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International show of public works,
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Bucyrus to Cat Page 5
Volvo on test Page 14
Tiltrotator bonus Page 23
New JCB SSL Page 25
4 Editorial Comment
5 Caterpillar to buy Bucyrus
CP&E Contractors Plant & Equipment Vol 1 No 8
We cover the surprise news that the big Bucyrus walking draglines and rope
shovels are set to become part of the Caterpillar family.
6 World News
JLG to badge Hinowa spiders, Doosan’s new Gunsan factory, Hitachi’s landmark
special excavator, large Chinese order for Terex, Sandvik demonstration in North
America and Volvo’s excavator launch in China.
9 UK News
JCB equips British Army, Shindaiwa generators set up, Volvo for Hickman Bros,
CW Plant Hire switches to VT-1s, Lancaster sticks with Liebherr, New Hollands
mass on motorway, new Push-Tec attachments, Stoke Plant’s new Doosan,
Promac picks Bobcat and Garriock gains Montabert.
14 New Volvo minis feature big changes
Nick Johnson goes digging with the latest 1.5 to 2.0 tonne Volvo mini excavators
which are an all new design manufactured in France.
17 Case Rodeo tests operator skills
We check out the challenges faced by leading European operators at the first
driving competition held at the new Case Customer Centre in France.
20 GreenMech and Gyru-Star couple up to Avant
The versatility of the compact Avant articulated loaders from Finland can now be
enhanced by fitting new wood chipper and screening bucket attachments.
22 Reaching out to improve telehandler safety
How JCB has introduced its Adaptive Load Control system to meet the requirements
of the new European Standard EN15000 for telehandlers.
23 Tiltrotator helps craft Olympic Mountain Bike Track
Groundworks contractor Martin Seddon is making good use of a tiltrotator attachment
on a mini excavator to create a facility for the London 2012 Olympics.
25 JCB reveals new skid steer and compact tracked loaders
The latest one arm JCB compact loaders are being produced in Savannah and
are initially being introduced into the big North American market.
28 SED – the end of an era
Nick Johnson traces the rise and fall of the long running Site Equipment
Demonstration which ran annually for 46 years in the UK.
32 New Plant
Recently introduced machines and attachments from Ahlmann, Bobcat, Case,
Caterpillar, Hitachi, NudgeBlade, Siltbuster and Terex. Two new backhoe loaders
are included in this selection.
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Scope Scope for for SED SED show show replacement replacement ....
The annual Site Equipment Demonstration (SED) was an established
part of the construction plant scene in the UK. But, after a run of 46
years, the event did not happen this year and now the attempt to
stage it again in 2011 has been abandoned. SED, as was, is no
The show organisers cite the recession in construction and its
continued affect on suppliers' marketing budgets as the main reason
for scuppering SED. However, other factors that worked against the
event were its move to Rockingham, Corby (felt by many to not be as
good a location as the more accessible Milton Keynes site used
previously) and the desire of many major exhibitors to see the event
staged bi-annually (to cycle in with the popular Hillhead Quarry
SED was a great British institution and a major article in this issue of CP&E records the rise and fall of the event.
Its loss now leaves a significant hole in the UK exhibition calendar.
There is still the need for a general plant show in the UK. The rise of the more specialist Vertikal Days event for
the cranes and powered access industry (which started in 2007) shows that a simple, low cost event can still prosper
even in these difficult economic times.
The Construction Equipment Association (CEA) has officially stated that it is working with its members to see how
it might be able to help them with a suitable showcase for their products in 2011 and beyond. It says that many of its
members felt that the Rockingham venue was not ideal in that the extensive demonstration facilities, the original
rationale for SED, were no longer available.
Discussions have been taking place about the creation of a new bi-annual UK event - possibly called Plant Works
- that might start in 2013 at Stoneleigh in Warwickshire. In my view the route to success will be small stands and an
emphasis on properly demonstrating new machines and techniques.
As well as cancelling SED, its organiser, Reed Business Information, has also closed its monthly magazine SEM
(Site Equipment Manager) - which used to be called PMJ (Plant Managers Journal) - and the SED365 website.
These moves follow RBI's closure last year of its long established weekly Contract Journal. In response, CP&E will
now include a specific section of UK news in addition to its global content.
.... and better global telehandler safety
Given that cranes have long been equipped with automatic safe load indicators, it is surprising that many of the
larger telescopic handlers have not been as well protected. Now the introduction of the European Standard EN15000
goes some way to addressing this situation for CE marked machines.
In this issue of CP&E we describe how JCB is actively promoting its clever Adaptive Load Control system that
provides a proportional 'soft stop' on the company's larger Loadalls. Other telehandler makers known to have reacted
to the implementation of EN15000 for machines made after the 1st October 2010 include Genie and Kramer but
some other notable names have remained surprisingly quiet about the subject.
In Europe, EN15000 seeks to reduce the likelihood of forward overturning of a telescopic handler performing
stationary loading or placing operations on consolidated, stable and level ground, by the use of an automated
Longitudinal Load Moment Control (LLMC) system. However, it does not guard against side tipping.
Some countries still only rely on a load chart in the cab and extension markings on the telehandler boom. Surely
there should be a global approach to safeguarding telehandler operation? And it can also be argued that one
standardised control layout for all telehandlers worldwide would also cut the risk of accidents.
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Caterpillar Caterpillar to to buy
Bucyrus Bucyrus to to gain gain big
shovels shovels and and draglines
In a dramatic move to become a full liner in big
mining machinery, Caterpillar has announced
its intention to buy Bucyrus International. This
action will bring Caterpillar not only the big
walking draglines and large rope operated
shovels for which Bucyrus is renowned but
also the large O&K and Unit Rig derived
ranges of large hydraulic mining excavators
and electric drive mining trucks which Bucyrus
bought from the Terex Corporation late last
Having originally missed out on gaining the
large O&K technology from Terex, Caterpillar
had announced that it would develop its own
big hydraulic mining excavators. Caterpillar
has not had big mining excavators in its line-up since 1993 when it discontinued its 180 tonne 5130B and 360 tonne
Now Caterpillar is paying approximately $8.6 billion to acquire Bucyrus in a deal which, subject to regulatory approvals
is expected to close in mid-2011. Caterpillar states that it intends to locate its mining business headquarters
in South Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where the Bucyrus headquarters is currently located, and maintain the Bucyrus
brand for the principal Bucyrus legacy products.
The classic Bucyrus products include walking draglines (including the 7,000 tonne flagship 8750 with a maximum
bucket capacity of 116m³) and large rope operated shovels like the 1740 tonne 495HF2 with a 37.0 to 50.0m³ bucket
capacity range. The six large O&K derived large hydraulic excavators in the Bucyrus portfolio extend up to the
RH400 which weighs 980 tonnes and can be used with buckets in the capacity range of 37.0 to 50.0m³.
The five Unit Rig derived mining trucks in the Bucyrus range have MTU or Cummins engines and electric drive.
They have capacity ratings from 150 to 400 tons and they currently compete in the market with Caterpillar's own
mechanical drive six model range mining trucks that have capacities from 100 to 400 tons.
As well as giving Caterpillar the widest range of big mining machinery, the Bucyrus acquisition will bring opportunities
for greater use of Cat engines and components. Caterpillar dealers - some of which already sell the large Bucyrus
hydraulic mining excavators - will also gain by being able to offer a broad, one-stop shop for global mining customers.
Caterpillar Chairman and CEO Doug
Oberhelman says, "Our performance through
the global economic turmoil of 2008-2009 allowed
us to emerge with a strong balance sheet
and the ability to make strategic investments in
companies like Bucyrus. This, and other recent
acquisitions, will position Caterpillar for industry
leadership and will be positive for our stockholders,
customers and employees."
Tim Sullivan, Bucyrus President and CEO,
says, "This is an outstanding and financially
compelling transaction for our shareholders. .
More fundamentally, it is a testament to the tremendous
value our talented team of employees
has created over the past several years and to
the strength of our brand in the global mining
machinery marketplace. I am confident that we
have found an excellent partner in Caterpillar."
By buying Bucyrus, Caterpillar will extend its product
portfolio to include giant walking draglines sized up to this
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This 290 tonne Terex O&K derived RH120C - seen here at
Bauma 2010 - is one of six large hydraulic excavators in
the Bucyrus range that is being acquired by Caterpillar.
World orld News
JLG JLG sources sources spider spider style style platforms
from from Hinowa
To enhance its aerial platform range, JLG Industries Inc has signed an
agreement with Hinowa SpA for supply of JLG-branded spider style rubber
tracked platforms. The deal covers four models with maximum working
heights from 13.9m to 23.2m. They will be available in JLG colours from early
2011 with a choice of gasoline, diesel or lithium-ion power.
Tim Morris, the JLG Global Vice President for Sales, Marketing and
Customer Support, says, "We selected Hinowa to produce these specialty
boom lifts for us based on their product quality, innovation and technical
expertise. We believe that JLG will help expand the market outside of
Europe for these products as well as provide JLG's European customers with
a one-stop shop for all of their access product and aftermarket service
Hinowa President Dante Fracca, commented, "We are proud to be
selected by JLG as their supplier of JLG-branded specialty boom lifts.
Hinowa remains committed to our distributor partners in Europe, which will continue to sell and service Hinowabranded
spider lifts. We further believe that JLG's global presence and brand will help grow this product's popularity
in North and South America, Asia Pacific and other developing markets."
JLG has also announced the launch of a new Toucan 8E vertical mast lift with direct electric drive. Powered by
long-lasting 24V/180A batteries, this two person capacity platform provides a maximum working height of 8.15m and
a horizontal outreach of 2.35m.
Doosan Doosan Infracore Infracore opens opens new new Gunsan Gunsan factory
A new state-of-the-art production plant for its six largest excavators and four largest wheel loaders has been opened
by Doosan Infracore at Gunsan in Jeonbuk province, South Korea. The new factory, which takes pressure off
Doosan's Incheon plant, increases the company's global production capacity by nearly 10%.
Built on a 610,000m² site within the Gunsan industrial complex, the new plant is the result of a 114.6 billion won
investment. It has a production capability of 4,000 units a year.
Doosan already had the annual capacity to make 13,000 machines at Incheon, together with 25,500 units from its
Yantai plant in China and 2,500 machines from its factory in Belgium. With worldwide production capacity now up
around 45,000 Doosan branded construction machines a year, Doosan Infracore in a strong position to achieve its
aim of becoming a top three global construction machine maker by 2014.
The operation of Doosan's new Gunsan factory is based on the concept of three "no's" - no defects, no storage
and no forklifts. Defects are prevented by the combination of an automatic welding facility and double quality control
checks, while sharing real-time production systems with parts companies eliminates the need for parts storage. In
addition, no forklift trucks are needed in the plant thanks to an automatic components transportation facility that
provides a safe and pleasant working environment
for the employees.
The official opening of the Gunsan factory was
attended by Wan Ju Kim, the Governor of Jeonbuk,
who joined Y H Park, the Doosan Chairman and an
audience of around 100 domestic and overseas
dealers and customer representatives. In his
welcome speech, Y H Park said, "The Gunsan plant
will grow to become the core of the Doosan
construction machine business together with China's
Yantai plant. It will create new jobs for about 1600
people, including the cooperative companies, by
2014, and also contribute to local economic
JLG has turned to Hinowa to provide four models of JLG-branded
spider style platforms on rubber tracks. This 14.0m model will be
available with either hydraulic or electro-proportional controls.
Part of the wheel loader production line in Doosan
Infracore's new large excavator and loader factory at
Gunsan in South Korea.
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Sandvik Sandvik stages stages successful successful customer customer event event in in Philadelphia
To show a comprehensive array of its products, Sandvik Mining and Construction recently organised a demonstration
event in Philadelphia that was attended by some 300 visitors. Of particular interest was the QE440 scalping
screen which was being introduced to the US market.
