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Volume 1 No 5

The worldwide construction equipment magazine

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The working demonstration on the main face at Hillhead 2010

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����� Industry news including the latest joint ventures

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4 Editorial Comment

7 Industry News

Including the new joint ventures between Caterpillar and Wacker Neuson and

Perlini and Volvo Construction Equipment. ITT set to purchase Godwin Pumps,

JCB predicts a better 2010, new owners for Barford site dumpers and Boss

Space and CESAR aids recovery of stolen plant from Poland.

12 Forward cabs enhance new Bobcats

CP&E Plant Editor Nick Johnson visits the Bobcat Training Centre in Dobris,

Czech Republic to try out the company’s latest compact plant including the

new generation skid steers.

17 Scottish display of green waste recycling machines

Recently introduced compost turners, mobile picking stations, shredders,

screens and trommels from Doppstadt, Backhus and Kiverco on demonstration

in Scotland.

20 Volvo focuses on fuel saving

Nick Johnson checks out the advantages of Volvo’s OptiShift system and RBB

(reverse by braking) function on a wheel loader being used in a large Swedish


22 Seen at the Shows

CP&E brings you more new machines and products that Nick Johnson spotted

whilst visiting Bauma, the Hillhead 2010 quarry show and the Vertikal Days

cranes and access event. Check out:

ACE Plant

Aggregate Processing Systems


Artic Cranes

Ascendant Access


BPH Sales


Crushers UK

Cumberland Access




Hill Engineering




Land & Water





PB Lifttechnik

Pioneer Pump





Skako Falck Spider


Spillard Safety Systems

Stocks Sweepers

Terex Finlay



ZT Safety Systems

40 Small Scale Bauma – the new models

Having previously provided details of the new full size machines seen at

Bauma, Nick Johnson turns his attention to the latest scale models which

appeared at the big show in Munich.

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The The challenge challenge of of going




The catastrophic blow-out of the oil well in the Gulf of

Mexico graphically illustrates the difficulties involved in

trying to tap the dwindling supplies of the fuel we are all

now so dependant upon. The tragic loss of life and the

ecological damage that have resulted from this dramatic

incident should serve to make us all acutely aware of the

need to conserve fuel and to protect the fragile fabric of

our planet.

One of the biggest challenges now being addressed by

engine and construction machinery makers is to meet the

demanding Tier 4 Interim / Stage IIIB emissions

regulations that kick-in next year in the USA and Europe.

The required 90% reduction in particulate matter (PM)

emissions and 50% less NOx will benefit our environment

and that must be, in the long term, a good thing.

What is also important is to ensure that the next generation of machines are not only less polluting but also that

they are more fuel-efficient. As fuel costs have increased dramatically around the world in recent years, having more

fuel-efficient machines is not only a ‘green’ issue; it is also an economic necessity.

It is encouraging that the development of hybrid machines is on the increase. Excavators carrying out cyclic work

can particularly benefit from having fuel saving hybrid technology and companies such as Doosan, Kobelco and

Komatsu already have either prototype or production machines in operation. Other types of machine being tested with

hybrid technology include multi-purpose excavator loaders (Mecalac), wheel loaders (Volvo) and tandem vibrating

rollers (Bomag). The British access platform maker Niftylift has, as covered in this issue, produced a hybrid boomlift

that is now on sale.

Such is the emphasis on fuel saving that Volvo recently staged a special event in a quarry in Sweden. As reported

in this issue, the event highlighted the fuel saving that can result in adding new options such as the OptiShift and RBB

(reverse by braking) to several of its most popular wheel loaders.

Tests indicate that OptiShift and RBB can save as Reverse by Braking can achieve a very laudable fuel saving of

up to 15% depending upon application. Volvo is also to be congratulated for its Eco Operator initiative. This practical

programme is focused on training operators to develop an environmentally friendly style of driving – through less

accelerating and braking and by using the most economical engine speed range. Better driving not only reduces

emissions but can also cut fuel consumption by between 5% and 25% without affecting productivity.

More training of machine operators will certainly be needed where new generation Tier 4 Interim / Stage IIIB

emissions compliant machines have to use ultra low sulphur fuel. Putting conventional fuel in a machine designed to

operate on ultra low sulphur fuel will adversely affect the emission control technology and could result in expensive

engine damage.

Operators and service staff will also need to be aware of which new generation machines will have to utilise ultra

low ash engine oil. Another practical training issue will involve the requirement to periodically change the filter in the

diesel particulate filter that will be an integral part of many of the new engines.

Going ‘green’ is vitally important but implementing many of the new practical requirements on site will not be plain


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Nick Johnson

Plant Editor

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Spreading the light around the word - for the benefit of all.

A A word word of of encouragement encouragement to


Overseas Overseas branches branches - - - - Don Don Baldry


In the early days of the Lighthouse Club, back in the no street lighting ‘50s, (whence came our name - St. Mary’s

Light, Whitley Bay gave our somewhat mellow founders their illumination) the main purpose of the Club was

networking. That purpose was underlined by our declared aim: The furtherance of

Good Fellowship among construction people.

As we know, the Club developed very rapidly, branches were formed throughout

the U.K. and Ireland and in 1962 the Lighthouse Club Benevolent Fund received

official charitable status. And the Club began to spread it’s wings, in those times via

BOAC and their Comet jet flights to the far east.

Although our Lighthouse was adopted in the Netherlands very early on, theirs is a

somewhat elite organisation. The first mirror image of our U.K. set up was formed in

Hong Kong by the expat community, they too combined networking and charity. Now, more than twenty five years

later, Hong Kong, with over 1,000 members and a very active benevolent fund, is the hub for our ten branches in

the Asia/Pacific region and maintains close links with branches in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. In all there are well over

4,000 members in these far flung centres of ‘Good fellowship’.

Most of these branches organise monthly get-togethers, and for any member newly arrived in the locality these

are a very useful source of friendship and local contacts. Monthly get-togethers are generally well attended, not

surprising since, for instance, one venue in Kuala Lumpur was voted ‘Best Pub in Malaysia’ and the Dubai Offshore

Sailing Club can’t be a bad destination for a night out!

There are, of course, much grander events. Earlier this year, Hong Kong’s International Gathering brought

together 200 members from Asia/Pacific, the Gulf and U.K. all of whom enjoyed a great evening which raised

HK$25,000 for their Benevolent Fund.

Hong Kong, Saigon; Abu Dhabi, Kuala Lumpur; five decades on the friendship, fellowship and common

interests of our Club’s founders that continue to enjoy wherever our lighthouse shines. It’s a brilliant light.

See overseas branches here

As the publisher of CONTRACTORS WORLD magazines, Roger Lindley is pleased to promote the aims,

objectives and benefits of the Lighthouse Club around the world. Travelling around the world for over 30 years, I

have been privileged to visit many job sites of every description. I also came to appreciate the camaraderie that

makes being away from home more bearable - in my case just a few weeks. For many in the industry, many years.

The construction industry worldwide is like one big club - people move from project to project, contractor to

contractor The membership does not change, just the business card. This is why the Lighthouse Club can be a

unifying organisation enabling like-minded people to get together and share experiences, while helping raise vitally

needed funds for those locally who suffer hardship as a result an accident in the construction industry.

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Industry Industry News


Caterpillar and Wacker Neuson plan mini ‘marriage’

From the middle of next year,

Wacker Neuson will be making new

versions of its compact excavators

(weighing up to 3.0 tonnes) to

supply Caterpillar.

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In another example of the strategic product alliances being forged between rival

plant manufacturers, Caterpillar and Wacker Neuson have announced a compact

excavator deal. The two companies have signed a cooperation agreement

regarding the exclusive design and manufacture of Caterpillar’s worldwide need

(with exception of Japan) of small excavators (weighing up to three tonnes) by

Wacker Neuson. The initial term of this surprise agreement is 20 years.

The deal will provide Caterpillar with a greater number of small mini excavators

including a sub one tonne micro machine (which it currently cannot provide).

Currently the company makes its smallest mini excavators at its large factory at

Desford, near Leicester, in the UK that has recently become the worldwide source

of Caterpillar backhoe loaders.

The agreement includes the development and manufacture of up to seven

compact excavator models with operating weights from 800kg to 3.0 tonnes

designed to Caterpillar’s specifications and brand requirements at Wacker

Neuson’s factory in Linz, Austria. These new compact excavators will be distributed

through (and supported by) Caterpillar’s worldwide global dealer network, with the exception of Japan. It is stated that

all the forthcoming Caterpillar models will be clearly differentiated from similarly sized Wacker Neuson machines.

The partnership will enable both parties to spread the cost of developing and manufacturing across higher volumes

and it will allow Caterpillar to increase the number of models offered to its distribution. The additional production

volume for Wacker Neuson is expected to more than double the current production level of compact excavators

weighing up to 3.0 tonnes that it makes in Linz. Production of the new Caterpillar machines is planned to commence

in mid 2011.

This is not the first time that Caterpillar has elected to update and expand a model range through an agreement

with another manufacturer. In November 2005 the company announced that its telescopic handler line would

subsequently be produced for it by JLG.

ITT has agreed to purchase Godwin Pumps

The large submersible pump maker, the ITT Corporation, has announced

its intention to buy the automatic self-priming portable pump maker

Godwin Pumps. ITT has agreed to purchase Godwin from its principal

shareholders for $585 million. The transaction is expected to close in the

third quarter of 2010, pending customary regulatory approvals.

"This acquisition is another example of ITT's strategy to expand its

core businesses and build on its strong global positions in water,

wastewater and industrial process," said Gretchen McClain, President of

ITT's Fluid and Motion Control group. "Godwin's business is a great

complement to our existing fluid technology portfolio, and is expected to

establish ITT among the leaders in the growing and profitable $3 billion

global market for dewatering pumps and rental services."

Godwin Pumps – which recently launched this

new HL260M Dri-Prime pump – is being

acquired by ITT.

Godwin Pumps was founded in 1976 and currently has approximately 800 employees located throughout the

United States and at its manufacturing facility in Gloucestershire, England. The company operates a US rental fleet of

more than 6,000 pumps at 26 equipment rental facilities and it also has a network of approximately 50 distributors


Godwin's 2009 revenues were approximately $200 million, with full-year 2010 revenue projected to be about $235

million. When combined with ITT's existing dewatering sales, the Godwin acquisition is expected to double ITT's

revenues from dewatering equipment and services.

"The acquisition presents a tremendous opportunity for ITT to grow its dewatering rental and services business

internationally," said John Williamson, President of ITT's Water & Wastewater business. "We already have a solid

history of partnership, with Godwin offering ITT's electric submersible pumps since 2003. Adding the specialized

products and skills of the world-class Godwin team to ITT's broad Flygt and Grindex submersible pump portfolio and

global sales network means our customers will have unsurpassed access to the broadest dewatering capabilities on

the market."

ITT today sells Flygt and Grindex brand dewatering pumps, and rents from its fleet of more than 11,000 pumps,

through its global sales and distribution network serving customers in more than 140 countries. ITT's Flygt pumps are

claimed to be the original submersible dewatering pumps, invented in 1948.

Godwin Pumps

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Industry Industry News


Volvo to distribute Perlini

dumptrucks in Europe

To provide its customers with a wider choice

of haulers (and be able to secure more

package equipment deals) Volvo Construction

Equipment in Europe has signed a distribution

deal with the Italian rigid dumptruck maker

Perlini. The Volvo CE dealerships in Austria,

Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Czech

Republic, Hungary, Ireland, Moldavia, Norway,

Portugal, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia

were the first to operate under the European

umbrella agreement earlier this year.

Subsequently the partnership was extended

last month to include the Volvo owned

dealership in Great Britain.

Perlini is a family owned business which A significant number of Volvo Construction Equipment outlets in Europe are

now offering Perlini rigid dumptrucks alongside the Volvo ADTs to satisfy the

was started in 1957. It product range includes

different operational requirements of more customers.

the DP405, DP605, DP705 and DP905 rigid

dumptrucks with payloads of 40 to 100

tonnes. Perlini will continue to sell through its

existing dealer in Italy and through its direct sales network in Spain.

Under the new agreement with Volvo, the Perlini rigid dumptrucks do not become part of the Volvo range and they

retain their white livery and Perlini branding. However, a full after market support for the Perlini trucks will be provided

by Volvo Construction Equipment outlets in the countries covered by the distribution deal.

Dr Maurizio Perlini, who is responsible for the Italian company’s commercial affairs, says, “Sales of Perlini

equipment will be opened up to many new countries thanks to Volvo's extensive network.” Perlini states, “We can now

enter countries such as Greece and Cyprus where our brand is not so well known."

Moldavia is one of the countries where Volvo has a strong presence. "We expect a significant volume of sales in

the next two years."

Nick Rose, responsible for Business Development in Volvo CE Europe, says, “The Perlini products can now

effectively plug a previous gap in the Volvo range to allow our distribution network to offer complete solutions to our

quarrying and aggregate customers.” Val Ledden, the Managing Director of Volvo Construction Equipment Ltd in

Great Britain, says, “Adding the range of Perlini rigid trucks to our portfolio gives us the opportunity of offering a one

stop shop to customers where rigid haulers are required together with packages of other Volvo equipment such as our

larger wheeled loaders and excavators.”

Interestingly rigid dumptrucks were part of the Volvo product offering in the past when Volvo and Euclid (along with

Michigan) were working together as VME. Subsequently, the Michigan wheel loaders were absorbed into the Volvo

line-up and the Euclid rigid dumptrucks were sold to Hitachi.

