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COMPACT PLANT 20 Investing in Takeuchi 22 Travis Perkins: Improving Safety 25 Kato: From Japan to the UK 28 Bobcat Skid-Steer Loaders 31 NEW PRODUCTS

VEHICLES 32 Introducing the Ford Ranger Wildtrak


34 A Look at the Fiat Ducato Van 37 Ingimex:The Company Behind


Volkswagen’s Tippers

38 Behind the Wheel of the Ssangyong Musso 40 Moving Equipment with Andover Trailers 41 NEW PRODUCTS


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CRIME STOPPERS A fter decades of the public imagination with the consistent decline, crime generic name of a particular of every class is now on manufacturer. A law the increase, and the enforcement team that has construction plant sector is far enough knowledge to recognise from exempt. Organised gangs what has actually been stolen is are both resourceful and essential if it is ever to be opportunistic, and where one repatriated to its rightful door closes another can be owner, whilst the adoption of Lee Jones, quickly broken down. Indeed, the likes of the CESAR scheme Editor advances in physical security, will provide the police with the immobilisers and trackers, tools to trace victims. might have reduced smash and grab as a As with so many issues in commerce, tactic, but identity fraud has emerged as the the most effective weapon at the disposal more sophisticated and lucrative ploy. of any company is communication, both The audacity of individuals indulging in within and between organisations. In a cloning or bogus hire is often astounding to challenging market hire desk staff might be behold, with some groups even going to the under pressure to secure new clients, but trouble of emblazoning vehicles in company that should not be at the expense of the colours and logos. As contractors and plant appropriate checks and procedures. Staff hirers will know to their cost, the anonymity must be fully satisfied that they are dealing that a hard hat and hi vis can afford a thief with a bona fide business before they on a large and busy site can make machinery commit to delivery, either by insisting on vulnerable to simply being purloined in appropriate documentation, visiting their public view, whilst gangs will often build premises, or asking other firms if they are relationships with hirers over many weeks familiar with them. Employees need to be or months before disappearing into the empowered to ask questions because, if an night with significant amounts of equipment. insurance company deems that stringent So just what can industry and the rules of hire have not been adhered to, then authorities do to protect themselves? In the they may not pay out. first instance, it should be accepted that the It should equally be recognised that the only way to deter crime is to increase the consequences of crime are never confined level of detection. When the light fingered to the intrinsic value of what has been are in search of fitting targets they are not taken. Human nature dictates that there is pondering whether they are going to get an inevitable emotional dimension, three or five years at Her Majesty’s pleasure, particularly with identity fraud.Victims but whether they’re likely to get caught. Sadly, might be embarrassed that they have fallen the answer to that is too often no – and it’s victim, for instance, but here again it is a state of affairs of which thieves are gleefully exchanging information that will ultimately aware. The often woeful level at which win victory. Given that gangs will often individual constabularies are solving crimes is work a local area before moving on, simply a problem for government, as is an increase picking up the phone and informing others in police resources, but a more pertinent who might be vulnerable will prove issue for fleet managers is a suitable invaluable, whilst it is also clear that more replacement for the Plant and Agricultural needs to be done to facilitate conversations National Intelligence Unit (PANIU). between companies. Ultimately crime is a It’s not just about dedicated officer societal issue and confronting it head on numbers, of course, but expertise. To the will always be a Sisyphean task. Whilst uninitiated, the difference even between a machinery remains of value it will always be telehandler and an excavator might not be a target but by working together plant immediately apparent, whilst pieces of hirers and contractors can do much to construction plant are invariably identified in thwart even the most determined thieves. Consultant Editor NICK JOHNSON Managing Editor TERRY SMITH Assistant Editor KIERAN NEE Digital Assistant DAVID MOLLOY Group Advertisement Manager CRAIG JOWSEY 07900248102 Advertisement Manager JACOB TATUM 07825773737 Magazine Designer GEMMA WATSON Group Production Manager CAROL PADGETT Publisher BRYAN SHANNON Subscriptions Construction Plant News is a business magazine for plant professionals, contractors, materials extraction and processing companies, waste and recycling operations, as well as local authorities. If you are not on our circulation list and would like to subscribe email To be removed from this magazine’s circulation please call 01923 237799 or email Printed by Walstead Peterborough Published by HAMERVILLE MEDIA GROUP Regal House, Regal Way, Watford, Herts WD24 4YF. Tel: Watford (01923) 237799 Fax: (01923) 246901 Copyright © 2019

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Jamie Johnson, FJP Investment, praised the Chancellor’s focus on infrastructure in future spending: "While Mr Javid may not have focused on new-build targets, there are still positives to take from the speech – namely the fact he has committed significant investment into transport links and digital connectivity. Indeed, one of the most common criticisms of new-builds is the lack of infrastructure around the housing developments.” Meanwhile, Paresh Raja, Market Financial Solutions, sounded a cautious note: "Given the current state of politics, any big policy announcement needs to be taken with a pinch of salt.


RAIL PLANT OPERATORS CALL FOR ACTION TO ADDRESS ECONOMIC UNCERTAINTY OF SECTOR. In a bid to address concerns relating to the economic uncertainty of the rail plant sector, the Rail Plant Association has released a discussion paper calling for action from the government and Network Rail to come up with solutions to help secure the industry. RPA research suggests its members are working at 70 per cent of workload capacity compared to recent levels, with members believing current workload levels have fallen to a point where irreparable damage is done to the rail maintenance supply chain.

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UK construction compan ies are putting the future of the ir organisation and the safety of their sta ff at risk, after a new study has fou nd that 67 per cent of 2,000 constr uction firms admit that they would fail a formal ‘on the spot’ Health & Safety Executive (HSE) site inspection – or they ‘might scrape throug h’ – because of internal failing s in recording and mainta inin g accurate, up-to-date hea lth and safety compliance dat a. The Health & Safety at Wo rk Act 1974 requires eve ry construction company to keep an accurate, up-todate record of all health and safety matters from per sonnel training and qualifications to equipment maintenan ce, to site safety and incident report s; all to be made immedi ate ly available to the HSE upo n inspection.

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Having the vision is one thing, the challenge is ensuring political posturing translates into actual policy and action." Lastly, Jerald Solis, Experience Invest, has expressed his relief to hear some positive, nonBrexit related news: "Brexit has dominated political discourse for so long that it comes as a genuine relief to hear the Chancellor discuss domestic affairs. In particular, it is positive to hear today of the government’s plans for investing in infrastructure and simplifying the planning process for residential properties.”



TELETRAC NAVMAN’S REPORT OUTLINES THE CHALLENGES CONSTRUCTION FACES IN THE FUTURE. The telematics specialist’s 2019 Construction Benchmark Report has unlocked valuable insights into the construction industry. Unsurprisingly, the research found that businesses’ top priorities include increasing profits (38 per cent) and reducing operational revenue (37 per cent), with more than a third (37 per cent) planning to upgrade their fleet to meet these goals. In fact, more than half (55 per cent) intend to increase their fleet size this year, with almost three quarters (68 per cent) looking to expand their operations by purchasing new vehicles and/or equipment. Despite the positive aspirations for growth, construction firms face a number of concerns this year. Increases in the price of building materials is heading up the worry list, with almost half (49 per cent) citing it as a growing concern, followed by driver safety (28 per cent) and jobsite safety (27 per cent).


PROCUREMENT PILOTS SET TO SAVE CONTRACTORS AND SUPPLY CHAIN SMES £25M. CITB and construction employers are piloting four schemes to improve procurement practices for homebuilding and infrastructure projects set to achieve £25m savings. The commission will see just under 12,000 construction workers trained, half of which to be from small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), within the housing, infrastructure and local authority-led construction sectors in England, Scotland and Wales.

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The report also unearthed that more than half (51 per cent) of respondents find traffic congestion to be the biggest infrastructure issue and almost half (48 per cent) say theft of equipment and tools is their greatest security concern. Whilst the majority (90 per cent) of firms already use advanced technologies like telematics – primarily to track vehicles and equipment (73 per cent) – the report also shows that most users barely scratch the surface of its functionality, using on average only three (of 12 tested) of the features available. What’s more, although current users recognise the benefits of telematics, such as fewer incidents (51 per cent), improved driver retention and increased customer service, only 30 per cent can quantify a revenue impact. The remaining 10 per cent of non-adopters cite cost as the main reason for not implementing telematics (30 per cent); more than a quarter (26 per cent) don’t recognise a business need and less than a fifth (16 per cent) don’t believe they have time to analyse the data.

Close to 400 delegates from leading contractors, associations and manufacturers came together recently for the Working at Height Best Practice Forum with the aim of improving safety standards within the industry. Celebrating its eleventh year, the event has grown in size and stature to become one of the UK’s leading powered access safety conferences. Mark Keily, QHSE Director at Nationwide Platforms: “Although the number [of delegates] has now grown to nearly 400, its purpose and ethos of promoting powered access safety through leadership, innovation and collaboration remains as strong as ever.”

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CONSTRUCTION DRIVERS EXPOSED TO SIGNIFICANT LEVELS OF HARMFUL BLACK CARBON FROM DIESEL EMISSIONS. The lives of professional drivers working in congested cities such as London are being put at risk, according to new research presented at the European Respiratory Society International Congress. The study found that drivers working in construction and construction waste removal, were on average exposed to nearly four times the amount of black carbon per cubic metre of air than their exposure at home. Diesel fumes can contain up to 10 times the amount of soot particles than in petrol exhaust fumes, and can cause cancer. Meanwhile, the British Safety Council has welcomed measures on clean air in the recent Queen’s Speech. The speech included plans for an Environment Bill, with new measures to increase local authority powers to tackle sources of air pollution.

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씰 Boels Rental opens a new depot in Shrewsbury Hire company Boels Rental has opened a new Shrewsbury depot, replacing the older one. Marc Sneade, depot manager of the new location: “The opportunity to move into a brand new facility that we were able to have designed and built to suit our bespoke requirements was too good to pass on. It allows us to have all the benefits of a newer and much larger depot whilst still retaining our presence within an established location.”

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씰 Molson Group appointed Terex Trucks ADT dealer for the UK Molson Group has been appointed as a nationwide dealer for Terex Trucks for the UK in a move that expands the group’s product range to include large ADTs for the first time. The full range of products will be available from Molson Equipment in England and Wales, with Molson Young Plant Sales looking after the brand in Scotland.

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JCB CHAIRMAN LORD BAMFORD HAS OFFICIALLY OPENED A NEW HEADQUARTERS IN GERMANY. JCB Germany – which was founded in 1965 – is now operating from a brand new facility on a 12 acre site in Cologne. The new HQ includes offices for 75 employees and a training centre for use by customers and dealers. Lord Bamford unveiled a plaque to mark the opening, saying: “Europe has been a very significant market for us since the 1950s and this facility is a great example of our investment in future growth.”

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씰 A-Plant opens Manchester hub A-Plant has opened its biggest service centre to date in Chadderton, Manchester. The flagship centre employs over 100 people, and is home to the company’s specialist divisions. The new hub also provides 60,000 sq.ft workshops and 18,000 sq.ft welfare, office and training facilities. Andy Wright, A-Plant: “Our new depot will allow us to serve our customers faster, and with multiple divisions housed in one hub we can also support our Manchester and north west trades more efficiently.”