The 'Sandvik in North America Construction 2010' event was used to show the company's drilling, breaking,
crushing and screening products in action. Sandvik also provided interactive presentations and highlighted its range
of support systems.
The QE440 is a track mounted double deck scalping screen that weighs 36 tonnes. Developed to cater for the
serious aggregate producer, it has 40% more screening area than its predecessor - the popular QE340. Importantly,
the stockpiling conveyors are both wider and higher to deal with both the increased production capacity and
facilitate larger stockpiles.
Volvo olvo shows shows new new excavator excavator for for Chinese Chinese market
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Sandvik's equipment demonstration event in
Philadelphia attracted a large number of visitors.
The recent Bauma China exhibition was used by Volvo Construction Equipment to launch its new EC200B Prime
tracked excavator. This 20 tonne machine is a custom-made Volvo solution for Chinese customers in the earthmoving
sector, particularly those working in urban areas.
The EC200B Prime excavator is fitted with a high performance, low emission Volvo engine, which produces high
torque at low revs. The machine also features load-sensing hydraulics, strengthened upper and lower frames, a
new general-purpose boom and dipper arm and a comfortable cab with climate control.
At Bauma China, Volvo Construction Equipment's president and chief executive Olof Persson stated, "Volvo is
committed to supporting our capacity and product offering in China and throughout Asia. We will achieve this by a
comprehensive programme of investments in our Asian industrial operations, a strengthening of our dealer
network and an expansion of Volvo and SDLG branded products that are more closely tailored to
the specific needs of customers in this region."
Volvo Construction Equipment has maintained a heavy investment commitment
throughout the economic downturn in the industry. For China alone, recent announcements
have included the creation of a $30 million Volvo Technology
Centre in Jinan and a $50 million expansion of the company's Linyi
facility. This comes on top of the $30 million investments made in
the Volvo excavator facility in Shanghai since 2003.
As part of its commitment to the expanding
Asian market, Volvo Construction Equipment
has launched this new 20 tonne class EC200B
for Chinese customers.
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Hitachi Hitachi celebrates celebrates 1,000th
special special application
excavator excavator delivery
The manufacture of the 1,000th special application
excavator by Hitachi Construction Machinery (Europe)
NV (HCME) has recently been marked at the
company's factory in Oosterhout, The Netherlands.
The ZX250LC-3 material handling machine is being
supplied through Romanian dealer, Powertek Equipment
SRL to Ductil Steel, a subsidiary of the Russian
Mechel Group, one of the five largest steel companies in the world.
To honour the occasion, a special ceremony was held at the factory in Oosterhout, on 18 November. Representatives
of both HCME and Powertek attended the ceremony when the keys to the 2X250LC-3 were officially handed
over to Powertek Marketing Coordinator Anca Stefan.
The ZX250LC-3 was sold as part of a sales agreement with the Mechel Group for a total of six machines - three
ZX250LC-3s and three ZX250W-3s. With a hydraulic elevating cab, short boom, straight arm with bucket cylinder
and linkage, and a rotating selector grab, the ZX250LC-3 will be used to unload steel scrap from trucks at a site near
Bucharest in Romania. Ductil Steel employs 1,340 people and also operates in Bulgaria, Switzerland, Hungary,
Cyprus and China.
HCME has also announced that will open a new European Parts Centre in Oosterhout during April 2011. The
company has purchased a 53,000m² facility (22,000m² covered), formerly owned by the car manufacturer Citroën,
which will replace its existing 7,600m² European Parts Centre that is also situated in Oosterhout. The new complex in
the Vijf Eiken industrial area will have the capacity to stock over 90,000 individual parts line items and parts availability
will be increased up to 95%.
Large arge Chinese Chinese order order for for T TTerex
T erex Cranes
This ZX250LC-3 for Ductil Steel is the 1,000th
special application Hitachi excavator to be made by
Hitachi Construction Equipment
The China National Chemical Engineering Co Ltd (CNCEC) has signed a contract with Terex Cranes for the delivery
of 41 cranes. The selected machines comprise seven 350 tonne capacity class Terex AC350/6 all terrains and 34
Terex Changjiang truck cranes with capacities ranging from 25 tonnes to 130 tonnes. Terex Changjiang truck cranes
are manufactured in Luzhou, China.
This is the largest order received by Terex Cranes in China to date. The 41 cranes for CNCEC are scheduled to
be delivered between the 4th quarter of 2010 and March 2011. “With this significant contract, we hope to establish a
long-term strategic partnership with CNCEC," said Thomas Veith, Sales Director China & Asia, Terex Cranes.
CNCEC leaders said they chose Terex to supply these cranes based on their reputation for quality and performance.
The new cranes will strengthen the company's position in bidding for domestic and international projects.
Personnel present at the signature ceremony for the 41 Terex cranes to CNCEC included not only senior
executives from both companies but also important people from the Terex Chanjiang Beijing dealer Sumec
International Technology Co., Ltd)
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UK UK News
JCB JCB to to supply supply British British Army Army with
236 236 machines
Shortly after JCB celebrated its 65th birthday, the company
announced that it had won, in the face of fierce global competition,
a contract to supply the British Army with 236 machines.
This notable contract was awarded by ALC, a joint
venture between Amey plc and Babcock International
Group plc, which is the service provider to the Ministry of
Defence for plant and mechanical handling equipment for
the British Army,
The deal comprises 138 JCB 4CX backhoe loaders and
98 JCB 436eHT wheel loaders - with all units due to be
delivered by the end of January 2011. The backhoe loaders
are being made at JCB's World HQ, Rocester whilst the
wheeled loaders will be manufactured by JCB Earthmovers
in Cheadle. The machines will have minor enhancements such as NATO green livery, personal weapons stowage
inside the cab, convoy lighting and increased wading ability.
The supply of these military backhoes and wheel loaders follows an ALC order in 2007 for 420 JCB Loadall
telescopic handlers which are currently in service with British troops all over the world, including Afghanistan. JCB's
largest ever military order was for $230 million from the United States military in 2005 for JCB's High Mobility
Engineer Excavator (HMEE). That order was for up to 800 machines.
JCB was selected for the latest military contract after extensive user trials, during which the ease of use and
compatibility with other machines already in the Army's fleet were considered a key deciding factor. Michael
Leeming, Director JCB Government & Defence, added: "This order signifies the largest replacement order from ALC
for many years and now gives JCB a significant percentage of the plant and logistics handling equipment in use
with the British Army."
Shindaiwa Shindaiwa powers powers up up in in the the UK
Patriotic JCB workers celebrate the company's
award of a 236 military machine order for the
Units from the extensive Japanese range of Shindaiwa welder generators are now available in the UK following the
establishment of new company Shindaiwa Ltd based in Wolverhampton. Director Andy Munford, who used to work
for Arc-Gen Hilta, is initially importing the three Shindaiwa compact welder generator models 165UK, 200UK and
300UK which have welding outputs of 165, 200 and 300 amp.
The Subaru petrol engined 165UK provides a welding range of 40-165A and a 2.5kVA single-phase 110V socket.
The single-phase 3kVA-output model 200UK has a Kubota Z482 diesel engine and gives a 5-200A welding range.
The 300UK with its Kubota D722 diesel engine has a welding range of 35-300A and can provide a three-phase
8kVA, 415V supply plus a single-phase 110V CTE 3kVA output. Options for the 300UK include remote control, a
Chalwyn valve and a spark arrestor silencer.
Of particular interest should be the ECO165UK and ECO300UK models which both feature an ECO mode that is
an advanced system of auto-idle. After a period of inactivity, this system automatically sets the optimum engine
speed for the job in hand without first running at maximum rpm, hence reducing fuel consumption, noise and engine
Shindaiwa's welder-generators are also very quiet in
operation. For example, the trailer-mounted ECO300UK
unit has a noise level of just 88dB(LwA) thanks to the design
of the sound-proofed canopy around its fuel-efficient
Kubota diesel engine. This top-of-the-range model is
equipped with an extra large, 37 litre capacity fuel tank
which is able to provide up to three days use.
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The first of what is an extensive range of Shindaiwa
welder generators from Japan are now being imported
into the UK. This is the ECO300UK in action.
UK UK News
First irst V VVolvo
V olvo for for Hickman Hickman Bros Bros L LLandscapes
A new Volvo L45F wheeled loader has been supplied to Hickman Brothers' Landscapes for use at the company's recycling
facilities at Fulbrook, near Burford, Oxfordshire. The machine is also the first compact loader to be sold by
Volvo's utility dealer - SM Plant Ltd.
Formed in 1990 from a partnership established
in 1978 by brothers Fred and Tom
Hickman, the company carries out commercial
landscaping as well as environmental improvement
work and plant hire. "Our business generates
waste on a commercial scale," comments
Terry Hickman (Tom's son and company secretary).
"On all of our contracts we retrieve all the
residual waste whether it's green waste, soils,
rubble, concrete or wood so it's essential to
have a robust and reliable machine to handle
both incoming and outgoing processed materials."
The 8.5 tonne L45F was chosen after a successful
demonstration and a competitive evaluation
process. Having replaced a telehandler, its
primary duties will be processing all the incoming
diverse range of materials, loading screens
This new Volvo L45F compact loader has replaced a
telehandler for work at Hickman Brothers' Landscapes
and crushers, rehandling material on site and
recycling centre in Oxfordshire.
loading material out either by vehicles or into industrial
sized bags for DIY and other outlets to the landscaping trade.
The L45F has been supplied with a standard 1.3m_ general purpose bucket to handle the heavier material on site
such as rubble, concrete and stones; a 2.0m_ light materials handling bucket for handling soils and a set of pallet
forks. Utilising the loader's Volvo hydraulic quick hitch, these attachments can be interchanged very quickly. Hickman
Brothers new Volvo is also equipped with a Groeneveld automatic lubrication system.
CW Plant Hire has changed its entire fleet
of mobile lighting towers to VT-1
SuperLights which have vertical hydraulic
CW CW Plant Plant converts converts to to vertical vertical mast
VT VT-1 VT -1 lighting lighting towers
UK plant hire company Charles Wilson Engineers (CW Plant Hire)
has bought a significant number of VT-1 SuperLight mobile lighting
towers from TowerLight UK. During 2010 CW Plant Hire has completely
disposed of its entire fleet of traditional horizontal, 'up and
over', mast lighting towers and standardised on the VT1 SuperLight
with its 9m vertical hydraulic mast.
"The VT1 is fully compliant with all the health and safety
recommendations - it eliminates the need for warning labels - which
detail the dangers of falling masts, together with the requirement for
mast safety pins," says Ray Caulfield, TowerLight's Sales Manager.
"The VT-1 also has a number of additional environmental attributes,
including a full bund for all fluids and whisper quiet noise levels of just
The 9.0m 360¡ rotatable vertical hydraulic mast on the VT-1
features a single lever operation. This enables one person to safely
erect the mast in less than 30 seconds. The complete unit has been
tested in wind speed in excess of 75 miles per hour.
With its relatively small overall footprint, forty VT-1's can be delivered
on a single 40ft flat bed vehicle. The units have forklift pockets in
their base frame to facilitate safe loading.
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More More Liebherrs Liebherrs for
Lancaster ancaster Earthmoving
Two of Lancaster Earthmoving's
new Liebherrs at work on
enlarging the Abberton Reservoir
Four more Liebherrs have been added to the fleet
of Lancaster Earthmoving Ltd. This family-owned
contractor, which is based in Kennett near Newmarket
in Suffolk, has been operating Liebherr
equipment since 1996.