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Volvo Construction Equipment

Caterpillar plans return to large mining

shovel market

The decision of the Terex Corporation to sell its large mining

machinery business to Bucyrus International at the end of last year

appears to have been the catalyst for Caterpillar to decide to reenter

the large mining shovel market. Back in 2003, Caterpillar

discontinued its former big mining shovels – the 180 tonne class

5130B and the 360 tonne class 5230B – when there was a plan to

swap assets with Terex.

In recent years the biggest hydraulic excavator in the Caterpillar

portfolio has been the 88 tonne class 385C. To supply packages of

larger excavators with the big Caterpillar mining trucks, a significant

number of Caterpillar dealers around the world also sold the large

Having pulled out of the mining excavator market in 2003 (when this

5130B was in the range), Caterpillar now intends to re-enter the market

with new models weighing up to 800 tons.

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O&K derived Terex excavators through the Terex Corporation. Now that the popular Terex O&K designs have passed

to Bucyrus, Caterpillar has decided to enhance its big machine offering through an investment of nearly $700 million

over the next four years.

Caterpillar states that it intends to produce a full range of mining shovels, ranging from a 125 ton model through to

an 800 ton model. The company has selected its factory in Aurora, USA for the initial production of the new product

range and it is conducting a study of additional production sources in other parts of the world. Pilot production of the

new 125 ton class shovel is scheduled to begin in early 2011.

The first commercial shovels produced in Aurora are expected to be available later in 2011. The larger shovels are

planned for commercial availability beginning in 2013 and through 2014. Then the new excavator range will give

customers a direct match for loading Caterpillar’s industry leading mining trucks—from the 100 ton class 777F through

the 400 ton class 797F. “As we discuss solutions with our global mining customers, it’s clear they want a complete line

of Caterpillar shovels to best match the full range of Caterpillar trucks operating at their mines,” said Chris Curfman,

President of Caterpillar Global Mining.

Caterpillar is also accelerating its previously announced capacity expansion plans for trucks in Decatur, USA, with

the nearly 30% additional capacity expected to come on line beginning in 2011. Decatur produces Caterpillar’s largest

mining trucks, including the flagship 797F series truck, which has a maximum capacity of 400 tons.

In addition, Caterpillar plans to increase capacity for 60 and 100 ton rigid dumptrucks at its existing manufacturing

facility near Chennai, India. The capacity expansion would more than double truck production capabilities in India.

The expansion for its 100 ton 777D and 60 ton 773E trucks in India should be completed by early 2012.

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Administrator sells

Wordsworth Group


Business operations that formed part of the

Grantham, UK based Wordsworth Holdings

Group that went into administration earlier

this year have gained new owners. Amongst

the Wordsworth Holdings business sales are

several – including Barford site dumpers and

Fruehauf tipping trailers - to the Bowden

Investment Group headed up by

entrepreneur Saul Loggenberg.

With Joint Managing Directors James

Kearsey and David Snowdin, production has

recommenced on the Grantham site where

Terry Wyman is Production Director.

According to Sales Manager Brad O’Hara,

Managing Director Graham Stansfield (left) and Director Tim Allan of the

Barford site dumpers – with payloads from 2

new revitalised Boss Space business were promoting their Comfort

to 10 tonnes – are now being produced to

Space welfare unit at the Hillhead Quarry Show in June.

order and there are plans to complete

previously exhibited special developments, particularly the Big Jaw mobile crusher carried on a Barford dumper


In a separate development, the administrators of Barford Holdings have sold the Boss Space portable

accommodation unit business to new owners. Now run by Managing Director Graham Stansfield and Director Tim

Allan, the company now trading as Boss Space Ltd, has relocated to on the Lime Square Business Park in Grantham.

Graham Stansfield says that Boss Space is now focussing on producing and selling its mobile welfare units for the

construction industry. The company’s latest product is its ‘Comfort Space' mobile welfare unit which can

accommodate up to six persons. The Comfort Space welfare unit is a towable anti-vandal cabin that has a gross

weight of 1800kg. Security on site is aided by the ability to hydraulically lower the cabin down to hide its road wheels

and the ability to cover the tow bar with a lockable steel shroud.

The 3.6m long by 2.3m wide Comfort Space welfare unit features a canteen/rest area, a toilet / washroom, a drying

room and a ‘super silent’ diesel generator. The generator provides lighting, warm water and the power for the

microwave used for food preparation. Amongst the options is an Eco Version running an invertor which allows battery

usage for up to 20 hours.

Invictas Group Boss Space

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Industry Industry News


JCB increased profits in 2009 and expects a significant improvement in

sales and profits in 2010 as it launches a its new generation backhoe.

This first of the new backhoes is seen here in a special Union Jack livery

outside the Houses of Parliament in London.

telehandler market also makes it world market leader for these machines.

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JCB remains profitable

in 2009 and predicts

a better 2010

Despite seeing its sales drop by a third to

£1.35 billion last year, JCB has

announced that it was able to increase

profit before tax marginally to £29 million

(its corresponding figure in 2008 was £28

million). In the face of a global

construction equipment market which fell

by 46% in 2009, JCB states that its total

sales were 36,000 machines.

This achievement leads JCB to claim

that it has increased its market share to an

all-time high of 12.2% - thereby reinforcing

its stated position as the world’s third

largest construction equipment

manufacturer. JCB reports that its marketleading

share of the global backhoe

loader market has risen to more than 40%

whilst its a 28% share of the global

JCB Chairman Sir Anthony Bamford says, “2009 was hugely challenging for the construction equipment industry.

The entire JCB organisation pulled together magnificently to respond decisively to the unprecedented downturn, which

was particularly severe in the first half of the year. Tough action was taken to adjust our cost base to align it to a much

reduced level of demand, and this resulted in an improving profit trend as the year progressed. We have created a

strong platform for renewed profitable growth."

JCB has now embarked on a £20 million investment in a new generation of its iconic backhoe loader, the machine

with an excavator arm at the rear and shovel at the front. The first of the new eco-range of the British-built diggers

rolled off the company’s Staffordshire production line in Union Jack colours and embarked on a tour of famous London

landmarks to celebrate its launch and the company’s approaching 65th anniversary in October.

Sir Anthony Bamford also said that, in the first half of 2010, the construction equipment industry has seen a “strong

recovery” in emerging markets such as India, Brazil and China, although the traditional markets of Western Europe

and North America remain weak. On balance, he expects to see a significant improvement in both sales and profits

this year compared to 2009.

On the personnel front, JCB has appointed Michael Mohan – who previously worked for Jaguar and Land Rover as

its new Group Engineering Director. He replaces Tim Leverton who left JCB to join Tata Motors earlier this year.

New Holland concludes

Juventus sponsorship

The three year sponsorship between the

Fiat-owned company New Holland and the

famous Turin-based football club Juventus

has come to an end. To commemorate the

conclusion of this promotional partnership,

New Holland recently took pictures of

Juventus team members beside an E135B

tracked excavator that is produced in the

company’s Turin factory.

Members of the famous Juventus team pose with

a New Holland E135B tracked excavator to mark

the end of a successful promotional partnership

between the football club and the construction

machinery maker.


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New Holland states that its three year partnership with Juventus helped raise the profile of its brand not only

amongst sector operators also with sports fans - thereby establishing a successful link between the Turin company

and football. The sponsorship deal also provided over 7000 Italian and European clients and dealers with the chance

to go along to watch top football matches in the Coppa Italia, Champions and Europa League.

Since 2007, New Holland has benefited from a series of different initiatives linked to its sponsorship of Juventus.

These ranged from auctioning a ‘Dream Machine’ wheel loader painted in the Bianconeri team colours (to raise money

for the Italian charity ‘Fondazione Crescere Insieme al Sant’Anna’) to the Juventus woodland sustainability project in

Pinzolo, planted with a view to offsetting the CO emissions produced during the team’s summer camp.


Stolen JCB machines have been recovered in Poland thanks to Datatag

technology and the CESAR plant registration scheme. This picture

shows the triangular CESAR identification tag on a JCB telehandler

and the Datatag scanner reading a hidden responder.

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New Holland

CESAR ‘fingerprints’ aid recovery

of stolen machines in Poland

Three stolen items of construction plant have

been returned to the UK from Poland thanks to

their unique CESAR ‘fingerprint’ and Datatag

technology. Police in Poland suspected that two

JCB Loadall telescopic handlers and a JCB

backhoe loader were stolen but, as the thieves

had removed every single trace of identity and

‘cloned’ the machines with a new identity, the

officers could not prove it.

However, Datatag technology and CESAR

registration quickly identified that all three JCB

machines had been stolen, from leading plant hire

companies, in the South East of England during

2008 and 2009. The machines are now the

property of the insurance companies who settled

the losses. JCB was one of the first of many major

manufacturers to adopt CESAR and it has been

fitting the system to UK machines for three years.

A qualified police vehicle examiner, who flew to

Poland especially for this mission, was easily able

to verify the true identity of the machines using

state of the art Datatag ID technology. Just like a human fingerprint the CESAR version categorically identifies a

specific machine as no two CESAR fingerprints are alike. The thieves had been able to remove the manufacturer’s

visible identity of the machines but they could not eradicate the hidden and permanent CESAR fingerprint. As a

consequence the gang face lengthy prison sentences for theft and handling stolen property.

Kevin Howells, Director of Datatag ID, and an expert on plant theft prevention and recovery, comments, “This latest

recovery of valuable equipment really does show the effectiveness of the unique Datatag ‘fingerprint’ that every

CESAR registered machine is given. Even after several years we were able to categorically identify all three stolen

machines which has led to their repatriation and a substantial financial recovery for the insurance companies


Datatag security technology is used in a unique and innovative way to permanently identify a given machine.

CESAR security devices, fitted to every machine on the register, include several tamper proof triangular registration

plates (with a unique number for each machine), a number of radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags hidden in the

machine, forensic liquid DNA, and thousands of microscopic Datadots. Datatag contends that it is impossible for

thieves to remove all the traces of its identification technology from a CESAR registered machine, which is one reason

why recovery rates are higher than for unprotected and secured machines.

CESAR Scheme

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An important feature of the new

generation Bobcat skid steer and

compact tracked loaders is the lower

and more forward mounted cab that

greatly enhances visibility to the front.

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Plant Editor Nick Johnson reports from Dobris in

the Czech Republic where Bobcat had its new skid

steer loaders, compact tracked loader and latest

mini excavators ready for inspection.

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When the company whose name is synonymous with skid steer

loaders introduces new generation machines it is an important event.

So the arrival of the first new 600 series Bobcat skid steers prompted a

trip to the company’s Training Centre at Dobris in the Czech Republic

to check out exactly what has changed.

As well as the new S630 and S650 wheeled skid steer loaders,

Bobcat has also introduced a new generation T650 compact tracked

loader together with some new attachments for them. Other new

models include the E45 and E50 mini excavators together with new

rotary telescopic handlers. So there was plenty of new product to

check out.

Bobcat was purchased by the South Korean company Doosan in

2007 and now, as part of Doosan Infracore Construction Equipment,

the brand sensibly retains its own well known name and livery.

Generally Doosan orange is used on larger machines with the white,

black and red Bobcats predominating in the lighter weight equipment.

Some mini excavators are still sold around the world as orange

Doosans but Bobcats are now the only skid steers produced by the

company – its former Doosan range from South Korea having been


As soon as the two new generation Bobcat skid steers and the new

compact track loader are seen it is obvious that they represent a significant step forward. With Bobcat, Doosan claims

to be number one in the world in compact loaders and with these new designs it clearly intends to strengthen this

leading position.

Better forward view from roomier cab

The most apparent feature of the new loaders is that their cabs are roomier and are positioned further forward than

has been the norm on previous Bobcats. This ‘cab forward’ change greatly improves visibility – particularly to the

bucket or other attachment being used at the front of the machine.

The new S630 is a radial arm skid steer loader with a rated operating capacity of 989kg which effectively replaces

the S220 model. The 1220kg capacity S650 is a vertical lift path machine set to supersede the S250 and the tracked

T650 (with a 1166kg capacity) replaces the T250.

These new machines set the style of future Bobcat skid steer and compact tracked loader updates and additions,

The next new generation models – not

seen at Dobris – will be the new top-of-therange

S850 skid steer and its tracked

counterpart, the T870. These machines are

expected to arrive later this year with

operating capacities of 1758kg and 1508kg


Bobcat says that the development of

the new generation skid steer and compact

tracked loaders is based on feedback from

customers. The designers were given the

brief to improve visibility, enhance

performance and improve operator

comfort, serviceability and durability. As a

result the latest models have their cabs

The rear protection provided by the new rear

bumper can clearly be seen on this picture of an

S650 skid steer equipped with an industrial


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placed lower and further forward to improve access and enhance forward


Easier entry into quieter machine

I certainly found it easier to get into the pressurised cab due to the lower

threshold and once inside the 10% increase in internal space was immediately

apparent. Operators will also appreciate the reduction in internal noise levels –

Bobcat claims a 5dB(A) improvement in what traditionally has not been the

quietest of machine types.

The view from the seat has certainly improved compared to earlier Bobcat

skid steer models. The overall height of the rear loader arm support towers

has been reduced (for both the radial and vertical lift versions) and the glazed

area of the door on the new generation machines is 45% larger than on the

previous models.

Overall visibility is said to be 30% better aided by a larger rear window (and sloping top to the engine

compartment), 16% larger side windows and a 34% bigger roof window. Sensibly, the windows are mounted on the

outside of the Roll-Over Protection Structure

(ROPS) to make cleaning easier and to provide

more elbow space inside the cab.

To take advantage of the more spacious cab, the

adjustable seat now has 50mm more longitudinal

adjustment. Control options include the traditional

Bobcat hands and feet, AHC (hands only), ACS

(choice of hands and feet or just hands) and SJC

(Selectable Joystick Controls) where the joystick

mounts can be adjusted independently of the seat.

