The Equipment Engagement
November 2021 construction
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WELCOME I’ll start with a bit of a confession. The day that the last issue of Diggers LIVE came out, I had my head massively turned. In association with another key industry title we produce, I hosted the 2021 British Demolition Awards. A few days later we attended the NFDC’s Demolition Expo then RWM (Recycling and Waste Management) and a contamination show, all alongside my calendar full of demolitionheavy of site visits. So my head hasn’t been fully in the construction equipment game. Thankfully, I have a strong team behind me to back me up. Editor Toby Wilsdon and Brand Manager Ben Cumberland have really taken this leviathan brand by the horns over the past two months in my semi-absence and with it have produced the Equipment Engagement feature with Ashley Ward of Warwick Ward (machinery) on page 24, the Business Insider interview with Martin Bestwick of InspHire (page 48), a wheel loader feature with CASE, DOOSAN and Hyundai (pages 34 to 42) and a dumper feature including JCB, Thwaites and Ecovolve (pages 56 to 64). I did manage to wear my Diggers LIVE hat at least once, and was treated royally by James Dodkins, Molson Group’s Marketing Manager, at the company’s superb open day earlier in September. You can read my review on pages 32 to 33. I mentioned the British Demolition Awards earlier. McCloskey, the principle sponsor of the event, has done us a great case study on reducing the social and environmental impact of construction projects in large cities (page 44). I’m certain we’ve continued with our positive and insightful approach in this industry over the past two months, maybe even eclipsed it. I can assure you that my focus will be equally on this sector as on all the others. That is if the Diggers team allow me back. Have a great Christmas and we will be back in January!
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CONTENTS 6 NEWS
Comment on the autumn budget by Suneeta Johal, CEO of the Construction Equipment Association and Rupert Craven, Sales Director of Ritchie Bros. UK Mecalac takes gold at CoventryLive Business Awards Dean Johnston wins National Plant Mechanic of the Year Good Cop Bad Cop – as the COP26 climate summit gets underway in Glasgow, the CEA presents its view JCB spearheads the hydrogen revolution as it unveils its hydrogen-powered engines and machines Hitachi Construction Machinery UK appoints Walbrook Asset Finance as finance partner Manitou Group posts positive third quarter results TDL Equipment now official UK Promove dealer Martin Schickel hands reins of Liebherr France to Christophe Sanchez
24 THE EQUIPMENT ENGAGEMENT
Ashley Ward of Warwick Ward (machinery) talks about the road from Sheffield startup to multi-million pound business
32 EVENT Diggers LIVE was invited to Molson Group’s open day at its Avonmouth head office to see all the latest from the brands it represents. Ben Chambers reports
34 WHEEL LOADERS FEATURE Including • CASE G-Series • Doosan DL200-7 • JCB 457 • Hyundai HL960A • Wacker Neuson Wheel Loader WL44 DA Harrison buys the first Hyundai HL975A CVT wheeled loader in the UK Doosan DL420-7 wheel loaders enter service in Germany
44 PROFILE Tim Watson of McCloskey Equipment examines how one London transportation company is reducing the environmental and social impact of construction projects
48 BUSINESS INSIDER INTERVIEW
Martin Bestwick, Sales Director, inspHire talks to Diggers LIVE about his 20 years at the company and the business of plant hire solutions
Ritchie Bros. launches online tool to calculate heavy equipment sale prices
Alex Dearing writes on Brandfixx’s ground-breaking approach to branding plant machinery
56 DUMPERS FEATURE
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Volt from the blue – UK’s first 35-tonne Terex Fuchs MHL 850F electric material handlers out on long term contract hire
Bobcat expands financing options with four ways to pay for your asset, tailored to your individual needs Polish waste and recycling company invests in Doosan
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An opportunity missed Suneeta Johal, CEO of the Construction Equipment Association reacts to Rishi Sunak’s October Budget The Chancellor’s pledge to invest in our economic infrastructure, innovation and skills were welcomed by the CEA… but there were many missed opportunities to help the manufacturing sector. The government revealed plans to invest £130 billion to connect our towns and cities, which seems like positive news for our sector, but failed to mention that much of this has already been on the agenda for months. In addition, there was no detail on the Integrated Rail Plan, which is disappointing. An £11.5 billion cash injection to build 180,000 affordable homes will boost business for both machinery manufacturers and plant hirers. The £1.8 billion pledged towards brownfield housing developments will make a real impact in making the UK more sustainable. While the Treasury’s announcement that it will be increasing spending by £3.8 billion to fund the skills revolution is welcomed, it’s not enough and fails to address just where the workforce will come from. CEA members report participation in the Kickstart Scheme has not yielded the expected number of apprentices and while funding apprentices and the new T-level scheme is positive, the government must be more proactive in steering young people into engineering and vocational training. The Chancellor also confirmed that £1.4 billion will be set aside for a Global Britain Investment Fund to attract foreign investment, which will have a particular focus on electric vehicles. While the CEA sees this as a way of encouraging additional investment in green construction projects to meet
the government’s net-zero strategy and welcomes investments into battery technology, it is imperative that HMG understands that electrification of vehicles is not the only solution for reducing carbon emissions. Following a review, the government will reduce the burden of business rates in England by more than £7 billion over the next five years, and make the
system fairer, more responsive and more supportive of investment. Changes to business rates, including a new 12-month relief for companies to invest in their premises, means manufacturers can expand and improve without incurring increased costs. The target for hitting R&D spending will reach £22 billion by 2026-27, two years later than had been initially planned
Rupert Craven, Sales Director for Ritchie Bros UK gives his take on the Budget
– this is very disappointing and I don’t believe this investment is enough to maintain ‘superpower’ achievements. In summary, this budget is an opportunity missed for the UK’s manufacturing sector, with no measures to support business with sharply rising energy and steel costs, no commitment to supporting export, and no extension of the 130 per cent super deduction.
The continued investment in infrastructure is very important for the earthworks sector in particular as it gives businesses the confidence to invest in new, more fuel-efficient equipment. With carbon emissions, record fuel prices and the COP26 summit now underway, we are seeing many more businesses looking to dispose of older equipment before the end of the year. This is all about capitalising on the current high values, which continue to be achieved. Having cash to reinvest in
new fleets will be extremely important in 2022, especially for businesses looking to realise the benefits of the Super Deduction. It’s also now more important than ever to plan fleet changes for the red to white diesel transition in April 2022, as every drop will be more expensive. This is why we have just launched our free online Asset Valuator tool so that equipment owners can see what different assets are selling for right now, helping them to make more informed fleet disposal decisions.
Mecalac takes gold at CoventryLive Business Awards Mecalac Construction Equipment UK took gold in the International Trade and Export category at this year’s CoventryLive Business Awards. The ceremony, which took place at the CBS Arena on 14 October, celebrated success and achievement from the region’s most innovative companies. Recognised as one of Coventry’s leading businesses, Mecalac was rewarded for its commitment to continued export sales success through innovation, investment and working locally with the Chamber of Commerce. The judges were impressed by the company’s incremental increase in
international trade, despite the continued impacts of the COVID pandemic, as well as its pivotal role in the global construction marketplace. Mecalac has now won the coveted award twice, in 2018 and 2021. During this period, the company has continued to refine, redesign and expand its product offer with a number of innovative models and state-of-the-art technologies. Mark Royse, Head of Sales at Mecalac Construction Equipment UK, said: “Being recognised for our commitment to international trade and export is testament to the team’s hard
work and dedication. With more than 60 years’ manufacturing experience, we’re hugely proud of our Coventry roots and consider it a real honour to be taking home such a prestigious accolade. “While the ongoing impacts of COVID and Brexit have proven challenging, we’re committed to further developing our class-leading portfolio of compact construction equipment. From an export perspective, we continue to experience significant demand from across the globe, with construction professionals looking to invest in futureproof equipment for some of the world’s most innovative construction projects.”
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Dean Johnston riding high as he’s awarded National Plant Mechanic of the Year (level 2) Liebherr’s mobile crane apprentice, Dean Johnston, was presented with two ‘Stars of the Future’ awards at the CPA presentation ceremony in September, held in person at the Heart of England Conference and Events Centre in Fillongley, near Coventry. Stars of the Future is an annual awards scheme for apprentices and trainees in the construction plant sector, set up by the Construction Plant-hire Association (CPA). These
awards are intended to recognise and reward outstanding apprentices and trainees who not only bring ability and commitment to their learning and work, but also possess extra capabilities that mark them out as potential future leaders in the industry. The scheme is open to anyone on an apprenticeship or formal training programme in the construction plant arena and any employer or training provider can nominate.
Tony Gribble, General Manager of After-Sales at Liebherr-Great Britain said: “Dean has consistently proven himself to be a very talented mechanic and dedicated employee of Liebherr and we are now so pleased to see that he has been recognised at an industry level as well. We hope Dean will continue to progress through the ranks and realise his full potential within the Liebherr group. Congratulations Dean.”
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Good Cop Bad Cop The CEA presents its view of the COP26 Climate Summit, with product news from some of its members As the COP26 is underway, the CEA is committed to supporting our members on the journey to achieving net zero in the UK by 2050. Many of our member companies have already started their own roadmaps for reducing carbon emissions, however, it will be a collaborative effort to make to necessary changes to ‘save our planet’, and this will of course take some time to achieve. CEA member company Hitachi Construction Machinery UK Ltd has sustainability high on its agenda and the company’s parent group, Hitachi Ltd, is a principal partner of the COP26 summit. To showcase some of the technology available today that contributes to reductions in carbon emissions, Hitachi CM UK Ltd and sister company Synergy Hire prepared a 14T excavator with a Stage V engine, the latest pump efficiency technology, with semi-automated Leica machine guidance, Xwatch height and slew limiter, which is connected to real time CT fleet link telematics. The machine is also running on HVO (Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil) fuel! Hitachi CM UK’s CEO David Roberts explained: “All of these separate items combined reduce emissions while the machine is running, and increase productivity and efficiency to minimise running time, which results in a significant reduction in the carbon footprint of a job site.” Hitachi CM Ltd is also developing battery powered machines, and alternative fuelled products to ensure the targets for carbon emission reduction can be met and hopefully exceeded. JCB has also said it will invest £100 million on a project to produce superefficient hydrogen engines. It currently has a team of 100 engineers working on the project and will recruit up to 50 more. JCB targets the end of 2022 for the first of its machines to reach the market. Volvo also revealed its ‘intelligent
future of construction’ prototype this week. The wheeled loader was inspired by a concept devised by Volvo Construction Equipment and Lego Technic! The new Volvo LX03 represents both the next stage into the company’s journey into artificial intelligence and the decarbonisation of the construction sector. CEA member FuelActive continues to embrace a range of technologies, but is fully aware that these changes will not happen overnight and that diesel will continue to play a very active role in the global construction sector. The company has developed an ‘intermediate technology’ that prevents the harmful effects of fuel contamination in dieselpowered equipment, resulting in up to 5 per cent increased fuel efficiency and resultant lower exhaust emissions. This product ensures delivery of diesel to fuel injection systems that is up to 92 per cent cleaner, significantly reducing harmful emissions. FuelActive is already being used successfully by customers across the world, in equipment by leading manufacturers such as Volvo, Terex, Atlas Copco, Komatsu, Caterpillar and JCB. The rise of autonomous construction equipment, alternative fuels such as HVO, hydrogen powered machines and electrification will be the long term solution for OEMs, however, we must also consider the current challenges surrounding the net zero strategy. We need to take into account the controversial topics on the road to net zero. For example, there are huge challenges of performance and powering larger machines with batteries. The electrification of anything other than compact machines remains distant at present, due to the incompatibility of battery performance and weight, compared to the duty cycle demands of mid and larger sized equipment. There’s also the consideration of storage of alternative fuel – hydrogen in particular. The challenge of using hydrogen in tackling climate change is
that it’s very hard to store. As it stands, we do not have the infrastructure for emergent technologies. This aspect should be high on the agenda for COP26 – we need long term strategies and working solutions to address these issues, not just ‘drawing board concepts’. We were hoping that the recent autumn statement would provide some government aid. While the chancellor confirmed that £1.4 billion will be set aside for a Global Britain Investment Fund to attract foreign investment, which will have a particular focus on electric vehicles, it is important that HMG understands that electrification of vehicles is not the only solution for reducing carbon emissions. Issues we hope to be addressed at COP26 •
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End of battery life – what will happen at the end of a battery’s life? 80 per cent of the components are recyclable – what happens to the other 20 per cent? How to tackle climate change with machines with lower tiered engines that are no longer able to work in the UK, and are sold abroad? What will fuel these machines? Fuel storage infrastructure – how do we efficiently and safely store alternative fuels? HVO – what impact does this have on a machine’s engine? A manufacturers’ study is needed. Diesel fuel contamination – fuel contamination is more common than you think, we need a short term solution for cleaning diesel.
