Latest News Theft video 

The pernicious problem of plant theft

It is a £1 billion industry. It is run by hundreds of dedicated men and women, makes use of heavy equipment, and embraces the very latest in technology. But this industry is not construction; it is plant theft. And it is costing UK construction and demolition companies millions in lost equipment, lost production and elevated insurance premiums. According to industry experts, more than £1 million of equipment is stolen from UK sites each week. Factor in the loss of production, cost of replacement equipment and the resulting hike in insurance…

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Latest News Mini Excavators 

Kubota raises the bar

Kubota has added a number of new additions to its high performance mini-excavator range. The new KX101-3α4 Hi-Spec and U27-4 Hi-Spec machines were exhibited in the UK for the first time at Hillhead by Kubota. The company has also launched a new conventional KX101-3α4, which replaces the existing KX101-3α3 model. The two new Hi-Spec versions of the KX101-3α4 and popular U27-4 excavators include a number of enhancements to add value for end-users, such as the inclusion of extra hydraulic pipes for powering auxiliary equipment. The two independently acting proportional control…

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Farnham goes all Bobcat

Since being acquired eight years ago by the current owner, Farnham Tool Hire, based in Farnham in Surrey, has continued to expand, offering a hire service to trade and private customers alike, ranging from garden and landscaping equipment to plant and construction tools. During that time, the compact excavator fleet at Farnham Tool Hire has grown from three units to 18 machines and is now comprised exclusively of Bobcat micro- and mini-excavators, all supplied by Bobcat of London, based in West Thurrock in Essex, the Authorised Bobcat Dealer for London…

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Mini Excavators 

Hewden goes big on small excavators

National equipment and crane hire firm Hewden, has expanded its offering to small businesses and tradespeople with the addition of 120 micro excavators (JCB 8008 CTS), a compact machine capable of high performance in restricted areas, such as within buildings and in rear gardens. The latest investment opens up new markets for Hewden, as the micro excavators are easy to use and popular amongst redevelopers, landscapers, grounds-care operators and DIY enthusiasts. With exceptional legroom and no changeover switches to confuse the user, anyone can become a proficient and safe operator…

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Terex bridges the GAP

GAP Group, the UK’s leading independent hire company, has taken delivery of the first ever Terex™ TA9P site dumper featuring state-of-the-art Powershift transmission, Autoshift technology and a bespoke branded livery. Already operational at the Ibstock Brick construction site in Leicestershire, via civil engineering expert Oakfield Construction, the nine-tonne unit has been specifically designed to improve operator productivity. A family-owned business with more than 25 years’ industry experience, Oakfield undertakes a wide variety of construction projects nationwide and prides itself on quality, diversity and setting the standards for on-site safety. Providing…

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HAE EHA Launch SafeHire Certification

Hire Association Europe and Event Hire Association (HAE EHA) has this month announced the official launch of its SafeHire Certification. The aim of SafeHire is to raise the standards across the industry and improve all areas of company operations from CSR policy, quality management, health and safety, environmental management and customer service standards. Several big players in the hire sector, including Hire Station, Hirebase, Travis Perkins and Speedy Hire, have already gone through the audit process and are reaping the rewards of certification. SafeHire is currently an option, for existing…

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Worth their salt

Irish Salt Mining and Exploration’s Carrickfergus mine plays a vital part in keeping the UK’s road network open during winter, with Terex Trucks surefooted articulated dump trucks hauling extracted salt – whatever the weather. Salt has been among the earth’s most abundant and essential minerals since the dawn of time. Composed primarily of sodium chloride (NaCl), it is known as rock salt, or halite in its natural, crystalline form. In 2015, total world production of salt reached 273 million tonnes, according to market research company Statista, with the top five…

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Introducing the S-Lock

No contractor or plant hirer worth his salt is without a hydraulic quick coupler or three these days. As a result, the coupler market has become highly competitive with specialist manufacturers competing with OENs to facilitate faster, smoother and safer attachment change-overs. Latest into the fray is the S-Lock from Strickland Mfg Ltd which will be officially unveiling its S-Lock offering at the Hillhead exhibition in just a few weeks time. Check out our sneak preview.

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