Better heating and air


The pressurised cab has a new one-piece seal that

goes all the way round the door, to reduce the

ingress of dirt and dust that might enter the cab. The

performance of the optional heating and air

conditioning system has been increased by 35%

and the controls are fully illuminated so the

temperature settings can be chosen in low light


The view from the seat of the new generation Bobcat skid steer and

compact tracked loaders has certainly improved compared the

company’s previous models.

The neat, integrated auxiliary hydraulic circuit hose connectors in the

nearside loader arm can be clearly seen as this T650 operates with

the power angle and tilt dozer blade attachment.

All the new generation loaders are designed for field installation of a radio, with placeholders for the radio and

speakers. There is also a 12 V power accessory

for charging a mobile phone, iPod or other


The three new 600 series machines are

powered by fuel-efficient Kubota V3307-DI-TE3

turbocharged four-cylinder diesel engines rated

at 55.4kW (74.3hp). These transversely mounted

interim Tier IV emissions compliant engines are

carried on three mounts to improve balance and

reduce vibrations. The size of the fuel tank in the

two new skid steer models has been increased

by 18%.

The air filter, engine dip stick, engine oil filler,

alternators, fuel fill engine oil drain, fuel filter, engine

oil filter, starter motor and battery are all accessible

from the back of the machine when the rear access

door is opened.

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The hydrostatic transmission on the new skid steer

loaders provides a 20% increase in tractive effort that

provides better digging performance and pushing

force. There are two travel speed ranges on the S630

and S650 – up to 11.4 km/h in low range and a

maximum of 19.8 km/h when high range is selected.

Higher tractive effort on tracked


Tractive effort from the hydrostatic transmission in the

T650 compact tracked loader is 15% more than the

previous model. This increase aids digging and the extra pushing power is particularly apparent when using the



machine equipped with the useful power angle and tilt dozer blade attachment.

An effective improvement is that the quick connect auxiliary circuit hose couplings are now neatly integrated into

the nearside loader arm. This arrangement means that they are very accessible whilst being better protected from

possible site damage. A new, removable hydraulic hose guide makes it easier to change attachments. Care has been

taken to place hoses inside the footprint of the machine to keep them out of harms way.

New hydraulic circuits provide more hydraulic pressure and flow which contributes to the 18% faster dump/roll back

cycle times. There are now two 10-micron filters to provide much better hydraulic filtration. To increase reliability, the

number of hydraulic connections has been reduced and there are less angled fittings.

When the machine is purchased with standard flow hydraulics, the flow rate is 87.1 l/min at a pressure of 241 bar.

If the optional factory fitted high flow hydraulics are selected, the flow rate is increased to 115.5 l/min at a pressure of

241.3 bar – to allow use of a greater range of powered attachments.

Charge oil hydraulic system cooling

The cooling system for the hydraulics is now carried out on the charge oil rather than the implement oil, providing

significantly improved cooling efficiency. The flow rate through the oil cooler is much steadier as it is not affected by

the operation of the cylinders or attachments. The oil cooler, which is now made of aluminium, swings up, allowing the

operator to quickly clean the area between the oil cooler and the radiator.

Improved serviceability is aided by having the tailgate open form the offside of the machine. This arrangement

allows better accessibility for refuelling when the machine is transported on a trailer. There is enhanced access to the

battery and the hydraulic filter is now better place at a higher level. On the offside of the machine there is now a seethrough

hydraulic oil sight level gauge.

Amongst the new attachments now available for use with the new generation skid steer and compact tracked

loaders are two heavy-duty graders with blade widths of 2440mm and 2740mm. At Dobris a unit, complete with a

hydraulic side shift blade and a laser system sourced from Trimble was fitted to a tracked T650.

Specially strengthened for use on compact tracked loaders, the new heavy-duty graders have a 6-way blade plus

hydraulic side-shift of up to 330mm left or right. They have a proportional hydraulic valve which enables the operator

to make fine adjustments as required.

Simple conversion to laser grader

The new graders can be

converted from a standard

grader into a laser grader

quickly and easily. The

operator only needs to

mount the receiver poles,

clamp the laser receivers

onto the poles and plug in

the harnesses. In operation

a super bright grade

display with green ‘ongrade’

LEDs provides clear

depth/elevation indication.

Another T650 with high

flow hydraulics at the

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The tracked T650 in action with the new heavyduty

grader attachment complete with hydraulic

side shift on the blade and a laser system sourced

from Trimble.

New Generation Bobcat Skid Steer and Compact Tracked


Model Operating Tipping Operating Power Width with

Capacity Load Weight Standard Bucket

(kg) (kg) (kg) (kW) (mm)

S630 989 1978 3496* 55.4 1880

S650 1220 2440 3777* 55.4 1880

T650+ 1166 3331 4282* 55.4 1880

* Base machine with bucket, operator and full fuel tank

+ Compact tracked loader

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Dobris Training Centre was fitted with a WS24 wheel saw attachment.

Suitable for cutting a trench up to 610mm deep, this saw weighs

846kg and has hydraulic side shift. A bigger WS32 wheel saw

(sourced from Simex in Italy) will join the range at the end of this year.

The WS24 cuts a clean trench through concrete or asphalt to

allow the installation of water or gas pipes or electric or fibre-optic

cables. This is a very demanding application but the T650

demonstrated that it has more than enough power and hydraulic flow

and pressure to accomplish the job efficiently. The tracked

undercarriage of the T650 provides a very stable carrier to facilitate

an accurate cut.

Having previously introduced both larger and smaller new

generation compact excavators, Bobcat has now launched the new

E45 and E50 models with operating weights of around 4.6 and 4.9

tonnes respectively. The 1960mm wide E45 is a genuine zero tail

swing machine whilst the rear superstructure of the bigger E50 only

protrudes beyond its 1960mm track width by 17mm.

Both the E45 and E50 are produced in Gwinner, North Dakota,

USA. Maximum digging depths are 3300mm and 3524mm

respectively with the standard dipper arm. These depths can be

increased to 3600mm and 3923mm when the long arm option is

selected. The E50 can also be fitted with an additional rear

counterweight to maximise stability when used with the long arm.

Compared to the 337, 345 and 435 models they replace, the new E45 and E50 have been designed to provide

superior operator comfort, enhanced reliability and stability as well as reduced noise. They are both powered a 4cylinder

Kubota V2403-M-DI-TE38-BC turbo-charged Tier III diesel engine rated, respectively, at 30.2kW (40.5hp) and

35.4kW (47.5hp).

New auto idle to save fuel

To conserve fuel, there is a new auto idle which causes the engine revs to drop to tick-over if the excavator functions

are not used for a period of about four seconds. The engine automatically returns to the pre-set throttle position when

the operator moves a joystick or a travel function.

The hydraulic system of each excavator has a load sensing piston

pump and a closed centre valve which, it was found, provide smooth

and precise operation. Another plus point is that both the boom and

dipper arm cylinders are cushioned to provide a smooth, end-of stroke

operation. To make backfilling and site leveling operations easier,

dozer blade float is standard.

The new design cab provides plenty of foot space and it is

equipped as standard with heating and ventilation. Air conditioning is

available as an option. Inside the operator noise level is a good

79dB(A) for the E45 and 81dB(A) for the E50. The hinged cab door

opens wide and can be latched neatly back against the superstructure

whilst safely remaining within the machine’s slewing radius.

Matched tiltrotator and controls

Within the cab, the boom offset and the first and second (optional)

auxiliary hydraulic controls are integrated in the joysticks. The high

hydraulic flow (75.7 l/min) in the auxiliary line, in combination with the

machine’s good stability, has increased the range of attachments now

offered by Bobcat. At Dobris, an E45 was equipped with a versatile

Bobcat TR25 tiltrotator (produced for the company by Engcon) and an

Engcon SK05 grapple.

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The new T650 powering a WS24 road saw – the

forward mounted cab provides the operator with a

good view of the attachment and the front of each


The new 4.9 tonne E50 is the larger of

Bobcat’s two new generation mini

excavators whose cab doors hinge right

back safely within the slewing radius.

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The new 4.6 tonne class zero tail swing mini

excavator demonstrates the extra versatility it

gains when fitted with a tiltrotator.

The wide opening tailgate and hinge up side

panel on the E45 allows access to the filters,

the battery and radiator as well as

centralised grease points.

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The wide opening tailgate and hinge up side panel on the E45

and E50 allows access to the filters, the battery and radiator as well

as centralised grease points. The air conditioning condenser and

hydraulic cooler can be easily separated for cleaning purposes,

without need for tools. Greater service access can be obtained by

completely removing the tailgate, the side panel and the


The arrival of the E45 and E50 to join the other new generation

E08, E10, E32, E35, E42, E60 and E80 gives Bobcat a formidable

range of modern machines. Whilst the Bobcat name is still

particularly associated with skid steer loaders, these units will help

the company become a bigger player in the wider compact plant

business as the market improves.

Back into rotating telehandlers

Bobcat is also intent on becoming a greater force in telescopic

handlers. To this end it has reintroduced rotary telehandlers having

dropped its own designs some years ago. The newcomers are four

modern models sourced from Dieci in Italy. They offer lifting

capacities from 3.5 to 5.0 tonnes and lifting heights from 15.7m to


The smallest rotary model, the TR35160, offers a maximum

lifting height of 15.7 m and features a three-section telescopic

boom. It is the simplest model in the range with an Iveco engine,

400° non-continuous rotation and angle down stabilisers.

The larger TR45190, TR50210 and TR40250 models have foursection

booms, to provide maximum lifting heights of 18.7m, 20.5m

and 24.5m respectively. These models feature Perkins engines,

360° continuous rotation and out and down stabilisers. Attachment

options include pallet forks, loader buckets, extension jibs,

hydraulic winch and access platforms.

The arrival of the new rotary telehandlers, together with the

introduction of a new cab on Bobcat’s own rigid frame machines,

shows that Doosan Infracore is intent on maximizing the potential of

its Bobcat brand. This is good news for the many loyal Bobcat

customers around the world. (CP&E)


This 20.5m TR50210 is

one of a new four model

range of rotating

telescopic handlers that

are being produced by

Dieci in Italy for Bobcat.

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CP&E Contractors Plant & Equipment Vol 1 No 5

A two day practical

demonstration event in

a Scottish recycling

centre was used by

dealer Blue Scotland to

promote some of the

latest compost turners,

mobile picking stations,

shredders, screens and

trommels from the

makers Backhus,

Doppstadt and Kiverco.

Scottish Scottish displa display displa y of of green green w wwaste

w aste recy recycling recy cling machines


Two environmentally friendly organics recycling and biomass open days were staged earlier this year by machinery

distributor Blue Scotland. Working in partnership with Falkirk Council, the ‘green’ event was held at the 2.5 hectares

Kinneil Kerse Recycling Centre in Bo’ness, Scotland.

Over 200 people attended the open days including many members of AfOR (the Association for Organics

Recycling) who have a particular interest in this important aspect of recycling and composting technologies. Of the 12

machines specially brought to the site, five of them were recent additions to the Blue product portfolio.

Notable amongst the new recycling equipment being demonstrated was the recently launched DW-3060 Bio Power

slow-speed shredder from the German company Doppstadt. This trailer mounted machine with its 350kW (500hp)

Mercedes-Benz OM 460 LA engine has a shredding rotor with 42 teeth that enables wood waste to be shredded to

specification in a single pass.

Economical biomass production

When set up with all the available comb extensions, the DW-3060 Bio Power can process material at the rate of up to

50 tonnes per hour with 54% at -80mm. With minimal screening of oversize, the shredded wood waste is ready for

direct supply to the fast-growing bio fuel market. This is said to be an extremely economical way of processing large

volumes of biomass from recycled wood, generating significant savings on processing costs per tonne.

Green waste can also be shredded with the new Bio Power to the same particle size produced by a high-speed

shredder. The advantage of the new Doppstadt machine is said to be its considerably longer wearpart life, extended

maintenance intervals and an impressive reduction in comparative running costs.

Also seen in action was the new Doppstadt SM-620 Star Screen. This self-contained trailer mounted unit features a

proven screening drum construction with

an interior helix, which enables a spacesaving

horizontal machine installation.

Designed and built for the shredding of

domestic, green, C&D waste and wood

waste, this machine can also effectively

produce biomass and RDF.

Replaceable screening drums, a

variety of ancillary equipment and choice

of mesh sizes allows the flexible SM-620

Star Screen to be adjusted and

reconfigured for a wide variety of

screening tasks and feed material. The

A JCB Loadall telescopic handler charges

the hopper of the Doppstadt SM-620 Star

Screen which can be configured for a wide

variety of screening tasks and feed material.

One of the highlights of the Open

Days demonstrations staged by Blue

Scotland was this recently introduced

DW-3060 Bio Power slow-speed

shredder from Doppstadt in Germany.

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machine’s mechanical power

transmission features direct chain

wheel drive, with geared motors at

the drum surface, and the variable

speed provides optimum adjustment

for regulation of the screening


Compost and soil turning equipment from the German maker Backhus was well represented at the Scottish

demonstration days. Blue Scotland reports that the new 16.30 Compost Turner and the model 16.50 Straddle Turner

gained particular interest while working the compost windrows on site.

The 16.30 Compost Turner is the latest addition to the Backhus range of turning machines which use the siteproven

roto-milling technique. Designed and built specifically for the essential turning and milling of windrows in the

composting process, the self-propelled Backhus 16.30 is compact, productive tracked machine. It is powered by a

35.4kW (47.5hp) Yanmar 4TNV 88 engine and has infinitely variable hydrostatic drive.

The 3.5m wide 16.30 Compost Turner weighs 1700kg and is capable of processing a heap with a width of up to

3.0m and a height of up to 1.3m. The machine has a continuous travel speed of up to 50 m/min and a turning capacity

of up to 700m³/hr.