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oad construction and repair is a crucial driving force in UK infrastructure spending, and the smart motorway concept has been accelerating the demand for the necessary machines still further. BOMAG, with an extensive portfolio of products across the entire road life cycle, is ideally placed to meet that demand, and has the pedigree to prove it. In 1957, for example, it was this manufacturer who first developed a double vibratory roller with all drum drive. Fast forward 60 years and a company owned by the Fayat Group since 2004 can now boast a range like no other, from a 55kg tamper up to a 55 tonne refuse compactor, with solutions in not only compaction – where it is firmly



It is time to hit the road with the BOMAG Innovation Days. Construction Plant News attends one of the highways industry’s biggest events, where both machines and key trends take centre stage.

established as number one in the world – but asphalt application, cold milling, road maintenance, stabilisation, recycling and more. Indeed, given that its French parent company is itself an active user of the equipment, the business is intimately acquainted with the challenges both OEMs and end users currently face. That’s why, when it invites the big beasts of the black top business to come to its Boppard home, hundreds from around the globe will answer the call. A production

facility that spans 70 football fields sees a solution for just about every application roll from multiple assembly lines, and the BOMAG Innovation Days demonstrate many of their benefits to an eager and expectant audience. It is also a chance for the Rhineland-based manufacturer to prove it is setting the trends that others will follow, with developments in digital construction, autonomous machinery, alternative drive solutions, and low emission solutions all much to the fore.

“Across the construction plant sector connectivity is becoming one of its guiding principles and BOMAG has been an early champion.” Pioneering technologies are the common currency at BOMAG. The first ride-on compactor, the BW200 emerged from Boppard drawing boards soon after the firm began trading. The world’s first recycler for stabilising ground and rejuvenating roads would follow in the 1970s, whilst the following decade would see the introduction of a polygonal drum that would allow deep compaction of ground of up to 4 metres in one pass. The geo fencing, GPS controlled and object detection enabled Robomag – already a sensation of Bauma – is a machine that can be utilised completely autonomously in a defined work area and follows in that tradition. When it goes into full production, and is combined with the likes of Asphalt Manager and Variocontrol – which will automatically take into account ground conditions and adjust compaction accordingly – it will optimise compaction operations, whilst simultaneously recording all the necessary documentation to prove it. Across the construction plant sector connectivity is becoming one of its guiding principles and BOMAG has been an early champion. In the past, the correct level of compaction has often been at the mercy of an operator’s judgement, but with the full suite of BOMAG tools more informed decisions can be made. The likes of the latest generation, Asphalt Manager2 and Economizer avoid over- or undercompaction, improving efficiency and helping to prevent future failure. Moreover, in maintenance and repair a Remote Service Assistant represents worldwide, cloud-based support that connects an expert from BOMAG to a customer, reducing travel costs and downtime into the bargain.

It would be fair to say that the kind of digital technologies that have become staple tools for jobsite managers on the continent are less common in the UK, but times are changing. Building Information Modelling (BIM) requires a 3D twin of the project and for that to be in any way accurate machine data is required. Moreover, under pressure from a tightening public purse, Highways England is looking to its suppliers to champion new methodologies, and manufacturers like BOMAG can help. With stakeholders increasingly demanding evidence of a job well done, its Bomap system allows you to upload all of the data the machine generates, including asphalt temperature, or compaction values across the entire site. Not only that but, because it carefully regulates the number of passes required, the job can also be completed up to 20 – 30 per cent quicker, with fewer hours on the machines. Moreover, an android-based technology will manage mixed fleets, and not just BOMAG machines.

The Asphalt Pro Family brings these technologies together in a holistic approach. In order to determine how many machines or trucks might be required, simulations can be run even before the job gets underway. Once the project is in full flow, real time analysis, scheduling and documentation are all further functions at your disposal, controlling the likes of material consumption – and your costs – with a greater degree of accuracy. It’s not just at the level of digital integration that BOMAG is determined to expand its customers’ profit margins but also in engineering and design. On its recyclers, operators can make use of the FlexMix system, for instance, where the speed of the rotors can be adjusted according to the ground conditions. That means the same job can be completed with a machine running at a consistently lower RPM, saving fuel and wear and tear. On other machines, Eco Mode will adjust engine output according to usage whilst Eco Stop goes still further. Often a CPN I NOVEMBER 2019 11

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roller on site could only be working for 40 per cent of the time the engine is running, but with the latter the power is automatically cut off to eradicate such wastage. Public health and the environment are now embedded at every level of our industrial processes and road construction is no exception. The dangers of particulate matter from diesel engines are now welldocumented, but there are many other applications that can generate problematic dust levels, including cold milling. BOMAG’s answer is the Ion Dust Shield, a system which is so successful in filtering more than 80 per cent of the potentially harmful material, that it will undoubtedly become a mandatory feature of the industry in the years ahead.

Stage V Similarly, clean diesel is still the order of the day, with Stage V units making huge strides, but alternatives are emerging. That’s why BOMAG’s asphalt compactors will include a mix of LPG, electric and hybrid units, the latter making use of a hydraulic system that will reduce the load on the internal combustion engine (ICE). With the launch of the BW120G, the popular 1.2m-wide drum class machines can now be powered by the same gas cylinder technology that industry is already well accustomed to in fork lifts. The unit maintains the same price point as its diesel compatriot and allows a run time of five hours. Give that there are no particulate emissions, and minimal NOx output, it is a concept that could well find favour in ultra-

low emissions zones. If you want zero emissions, however, the four lithium cells and two electric motors on the BW 120 AD-e will power the machine for 1.5 hours, with a recharging period of the same time. Although still dependent on an on-site power supply for charging, it is a technology that could find its place in more confined applications, such as tunnels. “We offer a choice of drivetrains depending on the customer requirements,” explains Jonathan Stringham, Head of Strategy Marketing for the BOMAG Group. “LPG, for example, can be an intermediate technology before a future move to electric. If there is no reliable charging source on site then the BW 120 G LPG model is presently more practical, than electric. Operating times are similar to a diesel, refuelling is simply a matter of changing a gas canister, whilst the initial investment is

broadly similar to an ICE unit.” The BOMAG factory is not just an assembly line but an engineering hub that transforms sheet steel into finished machine, and is in the privileged position of being in command of the vast majority of the production process. All of its drums are fabricated on the Boppard site, for example, as are the cabs, and chassis. As a result, quality can be maintained, and costs controlled, whilst there is an enhanced degree of flexibility in changes of design. Just some of the statistics prove the worth of these machines in the wider world. Over 135,000 pieces of light compaction equipment are built by the market leader in the field every year, for instance, whilst 13,000 drums are produced over the same period.

Innovation Days 2018 was a record year for BOMAG, with €830 million in turnover generated by 2,500 employees across 150 countries but it’s Innovation Days are indicative of a company that is determined to continue that journey. They are an opportunity for the road construction community to come together and for a manufacturer to hear not just what its customers need, but also feedback – both positive and negative – on units already in use in the field. “Only by listening to our customers can we develop the products that our customers need,” concludes Jean Claude Fayat, “and that’s why the BOMAG Innovation Days are so important.”

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The new red liveried Manitou loader range includes (from left) the articulated MLA- 5-50HZ loader, the 1350R skid steer and the articulated MLA-T 516-75 H telescopic loader.


Wider Red Line he red range of machines available from Manitou UK and its dealers now includes much more than rough terrain forklifts, telescopic handlers and powered access platforms. For the better-known Manitou name and its distinctive red livery now graces all the many skid steer, compact track and articulated loaders ranges that used to be yellow coloured Mustang machines.


Skid steer loader expert Graham Evans with the 1050R that scores by having a particularly low overall height of 1.78m.


It was back in 2008 that the Manitou Group bought the Gehl company in the USA to add compact loaders to its product portfolio. This purchase brought with it Mustang branded loaders as Gehl had retained this brand after buying it in 1997. The Manitou Group then kept both the Gehl and Mustang ranges (which have used increasingly common platform designs) in order to satisfy the preferences of different

The smallest 850R skid steer loader comes with T-Bar style hands only controls.

Nick Johnson takes a close look at the Mustang derived ranges of skid steer, compact track and articulated loaders that are now being sold in the UK as red liveried Manitou machines. customers and maintain two routes to market. Here in the UK, yellow Gehl machines were sold through Manitou and some of its dealers whilst Mustang models were distributed by Wakefield-based Filtermech and its sub dealers. Last year saw the Manitou Group decide to rebrand Mustang machines as Manitous in Europe whilst retaining Gehl as a separate identity. So now the Filtermech sales channel has changed to selling yellow Gehls and Manitou is busy promoting its expanded red line with Manitou branded versions of what used to be Mustangs. Manitou UK Product Manager David Clark says that the decision to introduce Manitou branding to the Mustang product line was made to capitalise on the strength of the Manitou name in Europe. He contends that the change results in a clearer product offering whist strengthening Manitou’s UK dealers as they can sell more products. To help more Manitou dealer personnel gain a much greater understanding of all the Manitou branded loaders, the company

recently staged a series of product explanation days at the Redditch premises of S E Davis & Son. Here there was a comprehensive selection of the red liveried loaders available for close inspection and test drives together with product specialists (including skid steer expert Graham Evans) able to explain all the features and benefits of the different machines that are all made in the USA. Looking at the skid steer loaders first, there are eight radial arm (R) and three vertical lift (V) machines now badged Manitou. With their rated operating capacities in brackets they are the 850R (386kg), 1050R (476kg), 1350R (612kg), 1500R (680kg), 1650R (748kg), 1900R (862kg), 2200R (998kg), 2600R 1,179kg),

A 2150RT compact track loader fitted with a dozer blade attachment from Whites Material Handling.

This patented IdealAccess fold-up front door is an option on the five largest compact track loaders.

The inline engine and filters are accessed through the swing-out rear door and there is a swing out cooling pack.

To maximise service access, the cabs on larger Manitou skid steer and compact track loaders tilt up backwards.

2700V (1,225kg), 3300V (1,497kg) and the large 4200V (1,905kg). The flagship 4200V has a 90.0kW (120.7hp) Deutz engine whilst all its smaller brothers have Yanmar engines. Able to access particularly confined spaces, the 850R is only 900mm wide and has an unladen weight of 1,279kg. It comes with T-Bar style hands only controls. The 1050R is wider (at 1.22m) but it scores by having a lower overall height of 1.78m. This model can be supplied with hands only or hands and feet controls (the classic Bobcat configuration). Depending on model, the Manitou skid steers can also be supplied with dual hand controls (familiar to the users of some Case machines) and the popular twin hydraulic pilot joysticks. The flagship 4200V – claimed to be the world’s largest skid steer – comes as standard with joystick controls. All skid steers have Level II ROPS/FOPS overhead guards and there is the option of fully enclosed cabs. Cabbed machines can have heating as an option and air conditioning

“This type of rubber tracked loader has great untapped potential here in the UK and Manitou is now well armed to help increase market population.” is available on the 1900R and above. A high back adjustable seat is standard on all models with the option of either a mechanical or air ride suspension seat on the 1350R and above. The hydrostatic drive on the skid steers utilises one drive motor on each side to supply power through pre-stretched heavy-duty roller chains to each pair of wheels. The 1650R and above can have two-speed drive and a Hydraglide ride control system is an option on the 1500R to 2600R radial lift models and

standard on all three vertical lift machines. Interestingly, compact track loaders now outsell wheeled skid steer loaders in the big USA market by around two to one. This type of rubber tracked loader has great untapped potential here in the UK and, with its six sizes, Manitou is now well armed to help increase market population. The Manitou compact track loaders are the 1650RT (748kg), 1750RT (794kg), 1850RT (839kg), 2100RT (953kg) and 2150RT (975kg) with Yanmar engines together with the Deutz engined 2500RT (1134kg). All have radial lift arms and feature the clever IdealTrax automatic track tensioning system. Every time the engine of a Manitou compact track loader is switched on the IdealTrax system is activated. On each track a hydraulic cylinder pushes against the front idler in order to achieve the correct working tension. The system is claimed to increase the life of tracks by up to 15 per cent and track changes in the field are facilitated by a simple switch in the machine’s rear compartment. Change on the move two-speed travel is standard on all Manitou compact track loaders and straight tracking is an option on the 1750RT, 2100RT and 2500RT. There is a choice of Camso HXD, 4-Season or Bridgestone HD tracks. Whist the smallest 1650RT uses a common platform with the 1650R wheeled skid steer; all its bigger brothers (the 1750RT to 2500RT) have a dedicated track loader chassis. The five larger loaders also get the option of a fold-up (rather than swing out) front door to their forward mounted Level II ROPS/FOPS certified cabs. Called IdealAccess, this patented design is easy to use. The 1650RT provides a choice between pilot joystick, T-bar, or hand/foot controls and there is a


S P E C I A L R E P O R T: N E W M A N I T O U R A N G E conversion kit available for a pilot dual-hand control system. The bigger compact tracked loaders have switchable joystick / dual hand controls and there is the ability to adjust operator drive speeds and response times on the 1750RT, 2100RT and 2599RT. All the Manitou skid steer and compact track loaders come as standard with the universal lever-locked All-Tach attachment mounting system with a hydraulic Power-ATach system. Use of hydraulically operated attachments is aided by the availability of high flow auxiliary hydraulic lines C-U-O (Connect Under Pressure) couplings. At the product explanation days a Simex PL4520 planer attachment was displayed on a 2600R

Service access on the smaller MLAs is aided by the provision of a side tilting cab and hinge down rear canopy.

