were the stars at a weekend rally in Holland.

Earthmovers Issue 87 July 2011

First Drive – Hanix H17D: We dig doze with one of the latest pair of mini-excavators from Japan.
Site Visit – Time Team: The popular TV series gets to grips with a new equipment supplier.
Fleet Focus – LM Keating: Diversification into specialist fields is key to survival for this Co. Clare firm.
Product Launch – Bomag Rollers: European dealers get to see the latest Dash-5 light vibrating tandem rollers.
Market Review – Wheel Loaders: The latest developments in this popular category of materials handlers.
Demolition – Liebherr R954CVH-HDW: MGL Demolition’s latest rig from Germany is a really versatile operator.
Extreme Machines – Komatsu PC2000-8: New 200-tonne excavator ticks the right boxes for a Welsh mining firm.
Site Visit – Stepford Homes: A change of strategy helped this Lincs house-builder to survive the recession.
Site Visit – Barker Haulage: A used excavator brings loads of success for this Irish timber haulier.
Euro Focus – AF Decom: Demolition specialist won the contract to dismantle a Russian warship.
Fleet Focus – PGC Contractors: Investment in new machinery is paying dividends for this Midlands company.
Machines Past & Present – WABCO: New Zealand-based company still runs a fleet of Oz-built classic scrapers.
Maintenance – MST Expander System: Cost-effective solution to repairing worn excavator pivot points and pins.
Environmental protection – Dust Control: Novel snow-making machines lay the dust at a South Wales coalmine.
Fleet Focus – Huntsmans Quarries: One firm faces up to the need to keep older kit working for longer.

Earthmovers Issue 86 June 2011

First Drive – Caterpillar ADT: Practical environmentally-friendly tipper truck technology put to the test.
Extreme Machines – Komatsu PC3000-6: Scottish mining specialist has invested in a fleet of 260-tonne excavators.
Attachments – Exac-One: West Midlands plant hirer has refocused on the attachments market.
Show Report – Conexpo, Las Vegas: Showcase for new releases and updates in a bullish American market.
Open Day – JCB Targets Ireland: Graham Black reports on an innovative finance scheme to help Irish buyers.
Product Launch – Bobcat 700 & Doosan DX380LC: Latest skid-steers from Bobcat plus a new Doosan crawler excavator.
Show Preview – CETA 2011: A new alliance of technology companies organises a working demonstration.
News Feature – Plant Parts: Komatsu parts specialist is rewarded with Queen’s Award for Enterprise.
Machines Past & Present – Scottish Coal: Classic fleet: Cat 777 trucks loaded by an O&K RH120 and a Demag H185S.
Market Review – Telehandlers: Manufacturers and latest trends in the market for telescopic handlers.
Market Prices – Telehandlers: An auctioneer’s view of the prices obtained for used telescopic handlers.
Re-handling – Sennebogen 880D: Monster 240-tonne material handler struts its stuff at Shoreham Port.
First Impressions – Komatsu HD785: North-East opencast miner breaks ranks with an order for Komatsu trucks.
Demolition – DSM Demolition: Brum-based demo specialist’s fleet includes a Kocurek Doosan DX520.
Special Adaptations – Volvo Trucks: Four modified dumpers get to grips with huge Dutch gravel project.
Job Report – New Zealand Rail: Milk run turns into a giant milk shake – here’s what happened next.

Earthmovers issue 85 May 2011

First Drive – Terex TLB840: Entry-level backhoe spearheads this maker’s ambitions for more market share.
First Impressions – Volvo G940 motor grader: Argyll-based McFadyens Contractors’ new machine at work on forestry roads.
Fleet Focus – JW Carnegie: Irish firm has specialised in quarrying sand and gravel for over 60 years.
Technology – Loadrite Express: Highly accurate weighing system’s objective is to save time and money.
Site Visit – Multihog MH90: Irish MPV/Universal Bingham road planer combo solves pothole problems.
First Drive – Cat Mini & Micro-Excavators: Evaluating the new 300.9D micro and 301.4C mini-excavators, built in Austria.
Extreme Machines – Komatsu PC8000: Start of a new series reviewing the world’s largest hydraulic excavators.
Market Review – Wheeled Excavators: Focus on current rubber duck models in the over 12-tonne sector.
Site Visit – Porthmadog Bypass: Overdue route round this N. Wales tourist bottleneck nears completion.
Euro Focus – Spanish Scrap: The largest scrap yard in Europe could have the part you are looking for.
Market Prices – Rubber Duck: Auctioneer David Betts’ guide to prices of used wheeled excavators.
Men & Machinery – Tales from the Riverbank: One New Zealand contractor’s unusual job involves working in a river.
Extreme Machines – Scottish Coal: Maintaining haul roads on this wettest of Scotland’s opencast coal sites.
Factory Visit – Terex, Motherwell: Scotland’s latest ADTs feature Scania engines with SCR/AdBlue technology.