The four new machines comprise one
34 tonne class R934C Litronic and two 44 tonne
class R944C Litronic excavators and one 150kW
(201hp) PR 734 LGP Litronic bulldozer. They
have been working on a major contract to enlarge
the capacity of Abberton Reservoir, near Colchester
At the Abberton Reservoir, Lancaster Earthmoving
has been reprofiling of the banks through
bulk muckshifting and adding large volumes of
aggregates to increase the bank height by a further
3m. A 2.0km road is also being constructed.
and it is estimated that the total volume of materials handled will exceed 1,000,000m³.
Lancaster Earthmoving's three new Liebherr excavators all have been supplied with super-long heavy-duty
undercarriage with 750mm wide track pads. CCTV rear-view cameras with in-cab colour monitors, screen vandal
guards, roof beacons, additional headlights and overload warning systems. The fully hydrostatic PR 734 LGP
Litronic bulldozer is a low ground pressure version with an operating weight of around 25 tonnes.
Mass Mass of of New New Holland Holland excavators excavators on on M621 M621 motorway
Travellers on the M621 motorway near Leeds have recently been treated to the sight of no less than 13 New Holland
excavators at work beside the carriageway. Eleven of the machines are 14.7 tonne E135BSR zero tailswing models
and they, together with an 8.0 tonne E80 and a 5.0 tonne E50, have been deployed by Leeds-based civil engineering
contractor K Rouse to work for Balfour Beatty.
The machines have been working on a stretch of the M621 less than a mile long between two junctions near
Leeds. They are assisting the removal of metal crash barriers and the installation of improved drainage prior to the
erection of a new concrete central reservation.
According to Jim McGibbon, the Plant Manager at K Rouse, the E135BSRs were the right size of machine to
physically fit in the space available on a live motorway. The alternative of an even greater number of smaller
machines was ruled out by the demanding nature of the work and the tight time schedule.
Many of the machines are being used with hydraulic breakers to shatter the two and a half foot thick concrete
sub-base. K Rouse saws a line down
either side of the work area and has
used a pulveriser to break up the
On this job K Rouse has been
trialling Tiltrotators from Swedish
manufacturer Engcon on two of the
New Holland E135BSRs. These versatile
hydraulic wrists have allowed
operators to accomplish more tasks
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The compact dimensions of these
New Holland E135BSR zero tail
swing excavators allowed mass
deployment whilst keeping the traffic
moving on the busy M621 near
UK UK News
from one position, reducing the number of times the machine has had to relocate. "That means there's less risk to
people working nearby and to passing traffic," explained Sten Stromgren, Engcon Marketing Director.
Other modifications to speed up the work and reduce upheaval include the use of rubber blocks mounted over
standard steel tracks on two machines. This means they can work on both sides of the trench, including on the
lane that isn't scheduled to be resurfaced when the job is finished without damaging it.
Stoke Stoke Plant Plant selects selects one one of
first first Doosan Doosan DX380LCs
in in the the UK
Buckhurst Plant Hire, through its sister company Push-Tec is
developing this new Crush-Tec attachment for shattering old cast iron
New New attachments attachments from from Push- Push-Tec Push- ec
The No-Dig Live exhibition staged in October at Stoneleigh in the UK was used by Lancashire-based
Buckhurst Plant Hire Ltd to reveal the prototype of its new Crush-Tec attachment.
Shown connected to the dipper arm of a 3.0 tonne class Takeuchi TB228 mini
excavator, this attachment has two powerful hydraulic cylinders that allow its jaws to
crush an old cast iron pipe.
The attachment shown at No-Dig Live 2010 can shatter cast iron pipes with
diameters of 3 to 8 inches. Buckhurst Plant Hire, through its sister company Push-Tec
Ltd, is also developing a smaller Crush-Tec attachment for 1.5 to 3.0 tonne mini
excavators that will be able to conveniently shatter 3 to 4 inch cast iron pipes.
Buckhurst Plant Hire also used the No-Dig Live show to exhibit its recently introduced
Push-Tec PE gas pipe insertion device. After successful field trials with the National Grid,
the company can now supply two sizes - one for inserting 63-180mm diameter pipes (to
fit 1.5 to 5.0 tonne mini excavators) and one for 200-400mm diameter pipes (used on 3
to 10 tonne excavators).
This new 37.9 tonne Doosan DX380LC
excavator was purchased by Stoke Plant after
owner Jimmy Doherty tried it out during a
demonstration at Stoneleigh Park.
Family owned and run Stoke Plant of Coventry recently
took delivery of one of the first Doosan
DX380LC excavators in the UK from local dealer
Murley Construction Equipment. This 37.9 tonne
machine was purchased after Jimmy Doherty tried
it out at a demonstration day staged by Doosan at
Founded in 1988 by Jimmy Doherty, Stoke
Plant started life as a one man, one machine company
specialising in the stripping of overburden at
quarries in the Midlands area. Now, with wife,
daughter and two sons involved in the business on
a full-time basis, Jimmy Doherty has expanded the
operation to one running a fleet of some 35 machines,
mainly excavators and articulated dumptrucks, which still spend most of their time on overburden removal
contracts throughout the UK.
Stoke Plant's first experience with the Doosan brand came several years ago with the acquisition of a Solar 290
model. As this unit proved to be a strong and reliable performer, Jimmy Doherty gladly accepted the invitation to try
out the new DX380 at Stoneleigh Park. Now he says, "This new Doosan excavator is as good as anything we have in
our mixed fleet of equipment and I now look forward to many years of reliable operation."
Based on the larger Doosan DX420LC, the new DX380LC is powered by a fuel-efficient, 6-cylinder Doosan DL08
turbocharged diesel engine developing 202 kW (275 hp). Stoke Plant's machine is equipped with the longest
3950mm dipper arm which allows it to dig down to a maximum depth of 8200mm.
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UK UK News
Bobcat machines will now be
supplied in Hampshire and the Isle
of Wight by new dealer Promac
Promac romac Solutions
becomes becomes Bobcat
Bobcat has appointed Promac Solutions
Ltd as its new Authorised Dealer for
Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. In these
areas, Promac is now responsible for the
complete range of Bobcat equipment from
skid-steer, compact tracked and all wheel
steer loaders, excavators, telehandlers
and utility vehicles to a comprehensive
selection of Bobcat attachments that together
deliver versatility and time-saving
efficiency across a huge range of different applications.
Promac, which was formed in 2006, will offer a full selection of genuine Bobcat accessories and parts to support
both new and existing Bobcat customers in its territory. Based in Aldermaston, Berkshire, the company can provide
flexible service agreements including 24 hours a day coverage, depending on the requirements of the customer.
Commenting on the new appointment, Grant Linton, Managing Director of Promac Solutions Ltd, said: "The
addition of the Bobcat range is an excellent complement to the leading brands we represent throughout the South
East which include Doosan and Montabert."
Montabert Montabert Appoints Appoints New New Dealer Dealer for for Scotland
Garriock Bros. Ltd has been appointed as the new authorised dealer in Scotland for the full range of Montabert
breakers and demolition/recycling equipment. With headquarters in Lerwick in the Shetland Isles and operations at
Newbridge in Edinburgh and Kirkwall in the Orkney Isles, Garriock Bros employs approximately 140 people across
seven different divisions.
The addition of the Montabert range of breakers for secondary processing in the quarry and mining markets
provides an excellent complement to the equipment hire and contracting operations in crushing and screening at
Garriock Bros. Since the company entered this market in 2002, intensive investment in new equipment and a
determined focus have made Garriock Bros a key player in the aggregate and heavy plant hire industry in Scotland.
Commenting on the new appointment, Peter Jack, Sales Manager at Garriock Bros Ltd, said: "The Montabert
brand and products have a very good reputation and we are delighted to be able to offer Montabert breakers and
attachments to our wide customer base in the quarrying and mining industries. We also believe that the Montabert
range will open up new markets especially from the Edinburgh facility for use in demolition, construction and other
applications in the region."
Andy Goddard, UK Sales Manager for Montabert,
said: "Garriock Bros is well established in a diverse
range of industries in Scotland and, as well as the
crushing and screening operations, the company is very
experienced in the excavator market. The great
combination of enthusiasm and expertise at Garriock
Bros will ensure success for the Montabert range in
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With its headquarters in Lerwick
in the Shetland Isles, Garriock
Bros. Ltd has become the new
Montabert dealer for Scotland.
Plant Editor Nick Johnson tries out some of the latest generation 1.5 to 2.0 tonne
Volvo mini excavators and is impressed with their controllability and ease of
New Volvo minis feature big changes
Volvo first showed its new design 1.5 to 2.0 tonne mini excavators at the Bauma 2010 exhibition in Munich and the
machines are now starting to be seen on site in increasing numbers. Their development has taken some three years
and involved a significant number of operators and buyers in customer clinics along the way.
Compared to their predecessors, the newcomers have model numbers that better indicate their operating weights
- something that is often important to rental companies and their customers. The new minis are designated the
EC15C, EC17C, EC18C and EC20C. They replace the EC15B in its XR, XT and XTV versions as well as the XT and
XTV variants of the previous EC20B.
The EC15B and EC20B had a reputation for being good diggers but their design was getting somewhat dated as
it was directly descended from the Pel-Job models EB150 and EB200 introduced in 1997. Volvo had taken over Pel-
Job and its French factory in Belley two years earlier and the machines made there all gained the Volvo badge in
All-new from ground up
Building on this heritage, the four
new minis are being made at Volvo's
Belley factory. They are all new
from the ground up although, sensibly
for rental fleet operators, they
can utilise the buckets from their
The smallest EC15C is an entry
level, cost effective machine that
weighs 1540kg with canopy, or
1630kg with cab. It has a fixed
width undercarriage, a short arm
dozer blade and single speed travel -
a very sedate maximum of 1.9km/h.
The all-new EC20C, EC18C, EC17C and EC15C
should boost Volvo sales in the high volume 1.5 to
2.0 tonne sector of the mini excavator market.
An EC15C in operation with a matched HB100LN low
noise hydraulic breaker. The excavator's top mounted
boom cylinder and neat internal hose routing can
clearly be seen.
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The rental-orientated EC15C's short arm
dozer blade serves to keep weight down
and makes it easier to get the mini onto a
small plant trailer. However, the short arm
New Generation 1.5 to 2.0 tonne Volvo Mini Excavators
design makes it more difficult to clean up to Model Operating Max Dig Engine Base Width
the blade than with the longer arm arrange-
Weight Depth Power (mm)
ment used on its three bigger brothers.
(kg) (mm) (kW)
Both the EC15C and its bigger brother,
the EC17C, have the same fixed displacement
31 litre/min hydraulic gear pump. The
EC17C also has a fixed width undercarriage
but it comes with a higher specification EC20C 1940** 2557+ 12.3 994-1336
cabin, a long arm dozer blade and two
speed (1.9 and 3.7km/h) tracking. This machine
weighs 1560kg with canopy or
1650kg with cab.
*with canopy **with cab +with long dipper arm
NOTE: Specifications for guidance only and subject to change
The 1670kg / 1760kg (canopy / cab) EC18C is also set to prove popular with rental companies. This model has a
side extending undercarriage, a long arm dozer blade and appreciably faster two speed (2.5 and 4.6km/h) tracking.
These features are also to be found on the bigger EC20C which weighs 1850kg / 1940kg (with canopy or cab)
and has a longer undercarriage with four (rather than three) bottom rollers. Both the EC18C and EC20C are
equipped with a 44 litre/min variable displacement Casappa hydraulic pump for greatly increased digging
Powered by Yanmar engines
All four these new Volvo mini excavators are powered by fuel efficient Yanmar diesel engines which meet Tier IV environmental
regulations. This means that all Volvo compact excavators weighing up to 8 tonnes now have Yanmar
engines that provide good power ratings.