The MLA 3-35 H can be easily moved between jobs on a twin axle plant trailer like this Nugent P32718H.

skid steer. To demonstrate service access, the dealer personnel were shown how the cabs on larger Manitou skid steer and compact track loaders can be easily tilted up backwards on gas struts. This operation can be done with the loader arms in any position and exposes the pumps, hydraulic valve bank and drive motors. Rear access to the inline engine and filters is achieved by means of the swing-out rear door and the display machine had a swing out cooling pack radiator to facilitate cleaning. Having badged other makers’ small articulated wheel loaders in the past, the Gehl company first produced its own construction specification models in America during 2005. Now Manitou UK dealers have a choice of seven red articulated wheel loaders with most seen at the Redditch product explanation days. The five Manitou articulated loaders with Yanmar engines, hydrostatic transmissions and conventional loader arms are the 17.9kW (24hp) MLA 1-25H, 26.1kW (35hp) MLA 3-35H, 35.0kW (47hp) MLA 4-50H, the 35.0kW (47hp) MLA 5-50 H-Z and the 49.0kW (65hp) MLA 6-65 H-Z. The biggest units in this American made range are two


55.2kW (74hp) Deutz engined, hydrostatic machines – the MLA 7-75 H-Z with conventional loader arms and the MLA-T 516-75 H with a telescopic arm. The smallest MLA 1-25H with canopy weighs 1,744kg (when fitted with forks) and has a 435kg rated operating capacity with bucket. Maximum hinge pin height is 2,705mm and the machine width of only 860mm allows it to get into confined spaces.

Easy Transportation Next size up is the 1.32m wide MLA 3-35 H that has a rated operating capacity (with bucket) of 860kg. Available with canopy or cab, it has parallel loader linkage and a maximum rated operating capacity with bucket of 860kg. An unladen weight of 2,472kg allows convenient transportation on a plant trailer such as the two axle Nugent P32718H from Dungannon, Northern Ireland as seen at Redditch. The MLA 5-50 H-Z is basically the same machine as the MLA 4-50H but with Z-bar rather than parallel loader linkage and a rated bucket operating capacity increased from 1,839kg to 2,151kg. The largest of the Yanmar

Seen here with canopy, the 1.32m wide MLA 3-35 H has a rated operating capacity (with bucket) of 860kg.

engined MLA loaders is the MLA 6-65 H-Z with tapered loader arms (to provide a better view of the bucket) and Z-bar loader linkage. A telescopic loader version of the MLA 6-65 is under development. Top of the American built MLA range is the Deutz engined MLA-& 516-75H with telescopic arm. It can lift 1,602kg on forks up to 4.84m and its maximum forward reach is 3.26m where it can carry 904kg. The telescopic arm on the MLA-T51675H has Z-bar bucket linkage to provide a high rotational angle and good tearout force. Usefully the linkage provides parallel lift and the bucket cylinder is placed within the boom head for protection. To cater for the needs of different customers’ machines can be bought with different finish levels. The small MLA 1-25H only comes with Essential finish whilst there are options for bigger units, depending on model, of Classic, Premium or top spec Elite finish levels. Service access on the smaller MLAs is aided by the provision of a side tilting cab and hinge down rear canopy whilst the larger models have a raise up rear engine hood. There are large cooling packs and a reversing engine fan on the MLA6-65 H-Z, MLA 7-75 H-Z and MLA-T516-75H 7. The new Manitou loaders are easy to drive – aided by such features as self-levelling and ride control on certain models. On the skid steer and compact track loader, buyers will appreciate the variety of control options so they can get a machine that really meets their needs.

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FIRST BOBCAT MODEL ARRIVES IN UK John Suggitt, who runs a construction business in East Yorkshire in the UK, has purchased the country’s first Bobcat TL43.80HF telehandler. With a maximum lift capacity of 4.3 tonne and a lift height of almost 8m, the telehandler combines several features to take lift capacity, lifting height and breakout force to unprecedented levels for this size of machine. FOR MORE INFORMATION GO TO WWW.RDR.LINK/CJ014

GORDON BOW PLANT HIRE IS INVESTING FOR THE FUTURE Gordon Bow Plant Hire of Broxburn, West Lothian, has added ten new Volvo EC140E excavators for the very first time, as part of a significant £5M investment programme in its fleet rejuvenation and general operations. “We recognised that the Volvo product has a good reputation in the market place for reliability and build quality, with operators appreciating the cab comfort, controllability and performance of the machines,” comments Jason Taylor, Business Development Manager for the hirer.


JCB ELECTRIFIES LYNCH One of the first electric mini diggers to roll off JCB's production line has been pressed straight into service on HS2. The 19C-1E was snapped up by leading plant hire firm Lynch for use on the rail scheme after the company was involved in early evaluations of pre-production models. The powerful compact model has zero emission operation at point of use, with no tethers or unsafe trailing cables and allows contractors to work inside buildings and in emissions-sensitive inner-city environments. FOR MORE INFORMATION GO TO WWW.RDR.LINK/CJ017

BAM NUTTALL GOES HYBRID WITH TRIME BAM Nuttall has invested in a further 30 lighting towers from the Cambridgeshire manufacturer and supplier, Trime. This latest order comprised 20 engine powered XECO LED units alongside 10 X-HYBRID sets. This is the first time the hirer has opted for the battery/diesel driven lighting towers. As the name suggests, the X-HYBRID lighting units are powered through an individually designed hybrid power supply system. This comprises a series of rechargeable batteries backed-up by a small diesel engine. FOR MORE INFORMATION GO TO WWW.RDR.LINK/CJ016


WACKER NEUSON LOOKS BOTH WAYS FOR A-PLANT A-Plant is helping to improve site safety, sustainability and productivity with a £900k investment in 20 new 6T and 9T Dual View Dumpers from Wacker Neuson. The move follows a recent trial at Sellafield earlier this year and Ian Jordan, Managing Director for A-Plant, said the investment is a response to increasing customer demand. Designed to enhance visibility and eliminate blind spots, the new dumpers feature a swivel skip dumper, setting new standards in terms of operator and construction site safety, flexibility and cost effectiveness. FOR MORE INFORMATION GO TO WWW.RDR.LINK/CJ018

HITACHI CLEAN UP AT RECYCLING PLANT Waste and recycling company Remondis recently invested in a Hitachi ZW180-6 Wheel Loader for their new facility in Birtley. On completion of a successful demo, and the product being dubbed reliable and robust within the waste application sector; the team made the decision to commit to the waste handling spec machine for loading and carrying operations at the plant. Built bespoke for the application, the machine comprised foam filled tyres, light and screen guards and a full paint job to fit in with the company's corporate colours. FOR MORE INFORMATION GO TO WWW.RDR.LINK/CJ019

WORDSWORTH EXCAVATIONS BAG FIRST EUROPEAN INTELLIGENT KOMATSU Nationwide bulk earthworks contractor Wordsworth Excavations has been a strong advocate of Komatsu’s intelligent machine control technology for some time, and has placed an order for the first European PC360LCi-11 excavator. Using the automatic real time digging control the machine’s operator has been able to move tonnes of material every day without worrying about over-digging, as the bucket will stop once it hits the target surface. FOR MORE INFORMATION GO TO WWW.RDR.LINK/CJ020

HYUNDAI CRUSHING SUCCESS FOR HIRER The very latest addition to Derby Crushing & Screening’s fleet is a 30tonne class Hyundai HX300L hydraulic excavator. The machine features Intelligent Moving Object Detection, which warns the operator when people or objects are getting too close to the machine, the system initially picks up objects at a distance of five metres with both visual and audible warnings in the cab offering reassuring feedback to the operator that something is encroaching into his potential working arc. FOR MORE INFORMATION GO TO WWW.RDR.LINK/CJ021



S E L U R E S HOU When S&R Construction took the strategic decision to move from renting equipment to running its own fleet, the contractor turned to Takeuchi. Construction Plant News Editor, Lee Jones talks to the company about a major investment in the compact plant specialist’s kit. hilst many SME contractors are content to continue renting the equipment they require, there is often a compelling commercial argument for owning a fleet of machines. Following a period of considerable expansion, multi-utility installation provider, S&R Construction made just that calculation and, with a major initial order for 10 mini excavators, has since put its faith in Takeuchi. “It just didn’t make financial sense for us to carry on hiring, and we had previous experience of using Takeuchi diggers from a rental firm who were already supplying us with excavators,” explains Accounts Manager, Charlie Craig. With some of the industry’s largest housebuilders already occupying a full order book, including Bovis Homes and Persimmon, the company was in a position to invest in equipment, and it was S&R Construction’s experienced operators who pointed to the Japanese manufacturer.



As a result, the west midlands building firm’s fleet now extends to a nine tonne TB290, three TB250s, and six TB216s. “The main attraction for us is the power, because these are machines that will be doing a considerable amount of trenching,” continues Charlie. The Dudley-based company specialises in installing the utilities for housebuilders, and currently has 14 live sites around the country with developer, Countryside alone. “We’re digging step trenches for water, gas and electric, as well as the necessary BT and Virgin infrastructure,” adds the company’s Gareth Tennant. “The 9 tonne TB290 has proved to be an absolute beast and we recently dug 65metres – 2m wide, 750mm deep – in just three hours on a site in Leicester. There’s also very little that can go wrong on them. A top mounted hydraulic boom cylinder and internally routed hoses, on the 1.6 tonne TB216 avoids on site damage, for instance.”

Utility jobs can be tough on machines, with larger sites demanding kilometres of trenches to be dug. Regardless of the weight class, Takeuchi’s units have proven to combine strength with agility, and that is equally true of the TB216, also on the same Leicester site. Manoeuvrability is enhanced with retractable and extendable tracks, making standard doorways and gates accessible, whilst equally allowing an expansion of the machine’s footprint for

“Housebuilding sites, particularly on more compact plots, demand manoeuvrability and, with a shorter than average tail swing compared to a conventional 9-tonne excavator, that’s just what the TB290 provides.” greater stability. Maximum digging depth on this 1.6 tonne machine is 2,390mm and maximum reach at ground level is 4,035mm. Housebuilding sites, particularly on more compact plots, demand manoeuvrability and, with a shorter than average tail swing compared to a conventional 9-tonne excavator, that’s just what the TB290 provides. Thanks to improved visibility, a 1,650mm tail swing radius, and rounded corners operators should be able to avoid damage in even the tightest spots. Not only that, but efficient finishing and grading is facilitated by a 500mm high, heavy duty dozer. Takeuchi’s 9 tonne unit promises what the manufacturer describes as significantly more breakout force compared to its existing TB285 and TB175 models. The standard long arm provides a ground level reach of 7,290mm and digging depth of 4,580mm. Dual boom cylinders with hose burst check valve provide added lifting power, and additional clearance for bucket and attachments. When S&R were in the market for new equipment one other major consideration was security, and again this Japanese manufacturer’s Takeuchi Security System (TSS) scored highly. As a result, fleet managers can be reassured

that only programmed keys will start the machine, and the attempted use of anything but the correct key will generate an alert. Not only that, but Takeuchi Dealer Bow Plant Sales has installed the latest in CanTrack technology prior to delivery. “We’ve previously had a mini excavator from a different manufacturer and, having only been in possession of it for a two week period, it was stolen from an apparently secure site, so it’s something we were very sensitive to,” Charlie adds. “An investment of upwards of ½ million is considerable for a company like S&R,” explains Zac Clulow of Bow Plant Sales. “We’ve made sure that they’ve been rewarded with the best equipment that their money can source, including MARTIN excavator buckets and Hill Engineering Tefra hitches, which are renowned for their durability over extended use.”