As COP26 gets underway, we hope we have provided some ‘food for thought’ and highlighted not only the good things we are achieving in our sector but also the issues that need immediate attention – globally. The CEA is closely following the COP 26 summit and will highlight topics specific to our sector.
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JCB spearheads hydrogen revolution JCB is investing £100 million on a project to produce super-efficient hydrogen engines, targeting the end of 2022 for the first machines to be available for sale to customers. A team of 100 engineers is already working on the development with the recruitment of up to 50 more engineers underway. The wraps have already come off a prototype hydrogen powered JCB backhoe loader and a second JCB machine – a Loadall telescopic handler – was unveiled at a central London event in October. JCB’s hydrogen technology has been on show in the Green Zone at the COP26 summit in Glasgow as world leaders debate measures to drastically cut greenhouse emissions. An important Boris Johnson refuels JCB’s prototype hydrogen powered backhoe loader as JCB Chairman Lord Bamford looks on 14
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aspect of decarbonisation is developing the infrastructure needed to support the use of hydrogen. Boris Johnson said: “Great British manufacturers like JCB are developing innovative solutions to slash greenhouse emissions and advance the UK’s green industrial revolution. It was fantastic to see JCB’s super-efficient hydrogen engines, which could overhaul UK manufacturing, help us to rapidly reach our climate targets and ramp up the UK’s hydrogen economy – an exciting area that will be essential to tackling climate change, creating new jobs and attracting investment.” JCB Chairman Lord Bamford said: “Our sort of machinery will need to be powered by something other than
fossil fuels. We make machines which are powered by diesel so we have to find a solution and we are doing something about it now. “We are investing in hydrogen as we don’t see electric being the allround solution, particularly not for our industry because it can only be used to power smaller machines. It does mean we will carry on making engines, but they will be super-efficient, affordable, high-tech hydrogen motors with zero CO2 emissions, which can be brought to market quickly using our existing supply base. These will be our industry’s first hydrogen engines, developed in Great Britain by British engineers. Hydrogen motors have the potential to help the UK reach CO2 emissions targets more
quickly.” This comes as the company signs a multibillion-pound deal with Australia’s Fortescue Future Industries (FFI) to import and supply green hydrogen (produced using renewable energy), through a specialist division, Ryze Hydrogen. Speaking of the partnership, Bamford said: “It’s fine having an engine powered by green hydrogen, but no good if customers can’t get green hydrogen to fuel their machines. This is a major advance on the road towards making green hydrogen a viable solution. We want the government to show its commitment to the sector by investing in buses, trains, trucks, ships, aircraft and the entire green hydrogen supply chain.”
Hitachi Construction Machinery UK appoints finance partner
(L to R) Brendan Walsh, CEO Walbrook Asset Finance; David Roberts, CEO HCMUK; Mark Turnham, National Sales and Marketing Director HCMUK; Chris Smith Head of Sales, Walbrook Asset Finance; Andrew Shield, CFO HCMUK
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and other sectors, a perfect fit with HCMUK’s customers. The partnership is the latest development in HCMUK’s strategy to become a class leading solutions partner and will be branded as ZAXIS Finance, sharing its name with Hitachi’s one to 90 tonne excavator lineup. Mark Turnham, National Sales Director at HCMUK said: “Following a vigorous tender process, we are delighted to have appointed Walbrook Asset Finance as our finance partner. “They bring with them a team who have many years of experience within our industry and who share the same passion and drive for the Hitachi product as we do, allowing us to offer even higher levels of customers service than before.” Chris Smith, Head of Sales at Walbrook Asset Finance said: “Both Walbrook and Hitachi Construction Machinery share the same ethos that the customer always comes first. Both businesses enjoy a first-class reputation for service levels, high quality products and, most importantly, putting what the client wants at the forefront of everything. We are passionate about the success of this relationship and the important role it plays in empowering customers to purchase a solution as opposed to just a product. “We look forward to a long and fruitful relationship serving Hitachi (HCMUK) customers and enhancing the incredible service levels that HCMUK customers already enjoy. Together with HCMUK, Walbrook will be able to help companies across the length and breadth of UK find new ways of funding their business-critical assets and bring them a compelling combination of solutions and services to streamline their business growth and capabilities.”
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Manitou Group announces positive third quarter results Manitou Group has announced healthy results both by division and by region for Q3 2021 year-on-year and for the nine months to 30 September. The results are summarised as follows: • Q3 2021 revenues of €432m, up 10 per cent on Q3 2020 • Cumulative nine-month sales of €1,402m, up 22 per cent year-on-year on 2020, (23 per cent like for like*) • Q3 2021 order intake on equipment of €856m compared to €301m in Q3 2020 • End of Q3 2021 order book on equipment at €2,295m compared to €544m in Q3 2020 • Outlook for annual revenue growth in 2021 of around 15 per cent compared to 2020 • Expected annual growth in the current operating income rate of around 130 basis points compared to 2020 * at constant scope and exchange rate
With third quarter sales of €350 million, the Product Division – (grouping of the former MHA and CEP divisions) recorded an increase of 12 per cent compared to Q3 2020 and 24 per cent over the first nine months of the year (up 25 per cent at constant scope and exchange rates). The division is mobilising its teams on industrial fluidity. Investments in the energy transition have enabled the launch of the first electric rotating telehandler in the range. With quarterly revenues of €82 million, the Services and Solutions Division – (S&S) recorded a three per cent increase in turnover compared to Q3 2020 and a 12 per cent increase for the first nine months of the year (up 13 per cent at constant scope and exchange rates). The division supports the sustained needs of its customers required by the high rate of equipment engagement.
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Michel Denis, President and Chief Executive Officer, said: “In the third quarter, the group achieved a 10 per cent increase in turnover compared to Q3 2020. The record order intake momentum we have been experiencing for the past year has been maintained. It concerns all our geographies and markets and projects our backlog at the end of September to a historic level of €2.3 billion. “Over the third quarter, sales were delivered in a context of increased pressure on component availability. Like all manufacturing sectors, the extent of disruptions has worsened significantly in recent weeks. This deteriorated context has led us to adjust our revenue forecast for 2021 to growth of around 15 per cent compared to 2020. In addition, the annual growth outlook for the current operating income rate is unchanged at around 130 basis points compared to 2020.”
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TDL Equipment now official UK Promove dealer Sheffield based TDL Equipment is delighted to announce that it is now the official UK dealer for the Promove Demolition range of attachments. TDL Equipment has supplied equipment to the UK construction, demolition, scrap and waste sectors for more than 20 years and is delighted to be adding the Promove Demolition range to its portfolio. TDL Equipment is the UK Dealer for the ATLAS range, including material handlers, excavators, road rail equipment and scrap attachments. It has now bolstered its range with the comprehensive Promove Demolition portfolio. Promove Demolition, an Italian brand founded in 1989, boasts a combination of experience and enthusiasm for top quality attachments. The company has an enviable reputation for quality across all sectors and is recognised internationally for its class leading manufacturing technology and state of the art production facilities whereby all major parts and components are manufactured in-house using certified high quality steel. TDL is pleased to be offering the excellent Hydraulic Breaker range, compatible with excavators ranging from Micro 0.6-tonne up to 130-tonne heavy duty excavators. The hydraulic breaker range has a proven pedigree worldwide, supported by innovative features such as the Smart Valve, which stops unintentional blank firing, auto greasing systems and comprehensive ‘E-Breaker’ telematics to optimise fleet management. The company will also supply the full Selector Grab range, which is available on 0.7 to 200-tonne excavators, designed with a compact structure for enhanced material handling, paired with the range’s large grab opening and high loading capacities. Supplementing the offering will be the Promove Scrap Shear range, perfect for the most demanding scrap yards across the
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Martin Schickel hands reins of Liebherr France to Christophe Sanchez It’s the end of an era, both for LiebherrFrance SAS and the entire Liebherr Group as Martin Schickel retires, handing the reins to Christophe Sanchez. Schickel, the has been in the industry for 50 years, 44 of them with Liebherr. Joining Liebherr-France SAS in 1977, he was initially employed in quality assurance.
In 1988, he joined the sales department, which he headed from 1995. In 2001, he became Deputy General Manager of Liebherr-Location France SAS, based in Niederhergheim (France), with responsibility for construction equipment rental in the country. He was General Director of the Christophe Sanchez (right) succeeds Martin Schickel
company from 2006, with responsibility for Liebherr Rental Partners in Germany from 2010 and Liebherr Rental Limited UK from 2012. On 1 June 2015, he took over the commercial management of Liebherr-France SAS. Passing the reins Christophe Sanchez joined Liebherr-France SAS in 2002 as Export Manager for Italy, Spain and North America and in 2007 he became sales manager for the industrial and electric excavators produced at the Colmar site. From 2012 to 2020, he was General Director of Liebherr EMtec Italia SpA, which is responsible for sales and aftersales service of Liebherr construction machinery on the Italian market. On 1 June 2020, he took over the management of Liebherr-Location France SAS from Martin Schickel and as of 1 November, has taken over as General Director of the company. Liebherr-France SAS Liebherr-France SAS, founded 60 years ago, is responsible, among other things, for the development and production of the group’s crawler excavators in Colmar. When Hans Liebherr, founder of the Liebherr Group, decided to build a new production facility for crawler excavators 60 years ago, he chose Colmar for several reasons. The city of Colmar was already a European hub for numerous important transport routes and a production site in France would facilitate integration into the French market. The factory, built in 1961 in the industrial area of the Alsatian city, initially comprised a production hall and an administration and service room building. The rapid development of the company enabled a subsequent expansion of the facilities. Today there are nine buildings with a built-up area of 148,000 square metres on a total site of 34.5 hectares. The current range of Liebherr-France SAS includes around 30 crawler excavator models, from the R 914 Compact to the R 980 SME, for use in earthworks and quarries. Production also includes electric excavators and a range of special equipment for specific tasks such as demolition, material handling, bridge or tunnel applications. The crawler excavators, with an operating weight of 14 to 100 tonnes, are equipped with Liebherr engines with an output of 90 to 420 kW. Schickel is leaving his post after Liebherr-France SAS reached a record production of 2,000 machines in 2021, with a plan for 2,150 machines next year.
