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Earthmovers Issue 116 December 2013

First Drive: Takeuchi TB260: Report from the spacious cab of this all-new 5.7 tonne excavator from Japan
Site Visit: Jim Bolton Sand & Gravel: Keeping costs to a minimum is central to the firm’s continuing success
New Products: Volvo Maxxim 600: Prototype and first production versions of this 60-tonne capacity hauler
Demolition: Brown and Mason: Demo firm is tasked with dismantling the National Gas Turbine Establishment
Show Report: Lady Hill Show: NI event provided a valuable opportunity to evaluate a range of equipment
Euro Focus: LKAB Mining: Sweden’s biggest producer of iron ore is looking to open new surface mines
Factory Visit: Hyundai Heavy Industries: Korean manufacturer has ambitions for world number three spot by 2016
Extreme Machines: Kemmerer Mine: Operation with a history of massive machineryand high-quality coal production
Market Review: Lighting Towers: The latest developments and trends in portable site lighting equipment
First Impressions: Komatsu PC360-10: D&S Contracts’ new excavator is the first to enter service in Ireland
Demolition: Hi-Reach Liebherr R984C: The latest Kocurek-modified extreme demolition rig to enter service in the UK
Operator Interview: Aimee Pooley: One of the new generation of skilled plant operators looking to the future
Site Visit: Wessex Demolition & Salvage: A remote-controlled Brokk 100 working in a tight inner-city project
Attachments: NPK SV-100XR: WW II German bunker was the first project for this new flagship attachment
Used Equipment: Prima: Dutch trading company has shifted some seriously large kit in recent years
Site Visit: Coffey Construction:Playing its part in providing maintenance facilities for Ireland’s motorway network
Machines Past & Present: Bucyrus Erie 1370W:This monstrous surface mining dragline has received a second lease of life

Earthmovers Issue 115 November 2013

First Impressions: Volvo EC220D: On-site time behind the controls of this latest 21-tonne class excavator
Men & Machines: Mike Duguid Dozer Hire: The proud owner of a new £210k Cat D6T LPG dozer witha VPAT blade
Site Visit: Komatsu PC2000-8: The first of these 200-tonne class face shovels in Europe now hard at work
Extreme Machines: Falkirk Mine: Massive miners at work in one of North Dakota’s vast opencast lignite pits
Special Adaptions: Snijder Hitachi EX1900: This 250-tonne monster can place 20-tonne blocks at a reach of 28-metres
Product Review: Hidromek: The latest developments from this family-run Turkish plant manufacturer
New Technology: Allu M Series: Latest crushing and screening buckets could reduce soft rock mining costs
Extreme Machine: CAT 24M Grader: Unique in Europe, this giant grader maintains roads at the Aitik copper mine
Market Review: Machine Guidance: The latest developments and trends in machine guidance technology sector
New Technology: McAuliffe Civil Engineering: Taking3D GPS machine guidance and control technology one step further
Site Visit: Medmerry Managed Realignment: A West Sussex realignment scheme is designed to stop coastal erosion
Crushing & Screening: Barry Wood Plant Hire: Buxton-based contractor processes rubble from a large dimensional stone quarry
Transport: Low-Loader Trailers: Recent developments in plant trailers and the threat of EU regulations
Classic Plant: Ruston Proctor No. 306: Lottery grant helps to return the world’s oldest steam navvy to its former glory
Euro Focus: Kevitsa Nickel Mine: Heavyweight kit works one of the largest metal ore mines in the Nordic region