Becoming a multi-utility provider is far from a straight-forward procedure and the family run firm, spent a solid 18 months ensuring that it had the necessary accreditation, including inclusion on the Lloyds Register, a body which independently assesses the competency of contractors in the sector. “It was five years ago that we made the decision to focus on utilities and the growth has since been meteoric,” continues Charlie. “In fact, we’ll be looking at a £9 million turnover on that side of the business this year. Because we can install all the necessary utilities in one trench, we’re a one stop shop for the housebuilder, who might otherwise have to individually recruit a water, electric and gas company for the installation. If there’s road closures necessary for each of these, S&R’s one trench can avoid a considerable amount of disruption. That means that the trenches we are digging are larger and deeper, which is why the Takeuchi machines are invaluable. We’ve also ensured that they are ready for any site by over overspecifying on health and safety, for example, with green seat belt beacons and a reversing camera on the larger units.”

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SAFETY FIRS T One hirer has been closely monitoring the safety performance of its compact plant and the results should be a lesson to the industry at large. Construction Plant News Editor, Lee Jones talks to Frank Elkins of Travis Perkins about his mission to improve digger and dumper safety.


s with so many problems in this world, when it comes to on-site safety the first and most difficult step is to recognise there’s an issue that needs to be addressed. That’s just what Frank Elkins of Travis Perkins has had the courage to do, and he is inviting the industry as a whole to make its own contribution to his initiative. Indeed, it is his direct experience of a personal tragedy that has inspired a conviction to find a solution. “Like the vast majority of organisations in our industry we take health and safety incredibly seriously,” declares the builders’ merchant’s Chief Operating Officer, “and I believed that we were doing a pretty good job. At the same time I knew that diggers and


dumpers will occasionally tip over, with operator error almost always the cause of these accidents. If you deem the hand-over processes that are already in place are robust enough to mitigate many of those incidents, then there could be an assumption that it’s ultimately an end user problem.” What stirred Frank to question that supposition was a tragic tipping incident which resulted in fatal injuries when a dumper rolled over. “We had done absolutely everything we were supposed to do, but it just wasn't enough! It was at that point that I decided we need to do more and join forces with the industry to do everything we can to prevent accidents like these from happening in the future. Initially we decided to investigate the scale of the issue within our own company by fitting tip and tell technology to our 1 tonne dumpers and diggers – and what it exposed genuinely shocked me.” The research revealed that, on average, for every thousand Travis Perkins hires there were nine dumper, three mini excavator and

one micro excavator tipping incident – figures which equate to around one tip a week on a mini digger or dumper. A cursory examination of the data might lead to the assumption that it is the inexperienced ‘weekend warriors’ rather than trade professionals that are to blame, but further analysis proved that the majority of tips involved the small builders and contractors who should be fully conversant with the risks, and well-versed in operating the machinery. “I don’t believe that this is just our problem,” continues Frank, “and the lone voice of Travis Perkins won't be enough to fix this. I believe that the hire industry needs to gather data and share its experiences to ensure that we are doing everything that is reasonably practicable to prevent these accidents.” The Hire Association Europe is supporting Travis Perkins in its campaign and four working parties have been set up to confront the issues that its findings raise. “I would challenge other hirers to ask themselves how many tipping incidents they might have in their business? We then need to think about what else we can all do to inform people of the risks of using any piece of

most compact diggers and dumpers in relation to their stability in order to remove the possibility of tipping wherever possible. “When it comes to heavy machinery, if there is a perception of undue risk it is addressed by the OEMs, but are we monitoring smaller equipment closely enough to be aware of the dangers? I believe this is an issue that the industry needs to do something about because every single tipping incident can result in either serious injury or even death.” equipment, and what can we do to help improve those procedures? Could we insist that watching a short video that illustrates the risks is part of the hand-over, for example?” The forward tipping site dumper is a class of equipment that has been viewed as problematic in a safety context for some time, especially when fully laden, but it is the larger units that have hitherto been the focus. As a result, the 6 – 9 tonne units have seen improvements to visibility through changes to the geometry of the machine, and the addition of cameras or collision avoidance systems. It is Frank’s contention that manufacturers should also be reviewing the safety of its

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apanese engineering has been synonymous with quality for many decades, and the Kato range of equipment has been quietly developing just that reputation in the UK. “We’ve made very specific inroads into certain markets in recent years,” explains Sam Edwards, KCM (U.K) Director. “In particular, owner operators, landscapers and groundworkers appreciate the customer service-driven approach we have Sam Edwards, adopted. We now have a demo fleet of MD of KCM (UK) more than fifty units and spending time with our clients to find out what solution suits their business is very important to us.” In that context, a five year warranty as standard across its range of mini excavators, tracked dumpers and skid steer loaders should be further reassurance for the end user. KCM’s Hampshire base has seen substantial recent expansion, and is now capable of holding over £2.2million worth of stock at any one time, all delivered through the port of Southampton, supported by a nationwide infrastructure of salespeople and mobile engineers. As a brand, Kato is actually over 100 years old, starting in the steel industry, and going on to diversify into locomotives and the combustion engine. Construction plant would emerge in the late ‘60s, initially focusing their attention on the heavy line products of 14 – 50 tonne, but a foothold in Europe is only a relatively recent phenomenon.


A RISING SUN Construction Plant News Editor, Lee Jones profiles the progress of Kato on these shores.

Europe-bound An entirely separate Japanese multi-national in IHI also had a digger division, which was distributed through the Italian Imer Group. Units were then manufactured in Japan, effectively delivered as a flat pack kit and assembled in Europe, a system which allowed for very short lead times from order to delivery. In 2014, Kato revived it ambitions to make inroads into Europe once again with its new Tier IV Final, Dash 7 technology, and the result was the complete takeover of the IHI business. “Everything is now completely manufactured in Japan, with KCM appointed the exclusive UK importer for Kato equipment in 2017, and we’re already selling over 150 units a year,” continues Sam. “We’ve made real progress with our tracked dumpers, for example, and have found a very good



niche with that product. It’s one of the best you’ll find on the market, with an unrivalled payload range from 400 to 11,000kg.” “We’re finding that even some of the smallest contractors, who might be digging out a driveway or the footings for an extension, are not only turning to machinery, but are looking to own rather than hire. Labour is an increasingly expensive commodity, and the standards of skilled workers are changing in that they just won’t countenance that kind of grunt work any longer. That’s why the package we sell of micro excavator and tracked dumper combined has become so popular, because projects can be completed ahead of schedule and with fewer personnel. The contractor can transport both units on the same trailer, it looks professional and they’re not waiting on hire delivery.”

Small Packages The new Kato 12VXE mini, for instance, is small enough to pass through a door and can be comfortably accommodated on a truck in the 3.5 tonne category. Not only that, but a 12.9hp engine that delivers a digging depth of 2,010mm, gives it the same performance and break out force as a 1.7 tonne machine, in a compact, zero tail swing package, with the added ability of being able to pick up a 1.5 tonne bucket with ease. “IHI actually invented the zero tail swing concept,” explains Sam, “and with building sites becoming tighter for space than ever, they are increasingly more popular with contractors. We actually produce only two standard swing models now, and have found that to be a real advantage for us.”


Move down the weight class still further and the same manufacturer’s 9VXE micro excavator features servo controls and an extremely tight turning radius of just 485mm. Not only that but, with theft and security an increasing concern, thanks to a folding ROPS frame, it can be secured away from light fingers in even the smallest of spaces. It’s not just the performance on a specific project but the impact on a balance sheet which is making these kind of machines appealing. With interest rates at historically low levels for many years now finance deals can be anywhere from 30 – 50 per cent cheaper than the hire rate for the same machine, so even if a unit is only being used 50 per cent of the time, that’s still a cost effective investment, whilst it will, of course, open up the possibility of winning more work. In tracked dumpers the signature product is the Kato Carry 107 HT, a 700kg, high tipping machine, with an expanding undercarriage as standard, and two speed tracking. In fact, the unit benefits from the highest tip in the industry of a maximum of 1.6metres, bring either the back of a tipper Transit or a skip within range. Durability is

enhanced thanks to all metal panels and heavy duty undercarriage, whilst hydraulic power take off allows the machines to multi-task. If a builder needs to run a breaker to demolish a pathway, for example, he can do just that, whilst there’s also an option of scoop bucket for self-loading of the dumper with type 1 or sand. End users can choose between a Yanmar powertrain or Honda petrol, with almost no difference in pricing, whilst a folding footplate offers the convenience and productivity of a stand on unit. As with all of the other machines in the Kato portfolio, a five year warranty is offered as standard, something which no other maker of tracked dumpers can provide. It’s not all about minis because in excavators the Kato range extends from 0.8 to 45 tonnes. Furthermore, Kato is actually the largest manufacturer of tracked dumpers in the world, with the broadest range into the bargain, all of which makes this one Japanese sun which is very much on the rise.

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STAGE f you want an indication of dominance in a particular class of machinery then consider that nearly one out of every two skid-steer loaders on the global market is a Bobcat machine. Now, with the launch of the first units to feature a specially developed Stage V compliant Bobcat engine, that’s a position which is set to continue. “M-series loaders are some of the bestselling models for Bobcat in Europe and the new Stage V machines build on the legacy set by their predecessors,” declares Mike Vought, Senior Director, Product Management. “Customers will benefit from the compact size coupled with the high torque and performance of the new engines. The Stage V engines also allow us to add the popular air conditioning and high flow hydraulics options to the 500 series models further increasing operator comfort and performance.”


More Power but Still Compact Compactness within this performance class was the key benefit appreciated by customers. Skilful design work has ensured that even with the Stage V engine incorporated, the small dimensions of the new S450, S510 and S530 skid-steer loaders are maintained, offering a truly compact size and low weight, so they can work/manoeuvre easily in tight spaces and can be easily transported.



Enhancing its leadership of the skid-steer loader market in Europe, Bobcat has launched new versions of its M-Series S450, S510 and S530 models. The new engine provides 37 per cent more torque and fast recovery from overload compared to the previous machines, which ensures increased comfort for the operator as they can work with the same power at lower RPM, at lower noise levels and with lower fuel consumption for the same jobs.

New High-Flow Hydraulics Option Another very important advantage derived from the Bobcat engine is the availability of a new high-flow hydraulics option for the S510 and S530 Stage V models. This further expands the exceptional versatility of these machines, allowing them to be used with higher flow attachments, such as sweepers, planers and wheel saws. There is also a new air conditioning option on the S510 and S530. By offering the same power at lower RPM, the new Bobcat engine provides a significant decrease in noise levels, reducing operator

fatigue and lowering fuel consumption for the same type of work. In addition, with an engine equipped with a diesel particulate filter (DPF) as standard, users can work in emissionregulated zones such as city and town centres. The new engine has also allowed the company to extend maintenance intervals, with the first service now being after 500 hours and to reduce the number of fuel filter replacements required.

Innovative Machine Styling and Built-in Technologies The new Stage V M-Series machines are the first models in the Bobcat compact equipment range in Europe to have the company’s innovative new machine styling scheme, which includes 3D decals for the first time. The units also now feature the previously optional Deluxe control panel as standard, offering a choice of different languages and telematics to protect machines and to monitor their performance. In addition, Bobcat has extended the choice of factory installed tyres for the three models, ensuring they can be more closely matched to customers’ applications right from the start. The cab on the new loaders is radio ready with a 12 volt power outlet for charging mobile phones and other devices, a cup holder, added storage compartments and new full-colour, deluxe instrument panels.