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My father, Warwick Ward established the company in 1970. Dad was an entrepreneur and a visionary. He started his career working for a local firm selling heavy plant and machinery but always harboured a desire to go it alone. Seeing a gap in the market for used wheel loaders, in September 1970 he formed Warwick Ward (machinery) Ltd. He worked out of a small office at home with my mum doing the books while looking after three pre-school children. We had no yard to store any machines so Dad had to find a buyer for everything fast. They were both proper grafters, working all hours of the day and night and the company soon established a reputation for offering quality, value for money and integrity.
They invested profits from the sale of machines in a small yard in the centre of Barnsley and the business moved to the next level, employing a couple of workshop fitters who could turn their hands to repairing and maintaining the machines. By 1980, Warwick had developed a fantastic reputation as the go-to specialist for used loading shovels and had even started to sell into mainland Europe and further afield. At this time, Warwick identified another opportunity – the supply of second hand parts for used machines. Short on space and on labour, he secured a bigger premises nearby and being a traditional guy, invited his brother Trevor to join the team to run the works and spare parts division. Trevor had little experience in the sector but was a quick learner and became invaluable to the
company, finally retiring from his role as Works Director in 2014. My brother Matt joined the business straight from school in 1984. I went on to study Business and Finance at what today is Teesside University and joined in 1987. Warwick was a great believer in learning the hard way. He gave us both responsibility to make important decisions and learn from them early in our careers. It was a steep but enjoyable learning curve. During the late 80s and early 90s Matt focused primarily on sourcing and buying the used equipment while I focused on selling it and was more involved in finance, marketing and administration. As the 1990s drew to a close, Warwick decided the time had come to hang up his boots and Matt and I became joint Managing Directors in January >>
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2000. Between 2000 and 2006 turnover quadrupled but we realised that if we continued to only deal in used equipment, there was a limit to what we would be able to achieve. A light bulb moment occurred in early 2006 when a longstanding customer was embarking on a major new project. Due to the 24/7 nature of the project he needed the reliability and security that only new machines could provide. By coincidence, the CASE dealership in our area became available. CASE was a good product with fantastic pedigree and history – one of the best in the market but one that had been poorly represented. We met with CASE senior executives and were offered the dealership. Over the last
few years we have taken on the Midlands area and most recently London, the South East and the North East of England, making us the largest independent CASE dealer in Europe. In 2012, Finnish waste shredder and compactor manufacturer Tana approached Warwick Ward to represent its range in the UK. This sat nicely alongside our CASE dealership and growing customer base in the recycling arena. After a few years of successfully selling Tana, we were approached by the Terex Ecotec corporation with a view to taking on its dealership for Northern England. The Ecotec range comprised of material handlers, trommel screens and shredders. In 2015 we took on the
Ecohog range of downstream waste and metal separators. Our long term strategy has been to be a trusted one stop shop to the earthmoving, construction and recycling sectors. The gap that now existed in our offering was a range of crushers and screeners for the quarry, aggregates and material processing industries and last year we were approached by Keestrack, one of Europe’s premier crushing and screening manufacturers, to become its sole UK dealer. The plant hire side of the business has continually grown and evolved, with a full range of machines for short, medium and long-term hire and many customers entering into full R&M service contracts.
Today, Warwick Ward is a £50-million, three-depot business employing more than 100 staff. We believe that Dad would have been proud of us if somewhat astounded at how dramatically the company had grown. One our great sadnesses is that, passing away in 2004, Dad never got to enjoy the retirement he so richly deserved. He isn’t around to see the journey we’ve been on, but we will both be forever grateful for the grounding, values and commercial education that he provided us with in our formative years. Dad was all about being honest and open and giving a first-class service. That’s something we strive to do and we instil the same values in our team.
is Warwick Ward’s QWhat working culture?
I believe you have to empower your management team and give them authority to make decisions. It’s the only way they’ll learn, just as Matt and I did 30-odd years ago. When we took on the CASE business in 2006, Matt and I quickly recognised that we needed to put together a senior and middle management team or risk imploding with the amount of work that we had to do. This meant bringing in people with the required skill sets from outside the organisation for the first time. One of those recruits was our now Sales Director, Simon Causier. Simon came from a completely different sector
Matt (left) and Ashley Ward mark the company’s 50th anniversary
to head up the CASE construction side of the business. This allowed Matt and me to focus on other areas of the company. Simon’s commercial knowledge, professionalism and commitment have been invaluable. He now oversees the ever-growing sales team for all the new equipment brands we represent, including our most recent dealer partnership, with Zato, an Italian manufacturer of metal shredders and shears for the scrap sector. Building strong senior and middle management teams has been a key focus over the last 10 years and we are absolutely delighted with how the team now looks. A year ago we brought in an extremely experienced and talented Operations Director in Matt Godhard, who has >>
Warwick Ward Sales Director, Simon Causier
worked hard to improve efficiency and further develop the positive culture at Warwick Ward. We have always been a very sales focused business but operations and sales have to work hand in glove for the business to succeed. I believe we have got that balance right; we have a can-do approach and when we look for new team members this is as important as having world class technical ability. I was looking through some HR records recently and was surprised by some of the length of service stats. Since 1970, 10 people have been with us for over 30 years, a further three have served more than 25, another six have surpassed 20, four have been with us for between 15 and 20 and a further 15 have passed the 10 year milestone.
I think those statistics and say a lot about the company, its values and culture. There is always a lot of laughter and banter in the building, which is important to us. Work has to be fun as well as productive. With engagement, dedication and focus, our team has helped our business grow.
do you carry out in the QWhat way of training?
We firmly believe in developing from within, giving people the opportunity to grow in their roles. Many of our middle and senior managers have been with the company for many years and have been on a journey of personal and professional development throughout their careers. Our training and development programme helps drive engagement and
the culture of our business. Ensuring our team has the right skills is essential to deliver the customer centric service required in our industry and we find investing in our team pays dividends. Whether this is recognised qualifications or on the job training, we ensure every member of the team takes part in structured training each year. Apprenticeship schemes also work for us as they not only bring the required training but allow us to instil our values. Every year, we recruit apprentices in the service, workshop, PDI and other areas of the business. It makes Matt and me incredibly proud to see how so many of our staff have progressed, developed and enhanced their skill sets.
What can a customer expect Q when they buy from Warwick Ward?
Customers are the lifeblood of any business and our customers can expect a one-to-one focus. We treat every customer, whatever their size, with the same importance. We represent premium brands who produce premium products tried and tested in the marketplace. That said, selling someone a new machine or a good used one is only part of the process. The crucial piece of the jigsaw is that you must be able to back it up with excellent service and aftersales.
do you see the medium QHow term for Warwick Ward?
We continue to invest in our facilities, with exciting plans to further expand in the coming months to accommodate our growth and the increased geographical territory for CASE. We now operate out of depots in Barnsley, Alcester (south Birmingham) and Harlow to service the ever growing territories we represent for our partners. We’ve been absolutely delighted with the traction we’ve gained with the Keestrack range. The products are of the highest quality and the customers we have won over from some other established brands have been impressed with both performance and efficiency. Our recent collaboration with Italian manufacturer, Zato, fills a gap in our portfolio for the scrap metal processing sector and we are very excited about the opportunities this brings. CASE, Terex, Keestrack and Zato are all very forward thinking companies and product development is a key focus for all of them, as it is for ourselves. >>
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Everyone in vehicle and machinery manufacturing is looking towards cleaner fuels, battery technology, electrification, moving away from diesel powered engines and working towards carbon neutrality. Post COVID-19, the plant machinery and recycling machinery sectors are incredibly buoyant. There has been a pent up demand for products and the challenge we face now is meeting that demand.
attracts you to the QWhat industry?
People and products. I love seeing people progress, develop and achieve things that they themselves probably thought they never could. It’s incredibly rewarding. I really enjoy the straightforward nature of those who work in the industry.
There are some fantastic characters. Not always easy to deal with, but fantastic nonetheless.
Have you been involved with Q any interesting projects in your career?
During the late 1990s and early 2000s I was involved in several UK government trade missions promoting UK business in some interesting overseas locations such as Trinidad, Zimbabwe, the UAE and Egypt. As a relatively young man, it was an exciting opportunity to travel to places that I’d never been to and the experiences I gained were invaluable, meeting some really interesting people and developing some fantastic business relationships in the process.
has your work changed QHow over the years?
When my brother and I took over in 2000, we employed 15 to 20 people and the business turned over around £2.5 million a year. Matt and I were very hands on in those days, involved in every aspect of sales, marketing, purchasing, finance and general administration. Today we employ 110 people with an annual turnover of around £50 million and rising. It’s a markedly different business, with some very talented managers at both senior and middle management level. It’s never easy to relinquish a degree of control, but if a business is to develop and grow, you have to have confidence in your management team and let them perform their roles. Someone I respect once said to me “Only do what only you can do.” In other words, don’t be a busy fool. It’s important to recruit people who have skills and expertise in areas where you might be less proficient. Matt and I recognise each other’s strengths and the fact that as brothers we’ve managed to work harmoniously for 34 years at times under enormous pressure says a lot for the strength of our relationship.
QUICKFIRE Who’s your favourite artist? I love music generally but would have to be the late great David Bowie – a genius of his time. Who do you most admire? In no particular order, Bjorn Borg, Seve Ballesteros, Mohammed Ali, Glen Hoddle and Richard Branson What would be your desert island luxury? An acoustic guitar. What’s your bucket list activity? To play golf at Augusta National (home of the Masters) What’s your ideal weekend? A game of golf with my pals, watching my beloved Sheffield United with my sons and a nice meal out with my wife and friends. What’s your favourite food/cuisine? I love most types of food but particularly love Mediterranean cooking; fresh fish, seafood and of course a nice barbecue steak are all wonderful. 30
Molson bares all by Ben Chambers On Tuesday 12 October, Demolition Hub editor Toby Wilsdon and I attended the Molson Group open day at the company’s headquarters in Avonmouth, Bristol. The event was labelled as a ‘VIP’ Open Day and to be honest I felt like one. The event’s goal was to highlight the facilities Molson has on offer, including its new purpose built service centre Arriving early, we were escorted to a golf buggy to ferry us to where all the action (and equipment) was, where we received a warm welcome and a hot coffee from the attentive staff. We then went for a leisurely wander around to see the stalls of the vast number of brands that Molson looks after, represents and is a dealer for these days. The setup was awesome, like a mini Plantworx, and perhaps merits an annual/ biennial construction event in its own right. We were greeted by representatives of brands such as Kobelco and Hyundai excavators and Sennebogen scrap and waste handlers, all standing tall and giving the feel of an established industry event.
After a long stroll; chats with familiar readers and advertisers manning the many stands; pictures taken and moments of awe shared, I was greeted with a friendly tap on the shoulder by Molson Marketing Manager James Dodkins, who I hadn’t seen since a show maybe three or four years ago. James, Toby and I chatted at length about how Diggers LIVE came about, what we have accomplished and what our plans were for the brand next year and beyond. Seemingly keen to be a part of what we were doing, James told us we were going for a ride. Toby and I were bundled into his car and taken to a nearby recycling plant where a Sennebogen waste handler was working in coordination with a Terex Finlay crusher and screener. The Terex Finlay machine whirred into action, leaving the wood chippings neatly piled high – a real up-close-and-personal feel of the synergy between the machines. At that point James informed me that we would be migrating to another country. We were on our way to Wales,
driving an hour to a quarry just beyond Cardiff. At the Seth Hill & Son working quarry we were treated to the sight of a Plantforce branded Kobelco excavator clearing rocks into a Terex Finlay heavy duty screener and crusher with inclined screeners and conveyers. The process began with heavy duty RA30s and 40s manoeuvring the rocks. We arrived back at the Molson HQ in Avonmouth at around five, just as the open day was coming to an end, and managed to grab some keto doughnuts. Yes, they even catered for my unusual diet. Molson Group is the UK’s largest independent new and used equipment dealer. The company has a customer-focused approach, offering clients of all sizes a singlesource supply of market leading products, backed up by a team that cares about your business. Molson’s team of more than 70 fully trained service engineers and millions of pounds worth of parts operate from 13 locations strategically positioned throughout the UK.
