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The worldwide construction equipment magazine

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This JS20MH Wastemaster is

JCB’s first ever dedicated

materials handler.

The Case 1650L bulldozer being

demonstrated at Monthyon, France.

����� New generation JCB skid steer loaders

����� Site test of latest Volvo mini excavators

����� The rise and fall of the UK exhibition SED

����� The winners of the Case Rodeo 2010

����� New attachments for Avant loaders

����� Meeting the challenge of EN15000

Volume 1 No 8

International show of public works,

construction and mining machinery.


Page 2 CP&E Contractors Plant & Equipment Vol 1 No 8

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.



Page 3



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.

Nick Johnson

Plant Editor

Page 4 CP&E Contractors Plant & Equipment Vol 1 No 8

World orld News


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

5230B models.

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

CP&E Contractors Plant & Equipment Vol 1 No 8

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.


Page 5

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.

Doosan Infracore


Part of the wheel loader production line in Doosan

Infracore's new large excavator and loader factory at

Gunsan in South Korea.

Page 6 CP&E Contractors Plant & Equipment Vol 1 No 8

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


CP&E Contractors Plant & Equipment Vol 1 No 8

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.

Volvo Construction

As part of its commitment to the expanding

Asian market, Volvo Construction Equipment

has launched this new 20 tonne class EC200B

Prime excavator

for Chinese customers.

Page 7

World orld News


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)


Page 8 CP&E Contractors Plant & Equipment Vol 1 No 8

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.

CP&E Contractors Plant & Equipment Vol 1 No 8



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.

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UK UK News


First irst V VVolvo

V olvo for for Hickman Hickman Bros Bros L LLandscapes

L andscapes

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

Volvo Construction

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.

TowerLight UK

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UK UK News


More More Liebherrs Liebherrs for


Lancaster ancaster Earthmoving


Two of Lancaster Earthmoving's

new Liebherrs at work on

enlarging the Abberton Reservoir

in Essex.

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

in Essex.

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

CP&E Contractors Plant & Equipment Vol 1 No 8

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


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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

New Holland

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

Stoneleigh Park.

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.

Doosan UK

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UK UK News


Bobcat machines will now be

supplied in Hampshire and the Isle

of Wight by new dealer Promac

Solutions Ltd.

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


Promac Solutions

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.

Garriock Bros

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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










12.3 994

12.3 994

12.3 994-1336

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

landscape rake.

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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

landscape rake.

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.

Volvo Construction

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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

crawler excavator.

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

proved invaluable.

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


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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

vertical tubes.

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

starting position.

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]

CP&E Contractors Plant & Equipment Vol 1 No 8

Case Construction

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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

Avant 420.

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

70 litre/min.

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

chipper attachments.

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

vegetative matter.

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.

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JCB has stolen a march

over some other

notable telehandler

makers by being able

to demonstrate exactly

how it has addressed

the requirements of

the new European

Standard EN15000.

Nick Johnson discovers

Adaptive Load Control.

Reaching out to

improve telehandler


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

vantage points.

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

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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

path boom.

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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

laminated glass.

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.


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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

effectively been

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

the show."

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 experience.

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.

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Over the years many different machines

have been shown at the SED shows. This

short-lived 1.5 tonne 1.5-RB mini excavator

was unveiled

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


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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

full height.

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


Case Construction

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

operator fatigue.

Hitachi Construction Machinery

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New New New New New Plant Plant Plant Plant Plant

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.

Mecalac Ahlmann

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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New New New New New Plant Plant Plant Plant Plant

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

stopping distance.

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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New New New New New Plant Plant Plant Plant Plant

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


CP&E Contractors Plant & Equipment Vol 1 No 8

Siltbuster has produced this readily

transportable RCW unit to safely and legally

treat the concrete washwater from truck mixers

on site.



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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EDITORIAL COMMENT...............................................................................................................4

World News .................................................................................................................................5

Caterpillar to buy Bucyrus to gain big shovels and draglines ...............................................5

JLG sources spider style platforms from Hinowa...................................................................6

Doosan Infracore opens new Gunsan factory .........................................................................6

Sandvik stages successful customer event in Philadelphia ..................................................7

Volvo shows new excavator for Chinese market ....................................................................7

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

First Volvo for Hickman Bros Landscapes ............................................................................10

CW Plant converts to vertical mast VT-1 lighting towers .....................................................10

More Liebherrs for Lancaster Earthmoving ........................................................................... 11

Mass of New Holland excavators on M621 motorway ........................................................... 11

New attachments from Push-Tec ............................................................................................12

Stoke Plant selects one of first Doosan DX380LCs ..............................................................12

Promac Solutions becomes Bobcat dealer ............................................................................13

Montabert Appoints New Dealer for Scotland .......................................................................13

New Volvo minis feature big changes ....................................................................................14

All-new from ground up ......................................................................................................................... 14

Powered by Yanmar engines ................................................................................................................ 15

Top mounted boom cylinders ............................................................................................................... 15

Precision positioning of breaker point ................................................................................................ 16

Simultaneous slew and boom offset .................................................................................................... 16

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

Reaching out to improve telehandler safety ..........................................................................22

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

Simplified design with fewer parts ....................................................................................................... 27

$40 million investment........................................................................................................................... 27

SED - the end of an era ............................................................................................................28

E P Barrus was the instigator ............................................................................................................... 28

Bought by Building and Contract Journals ......................................................................................... 29

No official registration and muddy car park ........................................................................................ 29

Memorable Lighthouse Club dinners ................................................................................................... 29

Date clash with Haydock Plant Show ................................................................................................... 30

CP&E Contractors Plant & Equipment Vol 1 No 8

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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

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