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Earthmovers Issue 128 December 2014 

First Impressions: JCB 86C-1: New 8.5 tonne midi-excavator comes in conventional & short-tailswing versions.
First Drive: Detank DE220B: Chinese-built Stage 3A emissions-compliant 22-tonne tracked excavator is priced to sell.
Show Report: Ploughing Championships: Lots of new plant on display, with increasing confidence in the Irish market.
Fleet Focus: Neil Reid: Owner-operator of the first Ynamar SV26 mini-excavator sold in Scotland.
Special Adaptions: Paul Gowans: Stoke-based owner–operator has invested in atilt-rotator and a variety of attachments.
Market Review: Mini Excavators: The major manufacturers offering machines under three tonnes operating weight.
Product Launch: Bobcat: New range of mini-excavators includes a revolutionary two-tonne zero-tailswing model.
Fleet Focus: DRS Demolition: Hyundai has replaced Hitachi machinery at this Cornish demo and recycling firm.
New Technology: Intelligent Komatsu: Report on the world’s first excavator with an integrated machine guidance system.
Men & Machines: Moores Transport: The life and timesof one of the best-known fleets of articulated dump trucks in the UK.
Demolition: Hitachi ZX870 XXL: German Hitachi dealer is cultivating a market for a 50m-reach demolition rig.
Site Visit: Queensferry Crossing: Progress on the enormous new £1.4bn bridge project across the Firth of Forth.
Euro Focus: Holland Belt Loader: Sneak preview of the first Holland belt loader brought over to work in Europe.
Machines Past & Present: Broyt D800W: Norwegian-built wheeled face shovel is still at work despite being 15 years old.
Factory Visit: Indexator Rototilt: A trip to Sweden to see what distinguishes this tilt-rotator factory.

Earthmovers Issue 127 November 2014 

Attachments: Hill Engineering: An exclusive test of the latest tilt-rotator attachments to appear in Europe
Recycling: A.W.Jenkinson Forest Products: Scots biomass plant is the base for two new 540hp Komptech wood chippers
Man & Machines: England Civils & Groundworks: The fleet of Hitachi machinery and operators working for this Somerset-based firm
Recycling: J.O’Doherty Group: How to ensure a steady supply of waste? Buy your own demolition company
Site Visit: Coal UK mining subsidiary is running surface operations at Stockton, Pennsylvania, USA
First Impressions: Kobelco SK140SR: New short-radius excavator at work for Somerset owner/operator Rob Bool
Market Review: Crushing & Screening Buckets: Round up of manufacturers and the latest developments in this popular market sector
Quarry Technology: SMBP, France: French quarry invests big-time to circumvent the need for a settlement pond
Demolition: Urban Regen: Bolton-based contractor specialises in brownfield sites, remediation and demolition
Product Launch: JCB: Report on a host of new machinery recently unveiled by JCB
Special Adaptions: Van Halteren Infra: Dutch piling specialist has designed and built its own high capacity rigs
Fleet Focus: Loughran Rock Industries: Home to Doosan DX700, believed to be the only example at work in Ireland
First Impressions: Bergmann 4010: 10-tonne capacity Stage 3B tracked dumper from Germany makes its UK debut
Dealer Focus: Willowbrook Plant Services: Midlands-based dealer’s Dig Day Event featured Hyundai, Takeuchi and Maximus
Maintenance: Hydraulic Oil: Focusing on water content is a simple way of gauging a hydraulic system’s health
Training: CBL Plant Hire & Sales: The Saltash branch workshop team discusses training, work and ambitions

Earthmovers Issue 126 October 2014 

First Impressions: Volvo EC380E: Possibly the first Stage 4 emissions-compliant excavator at work in the UK
New Technology: CVT Cat 966K: Latest wheel loader is reducing the fuel bill at Cloburn Quarry in Lanarkshire
Site Visit: Barak Obama Plaza: Review of the development of the €7m development at junction 23 on the M7 motorway
Extreme Machine: Komatsu PC8000: The first of these colossal prime movers is hard at work at a Finnish nickel mine
First Drive: Sany SY75C: Report from the seat of one of the first Sany excavators imported into the UK
Site Visit: Land’s End Airport: Day-by-day from Land’s End, Cornwall, on the efforts to resurface the runway
Fleet Focus: Comley Demolition: Yet another demo contractor taking the reduced-tailswing excavator route
First Impressions: Liugong 925E: One of the first Stage 3B emissions-compliant, Chinese-built excavators in the UK
Market Review: Hydraulic Hammers: Round-up of the latest developments in the technology of these popular attachments
Site Visit: Liebherr R956: First Impressions of owner-operator Andy Wallace’s new 55-tonne excavator
Site Revisited: Ffos-Y-Fran: Second visit to this 17 year-project reviews progress over the past seven years
Machines Past & Present: Loftus: Irish contractor’s high-speed high-reach demo rig has provided a unique local capability
Extreme Machines: Sheerness Mine: Machinery and history of this opencast coal mine in the prairies of central Alberta
Waste Management: Augean Waste: Terex machinery working at the largest hazardous waste landfill site in the UK
Euro Focus: Sydvaranger Mine: Norwegian iron ore operation claims to shift more material than any other in the country
Site Visit: Holbeck, Leeds: Report on a fleet of new Doosans, purchased to meet an increasing workload
New Technology: Aerial Surveys: A system that will reduce surveying costs and ultimately improve production