‘Swiss Knife’ As well as their compactness, the S450, S510 and S530 skid-steer loaders can be supplied with a comprehensive choice of over 50 different product families of approved attachments, offering solutions for a very wide range of applications and providing a perfect illustration of the Bobcat Tool Carrier concept common to all its compact loaders. The S450 and S510 radius lift path loaders combine excellent manoeuvrability in tight areas with the reach and visibility needed for applications such as dumping materials over walls, backfilling or loading flatbed trucks. The S530 model features vertical lift path boom arms, particularly suited to lift and carry, as well as materialhandling applications. All three skid-steer loader models offer a two-speed option which boosts the maximum travel speed from 11.4 km/h in low range to 17.3 km/h in high range. The hydraulic bucket positioning option keeps the loader bucket level as the lift arms travel upward, enabling operators to spill less and work faster.

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MIDI-EXCAVATOR The latest in its range of midi excavators, Kubota has announced the launch of the KX080-4a2, which aims to provide the same performance as previous models but includes the firm’s V3307 direct injection Stage-V engine. The new model has a reduced engine RPM DPF re-gen, giving reduced noise levels, increased DPF re-gen intervals and increased DPF replacement life. This reduces maintenance costs and the machine’s environmental impact whilst enhancing productivity for a wide range of tasks.

ZERO-TAILSWING Featuring a three-cylinder direct injection diesel engine, the zero-tailswing Yanmar ViO27-6 excavator is built to offer lower fuel consumption figures and minimal tailpipe emissions. The machine provides a digging depth of 2,940mm and digging force of 23.1 kN. The hydraulic system cumulates the flow of separate pumps in order to obtain a combination of speed, power and balance to allow simultaneous operation of hydraulic components, including while traveling. FOR MORE INFORMATION GO TO WWW.RDR.LINK/CJ028

CRUSHER Dragon Equipment enters the market with the launch of its new CR300 concrete crusher.The small crusher claims to be an easy to use, durable, compact, lightweight, efficient concrete crusher. The crusher’s abrasive resistant jaws and crushing mechanism can crush up to 6 tons of concrete an hour. The machine’s 700mm width and less than 700kg weight provides access through standard doorways and around tight corners. FOR MORE INFORMATION GO TO WWW.RDR.LINK/CJ030

MINI-DUMPER A stand-on compact tracked dumper, the HS701 High-tip Minidumper from Hinowa has a load capacity of 550kg, delivering a rated volume of 0.29m3, yet is just 758mm wide so is compact enough to be tracked through a standard doorway. What’s more, with rubber tracks 180mm wide, the mini dumper is adapted to traversing soft ground or delicate surfaces, such as slabbed paths or patio areas. Using a vertical lift system, the machine can lift its load to a dumping height of 1,355mm. FOR MORE INFORMATION GO TO WWW.RDR.LINK/CJ029


WHEELED EXCAVATOR Powered by a D24 diesel engine delivering 42.5 kW (57 HP) of power, Bobcat’s E57W 6 tonne wheeled miniexcavators are designed to offer enhanced hydraulic performance and feature double acting breaker lines. The compact machines also have rotation piping for a second auxiliary hydraulic line, air conditioning, auto idle, a refuelling pump and a key code immobilisation system. As wheeled machines, they are suitable for a range of situations including work on grass verges at the side of roads and new housing developments.

POWERED WHEEL BARROW The Nu-Star Electric Wheelbarrow is a powered wheelbarrow capable of hauling 350Kg for up to 8km on a single charge. The ability for operators to push the barrow easily up ramps not only helps save time and effort, but aids on-site health and safety. The machine provides a solution for the industry for internal construction projects, with no exhaust fumes or handlebar vibrations. FOR MORE INFORMATION GO TO WWW.RDR.LINK/CJ033




Construction Plant News gets to see whether the special Edition Ford Ranger Wildtrak really does have the X factor. he past few years have seen a proliferation of new pick-ups in this once pretty unremarkable sector, as it becomes all about getting the work/lifestyle balance in perfect harmony. How many owners actually swap the muck and bullets for a surf board at the weekend is open to debate, but there is no doubt that this class of vehicle has metamorphosed into a very significant player in the LCV marketplace. Like a lot of the biggest names, Ford had dabbled in the UK pick-up market for a good many years (who could forget the P100) with moderate success, but things got a whole lot more serious in 2012, with the launch of something more in keeping with the big and brash lifestyles of those across the pond. As rough and as tough as they come, the first Ranger was like the new gunslinger in town, given a wide berth by all those who had previously talked the pick-up torque. Its throaty five cylinder, 3.2TDCI litre engine, solid rear axle, leaf springs, with market leading payloads of up to 1,300kg, and substantial load carrying capacities – plus the ability to tow a steam locomotive – winning it a posse of new admirers from



west to east. But, as we all know, the narrative never ends just like that, of course. The other protagonists have all grown up a bit themselves in the ensuing seven years, and the Ranger today has some serious competition, both in appearance and performance. In fairness, Ford was never going to simply rest on its laurels and the Ranger has benefited from a series of tweaks and updates now extending to an entry level XL, the XLT, Limited and the Wildtrak, all of which we have driven at some point over the last few years. However, it seems they

have saved their very best to last, (or at least we thought they had. See opposite) culminating in the latest, plushest Wildtrak X, designed unashamedly to take the shoot-out firmly to the likes of the new Mercedes X class, and the impressive Amarok, whose carlike cabins, and performances, are the new benchmark for pick-ups, not least with on the road costs nudging past £40,000. With just 1,000 made, the special edition six speed automatic (4x4) Ranger Wildtrak X gets a number of visual styling tweaks, an exclusive standout blue paint job with lots

of trendy black trim. There’s a locking cover as standard to the load area, 18in. alloy wheels and extra convenience and safety kit.

Unfortunately, even that sort of investment won’t necessarily give you the best pick up in town, because Ford have now gone and taken the four wheel driving experience to a totally unprecedented level.The new Ranger Raptor combines the brashness of its American F-150 cousin and the sophisticated engineering modifications of Daker-style rally specials to create a vehicle which in terms of go anywhere performance has “no straight from the dealer equal in the UK”. If you thought the standard Ranger had been on steroids then this is the incredible hulk and the terminator rolled into one, with significantly enhanced bodywork, including flared wheel arches, meaty 17in. BF Goodrich tyres (sidewalls are 20 per cent stiffer too), a front bumper attached to the chassis and skid plate with specific tow hooks. It’s also 44cm wider, 168cm longer, 52cm taller while the ground clearance has swollen by 51mm.The departure angles are also improved and, just in case there was any doubt to its pedigree, it has Ford stamped in huge letters on the front grille. The standard leaf springs have been ditched for coil springs, with Watts linkage to the rear, and the whole chassis has been strengthened to enhance the driving experience for

Ride performance is largely what we recall from past experiences with other Ranger models – namely plenty of power and responsive handling. The ride generally improves with load and speed, and the high driving position gives a commanding view of what’s going on around you. All the generous standard Wildtrak spec is there, of course, including reversing camera, interior lighting, with dimmer control, climate control and infotainment system, with satellite navigation and SYNC 3. One little niggle was the sticky handbrake, which never quite returned to its starting point on release, bleeping away until properly engaged with an extra push. Netted cloth has been replaced with a premium leather upholstery with Wildtrak stitching. Scuff plates and floor mats unique to this model are there for those who have

both normal and extremely abnormal terrain. One special setting – which may be unfamiliar to many LCV aficionados – is BAJA, Daker rally mode where the engine and chassis are set up to cover rough ground very quickly indeed. Our off road test route in deepest Sussex was hardly the Sahara desert, but we quickly got the message that there’s not much out there that this ultimate vehicle predator wouldn’t devour in double quick time. Somewhat surprisingly, all that testosterone and machismo doesn’t extend to the engine, which is the pretty unexceptional 2.0 litre four cylinder diesel engine pushing out 210bhp.Thanks to its two turbos, it’s still a punchy engine, which creates slightly more power than the 3.2 litre engine available with other Rangers,

the temerity to get in with muddy boots! Ford actually lists 33 different key features – too many to go through here – but nothing you wouldn’t really expect from a vehicle at the very top end of the scale. And there’s the rub. Ford quotes £33,574 for the Wildtrak X rising to £40,350 for our test vehicle, with a smattering of options, which is clearly a lot of money for those more accustomed to paying a good ten thousand pounds less for what are, in many respects, an impressive line-up of perfectly acceptable workhorses. Of course, if business profile is important, order books are full, and you think envious glances in the builders’ merchant’s yard, at the supermarket, or down by the lake, is worth splashing out a bit more for, then the call of the Wild will be hard to ignore.

but it’s been developed with one eye clearly on the UK’s ongoing propensity to frown on the habitual gas guzzlers. Six driving models are designed to change the driving experience, all of which are pretty faultless, it has to be said, and interiorwise, the comfort levels and trim are right up there with a top of the range saloon. But then again at an on-the-road price approaching an eye watering £50,000 you really wouldn’t expect anything less. And there’s another not insignificant niggle – with all the modifications, the payload drops from one tonne to just 680kg and the Raptor can pull 2.5 tonnes rather than 3.5 tonnes. Fine if you’re loading a couple of bikes and a surf board, but not for a tradesman who faces the prospect on paying VAT on a vehicle which fails to meet the current criteria, although you do pay commercial vehicle VED. The Raptor may be at the very top of this particular food chain but its cost of ownership will ultimately, one suspects, make obvious prey somewhat hard to find.

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It doesn’t take a sun drenched Turin to prove that the Italians, and plenty more besides, still have the hots for the Fiat Ducato.

DUCATO! great big chunky cargo carrier is not the sort of image one usually associates with traditional Italian flair and design, but they clearly have a keen eye for practicalities, because, when it comes to panel vans, the super economic and reliable Ducato has achieved iconic status on home soil. It’s been Fiat’s commercial flagship offering for more than 35 years and a new update is always greeted with much anticipation and fanfare in Italy’s automotive capital. Last facelifted in 2014, this latest offering is part of what the company calls the MY20 project, although it’s fair to say that the Ducato still isn’t the most modern looking amongst some particularly strong, relatively handsome competition in the large van segment.



What is does have, however, is tremendous versatility, with very high payloads, impressive on-paper fuel economy, an extremely space efficient load area and a huge number of build variants to choose from, so, in good old fashioned workhorse terms, it is always worthy of consideration. Visually there is little difference – some titanium coloured trimmings and black headlight surrounds the most notable – but, significantly, the new Ducato benefits from the move to an all 2.3litre engine line up, each one equipped with variable geometry turbo charger and compliant with the latest Euro 6d-TEMP emissions regulations. Those familiar with the not altogether satisfactory changing action of the previous ComfortMatic gearbox will also be pleased to see the introduction of a more efficient nine speed auto option. There’s plenty of power and torque on offer, but the ride is at best firm, and the ageing seat design would, one suspects, provide only a modicum of comfort on a longer drive than our test run at the foothills of the year round snowcapped Alps. Inside, the dashboard and control layout remains largely the same, with plenty of

storage space and a useful fold down centre back section, which doubles as a mobile desk. There is an improved infotainment system on offer, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for the first time, and a full range of driver assist facilities, including blind spot assist, lane departure warning, traffic sign recognition and full brake control, which can automatically identify obstacles and apply the brakes should the vehicle be in danger of a collision. All vehicles come with a standard Eco Pack, which includes the start and stop system, the smart alternator, electronically controlled fuel pump, which guarantees energy savings, and greater combustion efficiency – all aiding the total cost of ownership. While the new Ducato is only available in front wheel drive, it still offers potential customers a huge amount of choice, with over 1,000 body length, roof height and wheelbase variants across panel vans, window vans, chassis cabs, truck bodies and conversion platforms, and around 10,000 options in total. Particularly advantageous for conversions is that all of the powertrain elements are confined within the dimensions of the cab.