Earthmovers Issue 114 October 2013

Market Review – Quarry & Mining Machines Graham Black reviews current trends in quarrying and opencast mining machinery.
Site Visit – Nordic Mines A trio of Hitachi EX1200s help this gold mining company meet its targets.
First Drive – CAT 966KXE Working the stockpile in the first wheel loader with CVT transmission.
First Impressions – JCB JS260XD Stage 3B emissions-compliant excavator in demo action on the Isle of Wight.
New Technology – Volvo Vision Graham Black reports from Sweden on Volvo’s vision of the future.
Site Visit – Komatsu PC2000-8 Four-man team build the first of these giant face shovels to work in Europe.
Attachments – K&S Allbones Civil engineering contractor realises the full potential of tracked skid-steers.
First Impressions – Liebherr R906 A week at the controls of this 22-tonne excavator on a site in East Devon.
Extreme Machines – Kaunisvaara Mines A fleet of serious Cat machinery plays a major mining role in Swedish Lapland.
First Drive – Doosan DL550-3 Latest heavyweight loader is much more than just a tweaked DL500.
Demolition – Northbank Demolition Manchester demo firm is yet another convert to smart hitch technology.
Market Review – Generators Graham Black takes a look at the latest innovations in mobile generators.
Site Visit – Sicim Roadbridge Joint venture responsible for laying a 45km- long gas pipeline in Co.Wedford.
Site Visit – O’Hara Bros Stage 3B- compliant machines knock 25% off recycling firm’s fuel bills.
Industry Comment – Stars of the Future The growing skills gap within the UK construction equipment industry.
Men & Machines – RW Plant It has to be Hitachi for owner-operator Royston Westlake’s budding firm.
Special News Report – Nine-Day Wonder Nine days only were allotted for these major rail replacements works.
Recycling – Lanz Group This firm’s Colnbrook site now uses a Volvo mini to replace manual labour.

Earthmovers Issue 113 September 2013

First Drive: CAT 336EH Hybrid: Under the skin of Cat’s first production hydraulic hybrid excavator
Extreme Machines: Aitik Copper Mine: Despite changes, work still relies on some of the world’s largest earthmovers
Special News Report: Terex: Latest news from this global truck manufacturer’s Glasgow factory
Special News Report: Sleipner: Finnish transport system designer has developed a new version for 500-tonners
Show Report: Demo Expo Show: West Midlands location for this latest exhibition in the show calendar
Fleet Focus: DDS Demolition: Kent-based firm gets involved in a wide variety of demolition projects
First Impressions: Liugong Europe: First UK dealer aims to bring more of this chinese machinery to our shores
Special Adaptions: Ollie Kitchen: Owner/operator of the most sophisticated wheeled excavator in the UK
Market Review: Getting Hitched: Latest developments and trends in the market for quick-hitch couplings
First Drive: Doosan DX140LC: Latest Dash 3 version of this Korean 14-tonner comes with six-pot power
Fleet Focus: Campbell Contracts: Running one of the first stage 3B Case excavatorsworking in Northern Ireland
First Impressions: Menzi Muck: Swiss-made spider excavators get a significant improvement in performance
First Impressions: First drive of an excavator fitted with JCB’s new 6-cylinder Dieselmax engine
Special Adaptions: Kandt KSC 885: Initial reports from Holland on a versatile sheet piler in the 90t weight range
Demolition: Safedem: Scots contractor’s beefed-up Liebherr is tailor-made to its demolition role
Show Report: Elmia Wood Show: This month’s focus is on wood chipping and associated handling equipment

Earthmovers Issue 112 August 2013

First Drive: JCB 417HT: Latest wheel loader gets a quieter, all-new cab and in-house engine
Fleet Focus: Cuddy Group: Fast-growing Swansea-based firm runs some unusual and rare machinery
Show Report: China at Bauma: The latest offerings from Chinese manufacturers on display in Germany
Product Launch: JCB: Latest developments from Staffordshire
Euro Focus: Gravel Extraction: Machinery designed to extract gravel at an ambitious project in Holland
Fleet Focus: TJ Shields & Sons: NI contractor runs a mixed fleet chosen for reliability and running costs
Market Review: Crusher Buckets: The latest developments in screening and crushing bucket attachments
Extreme Machine: Komatsu PC3000: Providing the muscle at the biggest cement quarry in the Netherlands
Product Launch: Caterpillar: Report from Malaga on the latest product news from Caterpillar
First Impressions: Hyundai 140-9: Luke Furse is the latest contractor to discover the benefits of Hyundai machinery
Demolition: Maldon Demolition: Breaking out and processing the foundations of a former Kent cement works
Site Visit: A.S.G. Tunelling: A new fleet of Caterpillars are helping with significant sewer repair in Glasgow
Site Visit: London Crossrail: At the centre of excavations at Farringdon Station is a long-reach JCB JS220
Extreme Machine: TUHD60: Giant of the Dutch demolition industry still on song after 10,000 hours
Re-Handling: Day Group: An inner-city aggregates supply operation depends heavily on rail transport
Show Report: Elma Wood: The forestry machinery industry gathers to see the latest technology at work

