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Earthmovers Issue 140 December 2015 

First Drive: Hyundai HX300: New HX excavator series offers a quantum leap forward over the Dash 9A.
First Impressions: JCB JS145: Report from the cab of JCB’s latest 14-tonne Stage 4 tracked excavator.
Factory Visit: CAT Desford: A report on the latest model to celebrate 30 years of UK production.
Show Report: Irish Ploughing: Emerging market trends in Ireland in the aftermath of Ploughing 2015.
Plant Hire: Guy Nicholls: Latest venture from one of the stalwarts of the UK plant hire community.
Market Review: Skid-Steers: The latest developments in wheeled and tracked skid-steer loaders.
Fleet Focus: M&N Groundworks: Leading Donegal-based firm has recently expanded its excavator fleet.
Men & Machines: Rick Eyre: A demo-spec Liebherr R936 was just the ticket for this owner-operator.
Extreme Machines: Banks Mining: Restoring the Delhi site and the coaling operations at Brenkley Lane.
Plant Hire: Laois: Ireland’s compact plant and tool hire sector is enjoying a resurgence.
Euro Focus: Huge Plough: It digs a furrow so deep that it takes three Cat dozers to pull it.
Technology: Compaction: Report from Germany on Bomag’s latest products.
First Impressions: Liebherr A914: The first compact radius rubber duck to enter service in Ireland.
Site Visit: APC Barriers: Tilt-rotator speeds up road barrier adjustments for major road works.
Fleet Focus: Wills Bros: Report on the latest additions to one of Ireland’s largest civils fleets.
Machines Past: 38-RB: Hydraulic excavator operator on the ropes of a 1960s Ruston Bucyrus.

Earthmovers Issue 139 November 2015 

First Impressions: 3CXC Compact: JCB’s brand new backhoe is a clean sheet design, not just a new 2CX.
First Drive: Doosan DX490-5: New Dash 5 tracked excavators feature power, speed & economy.
Product Launch: JCB: New developments from JCB on the occasion of its 70th birthday.
Special News: Report: Comments on the European Stage 5 emissions regulations.
Men & Machines: Jameson: Groundworks specialist is keen to dispel myths about tilt-rotors.
Site Visit: Dochfour Estate: Where a new Liebherr R922 is at work on a small hydro-electric project.
Demolition: Leicester Hospital: Komatsu’s first UK-built 28m high-reach demo rig goes into action.
Plant Hire: M.O’Brien: Operator feedback on this hire company’s latest excavator purchases
Used Equipment: Komatsu WA800: Buying used quarry machinery can bring substantial financial benefits.
Men & Machines: James Friel: Report on another successful owner-operator of a wheeled excavator.
Market Review: Wheeled Excavators: The latest news in the versatile wheeled excavator sector of the market.
First Impressions: Volvo EW 160E: Is this the highest-spec wheeled excavator combination in Britain?
Extreme Machines: Arklow Harbour: A collection of specialist plant enabled dredging within a tight timescale.
Special Adaption: Heuvel: Dutch specialist turns standard excavators into something special.
Site Visit: JCB JS370: Chandos Civils give the UK working debut for JCB’s 38-tonne excavator.
Machines Past: Matbro & Bray: History and the Mathew brothers’ contribution to the plant industry.

Earthmovers Issue 138 October 2015 

New Product: Tracked Dumpers: National Tracked Dumper Hire specialises in rotating tracked dumpers.
Product Launch: Menzi Muck: Probably the most powerful 14-tonne tracked excavator on earth.
First Impressions: Volvo Duck: Owner-operator Sean Vincent runs the UK’s first EW160E rubber duck.
Product Launch: JCB 457WM: JCB’s largest wheel loader equipped for the waste-handling industry.
Extreme Machine: Banks Rusha: West Lothian coal mine runs Scotland’s first Cat 6030 face shovel.
Working Demo: Doosan: Doosan’s annual quarry days event saw the launch of some new kit.
Second Impressions: Komatsu Hybrid: Hybrid technology could save one Midlands quarry firm a fortune.
Plant Theft: Review: Graham Black reports on continuing fight against plant theft in the UK.
Site Visit: Recycling: Report from Oxfordshire on one part of David Einig’s growing business.
Buyers Guide: Tilt Rotators: Nick Drew reviews the complex issue of configuring a tilt-rotator.
Site Visit: Pottal Pool: Staffs quarry is home to the UK’s first 40t class PR756 Liebherr dozer.
First Impressions: Hyundai 125LCR-9A: Careful choice and dealer back-up are imperative for an owner-operator.
Site Visit: Scottish Motorways: A 2000t bridge is critical to Scotland’s M8/M73/M74 motorway project.
Euro Focus: Scrapers: Europe’s first New Holland T9.700 tractor on scraper duty in Belgium.
Fleet Focus: ECL Civil Engineering: The men and machinery behind this Bedfordshire-based firm.
Timber Handling: Pontrilas: Expansion sees a new fleet of Liebherr handlers at this advanced sawmill.
Euro Focus: Sand Pumping: Three-phase Dutch coastal project saw 2m cu.m of sand pumped ashore..