The EC15C, EC17C and EC18C all have a tail radius of 1052mm. The fixed undercarriage of the EC15C and
EC17C is 993mm wide so, when the machines is slewed around at 90º¡ to their tracks, their tails extend by 556mm
beyond the edge of the track.
The tracks on the EC18C and EC20C extend outwards to increase machine width from 994mm to 1336mm. At the
full width position, their tails protrude only 384mm beyond the edge of their tracks.
Track width extension and retraction on
the EC18C and EC20C is conveniently carried
out by activating a switch and using
the dozer control lever. The dozer blade
side extensions neatly swing around for
storage when tracks are retracted. In the
narrow width configuration, these side extensions
are each simply secured by two
The new quartet of Volvo minis all gain
new design booms and dipper arms with a
cast steel boom end and a cast iron arm
end. Key hydraulic hoses are routed
through the lower portion boom for optimum
protection. As the hoses now appear
out of the sides of the top of the boom, the
Volvo name has to be placed lower down
than has been corporate convention in the
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Top mounted boom cylinders
With the EC15C, EC17C and EC18C,
Volvo has positioned their boom cylinders
on top rather than underneath their booms.
Plant Editor Nick Johnson was
impressed with the controllability of
the entry level EC15C which he is
seen here operating with a
The use of a durable steel rear
counterweight with high corners should
considerably minimise the risk of site
damage to the new Volvo minis.
Fitted with its variable displacement
pump, the EC18C had the superior
hydraulic power needed to trench
through well-compacted ground.
This feature, together with the use of a durable steel counterweight
with high corners should considerably minimise the risk of site damage.
Both the cabs and canopies fitted to these new minis are built to
exceed the TOPS, ROPS and OPG1 standards of protection.
Usefully these structures can be replaced or interchanged within 30
minutes by undoing eight bolts and one plug connector.
Hire companies operating in areas where their machines can be
prone to vandal attacks will appreciate that the latest Volvo Care
Cab used on these new minis makes use of flat, easy to replace
glass. I found that the combination of extensive glazing and narrow
pillars results in good all-round visibility from the comfortable
Grammer MSG suspension seat.
Precision positioning of breaker point
A test drive of an EC15C fitted with a Volvo badged HB100LN low
noise hydraulic breaker revealed that it was very easy to position
the breaker point prior to quickly splitting chunks of concrete. Despite
this mini having the less sophisticated hydraulic system, it was
still very controllable. This was very apparent when later using it with a
I also tried out the more up market EC18C with a digging bucket and
found that it had plenty of power to excavate into hard compacted ground.
With its variable width undercarriage fully extended, this is a very stable
machine even when its long dipper arm (standard spec in the UK) is fully
extended with a full bucket.
Simultaneous slew and boom offset
Whilst trenching alongside a high bank I was able to appreciate the ability
to both slew and use the boom offset at the same time. This faster dual
function operation is achieved using an electro-proportional roller for
boom offset on the right joystick. By moving the attachment circuit and
offset function controls to a button on the right joystick (rather than being
on a foot pedal), the operator gets more leg and foot room.
Another good feature is that travel speed automatically shifts from high
to low according to load. This retains traction when travelling over steep
terrain and it enhances productivity when carrying out levelling work or
Despite the compact dimensions of these minis, service access is
good. There is a single-piece engine canopy that hinges upwards and the
cab floor panel lifts for access to hydraulics and main control valve.
Easily removable panels on the offside of the new minis open up the innards in a
way that should delight service engineers. The alternator and starter motor are now
more accessible than before and the hydraulic oil cooler can be angled out a couple
of inches away from the adjacent radiator to facilitate cleaning.
I was impressed by the updates made to these mini excavators at the bottom
end of the Volvo compact excavator range. A lot of thought has gone into their detail
design and those that operate and service them will appreciate this. [CP&E]
Easily removable panels on the offside of the new
minis open up to reveal the internal components in a
way which will doubtless delight service engineers.
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In the 'Telescopic Gold Rush' trial,
the contestants had to make good
use of the telescopic handler' s
speed and all wheel steering
To mark the first
anniversary of the opening
of its Customer Centre near
Paris, Case Construction
Equipment recently staged
a Rodeo competition to test
the skills of operators from
Belgium, Denmark, France,
Germany, Italy, Norway,
Poland, Spain and the UK.
Case Rodeo tests operator skills
Getting the best from a machine depends on it being driven by a good operator. But the person in the operator's seat
often does not get the recognition they deserve. So, in these challenging economic times, Case Construction Equipment
is to be congratulated for staging a European operator skills competition at its Customer Centre in Monthyon,
north of Paris.
Organised with a Wild West Rodeo theme, the European operator competition marked the first anniversary of the
Case Customer Centre. The event made good use of the facility's extensive machine operating area and the new 80seat
glass fronted auditorium that faces onto the main demonstration arena.
The two day contest saw selected operators from Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Norway, Poland,
Spain and the UK arrive in Monthyon to compete for the best country and individual awards. To test their operating
skills and experience, the Case Customer Centre Manager Tony Walton and his team set four demanding, yet fun,
challenges utilising different items of Case construction equipment.
To help create a rodeo atmosphere, the contestants wore cowboy hats, special Case Rodeo jackets and different
coloured neckerchiefs to denote their nationality. They were allowed an initial training session on the first day of the
competition in order to familiarize themselves with the course and the various challenges. To provide light relief in the
evening, the cowboy theme was maintained as all participants were treated to the Buffalo Bill Wild West dinner show
at nearby Disneyland, Paris.
Four timed challenges
Next day the operators undertook the serious business of tackling the four challenges under competition conditions.
This saw them carrying out special competition tasks under the stopwatch whilst driving TX170-45 telescopic handler,
a 420CT compact tracked loader, a 590 Super R series 3 backhoe loader and a CX240BMH material handling
The TX170-45 was used for 'Telescopic Gold Rush' trial. Contestants had to do an empty run of the designated
course with the telescopic handler'. A
second lap involved picking up and
placing a tub loaded with gravel.
These tasks were carried out on a
narrow, twisting circuit where adept
use of the machine's all wheel steering
Penalties were given if the
machine touched the sides of the start
/ finish 'garage', for dropping the load
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To prevent loosing their ball in the
'Yeehaa Loader' trial, the operators
had to make good use of the pilot
controls on the 590 Super R Series 3
The Case CX210BMH materials handler was deployed with a special hook to test the ability of
operators to pick up horizontal bars from stands and drop the attached tennis balls into
or not delivering it into the marked area. Extra time was also added for not fully retracting the boom before driving, for
hitting any of the cones delineating the route and for going the wrong way around the course.
The 'Yeehaa Loader' trial involved using the bucket on the extendible dipper arm of the 590 Super R Series 3
backhoe to pick up two tubes that lifted an inverted bucket to reveal a ball perched on a cone. The operator then had
to get the ball in another bucket.
The pilot controls of the backhoe aided the more able operators not to lose their ball. Time was added for
knocking a ball, grounding the bucket, breaking the surrounding structure or not completing the tasks.
The 'Bullseye' trial utilised the CX240BMH with its hydraulically elevated cab raised up to its maximum height.
From this lofty vantage point, each contestant had to use the machine's special red coloured hook to pick up a colour
coded bar with a tennis ball hanging from it. The machine was then slewed around so that the ball could be placed
within a tube of the same colour and the bar carefully left resting on top of the tube.
This delicate task was repeated for all four differently coloured poles before each of the tubes and balls were
returned to their original coloured stands. Time penalties were incurred for hitting the tubes, moving the tracks of the
machine, touching the ground with the red hook or failing to return the bars and balls to their original coloured
The last trial, the 'Skid and Slide Saddle', was performed with a 420CT compact tracked loader. Operators had to
do the same run forwards and backwards with the machine's pallet forks loaded with four buckets full of water - each
containing two yellow rubber ducks.
The aim of the 'Skid and Slide
Saddle' was to complete the run,
complete with gradients and speed
humps, as quickly as possible without
losing the ducks, grounding the
pallet or touching the cones marking
out the undulating track. This
task was much more difficult to
achieve without losing a duck that it
With the judges checked out all
the times after all contestants had
completed all for tasks, there was
time for some light entertainment.
Case asked for volunteers from
Keeping rubber ducks floating in the
water filled black tubs on the pallet
carried by the 420CT over an
undulating course was no easy feat.
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(left) The UK team comprised Ian Stanton (left), Janean Ward (the only lady contestant) and Ian Barclay (who drives
the Case excavators used in the British Channel 4 Time Team TV programmes).
(right) The contest winner, Raphael Rosen of Belgium (centre), was presented with the Absolute Champion's cup by
Michael Unrein (left) and Gabriele Galeani from CNH Construction Equipment.
each national team to discover who could master a mechanical bucking bull! This sport provided a good spectacle
and Italy's Heinrich Gaseiger triumphed by managing to stay on the longest.
Number two on the bucking bull was Nicolas Picard from France with Ian Stanton from the UK coming third. The
UK team was also notable for providing the only lady in the competition - Janean Ward of Norfolk-based MDH (Mini
Digger Hire) - and Ian Barclay of Barclay Plant Hire in Salisbury
(who supplies the Case excavators used in the Channel 4 Time
Team TV programmes).
In the evening, prizes were awarded at the Case Customer
Centre by Gabriele Galeani, European Marketing Director for CNH
Construction Equipment. He pointed out how important it was for
the Case team to share experiences with customers so that the
company's products could be further enhanced in the future.
Success for Denmark, Italy and Spain
First prize in the Bullseye trial with the Case CX240MH went to
Italy's Romeo Forlano. The prize for the Telescopic Gold Rush trial
with the TX170-45 went to the Spaniard Jose Joaqu’n Plana
Bandicho. The prize for Skid and Slide went to Denmark's Ulrik
Vestergaar and for the Yeehaa Loader, once again to Spain's Jose
Joaqu’n Plana Bandicho.
The Italian team of Roomeo Forlano, Enrico Bonacina and
Heinrich Gaseiger won the overall country prize for the best
combined score of all four trials. The top prize of the Absolute
Champion's cup was then awarded to Belgium's Raphael Rosen.
As well as being presented with a trophy by Gabriele Galeani
and Michael Unrein (the Senior Director Global Product Marketing
Light Equipment for CNH Construction Equipment). Raphael
After the tension of the contest proper,
Rosen also received a trip for two to Las Vegas to visit the
there was some light relief as contestants Conexpo exhibition next year.
were challenged to ride the mechanical
The day ended with a gala dinner during which the Case
Customer Centre team, led by Tony Walton, cut a large cake decorated with Case's symbol, the Old Abe eagle. This
year's contestants agreed that the event had been both testing and fun and that it should become an annual contest.
So the Absolute Champion's Cup should be up for grabs again next year. [CP&E]
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The versatility of the Avant Tecno range of compact wheel loaders from Finland
has been enhanced by the development of three new attachments in the UK.
Nick Johnson sees a new Gyru-Star screening bucket and two GreenMech wood
chipper attachments in action.
GreenMech and Gyru-Star
couple up to Avant
Two new hydraulically driven chipper attachments and an interesting new Gyru-Star screening bucket have
been developed by UK makers for use on Avant Tecno compact loaders. The chipper attachments are adaptations
of proven products from chipper and shredder maker GreenMech Ltd and the screening bucket is a
new product from Gloucester-based Wheatway Solutions.
The smaller of the new GreenMech
chipper attachments is the CS100H.
Based on the compact tractor based
CS100TMP, this hydraulically powered
chipper has a maximum capacity of
100mm (4in). At a recent site demonstration
it was fitted to a 980kg Avant
420 articulated loader whose 14.9kW
(20hp) Kubota diesel engine provides
sufficient power to provide a chipping
capability of 75mm (3in).