Earthmovers Issue 111 July 2013

First Drive: Komatsu WA380-7: Working with this latest wheel loader, now in Dash-7 guise
Site Visit: Belfast Harbour: Provision of a wind farm terminal is Northern Ireland’s largest construction project
News Report: First 800 Tonner: Later this year an 800-tonne class excavator will start work on European soil
Show Report: Bauma 2013: Highlights from the world’s largest construction show, which just gets bigger
Show Report: Plantworx 2013: Graham Black reports on the firstPlantworx construction machinery show
Site Visit: Crossrail: Focus on an unusual 50-tonne excavator working under London’s streets
Euro Focus: Hitachi EX1900: Rare beast in Europe was recently put to work in a Belgian quarry
Materials Handling: Atlas 350MH: Scotland’s first 18m-reach Stage 3B material handler on scrap metal duties
Site Visit: Conger Realignment: Road realignment schemes are an important sector of the Irish civils industry
Attachments: Trent Construction: A JCB JS260 with a piling attachment is the key to a flood defence project
Fleet Focus: Coles Plant: Devon Earthmoving and plant hire firm celebrates ’50 not out’ this year
Site Visit: Stevin Rock: Middle East quarry embraces UK approach to site safety and productivity
Transport: Mercedes-Benz Arcos: On- and off- road performance of this latest range of construction trucks
Extreme Machine: Marion 3630 ’The Captain’: Dramatic first-hand story of the fire that destroyed the largest shovel ever built

Earthmovers Issue 110 June 2013

First Drive: JCB JS130: Report from the cab of this latest UK-built, clean-burning 13-tonner
Show Preview: Plantworx 2013 (Part Two): New machinery highlights on display at the forthcoming Plantworx show
First Impressions: Bobcat Skid-Steers: In the cab of the latest 500-Series skid-steer and compact tracked loaders
Running Report: Komatsu WA900: Update on the two largest wheel loaders at work in a UK cement quarry
First Impressions: CAT 302.7D: An owner operator’s assessment of this three-tonne class mini-excavator
News Report: Titan Dredger: Heavyweight dredger is destined for swampland work in the Caspian Sea
Euro Focus: Cyprus Oil Storage: News of a €300 million investment in a new oil storage terminal
Extreme Machines: Peabody Energy: Report from North Antelope Rochelle Mine, the largest in North America
Euro Focus: Mantsinen Scheldeoord: Finland supplies the first 170-tonne dredger to Martens en Van Oord
Service & Maintenance: Tyre Trends: Outlining the latest developments in tyre technology and services
Site Visit: Northeast Demolition: Demo specialist’s latest addition is a Kocurek-modified JCB JS360 XD HRD
Dust Control: European Attachments Group: Importers of a new dust suppression system that’s ideal for inner-city sites
Site Visit: Gorman Brothers: One Irish family joins forces to compete successfully with the big boys
Euro Focus: Lemay Quarry: Belgian limestone quarry where only the toughest machines can survive
Forestry & Land Clearing: Ben Nicholson: Specialist machinery turns waste material into resalable products
Men & Machines: Austin Wilkinson: 26-year-old went from labourer to owner/director in just ten years
Site Visit: Glenshee Ski Centre: Benefits of two of the latest snow grooming dozers from K?ssbohrer