Working together at Bo’ness were two new recycling units from Kiverco Recycling Systems Ltd of Dungannon in

Northern Ireland. These complementary machines were a 620 Trommel and a Mobile Picking Station.

Customised picking stations

Blue Scotland sells the new range of Kiverco Mobile Picking Stations which can be customised to virtually any size to

suit customers’ applications. Pickers can be positioned on either or both sides of the variable speed conveyor and, for

enhanced working conditions for operatives, fully enclosed cabin work stations have heating and lighting. Discharge

chutes can be positioned as required and in any number for convenient “binning” of unwanted or recyclable materials

in their respective stockpiles.

Specifically designed for the primary screening and separation of commingled recyclables, municipal solid waste

(MSW), skip waste, commercial, industrial and C&D waste, the Kiverco 620 Trommel can be used as either a standalone

machine or as part of a municipal recycling facility. Materials can be sorted at rates of up to 20 tonnes/hr or 60

tonnes/hr for MSW.

The Kiverco 620 Trommel features a screening drum set at an angle of 5º and with an infinitely variable rotation

speed of up to 15rpm. The drum is equipped with removable punched plate screen sections and there are a variety of

screen plate apertures to suit customers’ specific requirements. A selection of woven mesh or rubber-coated screen

plates is also available.

A Falkirk Council spokesman said, “This even clearly showed how new and improved recycling and composting

equipments and technologies can assist councils and other major recyclers in reducing the quantity of waste sent to

landfill and increase the use of secondary/recycled materials.” (CP&E)

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This self-propelled Backhus 16.30

Compost Turner has been designed and

built specifically for the essential turning

and milling of windrows in the

composting process.

Blue Group




A JCB JS160 materials handler with fixed raised cab

was used to efficiently feed the Kiverco 620 Trommel

and Mobile Picking Station.

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With Bauma and all the travel problems associated with the volcanic ash cloud

now behind us, plant makers are looking forward and selecting which of

he forthcoming big shows they will attend in anticipation of improving

markets around the world.

Bey Beyond Bey ond Bauma Bauma other other shows shows are are gearing gearing up


As the world’s biggest construction equipment show, Bauma should be good. The 2010 event was, but it was

noticeable that many exhibitors had subtly scaled back their stand expenditure as a reaction to the global market


That said, Bauma was still bigger than ever but that is one of the exhibitions drawbacks. It is simply too large to be

manageable for visitors on a tight timetable. Okay, so one can schedule to stay longer but then one encounters the

show’s other major drawback – the exorbitant hike in the price of Munich hotel rooms during the period of the


Given these problems and the fact that the air travel

restrictions during Bauma 2010, other major shows that

can provide a more manageable and cost effective

experience for their visitors should be able to benefit in the

next year from the prospect of better market conditions.

Construction equipment buyers from the USA

and South America whose travel plans to Bauma

were thwarted by the volcano will be looking

forward to seeing latest machines at Conexpo in

Las Vegas next March.

As part of their plan to make the SMOPYC show more

attractive to international exhibitors and visitors, its

organisers are instigating a more attractive pricing

policy and substantial improvements to facilities and


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There are still plenty of significant construction

equipment shows to choose from in the next 12 months.

China remains a positive market and that bodes well for the

success of Bauma China 2010 that will take place during

23- 26 November 2010 at the Shanghai New International

Expo Centre. This important show (www.baumachina.com)

is run by the Bauma organisers Messe

Muenchen International in association with MMI (Shanghai)

Co Ltd, CCMA (China Construction Machinery

Association), CCPIT-MSC (China Council for the Promotion

of International Trade - Machinery Sub-Council) and

CNCMC) China Construction Machinery Co Ltd. The

organisers state that the 215,000m² of exhibition space has

already been fully booked by 1,700 exhibitors.

Early in 2011 there will be two significant shows at the

Convention Centre in Las Vegas, USA. The more

specialised World of Concrete (www.worldofconcrete.com)

will run from 18-21 January whilst the 2011 world

construction equipment exhibition CONEXPO-CON/AGG

2011 follows on during 22-26 March.

The Conexpo organisers report strong space sales and

the UK-based CEA (Construction Equipment Association)

reinforces this positive news by stating that the space in its

UK Pavilion at Conexpo sold out within three days of going

on sale.

The CEA thinks that this rush for space at Conexpo

reflects the fact that so many people from the USA and

South America could not travel to Bauma because of the

volcanic ash. Given the increased number of hotel rooms

now available in Las Vegas, it is to be hoped that room

rates will be reasonable during the shows so as not to put

off potential visitors.

Other significant construction equipment shows vying for

support from both exhibitors and visitors next year include bCIndia, in Mumbai, India during 8-11 February, Samoter

2011 (www.samoter.com) in Verona, Italy during 2-6 March and SMOPYC 2011 that will be held in Zaragoza, Spain

from 5 to 9 April.

The organisers of SMOPYC 2011 state that their show next year will benefit from Intensified international

promotion, a more attractive pricing policy and substantial improvements to facilities and services. The intention is to

make SMOPYC much more international than in the past and the visitor experience next April will be enhanced by the

organisation, in conjunction with industry associations, of many useful business meetings, conferences and work

seminars during the show. (CP&E)

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Nick Johnson reports from the largest quarry in the west of

Sweden where Volvo Construction Equipment recently

reinforced its green credentials by sharing its latest

strategies for saving fuel and lowering emissions.

V VVolv

V olv olvo olv o focuses focuses on on fuel fuel sa saving sa ving

The high cost of fuel is making machine

users much more receptive to fuel saving

initiatives like the new OptiShift system

from Volvo.

The high cost of fuel has certainly focused the minds of machine users and manufacturers alike. Fuel represents a

very significant proportion of the total cost of ownership of a machine and so any new initiative designed to reduce fuel

consumption is worth serious consideration.

One machine manufacturer that is clearly committed to further improving the fuel efficiency of its products is Volvo

Construction Equipment. The company recently staged a special event in a big quarry near Gothenburg, Sweden to

highlight its four-pronged approach to tackling the issue using a range of fuel saving solutions that encompass

engines, systems, operator behaviour and future technology.

Volvo has a long tradition of introducing useful features to improve operational efficiency on its machines such as

wheel loaders. These include speed and power dependent APS (Automatic Power Shift) in 1978 and load sensing

hydraulics (with variable flow piston pumps) on its wheel loaders in the early 1980s.

This year, Volvo Construction Equipment used the Bauma exhibition in Munich to launch its new OptiShift system

as an option for its 210kW (286hp) L150F, 235kW (320hp) L180F and 261kW (355hp) L220F wheel loaders. Fully

integrated into the well-proven Volvo APS equipped driveline, OptiShift utilises a new torque converter with lock-up

and a free wheel stator together with a clever, Volvo patented, RBB (reverse by braking) function.

Up to 15% less fuel

Extensive testing on OptiShift equipped wheel loaders in Sweden, Germany, Turkey and the UK have led Volvo to

confidently claim that the system can save up to 15% of fuel without compromising productivity. Developed over three

years, OptiShift has proved to be particularly effective when a wheel loader is used for repetitive operations such as

load and carry – in applications like rehandling and timber handling – as well as in short cycle loading.

As Volvo produces all its own engines and driveline components, it was simpler for the company’s engineers to

incorporate the new OptiShift as a fully matched system. When the operator of an OptiShift equipped wheel loader

turns the system on, the perceivable benefits include

better drive response, faster loading cycles, a more

comfortable ride and increased hill climbing

performance. The interval between fuel refills should be

longer and long term repair costs ought to be lower as

there should be less loading stress on the torque

converter and transmission.

In a wheel loader, the increase in torque provided

by a torque converter proves invaluable when digging

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In the Jehander quarry in Sweden, it was soon apparent that

the Volvo wheel loader with the OptiShift function activated

was able to provide smoother deceleration and direction


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The OptiShift system has a drive clutch that mechanically locks the pump rotator and the turbine

rotator, thereby minimising losses.

into a pile or accelerating away with a full bucket. But the benefits derived from the

torque converter reduce dramatically from the point where the turbine rotor

reaches the same rotation speed as the pump rotor. By adding a drive clutch

that mechanically locks the pump rotator and the turbine rotator, Volvo

contends that losses are eliminated.

Automatic lock-up in second, third and fourth gears

A short test drive of an L180F with the OptiShift transmission switched on revealed

smooth shifting with automatic lock up in second, third and fourth gears. The system is

responsive and it allows the operator to concentrate on fully filling the bucket and then

steering the machine during each cycle.

Traditionally, in short cycle loading with a wheel loader, it is common to use the gear shift control to change

between reverse and forward without applying the brakes – deceleration is handled by the torque converter. However,

Volvo states that this method is less efficient than using the brakes, results in energy loss and places undue strain on

the torque converter.

Volvo’s new RBB system is a braking feature that automatically assists machine deceleration by using the standard

service brakes instead of the torque converter. The operator handles the machine in the same way as normal but,

when he switches from forwards to reverse using the shift control, the RBB system recognises the speed, direction

and throttle position and applies the service brake to slow the machine.

This provides a smoother deceleration and direction change and, since the converter is no longer used for braking,

wear and fuel consumption are both reduced. During the test drive it was found that the RBB worked seamlessly with

the OptiShift system.

Favourable response from Swedish quarry company

The new technology had also impressed the experienced wheel loader operators at the Gothenburg quarry run by

Jehander, part of the Heidelberg Cement Group. Regional Manager Niklas Osvaldsson said that initial impressions of

an L180F with OptiShift and RBB were very favourable. His opeators have reported easier driving and good control in

working cycles. He confirmed that big reduction in fuel consumption – as much as 15% - has already been observed.

Jehander is also very positive about another of Volvo’s fuel saving initiatives. This is the Eco Operator programme

whereby experienced Volvo trainers visit customers like Jehander at their own sites and discuss with both

management and operators how to run the operation in a better way.

The Eco Operator is focused on training operators to develop an environmentally friendly style of driving –

through less accelerating and braking and by using the most economical

engine speed range. This not only reduces emissions, but

also cuts fuel consumption without affecting productivity.

Hybrid wheel loader still being


Volvo is also continuing its development programme for

hybrid wheel loaders. It has shown a prototype machine at

exhibitions in the past but its launch has been delayed as the

concept continues to be refined due to the rapid advances being

made in the relevant technology.

Meanwhile the company has announced its strategy for the

next generation Volvo diesel engines needed to comply with the

new Tier 4 Interim / Stage IIIB emissions regulations next year. To

achieve the required 90% reduction in particulate matter (PM)

emissions and 50% less NOx the new engines will be equipped

with Volvo Advanced Combustion Technology (V-ACT).

The new engine design features an advanced fuel injection

system, a new and more effective air management system and enhanced engine management. A switchable Internal

Exhaust Gas Recirculation function (I-EGR) and Tier 4 interim / Stage IIIB emissions technology (including a diesel

particulate filter) will lower particle matter. Having conducted over 100,000 hours of ‘real world’ machine reliability

testing, Volvo expects that the V-ACT engines will deliver fuel efficiency gains of around 5% depending on machine

and application. Another good example of the company’s ‘green’ strategy. [CP&E]

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To meet the forthcoming Tier 4 Interim / Stage IIB

emissions regulations, Volvo will introduce new

generation V-ACT engines complete with a diesel

particulate filter (shown here as a cutaway)


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Plant Editor Nick Johnson highlights a variety of new machines and equipment that

were exhibited at recent shows including Bauma in Munich, Hillhead in Buxton, UK

and Vertikal Days in Haydock Park, UK.

Seen at the shows

Ausa Ausa adds adds smaller smaller side side arm arm handler


Pictured here at the front of Ausa’s Bauma stand is this new

Taurulift T133H handler which can be fitted with forks or

buckets up to 400 litres capacity.

The Spanish plant maker Ausa has extended its range of

materials handlers with the Bauma launch of a new side

arm machine.

Designated the Taurulift T133H, this small handler has a

fixed length pivoting arm that provides a maximum lift

height of 2644mm.

The T133H’s maximum capacity of 1300kg can be

raised to its full lift height. The machine can be supplied

with either 2WD or 4WD (called the T133Hx4) that provide

a maximum forward reach of 411mm and 390mm


These rear wheel steer machines are both 1924mm tall

to the top of the ROPS/FOS frame and they are 1347mm

or 1410mm wide (for the 2WD or 4WD versions). The

16.8kW (22.4hp) Kubota D-1105 engine and hydrostatic

transmission provide a maximum travel speed of 20 km/h.

A fully enclosed cab with heating is an optional extra.

New New V VVolvo

V olvo compactors compactors with with optional optional smart smart mode



Three new self propelled single drum soil compactors have been introduced by Volvo. Designated the SD115D/F,

SD130D/DX/F and SD160DX/F, these machines feature a new operator environment and other upgrades together

with the option of smart power mode management.

The smart power mode on these rollers is designed to optimise the engine and hydraulics output as well as the

cooling fan speed to match the application requirements. This aids more accurate compaction and allows the engine

to run at a lower speed – thereby reducing noise, mechanical wear, emissions and fuel consumption.

With two preset and five optional frequencies (five settings standard on models SD130DX/F and SD160DX/F) and

dual amplitude, the operator is able to adapt the vibration to best suit the particular material being compacted. The

new models are said to offer among the highest compaction forces in their class.

The new SD130D was shown by Volvo at Hillhead carrying the decals of its new owner – UK rental company Clee

Hill. This model weighs 12.8 tonnes and boasts an engine output of 119.0kW (160hp). This high power-to-weight ratio

together with the machine’s dynamic force

combine to achieve good material density in the

minimum number of passes.

