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Manitou parts company with dealer

Ben Burgess and Manitou formally announce their mutual decision not to renew their Dealership Agreement when it expires on 31st December 2020. Ben Burgess has promoted, sold, and supported Manitou agricultural and construction machines since 2007. Both companies agree that this has been a very successful working relationship whereby Manitou customers have been professionally supported by Ben Burgess throughout their trading area. However, Ben Burgess has made the decision to promote Kramer telehandlers as from 1st January 2021. “We will continue to sell and support Manitou machines up until the…

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Trucking towards Canadian cold

Terex Trucks has signed Headwater Equipment Sales Ltd. as its new dealer in Alberta, Canada, to bring its articulated haulers to even more customers in the province’s construction, mining, agriculture and oil and gas sectors. Terex Trucks articulated haulers can handle rough terrain and tough conditions and perform reliably during Canada’s coldest months of the year. In Alberta, a variety of tasks await Terex Trucks’ TA300 and TA400 articulated haulers. The company’s new dealer, Headwater Equipment, will sell and rent the TA300 and TA400, as well as provide aftermarket support,…

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Liebherr trucks destined for Down Under

Five 240 tonne Liebherr T 264 off-highway haul trucks were commissioned in early 2020 for use at Dawson Mine in Queensland, Australia. Liebherr Mining provides five new trucks to MacKellar Mining, a loyal contractor customer since 2016. Although MacKellar runs Liebherr excavators and dozers at other sites, these 240 tonne trucks are the first Liebherr mining machines at Anglo American’s Dawson Mine, and MacKellar’s first fleet of Liebherr trucks. Located in Central Queensland, Dawson Mine is an open cut metallurgical coal mine, and a joint venture between Anglo American (51%)…

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Hitachi and Engcon couple up

Hitachi Construction Machinery UK (HCMUK) has announced a new partnership with Engcon to supply and fit their range of tiltrotators at HCMUK’s state-of-the-art preparation centre in the North East.   L Lynch Plant Hire are the first to receive two Hitachi ZX130LCN-6’s with Engcon tiltrotators installed by Hitachi-trained technicians. Merrill Lynch, Director at Lynch Plant Hire & Haulage, commented, “As the scope and scale of our work increases, so to must the diversity of our excavators. Having considered incorporating tiltrotators into our fleet for some time, partnering with Engcon, one of…

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Big Birthday

A huge ‘75’ artwork visible from outer space was carved into a Staffordshire stubble field to mark JCB’s impending 75th birthday.  The giant logo was cultivated in a field eight miles away from the company’s World Headquarters at Rocester and covered almost eight acres – equivalent to four football pitches. The birthday tribute was so distinctive is could be seen by imaging satellites orbiting high above the earth.  The special artwork was created ahead of JCB’s 75th anniversary on October 23rd by one of the company’s most famous products –…

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Lynch lets Cat in

UK nationwide plant hire and haulage specialist Lynch has added 34 new Caterpillar® machines to its commercial fleet, an investment of £2.6 million. Finning UK & Ireland, exclusive distributor of Cat® products, delivered the machines to the firm’s headquarters in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, where they are already on hire. These new additions enhance Lynch’s offerings to its customers. “Choosing Caterpillar machines is a common-sense commercial move for us” commented Chris Gill, director at Lynch. “We have a long, established and amicable working relationship with Finning, and Caterpillar machines are especially…

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Kobelco mini upgraded

The Kobelco SK17SR-3E’s working environment has been significantly upgraded with a deluxe Grammar-branded reclining seat to improve operator comfort. Wrist rests instead of arm rests have also been integrated to further reduce operator fatigue. All switches inside the cab are back-lit, and LED working lights are installed on the boom as standard for enhanced visibility. Ideal for jobsites where space is restricted, the Kobelco SK17SR-3E combines a compact design with wide digging reach for efficient performance, excellent manoeuvrability and durability. The machine’s zero tail swing (canopy version) or short tail…

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Doing it for the kids

Flannery Plant Hire is raising money for BBC Children in Need with the help of two specially-branded spotty machines. Flannery Plant Hire is offering for hire the special telehandler and mini excavator, with all the rental charges being donated to the BBC Children in Need charity. The machines first mission has been to support a huge team of volunteers and develop a new base for Surfability UK. It is the UK’s first-fully inclusive surf school. Surfability UK currently supports more than 500 people from across the UK and gives disabled…

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From the seat of the cab

Diggers and Dozers regulars might recall that – some time ago – we featured on our podcast a guy that we called the “thinking man’s digger driver“, Nigel Williams. Well, not content with thinking or guesting on someone else’s podcast, Nigel has now launched his own. The show in question – From the Seat of the Cab – is rough around the edges, and it is all the better for it. As the show’s name suggests, it is recorded in a single take from the cab of Nigel’s machine and…

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Stone Age Volvo

A third Volvo L150H loading shovel has been supplied to Albion Stone for its mining operations at the Jordans and Bowers mines on the Isle of Portland. Joining the two existing L150s that were supplied in 2014 and 2016, the new arrival will take over the primary duties of extracting and rehandling blocks of Portland stone from the mine face, as well as conveying them to the stock yards and designated block cutting areas of the works. “Our original machine has clocked up over 10,000 hours, so we considered it was…

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