Earthmovers Issue 109 May 2013

Product Launch: Doosan: News of some of the latest emissions compliant machinery from Doosan.
Extreme Machines: Cat D10R & D11T: Currently ripping up one of little Luxembourg’s biggest slag heaps.
News Special: Coldest Journey: News from the Finning team attempting to cross the Antarctic in winter.
Fleet Focus: Wooldridge Ecotec: Bagshot company is preparing two former hospital sites to provide homes.
Recycling: Kenny Waste: Investment in new kit proves better than keeping old classics working.
Attachments: Engcon Tilt-Rotator: A key piece of kit in building new mountain bike trails in Scotland.
Site Visit: Mosfiloti Quarry: Machinery at this Cypriot quarry includes a rare pair of small face shovels.
Show Preview: Plantworx 2013: Part 1 highlights goods and services from small- to medium-sized firms.
Plant Hire: The Challenges Ahead: Graham Black provides his views on the changing nature of UK plant hire.
Special Adaptations: Hitachi Elephant: Luyckx-converted Hitachi EX1200 excavator is given a three-in-one role.
Classic Plant: Kirwan Civil Engineering: A fleet of veteran muck-shifters proves its worth for this Irish contractor.
Material Handling: Scotlog Sales: Inverness shipping specialist relies on a monster pair of MultiDockers.
Euro Focus: Transportes Peal: How one of Spain’s biggest contractors is weathering the economic storm.
Maintenance: Expander Pins: The latest means of replacing worn out linkage pins on excavators.
Men & Machinery: Nick Drew: Graham Black on the life and times of EARTHMOVERS’ new blogger.

Earthmovers Issue 108 April 2013

Euro Focus: Rip & Load: The first Cat 374D in France extracts limestone without using explosives
Special Adaptions: Pett Rescue: A converted Thwaites site dumper is helping to save life on the Sussex coast
Extreme Machines: Belle Ayr Mine: Update on the beasts that operate at one of the USA’s giant coal mines
Show Preview: BAUMA 2013: New machinery due to be launched at Germany’s forthcoming BAUMA Show
News Report: Astra Dump Trucks: Small rigid dump trucks are favourites on a hydro-electric dam project
Site Clearance: Cat 299DXHP: Probably the first Stage 3B emissions-compliant skid-steer at work in the UK
Recycling: KSD Environmental: Leading south coast recovery and skip hire company invests in new machinery
Fleet Focus: McQuillan Group: Diversification is this Northern Irish Group’s route to sustained success
Crushing & Screening: Gallagher Recycling: Investing in machinery enabled this company to recycle trench arisings
Site Visit: Pett Level Beach: Machinery working on the latest flood prevention works in East Sussex
Extreme Machine: Hitachi EX1200 Triple: A stubborn quay offers the first serious test for a new 200t+ demo monster
Market Review: Dust Suppression: The latest developments in kit designed to minimize airborne particles
Health & Safety: Plant Operators: The editor’s comments on a recent medical assessment guidance document
Site Visit: Yorwaste: Yorkshire recycler finds two small shovels work better than one big one
Access Platforms: Snorkel A62JRT: Zero tailswing and more working height make this newcomer far more versatile
Euro Focus: Economides Metal Recycling: The fleet of machinery working in a metal recycling facility in Cyprus
Factory Visit: Liebherr Colmar: New facility aims to grow Liebherr’s share of the mining and truck market
New Products: Hitachi Amsterdam: The latest product news from the European headquarters of Hitachi
Transport: Mercedes-Benz Arocs: Report from the world premiere of this range of trucks

Earthmovers Issue 107 March 2013

First Drive: Komatsu HB215-1: Operating the latest version of this second-generation hybrid excavator
Site Visit: Walters Group: One of the UK’s key quarries operates a new fleet of front-line machinery
First Impressions: Liebherr R950SME: Quarry report on the latest 6 Series mid-range excavator to arrive in the UK
Renewable News: Blade Transport: Wind turbine blades are getting longer, requiring specialist transport trailers
Fuel Update: FAME: Latest developments in the supply of rebated off-road fuels in the UK
Demolition: Beelen Sloopwerken: Dutch demo firm at work on a pair of River Maas lock redevelopments
Materials Handling: Rye Wharf: Significant plans are in the pipeline for this bulk handling facility
Training & Education: The availability and demand for construction equipment jobs
Extreme Machines: Black Thunder Mine: Massive machinery working at North America’s largest opencast coal mine
First Drive: Wacker Neuson ET18: The firm’s clever vertical digging system is now fitted to their smallest mini
Fleet Focus: Coffey Construction: Irish firm’s strong order book fuels investment in new machinery
Site Visit: Port Babcock Rosyth: New Holland’s W270B wheel loader proves to be a commercial breakthrough
Recycling: GK Benford & Co: Hants farmer’s successful small scale-green waste recycling operation
Men & Machines: Alan Bate: Owner/operator runs a fleet of Kubota minis and other compact plant
Transport: J.O’Neill Heavy Haulage: The obvious choice for sending a mammoth loader on its way to Africa
Training: JCB/NCC Efficiency Course: Operators return to the classroom in a bid to improve fuel consumption
Transport: Pick-up Trucks: There’s something to meet all needs in the current UK pick-up market