Earthmovers Issue 84 April 2011

Euro Focus – Komatsu PC2000: Massive 200-tonner cuts its teeth loading trucks in a Spanish coal mine.
Attachments – Friel Construction: Midlands contractor is reaping the benefits of a Steelwrist tilt-rotator.
Fleet Focus – Ibstock Bricks: Modern machinery supports traditional methods of brick production.
Fleet Focus – Smith Demolition: A versatile plant policy has enabled this Irish contractor to flourish.
Product Launch – Volvo F, G and B Series: Volvo launch a host of new or upgraded tippers, shovels and backhoe-loaders.
Special Adaptations – Snijder Cat 365: Heavily modified excavator designed for the North European Gas Pipeline.
Market Review – GPS Systems: Latest products from providers of GPS machine guidance and control systems.
Machines Past & Present – S. C. Burgess: A 1970s dozer-scraper combination thrives with a laser guidance system.
Demolition – St Johann Harbour: Massive inland port regeneration project on the French-Swiss border.
Fleet Focus – MV Kelly: Midlands contractor insists on high standards to expand customer base.
Site Visit – M7 Motorway: Reflecting on the earthworks aspects of this recently-opened Irish motorway.
Business Matters – Auctions: Top tips aimed at achieving the best prices for used equipment at auction.
Show Report – Executive Hire Show: The latest news from the recent exhibition held in Coventry’s Ricoh Centre.
Machines Past – SE Davis & Son: Worcs-based family’s historic machinery collection in danger from bureaucracy.
Training – Shire 4 Education: Burgeoning pre-cast concrete specialist recognises the need for training.
New Technology – Green Break Technology: A viable non-detonating alternative to the use of conventional explosives.

Earthmovers Issue 83 March 2011

First Drive – Takeuchi TB128FR: On site with this Japanese maker’s smallest FR mini, which is new to the UK.
Plant Hire – Liebherr/HN Services: Europe’s largest dozer uses machine guidance on tight urban project.
Product Launch – Case T-Series: Latest four-model backhoe loader range to hit the European market.
Rehandling – Cat 226B Skid-Steer: Versatile quayside loader/sweeper earns its keep at Ridham Docks, Kent.
Extreme Machine – Van Vliet ZX870-3: Triple-boom excavator conversion reaches new heights of destruction.
First Impressions – JCB 8025ZTS: Santa’s little helper takes the form of a zero-tailswing mini- excavator.
Show Report – LAMMA 2011: The demise of SED brought more construction flavour to this year’s show.
Extreme Machine – Cat 992K Wheel Loader: 97-tonner can drop 60t of rock into a 775F truck in less than two minutes.
Site Visit – Glenough Wind Farm: Conventional and specialist kit makes the connection to the national grid.
Site Visit – Malcolm Construction: Terex TR45 rigid’s 41-tonne payload is the key to Scottish quarry logistics.
Market Review – Compact Loaders: What’s new in the under six-tonne and up to 1cu.m bucket sector?
Machines Past & Present – Lafarge, Dunbar: Classic machinery still works the shifts, but its days appear to be numbered.
Site Visit – W. R. Chapman: King’s Lynne-based family firm specialises in reservoir construction.
Technology – Focus on Fuel: Challenges and solutions to problems created by the switch to new fuels.

Earthmovers Issue 82 February 2011

First Drive – Hyundai R210LC-9: Dash 9 excavator combines stability with power, plus attention to detail.
First Impressions – Komatsu WA900: Lincolnshire quarry is home to two of the UK’s largest Komatsu wheel loaders.
Site Visit – Land & Water: River dredging has come a long way since the days of using draglines.
Legal Notes – Towing Regulations: Staying within the law when towing a trailer for business use is a complex subject.
Site Visit – M7 Nenagh to Limerick: Irish motorway crews overcome serious peat bog conditions on this project.
Market Review – Crawler Excavators: Key developments in this mainstream workhorse sector between 12 and 35t.
Machines Past & Present – Thamesteel: Kent steel manufacturer combines classic kit with modern cargo handlers.
Show Preview – Executive Hire Show: The Ricoh Arena, Coventry, is the place to be on 9 and 10 February 2011.
Demolition – Technical Demolition Services: Knock-out demo-spec Liebherr R984C/LaBounty MSD 9500R shear combo.
Euro Focus – Cat 345C Ripper: Less bang, more bucks from this specially equipped ripper excavator.
Fleet Focus – Tom Murphy & Sons: Irish muck-shifter turns to road recycling with German Wirtgen machinery.
Extreme machine – JCB HMEE: We give the military’s High Mobility Engineer Excavator its first civilian dig.

Earthmovers Issue 81 January 2011

First Drive – Doosan DX235LCR: At the controls of the Korean maker’s latest short-radius excavator.
Product Launch – JCB Loaders: We drive the new range of US-built wheeled and tracked skid-steers.
Extreme Machines – Hitachi EX5500: A dozen of these 520-tonne giants are hard at work digging Spanish coal.
Product Launch – Cat Excavators: Report from Belgium, plus news of Cat’s intended purchase of Bucyrus.
Recycling – Spencer ECA: Welsh contractor converts waste timber into bio-fuel for power stations.
Demolition – Heavy Decom International: WORLD EXCLUSIVE! British ingenuity creates the monster muncher.
Special Adaptations – Fire Dozers: The special men and machinery that fight fires in southern California.
Site visit – Liebherr R934C HDSL: French-built excavator is configured to dig out storm water tunnel shafts.
Market Review – Monster Mining Movers: Corporate moves and powerplant innovations rock the dump truck market.
Fleet Focus – Michael Boland Plant Hire: Fleet of machinery used to create the latest Gaelic sports pitch in Ireland.
Demolition – Lee Group: Kent-based demo specialist gets stuck into stripping an old paper mill.
Technology – Adaptive Load Control: JCB’s answer to the latest European regulations covering telehandlers.
Site Visit – East Brothers: Wiltshire timber firm runs a fleet of small wheel loaders and forklifts.
Global Focus – BSP International Foundations: Unusual method of constructing the new port of Sao Joao da Barra, Brazil
Waste Management – Dig-A-Screener: Waste processing specialist trials its latest Max Xtract density separator.
Men & Machinery – Volvo Masters: UK finals of the competition designed to challenge local service centre teams.