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Electric Dreams Approaching its 40th birthday and, despite the welcome changes, the Ducato is clearly beginning to feel its age, but life could be about to begin all over again in 2020 when it will become the company’s first ever all electric van. And with it comes the promise of performance criteria that Fiat believe will transform the old workhorse into a bona fide thoroughbred.

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Construction Plant News’ Kieran Nee travels to Telford to meet Ingimex, the company behind Volkswagen’s tippers and dropside vans.

t might not quite do justice to the complexity behind Ingimex’s body conversions, but describing the process as ‘off-the-shelf’ is, in fact, a huge compliment. That’s how its seamless integration with Volkswagen’s Crafter and Transporter vans has been described, and it’s easy to see why. It’s a testament to the logistics and engineering at play that customers purchasing a tipper or dropside van from a dealer may not even realise that a third party has played a role at all.The Engineered to Go initiative offers customers a selection of pre-defined bodywork options, which they can order directly at the dealership, seeing the price upfront alongside the usual specifications.The scheme offers an easy way for customers to get the conversions that they want, plus a single invoice, matching vehicle/conversion warranty and peace of mind. Ingimex make their way through a phenomenal amount of vehicles, producing 3,000 bodies each year. Most of the components used by the firm are produced on site in Telford, a site which measures nearly 7 acres. The company has invested £1.8m in the factory over the past year, which now includes manufacturing capabilities including 3D CAD product design, turret punching, laser cutting folding machines, MIG/TIG welded fabrications, CNC milling and punching with multi axis section bending and a hydraulic test rig with corrosion testing capabilities. The company plans to carry on investing around £500,000£800,000 in its premises each year. Volkswagen accounts for 24 per cent of


CONVERSION CLUB A look at the dropside… ● ●

Ingimex’s annual output, which is a mix of the core products they offer and more specialised offerings. The process is a simple one, with the average conversion taking only around 40 minutes. The van reverses from the yard into one of the three bays, where all the components and tools needed are neatly arranged. Part of the Ingimex philosophy is that as much as possible is bolted together rather than welded, meaning it can be put together more easily and, if any repairs need doing, can be more easily taken apart. This process enables the workers on the floor to finish 12 dropsides and 8 tippers a day. Aluminium is the metal of choice. Although pricier, the material is a lot lighter and easier to handle than steel. Of course, you can’t do anything to reduce the strength of the bodies, and the design process is a careful balancing act between weight and strength. Thanks to the likes of Ingimex and Volkswagen, the tipper truck is undergoing something of an image revamp.

Market leading payload Powder coated aluminium corner posts extend above board height to form lateral stops. Three level load lashing and a 400kg gantry capacity. Board and lock assemblies tested to a burst load of 1.7 tonnes. Platform is a one piece, 15mm thick, full birch non-slip deck, top fitted for easy replacement.

…and the tipper ●

Platform is made from high tensile steel and dip e-coated in a six stage process for long lasting finish Double skinned aluminium sideboards used throughout Strong and striking tailboard with side mounted locks to eliminate trapped fingers

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VEHICLES The Ssangyong Musso is one dragon you won’t have to train. Construction Plant News Editor, Lee Jones gets behind the wheel. ith some of the most recent entrants to the pick-up market unashamedly courting the high end, the line between SUV and pick up has become increasingly blurred of late. Indeed, it could be argued that many of the new entrants are not only eyewateringly expensive, but as compatible to a construction site as a pair of stilettos. For the muddy boots brigade that delicate balance of family friend and builders’ tool is still the ideal, and one manufacturer claims to have struck just that. Although they have made significant inroads in recent years, SsangYong might still be unfamiliar to some, but this Korean 4x4 specialist is actually that country’s oldest vehicle manufacturer, with some 60 years of experience in the sector. ‘Musso’ translates as rhinoceros and, with the latest model, this is one LCV that is certainly on the charge when it comes to industry recognition.


Even before you get behind the wheel, what should immediately grab your attention is an unprecedented 7 year/150,000 mile warranty, covering all of the major mechanical components over that period, as well as the battery and paintwork for three years. Add to that a 3.5 tonne towing capacity, and a 1-tonne payload, and it already starts to look more at home amongst the muck and bullets of a building site than some of its contemporaries. So much so, in fact that Highways England has put its faith in the Musso with a major contract award.



Dragon Whilst we’re in the business of considering figures, another welcome number is a price tag of just over £25,000 – but just what will you get for your money? As the maker’s badge reveals, SsangYong is Korean for ‘twin dragons’ and it is a moniker that matches a muscular ‘ultra-strength’ steel quad frame body. A 2.2 litre Euro 6 engine delivers a maximum 181hp, and is available as either a six speed manual or sixspeed Aisin automatic. Musso’s selectable 4x4 provide the obligatory combination of 2wd high range, 4wd high range and 4wd low range, all of which makes it more than capable of handling whatever off road challenges the construction industry can lay in its path. It’s the double wishbone front suspension and rear mounted coils which allows the Musso to master heavier loads, but the pay-off is a stiffer suspension than on some of its rivals. That said, add a load to the back and the experience is altogether smoother and, given that the trend in the pick-up market is currently for ever bigger

beasts, few can currently claim to be particularly nimble on the road. The detail in the design betrays that these are wheels made for working, with a load bay that will accommodate a Euro pallet, rotating hooks to strap down loads, and 12V/120W outlets in the rear for power tools. Step behind the wheel, however, and the level of comfort belies the price tag, with some of the best leg room in the double-cab class, and Nappa leather seats at the top of the range. Add the epithet ‘value for money’ to anything and there may well be an inclination to make judgements about quality, but the Ssangyong Musso actually compares very favourably with some of its more established competitors. Indeed, this is one Rhino that is certainly not going to be an endangered species.

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PLANE SAILING Yorkshire-based road planing business, Ward Plane, has taken delivery of two new specialist drawbars from Andover Trailers. rom our first conversation with Andover 11 years ago it was clear they understood the specific requirements for the planers we transport,” declares Mark Ward, Director at Ward Plane, “and the two trailers we received were obviously built to last.” For its latest acquisition, Ward Plane has deviated from the tried and tested lightweight trailers it first specified in 2008, opting to take advantage of Andover’s bespoke design approach to develop a heavy-weight version, which offers greater versatility in the loads it can carry. This new trailer has entered the fleet alongside a new light-weight model, both built to order. “When it came to these new builds, we wanted to explore a more heavy-duty alternative for one of the units. The team at Andover were more than happy to work with us on the new design, and the result is a trailer that will have a huge impact on our operation – it’s this level of service that’s tough to match in the industry.” The heavy-duty drawbar boasts a 6m deck with a 1.4m beavertail and has a payload capacity of 18 tonnes. The trailer includes a number of features designed to improve operational efficiency, without impeding performance. The front SAF axle has been



fitted with hydraulic lifting capability, which helps to lower tyre wear when running empty or partially loaded, while the 1.2m full-width ramps have an expanded steel mesh covering to help reduce wind drag. As part of the design, Andover also built in additional strength throughout the centre of the trailer for the specific point loads of Ward Plane’s three-wheeled machinery, allowing the company to carry various combinations of planers, paving machines and road rollers to sites nationwide. “We have specified heavier trailers from competitor manufacturers in the past, but they simply weren’t up to the job and it wasn’t long before the cracks started to show – quite literally. With the ability to specify exactly what we needed, we’ve now

got a trailer capable of handling anything we want it to, for years to come,” adds Ward. Ward Plane’s new light-weight trailer is the same model as its previous two Andoverbuilds, one of which is still in operation in the company’s five-strong trailer fleet. Designed specifically for Wirtgen W100 and W120 planers, the ‘simple’ design features three fixed axles, a 5.5m deck and beavertail, with 1m alloy rear ramps. The lack of hydraulics in the design, combined with Andover’s light-weight steel construction techniques, produces a payload capacity of close to 20.5 tonnes. Both new drawbars will operate from the company’s Keighley base, and are expected to stay in the fleet for at least 10 years. They will be towed either by the company’s tipper or hook loader trucks, delivering road surfacing equipment to sites primarily in the north of England, but with the capacity to travel across the UK.

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Concrete waste containment and disposal business Eco-Pan has recently put an eight-wheel Mercedes-Benz Arocs 3245 to use transporting washout pans. The truck’s 7.6-metre platform body was built by Palfinger UK, who also supplied and installed the rearmounted crane, which is capable of lifting a maximum of 14,600 kg, and up to 4,050 kg at a distance of 9.6 metres. The eight-wheeler is fitted with axle load measuring equipment, and offers a 13.6tonne payload.

Six Isuzu N75.190 (E) 7.5 tonne crew cab tipper trucks have recently gone into service for Kingstown Works, working on the highways. The 7.5 tonners feature the Easyshift automated transmission and have front mounted Penny Hydraulic lifts and Gardner Denver drive systems that provide compressed air to operate plant and equipment.


CREW VAN Peugeot has extended the range of the new Partner to include a Crew Van model, based on the Long Professional version. The new model adds a second row of three seats, integrated with a sliding and folding mesh bulkhead to offer a vehicle that has space for up to five people or additional load capacity. The vehicle offers a conventional van load area with the rear seats folded down providing a load space of up to 3.5m3 and a maximum load floor length of 2,000mm. FOR MORE INFORMATION GO TO WWW.RDR.LINK/CJ041

VAN The Fiat Professional MY20 Talento sees the introduction of the new 2.0litre EcoJet engine with Start & Stop technology, which provides improved fuel economy, reduced CO2 emissions and better power and torque than the previous 1.6-litre engine. The engine is equipped with a variable geometry turbocharger for smoother performance at low speeds. The van features a load volume between 5.2 and 8.6 cubic metres, depending on the wheelbase. FOR MORE INFORMATION GO TO WWW.RDR.LINK/CJ040

RIGID TRUCK The suitability of Iveco’s Stralis X-WAY for tackling final mile deliveries onto construction sites has seen MKM Building Supplies place its first order for this new model. The builders’ merchant is taking delivery of 10 new 6x4 rigids as part of its ongoing fleet replacement programme. Each vehicle is powered by the lightweight 8.7-litre Cursor 9 diesel engine which delivers 310 hp and 1,300 Nm of torque. They are mounted with dropside bodywork and feature a truckmounted crane to assist with the loading and unloading of heavy building products.


TRUCKS 32 Volvo FMX 8x4 rigid trucks, featuring the manufacturer’s D11K 410hp Euro 6 engines and I-Shift gearboxes are being put to work by construction fleet specialist D Morgan. To reduce site dust levels, the extra-high chassis are fitted with horizontal-mounted diesel particulate filters and vertical SCR exhaust silencers. All the chassis come with a new design of tipper body with side panels constructed from ribbed 3mm Hardox steel for increased strength and a tapered design to encourage clean expulsion of material. FOR MORE INFORMATION GO TO WWW.RDR.LINK/CJ044



A T TA C H M E N T S Engcon’s latest Big Dig Days enabled visitors to try out tiltrotators under expert supervision on 11 different excavators and a backhoe loader.

Armed with his Engcon equipped Yanmar mini excavator; Chris Meek is an enthusiastic ambassador for tiltrotators.

A TURN FOR tHE BETTER hilst tiltrotators are very common on excavators in Scandinavian countries they are still in their infancy here. But things are changing and Robert Hunt, the Managing Director of Engcon UK, reports that since 2014 the market has doubled in size each year. As Engcon is the world’s leading manufacturer of tiltrotators (with a claimed 44 per cent market share) it is not surprising that its UK subsidiary is playing a prominent part in getting these useful devices better accepted here. An important part of Engcon UK’s crusade to get more tiltrotator converts is its use of Big Dig Days where excavator owners and operators can come along and try out the equipment on different machines.