Earthmovers Issue 125 September 2014 

Men & Machines: Cat 963D: It takes a skilled operator to get the best from a traxavator on this landfill site
First Drive: Hyundai HL740-9A: Upgrades include a new emissions-compliant engine and a multi-level security
Site Visit: Limerick Waterfront: Piling rigs and a long-reach Hitachi excavator working in this city-centre site
First Impressions: Takeuchi TB295W: A pair of new 10t class rubber ducks is already earning its keep in Glasgow
Euro Focus: Amphibious Excavator: The Finnish firm Aquamec produces an unusual easy-to-transport walking dredger
Extreme Machines: Oil Sands Fleet: One of the largest muck-shifting fleets in the world comes under the spotlight
Site Visit: Southampton Docks: A Cat 990G loader and a giant Liebherr handler move 350,000t of scrap a year
Market Review: Backhoe-Loaders: Latest 180-degree excavators offer good fuel consumption and more performance
Factory Visit: Terex Coventry: Recent upgrades and the future direction of this compact equipment manufacturer
Show Report: Hillhead 2014: The latest products from all the mainstream manufacturers were out in force
Fleet Focus: JCB Backhoes: Norfolk-based Mathew Williams has added eight 3CX backhoes to his fleet
Extreme Machine: 360T Dredger: The upper-structure of a Hitachi EX3600 is being commissioned on a new pontoon
Man & Machine: Komatsu PC350-8: Edward O’Connell’s quarry-spec excavator has almost 14,000 hours on its clock
Site Visit: Giant Warehouse: The Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal (DIRFT) continues to expand
Product Launch: Chery Detank: Another Chinese-based excavator manufacturer enters the tough UK market
Show Report: Road-Rail Kit: The latest developments in specialised machinery designed to serve the rail sector
Site Visit: Thames Estuary Jetty: Contractor Syd Bishop & Sons undertakes the demolition of a concrete jetty

Earthmovers Issue 124 August 2014 

Men & Machines: Volvo BL718: Typical of why backhoe/loaders are more popular here in the UK
Extreme Machines: Cat 6060 Excavators: Two of these giant machines are helping a Swedish mine to reach its targets
Site Visit: AW Demolition: Warrington-based demo company has gone from strength to strength in 12 months
Business Matters: Be Your Own Boss: The ups and downs of setting up as an owner-operator and running a business
Men and Machines: Chris Charlton: Being an owner-operator of a small mini is one route to being your own boss
Demolition: Reduced Tailswing: More and more demolition firms are opting for excavators with short rear ends
Plant Hire: Chippindale Plant: Surge in construction demand prompts a £2m investment in JCB telescopic handlers
Market Review: Articulated Dump Trucks: The latest developments in the UK’s muck shifting hauler sector of the market
First Impressions: Tracked Dumpers: An interesting day driving Morooka tracked dumpers
Special Report: British Manufacturing: The UK construction equipment industry attracts Government funding for R&D work
Special Adaptions: Hitachi 85US-5: An owner-operator has acquired a rather special Hitachi midi-excavator
Technology: Beware Brussels: As Stage 5 emissions proposals are released, actioned is urged
Site Visit: Waste Trucks: Barr Environmental’s high-capacity Terex ADTs were delivered in record time
Rehandling: Galloo-Ghent: Unique in using two massive 430-tonne E-cranes to sort and load scrap metal
Demolition: High-Reach Design: Two different approaches to achieve a demo rig offering a pin height of 34 metres
Training: Hewden Plant: Report highlighting the latest operator training scheme to be unveiled in the UK
Dredging: Mantsinen 160 Hybrilift: First 170t Finnish dredger completes a big job at Rostock, Germany
First Impressions: Hyundai R220-9A: Gloucs-based contractor allows is some playtime in their latest Dash 9A excavator
Mining Innovation: Sleipner DB120: Tractor/trailer unit capable of moving 120-tonne mining machines between sites
Transport: Mercedes-Benz SLT: Heavy-duty truck range features a new transmission that breaks the rules