For applications where cohesive soils, such

as clay, need to be compacted, the smooth

drum of the SD130D can be fitted with a padfoot

shell kit. Another option is a height adjustable

dozer blade, which allows the operator to fill in

trenches or strike off fill material, providing

suitable conditions for subsequent compaction.


This new Volvo SD130D self-propelled soil compactor

has a sloping engine canopy to allow ‘one metre by

one metre’ rear visibility.

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This bright new orange and cream S1930E is the first of a new range of Snorkel

scissors that are replacing old blue UpRight platforms.

Snorkel Snorkel shows shows off off new new electric electric scissor


The UK exhibition launch of new Snorkel logo and branding took place at

Vertikal Days in June. The event also enabled the company to display its

new S1930E electric scissor lift.

The S1930E is a 227kg capacity slab machine that elevates to provide

a maximum working height of up to 7.8m. It has an inside turning radius of

less than 130mm and its 760mm wide allows the machine to easily pass

through a standard European doorway.

Later this year Snorkel will launch the additional S1932E – specifically

for interior work in buildings with more restrictive floor loading capacities.

This 7.8m scissor lift is 50mm wider than the S1930 but it is136kg lighter.

The S1930E and S1932E replace both old Snorkel S1930 and the

UpRight MX19, the original micro-scissor. The new machines retain

popular features like the easy rollout deck extension whilst featuring a new

proportional control system with on-board diagnostics.

Snorkel will also be adding two 10.0m working height scissors and a

12.0m working height scissor. Designated the S2632E, S2646E and

S3246E, they will replace both the UpRight X26N, X26 and X32 models

and the old Snorkel S2646 and S3246. The new machines incorporate the

same features and benefits as the smaller 7.8m models.

Niftylift Niftylift races races ahead ahead with with new new Hybrid Hybrid boom boom lift



The Vertikal Days event at Haydock Park in June was used by UK access platform maker Niftylift Ltd to exhibit its

recently announced Height Rider Hybrid boom lift. The Nifty HR17 Hybrid 4x4 is a low weight design with a clever

combination of diesel and electric power that is environmentally friendly whilst, it is claimed, not reducing performance.

The 2.0m wide HR17 Hybrid 4x4 is a 225kg capacity platform that provides a maximum working height of 17.0m

and a maximum outreach of 9.1m. A big feature is that its operating weight can be as low as 4750kg (depending on

specification) that is considerably less than would be expected for a conventionally powered machine of this size


The provision of a powerful electric motor has allowed the diesel engine in the new platform to be downsized to a

14.0kW (18hp) Kubota 722. In Hybrid mode, the power from the Kubota Tier 4 engine is automatically boosted by the

electric motor when needed. At other times, the electric motor automatically channels the excess power from the

diesel engine back into the battery pack so that it is available for when it is next needed.

The Hybrid drive system offers

the benefits of zero emissions and

quiet running (in electric only power

mode) as well as lower running

costs (the Hybrid power plant is

claimed to reduce fuel consumption

by up to 50%) and faster

recharging with the on-board

Diesel Re-Gen system. The first

Nifty HR17 Hybrid platforms have

been bought by the UK rental

company GT Access.

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The new lightweight Nifty HR17 Hybrid

is a 17.0m boomlift with a clever

combination of powerful electric motor

and smaller than usual diesel engine.

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New New Raptor Raptor reigns reigns in in minimum




The second Raptor 84 jack knife jib tower crane to be produced by

Artic Cranes in Sweden (and purchased by London-based rental

company City Lifting) was a very prominent exhibit at Vertical Days in

June. This new design revives a concept last produced some 20 years


Compared to former machines like the Magni S46, the new Raptor

84 lifts more and has a smaller out of service radius. The capacity

chart of the 84 metre.tonne Raptor includes a maximum capacity of

4.0 tonnes at 21.0m radius together with the ability to lift 2.0 tonnes at

the maximum radius of 32.0m.

The crane can be erected to stand up to 32.0m (the distance from

the base to the slew ring) on a slender 1.2m square tower. Extra

freestanding height – up to 48.0m – can be achieved by using a 1.6m

square tower. A clever design feature is the ability to be able to remove

the tower connection pins from within the tower sections.

The first Raptor 84 purchased by City Lifting went into service in

January this year on a confined space contract in Kilburn, North London. It has been used to construc the frame of a

six storey apartment block on a site where there are restrictions to a crane jib over sailing adjacent buildings.

Ascendant Ascendant Access Access unveils unveils 18.0m 18.0m truck truck mount


Artic Cranes

Gateshead, UK based Ascendant Access has extended its range of vehicle mounted platforms with the addition of the

new A18-13TJ. This platform has a three section main telescopic boom and a 2.4m long articulated jib that together

provide a maximum working height of 18.0m. It can be mounted onto either a Nissan Cabstar or a Renault Maxicity –

both vehicles having a 3500kg GVW and a 3400mm wheelbase.

The cage capacity of the A18-13TJ is 230kg and the machine’s operational envelope extends outwards to

provide a maximum outreach of 13.0m. The cage has a flat front face, a floor area of 0.8m by 1.3m and it comes with

160° power rotation.

The machine is fitted with H-type jacks with a fully extended spread of 3.6m. With the jacks deployed at full

width extension, the platform can operate with its maximum load at full outreach through 360° rotation. The alternative

one-sided jacking arrangement (with 2.8m

jack spread) allows maximum working

load at full outreach through 180° on the

side where the jacks are fully extended


Ascendant Access also used

Vertikal Days to announce that it has

become the exclusive UK distributor for

the HAB Service Centre range of scissor

and boom lifts. HAB Service Centre is

based in Kronau, Germany and it has

been producing powered access

platforms since 2005.

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Ascendant Access

Ascendant Access has introduced this new

18.0m maximum working height A18-13TJ

platform which it exhibited at Vertikal Days

on a 3500kg GVW Nissan Cabstar.

By reviving the jack knife jib design concept, Raptor Cranes of Sweden

has been able to produce a modern 4.0 tonne capacity tower

crane able to lift loads close to its tower.

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Haulotte Haulotte displays displays new new slim slim line


boom boom lift


Having not been at Bauma, the French access platform maker

Haulotte used Vertikal Days for the first exhibition showing of its new

HA12CJ boom lift. This machine, with its maximum working height of

11.7m, is a new addition to the company’s platform portfolio.

The battery powered HA12CJ scores by being a very compact

machine that operates with zero tail swing. It is only 1.2m wide and

has a height of only 1.99m when the booms are stowed. These

dimensions allow the machine to pass through standard doorways.

The articulating and telescopic boom configuration, complete with

a short riser, aids operation in confined spaces. Maximum outreach is

7.0m (or 7.22m for the HA12CJ+ version whose jib can be rotated

90° either side of centre) at an up-and-over height of some 4.6m.

The HA12CJ and HA12CJ+ have cage capacities of 250kg and

230kg and weigh 6970kg and 7040kg respectively. The two wheel

drive and steer machines come with solid non-marking tyres. Deep

cycle batteries are standard with full traction batteries available as an

option. A good feature is the provision of battery charge indicators on

both control panels.

Ranger Ranger showcases showcases latest latest PB PB Lifttechnik Lifttechnik scissor scissor lift



The Chesterfield, UK based access platform distributor Ranger Equipment Ltd (www.rangergroup.co.uk) used Vertikal

Days to showcase one of the brand new rough terrain scissor lifts from German maker PB Lifttechnik. The machine at

Haydock Park was the S151-19E which provides a maximum working height of 15.0m.

PB Lifttechnik has developed a new 12-model series of 4x4 rough terrain scissors with maximum working heights

from 13.0m to 23.0m. These machines have platform capacities from 500kg to 1200kg and can be supplied with

electric or diesel power and as 1.9m or 2.4m wide machines.

The S151-19E scissor seen at Haydock Park was an electric machine with a battery power rating of 455Ah/5 at

48V. The machine’s 16.0kW (21.5hp) electro-hydraulic drive system is said to be equivalent to a 25-30kW (33.5-

40.2hp) diesel engine. A torque of 5,500Nm allows the machine to achieve a gradeability of over 30%. Manoeuvrability

is aided by an 80° steering angle and a controllable active oscillating front axle and individually height adjustable rear

axle allow levelling on slopes.

PB Lifttechnik now manufactures a

total of 30 different scissor lifts. The

S151-19E is one of the Top19E/D series

of 1.9m wide 4x4 machines which have

working heights from 13.0m to 17.0m.

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This new slim line HA12CJ 11.7m boomlift was the star

of the Haulotte stand at the sunny Vertikal Days.

PB Lifttechnik

The new S151-19E scissor from PB

Lifttechnik was dramatically displayed at

Vertical Days to demonstrate its oscillating

front axle and stability on uneven ground.

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Larger arger Liebherr Liebherr for for East East Cork


Crane Crane Hire


Dominating the skyline at Vertikal Days was a 350 tonne capacity Liebherr

LTM1350-6.1 all terrain crane. This machine was resplendent in the red

livery of East Cork Crane Hire and it will become the Irish company’s

largest crane – its previous flagship was a 250 tonner. East Cork Crane

Hire was founded in 1987 by Tom and Catherine Kelleher to serve the Cork

and Munster areas of the Republic of Ireland.

Making its first appearance at a UK show, the LTM1350-6.1 is equipped

with a 70.0m long main telescopic boom and the Y-suspension capacity

enhancement system. To increase maximum under hook height up to

132.0m, the crane can be rigged with a 78.0m long luffing jib.

The six axle LTM1350-6.1 features the Liebherr LICCON2 crane control

system. Crane set-up is made easier by the use of a Bluetooth terminal

(BTT) which aids deployment of the outriggers and allows the crane

operator to attach and detach the hook block from the front bumper by

remote control. Activation of the telescopic boom luffing ram through the

Bluetooth connection is also possible, as well as attaching the

counterweight and assisting the self-assembly of the Y-suspension system.

Also getting its UK show premier was the 60 tonne capacity LTR1060 telescopic boom crawler crane. This Liebherr

engined machine carries a 40.0m long telescopic boom that can be fitted with a double swing-away jib to increase

maximum lift height to 54.5m.

Additional Additional F FFalck

F alck Spider Spider platform platform from from Skako



Bauma was used by Worldlift Industries to change its name to Skako Lift although it will retain its two access platform

brands of Denka and Falcon Spider. The Munich exhibition and the subsequent Vertikal Days were used to display the

latest addition to the Falcon Spider range – the FS320Z which has a maximum working height of 32.0m.

Equipped with articulating lower booms and a telescopic upper boom together with a 110° rotating fly jib, the

FS320Z has a large working envelope. This envelope extends out to provide a maximum outreach of 17.0m with a

cage load of up to 100kg. The maximum cage capacity of 200kg can be extended out 16.0m at a good up-and-over

height of some 10.0m.

The FS320Z weighs 5000kg and, when folded up for transport, it achieves a height of 1.25m, a length of 6.8m and

a width of 1.2-1.5m. The machine is powered by a 18.5kW (24.8hp) Kubota D905-ET01 three-cylinder engine or a

battery pack and, when stowed it can climb slopes with gradients of up to 35%.

Speaking at Vertikal Days where the FS320Z

was displayed by UK access platform supplier

Urban Access, Brian Falck-Schmidt, the Sales and

Marketing Manager of Skako Ltd, said that the

machine has been designed for rental, He reports

that initial sales have been made to rental

companies in Denmark, Finland, Germany and


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The largest capacity all terrain crane at Vertical Days 2010 was this 350 tonne

Liebherr LTM1350-6.1 for East Cork Crane Hire.


Having been first seen at Bauma, the new Falcon Spider

FS320Z appeared again at Vertical Days where it was

easier to photograph!

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Palazzani alazzani shows shows latest latest Ragno


tracked tracked platforms


The Italian machinery maker Palazzani has been using the recent

exhibitions to show off examples of its new generation Ragno track

mounted access platforms. Two units creating interest on the stand of UK

dealer Tracked Access at Vertikal Days were the Ragno TZX225 -

currently a prototype – and the Ragno XTJ32 which is available now.

The Ragno TZX225 should become available for sale in September

this year. The rubber tracked access platform features a three section

telescopic lower boom carries a three section upper boom.

This configuration of aluminium booms provides a maximum outreach

of some 10.4m with a 120kg cage capacity at an up-and over height of

some 6.0m (when the drop down outriggers are set to their maximum

spread of 3390mm. Maximum cage capacity at reduced outreach is 200kg

and the machine can extend upwards to achieve a maximum working

height of 22.5m.

Powered by the combination of a Kubota Z602 diesel engine and a

2.24kW (3hp) electric motor, the Ragno TZX225 weighs 2500kg and folds

up to provide a transport width of 1010mm. Maximum travel speed is

1.4km/h and the automatic self levelling outriggers allow operation on slopes up to 20%.

The higher reaching Ragno XTJ32 has a main telescopic boom and an articulating, telescopic fly jib that provide a

maximum lift height of 32.0m. Maximum outreach is 15/13m when cage capacity is 120/200kg. The machine has a

20.0kW (26.8hp) Hatz Silent Pack 2L41C diesel engine and a 3.0 kW (4hp) electric motor.

The Ragno XTJ32 is a spider style rubber tracked machine that folds up to provide a travel width of 1400mm. Its

double action, fold down stabilisers provide automatic self-levelling and allow operation on slopes of up to 40%.

Innovative Innovative safety safety harness harness without without groin groin straps



The Vertikal Days exhibition at Haydock Park in the UK saw the official launch of the new ZT safety harness. This

innovative product, which is marketed as a fall arrest and fall restraint harness, employs what is claimed to be a

unique design that eliminates the use of groin straps and importantly the damage they cause.