Earthmovers Issue 106 February 2013

First Drive: Liebherr TA230: Has the arrival of this German maker’s first ADT been worth the wait?
Special Report: AF Decom: Norwegian demo specialist reduces a dangerous Soviet warship to scrap
Fleet Focus: Hillhouse Quarry: Cat kit has reduced the hauler fleet and promises to increase productivity
Market Review: Demo Attachments: The latest news from the demolition processing attachment market
Recycling: O’Keefe Utilities: Home Counties company that specializes in recycling trench arises
Site Report: City of Edmonton: Machinery employed to clear the massive annual snowfall from city roads
First Drive: Hyundai R300-9A: What does the first of this new version to arrive in the UK have to offer?
Men & Machinery: Antartic Crossing: Graham Black examines the mods that enable dozers to survive
Forestry Equipment: Komatsu Forest: Latest developments and news from this forestry specialist’s UK base
Attachments: Trevi Benni: Italian company’s portfolio includes some extreme demolition attachments
Euro Focus: Holcim Quarry: Big kit allows this German quarry to extract material without blasting
Fleet Focus: Hague Construction: A company that sees advantages in naming its plant after staff children
Men & Machines: Shane O’Grady: Motorway verge maintenance has benefitted one Co.Tipperary operator
Show Preview: Executive Hire show: The first UK trade show of the year is at the Ricoh Stadium on 6/7 February
Recycling: Van Dalen: The growing success of Terex Fuchs materials handlers in the UK
Site Visit: Garracummer: The challenges of connecting this Irish wind farm to the national grid

Earthmovers Issue 105 January 2013

Product Launch: New Holland: We report from Turin on a new range of wheeled excavators
First Drive: Takeuchi TB285: At the control of this latest 8.5-tonne midi-excavator from Japan
Timber & Forestry: Teifi Timber: Welsh timber processor has invested in a refurbished Liebherr
Show Preview: Plantworx 2013: Preview of the UK construction equipment industry’s new showcase
Fleet Focus: Jons Civil Engineering: Investing in large plant is bucking the trend in the Irish economy
Site Visit: Castle-An-Dinas Quarry: Believed to be the only quarry in England that is owned by the public sector
Extreme Machine: The Beast: Kocurek-modified Hitachi EX1200 demo rig breaks cover in Portsmouth
Men & Machines: Plant Theft: An interview with DC Ian Elliott, the force behind targeting plant thieves
Men & Machines: Lancaster Recovery: Recent dig in Normandy aimed to recover the crew of a Lancaster bomber
Euro Focus: Couvrot Quarry: Scrapers provide the extraction and hauling muscle at this French quarry
Transport: Cadzow Heavy Haulage: Final journey of eight new 100-ton capacity Komatsu HD785-7 haul trucks
Factory Visit: Miller: The Editor visits this UK manufacturer of buckets, attachments and hitches
Recycling: Howford Group: Aggregates recycling operation uses excavator-mounted attachments
Running Report: CAT 329E: New 33-tonner beds into work with the Glenrothes-based Skene Group
Show Report: Minexpo 2012: Second report from Las Vegas focuses on underground mining equipment
Access & Lifting: Giraf Track: Telehandler Specialist Greenwood Hire’s answer on sites with limited space
Safety Systems: All Round Vision: Spillard/Terex system gives 360-degree vision for giant hauler fleet