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CASE G-Series Performance, productivity, comfort and reliability are just some of the benefits you get with CASE Construction Equipment’s new seven-model G-Series Wheel Loader range. Launched in April 2021, the major upgrade to this stalwart performer of the CASE range includes industry leading features designed for industrial, recycling and quarrying applications. To monitor and enhance performance in high-volume loading and production environments, the all-new payload system integrates with the machine’s primary display, showing data such as bucket weight, pass counts, accumulated/running weight and job tracking. Productivity is further enhanced with the touchscreen command centre. It enables operators to anticipate and react swiftly to real-time changes in conditions, having a single view of critical machine settings and operational data on the main cab display. Improved uptime and responsiveness are just two of the benefits of the new telematics enabled SiteConnect Module. This feature is accessed via the new SiteManager App, available on iOS and Android devices. SiteConnect provides two-way communication between machines and CASE dealers. Remote diagnostics via telematics allows dealers to identify issues and communicate valuable data to operators, without a site visit.
• Extended service intervals and new Tyre Pressure Management System • Smart Work Mode improving communication between engine and transmission • Touchscreen display delivering intuitive user-experiences • Configurable armrest buttons • Parallel lift functionality (Z-bar and XR models) • Fully integrated OEM payload system • Enhanced telematics and remote diagnostics, integrated with CASE SiteConnect and CASE SiteWatchTM
Doosan DL200-7 Completing the company’s award-winning DL-7 family of wheel loaders is the new DL200-7, the smallest model in the range. Like the larger models, the DL200-7 introduces a next generation design, incorporating a powerful new Stage V compliant engine and provides higher productivity, increased fuel efficiency and a low cost of ownership, coupled with a superb environment and experience for the operator. The Perkins 1204J fourcylinder Stage V engine has an output of 106 kW (144 hp) at 2,200 rpm. The cab offers a greatly improved field of vision, with blind spots minimised and a 14 per cent larger glass window area compared to the previous DL-5. The DL200-7 wheel loader also offers the option of electrically adjustable rear view mirrors. Inside, the new DL200-7 wheel loader offers significantly enhanced comfort, an improved steering system and advanced electronic controls. The Z-kinematic lift arm delivers high
as an HL version, featuring a high lift arm and an optional 300 kg counterweight, where higher dump heights and increased versatility are required.
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Capacity, heaped: Static tipping load, straight: Static tipping load, at 40°: Breakout force: Operating weight:
2.0 m3 10,124 kg 8,933 kg 98 kN 12,047 kg
JCB 457 Key features: • • • • • •
210 kW (282 hp) Stage V Cummins engine Reduced power mode of 167 kW (224 hp) for lighter operating duties Reduced fuel consumption of up to 10 per cent Five-speed Powershift transmission Auto engine shutdown feature Optional roof mounted forward facing camera
JCB has updated the 457 wheeled loading shovel to meet EU Stage V emissions legislation. The 457 is now powered by a Cummins QSB6.7 diesel engine, equipped with a single module aftertreatment, containing a diesel oxidation catalyst, selective catalytic reduction (SCR), a diesel particulate filter (DPF) and an ammonia slip catalyst (ASC). The move brings an increase in overall engine power, with two power modes, which can be controlled from the cab to reduce the engine’s output for lighter operating duties. The machine will also be supplied with a five-speed Powershift transmission as standard, in place of the previous four-speed unit. This combination will deliver a better range of speeds to suit a wide range of applications but will also deliver a reduction in fuel consumption of up to 10 per cent as the loader will be able to operate both in lowpower mode and with optimised efficiency through the use of better-spaced transmission ratios. The 457 will also feature an auto engine shutdown feature that can be adjusted by the operator, resulting in further fuel efficiency and reduced emissions, prolonging service maintenance.
breakout forces and lifting capacities, especially for heavy materials, and a large dump angle for efficiently unloading sticky materials. The DL200-7 is also available
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Hyundai HL960A The HL960A wheel loader is part of Hyundai’s A-series: a fresh generation of construction equipment that complies with European emission limits. This stage V machine scooped the SaMoTer Technical Innovation Award in the Medium Wheel Loaders category. With an operating weight of 19.2 tonnes, the HL960A carries a straight edge bucket with a capacity of 3.3 m3. A variety of heavy-duty and light material buckets are available for other applications. The A model is the latest incarnation of the wheeled loader range and has been upgraded around a new Cummins B6.7 diesel delivering 168 kW (225 hp). The Stage V Cummins
engine delivers slightly more power but more importantly, has increased its torque output by 15 per cent to 1,186 nM (875lb/ft) over the outgoing HL960 model. Meeting the Stage V regulations involves the loader using Cummins’ Single Module after-treatment system that incorporates DPF, SCR and Urea dosing in a single unit taking up 50 per cent less space than the previous system.
Specifications: • • • • •
Operating weight: Standard bucket capacity: Engine type: Rated Engine Power Output: European Emission Standard:
19,200 kg 3.3 m³ Cummins QSB6.7 168 kW (225 hp) at 2,200 rpm Stage V
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DA Harrison buys the first Hyundai HL975A CVT wheeled
Cumbria-based Hyundai dealer Taylor and Braithwaite has recently trialled the loader in the UK very first Hyundai HL975A CVT wheeled loader model in the UK to long-term client, DA Harrison. The customer was so impressed with the machine that it has now been added to its Hyundai fleet. DA Harrison is no stranger to Hyundai and purchased a new HL975-9 wheeled loader four years ago, to replace a smaller HL770 model. Since then, a second HL975-9 has been added to the fleet with both machines performing admirably over the last few years. With the first HL975-9 now having clocked up more than12,000 trouble free hours, T&B’s sales director Ian Burton was pleased that the quarry wanted to look at the newly launched wheel loader, which can offer significant
Specifications: • • • • • •
Engine: Gross power: Net power: Max power: Operating weight: Bucket capacity:
fuel savings over a standard mechanical drive machine.
compared to a mechanical driveline. There is no movement unless you put your foot on the accelerator. Hyundai has incorporated a creep function that allows the loader to slowly roll without the need for any accelerator pressure and this feature can be tweaked to suit the operator within the machine’s settings. It’s ideal for loading trucks.” While the CVT transmission keeps the Cummins engine in the ideal engine speed range, the operator can select Dynamic Mode which will take the engine up to 1,800 rpm to achieve fast cycle times. The Stage V engine from Cummins features an all-in-one exhaust aftertreatment system that cuts emissions by over 50 per cent compared to a Stage IV engine. One of the major benefits of this package is the lack of an EGR system, which will significantly reduce operational costs over the lifetime of the machine. An additional feature to decrease fuel consumption and prolong machine life has also been included in the package with a customisable Automatic Engine
First impressions The HL975A CVT weighs in at 27 tonnes, similar to that of the HL975-9, but where the new model really benefits is with its ability to carry larger buckets with capacities up to 5.2m3, an eight per cent increase over the older model. Hyundai has combined a tried and trusted combination of ZF axles and a state-of-the-art ZF CVT transmission in the 27-tonne loader. The CVT transmission offers optimised power output by continually changing the ratios of hydraulic to mechanical energy depending on load and speed of the machine and keeps the engine running at a lower speed to offer smooth, seamless acceleration. During deceleration, the CVT acts as a brake, reducing wear on the service brake and prolonging the life of the axle oil. Ian explains the CVT transmission. “It’s a totally different driving style
Optimised Stage V Cummins X12 250 kW (335 hp) at 2,100 rpm 247 kW (331 hp) at 2,100 rpm 284 kW (381 hp) at 1,800 rpm 26,500 kg (58,425 lb) 4.6 ~ 5.2 m³
Shutdown system allowing the operator to set a timeframe for the engine to shut down if the machine is parked. A fully adjustable traction control system allows the operator to increase or decrease the amount of lock to the wheels depending on the surface they are operating on. The Hyundai cab is light and airy with a well-built feel to it complete with a heated and air suspended seat. For those who prefer joystick steering, T&B have spec’d this machine up with the option, which is mounted to a drop-down arm rest on the left of the seat. The HL975A CVT is fitted with Hyundai’s AAVM 360-degree camera system with IMOD intelligent object detection. The screen for the system sits right in your eyeline on the right-hand cab pillar and below this is the well laid out and simple to use touchscreen monitor. A combination of a 7-inch touch screen and a bank of easily identifiable buttons allows the operator to check or alter almost all of the day-to-day settings for the machine with ease. The centrally mounted dash is easy to read and compact enough to allow a great view across the front of the machine. A combination of the all-round camera system, large mirrors and large glass panels with slim pillars gives a very good view from the seat. To try the stick steer option is simple. Pressing a button on the loader joystick and the same on the steering joystick activates the system. Following on from the trial at the quarry, figures from Hyundai’s Hi Mate monitoring software have confirmed that the loader is more fuel efficient than the standard transmission machine, with fuel usage in the region of 25 per cent lower than the older HL975-9. Ian Taylor said: “I am really pleased to continue supplying machines to DA Harrison, the company who first gave us a chance with Hyundai wheeled loaders back in 2010, when we had just become a dealer. They are still running this first Hyundai HL760-7A machine. It is great to see such a progressive company see the benefits of modern technology getting integrated into their company to reduce their own running costs, this time by reducing fuel usage while increasing the bucket capacity. “At T&B we really strive to grow these long-term business relationships and very much appreciate when customers come back to us, so for this, we thank them for the continued support.”
Doosan DL420-7 wheel loaders enter service in Germany Ottenbüttler Sand Gesellschaft mbH of Dammfleth has taken delivery of the first two Doosan DL420-7 wheel loaders in Germany. According to Ottenbüttler Sand Managing Director, Jonny Peters, the new DL-7 machines compare very well against the company’s DL420-5 predecessor, one of which is still in service with the company He says: “The new generation machines represent a clear improvement in several areas, providing very high performance and excellent driving comfort that more than matches the other top brands.”
Productive in the pits The two new DL420-7s are currently in use in the company’s sand pits at Ottenbühl and Peissen, where they are used to extract fill sand and process it into different grain size groups by dry screening. Jonny says: “The previous DL-5 wheel loaders from Doosan offered outstanding performance in the sand pits with low fuel consumption. We are getting the same or better output with the new machines, with the ergonomics for the operator and the driving comfort being taken to new levels.”