Earthmovers Issue 137 September 2015 

First Drive: Case D Series: Report on the next generation of Sumitomo-built Case excavators.
Product Launch: Manitou: Earthmovers reports on three new heavy-duty telescopic handlers.
New Product: Venieri: The latest wheeled loaders to be imported from Italy into the UK.
Site Visit: Ardlethen Quarry: The UK’s first Liebherr R960SME excavator at work in Scotland.
Men and Machines: Grainger: The life and times of a Surrey-based mini-excavator owner-operator.
Dealer Focus: Ernest Doe: A salesman sells the first machine, service back-up sells the second.
Dredging: ABEKO: Leading the development of large triple-articulated-boom excavators.
Factory Visit: JCB: Graham Black visits the home of the new range of JCB midi-excavators.
Site Visit: Doolin Pier: Delivered on time and within budget despite the adverse weather.
Show Report: Demolition: Highlights of the second DemoExpo event, held at J. Mould’s quarry.
Men & Machines: Mo Locke Devon-based operator loves his new 9.5-tonne Takeuchi rubber duck.
First Impressions: Volvo EC220E: The first E Series excavator in Ireland at work with a crusher bucket.
New Technology: Komatsu: Intelligent muck-shifters with integrated machine control systems.
Extreme Machines: Draglines: Huge crawler draglines – alternatives to the popular walking variety.
Euro Focus: Show Report: Report on the latest muck-shifting innovations coming out of Sweden.
Plantmobilia: Caterpillar: Review of the latest trio of 1:48th-scale.

Earthmovers Issue 136 August 2015 

First Drive: JCB 3CX: Automated functions are aimed at raising backhoe/loader appeal.
Forestery: New Products: Report from the recent Irish Forest and Woodland Show in Co Laois.
Site Visit: Muchelney: Scene of an on-going flood prevention project on the Somerset Levels.
Euro Focus: HD Demo: Dutch firm’s large demo rigs look set to fill a niche in the market.
Show Report: Plantworx: Report on the highlights from this biennial exhibition.
Fleet Focus: R&W: Hants civils firm relies on Case machines for reliability and back-up.
Attachments: Grader: A tracked skid-steer makes a handy carrier for a grader attachment.
Demonstration Days: Liebherr: At the controls of a top-end 21-tonner that is keenly priced for 2015.
Fleet Focus: Maher Quarries: Irish recession survivor operates a reliable fleet of older machinery.
Site Visit: Scottish Roads: Massive project takes shape across the central belt of Scotland
Site Visit: Clacton-on-Sea: Major project to prevent coastal erosion in this Essex seaside town.
First Impressions: SK210-9: Ireland’s first Kobelco SK210-9 joins two older Dash 6 versions
First Impressions: DX700: Devon Quarry is the latest customer for Doosan’s largest excavator.
Demolition: Catthorpe: Saving time and helping prevent accidents on a tight demolition job
Auction Report: Canada: Approximately £120m worth of kit was recently auctioned over four days.
Classic Plant: Ruston Proctor: The world’s oldest steam navvy at work in Threlkeld Quarry, Cumbria.

Earthmovers Issue 135 July 2015 

First Derive: VOLVO A40G: Comparison between range-topping model and full suspension variant
Plant Hire: CAT 313F GC: Cat’s retro 13-tonne excavator is aimed squarely at plant hire firms
Show Report: CQMS: Irish machinery show reflects the upturn in the domestic market.
Technology: Engines: Paris show hints at how the industry will meet Stage 5 emissions proposals
Show Preview: Plantworx: Graham Black takes a virtual tour around the Plantworx showground.
Fleet Focus: Sany: Chinese excavators are proving themselves in an Irish civils application.
Plant Hire: H. Thomas: Cornwall’s first operator to purchase a Chinese-built LiuGong excavator
Men & Mchines: Lambert: Enterprising young owner of an East Anglia groundworks company
Materials Handling: LH80M: Report on the latest materials handler in service at the Port of Ayr
Show Preview: DEMOEXPO: Graham Black previews the second biennial event for the demo industry
Fleet Focus: M. Lambe: Established family-run firm has settled on Hyundai as its marque of choice
Extreme Machines: Genesee: Mining coal for electricity generation in Alberta, energy capital of Canada
New product: Volvo EC220E: Close encounter with Volvo’s latest tracked 22-tonne Stage 4 excavator
Site Visit: Scraper: Case Quadtrac and Reynolds scraper rejuvenates agricultural land.
Men & Machines: Rob Williams: Tracing one Dorset man’s journey from employee to owner operator
Euro Focus: Sea Defence: Return visit to a massive sea defence project in Northern Holland.
Transport: Unimog: The latest version of Merc’s much revered heavyweight off -roaders
Site Visit: Ryan Sand & Gravel: Breaking with tradition is never easy but it’s sometimes the only way forward
First Impressions: Takeuchi TB235: An owner/operator’s early impressions of his latest machine purchase
Factory Visit: Geith: Report from Slane, Co. Meath, on Geith’s coupler and attachment factory
Demolition: BAM: Few firms have Brown and Mason’s track record in power station demolition
Stabilisation: Wirtgen: TR Stabilisation has the right kit and skills to save clients a fortune.