The gravity fed CS100H chipper attachment
weighs 195kg and is equipped
with a wide in-feed chute with a throat
size of 315mm x 162mm. It has been
developed to require a hydraulic flow
rate of 31 to 36 litre/min so that it is
matched to the auxiliary flow of the
The new GreenMech CS100H hydraulically powered chipper can
deal with branches sized up to 75mm (3in) diameter when used
with this small Avant 420 articulated loader.
Also displayed at the site demonstration
was the new EC150H hydraulic
drive wood chipper coupled to an Avant
750 loader with a 36kW (49hp) Kubota
V2403 engine. Derived from an
EC150TMP compact tractor chipper, this power fed attachment, with its patented Disc-Blade chipping/shredding system,
weighs 490kg and has a 150mm (6in) chipping capability. The oil flow requirement for this attachment is 66 to
The GreenMech Disc-Blade system is claimed to extend cutting blade life by up to six times. Although the discs
mounted on the flywheel have a fully sharpened circumference only around one third of this cutting surface is in use.
So when that portion becomes worn, GreenMech's system allows the blade to be manually rotated through 120º to
the next sharp section.
GreenMech Managing Director Jonathan
Turner says, "Producing hydraulic drive chippers
is a new route for us. We originally trialled a chipper
attachment on a small tracked loader but the
idea of tailoring units to work on wheeled Avant
loaders developed from a conversation I had with
Avant Tecno UK Managing Director Jukka
Vaattovaara at the Executive Hire Show 2010."
Fitting sturdy chipper attachments to Avant
loaders increases the versatility of these popular
The larger EC150H hydraulic drive wood chipper,
complete with its Disc-Blade chipping/shredding
system, in action on an Avant 750 loader.
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The new Gyro-Star 3-80 screening
bucket provides extra versatility for
the Avant 420 articulated wheel
compact machines. These loaders
can be used with grapple buckets to
pick up timber and feed larger
178mm or 203mm (7in or 8in) self
propelled chippers on larger jobs.
Then on smaller jobs or for work with
more limited access, they can be
used with the new lower capacity
GreenMech Ltd was formed in
1993 specifically to develop,
manufacture and market a range of
British built wood chippers and green
waste shredders. The company will
show the CS100H model at the
Executive Hire Show 2011 at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry, UK on 9/10 February 2011.
The new screening bucket is the Gyru-Star 3-80 that is being developed by Colin Smith of Wheatway Solutions.
Having had previous experience of selling screening buckets with the distinctive rows of yellow coloured
polyurethane stars, he decided to produce his own version for the Avant 420 and 2500 to 3000kg mini excavators.
The 3-80 model designation denotes a 800mm screen width and three rotors (each comprising 19 flexible, selfcleaning
polyurethane stars). The prototype was recently demonstrated on an Avant 420 at a site in Cheltenham, UK.
This bucket had its rotors driven by a chain from the hydraulic motor but it is expected that CE marked production
units will utilise a Gates carbon belt when they become available for sale early next year.
The polyurethane stars are rotated 'up hill' so that material loaded into the bucket rolls through them rather than
being chopped up. The arrangement scores over many conventional screening buckets in that any roots and
vegetation are retained in the bucket rather than passing through it with the screened soil. This feature should prove
most useful in removing problem roots like those of Japanese Knotweed.
Although the soil being screened on the demonstration day was rather more wet than would have been ideal, the
new Gyru-Star 3-80 screening bucket was able to process the material without crushing it. The bucket appears well
able to produce high quality topsoil whilst retaining almost all the stone, concrete or brick fragments as well as the
On the 420, the Gyru-Star 3-80 utilises the Avant's auxiliary hydraulic flow rate of 36 litre/min. The bucket is filled
conventionally (although I felt it would have been useful to have a level indicator visible on its top edge) and then
crowded back to retain the load. Once the bucket is positioned above the area chosen for the screened material
stockpile, the rotors are spun and the screened material passes through the flexible stars.
Once the screening operation is complete, the rotors are stopped and the machine moved to dump the oversize
debris and any vegetation on a separate pile ready for disposal. The way the bulky screening bucket was connected
to the 420 meant that the discharge angle was less than that for an ordinary loader bucket. But it was adequate to
discharge the debris.
Buoyed up by the initial interest in the
Gyru-Star 3-80 product, Colin Smith is to
produce a unit complete with a flow control to
suit different mini excavators. He is also
making a larger Gyru-Star 4-100 ready to be
displayed on a 21kW (28hp) 630 loader on
the Avant stand at the Executive Hire Show
2011. Plans are also in place to make Gyru-
Star screening buckets to suit bigger mini and
midi excavators. [CP&E]
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The three rows of spinning polyurethane
stars in the Gyro-Star screening bucket can
produce good quality topsoil whilst effectively
separating out stones and vegetation.
JCB has stolen a march
over some other
makers by being able
to demonstrate exactly
how it has addressed
the requirements of
the new European
Nick Johnson discovers
Adaptive Load Control.
Reaching out to
Whilst some other telescopic handler makers have been reticent to state
how they are reacting to the implementation of the new European Standard
EN15000, JCB has been busy marketing its new safety system called
Adaptive Load Control. The company has clearly given a high priority to
addressing this new piece of European safety legislation that applies to all
telescopic handlers produced for sale into Europe from the 1st October
EN15000 seeks to reduce the likelihood of forward overturning of a
telescopic handler performing stationary loading or placing operations on
consolidated, stable and level ground, by the use of an automated
Longitudinal Load Moment Control (LLMC) system. Up until now many
machines have purely provided a visual indication of increasing forward
load movement without any automatic cut-out of potentially dangerous
machine motions when the maximum safe load moment is reached.
To satisfy the requirements of EN15000, JCB has developed two
versions of its new Adaptive Load Control system. The company states
that the system will improve safety for all operations with minimal
interruption to standard working practices.
There are two versions of Adaptive Load Control – a simpler two-step
hydraulic cut-out for the company’s Teletruks, Telemasters and the smaller
Loadall models 515-40, 520-50, 524-50 and 527-55 and a proportional
‘soft stop’ system on the higher lift (over 6.0m) machines.
Progressive boom slow down
JCB has developed an Adaptive Load Control system
for its telehandlers so that they comply with EN15000 in
– a standard devised to reduce the likelihood of
The display panel in the larger
Loadalls includes an arc of coloured
lights to indicate approach to maximum
forward load moment as well new
Active Load Control status symbols.
By using a proportional ‘soft stop’ system on the higher lift machines,
Adaptive Load Control ensures that the boom movements are slowed progressively before coming to a complete
stop. Sudden stops cause discomfort to the operator and create inertia that can increase the risk of machine forward
The system collects information from sensors and switches that monitor boom angle, boom extension, control
lever position and transmission speed. An electronic control unit (ECU) then compares this information with the rear
axle load to determine the maximum allowed flow from the control value. As the load moves further away from the
machine and the overturning moment is increased, the flow from the control valve is gradually reduced. At a
predetermined threshold, the flow is completely stopped.
If the machine is placed in a situation where the safe working load is exceeded, the system automatically allows
the operator to lift and retract the load to a safe condition. Where recovery is less than straightforward, a momentary
system over-ride button is provided to assist the operator to safely reduce the load moment.
In accordance with the requirements of EN15000, the Adaptive Load Control system is only active when the
machine is stationary. The system is automatically disabled when driving or when the boom is fully retracted thus
allowing the machine to be still used effectively with a loader bucket. This feature is very important as many
telehandlers are used for rehandling and loading applications such as in waster transfer stations. CP&E
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As elite mountain bikers try out a completed portion of the
London 2012 Olympic Mountain Bike track, work continues in
the background to compete the challenging course at Hadleigh
Farm in Essex.
Groundworks contractor, Martin Seddon, is
combining both his biking and construction
expertise to creat a new Mountain Bike track
for the London 2012 Olympics.
Tiltrotator helps craft
Olympic Mountain Bike
The start of the recent Commonwealth Games in Delhi was
marred by concerns that some of its important facilities would
not be properly completed in time. Such a debacle ought not to
be repeated at the London 2012 Olympics as work on the
main site and other significant venues is already very well advanced.
Whilst the main focus of public attention has been the main Olympic Park near Stratford in east London (where
principal structures like the imposing Olympic Stadium, the architecturally striking Aquatics Centre and the Velodrome
are structurally complete), work is also progressing well on other facilities around the UK. Amongst these lower
profile sites is a farm in Essex where excellent progress is being made on the construction of a new Mountain Bike
track especially for the London 21012 Olympics.
The London 2012 Olympic Mountain Biking events will take place at Hadleigh Farm near to the Essex town of
Southend-on-Sea on the 11th and 12th of August 2010. A completely new track is being constructed on a picturesque
550-acre site encompassing farmland owned by the church and charity organisation The Salvation Army and the
adjacent Hadleigh Country Park. The project is being delivered by Essex County Council in partnership with the
London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games (LOCOG).
Contract progressing on schedule
Construction of the new course began in July 2010 and the work is on schedule to be completed by April next year -
well in advance of a test event planned for August 2011. The work, worth in the region of £800,000, is being carried
out by M&L Seddon Compact Plant Hire of Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire, UK. As well as machinery rental, this
business specialises in groundworks and landscaping and its owner, Martin Seddon, is uniquely qualified to carry out
this particular job.
Martin Seddon started riding bikes competitively at the age of 14. He raced BMX bikes in the 1980s and was a
semi-professional mountain biker in the 1990s. So he has the indepth practical knowledge of mountain biking to help
him turn the paper plans for the new Olympic track into reality on the rolling hills of Essex.
Unlike most major Mountain bike events which are typically
held in heavily forested areas, the 5km long circuit at Hadleigh
Farm is being constructed on more open hillsides. The hilly
terrain with open grass land and low shrubbery will offer the
advantage to both spectators and the TV cameras in that it
should be possible to see 60-70% of the course from many
Whilst the Essex countryside cannot exactly be described as
mountainous, the Hadleigh Farm location does have a 70m drop
in elevation from top to bottom. This is more than elevation
difference at the circuit in China used for the Mountain Bike races
at the Beijing Olympics in 2008. The UK circuit is also very
picturesque with good views towards the ruins of the 700 year
old Hadleigh Castle and across the estuary of the River Thames.
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At Hadleigh Farm, Martin Seddon has deployed this Kubota U20-
3a with a Steelwrist X04 tiltrotator to speed the construction of
the new Olympic Mountain Bike track
The use of the Steelwrist tiltrotator on the Kubota mini
excavator has greatly speeded up the precision
placing of the chunks of gritstone on the rocky
Gritstone from Glossop
To produce a physically and technically challenging
new concept course in Essex for the 2012 Olympic
Mountain Bike competitors, Martin Seddon and his
team have been busy constructing rocky climbs
and descents, a tunnel cross-over, a zigzag climb
and an 'oak tree' drop. To construct the rocky features
5,000 tonnes of gritstone is being supplied
from a quarry at Glossop near Manchester.
Several M&L Seddon Compact Plant Hire
machines are being used to sculpt the course and
install the rocks. These include an agricultural specification 8.0m lift height Merlo P28-8 Panoramic compact
telescopic handler with a Strimech loader bucket and a 2.25 tonne Kubota U20-3_ with a Steelwrist X04 Direct
mounted tiltrotator and a S40 quick coupler.
Whilst tiltrotators on excavators are the norm in Scandinavia, they are still a rarity in the UK - especially on mini
excavators. However, winning the Olympic Mountain Bike contract provided Martin Seddon with the ideal opportunity
to purchase this versatile device and he says that it has proved invaluable to carry out the course construction work
more quickly and safely.
A tiltrotator allows a bucket or other attachment to be rotated and tilted from side and side at the end of the excavator's
dipper arm. At Hadleigh Farm, Martin Seddon has been mainly using his new Steelwrist with a 1.2m wide
grading bucket to sculpt the Mountain Bike track into the undulating landscape. The width of the track varies in width
from 8.0m to 1.0m to provide an exciting race.