Earthmovers Issue 123 July 2014 

Site Visit – CAT D11R Dozer Mighty dozer in action at Glenmuckloch surface coal mine, Dumfries and Galloway.
Demolition – Forshaw Demolition Proud owner of the tallest Komatsu PC800-8 excavator in the UK and possibly Europe.
First Drive – Kubota U27-4 Report from the driving seat of Kubota’s new German-built Dash 4 mini-excavator.
Fleet Profile – Rye Group Latest Hyundai machines at work on the Nine Elms Project in Vauxhall, Central London.
Site Visit – Liam Conway & Sons Machine choice has paid long-term dividends for one Irish sand and gravel producer.
Show Report – ScotPlant 2014 Highlights from Edinburgh’s popular biennial construction equipment show.
Show Preview – Hillhead 2014 Highlights of the world’s largest working quarry plant show from 24th-26th June.
Factory Visit – Perkins, Peterborough The Editor reports from the company’s huge main UK production facility.
Attachments – Stump Raptor A simple but robust attachment designed to remove obstinate tree stumps.
Market Review – Mobile Processing A look at the latest mobile crushing and screening plant ahead of the Hillhead show.
Product Launch – Bobcat Graham Black reports from Prague on Bobcat’s future product developments.
Site Visit – Spanish Lignite Spanish mine invests in a new fleet of large Liebherr excavators and CAT trucks.
Men & Machines – Rick Eyre New Holland owner-operator who started life as an apprentice ground worker.
Site Visit – Eastoke Point Coastal erosion and flood risk prevention in low-lying areas of South-East England.
Extreme Machines – Paintearth Mine The changing face of Canada’s prairie opencast mining in the province of Alberta.
Machines Past & Present – Caterpillar 994 Pair of 200-tonne shovels are consigned to the history books at a Belgian quarry.
Machines Past & Present – Terex, Newhouse Report on the first 64 years of manufacturing earthmoving equipment in Scotland.
Fleet Focus – Mark Farwell Plant Hire Dorset-based family firm runs a fleet comprising predominantly of JCB machinery.
Attachments – CAT S325 Rotating Shear The right tool for the job proves effective on a demolition project in Hackney.

Earthmovers Issue 122 June 2014 

Special Adaptions: Liebherr R984C: Modified by Dutch conversion specialist STC into a huge long reach excavator
Site Visit: Exmoor Mires Project: Ongoing restoration project to help prevent flooding on the Somerset Levels
Machines Past & Present: AJ Morris: Grantham-based contractor’s frontline kit combines classic dozers and scrapers
Show Report: CONEXPO 2014: This second review focuses on North American and Chinese-made equipment
First Impressions: JCB 714: JCBs compact, 14-tonne capacity ADT takes muddy site conditions in its stride
Plant Hire: HE Services: Leading plant hire company makes a big switch to red for its telehandler fleet
Site Visit: Monaincha Wind Farm: Our second visit to witness the last groundworks stage of this challenging project
Dealer Focus: Promac: Supplier of Doosan’s largest ever order for construction equipment in Europe
Site Visit: Northbank Demolition: Manchester-based demo company reaps the benefits of careful attachment choice
Site Visit: Komatsu HB215: Believed to be the first hybrid excavator to start work in the South West of England
Market Review: Skid-Steers: The latest news and new models from the skid-steer loader sector of the market
Machines Past & Present: Soterex: Draglines continue to play an important role for one French quarrying company
Second Impressions: Bell Loaders: Landscaping products makers Marshalls are pleased with their choice of shovel
Euro Focus: Cufica, Spain: Spanish slate miner buckers the trend by taking delivery of a fleet of new Hitachis
First Impressions: JCB TM320S: Surrey-based Ben Nicholson is pleased with his new telescopic wheel loader
Men & Machines: Gary Down: Old-school plant man performs a bridging task last tackled over 400 years ago
Recycling: R.Exall and Sons: A user of excavator-mounted crushing and screener buckets explains all
Landscaping: Seppi Mulcher: Excavator-mounted attachment is an alternative method of hedgerows management
Demolition: Wrecking Ball: In the right hands, this old-school demolition tool can be highly effective
Transport: DAF Euro 6 Trucks: We take a closer look and spend time behind the wheel of these latest Dutch tippers