The latest Engcon Big Dig Day provided a large selection of different excavators fitted with an array of tiltrotators and control systems. Nick Johnson reports from Yeovil.

Good Attendance The fourth of the Big Dig Day events was held last month on farmland near Yeovil in Somerset. Staged on a Friday and Saturday it was the best yet with a large number of plant people attending and a wide variety of excavators, tiltrotator models, attachments and control systems for them to try out. Robert Hunt says that getting people to try out a tiltrotator at this sort of hands-on event works well. Engcon experts were there to offer guidance and advice as were a number of enthusiastic Engcon users who had brought along their machines to impart their experience to the visitors. What was a very good addition to this Big Dig Day event was the presence of tiltrotator equipped excavators that were also fitted with machine control systems.


This Sany mini had not only an Engcon tiltrotator but also an iDig machine guidance system.

So Engcon was not only highlighting the operational advantages of its own tiltrotators but also helping promote the virtues of different brands of 2D and 3D controls. Consequently there were excavators being demonstrated with iDig, Leica and Moba technology working in conjunction with Engcon’s ePS positioning system. Operators also had the opportunity to experience the advanced safety benefits of Engcon’s Quick-Hitch Standard control (QSC) quick coupler locking system. This has

now been introduced as standard on twin-hitch DC2-controlled installations on excavators weighing over 6 tonnes. Whilst many might think that tiltrotators are best suited to larger excavators, Engcon can supply models for machines weighing as little as 1.5 tonnes. And Robert Hunt says tiltrotator sales into the mini digger sector have started to take off and are now growing faster than the mainstream market. He reports that this growth has been mostly with owner-operators which has a different

One of the alternative attachments for this Bobcat EC62 was a tapered ditching bucket.

Artistic digging made possible with the tiltrotator on Neil Chapman Plant Hire’s Hitachi Zaxis 65USB. Owen Mays Takeuchi TB29 has both an Engcon and a Moba Xsite Pro 3D machine guidance system.

iDig display with strips of different coloured LED lights that clearly indicate when the correct excavation depth has been achieved. The iDig system works with the Engcon tiltrotator and, as an optional extra, it can be used to indicate the level achieved by the mini excavator’s dozer blade. Other mini excavators available for test drives at the Yeovil Big Dig Days were a 3.6 tonne Kubota KX101-3α4 with EC204 tiltrotator and SS9 control system (supplied by Fosseway Hire) and two six tonne class machines. One was a 6.29 tonne Hitachi Zaxis 65USB with extra rear counterweight. Supplied by Neil Chapman Plant Hire it had an EC206 tiltrotator and a DC2 control system. The 6.13 tonne Bobcat EC62 on the test area had an EC206 tiltrotator, EC-Oil automatic attachment hydraulics connection, QSC (Quick Hitch Standard Control locking system), a DC2 control system and an iDig system. This machine was owned by Bay Leaf Enterprises of Newmarket, which specialises in equine construction work.

Moba System

demographic to the rest of the market. Here there is now a higher proportion of younger, X-Box generation entrepreneurs who will invest in technology to make their work better, more efficient, more profitable. The smallest of the 11 360° excavators at the Yeovil Big Dig Day event was a 1.9 tonne Yanmar SV18 compact tail mini excavator. It belongs to owner operator Chris Meek from Chipping Campden in Gloucestershire. He trades as C M Plant Hire and predominately does groundworks topped up with some operated plant hire. Chris Meek became hooked on tiltrotators when he attended a Big Dig Day in 2017 and he was at this latest event to share his belief in the equipment with visitors. His Yanmar has an entry-level Engcon EC02 tiltrotator and the simpler SS1 control system (where tilt and rotate work separately). The quick hitch on his tiltrotator is used to connect a host of attachments including different width digging and grading buckets, a rake bucket, a ripper tooth, grading beam, Auger Torque auger and an

Arrowhead breaker/post puncher. Another Engcon equipped mini excavator was particularly interesting as it also fitted with both an iDig machine guidance system and a GKD Technologies height and slew restrictor. This ‘mini with more’ was a 2.76 tonne Sany SY26U zero tail swing excavator with an Engcon EC204 tiltrotator and a DC2 proportional control system. The iDig 2D machine guidance system from the Bridgin Groupe in France had been supplied by dealer Nasco Load Indicators of Southend on Sea, which is now using this impressive Sany as its demonstrator. Using a touch pad on the iDig colour display screen the excavator operator can enter the required depth and width of the planned excavation. The iDig screen will then show the position of the bucket as work progresses. If too much material is being removed the screen goes red and a warning bleeper sounds. Interestingly, the wireless sensors on the Sany’s boom, dipper, bucket linkage and tiltrotator are all solar powered. There is also a separate

A very well equipped midi excavator on test area was an 8.4 tonne Takeuchi TB290 with a two-piece boom owned by Fareham-based Mays Plant Hire and Groundworks. It is equipped with an EC209 tiltrotator with gripper, EC-Oil attachment connection, QSC, a DC2 control system and a Moba Xsite Pro 3D machine guidance system. Owner Owen Mays now runs three Takeuchis with Engcons. He says that he got his first tiltrotator two and a half years ago and now could not be without them. There were old and new Engcons on 14.5 to 15.0 tonne weight class excavators at these Big Dig Days. MJR Civils brought along its JCB JZ140 which was fitted with a 15-year old Engcon EC15 with SS5 controls. Purchased second-hand two years ago, this is

The TerraTech TTS 400 tree shear being attached onto the Engcon on the Hitachi ZX140W.


AT TA C H M E N T S one of the oldest working tiltrotators in the UK and its continued use graphically illustrates its durability and longevity. Jack Westworth of MJR Civils said, “We came to showcase this at the Big Dig Day because we are extremely proud of our Engcon. We want other owner operators to realise the benefits that tiltrotators can bring to their businesses.” A new 14.5 tonne Kobelco SK140SR LC owned by Courtney King Plant Hire was shown complete with an EC214 tiltrotator and DC2 control system. Adding more variety was a 15.0 tonne class Hitachi ZX140W wheeled excavator run by M O’Brien Plant Hire of St Albans. The ZX140W’s Engcon equipment included an EC219 tiltrotator and DC2 control system. One of the alternative attachments it carried during the Big Dig Days was a TerraTech TTS 400 tree shear with a cutting diameter of 450mm.

Leica System The biggest tracked excavator on show was Kirk Hough’s 22.0 tonne Hyundai HX220L with an Engcon twin hitch set up, including an EC226 tiltrotator with EC-Oil, Q-Safe quick hitch and QSC locking system. This excavator also sported 3D GPS Leica machine control which was fully integrated with the Engcon full co-pilot system. Darryl Simmons, operator for Kirk Hough, said: “We wanted to demonstrate the benefits of using Engcon with 3D Leica machine control system. This arrangement has been a complete game-changer for our business so the Big Dig Day was the ideal platform to show this to other operators. Visitors were fascinated to see how the Leica system enabled the accurate excavation of a pond whose virtual design was displayed by means of iCon software on the Leica MCP80 colour screen inside the excavator cab.

A lot of interest was shown in the Engcon equipped Hyundai HX220L and its Leica machine control system.

Another machine creating a lot of interest was the very sophisticated Engcon equipped JCB 4CX backhoe loader operated by agricultural contractors I J Webber & Sons based in Tiverton, Devon. This machine has an EC209 twin hitch with EC-Oil and a DC2 control system. What really puts this 4CX in a class of its own is the way Engcon engineers have used the DC2 control system to control the machine functions when the seat is turned to the rear. So, whilst facing the backhoe, it is possible to operate the drive and steer functions together with stabiliser leg operation, powered sideshift and dipper arm extension. This saves a lot of time when repositioning the machine during trench excavation. Another attraction for visitors was the Engcon Operator Challenge. This involved moving a metal hoop around an undulating loop of wire (without the hoop touching the wire) in the shortest possible time. The machine supplied for this taxing task was Owen May’s 4.06 tonne Takeuchi TB240 with an EC204 tiltrotator and a DC2 control system. Aided by the tiltrotator, Elliott Stephens was the eventual winner of this Engcon Operator Challenge. He completed the task

in 200 seconds to win a trip to the Engcon headquarters and factory in northern Sweden. Robert Hunt was very pleased with the large attendance and the interest shown in all the technology. He says, “The event was more than just a chance to demo the machines, it was also a great networking opportunity for visitors to speak to and pick the brains of other operators, as well as meet other businesses in our sector. We’re already planning the next event – the big challenge will be to figure out how to improve on this!”

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Allison wonderland Nick Johnson reports from Hungary where Allison Transmission recently staged a Construction Week to highlight the capabilities of its automatic transmissions. In 1948 the first Allison automatic transmission for off-highway applications was used in this Euclid motor scraper.

o show off the capabilities of its automatic transmission in construction vehicles and plant, Allison Transmission staged a Construction Week at the Allison Customer Experience Centre (ACE). Situated next to Allison’s transmission factory in Szentgotthárd, Hungary the ACE has been purpose designed for product demonstrations and test drives. The ACE was inaugurated in 2012 and since then many guests have grasped the opportunity to meet Allison personnel and learn more about the company, its products and technology. The Construction Week was dedicated to the users of construction vehicles and the company invited representatives of relevant OEMs along with fleet managers and owners to come and check out a wide variety of trucks fitted with Allison automatic transmissions.


Long History Whilst Allison is best known for its fully automatic transmissions in commercial vehicles and buses, it has been helping to move construction plant for a long time. According to a fascinating company timeline displayed in the factory foyer, its first automatic transmission for off-highway applications was produced back in 1948 for use in a Euclid motor scraper. The 2019 example of an item of muck moving plant at the Construction Week was a Bell B30E articulated dump truck (ADT). It was available for test drives alongside an

This Scania G490 6x4 tipper with its Allison 4500 fully automatic transmission was liked by Construction Week drivers.


Two different types of the latest material moving trucks shown during Construction Week with Allison fully automatic transmissions.

interesting variety of on and off-highway trucks as well as a vehicle much more out of the ordinary – a Dakar rally truck proudly operated by the De Rooy racing team. That there was a racing truck at the Construction Week event was very appropriate as the history of Allison started in 1902 when James Allison and three business partners founded the Indianapolis Motor Speedway – home to the famous Indianapolis 500 race.

Visitors could compare the driving performance of Scania G490 tippers with AMT and fully automatic transmissions.

With his own race team James Allison gained expertise in not only motor racing but also automotive technology. During World War One, Allison’s company temporarily suspended racing and began making aircraft parts and, after James Allison’s sudden death through illness in 1928, the company was acquired by General Motors. Towards the end of World War Two, General Motors utilised the Allison company’s technical expertise to work in a new field – transmission engineering. These transmissions were first fitted into military vehicles and then, after the war, in city buses and off road vehicles. Allison produced its first fully automatic transmission for city busses in 1947 and for trucks in 1956. Allison and Detroit Diesel were combined by General Motors in 1970 to form a single division which gave birth to a new range of products. After selling Detroit Diesel in 1987, General Motors created the Allison Transmission Division. General Motors subsequently sold Allison in 2007 and five years later the business started trading on

This impressive 10x10 Tatra Phoenix Euro 6 with an Allison 4799 fully automatic transmission created a lot of interest.

the New York stock exchange as a standalone company. Today, after successfully producing millions of transmissions, Allison proudly claims to be the world’s largest manufacturer of fully automatic transmissions for mediumand heavy-duty vehicles. The aim of Construction Week was to give visitors the chance to tour the adjacent factory along with the opportunity to learn about and experience the operational advantages of the latest Allison fully automatic transmissions. The visitors were shown an informative film that clearly explained all the features and benefits of an Allison fully automatic transmission over a less expensive AMT (automated manual transmission). At the heart of an Allison fully automatic transmission is an electronically controlled torque converter that multiplies engine torque to deliver more power to the vehicle’s wheels. By increasing the engine power, drivers can get increased performance, faster acceleration and greater operational flexibility.