Tiltrotator aids precision landscaping
For this sort of precision landscaping, Martin Seddon says that the use of the tiltrotator saves time and labour. He
reports that sculpting out a channel and positioning lumps of gritstone to create a rocky descent took only one day
with the Steelwrist device. He estimates that, on such applications, using the tiltrotator allows the task to be
completed in one third of the time compared to traditional methods.
He also considers that use of a tiltrotator provides a big safety bonus when working on sloping ground. The device
enables more work can be carried out from one position thereby cutting down the movements of the complete mini
excavator. He says, "It means you are not getting the machine into a dangerous location.
To assist with the excavation work at Hadleigh Farm, Martin Seddon hired in an 8.0 tonne Kubota KX080-3_ from
ZM Plant of Harlow. Run by Mark Cave, this business carries out plant hire and carries out earthworks in the
agricultural, conservation, forestry and construction sectors.
Good machine combination
The lumps of gritstone are moved in the bucket of the Merlo telehandler and placed in position on the new rocky features
of the Mountain Bike track using the grading bucket on the Steelwrist equipped Kubota. The two machines also
work together to remove surplus spoil when channels are dug to accommodate the track.
Other machinery deployed at Hadleigh Farm by Martin Seddon includes a 4WD New Holland TM175 130kW
(175hp) tractor and a Big Ab two-axle trailer on flotation tyres with a hooklift handling device. This combination is
used to move hooklift equipped low sided hooklift material skips and a hooklift welfare unit.
The project at Hadleigh Farm is creating the first Olympic Mountain Bike course in the world that has been
completely constructed from scratch. When
it is used during the last weekend of the
London 2012 Olympics, it is expected that
up to 20,000 people will attend each of the
two-day events with around 3,000 being
seated in temporary grandstands. After the
games the course should provide a lasting
legacy for mountain bikers in Essex. CP&E
To carry out heavy earthmoving, Martin Seddon
has supplemented his machines with a Kubota
midi excavator hired from ZM Plant of Harlow.
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JCB intends to break into more of the
lucrative North American skid steer loader
market with its new generation machines.
The first JCB products to be
designed, engineered and
manufactured in North
America have been launched
at JCB's Savannah, Georgia
facility. The new generation
skid steer and compact
tracked loaders are initially
being introduced in the USA
and there will also be Volvo
JCB reveals new skid steer and
compact tracked loaders
In a bold move to break the mould in North America where twin arm skid steer and compact tracked loaders proved
most popular, JCB has teamed up with Volvo to update the challenge from JCB's one arm machines. JCB first introduced
its single, side mounted arm skid steers back in 1993 and now, in co-operation with Volvo it has developed a
new generation range with more sizes and versions to enhance their customer appeal.
It was at the beginning of this year that JCB and Volvo Construction Equipment made the surprise announcement
that they had agreed to co-operate on the engineering and manufacturing of skid steer loaders and compact tracked
loaders. The resulting new generation of single, side-mounted arm machines now revealed in JCB colours will be
sold under both the JCB and Volvo brand names through the two companies respective global dealer networks.
The deal will allow both companies to compete more effectively in the high volume USA skid steer and compact
track loader markets in which the big players include Bobcat, Case, Caterpillar, New Holland and John Deere. Volvo
entered the skid steer loader market in 2002 with the purchase of the twin arm Scat Trak skid steer loader line.
However, these machines were never homologated for Europe and Volvo has been lacking the increasingly popular
compact track loaders in its product portfolio.
When this article was written in November 2010, Volvo had yet to reveal how different its versions of the new
generation one arm loaders would be. The Conexpo exhibition during March next year in Las Vegas should provide
an excellent opportunity to inspect and compare both versions.
Logical to produce units in Savannah
JCB has initially introduced seven models out of its planned 18 new generation small loader range - the others will
follow in June next year. Speaking at
the launch event, the company's
Deputy Chairman John Patterson said,
"North America generates 60% of the
worldwide demand for skid steers and
compact track loaders. So developing
and producing the new generation of
machines in Savannah makes perfect
sense. It has enabled us not only to
meet the unique needs of the North
American market but also develop a
machine range that will have universal
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The new JCB 280 skid steer loader
demonstrates the good forward reach
at full height obtained by its vertical lift
Whilst JCB's UK developed small loaders have been radial arm models, the first
of the new generation machines from Savannah are all vertical lift path models. The
new range will be expanded in future to embrace radial arm versions but JCB has
chosen to launch the line with vertical lift path units as it states that this
configuration now accounts for 70% of market volume.
Compared to the radial arm arrangement, the vertical lift path configuration
provides greater forward reach at maximum height. As the forks or bucket
move up vertically rather than in an arc, the machine can stand closer to a
vehicle it is loading.
Cheaper to produce
As well as having the vertical lift path design, the first of the new generation
JCB small loaders score over the company's existing Series 2 designs by having
less parts and being more cheaper to manufacture. They are also easier to service and will allow greater coverage
in the large North American market. The company contends that, where as its eight Series 2 models could cover
53% of the market, its 18 new generation units will ultimately be able to cover 97%.
JCB states that skid steer and compact tracked loaders account for 42% of the North American compact
equipment market which, with matched attachments, is worth $1.5 billion a year. According to Larry Ashley, JCB's
Sales Support Manager in North America, the biggest sectors within this market opportunity are landscaping (31%),
farming (20%) and rental (20%) followed by excavation, concrete and road construction (12%).
In promoting its side mounted single 'PowerBoom' design, JCB contends that this arrangement scores over twin
arm designs because it does not require a torque tube across the back of the machine. The lack of this torque tube
and a nearside loader support tower contributes to very good visibility. To counter any concerns about the durability
of its design, the manufacturer states that the PowerBoom contains up to 20% more steel than the two arms of
ordinary skid steer or compact tracked loaders.
Mounting the single PowerBoom on the offside of the machine allows JCB to have an opening door on the
nearside. The company is quick to highlight the safety advantage of this arrangement. It states 'climbing over large
and potentially dangerous attachments to enter the front windows of ordinary skid steers is by no means the safest
way to go'. Now, with the new generation JCB small loaders, the side entry is even easier as the door size is 40%
larger than the previous models.
The initial seven new generation models comprise the 260, 280, 300 and 330 wheeled skid steers and the 260T,
300T, 320T compact track loaders. These are large platform machines with rated operating capacities of 1179kg and
Driven by Dieselmax engines
Powered by JCB Dieselmax TC-63 or TC-68 engines, the new loaders have a full servo controlled hydrostatic transmission
with two travel speed ranges. To provide greater operator comfort when transporting materials over rough
First New Generation JCB
Skid Steer and Compact Tracked Loaders
Model Operating Operating Dieselmax Engine Machine
Weight Capacity Engine Power Width
(kg) (kg) Type (kW) (mm)
260 3615 1179 TC-63 63.0 1830
260T 4628 1179 TC-63 63.0 1980
280 3655 1270 TC-63 63.0 1830
300 3823 1361 TC-68 68.6 1830
300T 4836 1361 TC-68 68.6 1980
320T 4961 1452 TC-68 68.6 1980
330 3959 1495 TC-68 68.6 1880
T in model designation denotes tracked machine
The side mounted single PowerBoom does not
require a torque tube across the back of the
machine or two support towers so rear visibility is
better than that found on many twin arm
terrain, the machines can be supplied
with an optional Smooth Ride
Controlled by standard (3-way)
or new multi-function (7-way) servo
joysticks (or more traditional hand
and foot controls), the machines
have a standard auxiliary hydraulic
flow rate of 87 litre/min (with a
135 litre/min high flow as the
option). A universal mechanical
hitch is standard with an hydraulic
quick hitch as the option.
The new cab is a full ROPS and
Level 1 FOPS structure that can, as
an option, be fitted with a Level 2
guard to cater for demolition duties.
To enhance all round visibility, JCB
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package and an electronic throttle.
has eliminated the mesh screen on the cab machines and replaced it with
Now 17% larger than before, the isolated cab is sealed and
pressurized to keep out dust and reduce noise levels - which are now
down to 76dB(A). Internal options include factory installed air conditioning
and a heated air-suspension seat with adjustable armrests.
Redesigned control panels have been relocated from the lower console
to the panels at the top of the cab to be within the operator's line of sight.
Other available creature comforts include cup holders, an MP3 player
compartment with charging outlet and auxiliary plug, optional stereo
Simplified design with fewer parts
To enhance serviceability, the new JCBs feature a simplified design (with 38% less parts - including 50% fewer fasteners
and 25% less fluid connections) and O-ring face seal hydraulic fittings. There are now 35% fewer grease
points and serviceability is said to be 24% better than on the product of a major competitor.
The introduction of a forward tilting cab
design provides improved access for service
technicians to the machine's power train and
hydraulic components. As is now the norm for
these types of machine, the new JCBs have a
rear engine bay service door, a top-opening hood
for radiator access and a hinged radiator for
improved engine access.
The use of laminated glass, rather than the traditional mesh
screens on each side has greatly enhanced the all round
visibility of the
The operator of this new 260T compact tracked
loader demonstrates the ease of access through
the machine's side door.
The new compact tracked loaders have an
improved track system that provides greater
accessibility to aid faster cleaning out. These
machines are conventionally shod with Traction
Lug rubber tracks - there are currently no steel
track or suspended track roller options.
$40 million investment
JCB states that it has invested some $40 million
in its new generation skid steer and compact tracked loaders project. The machines have been developed over a
three year period and a 35% reduction in manufacturing time compared with the previous series has helped to make
the newcomers more 'price competitive'.
Prospective buyers will also be wooed by JCB's claim that its units have 16% better fuel economy than
competition. Owing and operating costs are also said to be reduced by the same percentage.
Armed with both its new generation machines and a wide array of matched attachments, JCB will now be keen to
persuade skid steer and compact tracked loader buyers in North America that a single Powerboom rather than a
traditional twin arm design really is the way forward. The new models will become available in Europe in the Spring of
Given JCB's determination to gain more skid steer
business, one wonders when the company might reveal
an updated version of its skid steer 1CX backhoe loader.
There would also seem to be scope for the eventual
introduction of a rubber tracked 1CX developed from the
interesting prototype displayed at the Intermat exhibition
in Paris back in the year 2000. [CP&E]
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JCB claims that its new generation skid steer loaders
have a 16% better fuel economy than competition.
Following the news that SED - the annual Site Equipment Demonstration - has been
cancelled for the second year running, Nick Johnson looks back at the event which
had been an important part of the UK construction equipment scene for 46 years.
SED - the end of an era
Having cancelled the
annual Site Equipment
Demonstration (SED) last
year, the exhibition
organisers (RBI) have
now given up on their
attempts to stage SED
2011. So this notable UK
event, whose origins date
back to 1963, has now
consigned to the history
In its official announcement,
RBI stated, "The recession
in construction has continued
to affect suppliers' marketing
budgets. Despite the
hard work of our sales team,
the current level of commitment
to next year's show is
not what we had hoped and
A historic picture taken at the Hatfield site of an SED show in the early
our feeling is the show is unlikely to meet our expectations. We therefore feel that we have no alternative but to cancel
RBI had already closed its very long established weekly UK construction publication Contract Journal. Now, as
well as scuppering SED, it has closed its UK monthly (latterly bi-monthly) magazine SEM (Site Equipment Manager) -
formerly PMJ Plant Managers Journal - as well as its SED365 website.
I am personally saddened by this news. I was Editor of PMJ from 1981 to 1987 and I have attended every SED
since 1970. Indeed I also went to the one and only satellite SED staged at the Construction Industry Training Board
training centre at Bircham Newton in Norfolk during 1969.