Earthmovers Issue 121 May 2014 

First Impressions: Menzi Muck M545: Expensive, yes, and unconventional, but heres an excavator with unique capabilities
Recycling: Parry & Evans: Paper recycler has acquired one of the UKs first new Liebherr materials handlers
First Drive: Bell B30E: Hauling muck with this long-awaited ADT, which is starting to arrive in the UK
Demolition: Pulling Power: Dutch firms modified excavators on a massive pull-down project in Belgium
Show Report: Conexpo 2014: Almost 130,000 visitors came to see the first stage 4 emissions compliant machines
First Impressions: Cat 308E2 CR: Report from the cab of Caterpillars latest US-built eight-tonne midi-excavator
Extreme Machines: Freedom Mine: Giant machinery at work on one North Dakotas brown coal surface mines
Fleet Focus: Patrick Bradley: Family-owned quarry company runs the first Dash 5 Hitachi 470 at work in Ireland
Market Review: Wheel Loaders: Recent developments in mid-range wheel loaders, weighing from 10 to 25 tonnes
Euro Focus: Zygi, Cyprus: Status report on the construction of a new oil terminal at the port of Zygi
Special Adaptions: Remote Control: Dutch contractors Hanix 26C mini is successfully converted for remote control use
Attachments: Tilt-rotators: UK owners are full of praise for the working advantages of these attachments
Site Visit: Crossrail: Visit to the only Thames crossing on Londons massive Crossrail project
Euro Focus: Rotterdam Port: Demolition of the largest quay wall ever attempted in Holland is almost finished
Men & Machinery: Hyundai R140-9A: Owner-operator Kirk Hough is extremely impressed with his new excavator

Earthmovers Issue 120 April 2014 

First Drive: Komatsu D61PXI-23: Latest Dash 23 dozer features the next generation of Topcon machine control systems
First Impressions: CAT 390F: Working with the first of Cats F-Series excavators, a big Belgium-built 90-tonner
Euro Focus Trimouns Talc Mine: The worlds largest high-altitude talc mines new owners have a short operating season
Special Adaptions: ETEC 888: Daewoo Solar 470 excavator converted to demo rig works up to a height of 37 metres
Special News Report: Battle of the Beaches: Report on some of the machinery currently helping to tackle Britains floods
Market Review: Wheeled Excavators: Brief details and specifications of the current models available form leading makers
Site Visit: Moriarity Civil Engineering: currently engaged in one of its most challenging wind farm projects to date
Extreme Machines: Kearl Oilsands: Return visit to Fort McMurray, Canadas giant oilsands open pit mining operation
Men and Machines: M&S Plant Hire: Devon-based hirer shows off its latest acquisition in the eight-tonne midi sector
Operator Safety: Telehandlers: Report on the latest revision to the best practice guide for operating telehandlers
Market Review: Demo Attachments: The latest news, designs and equipment trends from specialist manufacturers
Fleet Focus: Bell B50D ADTS: Key components in the fleet of machineryat the Schoningen lignite mine in Germany
Health & Safety: Excavator Controls: The latest research from the Health & Safety Executive
Special News Report: Storm Darwin: Men & Machinery fought to reconnect electricity supplies to huge swaths of Ireland
Site Visit: Collins Earthworks: In-house fleet of Volvo excavators hard at work on a major muck-shift near Rugby
Machines Past & Present: O&K RH170: The UKs sole survivor has been dismantled for parts to be recycled around the world
Site Visit: HG Mathews: Bucksbased brickworks has a new Volvo L45G wheel loader with dedicated buckets
Transport: Mercedes-Benz SLT: Heavy haulage tractor units with a maximum gross train weight of 250 tonnes