Rather than using groin straps, the ZT safety harness utilises a calf

gaiter and leg lanyard design. The inventers of the product have applied for

patent protection. They claim that eliminating the use of groin straps and

building in the lower portion of the harness into a durable pair of work wear

trousers makes their product more comfortable to wear in every day use.

ZT Safety Systems Ltd contends that, if the user were to experience a

fall, its new harness reduces the fall arrest forces by up to 40%. Another

advantage is that once the user comes to a resting position they are held in

a 'close to' horizontal seating position. When in this position there is no

restriction to major arteries and to blood flow, thereby reducing the risk of

suspension trauma and the critical consequences.

The British designed ZT safety harness is made in Sussex, UK and it is

available now for sale. The unisex design features ZT Easy Clip safety

buckles and it is said to offer improved ability for self-rescue.

The new ZT Safety Harness created a lot of interest at Vertikal Days where it was

most effectively demonstrated by Gordon Leicester – the Managing Director of

prominent UK access platform hire company Facelift.

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Pictured of the stand of Tracked Access at Vertikal Days are these two new

Palazzani platforms – the 32.0m Ragno XTJ32 (left) and the 22.5m Ragno TZX225.


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Cautrac Cautrac couples couples up up Nifty Nifty and




A new tracked access platform that created a lot of interest at both

Vertikal Days and Hillhead 2010 was the Morooka MST-300 Access.

Exhibited by Cautrac – the sole Morooka tracked carrier dealer for the

UK and Ireland – the new machine carries the access platform from

the well-proven Niftylift 150T trailer mount.

The installation of the Nifty platform was carried out by Niftylift itself

and the result is a well-engineered machine able to traverse rough

terrain. For platform operation the machine deploys its four

hydraulically lowered outriggers. These outriggers enable the crawler

carrier to be levelled up before the articulating booms of the platform

are raised.

The gross vehicle weight of the new Morooka MST-300 Access is

3900kg and its maximum ground bearing pressure is only 0.27kg/cm².

In transport mode with the booms stowed and the outriggers raised up

vertically, the machine is 1700mm wide, 4686mm long and 2316mm

high. The MST300 is powered by 39.5kW (48hp) Kubota V2203-M-

EU32 engine and it can travel at up to 6.0km/h in low range and up to

9.0km/h in high range.

The Nifty 150T platform on the MST-300 Access has a cage capacity of 225kg, a maximum working height of

14.7m and a maximum outreach of 7.55m. The platform has full proportional hydraulic controls and its turret rotation is


New New flagship flagship spider spider lift lift for for Bluelift


The Italian access platform maker Bluelift has extended its range

of track mounted spider style platforms upwards in size with the

introduction of the new C22/11. This machine was shown at

Vertical Days by UK and Ireland dealer Bluelift UK Ltd on a joint

stand with its sister company Bavi UK.

As its designation suggests, the C22/11 has a maximum

working height of some 22.0m and a maximum outreach of around

11.0m. Maximum cage capacity is 299kg and the machine weighs

3000kg. The platform has proportional controls and its turret can

slew around through a maximum arc of 340°.

The double action, swing out and power outriggers can be set

to three different operating widths – 2.0m, 3.0m or 4.0m. Operation

on slopes is aided by the ability to set the outriggers at different

levels and the oscillating track frames that accommodate a10°


As well as being able to oscillate, the track frames on the

C22/11 extend outwards from 900mm to 1200mm width. Minimum

machine width with outriggers raised up vertically is 939mm. The

machine can travel at up to 1.5km/h and it is powered by either a

Honda iGX440 petrol engine or a Hatz Silent Pack diesel.

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This 22.0m class C22/11 is now the largest in the five model

range of spider style platforms produced by Bluelift in Italy.

The UK and Ireland dealer Cautrac has worked with Niftylift to produce

this well engineered track mounted platform that should get to places

where many other platforms cannot reach.


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New New 4WD 4WD vehicle vehicle mounted


platforms platforms from from Cumberland


The Vertikal Days stand of Cumberland Industries UK was a good

place to see how it has mounted Socage access platforms from Italy

onto two different 4x4 chassis. This Kettering, UK based design and

fabrication company has become a specialist in mounting insulated

and non-insulated access platforms onto commercial vehicles.

The smaller of Cumberland’s new vehicle mounted platforms is

the A314 tailored to fit a Land Rover 110 or 130 chassis. On a 110

vehicle, the A314 boom provides a maximum working height of

13.5m with a 225kg cage capacity. Maximum outreach is 6.2m and

the telescopic upper boom allows ground level entry to the cage.

Standard equipment on the Land Rover mounted A314 platform

includes 12V and 110V sockets and a water /air hose in the cage.

The first of these units has been sold to UK rental company Smart

Rental Ltd.

The other new Cumberland 4WD platform is the DA320 with its

Socage boom mounted onto an Iveco Daily 55S17W 4x4 vehicle.

This double articulating platform has a capacity of 225kg, a

maximum working height of 20.3m and a maximum outreach of

9.0m. This off road combination is likely to find favour with aborists

and utility companies.

Land & Water exhibited this interesting

amphibious midi excavator that brings

together a Hitachi Zaxis ZX70

superstructure, a Kocurek long reach boom

and an amphibious tracked undercarriage

from Malaysia.


Land and & & W WWater

W ater shows shows amphibious


midi midi excavator


Visitors to the Hillhead Quarry Show this year cannot have failed

to spot the latest machinery joining the specialist fleet of the UKbased

contractor and plant hirer Land & Water. Of particular

interest was the smaller of the two excavators on show – an

amphibious long reach midi machine put together by Land &

Water for use on very soft terrain and work on silt lagoons. The

machine can work in water that it can ‘wade’ through.

The new midi excavator utilises the superstructure of a 7.0

tonne class Hitachi Zaxis ZX70 and a lightweight amphibious

tracked undercarriage produced for Land & Water by an

engineering company in Malaysia. The undercarriage has

special high flotation tracks that retract to a width of 3.5m for

road transport and extend to 4.5m to maximise stability on site.

Land & Water helped develop and CE mark this amphibious

undercarriage and it is now the UK dealer for the product.

Land & Water runs six Hitachi Zaxis ZX70 midi excavators in

its fleet and can offer several different boom and dipper

combinations. The machine whose slew ring was bolted to the

amphibious undercarriage at Hillhead had a 8.0m long reach

boom produced by with 8.0m Kocurek Excavators Ltd of Ipswich

in the UK (www.kocurek.com).

Land & Water also used Hillhead 2010 to exhibit its new

Hitachi Zaxis ZX670 with a two piece articulated boom made by

Kocurek. Weighing in at some 80 tonnes, this machine can be fitted with either of two different dipper arms to give

maximum outreaches of 20.0m or 25.0m with buckets of 3.2m³ or 3.2m³ respectively. The company also displayed its

two new Hitachi EC70R-3 tracked carriers – each fitted with a 6500kg payload swivel skip.

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The two new Cumberland 4x4 platforms with

Socage booms – the Land Rover A314 (left)

and the Iveco Daily DA320 with maximum

heights of 13.5m and 20.3m.

Land & Water

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The fine water mist from ACE Plant’s new trailer

mounted Dust Fighter 7500 MPT proved invaluable

for suppressing the dust on the haul road at the

Hillhead Quarry Show.

ACE CE Plant Plant demonstrates


new new Dust Dust F FFighter

F ighter

The working demonstration area at the

Hillhead Quarry Show was a good place for

ACE Plant of Milton Keynes in the UK to show

its new Dust Fighter 7500 MPT in action.

Using the powerful, 3-phase electric fan

from Towerlight, the self contained, trailer

mounted Dust Fighter 7500 MPT can throw a

fine water mist up to 40.0m. As well as the

fan, the two-axle trailer carries a 10.0kW

(13.4hp) Kubota 1105 engine, a GenSet 12kVA set start generator and a 2000 litre water tank.

The Dust Fighter 7500 MPT has radio remote control. The device can be set to provide auto oscillation and auto

raise / lower in 20° steps. At Hillhead, the fine jet of water mist was used very effectively to control the dust on the haul

road during the hot, sunny days of the show.

ACE Plant also displayed its new communications and lighting tower which it is marketing in association with

technology specialist Etherlive. Carried on a TCP/Youngman mobile lighting tower, this all-in-one self-contained unit

provides tower lights, CCTV, a PA system and Wi-Fi. With its 9.0m vertical mast carried on a Pallet Lite lighting tower,

the new unit can provide lighting and security on remote or sensitive sites as well as allowing remote supervision of

lone workers.

Simex Simex adds adds smaller smaller crusher crusher bucket


ACE Plant

The Italian attachment maker Simex SRL has expanded its range of crusher buckets for excavators with the

introduction of the CBE 10. Suitable for being carried on the dipper arms of excavators weighing 8.0 to 10.0 tonners,

this crusher bucket becomes the smallest of the company’s five model CBE range. The other units are the CBE 20 (for

10-18 tonne excavators), the CBE 30 (for 16-30 tonners), the CBE 40 (for 24-35 tonners) and the CBE 50 (for 35-50


Like its four bigger brothers (which were introduced by Simex last year) the new CBE 10 features a central rotor

with teeth that is driven by two hydraulic piston motors – one at each side of the bucket. This arrangement generates

a large torque at low revs to provide the efficient crushing of material such as rubble and reinforced concrete.

Maximum work rate (dependant on material) is said to be 22m³/hr.

The fitting of different blades allows the CB10 to be configured to produce crushed material sized 0-30mm,

0-40mm, 0-50mm, 0-70mm or 0-100mm. The rotor spins continuously and Simex contends that its patented design

minimises noise and prevents vibration being transmitted to the excavator or its operator.

The 1250mm wide CB10 weighs 850kg

(without mounting bracket) and it can be used

in either backhoe or face shovel orientation.

The 0.4m³ capacity bucket has a 550mm wide

rotor with five teeth that can exert a cutting

force of 56 to 88kN. The attachment requires

a hydraulic flow rate of 80-190 litre/min at a

pressure of 350-230 bar.

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UK dealer Westquay Trading displayed

the new Simex CB10 on its stand at

the Hillhead Quarry Show.


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Anaconda Anaconda introduces


compact compact screener


The highlight of the Anaconda Equipment

International stand at Hillhead 2010 was the

company’s new DF140 tracked screener.

Powered by a 58kW (74hp) Deutz engine,

the machine has a 3.0m x 1.2m two bearing

screen box with two decks and a variable

speed heavy-duty belt feeder with an

impact bed.

Anaconda states that its new DF140

with its three discharge conveyors is

capable of screening and stockpiling up to

300 tonnes of material an hour into three

material sizes. The machine has been

designed to work in urban environments

and applications include the recycling of

construction and demolition waste, as well as screening crushed rock, topsoil, sand, gravel, compost and coal.

The machine design provides a fixed screen angle of 15° and an end tensioned mesh arrangement. The flip

down hopper tailgate allows direct feed from the crusher belt. To facilitate transportation, the machine’s conveyors can

be quickly folded up and it is possible to then track the unit into a standard 40ft shipping container.

Based in County Tyrone, Northern Ireland, the company was formed in 2005 with the name of Quality

Fabrications Ltd. After it started producing its own complete machines, the name was changed to Anaconda

Equipment International and it now specialises in the design and manufacture of mobile screening equipment as well

as a wide range of wheeled, tracked and static conveying solutions for the mining, quarry and waste recycling


BPH BPH damps damps dust dust with


Spray Spray Stream


Having become the exclusive distributor for the Spray Stream

range of dust suppression equipment in the UK and Ireland, BPH

Sales of Horsham, UK showed a selection of the equipment at

Hillhead 2010.

The smallest Spray Stream 20 dust suppression machine

has a cone with an electrically driven fan and a water nozzle that

generates a consistent stream of ultra fine water droplets to

agglomerate air borne particles and prevent the escape of fugitive

dust. Mounted on a vertical pole, the SS20 has a throw of around

20.0m and it can be fitted with an optional oscillation unit.

BPH can also supply a trailer mounted SS20 with the dust

suppression cone and fan carried on a 6.0m extending mast.

Constructed on a three-axle trailer, this machine has its own

Honda GX390 powered 7.0kVA generator and a 2500 litre water

tank. Complete with water, this self-contained dust suppression

unit weighs 3500kg.

BPH Sales

BPH is now supplying Spray Stream dust suppression machines

in the UK and Ireland. This is the self contained

SS20 on a three axle trailer.

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The new Anaconda DF410 is a tracked screener

developed for use in compact urban areas.

Anaconda Equipment

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Cartem is entering the self propelled chipping spreader market with this

Spreadmaster that has more power and a greater spreading width than

some very established competitors.

Cartem Cartem launches launches new


self-propelled self-propelled chipping




At Hillhead 2010 it was difficult to miss the

bright red Spreadmaster on the Cartem stand.

This new self-propelled chipping spreader was

being unveiled for the first time at the show

prior to it being launched onto the UK and

world markets.

Leicester, UK based Cartem is best

known for its bitumen handling and transfer

equipment and now it is diversifying by

introducing the complementary Spreadmaster

to lay the chips onto the bitumen during

surface dressing operations. The

Spreadmaster is a highly advanced machine

with a market-leading 4.4m spread width and

automatic feed control.

The powerful Spreadmaster has a 176.0kW (260hp) Cummins QSB 6.7 litre turbo charged diesel engine coupled

to a hydrostatic transmission with selectable two- or four-wheel drive. There are two travel speed ranges – up to

40km/h for road travel and up to 9.7km/h when spreading chippings.