E P Barrus was the instigator
What became SED actually started back in 1963 when five independent
plant companies got together to demonstrate their wares in a field in Berkshire
- possibly either near Newbury or Staines. (Does anyone remember
which?) The instigator of the event was E P Barrus which wanted to show
potential customers a pipe cutter in action. It contacted Whitlock backhoe
loader dealer Kebric Plant of Watford to see if it could supply a machine to
dig a pit in which the pipe cutter could be demonstrated safely.
Instead of paying Kebric for the excavation work, E P Barrus agreed
that the Whitlock could be left on site and demonstrated to the visitors.
Three other companies also joined in to show different machines at work
and the event proved such a success that it was decided to develop and
expand it on a more formal basis.
The first show under the title Site Equipment Demonstration was held
the following year at a site just by the Denham roundabout in
Buckinghamshire with 18 companies taking part. In 1965, the second Site
Equipment Demonstration was held at Foxley's Farm in Carpenders Park
near Watford in Hertfordshire with more than 20 exhibitors.
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Bought by Building and Contract Journals
The growth of the event prompted the publishing company Building
and Contract Journals (which ultimately became RBI) to acquire the
rights to the demonstration. It then organised the 1966 event at
Winkfield near Windsor in Berkshire through its building newspaper
Building Industry News. Latterly Contract Journal and, in 1988, PMJ
became the supporting publications.
It would appear that SED then moved to what became its first
'proper' home by the junction of the A1 and A414 roads near Hatfield in
Hertfordshire in 1967. Certainly the show was well established there
when I first attended the three-day event in 1970.
In those early days, exhibitors were restricted to one small stand
able to accommodate one cabin (or caravan), a few static machines
and a barrel of beer. There was a roped off demonstration area across
the walkway where visitors were actively encouraged to try out the
wares - without any onerous Health and Safety restrictions. Large
exhibitors such as Caterpillar dealer Leverton, Terex dealer Blackwood
Hodge and Berkeley JCB were privileged - they were allowed to take a
double width plot!
No official registration and muddy car park
At the Hatfield site, there was no official registration and many visitors
simply climbed over the fence having parked their cars on the verges of the adjacent major roads. This ploy saved
parking on the official car park - the adjacent field - which turned into a quagmire every time it rained.
I can well remember my car having to be towed out one evening by a dumper kindly provided by Thwaites whose
stand staff were keen to emphasise the machine's Alldrive capabilities! I cannot remember whether I had to pay for
this extra 'display' but I feel that the construction industry charity The Lighthouse Club may well have benefited from
The SED stands at Hatfield were conveniently organised around three rings (one having a waste pit in the
middle!) so that it was really impossible to miss any exhibitor. Memorable events from those early SED events
included a crane falling across the organisers cabin one night (when thankfully it was unoccupied), a PPM crane
handover (when the two young ladies present inexplicably removed all their clothes for photographers) and late night
drinking sessions in the nearby Comet Hotel.
In 1985, as demand grew for more exhibition space, SED upped sticks and relocated to land adjacent to
Whipsnade Zoo in Bedfordshire. Visitors parked in the Zoo car parks and were bussed down the hill to what was the
most picturesque of the SED locations. Here in the early morning, Wallabies from the Zoo could often be seen taking
a close interest in the proceedings.
Memorable Lighthouse Club dinners
A feature of the Whipsnade SED was the
evening dinner laid on in Hemel Hempstead
and latterly Dunstable to raise money
for The Lighthouse Club. The exhibition itself
was still organised round display rings
and exhibitors were still restricted to the
size of stand they could book!
Amongst the characters then was Nick
Newman - a high profile plant hire company
owner from Hertfordshire whose
stand was entitled The Nick Newman
Country Club. He had a habit of parking his
Bentley on the road leading down from the
Zoo car parks and Tannoy messages from
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At both the Hatfield and the subsequent Whipsnade show sites,
all the stands were placed around demonstration rings.
Over the years many different machines
have been shown at the SED shows. This
short-lived 1.5 tonne 1.5-RB mini excavator
at Milton Keynes in 1998.
the organisers for it to be moved were a common
occurrence. It was also not unknown for him
to deliberately tip over a skid steer loader to create
excitement on the demonstration plots.
The next major move for SED came in 1991
when it relocated to a much bigger - 80-acre- site
at Fen Farm on the edge of Milton Keynes in
Buckinghamshire. Whilst further from London,
this venue was conveniently close to junctions
13 and 14 of the M1 motorway.
This larger site meant that many smaller
stands where no longer beside a demonstration
ring and it needed a methodical visitor to cover every aisle. This venue allowed the development of extra areas such
as Demolition and Recycling to add to the appeal of the show.
Date clash with Haydock Plant Show
1994 was memorable at Milton Keynes because of a supposedly accident clash of dates with the Haydock Plant
Show organised by the North West branch of the CMPE (Contractors Mechanical Plant Engineers). The shows
ended up sharing a common Thursday and I recall doing three days at Milton Keynes before travelling up country to
cover Haydock Park on the Friday.
During that SED in 1994 a radio controlled JCB backhoe loader forming part of the Dancing Diggers display run
by H E Services suffered radio interference problems and accidentally reversed back a little too far into the spectator
area. Luckily only one person suffered minor injuries but, by the end of the week, the word at Haydock was that there
had been multiple fatalities at SED. So much for the rumour mill!
Two years later the SED organisers managed to knock Haydock out of the UK exhibition calendar when they
persuaded all the major crane and access makers to be in their newly created Cranes & Access Village. Without the
booms for which it had become synonymous, Haydock bowed out.
A feature of SED in the Whipsnade and Milton Keynes eras was the presentation of Gold and Silver Awards for
the most innovative machines. Determined by an independent panel of independent judges, the Silver Awards were
announced on the show ground and the Gold Award revealed at The Lighthouse Club dinner in the evening. Rumour
has it that the boss of one leading machine maker was once so incensed that his latest new creation did not win Gold
that his company was noticeably absent from the show the following year.
There was also the year when a number of major companies chose not to exhibit in order to put pressure on the
organisers to cycle SED in with the Hillhead Quarry Show that traditionally is held every other year in the UK. But
their attempts were unsuccessful
and SED continued to be annual.
Memorable large stand
at Milton Keynes
Indeed some stands became much
more lavish at Milton Keynes. One
memorable example of grandeur
occurred in 2002 when Marubeni-
Komatsu built a large structure to
completely enclose a 21 tonne excavator
to dramatically mark the introduction
of the Dash 7 Komatsus.
However, as SED became 'the
National Show for Construction'
complete with its multiple themed
An aerial view of SED in the year
2000 at Milton Keynes showing
the enlarged event with the Site
Clearance Zone (foreground) and
the Cranes & Access Village (top
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zones, some machine makers and suppliers wanted a simpler and
less costly way to show their new products and meet customers.
This resulted in a number of powered access businesses staging
their own Access Daze event in another part of Milton Keynes at the
same time as SED.
The Fen Farm era came to an end in 2006 when the site was
due to be developed. Although there were strong rumours that SED
would shift to Silverstone (close to the racing circuit) it actually
moved yet further north from London to Rockingham Motor Speedway
in Corby, Northamptonshire.
Whilst any visitors and exhibitors appreciated the £5 million plus
investment in proper drainage and the well-surfaced internal roadways
inside the new 48.5ha showground, Corby was not felt by
many to be a good location. Negative reaction was reinforced by the
horrendous traffic snarl-up on the first day of SED at Rockingham - caused by the combination of the single carriageway
local road network and the provision of insufficient
car park fee collectors.
Dramatic drop in exhibitor
Despite concerns about the location, SED 2008
succeeded in attracting a record 455 exhibitors
but 12 months later, as the economic climate
worsened, the exhibitor count was down to 237
and a significant number of big names stayed
away from what now transpires to have been the
last show of the annual SED shows run by RBI.
For many years, SED scored by being organised
by Mark Bresnahan and Jackie Hanford - a
very capable duo who were well known in the
construction equipment industry and who were
committed to making the event a success. Their
departure cannot have helped the show's cause
in what is still a people orientated business.
The rise of the Vertikal Days event for the
cranes and powered access industry (which started in 2007) shows that a simple, low cost event can still prosper
even in these difficult economic times. A significant number of general
plant suppliers now want a similar cost effective UK showcase
for their products that is staged more centrally and closer to the
main motorway network than Corby. Crucially they also want any
SED replacement to be held every other year to cycle in with Hillhead.
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In 2002 at Milton Keynes, Marubeni-Komatsu built this large
structure to completely enclose a 21 tonne excavator to
dramatically mark the introduction of the Dash 7 Komatsus.
In 2006 SED moved to the Rockingham Motor
Speedway in Corby. This shot across the
showground was taken early in the morning at the
The cancellation of SED 2011 could well provide the catalyst for
a new show to emerge - possibly with the involvement of the CEA
(Construction Equipment Association). Discussions have been taking
place about the creation of a new bi-annual UK event possibly
called Plant Works that might start in 2013 at Stoneleigh in Warwickshire.
In my view the route to success will be small stands and
an emphasis on properly demonstrating new machines and techniques.
Showing machines in action was still an
important part of the last SED at Corby in 2009.
Presenting effective working displays of new
machines and techniques will be crucial to the
success of any new outdoor plant show in the
New New New New New Plant Plant Plant Plant Plant
Case Case launches launches new
N N series series backhoe backhoe in
North North America
This new N-series centre mount backhoe loader represents a
major update of a classic Case product in North America
In a major re-engineering of its backhoe loader
line, Case has introduced four new N series centre
mount models in North America. The new units
are the 580N, 580 Super N, 580 Super N WT and
590 Super N which all have a new loader design
and much greater backhoe lift power.
Case claims that its new generation N series
backhoes provide as much as 65% more
backhoe lift power. Utilising a new Power lift
feature, these backhoes are claimed to provide
the lifting power of an 8 tonne excavator.
The new loader design has longer and
stronger arms. It is said to deliver more breakout force, lift and reach - in particular lift capacity is greatly increased at
The latest cab design enhances visibility and has new large hinge back rear quarter windows. The high-intensity
lighting package includes 'easy flex' sidelights that can be rotated through 45º to provide greater all round illumination
when working at night.
The N series backhoe loaders incorporate new Powershift H-type and Powershift S-type transmission options
which allow the operator to shift from the column. These transmissions provide a standard kick-down feature and
introduce SmartClutch modulation so that operators can customise the transition from forward to best suit specific
A new T series sideshift backhoe loader will be introduced shortly by Case for the European market. A detailed
review of this machine will be included in the next issue of CP&E.
Short Short tail tail Hitachi Hitachi ZX145W ZX145W-3 ZX145W -3 wheeled wheeled excavator
A new model has been added to the Hitachi Zaxis range of wheeled hydraulic excavators. The new ZX145W-3
weighs 15.8 tonnes and features a short tail radius of 1.85m to aid operation on more confined sites.
This new model also has a newly designed two-piece boom has increased the machine's maximum digging reach
and decreased overall height compared to other models in the wheeled excavator range. The hydraulically articulated
two-piece boom makes the machine more compact, stable and easier to transport.
The ZX145W-3 is powered by a new-generation Isuzu A1-4JJ1X four-cylinder turbocharged and intercooled engine
which is rated at 90.2kW (121hp). The Zaxis wheeled excavator also features a HIOS II hydraulic system efficiently
controls engine output and helps to reduce fuel consumption.
This new 16 tonne class
Hitachi ZX145-3 has
compact travel dimensions
and a top road speed of 38
The machine offers its operator the choice of
new E, H/P and P work modes. The E mode can
reduce fuel consumption by up to 16% compared
to the conventional model's P mode, while still
maintaining a high level of productivity.