The two wheel loaders are in operation in the sand pits for around ten hours a day. Their main tasks involve removal of material direct from the walls of the pits, feeding the screening plant and then loading the graded sand onto the trucks. The machines are also used in construction waste recycling. “We are very satisfied with the machines and the drivers are enjoying working with the DL420-7s,” Jonny says. One of the drivers adds that the new DL420-7 model always offers excellent traction thanks to its automatic limited slip differential. This is particularly evident in the fact that none of the wheels slip when pushing the standard 4.5 m3 bucket into the sand faces. The DL420-7 wheel loader also climbs the steep inclines effortlessly owing to its torque converter lock-up system. Pre-series testing Before Jonny Peters ordered the wheel loaders from his dealer, Atlas Hamburg, he had the opportunity to test a pre-series DL420-7 model in a sand pit for two months. During this period, the wheel loader operators were able to try out the Doosan machine extensively. All agreed
that the DL420-7 was exactly the right machine for use in the sand pit, so the company made its first order from Atlas Hamburg when the test machine was returned. Clean power The DL420-7 is powered by the new Scania DC13 Stage V six-cylinder engine, which produces 257 kW (345 hp) at 1,800 rpm and provides an impressive maximum torque of 2,196 Nm at 1,100 rpm. The new engine meets Stage V emission regulations without the need for exhaust gas recirculation (EGR), through the use of selective catalyst reduction, diesel oxidation catalyst and diesel particulate filter (DPF) after-treatment technologies. The ash cleaning cycle on the DPF has been improved to over 6,000 hours and the operator is fully informed about the status of the DPF via a soot level indicator on the new 8-inch touch screen display in the cab. Equipped for comfort A major feature of Doosan DL-7 wheel loaders is the completely redesigned cab, offering greatly improved visibility, touchscreen displays and much more space for the driver. The new EMCV (Electric Main Control Valve) joystick fully integrated in the armrest is another standard feature, providing smooth, precise control of the wheel loader. The wheel loaders at Ottenbüttler Sand are also equipped with a full light package and a compressor for cleaning the cab. Trusted relationship Ottenbüttler Sand has been relying on Doosan machines for more than ten years, all of which it has purchased from Atlas Hamburg. Jonny says: “With Atlas Hamburg, we have a top local dealer we can always rely on. We also use machines from other manufacturers, but we mainly rely on Doosan for our machinery fleet.” In addition to the DL-7 and DL-5 wheel loaders, Ottenbüttler Sand currently has Doosan DX255LC-5 and DX180LC-5 HT excavators, a DX19 compact excavator and another DL250 wheel loader in operation.
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Wacker Neuson Wheel Loader WL44
The sturdy and sophisticated technology of Wacker Neuson wheel loaders has been time-tested and proven in many applications. This makes them into particularly reliable performance machines on any construction site. The WL44 with powerful Z-kinematics is equipped with a low front carriage. This provides an excellent overview of the attachments, the immediate working area as well as the entire machine surroundings. In addition, the low front carriage allows for high tipping loads and breakout forces. For even more stability, all wheel loaders from Wacker Neuson are equipped with two lift cylinders. In this way, the hydraulic power is optimally distributed to the load arm. The size of the lift cylinder is adapted to the size of the machine. Regardless of whether you are transporting, sweeping, stacking or pushing, thanks to the various attachments, the Wacker Neuson
WL44 wheel loader becomes a universal tool carrier. With the help of the hydraulic quickchange system, attachments can be easily exchanged. This increases productivity and
efficiency. The removable seat, the wideopening engine hood as well as various maintenance covers make all service accesses easy to reach. This saves time and money in maintenance.
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Operating weight, 4,600 kg Standard bucket capacity, 0.8 m³ Large selection of operator’s cabs Low front carriage for unrestricted view and high tipping loads A multi-tool for all kinds of applications
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Where there’s muck there’s brass Writing for Diggers LIVE, Tim Watson of McCloskey Equipment examines how one London transportation company is reducing the environmental and social impact of construction projects at the same time as improving the bottom line Any dynamic city will have a plethora of construction, demolition and civil engineering projects underway at any one time, leaving a big, messy problem. Waste. The logical options are disposal, recycling or reuse, within the city or without the city. In general, it is clear that the most efficient of these is reuse/recycling within and the least is disposal without. Avoiding the transportation of tonnes of heavy, dirty waste through cities’ road networks reduces urban congestion and
lowers the carbon footprint of a project directly and indirectly. And recycling makes use of valuable resources at the same time as reducing the energy and other environmental impact required to create and transport new ones. H Sivyer Transport Limited is the largest muck away company in London, with more than 200 people and 130 tipper grab lorries servicing the capital’s material collection and disposal needs. Each year, the company moves 1.5 million
tonnes of demolition and construction waste, with an annual turnover of £40 million. Alongside the constant challenge of working under London’s strict environmental standards, emission limits, tight regulations, ever increasing traffic and logistical bottlenecks, there remains the question of how you handle such a vast amount of material in a city as dense as London. Managing Director, Simon Sivyer says, “Over the last 18 months, the environment – specifically, the impact a project or process can have on the environment – has become a focal point. It’s always been important, but I’ve seen it climb the priority ladder to become a prominent feature for every customer. Not only do we, as a company, have a huge responsibility in this, but we also have one of the best opportunities to make a positive impact. “The demand here is huge, but we are doing more than just your usual recycled aggregates. We still offer your 6F5, Type 1, Shingles, etc, but we have invested heavily to develop processes which enable us to make any British Standard aggregate from recovered material.” This is an impressive statement. British Standards are strictly controlled and many BSI aggregates are rarely made with anything other than virgin or primary material. Few can achieve the required standard with recycled product, yet Simon and his team have done just that.
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Upstream benefit Simon continues, “The upstream benefit is massive. If every project in London used primary materials, we’d have thousands of lorries travelling hundreds of miles in and out of the capital every single day. These products can now be produced locally, using local materials that are being recycled right here in the capital. Just in the logistics, the embodied carbon saving is huge. “This also reduces the demand for virgin materials. For example, much of the drainage shingle used here in London is dredged from the North Sea. Now, contractors can choose a recycled product that meets the same standards, without negatively impacting the environment by transporting a raw material dredged from the seabed. “We have our own research and development facility and have developed
our own processes to deliver materials that meet every required standard, including BSI and RAP Quality Protocols. We are rigorous with our testing; Sivyers is a fourth generation family business with a longstanding reputation for quality. Every stone we sell must uphold that.” Tools for the job One of the factors determining this outcome is the equipment Sivyer uses. The company runs several McCloskey screeners, including three R230 high energy screeners, an S250 screener – one of the largest track mobile screeners in the world – and a tracked 621 trommel. McCloskey has more than 35 years’ experience building trommels – it was the company’s first product line, back in the 1980s. Today, McCloskey is the world’s leading trommel manufacturer, having pioneered trommel design and innovation for more than three decades. The 621 trommel is perfectly suited to Sivyer’s operations, with a reputation for reliability in construction and demolition waste, topsoil, compost, waste recycling, as well as many other large screening applications. Also supporting operations are three McCloskey R230 screeners. As one of the most robust, durable and powerful mobile screeners available, the R230 provides uncompromised production levels across even the most heavy-duty scalping operations.
H Sivyer Transport Limited benefits directly from the performance of these high energy trommels and screeners, which deliver the high-volume outputs required by the company’s vast operations while reliably creating high-quality
screened product, all delivered with the maximum efficiency. Completing Sivyer’s operations is the McCloskey S250 Triple Deck Screener, a machine that raises industry standards to deliver outstanding results, both in terms of throughput and quality. The S250 is one of the largest track mobile screeners in the world, with greater true screening area offered from the machine’s 22ft (6,710mm) triple deck, high energy screen. Along with its high energy screening action, this ensures Sivyer’s McCloskey S250 provides the best aggregate from an uncompromised material screening process. Sivyer has worked closely with McCloskey Equipment throughout the development of its materials catalogue, using their collective knowledge from the materials processing and recycling industry. Simon Sivyer says, “McCloskey machines offer fantastic performance; the quality of the product speaks for itself, with each running efficiently. I’ve worked with McCloskey Equipment for several years and they’ve always delivered, whether it’s been a routine service for a machine, or a bespoke addition for one of our specialist processes. “By combining our vision and R&D facilities with McCloskey Equipment’s knowledge and experience, we’ve been able to achieve something truly remarkable.”
A 160-year journey Sivyers has come a long way over the last 160 years, and it is not about to slow down anytime soon. Sivyer continues, “In 1862, we used horses and carts to move construction waste around Victorian London; today we use a fleet of grabtipper lorries. Improvement is continuous and I am using technology to take our next step forward. “We still do a lot of business over phone and email. It’s old-fashioned trading in a modern sophisticated company. Everything we do is forward thinking, from fleet management to material processing, but the way we trade doesn’t reflect this… yet. In 2022, we are launching a new user-friendly buying experience, the ‘Amazon of Aggregates’ if you like, a one-stop-shop where any customer can search, find and order the materials they need quickly and efficiently on our website. Not only will this streamline the buying process, but it will also promote sustainable, recycled alternatives next to traditional materials – and, for me, this is key.” For Simon, leading the company his great-grandfather, George Hutchings, established in 1862 will always be personal, and the impact his business and customers have on the environment is part of that. “This is personally important to
me because it directly impacts the environment in which I live. I’m proud that, as a company, we have created sustainable, affordable options for the benefit of our customers and the environment. This is a big step forward in construction, one I hope others will follow. “Waste is complex, often a soup of mixed materials, which once upon a time may not have been processed as it should. I’m sure there are still some companies out there still doing this now, but Sivyers is not one of them. “We take our responsibility very seriously and share a passion for high standards. When a customer works with us, they can trust Sivyers to fully manage their responsibilities, and rely on our quality service, whether we are first on site to clear waste or delivering the final load of fully-recycled aggregates.”
Business Insider interview Martin Bestwick, Sales Director, inspHire
How do you fit in to InspHire? I am the Sales and Marketing Director, responsible for design and execution of the global rental strategy for the Kerridge Commercial Systems Rental Division. This division is built up of our three core solutions: inspHire, Current RMS and OnRent as its market leading brands.
inspHire is a market-leader in rental management software trusted by 15,000+ daily users across the globe. Martin Bestwick, inspHire’s Sales Director, has seen its development and growth from the early days and now leads the global sales team, which continues to uphold inspHire’s reputation and reach new industries within the hire and rental sector. Recently celebrating 20 years with inspHire, Martin has had quite the journey. Starting off as a helpdesk advisor providing technical support to inspHire users, he worked his way up to manage the professional service team. For more than 10 years, Martin managed the implementation of inspHire’s software solutions, as well as ensuring its customers’ experience is effortless. Now Sales Director, Martin has experienced all touchpoints across inspHire, as well as seeing the continuous development of its products. 48
How did you come to work for inspHire? I started working for the company in 2001 as a Helpdesk Advisor. It was only the second job I’d held since completing my Advanced NVQ IT course at Nottingham College, my first being a Technical Advisor for a well-known retailer.
Tell us about your career progression within InspHire When I joined inspHire back in 2001, I started off in the Helpdesk department, focusing on supporting our customers with technical enquiries. Then I decided I was ready for a change and moved into the Professional Services department, where I spent 10-years and ended up managing the team. This involved implementing the solution and working with our customers before they went live with their system. In 2011 I made the
move to sales and in 2018 took over as Sales Director from Graham Dobbs, the current Managing Director. I’ve had a unique journey here at inspHire to say the least, working in most departments and learning first-hand how all teams operate.
What is it about your role that attracts you? What do you enjoy and what are the key skills required for your job? Ever since I started working at inspHire, I’ve been fascinated by the diversity of hiring as a concept that has grown in popularity exponentially. The number of key sectors the hire and rental industry delivers essential services for is so vast and because of this, no two days are ever the same. For example, one week I found myself implementing a solution for an oil and gas company in Trinidad, then later that month I was on a plane to the US supporting a project for a construction company in North America. Completely different countries, people, cultures and sectors. It’s this diversity that means I never get bored.
How do you think your colleagues see you? Hopefully as someone that likes to make work enjoyable. Someone who is happy
to roll their sleeves up and lead from the front. I’m still very active with helping present our solutions to prospective customers, while at the same time visiting our existing clients to hear about their current successes or challenges.