Controlled from a centrally mounted cab at the front, the Spreadmaster has a 3.0m³ capacity rear receiving hopper

with hydraulically raised side wings. Two 500mm wide belt conveyors feed the chips to two 1.2m³ capacity front

spreading hoppers that can be fitted with cut off plates and extended sideways to allow spreading widths from 300mm

to 4.4m

The Spreadmaster has a hydraulically operated tow hook at the rear and the machine is powerful enough to pull a

32 tonne tipper full of chips up a 15% incline. Inside the cab there is a conventional steering wheel and a single

joystick for the control of all the drive and spreading functions (including the rear tow hook).

New New Hercules Hercules tracked tracked primary primary crusher



A new British company called Crushers UK used Hillhead 2010 for the launch of its new Hercules 1830 tracked

crusher. Run by a team with in-depth knowledge of the crushing and recycling equipment business, the company is

producing its new machine at its facility in Leicestershire, UK.

The Hercules 1830 is a medium sized primary crusher with an 800mm x 500mm opening and a jaw setting that can

be varied from 100mm to 25mm. Capacity of the single toggle jaw crusher is up to 100 tonnes/hr with the 100mm

setting. The crusher has matched flywheels, replaceable manganese-steel sideliners and invertible manganese-steel


With a travel width of 2600mm, the Hercules 1830 has a total weight of 20 tonnes. The machine is powered by a

100kVA John Deere water-cooled diesel

engine power generator set complete with

high water temperature and low oil pressure


The machine has a 3.0m³ capacity feed

hopper, a 2900mm long by 800mm wide

grizzly feeder and a 800mm wide main

conveyor with a discharge height of 2400mm.

There is also an electrically powered

magnetic separator with a permanent


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Crushers UK

This new British-built Hercules 1830

track-mounted primary crusher was

revealed for the first time at Hillhead 2010.

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Environmentally Environmentally friendly friendly F FFusion

F usion

welfare welfare units


Two companies from Wales, UK are now working in partnership to provide

environmentally friendly, secure welfare units. GenQuip and Groundhog have

developed the F360 Fushion and Fushion+ welfare units to satisfy the needs of

contractors in countries where a high standard of comfort and hygiene is

required for site workers.

The security aspect of the new units is satisfied by using a metal structure

which is hydraulically lowered to the ground after being towed to site. With the

unit’s road wheels concealed and its tow bar angled up and hidden behind a

lockable cover, it becomes hard to steal.

To provide good facilities for the site staff, the welfare unit has a canteen /

seating area (for up to six people), a drying room for wet clothing and a toilet

area with washbasin. The F360 Fushion is powered by batteries and its water,

heating and lighting are all run off 12 Volt electrical system. The drying room

has its own 6kVA generator with its exhaust venting through the roof.

The F360 Fushion+ has the additional features of a flush toilet with effluent tank, an insulated floor and a rainwater

harvester. The collected rainwater is filtered and utilised for toilet flushing. The units are available worldwide and come

with an Energy Performance Certificate.

Hill Hill Engineering Engineering exhibits exhibits Auto Auto-L Auto -L -Loc-5 -L oc-5 quick quick coupler



The Hillhead Quarry Show was used by Hill Engineering of Newry, Co Down to exhibit its new Auto-Loc-5 quick

coupler for excavators. This coupler features a more visible front lock that totally encloses the front pin whilst providing

a double mechanical locking system that is totally independent of

the excavator’s hydraulic system.

The double mechanical locking system of the Auto-Loc-5 has

been designed to retain the attachment in its normal position in

the event of a complete hydraulic cylinder failure. For use with

the hitch there will be the option of a special hydraulic hose

system developed to reduce the risk of damage from snagging or

chaffing. The Auto-Loc-5 is set to go into production in

September 2010 and there will be hitches to suit excavators

weighing from 4 to 120 tonnes.

Hill Engineering demonstrated an Auto-Loc-5 quick coupler at

Hillhead on a Hitachi Zaxis 140W wheeled excavator belonging

to L Lynch Plant Hire. This machine was also filled with Hill’s new

Coupler AWS (Automatic Warning System).

Fitted as a direct replacement for the standard coupler

hydraulic valve, the AWS system is designed to detect any

incorrect pressures or flows within the coupler circuit and then

warn of any problems. A speech message warns the excavator

operator and anyone else in the vicinity that the attachment is

about to be released. Hill says that the AWS system can be

retrofitted to any make of coupler.

Hill Engineering

Hillhead visitors could witness the operation of

Hill Engineering’s forthcoming Auto-Loc-5 quick coupler and

its useful AWS audible warning system.

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The canteen area in the environmentally friendly F360

Fushion welfare units has a sink, a microwave and

seating for up to six site workers.

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Iona Iona launches launches new


mobile mobile waste




At Hillhead 2010, the Northern Ireland

based company Iona Waste Systems

Ltd launched its new Airtrac 3200S

mobile waste processor. This track

mounted, self-contained machine

utilises German technology including a

Westeria air separator and a Hein

Lehmann Liwell Flip Flow Screen.

Designed to be set-up on site in less

than one hour from its arrival, the

Airtrac 3200S is said to be particularly

effective in managing small fraction

fines clean up, ranging from 0 to

50mm. The machine incorporates a magnetic head drum to separate out any metal. Once processed, the materials

can be used as high-grade recycled products such as aggregates, steel and refuse derived fuels (RDF).

The Airtrac 3200S is fitted with a Hein Lehmann flip flop pre-screen to remove all the fine particles prior to

separation in the rotating drum of the Westeria air separator. When the material meets the air stream it is separated

into heavy and light fractions. When the light fraction reaches the expansion room via the rotating drum, the speed of

the air is radically reduced, which allows the light materials to discharge onto the 1600mm wide lights conveyor.

Correspondingly the heavier fraction discharges in the opposite direction onto the 1000mm wide conveyor.

The first Airtrac 3200S has been purchased by Finlay Hire whose Director Dave Statham says, “We feel this

machinery offers great opportunities for us in the hire sector. It can handle a range of applications, including

construction and demolition, residual, commercial, glass, wood, compost and scrap metal.”

A JCB JS200 tracked excavator

in action at Hillhead with the new

JCB branded CB70 crusher

bucket that can process up to

30m³ of material per hour.

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According to its first purchaser, this new Iona Airtrac

3200S mobile waste processor will enable its

customers to recycle up to 95% of their construction

and demolition waste materials.

JCB JCB adds adds crusher crusher buckets buckets to to its


attachment attachment range


Iona Waste Systems

As crusher buckets become more popular so JCB has added three units into its

range of JCB branded attachments. Designated the CB60, CB70 and CB90,

they are understood to be made for JCB in Italy by MB SpA. The CB90 was

shown for the first time at the Hillhead Quarry Show in the UK in June.

The CB60 is designed to work with JCB’s JS160-190 excavators and offers

a capacity of 0.45m³. Two versions of the CB70 are available, both with a

0.60m³ capacity, to work with the JS200-220 and the JS240-260 models.

Likewise the CB90 offers two versions, for the JS240-260 or the JS290-360,

both have a 0.75m³ capacity.

Powered by the host excavator’s standard hydraulic breaker circuit, each

crusher bucket has a fixed jaw in its base together with a hydraulically-activated

hinged jaw in its roof. The gap between the two jaws can be set with shims to

determine the size of the finished material.

The crushing action is achieved by the hinged jaw being cycled in and out

using an eccentric mounted on a shaft across the top of the bucket. This shaft

is equipped with substantial flywheels at each end and rotated by a belt from

the hydraulic motor. The flywheels store energy from the motor, smoothing out

the power delivery and reducing stress on the machine. This action is said to

also generate a more sustained crushing action, thereby increasing productivity.


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Kubota ubota introduces introduces new


mini mini excavators


The latest mini excavators to become

available from Kubota in Europe are the 4.8

tonne U48-4 zero tail swing and 5.6 tonne

U55-4 tight tail swing models. They join the

5.6 tonne conventional swing KX057-4

introduced in the autumn of last year.

All three excavators are powered by the

new Kubota V2607-DI direct injection, watercooled

diesel engine with auto-idling. The

power ratings are 28.8kW (40.5hp) for the

U48-4 and 33.8kW (46.0hp) for the U55-4 and KX057-4. The U48-4 has a one pump load sensing hydraulic system

whilst the two larger units have three pump load sensing systems.

Both the U series machines have an auto-shift travel system that automatically selects whichever of the two travel

speed ranges is better for each particular combination of tractive effort and terrain. There are also two auxiliary

hydraulic circuits on the M and L versions of the machines with the L version also having air conditioning.

Inside the new style larger cabs, the operators of the latest Kubota minis benefit from a new digital panel. Part of

Kubota’s Intelligent Control System, this user-friendly panel has a wider display to make it easier to read. Amongst

information that can be viewed is fuel level, engine temperature, service intervals, auxiliary circuit oil flow settings,

operational history and warning alerts.

Hillhead Hillhead debut debut for for latest latest Pioneer Pioneer Pump



The Hillhead Quarry Show was an apt event for Pioneer Pump to launch its new 100CH. This 150mm x 100mm

extreme pressure clear liquid pump is particularly suitable for high head water pumping in mines and quarries.

The 100CH on show was a fully bunded, skid-mounted unit with a sound attenuated canopy. The pump set has a

90-175kW (120-235hp) Perkins 1106D – E66TA engine and a vacuum assisted self-priming PP64C17 pump. The unit

has an 800 litre fuel tank and its nominal fuel consumption is between 17 to 65 litre/hr depending on application.

A maximum flow rate of 320m³/hr can be achieved by the 100CH and its maximum head capability is 155.0m. The

unit can handle solids of up to

20mm and its maximum efficiency

is 67%. Another 150mm x 100mm

Pioneer pump with high head

capability is the 100CX with a

Caterpillar C9ACERT engine.

The launch of the 100CH at

Hillhead follows the Bauma

introduction of the generalpurpose

100mm 100SL and

150SL sound attenuated, fully

bunded, Perkins engine driven

portable pump sets.

The open canopy door on the sound attenuated canopy of

the new Pioneer 100CH high head pump reveals the unit’s

Perkins engine

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This U55-4 is the larger of Kubota’s latest

duo of zero and tight tail swing mini

excavators complete with a Thatcham

compliant Anti-Theft system as standard.

Able to pass solids sized up to

76mm, these pumps can achieve

maximum flows of 300 and

500m³/hr respectively. Their

maximum heads are 25m and


Pioneer Pump

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This new, easy to transport, Sandvik QE440 tracked

scalper has three integrated hydraulic conveyors to

provide massive stockpiling capability.

larger stockpiles.

Global Global launch launch of of Sandvik


QE440 QE440 tracked tracked scalper


A highlight of the large Sandvik stand at Hillhead

2010 was the global launch of the company’s latest

development in mobile scalping. Two of the new

QE440 tracked scalpers were at the show – one

static on the large Sandvik stand and one in action

on the adjacent demonstration area.

Particularly suitable for the serious aggregate

producer, the QE440 boasts 40% more screening

area than its predecessor - the popular QE340.

The newcomer also has wider and higher

stockpiling conveyors in order to handle the

increased production capacity and to facilitate

The QE440 weighs 36.0 tonnes and has a maximum feed size of 800mm. Able to screen heavy overburden at a

quarry face, carry out pre-screening and scalping, separate cohesive aggregates or recycle construction and landfill

waste, the machine has three discharge conveyors so it can produce three products. Its maximum production capacity

is 900 tonnes/hr.

With a total scalping area of 5.5m x 1.75m (top screen) and 5.0m x 1.75m (bottom screen), the QE440 has a

91.0kW (122hp) engine and an 8.5m³ capacity hopper. Punched plate, heavy duty mesh, rock fingers or grizzly bars

can be fitted to the top deck while heavy duty mesh or fingers can be fitted to the bottom to match specific application

and material requirements.

Miller Miller introduces introduces updated updated quick quick coupler coupler an and an d guidance



The long established quick coupler maker Miller UK Ltd used Hillhead to issue a new information booklet about the

devices and to show its latest TwinLock 2 PowerLatch fully automatic coupler. Company founder Keith Miller says the

purpose of the new booklet is to try and clarify the requirements of the EN474-1 standard and the Machinery Directive


Diagrams in the new guidance booklet indicate that a pin grabber

type quick coupler is not compliant if it is possible to release the bucket

or other attachment by malfunction or loss of engagement forces. Other

highlighted causes of non-compliance are if an interruption in the power

supply (or a fault in the control circuit) can lead to a dangerous situation

– such as the bucket or attachment swinging from one pin.

The latest fully automatic quick coupler from Miller is its TwinLock 2

PowerLatch that has been developed so that the bucket or attachment

remains securely engaged on both pins. This design features

mechanical locks on both the front and rear attachment pins that are

independent of the machine’s hydraulic system.

Miller states that the TwinLock 2 PowerLatch is designed to release

the bucket or attachment only when the machine operator intends to do

so in a controlled and safe manner. Keith Miller says that this latest

coupler has been refined in advance of the forthcoming ISO legislation.

The device has been independently tested by a certified assessment

body and it is now available in different sizes to fit excavators weighing

from 7 to 50 tonnes. By early next year there will also be versions to

suit minis as small as 3 tonnes.

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Miller UK Ltd

Company Chairman Keith Miller with the latest TwinLock 2 PowerLatch fully

automatic quick coupler that has a mechanical backup system designed to fully

secure both front and rear attachment pins should attachment forces be lost.

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New New version version of of H100 H100 high high head


Selwood Selwood pump


Following field trials in the company’s pump rental fleet, Selwood

Pumps used Hillhead 2010 to launch an improved version of its

100mm H100 high head pump. Developed using the latest computer

aided design technology, the machine has a new volute and new

closed cast iron impeller with four blades.

Retaining Selwood’s well proven Selprime automatic air pump

priming method, the new H100 has a power rating of 82.0kW (110hp)

and its maximum pumping capacity is 225m³/hr. Maximum solid

handling size is 30mm and the pump’s maximum delivery head has

increased to 120.0m.