The ZX145W-3 can dig down to a maximum
depth of 5.29m and it can travel at up to 38km/h
(depending on the tyres selected). The machine's
spacious CRES II cab is equipped with air conditioning
and ergonomically designed short-stroke levers.
It also benefits from silicone oil-filled shock
absorbers to minimise vibration on uneven terrain.
In addition, the ZX145W-3 can be equipped
with optional hydraulic suspension on the front
axle. This further absorbs vibration during operation
and provides enhanced driving comfort and reduced
Hitachi Construction Machinery
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This AS 700 Booster is the smaller of Ahlmann's
two new Boosterline series of swing loaders with
rigid frames and all wheel steer.
Ahlmann Ahlmann boosts boosts swing
loader loader line
Having launched Boosterline versions of its standard
all wheel steer loaders at Bauma 2010,
Ahlmann has now introduced two Boosterline swing
loaders. The new AS 700 Booster and AS 900
Booster have standard bucket capacities of 0.7m³
and 0.9m³ respectively.
The two Boosterline swing loaders - whose
booms are be rotated through 180º to allow
material discharge to either side - both have
Cummins engines (rated at 48kW and 55kW respectively) and hydrostatic transmissions. The AS 700 Booster is
produced as an entry-level machine for rental fleets whilst the AS 900 Booster is directed at end users - particularly
those in the industrial handling and recycling sectors.
The slender Monoboom used on the two new loaders increases their working range and gives the operator a
good view of the bucket or attachment. The tilt cylinder, lift cylinders and the compensation cylinder are protected
inside the boom.
The compensation cylinder is an important component in Ahlmann's Booster concept. On these Boosterline
loaders, the pressure generated by the tilt cylinder when tipping the bucket is transferred to the compensation
cylinder that in turn supports the lifting power. This boosts the lifting capacity during loading by 30% in comparison to
former models without increasing the fuel consumption.
This new Bobcat 3400D provides more power,
greater carrying capacity and a higher travel speed
compared the 2200D it replaces.
Latest atest Bobcat Bobcat utility utility vehicle
provides provides more more traction
The new Bobcat 3400D multi-purpose diesel-powered
utility vehicle replaces the company's previous
2200D model. The newcomer is driven by an
18.2 kW Yanmar liquid-cooled diesel engine that
provides 20% more power and more traction.
The capacity of 3400D's composite polymer
cargo box is 38% larger than that of the 2200D and
the new vehicle can carry a 500kg payload, 33%
heavier than the 2200D. Top speed is 48 km/h (in
high gear) - 8 km/h more than the 2200D model.
The 241mm of ground clearance on the 3400D
allows the vehicle to traverse rugged terrain such as
rocky and rutted surfaces as well as muddy farm
fields. The chassis is 2870mm long, 1524mm wide
and 1905mm high, making it 279mm shorter in
length and 91mm lower than the chassis of the
2200D, but with the same stable width.
The 3400D suspension system has nonadjustable
MacPherson struts on the front end and preload-adjustable shocks in the rear. The rear shocks also have
two different mounting positions. The normal setting, which is more at an angle, is for ordinary situations, light duty
work and recreational use. The straighter shock-mounting position is for more arduous situations, when travel is
slower and loads are heavy.
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Terex erex launching launching new
TLB840 TLB840 backhoe backhoe loader
The recent GaLaBau exhibition in Nuremberg,
Germany was used by Terex to display its new
TLB840 backhoe loader. The machine is expected
to be officially launched early in 2011.
Distinctive features of the new TLB840
include a more spacious ergonomic cab and a
new curved backhoe boom. Jon Beckley, the
Terex Global Product Manager for Backhoe
Loaders, says, "The new TLB840 is designed to
maximise our customers' productivity and
profitability in these challenging times."
The new Terex TLB840 backhoe loader gains a new,
more spacious cab and a new style curved backhoe
The TLB840 features pilot operated excavator controls, an adjustable steering column and centrally positioned
instrument groupings. The operating environment has also been enhanced with an upgraded ventilation system,
high performance air conditioning and opening rear windows for both ventilation and improved visibility when
The new curved boom on the TLB840 provides greater clearance to reach over obstacles and load closer into
trucks, whilst its reduced height provides increased transport clearance. The boom also features a new 'Deep Dig'
outer slide extending dipper arm which allows for the clamping of objects between bucket and dipper. An optional
thumb attachment is also available for grab and grip applications. Maximum dig depth is 5.4m.
The drivetrain of the TLB840 utilises a 70kW (94hp) charge air-cooled engine and a servo controlled power
syncro transmission. This system is claimed to reduce driveline loss by 9% whilst delivering greater fuel economy
and increased tractive effort for better loader productivity.
To enhance its handling, the TLB840 has a new larger steering cylinder. Braking performance is enhanced due to
the use of larger diameter outboard mounted wet disc brakes which provide increased braking torque and a shorter
Richard Ghent, the Product Specialist for Terex backhoe loaders says, "With over 50 years of heritage, it's great to
see this ninth generation design. Customer feedback has helped us to deliver an all new backhoe focused on
operator comfort, power and control."
NudgeBlade NudgeBlade attachment attachment to to make make dumpers dumpers more more versatile
A new attachment called the NudgeBlade has been produced for use on the front of site dumpers. Its use allows a
standard dumper to both tip and level out its load in a single operation.
The NudgeBlade is the brainchild of Peter Moore, a contractor and plant operator based in Devon in the UK. During
his 40 years working as a contractor, he considered that the role of the dumper could be greatly expanded if it
could be fitted with something that would spread the contents of its skip.
Peter Moore has been testing his NudgeBlade for over six months and now, with a patent pending, he is introducing
the innovation to the construction industry around the world. Available in different sizes, the hydraulically raised
NudgeBlade with its support brackets can be
installed onto a 3, 4, 5 or 6 tonne payload
dumper in just 3 hours. When not required
the levelling blade can be unpinned from its
support frame in around 2 minutes.
NudgeBlade's Marketing Manager Nick
Matson is convinced that having one machine
and operator to both move and level material
will prove attractive to contractors. He says, "I
am confident that this product will take off and
that contractors will recoup their investment in
a short space of time."
The addition of this new NudgeBlade to the
front of 3 to 6 tonne site dumper allows the
machine to level the material being tipped.
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Siltbuster Siltbuster launches launches truck truck mixer
washwater washwater treatment treatment system
The problem of what to do with the water used to wash
out truck mixers on site has been addressed by Siltbuster
Ltd of Monmouth in Wales. It has developed a portable
unit that can capture and properly treat the high pH water
generated by concreting activities on construction sites.
Called the RCW - Roadside Concrete Washwater - the
new patented Siltbuster design combines solids removal
and automatic pH adjustment in a single, compact and
readily transportable unit and also comes with its own battery
powered automatic control system. The RCW provides
a solution for the many contractors currently struggling
to treat and legally dispose of such high pH
cementitious washwater. In the UK it allows contractors to satisfy the Environment Agency's Pollution Prevention
Guidelines 5 (PPG5).
Measuring 2.0m wide by 3.0m long, the RCW system's small footprint and integrated design makes it ideally
suited for inner city or remote construction sites, as well as larger scale projects and concrete pours. The RCW
system is capable of handling the washwater from between 25 and 30 mixer trucks per day.
After offloading his concrete, each truck mixer driver simply reverses his vehicle up to the RCW and washes off
the delivery chute directly into the front end of the RCW unit. Washwater enters one of two specialist dewatering
bags, where any surplus concrete solids are captured and allowed to hydrate ahead of disposal. Bleed water from
the concrete washwater then seeps through the dewatering bag fabric into the main treatment unit for pH adjustment.
On reaching a preset level, the water is treated by pumping carbon dioxide (CO2) vapour into the water. This
process adjusts the washwater's pH level from highly alkaline (circa. pH 13) to neutral (circa. pH 6 - 8). Any
precipitated solids are allowed to settle then the water can be released for discharge off-site or for re-use. Once full,
the dewatering bags are simply removed and the concrete solids can then be reincorporated into other construction
activities on-site, or taken off-site for further treatment or disposal.
Greater Greater loading loading height height from from High High Lift Lift Caterpillar Caterpillar 992K
A new High Lift version of its big 992K wheel loader has been launched by Caterpillar. Providing 610mm more dump
clearance than its standard-lift counterpart, the 992K High-Lift can more efficiently load 91 and 136 tonne capacity
trucks such as the Cat 777F and 785C. This High-Lift loader has a power rating of 597kW (801hp) and an operating
weight of 99 tonnes.
The 992K High-Lift has a rated payload capacity of 19.1 tonnes. Assuming 100% bucket-fill factors, maximum
material densities for available buckets, smallest to largest, are 1,780, 1,660 and 1,560 kg/m³). Hinge-pin height at
full lift is 7.55m. Equipped with a 10.7m³ bucket, dump clearance under the teeth (at full height and 45º discharge
angle) is 5.2m.
The design of the 992K High-Lift fabricated single boom incorporates castings in high-stress areas for long-life
durability. For easier maintenance management, the high-lift system shares a significant number of parts with the
standard-lift 992K, including lift and tilt cylinders, position sensor and harness, hydraulic lines and buckets.
Additionally, the 992K High-Lift features many improvements introduced with the standard lift model. It has load
sensing Positive Flow Control (PFC) hydraulics
and there are additional sensors at the
pumps to enhanced operational responsiveness.
The 992K High-Lift loader comes as
standard with a trainer seat. An optional rearview
camera increases the view behind the
machine as do optional, heated rear-view
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Siltbuster has produced this readily
transportable RCW unit to safely and legally
treat the concrete washwater from truck mixers
Caterpillar has introduced this new High-Lift
version of its large 992K wheel loader to aid
the loading of 91 to 136 tonne payload
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Sandvik stages successful customer event in Philadelphia ..................................................7
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Hitachi celebrates 1,000th special application excavator delivery ........................................8
Large Chinese order for Terex Cranes .....................................................................................8
JCB to supply British Army with 236 machines ......................................................................9
Shindaiwa powers up in the UK ................................................................................................9
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Top mounted boom cylinders ............................................................................................................... 15
Precision positioning of breaker point ................................................................................................ 16
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Case Rodeo tests operator skills ............................................................................................17
Four timed challenges ........................................................................................................................... 17
Success for Denmark, Italy and Spain ................................................................................................. 19
GreenMech and Gyru-Star couple up to Avant ......................................................................20
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Progressive boom slow down .............................................................................................................. 22
Tiltrotator helps craft Olympic Mountain Bike track .............................................................23
Contract progressing on schedule ....................................................................................................... 23
Gritstone from Glossop ......................................................................................................................... 24
Tiltrotator aids precision landscaping ................................................................................................. 24
Good machine combination .................................................................................................................. 24
JCB reveals new skid steer and compact tracked loaders...................................................25
Logical to produce units in Savannah ................................................................................................. 25
Cheaper to produce ............................................................................................................................... 26
Driven by Dieselmax engines ............................................................................................................... 26
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$40 million investment........................................................................................................................... 27
SED - the end of an era ............................................................................................................28
E P Barrus was the instigator ............................................................................................................... 28
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Memorable Lighthouse Club dinners ................................................................................................... 29
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Memorable large stand at Milton Keynes............................................................................................. 30
Dramatic drop in exhibitor numbers .................................................................................................... 31
New Plant ..................................................................................................................................32
Case launches new N series backhoe in North America ......................................................32
Short tail Hitachi ZX145W-3 wheeled excavator ....................................................................32
Ahlmann boosts swing loader line .........................................................................................33
Latest Bobcat utility vehicle provides more traction ............................................................33
Terex launching new TLB840 backhoe loader .......................................................................34
NudgeBlade attachment to make dumpers more versatile ..................................................34
Siltbuster launches truck mixer washwater treatment system ............................................35
Greater loading height from High Lift Caterpillar 992K ........................................................35