Tell us about InspHire, its history and development inspHire was created by our former CEO Chris Branson and ex-Chairman Steve Butler. Chris had developed a basic hire solution for Steve’s chiller business back in the 90s. This successful working relationship led to the creation of Maple Software Solutions, which was later renamed inspHire in 2001. inspHire’s offices have always been based in Nottingham. inspHire has pretty much grown year-on-year since the day I started. Back in 2001, as a relatively new startup,
the former management team had to be very cautious to ensure they didn’t overreach and place unnecessary risk on the business. Since then, we’ve grown from having a single room in a business unit, to taking over the whole unit, as well as having offices in Australia, the Netherlands, South Africa and the US, to serve other core markets. Over the years we’ve supported some of the biggest success stories of the rental industry. Boels were, if I recall correctly, a 30-depot company years ago when they signed with us. Now they are one of the largest rental companies in the world and have more than 750 depots in the group since the recent acquisition of Cramo. Looking forward, I fully expect to continue in the same vein, creating innovative solutions that accelerate our customers’ growth and make them market leaders. Within the last year, inspHire has signed two global leading enterprise rental
companies that recognise our pedigree and with our next generation products, we expect to partner with these companies for many years to come.
Explain what it is inspHire does, in particular for our readers in Diggers LIVE inspHire is unique in that we have a comprehensive solution for every rental company, no matter what size or what language they speak. We’ve developed four unbelievable solutions that have been developed specifically for the end of the market they serve, rather than one solution that tries to fit all. Now we’ve joined the Kerridge Commercial Systems group, we’ve gone from 120 colleagues across four offices, to 1,300 colleagues and 20 offices. It will take us a few years to establish our rental solutions across the full Kerridge CS network, but with our newly found capacity we intend to continue our growth and support the wider global rental community for many years to come.
Jewsons, Wosely, Howdens and Eurocar Parts to name a few.
How do you see the company in five or ten years? I see us growing and going from strength to strength. We now have access to more than 300 developers and double that number in our other technical
departments. As a group, we have unrivalled experience in delivering dedicated solutions to more than 25,000 companies worldwide, of all different shapes and sizes. Having the ability to tap into this level of knowledge will only strengthen our offering and the service we can offer the hire and rental industry long term.
What are InspHire’s USPs? From a one-man-band to a global rental team, inspHire offers a solution for everyone, designed by industry experts who have more than 100 years’ collective experience. inspHire continues to deliver solutions to thousands of rental businesses of all sizes across the globe, with more than 12,000 active users.
How does inspHire improve customers’ bottom lines? I think our track record speaks for itself. inspHire provides solutions for every operational activity within a rental business, no matter what industry it works in. Whether you’re a startup or an established leader, inspHire offers an allin-one solution that supports every step of the rental cycle. This not only consolidates your rental data by having full visibility within one system, but also allows you to drive better decision making so you can focus on customer retention and winning new business.
Tell us about the acquisition by Kerridge and what that brings to inspHire. We spent a long time finding the right company for the acquisition. The process took a number of years and involved more than 20 companies. Kerridge CS, like inspHire, is a best of breed provider and supports some of the largest organisations in the distributive trade and automotive aftercare industries, including names like
Who/what would you be in an alternative life? There were only two other careers I was really interested in; fighter pilot and footballer. I got close to being a footballer being at Derby as a 16-yearold and playing semi-professionally until I was 32. The fighter pilot dream was short lived, but I’ve always been in awe when I see them in the air. Who do you most admire? That’s a big question. Naturally my family for the great upbringing they provided me with. But in terms of my work life, I’ve been extremely fortunate to work with a visionary like Chris Branson, with one of the most astute managers and business leaders in Graham Dobbs, and someone with the character and work ethic of Matt Cunningham, our Operations Director. All three of them helped guide me to where I am today.
What gets you out of bed in the morning? I’ve always been quite regimented and go to the gym at 5am every morning. It sets me up for the day despite having to go to bed at 7:30. What do you do for fun? I’m still playing football in the veterans leagues. Maybe not with the same intensity but enjoy it just as much as I did when I started. What’s your bucket list activity? Having recently celebrated 20 years at inspHire, I challenged myself to complete the National Three Peak challenge (Ben Nevis, Snowdon and Scafell Pike) in 24-hours – raising donations for Macmillan Charity Support. This is definitely an experience I will never forget, and although it was tough, it was definitely worth it as the fundraiser is what matters the most. What’s your ideal weekend? My ideal weekend now is taking my sons to football, spending time with my family and the occasional beer down the pub. What’s your favourite food/cuisine? I have quite an eclectic pallet, but it’s generally driven by red meat. Give me some bacon or steak and you have a happy man.
Ritchie Bros launches online tool to calculate heavy equipment sale prices Europe’s largest machinery listing site. The algorithm provides a good price estimation that can be used when making decisions to buy or sell equipment.”
A 20-tonne excavator with 8,000 hours on the clock; the eight-year-old skid steer loader you’re looking to sell; or that truck tractor you’ll need to replace soon. How much would they sell for in today’s market? With productivity at unprecedented highs in the industry and long lead times on new equipment, it’s a challenging time for many businesses to make calculated decisions to buy or sell machinery. But the appetite for machinery has continued to be strong throughout 2021. A market survey conducted among construction businesses by Ritchie Bros. earlier this year, showed that 72 per cent of the respondents expected to add machinery to their fleets in 2021.
More than 90 per cent indicated they expected older machines would need to be replaced. Price levels of construction machinery at Ritchie Bros. online auctions and marketplaces have soared 10 to 15 per cent above last year’s averages. It’s no surprise that equipment owners and managers are looking to adjust their fleets and need data and tools to help guide their decision making. The new Ritchie Bros. Asset Valuator (beta) tool is lending equipment owners and managers a helping hand. Rupert Craven, Ritchie Bros UK Sales Director, said: “What makes this tool unique, is that users have instant access to millions of previously sold items from the world’s largest auction company and
How it works The free online tool pulls historical data from various sources – Ritchie Bros. auctions, IronPlanet, Marketplace-E and Mascus. Using millions of previously sold items, the algorithm calculates average prices and estimates the value of your equipment. After logging on to Ritchie Bros. Asset Valuator, users can search the database by brand, model, age, hours, mileage and more. For a more granular level of detail, customised searches can be made by region, country and sales channel, and users can compare current prices with those dating back up to two years – prior to pandemic pricing changes. There is also a currency converter to calculate market values in other currencies. Tip of the iceberg The Asset Valuator tool is merely the tip of the iceberg in Ritchie Bros.’ Inventory Management System (IMS). Ritchie Bros. Asset Solutions is the company’s web based, mobile friendly software tool that empowers equipment owners to upload and track their own assets with real-time market valuations and effortlessly arrange disposition through multiple channels. To learn more about the Asset Valuator go to www.rbassetsolutions.com/ rbassetvaluator.
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Construction firms welcome groundbreaking approach to branding plant machinery by Alex Dearing, Business Development Manager at Brandfixx A growing number of construction firms are choosing a new approach to branding plant machinery that’s faster than traditional techniques, provides better protection for equipment and improved visibility on site. Despite only launching Brandfixx last year, we already count Wordsworth Excavations, Collins, H&H Construction and Balfour Beatty among our growing customer base. Using precision, laserguided 3D scanning technology to map the whole machine, we design and manufacture panel by panel branding kits that can be applied to machines in a matter of hours. We recently branded Balfour Beatty’s EC950, Volvo’s largest excavator. It’s a huge piece of machinery but it took a team of two people just four hours to get the branding on it. Wrapping it using traditional branding would have taken a minimum of two days, while painting it would have taken a week. We also branded one of H&H Construction’s new JCB 245s working on the HS2 project in a Union Jack design to celebrate British manufacturing. And we covered the superstructure of another one, a limited edition 220X, to promote H&H’s sponsorship of the rugby league team, Castleford Tigers. Both look absolutely amazing. The innovation in machinery branding has been growing in popularity because it minimises the time that it takes to get machines in operation. Repairs are so much quicker too. With the panel by panel branding system it’s no longer a case of rewrapping or repainting the whole machine.
Every company investing in expensive vehicles or machinery wants to brand them in a high-impact way to promote their business but manually ‘wrapping’ a single sheet of cast vinyl around the contours of a vehicle takes a lot of time, even for highly skilled applicators. That means high labour costs as well as the cost of downtime for the vehicle. And any damage to the wrapping once the vehicle is in use means redoing the whole job – which means yet more cost and more downtime. We knew there had to be a better and faster way, which is why we developed Brandfixx. In addition to cost savings of up to 40 per cent and time savings of up to 75 per cent resulting from the simplified design, production and application process, the Brandfixx approach offers additional benefits that are particularly relevant to the construction industry. Safety is a key concern for the industry and we use fully reflective, R3B-compliant material on our plant machinery kits, protecting your workforce by ensuring equipment is visible in low light conditions from as far away 300 metres. The material we use on plant machinery is also very tough, so it’s able to withstand the rigours of a site, with an anticipated life of five to seven years. We, and our customers, are thrilled with the improvement to plant machine branding. We love working with the construction industry as the size of the machines means what we do can have a truly awesome impact and we’re looking forward to creating more head-turning designs as our business continues to grow.
Dumpers feature Thwaites nine-tonne front tip cabbed dumper
For over 80 years, Thwaites has engineered solutions for the plant hire and construction market from the same site, now serving more than 70 countries on five continents. A highly skilled team of time-served craftsman, engineers, designers and machine builders, ensure Thwaites dumpers are consistently at the forefront of safety, design, manufacturing and development. When you choose Thwaites you are safe, compliant, competitive and part of a heritage of owners and operators who love their Thwaites dumpers. The nine-tonne front tip cabbed, stage V dumper is manufactured with contractors and hirers in mind – ensuring operator safety, reducing risk on site and improving performance. The cab is impact tested to level 2 ROPS 3471 and FOPS 3449. As such, all Thwaites cabbed dumpers are approved for use by the UK Major Contractors Group. Front tip dumpers allow the machine to be easily and safely loaded, with a straightforward tipping action that places the full bucket of spoil exactly where it is required. A Spring Activated Hydraulic Release (SAHR) Handbrake, five-inch screen displaying 150 degrees aroundmachine visibility, LED road lights and twin LED beacons are all available across the ninetonne range.
Specifications: • Engine: • Fuel tank capacity: • Power: • Torque: • Weight: • Skip Base Plate: • Top speed:
3.6 L Deutz turbo diesel stage V engine 72 litres 55.4 kW peak power 405 Nm 5,310 kg (unladen) 6 mm thick 15 mph
Ecovolve Ecovolve high tip, smart charging, low noise, zero emissions, tight turning circle, fully electric dumpers have won many satisfied clients in the UK, North America, the Middle East, ANZ and throughout Europe since 2015. They have earned Ecovolve an unrivalled reputation for providing eco-friendly equipment that delivers huge benefits for customers, every working day. In terms of quality and performance, nothing in the market matches the ED product range, which is the proven number one in the compact dump truck field. The quality of the range is reflected in the hire rates achieved for products across Ecovolve’s many rental clients and in sales across all territories.