Earthmovers Issue 119 March 2014 

Extreme Machines: Caterpillar 994H: Cats largest mechanical-drive wheel loader, the 200-tonne 994, at work in Sweden
First Impressions: Hanix H55DR: Report from the cab of this mini to mark the brands return to the UK market
First Impressions: New Stage 4 ADT: Cats first stage 4 haulers feature an AdBlue system and a diesel particulate filter
Demolition: Wooldridge Group: Bagshot-based demo specialist was tasked with levelling a key WWII aircraft facility
Second Impressions: Hitachi Dash 5: Demo specialists excavator fleet provides an opportunity to compare old and new
Extreme Machines: Oxford Mining: Interesting variety of giant earthmovers at various south-east Ohio surface mines
Site Visit: Lisheen Mine: Development project featuring Irelands largest dozer and first hybrid excavators
Alternative Technology: Surface Miners: A look at the role of surface miners in a major road-building contract
Demolition: Hitachi/Kocurek EX1200: 777 Demolition runs two of these giant destroyers, and is considering a third
Show Preview: Conexpo 2014: Highlights of the Conexpo Show, scheduled to open in Las Vegas in early March
Classic Plant: Kawasaki 110Z II: Irelands oldest working Kawasaki wheel loader has proved to be a loyal servant
Fleet Focus: Springbridge: Former garden centre chain has diversified into soil processing and distribution
Manufacturing: Tata Steel: New machining centre aims to support UK construction equipment manufacturers
Service and Maintenance: Top Ten Tips: Back to basics key tips to get the best from your machinery investment
Machine Finance: Just Add Diesel: Positive feedback on a pair of Cat loaders purchased with Finnings special Just add diesel package
Factory Visit: Hidromek: Turkish equipment manufacturers plans are aimed at global expansion
Extreme Demolition: Liebherr R994: 230t excavator provided the muscle at possibly Australias largest demo project
Re-Handling Machinery: Glennon Bros: Finlands Kalmar RTD1623 log loader is probably unique in Ireland and the UK

Earthmovers Issue 118 February 2014 

Men & Machines: Coldest Journey: Finnings polar expedition crew chat about their Cat D6N dozers
First Impressions: JCB Loadall 540-200: A more detailed look at the first non-rotary 20-metre telehandler form JCB
Special Adaptions: Hyundai R210LC-9: A modified 25-tonner takes the top-down approach to high-rise demolition
First Drive: CAT 627H Scraper: Automated sequences to simplify operation have transformed Cats H-series
Special News Report: Terex Trucks: Volvos shock purchase of Terexs ADT and rigid hauler range
New Products: Subsea Supplies: A pair of new Liebherr RL64 side-boom pipe-layers at work in Swedish Lapland
Extreme Machines: Barrick Gold Corporation: Report from northern Nevada on one of the worlds largest gold mining operations
Plant Theft: Facts & Figures: Latest trends in construction plant theft in the UK
Market Review: Plant Security: Latest goods and services aimed at preventing plant theft and aiding recovery
Men & Machines: Meynell Plant Hire: We join this busy operations plant manager on a typical full working day
Show Preview: Executive Hire Show: A preview of the compact kit on display at the show, now in its eighth year
New Technology: CAT 336EH Hybrid: The UKs first hybrid-drive Caterpillar excavator at work in a Scottish quarry
Euro Focus: Spanish Coal: Big machinery plays a major role at the largest coal mine in Central Spain
Plant Hire: Hydrema Dump Trucks: The growing success of Hydrema dump trucks in a New Zealand hire business
Fleet Focus: McCormack Demolition: New and old equipment at work clearing the site for a new university campus
Euro News Report: Motorway Resurfacing:The German way of dealing with major motorway repairs
Demolition: Zurich Restructure:Swiss brownfield site is being converted to provide accommodation and shops

Earthmovers Issue 117 January 2014  

Classic Machinery: JCB 3CX vs 3C MK III: How does a 35-year-old JCB backhoe stck up against its modern equivalent?
First Drive: CAT D6K2: Mods to the D6K dozer have resulted in a far more accomplished package
Site Visit: Terex TR70: British-built 65-tonne capacity quarry truck is a rare sight in the UK
Machines Past & Present: Ruston-Bucyrus 480-W: Fully restores, this 800-tonne giant is believed to be the last survivor in Europe
Special News Report: Dunbar Open Day: Lafarge Tarmac quarry is a fascinating venue for a 50th anniversary event
New Products: Liebherr: Reports from France and Germany on some of the latest innovations
Special Adaptions: Case CX210B: First Irish LGP excavator to use a completely custom-built undercarriage
Demolition: Hitachi ZX870: Heavily-modified machine that works with a 4.2t attachment at 48 metres
Market Review: Midi-Excavators: Current offering, both in traditional tracked configuration and wheeled versions
Training: Bridgewater College: Focusing on the looming construction plant skills shortage in SW England
New Product: Terramac RT9: New rubber-tracked dumper for the European market, made in Canada
Men & Machines: Downwell Demolition: MD Matt Phillips rise from cleaning bricks to becoming a NFDC member
First Impressions: Kubota KX057-4: Kubota devotees JPS Contractors recently tok delivery of this new mini
Extreme Machines: CAT 795F Haulers: Close encounter with a dump truck that has a gross weight of 570 tonnes
Plant Hire: Hewden: Future plans reflect increased optimism in the UK construction Industry