Power options for the new H100 are the Caterpillar C4.4, Deutz

TCD2012L04 or Perkins 1104DE447 diesel engines or 30-90kW 4

pole 50 cycle electric motors. Buyers can also choose an open skid

unit or a pump set with a fully enclosed ‘Super Silent’ canopy.

Based in Chandler’s Ford near Eastleigh in the UK, Selwood

Pumps now exports some 70% of its production. Also shown at Hillhead was the latest D150 ‘Super Silent’ coupled

pump unit with lower noise levels.

The Spillard stand at

Hillhead provided a good

opportunity to see how the

SafeBoarder system (seen

here in both the raised and

lowered positions) can

provide a direct route to an

excavator cab.

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Selwood Pumps used Hillhead 2010 to display both the

open skid and fully enclosed versions of its

improved 100mm H100 high head pump.

Selwood Pumps

Spillard Spillard offers offers customised customised step step systems


Amongst the wide variety of safety equipment it can supply,

Wolverhampton, UK based Spillard Safety Systems Ltd offers the

SafeBoarder retractable personnel access stairs. At Hillhead, Spillard was

showing how it can modify this Australian equipment and produce bespoke

solutions to suit particular customer and machine requirements.

On show on the Spillard stand in the quarry at Buxton was a

SafeBoarder swing down stair system fitted to a Caterpillar 320D L tracked

excavator. This system incorporated a visual and audible warning that is

activated when the stairs are being raised or lowered.

Having an angled stairway to provide direct access to a machine cab is

seen by some safety officers as being better than having to clamber up

onto often wet and slippery tracks. This sort of the swing down stair system

is being fitted to not only excavators but also to bulldozers, wheel loaders

and dumptrucks. Spillard

has recently installed

systems onto a Bell 40D

articulated dumptruck, a

Caterpillar D6T bulldozer,

a Komatsu PC850

excavator and a Volvo

L350 wheel loader.


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The new Stocks S6400 sweeper at Hillhead was shown

on a 16 tonne DAF 55-220 truck. The company is now

developing a bigger S8400 model to suit an

18 tonne chassis.

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Stocks Stocks introduces introduces simple


truck truck mounted mounted sweeper


At a time when some other makers of truck

mounted sweepers have increasingly made their

machines more technologically sophisticated, Jeff

Stock of Stocks Sweepers Ltd in the UK has

launched the new S6400. He claims that this unit is

extremely simple to operate and easy to maintain.

Designed for mounting on a 16 tonne truck

chassis, the S6400 has a 6.4m³ hopper and a

1400 litre water tank as standard. Powered by a

57.0kW (76.5hp) Perkins T1104 auxiliary engine,

the machine has an overall sweep width of

3650mm when the optional simultaneous side

brush operation is used. This sweep width is said

to be one of the widest in the industry.

The only other option for the S6400 is on-board

weighing. The machine comes complete as standard with a high pressure water system, overhead wander hose,

screen shakers, reversing safety cameras, power down on both side and wide sweep brushes and variable side brush

positioning as well as automatic lubrication. Standard safety features include reversing safety cameras, flashing

beacons and Chapter 8 warning chevrons.

Stocks Sweepers is based in Mitcheldean, Gloucestershire, UK and Jeff Stock has considerable practical

experience of operating truck-mounted sweepers and producing spare parts for them. He contends that the new

S6400 has been designed and built to last. All the brush equipment is powder coated for durability and the sweeper’s

body is constructed of 4mm thick corrosion and abrasion-resistant stainless steel.

Terex erex F FFinlay

F inlay demonstrates demonstrates latest latest crushers


Stocks Sweepers

Hillhead 2010 allowed Terex Finlay to exhibit its latest products in a working environment. Of particular interest was

the new J-1480 tracked jaw crusher that boasts a throughput capacity up to 700 tonnes/hr depending on application

and material. This machine incorporates the Terex Jaques JW55 single toggle jaw crusher and a vibrating pan feeder

linked to an aggressive independently driven pre-screen which provides optimum separation of dirt, fines and difficult


The J-1480, with its 328kW (440hp) Caterpillar C13 engine, is available with direct drive to offer improved fuel

efficiency and greater power utilisation or hydrostatic drive which offers reversible operation for clearing blockages

and demolition applications. The large 10m³ capacity hopper has hydraulically folding sides and hydraulic wedge

clamp system providing faster machine set up time.

Another new Terex Finlay product is the C-1550 which features the proven Terex 1300 cone crusher with direct

drive, variable speed control, tramp relief system and 'on the fly' closed side setting. Powered by a 390kW (522hp)

Caterpillar C15 ACERT engine, the machine incorporates a pre-screen system with a single deck 2438mm x 1524mm

screen and a 1200mm belt to remove fines.

The pre-screen module in the C-1550

can be used to produce a road base

product from the side conveyor which

can be fitted on either side. The large

hopper/feeder features a metal detection

and purge system to protect the cone

and reduce downtime by removing metal

contaminants from feed belt at the touch

of a button.

Terex Finlay

The new Terex Finlay C-1550 was put to

good use on the demonstration area in the

quarry at Hillhead 2010.

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Utranazz displayed this new Hydromix MVBP self-contained mobile

volumetric concrete batching plant in the back of an 8x4 tipper at

Hillhead 2010.

Utranazz Utranazz introduces


mobile mobile volumetric


concrete concrete batching batching plant


UK-based Utranazz used Hillhead 2010 to

launch a new mobile volumetric concrete

batching plant. Produced in Italy by Bertoli SRL

(www.bertoli.com), the new Hydromix MVBP is a

self-contained unit which can produce concrete

at up to 60m³/hr. It is a greater capacity

development of Bertoli’s Ecomix 40.

The Hydromix MVBP concrete batching plant

was displayed at Hillhead 2010 in the

Thompsons tipper body carried by a Mercedes-

Benz 3240 Axor 8x4 truck. The unit can also be

bolted to a truck chassis, fitted onto a roll-on-off

hooklift frame or be skid mounted for yard use.

Powered by its own 25.4kW (34hp) Perkins four-cylinder engine, the Hydromix MVBP has two separate

compartments for aggregates, a cement hopper, a water tank and additive tanks. It is radio controlled and comes

complete with a swivelling, telescopic delivery conveyor that can place concrete out to 10.0m (when fitted with extra

delivery chutes).

The Hydromix MVBP features a computer-controlled weighing system whereby the cement is weighed by load

cells rather than being added by calculated volumes. The machine operator can use the touch-screen control panel to

input details of speed, flow rate and the type of concrete to be produced. Records of all materials batched can be

saved onto a USB stick for downloading onto a PC or the operator can simply print off the information using the onboard

printer for immediate invoicing.

Multi- Multi-component Multi- component material material washing washing system



Aggregate Processing Solutions, the specialist washing machinery arm of the Finlay Group unveiedl its new APS-

100AT washing system at Hillhead 2010. Introduced after almost five years of research and development, this multicomponent

material washing plant is targeted at the quarrying,

recycling and remediation industries.

Claimed to use up to 40% less water than current standard

washing plants, the APS-100PT incorporates a Trio coarse material

washer which scrubs the ‘all in feed’ to dissolve clays and separate

lightweight materials. An important element of the new plant is its

multi-deck screen with the Atri-Jet technology to provide clean final

products. Floaters are removed and contained and the plant is also

said to enhance the removal of lignite, wood, ash and clinker.

The APS-100PT was designed in England and it is assembled in

Northern Ireland. To facilitate transportation and on-site installation,

the washing plant is constructed in two container-sized modules. The

plant occupies a small footprint (12.0m by 2.9m in size) and can be

made ready to operate in only two hours after delivery.

The lower module contains a generator to power the plant and the

PLC control systems. To aid maintenance, Aggregate Processing

Solutions has designed the APS-100AJ to allow easy access to all

components. It even has an on-board lifting beam to facilitate wear

part replacement.

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Aggregate Processing Solutions

The new APS-100AJ material washing plant from

Aggregate Processing Solutions created a lot of interest

at Hillhead 2010 where it was publicly unveiled.

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Nick Johnson reports on the

latest scale models of

construction machinery that

appeared at the big Bauma

plant show staged earlier

this year in Munich.

Small Small scale


Bauma Bauma – – the the new




Despite the desire of many plant makers to reduce costs in response to the worldwide economic climate, there were

still new scale models of construction machines at the Bauma plant show to tempt collectors. However, it was very

noticeable how some model prices had risen dramatically – due apparently to a combination of currency fluctuations,

high zinc prices and fewer machine makers being prepared to pay for for tooling.

One prominent plant maker that continues to commission many new models is Liebherr. As well as the new models

reported in CP&E Volume 1 Number 3, this company also released a 1:50 scale version of the TA230 articulated

dumptruck that was unveiled at the show. Having a model ready to coincide with the launch of the full size machine is

a feat that few achieve.

The miniature TA230 has been well made by the German model maker Conrad. This detailed model features a

working suspension front and rear as well as a fully functioning tailgate. It is understood that future production runs by

Conrad could include some detail changes to the cab – to reflect modifications to the real machine – so the first edition

models bought at Bauma are likely to become sought after and therefore more valuable.

More realism – working flashing beacons

Liebherr also released a 1:50 scale model of its four-axle MK88 truck mounted self-erecting tower crane. Well made

by Conrad, this fully functioning crane even includes two working flashing amber beacons on its truck cab.

Another collectable model in The Liebherr Shop was a special limited edition Bauma 2010 version of the previously

issued 1954 vintage L300 wheeled excavator model. Produced in a special gold livery, this ‘old timer’ came complete

with a special box to make it more different from the standard Liebherr yellow model made by NZG,

Germany-based NZG is also the producer of an orange liveried Doosan Moxy MT31 articulated dumptruck in 1:50

scale. This model is a welcome update of the yellow painted Moxy MT31 previously modelled by NZG. It represents

the latest in a line of Moxy models from NZG that include the former model MT30 made in 1996 (which also came in a

Moxy Komatsu version as the

These two new Volvo models from NZG show

the incredible level of detail that can now be

achieved on even small 2.0 tonne size mini

excavators in the 1:50 scale popular with


Bauma visitors could buy the 1:50

scale version of the new Liebherr

TA230 as well as the Doosan liveried

version of the Moxy MT31.

Japanese company had a stake in

Moxy at that time).

Collectors of 1:50 scale models will

now hope that Doosan might

commission a new excavator model in

this scale some time in the future to

complement the NZG MT31. At present

Doosan mainly has 1:40 scale models

but another new smaller scale replica is

the 1:50 scale Bobcat TR50210 rotary

telehandler from the Italian model

maker Ros.

Like the real machine, the miniature

TR50210 is a Bobcat liveried version of

the Dieci Pegasus 50.21. The model

comes complete with interchangeable

crane jib and access platform.

However, the latter attachment suffers

The well-produced Case CX240B

river rig from NZG pictured with

new Atlas 300 tandem roller (NZG)

and the nicely detailed Kramer 350

mini loader (Universal Hobbies)

with a Euro coin to indicate scale.

from being modelled with somewhat

oversize plastic handrails.

NZG supplies latest

Volvo models

The promotional shop on the big

Volvo stand at Bauma revealed four

new Volvo 1:50 scale models

produced by NZG – a change from

the company’s established model

maker. The four newcomers – which

are very well detailed – are the L50F

wheel loader and three excavators,

the EC20C mini excavator, the

EC460CL tracked excavator and the

EW160C wheeled excavator.

The little 2.0 tonne class EC20C

features a host of details and it really

show just how realistic a small size

model like this can now be in the

popular 1:50 scale. The EW160C will appeal to collectors because rather than being a standard machine with simply a

backhoe bucket, it has bee produced complete with an elevating cab and a sorting grapple to replicate the type of unit

now increasingly found in operation at a waste transfer station.

The EC460CL as available for sale at Bauma and pictured with this article is a standard excavating machine with a

backhoe bucket. But, to provide collectors with welcome variety, NZG is wisely adding a second version that will come

with a front screen cab guard and a demolition crusher attachment.

Case long reach river rig

Two other new Conrad models making their appearance at Bauma 2010 were the Case CX240B tracked excavator

with a long reach river rig attachment (which should prove very popular with collectors) and a Vogele Super 3000-2

tracked paver. This latter model really shows how miniature machine production has advanced since the original 1:50

scale Vogele Super 204 wheeled paver made in the early 1970s by Gescha (the forerunner to Conrad). Other new

small machine releases in 1:50 scale were the Atlas 300 tandem roller from NZG and the Kramer 350 loader – a

welcome, mainly metal, model from Universal Hobbies.

Examples of forthcoming 1:50 scale models spotted at Bauma 2010 were the Sandvik TH550 articulated

underground dumptruck (being made by Conrad), the big Komatsu PC8000 mining shovel and the Bauer BG40

crawler rig with BC40 rotary cutter attachment – both due from model maker Bymo.

Interestingly, Doosan Infracore displayed a 1:40 scale replica of its futuristic CX Eco Transformer concept

excavator at Bauma. This model

faithfully reproduces the four

The German rental company Nagel continued its Bauma tradition of issuing a

model in its own colours by commissioning this special livery Liebherr L586

2plus2 wheel loader from NZG.

individually tilting and angling triangular

rubber tracks together with the forward

extending cab module and the rear

extending counterweight as proposed

by the Doosan Infracore design team.

Meanwhile, Volvo is set to issue 1:50

scale models of its concept machine

ideas. These should include the SfinX

tracked excavator, Gryphin wheel

loader and Centaur articulated

dumptruck. So model collectors will be

able to display not only past and

present but also future replicas of

construction machines. (CP&E)



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