Key features for ED800, ED1000, ED1500 • Smart charging, zero emissions, fume free, low noise • High tip and tight turning circle • 10+ hours working capacity even on full load • EcoChute attachments for pouring concrete accurately • Rugged S355 steel skips, S255 steel chassis • Carrying capacity from 800 kg to 1.5T • Narrow width for internal demolition/construction jobs (780MM on ED800) • Low maintenance (grease nipples and fully discharge/charge battery pack once a month) • All wheel drive (ED1500) • Superelastic, zero maintenance rubber solid tyres for comfortable, safe load
Key features: • Zero emissions and low noise levels • Fast charge capability • Full shift operation in typical use • High-tip skip design allows loading into skips and larger containers • The machine offers a maximum payload of 1,000 kg • Maximum load over height of 2,392 mm • ROPS frame as standard • Powerful LED working lights for maximum visibility in low light conditions • LED amber and green lap-belt beacons
JCB has launched its first ever electric site dumper with the unveiling of its 1TE onetonne high-tip model powered by lithiumion battery technology. Designed to work indoors, underground and in emissionssensitive areas, the 1TE electric dumper is an ideal partner for JCB’s market-leading 19C-1E electric mini excavator. The 1T-E is a durable, compact machine with a full steel skip and heavyduty articulated chassis. It replaces the individual wheel motors of the hydrostatic 1T-2 with conventional drive axles and a drop box, to provide full-time all-wheel drive. A 7kW hydraulic motor delivers drive to the drop box, while a second hydraulic pump is used to power the machine’s standard hydraulic circuit, for steering and skip lift. Two 5 kWh lithium-ion batteries capable of providing full shift operation in normal use. The batteries can be recharged from conventional site electrical supplies, with 110V and 230V cables available. The optional JCB Universal Charger can be used to rapid charge the batteries for extended operation. Productivity and performance are identical to the conventional diesel model, both in travel speeds and in tipping cycle times.
The perfect combination of stylish design, state-of-the-art technology and unrivalled capability, Mecalac’s all-new 3.5MDX cabbed site dumper sets the standards in performance, safety and practicality. Perfectly blending stylish design with ‘rental tough’ build quality, the 3.5MDX is powered by a Stage V-compliant 1.8L turbocharged threecylinder diesel engine. Delivering 37 kW (50hp) at 2,700 rpm and a peak torque of 150.5 Nm at 1,600 rpm, the new model is available in either swivel tip skip with 180 degrees’ rotation (to enable precise lateral unloading without manoeuvres) or front tip skip variants. The 3.5MDX uses high and low range gearing for both forward and reverse, as well as permanent four-wheel drive. With an operating weight of just 2,990 kg, length of 3.8 metres, width of 1.9 metres and height of 2.8 metres, the innovative model is both highly compact and highly manoeuvrable. This provides operators with the perfect solution to carry high payloads in confined spaces and makes transport between sites quick and simple.
Mecalac 3.5MDX cabbed site dumper
Specifications: • Operating weight: • Payload: • Engine power: • Dumping height (skip tipped): • Travel speed: • Transmission: • Max skip capacity (heaped):
2,915 kg 3,500 kg 50 hp 841 mm 12 mph Hydrostatic 1.88 m3
Wacker Neuson Dual View Dumper DV90
The DV90 Dual View Truck with nine tonnes’ payload sets new standards in terms of operator and construction site safety, flexibility and cost effectiveness. Dual view allows the operator to quickly and conveniently rotate the entire seat operating console through 180-degrees. This gives the operator an unrestricted view in the direction of travel – during transport, loading and unloading. As a consequence, the operator can always keep an eye on the working environment and this means significantly greater safety. The rotation of the operator’s seat and console is easily carried out in situ using a single handle
Features: • Unrestricted view = more safety • 180° rotation of the entire driver’s station • High driving position, high working position • 9,000 kg-payload • Hydrostatic drive to unlock and then rotate the complete console unit. This is particularly useful on confined construction sites, in, for example, inner city areas, in tunnels or on busy roads as the operator steers the machine with the skip in the travel direction, rotates the
operator console for precision unloading with a full view of the loading area and, after a 180-degree rotation of the seat, drives away again with a full field of vision without having to turn the vehicle. Timeconsuming turning and manoeuvring are no longer necessary.
Two tracks good, four tracks better
Moorend track systems and specialist tracked vehicles by Toby Wilsdon
Andy Cox, a design engineer with many years’ experience in various sectors, founded Moorend Limited in 2013, having previously worked at specialist plant dealers, as a local drainage contractor and building specialist machines. He had also gained invaluable experience on large farms in America and Australia. Andy’s initial interest in track systems was born while working for a company that ran a fleet of traditional two-track dumpers. He was given the twin tasks of reducing high running costs while increasing low utilisation. He initially concentrated on using different track belts and running gear on two-tracked dumpers, with some limited success. During this time Andy was contacted by a site dumper manufacturer to look at putting tracks on a wheeled articulated 10-tonne dumper. They built a successful prototype and it is still operating today on the original track belts. While this early model had its shortcomings, it enabled Andy to gain a better understanding of what worked well and what didn’t work so well. The initial
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operation of this prototype alongside two-tracked machines provided some interesting results. • On certain lengths of haul, it achieved a fuel saving of up to 40 per cent per cubic metre of material moved. • Even though the machine only had a roll frame, operators preferred it over a cabbed two-tracked dumper as the smoother ride meant it was much less fatiguing. • Interestingly, this proved true in dry conditions too. The traditional tracked machines would be parked as they were too expensive to operate and 10-tonne site dumpers would be used instead. While the four-track machine had a significantly reduced speed, it sometimes worked out to be more productive in dry bumpy conditions as the four tracks provided a much smoother ride than the wheels. • There did not seem to be a significant increase in wear running on dry mud and dirt. Andy formed Moorend Ltd to enable himself to develop rubber track systems for existing wheeled construction machinery to allow greater use and efficient operation in challenging ground conditions. The first project resulted in the development of the four-track 3.2-tonne articulated telehandler (JCB TM320). After an intensive period of field testing, the performance results indicated drastically reduced surface damage to the working environments, outstanding traction qualities and a host of economic and on-the-ground operational benefits. After the success of this first prototype, it became apparent to Andy that there were smaller loader type machines that would benefit from the four-track system. After talking with Norcar, an established brand
in Ireland, they were keen to work with him to establish a presence in the UK. The Norcar A7545 4t was the first successful mini loader prototype and over the last few years the company’s focus has been on developing and refining the track systems for mini loaders, predominantly Norcar, Avant and Multi-one, while also fitting track systems to other makes and models. All of these prototypes have allowed Andy to design track systems that are more sympathetic to the base machine. This led to a design ethos that meant no modification to the base machine in terms of welding or drilling holes, etc. After the initial fitting, the track systems are easily removable to allow refitting of wheels should this be desired. This in turn allows Moorend to classify the track system as an interchangeable attachment. Alongside mini loader track systems, Moorend is also developing track systems for other dumpers and has almost reached the same stage as the mini loaders. The company is receiving interest from end users and OEMs alike. Always a challenge is the cost of these track systems, especially for four to 10
tonne dumpers, but despite all the recent political and COVID-related disruption to supply chains, Moorend is working towards achieving a more palatable price for this size of dumper. Moorend has been involved in diverse areas of operation from providing designs for boat launching tractors to a well-known lifeboat search and rescue charity, to adapting the Norcar tracked loaders for use in solar farm cleaning (below left). More recently, the Norcar tracked loaders have become popular with ground investigation/ drilling companies for low environmental impact and material handling capabilities on challenging sites. They have also been very successful when used on wetland creation projects where site access and ground conditions were challenging. These types of environments usually mean wheeled machines are out of the question, traditional skid steer machines could potentially cause more mess, and work might even have to stop. The fourtracks enable work to continue when ground conditions deteriorate. Moorend Limited has been going from strength to strength over the last few years and will soon be moving into larger premises to allow for faster production and higher stock levels of track systems for the mini loaders and ultimately, the dumpers. The market is young, but the company is seeing increased demand across the UK and the world for the tracked loaders and track systems to suit them. While these machines are not exactly mainstream yet, more sectors are starting to understand their benefit, versatility and adaptability in carrying out many roles, as well as the environmental impact for unstable or sensitive ground and sites. While Andy is clear about the benefits of four-tracked dumpers, he does not believe they will replace conventional two-tracked machines for every condition – there does remain a place for them in the market too.
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Volt from the blue UK’s first 35-tonne Terex Fuchs MHL 850F electric material handlers out on long term contract hire
For the last decade, Contract Plant Rental has been providing bespoke contract hire solutions to a wide variety of sectors, satisfying the specific needs of customers nationwide. It is proud to provide the latest machinery from the industry’s leading manufacturers and suppliers, and these latest two Fuchs material handlers are no exception. The UK’s first Terex Fuchs electric powered material handlers, supplied by Blue Machinery (Central) Ltd landed on long term hire with Lancashire Renewables Ltd recently, and the company wasted no time putting them straight to work. The first electric machine will be feeding Lancashire Renewables’ waste plant in Thornton while the second will be loading MSW waste at its site in Fleetwood. As local authorities and businesses nationwide look to meet net zero emissions targets, Lancashire Renewables Ltd welcomes the UK’s first fully electric 35-tonne waste handlers to the industry. Today the attitude to electric and battery powered vehicles and machinery is changing rapidly, with many businesses already investing in electric powered cars, vans, sweepers and refuse trucks. Supplied by Blue Machinery (Central) Ltd via national contract hire specialists Contract Plant Rental, Lancashire Renewables Ltd looks set to make an impact with its new electric machines. Lancashire Renewables Ltd’s Procurement Manager, Alistair Pope explains: “Following an open and successful tender, Contract Plant Rental fully understood and supported our operational requirements to the fullest extent, with its selection of the Fuchs MHL850F promising to be a formidable piece of equipment. Lancashire Renewables Ltd is excited at the prospect of a continued relationship with Contract Plant Rental and the support to move towards more environmentally friendly equipment.” In addition to the increasing drive to reduce emissions across the country, the recently announced abolition of red diesel, a popular fuel used in the heavy machinery sector, means that come April 2022, many businesses are set to see a significant rise in their fuel bills. Sean McGeary of Blue Machinery (Central) Ltd says: “I feel that 2022 will see a significant increase in the demand for electric machines across the spectrum for traditional diesel hydraulic mobile machines. This is more so for machines where mobility is not the primary
function e.g. material handlers, crushing, shredding and screening trains. “There is a convenience to have the machines with mobile capability, but they typically work on one site without regular movement. The demand will increase due to the change in diesel tax legislation as well as a general change in attitude across the construction associated sectors for decarbonisation and planning for the future.” The Fuchs MHL850F electric drive material handler is designed and built specifically for waste, scrap and port applications, destined to be reliable, economically efficient and environmentally friendly in one. On long term hire by Contract Plant Rental, the Fuchs material handlers offer zero emissions and significantly reduced noise and heat output. The low energy consumption enormously reduces the environmental impact and the low maintenance costs provide a huge benefit.
Not just better for the environment, the electric powered material handlers offer more efficient working hours, reduced operating costs, up to a 60 per cent saving compared to diesel powered equivalent machines, all without compromise on the performance and quality. The electric motor means low operation and service costs as oil changes, servicing of moving parts of the diesel engine and refuelling are no longer necessary. The electric cable lengths and cable reel designs on the Fuchs electric machines are adapted to each customer’s specific requirements. The machines can be equipped with an internal or external powerpack, to move the machine around the yard efficiently. As an additional benefit, full torque is immediately available, which gives more output than traditional diesel-powered machines. Richard Creighton, Operations Manager for Contract Plant Rental adds: “As electric cars become a staple
on our roads, it’s only natural that all diesel-powered plant will be heading in that direction. Its advantages in terms of running costs and operator health benefits make it the obvious choice for a wide and varied number of applications. “As custodians of the industry for a relatively short period of time, we owe it to the next generation to look for processes that not only look after our own health but also that of the planet. The waste industry continues to spearhead the move from landfill to recycling, the move to electric machines powered by carbon neutral solar and wind power will be a natural progression from diesel-powered predecessors. Saving money on fuel with the aim of zero emissions.” Set on creating a cleaner and more sustainable future together, Contract Plant Rental looks forward to working with suppliers and customers alike nationwide to help do its bit in combating climate change.