Earthmovers Issue 134 June 2015 

First Impressions: Volvo L90H: At the controls of the biggest of three new mid-range wheel loaders.
First Drive: Cat 336FXE: In the cab of probably the highest-tech excavator currently available.
Maintenance: Towhaul: An ageing hauler morphs into Europe’s first TowHaul recovery truck.
Special News Report: LKAB: Plummeting prices are no bar to opening new surface iron mines.
Show Preview: Plantworx: The second Plantworx show features a larger venue with better facilities.
First Drive: Volvo ECR50D: The firm’s first true five-tonner has a larger footprint and more grunt.
Technology: Fireproofing: Finning’s unusual Cat conversion features a remote control system.
New product: Bell B30E: Priority Construction purchase the first E-Series Bell ADT in Ireland.
Men & Machines: McKerral: Haulage contractor goes the extra mile to create a unique timber loader.
Site Visit: Littlejohns: Cornish china clay pit gets its own excavators for the first time in a decade.
Fleet Focus: Cradock: Motivation behind this Irish civils firm’s machine purchasing decisions.
Plant Hire: Wormell: Essex firm remains loyal to dealer Ernest Doe and Hyundai equipment.
Demolition: GCHQ: Undercover work for one of the UK’s few non-mass excavation 70-tonners.
Machines Past: EIMCO: Innovative rocker shovel kick-started this firm’s multi-national development.
Special Adaptations: Snijder: Dutch family firm’s expertise in adapting large excavators for special jobs.
Forestry: A.M. Dagg: Hire firm’s 15-tonne Liebherr excavator converted to work in forestry.

Earthmovers Issue 133 May 2015 

New Products: Junttan: Finnish manufacturer’s latest generation of large piling rigs under review.
Market Review: Quick Couplers: The latest innovations and new developments in excavator quick hitches.
First Impressions: Liebherr R914: Compact radius 15-tonner that may win friends and influence people.
User Evaluation: Caterpillar 444F2: Owner-operator’s test on a prototype backhoe ends with a purchase.
Attachments: Rototilt: First R4 Rototilt tilt-rotator sold in the UK in action on a high-spec Hyundai.
Euro Focus: Challenger Scraper: High-horsepower tracked tractor and scraper on a beach project in Holland.
First Drive: Caterpillar 963K: Report from the cab of Cat’s latest K-Series 20-tonne tracked loader.
Site Visit: Leicester Piling: Case wheel loaders with side-tip buckets enhance productivity.
Men & Machines: James King: Family plant firm celebrates its 40th year and has a solid future.
Demolition: Takeuchi: 15-tonne TB1114 seemed an unusual addition to a Liebherr fleet.
Extreme Machine: Terex O&K RH90C: One of two prime movers at a limestone quarry in south-west France.
Special Adaptions: Peat Bogs: Standard Hyundai 140-7A excavator converted for peat harvester work.
Recycling: Norse Environmental: Machinery uptime is a critical factor in this company’s survival.
Transport: Winter Maintenance: High-tech kit used to clear snow and spread salt on Irish motorways.
Demolition: Haddington: Edinburgh-based Daltons expands its fleet to meet future projects.
Market Review: Ride-On Rollers: Latest developments from manufacturers in this sector of the market.

Earthmovers Issue 132 April 2015 

First Impressions: Mecalac 6MCR: Owner-operator Graham Sandercock’s kit may be unique in the UK
New Products: JCB Site Dumpers: Customer demand drives the new range of British site dumpers from JCB
Market Review: Compact Crushers: Latest product news from the compact crusher sector of the market
Site Visit: Terex TA400: Longcliffe’s first ADT to work in its Brassington Moor Quarry
Extreme Machine: Mantsinen: Finnish maker produces some of the world’s biggest rubber ducks
Fleet Focus: MJL Contractors: Some of the machinery operated by this prominent West Country firm
Demolition: MGL: Taking down a substantial building in the busy centre of South Shields
Fleet Focus: Siilinjarvi: Top contractor does all the muck-shifting at vast phosphate mine
Lifting: Monaincha Windfarm: Floating road network in action and the turbine lifting operation
Men & Machines: Kirk Hough: Cornish plant man is one of the UK’s latest
Special Adaptions: Cat M325C: Unusual remote-controlled conversion of a wheeled materials handler
Euro Focus: Salt Marsh: Two old and unusual Liebherr dozers continue to earn their salt
Site Visit: RMH Construction: Hants firm celebrates coming out of recession with a quartet of Volvos
Recycling: United Metals: Many demolition firms turn to recycling, but the reverse is unusual
Demolition: De Coster Dominique: Belgian company looks to expand high-reach portfolio with a 32m Hitachi
Factory Visit: Sandvik Construction: Crushing & screening production is concentrated in Northern Ireland

