Latest News Mini Excavators 

Thrown to the Wolves

RM Group Services Ltd of Wolverhampton has launched RM Plant Services, a dedicated plant division of the parent group investing as it does so in a quantity of Volvo compact excavators – all supplied by Volvo Construction Equipment’s utility dealer SM Plant Ltd. Established some 30 years ago by Managing Director Mark Tolley, RM Group Services Ltd started out as a company specialising in tools and fixings in Wolverhampton. Mark Tolley gradually expanded his business to include small tool and equipment hire under the auspices of RM Hirefix. The company…

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Latest News Telehandlers 

Ardent puts faith in Loadalls

JCB has secured a massive deal for 700 machines worth in excess of £40 million from one of the country’s largest plant hire companies. Ardent Hire Solutions is buying JCB Loadall telescopic handlers and rough terrain forklift trucks as the company seeks to invest in the most technologically advanced machines on the market. The machines are being supplied through Leicestershire-based JCB dealer Watling JCB. Ardent Hire Solutions was established last year from the amalgamation of Fork Rent and One Call Hire. With its head office in Middlesex, the business trades…

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Latest News Wheel Loaders 

Volvo helps tidy Lebanese waste muddle

Lebanese Volvo dealer AMTRAC is supplying Zahlé municipality with an L110F wheel loader in a bid to help alleviate the country’s waste crisis. Lebanon is 12 months into a nationwide waste dilemma. The Middle Eastern country was thrown into an untidy mess last year, following the planned – but no less contentious – closure of its main waste treatment facility and largest landfill site in Na’ameh. With the cities and municipalities unable to deal with the volume of daily waste, trash soon began to pile up on the streets. A…

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Excavators Latest News 

25 and counting

Hyundai dealer Willowbrook Plant Services, based in Corby, Northamptonshire has been supplying Hyundai excavators to plant hire company Emmitt Plant since 2013. The company now run a 25-strong fleet of Hyundai machines ranging from 12.5 tonnes up to 22 tonnes. Emmitt Plant’s latest purchase were three 22 tonne R220LC-9A crawler excavators. Emmit Plant is part of One Group Construction, a privately owned group with 12 different companies offering complete construction capability, from civil engineering, building construction, renewable energy solutions, plant hire, asphalt surfacing, and construction support services. The group’s annual…

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Latest News Mini Excavators 

Cat to go it alone on minis

Caterpillar will shift design and production of its smallest hydraulic excavators to Caterpillar facilities beginning in 2018 as a successful, six-year strategic alliance with Wacker Neuson is phased out. Caterpillar will focus on growing its global mini excavator business as it leverages existing facilities and design teams to deliver cost effective and efficient new machines weighing less than three tons. Caterpillar’s Building Construction Products Division will design and manufacture the new machines, building on the proven attributes of the larger Cat® mini excavators. Five of the current models (301.4C, 301.7D,…

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Latest News Mini Excavators 

In the Pink

After fathering three boys, digger company boss Scott Hardwick is so ecstatic at the prospect of finally becoming a dad to a baby girl that he has added a pink JCB mini excavator to his fleet. Scott Hardwick, 33, who owns Barnsley-based Hardwick Plant Limited has splashed out thousands of pounds on the new 1.8 tonne mini digger to mark the impending birth in October. Scans show that the baby is a girl and Scott and his partner and mum-to-be Cheryl Woollands, 25, wanted to celebrate her arrival in style.…

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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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Latest News video 

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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