The 8x6 Astra HD9 86.50 tipper being put through its paces on the ACE test site has (insert) an Allison 4700 fully automatic transmission.

Allison automatics accelerate faster than a manual or automated manual transmission (AMT)

As could be experienced on the test circuits at the ACE during Construction Week, an Allison fully automatic transmission increases power while an AMT loses some power during every shift. Usefully, visitors were able to directly compare the performance of two 30 tonne GVW Scania G490 6x4 tippers both fitted with Zetterbergs bodies. Both carrying a 10 tonne

load, one with a white cab had a common 12 speed AMT whilst the other, with a red cab, was equipped with an Allison 4500 fully automatic transmission. A video produced by Allison shows both trucks accelerating away from a standing start. The red-cabbed truck covers 170m in 15.1 seconds whilst the white truck takes 17.1 seconds. So the Allison fully automatic transmission equipped tipper is shown to have 13 per cent faster acceleration. The video indicates that the red truck was 11 per cent more productive when travelling over the same route at the ACE. And in an identical set of reversing and positioning moves the red truck is shown to have achieved a 13 per cent manoeuvrability advantage. Ashley Brooks, Area Director UK & Ireland, for Allison Transmission took customers to the Construction Week and says that feedback was very positive. The ability to compare the red and white-cabbed Scanias enabled drivers to appreciate the smooth ride and lack of shift interruptions. Whilst capital cost is higher, Allison says that a fully automatic transmission can score over an AMT not only in terms of vehicle performance and driver comfort but also because there is no mechanical clutch to replace. The message is to consider total cost of ownership. With a fully automatic transmission equipped vehicle there is an obvious trade-off between performance and fuel consumption. But Ashley Brooks says there is software called FuelSense 2.0 that can adjust the relationship between performance and economy to suit users needs.


A U T O M AT I C T R A N S M I S S I O N S UK visitors to the Construction Week were particularly interested in two of the more unusual tippers on display. One was a Tatra Phoenix Euro 6 with a 380kW (510hp) Paccar MX-13 engine and an Allison 4799 fully automatic transmission (with hydraulic retarder). This impressive 10x10 vehicle has a payload of 40 tonnes and a GVW of 60 tonnes. Visitors could also test drive an 8x6 Astra HD9 86.50 with a Gervasi tipper body from Italy. This 60 tonne GVW truck has 373kW (500hp) Cursor 13 Euro 6 engine and an Allison 4700 fully automatic transmission with a hydraulic retarder. Astra is part of the CNH Group alongside Case and an Allison equipped Astra HD9 86.50 tipper was shown in the UK last year on the Case stand at the Hillhead quarry show where it created a lot of interest.

Higher Productivity On certain jobs the Astra HD9 86.50 with its 40 tonne payload could be a viable alternative to an ADT. Astra contends that, when the mission can be comparable, the productivity of an HD9 with a top speed of 40 km/h and a payload of over 40 tonne is higher (up to 3050 per cent more) than an ADT. It states that its truck can score by having a faster cycle time, lower fuel consumption, a lower purchase price and reduced M&R costs. If it could travel on the public highway the 2.55m wide Astra HD9 could have an operational advantage. But at present it is not homologated for use on the road in UK although Astra says the issue is under investigation. Meanwhile, the ADT remains an indispensible item of muckshifting plant particularly when the terrain gets tough. The 28.0 tonne payload 6x6 Bell B30E showed its ability to conquer the most challenging underfoot ground conditions at the ACE site during Construction Week. This 47.3 tonne GVW truck has a 246kW (330hp) Daimler OM936LA engine and an Allison 3500ORS-R fully automatic planetary transmission with integral retarder.

The truck best able to conquer the most challenging ground conditions at the ACE was this Bell B30E ADT.

All Bell ADTs feature Allison transmissions. Other ADTs with Allison fully automatic transmission include the 38.0 tonne payload Terex TA400 (with an Allison HD4560) and Volvo’s flagship 55.0 tonne payload A60H (which has an Allison 6630 ORS). Some large mobile cranes also utilise Allison fully automatic transmissions. One notable example is the 300 tonne capacity Grove GMK6300L-1 that has an Allison six-speed Allison fully automatic 4500 SP transmission in its six-axle carrier. Sadly one was not available for test driving at Construction Week! But what was there – and much appreciated by the visitors – was the latest Dakar rally truck to join the famous De Rooy racing team from Holland. This impressive vehicle is an Iveco Powerstar Evo4 with a 746kW (1,000hp) Iveco Cursor 13 engine generating a torque of 5,000Nm. The rugged 4x4 truck has an Allison 4000 series fully automatic transmission with retarder, independent front suspension and Goodyear tyres. Visitors to Construction Week had the chance to meet team owner Gerard de Rooy. He switched to Allison fully automatic transmissions in 2016 after experiencing mechanical failures with other transmissions. In 2019, the two Petronas De Rooy Iveco trucks qualified in the top four. This result was helped by the De Rooy’s team

switching to Allison fully automatic transmissions in 2016 after experiencing mechanical failures with other transmissions. Dakar is an annual cross-country rally race previously held in South America for offroad vehicles. Next year the race is in Saudi Arabia when the De Rooy team will again be competing. Gerard de Rooy, a transport company owner and two-time Dakar winner, explained that durability is everything in the tough Dakar conditions where the transmission handles enormous amounts of engine torque. Drivability is another reason why the team chose an Allison transmission. “There are several big advantages with a fully automatic transmission,” said Gerard de Rooy. “One is that you have constant power and don’t lose momentum or time with shifting, so you make good progress with a constant flow. Another advantage is that the retarder improves braking and saves the wheel brakes—and it’s much calmer in the cabin. You have two hands on the wheel, don’t have to think about shifting and can just focus on the steering and braking. This really helps.”

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A trip at speed up and down the test slopes at ACE in De Rooy’s Dakar rally truck was a truly exhilarating experience!




TYRE COMPOUND Further extending its tyre portfolio for the earthmoving industry, Continental has recently launched a new compound for its tyres, resulting in the RDT-Master CR for use on rigid dump trucks. The cut-resistant compound was developed for rough and abrasive applications, in which tyres have to withstand sharp gravel, rocks and stones. Thanks to the newly developed polymer meshing system based on synthetic rubber and selected components, the material offers high protection and wear resistance while still maintaining good levels of heat dissipation.

GKN Wheels and Structures has produced a comprehensive new catalogue covering the company’s extensive range of hubs and spindles. With detailed technical and application information, together with images and dimensioned line drawings of each product in the range, the catalogue also includes full details of the company’s recently launched Profi-Hub range. FOR MORE INFORMATION GO TO WWW.RDR.LINK/CJ052

MACHINE GUIDANCE SYSTEMS New Leica, Trimble and Xsite Ready Kits are now available for the Doosan range of wheeled and crawler excavators from 14 to 30 tonne, to meet the increasing demand for machine guidance systems for use with excavators. The new kits can be ordered direct from the factory, pre-installed by fully trained staff. These guidance systems give operators access to design surfaces, grades and alignments on a display inside the excavator cab. FOR MORE INFORMATION GO TO WWW.RDR.LINK/CJ054



HYDRAULIC SERVICES 24-7 emergency hydraulic repair provider, Pirtek offers a one-hour ETA to customers on-road and on-site at all times. The brand’s franchises have invested in modern vehicles that meet emissions standards and are therefore exempt from ULEZ charges. FOR MORE INFORMATION GO TO WWW.RDR.LINK/CJ051

Designed for continuous measurement and monitoring of critical machinery, processes and systems, the new wireless data monitoring and acquisition system from Hydrotechnik offers rapid deployment, long transmission distances and stable signals. The HTUK Watchlog wireless send and receive system is designed for continuous monitoring and logging of multiple pressure and temperature sensors over distances of 800m and/or 1.6Km. FOR MORE INFORMATION GO TO WWW.RDR.LINK/CJ053

EXCAVATOR TYRE Nokian Tyres’ excavator tyre Armor Gard 2 can now be fitted to a wider variety of excavators, thanks to its new 11.00-20 size. The focus of the product development is the demands of excavation work in an urban environment: improving the stability and safety of the tyre as well as ensuring a long tyre life even on long-distance highway transits. FOR MORE INFORMATION GO TO WWW.RDR.LINK/CJ055



EXCAVATOR The first Stage V model to feature D-Ecopower technology, Doosan’s DX350LC-7 is a 36 tonne crawler excavator which aims to provide operators with higher productivity and lower fuel consumption per hour. What’s more, the excavator focuses on improving operator comfort and smoother controls. The engine technology utilises an electronic pressure-controlled pump within a closed centre hydraulic system to accomplish increases of up to 26 per cent in productivity and up to 12 per cent in fuel consumption improvements. FOR MORE INFORMATION GO TO WWW.RDR.LINK/CJ057

LOW NOISE PUMP Pump hire specialist, Sykes Pumps, has introduced the Super Wispaset 80 eco to its range of super silenced pumps, offering what it describes as one of the most fuel-efficient and cost-effective diesel pumps on the market. The compact new pump is housed in an acoustic canopy and operates at a noise level of 64 dBA @7m. Capable of flows of up to 36 litres per second and a maximum head of 24m, the pump has a built-in, fully-bunded 35-litre fuel tank. FOR MORE INFORMATION GO TO WWW.RDR.LINK/CJ056

WHEEL LOADERS Kick starting the HL900 A-series, Hyundai has launched three Stage V compliant wheel loaders: the HL940A, HL955A and the HL960A. The new A-series wheel loaders feature the Cummins B6.7 engine, with an all-in-one exhaust after treatment system. The engine is designed for easy maintenance, with its connected diagnostics to Hi-Mate, long service intervals and a DPF soot reset function for cleaning. FOR MORE INFORMATION GO TO WWW.RDR.LINK/CJ058

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MOTOR GRADERS EXCAVATOR ATTACHMENT Distributed by BPH Attachments, the Prodem PRW Rock Wheel is designed for trenching, rock and concrete wall profiling, tunnelling, quarrying and demolition as well as dredging, finishing operations and even underwater works. The dust-proof attachment aims for precision and productivity, whilst the frame has been designed to discharge material quickly and efficiently to maintain productivity. FOR MORE INFORMATION GO TO WWW.RDR.LINK/CJ059


Equipment manufacturer, SDLG has announced a raft of updates to its range of motor graders, including a new cab, new engine hood and improved maintenance access. The G9138, G9190 and G9220 motor graders are equipped with a new cab which provides easier entry and exit. Once inside, the larger glazed areas with thinner pillars and thinner silicone stripes help operators to complete tasks with greater safety by increasing their visibility. FOR MORE INFORMATION GO TO WWW.RDR.LINK/CJ062

Cleantech company Firefly Hybrid Power’s latest hybrid power solution – the PowerPlus Hybrid Power Generator has been built to provide reliable and sustainable power solutions at sites with little or no access to electricity grid. At its heart lies an advanced programmable controller and battery management system coupled with smart AC distribution. The manufacturer claims users can expect savings of up to 2,000 litres of fuel on average each month.

JACKING BLOCKS Outriggerpads is launching its Ecostak range of jacking blocks. These 300mm square blocks all have a lightweight rope handle for easy and safer manual handling. There is a 30mm thick base block, complemented by 80mm and 140mm jacking blocks, enabling the user to configure a stack to the required height. Manufactured from heavy duty, high molecular weight polyethylene, they are also resistant to water, corrosion and splintering. FOR MORE INFORMATION GO TO WWW.RDR.LINK/CJ060


COLD PLANERS New updates to the PM310, PM312 and PM313 cold planers have been announced by Caterpillar. Designed for small-to-medium job sites where compact dimensions and manoeuvrability are required, the PM300 Series is available in wheel or track undercarriage models. The manufacturer has improved visibility with a sliding operator’s station, optional camera, and an auxiliary power connector for additional lighting. FOR MORE INFORMATION GO TO WWW.RDR.LINK/CJ063


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Construction Plant News November 19  

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