Earthmovers Issue 130 February 2015 

First Impressions: CAT 730C EJ: France’s first C Series ejector-bodied dump truck excels in soft ground conditions
Special Adaptions: Terex Beet Hauler: An eight-wheeled, self-propelled sugar beet hauler developed from a Terex ADT
New Technology: Volvo FMX Trucks: Ejector-bodied 55-tonne capacity haul trucks at work on a Dutch motorway project
Working Demonstration: Liebherr: Quarry open day showcases new Liebherr R922 excavator and PR736 dozer
Fleet Focus: P&D Lydon: When the going gets tough this Irish contractor lets loose its Doosan excavator fleet
Product Launch: Bobcat: French telehandler factory releases two more new and improved materials handlers
Site Visit: JCB 3CX Potholemaster: The solution to one local council’s problems with repairing its road network
Market Review: Telehandlers: The latest news from manufacturers in this very crowded sector of the market
Extreme Machine: Bucyrus 495: Giant 1300t-class rope shovel can lift over 100 tonnes of material in one pass
Site Visit: McGee Golf: Wembley-based muck-shifting outfit has bought its own Bedfordshire golf course
Site Visit: Flood Prevention: Local projects are equally important in avoiding a repeat of last winter’s rain storms
Demolition: Brokk 100/160: Irish contractor Tinnelly’s choice of demolition robot was based on performance
First Impressions: Lomond Plant Group: Long-standing JCB user’s feedback on its recent purchase of 21 midi-excavators
Fleet Focus: MMD: Ireland’s first Cat E Series Stage 3B excavator has proven to be an eye-opener.
Factory Visit: Whites Buckets: One of Europe’s largest attachment manufacturers is largely unknown
Machines Past & Present: BNI Coal: Medium-sized North Dakota lignite operation employs some interesting equipment
Fleet Focus: M. B. Wilkes: The fleet of machinery worked by a well-known Dorset sand and gravel operation
First Impressions: Case CX130C: Latest Sumitomo-built 13-tonne excavator is proving to be a popular choice
Euro Focus: Komatsu PC1250: Its ability to work with an 8cu.m bucket tipped the scales in favour of this giant
Site Visit: JCB Long Reach: A 16.5m reach excavator performing flood prevention works around Kings Lynn

Earthmovers Issue 129 January 2015 

Extreme Machines: Suncor Energy: The vast fleet of giant earthmoving machines at Alberta oil sands’ largest site.
First Drive: JCB 1CXT: Earthmovers explores the sheer versatility of the new tracked mini-backhoe/loader.
Site Visit: CBRE Sheffield: Versatile wheeled Bobcat S590 skid-steer solves property maintenance problems.
New Product: Avant Tecno 760I: The latest and largest compact wheel loader from this Finnish manufacturer.
Product Launch: Case F Series: Report on this new range of compact wheel loaders/tool carriers.
Market Review: Compact Wheel loaders: Latest developments in a sector where machines are expected to punch above their weight.
Men & Machines: R. Beere & Sons: Family firm’s trade-up to a new Cat 432F backhoe/loader proved the right move.
Euro Focus: Piling Rigs: Fleet of modified excavators includes a JCB460 and an equally-rare Hitachi ZX500.
Site Visit: Bam Nuttall: A complex project to construct an 1800-tonne rail bridge, then move it into position.
Dealer Focus: Taylor & Braithwaite: North-west plant dealer’s working demonstration a success in spite of the weather.
Fleet Focus: Fleville Brothers: How changing times have affected the machinery run by this Northern Irish firm.
New Product: Heking HK150: CE-certified floating excavator imported from China on drainage work in Kent.
Tunelling: Brokk 330: Electric-powered robotic demolition excavator in an unusual underground application.
Site Visit: Menzi Muck A91 4×4 Plus: Versatile Swiss-made excavator performs a site clearance job in difficult conditions.
Site Visit: Sugar Shovel: Reports on a pair of Caterpillar wheel loaders at work in an unusual application.
Factory Visit: Digbits: This UK factory is dedicated to keeping machines out on site and earning money.