Bobcat expands financing options Four finance schemes for buying new Bobcat equipment
Under a promotion running to the end of December, Bobcat is offering an expanded choice of hire purchase financing options for new Bobcat loaders, mini-excavators and telehandlers. The roster of finance options in the special promotion now includes a Seasonal Payments Plan. This adds to the Buy Now, Pay Later; 50% Half Price Rentals; and 0% Over 3 Years plans also available. These finance schemes are attractive for customers in all markets, including construction, rental, agriculture, horticulture, waste, recycling and landscaping. Hayley Quinn, Finance Manager for Doosan Financial Solutions EMEA in the UK & Ireland said: “Particularly suited to seasonal industries such as agriculture and horticulture, the new Seasonal Payments scheme adds another financing option to the wide array available to Bobcat customers. This expands choice and helps new and existing Bobcat customers to develop their businesses, both to weather tough market conditions, but also to meet increased demand.”
Seasonal Payments Plan: Under this scheme, customers pay an initial 10 per cent downpayment, followed by an agreed schedule dictated by the seasonal nature of their businesses of further payments over a 36-month period, based on a very attractive zero per cent interest rate. Buy Now, Pay Later: Complementing the seasonal payments scheme, this plan provides up to 180 days’ deferral on the first payment. This allows customers to generate profits from their new Bobcat machines, well before they need to complete their first instalment payment, with no downpayment and a 0.45 per cent interest rate.
John Christofides, Regional Sales Director, Northern Europe, East Europe and CIS and Russia for Bobcat EMEA, said: “With the addition of the new Seasonal Payments scheme, we are providing our customers with even more answers for purchasing Bobcat machines, so they can ensure their businesses prosper and meet
50 Per Cent Half Price Rentals: Providing another level of flexibility, under the 50 Per Cent Half Price Rentals finance scheme, customers pay a 10 per cent downpayment, but then only need to pay half of the regular monthly hire purchase payments for the first 12 months of the plan. Zero Per Cent Over Three Years: A zero interest scheme, with payments spread over 36 months and with a 10 per cent downpayment. As with all the plans, the customer will own the equipment following the final payment.
increasing demand as we come out of the pandemic. Our special finance schemes also provide our customers’ businesses with the flexibility they need to deal with ever changing market conditions.” All details and applications for the finance schemes are available via Authorised Bobcat Dealers in the UK.
Polish waste and recycling company invests in Doosan Until recently ZUO International, the waste and recycling company based at Kunowice in Poland, used only wheel loaders. However, when the opportunity arose to invest in new mobile equipment, the company decided to purchase a material handler for the first time, a new Doosan DX250WMH‑5 wheeled model. ZUO International was established thanks to the investments and capital of Sirius Finance S.A. (Luxembourg) and provides comprehensive waste management, recovery and disposal services. The new Doosan was bought in response to the growing waste stream and to improve processes.
Rafał Kościukiewicz, Operations Manager of ZUO International said: “With an additional unit, it is much easier to manage the machines in a way that guarantees their optimal use and best performance. This is why we didn’t buy another wheel loader, but rather a material handler. “This machine enables us to easily sort materials from a waste heap or load waste into the shredder with precision, because the operator, when located several metres above ground level, can clearly see the inside of the working chamber and can properly distribute the load.”
Competitive tender The decision was made on the basis of a tender procedure in which five companies participated. The best proposal was presented by Grausch i Grausch Maszyny Budowlane Sp. z o.o., the exclusive Authorized Doosan Dealer in Poland. The proposed machine met all the technical criteria set by ZUO International and had the most attractive price. Rafał Kościukiewicz said: “The DX250WMH‑5 model perfectly meets our needs. Its high performance and range in excess of 11 metres make the machine a perfect tool for handling even the heaviest materials. The new machine is used to load green waste into a shredder and screening unit, but we know – based on previous experience from other facilities – that it can also handle bulk waste.” Other factors that led to the selection of the offer from Grausch i Grausch Maszyny Budowlane were, Kościukiewicz said: “The six-cylinder, six-litre engine, relatively large for this class of machine, provides the best operating parameters. We were also impressed by the low noise level in the cab, much lower than in the machines from the competitors.” Initially, ZUO International was concerned about a drop in shredder loading efficiency, as the wheel loader used so far has a four-cubic-metre bucket, while
PURCHASES the new material handler is equipped with a semi-open five‑finger gripper with a capacity of 0.6 cubic metres. These fears were completely unfounded, Kościukiewicz now knows. The new machine is fast and guarantees shorter work cycles, so the work efficiency is comparable. Summarising the situation, he said: “The Doosan material handler meets our expectations and we are very satisfied with it. It does what it’s supposed to. Our operator likes working in it because of the noticeable power reserve and spacious, comfortable cab.” Local partnership Rafał Kościukiewicz also speaks positively about the Doosan dealer: “The machine was delivered on time, and the cooperation with the sales representative and service offer were perfectly satisfactory. However, this is not a surprise, as two years ago we purchased a Doosan DX300LC-5 crawler excavator from Grausch i Grausch, so we have already had the opportunity to work with them. The machine has worked over 5,000 hours so far, but thanks to professional, regular maintenance it is
still in perfect condition and hasn’t had any problems. We are very satisfied with Grausch i Grausch’s services.” Proven technology The DX250WMH‑5 25-tonne material handler was added to the Doosan range at the beginning of 2019. It is based on the Doosan 21‑tonne DX210W‑5 wheeled excavator. It was designed for the toughest applications, such as handling scrap metal. A factory-installed electrical generator used to power the electromagnet eliminates the need for modifications, and additional features, such as cab guards, frame guards, additional work lights and
solid rubber tyres increase the safety of waste handling. The DoosanCONNECT telematics system is standard for the DX250WMH-5 machine and comes with a three‑year subscription. It sends location information and a full range of machine operational information to the owner, dealer and Doosan. This information is sent with the help of a simple user interface, accessible online via a web-enabled computer or smartphone. The telematics system enables owners to monitor their Doosan machinery and effectively manage maintenance to reduce general operating costs.
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JCB announced the first Stage V reduced swing model in its growing X Series crawler excavator lineup in September. The 245XR will compete in the 22-26 tonne reduced swing market, with a focus on exceptional levels of operator comfort, stability, productivity, efficiency and serviceability. The new machine features: • A full size, one metre wide cab – the largest in the sector, delivering increased operator comfort • A highly efficient Stage V JCB Dieselmax engine, matching performance with economy • Easy access to all service and maintenance points, boosting uptime • Exceptional stability for maximum lifting capacity • Quality hydraulic components delivering smooth, precise operation
At just 1,720 mm, the 245XR has a tail swing that is 40 per cent shorter than the conventional 220X, with which it shares many features. This will offer contractors a highly effective excavator for use in road construction and maintenance, utility work, urban operations and other confined site works. The 245XR can be ordered with a choice of monoboom or a TAB triple articulating boom and there is a choice of 2.4 metre and 3.0 metre dipper arms, for increased breakout or maximum reach. Maximum digging reach with the monoboom is 9,952 mm, with a maximum digging depth of 6,627 mm. With a choice of 600-900 mm heavy-duty track pads, the 245XR offers exceptional stability, for digging across track and for lifting duties on site. An optional dozer blade is offered, for maximum versatility.
The 245XR uses the proven one-metre-wide cab featured on X Series machines, which is 15 per cent larger than the cab on the previous JS generation. With an internal volume of 2.86 m3, it is the largest cab in the sector, delivering maximum comfort throughout the working day for operators. The cab has an internal noise level of just 69 dBa, among the quietest in the sector. It boasts a range of seating options, developed with Grammer, to deliver maximum support and comfort. A heated, adjustable air suspended seat with mechanical lumbar support is standard, while a super deluxe seat with heating and cooling, plus electric lumbar, is available as an option. Updated CommandPlus switch packs sit to the right of the seat and there is a large 7-inch
multifunction display mounted forward of that. The X Series cab boasts 11 fully adjustable air vents, with multiple airflow modes to suit the operator and the weather conditions. There is plenty of storage around the cab, with a large space behind the operator’s seat, while the rubber floor and storage area mats can be removed for easy cleaning if required. Standard specification includes climate control, factory fitted Bluetooth radio, window blinds, refuelling pump and tool kit. Specific packs to suit individual regions will also be offered.
The 245XR is powered by a highly efficient EU Stage V compliant JCB Dieselmax 448 diesel engine, delivering 129kW (173hp). The 4.8-litre engine uses a Selective Catalytic Reduction Filter (SCR-F) that comprises a combined SCR, Diesel Particulate Filter (DPF) and Diesel Oxidation Catalyst (DOC) with a large ash holding capacity. There is no requirement for Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) and the system has been removed from the new inlet manifold, resulting in a cleaner burning engine.
The hydraulic system uses latest generation Kawasaki pumps, with Kayaba main control valve for fine control. The hydraulic hose diameter has been increased to deliver improved flow with less resistance, boosting performance and driveline efficiency. Despite the compact rear bodywork, JCB has installed large service doors, providing easy access to all filters and fill points. Air filter and hydraulic filter life is up to 2,000 hours, while engine oil changes intervals are set at 500 hours.
There are wide, well-spaced steps and grab rails for upper structure access, reducing maintenance times and boosting safety. JCB’s 245XR combines minimum swing with maximum space, delivering compact operating dimensions with no compromise in performance or productivity. With best-in-class cab space and comfort, impressive stability and productivity, a highly efficient driveline and excellent serviceability, the 245XR sets a new standard in the reduced swing 22-26-tonne excavator sector.
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Steelwrist adds SQ90 to automatic quick couplers range
The global demand for fully automatic coupler systems continues to grow in both the demolition and construction industry. In line with this, Steelwrist has now introduced the SQ90, so far the biggest model in the range of SQ Auto Connection quick couplers. The SQ90 is targeted toward excavators up to 70 tonnes in the demolition industry. Steelwrist launched the SQ Auto Connection quick coupler in 2017 and the range now includes SQ60, SQ65, SQ70, SQ70/55 and SQ80. The company is now introducing the biggest SQ model so far – the SQ90. Steelwrist SQ couplers are appreciated by customers for the increased safety and ability to change hydraulic work tools in seconds without leaving the cab. The addition of the SQ90 coupler meets the demand from the demolition industry, where many fast work tool changes are common. Stefan Stockhaus, CEO of Steelwrist AB, said: “The Steelwrist SQ Auto Connection quick couplers have been appreciated by the customers from day one on. In the demolition industry, with its frequent work tool changes, it is all about using the right tool for the right job at the right time. SQ allows operator and machine to work continuously at all times and work safety increases when operators can easily change and use the best tool for the job.” Compliant with Open-S standard All Steelwrist SQ products follow the global Open-S industry standard for fully automatic couplers for excavators. This standard makes it easier for machine operators and contractors to choose quick couplers, tiltrotators and work tools from different manufacturers and be confident that they will function together. Upgraded Front Pin Lock safety solution Front Pin Lock is a mechanical lock of the front shaft that significantly limits the risk of an unintended drop of work tools. With Steelwrist’s entry into the demolition segment, the patented Front Pin Lock technology has been upgraded to a second generation to support heavy demolition work tools. Qplus technology All SQ couplers come with QPlus technology, which enables higher hydraulic flows with fewer pressure drops than many other systems on the market.
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